Milestones Oct. 21, 1996

HONORED. VIVIAN MALONE JONES, 54, as the first recipient of the Lurleen B. Wallace Award of Courage, named for the late wife of former Alabama Governor George Wallace; in Montgomery, Alabama. In 1963, Governor Wallace stood in the doorway of the University of Alabama auditorium in a symbolic and unsuccessful attempt to prevent the young Malone and another black student from registering for classes.

FREED. YAO WENYUAN, about 65, believed to be the sole surviving member of China's infamous "Gang of Four"; after serving all of a 20-year sentence for inciting violence during the Cultural Revolution; in Shanghai.

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