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Died. Dr. Ichiro Ohga, 82, known throughout Japan as "Dr. Lotus" for his lifelong experiments with lotus plants, who won worldwide notice in 1952 when he succeeded in making a 2,000-year-old seed blossom into a beautiful pink flower and nursed the plant back to such health that it is still alive in a Kemigawa botanical garden dedicated to him; of a stroke; in Tokyo.
Died. Carl Lukas Norden, 85, inventor of World War II's famed Norden bombsight, a Dutch engineer who in 1904 emigrated to the U.S., in the early 1920s developed the first successful plane-arresting gear for U.S. aircraft carriers (the Saratoga and Lexington), with partner Theodore H. Barth was commissioned by the Navy to devise a better bombsight and in 1939 finally produced a compact (12 in. by 19 in.), though enormously complex, $25,000 instrument so precise that U.S. bombardiers could, as they loved to brag, literally "hit a pickle barrel from 20,000 ft."; of pneumonia; in Zurich, Switzerland.
Died. Hans von Kaltenborn, 86, the nation's most popular radio news commentator in the 1930s and '40s; of heart disease; in Manhattan (see PRESS).
Died. Dr. Martin Buber, 87, renowned Jewish philosopher, theologian and poet; of uremia followed by a stroke; in Jerusalem (see RELIGION).
Died. Simpson Mann, 98, oldest veteran of the Indian wars (1876-91), who joined the U.S. cavalry for "$12.50 a month, fat meat and six hardtacks a meal," fought Chief Sitting Bull's Sioux including the ugly 1890 massacre at Wounded Knee Creek, where some 300 Sioux men, women and children who had surrendered were suddenly slaughtered by jittery white troops; of heart disease; in Wadsworth, Kans.