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Robert Muir, Canadian politician, MP and Senator, died he was 91

Robert (Bob) Muir  was a Canadian Member of Parliament, first in the House of Commons and later in the Senate died he was 91.. Muir sat in both chambers as a member of the Progressive Conservative Party of Canada. He was born in Scotland and raised on Cape Breton Island, Nova Scotia.
Before he became a politician, he was also a miner, a union official, a
salesman and a businessman during his career. He died at his home in
the Cape Breton Regional Municipality in 2011.

(10 November 1919 – 31 August 2011)

Early life

Muir was born in Edinburgh, Scotland on 10 November 1919.[1] After his father died in 1920, he and his mother immigrated to Canada.[2] After leaving school in grade 8, he worked in the coal mines until injuries ended his ability to do so.[2] Before he was injured for the final time, he was elected as the secretary of his United Mine Workers of America (UMW) local.[2] After recuperating from his injuries, he worked in insurance for London Life until he was elected to parliament.[1] He later served as chair of the Miners’ Hospital in Cape Breton.[3]

Political career

Muir began politics as a member of the Sydney Mines, Nova Scotia municipal council, where he served from 1948 to 1958.[4] He entered federal politics in the 1957 Canadian general election, winning the Cape Breton North and Victoria electoral district in Nova Scotia.[2] His old riding was abolished after the 1966 electoral district redistribution.[4] Muir then ran in the newly created Cape Breton—The Sydneys electoral district in the 1968 Canadian general election and won the seat.[1] Muir won election eight consecutive times, stepping down in 1979 after having served in the 30th Canadian Parliament.[4]
On March 28, 1979, two-days after an election call, Liberal Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau appointed Muir to the Senate.[5] Muir sat in the self-designated Senate division of Cape Breton-The Sydneys.[4] Muir retired from the Senate on 10 November 1994.[4] He died at home, in Coxheath, Nova Scotia on 31 August 2011, aged 91, from respiratory failure.[2][6]

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Valery Rozhdestvensky,Soviet cosmonaut, died he was 72

Valery Ilyich Rozhdestvensky was a USSR cosmonaut  died he was 72..

( February 13, 1939 – August 31, 2011)

Rozhdestvensky was born in Leningrad and graduated from the Higher Military Engineering School of Soviet Navy in Pushkin in engineering. From 1961 to 1965 he was commander of deepsea diving unity in the Baltic Sea War Fleet.
Rozhdestvensky was selected as a cosmonaut on October 23, 1965 and flew as Flight Engineer on Soyuz 23.[1] After his space flight he continued to work with the space program at the Yuri Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center. He retired on June 24, 1986 and worked with Metropolis Industries. He was married with one child.
He was awarded:

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Peter Twiss, British test pilot, died he was 90.

Lionel Peter Twiss, OBE, DSC and Bar  was a British test pilot who held the World Air Speed Record as the first man to fly at a speed greater than 1,000 mph.

(23 July 1921 – 31 August 2011)

Early life

He was born in Lindfield,
Sussex and lived with his grandmother while his parents were in India
and Burma. He was the grandson of an admiral and the son of an army
officer.[1] Twiss went to school at Haywards Heath and later at Sherborne School. In 1938 he was employed as an apprentice tea-taster by Brooke Bond in London, before returning to the family farm near Salisbury.[1][2]

Aviation career


Rejected as a pilot by the Fleet Air Arm, he was accepted as a Naval Airman Second Class on the outbreak of the Second World War. After training at 14 Elementary and Reserve Flying Training School, Castle Bromwich, he went on to fly Fairey Battles and Hawker Harts. He underwent operational training at RNAS Yeovilton flying Blackburn Rocs, Blackburn Skuas and Gloster Gladiators.[2] His next posting was at the School of Army Co-operation at Andover, flying Bristol Blenheims
as a twin conversion. He was then posted to 771 Squadron in the Orkney
Islands, flying a variety of naval aircraft on various duties, including
met observations at 12000 ft in winter in the open cockpit of a Fairey Swordfish, and target-towing duties.[2]
He then served with the Merchant Ship Fighter Unit on catapult ships flying Hawker Hurricanes. These missions required the pilot to ditch or bale out in the expectation of being recovered by a passing ship. During the Malta Convoys in 1942, he flew Fairey Fulmars with 807 Squadron, from the carrier HMS Argus. For his service, he was awarded the Distinguished Service Cross (DSC) in June 1942. Later in the year the squadron converted to Supermarine Seafires flying from HMS Furious for the Operation Torch
landings in North Africa. During the Allied landings in Algeria and
Morocco he added a bar to his DSC, gazetted in March 1943. By this time
he had shot down one Italian aircraft (a Fiat CR.42 on 14 May 1942) and damaged another.[3]
He then flew long-range intruder operations over Germany from RNAS Ford, developing night fighter tactics with the RAF’s Fighter Interception Unit.
Ford, also acted as an operational research unit, and so Twiss flew
missions over occupied Europe in Beaufighters and Mosquitoes so putting
the unit’s theory into practice. He claimed two Junkers Ju 88‘s shot down during 1944.
Later in 1944 he was sent to the British Air Commission Washington
DC, where he had the opportunity to test various prototype aircraft and
evaluated airborne radar equipment.[3] He also served at the Naval Air Station Patuxent River, Maryland. By the end of the war he was a Lieutenant Commander. In 1945 he attended No. 3 Course at the Empire Test Pilots’ School (ETPS), then based at RAF Cranfield.[4] and then to the Naval Squadron at the Aeroplane and Armament Experimental Establishment at Boscombe Down.


In 1946, Twiss joined Fairey Aviation as a test pilot and flew many of the company’s aircraft, including the Fairey Primer, Fairey Gannet, Fairey Firefly, Fairey Delta 1 and the Fairey Rotodyne compound-helicopter. In 1947 he entered the Lympne Air Races flying a Firefly IV, winning the high-speed race at 305.93 mph. He worked for two years on the Fairey Delta 2, a supersonic delta-winged research plane. On 10 March 1956 this aircraft flown by Twiss broke the World Speed Record, raising it to 1,132 mph (1811 km/h), an increase of some 300 mph (480 km/h) over the record set the year before by an F-100 Super Sabre, and thus became the first aircraft to exceed 1,000 mph in level flight.[5] He received The Queen’s Commendation for Valuable Service for this feat. He piloted the Fairey Rotodyne which established a world speed record for rotocraft over a 100-km circuit in 1959.

Later career

In 1960, Fairey Aviation was sold to Westland Aircraft,
a helicopter manufacturer, which was not Twiss’s area. Twiss left after
a career in which he had piloted more 140 different types of aircraft.
Twiss joined Fairey Marine in 1960 and was responsible for development and sales of day-cruisers. He appeared in the film From Russia with Love driving one of the company’s speedboats.[1][6] His work as a marine consultant led to directorships of Fairey Marine (1968–78) and Hamble Point Marina (1978–88).[1]
In 1969, driving the Fairey Huntsman 707 Fordsport, he took part in the Round Britain Powerboat Race, including among his crew Rally champion Roger Clark. He also appeared in the film Sink the Bismarck in which he flew a Fairey Swordfish.[7] Twiss was for several years a member of Lasham Gliding Society. His autobiography Faster Than the Sun was published in 1963, and revised in 2005.

Personal life

Twiss’s first three marriages to Constance Tomkinson, Vera Maguire
and Cherry Huggins ended in divorce. His fourth wife, Heather Danby,
died in 1988. He was survived by his fifth wife, Jane de Lucey. He had a
son, three daughters and several stepchildren.[1]

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Rosel Zech,German actress (Veronika Voss, Aimée & Jaguar), died from cancer she was 69

Rosalie Helga Lina Zech known as Rosel Zech,
was a German theater and film actress, especially with the
“Autorenkino” (“Author’s Cinema”) movement, which began in the 1970s died from cancer she was 69..

(7 July 1942 – 31 August 2011)


Rosel Zech was born in Berlin; her father was a inland waterway boatman and her mother a dressmaker; they were unmarried.[2] She was raised in Hoya, Germany.
Her performing led her, at the age of 20, to Lower Bavaria, where in
1962 her first theatrical engagement was in the South Bavarian City
Theater (now the Lower Bavarian State Theatre) in Landshut.
This was followed by other roles at various other theaters, such as in 1964 at the Städtebundtheater in Biel and at the summer theater in Winterthur. Two years later she played at the Schauspielhaus Wuppertal. From 1970 to 1972, she appeared on stage at the Staatstheater Stuttgart then at the Schauspielhaus Bochum.
During the season 1978-1979 Rosel Zech was active in Hamburg at the Deutsches Schauspielhaus and then returned to her native city of Berlin, where she acted on the Volksbühne. In 1981 she was hired by the Bayerischen Staatsschauspiel in Munich. Four years later she was seen again at the Schauspielhaus in Hamburg. 2009 she worked with in the Luisenburg Festival in the play Mother Courage as Anna Fierlinger.

