On This Day 22 June

By TheBoldAge. Published 2020-06-22
In 1633 Galileo was prosecuted for teaching that the Earth revolved around the Sun; in 1802 children were limited to working 12 hour days and in 1990 Checkpoint Charlie was dismantled. Read a bit more about the Royal Greenwich Observatory which was founded today in 1675

Royal Observatory Greenwich founded by King Charles II in 1675

The ROG (Royal Observatory Greenwich) is located on a hill in Greenwich Park overlooking the River Thames

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It was commissioned in 1675 by King Charles II with the site being chosen by Sir Christopher Wren. John Flamsteed was appointed the first Royal Astronomer at the time from which the building gets its name Flamsteed House.

Construction didn't begin until the 10th of August on the site where Greenwich Castle stood (which apparently was the place where there mistresses of Henry VIII stayed, enabling him to easily travel to see them).

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The Royal Observatory was the first purpose-built scientific research facility in Britain.

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Other events on this day

  • 1633: Galileo was prosecuted for teaching Earth revolves around the Sun
  • 1675: Royal Greenwich Observatory founded
  • 1745: Bonnie Prince Charlie sails to Scotland
  • 1802: Health and Morals of Apprentices Act - children limited to a maximum of 12 working hours per day
  • 1910: first airship with passengers - Zeppelin
  • 1948: HMT Empire Windrush brough the first group of immigrants to Tilbury
  • 1990: Checkpoint Charlie dismantled in Berlin