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BIGGIE BIGGIE BIGGIE, CAN’T YOU SEE

On May 21, 1972: The Notorious B.I.G. was born in Brooklyn. After releasing the iconic 1994 album Ready to Die, he became a central figure in the East Coast hip-hop scene and helped increase New York’s visibility in the genre, which at the time was dominated by artists from the West Coast. He was born Christopher George Latore Wallace and he headed a protégé rap group called Junior M.A.F.I.A. Wallace was gunned down in 1997 at age 24.

 

FROM ROCKEFELLER TO CAPITOL HILL

On May 21, 1951: Al Franken was born in New York City. Franken was a writer for Saturday Night Live from its inception in 1975 until 1980, and then from 1985 to 1995. In 2009, he was sworn into the U.S. Senate representing the state of Minnesota, where he established a program pairing disabled veterans with service dogs.

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THE FIRST BICYCLES

On May 21, 1819: The first bicycles in the United States, “swift walkers” were introduced in New York City. Bicycles have since become an integral part of New York City life, from the ubiquitous Citi Bikes to the annual TD Five Boro Bike Tour.

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