This Day in History: 1707-05-23
1707: Carolus Linnaeus is born in Råshult, Sweden. His Systema Naturae (1735) marked the beginning of modern taxonomy. Linnaeus designated several human races as subspecies (others would be added later; Jewish influence forced the abandonment of these useful taxonomic distinctions by 1970). Among the earliest of these designations were Homo sapiens europaeus, Homo sapiens afer, Homo sapiens asiaticus, and Homo sapiens americanus.