Sigh, late again but there is a whole year of celebrating to do. It was on July 1st 1858 that the idea of evolution by natural selection was first presented to the world in a joint reading of Darwin's and Wallace's papers at the Linnean Society of London. It didn’t make a big splash then but it has since gone on to be the most important idea in biology and now underpins most of modern biology.
The Beagle Project has a summery of the importance of this day to science. For a view of how evolutionary theory is applied to cutting edge research read ervs’ archives.
Have fun this year.