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Atari, Inc.

Atari, Inc.

Jun 27, 2012

On June 27, 1972 Nolan Bushnell and Ted Dabney founded Atari, Inc. (Bushnell also founded Chuck E. Cheese’s Pizza-Time Theaters chain). As a student at the University of Utah, Bushnell played the ‘Spacewar!’ game on mainframe computers. He also had worked at the Lagoon Amusement Park during high school and college and had a particular interest...

Battle of Little Bighorn

Battle of Little Bighorn

Jun 26, 2012

The Battle of Little Bighorn (Custer’s Last Stand, or the Battle of the Greasy Grass) took place on June 25-26, 1876. The battle was the most famous of the Great Sioux War of 1876. Over 250 U.S. soldiers died in the battle and 55 were injured. Premonition’s of Sitting Bull In 1875 Sitting Bull, a Lakota Sioux holy man, entered camp with a...

Galileo Forced to Recant Heliocentrism

Galileo Forced to Recant Heliocentrism

Jun 23, 2012

On June 22, 1633, Galileo Galilei, at the age of seventy, was sentenced to imprisonment, ordered to read the seven penitential psalms once a week for the next three years, and forced to recant his view that the Sun, not the Earth, is the center of the Universe. Renouncement of 1615 Galileo had been renounced by the Holy Roman Church eighteen years earlier for:...

Galileo Galilei’s Sentence 22 June 1633

Galileo Galilei’s Sentence 22 June 1633

Jun 23, 2012

We: [names of ten Cardinals] By the grace of God, Cardinals of the Holy Roman Church, and especially commissioned by the Holy Apostolic See as Inquisitors-General against heretical depravity in all of Christendom. Whereas you, Galileo, son of the late Vincenzio Galilei, Florentine, aged seventy years, were denounced to this Holy Office in 1615 for holding as...

Galileo Galilei’s Abjuration 22 June 1633

Galileo Galilei’s Abjuration 22 June 1633

Jun 23, 2012

I, Galileo, son of the late Vincenzio Galilei of Florence, seventy years of age, arraigned personally for judgment, kneeling before you Most Eminent and Most Reverend Cardinals Inquisitors-General against heretical depravity in all of Christendom, having before my eyes and touching with my hands the Holy Gospels, swear that I have always believed, I believe...