Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Caesar, Columbus, Taylor & Burton

March the 15th is generally considered to be the Ides of March ( latin Idus Martii ). Thought to follow the course of the full moon in the Roman Calendar, the date is the 15th for some months and the 13th for others. Julius Caesar was assassinated on this day in 44BC by among others, Brutus and Cassius.

Christopher Columbus returned to Spain on March the 15th 1493, concluding his voyage to the New World.

Charles II issued the Royal Declaration of Indulgence on this day in 1672.

On March the 15th 1824 Jules Chevalier was born in Richelieu, France. Originally apprenticed as a shoemaker as his parents could not afford to send him to the seminary, he would go on to found the Missionaries of the Sacred Heart.

On this day in 1877 the first Test match was played between England and Australia at the Melbourne Cricket Ground.

Charles Rolls and Henry Royce decided that cars designed and made by them would bear their name. Rolls Royce was Incorporated on March the 15th 1906.

The American Legion was formed in Paris on this day in 1919.

Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton were married on March the 15th in 1964.

Today is the Feast Day of Saint Lucretia of Cordoba.

I had fun looking up food in Ancient Rome  - door mice and peacocks included.

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