Thursday, January 29, 2009
A comet appeared in 1066 just before the Battle of Hasting - the English may well have blamed their defeat by William the Conqueror on the evil influence of the comet. The idea that a comet is a bad omen has taken a long time to die out. A wave of terror convulsed the world at the passage of Halley's comet in APril 1920. Dozen of people committed suicide.