Milestones: Apr. 4, 1969

Died. Joseph Kasavubu, 56, President of the Congo Republic in the stormy first years of nationhood; of a brain hemorrhage; in Boma, Lower Congo. Kasavubu took office in 1960 at a time of total chaos: the army began to mutiny, mineral-rich Katanga was threatening to secede, Premier Patrice Lumumba seemed bent on turning the country Communist. What saved Kasavubu was an Army coup by Colonel Joseph Mobutu, who thereafter largely held the power while allowing Kasavubu to administer, until Mobutu deposed him in 1965 to assume the presidency himself.

Died. Alan Mowbray, 72, British-born character actor whose career spanned some 300 films;...

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