One helped drop an atomic bomb on Japan during World War II. The other survived that bombing and also the second bombing that came only days later.
Morris Jeppson was a weapons test officer aboard the Enola Gay and helped arm the atomic bomb that was dropped over Hiroshima. Tsutomu Yamaguchi was the only person recognized as a survivor of that bombing and the bombing of Nagasaki that came three days after.
They are among the notables who died in 2010.
Plane crashes took the lives of some of the political figures the world said goodbye to this year. Lech Kaczynski, an anti-communist activist who became Polish president, and Anna Walentynowicz, a union activist whose dismissal from a shipyard touched off strikes that led to the eventual toppling of Polish communism, were killed with other officials in a plane crash in Russia. Longtime Republican Sen. Ted Stevens died in an Alaska plane crash.
The political world also lost Robert C. Byrd, Viktor Chernomyrdin, Richard Holbrooke, John Murtha, Francesco Cossiga, Menachem Porush, Nestor Kirchner, Charlie Wilson, Sheik Saqr bin Mohammed Al Qasimi, Alexander Haig, Elizabeth Edwards, Anatoly Dobrynin, Dov Shilansky, Dan Rostenkowski and Juan Mari Bras.
Among the inventors who died this year: a man who literally put more money in people's pockets. John Shepherd-Barron was credited with inventing the world's first automatic cash machine.
In arts and entertainment, the year saw the deaths of two members of the Redgrave acting dynasty: Lynn Redgrave and her brother Corin Redgrave. Another who died was author J.D. Salinger, who spent much of his life retreating from the fame garnered by his book "The Catcher in the Rye," which shocked and inspired millions.
Other artists and entertainers who died this year: Lena Horne, Dennis Hopper, Jimmy Dean, Tom Bosley, Gary Coleman, Dixie Carter, Ronnie James Dio, Art Linkletter, Kazuo Ohno, Corey Haim, Robert Culp, Peter Graves, Joan Sutherland, Leslie Nielsen, Tony Curtis, Rue McClanahan, Johnny Maestro, Helen Wagner and Eddie Fisher.
Here is a roll call of some of the people who died in 2010. (Cause of death cited for younger people if available.)
Tsutomu Yamaguchi, 93. The only person recognized as a survivor of both the Hiroshima and Nagasaki atomic bombings at end of World War II. Jan. 4.
Jean Biden, 92. Mother of Vice President Joe Biden. Jan 8.
Eric Rohmer, 89. French New Wave director known for "Claire's Knee" and other films tracing the intracacies of romantic relationships. Jan. 11.
Teddy Pendergrass, 59. R&B singer who was one of the most successful figures in music until a car crash left him in a wheelchair. Jan. 13. Colon cancer.
Edgar Vos, 78. Designer known as the emperor of Dutch fashion who created clothing for all figures and most budgets. Jan 13.
Marshall Nirenberg, 82. Scientist whose work in untangling fundamental genetic processes earned him a Nobel Prize. Jan. 15.
Erich Segal, 72. Author of best-selling novel "Love Story" about a young couple dealing with love and bereavement. Jan. 17.
Jean Simmons, 80. Actress whose ethereal screen presence and starring roles with Hollywood's top actors made her widely admired. Jan 22.
J.D. Salinger, 91. Legendary author, youth hero and fugitive from fame whose "The Catcher in the Rye" shocked and inspired a world he increasingly shunned. Jan. 27.
U.S. Rep. John Murtha, 77. The tall, gruff-mannered former Marine who became the de facto voice of veterans on Capitol Hill and later an outspoken and influential critic of the Iraq War. Feb. 8. Complications from gallbladder surgery.
Albert M. Kligman, 93. Dermatologist whose research led to discoveries including the acne and wrinkle drug Retin-A but whose pioneering work was overshadowed by his experiments involving prisoners. Feb. 9.
U.S. Rep. Charlie Wilson, 76. Texan who worked tenaciously to funnel millions of dollars in weapons to Afghan rebels who fought off the Soviet Union. Feb. 10.
Alexander McQueen, 40. British fashion designer known for his daring and edgy style. Feb. 11. Suicide.
Doug Fieger, 57. Leader of the power pop band The Knack who co-wrote and sang on the 1979 hit "My Sharona." Feb. 14. Cancer.
