On March 15, Russian’s last tsar abdicated his throne. It would not be enough to save his life and the lives of his family. Here are the events from today in history.
44: The Murder of Julius Caesar
This day in history saw the murder of Roman Caesar Julius. He had compared himself too much to Alexander the Great, and his own friends worried for the Roman Empire if he remained in power. His death was later covered in Lives of the Nobel Grecians and Romans by Thomas North. This was used to help William Shakespeare write his play Tragedy of Julius Caesar in 15999.
1820: Maine Becomes the 23rd State
Maine entered the Union on March 15, 1820, becoming the 23rd state to do so. It was part of the Missouri Compromise, as Southern senators wanted Missouri to enter as a slave state. Before now, Maine was not a free state and was actually a Massachusetts province.
1917: The Abdication of Nicholas II of Russia
Just days after the February Revolution began, Tsar Nicholas II of Russia finally agreed to abdicate. He was forced into the decision, after ruling since 1894. The country had wanted socialist reforms after poverty and strife reached the nation. After his abdication, he and his family were held at Czarskoye Selo Palace and then moved to Yekaterinburg Palace. The death sentence was secretly passed against the Romanovs, and they were massacred on July 16, 1918.
1965: A Call for All to Vote
On this day in history, President Lyndon B. Johnson made a call for equal voting rights for everybody, regardless of race or color. While it had already been placed in the 15th Amendment that race should not stop a person voting, various states still imposed blocks, including tests on literacy and character. As the civil rights movement moved forward — although received a lot of backlash, especially in the southern states — Johnson saw that it was time to prevent states from imposing blocks on voting. Months after his passionate speech, he would sign the Voting Rights Act, which prevented states from putting up their own barriers. Blacks were given the chance to challenge barriers put in place and voter turnout improved. President Nixon furthered this movement, by reducing the voting age to 18.
Famous Birthdays on March 15
The model for Santa Claus, St. Nicholas–270
Princess Margaret Plantagenet, daughter of Edward I–1275
Shunzhi Emperor of China–1638
United States President Andrew Jackson—1767
Whig British Prime Minister William Lamb, Viscount Melbourne–1779
First medicine Nobel Prize winner Emil von Behring—1854
U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg—1933
Televangelist Jimmy Swaggart—1935
Twisted Sister singer Dee Snider—1955
Desperate Housewives actress Eva Longoria—1975
Twilight actor Kellen Lutz—1985
YouTube singer Alex Goot—1988
The Vamps bassist Connor Ball—1996
Birthdays from HistoryNet.com and Famousbirthdays.com
Featured image from Deposit Photos
Image of Tsar Nicholas II of Russia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nicholas_II_of_Russia#/media/File:Nicholas_II_by_Boissonnas_%26_Eggler_c1909.jpg
William Lamb: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/William_Lamb,_2nd_Viscount_Melbourne#/media/File:William_Lamb,_2nd_Viscount_Melbourne_by_Sir_Edwin_Henry_Landseer.jpg
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