In line with the publication of Darwin's 'On the Origin of Species' (1859), Evolution Day has been commemorated since 1859. It is similar to the better-known Darwin Day, held on the anniversary of his birth (12 February 1809).
At Cambridge in 1909, on the 50th anniversary of the work's publication and the 100th anniverary of his birth, more than 400 scientists and dignitaries from 167 countries met in a widely reported event of public interest to honour Darwin and his scientific discoveries. In 2009, on the 150th anniverseary of this publication, the BBC aired Darwin Season, a series of television and radio programs.
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