About International Darwin Day
Charles Darwin was born on 12 February 1809. The first International Darwin Day was celebrated in 1909. The purpose of holding this day is to honor the contributions by Darwin and promote scientific thinking.
The day was first celebrated in 1909 at the American Museum of Natural History. Thereafter the science groups and other organizations have been holding the event sporadically. The US made the day a national Holiday from 2015.
- Did you know? Charles Darwin and Abraham Lincoln were born on the same day.
- Did you know? Charles Darwin did not use the word ‘evolution’ in the first five editions of the ‘Origin of Species’.
- Did you know? Before proposing to his cousin, Charles Darwin wrote a marriage pros-and-cons list. The pros included ‘constant companion’ and ‘better than a dog’, the cons ‘forced to visit relatives’ and ‘less money for books’.