Nobody was sure how many people would turn up for the demonstrationin Washington, D.C. Some travelling from the South were harrassed andthreatened. But on August 28, 1963, an estimated quarter of a millionpeople—about a quarter of whom were white—marched from theWashington Monument to the Lincoln Memorial, in what turned out to beboth a protest and a communal celebration. The heavy police presenceturned out to be unnecessary, as the march was noted for its civilityand peacefulness. The march was extensively covered by the media, withlive international television coverage.
The soothsayer's warning to , "Beware the Ides of March," has forever imbued that date with a sense of foreboding. But in Roman times the expression "Ides of March" did not necessarily evoke a dark mood—it was simply the standard way of saying "March 15." Surely such a fanciful expression must signify something more than merely another day of the year? Not so. Even in time, sixteen centuries later, audiences attending his play wouldn't have blinked twice upon hearing the date called the Ides.
of Gen. Edward Braddock's March to Ft. Duquesne
April - July 13, 1755
General Edward Braddock
Edward Braddock (1695?-July 9, 1755) was born in Perthshire, Scotland, about 1695. He was the son of Major-General Edward Braddock (d 1725). He joined the Coldstream Guard in 1710. In 1747 as a lieutenant-colonel he served under the Prince of Orange in Holland during the seige of Bergen-op-Zoom. In 1753 he was given the colonelcy of the 14th Foot, and in 1754 he became a major-general. Being appointed shortly thereafter to command against the French in America, he sailed from England in late 1754 arriving in Virginia in February 1755. Soon thereafter Halkett's and Dunbar's regiments arrived to begin the campaign.
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Illustrated Reports on Events Celebrating the March
It took Gen. Braddock quite a while to get from Alexandria to Turtle Creek; it may take us a while to tell the story. Please be patient and check back as events occur since we often give a report of the event.
President Kennedy originally discouraged the march, for fear that itmight make the legislature vote against civil rights laws in reaction toa perceived threat. Once it became clear that the march would go on,however, he supported it.
So, the Ides of March is just one of a dozen Ides that occur every month of the year. Kalends, the word from which is derived, is another exotic-sounding term with a mundane meaning. means account book in Latin: Kalend, the first of the month, was in Roman times as it is now, the date on which bills are due.