On this day (June 22) in 1633, the wise and venerable Inquisitors of the Catholic Church forced Galileo to recant with these words:
I must altogether abandon the false opinion that the sun is the centre of
the world and immovable, and that the earth is not the centre of the world,
and moves, and that I must not hold, defend, or teach in any way whatsoever,
verbally or in writing, the said false doctrine, and after it had been notified to
me that the said doctrine was contrary to Holy Scripture
It took the church only 359 years to right the wrong when it apologised to Galileo in 1992.
The thing that makes me laugh about the 1992 episode is that Pope John Paul II boasted that the church had spent the last 13 years investigating the condemnation of Galileo before finally admitting that Galileo was right. Thirteen fucking years!!! I could have told them that on Day One of the investigation.