We’re familiar with the Ides of March thanks to William Shakespeare and Julius Caesar, but what about the other eleven months? Do they have ides?
In fact, they do.
According to the Merriam-Webster dictionary, the Ides occur on “the 15th day of March, May, July, or October or the 13th day of any other month in the ancient Roman calendar…” This day was associated with the first full moon in any given month.
So, instead of deaths, and in keeping with the Roman calendar’s dates, let’s look at notable historic Ides birthdays.
- 1832: Horatio Alger, Jr., American minister and author (Tattered Tom)
- 1886: Sophie Tucker, theater and film actress, singer
- 1850: Charlotte E. Ray, first female African-American lawyer in the U.S. in 1972
- 1891: Grant Wood, painter, educator (American Gothic)
- 1919: Tennessee Ernie Ford, American folk and country music artist (Sixteen Tons)
- 277: St. Nicholas (Nikolaos of Myra) Greek Bishop who became the model for Santa Claus
- 1767: Andrew Jackson, 7th U.S. President
- 1743: Thomas Jefferson, 3rd U.S. President
- 1866: Butch Cassidy, American outlaw legend (clip from the movie: https://youtu.be/1IbStIb9XXw )
- 1909: Eudora Welty, American author, photographer, journalist, Pulitzer winner
- 1859: Pierre Curie, chemist, physicist, scientist
- 1893: Dorothy L. Sayers, author, scholar
- 1892: Basil Rathbone, film actor, theatrical actor
- 1606: Rembrandt van Rijn, Dutch painter
- 1899: Alfred Hitchcock, British film director
- 1860: Annie Oakley, American folk legend
- 1911: Bill Monroe, American bluegrass and country music artist
- 1916: Roald Dahl, children’s author (Charlie and the Chocolate Factory)
- 70 BCE: Virgil [Publius Vergilius Maro], Roman poet of the Augustan period (Aeneid)
- 1844: Friedrick Nietzsche, philosopher, scholar, author (Thus Spoke Zarathustra)
- 1920: Mario Puzo, author, screenwriter (The Godfather)
- 1850: Robert Louis Stevenson, Scottish author (Treasure Island, Kidnapped, The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, A Child’s Garden of Verses)
1814: Joseph Hooker, American Civil War general
- 1969: Gerard Butler, actor *because this makes me happy* 🙂
- 1818: Mary Todd, wife of Abraham Lincoln, the 16th U.S. President
- 1925: Dick Van Dyke, actor, comedian, writer
- 1929: Christopher Plummer, film and theatrical actor
Until next time,