(CNN)Every month has an ides, but only March is known for it.
Here’s the history of March 15 and why you might feel a little spooked on this day.What is an ides?Ides simply refers to the middle of the month. In Roman times it was known as the deadline for settling debts.Why beware the Ides of March?Read MoreJUST WATCHEDPoliticians, beware the Ides of MarchReplayMore Videos …MUST WATCH
Politicians, beware the Ides of March 01:54The date is marked by bloodshed: it’s most commonly associated with Julius Caesar’s brutal assassination in 44 BC. Caesar’s gruesome death was a pivotal point in Roman history. And William Shakespeare made the event even more famous with his play “Julius Caesar,” in which a soothsayer warns the Roman leader to beware the Ides of March.What happens on this date?Don’t pull a Julius Caesar and ignore bad omens. Over the years, several disasters have struck on this date. Of course, it’s all coincidental. March 15, 1939: Adolf Hitler spurned the Munich agreement and invaded Czechoslovakia and sparked World War II. March 15, 1941: A completely unforeseen blizzard ransacked North Dakota and Minnesota, killing 151 people.March 15, 2011: The Syrian Civil War erupted after protesters demanded democratic reform in the country.Is it an official holiday? Photos: Political movies that rock the vote Photos: Political movies that rock the vote'Election' (1999) – This political season has been… a lot. If you are suffering from election fatigue, we can help you escape into the world of make believe with a few political films. Reese Witherspoon gives a brilliant performance in “Election” as Tracy Flick, the overachiever who will do just about anything to win student body president. Anything. Matthew Broderick plays civics teacher Jim McAllister, who’s determined to derail her “Pick Flick” campaign. Hide Caption 1 of 11 Photos: Political movies that rock the voteJames Stewart stars as a a new politician who takes on corruption in the now classic “Mr. Smith Goes to Washington.” Hide Caption 2 of 11 Photos: Political movies that rock the voteRobert Redford and Dustin Hoffman as star as Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein as they investigate the Watergate scandal in “All the President’s Men.” Hide Caption 3 of 11 Photos: Political movies that rock the vote”The American President” is a romantic drama/comedy starring Michael Douglas as the chief commander who falls in love with a lobbyist. Hide Caption 4 of 11 Photos: Political movies that rock the vote'The Ides of March' (2011) – “The Ides of March” stars Ryan Gosling and George Clooney. The political drama, is based on Beau Willimon’s “Farragut North” — about the 2004 Democratic primary. Hide Caption 5 of 11 Photos: Political movies that rock the voteDaniel Day-Lewis and Joseph Gordon-Levitt star in “Lincoln” about the ill fated 16th president of the United States. The role as Abraham Lincoln won Day-Lewis a best actor Academy Award. Hide Caption 6 of 11 Photos: Political movies that rock the vote'Clear and Present Danger' (1994) – Based on the book of the same name, “Clear and Present Danger” features Harrison Ford’s Jack Ryan as the CIA deputy director. Ryan soon finds out that members of the CIA aren’t to be trusted. Hide Caption 7 of 11 Photos: Political movies that rock the vote'Wag the Dog' (1997) – Dustin Hoffman and Robert DeNiro team up in “Wag the Dog” as a producer and spin doctor who create a fake war with Albania to distract the public from a presidential scandal. This dark comedy is a creative look at the manipulation of the mass media in politics. Hide Caption 8 of 11 Photos: Political movies that rock the vote'Lions for Lambs' (2007) – “Lions for Lambs” tells the stories of a senator, a journalist and a college professor and their connection to soldiers serving in Afghanistan. It Meryl Streep, Robert Redford and Tom Cruise.Hide Caption 9 of 11 Photos: Political movies that rock the vote'The Adjustment Bureau' (2011) – Loosely based on the short story “Adjustment Team,” “The Adjustment Bureau” is a romantic thriller which follows a New York congressman, David Norris (Matt Damon), and his relationship with a ballerina (Emily Blunt). Hide Caption 10 of 11 Photos: Political movies that rock the voteDenzel Washington stars in this 2004 remake of “Manchurian Candidate” based on Richard Condon’s novel of the same name. He stars as a veteran who finds himself deeply involved in an insidious plot. Hide Caption 11 of 11It’s not a national holiday anywhere, but some people like to celebrate with a toga party. Alternatively, you could watch the political movie “Ides of March,” starring George Clooney and Ryan Gosling.