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Milestones Aug. 14, 1995

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HOSPITALIZED. MICKEY MANTLE, 63, Baseball Hall of Famer, this time for anemia caused by chemotherapy; in Dallas. Barely two months after undergoing a liver transplant, Mantle revealed he had begun treatment for cancer that had spread from his diseased liver to his lung (had the cancer been detected earlier, the donor liver would have gone to someone else).

ARRESTED. PETER GRAF, 57, father of tennis titan and recent Wimbledon champion Steffi Graf; on charges of underpaying his taxes by $7.2 million over four years; in Bruhl, Germany. Peter, longtime manager of his daughter’s court winnings, stands accused of harboring a racket of his own. Steffi remains under investigation.

DIED. AGHA HASAN ABEDI, 73, founder of the Bank of Credit & Commerce International; of heart failure; in Karachi, Pakistan. Allegations of criminality brought down the once-powerful B.C.C.I. in 1991. Subsequently, Abedi, accused of perpetrating the largest financial fraud in history, was indicted for theft and other charges in the U.S., but Pakistan refused to extradite him.

DIED. LAURINDO ALMEIDA, 77, Brazilian classical and jazz guitar virtuoso; in Los Angeles. Best known for his 1962 album Viva Bossa Nova, Almeida won five Grammy awards for his compositions and contributed to the soundtracks of such movies as The Godfather.

DIED. IDA LUPINO, 77, actress, screenwriter and director; in Burbank, California. The London-born Lupino starred as the woman from the wrong side of the tracks opposite Golden Age leading men like Humphrey Bogart and John Garfield. When the director of Not Wanted (1949) collapsed from a heart attack, co-producer Lupino took the helm, thereby backing into a directing career that peaked with her popular portrait of a murderer, 1953’s The Hitch-Hiker.

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