Milestones, Jun. 9, 1941

Died. Lou Gehrig, 38, "Iron Man of Baseball"; in Manhattan. Stricken two years ago with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (hardening of the spinal cord), the great, clean-living, slugging Yankee first baseman, son of a German-born janitor, had hung up the all-round record of baseball: 2,130 consecutive games (for 14 years he played in every Yankee game); more than 100 runs a year; a lifetime batting average of .341.

Died. Tiny, dapper, cocoa-skinned Prajadhipok of Sukhodaya, 47, former King of Siam and last of the nation's absolute rulers; of heart disease; at his country estate in...

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