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By On This Day in NYC's History


On August 19, 1970: Fat Joe, or Joseph Antonio Cartagena, was born in the South Bronx. Known for his 2000s single “Lean Back” and for being the CEO and leader of Terror Squad Entertainment and the Terror Squad group, Fat Joe has had a long career in hip hop. He has collaborated with many known and celebrated artists and musicians, and in 2011, he appeared alongside Newark mayor Cory Booker and fitness experts to promote Michelle Obama’s cause, Let’s Move! 


On August 19, 1885: Iconic operetta The Mikado opened at the Savoy Theatre in NYC. Written and composed by the iconic duo Gilbert and Sullivan, the musical tells the story of star-crossed lovers in feudal Japan. The show was a smash hit, further establishing Gilbert and Sullivan as the kings of comic opera. The opera was later adapted into a 1939 film that has been included in The Criterion Collection.



On August 19th, 1930: Pulitzer Prize-winning Author Frank McCourt was born in Brooklyn. After a childhood spent in Ireland, McCourt returned to New York and attended New York University. McCourt is best known for his bestselling memoir Angela’s Ashes, which chronicles his early years living in a slum in Limerick. He has also authored a second memoir, Tis, which explores his years spent in America and New York.

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