Today in History. What is an ide anyway?
March 15th on the Roman Calendar probably referring to the full moon. The term ides refers to the 15th day of March, May, July, and October and the 13th day of the other months. The term ides was used for March 15th because it was a festive day dedicated to the god Mars and a military parade was usually held.
In modern times, the ides of March is best known as the day on which Julius Caesar was killed in 44 B.C. Caesar was stabbed to death in the Theatre of Pompey by 60 conspirators led by Marcus Junius Brutus and Gaius Cassius Longinus.
On his way to the Theatre of Pompey, it is said that Caesar seen a seer who had foretold that harm would come to him by the Ides of March. Caesar joked, “Well the Ides of March have come.” To which the seer replied, “Ay, but they have not gone.” This meeting is famously dramatized in William Shakespeare’s play Julius Caesar, when Caesar is warned to, “beware the ides of March.”
Who else paid the price on the Ides of March?
Aside from its historical connection the Ides of March would have resonated with English citizens in 1599, the year Shakespeare’s play Julius Caesar was probably performed.
The whole business of the Ides of March and timekeeping in the play would have a strong impact on audiences.
In Roman times the Ides of March was most notable as a deadline for settling debts.
The calendar featured ides on the 15th in March, May, July, and October or on the 13th of other months. The words Latin roots mean “divide,” and the date sought to split the month, originally at the rise of the full moon.
But because calendar months and the lunar cycle are slightly out of sync, this connection was too soon lost.
Ides of March Assassins: Heroes or Murderers?
After Caesars assassination the Ides of March took on a special significance but the observance of the anniversary at the time varied among Roman citizens.
How they felt depended on their political position.
Whether they were heroes or murderers, the real life Ides of March assassins were subjected to less than pleasant outcomes. Within a couple of years Brutus and Cassius were dead.
They were not able to bring back the republic which is what they had intended and really what they did was usher in more of a permanent dictatorship under the future Roman emperors. The exact opposite of what was intended.
Ezra Jack Keats Birthday
Who is Ezra Jack Keats?
Ezra’s father Benjamin Katz died in the streets of a heart attack on the day that Keats was to receive a Medal of Honor for his Senior Class achievements. Ezra had to identify his body. When he did, he discovered in his fathers wallet carefully preserved newspaper clippings that reported on the notable artistic achievements of his son. “There in his wallet were worn and tattered newspaper clippings of the notices of the awards I had won. My silent admirer and supplier, he had been torn between his dread of my leading a life of hardship and his real pride in my work.”
Read more about Ezra Jack Keats at the Ezra Jack Keats Foundation.
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Today’s word auteur
1. a filmmaker who has a personal style and keeps creative control over his or her works: “Behind the studio’s decades of success, was a single auteur.”
The first protest march against the terrible conditions under which women worked in the textile and garment industries of the United States was held on March 8, 1857, in New York City. American women have decided that the anniversary of the march is a good time to honor women’s achievements and remember their goals.
You’ve come a long way baby. Women in the United States no longer fight for their right to vote. We have pretty much proved that we can be elected to and hold public office, although some campaigns waged against them have sexist overtones. Yet, we still fight a language bias insisting on Chairperson as opposed to Chairman. Though it seems silly at times, it has raised public awareness.
Women still have to fight other battles. At present, there is supposed to be legal protection against equal pay for equal work, but these laws are not always enforced. Women must still fight this battle. Discrimination against women in the hiring and promotion process is against the law also, but there still exists the “glass ceiling” in upper level jobs and plain prejudice in lower-level ones. Women are fighting the battle of sexual harassment, too, at work, in school, and in public places. These and other battles wage on.
Notable quotes by women:
- “I don’t want to get to the end of my life and find that I lived just the length of it. I want to have lived the width as well.” —Diane Ackerman, quoted in Newsweek
- “Deliver me from your cold phlegmatic preachers, politicians, friends, lovers, and husbands.” —Abigail Adams, a letter to John Adams.
- “Cautious, careful people, always casting about to preserve their reputation and social standing, never can bring about a reform. Those who are really in earnest must be willing to be anything or nothing in the world’s estimation.” —Susan B. Anthony, on the campaign for Divorce Law reform.
- “She had been forced into prudence in her youth, she learned romance as she grew older-the natural sequence of an unnatural events.” —Jane Austin, Persuasion.
- “One is not born a woman, one becomes one.” —Simone de Beauvoir, The Second Sex.
