24 November

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The Origin of Species was published today

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An English naturalist and geologist, who spent almost five years recording the wildlife of Latin America from his base on board HMS Beagle, Charles Darwin published his defining work, On the Origin of Species, on this day in 1859.

The book, he recorded in his diary, sold out that same day, and the theory of evolution it contained would transform biology, theology, medicine and more. Honour Charles, a courageous man who overcame nervous illness to publish pioneering thought, and his big idea that has shaped our thought, with a Charlie, a pleasantly sweet bourbon concoction.

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