President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama were among the celebrants at the reopening of Ford’s Theatre in Washington.
February 12 marks the 200th anniversary of the birth of President Abraham Lincoln.
Actor David Selby, of Dark Shadows and Falcon Crest fame, portrays President Lincoln in Ford’s Theatre’s new play The Heavens Are Hung In Black.
Ford’s Theatre has undergone an 18-month renovation and will reopen officially on Lincoln’s 200th birthday.
President Barack Obama greets actor David Selby.
February 12th also marks the 200th anniversary of the birth of Charles Darwin. Darwin’s On the Origin of the Species is still considered controversial today by religious conservatives in North America. But the rest of the world is celebrating his theories of natural selection and evolution.
It is Darwin’s daring theories that made Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation possible.
Darwin’s findings that all species of life have evolved over time from common ancestors, and Lincoln’s fight to keep the Union intact and free the slaves, are some of the most important developments in modern history.
Celebrate two great thinkers today: Abraham Lincoln and Charles Darwin.