649 Theodore I ends his reign as Catholic Pope
1027 Robert II of France names his son Henry I as junior King of the Franks
1264 Battle of Lewes, 2nd Barons’ War: Simon de Montfort the younger, Earl of Leicester, defeats English King Henry III
1576 Dutch Council of State replaced by Council of Beroerten
1607 English colonists establish the 1st permanent English settlement in America at Jamestown. Unknown to them they have landed amidst the worst drought in 800 years.
1608 The Protestant Union is founded in Auhausen.
1897 Oldest continuously operating movie theater in the world, the State Theatre first opens in Washington, Iowa (Guinness World Records)
1948 WBEN (now WIVB) TV channel 4 in Buffalo, NY (CBS) begins broadcasting
1951 Ernie Kovacs Show, TV Variety debut on NBC
1964 17th Cannes Film Festival: “The Umbrellas of Cherbourg” directed by Jacques Demy wins the Grand Prix du Festival International du Film
1972 24th Emmy Awards: “All in the Family”, Carrol O’Conner & Jean Stapleton win
1973 French film “Day for Night” written and directed by François Truffaut, starring Jacqueline Bisset and Jean-Pierre Léaud premieres at Cannes (Academy Award Best Foreign Language Film)
1975 Cult feminist film “Jeanne Dielman, 23 Quai du Commerce, 1080 Bruxelles” written and directed by Chantal Ackerman and starring Delphine Seyrig premieres at Cannes
1927 “Ain’t She Sweet?” hits #1 on the singles chart by Ben Bernie
1949 “Love Life” closes at 46th St Theater NYC after 252 performances
1951 Sammy Fain and Yip Harburg’s musical “Flahooley” opens at Broadhurst Theater NYC for 40 performances
1957 Bob Merrill’s musical “New Girl in Town” opens at 46th St Theater, NYC; runs for 432 performances
1885 11th Kentucky Derby: Babe Henderson aboard Joe Cotton wins in 2:37.25
1886 12th Kentucky Derby: Paul Duffy aboard Ben Ali wins in 2:36.50
1888 14th Kentucky Derby: George Covington aboard MacBeth II wins in 2:38.00
1890 16th Kentucky Derby: Isaac Murphy aboard Riley wins in 2:45
1906 Flagpole at the White Sox ballpark breaks during pennant-raising
1918 Sunday baseball is made legal in Washington, D.C.
1919 44th Preakness: Johnny Loftus aboard Sir Barton wins in 1:53 on way to first Triple Crown
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Spiffy / adjective / ˈspi-fē
“Spiffy” is an adjective we use in the English language to describe a person’s clothing and outer appearance. Someone said to be looking “spiffy” is well-dressed and sharp looking in their appearance. While the word doesn’t always apply to high fashion, when we think of the word “spiffy,” we think of elegant, well-dressed partygoers or business persons who have put on their most stunning outfits.
In a Sentence
The new army recruits were looking very “spiffy” in their uniforms.
The groom was looking spiffy in his tuxedo as he awaited the arrival of his bride.
That is quite a spiffy-looking vehicle you’re driving!
Spiffy first entered the English language as an adjective. Etymologists say that “spiffy” was used to describe snappy dressers in the mid-18th century. We first see the word recorded toward the latter end of the 18th century in 1877. Other words derived from “spiffy” include ‘spiffier’ and ‘spifiest.’ All iterations of the word carry the same meaning intending to describe well-dressed people and people wearing high fashion or trending items of their time. “Spiffy” hasn’t changed its definition since its first introduction into the language.
Unfashionable, Old Fashioned