Kaskaskia IslandJuly 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.

Photo: SSgt Paul Griffin/Wikimedia Commons

This feature is compiled by Peter Dykstra, an MNN contributor and publisher of Environmental Health News and The Daily Climate.