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On this day: April 4

Published On: Apr 02 2013 05:57:21 PM CDT   Updated On: Apr 04 2014 01:00:00 AM CDT

A Kansas town elects the first woman mayor in the U.S., The Beatles make history in dominating the charts, a civil rights leader is gunned down, and the World Trade Center is dedicated, all on this day.

OTD April 4 - Johnny Stompanato
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1958: Johnny Stompanato, a former United States Marine who became a bodyguard and enforcer for gangster Mickey Cohen, is stabbed and killed by Cheryl Crane, the teenage daughter of his girlfriend, actress Lana Turner. Crane claimed Stompanato had been attacking her mother and that she had stabbed Stompanato defending her mother. The courts agreed, ruling the death to be justifiable homicide.

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