On This Day – 15th of September
Posted on: Wed 15 Sep 2021
In 1835, Charles Darwin on board the HMS Beagle arrived at the Galapagos Islands.
This stop was part of a 5 year voyage to chart and survey the South American coastline. During this time Darwin acted as a naturalist; focusing on geology and building his natural history collection.
During the five week period at the Galapagos Island, Darwin noted different tortoise shell shapes for each island and collected finches as evidence towards his theory of evolution.
In 1928, Scottish bacteriologist Alexander Fleming discovered penicillin.
Penicillin was accidentally discovered by Fleming during an investigation into infectious bacteria. During the investigation, Fleming left his lab to go on vacation but forgot to put a petri dish of staph bacteria in an incubator.
Because of this discovery, penicillin has saved countless lives and brought us into the age of antibiotics. He also shared the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine with his cohorts Ernst Boris Chain and Howard Florey who is from Adelaide.
Also on this day In 1986, “You’re The Voice” by John Farnham was released in Australia. The song made the top ten in numerous countries and won the 1987 ARIA Award for Song of the Year.
Joining Breakfast’s Tom Mann, producer Alex Capurso tells us more about what happened on this day.
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Produced by Alex Capurso