Sunday, November 18, 2007

On November 18, ...

... 1967 (40 years ago today), movement of farm animals was banned throughout England and Wales, and an international motorsport rally set to begin in London was canceled, as Britain strove to contain the worst epidemic of foot-and-mouth disease since 1923. Nearly half a million pigs, cattle, and other livestock would be slaughtered before the outbreak, which lasted 32 weeks and "is thought to have been transmitted from infected meat legally imported into the country from Argentina and legally introduced into the animal food chain," could be contained. (photo courtesy of the BBC)
... 1993, nearly 2 dozen leaders, among them F.W. de Klerk and Nelson Mandela, gave approval to a new South African Constitution. Containing an expansive Bill of Rights and providing for an end to apartheid-created "homelands" after the holding of elections in spring 1994, that document has been named an IntLawGrrls Legal Wonder of the World. (Still welcoming Legal Wonder nominees, incidentally.)

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