It happened on FEBRUARY 18

1609

Galileo Galilei became the first person in history to observe the sky through a telescope. The event occurred in Piazza San Marco in Venice, which piqued the Doge’s interest regarding the possible military application of the telescope.
 

1745

Count Alessandro Volta was born. He was a physicist and experimental chemist who elaborated the concept of voltage and electric potential and developed the electrophorus and the battery. He also examined the thermology and physics of gaseous states. A man of deep faith, he prayed each day and attended daily mass, although some historians detect a Jansenist tendency in him. During the years in which he taught at the grammar school in Como, he was a catechist in the parish of Saint Donnino where to this day a memorial plaque attests that “teaching the catechism here made way for the miracle of the battery.”

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