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Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Blow Out the Candles February 19

Renaissance astronomer and well, Renaissance man Nicolaus Copernicus was born on this date in 1473.
2010 Allen & Ginter's
From the University of Tennessee:
In a book called On the Revolutions of the Heavenly Bodies (that was published as Copernicus lay on his deathbed), Copernicus proposed that the Sun, not the Earth, was the center of the Solar System. Such a model is called a heliocentric system. The ordering of the planets known to Copernicus in this new system is illustrated in the following figure, which we recognize as the modern ordering of those planets.

The Copernican Universe

In this new ordering the Earth is just another planet (the third outward from the Sun), and the Moon is in orbit around the Earth, not the Sun. The stars are distant objects that do not revolve around the Sun. Instead, the Earth is assumed to rotate once in 24 hours, causing the stars to appear to revolve around the Earth in the opposite direction.

Another Nick also has a birthday today.  He's the unofficial king of the bargain hunters and he's really good at it.  You know him from his terrific blog,  Dime Boxes --The Low-End Baseball Card Collector's Journey.  Today he turns 21 (I think) which is somewhat lower than most of us and a lot lower than some of us.  Happy Birthday, Nick!  May your dime boxes be overflowing with gems!

Hall of Fame jockey Eddie Arcaro was born in Cincinnati, Ohio on this date in 1916.

Eddie aboard Triple Crown Winner, Whirlaway in 1941
Eddie riding his second Triple Crown winner, Citation in 1948

Actress Merle Oberon was born in Bombay, India on this date in 1911.
1934 Player's Film Stars #35
Merle is best know for roles in the 1930's films, The Private Life of Henry VIIIThe Scarlet PimpernelThe Dark Angel (for which she received and Oscar nomination), and Wuthering Heights.

1 comment:

  1. Man, I want hair like Copernicus had. I'm assuming that it is a bit thinner now.

    Happy Birthday, Nick.


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