26 Victims of Sandy Hook Elementary School Shooting (from left to right, top to bottom): Charlotte Bacon, Daniel Barden, Rachel D'Avino, Olivia Engel, Josephine Gay, Dylan Hockley, Dawn Lafferty Hochsprung, Madeleine F. Hsu (no photo), Catherine V. Hubbard, Chase Kowalski, Nancy Lanza, Jesse Lewis, Ana Marquez-Greene, James Mattioli, Grace McDonnell, Anne Marie Murphy, Emilie Parker, Jack Pinto, Noah Pozner, Caroline Previdi, Jessica Rekos, Avielle Richman, Lauren Rousseau, Mary Sherlach, Victoria Soto, Benjamin Wheeler, Allison N. Wyatt.
New York Times - Victims of the Newtown Shootings
Oscar Niemeyer, the prolific Brazilian architect who changed the landscape of metropolises with his unique vision of international and modernist styles, passed away last night at the age of 104, according to local news reports. Throughout his career spanning over nearly eight decades, Niemeyer established himself as one of the most renowned visionaries in the field, particularly for his role as the mastermind of the architectural landscape during the construction of Brasilia in the early 1960s.
Besse Cooper, the world's oldest living person on record, passed away last night at the age of 116. Born August 26, 1896, Mrs. Cooper grew up in Tennessee, graduated from East Tennessee State Normal School and worked as a certified school teacher in Tennessee and Georgia until 1929. At the time of her death, she had 12 grandchildren, 13 great-grandchildren and two great-great grandchildren.
Farewell of the Day is a feature series that serves as the sad news bearer of notable departures, disappearances and deaths.
From the Los Angeles Times:
Williams said he never tired of singing "Moon River," whose melody he considered "beautiful" and whose lyrics he called "timeless."
"You wouldn't believe how 'Moon River' became a hit," he said in a 1989 interview with the Chicago Tribune. "I was having dinner with [songwriters] Henry Mancini and Johnny Mercer, who had just finished recording the movie Breakfast at Tiffany's, with Audrey Hepburn singing 'Moon River' out on the balcony with a guitar.
"So Mancini and Mercer played this song for me, which I thought was great. But my record company was really into singles then, and they said: 'I don't think phrases like 'my Huckleberry friend' will make it with the kids — they won't know what it means.'"
But about four weeks before the 1962 Academy Awards program, he recalled, "I was invited to sing 'Moon River' on the Oscars show, and Columbia Records decided we ought to rush a 'Moon River' album into the stores, because that tune looked like a shoo-in for the 'best song' Oscar.
"So they quickly put out an album, had it in the stores on the day of the Oscars, and the next morning it sold 500,000 copies."
Gad Beck, activist and last known gay Jewish Holocaust survivor, died Sunday. He was 88.
During World War II, Beck joined an underground resistance movement to fight the Nazi regime. In a daring act of heroism, he was able to rescue his boyfriend from a deportation center by impersonating a Hitler Youth.
After the war, Beck spent his life educating and advocating for Judaism and gay rights, and was the subject of a documentary in 2006. Friends lauded Beck for his signature wit and openness.
Reflecting on his life, Beck said, "God doesn't punish for a life of love."