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In memoriam: Some of the notable world figures who died in 2011

JANUARY

*Maj. Richard "Dick" Winters, 92: The man who fought in several major battles in World War II and whose quiet leadership was chronicled in the book and television miniseries "Band of Brothers." Jan. 2.

*David Nelson, 74: He starred on his parents' popular American television show "The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet." Jan. 11. Colon cancer.

*Don Kirshner, 76: A rock promoter who helped launch performers such as Prince, the Eagles, Lionel Ritchie and Ozzy Osbourne. Jan. 17.

*R. Sargent Shriver, 95: First Peace Corps director, ambassador and leader of the War on Poverty in the U.S.; known as a Kennedy in-law. Jan. 18.

*Jack LaLanne, 96: The fitness guru who inspired U.S. television viewers to trim down, eat well and pump iron for decades before diet and exercise became an American obsession. Jan. 23. Respiratory failure due to pneumonia.

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FEBRUARY

*Christian J. Lambertson, 93: A scientist and doctor who invented a self-contained underwater breathing apparatus used by the military in World War II and later coined the term "scuba," an acronym by which such systems are widely known. Feb. 11.

*Betty Garrett, 91: The vivacious Broadway star who played singer Frank Sinatra's sweetheart in two MGM musicals before her career was hampered by Hollywood's blacklist in the 1950s. Feb. 12.

*Duke Snider, 84: Baseball Hall of Famer who helped the Dodgers bring their only World Series crown to Brooklyn. Feb. 27.

*Frank Buckles, 110: The last surviving American veteran of World War I who also survived being a civilian prisoner of war in the Philippines in World War II. Feb. 27.

*Jane Russell, 89: The voluptuous actress who starred in the controversial film "The Outlaw" and who, as a pin-up girl, set GIs' hearts to pounding during World War II. Feb. 28.

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MARCH

*Elizabeth Taylor, 79: The American film goddess whose sultry screen persona, stormy personal life and enduring fame and glamour made her one of the last of the classic movie stars and a template for celebrity. March 23.

*Warren M. Christopher, 85: The attorney-turned-envoy who tirelessly traveled to Bosnia and the Middle East on peace missions as U.S. secretary of state in the Clinton administration. March 25. Complications from cancer.

*Geraldine Ferraro, 75: A relatively obscure Democratic congresswoman who became the first woman on a major U.S. party ticket when she ran for vice president in 1984 and emboldened American women to seek office. March 26. Complications from cancer.

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APRIL

*Sidney Lumet, 86: The award-winning director of such American film classics as "Network," "Serpico," "Dog Day Afternoon" and "12 Angry Men." April 9.

*Madame Ngo Dinh Nhu, 86: The outspoken beauty who served as South Vietnam's unofficial first lady early in the Vietnam war and earned the nickname "Dragon Lady" for her harsh criticism of protesting Buddhists and communist sympathizers. April 25.

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MAY

*Osama bin Laden, 54: Terrorist leader whose money and preaching inspired the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, which killed nearly 3,000 people; May 2. Killed during a raid by U.S. Navy SEALs in Pakistan.

*Jackie Cooper, 88: One of the most popular child movie stars of the 1930s who later had a successful career as a television director. May 3.

*Seve Ballesteros, 54: A five-time major champion whose imagination and fiery personality made him one of the most significant figures in golf. May 7. Complications of a brain tumor.

*Harmon Killebrew, 74: The baseball slugger for the Minnesota Twins. May 17. Esophageal cancer.

*Randy "Macho Man" Savage, 58: A larger-than-life personality from professional wrestling's 1980s heyday known for his raspy voice and brash style. May 20. Car crash.

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JUNE

*Jack Kevorkian, 83: Defiant proponent of doctor-assisted suicide who said he oversaw the deaths of 130 gravely ill people. June 3.

*James Arness, 88: An actor who towered over the American television landscape for two decades as Marshall Matt Dillon in "Gunsmoke." June 3.

