BIRTHDAYS: 13th & 14th January

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TODAY: Mr Craigie Aitchison, painter, 70; Air Marshal Sir John Baker- Carr, 90; Sir Brian Barratt-Boyes, heart surgeon, 72; Mr Clive Betts MP, 46; Sir Johannes Bjelke-Petersen, former prime minister of Queensland, 85; Mr Richard Blackford, composer, 42; Mr Michael Bond, creator of ''Paddington Bear'', 70; Dr Sydney Brenner, biologist, 69; Sir John Caines, former senior civil servant, 63; Mr Edward Crew, Chief Constable, Northamptonshire, 50; Mr Tim Flavin, actor, dancer and singer, 37; Mr Stephen Hendry, snooker player, 27; The Right Rev Michael Henley, Bishop of St Andrews, Dunkeld and Dunblane, 57; Lord Johnston, a Senator of the College of Justice in Scotland, 54; Sir Liam McCollum, High Court judge, Northern Ireland, 63; Mr Ronan Rafferty, golfer, 32; Sir Colin Shepherd MP, 58; Mr Bernard Shrimsley, Associate Editor, Daily Express, 65; Mr Robert Stack, film actor, 77; Mr Kenneth Turpin, former Vice-Chancellor, Oxford University, 81; The Right Rev Michael Vickers, Assistant Bishop, Blackburn, 67.

TOMORROW: Captain Sir Alastair Aird, Comptroller to Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother, 65; Professor Sir Melville Arnott, cardiologist, 87; Mr Peter Barkworth, actor, 67; Miss Carol Bellamy, executive director of Unicef, 54; Mr Richard Briers, actor, 62; Baroness Brooke of Ystradfellte, former vice-chairman, Conservative Party, 88; Lord Catto, president, Morgan Grenfell, 73; Miss Faye Dunaway, actress, 55; Miss Maina Gielgud, ballerina, 51; Miss Andree Grenfell, former managing director, Glemby International, 56; Mr Brian Hardie, cricketer, 46; Sir Martin Holdgate, former director- general, International Union for Conservation of Nature, 65; Sir Arthur Hoole, solicitor and former chairman of the College of Law, 72; Mr Jack Jones, singer, 58; Professor Sir Hans Kornberg, Master of Christ's College, Cambridge, 68; Mr John Lever, Headmaster, Canford School, 44; Mr Warren Mitchell, actor, 70; Mr Trevor Nunn, theatre director, 56; Sir Neil Pritchard, former ambassador to Thailand, 85; Mr Christopher Reeves, banker, 60; Sir Vernon Seccombe, chairman, Plymouth Hospitals NHS Trust, 68; Mlle Caterina Valente, guitarist and singer, 65; Mr Bill Werberniuk, snooker player, 40; Sir John Woodcock, former HM Chief Inspector of Constabulary, 64; Mr Roger Young, chief executive, Scottish Hydro- Electric, 52.