20th July

20th July marks a number of Darwin-related anniversaries:

  • On 20th July, 1804, Darwin's future friend and enemy, the brilliant anatomist and palaeontologist (and inventor of the word dinosaur) Sir Richard Owen was born in Lancaster;
  • On 20th July, 1817, the eight-year-old Charles Darwin attended his mother's funeral in Shrewsbury;
  • On 20th July, 1858, while staying at The King's Head Hotel in Sandown on the Isle of Wight, Darwin began an ‘abstract’ of his planned major work on evolution—this abstract was to become On the Origin of Species.
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