44 B.C. Gaius Julius Caesar, dictator of Rome, is stabbed to death in the Roman Senate house by 60 conspirators led by Marcus Junius Brutus and Gaius Cassius Longinus.
1820 Maine enters the Union
As part of the Missouri Compromise between the North and the South, Maine is admitted into the Union as the 23rd state. Administered as a province of Massachusetts since 1647, the entrance of Maine as a free state was agreed to by Southern senators in exchange for the entrance of Missouri as a slave state.
1917 Czar Nicholas II abdicates
During the February Revolution, Czar Nicholas II, ruler of Russia since 1894, is forced to abdicate the throne by the Petrograd insurgents, and a provincial government is installed in his place.
1935 Evangelist Jimmy Swaggert is born.
So we have something in common after all.
1937 Writer H.P. Lovecraft died
Born in Providence, Rhode Island, in 1890, Lovecraft was a sickly child whose parents died insane. When he was 16, he wrote the astronomy column in the Providence Tribune. Between 1908 and 1923 he wrote short stories for Weird Tales magazine, among others. He died in Providence, in poverty.
1939 Nazis take Czechoslovakia
On March 15, 1939, during a meeting with Czech President Emil Hacha, Hitler threatened a bombing raid against Prague, the Czech capital, unless he obtained from Hacha free passage for German troops into Czech borders. He got it. That same day, German troops poured into Bohemia and Moravia. The two provinces offered no resistance, and they were quickly made a protectorate of Germany. By evening, Hitler made a triumphant entry into Prague.
2007 Hryhory Nestor, believed to be the world’s oldest man, celebrates his 116th birthday today. I’ll be thinking of him when I cut my cake later today.