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March 14, 2007 Weds.
March 14th, 2007

Birthdays: Georg Phillip Telemann, Johann Strauss Sr., Albert Einstein, Casey Jones, Quincy Jones, astronaut Frank Borman, Les Brown and his Band of Reknown, cartoonist Hank Ketcham, Wolfgang Petersen, Diane Arbus, Chris Klein,Billy Crystal, Michael Cain is 76- real name Maurice Mickelwhite, Ba-Ba Boowie of the Howard Stern Show

44BC –The night before their planned assassination of Julius Caesar, Brutus and Cassius met with the other conspirators. They had heard that tomorrow at the opening of the senate, outgoing consul Lucius Cotta planned to declare Caesar a king. The senators resolved to kill him, then debated whether they should purge more of Caesars followers like Marc Anthony and Octavian as well. Marcus Brutus successfully argued that if they killed all their political enemies then this gesture would just look like another partisan brawl. They would strike down one man, the dictator Caesar, in the name of Liberty. It turned out this was a big mistake, because the men whose lives they spared, were the ones who hunted them down and killed them.

44BC- This same night Julius Caesar held a dinner party. Guests remembered at one point the conversation went to the topic-What is the best kind of Death? Caesar answered: " That which is quick and unexpected."

1885- Gilbert and Sullivans operetta The Mikado premiered in London.

1932-Inventor GEORGE EASTMAN shot himself- The inventor of the Roll-film camera, who named his celluloid strips 'film' and founded Eastman/Kodak. He had been suffering from a long illness and left the note: " To my friends: The End is near, why wait? "

1941- Xavier Cugat and his orchestra record "Babalu".

1943- Aaron Copland's "Fanfare for the Common Man" premieres. George Szell conducting. Young Leonard Bernstein once asked Copland how he could write more "American" sounding music. The maestro answered:" Lenny, just shuttup and write. You're American. It's all going to sound that way anyway!"

1986- The IPO or initial public offering of stock of a new company called Microsoft. Twenty-seven dollars a share.

1998- The epic disaster movie Titanic surpassed Star Wars and Jurassic Park as the greatest money earning film ever. It cost over $200 million to make but it earned at least $1 billion in box office alone. Quote director James Cameron: I’m King of the World!!


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