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National Bowling Day 🎳

August 13, 2022

Bowling dates back to the ancient world – a set of pins and a ball were found in an ancient Egyptian tomb! – but has proven to be massively popular in the United States.

Did you know? Dutchmen in New York (once New Amsterdam) enjoyed bowling in the colonial era and the oldest park in Manhattan is named β€œBowling Green” as a result.

In the same vein, the first literary mention of bowling in the U.S. appeared in Washington Irving’s 1819 short story set in prerevolutionary New York, β€œRip Van Winkle.” Rip sees ghostly men playing ninepins and hears eerie thunder from their game. 🎳🌩

The Bowling Game, Jan Steen, c. 1655


August 13, 2022
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