Milestones: Feb. 22, 1982

DIED. Eleanor Powell, 69, exuberant, leggy tap dancer whose nimble heels and toes propelled her to stardom in 1930s and '40s Hollywood musicals; of cancer; in Beverly Hills. In her first film, George White's Scandals (1935), Powell covered four miles in her dance routines, and in Broadway Melody of 1940, she gloriously matched Fred Astaire tap for tap. Those movies, and such others as Born to Dance (1936), Rosalie (1937) and Lady Be Good (1941), won her critical acclaim as the best woman tap dancer on film.

DIED. John Hay ("Jock") Whitney, 77, redoubtable financier, distinguished diplomat, enterprising publisher and the epitome...

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