Monday, March 15, 2004

'Twasn't until almost 10:00 EST (USA) that I realized that this day is the Ides of March, by the old Roman calendar, and on this day in 44 B.C. Julius Caesar was assassinated, stabbed to death, by a cabal of friends and associates in the Roman government, led by Cimber, Casca, Cassius, and Marcus Junius Brutus.

Today is also the anniversary of the birth of Andrew Jackson. Garrison Keillor, in the Writers' Almanac, has posted this: "He began his political career as a Tennessee congressman, but he wasn't nationally known until the War of 1812. After he led the defeat of the pro-British Creek Indians at Horseshoe Bend, he was placed in command of the defense of New Orleans..."

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