Milestones: Apr. 27, 1970

Divorced. By Bobbie Gentry, 27, leggy pop singer (Ode to Billie Joe, 1967); William Harrah, 58, owner of Nevada's biggest gambling casino, Harrah's Club at Reno and Lake Tahoe; on grounds of incompatibility after four months of marriage; in Las Vegas.

Died. Merriman Smith, 57, senior White House correspondent, whose laconic "Thank you, Mr. President" heralded the end of presidential news conferences for almost 30 years; by his own hand (.357 Magnum revolver); in Alexandria, Va. Smith arrived in Washington in 1941 to cover the White House for the United Press, and there he...

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