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
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.