Milestones Dec. 16, 1996

ENGAGED. ANGELA BASSETT, 38, actress (Waiting to Exhale, What's Love Got to Do with It), and COURTNEY VANCE, 36, a star of The Preacher's Wife. The couple are planning a 1997 wedding.

MARRIED. NANCY KASSEBAUM, 64, retiring Republican Senator from Kansas, and former Senate majority leader HOWARD BAKER, 71, a fellow Republican; in Washington.

APPOINTED. MARSHALL LOEB, 67, former managing editor of Fortune and Money magazines; as editor of the influential Columbia Journalism Review; in New York City. Loeb worked for TIME for 24 years.

AILING. VACLAV HAVEL, 60, chain-smoking playwright-President of the Czech Republic; with pneumonia; following surgery to remove...

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