Bill Gordon, 92. Designed the photogenic radio telescope in Puerto Rico that spotted the first planets beyond our solar system and lakes on one of Saturn's moons. Feb. 16.
Kathryn Grayson, 88. star of popular MGM musicals of the 1940s and '50s such as "Anchors Aweigh," "Show Boat" and "Kiss Me Kate." Feb. 17.
John Babcock, 109. The oldest Canadian veteran of World War I. Feb. 18.
Alexander Haig, 85. Soldier and statesman who held high posts in three Republican administrations and some of the U.S. military's top jobs. Feb. 20.
Menachem Porush, 93. Estemmed rabbbi and longtime leader of one of the most influential ultra-Orthodox factions in the Israeli parliament. Feb. 21.
Corey Haim, 38. Teen talent who started working in TV commercials at 10 and was a big-screen heartthrob at 15. March 10. Pneumonia.
Peter Graves, 83. Tall, stalwart actor whose calm and intelligent demeanor was a good fit to the intrigue of "Mission Impossible" as well as the satire of the "Airplane" films. March 14.
Roy Steinfort, 88. veteran newsman and former vice president of The Associated Press who turned the agency's radio operations into a service providing news to millions of listeners worldwide. March 21.
Robert Culp, 79. Actor who teamed with Bill Cosby in the racially groundbreaking TV series "I Spy" and was Bob in the critically acclaimed sex comedy "Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice." March 24.
Johnny Maestro, 70. Performed the 1958 doo-wop hit "16 Candles" with The Crests and enjoyed a decades-long career with The Brooklyn Bridge. March 24.
Marty Lederhandler, 92. Associated Press photographer who captured on film every U.S. president from Herbert Hoover to Bill Clinton, covered the D-Day landing in 1944 and climaxed a 66-year career with an iconic shot of the Sept. 11, 2001, World Trade Center attacks. March 25.
Jaime Escalante, 79. Transformed a tough east Los Angeles high school by motivating students to master advanced math, became one of the most famous teachers in the U.S. and inspired the movie "Stand and Deliver." March 30.
Morris Jeppson, 87. Weapons test officer aboard the Enola Gay who helped arm the atomic bomb dropped over Hiroshima. March 30.
Corin Redgrave, 70. Actor in dozens of plays, television shows and movies including "A Man for all Seasons" and "Four Weddings and a Funeral." Brother of Vanessa and Lynn Redgrave. April 6.
Anatoly Dobrynin, 90. Legendary Soviet diplomat who represented Moscow during the Cuban missile crisis and later in key superpower negotiations to curb the growth of nuclear arsenals. April 6.
J. Bruce Llewellyn, 82. Became one of the country's most successful black businessmen in retailing, bottling and media. April 7.
Meinhardt Raabe, 94. Played the Munchkin coroner in "The Wizard of Oz" and proclaimed in the movie that the Wicked Witch of the East was "really most sincerely dead." April 9.
Lech Kaczynski, 60. An anti-communist activist who became Polish president. He died with other officials in a plane crash in Russia. April 10.
Anna Walentynowicz, 80. A union activist whose 1980 dismissal from a Gdansk shipyard touched off strikes that led to the founding of the Solidarity movement and the eventual toppling of Polish communism. April 10. Plane crash.
Dixie Carter, 70. Star of the television series "Designing Women" who had roles in a host of other television shows. April 10.
Guru (Keith Elam), 48. Influential rapper known for intellectual themes, a monotone delivery and his combination of jazz sounds with hip-hop beats. April 19. Cancer.
Dorothy Height, 98. The leading female voice of the 1960s civil rights movement and a key participant in historic marches with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. April 20.
Juan Antonio Samaranch, 89. A former Spanish diplomat and shrewd dealmaker whose 21-year term as president of the International Olympic Committee was marked by unprecedented growth of the games. April 21.
Elizabeth Post, 89. Etiquette expert and author of books and magazine columns. April 24.
Jean Louis Dumas, 72. Ran luxury brand Hermes for nearly three decades and was hailed as an emblem of French style. May 1.
Helen Wagner, 91. Actress who held the Guinness world record for playing the same role soap opera "As the World Turns" for the longest period of time, 54 years. May 1.
Lynn Redgrave, 67. Actress who became a 1960s sensation as the free-thinking title character in "Georgy Girl." May 2. Breast cancer.
