Milestones: Sep. 12, 1983

RECOVERING. Burt Lancaster, 69, rugged, resilient Oscar-winning film actor (Elmer Gantry, 1960); from a six-hour quadruple-bypass heart operation; in Los Angeles. Lancaster, whose 59 movies include From Here to Eternity and Atlantic City, is expected to leave the hospital this week.

EXECUTED. Jimmy Lee Gray, 34; for the 1976 killing of a three-year-old girl he had sexually assaulted; by cyanide gas; in Mississippi State Penitentiary in Parchman, Miss. Gray, who spent nearly seven years on death row, was the first convict executed in Mississippi since 1964.

DIED. Lawrence P. McDonald, 48, archconservative, five-term Democratic...

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