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November 30, 2010 / jmeuropeana

Today in Europeana: 30 November

Crystal Palace burnt down; Gallilei observes the moon through the telescope; Gregory of Tours was born.

In 1936 The Crystal Palace, which was built to house the Great Exhibition of 1851, burnt down in London:
Crystal Palace, Sydenham, Upper Norwood

The telescope was of course a Dutch invention, credited to Hans Lippershey and Zacharias Janssen, of Middelburg, and Jacob Metius of Alkmaar. Initially the telescope was viewed as a curiosity and at best a military innovation, but on the 30th of November 1609 Galileo Galilei first observed the moon through a telescope; a revolution in astronomy:
Galileo Galilei, Sidereus Nuncius (facsimile)

Gregory of Tours (Gregorius Turenensis), French historian, born in Riom, near Clermont in 538:
Historia Francorum

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