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THE SPIRITUAL HEAD OF WU-TANG

On August 22, 1966: Hip hop artist and founding member of the Wu-Tang Clan, Gary Grice aka “GZA” or “The Genius,” was born in Brooklyn. After a long and illustrious career both with the Wu-Tang Clan and as a solo artist, GZA and collaborator RZA appeared alongside Bill Murray in one of the vignettes composing Jim Jarmusch’s Coffee and Cigarettes. 

MR. BARSIMSON GOES TO NEW AMSTERDAM

On August 22, 1654: Jacob Barsimson arrived in New Amsterdam (the old-school New York City) aboard the Peartree, becoming one of the earliest Jewish settlers to land in the area. Barsimson left the Netherlands on July 8th after Jewish leaders sent him to determine the possibility of extensive Jewish immigration to New Amsterdam.

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GLOBETROTTIN’ IN BERLIN

On August 22, 1951: The Harlem Globetrotters played in the Olympic Stadium in Berlin before 75,052 fans. Months later in October of 1951, a film about the famous exhibition basketball team entitled The Harlem Globetrotters was released by Columbia Pictures.

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