Should we really beware the Ides of March? A lot of important things in history happen on March 15, surprisingly.
"Beware, beware the Ides of March."
Have you heard that phrase before, but aren't sure where it came from? The word "ides" means the 15th of March, May, July and October and the 13th for the remaining months of the year.
That's not very ominous, we know. However, March 15th has a special significance throughout history. What else has happened on the Ides of March throughout history? Let's examine.
- March 15, 44 B.C. – Roman emperor Julius Ceasar was assassinated. He was stabbed 23 times in the Roman Senate in a conspiracy between Marcus Junius Brutus, Gaius Cassius Longinus and 60 others.
- March 15, 1493 – Christopher Columbus returns to Spain after discovering the Americas.
- March 15, 1767 – Future President Andrew Jackson is born.
- March 15, 1776 – South Carolina declares independence from Great Britain and sets up own government.
- March 15, 1820 – Maine officials becomes the 23rd state in the United States.
- March 15, 1985 – The first domain name is registered.
- March 15, 2011 – Rumors resurface that Facebook will shut down. Fortunately, this is just a rumor – Mark Zuckerberg and the gang aren't about to shut down something that over 500 million people use around the world.
What are you doing on the Ides of March?
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