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Today in Science (0213)

Events

1633 – Galileo Galilei arrives in Rome for his trial before the Inquisition.

1880 – Thomas Edison observes the Edison effect.

2004 – The Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics discovers the universe’s largest known diamond, white dwarf star BPM 37093.

Births

1672 – Étienne François Geoffroy, French chemist

1743 – Joseph Banks, English botanist and naturalist

1910 – William Shockley, American physicist, eugenicist and Nobel Prize laureate

Deaths

1787 – Ruđer Bošković, Croatian scientist

2005 – Emilios T. Harlaftis, Greek astrophysicist