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By On This Day in NYC's History

BIGGIE BIGGIE BIGGIE, CAN’T YOU SEE

On May 21, 1972: The Notorious B.I.G. is born in Brooklyn. After releasing the iconic 1994 album Ready to Die, Biggie 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. Born Christopher George Latore Wallace, he headed a protégé rap group called Junior M.A.F.I.A. Wallace passed away in 1997.

 

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  US 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 CitiBikes to the annual TD Five Boro Bike Tour.

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