June 30 - 1860 - The Oxford Evolution Debate
Less than 7 months after Charles Darwin published his On the Origin of Species, a large scale debate about his ideas took place at a conference at Oxford University between Samuel Wilberforce, Bishop of Oxford, and Thomas Henry Huxley, a biologist. Although debates about evolution became a common part of day to day life in a few years, this debate was quite different from the pattern that would later develop. For one, it was really more of an animated discussion about scientific details. The other issue is that no one is real sure who won or what was particularly said. The basic fact is that launched many other debates about evolution.