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On August 5, 1964: Musician and film director Adam Yauch was born in Brooklyn Heights. He was widely known and applauded as one of the founding members of the hip hop group, The Beastie Boys. He was also an accomplished film director and human rights activist, known for speaking out for the Tibetan Independence Movement and being a supporter of feminism and LGBT rights. Yauch passed away in 2012 at age 47.


On August 5, 1903: Singer Helen Kane was born in New York City. She was best-known for her signature song “I Wanna Be Loved By You” which was debuted in Oscar Hammerstein’s Good Boy. Kane had her big break in 1927 when she appeared in the musical A Night In Spain. She 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. 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.”


On August 5, 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.

Mario Biaggi On This Day in NYCs History: Adam Yauch is Born
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