Charles J. Haughey, 80, a three-time Irish prime minister who helped pave the way for Ireland's economic boom of the 1990s but whose own lavish accumulation of wealth tarnished his reputation and was partly responsible for driving him into retirement, died of prostate cancer Tuesday at his estate north of Dublin.
He was a dominating political figure in Ireland, holding various ministerial posts before rising to prime minister. He served terms from 1979 to 1981, March to December 1982, and 1987 to 1992.
He helped modernize Ireland and was held in affection by many Irish people, even some who accepted that Mr. Haughey had amassed much of his extraordinary wealth by taking kickbacks from the developers and business figures who helped transform Ireland from one of Europe's poorest countries to one of its richest.
He was known as "The Great Survivor," bouncing back after being put on trial for allegedly running guns to Northern Ireland, and again after a series of scandals in 1982.
Jack Walsh, 77, whose strongman feats earned him national recognition, including appearances on The Tonight Show, died of internal bleeding June 11 at a hospital in Metairie, La.
Mr. Walsh, who billed himself as "The World's Strongest Man," made his name in the 1950s and '60s by lifting anything that weighed more than his 180 to 215 pounds, including elephants and motorcycles. He had a flair for showmanship and used humorous ad libs to make his act more entertaining.