Brooklyn Today: April 4, 2012

Good morning. Today is the 95th day of the year. On this day in 1964, only four months after the American release of “I Want to Hold Your Hand,” the Beatles held the top five positions of the Billboard Hot 100 chart. “Can’t Buy Me Love” was number one, followed by, in order, “Twist and Shout,” “She Loves You,” “I Want to Hold Your Hand” and “Please Please Me.” The Beatles were consistent hitmakers in the U.K. throughout 1963, but were only introduced to American audiences very late in the year.
Well-known people who were born today include author Maya Angelou (I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings), Brooklyn-born magician David Blaine, U.S. Senator Richard Lugar (R-Indiana),  actor Barry Popper and musician-actress Jill Scott.

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Tonight from 7 to 9 p.m., the powerHouse Arena, 37 Main St., DUMBO, will hold a book launch party for Adam Levin’s short-story collection Hot Pink. Readers will include Jason Diamond, Karolina Waclawiak and Adam Wilson, as well as Levin himself. Levin is also the author of the novel The Instructions, a finalist for the 2010 National Jewish Book Award for Fiction.