Approximately 5,500,000 BC: The great natural dam at Gibralter is either burst by an earthquake or over-run by rising sea levels, with the result being a staggeringly violent rebirth of the Mediterranean Sea...
...in a once in several millennia spectacle which would have been awesome and terrifying for any spectators from among humanity's ancestors to behold.
-- "The Mediterranean: Sea of Man's Fate" by Rick Gore, National Geographic December 1982, pages 704-705
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