Birthdays

TODAY: Miss Mary Hayley Bell, playwright, 83; Miss Linda Blair, actress, 35; Admiral Sir Lindsay Bryson, former Controller of the Navy, 69; Mr John Collier, chairman, Nuclear Electric plc, 59; Sir John Cotton, former diplomat, 85; Sir Charles Davis, former Counsel to the Speaker, 85; Mr George Foreman, heavyweight boxing champion, 46; Commander the Hon John Fremantle, Lord-Lieutenant of Buckinghamshire, 67; Miss Ann Goddard QC, Recorder of the Crown Court, 58; Miss Margaret Hall, head of design, British Museum, 58; Lord Hughes, former Minister of State for Scotland, 83; Mr John Hurt, actor, 54; Mr John Last, head of Corporate Affairs, Littlewoods Organisation, 54; Miss Piper Laurie, actress, 62; Baroness Lockwood, former President, Birkbeck College, 70; Miss Elizabeth Lynne MP, 46; Mr Sam Perry, rock singer, 41; Miss Nyree Dawn Porter, actress, 58; Sir Alfred Ramsey, former soccer manager, 74; Mrs Claire Rayner, journalist and broadcaster, 63; Dr Denis Rebbeck, former chief of Harland and Wolff, 80; Mrs Gillian Shephard MP, Secretary of State for Employment, 54; Miss Ann Sothern, actress, 85; Mr Michael Spicer MP, 51; Sir Hilary Talbot, former High Court judge, 82; Sir Graham Wilkins, former chairman and chief executive, Thorn EMI, 70.

TOMORROW: Lord Denning, former Master of the Rolls, 95; Mrs Gillian duCharme, Headmistress, Benenden School, 56; Air Marshal Sir John Duxbury, 60; Sir John Grenside, chartered accountant, 73; Brigadier Donald Hardie, Lord- Lieutenant, Strathclyde Region, 58; Mr Bill Hayden, Governor-General of Australia, 61; Sir Harold Hood Bt, former Circulation Director, Catholic Herald, 78; Mr Thomas Hudson, former Chairman, ICL Ltd, 79; Sir James Lighthill, former Provost, University College, London, 70; Miss Jeanne Moreau, actress, 66; Mr Bob Paisley, former football manager, 75; Sir Alick Rankin, chairman, Scottish & Newcastle plc, 59; Mr Edward Rowlands MP, 54; Sir Kenneth Scott, Deputy Private Secretary to the Queen, 63; Lord Strathcarron, motorist and author, 70; Lord Sutherland, senator of the College of Justice in Scotland, 62; Mrs Joan Walley MP, 45; Mr Brian Weight, chief constable, Dorset, 58.

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

Isis in Iraq: Yazidi girls killing themselves to escape rape and imprisonment by militants

'Jilan killed herself in the bathroom. She cut her wrists and hanged herself'

Yazidi girls killing themselves to escape rape and imprisonment
Ed Balls interview: 'If I think about the deficit when I'm playing the piano, it all goes wrong'

Ed Balls interview

'If I think about the deficit when I'm playing the piano, it all goes wrong'
He's behind you, dude!

US stars in UK panto

From David Hasselhoff to Jerry Hall
Grace Dent's Christmas Quiz: What are you – a festive curmudgeon or top of the tree?

Grace Dent's Christmas Quiz

What are you – a festive curmudgeon or top of the tree?
Nasa planning to build cloud cities in airships above Venus

Nasa planning to build cloud cities in airships above Venus

Planet’s surface is inhospitable to humans but 30 miles above it is almost perfect
Surrounded by high-rise flats is a little house filled with Lebanon’s history - clocks, rifles, frogmen’s uniforms and colonial helmets

Clocks, rifles, swords, frogmen’s uniforms

Surrounded by high-rise flats is a little house filled with Lebanon’s history
Return to Gaza: Four months on, the wounds left by Israel's bombardment have not yet healed

Four months after the bombardment, Gaza’s wounds are yet to heal

Kim Sengupta is reunited with a man whose plight mirrors the suffering of the Palestinian people
Gastric surgery: Is it really the answer to the UK's obesity epidemic?

Is gastric surgery really the answer to the UK's obesity epidemic?

Critics argue that it’s crazy to operate on healthy people just to stop them eating
Homeless Veterans appeal: Christmas charity auction Part 2 - now LIVE

Homeless Veterans appeal: Christmas charity auction

Bid on original art, or trips of a lifetime to Africa or the 'Corrie' set, and help Homeless Veterans
Pantomime rings the changes to welcome autistic theatre-goers

Autism-friendly theatre

Pantomime leads the pack in quest to welcome all
The week Hollywood got scared and had to grow up a bit

The week Hollywood got scared and had to grow up a bit

Sony suffered a chorus of disapproval after it withdrew 'The Interview', but it's not too late for it to take a stand, says Joan Smith
From Widow Twankey to Mother Goose, how do the men who play panto dames get themselves ready for the performance of a lifetime?

Panto dames: before and after

From Widow Twankey to Mother Goose, how do the men who play panto dames get themselves ready for the performance of a lifetime?
Thirties murder mystery novel is surprise runaway Christmas hit

Thirties murder mystery novel is surprise runaway Christmas hit

Booksellers say readers are turning away from dark modern thrillers and back to the golden age of crime writing
Anne-Marie Huby: 'Charities deserve the best,' says founder of JustGiving

Anne-Marie Huby: 'Charities deserve the best'

Ten million of us have used the JustGiving website to donate to good causes. Its co-founder says that being dynamic is as important as being kind
The botanist who hunts for giant trees at Kew Gardens

The man who hunts giants

A Kew Gardens botanist has found 25 new large tree species - and he's sure there are more out there