On this day…

by Richard on March 15, 2007

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.

{ 13 comments… read them below or add one }

1

Jen 03.15.07 at 12:13 pm

Wow! Quite a lot happened in on one day! And Happy Birthday Richard!! Hope you have a great day.

2

Wood 03.15.07 at 3:14 pm

It was my dad’s birthday, too. He would have been 68 today.

happy birthday, Richard!

3

Kim 03.15.07 at 6:00 pm

Your birthday, is it? Hence, evidently, the warning, “Beware the ides of March”.
And, come on, tell us, were we to slice you in half, how many rings would we find? :)

4

Richard 03.15.07 at 6:15 pm

44, tragically.

I had fork handles on my cake!

5

Sarah 03.15.07 at 6:32 pm

Would have to be a big cake to fit fork handles on it ;) Happy birthday, hope you have a good one!

6

Kim 03.15.07 at 7:03 pm

Yeah, I hope your meeting is a real hoot!

7

Dave 03.15.07 at 7:22 pm

Happy Birthday Richard!

8

Jan 03.15.07 at 8:51 pm

Happy Birthday!

9

Olive Morgan 03.15.07 at 10:15 pm

Happy Birthday, Richard! May you live another 42 years to enjoy life as I am doing. I don’t think I’ll wish for you to live as long as that Methusaleh, though!

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Richard 03.16.07 at 12:04 am

Thanks everyone!

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chris 03.16.07 at 7:16 am

happy birthday, Richard.

12

John Cooper 03.16.07 at 2:08 pm

Fine running late as ever but still hope you had a smashing day and generally birthday-ness went well

Regards ever
John

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alice 03.19.07 at 12:07 pm

I’m sorry I’m so late to add my birthday wishes but I hope you had a good one - 15th March is also Dai’s birthday, and next year it’ll be our wedding day!

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