Wednesday, March 16

Top 5 Events on the Ides of March

March 15 is known as the "Ides of March." "Beware the Ides of March," they say. With good reason. It didn't go very well for Julius Caesar.

1. 44 BC. Julius Caesar is stabbed by Brutus, along with a gang of Senators. Gangs have gotten much less political since then. But no less violent.

2. 1545 AD. The council of Trent holds its first meeting. I assume it was mostly a meet and greet. Probably some light appetizers were served, like whole roasted chickens and such.

3. 1672 AD. King Charles II of England issues the Royal Declaration of Indulgence. Several of his subjects die of ice cream overdose on this very day.

4. 1820 AD. Maine becomes the 23rd US state. Nobody told them that America was just doing it for the lobsters.

5. 1990 AD. Mikael Gorbachev is elected as the first president of the Soviet Union. Which he promptly proceeds to dismantle.

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