March 15, 44 BC–Julius Caesar is assassinated by a group of about Roman senators, led by Brutus and Cassius. As you may remember from high school literature class, in Shakespeare’s play, Caesar is warned by a soothsayer to “beware the Ides of March.”
The Romans kept track of days on their calendar by dividing each month up into three separate points marking the beginning, middle and end of the month. You may have guessed it, but the Ides fall in the middle of the month, on the 15th of March, May, July and October and the 13th for the rest of the year.
If I have brought any message today, it is this: Have the courage to have your wisdom regarded as stupidity. Be fools for Christ. And have the courage to suffer the contempt of the sophisticated world.
John Singer Sargent, ‘The Black Brook’
Some of the finalists from the Smithsonian Annual Photo Contest.
Salvador Colvee Nebot
March 7,1876–29-year-old Alexander Graham Bell receives a patent for his revolutionary new invention–-the telephone.
If guns are outlawed, only the government will have guns. Only the police, the secret police, the military, the hired servants of our rulers. Only the government –and a few outlaws. I intend to be among the outlaws.
Claude Monet–“An Orchard in Spring”
“When men choose not to believe in God, they do not thereafter believe in nothing, they then become capable of believing in anything.”