American poet and writer Eve Merriam born

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American poet, essayist, educator Robert Hayden born

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Samuel L. Clemens uses the pseudonym Mark Twain for the first time

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  • Launchpad: Galileo and His "Starry Messenger"

    Created September 17, 2013

    Launchpad: Galileo and His "Starry Messenger"

    In this Launchpad, you will explore a section of Galileo’s booklet, Starry Messenger, in which he describes his observations of the solar system and stars through a telescope that he made. This telescope allowed him to see the distant objects in the sky in ways that no one had ever seen them before.

    Background: Stargazing Before Galileo

    Watch the short video,which sets the stage for Galileo’s discoveries by introducing the ideas about the nature of stars before he observed them through a telescope.

  • Galileo: Revealing the Universe

    Created September 13, 2013
    Galileo and the Doge

    In this lesson, students will practice close reading of passages from Galileo’s Starry Messenger concerning his observations of the stars and constellations through a telescope. They will develop an understanding of how he constructed his arguments to challenge the established views of his time using new technology and logical reasoning.

    Novelist and critic Virginia Woolf drowns herself at age 59

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    American author John Updike born

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    Political philosopher Jean-Jacques Rousseau born

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    Essayist Michel de Montaigne born

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