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February 12, 2013 will be celebrated for many reasons around the world. In America it is President Abraham Lincoln’s birthday. For many it is Mardi Gras or Carnival. But for every country on Earth, Feb. 12 is Darwin’s Day – a celebration of science, humanity, and Charles Darwin’s birthday.
CHARLES DARWIN, father of the theory of evolution and the author of “On the Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection,” was born February 12, 1809 in Shrewsbury, Shropshire, England. In 1831, Darwin joined a five year scientific mission aboard the HMS Beagle to travel to the Galapagos Islands, where his theories of evolution and natural selection were developed. In 1858, he published his theories, which he had been working on for 20 years. The logical extension of Darwin’s theories was that humans, homo sapiens, were just another form of animal and as such, evolved.
DARWIN DAY has its origins in both the weeklong Darwin Festival started in 1980 at Salem College, and the first event hosted by the Stanford University Humanist Community in 1995. The original Stanford event was held in April, but was changed shortly after to be “on or around” February 12, Darwin’s birthday. The Darwin Day Program was founded in 2000 and has grown to an international series of events to celebrate the vast array of verifiable scientific knowledge available today.