William O. Douglas, 81, energetic outdoorsman, author of more than a score of books and, above all, an uncompromising champion of what he liked to call the "first-ness of the First Amendment." During his 36 years as a Supreme Court Justice —a record term—the onetime SEC chairman and law professor at Yale and Columbia battled vigorously to safeguard the rights of individuals.

Jimmy Durante, 86. For nearly 65 years, from New York vaudeville stages to television screens across the land, "the great Schnozzola" cracked his gentle gags, rasped out his endearingly silly ditties and...

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