How many notable women do you know? Try the quiz below:
Groundbreaking Women Quiz
Instructions: Use reference materials and the Internet to answer the questions below. Read the question and circle the correct answer.
1) Former Secretary of Labor Frances Perkins (1880-1965) was the first woman to be appointed to a presidential cabinet. Which leader did she serve under?
a. Franklin D. Roosevelt
b. John F. Kennedy
c. Calvin Coolidge
2) Who was the first woman to run for vice-president on a major party ticket?
a. Sarah Palin
b. Geraldine Ferraro
c. Patsy Mink
4) Victoria Claflin Woodhull (1838-1927), a colorful reformer who advocated woman suffrage, free love, and socialism, was the first American woman to run for president. In which election was she a candidate?
5) Which scientist won two Nobel Prizes?
a. Linda Buck
b. Barbara McClintock
c. Marie Curie
Mental Floss devised the 25 Most Important Questions In the Universe which is an awesome list! The entire list along with the answers can be read on Neatorama so be sure to check it out. I wanted to come up with a list of my own.
Here is my list of the 25 Most Interesting Questions Ever Asked:
- If you knew you were going to die today, what is the one thing that you would do before you left the world behind?
- What do you think is the most important thing to remember about what it means to be an American?
- Why is it so easy to give good positive advice to others but you can’t seem to follow your own advice when you need to?
- Do you not agree that the book is always better than the movie?
- What do you think is the gravest problem with the current Education System and how can it be resolved?
- If you could go back and change just one thing, what would that one thing be?
- Do you think your vote counts?
- Who inspires you?
- If you were a road sign, what would you say?
- What song are you listening to now?
- Should Marijuana be legalized?
- Why is gasoline so high?
- Why are all our rights being taken away?
- Why is it legal for police to come and take anything of value out of your homes and leave with it?
- When dog food ‘s flavor is new and improved, who is the person that determines this?
- What do you have hidden in your undies drawer?
- What makes a person rich?
- Love or money?
- What is your favorite old movie and by old I mean black and white?
- How do you define high maintenance and what qualities does this include?
- If you could choose only one word that describes you perfectly for your epitaph, what would that one word be?
- If the police were beating on your door now, what would you do?
- What is your motto?
- What did you always want to be when you grew up?
- How do you show support for your troops?
Since I did not think that it would be entirely proper to give some of my personal answers on this blog. I will be providing them on another blog called 40something.
What are some of your answers? Do you have any questions you would like to add?
Life has its ups and downs but it is how you deal with them that makes all the difference.
Here are 8 bitter truths with a lesson to be learned in all:
- Friends will come and go. It can be a hard thing to accept, but the people you spend time with now may not be around tomorrow. Lesson: There are so many amazing people in this world for you to meet and build relationships with.
- You won’t always get what you want. People are going to be late. They will let you down. Things that you want won’t always be available. Lesson: Don’t look for happiness in material possessions, and if things don’t go your way learn to accept them. Life’s too short to stay miserable.
- Some people may love you and some may not. There are may possible reasons such as jealousy, similarities between you, or maybe you just don’t hit it off with that person. Lesson: So what. It’s that persons problem to deal with not yours. Let them talk. You are perfect the way you are and you certainly don’t need their approval for self-esteem.
- Nobody can transform your life-like you can. The support and help of others can only take you so far. You are going to have to look to yourself to make the really big changes in life. Lesson: Do things for yourself and learn to stand on your own two feet. People you rely on won’t be around forever and you don’t want to have to depend on others to get through life.
- You are going to fail. “Only those who are asleep make no mistakes,” so the saying goes. Lesson: You can learn a lot from others but it’s your own failures that you will learn valuable lessons from. Learn from your failures.
- Rain will sometimes cancel play. So, you went to the beach and it rained the whole time? Lesson: Don’t stress over things that you have no control. Learn to live with things that happen. You may not be able to change the past but how you can change how you react to things.
- There may be no tomorrow. Let’s face it, I’m sure we all would like to live till we are 90 but that’s not always the case. There will be one day that is our last. Lesson: Make the most of each day. Make sure the people who you care most about really know how much you love them. Don’t sweat the small stuff. Spend time with the people you love and doing the things you love.
- Someone will always have more. There will always be areas where people have more than you. Lesson: Just because they have more doesn’t always mean they’re happy. Focus on what you love and not what that thing you love can get you.
What do you think? Please share so that we may all learn from each other.