Wednesday, August 29, 2007

On August 29, ...

... 2005, Hurricane Katrina hit New Orleans, causing extensive damage, much of which has yet to be repaired 2 years later. An excellent study of the aftermath is Rebuilding After Katrina: A Population-Based Study of Labor and Human Rights in New Orleans (2006), a joint project of the University of California, Berkeley, and Tulane University.
... 1842 (165 years ago today), Queen Victoria of Britain and China's Qing Emperor concluded the Treaty of Nanking, which ended an armed conflict between the 2 countries, one that would come to be known as the First Opium War. The war had begun in 1839, after China destroyed thousands of casks of Indian opium intended for sale by the British in China, contrary to a ban that China had imposed.

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