Galileo died in 1642 after suffering from heart palpitations and fever at the age of 77. Galileo is known for his theory that the Earth moves around the sun (known as heliocentricism), for his observations on heavenly bodies and for his work on the telescope.Know More
Ferdinando II, who was the Grand Duke of Tuscany, had plans to bury Galileo in the body of the Basilica of Santa Croce, where his father and ancestors also resided. He also wanted to construct a marble mausoleum to honor Galileo. Those plans were vanquished because Pope Urban VIII and his nephew, Cardinal Francesco Barberini, objected on the grounds that the Catholic Church had denounced Galileo as a suspected heretic, due to his claims that the Earth revolved around the sun.
Galileo was originally buried under the Campanile, at the Novitate Chapel in Santa Croce, as he was not allowed to be buried in the church. In 1737, he was moved into the church and interred in a marble sarcophagus located directly across from Michelangelo's monument. Three fingers and a tooth were removed from Galileo's remains during this transportation. The fingers are some of the most famous items at the Museo Galileo in Florence, Italy. Galileo's tomb contains two other bodies: his pupil Viviani and his daughter, Suor Maria Celeste.Learn more about Modern Europe
Joseph Stalin's first step into significant power came in 1922, when he became the General Secretary of the Communist Party, a position he held until his death. He was never elected into office and got his power through a series of intelligent maneuvers.Full Answer >
The cause of Queen Victoria's death was a series of strokes suffered several days before she died on Jan. 22, 1901, at 6:30 p.m. At the time of her death, Queen Victoria was 81 years old.Full Answer >
Francis II of France died at the tender age of 16 due to an abscess in his brain. This was caused by an ear infection that spread rapidly and resulted in immense swelling.Full Answer >
Albert Einstein's childhood was normal for the most part; however, he learned to speak at a late age. The young scientist needed a private tutor at age 5 so he could be prepared to enter school. The boy grew up in a middle class, secular Jewish family in Germany.Full Answer >