On This Day: February 12
February 12, 2015 § Leave a comment
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.
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.
The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) was founded.
George Gershwin‘s “Rhapsody In Blue” premieres at Aeolian Hall, NYC.
George Kaufman‘s “Beggar on Horseback,” premieres in NYC.
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.”
Scientists warn about harmful impacts on health of genetically modified (GM) food.
Source: The Times