Content Index

The General Land Office issues instructions and manuals concerning public land use.

The greatest flood on the Red River in recorded history destroys most fur trading posts in Manitoba, Canada.

The World Conference on Science and Technology for Human Development takes place in Bucharest, Romania.

Early modern European voyages to the New World led to the globally transformative exchange of people, plants, ideas, and diseases.

The Habitat II UN Conference on Human Settlements takes place in Istanbul in 1996.

Henry David Thoreau’s book Walden is considered one of the most important works of nature writing and became highly influential for the environmental movement.

Publication of the first sections of John James Audubon’s Birds of America.

UN releases “Declaration on Cities and Other Human Settlements in the New Millennium.”

Dedicated under US President Ulysses S. Grant, Yellowstone becomes not just the world’s first national park, but also one of its most famous.

Today’s Royal National Park, which lies south of Sydney, is Australia’s first explicitly designated national park.