Charles Darwin Born on This Day

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Charles Robert Darwin was born in Shrewsbury, Shropshire, England on 12 February 1809 at his family home, the Mount. He was the fifth of six children of wealthy society doctor and financier Robert Darwin, and Susannah Darwin (née Wedgwood). He was the grandson of Erasmus Darwin on his father’s side, and of Josiah Wedgwood on his mother’s side. Both families were largely Unitarian, though the Wedgwoods were adopting Anglicanism. Robert Darwin, himself quietly a freethinker, had baby Charles baptised in the Anglican Church, but Charles and his siblings attended the Unitarian chapel with their mother. The eight year old Charles already had a taste for natural history and collecting when he joined the day school run by its preacher in 1817. That July, his mother died. From September 1818, he joined his older brother Erasmus attending the nearby Anglican Shrewsbury School as a boarder.

In honor of Darwins Birthday… I’m putting a video up of a 2008 “youtube” Darwin Award Winners:

[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KedYU-Vwl0k&hl=en&fs=1]

One Response

  1. What good has Darwin done? His incomplete theory has yet to clearly explain the necessary creation of first life that would allow evolution to begin.
    Aloha,
    Keahi

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