Film and Television

She made her 1970 television debut in The Pot. In 1973 she appeared in a small role in The Tenderness of Wolves with Kurt Raab and Margit Carstensen. On the set she met Rainer Werner Fassbinder, who produced the film.[2] She and Fassbinder began an extended collaboration. The same year, Peter Zadek cast the actress in his film version of Kleiner Mann – was nun? (“Little man – what now?” with Heinrich Giskes and Hannelore Hoger.
Other films and TV movies followed, among which were a film version of Anton Chekhov‘s The Seagull, and Henrik Ibsen‘s Hedda Gabler. In the children’s film The Crocodiles from 1977, she played Mrs. Wolferman, the mother of one of “crocodiles'”. She appeared in Peter Fleischmann‘s 1979 science fiction film Die Hamburger Krankheit.
In 1981, she was cast by Rainer Werner Fassbinder in the film Lola (1981) in a supporting role as the wife of Mario Adorf. Fassbinder immediately chose her for his next project, Veronika Voss, and cast her in the lead. This second Fassbinder film was inspired by the life of the UFA actress Sybille Schmitz,
and Rosel Zech’s convincing portrayal of the morphine-addicted actress
turned Zech into a star overnight. The film was awarded in 1982 in the Berlin International Film Festival with a Golden Bear.
In the following years, Zech focused mainly on work in television and
appeared in numerous television series and television films, as well as
in regular theater productions in Berlin, where she lived during her
last years.[citation needed]


She died of bone cancer in Berlin on 31 August 2011, aged 69.[2]
Following a cancer diagnosis in the summer of 2011, Zech had not been
able to resume her regular role as a nun in the German TV series Um Himmels Willen (For Heaven’s Sake).



  • 1994: Gespenster (Fernsehserie Polizeiruf 110)
  • 1995: Schade um Papa (Fernsehserie), mit Erika Mottl
  • 1995: Dicke Freunde (Fernsehfilm), mit Gerd Udo Feller und Nino Korda
  • 1995: Hades
  • 1995: Neben der Zeit (Fernsehfilm)
  • 1996: Die indische Ärztin (Fernsehreihe Ärzte)
  • 1996: Die Geliebte (Fernsehserie)
  • 1997: Lea Katz – Die Kriminalpsychologin: Das wilde Kind (Fernsehfilm), mit Ralf Schermuly und Alexandra Wilcke
  • 1997: Terror im Namen der Liebe (Fernsehfilm)
  • 1997: Die letzte Rettung (Fernsehfilm), mit Michael Degen
  • 1998: Der Schlüssel
  • 1998: Der zweite Mann (Fernsehserie Tatort)
  • 1998: Todesbote (Fernsehserie Tatort)
  • 1999: Aimée und Jaguar
  • 1999: Blackout (Fernsehserie Siska)
  • 1999: Im Angesicht des Todes (Fernsehserie Der Alte)
  • 1999: Morgen gehört der Himmel dir (Fernsehfilm)
  • 1999: Abgebrüht (Fernsehserie Ein Fall für zwei)
  • 2000: Oh, du Fröhliche (Fernsehfilm), mit Dorothee Hartinger und Florian Böhm
  • 2001: Ein unmöglicher Mann (Fernsehserie) mit Stephan Kampwirth und Christian Buse
  • 2001: Große Liebe wider Willen (Fernsehfilm)
  • 2001: Das Schneeparadies (Fernsehfilm), mit Anne Brendler, Andreas Brucker und Klaus Wildbolz
  • 2002: Die Frau ohne Namen (Fernsehserie Im Visier der Zielfahnder)
  • 2002: Väter
  • 2002: Zwei Affären und eine Hochzeit (Fernsehfilm), mit Katja Flint und Ivonne Schönherr
  • 2003: Anatomie 2
  • 2003: Veras Waffen (Fernsehserie Tatort)
  • 2003: Der Auftrag – Mordfall in der Heimat (Fernsehfilm)
  • 2003: Plötzlich wieder 16 (Fernsehfilm)
  • 2003: Yesterday (Fernsehserie Stubbe – Von Fall zu Fall)
  • 2004: Mörderspiele (Fernsehserie Tatort)
  • 2004: Kammerflimmern
  • 2004: Tod im Morgengrauen (Fernsehserie Der Alte)
  • 2003-: Um Himmels Willen (Fernsehserie)
  • 2005: Segel der Liebe (Fernsehserie Rosamunde Pilcher)
  • 2005: Fieber (Fernsehserie K3 – Kripo Hamburg)
  • 2005: In Liebe eine Eins (Fernsehfilm)
  • 2006: Papa und Mama (Fernsehserie)
  • 2006: Mr. Nanny – Ein Mann für Mama (Fernsehfilm)
  • 2006: Die Tote im Bootshaus (Fernsehserie Agathe kann’s nicht lassen)
  • 2007: Das Traumschiff
  • 2007: Ein sauberer Mord (Fernsehserie Einsatz in Hamburg)
  • 2009: Die Rebellin, Regie: Ute Wieland
  • 2009: Der Schwarzwaldhof (Fernsehserie)

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Alla Bayanova, Russian singer, People’s Artist of Russia, died from cancer she was 97.

Alla Nikolayevna Bayanova  was a Russian singer sometimes compared with Édith Piaf for her simple yet dramatic style of performance died from cancer she was 97..

 (18 May 1914 – 30 August 2011)


Bayanova was born in Kishinev in the family of an opera singer, who moved to Paris in 1918 after Bessarabia decided to unite with Romania. She debuted on the stage as an assistant to her father in 1923, aged 9. By 1927, she was already performing solo. A major step forward in her career was when she assisted Alexander Vertinsky in his famous show at the Hermitage Restaurant, Montmartre. Two years later, her family moved to Belgrade, while Bayanova went on touring Germany, Greece, Palestine, and Egypt.[citation needed]
In 1931, she got acquainted with Pyotr Leshchenko, a foremost Russian singer of the time, who helped her to join the Pavilion Russe in Bucharest. She married a local aristocrat, George Ypsilanti, and made several recordings of tangos (e.g., Columbia, His Master’s Voice). After her divorce from Ypsilanti, she signed a contract with the Polish recording company “Syrena-Electro”.
In March 1941 Bayanova was arrested by the Romanian authorities and interned into a concentration camp for having performed in the Russian language. Although released in May 1942, she was kept under surveillance until the end of World War II.
In the 1960s and 1970s, while still living in Romania, Bayanova issued eight LPs. Nicolae Ceauşescu‘s government, however, pressed her into migrating to the USSR in 1988. Thereupon she settled in Moscow, making occasional appearances on the Russian television.
Bayanova was named People’s Artist of Russian Federation
and celebrated the 80th anniversary of her stage career in 2003. In
2004 she sang in a concert to celebrate her 90th birthday. Her last work
was in collaboration with Marc Almond on several duets.
She died on 30 August 2011, aged 97, of cancer. Upon learning of her death, Russian President Dmitry Medvedev
stated: “Her life was dedicated to the high purpose of bringing people
joy through interaction with true art. Ms Bayanova had a rare, beautiful
voice, and her mastery and heartfelt performances of Russian songs
gained her recognition around the world.”[1]

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Faye Blackstone, American rodeo star, died from cancer she was 96

Faye Blackstone was an American rodeo star, performer and elected member of the Cowgirl Hall of Fame died from cancer she was 96..

(June 3, 1915 – August 30, 2011) 

She is credited with inventing three rodeo maneuvers, the reverse fender drag, the flyaway and the ballerina.[1]
Blackstone was born Fayetta June Hudson in Diller, Nebraska in 1915.[1] She self taught herself to perform tricks on horses after watching a woman handle a flailing bronco when she was eight years old.[1] In 1937, Blackstone married her husband, the Texan rodeo performer Vic Blackstone, in a ceremony held in the center of a rodeo arena in Bladen, Nebraska.[1] Faye and Vic performed together throughout the United States the 1940s and 1950s.[1] She performed as far away from Nebraska as Havana, Cuba, and competed alongside well known celebrities, including Gene Autry.[1]
Vic Blackstone retired during the 1950s, while Faye Blackstone continued to perform until her retirement during the late 1960s.[1] The couple moved to a home on the outskirts of Parrish, Florida, in Manatee County during the 1951.[2] They worked and raised cattle at a nearby ranch.[1]
In 1978, Blackstone and her husband helped McEntire, the daughter of
friends, launch her career, by arranging for her to perform at a county fair in Florida.[1] McEntire recalled the performance as a breakthrough in her career in a 2003 interview with the Bradenton Herald saying, “That was my first big fair by myself. It was huge to me.”[1] [2]
Faye Blackstone was elected into the Cowgirl Hall of Fame in 1982, the same year that her husband was inducted into the Rodeo Hall of Fame.[2] The Blackstones became the namsakes of Blackstone Park in Palmetto, Florida.[2]


Faye Blackstone died in Bradenton, Florida, aged 96, from cancer, on August 30, 2011. Her husband died in 1987.[1]

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Peggy Lloyd, American stage actress, died she was 98.

