Today is Friday, August 5th, the 217th day of the year.  There are 149

Ja'net Dubois
Ja’net Dubois

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, National Simplify Your

Life Week, National Underwear Day, National Oyster Day


Patrick Ewing
Patrick Ewing

Chip Fields, 71, actress

Patrick Ewing, 60, basketball player/coach

Otis Thorpe, 60, basketball player

Funkmaster Flex, 54, rapper/producer/radio host

DeRay Davis, 54, actor

Kent King, 48, actress

George Duke
George Duke

Carl Crawford, 41, baseball player

Lolo Jones, 40, track star

Vanessa Simmons, 39, reality star

Dawn Richard, 39, singer

C.J. Spiller, 35, football player


Garrett A. Morgan
Garrett A. Morgan

James A. Healy, 192, 1st black bishop in America (d. 1900)

Gertrude E. Durden Rush, 142, composer/playwright 9d. 1962)

Ja’net Dubois, 77, actress (Good Times) (d. (2019)


James Augustine Healy, 1900, black Roman Catholic bishop (b. 1830)

George Duke, 2013, singer/songwriter/keyboard player/producer (b. 1946)


1624 – William of Jamestown Va. is the 1st black child born in English America.

Evelyn Ashford
Evelyn Ashford

1864 – Gunner, John Lawson earned Congressional Medal.

1914 – The first electric traffic lights, invented by Garrett Morgan installed in


1936 – At Berlin Olympics, Jesse Owens wins his 3rd Olympic medal.

1950 – Ezzard Charles KOs Freddie Beshore to retain heavyweight boxing title.

1957 – American Bandstand debuts on the ABC television network.

1962 – Nelson Mandela imprisoned in South Africa. He would not be

released until 1990.

Stevie Wonder
Stevie Wonder

1966 – Martin Luther King Jr. stoned during Chicago march.

1970 – Black Panther leader Huey Newton let out of jail.

1975 – Stevie Wonder signs $13M contract with Motown.

1979 – Willie Mays inducted in Hall of Fame.

1984 – Track and Field stars Evelyn Ashford and Edwin Moses win gold

medals in the Los Angeles Olympics.

1992 – 4 cops in Rodney King beating case indicted on civil rights charge.


As a Leo born on August 5th, your personality is dominated by your humorous and optimistic nature. While others choose to stay on the sidelines, you gravitate to the spotlight. You love to make people laugh and always try to impress your peers with quick whit and clever observations. While this attribute is enough to gain you many friends, people also appreciate your positive outlook. Your close friends and family never seem to get over your ability to make the best out of a bad situation.

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