Did you know that it was on this day in 1707 the Act of Union joins the Kingdom of England and Kingdom of Scotland to form the Kingdom of Great Britain? Or that it was on this day in 1753 the publication of Species Plantarum by Linnaeus, and the formal start date of plant taxonomy adopted by the International Code of Botanical Nomenclature?
And on this day in 1759 Josiah Wedgwood founds the Wedgwood pottery company in Great Britain, in 1786 opening night of the opera The Marriage of Figaro by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart in Vienna, Austria, in 1869 the Folies Bergère opens in Paris, in 1930 the dwarf planet Pluto is officially named, in 1994 three-time Formula One world champion Ayrton Senna is killed in an accident during the San Marino Grand Prix at Imola and in 2009 same-sex marriage is legalized in Sweden.
Some birthdays you may want to remember on this day are Calamity Jane, American Wild West performer (1852-1903), Joseph Heller, American novelist (1923-1999), Joanna Lumley, English actress (1946), Paul Teutul, Sr., founder of Orange County Choppers (1949) and Ray Parker Jr., American singer and songwriter (1954).
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