The morris dance is an English folk dance that emerged in the 15th century and is closely associated with festivals like those of May Day and Whitsunday. It is performed by sides, or teams, of dancers often dressed in white and adorned with bells. In addition to executing the dance's intricate footwork, which varies from region to region, performers hold and wave items like handkerchiefs, swords, and sticks. How did the morris dance get its name?
Back in the day
When Emperor Antoninus Pius died in 161, Marcus Aurelius accepted the throne on the condition that he and Lucius Verus be made joint emperors—an unprecedented political arrangement in the Roman Empire. Aurelius likely sought the partnership so Verus could directly command Roman legions in the empire's nearly constant war efforts. Verus was authoritative enough to command the loyalty of the troops and powerful enough that he had little incentive to overthrow Marcus. Did Verus remain loyal?
Born on a day like today
Before becoming the first woman to qualify for and compete in both the Indianapolis 500 and the Daytona 500, race car driver Janet Guthrie worked as an aerospace engineer. She took up racing in 1963, and by 1977, she had competed in two of racing's most prestigious events—the Daytona 500 and the Indianapolis 500. Guthrie has since been inducted into both the International Women's Sports Hall of Fame and the International Motorsports Hall of Fame. What was her best finish in an IndyCar event?