Emerging from his 20-year retirement, enigmatic U.S. chess wizard Bobby Fischer, 49, won $3.35 million by besting rival Boris Spassky, 55, in an unsanctioned mano-a-mano in Yugoslavia.
Actor Carl Anthony Payne II, 23—Cole on Fox's Martin and formerly The Cosby Show's Cockroach—wed Melika Williams, 23, on Nov. 7 in L.A.
Eddie Murphy, 31, has something to brag about: Fiancé Nicole Mitchell, 24, gave birth on Nov. 7 to their second child, Miles Mitchell Murphy, in Englewood, N.J. The 7-lb., 7-oz. boy, named for jazzman Miles Davis, joins sister Bria, 3....
Geraldo Rivera, 49, and his former producer and current, third wife, C.C. Dyer, 36, had their first child, Isabella Holmes, 9 lbs., 8 oz., on Nov. 7 in Manhattan. A test-tube baby, Isabella makes her TV debut on a Nov. 16 episode of Geraldo that explores solutions to infertility.
NBC News's Maria Shriver, 37, was hospitalized in Los Angeles on Nov. 5; she is recovering from viral meningitis.
Puerto Rican boxer Hector "Macho" Camacho, 30, ex-world champ, was charged Nov. 7 in Miami with disorderly intoxication, possession of marijuana and three counts of battery. After allegedly causing a disturbance in a hotel lobby, he is reported to have taken on two cops while screaming, "I'm the Macho Man."
Alexander Dubcek, father of the Prague Spring—the liberalization movement that galvanized Czechoslovakia in 1968—died Nov. 7 at 70 of injuries from a September car crash. Assuming leadership of his nation's Communist Party in January 1968, Dubcek called for the "widest possible democratization." But on Aug. 21, Soviet tanks rolled in and crushed the movement. In internal exile for 18 years, Dubcek was re-habilitated following the breakup of the Soviet empire and elected speaker of Parliament in 1989....
Actor Jack Kelly, 65, died Nov. 7 after a stroke in Huntington Beach, Calif., where he was once Mayor. A child actor in the '30s who started making movies in the '40s, his signature role was as James Garner's brother on the '50s TV western Maverick....
Radical '60s activist turned movie producer Mark Rosenberg, 44, died Nov. 6 of a heart attack on the Texas set at Flesh and Bone. Among his credit are The Fabulous Baker Boys and Presumed Innocent.
A St. Louis County, Mo., Judge found rocker Axl Rose, 30, guilty Nov. 10 of assault and properly damage for his part in a riot after a 1991 concert. Angered by a fan's illegally Video-taping the concert, Rose had jumped into the audience, then abruptly stopped the show. Fans responded by trashing the Riverport Amphitheatre. Rose must serve two years' probation and donate $50,000 to local charities....
Influential educator Eliot Wigginton, 49 (PEOPLE, Oct. 12), whose student-produced Foxfire magazine on Appalachian folklore inspired books and a method of learning by doing, was sentenced to a year in prison on Nov. 11 in Clayton, Ga., after pleading guilty to molesting a 10-year-old boy.
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