Peggy Lloyd born Peggy Craven;  was an American stage actress and television director known for her work in the Broadway Theater died she was 98..

(August 14, 1913 – August 30, 2011)

Lloyd met her future husband, actor Norman Lloyd, while they were co-starring in the play Crime, which was directed by Elia Kazan.[1] The couple married on June 29, 1936, and remained together for seventy-five years.[1] They became known for their joint appearances in the Federal Theatre Project, which was run by the Works Progress Administration, early in their marriage during the 1930s.[1]
In 1937, Lloyd starred in the Broadway production of Having Wonderful Time with John Garfield.[1] She also appeared in a Broadway production of Romeo and Juliet, directed by Katharine Cornell.[1] Lloyd then joined Orson Welles theater company, Mercury Theatre.[1]
Lloyd became a close associate of director Alfred Hitchcock and directed many of Hitchock’s television specials and series episodes.[1]

Personal life

In 2007, Peggy and Norman Lloyd were featured in the documentary Who Is Norman Lloyd?[1] She died on August 30, 2011, at the age of 98. She is survived by her 97-year-old husband of 75 years, and their two children.[1]

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Ayala Zacks Abramov, Israeli art patron, died she was 99.

Ayala Zacks-Abramov was an Israeli-Canadian art collector  died she was 99..
Ayala was widowed three times, and was previously married to the
Canadian art collector Samuel Jacob Zacks and to the knesset member Zalman Abramov.

(1912 – 30 August 2011)


Zacks-Abramov was born in Jerusalem in 1912 as Ayala Ben-Tovim. Her
parents, Shmuel Ben-Tovim and Rashe (née: Berman) were married in
Jerusalem in 1902. She studied in London and in Paris where she met her
first husband, Morris Fleg, who she married in 1938.[1]
In 1940, during World War II, she joined the French Resistance after Fleg enlisted to the army and was killed during a military operation.
In 1947, she married Samuel Zacks, a Canadian economist and art collector, whom she met during her stay in Switzerland.
After marrying, the couple began to collect art items from the 19th
century and the 20th century, mainly of French, Canadian and Israeli
artists such as Gauguin, Rodin, Picasso, Henri Matisse, Kandinsky and Chagall. They also acquired art by Israeli artists such as Marcel Janco, Mordechai Ardon, Reuven Rubin and Anna Ticho, and art of relatively unknown artists at the time of the purchase such as Ofer Lellouche, Yigal Tumarkin and Joseph Zaritsky.
In 1970, her husband Zacks died. She returned to Israel in 1976 and
married Zalman Abramov, who was a lawyer and a Knesset member.[2] The couple were patrons of the arts, and Abramov continued to support the art world even after her husband’s death in 1997.
Zachs-Abramov supported over the years the Tel Aviv Museum of Art and the Israel Museum
and had a hand in their growth. Both the museums have halls named after
her. She mentioned theses museums in her will, in which she declared
that her art collection would be divided between them.
The Israeli notable painter Joseph Zaritsky painted a well-known figurative portrait of her.
Many of the art works in Zachs-Abramov’s possession were donated or
loaned through to years to museums in Israel, France and Canada.

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R. B. McDowell, Irish historian, died he was 97.

Robert Brendan McDowell  MA, PhD, Litt.D, LLD, MRIA, FTCD, was an Irish historin died he was 97. He was a Fellow Emeritus and a former Associate Professor of History at Trinity College, Dublin. He was born in Belfast. He was referred to colloquially as “RB” or “McDowell”.

(14 September 1913 – 29 August 2011) 

University career

McDowell was educated at the Royal Belfast Academical Institution, where he discovered his love of history. Here he met T. W. Moody,
later an esteemed colleague in the History department at Trinity. He
was first appointed a lecturer in Trinity in 1945, and for 13 years
(1956–1969) was the Junior Dean of Students, or “Dean of Discipline”, a
role that involved disciplining students in the tumultuous 1960s and
resulted in many amusing anecdotes. He resided in the college until the
age of 94, when he retired to Celbridge.
In 2007, The College Historical Society of which McDowell was a vice-president unveiled a portrait of McDowell, which can be seen in the Graduates’ Memorial Building, alongside Douglas Hyde & Theobald Wolfe Tone, amongst others.


McDowell’s published work concentrated on the era when Britain and
Ireland shared a government, and aspects of the Irish-British

  • British Conservatism 1832-1914 (Greenwood Press) ISBN 978-0-8371-7708-3
  • The Correspondence of Edmund Burke (University of Chicago Press) ISBN 978-0-226-11561-0
  • The Irish Administration 1801-1914 (Greenwood Press) ISBN 978-0-8371-8561-3
  • Irish Public Opinion 1750-1800 (Greenwood Press, 1975)
  • Public Opinion and Government Policy in Ireland 1801-1846 (Greenwood Press, 1975)
  • Proceedings of the Dublin Society of the United Irishmen (Irish Manuscripts Commission, Dublin 1998). ISBN 1-874280-16-9
  • Grattan A Life (Lilliput Press, 2001) ISBN 978-1-901866-72-8
  • Crisis and Decline; the fate of the Southern Unionists (1998)[4]
  • Burke and Ireland essay in The United Irishmen ed. D. Dickson Dublin, 1993.
  • Land and Learning; Two Irish Clubs
  • Ireland in the Age of Imperialism and Revolution
  • Historical Essays 1939-2001
  • The Church of Ireland 1869-1969
  • Trinity College, Dublin, 1592-1952: An academic history, by R. B. McDowell (Author), David A. Webb (Author), F. S. L. Lyons (Foreword), Cambridge University Press (30 Jul 1982) ISBN 978-0-521-23931-8

Co-authored works:

Books about McDowell

As well as his scholarship, McDowell became celebrated for his eccentric dress, his Ulster diction
and his ability to talk knowledgeably at great length. Hundreds of
anecdotes by former colleagues and students were published in 2 volumes
after his retirement:

  • The Junior Dean, RB McDowell – Encounters with a Legend (Lilliput 2003) to celebrate his 90th birthday;
  • The Magnificent McDowell – Trinity in the Golden Era (2006). Both books are edited by Anne Leonard, a graduate of Trinity College Dublin.


  • McDowell on McDowell, memoirs; Lilliput Press, Dublin (2008).

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Wambui Otieno, Kenyan politician, died she was 75.

Virginia Wambui Otieno was a female Kenyan
politician who in July 2003 briefly rose to prominence due to her
controversial fight to bury her first husband in one of the most
protracted legal cases in Kenya and later, her marriage to stonemason Peter Mbugua died she was 75..
The marriage was controversial since Wambui Otieno was 67 whilst Peter
Mbugua was 25. This marriage caused much debate amongst the Kenyan
Wambui Otieno is sister to Kenya’s former foreign Minister, Dr Munyua Waiyaki. Wambui Otieno died on August 30th 2011.

Mau Mau freedom fighter

She published an autobiography titled “Mau Mau Daughter: A Life History”.
She had had 3 children while working as a Mau Mau freedom fighter.
She was arrested for her involvement in mobilizing in the women’s wing
of the Mau Mau’s riots. Towards the end of the State of Emergency, the
British colonial state arrested her and sent her to a detention camp on
the coast.[2]
In the years following Mau Mau, Wambui met and married S.M. Otieno, a prominent Luo
lawyer. Together they produced one of the most successful law firms in
post-colonial Kenya. Her daughter is Gladwell Otieno, former director of
TI Kenya (Transparency International) and director of “AFRICOG” African
Center of open Gouvernance.
Wambui Otieno was one of the first women to run for elected office.

Legal case

In 1994 she was the subject of a legal case that established modern
legal rights of wives in polygamous marriages vs. tribal law.[3]

Political life

At the 1997 elections she unsuccessfully vied for the Kamukunji Constituency parliamentary seat on NDP ticket.[4] In 2007, she founded a new political party, Kenya People’s Convention Party.[5] At the 2007 elections, she ran for the Kajiado North Constituency parliamentary seat, but received only a minor share of votes.[6]

Personal life

Her 2003 marriage to Peter Mbugua was subject of a national
controversy. Many of their relatives condemned the marriage. There have
been allegations that the death of Mbugua’s mother’s, which happened
only days after the marriage, was caused by a shock she got upon
learning of the marriage.[7]
As of 2008, they were living together with her stonemason husband in Karen, Nairobi.[7]
In February 2011 they held a second wedding ceremony, now at St
Andrew’s Church in Nairobi, while the first wedding had been a civil
Wambui had suffered heart failure previously and was relying on a pacemaker, an electronic gadget implanted to function as the heart does Wambui Otieno died on August 30, 2011 in a Nairobi Hospital.[9]

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Cactus Pryor, American broadcaster, died from Alzheimer’s disease. he was 88.

