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 - Maya Angelou
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1928: Author and poet Maya Angelou, best known for her series of autobiographies, including "I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings," and poems such as "On the Pulse of Morning" and "A Brave and Startling Truth," is born Marguerite Ann Johnson in St. Louis, Mo. She's also been a singer, a journalist, an actor, a producer and was active in the Civil Rights movement, working with both Martin Luther King and Malcolm X. In 1993, Angelou recited "On the Pulse of Morning" at President Bill Clinton's inauguration, the first poet to make an inaugural recitation since Robert Frost at John F. Kennedy's inauguration in 1961.

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