and because it is a chatroom a joke:
.......an older Chinese couple are in bed doing the big nasty when suddenly the man looks at his wife and says, "How about a little sixty-nine?"........she looks back at him quizzically and says, "You want Broccoli-Beef NOW????"
Milestones March 14 was the date of another one of those ancient Roman holidays, the second part of a festival in honor of Mars -- the Second Equirria (the first was on February 27). Celebrants held horse races on the Campius Martius (field of Mars), and drove a scapegoat out of the city of Rome, expelling the old and bringing in the new. 44 BC.Casca, Cicero and Cassius decide, in the night before the assassination of Julius Caesar, that Mark Antony should stay alive.The assassination of Julius Caesar was the result of a conspiracy by approximately 60 Roman senators who called themselves Liberators. Led by Gaius Cassius Longinus and Marcus Junius Brutus, they stabbed Julius Caesar to death in the Theatre of Pompey on the Ides of March (March 15). Caesar was the dictator of the Roman Republic at the time, having recently been declared dictator perpetuoby the Senate. This declaration made several senators fear that Caesar wanted to overthrow the Senate in favor of tyranny. The ramifications of the assassination led to the Liberators' civil war and, ultimately, to the Principate period of the Roman Empire.
313.Emperor Jin Huidi is executed by Liu Cong, ruler of the Xiongnu state (Han Zhao). Jin was poisoned while held prisoner.
1489. The Queen of Cyprus, Catherine Cornaro, sells her kingdom to Venice.
In 1468, James II of Cyprus, otherwise known as James the Bastard, became King. In 1473 he chose Caterina for a wife and Queen of the Kingdom of Cyprus. James died soon after the wedding due to a sudden illness, and according to his will, Caterina, who at the time was pregnant, acted as regent. She became Queen when their infant son James died in August, 1474 before his first birthday, under suspicious circumstances.
Under Caterina, who ruled the island from 1474 to 1489, the island was controlled by Venetian merchants, and in 1489 she was forced to abdicate and to cede the administration of the country to the Republic of Venice. Catherine was allowed to retain the title of Queen and was made the Sovereign Lady of Asolo, a county in the Veneto of Italy, in 1489. Catherine died in Venice in 1510.
1492. Queen Isabella of Castille orders her 150,000 Jewish subjects to convert to Christianity or face expulsion.
1590. Henry of Navarre and the Huguenots defeat the forces of the Catholic League under the Duc de Mayenne in the Battle of Ivry during the French Wars of Religion.
1743. The first recorded town meeting in America is held, at Faneuil Hall in Boston.
1757. British Admiral John Byng is executed by firing squad on board the HMS Monarch for neglecting his duty. John Byng was court martialled and executed for failing to "do his utmost" during the Battle of Minorca, at the beginning of the Seven Years' War.
In spring of 1756, Byng, who had previously served as the Commodore-Governor of Newfoundland, was dispatched with a small and undermanned fleet to relieve the British Fort St. Philip on the Mediterranean island of Minorca (in the Balearic Islands). During the battle that ensued, several British ships were badly damaged by the French squadron while others, including Byng's flagship, were still out of effective firing range. Instead of engaging the enemy directly, Byng decided to keep the formation, allowing the French to get away undamaged. After four days of waiting, the fleet turned back to Gibraltar without relieving the fort, which was consequently forced to capitulate.
The failure caused a savage outburst of wrath in Britain. Byng was brought home and court-martialled for breach of the Articles of War, which had recently been revised to mandate capital punishment for officers of all ranks who did not do their utmost against the enemy, either in battle or pursuit. He was condemned to death and shot on March 14. The severity of the penalty and the suspicion that he was used as a scapegoat led in time to a reaction in favor of Byng. It became commonplace to say that he was put to death for an error of judgment. 1776. Alexander Hamilton receives his commission as captain of a New York artillery company. Throughout the rest of 1776, Captain Hamilton established himself as a great military leader as he directed his artillery company in several battles in and around New York City. In March 1777, Hamilton's performance came to the attention of General George Washington and he was commissioned lieutenant colonel and personal aide to General Washington in the Continental Army.
1800. Cardinal Barnaba Chiaramonti is elected Pope Pius VII. 1862. In the Battle of New Bern during the American Civil War, Union General Ambrose Burnside captures North Carolina's second largest city and closes another port through which the Confederates could slip supplies.
The capture of New Bern continued Burnside's success along the Carolina coast. On March 13, he landed 12,000 troops along the Neuse River, 15 miles south of New Bern. Accompanied by 13 gunboats, Burnside's army marched up river to face 4,000 Confederate troops commanded by General Lawrence O. Branch.
The city was protected by extensive defenses, but Branch did not have enough soldiers to properly staff them. He concentrated his men along the inner works a few miles downriver from New Bern. Early on the morning of March 14, Burnside's men attacked in a heavy fog, and two of the three Yankee brigades crashed into the fortifications. General Jesse Reno's brigade struck the weakest part of the line, where an inexperienced Rebel militia unit tried to hold off the Federals. Burnside's third brigade joined Reno and the Confederate line collapsed. That afternoon, Union gunboats steamed into New Bern.
