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Jim Kershner’s This day in history

TUESDAY, AUG. 17, 2010

From our archives, 100 years ago

Marie Dorr, a 1910 society columnist, had some earnest advice for the young women of America while out on summer outings.

Have fun, she said, just not too much.

“My dear girls, you must remember you are young ladies, therefore be not boisterous,” she wrote. “Have just as good a time as you possibly can, but always try to remain young American gentlewomen. We all delight to hear young laughter and to know young hearts are glad, but that is no reason why you should scream at the top of your voices and act in a rough manner in the cars on the way to your holiday.”

And then she got down to the heart of the matter.

“Force the men in your company or party to respect you just as much when on an outing as they do when in your home,” she wrote. “Do not allow them to put their arms about your waist and otherwise treat you with a lack of the respect which is your due. You can have just as good a time, without being rough, my dears, and you will find everyone really likes you better for preserving your dignity.”

Also on this date

(From the Associated Press)

1960: The newly renamed Beatles (formerly the Silver Beetles) began their first gig in Hamburg, West Germany, at the Indra Club.

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