Milestones: Aug. 13, 1984

DIED. Carl D. Perkins, 71, liberal Democratic Congressman from Kentucky since 1949, chairman of the powerful House Education and Labor Committee since 1967 and one of the wiliest, most determined minds ever to hide behind a country-bumpkin exterior; of an apparent heart attack; in Lexington, Ky. In the 1960s Perkins helped steer Lyndon Johnson's antipoverty legislation through Congress; he had also pushed relentlessly for federal aid for vocational training in 1963 and for primary and secondary education in 1965. Perkins later became probably the most outspoken House critic of Reagan Administration budget cuts....

Want the full story?

Subscribe Now

Subscribe
Subscribe

Get TIME the way you want it

  • One Week Digital Pass — $4.99
  • Monthly Pay-As-You-Go DIGITAL ACCESS$2.99
  • One Year ALL ACCESSJust $30!   Best Deal!
    Print Magazine + Digital Edition + Subscriber-only Content on TIME.com

Learn more about the benefits of being a TIME subscriber

If you are already a subscriber sign up — registration is free!