Richard “Cactus” Pryor  was
an American broadcaster died from Alzheimer’s disease. he was 88.. He received his nickname after the old Cactus
Theater on Congress Avenue in Austin, Texas, which was run by his father, “Skinny” Pryor.

(January 7, 1923 – August 30, 2011)

His son, Don Pryor, works on the News Team at Austin Radio News Station 590 KLBJ,
working as a Mid-Day sky-watch traffic broadcaster, and occasionally
filled in for his father when he was unavailable for his segments.
Another of Cactus’s son, Paul Pryor, once worked in Austin radio as
Pryor was first heard on Lady Bird Johnson‘s
radio station 590 KLBJ, though his face became as well known as his
voice once he moved to television broadcasting on Austin television
station KTBC.[2]
In addition to his work in radio and television, Pryor also appeared in two movies, Hellfighters and The Green Berets with John Wayne. He is the author of a 1995 collection of some 40 essays entitled Playback. At KTBC, Pryor served as programming manager and hosted a variety of shows. He conducted interviews with celebrities such as Arthur Godfrey[3] and Dan Blocker[4] and narrated behind-the-scenes programs about KTBC.[5]
As part of his involvement with the Headliners Club of Austin journalists, Pryor starred in satires of television news.[6] He provided the voiceover for the 1960 KTBC film “Target Austin”,[7] which presents the scenario of a nuclear missile strike on Austin.
In 1950, Pryor had a novelty hit on the country music charts with the
number 7 “Cry of the Dying Duck in a Thunder-Storm”, a parody of Tennessee Ernie Ford‘s “The Cry of the Wild Goose”.[8]
He regaled audiences on Austin
radio with a daily 2-minute trip down memory lane, reminiscing about
places and people from his past well into the 2000s. He was a
self-described liberal, but acknowledged that his children do not share
his beliefs. He claimed to have been one of the first people to have
heard of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, having been at the ranch of then-vice president Lyndon Baines Johnson at the time.
Pryor had for several years been a radio spokesman for the
Austin-based Tex-Mex restaurant chain Serrano’s. In these ads, he is
often called “Nopalito,”
which loosely means little cactus, after the Spanish word nopal. His
broadcasting sign-off consisted of a series of nonsense words,
“thermostrockermortimer”. The spelling and meaning of such are up to
speculation. Cactus stated that, “The phrase is in the Bible; if you
don’t find it, keep reading.”
In 2007, Pryor told his radio audience that he was battling Alzheimer’s disease. He died[9] on August 30, 2011 in Austin, Texas, aged 88, weeks after breaking his leg in a fall.

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4 people got busted on December 9, 2011

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Who is Gerald Arthur Sandusky?

Who is Gerald Arthur Sandusky? The college football world knows him as  Jerry Sandusky, he is a retired American football coach and convicted child sex offender. Sandusky served as an assistant coach for his entire career, mostly at Pennsylvania State University under Joe Paterno, and was one of the most notable major college football coaches never to have held a head coaching position. He received Assistant Coach of the Year awards in 1986 and 1999.[3] Sandusky authored several books related to his football coaching experiences.

In 1977, Sandusky founded The Second Mile, a non-profit charity serving Pennsylvania underprivileged and at-risk youth.[4]

In 2011, following a two-year grand jury investigation, Sandusky was arrested and charged with 52 counts of sexual abuse of young boys over a 15-year period.[5]
Four of the charges were subsequently dropped, leaving 48 counts
remaining. On June 22, 2012, Sandusky was found guilty on 45 of the 48
charges.[6] According to legal experts, Sandusky will likely spend the rest of his life in prison.[7]

Early life and family

Sandusky was born January 26, 1944 in Washington, Pennsylvania, the only son of Evelyn Mae (née Lee), an Irish Catholic homemaker who came from a small Pennsylvania coal-mining town,[8] and Arthur Sandusky, whose parents, Edward and Josephine Sendecki, had immigrated from Poland to East Vandergrift, Pennsylvania.
His father Arthur served in the field of youth service programs for
over 30 years, mostly as director of the Brownson House in Washington, Pennsylvania, a community recreation center for children.[9][9]
There, he founded the Pennsylvania Junior Wrestling program and created
junior basketball, volleyball, boxing and football programs for the
Brownson House. He improved the facilities there by adding a new
playground, gym, outdoor basketball court, and a renovated football
field. He managed the 1955 Washington baseball team that won the Pony League World Series championship, the only team from Washington to win that championship. Arthur was inducted into the Pennsylvania Sports Hall of Fame in 1989.[9]

Jerry Sandusky attended Washington High School, where he was a good student and standout athlete, playing baseball, basketball, and football.[10] He was a leader on his junior high basketball team that went undefeated through the Western Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic League.[10]
Personally, his classmates have described him as a studious “loner” who
“never dated in high school” but was a popular and handsome athlete.[10]

Sandusky married Dorothy “Dottie” (née Gross) in 1966, and together they have six adopted children.[11] Sandusky and his wife have also served as foster parents.[12] One of Sandusky’s sons, Jon Sandusky, is Director of Player Personnel for the Cleveland Browns.[13][14] Another son, E. J. Sandusky, is an assistant football coach at West Chester University.[15]

Matt Sandusky, adopted son and former foster child of Sandusky’s,
released a statement through his attorneys saying that Sandusky had
sexually molested Matt as a child.[16][17] Matt Sandusky’s statement was released on the day the jury began deliberations in the sex abuse trial against Sandusky.[18]

Education and playing career

Sandusky played for Rip Engle at Penn State, starting at defensive end from 1963 to 1965.[12] He graduated first in his class with a B.S. in health in 1966 and physical education in 1970.[12][10]

Early coaching career

Sandusky served as a graduate assistant under Paterno at Penn State in 1966. He was the assistant basketball and track coach at Juniata College in 1967 and the offensive line coach at Boston University in 1968.[10]

Coaching career at Penn State

He returned to Penn State in 1969 and remained there as an assistant
coach until his retirement at the end of the 1999 season. Sandusky
served as defensive line coach in 1969, became linebacker coach in 1970, and was promoted to defensive coordinator
in 1977, holding that position until his retirement. In his years as a
linebacker coach and defensive coordinator, he coached many defensive
squads, and Penn State gained a reputation for outstanding linebacker
play, producing 10 first-team All-Americans at that position, and
acquiring the nickname “Linebacker U”. Jack Ham and LaVar Arrington were two of the noted pro football greats to emerge from his teams.[19]

His final game coaching at Penn State was a notable game for Sandusky. Penn State faced Texas A&M in the 1999 Alamo Bowl in San Antonio, Texas.
The Nittany Lions’ defense shut out Texas A&M, 24–0, the only bowl
game shutout victory for Penn State under Paterno. Sandusky was
recognized in ways usually reserved for a head coach. He was doused with
a water bucket and carried to the center of the field on the shoulders
of his players.[20]

The Second Mile

After retirement, Sandusky hosted many summer football camps and was active in The Second Mile, a children’s charity he founded in State College, Pennsylvania in 1977.[21]

President George H. W. Bush praised the group as a “shining example” of charity work in a 1990 letter,[22] one of that president’s much-promoted “Thousand points of light” encouragements to volunteer community organizations.[19]

Citing Sandusky’s work with The Second Mile charity to provide care for foster children, then U.S. Senator Rick Santorum honored Sandusky with an Angels in Adoption award in 2002.[23]

Ex-Eagles head coach Dick Vermeil, current Eagles head coach Andy Reid, former Phillies owner Ruly Carpenter, Matt Millen from ESPN, actor Mark Wahlberg, Arnold Palmer, and football player Franco Harris, among others, served on the Honorary Board of Second Mile.[24]

Child sexual abuse charges

Investigation and charges

On November 4, 2011, a grand jury[25] which had been convened in September 2009, or earlier,[19]
indicted Sandusky on 40 counts of sex crimes against young boys. The
indictment came after a three-year investigation that explored
allegations of Sandusky having inappropriate contact with a 15-year-old
boy over the course of four years, beginning when the boy was ten years
old. The boy’s parents reported the incident to police in 2009.[26]
The grand jury identified eight boys that had been singled out for
sexual advances or sexual assaults by Sandusky, taking place from 1994
through 2009.[5] At least 20 of the incidents allegedly took place while Sandusky was still employed at Penn State.[27]

