Milestones Jan. 8, 2001

APPOINTED. ROGER GREGORY, 47, to the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals, its first African-American judge; by President Clinton, marking the first time in 20 years a judicial opening has been filled during a congressional recess; in Richmond, Va. G.O.P. Senators had blocked Clinton's four previous black nominees to the circuit, which covers the largest black population of the appellate courts.

DIED. JOE GILLIAM, 49, one of the first black starting quarterbacks in the NFL, who received hate mail and death threats when he substituted for the Steelers' Terry Bradshaw for six games in 1974; of an apparent heart attack; in Nashville,...

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