An interesting coincidence happened at our house recently. B has been reading a book on Charles Darwin, and I’ve been reading about Abraham Lincoln in preparation for a lesson at school. I mentioned to B that this is Abraham Lincoln’s 200th birthday, and he responded with the fact that it is also Charles Darwin’s 200th birthday — on the same day! Wow! We thought that was really cool! Then, our daughter, a great Edgar Allan Poe fan, let us know that Poe’s 200th birthday was a short time ago on the 19th of January. And I’ve been reading aloud a book to my second graders on Louis Braille, and discovered that his 200th birthday was on February 4th! We concluded that 1809 was quite a year!