Darwin Day

February 12, 2019 – February 13, 2019 all-day

Darwin Day is held annually on or around February 12, the birthday of Charles Darwin. darwin-day-fun-heritage

This unofficial holiday honors the life and work of English naturalist Charles Darwin. Also known as International Darwin Day, the day is a celebration of science and humanity.

Theory of Evolution

Born in 1809, Charles Darwin revolutionized the field of natural history by putting forth the theory of evolution by natural selection. In his book On the Origins of Species published in 1859, he argued that all present day life forms on Earth came from a single ancestor and that diversity in the animal and plant kingdom came about due to natural selection, migration, extinction and genetic mutations.

Celebrated Worldwide

Darwin Day has been celebrated off and on since his death in 1882. In 2000, three Darwin fans, Dr. Robert Stephens, Prof. Massimo Pigliucci, and Amanda Chesworth created the Darwin Day Program. The program was later named the Darwin Day Celebration, a non-profit organization committed to science education. Today Darwin Day celebrations are held all around the world.

How to Celebrate?

  • Read Charles Darwin’s book The Origin of Species.
  • Visit your local natural history museum and spend the day among dinosaur bones.

Did You Know…

…that the full title of Darwin’s seminal book is On the Origin of Species by means of Natural Selection, or the Preservation of Favoured Races in the Struggle for Life?

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