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Arnold Schwarzenegger realized his dream by moving to the United States in September 1968 at the age of 21, speaking little English.

In February 1933 while on a visit to the United States, Albert Einstein decided not to return to Germany due to the rise to power of the Nazis under Germany's new chancellor, Adolf Hitler.

Charlie Chaplin came to America in 1910, with a circus-group named Karno. He was roommate with Stan Laurel (Laurel and Hardy) in New York, who was also a British expat and worked for Fred Karno back then.

In June 1884, Tesla relocated to New York City. During his trip across the Atlantic, his ticket, money, and some of his luggage were stolen, and he was nearly thrown overboard after a mutiny broke out on the ship. He arrived with only four cents in his pocket, a letter of recommendation, a few poems, and the remainder of his belongings. Later, Tesla was hired by Edison to work for his Edison Machine Works. In 1886, Tesla formed his own company, Tesla Electric Light & Manufacturing.