On This Day — March 15th

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March 15th is the 74th day of the year (75th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. There are 291 days remaining until the end of the year. This date is slightly more likely to fall on a Tuesday, Thursday or Sunday (58 in 400 years each) than on Friday or Saturday (57), and slightly less likely to occur on a Monday or Wednesday (56).

In the Roman calendar, March 15 was known as the Ides of March.

Historical Events:

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.

1906 – Rolls-Royce Limited is incorporated.

1917 – Tsar Nicholas II of Russia abdicates the Russian throne ending the 304-year Romanov dynasty.

1952 – In Cilaos, Réunion, 1870 mm (73 inches) of rain falls in a 24-hour period, setting a new world record (March 15 through March 16).

1965 – President Lyndon B. Johnson, responding to the Selma crisis, tells U.S. Congress “We shall overcome” while advocating the Voting Rights Act.

Celebrity Births:

Musician will.i.am turns 43

Actress Eva Longoria turns 43

Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg turns 85

Rod Stewart’s Wife and Model Penny Lancaster turns 47

Actor Fabio Lanzoni turns 59