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Galileo's "Dialogue Concerning the Two Chief World Systems" published on this day in 1632:

King James I of Scotland was killed on this day in 1437 during a failed coup. Read about him here:

Edward VI was crowned king on this day in 1547, aged only nine. Read some of his letters here:

Philosopher Giordano Bruno is burned alive, for heresy, at Campo de' Fiori in Rome. Read about his life here:

The Battle of Torrington, last of the English Civil War, was fought in Devon on this day in 1646. Read about it here: