Today is Thursday, August 4th,  the 216th day of the year.   There are 149

Paul Mooney
Paul Mooney

days remaining until the end of the year.

HOLIDAYS and OBSERVANCES  National Catfish Month,

National Golf Month, National Picnic Month, Romance

Awareness Month, Peach Month, U.S. Coast Guard Day,

National Chocolate Chip Day!


Paul Mooney, 81, comedian

Pres. Barack Obama
Pres. Barack Obama

Greg Foster, 64, hurdler

Pres. Barack Obama, 61, 44th President of the United States

Clyde Simmons, 58, football player

Marques Houston, 40, rapper

Tiffany Evans, 29, singer



Robert Purvis, 211, abolitionist (d. 1898)

Louis Armstrong, 121, trumpeter/singer (d. 1971)

Iceberg Slim, 104, author (d. 1992)



Marques Houston
Marques Houston

1875 – The Convention of Colored Newspapermen is held in Cincinnati.

1896 – W.S. Grant patented the curtain rod support.

1936 – “Long” John Woodruff wins an Olympic gold medal in the 800m run.

1964 – Civil rights workers Michael Schwerner, Andrew Goodman and James

Cheney are found dead in Mississippi after disappearing on June 21st.

1969 – Willie Stargell is 1st to hit a HR outside of Dodger Stadium.

Keenan Ivory Wayans
Keenan Ivory Wayans

1980 – Seattle Mariners replace manager Darrell Johnson with Maury Wills.

1984 – Prince’s “Purple Rain” album goes to #1 & stays #1 for 24 weeks.

1985 – “Dreamgirls” closes at Imperial Theater NYC after 1522 performances.

1993 – A federal judge sentences Los Angeles police officers Stacey Koon

and Laurence Powell to 30 months in prison for violating motorist Rodney

King’s civil rights.

1997 – “Keenan Ivory Wayans Show” premieres on Fox TV.


As a natural people person, there are a variety of careers open for you to pursue. Careers where people skills are key, such as sales or public relations may be a perfect fit. If you are more artistically inclined, a career in entertainment could put your creativity to good use. You may have the perfect amount of understanding, optimism and people skills to be a great leader. If this interests you, look to the political careers of Barack Obama and Elizabeth the Queen Mother for inspiration, as they were both also born on August 4th.

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