The Ides of March hold a special significance for few in modern times, but historically they mark one of the most significant moments in ancient history.
The day marks the date of the death of Julius Ceasar, which occurred in 44 B.C. Famously the Roman leader was stabbed 23 times in the Roman Senate in a conspiracy led by Marcus Junius Brutus and Gaius Cassius Longinus, along with 60 other conspirators.
The incident was most famously portrayed and dramatized in Shakespeare's Julius Ceasar. The play famously coined the phrase 'beware the Ides of March."
The term "ides" was used to refer to the 15th day of March, May, July, and October, and the 13th day of all other months.