*Clarence Clemons, 69: The saxophone player for the E Street Band who was one of the key influences in Bruce Springsteen's life and music. June 18. Complications from a stroke.

*Peter Falk, 83: American actor who became identified as the rumpled detective on "Colombo," which spanned 30 years in TV. June 23.

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JULY

*Betty Ford, 93: The former U.S. first lady whose triumph over drug and alcohol addiction became a beacon of hope for addicts and the inspiration for her Betty Ford Center. July 8.

*Amy Winehouse, 27: A dazzling, versatile singer who produced bitterly honest lyrics but who made headlines because of drug and alcohol abuse, eating disorders and destructive relationships. July 23. Alcohol poisoning.

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AUGUST

*Bubba Smith, 66: Former NFL star and actor best known for playing the soft-spoken officer in the "Police Academy" films. Aug. 3

*Hugh Carey, 92: A former New York governor who saved New York City from bankruptcy in the 1970s, staring down President Gerald Ford in the process. Aug. 7.

*Betty Skelton Erde, 85: An aviation and auto racing pioneer once called the fastest woman on Earth. Aug. 31.

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SEPTEMBER

*Cliff Robertson, 88: Actor who portrayed President John F. Kennedy in the film "PT-109" and won an Oscar for playing a mentally disabled man in "Charly." Sept. 10.

*Charles H. Percy, 91: A Chicago businessman who became a U.S. senator and was once widely viewed as a top presidential contender. Sept. 17.

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OCTOBER

*Steve Jobs, 56: The Apple founder and former chief executive who invented and master-marketed ever sleeker gadgets that transformed everyday technology, from the personal computer to the iPod and iPhone. Oct. 5.

*The Rev. Fred L. Shuttlesworth, 89: Civil rights activist who endured arrests, beatings and injuries from fire hoses while fighting for racial equality in the segregated 1960s South. Oct. 5.

*Dan Wheldon, 33: Race car driver who moved from his native England to the United States and twice won the Indianapolis 500 race. Oct. 16. Wreck at the Las Vegas Indy 300.

*Moammar Gadhafi, 69: The last of the old-style Arab strongmen who ruled Libya for nearly 42 years with eccentric brutality. Oct. 20. Died after being captured by rebels in Libya.

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NOVEMBER

*Dorothy Rodham, 92: Mother of Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton and former President Bill Clinton's mother-in-law. Nov. 1.

*Andy Rooney, 92: The curmudgeonly commentator who spent 30 years talking about the oddities of life on American television. Nov. 4.

*Joe Frazier, 67: One of the great heavyweight boxers of his era who was forever associated with three bouts he had with Muhammad Ali. Nov. 7.

*Bil Keane, 89: Creator of the comic strip "Family Circus," which entertained readers with a mix of humor and traditional family values for more than a half century. Nov. 8.

*Heavy D, 44: He became one of rap's top hit makers in the late 1980s and early 1990s with a combination of humor and positivity. Nov. 8. Died after collapsing outside his home.

*Evelyn Lauder, 75: An Estee Lauder Cos. executive who helped create the pink ribbon campaign for breast cancer awareness. Nov. 12.

*Judy Lewis, 76: Conceived out of wedlock by movie stars Clark Gable and Loretta Young while they filmed "Call of the Wild" in the 1930s, for years one of the best kept secrets in Hollywood. Nov. 25.

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DECEMBER

*Harry Morgan, 96: An actor known for his TV roles in "Dragnet" and "M*A*S*H." Dec. 7.

*Christopher Hitchens, 62: An author and essayist who waged verbal and occasional physical battles on behalf of causes left and right. Dec. 15. Complications from esophageal cancer.

*Kim Jong Il, 69: North Korea's mercurial and enigmatic leader whose iron rule and nuclear ambitions dominated world security fears for more than a decade. Dec. 17. Heart attack.

*Vaclav Havel, 75: Czech dissident playwright who led the 1989 anti-communist "Velvet Revolution" and went from prisoner to president. Dec. 18.

-- Compiled by the Associated Press