On This Day
1768 – James Otis, Jr. offends the King and Parliament in a speech to the Massachusetts General Court.
James Otis Jr. (February 5, 1725 – May 23, 1783) was a lawyer in colonial Massachusetts, a member of the Massachusetts provincial assembly, and an early advocate of the Patriot views against British policy that led to the American Revolution. His catchphrase “Taxation without representation is tyranny” became the basic Patriot position.
Born On This Day
1781 – Siméon Denis Poisson, French mathematician and physicist (d. 1840)
Baron Siméon Denis Poisson FRS FRSE (French: [si.me.ɔ̃ də.ni pwa.sɔ̃]; 21 June 1781 – 25 April 1840) was a French mathematician, engineer, and physicist, who made several scientific advances.
Within the elite Académie des Sciences he was a leading opponent of the wave theory of light, eventually being proven wrong by Augustin-Jean Fresnel.
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