If you'll take a look at the calendar, you will see that the Ides of March are almost upon us.
The Ides of March... you know that phrase, right? Well, what does it mean? To most people, it is a reference Shakespeare's Julius Caeser, wherein Caeser is assasinated.
For other people, particularly scholars of the ancient roman world, The Ides of March (TIOM) simply meant the 15th day of four months of the year (includin March), and the thirteenth day of the other eight months.
Yes, for most people, TIOM refers to a place on the calender, but did you know that the term means so much more to so many people?
I have to admit, when good bloggy pal Becky suggested this topic to me the other night, when I had no bleeding idea what I was going to blog about today, I immediately thought of the Shakespearian reference... but then, I thought of another reference. Depending on how old you are and what country you live in, hearing a reference to TIOM means something else. Have you ever heard of the musical group with the same name? Back in the early 1970's there was a rock band with a brass-heavy sound, called The Ides of March, and even if you don't remember them, the odds are great that if you ever listen to the oldies radio stations, you have heard their biggest hit, called "Vehicle" (click here to listen).
The Ides of March also brings to mind a novel by Thornton Wilder.
Nothing else came to mind, so I got a little help from a friend... a friend named google. These things also happened on the Ides of March in different years:
1493 - Christopher Columbus returns to Spain, concluding his first voyage to the Western Hemisphere.
1603 - Samuel de Champlain, French navigator and explorer, sails for the New World.
1776 - U.S. Congress resolves that authority of British Crown should be suppressed.
1848 - Hungarian intellectuals stage bloodless revolution in Budapest against Austro-Hungarian empire. It is put down by Russian troops the next year.
1874 - France assumes protectorate over central Indochina region of Annam, which breaks off vassalage to China.
1875 - The Roman Catholic Archbishop of New York City, John McCloskey, is named the first American cardinal by Pope Pius IX.
1903 - British conquest of northern Nigeria is complete.
1913 - U.S. President Woodrow Wilson holds the first open presidential news conference.
1916 - U.S. force of 12,000 soldiers under Gen. John Pershing is ordered to Mexico to capture revolutionary leader Pancho Villa.
1917 - Czar Nicholas II of Russia abdicates after humiliating defeat by the Germans. The Russian state and military begin to dissolve.
1919 - The American Legion is founded in Paris.
1938 - Nazi Germany seizes Czechoslovakia with little resistance, after having annexed the Sudetenland, with its fortifications, the previous year.
1988 - Israeli authorities impose travel ban on Palestinians in occupied territories.
1989 - Soviet Union's President Mikhail S. Gorbachev calls for rapid measures to ease chronic Soviet food shortages.
1990 - Iraq executes London newspaper reporter, Farzad Bazoft, after a closed-trial conviction for spying.
1991 - Serbian President Borisav Jovic resigns after the collective presidency fails to declare a nationwide state of emergency. .
1999 - Rosemary Nelson, a Northern Ireland attorney who represented Catholic clients in several high-profile cases, is killed by a car bomb. The outlawed anti-Catholic group Red Hand Defenders claims responsibility.
2000 - In a forensic first, a grand jury in New York indicts an unidentified man for three rapes based on his DNA genetic profile.
2001 - Armed Chechens hijack a Russian plane carrying 174 people after it takes off from Turkey and force it to land in Medina, Saudi Arabia.
2003 - Rebels led by ousted army chief General Francois Bozize capture the Central African Republic's capital, Bangui, and the international airport while President Ange-Felix Patasse was out of the country. Bozize declared himself president.
2004 - Saudi security forces kill two militants, including one considered al-Qaida's chief of operations on the Arabian Peninsula, in a shootout in the capital Riyadh.
2005 - A French court convicts six men in an alleged plot to send a suicide bomber into the U.S. Embassy in Paris, wrapping up a trial that shed light on the spread of Islamic radicals in Europe.
2007 - The Islamic militant Hamas and its Fatah rivals forge a unity Palestinian government to end more than a year of political wrangling, isolation and bloodshed. Israel quickly rejects the new leadership, saying it fails to recognize the Jewish state.
2008 - China orders tourists out of Tibet's capital while troops on foot and in armored vehicles patrol the streets and enforce a strict curfew, a day after riots that a Tibetan exile group says left at least 30 protesters dead.
A few prominent birthdays for THe IDes of MArch are as folloews:
Andrew Jackson, U.S. president (1767-1845)
Sly Stone, U.S. singer/musician (1943--)
will.i.am, U.S. rapper/musician (1975--)
Eva Longoria Parker, U.S. actress (1975--).