Dave Fisher, 69. Lead singer of the Highwaymen, the popular 1960s folk group. May 7. Bone marrow disease.
Lena Horne, 92. Jazz singer known for signature song "Stormy Weather" and for her triumph over bigotry that allowed her to entertain white audiences but not socialize with them. May 9.
John Shepherd-Barron, 89. Scotsman credited with inventing the world's first automatic cash machine. May 15.
Ronnie James Dio, 67. Singer whose soaring vocals and poetic lyrics broke new ground in heavy metal music. May 16. Stomach cancer.
Art Linkletter, 97. Known on American television for his interviews with children and ordinary people. May 26.
Gary Coleman, 42. Adorable, pint-sized child star of the 1970s TV sitcom "Diff'rent Strokes" who spent the rest of his life struggling on Hollywood's D-list. May 28. Brain hemorrhage.
Dennis Hopper, 74. Hollywood actor whose memorable career included "Rebel without a Cause" and "Easy Rider." May 29. Prostate cancer.
Ali-Ollie Woodson, 58. Led the Motown quintet the Temptations in the 1980s and '90s; helped restore them to some of their hit-making glory. May 30. Cancer.
Kazuo Ohno, 103. Brought the Japanese modern dance style of Butoh to the international stage and charmed audiences with eerie but poetic performances. June 1.
Rue McClanahan, 76. Emmy-winning actress who brought the sexually liberated Southern belle Blanche Devereaux to life on the hit TV series "The Golden Girls." June 3.
Jack Harrison, 97. Survivor of the Great Escape plot by Allied prisoners in a German prison in World War II. June 4.
Jimmy Dean, 81. Country music legend for his smash hit about a workingman hero, "Big Bad John," and an entrepreneur known for his sausage brand. June 13.
Garry Shider, 56. Longtime musical director of Parliament-Funkadelic whose funky guitar work, songwriting skills and musical arrangements thrilled fans and earned him a spot in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. June 16.
Sen. Robert C. Byrd, 92. Rose from an impoverished childhood in West Virginia's coal country to become the longest-serving senator in U.S. history. June 28.
Frank Colacurcio Sr., 93. Organized crime figure who built a strip club empire across 10 Western states. July 2.
Mohammed Oudeh, 73. Key planner of the 1972 Munich Olympics attack that killed 11 Israeli athletes. July 3.
Dr. Robert Butler, 83. Pulitzer Prize-winning expert on aging who coined the phrase "ageism." July 4.
Harvey Pekar, 70. Author of the autobiographical comic book series "American Splendor." July 12.
Vernon Baker, 90. Belatedly received Medal of Honor for World War II valor after being denied the award because he was black. July 13.
David Warren, 85. Inventor of "black box" flight data recorder. July 19.
Reginald Levy, 88. British pilot praised for his cool-headed bravery during a 1972 hijacking by Palestinian mi1itants. Aug. 1.
Patricia Neal, 84, the willowy, husky-voiced actress who won an Academy Award in 1963 for "Hud" and then survived several strokes to continue acting. Aug. 8.
Ted Stevens, 86. The longest serving Republican in the U.S. Senate; funneled billions of dollars to his remote state of Alaska. Aug. 9. Plane crash.
David L. Wolper, 82. Hollywood impressario whose landmark 1987 television miniseries "Roots" engrossed the U.S. with its saga of an American family descended from an African slave. Aug. 10.
Dan Rostenkowski, 82. Former Illinois congressman who wielded enormous power on Capitol Hill for more than 30 years. Aug. 11.
Francesco Cossiga, 82. Veteran politician in Italy's fight against domestic terrorism in the 1970s and 1980s who resigned as president after failing to save the life of a politician kidnapped by the Red Brigades. Aug. 17.
Paul Conrad, 86. Political cartoonist who won the Pulitzer Prize three times for his stark, powerful visuals that poked fun at politicians and presidents. Sept. 4.
Juan Mari Bras, 82. Elder statesman of Puerto Rico's independence movement who gave up his U.S. citizenship in an act that inspired hundreds of other activists. Sept. 10.
Kevin McCarthy, 96. Actor who played the frantic doctor trying to save his friends and neighbors in the science-fiction movie classic "Invasion of the Body Snatchers." Sept. 11.
