Milestones: Apr. 27, 1981

DIED. Joe Louis, 66, the legendary "Brown Bomber" who held the World Heavyweight boxing championship for nearly twelve years; of a heart attack; in Las Vegas (see SPORT).

DIED. Tennyson Guyer, 67, earthy, plain-speaking minister and Representative from Ohio's Fourth District since 1973, who was known for his speeches on inspirational and patriotic topics; of a heart attack; in Alexandria, Va.

DIED. James Hagerty, 71, able, candid press secretary and influential adviser to President Dwight D. Eisenhower between 1953 and 1961, who initiated such now routine news practices as regularly scheduled face-to-face meetings...

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