International Darwin Day
About International Darwin Day
When is International Darwin Day? This holiday is always celebrated on February 12
Well, I’ll be a monkey’s uncle! Today is International Darwin Day, a February 12 holiday. There’s no monkeying around about this holiday. Charles Darwin (1809 – 1882) was a naturalist, geologist, and biologist. He published his theory on evolution in 1859. The revolutionary theory immediately drew strong controversy. Endless debates argued about whether man evolved from apes. Or if we were created by God in the Garden of Eden. It took many decades before the debates wound down. Eventually, science proved his evolution theory. Along the way, religious groups weighed in with their beliefs and opinions on the topic. The creators of this holiday encourage us to celebrate Charles Darwin and his theory of evolution. They also promote activism and international cooperation towards the advancement of science.
To put it simply, Darwin’s theory of evolution suggests we all evolved from apes. Over the years, scientists have proven this theory. However, Darwin’s theory goes much deeper. He stated that all life forms on the planet came from a single ancestor. You can read all about it in his groundbreaking book On the Theory of Species. It was published in 1859.
If you were alive in the mid to late 1800s when Darwin published his theory on evolution, you might be saying “What!? Man evolved from the ape? Preposterous!” Darwin’s book and theories sparked raging debates between evolutionists and creationists. Not surprisingly, the debate went on for many years.
Favorite Movie: Planet of the Apes (1968)
Did You Know? The Catholic church has no stated position on the topic of creativity and evolution.
How to Celebrate International Darwin Day
Here are some ways to celebrate and enjoy this holiday:
- Are you a monkey’s uncle? Explore your roots. How far back can you trace our ancestry?
- Read Darwin’s book On the Theory of Species.
- Learn more about apes.
- Watch documentaries about evolution.
- Binge-watch any of the nine movies in the Planet of the Apes series.
- The tenth in the series is titled Kingdom of the Planet of the Apes (released in 2024). Watch it as soon as you can.
- Go to the zoo to visit your cousins, the apes, baboons, and monkeys. And, don’t forget the gorillas!
“We are the representatives of the cosmos; we are an example of what hydrogen atoms can do, given 15 billion years of cosmic evolution.” – – Carl Sagan
And, here’s a chuckler:
“If evolution really works, how come mothers only have two hands?” – – Milton Berle
Author’s Comment: I don’t know about moms having more than two hands. But, I do know that moms have eyes in the back of their heads.
You'll Know Darwin was Right If You Wake Up to Find an Ape at Your Computer!
History and Origin of International Darwin Day
The roots of this holiday began in 1997 with Darwin Day events at the University of Tennessee. In 2000, three fans of Charles Darwin and his theories officially created the Darwin Day Program. The creators are Robert Stephen, Professor Masimo Pigliucci, and Amanda Cheswell. In 2002, the holiday evolved into the Darwin Day Celebration in California. Finally, the title evolved into International Darwin Day. The current title recognizes this holiday as a worldwide event and celebration. It is an international holiday because Darwin’s concepts and theories are a gift to all of mankind. Perhaps, we should also call them a gift to apes, too. Hmmmm.
The date selected is the birthdate of Charles Darwin on February 12, 1809.
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