On This Day: February 12

February 12, 2015 § Leave a comment

1709
Alexander Selkirk, the Scottish seaman whose adventures inspired the creation of Daniel Dafoe‘s Robinson Crusoe, is taken off Juan Fernandez Island after more than four years of living there alone.

Source: HistoryNet

Robinson Cruose 1719 1st edition. Source: Wikipedia. Click to enlarge.

Robinson Cruose 1719 1st edition. Source: Wikipedia. Click to enlarge.

1809
Charles Darwin (1809–1882), who originated the theory of evolution by natural selection, was born in Shrewsbury, England. Following his death on April 19, 1882, his obituary appeared in The Times.

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In 1881 Darwin was an eminent figure, still working on his contributions to evolutionary thought that had an enormous effect on many fields of science. Portrait by John Collier. Source: Wikipedia. Click to enlarge.

In 1881 Darwin was an eminent figure, still working on his contributions to evolutionary thought that had an enormous effect on many fields of science. Portrait by John Collier. Source: Wikipedia. Click to enlarge.

1909
The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) was founded.

1912
Pu Yi, the last emperor of the Manchu (Ch’ing) dynasty in China, renounced his throne following the establishment of a republic under Sun Yat-sen.

Source: infoplease.com

1924
George Gershwin‘s “Rhapsody In Blue” premieres at Aeolian Hall, NYC.

George Kaufman‘s “Beggar on Horseback,” premieres in NYC.

1947
French fashion designer Christian Dior (1905–1957) presents his first influential collection, named the “New Look“.

Christian Dior on a 2005 Romanian stamp. Source: Wikipedia. Click to enlarge.

Christian Dior on a 2005 Romanian stamp. Source: Wikipedia. Click to enlarge.

1994
Edvard Munch‘s painting “The Scream” stolen (in Oslo).

Source: HistoryOrb

 

The Scream (Norwegian: Skrik) is the popular name given to each of four versions of a composition, created as both paintings and pastels, by the Expressionist artist Edvard Munch between 1893 and 1910. Der Schrei der Natur (The Scream of Nature) is the title Munch gave to these works, all of which show a figure with an agonized expression against a landscape with a tumultuous orange sky. Arthur Lubow has described The Scream as “an icon of modern art, a Mona Lisa for our time.”

Source: Wikipedia

One of several versions of the painting "The Scream". The National Gallery, Oslo, Norway. Source: Wikipedia. Click to enlarge.

One of several versions of the painting “The Scream”. The National Gallery, Oslo, Norway. Source: Wikipedia. Click to enlarge.

1999
Scientists warn about harmful impacts on health of genetically modified (GM) food.

Source: HistoryOrb

2000
Charles M. Schulz (1922–2000), creator of the “Peanuts” comic strip, died at age 77.

Source: The Times

Charles M. Schulz in 1993. Source: Wikipedia (CC BY 2.0).

Charles M. Schulz in 1993. Source: Wikipedia (CC BY 2.0).

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