Friday, March 30, 2012
March 30,317 BC, Phocion, the great Athenian general and statesman, died at an approximate age of 85. 240 BC first recorded perihelion passage of Halley's Comet. 1135 Maimonides was born. He was a Jewish philosopher who tried to harmonize Judaism with the teachings of Aristotle in his principal work, The Guide of the Perplexed, in 1190. 1191 Celestine III elected Pope. During his pontificate, he confirmed the order of Teutonic Knights. 1296 Edward I sacked Berwick-upon-Tweed, during armed conflict between Scotland and England. 1603 The Nine Years' War between England and Irish rebel Hugh O'Neill ended with the surrender of the Irish.1533 Henry VIII divorced his first wife, Catherine of Aragon. 1533 Thomas Cranmer became archbishop of Canterbury.