Milestones: Jan. 3, 1983

RECOVERING. Nancy Reagan, 61, after a small growth on her upper lip was excised and diagnosed as basal-cell epithelioma, a curable form of skin cancer. The First Lady, who joked with her staff about her "stiff upper lip," will wear a small bandage for a few days.

DIED. Leonid Kogan, 58, slight "aristocrat of the violin," cherished by worldwide audiences for his poker-face pyrotechnics and the silken refinement of his playing; of causes and in a location not announced by Soviet officials. A prodigy who burst into the international spotlight at age 27 by winning the 1951 Queen Elisabeth Music Competition...

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