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Milestones: Feb. 2, 1962

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Married. Piper Laurie, 30, a cupcake in Hollywood confections until she walked out on a long-term Universal-International contract to search for more “challenging” roles (The Hustler); and Joseph Morgenstern, 29, New York Herald Tribune drama reporter, who met her on an interview; both for the first time; in Long Beach, Calif.

Died. Donald G. Nutter, 46, Montana’s outspoken Republican Governor, a World War II bomber pilot who later served in the state senate, won the governorship in 1960 on a hold-the-budget plank, condemned the United Nations as “a forum for the enemies” and refused to proclaim U.N. Day in Montana; in the crash of a state Air National Guard C-47 into a Montana mountainside.

Died. Charles “Lucky” Luciano (born Salvatore Lucania), 64, a classic hoodlum: of a heart attack; near Naples. Sicily-born Luciano rose from New York’s Lower East Side to become overlord of the city’s gangsters and whores, had hundreds of police on his payroll and held court in his suite at the Waldorf Towers, beat the rap for gambling, narcotics, assault, grand larceny, bootlegging and driving without a license, until he was brought to book by young Prosecutor Thomas E. Dewey in 1936 and sentenced to 30 to 50 years for compulsory prostitution. Said Lucky, years after he was paroled in 1946 by then Governor Dewey and deported to Italy: “They blamed everything but the second World War on me.”

Died. Andrew Frank Schoeppel, 67, plain-spoken Republican U.S. Senator from Kansas who climbed local and state political rungs to the governorship in 1942, moved up to Capitol Hill in 1948, amassed an isolationist record that often put him at odds with Fellow Kansan Dwight Eisenhower; of cancer; at the Navy hospital in Bethesda. Md.

Died. Robinson Jeffers, 75, solitary poet of gloom, whose half-century of tragic, ironic verse won the 1960 Shelley Memorial Award; after a long illness; in Carmel, Calif. Best known for his vividly free adaptation of Euripides’ Medea, he judged civilization as “a transient sickness,” wrote from the tower of a massive granite house that he built near the rugged Big Sur region of the California coast.

Died. Natalia Ivanovna Sedova Trotsky, 79, frail wife of late Revolutionary Leon Trotsky; outside Paris. An active revolutionist by 15, she met Trotsky in Paris in 1902, was jailed with him in Russia after the abortive 1905 revolution, rose to high bureaucratic posts with him (e.g., director of museums) after the 1917 Bolshevik victory, fled with him in 1928, tried vainly to get Nikita Khrushchev to restore him to honor in the Communist constellation.

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