Friday 23 February 2018, 00:23:24
23 February 1306
: Dominican friar Giordano da Pisa, lector in the church of Santa Maria Novella at Rieti in central Italy, delivers a sermon, saying “It is not yet twenty years since there was found the art of making eyeglasses, which make for good vision... I saw the one who first discovered and practiced it, and I spoke with him” in the first preserved mention of corrective eyeglasses.
23 February 1669
: In a letter to the Secretary of the Royal Society Isaac Newton first writes about his invention of the reflecting telescope.
23 February 1685
: Georg Friedrich Händel, German-British Baroque composer, is born in Halle an der Saale in what is now a museum of musical instruments.
23 February 1679
: Jan Steen, Dutch painter, is buried in Leiden aged around 53.
23 February 1848
: The French Guizot cabinet resignes; upon hearing the news a crowd pushes into the Ministry of Foreign Affairs; fifty two people die after a guard accidentely fires the first shot, turning Paris into a battle zone; king Louis Philippe abdicates and flees to Holland.
23 February 1855
: Carl Friedrich Gauss, German mathematician, dies in Göttingen at age 77.
23 February 1892
: German engineer Diesel patents the prototype of a diesel engine.
23 February 1987
: The first supernova visible to the naked eye since 1604 occurs in the Large Magellanic Cloud, reaching its maximum brightness in May.
23 February 1997
: Scientists in Scotland announce they have cloned a mammal, producing a lamb named Dolly.
23 February 1987
: Andy Warhol, American pop artist, dies in New York at age 58.
It is impossible to defeat an ignorant man in argument. ~ William G. McAdoo