Claude Chabrol, 80. French director who was one of the founders of the New Wave movement and whose films probed the latent malice beneath the placid surface of bourgeois life. Sept. 12.
Eddie Fisher, 82. Pop singer who crooned love tunes in the 1950s but whose life was overshadowed by drug use, gambling and failed marriages to actresses Elizabeth Taylor and Debbie Reynolds. Sept. 22.
Gloria Stuart, 100. The 1930s Hollywood beauty who gave up acting for 30 years and later became the oldest Academy Award acting nominee as the spunky survivor in "Titanic." Sept. 26.
Arthur Penn, 88. A myth-maker and myth-breaker who, in directing such film classics as "Bonnie and Clyde" and "Little Big Man," refashioned movies. Sept. 28.
Tony Curtis, 85. Defiantly worked to mold himself from a 1950s heartthrob to a respected actor in such films as "Some Like It Hot." Sept. 29.
Maurice Allais, 99. Nobel economics winner and early critic of shortcomings in the worldwide financial system that led to the latest crisis. October 9.
Joan Sutherland, 83. Acclaimed opera singer whose voice stretched more than three octaves. Oct. 10.
Georges Mathe, 88. Performed the world's first bone marrow transplant in 1959. Oct. 15.
Barbara Billingsley, 94. Played the mother of Beaver and Wally in "Leave it to Beaver." Oct. 16.
Tom Bosley, 83. Actor best known for his role on "Happy Days." Oct. 19. Lung cancer.
Bob Guccione, 79. Publisher of the adult magazine Penthouse. Oct. 20. Lung cancer.
Joseph Stein, 98. Turned a Yiddish short story into "Fiddler on the Roof." Oct. 24.
Sheik Saqr bin Mohammed Al Qasimi, 90. Ruler in the United Arab Emirates federation and one of the world's longest-reigning monarchs. Oct. 27.
Nestor Kirchner, 60. Former president of Argentina who steered the country out of crisis and political instability. Oct 27. Heart attack.
Viktor Chernomyrdin, 72. Served as Russia's prime minister in the turbulent 1990s as the country was throwing off communism. Nov. 3.
Eugenie Blanchard, 114. Nun considered the world's oldest person. Nov. 4.
Dino De Laurentiis, 91. Produced films such as "La Strada" and Barbarella." Nov. 10
Henryk Mikolaj Gorecki, 76. Polish composer famous for his "Symphony of Sorrowful Songs." Nov. 12.
Ingrid Pitt, 73. Survived a Nazi concentration camp to become an acclaimed British movie actress. Nov. 23.
Leslie Nielsen, 84. Actor who starred in comedies such as "Airplane" and "The Naked Gun." Nov. 28.
John D'Agostino Sr., 81. His work in comic books ranged from Archie and Jughead to the Incredible Hulk and G.I. Joe. Nov. 28.
Samuel T. Cohen, 89. Neutron bomb inventor. Nov. 28.
Maria Esther Gatti de Islas, 92. Human rights activist who helped found Uruguay's organization of relatives of people who disappeared during South America's "dirty wars." Dec. 5.
Elizabeth Edwards, 61. Closely advised her husband John Edwards in two bids for the presidency and advocated for health care even as her marriage publicly crumbled. Dec. 7. Cancer.
Dov Shilansky, 86. Holocaust survivor and former speaker of the Israeli parliament. Dec. 9.
John du Pont, 72. Chemical fortune heir who killed an Olympic gold medal-winning wrestler at his palatial estate. Dec. 9.
Richard Holbrooke, 69. U.S. diplomat who wrote part of the Pentagon Papers and was the architect of the 1995 Bosnia peace plan. Dec. 13.
Bob Feller, 92. Teenage pitching sensation, World War II hero and outspoken Hall of Famer. Dec. 15.
Blake Edwards, 88. Director and writer known for clever dialogue, poignance and occasional belly-laugh sight gags in "Breakfast at Tiffany's," "10" and the "Pink Panther" farces. Dec. 15.
Fred Foy, 89. Announcer best known for his booming, passionate lead-ins to "The Lone Ranger" radio and television series. Dec. 22.
(This version CORRECTS corrects spelling of 'Menachem' in paragraph 5 and under February deaths.)
Source: AP News