1643 Massachusetts Bay, Plymouth, Connecticut and New Harbor form the United Colonies of New England
1649 England is declared a Commonwealth by an act of the Rump Parliament making England a republic for the next 11 years
1898 US Congress passes the Private Mailing Card Act, allowing private publishers and printers to produce postcards, had to be labelled “Private Mailing Cards” until 1901, known as “souvenir cards”
715 St Gregory II begins his reign as Catholic Pope
1182 The high altar of Paris cathedral Notre Dame is consecrated by Cardinal Henri de Château-Marçay and Maurice de Sully
1515 George van Saksen-Meissen sells Friesland for 100,000 gold guilders to arch duke Charles
1517 Philip van Bourgondie installed as bishop of Utrecht
1518 Public unveiling of Titian’s masterpiece “Assumption of the Virgin” a painted altarpiece in the Basilica di Santa Maria Gloriosa dei Frari, Venice
1547 Monarch Johan Frederik surrenders to Karel
1968 20th Emmy Awards: “Get Smart”, “Mission Impossible” & Barbara Bain win
1972 WMAV TV channel 18 in Oxford, MS (PBS) begins broadcasting
1972 25th Cannes Film Festival: “The Working Class Goes to Heaven” directed by Elio Petri and “The Mattei Affair” directed by Francesco Rosi jointly awarded the Grand Prix du Festival International du Film
1886 Camille Saint-Saëns’ 3rd Symphony in C premieres at St. James Hall, London, with the composer conducting
1958 “South Pacific” soundtrack album goes #1 & stays #1 for 31 weeks
1962 “Bravo, Giovanni” opens at Broadhurst Theater NYC for 76 performances
1962 “John Birch Society” by Chad Mitchell Trio hits #99
1973 “Daisy A Day” by Jud Strunk hits #14
1973 “Smith” opens at Eden Theater, NYC: runs for 17 performances
1905 Tom Jenkins beats Frank Gotcha for heavyweight wrestling champ
1928 54th Kentucky Derby: Chick Lang aboard Reigh Count wins in 2:10.4
1929 Cloudburst causes stampede in Yankee Stadium, crushes 2 people to death
1935 NFL adopts an annual college draft to begin in 1936
1941 Germany occupiers in Holland forbid bicycle taxis
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Merry Andrew / noun / mer·ry an·drew
“Merry Andrew” is an archaic definition we use to describe people who behave in a clownish or buffoonish fashion. This early 16th-century noun represents the silly antics or behavior of a person who others consider as being foolish and “jester-like.” Being called a “Merry Andrew” is not a compliment. Someone being called a “Merry Andrew” is being insulted and described as a fool. Merry Andrew is also the name of the 1958 American musical film directed by Michael Kidd and starring famed actor Danny Kaye.
In a Sentence
Look out, here comes that unfunny Merry Andrew from last night’s performance.
A court jester and a Merry Andrew are one and the same.
The king and queen demanded to be entertained by the local Merry Andrew.
We saw the first use of Merry Andrew around the late 16th-century in 1670. Etymologists say the term was used to represent people who were kept around because of their entertaining qualities that regularly included them making foolish jokes and public spectacles of themselves.