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Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Hokudai/Cast 100: Introduction to Beautiful Business

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Over on the MiraiSozo Blog is a four-minute video of 44 US presidents. One of them, Abraham Lincoln, was born February 12, 1809. Another famous person was born the same day: Charles Darwin. February 12, 2009 was their 200th birthday.

Abraham Lincoln, of course, lead the US during the American Civil War (1860 - 1865) and was just voted the best US president by a group of American historians. He was assassinated in Ford's Theater in 1865. Last week President Obama gave a speech praising Lincoln in Ford's Theater. Lincoln's most famous speech is probably his Gettysburg Address. This speech begins with "Four score and seven years ago..." This is a very famous phrase now. (A 'score' is 20 years, so he is saying 87 years ago.) By the way, in the 1800s it was normal for speeches to last two hours or more. Lincoln's Gettysburg Address lasts about two minutes.

Charles Darwin
wrote On The Origin of Species, a biology book that explained how natural selection works. Natural selection is the basis of the theory of evolution. Darwin sailed around the world from 1831 to 1836 and collected a wide variety of plants and animals. He also noticed that the same animal was subtly different in different places. From these differences he introduced his theory of natural selection. His ideas changed the way people thought about botany, zoology, and biology in general. He greatly influenced science and scientists. He died in 1882. (And yes, the city of Darwin, Australia is named after him.)

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