To mark the 200th anniversary of the birth of Charles Darwin, we made a Darwin Fishcake. However, Feb 12th 2009 is also Abraham Lincoln's 200th birthday, so this cake is much, much better:
Happy Birthday Chuck and Abe!
Until Danny Baker raised the topic on Radio 2 a few weeks ago, I hadn't realised that President Lincoln's assassin, John Wilkes Booth, was a very famous actor of the time, a pro-Southern, pro-slavery Confederate driven to furious vengeance by the success of the Northern, abolitionist, Unionists, and especially Mr Lincoln. The comparison isn't quite right, but it's rather as if George W. Bush had been shot dead by Matt Damon.
Charlie D was also an abolitionist, and his ideas were fairly controversial, but I don't think any attempts were made on his life. I guess living in seclusion in Kent, rather than being the leader of the US Government, probably helped.