On 29th January 1839, after a short courtship and engagement, Charles Darwin married his cousin Emma Wedgwood at St Peter's Church, Maer, Staffordshire.
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The end of the Darwin tenner
The Charles Darwin £10 note will cease to be legal tender at 23:59 GMT on 1st March 2018. Time to reflect… and to announce our new newsletter.
13-Jan-1833: The day HMS Beagle nearly sank
Charles Darwin’s closest brush with death during the Beagle voyage came on Sunday 13th January 1833, near that most infamous of nautical perils, Cape Horn.
02-Mar-2014: The Friends of Charles Darwin are 20 years old today!
The Friends of Charles Darwin were officially founded 20 years ago today, on 2nd March, 1994.
07-Nov-1913: Alfred Russel Wallace dies
On 7th November 1913, the man who independently (along with Charles Darwin) came up with the idea of Natural Selection, Alfred Russel Wallace, died, age 90, at his home in Dorset.
19-Apr-1882: The death of a hero
After decades of mysterious ailments, and a short, final illness, Charles Darwin died at 4 o’clock in the afternoon of Wednesday 19th April 1882, at Down House, Downe, in Kent.
Happy Birthday to us!
The Friends of Charles Darwin came into being 18 years ago today, with the sending of this letter
185 years ago today...
On 22nd May, 1826, His Majesty's Ship 'Beagle' set sail from Plymouth on a surveying voyage to South America.
06-Mar-1860: Darwin on how to read ‘On the Origin of Species’
On 6th March 1860, Charles Darwin advised a scientist he correctly believed to be sceptical of his views how to go about reading ‘On the Origin of Species’.
06-Dec-1834: Darwin brains his future eponymous fox
Darwin kills a rare and inquisitive creature, since named after its collector.
Darwin's favourite tune
Reminiscing about his father, Charles Darwin's son Francis wrote: In the evening, that is, after he had read as much as his strength would allow, and before the reading aloud began, he would often lie on the sofa and listen to my mother playing the piano. He had not a good ear, yet in spite… Continue reading Darwin's favourite tune
400 years of telescopic astronomy
400 years ago today, on 26th July, 1609, the early English scientist Thomas Harriot pointed his new-fangled telescope at the moon and made a drawing.