Abstract expressionist artist Helen Frankenthaler, pictured above in 1956, adopted Jackson Pollock's technique of painting canvases laid flat on the floor. She sought to "marry" the paint with the canvas, she said. Gordon Parks/Time Life Pictures/Getty Images hide caption

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Korean Central News Agency photo released on Jan. 18, 2009, showing North Korean leader Kim Jong Il posing with soldiers. STR/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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North Korean leader Kim Jong Il during a visit to Siberia in August. He died Saturday at age 69, according to state-run North Korean television. Dmitry Astakhov /AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Former Czech President Vaclav Havel died Sunday in his weekend home in the northern Czech Republic. He was 75. Sean Gallup/Getty Images hide caption

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As a dissident playwright, Vaclav Havel led the Velvet Revolution to bring down Czechoslovakia's communist regime in 1989. AP hide caption

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Christopher Hitchens, shown here in 2010, began a lifelong battle with a God he didn't believe in when he was just 9 years old. David Levenson/Getty Images hide caption

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