Precisely on this day in 1809, Abraham Lincoln and Charles Darwin were born almost simultaneously. Let us see what the circumstances of their births were.
On this day in 1809 Abraham Lincoln and Charles Darwin, people with a huge impact on the world they were living in, were born almost at the same time. Of course, their birthplaces were geographically quite distant. Lincoln was born almost at the farthest edge of the inhabited areas of the United States at that time, in the town of Hodgenville in the U.S. state of Kentucky (Tennessee and Kentucky were the westernmost states of the USA at that time).
On the contrary, Charles Darwin was born in one of the most developed parts of the world then – in central England – which precisely then served as the cradle of the Industrial Revolution. Darwin’s hometown of Shrewsbury is located not far from the spot where the famous Abraham Darby produced pig iron in a blast furnace fuelled by coke, and the first cast iron bridge in the world history was build in the vicinity.
What was happening in the world at that time in 1809? Continental Europe was ruled by the mighty Napoleon Bonaparte (emperor since 1804). In the USA, the president was the famous Thomas Jefferson, whose mandate was just about to expire. Edgar Allan Poe and Nikolai Gogol were born that same year.