Friday, March 15, 2013

The Ides of March are upon us-thought for the day and some history for your pleasure

Our history tid bits are courtesy Wikipedia 

44 BC – Julius CaesarDictator of the Roman Republic, is stabbed to death by Marcus Junius BrutusGaius Cassius LonginusDecimus Junius Brutus and several other Roman senators on the Ides of March.
351 – Constantius II elevates his cousin Gallus to Caesar, and puts him in charge of the Eastern part of the Roman Empire.
1493 – Christopher Columbus returns to Spain after his first trip to the Americas.
1672 – Charles II of England issues the Royal Declaration of Indulgence.
1781 – American Revolutionary WarBattle of Guilford Courthouse – Near present-day GreensboroNorth Carolina, 1,900 British troops under General Charles Cornwallis defeat an American force numbering 4,400.
1783 – In an emotional speech in Newburgh, New YorkGeorge Washington asks his officers not to support the Newburgh Conspiracy. The plea is successful and the threatened coup d'├ętat never takes place.
1820 – Maine becomes the 23rd U.S. state.
1875 – Archbishop of New York John McCloskey is named the first cardinal in the United States.
1888 – Start of the Anglo-Tibetan War of 1888.
1906 – Rolls-Royce Limited is incorporated.
1916 – President Woodrow Wilson sends 4,800 United States troops over the U.S.-Mexico border to pursue Pancho Villa.
1917 – Tsar Nicholas II of Russia abdicates the Russian throne and his brother the Grand Duke becomes Tsar.
1922 – After Egypt gains nominal independence from the United Kingdom, Fuad I becomes King of Egypt.
1931 – SS Viking explodes off Newfoundland, killing 27 of the 147 on board.
1939 – World War II: German troops occupy the remaining part of Bohemia and MoraviaCzechoslovakia ceases to exist.
1945 – World War II: Soviet forces begin an offensive to push Germans from Upper Silesia.
1956 – My Fair Lady receives its premiere performance on Broadway at the Mark Hellinger Theatre.
1961 – South Africa withdraws from the Commonwealth of Nations.
1965 – President Lyndon B. Johnson, responding to the Selma crisis, tells U.S. Congress "We shall overcome" while advocating the Voting Rights Act.
1985 – The first Internet domain name is registered (
1986 – Hotel New World Disaster - 33 people die when the Hotel New World in Singapore collapses.
1990 – Iraq hangs British journalist Farzad Bazoft for spying.
1990 – Mikhail Gorbachev is elected as the first President of the Soviet Union.
2011 – Beginning of the Syrian civil war.

Here's our thought for the day

“You may be deceived if you trust too much,
but you will live in torment if you don’t trust enough.”
~ Frank Crane
Frank Hall Crane (1 January 1873 – 1 September 1948) was an American stage and film actor and director. He appeared in 75 films between 1909 and 1939. He also directed 48 films between 1914 and 1927. His first screen writing included The Stolen Voice in 1915…source

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  1. Thanks for sharing this, I found the facts interesting!

    1. Thanks Kim, the history part is fun and you never know what you might learn :)