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National Bowling Day 🎳
An event every year that begins at 12:00 am on day 13 of August, repeating indefinitely
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 “Bowling 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, “Rip Van Winkle.” Rip sees ghostly men playing ninepins and hears eerie thunder from their game. 🎳🌩
The Bowling Game, Jan Steen, c. 1655