The great English poet and writer, William Shakespeare, dramatized the assassination of Julius Caesar in his dramatic tragedy, “Julius Caesar.”

Early in the play, a soothsayer warns Caesar to “Beware the ides of March” as Caesar was leaving to participate in festivities of the day.

As Emperor of Rome and spiritual head of the Empire, Julius Caesar would have naturally been expected to participate in the public festivities during this important day, despite the seer’s prophecy to, “Beware the Ides of March.” 

When Caesar arrived at the Theater of Pompey, where the Roman Senate met, he was stabbed to death by a group of more than 60 conspirators led by the senators – his friends – Brutus and Cassius,  former friends turned enemies in their own thirst for power. 

Shakespeare has the dying dictator say, in Latin, as he recognizes his one-time friend Brutus among the assassins: Et tu, Brute? (“You, too, Brutus?”)

That the conspirators – Caesar’s closest political allies – chose the Ides of March to enact their plot was no coincidence.

And it shouldn’t be any surprise that many of the psychopathic conspiracies to make major regime changes have happened on or right around the Ides of March.

But the Ides of March has been used frequently as that “world changing Date.”

So, what other world changing – history changing moment happened on the Ides of March?


It was on the Ides of March, March 15, 1917 that Tsar Nicholas II of Russia abdicated the Russian throne and the age of Marxist Leninist Communism began: the first communist nation in the world, the Soviet Union.

So what happened during the Ides of March in 2020?

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