According to the first indictment, in 2002 assistant coach Mike McQueary, then a Penn State graduate assistant,[28] said he walked in on Sandusky anally raping a ten-year-old boy. The next day, McQueary reported the incident to Paterno, who informed Penn State athletic director Tim Curley.
Ultimately, it is alleged, the only actions Curley and senior vice
president for finance and business Gary Schultz (who oversaw the Penn
State police department) took was to bar Sandusky from bringing children
to the football building, take away his keys to the locker room, and
report the incident to Second Mile; these actions were approved by
school president Graham Spanier.[29]
The indictment accused Curley and Schultz not only of failing to tell
the police, but also of falsely telling the grand jury that McQueary
never informed them of the alleged sexual activity.[30]

On November 5, 2011, Sandusky was arrested and charged with seven
counts of involuntary deviate sexual intercourse; eight counts of
corruption of minors, eight counts of endangering the welfare of a
child, seven counts of indecent assault; and other offenses.[31] Curley and Schultz were charged with perjury and failure to report suspected child abuse by Sandusky.[32][33]

In December 2011, Sandusky was charged with an additional 12 counts of sexual crimes against children.[34][35] The grand jury’s second presentment
charges Sandusky with an additional count of involuntary deviate sexual
intercourse and two additional counts of unlawful contact with a minor.
The additional victims, known only as “Victim 9″ and “Victim 10,” were
participants in Sandusky’s youth program and were between the ages of 10
and 12 at the time of the sexual assaults.[36]

On December 7, 2011, Sandusky was arrested for a second time based on
the additional sexual abuse charges. Sandusky was released on $250,000
bail and placed on monitored house arrest while he awaited trial.[37]

Pre-trial interviews

On November 14, in a televised phone interview on NBC’s Rock Center with Brian Williams, Sandusky admitted to correspondent Bob Costas
to having showered with underage boys and touching their bodies, as he
described it “without intent of sexual contact.” Sandusky denied being a
The interview received substantial coverage in the media, particularly
regarding the manner in which Sandusky answered Costas when asked if he
is sexually attracted to young boys:[39][40][41]

COSTAS: “Are you sexually attracted to young boys, to underage boys?”
SANDUSKY: “Am I sexually attracted to underage boys?”
COSTAS: “Yes.”

SANDUSKY: “Sexually attracted, you know, I enjoy young people. I love to
be around them. But no I’m not sexually attracted to young boys.”

In the days following the interview, several potential victims
contacted State College lawyer Andy Shubin to tell their stories, with
one claiming Sandusky had abused him in the 1970s.[45]

In an interview with Jo Becker of the The New York Times[46][47] from December 3, 2011, Sandusky responded to the initial 40 charges of sexual crimes against children:


Sandusky chose to waive his preliminary hearing that took place in mid December.[48] Attorney Joseph Amendola represented Sandusky throughout the trial.[19][49]

The trial, for 52 charges of sexual crimes against children, started on June 11, 2012, at the Centre County Courthouse in Bellefonte, Pennsylvania.[50][51] Judge John Cleland presided.

Over the course of the trial that lasted eight days, jurors heard from eight different victims who testified that Sandusky sexually abused them.[52] Jurors also heard about assaults on two other victims who were never identified.[52] Of the eight males who gave testimony, each explained that they met Sandusky through The Second Mile
organization, even though most of them did not know each other, and
their individual stories spanned from the mid-1990s until 2009.[53][54] The witnesses shared similar stories of being abused in the football locker room showers or in the basement of Sandusky’s home.[53]
Sandusky’s defense attorneys “attempted to counter those claims by
alleging” that the accusers were driven by financial motives.

The first prosecution witness, identified in media reports as “Victim
4,” described detailed accounts of many instances of sexual abuse,
including unwanted oral and anal sex, by Sandusky while the witness was a
participant in Sandusky’s Second Mile charitable organization.[50]
According to “Victim 4,” he was sexually abused by Sandusky as many as
three times a week for three years, beginning when the boy was 13 years
The witness further testified that when he attempted to distance
himself from Sandusky, Sandusky offered the boy a contract for money to
continue spending time with him.[51]

On the second day of trial, “Victim 1″, the youngest of Sandusky’s
alleged victims, testified to over 20 incidents of abuse, including
unwanted and forced oral sex, by Sandusky during 2007 and 2008 while the
boy was a participant in Sandusky’s Second Mile program. The boy was 11
or 12 years old when the sexual abuse started.[55][56]
Mike McQueary, former Penn State graduate assistant football coach,
testified that in 2001 in a locker room shower at Penn State, he heard
“skin on skin” slapping sounds coming from the showers. McQueary
testified that he then saw Sandusky naked behind a 10- to 12-year-old
boy propped against a shower wall, with “Sandusky’s arms wrapped around
the boy’s midsection in the closest proximity that I think you could be

On June 18, 2012, it was reported that during the full-day court
recess the previous Friday, prosecutors had contacted NBC “asking the
network to re-authenticate a full unedited transcript of the Costas interview”.[59]
An unaired portion of the Bob Costas interview from November featured
Sandusky saying, “I didn’t go around seeking out every young person for
sexual needs that I’ve helped”.[60][61] Legal analysts explained that this could be used to cross examine Sandusky if he were to take the stand.[59]

On June 21, 2012, after the case had gone to the jury, Matt Sandusky, one of Sandusky’s six adopted
children, stated through his attorney that he was also a victim of the
former coach’s sexual abuse. He had been ready to testify for the
prosecution, but did not do so.[62]
Later, Amendola said that Sandusky had every intention of testifying in
his own defense, but decided against it because the prosecution would
have almost certainly called Matt Sandusky to the stand.[7]

The jury, of seven women and five men, deliberated for about 21 hours over two days.[53] On the evening of June 22, 2012, the jury reached its verdict, finding Sandusky guilty on 45 of the 48 counts against him.[63][6]
Specifically, Sandusky was convicted of the following charges and
counts: eight counts of involuntary deviate sexual intercourse, seven
counts of indecent assault, one count of criminal intent to commit
indecent assault, nine counts of unlawful contact with minors, 10 counts
of corruption of minors and 10 counts of endangering the welfare of
children. [64]

Sandusky faces a maximum sentence of 442 years in prison.[49] According to NBC NewsMichael Isikoff, Sandusky likely faces a minimum sentence of 60 years – at his age, effectively a life sentence.[65] A sentencing hearing was expected 90 days from the date of conviction.[63][52]


Penn State has been the subject of significant media criticism for
allegations that several members of its staff, ranging from the
University President down to a graduate assistant, covered up Sandusky’s
alleged assaults.[66] Maureen Dowd wrote of the scandal, “Like the Roman Catholic Church hierarchy, the Penn State hierarchy appears to have covered up pedophile crimes to protect its brand.”[66]

On November 6, 2011, Penn State banned Sandusky from campus.[67] His bail conditions did not include restrictions on his travel.[68]

On November 10, 2011, the Sandusky home, which is located next to an elementary school and playground, was vandalized.[69]

On November 15, 2011, the Congressional Coalition on Adoption Institute, a non-profit adoption awareness organization, rescinded its 2002 Angels in Adoption award to Jerry and Dorothy Sandusky.[70] Former Pennsylvania Senator Rick Santorum, who nominated Sandusky and his wife for the award, has said he is “devastated” by the scandal.[71]

In June 2012, Penn State University implemented a policy to require
mandatory reporting of child abuse by any Penn State employee working
with children. The policy also requires all Penn State employees working
with children to go through a background check and training related to
child abuse and reporting requirements.[72]


Sandusky co-wrote an autobiography titled Touched: The Jerry Sandusky Story (ISBN 9781582612706), which was published in 2001.[73] His co-writer was Keith “Kip” Richeal. The book also includes a quote in a foreword[74] from football coach Dick Vermeil about Sandusky: “He could very well be the Will Rogers of the coaching profession.”[75]
In the book, which was still on sale at the Penn State bookstore
according to a November 12, 2011, report in a Harrisburg paper,
“Sandusky paints a picture of himself as someone who would consistently
take risks in pursuit of what he often refers to as ‘mischief'”. Other
passages which look “different in light of the horrendous allegations”

  • “[Y]ou could mess up a free lunch”, Sandusky quoted his own father as telling him
  • “I thrived on testing the limits of others and I enjoyed taking chances in danger”
  • Sandusky telling of demonstrating his throat-hold on a Second Mile
    boy who’d come to Sandusky complaining of a “foster father [who]
    ‘grabbed me around the back of my shoulders and … made me do something
    when I didn’t want to do it'”
  • Repeated descriptions of Sandusky hugging boys and talking about being very close to boys
  • “I enjoyed pretending as a kid, and I love doing the same as an adult with these kids.”[76]

Other books by Sandusky include:


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Daniel Morcombe, Australian schoolboy, missing since 2003, his death was confirmed on this date, died he was 13

Daniel James Morcombe was a Australian boy who was abducted from the Sunshine Coast, Queensland,
on 7 December 2003 died he was 13.. In August 2011 Brett Peter Cowan, a former Sunshine
Coast resident, was charged with Morcombe’s murder. In the same month,
DNA tests confirmed bones found in an area being searched by police were

