Charles Darwin publishes his theory of evolution, the NFL is founded, Lou Gehrig belts his 23rd career grand slam and NASA heads for Mars, all on this day.
1890: H. P. Lovecraft, the author of horror, fantasy and science fiction, especially the subgenre known as weird fiction, is born in Providence, Rhode Island. Lovecraft, seen here in 1915, is best known for his "Cthulhu Mythos" story cycle and the "Necronomicon," a fictional magical textbook of rites and forbidden lore.
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