On this day in 1888, 125 years ago, the National Geographic Society was founded in Washington, DC.
It became over time the standard periodical that would publish stunning photography and articles on our natural and scientific world.
It sponsored expeditions and research that have expanded the understanding of the world we live in, and overcome lack of knowledge of science.
It has become a guardian of our natural resources and the globe on which all of us live, and has succeeded in broadening the scientific horizons of millions of people, in its mission to educate and inform us of the natural world, and the need to respect it.
It is in the forefront of fighting ignorance, often promoted by big business interests who have no concern about the environment, and also of religious elements which fight against scientific knowledge in favor of Biblical theories. It is part of the constant struggle of science versus Know Nothings, who undermine our future in America and worldwide.
Happy Anniversary, National Geographic Society, and may you prosper long into the future!