DIED A stray cat adopted by Chelsea Clinton when her father was governor of Arkansas, Socks, approximately 19, became the nation's First Feline in 1993. He had been cared for by Betty Currie, Bill Clinton's secretary, since 2001.

• Oxygen deprivation rendered him mute and quadriplegic at birth, forcing him to write with a "unicorn stick" strapped to his forehead. Yet Christopher Nolan, 43, became a literary sensation, besting authors like Ian McEwan and Seamus Heaney to capture the 1988 Whitbread Award for his autobiography, Under the Eye of the Clock.

• A successful entrepreneur who owned the NBA's Utah Jazz,...

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