(19 December 1989 – c.7 December 2003)


It is believed that Morcombe was abducted from an unofficial bus stop under the Kiel Mountain Road overpass in the Woombye district of the Sunshine Coast approximately 2 km north of The Big Pineapple on Sunday, 7 December 2003.[2]
Morcombe planned to catch the 1:35 pm bus to the Sunshine Plaza
Shopping Centre for a haircut and to buy Christmas presents for his
family, but he failed to return.
Witnesses reported seeing Morcombe at approximately 2:10 pm on the
Nambour Connection Road under the Kiel Mountain Road overpass. The bus
he was supposed to catch had broken down a few kilometres before his
stop, and was behind schedule. When a replacement bus eventually
arrived, Morcombe hailed the bus, but it carried on without stopping,
due to its delay and the fact that his stop was only an unofficial
request stop. The driver of the bus radioed the depot for another bus to
go and pick up Morcombe. The bus driver and other witnesses later
reported seeing a man standing a distance behind Morcombe and another
man slightly farther away at the time. When the second bus came a couple
of minutes later, Morcombe and the man had both gone.[2]
A blue 1980s model sedan, possibly a Toyota Corolla, with yellow New South Wales license plates, is believed to be the car used by the abductor(s).[3] Morcombe owned a distinctive fob style pocket watch with “Dan” engraved on it, which has not been found.[3]

Ongoing investigation

The death of Daniel Morcombe is one of the most extensively investigated crimes in Queensland’s history.
As of 12 December 2008, a total reward of $1,000,000 ($250,000 from
the Government and another $750,000 donated privately) had been offered.
The privately donated portion of the reward expired at midnight on 31
May 2009. On this day, the Seven Network
reported that a known paedophile (identified by the media as Douglas
Jackway), who had been released from prison in 2003 – one month before
Morcombe’s disappearance – could be of interest to the police.[4]
By early 2009, the investigation had seemingly run out of leads, but
in May a full-size clay model of the man believed to be involved in
Morcombe’s abduction was placed at the spot where Morcombe disappeared.
Within a few days there were more than 300 tip-offs.[5]
In June 2009, the Queensland Government came under criticism from
Parliament over the release of Jackway from prison. One MP claimed the
Supreme Court had presented clear evidence of his risk of reoffending.[6]
This publicity also prompted civil liberties groups to call for laws
banning media outlets from naming people linked to criminal cases.
In July 2009, the parents of Morcombe called for a coronial inquest in the hope of finding answers to their son’s abduction and murder.[7]
The Morcombes said that after 5½ years, it was time for an inquest. Of
particular interest to the family are several criminals who have told
police they know who killed Morcombe and where his body was buried.

Murder charge

On 13 August 2011, a Perth man was taken into custody and charged
with Morcombe’s murder and other offences, including child stealing,
deprivation of liberty, indecent treatment of a child under 16, and
interfering with a corpse. In 2006 the man had admitted to police that
he travelled the road from which Morcombe disappeared on the same day of
his disappearance, on his way to purchase marijuana from a drug dealer.[8][9] The accused was subsequently named as 41-year-old Brett Peter Cowan.[10]
Around this time, a white Mitsubishi Pajero was seized from a property on Russell Island.
The vehicle was believed to have been involved in Morcombe’s abduction
after a witness at the coronial inquest in April 2011 reported seeing a
vehicle of similar description parked 100 metres north of the site where
Morcombe was last seen.[11]

Remains found

On 21 August 2011, two shoes and three human bones were found at a search site at Glass House Mountains.[12] Forensic testing confirmed that the bones were Morcombe’s.[13] The shoes were similar to the ones that Morcombe was wearing when he disappeared.[14]


The Morcombe family started the “Daniel Morcombe Foundation”, and has
put its resources into keeping Morcombe’s disappearance in the public
eye and trying to find out what happened to their son. The foundation is
committed to educating children about personal safety and to raising
awareness throughout Australia of the dangers of predatory criminals.
These efforts are supported by the Australian media,
especially on each anniversary of Morcombe’s disappearance when a “Day
for Daniel” is held to promote awareness of the vulnerability of
children. An accompanying event is the “Ride for Daniel”, which covers
50 km of the Sunshine Coast, held each year since 2005.[15]
Morcombe’s murder was the focus of the Crime Investigation Australia Season 1 episode “Tears for Daniel”.[16]

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Aloysius Ambrozic, Slovenian-born Canadian Roman Catholic cardinal, Archbishop of Toronto (1990–2006), died he was 81.

Aojzij Matthew Ambrožič was a Roman Catholic cardinal and Archbishop of Toronto died he was 81.. He was made a carldinal on 21 February 1998.

(January 27, 1930 – August 26, 2011)


Ambrožič was born near Gabrje, Kingdom of Yugoslavia as Alojzij Ambrožič as one of seven children of Alojzij (or “Lojze”) Ambrožič and Helena Pečar. In May 1945 he and his family fled to Austria, where he completed high school in Ljubljana and various refugee camps (Vetrinj, Peggez and Spittal an der Drau).[1] The family went to Canada in September 1948, studied at St. Augustine’s Seminary and Ambrožič was ordained a priest in Toronto on 4 June 1955.[2] He served first in Port Colborne, Ontario, and later taught at St. Augustine’s Seminary in Toronto. [3][3][4]
He studied theology in Rome (he earned a degree in theology from the Angelicum). On his return to Canada, he taught Scripture at St Augustine’s Seminary from 1960 to 1967. He then studied at the University of Würzburg in Germany and there obtained a doctorate in theology in 1970. He taught exegesis at the Toronto School of Theology
from 1970 to 1976, when he was named Auxiliary Bishop of Toronto on 27
May of that year. On 22 May 1986 he became Coadjutor Archbishop of
Toronto, and duly succeeded to the position of Archbishop of Toronto on
17 March 1990.[3][4]
In 1998 he was created cardinal by Pope John Paul II and assigned the titular church of Santi Marcellino e Pietro. He became a member of the Pontifical Council for the Pastoral Care of Migrants and Itinerants in 1990, the Congregation for the Clergy in 1991, the Pontifical Council for Culture in 1993, and the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments in 1999. He was one of the cardinal electors who participated in the 2005 papal conclave that selected Pope Benedict XVI. He retired on 16 December 2006.[3][4]
During his archiepiscopate, Toronto hosted World Youth Day in 2002. He was a vocal opponent of same-sex marriage in Canada. On his retirement for reasons of age, Ambrožič was succeeded as archbishop of Toronto by Thomas Christopher Collins on 30 January 2007.
Cardinal Ambrozic died on 26 August 2011 after a lengthy illness.[5]
His funeral mass was held on 31 August 2011 at Saint Michael’s
Cathedral in Toronto, with Archbishop Thomas Collins presiding. More
than 1000 people attended the mass, including Federal Finance Minister
James Flaherty and Mayors Robert Ford and Hazel McCallion.


Ambrožič was a somewhat contentious figure in Canadian Catholicism,
and the subject of vocal opposition from some liberal or progressive
Catholics and ex-Catholics for his conservative stands.[citation needed] At the same time, he rejected a request from the Toronto Traditional Mass Society (the local chapter of Una Voce) to invite the Priestly Fraternity of St. Peter to offer Tridentine Masses in the archdiocese.

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George Band, British mountaineer, died he was 82.

George Christopher Band was an English mountaineer died he was 82..

(2 February 1929 – 26 August 2011)

George Band was born in Taiwan and educated at Eltham College. He did his National Service with the Royal Corps of Signals and read Geology at Queens’ College, Cambridge, followed by Petroleum Engineering at Imperial College, London.
Having started climbing in the Alps while a student at Queens’, he was the youngest climber on the 1953 Everest expedition where Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay made the first ascent of the mountain. Two years later, in 1955, he and Joe Brown became the first climbers to ascend Kangchenjunga, the third highest mountain in the world. Out of respect for the religious feelings of the people of Nepal and Sikkim, they stopped about ten feet below the actual summit.
Following these early mountaineering successes, George Band spent
most of his professional life in oil and gas exploration. In 2005, aged
76, Band made the trek to the south-west Base Camp of Kangchenjunga in
Nepal. He was president of the Alpine Club and the British Mountaineering Council, and he traveled around the world. He wrote the books, Road to Rakaposhi and in 2003, Everest 50 Years on Top of the World (the official history – Mount Everest Foundation, Royal Geographical Society
and the Alpine Club). In 2007 he wrote ” Summit”, a book celebrating
150 years of the Alpine Club. He was Chairman of the Himalayan Trust
(UK). George Band was an Appeal Patron for BSES Expeditions, a youth development charity that operates challenging scientific research expeditions to remote wilderness environments.[citation needed]
George Band was appointed Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in the 2009 New Year Honours.[2]
George Band died of natural causes in Hampshire, England, UK, on 26 August 2011, aged 82.

