epa04596701 (FILE) A file photo dated 19 October 1992 of Queen Elizabeth II and then German President Richard von Weizsaecker during a dinner within the British monarch's visit to Germany, at Augustusburg castle in Bruehl, Germany. Richard von Weizsaecker, the first president of a reunited Germany, died 31 January 2015 at the age of 94, family members said. Von Weizsaecker was the head of state from 1984 to 1994, serving first as president of West Germany until the Berlin Wall fell in 1989 and East and West Germany were unified in 1990. He also served as mayor of West Berlin from 1981 to 1984.  EPA/MARTIN GERTEN

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Richard von Weizsaecker, former German president, dies

As president from 1984 to 1994, Mr. von Weizsaecker, 94, took a stand against Germany’s Nazi past.

Carl Djerassi, a chemist behind birth control pill, dies at 91

Carl Djerassi, a chemist behind birth control pill, dies at 91

Dr. Djerassi’s work revolutionized women’s health, gender equality and population control.

Bernice Gordon, doyenne of the crossword, dies at 101

Bernice Gordon, doyenne of the crossword, dies at 101

Mrs. Gordon’s tautly constructed puzzles appeared in newspapers across and down the United States.

Rod McKuen, poetic troubadour of the ’60s, dies at 81

Rod McKuen, poetic troubadour of the ’60s, dies at 81

Mr. McKuen, a popular singer, songwriter and poet of the 1960s, drew frequent critical scorn.

Colleen McCullough, author of ‘The Thorn Birds,’ dies at 77

Colleen McCullough, author of ‘The Thorn Birds,’ dies at 77

Ms. McCullough wrote the epic story of illicit love in the outback that became a popular TV miniseries.

John T. Myers, House Republican from Indiana, dies at 87

<b></b>John T. Myers, House Republican from Indiana, dies at 87

Mr. Myers represented a swath of western Indiana in the U.S. House of Representatives for 30 years.

Diana Engel, co-founder of Levine music school, dies at 77

Diana Engel, co-founder of Levine music school, dies at 77

An amateur pianist, Ms. Engel also was a community activist and a lawyer specializing in family law.

Charles H. Townes, Nobel laureate and laser pioneer, dies

Charles H. Townes, Nobel laureate and laser pioneer, dies

Charles H. Townes, 99, made a habit of changing jobs because he was always searching for new puzzles.

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Ohio congressman, 73, was convicted on corruption charges and served time in prison.

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