FYI January 16, 2022

On This Day

1707 – The Scottish Parliament ratifies the Act of Union, paving the way for the creation of Great Britain.[11]
The Acts of Union (Scottish Gaelic: Achd an Aonaidh) were two Acts of Parliament: the Union with Scotland Act 1706 passed by the Parliament of England, and the Union with England Act passed in 1707 by the Parliament of Scotland. They put into effect the terms of the Treaty of Union that had been agreed on 22 July 1706, following negotiation between commissioners representing the parliaments of the two countries. By the two Acts, the Kingdom of England and the Kingdom of Scotland—which at the time were separate states with separate legislatures, but with the same monarch—were, in the words of the Treaty, “United into One Kingdom by the Name of Great Britain”.[2]

The two countries had shared a monarch since the Union of the Crowns in 1603, when King James VI of Scotland inherited the English throne from his double first cousin twice removed, Queen Elizabeth I. Although described as a Union of Crowns, and in spite of James’s acknowledgement of his accession to a single Crown,[3] England and Scotland were officially separate Kingdoms until 1707 (as opposed to the implied creation of a single unified Kingdom, exemplified by the later Kingdom of Great Britain). Prior to the Acts of Union there had been three previous attempts (in 1606, 1667, and 1689) to unite the two countries by Acts of Parliament, but it was not until the early 18th century that both political establishments came to support the idea, albeit for different reasons.

The Acts took effect on 1 May 1707. On this date, the Scottish Parliament and the English Parliament united to form the Parliament of Great Britain, based in the Palace of Westminster in London, the home of the English Parliament.[4] Hence, the Acts are referred to as the Union of the Parliaments.



Born On This Day

1882 – Margaret Wilson, American author (d. 1973)
Margaret Wilhelmina Wilson (January 16, 1882 – October 6, 1973) was an American novelist. She was awarded the 1924 Pulitzer Prize for The Able McLaughlins.




By Bobby Finger, Eater: Who’s Really Behind Joanna Gaines’s Perfect Peanut Butter Brownies? The New York Times credits the “Fixer Upper” star for this transcendent peanut butter and chocolate combination, but both the comment section and Gaines herself say otherwise
By Andy Greene, Rolling Stone: Me and the Monkee: A Final Visit With Michael Nesmith As one ‘Rolling Stone’ writer got to know Nesmith over the past decade, the Reluctant Monkee surprised him again and again. By the very end of his life, the man who was legendarily disgruntled over the Monkees’ prefab ways had come to love the band as much as anyone

The Passive Voice, Andrew Marvel, To His Coy Mistress: But at my back I always hear Time’s wingèd chariot hurrying near
PG’s Note: In 1641, two years after Marvel completed his BA at Cambridge, his father drowned in “the Tide of Humber”—the estuary at Hull made famous by To his Coy Mistress.
The Passive Voice, From The Millions: The Hotel of the Idle Moon
By Alex Tanzi, Bloomberg News: ‘Great Retirement’ in U.S. Is Driven by Older Female Baby Boomers

By Greg Vanourek: What Leads to Happiness?

By Harry Baker, Live Science: Hungry badger accidentally unearths hundreds of ancient Roman coins in Spain The coins came from multiple locations across the Roman Empire.
By Patrick Pester, Live Science:n Enormous sea dragon fossil from 180 million years ago discovered in England It’s the biggest and most complete fossil of its kind ever discovered in the U.K.


By Eric Barker, Barking Up The Wrong Tree: “Because being selfless may be the most effective way to be selfish,”

By Mita Mallick, Harvard Business Review: When Being Indispensable Backfires




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