On this day: May 28

Posted: 12:43 PM EDT May 24, 2013   Updated: 2:00 AM EDT May 28, 2016

The Spanish Armada sets sail for England, John Muir organizes the Sierra Club, Volkswagen is founded, Herb Alpert and the Tijuana Brass dominate the charts, and "The Last Supper" goes back on display after a two-decade restoration, all on this day.

OTD May 28 - Maya Angelou
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2014: Author and poet Maya Angelou dies at the age of 86 in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. She was 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." She had also been a singer, a journalist, an actor and 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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