[Daily article] June 3: The Demi-Virgin

The Demi-Virgin is a three-act play written by Avery Hopwood (pictured).
Producer Albert H. Woods staged it on Broadway, where it was one of the
most successful plays of the 1921–22 season. The play is a bedroom
farce about former couple Gloria Graham and Wally Deane, both movie
actors, whose marriage was so brief that the press speculated about
whether Gloria was still a virgin. Because it contained suggestive
dialog and the female cast wore revealing clothes, the production was
considered highly risqué at the time. The script alluded to a
contemporary scandal involving actor Fatty Arbuckle, and one scene
featured actresses stripping as part of a card game. Reviewers generally
panned the play as unfunny and vulgar. A magistrate ruled the play was
obscene, and obscenity charges were brought against Woods, but a grand
jury declined to indict him. Woods promoted the controversy to increase
ticket sales. The play had no long-term literary impact and was never
published, but it did stimulate arguments over censorship of theatrical

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Today’s selected anniversaries:


Pope Alexander VII appointed François de Laval as vicar
apostolic of New France.


Liverpool F.C., one of England’s most successful football
clubs, was founded.


Nearly six months after Edward, Duke of Windsor, abdicated the
British throne, he married American socialite Wallis Simpson in a
private ceremony near Tours, France.


World War II: The Imperial Japanese Navy launched two aircraft
carrier raids on the United States Army barracks and the U.S. Navy base
at Dutch Harbor, Alaska.


An assassination attempt on Shlomo Argov, the Israeli
ambassador to the United Kingdom, failed; this was later used as
justification for the 1982 Lebanon War.

Wiktionary’s word of the day:

1. (now rare, modern uses nonstandard) Strongly, with great force.
2. (now rare) In a blustering or boastful manner; haughtily, pompously.

Wikiquote quote of the day:

  We, the most powerful democracy in the world, have developed a
strong norm against talking about politics. It’s fine to talk about
politics with people you agree with. But it is rude to argue about
politics with people you disagree with. Political discourse becomes
isolated, and isolated discourse becomes more extreme. We say what our
friends want to hear, and hear very little beyond what our friends say.
–Lawrence Lessig

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