Mrs. Malaprop appeared in Richard Brinsley Sheridan’s 1775 play The Rivals. She had a habit of misusing words in sentences like “I would by no means wish a daughter of mine to be a progeny of learning.” The character gave rise to the term malapropism.
Roosevelt had polio in August 1921, when he was 39. By that time, he had been assistant secretary of the navy, a vice presidential nominee (in 1920), and a member of the New York State Senate.
“Oaters” were Westerns, particularly low-budget Westerns.
Henry V (1945) was Laurence Olivier’s directorial debut.
The author of Gone With the Wind (1936) Margaret Mitchell died in 1949 at age forty-eight after being hit by a taxi in Atlanta. The author of Gone With the Wind (1936) died in 1949 at age forty-eight after being hit by a taxi in Atlanta.
President Lyndon Johnson appointed Thurgood Marshall to fill the seat on the Supreme Court vacated by Thomas C. Clark, who resigned when his son, Ramsey Clark, was appointed as U.S. Attorney General. Marshall (190892), a noted civil rights lawyer, became the first African-American Supreme Court justice.
The 1981 novel Housekeeping by Marilynne Robinson is set in Fingerbone, Montana.
At 3.81 inches in length, this one could hardly check ‘ into a Roach Motel, much less check out.
The author of Naked Lunch (1959) William Burroughs unsuccessfully attempted to shoot a glass off his wife’s head.
The fabled district “Storyville” of New Orleans got its name from Alderman Sidney Story. In 1897, he moved the city’s illegal activities, such as gambling and prostitution, into a restricted district along Basin Street, next to the French Quarter. Storyville flourished until 1917, when the secretary of the Navy had it closed down to protect […]