1830 Republic of Ecuador is founded, with Juan Jose Flores as president
1934 Great dustbowl storm sweeps across US prairies
1989 Approx 2,000 students begin hunger strike in Tiananmen Square, China
535 St Agapitus I begins his reign as Catholic Pope
609 Pope Boniface I turns the Pantheon in Rome into a Catholic church
641 Eligius (Saint Eloy) becomes bishop of Doornik-Noyon
1106 Henry I of Limburg loses the duchy of Lower Lorraine to Godfrey of Louvain
1110 Crusaders march into Beirut causing a bloodbath
1277 As Vizier Mehmet I of Karaman issues a firman (decree) ordering only the Turkish language to be used, not Arabic or Persian
1364 Peter Coutherel banished from Leuven
1497 Pope Alexander VI excommunicates Italian Dominican friar Girolamo Savonarola (urged the expulsion of the Medici’s from Florence)
1878 Danvers State Hospital, a psychiatric hospital in Massachusetts, opens—later serves as inspiration for Arkham Sanitorium in the work of H.P. Lovecraft, which in turn inspired Arkham Asylum of the D.C. Batman universe
1960 WOLE TV channel 12 in Aguadillo, PR
1970 Beatles movie “Let it Be” premieres
1982 Terri Lea Utley, 20 (Arkansas) crowned 31st Miss USA
1985 Laura Elena Martinez-Herring, 21, (Texas), crowned 34th Miss USA
1848 First performance of Finland’s national anthem “Maamme”, composed by Fredrik Pacius, Swedish words by Johan Ludvig Runeberg
1941 Willy Lewis’ US jazz band performs in Switzerland
1954 “Pajama Game” opens at St James Theater NYC for 1063 performances
1965 The Rolling Stones record “Satisfaction”
1973 “Cyrano” opens at Palace Theater NYC for 49 performances
1975 “Rodgers & Hart” opens at Helen Hayes Theater NYC for 108 performances
1887 15th Preakness: William Donohue aboard Dunboyne wins in 2:39.25
1890 18th Preakness: W Martin aboard Montague wins in 2:36.75
1891 17th Kentucky Derby: Isaac Murphy aboard Kingman wins in 2:52.25
1909 First Giro d’Italia takes place in Milan – Italian cyclist Luigi Ganna is the winner
1911 37th Kentucky Derby: George Archibald aboard Meridian wins in 2:05
1916 42nd Kentucky Derby: Johnny Loftus aboard George Smith wins in 2:04
1922 48th Kentucky Derby: Albert Johnson aboard Morvich wins in 2:04.6
Today’s Word is
We use the word frou-frou to describe the sound made by a woman’s clothing. In most cases, the frou-frou sound refers to the sound a ruffling dress makes as a woman is walking. As a noun, we also use frou-frou to describe frilly ornamentation and embellishments added to clothing.
We see a person wearing frou-frou clothing as annoyingly overdressed and unnecessarily flamboyant. Their over-the-top clothing style makes frou-frou dressers the butt of many fashion-related jokes.
In a Sentence
She disturbed the church service by walking in late wearing a frou-frou dress.
Please dress casually. None of that “frou-frou” excess is required for the occasion.
Her ruffled “frou-frou” dress made a loud swooshing sound when she walked by.
We see the first use of the word “frou-frou” introduced in the late 18th-century. “Frou-frou” is a French word that came about in a …