Wednesday, March 7, 2012
March 7, 322 BC The Greek philosopher Aristotle died. 161, the emperor Antoninus Pius died peacefully of fever and was succeeded by his adopted sons Marcus Aurelius and Lucius Verus. 238 Roman subjects in Africa revolted against Maximinus Thrax and elected Gordian I as emperor. 321 Emperor Constantine I decreed that the dies Solis Invicti (sun-day) was the day of rest in the Empire. 1111 Bohemond I of Tarente, leader of the First Crusade and a prince of Antioch, died. 1274 Thomas Aquinas died. 1530 King Henry VIII's divorce request was denied by the Pope, which prompted Henry to declare himself as supreme head of England's church.