Milestones, Feb. 20, 1956

Died. Ann Cooper Hewitt Nicholson, 41, famed in the 1936 tabloids as the "sterilized heiress" after she charged that her mother and two San Francisco doctors had her sterilized without her knowledge to prevent her from bearing an heir to the family fortune (her great-grandfather: Inventor-Industrialist Peter Cooper, builder in 1830 of the first U.S. steam locomotive, the Tom Thumb); reportedly of a cerebral hemorrhage; in Monterrey, Mexico. Ann Cooper's sensational charges collapsed after the two doctors were acquitted and her mother died. Married six times, she never bore a child.

Died. Emmanuel Tsouderos, 74, who was named Premier of Greece in...

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