1883. The father of communism Karl Marx dies at age 64.
1903. The Hay-Herran Treaty, granting the United States the right to build the Panama Canal, is ratified by the United States Senate. The Colombian Senate would later reject the treaty. 1915. Cornered off the coast of Chile by the Royal Navy after fleeing the disastrous Battle of the Falkland Islands in World War I, the German light cruiser SMS Dresden is abandoned and scuttled by her crew.
1923. President Warren G. Harding becomes the first chief executive to file an income tax report.
The Republic of Czechoslovakia is dissolved, opening the way for Nazi occupation.
German troops fully occupy the Czechoslovak provinces of Bohemia and Moravia. 1942.Orvan Hess and John Bumstead became the first in the world to successfully treat a patient, Anne Miller, using penicillin. 1943. In World War II, German troops re-enter Kharkov, the second largest city in the Ukraine, which had changed hands several times in the battle between the USSR and the invading German forces.
1951. For the second time, United Nations troops recapture Seoul during the Korean War. 1958.Albert II, Prince of Monaco, is born. He is the son of Rainier III, Prince of Monaco, and the American actress Grace Kelly.
1964. A jury in Dallas, Texas, finds Jack Ruby guilty of killing John F. Kennedy'd assassin, Lee Harvey Oswald.
1965. American fitness guru and model Kiana Tom is born in Maui, Hawaii. A former Los Angeles Raider cheerleader, she is part Chinese, Hawaiian and Irish. Her name means calm water in Hawaiian. She stands 5'6" (170 centimetres) tall. She is also trained as a virtuoso piano player.
Since 1988, she was one of the hosts of a fitness instruction television series called BodyShaping. Eventually, she went on to host her own show, Kiana's Flex Appeal which premiered in 1995. She appeared on the cover and in a nude pictorial in the May 2002 American issue ofPlayboy. She has also previously co-hosted the X Games and hosted the Fitness America Pageant Series. (See pictures.)
She co-starred in 1999's Universal Soldier: The Return. Her father is Layne Tom Jr., a Chinese-American actor who played Charlie Chan's son in three of the Charlie Chan movies, among other roles. 1967.The body of PresidentJohn F. Kennedy is moved to a permanent burial place at Arlington National Cemetery. 1972.Sterling Airways Flight 296 crashes near Kalba in the United Arab Emirates. All 112 passengers and crew were killed.
1978. The Israeli Defense Force invades and occupies southern Lebanon, in Operation Litani. 1980.In Poland, a plane crashes during final approach near Warsaw, killing 87 people, including a 14-man American boxing team.
1984. Gerry Adams, head of Sinn Féin, is seriously wounded in an assassination attempt in central Belfast.
1991. After 16 years in prison for allegedly bombing a pub in an Irish Republican Army attack, the "Birmingham Six" are freed when a court determines that the police fabricated evidence. 1995.Astronaut Norman Thagard becomes the first American astronaut to ride to space on-board a Russian launch vehicle.
2004. Vladimir Putin is re-elected president of Russia, while the socialist PSOE wins elections in Spain just days after terrorist attacks in Madrid. 2011. The Obama administration holds the first of five meetings that eventually lead to Operation Neptune Spear, which caused the death of Osama bin Laden. Meanwhile five Somali pirates are sentenced to life in a United States prison plus 80 years for an attack on the United States NavyfrigateUSS Nicholas. In the wake of the Sendai Earthquake, two thousand bodies are found on the shores of two beaches in Miyagi Prefecture in Japan. The Prime Minister of JapanNaoto Kan says that the Fukushima I Nuclear Power Plant remains in a state of alarm.
And a correction of Apostate 1757. British Admiral John Byng is executed by firing squad on board the HMS Monarch for neglecting his duty. John Byng was court martialled and executed for failing to "do his utmost" during the Battle of Minorca, at the beginning of the Seven Years' War.
Voltaire was handed stuff you couldn't write.
Byng's execution was satirized by Voltaire in his novel Candide. In Portsmouth, Candide witnesses the execution of an officer by firing squad; and is told that "in this country, it is good to kill, from time to time, an admiral to encourage the others" (Dans ce pays-ci, il est bon de tuer de temps en temps un amiral pour encourager les autres).
And the next milestones 15 March The Ides of March (2 parts)
In the Roman calendar, March 15 was the Ides of March. The Ides fell on the 15th day of March, May, July, or October or the 13th day of any other month. Specifically, the term is best known because Julius Caesar was assassinated on the Ides of March in 44 BC, which has given the day a foreboding overtone. But on the Ides of March, George Washington saved the fledgling United States from becoming a military dictatorship -- and declined the chance to become an American Caesar.
44 BC. Julius Caesar, Dictator of the Roman Republic, is stabbed to death by Marcus Junius Brutus, Decimus Junius Brutus and several other Roman senators on the Ides of March.
