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Today is Saturday, August 1st, the 214th day of the year. There are 152

Robert Cray

Robert Cray

days remaining until the end of the year.

HOLIDAYS and OBSERVANCES National Catfish Month,

National Golf Month, National Picnic Month, Peach Month,

Romance Awareness Month, National Simplify Your Life Week,

National Girlfriends Day, National Mountain Climbing Day


Cliff Branch, 72, football player

Chuck D

Chuck D

Robert Cray, 66, singer/guitarist

Chuck D, 60, rapper/producer

Coolio, 57, rapper/producer

Stacey Augmon, 52, basketball player/coach

Roshumba Williams, 51, model

Tempestt Bledsoe, 47, actress

Tempestt Bledsoe

Tempestt Bledsoe

Van Vicker, 42, actor

Chris Williams, 42, actor

Edgerrin James, 42, football player

Elijah Kelley, 34, actor/singer/dancer

Mike Wallace, 34, football player

Austin Rivers, 28, basketball player



Lee Thomas III, 26, actor


Benjamin E Mays, 115, educator (d. 1984)

Ron Brown, 79, 30th U.S. Secretary of Commerce (d. 1996)

Trevor Berbick, 65, boxer (d. 2006)


Julius Erving

Julius Erving

Korey Stringer, 2001, football player (b. 1974)


1619 – 1st African Americans (20) land at Jamestown, Virginia.

1834 – Slavery abolished throughout the British Empire – Slavery

Abolition Act 1833 comes into effect.

1867 – Blacks vote for 1st time in a US state election in the South


Aretha Franklin

Aretha Franklin

1942 – Race riots in Harlem, New York

1944 – Adam Clayton Powell elected 1st black congressman from


1960 – Aretha Franklin’s 1st recording session.

1960 – Chubby Checker releases “The Twist”.

1961 – Whitney Young Jr named executive director of National

Urban League.

Arthur Ashe

Arthur Ashe

1964 – Arthur Ashe is the first black named to the U.S. Davis Cup


1974 – Virginia Squires trade Julius “Dr J” Erving to NY Nets

1981 – MTV begins broadcasting in the United States and airs its

first video.

1987 – Mike Tyson beat Tony Tucker in 12 rounds for heavyweight

Michael Johnson

Michael Johnson

boxing title.

1993 – Reggie Jackson enshrined in Baseball Hall of Fame in Coopers-

town,  New York.

1996 – Michael Johnson is the first man to win gold medals in the both

the 200 and 400-meter runs, breaking his own world record.


As a Leo born on August 1st, you are characterized by your highly extroverted nature. You are energized by new people and use your warm personality to be quite charming. While others are fearful of the spotlight, you actively seek it, as you thrive in situations where you are the center of attention. Similarly, you are a natural leader and rarely hesitate to take control of situations. Although your friends and family may find you a bit overbearing at time, your loving nature easily melts away their frustrations.

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