Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Top 10 Beware the Ides of March

Is it all bad?

  1. The saying originated in the Shakespeare play, Julius Caesar.  “Beware the Ides of March” was the message from a soothsayer warning Caesar of his death. Julius Caesar was murdered later that day in 44 BC.

  1. Months of the Roman calendar were arranged around three named days and these were reference points from which the other (unnamed) days were calculated: Kalends (1st day of the month). Nones (the 7th day in March, May, July, and October; the 5th in the other months). Ides (the 15th day in March, May, July, and October; the 13th in the other months). 

  1. It was a bad day for Julius Caesar, but history also has recorded good things has happened on the ides of March.

  1. In 1783, George Washington put an end to the Newburgh Conspiracy and stopped an uprising from the army against Congress over a pay dispute.

  1. The band Ides of March performs their hit “Vehicle”. The song was used nationally in advertising by General Motors. The band split and some members formed the band Survivor.  Ides reunited in 1990 and still tours today.

  1. The Ides of March is the name of an upcoming movie of a play originally titled Farragut North, loosely based on the campaign of Howard Dean.  The film is scheduled for release in December 2011 and is directed by George Clooney that can’t possibly be bad news.

  1. In 1972 The Godfather opened in theaters. Director Francis Ford Coppola was only 31 years old at the time and the movie remains legendary.  In 2007 it was listed behind Citizen Kane as 2nd by the American Film Institute in a list of greatest movies of all time.

  1. On March 15th, 1970, hockey great Bobby Orr became the first defensemen in NHL records to score 100 points in one season.  He actually finished the season with 120 points and earned the status of the best offensive defensemen in NHL history. He signed a “C” form with the Boston Bruins making him their exclusive property at the age of 12. Of course in 1974, The Philadelphia Flyers beat the Boston Bruins for the Stanley Cup (smile) but that was another great day in history.

  1. March 15, 1913 was the first regularly scheduled presidential press conference.  Woodrow Wilson began the practice of allowing the reporters to ask questions as opposed to just feeding them information.

  1. In 1971, Chatrooms made their debut on the Internet.


  1. Interesting and unusual list of items in March.

  2. I'm guessing we are all interesting and unusual at times :) You are missing a great class at the high school. Ask the wife to fill you in.

  3. I can't say anything interesting happened to me this March 15th :( Anyone else?

  4. Well Sarah it is a day later then the 15th but I find it interesting whenever someone international reads my blog in the US and a comment is even more unusual. Thank you. I mention Australia tomorrow. I have relatives in Sydney. I have never been to your country but it is on my bucket list. I met a lot of Aussies this past summer in California, very interesting and unusual people. Great fun actually. I predict you will have an interesting weekend. Just make it happen :)

  5. Mary Ann, you're going to have to talk to JoAnn again about getting into that class. I'd love to do, but JoAnn and I have to do it together.

  6. Sign up early next time. I come away mentally and physically enriched every week. Get JoAnn to tell you what I did this week. LOL another blonde moment.