The Roman Senate traditionally met in the Curia Hostilia, which had been recently repaired from the fires that destroyed it years before, but the Senate had abandoned it for the new house under construction. So Caesar summoned the Senate to meet in the Pompey's Theater on the Ides of March. According to the Greek biographer Plutarch, a few days before, the soothsayer Titus Vestricius Spurinna apparently warned Caesar, "Beware the Ides of March." Caesar disregarded the warning.
As the Senate convened, Caesar was attacked and stabbed to death by a group of senators who called themselves the Liberatores("Liberators"); they justified their action on the grounds that they committed tyrannicide, not murder, and were preserving the Republic from Caesar's alleged monarchical ambitions. Among the assassins who locked themselves in the Temple of Jupiter were Gaius Trebonius, Decimus Junius Brutus Albinus, Marcus Junius Brutus, and Gaius Cassius Longinus; Caesar had personally pardoned most of his murderers or personally advanced their careers. Marcus Brutus was a distant cousin of Caesar and named as one of his testamentary heirs.
The assassination sparked a civil war which resulted in the elevation of Caesar's adopted son (and grand nephew) Octavian (later known as Augustus) to the position of Roman emperor, the first to hold the title.
(also known as Lucretia) March 15, 859. A young girl in Córdoba. Her parents were Muslims, but she was converted to Christianity by a relative. On Bishop Eulogius' advice and with his aid, Leocritia escaped her home and went into hiding. Once found, both were arrested and executed, Eulogius for proselytising, Leocritia for apostasy. Both were flogged, then beheaded.
The serving-maid of a rich Jewess of Thessalonica, scourged to death on the orders of her mistress when she discovered Matrona was a Christian.
1945. Ninety percent of Würzburg, Germany is destroyed in only 20 minutes by British bombers in World War II. 5,000 are killed.
1953. French actress Isabelle Huppert is born in Paris. She grew up in Ville d'Avray, a western suburb of Paris, and was encouraged by her mother to begin acting at a young age. She was a teenage star in Paris and made her American debut in the Michael Cimino's 1980 filmHeaven's Gate, which flopped at the U.S. box office, but was re-released in the full version with great acclaim.
In Europe and the art house world, she is venerated as an institution. She was nominated several times for a César Award, the French equivalent of the Oscars, winning it in 1995 for her intense portrayal of a manic and homicidal post-office worker in Claude Chabrol's La Cérémonie, alongside Sandrine Bonnaire.
She most recently appeared on the Paris stage as Henrik Ibsen's suicidal Hedda Gabler. Every performance was greeted with a standing ovation. In 2005, Huppert toured the United States in a production of Sarah Kane's theatrical piece, 4.48 Psychosis. This production was directed by Claude Regy and performed in French. Huppert chose to remain still throughout the entire performance, moving only her hands and face, much of the time with tears streaming down her cheeks. (See pictures.) 1958. The Ford Motor Company produces its 50 millionth automobile, the Thunderbird, averaging almost a million cars a year since the company's founding.
1962.A Flying Tiger LineSuper Constellation disappears in the western Pacific Ocean, with 107 missing.
1968. Between 350 and 500 Vietnamese villagers are killed by American troops in the My Lai Massacre during the Vietnam War. The massacre prompted widespread outrage around the world and reduced American support at home for the war in Vietnam.
1976.British Prime MinisterHarold Wilson resigns, citing personal reasons. 1978. Aldo Moro is kidnapped by left-wing terrorists in Italy and is later killed by his captors. Moro was an Italian politician and five time Prime Minister of Italy, from 1963 to 1968 and then from 1974 to 1976. He was one of Italy's longest-serving post-war Prime Ministers, holding power for a combined total of more than six years.
He was kidnapped by the Red Brigades on March 16, 1978, the day the historic compromise with the Italian Communist Party was supposed to be enacted, ensuring the PCI's return to government for the first time since May 1947. Aldo Moro's corpse was then discovered on May 9, in via Caetani in Rome.
1984. William Buckley, the CIA station chief in Beirut, Lebanon, is kidnapped by Islamic fundamentalists and later dies in captivity.
1985.Associated Press newsman Terry Anderson is taken hostage in Beirut. He is released on December 4, 1991. 1995. Mississippi formally ratifies the Thirteenth Amendment, becoming the last state to approve the abolition of slavery.
2003. Vice President Dick Cheney predicts on NBC's Meet the Press that American troops would be "greeted as liberators" by the Iraqi people.
2005. Scott Peterson is sentenced to death for the murder of his pregnant wife, Laci, and their unborn child.
2011. The death toll from the Japanese earthquake and tsunami rises to 4,277 with at least 8,194 missing. Elsewhere, demonstrators defy a government ban in the Syrian capital Damascus and protest for a second day, demanding the release of political prisoners.
Meanwhile, forces loyal to Muammar Gaddafi shell Misrata as the Libyan civil war continues and start an assault on Ajdabiyathe last town before the rebel stronghold of Benghazi.
"The past is a ghost, the future is a dream, and all we ever have is now." -- Bill Cosby