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Chase's Calendar of Events 2014, 57th Edition by Editors of Chase's Calendar of Events

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Spotlight on People

The year 2014 brings many significant birth anniversaries, of which a small selection is presented here. See also the main book for many other interesting landmark birth anniversaries.

World History

Galileo Galilei

Birth: Feb 15, 1564 Image 450 years

Physicist and astronomer who helped overthrow medieval concepts of the world, born at Pisa, Italy. He proved the theory that all bodies, large and small, descend at equal speed and gathered evidence to support Copernicus’s theory that Earth and other planets revolve around the sun. In 1632, Galileo was tried by the Inquisition and found “vehemently suspect of heresy” because his Dialogue ...

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