Amy Sancetta, File, Associated Press
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, Menachgem Porush, Charlie Wilson, Sheik Saqr bin Mohammed Al Qasimi, Alexander Haig, Elizabeth Edwards, 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.
Other scientists and inventors who died this year include David Warren, Marshall Nirenberg, Samuel T. Cohen and Albert M. Kligman.
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 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.)
Freya von Moltke, 98. Prominent member of the anti-Nazi resistance in Germany during World War II. Jan. 1.
Deborah Howell, 68. Journalist and Washington Post ombudsman. Jan. 1. Struck by car.
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.
Miep Gies, 100. Dutch office secretary who defied Nazi occupiers to hide Anne Frank and her family for two years and saved the teenager's diary. 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.
Glenn W. Bell Jr., 86. Entrepreneur best known as the founder of the Taco Bell chain. Jan. 16.
Erich Segal, 72. Author of best-selling novel "Love Story" about a young couple dealing with love and bereavement. Jan. 17.
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