Milestones, Mar. 28, 1977

Died. Antonino Rocca, 49, flamboyant wrestler who claimed that he knew "the secret of life" (good blood circulation) and would live to be 150; of a urinary tract infection; in Manhattan. Born in Italy, Rocca grew up in Argentina and became one of its most popular wrestlers. He moved to the U.S. in 1949, delighting millions of fans around the ring and on TV with his barefoot dropkick, in which he leaped into the air, pummeling his opponent with both feet.

Died. Al Bramlet, 59, powerful boss of the Las Vegas local of the...

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