Although his prolific career has included essays, plays, and ten books of poetry for adults, Gary Soto is best known as an acclaimed writer of fiction and narrative poems for children. His sympathetic and often humorous juvenile books include Baseball in April and Other Stories (1990) and the novel Taking Sides (1991). Soto, a professor
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Peter “Black Prince” Jackson, a native of the Virgin Islands, won the Australian Heavyweight title, becoming the first Black man to win a national boxing crown on this date in 1886.