August 9 - On this day in geek history in 1846 the Smithsonian Institution was created when President James K. Polk signed the Smithsonian Institution Act into law.
English Scientist James Smithson died in Italy and left instructions that if his only nephew died without any heirs, that his entire estate to be left to ‘the United States of America, to found at Washington, under the name of the Smithsonian Institution, an Establishment for the increase and diffusion of knowledge.’

August 9 - On this day in geek history in 1846 the Smithsonian Institution was created when President James K. Polk signed the Smithsonian Institution Act into law.

English Scientist James Smithson died in Italy and left instructions that if his only nephew died without any heirs, that his entire estate to be left to ‘the United States of America, to found at Washington, under the name of the Smithsonian Institution, an Establishment for the increase and diffusion of knowledge.’

  1. melkath reblogged this from thisdayingeekhistory and added:
    And hopefully I will be able to work at one of the institutions someday.
  2. infinitephx7 reblogged this from thisdayingeekhistory
  3. maesterofhousecardigan reblogged this from thisdayingeekhistory
  4. acerstella reblogged this from thisdayingeekhistory
  5. whatsthecraic reblogged this from thisdayingeekhistory
  6. meltdowntown reblogged this from thisdayingeekhistory
  7. jemappellejamie reblogged this from way-to-go-caligula
  8. way-to-go-caligula reblogged this from thisdayingeekhistory
  9. thisdayingeekhistory posted this
Short URL for this post: http://tmblr.co/Z289sx87vdmh