In 44 Roman dictator Julius Caesar was launching a series of political and social reforms when he was assassinated this day, the Ides of March, by a group of nobles, among whom were Cassius and Brutus.
Military hero and seventh U.S. president (1829–37) Andrew Jackson, who was the first president to come from west of the Appalachians and the first to gain office by a direct appeal to the mass of voters, was born.
Franciscus Sylvius, whose studies helped shift medical emphasis from mystical speculation to a rational application of the laws of physics, was born in Hanau, Germany.
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