The Ides of March. Let’s see what we have for today:
44 BC – Julius Caesar, Dictator of the Roman Republic, is stabbed to death by Marcus Junius Brutus, Gaius Cassius Longinus, Decimus Junius Brutus and several other Roman senators on the Ides of March.
1493 – Christopher Columbus returns to Spain after his first trip to the Americas.
1781 – American Revolutionary War: Battle of Guilford Courthouse – Near present-day Greensboro, North Carolina, 1,900 British troops under General Charles Cornwallis defeat an American force numbering 4,400.
1783 – In an emotional speech in Newburgh, New York, George Washington asks his officers not to support the Newburgh Conspiracy. The plea is successful and the threatened coup d’état never takes place.
1820 – Maine becomes the 23rd U.S. state.
1906 – Rolls-Royce Limited is incorporated.
1916 – President Woodrow Wilson sends 4,800 United States troops over the U.S.-Mexico border to pursue Pancho Villa.
1965 – President Lyndon B. Johnson, responding to the Selma crisis, tells U.S. Congress “We shall overcome” while advocating the Voting Rights Act.
1985 – The first Internet domain name is registered (symbolics.com).
1990 – Mikhail Gorbachev is elected as the first President of the Soviet Union.
1767 – Andrew Jackson, 7th President of the United States (d. 1845)
1835 – Eduard Strauss, Austrian composer (d. 1916)
1933 – Ruth Bader Ginsburg, American Supreme Court justice
1935 – Judd Hirsch, American actor
1935 – Jimmy Swaggart, American televangelist
1944 – Sly Stone, American musician
1947 – Ry Cooder, American guitarist
1954 – Craig Wasson, American actor
44 BC – Julius Caesar (b. 100 BC)
1670 – John Davenport, Connecticut pioneer (b. 1597)
2009 – Ron Silver, American actor (b. 1946)