Milestones: Oct. 13, 1961

Born. To Willy Brandt, 47, West Berlin's scrappy mayor, while he was visiting New York City to receive the annual Freedom House Award, and his Norwegian wife, the former Rut Hansen, 41: a third son; in Berlin.

Died. David Beresford Pratt, 54, wealthy, English-born Transvaal farmer and would-be assassin who in April 1960 fired two bullets into the head of South African Prime Minister Hendrik F. Verwoerd (who recovered), was later declared by a court to be "unfit" to stand trial; by his own hand (strangulation with a bed sheet); in a Bloemfontein, South Africa,...

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