Thursday, January 02, 2014

Today -100: January 2, 1914: Of tangos and radium

Headline of the Day -100: “Catholic Church Fighting the Tango.” Dance-off!

Dr. Carl Alsberg, chief chemist for the Department of Agriculture, warns against “fake radium cancer cures” offered by quacks.

Julius Rosenwald, president of Sears Roebuck, announces a semi-philanthropic scheme to open banks to lend small sums to working-class people so they aren’t driven to use loan sharks. Near as I can tell, nothing came of this.

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  1. The second story on the HOTD archive speaks about a party thrown for Helen Culver Kerr, who "will not come out for two years" - eh? Does this refer to courtship or something? Good of them to give a full rundown of those invited though.

    Spoiler: She gets married in 1921

  2. It means a girl of sufficient age to attend balls and such, "coming out" into society, or as the French would almost say debuting, thus the word débutante.