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Beware the Ides of March!

March 15, 2019

 

On this day in 0044, Julius Caesar was assassinated by high-ranking Roman Senators. It is called the Ides of March because it referred to the middle of the month, rather than the beginning or the ending.

 

According to William Shakespeare, Caesar was warned to "beware the Ides of March" but didn't pay attention. The result? He was stabbed to death by many knife-wielders. One of them was his best friend. To the literal stab-in-the-back by Marucs Brutus, he replied, "Et tu, Brute?"

 

For those who are superstitious, the Ides of March is a day to "watch your back". People who track this sort of thing have pointed out that the following bad things also happened on March 15:

  • Between 1918 and 1955, the Ides of March marked tax day in the United States.

  • On March 15, 1938, Nazi Germany invaded Czechoslovakia.

  • In 1941, a blizzard killed more than 150 people in Minnesota and North Dakota.

  • The Centers for Disease Control and the World Health Organization issued warnings for SARS, a deadly type of pneumonia, in 2003.

  • And in the vein of a Roman revolution, protests erupted in Syria on March 15, 2011, that led to the beginning of the country’s civil war.

However, I know my husband would agree that one very good thing happened on this date in 1972 - the release of the movie "The Godfather"!

 

Happy Friday, everyone!

 

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