By M.P. Pellicer | Eerie News
The Ides of March is linked to the assassination of Caesar in 44 B.C., however there were other tragedies that were marked by the full moon heralding the arrival of spring in the northern hemisphere.
The Ides of March in the ancient world heralded the arrival of spring; the renewal of earth and a promise of life. In Rome, the Feast of Anna Perenna was celebrated to complete the circle of the year happily. Sacrifices were made to her, publicly and privately to assure a healthy year. This date was important for an agrarian society, and soldiers upon retiring were given farmland to work.
In the Roman Era debts would have to be settled at this time.
In 44 B.C., according to Plutarch, a historian and a priest at the Temple of Apollo in Delphi, Caesar was warned by a seer that harm would come to him. He didn't heed the prophecy, and he was stabbed 23 times in a conspiracy that included at least 60 powerful Romans. This event marked the beginning of the Roman Empire and the end of the Roman Republic, and sparked a civil war.
The date held a symbolic meaning for Brutus, Cassius and others involved in the murder plot. Another important factor was that Caesar would leave in three days to join a military campaign against Parthia. The Senate would meet on the Ides of March, and this would place Caesar within grasp of the assassins.
Brutus, whose name was linked with betrayal like Judas Iscariot, committed suicide two years later, and within a dozen years, many of the conspirators had been killed.
The following are other events that were marked by the Ides of March:
A Raid on Sussex, 1360
The Hundred Years War had pitted France and England against each other. A French raiding party attacked the port of Winchelsea in Sussex, and began a two-day spree of rape, pillage and murder. King Edward III who was pillaging France at that time, then launched a reprisal attack. The war ended in 1453.
Samoan Cyclone, 1889
The effect of the cyclone was catastrophic, and the ships in the bay evacuated only at the last minute. Several ships that made it out of the mouth of the bay in Apia, Samoa were damaged, and there was some loss of life, however six warships, three American and three German, who stayed in the harbor were totally destroyed. The death toll was well over 200 sailors.
Czar Nicholas II Abdicates His Throne, 1917
Czar Nicholas II of Russia abdicated, ending the 304-year-old royal dynasty. In 1918, the Bolsheviks murdered the entire family including the children, by executing them before a firing squad. Of the House of Romanov's 65 members, 47 survivors went into exile abroad. This event ushered in the Bolshevik rule.
Germany Occupies Czechoslovakia, 1939
Nazi troops seized the provinces of Bohemia and Moravia. It began with the German annexation of the Sudetenland in 1938, and by the end of 1944 all of Czechoslovakia was under their control.
A Deadly Blizzard on the Great Plains, 1941
Spring was technically one week away when the most severe blizzard in modern history struck Minnesota and North Dakota. People were out and about since it was Saturday night, then suddenly winds started to gust at 75 to 85 mph. The cold front enveloped the northern Great Plains in 7 hours, and in some locations, temperatures dropped 20 degrees in less than 15 minutes. Most of the 151 who died were caught traveling in their automobiles.
World Record Rainfall, 1952
Almost 74 inches of rain fell in 24 hours on the island of La Réunion in the Indian Ocean. This set a world record.
Identification of Sudden Acute Respiratory Syndrome, 2003
After accumulating reports of a mysterious respiratory disease afflicting patients and healthcare workers in China, Vietnam, Hong Kong, Singapore and Canada, a heightened global health alert was issued. The disease became famous under the acronym SARS (for Sudden Acute Respiratory Syndrome).
Asteroid Hit the Earth and Wiped Out the Dinosaurs (concluded in 2022 by researchers)
According to Nature, experts using an extremely powerful X-rays and carbon isotope records of the bones of fish that died less than an hour after the asteroid hit, have concluded that the asteroid which killed the dinosaurs struck the earth in the spring.
How much you wanna bet it hit on the Ides of March?
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