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4 January 1581
Bishop James Ussher Born in Ireland

Bishop James Ussher Born in Ireland

20 February 1656
Death of Bishop James Ussher

Death of Bishop James Ussher

23 May 1707
Birth of Carolus Linnaeus, Swedish Botanist & Zoologist

Birth of Carolus Linnaeus, Swedish Botanist & Zoologist

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1 August 1744
Birth of Scientist Jean-Baptiste Lamarck

Birth of Scientist Jean-Baptiste Lamarck

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23 August 1769
Birth of French Naturalist Georges Cuvier, Founder of Functional Anatomy

Birth of French Naturalist Georges Cuvier, Founder of Functional Anatomy

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10 January 1778

Birth of Carl Linnaeus

14 November 1797
Birth of Scottish Geologist Sir Charles Lyell

Birth of Scottish Geologist Sir Charles Lyell

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18 April 1802
Birth of Erasmus Darwin, Grandfather of Charles Darwin

Birth of Erasmus Darwin, Grandfather of Charles Darwin

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2 May 1808
Birth of Emma Wedgwood, Future Wife of Charles Darwin

Birth of Emma Wedgwood, Future Wife of Charles Darwin

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12 February 1809
Birth of Author Charles Darwin, Author of Evolutionary Theory

Birth of Author Charles Darwin, Author of Evolutionary Theory

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27 April 1820
Birth of Herbert Spencer, Early Defender of Evolution and 'Survival of the Fittest'

Birth of Herbert Spencer, Early Defender of Evolution and 'Survival of the Fittest'

11 May 1820
HMS Beagle Launched, Will Participate in Three Survey Missions

HMS Beagle Launched, Will Participate in Three Survey Missions

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22 July 1822
Birth of Gregor Mendel, Augustinian Monk Who Researches Genetics

Birth of Gregor Mendel, Augustinian Monk Who Researches Genetics

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8 January 1823
Birth of Alfred Russel Wallace in Wales

Birth of Alfred Russel Wallace in Wales

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4 May 1824
Birth of Thomas Henry Huxley, Defender of Charles Darwin

Birth of Thomas Henry Huxley, Defender of Charles Darwin

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22 May 1826
HMS Beagle Makes First Voyage

HMS Beagle Makes First Voyage

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28 December 1829
Death of French Scientist Jean-Baptiste Lamarck

Death of French Scientist Jean-Baptiste Lamarck

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26 April 1831
Charles Darwin Graduates From Christ's College With B.A. Degree

Charles Darwin Graduates From Christ's College With B.A. Degree

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30 August 1831
Charles Darwin Invited on Voyage of HMS Beagle to South America

Charles Darwin Invited on Voyage of HMS Beagle to South America

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1 September 1831
Charles Darwin Finally Gets Permission From His Father to Sail on the Beagle

Charles Darwin Finally Gets Permission From His Father to Sail on the Beagle

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5 September 1831
Charles Darwin Has First Interview With HMS Beagle's Captain Robert FitzRoy

Charles Darwin Has First Interview With HMS Beagle's Captain Robert FitzRoy

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27 December 1831
Charles Darwin Sails From England on The Beagle as Ship's Naturalist

Charles Darwin Sails From England on The Beagle as Ship's Naturalist

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16 February 1834
Birth of German Zoologist Ernst Haeckel

Birth of German Zoologist Ernst Haeckel

15 September 1835
HMS Beagle & Charles Darwin Finally Reach Galapagos Islands

HMS Beagle & Charles Darwin Finally Reach Galapagos Islands

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2 October 1836
Charles Darwin Returns to England From Voyage on HMS Beagle

Charles Darwin Returns to England From Voyage on HMS Beagle

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24 January 1839
Charles Darwin Elected to Royal Society

Charles Darwin Elected to Royal Society

18 April 1857
Birth of Clarence Darrow, One of America's Most Famous Lawyers

Birth of Clarence Darrow, One of America's Most Famous Lawyers

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18 June 1858
Alfred Wallace Sends Charles Darwin His Work on Evolution

Alfred Wallace Sends Charles Darwin His Work on Evolution

1 July 1858
Joint Presentation of Darwin's & Wallace's Idea on Natural Evolution at the Linnaean Society

Joint Presentation of Darwin's & Wallace's Idea on Natural Evolution at the Linnaean Society

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20 July 1858
Charles Darwin Starts His Book The Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection

Charles Darwin Starts His Book The Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection

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24 November 1859
Charles Darwin's First Printing of 'The Origin of Species' Sells Out

Charles Darwin's First Printing of 'The Origin of Species' Sells Out

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7 January 1860
Darwin's Origin of Species Enters Second Edition

Darwin's Origin of Species Enters Second Edition

19 March 1860
Birth of William Jennings Bryan, Politician and Fundamentalist Religious Leader

Birth of William Jennings Bryan, Politician and Fundamentalist Religious Leader

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30 June 1860
Oxford University Museum Hosts Debate on Darwin's Theory of Evolution

Oxford University Museum Hosts Debate on Darwin's Theory of Evolution

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22 February 1875
Death of British Geologist Sir Charles Lyell

Death of British Geologist Sir Charles Lyell

19 November 1879
Charles Darwin Publishes Book About His Grandfather

Charles Darwin Publishes Book About His Grandfather

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1 May 1881
Birth of Pierre Trlihard de Chardin, Jesuit Priest & Scientist

Birth of Pierre Trlihard de Chardin, Jesuit Priest & Scientist

19 April 1882
Death of Charles Darwin

Death of Charles Darwin

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26 April 1882
Charles Darwin Buried in Westminster

Charles Darwin Buried in Westminster

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6 January 1884
Death of Monk Gregor Mendel

Death of Monk Gregor Mendel

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29 June 1895
Death of Thomas Henry Huxley, Author and Natural Scientist

Death of Thomas Henry Huxley, Author and Natural Scientist

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24 January 1900
Birth of Theodosius Dobzhansky in Russia

Birth of Theodosius Dobzhansky in Russia

3 August 1900
Birth of John T. Scopes, Famous for Teaching Evolution in Tennessee

Birth of John T. Scopes, Famous for Teaching Evolution in Tennessee

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8 December 1903
Birth of Herbert Spencer, English Philosopher, Biologist, and Sociologist

Birth of Herbert Spencer, English Philosopher, Biologist, and Sociologist

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30 June 1909
Pontifical Biblical Commission: Genesis to be Taught as History not Myth

Pontifical Biblical Commission: Genesis to be Taught as History not Myth

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4 May 1911
John Scopes Commits to Fighting Ban on Teaching Evolution

John Scopes Commits to Fighting Ban on Teaching Evolution

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24 August 1911
Pierre Teilhard de Chardin Ordained as a Catholic Priest

Pierre Teilhard de Chardin Ordained as a Catholic Priest

18 December 1912
Charles Dawson Starts the Piltdown Man Hoax at Geological Society Meeting in London

Charles Dawson Starts the Piltdown Man Hoax at Geological Society Meeting in London

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9 August 1919
Death of Ernst Haeckel Whose Work on Evolution Inspired Racist Theories of Nazis

Death of Ernst Haeckel Whose Work on Evolution Inspired Racist Theories of Nazis

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4 July 1923
Chicago Tribune Prints Clarence Darrow's 55 Questions on the Bible to William Jennings Bryan

Chicago Tribune Prints Clarence Darrow's 55 Questions on the Bible to William Jennings Bryan

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