Milestones: Oct. 5, 1981

DIED. Joseph Hirsch, 71, Philadelphia-born artist whose boldly realistic paintings, etchings and lithographs often depicted scenes of social injustice or corruption; of cancer; in New York City. In 1949, asked to create a poster for Arthur Miller's Death of a Salesman, Hirsch produced the poignant drawing of a stooped Willy Loman that became famous worldwide as a symbol of the play.

DIED. Gregory Breit, 82, Russian-born physicist who took part in research leading to the first atomic explosion in 1945, and seven years later affirmed theoretical evidence downplaying the possibility that the hydrogen...

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