History #Trivia – Week of March 19-25 by Kaye Spencer

March 19, 1916: Eight American planes took off in pursuit of Pancho Villa. This event became the first United States air-combat mission in history.

March 20, 1852: Harriet Beecher Stowe’s Uncle Tom’s Cabin was published as book after serialization in an anti-slavery newspaper.

March 20, 1841: The Murders in the Rue Morgue by Edgar Allen Poe was published. It was considered the first detective story.

March 21, 1825: Ludwig van Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony had its first performance in London.

March 22, 1908:
American western novelist Louis L’Amour was born. This is a traditional ‘Day of Venerated Observance’ in my family. 🙂 My top three favorites of his stories…



March 23, 1857: Elisha Otis’ first modern passenger elevator was installed in Hagwout Department Store at the corner of Broome Street & Broadway in New York City.

March 24, 1973: Alice Cooper’s Billion Dollar Babies is the Number 1 Chart Toppers LP (vinyl record).




March 25, 1968: The last episode of The Monkees television show aired.

Until next time,


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What about the other 11 “Ides”? by Kaye Spencer #IdesofMarch #history #trivia

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.

January 13
  • 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

February 13
  • 1891: Grant Wood, painter, educator (American Gothic)
  • 1919: Tennessee Ernie Ford, American folk and country music artist (Sixteen Tons)
March 15
  • 277: St. Nicholas (Nikolaos of Myra) Greek Bishop who became the model for Santa Claus
  • 1767: Andrew Jackson, 7th U.S. President

April 13
  • 1743: Thomas Jefferson, 3rd U.S. President
  • 1866: Butch Cassidy, American outlaw legend (clip from the movie: https://youtu.be/1IbStIb9XXw )
  • 1909: Eudora Welty, American author, photographer, journalist, Pulitzer winner

May 15
  • 1859: Pierre Curie, chemist, physicist, scientist

June 13
  • 1893: Dorothy L. Sayers, author, scholar
  • 1892: Basil Rathbone, film actor, theatrical actor

July 15
  • 1606: Rembrandt van Rijn, Dutch painter

August 13
  • 1899: Alfred Hitchcock, British film director
  • 1860: Annie Oakley, American folk legend

September 13
  • 1911: Bill Monroe, American bluegrass and country music artist
  • 1916: Roald Dahl, children’s author (Charlie and the Chocolate Factory)

October 15
  • 70 BCE: Virgil [Publius Vergilius Maro], Roman poet of the Augustan period (Aeneid)
  • 1844: Friedrick Nietzsche, philosopher, scholar, author (Thus Spoke Zarathustra)
  • 1920: Mario Puzo, author, screenwriter (The Godfather)

November 13
  • 1850: Robert Louis Stevenson, Scottish author (Treasure Island, Kidnapped, The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, A Child’s Garden of Verses)


  • 1814: Joseph Hooker, American Civil War general
  • 1969: Gerard Butler, actor *because this makes me happy* 🙂

December 13
  • 1818: Mary Todd, wife of Abraham Lincoln, the 16th U.S. President
  • 1925: Dick Van Dyke, actor, comedian, writer
  • 1929: Christopher Plummer, film and theatrical actor

Until next time,


Kaye Spencer – Interview & giveaway at Best of the West Blog – Mar 13th #westernromance



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History #Trivia – Week of March 12-18 by Kaye Spencer

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.

Kaye at Albert Einstein’s house in Princeton, NJ. 2009
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.

Until next time,

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