We’re familiar with the Ides of March thanks to William Shakespeare and Julius Caesar, but what about the other eleven months? Do they have ides?
In fact, they do.
According to the Merriam-Webster dictionary, the Ides occur on “the 15th day of March, May, July, or October or the 13th day of any other month in the ancient Roman calendar…” This day was associated with the first full moon in any given month.
So, instead of deaths, and in keeping with the Roman calendar’s dates, let’s look at notable historic Ides birthdays.
1832: Horatio Alger, Jr., American minister and author (Tattered Tom)
1886: Sophie Tucker, theater and film actress, singer
1850: Charlotte E. Ray, first female African-American lawyer in the U.S. in 1972
1891: Grant Wood, painter, educator (American Gothic)
1919: Tennessee Ernie Ford, American folk and country music artist (Sixteen Tons)
277: St. Nicholas (Nikolaos of Myra) Greek Bishop who became the model for Santa Claus
March 12, 1987: Les Misérables opened at Broadway Theatre where it ran for 6000+ performances. March 12, 1692: Salem Witch Trials – Ann Putnam Jr. accuses Martha Cory of witchcraft. March 13, 1877: Chester Greenwood received a patent for earmuffs. March 14, 1879: Albert Einstein was born in Ulm, Germany.
March 15, 44 BCE: It was a bad day for Julius Caesar. He should have listened to the Soothsayer’s warning to Beware the Ides of March. March 16, 1850: Nathaniel Hawthorne published his novel The Scarlet Letter March 17, 1776: General George Washington forced the British to leave Boston after an eight-year occupation. It is still commemorated as Evacuation Day. March 18, 1939: Frank Sinatra made his first recording, which was a song called ‘Our Love’ with the Frank Mane Band.