Wesley Brown, 85, who endured racial hazing to become the first black graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy in 1949; he later served 20 years as a Navy engineer.
The Republican presidential nomination, by Mitt Romney, who passed the crucial 1,144-delegate mark by winning the Texas primary on May 29.
The 96th Indy 500, by Dario Franchitti, husband of actress Ashley Judd; he won his third 500 in 91F heat, which was 1F shy of a race record.
Bob Dylan, with the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation's highest civilian prize. Among the 12 other recipients: John Glenn, Toni Morrison and Madeleine Albright.
Charles Taylor, ex-leader of Liberia, by a U.N.-backed criminal court in the Hague, to 50 years in prison for war crimes committed in neighboring Sierra Leone.
H.H. Brookins, 86, former bishop of the African Methodist Episcopal Church, who advised Los Angeles Mayor Tom Bradley and the 1984 presidential run by Jesse Jackson.