Milestones

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DIED

William Scranton, 96, former Pennsylvania governor and U.N. ambassador. He unsuccessfully challenged Barry Goldwater for the 1964 Republican presidential nomination.

DIED

J.J. Cale, 74, blues-rock musician and songwriter who composed two of Eric Clapton’s signature songs, “Cocaine” and “After Midnight.”

DIED

Walter de Maria, 77, American artist known for large-scale minimalist and earthwork projects like The Lightning Field, a massive grid of 400 steel poles planted upright in the New Mexico desert.

MERGED

Omnicom and Publicis, the world’s second and third largest ad agencies. With 130,000 employees and a market cap of $35 billion, the new agency holding company will be the world’s largest.

DIED

Colonel Bud Day, 88, a U.S. Air Force pilot during the Vietnam War and Medal of Honor recipient who endured more than five years as a POW, for a time sharing a cell with future Arizona Senator John McCain.

DIED

Harry Byrd Jr., 98, former U.S. Senator from Virginia. Scion of a political dynasty and a staunch supporter of racial segregation, Byrd served 17 years in the Senate, first as a Democrat and later as an independent.

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