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On May 20, 1972: Rapper, songwriter, and actor Busta Rhymes was born in East Flatbush, Brooklyn. He was born Trevor Tahiem Smith Jr. and was given his alias by Public Enemy’s Chuck D after NFL wide receiver George “Buster” Rhymes. He has released a number of albums including The Coming and When Disaster Strikes.



On May 20, 1927: Charles Lindbergh flew from New York to Paris. This flight was the first non-stop solo flight across the Atlantic Ocean. The flight took 33 hours, and he had been awake for 55 hours by the end of the trip.

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On May 20, 1970: 150,000 construction workers peacefully marched to City Hall in support of President Nixon’s Vietnam War policies as a part of the Hard Hat Riots. Office workers in the area showed their support by showering the marchers with ticker tape.

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