I had no idea there was a special day to commemorate the achievements of Charles Robert Darwin, but there is, and it is today, February 12th; as you might guess this is the anniversary of his birth in 1809, and he is most famously remembered as an English naturalist and geologist, and is most widely known for his ideas on the science of evolution.
He was born in Shropshire, in Shrewsbury and we can actually see information abotu him on census returns which somehow makes him seem more real:
1861 – there he is in Bromley in Kent, Justice Of Peace, MA, Author Of Scientific Works, with his wife, twelve servants, visitors and their servants, and seven of the ten children he and his wife Emma had
He first appears on the 1841 census and staying in his home with his wife Emma, their two children and servants, are Josiah Wedgwood, of pottery fame, and his son Josiah junior with their wives.
1851 he was visiting his father, and 1871 visiting his brother; we last see him in these records in 1881, the year before he died, in Bromley with two of his sons, a daughter and grandson visiting.
If you want to know more about this amazing man:
and if you want to know more about Darwin Day – and also a lot more about Darwin: