24th November (2021): Evolution Day

Evolution Day is a celebration to commemorate the anniversary of the initial publication of On the Origin of Species by Charles Darwin on 24 November 1859. Such celebrations have been held for over a century, but the specific term “Evolution Day” for the anniversary appears to be a neologism which was coined prior to 1997. By highlighting Darwin’s contributions to science, the day’s events are used to educate about evolutionary biology. It is similar to the better-known Darwin Day, held on the anniversary of his birth (12 February 1809). It is unrelated to the secularization campaign by the Giordano Bruno Foundation to have the German public holiday of Ascension Day renamed to “Evolutionstag” (Evolution Day).

1909, the 50th anniversary of the publication of On The Origin of Species and the 100th anniversary of Darwin’s birth, saw several major events celebrating both. At Cambridge, more than 400 scientists and dignitaries from 167 countries met in a widely reported event of public interest to honour Darwin’s contributions and discuss the latest discoveries and ideas related to evolution, the New York Academy of Sciences held a celebration at the American Museum of Natural History, and the Royal Society of New Zealand held an event with “a very large attendance”.

The Darwin Centennial Celebration (1959) had a major, well publicised event from 24–28 November at the University of Chicago.

In 2009, the BBC aired BBC Darwin Season, a series of television and radio programs, to celebrate Darwin’s bicentenary and the 150th anniversary of the publication of the Origin.

♬ LORENZO GABANIZZA – Straight to the heart

LYRIC

There are no words to explain how much I love you
Those words are trivial but they are so true
You gave up everything to be forever
Beside me my darling

From the very first day that I met you
I knew that we were ment to be as one
You helped me when I was a dying ember
Nobody loves me as you do

Straight to the heart (straight to the heart)
Whenever you’re near (whenever you’re near)
You’re the star that twinkles in my darkest nights
Straight to the heart (straight to the heart)
Whenever you’re near (whenever you’re near)
Like an arrow through my heart

True love has no beginning and no ending
Now I see that you were always near
And when I thought my life was just a failure
You were there to whisper me your love

Straight to the heart (straight to the heart)
Whenever you’re near (whenever you’re near)
And I love you just because of who you are
Straight to the heart (straight to the heart)
Whenever you’re near (whenever you’re near)
Like an arrow through my heart

(Straight to the heart whenever you’re near uh uh uh
Straight to the heart whenever you’re near)

Straight to the heart (straight to the heart)
Whenever you’re near (whenever you’re near)
You’re the star that twinkles in my darkest nights
Straight to the heart (straight to the heart)
Whenever you’re near (whenever you’re near)
Like an arrow through my heart.

Dancing, Dancing, Dancing in the Sunlight —- Wednesday, November 24, 2021 — Life on a Colorado Farm

The dance of food/life The sun and jet…streaming in the shivering air Lawerance of Arabia, Tonto’s replacement…dancing, dancing for all the girls The Quail rising into the sky Moonlight; adding beauty to the earth, air, the heavens A rather thin little pheasant—dashing, dashing, dashing away. And my miss at getting a nice photo of a […]

Dancing, Dancing, Dancing in the Sunlight —- Wednesday, November 24, 2021 — Life on a Colorado Farm