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January 28, 1910


President Taft approves the burning of diseased cherry trees given by Japan to beautify Washington, D.C. Agriculture Secretary James Wilson uses the incident to highlight the risks of agricultural imports, and, thus, secures the Plant Quarantine Act of 1912. Japan replaces the diseased trees, and the new trees are planted along the Potomac River.

Thursday, January 27, 1910 - 19:00
Media Image: 
Photo of burning cherry trees
Credit Text: 
Photo courtesy of the National Arboretum