8. AUTHOR MAYA ANGELOU DIES AGED 86
American author, poet and civil rights activist Maya Angelou has died at the age of 86, her literary agent, Helen Brann, confirmed on Wednesday. Also a professor, singer and dancer, Angelou was best-known for her 1969 memoir I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings. In 2011, Barack Obama awarded her with the Medal of Freedom, the country's highest civilian honour.