#OTD Naturalist Gilbert White wrote in his Journal in Selborne, England on April 17, 1789 :
Five gallons of French brandy from London.
Cucumbers show fruit in bloom.
Cuculus cuculat: the voice of the cuckoo is heard in Blackmoor woods. Sowed hollyhocks, columbines, snapdragons, stocks, mignonette, all from S. Lambeth, in a bed in the garden: also Sweet Williams, & Canterbury bells.