Birthdays

TODAY: The Countess of Albemarle, former chairman, the Development Commission, 85; Mr Chris Bonington, mountaineer, 60; Mr Richard Buckle, writer and critic, 78; Sir Michael Connell, High Court judge, 55; Mr Ronald Davies MP, 48; Mr Michael Deeley, film producer, 62; Colonel James Ellis Evans, former Lord-Lieutenant of Clwyd, 84; Mr John Evans, Chief Constable, Devon and Cornwall, 51; Mr Frank Finlay, actor, 68; Air Marshal Sir Geoffrey Ford, 71; Dame Monica Golding, former Colonel Commandant, QARANC, 92; Sir Howard Hodgkin, painter, 62; Sir Freddie Laker, air travel pioneer, 72; Mr James Lees-Milne, architectural historian, 86; Miss Moira Lister, actress, 71; Sir Donald McCallum, former chairman of Ferranti, 72; The Rev William McCrea MP, 46; Air Vice-Marshal Thomas Macdonald, 85; Sir David Madel MP, 56; Mr Dom Mintoff, former prime minister of Malta, 78; Mr Robert Mitchum, actor, 77; Mr David O'Brien, racehorse trainer, 38; Sir Duncan Oppenheim, former president, British-American Tobacco, 90; Judge Valerie Pearlman, circuit judge, 58; Mr John Reid, jockey, 39; Lord Swaythling, chairman, Rothmans International, 66; Miss Barbara Windsor, actress, 57; Mr Charles Wood, television and film writer, 62.

TOMORROW: Mr David Allan, disc jockey, 55; The Right Rev David Bentley, Bishop of Gloucester, 59; Air Commodore Colin Cadell, 89; Mr Greg Chappell, cricketer, 46; Mr Neil Clarke, chairman, British Coal, 60; Professor Herbert Elvin, former Director, London University Institute of Education, 89; Mr Matthew Evans, chairman, Faber and Faber, 53; Sir Ian Fraser, former Chairman, Rolls-Royce Motors, 71; Mr Stan Freberg, television satirist, 68; The Right Rev Andrew Graham, Bishop of Newcastle, 65; Sir Paul Hawkins, former MP, 82; Mr Kenneth Kendall, broadcaster, 70; Miss Sue Lloyd, actress, 55; Mr Owen Luder, architect, 66; Dame Ella Macknight, gynaecologist, 90; Vice-Admiral Sir Hector Maclean, 86; Mr Matthew Parris, journalist, 45; Mr Nick Ross, journalist and broadcaster, 47; Mr Alexei Sayle, comedian, 42; Baroness Seear, deputy leader, Social and Liberal Democrats in the House of Lords, 81; Mr Philip Snow, author, 79; Mr Roger Stott MP, 51; Mr Walter Swinburn, jockey, 33; Mr John Young, chairman and chief executive, Young & Co Brewery, 73.

Start your day with The Independent, sign up for daily news emails
PROMOTED VIDEO
ebooks
ebooksA year of political gossip, levity and intrigue from the sharpest pen in Westminster
Latest stories from i100
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Independent Dating
and  

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

iJobs Job Widget
iJobs People

Recruitment Genius: HR Manager

£25000 - £30000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: They are in need of a HR Manage...

h2 Recruit Ltd: Business Development Manager - HR Consultancy - £65,000 OTE

£35000 - £40000 per annum + £65,000 OTE: h2 Recruit Ltd: London, Birmingham, M...

Day In a Page

Amir Khan: 'The Taliban can threaten me but I must speak out... innocent kids, killed over nothing. It’s sick in the mind'

Amir Khan attacks the Taliban

'They can threaten me but I must speak out... innocent kids, killed over nothing. It’s sick in the mind'
Homeless Veterans appeal: 'You look for someone who's an inspiration and try to be like them'

Homeless Veterans appeal

In 2010, Sgt Gary Jamieson stepped on an IED in Afghanistan and lost his legs and an arm. He reveals what, and who, helped him to make a remarkable recovery
Could cannabis oil reverse the effects of cancer?

Could cannabis oil reverse effects of cancer?

As a film following six patients receiving the controversial treatment is released, Kate Hilpern uncovers a very slippery issue
The Interview movie review: You can't see Seth Rogen and James Franco's Kim Jong Un assassination film, but you can read about it here

The Interview movie review

You can't see Seth Rogen and James Franco's Kim Jong Un assassination film, but you can read about it here
Serial mania has propelled podcasts into the cultural mainstream

How podcasts became mainstream

People have consumed gripping armchair investigation Serial with a relish typically reserved for box-set binges
Jesus Christ has become an unlikely pin-up for hipster marketing companies

Jesus Christ has become an unlikely pin-up

Kevin Lee Light, aka "Jesus", is the newest client of creative agency Mother while rival agency Anomaly has launched Sexy Jesus, depicting the Messiah in a series of Athena-style poses
Rosetta space mission voted most important scientific breakthrough of 2014

A memorable year for science – if not for mice

The most important scientific breakthroughs of 2014
Christmas cocktails to make you merry: From eggnog to Brown Betty and Rum Bumpo

Christmas cocktails to make you merry

Mulled wine is an essential seasonal treat. But now drinkers are rediscovering other traditional festive tipples. Angela Clutton raises a glass to Christmas cocktails
5 best activity trackers

Fitness technology: 5 best activity trackers

Up the ante in your regimen and change the habits of a lifetime with this wearable tech
Paul Scholes column: It's a little-known fact, but I have played one of the seven dwarves

Paul Scholes column

It's a little-known fact, but I have played one of the seven dwarves
Fifa's travelling circus once again steals limelight from real stars

Fifa's travelling circus once again steals limelight from real stars

Club World Cup kicked into the long grass by the continued farce surrounding Blatter, Garcia, Russia and Qatar
Frank Warren column: 2014 – boxing is back and winning new fans

Frank Warren: Boxing is back and winning new fans

2014 proves it's now one of sport's biggest hitters again
Jeb Bush vs Hillary Clinton: The power dynamics of the two first families

Jeb Bush vs Hillary Clinton

Karen Tumulty explores the power dynamics of the two first families
Stockholm is rivalling Silicon Valley with a hotbed of technology start-ups

Stockholm is rivalling Silicon Valley

The Swedish capital is home to two of the most popular video games in the world, as well as thousands of technology start-ups worth hundreds of millions of pounds – and it's all happened since 2009
Did Japanese workers really get their symbols mixed up and display Santa on a crucifix?

Crucified Santa: Urban myth refuses to die

The story goes that Japanese store workers created a life-size effigy of a smiling "Father Kurisumasu" attached to a facsimile of Our Lord's final instrument of torture