Dance of the Salii and Ronald Reagan.
Dance of the Salii. On this date in ancient Rome, the gods Mars and Saturn were invoked each year by dancing priests brandishing spears and clashing holy shields. The evil spirits of Winter were thus expelled from the city, and the growth of crops and gardens was stimulated through sympathetic magic.
Interesting to think that on this day in 1983 President Ronald Reagan proposed the Strategic Defense Initiative, popularly known as "Star Wars."