A Historical Day

(1633) Astronomer Galileo in Rome for Inquisition trial

1633 Galileo Galilei arrives in Rome to stand trial for advocating that the Earth revolves around the Sun, a criminal heresy to the Roman Catholic Inquisition. Galileo will be found “vehemently suspect of heresy” and sentenced to indefinite house arrest, where he will remain until his death..

(1935) Hauptmann found guilty of Lindbergh baby murder

1935 One of the most sensational trials of the century concludes, as German immigrant Richard Hauptmann is pronounced guilty of kidnapping and killing famed aviator Charles Lindbergh’s 20-month-old son..

(1945) WWII Allies firebomb Dresden, Germany

1945 Hundreds of Allied aircraft drop over 3,400 tons of explosives on the German city of Dresden. The firestorm will decimate the architecturally and culturally significant city, kill at least 25,000, and be seen by many as a tragically unnecessary action..

(1960) France joins the ‘nuclear club’ with bomb test

1960 Gerboise Bleue is exploded in the Algerian Sahara desert, and at 70 kilotons is the largest atomic weapon test yet seen. The French now have The Bomb, along with the United States, the Soviet Union, and the United Kingdom..