“You Abjure, Curse, and Detest”

That’s quite the quote, eh?

The you in it was a very famous person.

And he signed his agreement with the accusation on this day: June 22.

See 1633 below…but let’s not get any further ahead of ourselves!

1559 – Somebody burns and loots Jewish quarter of Prague. (But who done it?)

1611 – Mutineers set Henry Hudson adrift in Hudson Bay; he was never seen again. (Well, his son and some others saw him a while longer — they were set adrift with him.)

1633 – The Holy Office in Rome forces Galileo Galilei to recant his view that the Sun, not the Earth, is the center of the Universe. (Eventually, the truth “dawned” on them.)

1772 – Slavery was outlawed in England. (Three cheers for the English!)

1815 – Napoleon Bonaparte abdicates a second time. (He eventually got the hang of it.)

1825 – The British Parliament abolishes feudalism and the seigneurial system in British North America. (Three cheers for the British!)

1832 – John Howe patents pin manufacturing machine.

1868 – Arkansas was re-admitted to the Union.

1870 – US Congress creates the Department of Justice. (You know, the outfit that Eric Holder presently operates.)

1873 – Prince Edward Island joins Canada. (So it ceased to be an island?)

1874 – Game of lawn tennis was introduced. (By?)

1939 – Future Queen Elizabeth of England meets future husband Philip. (See 1982 below.)

1942 – A Japanese submarine shells Fort Stevens at the mouth of the Columbia River. (That’s in Oregon. And I was there, though not for the shelling.)

1970 – President Nixon signs the 26th Amendment, lowering the voting age to 18. (Just what do eighteen-year-olds know about that kind of stuff?!)

1976 – The Canadian House of Commons abolishes capital punishment.

1980 – The Soviet Union announces a partial withdrawal of its forces from Afghanistan.

1982 – Prince Charles and Lady Diana take Prince William home from hospital. (Had he been sick?)

1990 – Checkpoint Charlie is dismantled in Berlin. (And Florida prohibits a certain type of bathing suit.)

1992 – The US Supreme Court unanimously rules that hate-crime laws that ban cross-burning and similar expressions of racial bias violated free-speech rights. (Defining free speech seems to be getting ridiculouser.)

2009 – Eastman Kodak Company announces that it will discontinue sales of the Kodachrome Color Film. (I wonder how many years it’s been since I last took a film photo.)

Disclaimer: I can’t personally attest to the truth of much of any of this. I got this information on the Internet:

Why ever did I take the time to do all this?

Well, I wanted to tell you about Galileo giving in to the Inquisition. You can read more about his indictment and abjuration.

Would you have stuck your neck out further than he did?

You might find his story and dilemma so gripping you might want to read more about it. I can help you with that:

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