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Baron Georges Cuvier: Biography of the Day

Baron Georges Cuvier

French zoologist Baron Georges Cuvier—whose work, which included classifying animals based on their internal structure and not their outward appearance, laid the foundation of comparative anatomy—was born this day in 1769.

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Telescope presented by Galileo: 23 August 1609 – This Day in History

Italian astronomer and mathematician Galileo greatly improved the telescope, producing increasingly powerful instruments, and on this day in 1609 presented an eight-powered telescope to the Venetian Senate.

More Events on this day:

1939: Germany and the Soviet Union signed a nonaggression pact dividing eastern Europe into German and Soviet spheres of influence.

1927: Italian immigrants Nicola Sacco and Bartolomeo Vanzetti were executed for murder in Massachusetts, despite a mishandled trial and the widespread belief that they were innocent.

1926: “The Great Lover,” motion-picture actor Rudolph Valentino, died suddenly at age 31, prompting widespread public grief from his fans.

1514: The Ottomans won a decisive victory over the afavids of Iran at the Battle of Chldirn.

1305: Scottish national hero and resistance leader Sir William Wallace was executed in London.

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