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The year 2011 saw the deaths of world-changing figures -- inventors and movie stars, peacemakers and dictators. Below, a look back at some of their lives. 

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Tom McNichol, a frequent contributor to TheAtlantic.com, is a San Francisco writer whose work has also appeared in the New Yorker, the New York Times, the Washington Post, and on NPR's "All Things Considered."

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