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Patrick C. Fischer, American computer scientist and Unabomber target, died he was 75

Patrick Carl Fischer was an American computer scientist, a noted researcher in computational complexity theory and database theory, and a target of the Unabomber  died he was 75..

(December 3, 1935 – August 26, 2011) 


Fischer was born December 3, 1935, in St. Louis, Missouri.[2][3] His father, Carl H. Fischer, became a professor of actuarial mathematics at the University of Michigan in 1941,[6] and the family moved to Ann Arbor, Michigan where he grew up.[2] Fischer himself went to the University of Michigan, receiving a bachelor’s degree in 1957[2][3] and an MBA in 1958.[7] He went on to graduate studies at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, earning a Ph.D. in 1962 under the supervision of Hartley Rogers, Jr., with a thesis on the subject of recursion theory.[2][3][8]
After receiving his Ph.D. in 1962, Fischer joined the faculty of Harvard University as an assistant professor of applied mathematics; his students at Harvard included Albert R. Meyer, through whom Fischer has over 250 academic descendants. as well as noted computer scientists Dennis Ritchie and Arnold L. Rosenberg.[8] In 1965, he moved to a tenured position as associate professor of computer science at Cornell University, and again in 1968 he moved to the University of Waterloo
where he became a professor of applied analysis and computer science.
At Waterloo, he was department chair from 1972 to 1974. He then moved to
Pennsylvania State University in 1974, where he headed the computer science department, and moved again to Vanderbilt University as department chair in 1980.[1][2][3] He taught at Vanderbilt for 18 years, and was chair for 15 years.[5] He retired in 1998,[2] and died of stomach cancer on August 26, 2011 in Rockville, Maryland.[1][2][3]
Like his father, Fischer became a fellow of the Society of Actuaries.[9] Fischer’s second wife, Charlotte Froese Fischer, is also a computer science professor at Vanderbilt University, and his brother, Michael J. Fischer, is a computer science professor at Yale University.[3][1]


Fischer’s thesis research concerned the effects of different models
of computation on the efficiency of solving problems. For instance, he
showed how to generate the sequence of prime numbers using a one-dimensional cellular automaton, based on earlier solutions to the firing squad synchronization problem,[10] and his work in this area set the foundation for much later work on parallel algorithms.[1] WIth Meyer and Rosenberg, Fischer performed influential early research on counter machines, showing that they obeyed time hierarchy and space hierarchy theorems analogous to those for Turing machines.[11]
Fischer was an early leader in the field of computational complexity, and helped establish theoretical computer science as a discipline separate from mathematics and electrical engineering.[4] He was the first chair of SIGACT, the Special Interest Group on Algorithms and Computation Theory of the Association for Computing Machinery, which he founded in 1968.[1][2] He also founded the annual Symposium on Theory of Computing, which together with the Symposium on Foundations of Computer Science is one of the two flagship conferences in theoretical computer science, and he served five times as chair of the conference.[1]
In the 1980s, Fischer’s research interests shifted to database theory. His research in that area included the study of the semantics of databases, metadata, and incomplete information.[1] Fischer did important work defining the nested relational model of databases, in which the values in the cells of a relational database may themselves be relations,[12][13] and his work on the mathematical foundations of database query languages became central to the databases now used by major web servers worldwide.[2]
Fischer was also an expert in information systems and their use by educational institutions.[3][5]


Ted Kaczynski,
known as the Unabomber, was a graduate student of mathematics at the
University of Michigan, where Fischer’s father was a professor.[3] In 1982, Kaczynski sent the fifth of his mail bombs
to Fischer, at his Penn State address; it was forwarded to Vanderbilt,
where it was opened on May 5 by Fischer’s secretary, Janet Smith, who
was hospitalized for three weeks after the attack.[3][2] Fischer claimed not to have ever met Kaczynski,[1][2] and speculated that he was targeted because he had moved from pure mathematics to more applied research areas.[2]
Kaczynski was not apprehended until 1996, by which time the statute of limitations on the 1982 bombing had expired, so he was never prosecuted for it.[1]

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Susan Fromberg Schaeffer, American novelist and educator, died from complications of a stroke she was 71

Susan Fromberg Schaeffer was a noted novelist and poet who was a Professor of English at Brooklyn College for over thirty years  died from complications of a stroke she was 71.. She won numerous national writing awards and contributed book reviews for the New York Times.

(March 25, 1940 – August 26, 2011)

Education & Family

The daughter of wholesale clothier Irving and Edith (née Levine) Fromberg, Susan Fromberg was born in Brooklyn, New York, and graduated from Long Island‘s South Side High School in 1958. In the Fall, she enrolled at the University of Chicago,
where she earned her Bachelors in 1961, Masters in 1963, and her
Doctorate in 1966. The subject of her dissertation was a study of themes
in the writings of Vladimir Nabokov, in whom she found “the most intellectual novelist to write in English since James Joyce”.[2]
After returning to New York City,
she married a fellow English Professor, Neil Jerome Schaeffer (A
Columbia University graduate, Chairman of the English Department at
Brooklyn College, and a noted scholarly author in his own right) in
1970; they had two children, Benjamin (born 1973), and May (born 1977).[3][4]


As of 2007, her published work included 14 novels, a collection of
short stories plus others, 6 volumes of poetry and two children’s books.[5] She contributed frequently to the New York Times Book Review
and had a number of scholarly articles on writing published in
journals. Her most recent project, “Memories Like Splintered Glass” is
her first memoir.[6]


  • Falling, New York, Macmillan, 1973.
  • Anya, New York, Macmillan, 1974.
  • Time in Its Flight, New York, Doubleday, 1978.
  • Love, New York, Dutton, 1981.
  • First Nights, New York, Knopf, 1983.
  • The Madness of a Seduced Woman, New York, Dutton, 1984.
  • Mainland, New York, Simon and Schuster, 1985.
  • The Injured Party, New York, St. Martin’s Press, 1986.
  • Buffalo Afternoon, New York, Knopf, 1989.
  • Green Island, Penguin Books, 1994.
  • The Golden Rope, New York, Knopf, 1996.
  • The Autobiography of Foudini M. Cat, New York, Knopf, 1997.
  • The Snow Fox, W.W. Norton, 2004.
  • Poison, W.W. Norton, 2006.

Short Stories

  • The Queen of Egypt, New York, Dutton, 1980.
  • “In the Hospital and Elsewhere,” in Prairie Schooner (Lincoln, Nebraska), Winter 1981-82.
  • “Virginia; or, A Single Girl,” in Prairie Schooner (Lincoln, Nebraska), Fall 1983.


  • The Witch and the Weather Report, New York, Seven Woods Press, 1972.
  • Granite Lady, New York, Macmillan, 1974.
  • The Rhymes and Runes of the Toad, New York, Macmillan, 1975.
  • Alphabet for the Lost Years, San Francisco, Gallimaufry, 1976.
  • The Red, White, and Blue Poem, Denver, The Ally, 1977.
  • The Bible of the Beasts of the Little Field: Poems, New York, Dutton, 1980.

Children’s Books

  • The Dragons of North Chittendon, New York, Simon and Schuster, 1986.
  • The Four Hoods and Great Dog, New York, St. Martin’s Press, 1988.

Career & Personal Life

After earning her Masters degree and while working on her Ph.D., Fromberg instructed English at Wright Junior College in Chicago. She then began teaching at the Illinois Institute of Technology
and became an assistant professor of English after receiving her
doctorate. She moved back to New York City in 1967 as an assistant
professor at Brooklyn College,
becoming an associate professor in 1972, then professor of English in
1974. In 1985, she was named Broeklundian Professor at Brooklyn College.
She retired from Brooklyn College in 1997. After retirement, she and
her husband Neil, lived at their second home in Vermont full-time until
2002. In 2002, they returned to Chicago, living there temporarily until
they sold their Brooklyn property and moved to Chicago permanently in
2004.[5] Schaeffer was a visiting Professor at her alma mater, the University of Chicago
from 2002-2009, teaching fiction and creative writing before illness
forced her to stop teaching in March, 2009. After a long illness, she
died on August 26, 2011, and is survived by Neil, Benjamin and May.[7]


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John McAleese, British SAS soldier involved in the Iranian Embassy Siege, died he was 61

John Thomas McAleese,  was a British Army soldier who led an SAS team which assaulted the Iranian embassy in London in May 1980 to end the Iranian Embassy siege died he was 61. With a distinctive horseshoe moustache, he became known for retelling his story on TV and for taking part in the reality show, SAS: Are You Tough Enough?

