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Bill Millin, who played on D-day as troops landed, dies

Bill Millin, 88, a Scottish bagpiper who played highland tunes as his fellow commandos landed on a Normandy beach on D-day and lived to see his bravado immortalized in the 1962 film The Longest Day, died of complications from a stroke on Wednesday in a hospital in the western England county of Devon.

Harrison "Buzz" Price, 89, an engineer turned theme-park strategist whose research led Walt Disney to place Magic Kingdoms in Anaheim, Calif., and Orlando, died of chronic anemia on Aug. 15 in Pomona, east of Los Angeles. Nearly every amusement park built since the 1950s in some way reflects his approach to planning theme parks, according to experts.

Bernard M.W. Knox, 95, an authority on the works of Sophocles, a prolific scholar and the founding director of Harvard's Center for Hellenic Studies, died of a heart attack on July 22 in Bethesda, Md.

Abbey Lincoln, 80, a jazz singer and songwriter known for her phrasing, emotion and uncompromising style, died Aug. 14 in New York. For a time in the 1960s she acted in films, including one with Sidney Poitier.

Herman Leonard, 87, bottom right, who was famous for his smoky, backlighted black-and-white photos of such jazz greats as Billie Holiday, Duke Ellington, Charlie Parker, Louis Armstrong, Miles Davis and Frank Sinatra, died Aug. 14 in a hospital in Los Angeles. The artists he shot were titans or soon to be. The Smithsonian has more than 130 Leonard photographs in its permanent collection. He moved to Los Angeles after Hurricane Katrina flooded his New Orleans home and destroyed thousands of his prints.

Amin al-Hindi, 70, an associate of Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat and a former Palestinian Authority intelligence chief who was widely suspected of having played an organizing role in the deadly attack on Israeli athletes at the 1972 Munich Olympics, died Tuesday in Amman, Jordan.

Mario Obledo, 78, president of the National Coalition of Hispanic Organizations, died of a heart attack on Wednesday in Sacramento, Calif. In 1998, he received the Presidential Medal of Freedom Award, the nation's highest civilian honor. He was the founder and leader of several major Hispanic-American organizations.

Bill Millin, who played on D-day as troops landed, dies

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