Milestones: Apr. 1, 1985

DIED. Patricia Roberts Harris, 60, lawyer and educator, the first black woman to hold a Cabinet post or serve as a U.S. ambassador; of cancer; in Washington, D.C. The daughter of a railroad-car waiter, she graduated first in her class at George Washington University Law School and later became dean of the law school at Howard University. In 1965 President Johnson appointed her Ambassador to Luxembourg. As Jimmy Carter's Secretary of Housing and Urban Development and then of Health, Education and Welfare, she was a forthright advocate of government intervention to solve social problems and a firm administrator of her sprawling...

Want the full story?

Subscribe Now


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

Learn more about the benefits of being a TIME subscriber

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