Milestones, Dec. 22, 1975

Engaged. Jackie Gleason, 59, corpulent comic (The Honeymooners and You're in the Picture) and composer-director; and Marilyn Taylor Horwich, fiftyish, onetime dancer and sister of Choreographer June Taylor; after a 27-year checkered romance.

Died. Sir John Wheeler-Bennett, 73, distinguished Oxford historian of Germany from the Kaiser through Hitler; in London. While living in Germany between World Wars, Wheeler-Bennett watched the rise of German chauvinism and the fall of the Weimar Republic, which he catalogued in Hindenburg, the Wooden Titan (1936). The book so aroused Nazi ire that it was banned in Germany in 1937....

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