July 22, 1822:
The British Parliament passes Martin's Act
, one of the first comprehensive laws to prevent animal cruelty. The law banned cruelty to dogs, cockfighting, and bear-baiting.
July 22, 1992:
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), in response to studies and protests indicating that minority communities are bearing an unfair burden of pollution, releases a report
acknowledging serious problems with "environmental equity."
July 22, 1993:
A farming community is almost obliterated
by record flooding on the Mississippi River. Kaskaskia Island, Illinois, with 10,000 acres of fertile farmland ringed by a levee, is inundated when the levee ruptures (at right). The entire community is evacuated by barge, and two-thirds of Kaskaskia's residents never return.
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