This day in history June 7, 2019
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Started by metmike - June 7, 2019, 12:54 a.m.

Read about history and pick a great one out for us:

1832 – Asian cholera reaches Quebec, brought by Irish immigrants, and kills about 6,000 people in Lower Canada.

1862 – The United States and the United Kingdom agree in the Lyons–Seward Treaty to suppress the African slave trade.

1938Second Sino-Japanese War: The Chinese Nationalist government creates the 1938 Yellow River flood to halt Japanese forces. Five hundred to nine hundred thousand civilians are killed.

By metmike - June 7, 2019, 12:58 a.m.
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Strategic decision and the flood

1938 Yellow River flood

The 1938 Yellow River flood (traditional Chinese: 花園口決隄事件; simplified Chinese: 花园口决堤事件; pinyin: huāyuán kǒu juédī shìjiàn, literally "Huayuankou embankment breach incident") was a flood created by the Nationalist Government in central China during the early stage of the Second Sino-Japanese War in an attempt to halt the rapid advance of Japanese forces. It has been called the "largest act of environmental warfare in history"

Following the onset of the Second Sino-Japanese War in 1937, the Imperial Japanese Army marched rapidly into the heart of Chinese territory. By June 1938, the Japanese had control of all of North China. On June 6, they captured Kaifeng, the capital of Henan, and threatened to take over Zhengzhou, the junction of the arterial Pinghan and Longhai Railways. Japanese success here would have directly endangered the major city of Wuhan.

To stop further Japanese advances into western and southern China, Chiang Kai-shek, at the suggestion of Chen Guofu, determined to open up the dykes on the Yellow River near Zhengzhou. The original plan was to destroy the dyke at Zhaokou, but due to difficulties at that location, the dyke at Huayuankou, on the south bank, was destroyed on June 5 and June 7 via excavation,[3] with waters flooding into Henan, Anhui, and Jiangsu. The floods covered and destroyed thousands of square kilometres of farmland and shifted the mouth of the Yellow River hundreds of kilometres to the south. Thousands of villages were inundated or destroyed and several million villagers driven from their homes and made refugees. An unknown amount of Japanese soldiers were killed by the flood. An official Kuomintang post-war commission estimated that 800,000 drowned,[4] which is higher than modern scholarship indicates.

By carlberky - June 7, 2019, 8:57 a.m.
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1965 – The Supreme Court of the United States hands down its decision in Griswold v. Connecticut, prohibiting the states from criminalizing the use of contraception by married couples.

“Free at last, Free at last, Thank God almighty we are free at last.”

Martin Luther King Jr.

By metmike - June 7, 2019, 1:31 p.m.
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Dang, I never knew Martin Luther King was pro choice (-:

Actually, I use that phrase all the time but have always  said "Lord" almighty, so I need to change it. 

Free at last, free at last, thank god almighty we are free at last