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4January1581
Bishop James Ussher Born in Ireland

Bishop James Ussher Born in Ireland

20February1656
Death of Bishop James Ussher

Death of Bishop James Ussher

23May1707
Birth of Carolus Linnaeus, Swedish Botanist & Zoologist

Birth of Carolus Linnaeus, Swedish Botanist & Zoologist

1August1744
Birth of Scientist Jean-Baptiste Lamarck

Birth of Scientist Jean-Baptiste Lamarck

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23August1769
Birth of French Naturalist Georges Cuvier, Founder of Functional Anatomy

Birth of French Naturalist Georges Cuvier, Founder of Functional Anatomy

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10January1778

Birth of Carl Linnaeus

14November1797
Birth of Scottish Geologist Sir Charles Lyell

Birth of Scottish Geologist Sir Charles Lyell

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18April1802
Birth of Erasmus Darwin, Grandfather of Charles Darwin

Birth of Erasmus Darwin, Grandfather of Charles Darwin

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2May1808
Birth of Emma Wedgwood, Future Wife of Charles Darwin

Birth of Emma Wedgwood, Future Wife of Charles Darwin

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12February1809
Birth of Author Charles Darwin, Author of Evolutionary Theory

Birth of Author Charles Darwin, Author of Evolutionary Theory

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27April1820
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'

11May1820
HMS Beagle Launched, Will Participate in Three Survey Missions

HMS Beagle Launched, Will Participate in Three Survey Missions

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22July1822
Birth of Gregor Mendel, Augustinian Monk Who Researches Genetics

Birth of Gregor Mendel, Augustinian Monk Who Researches Genetics

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8January1823
Birth of Alfred Russel Wallace in Wales

Birth of Alfred Russel Wallace in Wales

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4May1824
Birth of Thomas Henry Huxley, Defender of Charles Darwin

Birth of Thomas Henry Huxley, Defender of Charles Darwin

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22May1826
HMS Beagle Makes First Voyage

HMS Beagle Makes First Voyage

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28December1829
Death of French Scientist Jean-Baptiste Lamarck

Death of French Scientist Jean-Baptiste Lamarck

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26April1831
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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30August1831
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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1September1831
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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5September1831
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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27December1831
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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16February1834
Birth of German Zoologist Ernst Haeckel

Birth of German Zoologist Ernst Haeckel

15September1835
HMS Beagle & Charles Darwin Finally Reach Galapagos Islands

HMS Beagle & Charles Darwin Finally Reach Galapagos Islands

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2October1836
Charles Darwin Returns to England From Voyage on HMS Beagle

Charles Darwin Returns to England From Voyage on HMS Beagle

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24January1839
Charles Darwin Elected to Royal Society

Charles Darwin Elected to Royal Society

18April1857
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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18June1858
Alfred Wallace Sends Charles Darwin His Work on Evolution

Alfred Wallace Sends Charles Darwin His Work on Evolution

1July1858
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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20July1858
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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24November1859
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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7January1860
Darwin's Origin of Species Enters Second Edition

Darwin's Origin of Species Enters Second Edition

19March1860
Birth of William Jennings Bryan, Politician and Fundamentalist Religious Leader

Birth of William Jennings Bryan, Politician and Fundamentalist Religious Leader

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30June1860
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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22February1875
Death of British Geologist Sir Charles Lyell

Death of British Geologist Sir Charles Lyell

19November1879
Charles Darwin Publishes Book About His Grandfather

Charles Darwin Publishes Book About His Grandfather

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1May1881
Birth of Pierre Trlihard de Chardin, Jesuit Priest & Scientist

Birth of Pierre Trlihard de Chardin, Jesuit Priest & Scientist

19April1882
Death of Charles Darwin

Death of Charles Darwin

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26April1882
Charles Darwin Buried in Westminster

Charles Darwin Buried in Westminster

6January1884
Death of Monk Gregor Mendel

Death of Monk Gregor Mendel

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29June1895
Death of Thomas Henry Huxley, Author and Natural Scientist

Death of Thomas Henry Huxley, Author and Natural Scientist

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24January1900
Birth of Theodosius Dobzhansky in Russia

Birth of Theodosius Dobzhansky in Russia

3August1900
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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8December1903
Birth of Herbert Spencer, English Philosopher, Biologist, and Sociologist

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

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30June1909
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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4May1911
John Scopes Commits to Fighting Ban on Teaching Evolution

John Scopes Commits to Fighting Ban on Teaching Evolution

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24August1911
Pierre Teilhard de Chardin Ordained as a Catholic Priest

Pierre Teilhard de Chardin Ordained as a Catholic Priest

18December1912
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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9August1919
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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4July1923
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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