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February 13th

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

1672 - Birth of Étienne François Geoffroy, French chemist

1743 - Birth of Joseph Banks, English botanist and naturalist

1787 - Death of RuÄer BoškoviÄ, Croatian scientist

1805 - Birth of Peter Gustav Dirichlet, German mathematician

1880 - Thomas Edison observes the Edison effect.

1910 - Birth of William Shockley, American physicist and Nobel Laureate

1992 - Death of Nikolay Bogolyubov, Russian mathematician

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

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