It happened on JANUARY 28

1369
The relics of St. Thomas Aquinas (1224-1274) arrived in Tolouse. They were later moved back to Aquino in 1963. His liturgical feast is today. St. Thomas is a Doctor of the Church and the patron saint of theological studies. He authored the most important medieval synthesis between the science of his time and philosophy and theology.
1688
Ferdinand Verbiest died in Beijing. A German Jesuit, astronomer, and builder of scientific instruments, he was a missionary in China under the Emperor Kangxi of the Qing dynasty. Verbiest built the first Chinese thermometer along with seven bronze astronomical instruments, still visible today on the platform at the Beijing Ancient Observatory, which he directed from 1669 through 1688.
1986
The space shuttle Challenger exploded in flight a few seconds after liftoff. Tragically, all seven members of the crew died.

2015: On the International Light Year

 
2015: The Year of Light is here!, by G. Tanzella-Nitti
 
At the dawn of scientific questions on the nature of light: Selected Queries from Isaac Newton’s Opticks (1704)
 
Old and new perspectives in the theory of light: The nature of light and radiation according to L. de Broglie, Light and Matter (1937)
 
 
 
 

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