We know Darwin and Lincoln shared a birth date. Amazing coincidence, perhaps. One lesson of history we should learn is that with the very long arc of history, and the very many people who come and go, such coincidences are not so rare as they are generally unrecognized.
I’ve tried to explore the coincidence and been frustrated for some time — at what hours were these two men actually born? Just how close a coincidence was it?
Darwin’s birth to a relatively wealthy family headed by a physician, his father Robert, suggests someone probably would have written about the birth giving an approximate time of day. I feel confident that information exists — but I’ve not found it online, nor in my few biographies. (I may have just overlooked it.)
Lincoln was born to a frontier family where writing things down at all may have been a rarity. I’ve queried several experts to no avail.
At length, I have found some potential value to astrology. “Accurate” astrological readings require a birth time, within an hour or two generally, to accurately note star and especially planet placement in star charts. So astrologers bent on casting the astrological charts of famous people have worked to get their birth times, in order to make charts “accurate.”
I’m not saying the claims of fate made in these readings have any accuracy — all I’m saying is that the work to get the exact birth time might actually have done that.
Ominously for accuracy, the site gives absolutely no information on how those times were ascertained. For all we know the times are completely fictional.
GMT and CST are six hours different; if these times are close to accurate, we can say both men were born in the morning in their respective time zones, but about ten hours apart.
Where would astrologers get Lincoln’s birth down to the minute? Is either of these birth times accurate?
- Lincoln and Darwin, born hours apart, February 12, 1809 (timpanogos.wordpress.com)
- Darwin v Lincoln (forthesakeofscience.com)
- Cats for Darwin and Lincoln Day (whyevolutionistrue.wordpress.com)
- Darwinism, Darwinian, Darwinist [Greg Laden’s Blog] (scienceblogs.com)
- Remembering Honest Abe….his Kentucky home and favorite almond cake! (homeandtherange.wordpress.com)