Ides of March
In modern times, the Ides of March is best known as the date on which Julius Caesar was assassinated in 44 BC. Caesar was stabbed to death at a meeting of the Senate. As many as 60 conspirators, led by Brutus and Cassius, were involved. According to Plutarch, a seer had warned that harm would come to Caesar no later than the Ides of March. On his way to the Theatre of Pompey, where he would be assassinated, Caesar passed the seer and joked, “The Ides of March are come”, implying that the prophecy had not been fulfilled, to which the seer replied “Aye, Caesar; but not gone.” The saying “Beware the Ides of March” was made famous in Shakespeare’s play, Julius Caesar.
The almost clock-like return of the turkey vultures, always on March 15th, to their roost trees by the cliffs and caverns near Hinkley, Ohio became a celebration for local residents much like the groundhog Punxsutawney Phil seeing his shadow. Now there is a huge festival to celebrate Buzzard Day where residents and tourists look for the first buzzards to return to the skies of Hinkley.
Today’s Birthdays of Note….
Eva Longoria – Actress – born in Corpus Christi, Texas
Jimmy Swaggart – born in Ferriday, Louisiana