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On August 5th, 1988: Former New York U.S. Representative Mario Biaggi, who was elected as a Democrat from the Bronx, resigned. Having served in Congress for nearly twenty years, Biaggi resigned due to his conviction in two separate corruption trials.

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On August 5th, 1884: The cornerstone for the Statue of Liberty was laid. Designed by French sculptor Frédéric Auguste Bartholdi, the statue was a gift to the United States from the people of France. Due to lack of funding, the statue’s dedication was delayed a few years; on October 28, 1886, she was dedicated on Liberty Island in NYC.

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On August 5th, 1903: Singer Helen Kane was born. Best known for her signature song “I Wanna Be Loved By You” which she debuted in Oscar Hammerstein’s 1928 show Good Boy, Kane had her big break in 1927 when she appeared in a musical called A Night In Spain. Kane quickly became a star, and had a cult following; Helen Kane dolls filled the shelves and Helen Kane look-alike contests attracted a huge fan base, with the cult following reaching its peak in early 1929. In 1930, Fleischer Studios animator Grim Natwick introduced a caricature of the blown-haired, droopy-eyed, full-figured, squeaky-voiced singer in the Talkartoons cartoon Dizzy Dishes. The character was later dubbed “Betty Boop.”

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