(25 April 1949 – 26 August 2011)

McAleese was born in Stirling and grew up in Laurieston, Stirlingshire.[3] He joined 59 Independent Commando, Royal Engineers, in 1969, aged 20. He moved to Hereford in 1975 after being accepted by the SAS. He was a lance corporal
in 1980, serving in Pagoda Troop, B Squadron, 22 SAS Regiment, when he
was famously seen with members of his team – Blue Team – on live
television placing an explosive frame-charge on the front first floor
balcony of the Iranian Embassy prior to the assault on 5 May 1980.
He also served in the Falkland Islands
in 1982, and was awarded the Military Medal in 1988 for service in
Northern Ireland. He also served as a bodyguard for three British prime
ministers.[4] He was honourably discharged from the British Army on 8 February 1992 in the rank of sergeant.[1][3] Later he worked as a security consultant in Iraq and Afghanistan, and was an Airsoft instructor.
He is thought to have suffered a heart attack, and died in Thessaloniki, Greece. His funeral was held at Hereford Cathedral.[5]
He married twice. In 2009, his elder son, 29-year-old Sergeant Paul
McAleese of 2 Battalion The Rifles was killed on active duty in
Afghanistan by a roadside bomb in Helmand Province.[3] He was survived by his second wife, a daughter by his first marriage, and two children by his second marriage.
In 2003 he gives the concept to the famous videogame Call of Duty character Cpt. Price which appears in many of the sagas until now

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Elvis Reifer, Barbadian cricketer, died he was 50.

Elvis Leroy Reifer was a West Indian cricketer died he was 50.. He was a left-handed batsman and bowled left-arm fast-medium.

(21 March 1961 – 26 August 2011) 

Reifer made his List A debut for Barbados in 1984. The same season he was signed by Hampshire County Cricket Club, despite having no first-class experience. In his first match for Hampshire he took eight wickets against Cambridge University.
Despite this promising start his bowling average started to rise. After
just one season with Hampshire he was released and went on to play only
one more first-class game for Barbados, before being released at the end of the 1986 West Indian cricket season.
Reifer was the nephew of former West Indies captain Floyd Reifer and the father of Raymon Reifer. He died in his sleep in Bridgetown, Barbados on 26 August 2011.[1][2]

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Donn A. Starry, American army officer, Commanding General, TRADOC (1977–1981), died from cancer he was 86.

General Donn Albert Starry was a United States Army four star general who served as Commanding General, United States Army Training and Doctrine Command (CG TRADOC) from 1977 to 1981; and as Commander in Chief, U.S. Readiness Command (USCINCRED) from 1981 to 1983 died from cancer he was 86.

  (May 31, 1925 – August 26, 2011)

Born in 1925,[1] Starry graduated from the United States Military Academy
at West Point in 1948 as a second lieutenant of Armor, after having
enlisted as a private in 1943. His early career included staff and
command positions in the United States, Europe, and Korea. During this
same period, he attended the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College, the Armed Forces Staff College, and the Army War College. In 1969, he commanded the 11th Armored Cavalry Regiment in the Vietnam War and led its attack into Cambodia in May 1970. On May 5, 1970, Starry was wounded by a North Vietnamese grenade that also wounded future Army General Frederick Franks, Jr.[2]
In 1973, he became commanding general, U.S. Army Armor Center and School, and then commander, V Corps (1976–1977), in the Federal Republic of Germany. Later, as commander of TRADOC, Starry formulated AirLand Battle doctrine,
which prepared the Army for warfighting into the twenty-first century.
Starry concluded his career as Commander, U.S. Readiness Command
(1981–1983), retiring from the Army in 1983.
His awards and decorations include the Defense Distinguished Service Medal, two awards of the Army Distinguished Service Medal, the Silver Star, the Bronze Star with “V” device, the Soldier’s Medal, the Purple Heart, the Legion of Merit with two Oak Leaf Clusters, the Distinguished Flying Cross, and the Air Medal with nine Oak Leaf Clusters. He is also the Honorary Colonel of the Regiment for the 11th Armored Cavalry Regiment.[3]
Starry earned a Master’s Degree in International Affairs from the George Washington University, and several honorary doctoral degrees. He was also a member of the Defense Science Board for two terms.[3]
He was married to the former Leatrice (Letty) Gibbs of Kansas City, Kansas.
They have four children and seven grandchildren. On April 10, 2010, he
celebrated his new marriage to a long time friend, Karen (Cookie)
Upon retirement from the Army, Starry joined Ford Aerospace,
serving first as Vice President and General Manager of Ford’s Space
Missions Group, and later as Executive Vice President of Ford Aerospace
and Special Assistant to the Chief Executive Officer of BDM International.
He served as a member of the Board of Maxwell Laboratories from 1988 to
1993, and from 1996 to 1998 was Chairman of the Board as the company
became Maxwell Technologies, switching their focus from government to commercial markets. He has also served as Chairman of the Board of Universal Voltronics in Brookfield, Connecticut.[3] In 1991 he became a Senior Fellow on the faculty of the Joint and Combined Warfighting School at the Joint Forces Staff College.[3]
In retirement, Starry, with George F. Hofmann, edited an anthology of U.S. armor warfare history and doctrine titled Camp Colt to Desert Storm: The History of U.S. Armored Forces. Later his two-volume of select stories, papers, articles, and book excerpts were edited by Lewis Sorley called Press On! Starry was also one of twenty-one signers, all retired flag officers, of a letter to John McCain supporting the Detainee Treatment Act of 2005.[4] His civic projects have included membership on the board of the Eisenhower Foundation in Abilene, Kansas, Chairman of the Board of the U.S. Cavalry Memorial Foundation, and a member of the Board of the Washington Institute of Foreign Affairs.[3]
He died in 2011 after suffering from a rare form of cancer.[2] He was survived by his second wife, Karen.[5][6]
He was buried January 11, 2012.

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Donna Christanello, American professional wrestler, died from a heart attack she was 69.

Mary Alfonsi better known by her ring name Donna Christanello (also billed as Donna Christianello, Donna Christenello, Donna Christiantello, and Donna Christantello, the name which she went by on her official website), was a professional wrestler trained by The Fabulous Moolah. She was active from the late 1960s through the 1980s. She frequently wrestled women such as Ann Casey, Vicki Williams, Evelyn Stevens and Leilani Kai throughout the 1970s.

(May 23, 1942 – August 25, 2011)

National Wrestling Alliance

Christanello was employed at a restaurant in Pittsburgh when she
decided to contact a wrestling promoter to become a professional
wrestler.[1] Male wrestlers Waldo Von Erich and Klondike Bill helped set her up with women’s wrestling trainer The Fabulous Moolah.[3] She moved to South Carolina in 1963 to train with Moolah.[3] In 1969, Christanello competed during an Australian tour with Toni Rose, Jessica Rodgers, Betty and Rita Boucher, Ramona Isbell, Marva Scott and Evelyn Stevens.
She was the frequent tag team partner of Toni Rose. She and Rose won the National Wrestling Alliance‘s NWA Women’s World Tag Team Championship in 1970.[3] In 1972, she competed at the Superbowl of Wrestling, where she and Rose defended the time World Women’s Tag Team Championship against Sandy Parker and Debbie Johnson. They eventually lost the title in October 1973 to Joyce Grable and Vicki Williams at Madison Square Garden in New York. There is also an unrecorded title change. Susan Green
and Sandy Parker won the World Tag Team title from Christanello and
Rose in November 1971 in Hawaii and lost them in February 1972 to
Christanello and Rose in Hong Kong. They also defended the title in the
NWA and American Wrestling Association, and the title was eventually integrated into the World Wrestling Federation (WWF).[3] As a result, they were recognized as the first WWF Women’s Tag Team Champions.[3]

World Wrestling Federation

During the mid-1980s she competed in the WWF’s women’s division.
Christianello continued to wrestle in tag team matches. On May 5, 1984,
Susan Starr and Christianello defeated Wendi Richter and Peggy Lee. On June 5, 1984, Peggy Lee and Christianello defeated The Fabulous Moolah and Desiree Petersen. The next day Moolah and Petersen defeated the team of Christianello and Judy Martin.
On June 9, Moolah and Petersen defeated Martin and Christianello. The
following day, Moolah and Petersen once again defeated Christianello and
Judy Martin.
In August 1984, Christianello wrestled primarily singles matches. On August 19, Susan Green
defeated Christianello. In matches on both August 20 and 21, Susan
Starr defeated Christianello. In 1987, she wrestled as part of Sensational Sherri’s team at the Survivor Series pay-per-view.[3]

Personal life and death

Christanello was born and raised in Pittsburgh and was of Italian descent.[1] She lived with The Fabulous Moolah on-and-off for forty years, ending in May 1999 when she moved back to Pittsburgh.[4] While living with Moolah, she helped train women’s wrestlers Sherri Martel and Brittany Brown.[3] After retiring from the ring, she was employed by Wal-Mart in the accounting department.[3]
Her niece, Marie Minor, was trained by Christianello and worked as a
wrestler under the ring name Angie Minelli for several years in the
On August 25, 2011, Christanello died from a heart attack. She was 69 years old.

In wrestling

Championships and accomplishments

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