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THE KING AND I

On February 22, 1998: The Broadway play, The King and I closed at the Neil Simon Theater after 781 performances. It was directed by Christopher Renshaw, composed by Richard Rodgers, and the lyrics were written by Oscar Hammerstein II. The play’s revival will make it’s way back to Broadway this year.

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DR. J

On February 22, 1950: Basketball player Julius Erving (also known as Dr. J) was born. Though he was born on Long Island, Erving played for the New York Nets (now the Brooklyn Nets) from 1973 to 1976, and helped legitimize the American Basketball Association (ABA). Erving is considered one of the most talented players in sports history and was inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame in 1993.

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NYC’S 24 HOUR RACE

On February 22, 1882: British runner James Saunders won New York City’s 24 hour race. The race was simple: the runner with the most milage in 24 hours wins. Saunders ran 120 miles and won a $100 prize.

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