Happy 200th Birthday Abe Lincoln and Charles Darwin

Who knew (probably lots of people, just not me) that two of the most influential people to be born in the 19th century, and in turn in all of history, Abraham Lincoln and Charles Charles Darwin were both born today 200 years ago?  Seriously, both of these individuals offered so much to the world in their own ways.  It can probably be argued that Abe Lincoln was one of the greatest American Presidents, regardless of the challenges he faced (specifically a certain civil war).  Likewise, Charles Darwin is probably one of the most, if not the most, important figure in biological sciences.  I suggest, on this 200th anniversary of their births that we all take a few moments to contemplate how these two individuals helped change our world and how we may aspire to be a bit more like them.

Look at that face . . . so recognizable and rememberable

Look at that face . . . so recognizable and rememberable

An equally rememberable face that helped the world understand natural selection

An equally rememberable face that helped the world understand natural selection

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~ by Nathaniel on February 12, 2009.

3 Responses to “Happy 200th Birthday Abe Lincoln and Charles Darwin”

  1. We have a Charles Darwin exhibition on at the Library 🙂 I didn’t know about Lincoln though. I guess English people don’t fuss about him, although that’s sad as he was (and is) a pretty inspiring figure.

  2. That is awesome about the Darwin exhibit. I wish my library would have something like that for either Darwin or Lincoln, but alas we do not.

    You know it is kind of strange how there are historical figures in our nations’ pasts, that play great significance to us but might not be as important to other nations. In the States we remember a ton about all our previous Presidents but probably know relatively little about the past Monarchs and leaders from the UK. It isn’t to say we shouldn’t, knowing history is important whatever the context, we just are not always that good at it.

  3. Notice both men had beards. Coincidence? I think not.

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