On this date in ancient Rome, the annual Festival of Attis and Cybele began with a procession of reed-bearers to commemorate the finding of the infant Attis among the reeds. The festival was followed by nine consecutive days of fasting and sexual abstinence.
At dawn of the year 44 BC, however, on this day, Calpurnia woke up in tears. She had had a dream that her husband had been stabbed and was dying in her arms.
Calpurnia told her husband about this dream, and still sobbing pleaded with him to remain at home, for outside only his grave awaited.
Julius Caesar pushed her aside and walked toward the Roman Senate, to his death.