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February 12, 2011 / jmeuropeana

Vasco da Gama, Venera 1, Jan Swammerdam

On the 12th of February –

In 1502 Vasco da Gama set sail from Lisbon on his second voyage to India. He had been, in 1498, the first to reach India over sea via Cape of Good Hope. Well, he and the 170-odd man who actually sailed his ships, of course.
Vasco da Gama

The USSR sends the unmanned research probe Venera 1 to Venus in 1961. Here is a picture of a test flight for successor Venera 4 in 1967:
Venera 4 maakt zachte landing op Venus. Scene uit film. Het automatisch station maakt een landing op aarde tijdens test

Dutch biologist Jan Swammerdam is born in 1637. Here is his major work on insects, with a preface by Boerhaave:
Joannis Swammerdammii,... biblia naturae, sive historia insectorum : in classes certas redacta, nec non exemplis, et anatomico variorum animaculorum examine, aeneisque tabulis illustrata : insertis numerosis rariorum naturae observationibus : omnia in lingua batavia, auctori vernacula, conscripta. Tomus 2 / accedit praefatio, in qua vitam auctoris descripsit Hermannus Boerhaave,... ; latinam versionem adscripsit Hieronimus David Gaubius,...

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