Today in History, June 13

WikipediaA stamp commemorating 100 years of the Trans-Siberian railway.

122 years ago today, on June 13, 1891, Emperor Alexander II gave his blessing to the construction of a Trans-Siberian Railroad, thereby opening up the east for further exploitation. The route from Moscow to Vladivostok now spans more than 9,000 kilometers, passes through 21 different regions and crosses 16 major rivers.