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Was Shakespeare Right? Can March be Madness?

March, for Shakespeare, truly could bring madness. Specifically, March 15, commonly known as the “Ides of March” is a day which is said to bring bad luck or misfortune.

The term comes from William Shakespeare’s play Julius Caesar in which a soothsayer, a person who is said to be able to see the future, tells Caesar to, “beware the Ides of March,” warning him of his death.

As far as this day goes I can’t remember anything necessarily tragic happening to me, however, I’ve also never had a particularly great day on March 15. So, I’m not sure if I should beware or no but for now I think I will remain cautious.

There are multiple other historical events which point to a reason why March 15could be a day to watch out for besides Julius Caesars death. Most notably;

  1. In 1917, Tsar Nicholas II abdicated his thrown ushering in Bolshevik rule. The tsar and his family were taken captive and later executed by firing squad. Although there is a legend that his youngest daughter Anastasia escaped and lived out the rest of her life in hiding. The new Bolshevik rule led by Vladimir Lenin ushered in the Russian Revolution killing hundreds of thousands of people.
  2. In 1939, Nazi Germany overtook Czechoslovakia
  3. In 1988, NASA reported that the ozone layer over the Northern Hemisphere has depleted three times faster than originally predicted. This could lead to several issues for life on earth with an increased amount of UV rays comes increased chances of sunburn, cataracts, and skin cancer.

Shakespeare may have been on to something, March can lead to madness. Maybe most people think the ides of March are just a superstition, but if we pay attention to the history of this day it can help us plan for a better future. For example, NASA’s report can help us realize what we need to do in order to preserve our earth’s atmosphere. Or, by looking at the tragic events of war that killed or harmed thousands or people we can learn from them and realize the mistakes we made and why wars such as those should never happen again.

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