|Today's the day. The day the earth was created. That's right, 6010 years ago today was the first day of the earth's existence. At least according to Bishop Ussher's Annales veteris testamenti (1650), his universal chronology that set the date of creation as 23 October 4004 BC (well, really the night before that date, but close enough, and I'm not sure how much our understanding of "time" obtained before that day).|
According to Wikipedia at least (haven't checked it out myself), "Ussher's work is still referenced by Young Earth Creationists (who believe that the Earth is approximately 6,000 years old)." As Wikipedia astutely (no joke) points out, however, in his own day Ussher's calculation was not the sort of willful, anti-intellectual ignorance that most of today's creationists proudly display. Instead, it was a determinedly scholarly piece of historicist analysis, rooting the Bible firmly in historical time and reconciling its chronology with those of non-Christian civilizations.