This day in history

  • 1707 Acts of Union comes into force, uniting England and Scotland to form the United Kingdom of Great Britain
  • 1753 Publication of Species Plantarum by Carolus Linnaeus, and the formal start date of plant taxonomy adopted by the International Code of Botanical Nomenclature
  • 1841 First emigrant wagon train leaves Independence, Missouri, for California
  • 1886 US general strike for 8-hour working day begins
  • 1931 Empire State Building opens in New York City


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