November 17, 1913

On This Date in! in 1913, Kaiser Wilhem of Germany banned his the officers of his armed forces from dancing the tango while in uniform. He, like so many of the stodgy upper class and religious leaders of that day considered the dance to be lewd, immoral and of the lower class. Due to the elders closed minded opinions toward the tango, in 1914 an underground, but very popular opera was performed in front of sold out crowds in Berlin and Munich called “Stiefel-losen’. It was the story of a rebellious cadre of young Army officers who just wanted to dance the tango, but their generals and priests and parents forbid them. In defiance of their elders and officers, the young officers staged a secret tango dance-off, but an informant turned them in and the dance was raided by the German Secret Police. All of the young officers were arrested and sent to the Western Front where they all die in the trenches, cold, hungry and diseased. What did you expect? It was a German opera, everybody dies.

About Joel Byers

Born in North Georgia and educated at some very fine public institutions. Real education started after graduating from college and then getting married and raising two boys. Has the ability to see the funny and absurd in most things and will always remark on it, even if it means getting the stink-eye from his victims.
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