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Weary Willie aka Emmett KellyOrigins
Emmett "Weary Willie" Kelly was born on December 9, 1898. Ever since he was a little kid, he'd dreamed of joining the circus. In 1933, Emmett Kelly became the clown Weary Willie. He died of a heart attack in 1979, but he is remembered today on Weary Willie Day every year.

Actual Date
December 9

Other Interesting Tid-Bits
Emmett Kelly first created the Weary Willie character in attempt to make some more money, because his wife had become pregnant with a baby. However, he was not able to perform as Weary Willie until 1933 during the Depression because, before then, people thought he just looked like a hobo, not a clown. When everyone started having to dress in shabbier clothes, his sad hobo dress was more acceptable.

Citations
http://www.clown-ministry.com/index_1.php?/site/articles/emmett_kelly_sr_biography_world_famous_tramp_clown/
http://www.imgag.com/product/full/ap/3032659/


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