June 19, 1923: The State of Illinois passed an act declaring "American" (as opposed to "English") to be the state's official language.
The act was proposed by Senator Frank J. Ryan of Chicago who was "fed up" with American being called English. Ryan, in turn, got the idea from Montana Congressman Washington McCormick, who had tried, but failed, to get American designated as the national language.
In 1969 the Illinois legislature revised the statute to make English, not American, the official state language.
In the 1920s, Doctor Serge Voronoff famously decided that grafting monkey glands onto the testicles of human males would rejuvenate the recipients. His ludicrous failed experiments provided the punchlines for innumerable jokes thereafter.
But what I did not realize was that twenty years later, Voronoff was still at it. Now he claimed, in his book FROM CRETIN TO GENIUS, that transplanting monkey glands would alter the intelligence of the subjects. Below is the start of a review from 1943.
1926: Rev. Arthur Wells of London began a one-man crusade against women wearing makeup, declaring that he would no longer allow any woman to marry in his church who was so "disfigured."
However, he received no support from fellow clergymen. Said Dr. Philip Pendleton of Phoenix, "I would marry a bride who had paint an inch thick on her cheeks if I was convinced that she was right in her heart... If they think they need to paint up, I say let them go to it."
Paul Di Filippo
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