Charlton Heston, the chisel-jawed Hollywood icon best remembered for his Oscar-winning performance in the 1959 epic <i>Ben Hur</i>, died on April 5 at his home, his family said. He was 84. Heston's family said in a statement that the actor died with his wife of 64 years, Lydia, by his side.
Stocks plummeted across the world on Monday amid fears of a global recession, with markets in Europe suffering their biggest one-day losses since the September 11 attacks on the United States. Dealers said a major new plan by President George Bush to prevent a United States recession was not enough to offset the stream of bad news from banks.