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Billie Holiday [Eleanora Fagan](1915-59) was born in Baltimore, MD on April 7, 1915.
Booker T. Washington (1856-1915) was born in Franklin County, VA on April 5, 1856. Read Orrin's review of Up From Slavery (1901) (Grade: A)(#3 on the Modern Library Top 100 Nonfiction Books of the 20th Century)
Colin Powell (1937-) was born in New York, NY on April 5, 1937.
Herbert von Karajan (1908-89) was born in Salzburg, Austria on April 5, 1908.
James Earl Ray assassinated the Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr. on April 4, 1968 in Memphis, TN. Gerald Posner disproves all of the ridiculous conspiracy theories surrounding the killing in his excellent book Killing the Dream(Read Orrin's review, Grade: B)
Muddy Waters [McKinley Morganfield](1915-) was born in Rolling Fork, MS on April 4, 1915.
Ma Rainey [Gertrude Pridgett](1886-1939), "The Mother of the Blues", was born in Columbus, GA on April 3, 1888.
The great folklorist Hans Christian Andersen (1805-1875) was born in Odense, Denmark on April 2, 1805
Emile Zola (1840-) was born in Paris, FR on April 2, 1840. Brothers Judd recommends his novel Germinal (1885)
Whittaker Chambers (1901-61) was born Jay Vivian Chambers in Philadelphia, PA on April 1, 1901. His long strange journey [brilliantly told in Sam Tanenhaus' prize winning Whittaker Chambers: A Biography (Read Orrin's review, Grade: A)] stands as an allegory of 20th Century man and his own memoir, Witness (1952) (read Orrin's review, Grade : A+), is one of the great books of this or any century. See also Orrin's review of Ghosts on the Roof: Selected Journalism of Whittaker Chambers 1931-1959 (1989) (Whittaker Chambers 1901-61)(edited by Terry Teachout) (Grade: A)
If two New Hampshire men aren't a match for the Devil, we might as well give the country back to the Indians.
-Stephen Vincent Benet (1898-1943), The Devil and Daniel Webster
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