August 7, 1620

On this day in in 1620, German mathematician, astronomer and astrologer Johannes Kepler’s mother, Katharina, was arrested for being a witch and practicing witchcraft. She allegedly caused one woman to become sick and turned one man into a newt. Kepler personally saw to her legal defense and was able to prove that she had not practiced witchcraft. Also, the man who had been turned into a newt got better before the trial and did not prove to be a reliable witness.

About Joel Byers

Born in North Georgia and educated at some very fine public institutions. Real education started after graduating from college and then getting married and raising two boys. Has the ability to see the funny and absurd in most things and will always remark on it, even if it means getting the stink-eye from his victims.
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