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March 15 2020 — On the Ides of March 44 BC, a group of Roman senators stabbed Julius Caesar (23 times) to death. Follow us on Twitter: @INTEL_TODAY
Four sitting presidents have been killed: Abraham Lincoln (1865), James A. Garfield (1881), William McKinley (1901), and John F. Kennedy (1963).
Additionally, two presidents have been injured in attempted assassinations: Theodore Roosevelt (1912; former president at the time) and Ronald Reagan (1981).
More than 30 attempts to kill an incumbent or former president, or a president-elect have been made since the early 19th century.
And, for the conspiracy-minded among you, I will point out that the circumstances surrounding the strange death of President Harding (1930) led serious historians to suspect that he had been poisoned.
Obviously, the US Presidency is a very dangerous job! Donald Trump is the 45th president of the United States.
Do the math… The probability that Trump is assassinated is about 9%, which is higher than the Coronavirus death rate, even for a 73 year old.
Intel Today would like to know what you think. If the US President was assassinated today, who would be the top suspect on your mind?
On the Ides of March
Caesar was the Dictator of the Roman Republic, having recently been declared dictator perpetuo by the Senate of the Roman Republic.
This declaration made some senators fear that Caesar wanted to overthrow the Senate in favor of totalitarianism.
Moreover, many senators feared that Caesar’s pro plebeian manifesto would endanger them financially.
On March 15, 44 BC, a group of thirty senators stabbed Julius Caesar to death.
Two days after the assassination, Mark Antony summoned the senate and managed to work out an astute compromise.
The assassins would not be punished for their acts, but all of Caesar’s appointments would remain valid.
By doing this, Antony hoped to avoid a major crisis developing as a result of Caesar’s death.
The Roman lower classes, with whom Caesar was popular, became enraged that a small group of aristocrats had sacrificed Caesar.
The result unforeseen by the assassins was that Caesar’s death precipitated the end of the Roman Republic.
The conspirators were unable to restore the Roman Republic, and the ramifications of the assassination led to a civil war.
Beware the Ides of March!
PS: The Romans considered the Ides of March as a deadline for settling debts.
Assassination of Julius Caesar — Wikipedia
On This Day — Julius Caesar Is Assassinated (15 March 44 BC)
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