Saturday, March 17, 2012
March 17, 45 BC In his last victory, Julius Caesar defeated the Pompeian forces of Titus Labienus and Pompey the Younger in the Battle of Munda. 44 BC, the conspirators in Julius Caesar's murder were granted amnesty in a short-lived reprieve before Mark Antony stirred the people to take revenge on them. 180 AD, Marcus Aurelius died in his camp-bed during a campaign along the Danube frontier, and Commodus became the sole emperor of the Roman Empire. 461 St. Patrick, the patron saint of Ireland, died in Ireland at an approximate age of 72. 1337 Edward, the Black Prince was made Duke of Cornwall, the first Duchy made in England. 1473 King James IV of Scotland was born. His marriage to Margaret Tudor, daughter of King Henry VII, helped stabilize relations between the two countries.