Birthdays

TODAY: The Earl of Bradford, restaurateur, 45; Sir Stephen Brown, President of the Family Division, Royal Courts of Justice, 68; Mr Christopher Bruce, dancer and choreographer, 47; Mr Chubby Checker, rock singer, 51; Lord Denham, former Lord-in-Waiting to the Queen, 65; Mr Roger Ellis, former Master of Marlborough College, 63; Sir Terence English, cardiothoracic surgeon, 60; Mr Neale Fraser, tennis player, 59; Mr James Herriot (James Wight), author, 76; Sir Michael Hordern, actor, 81; Lord Knights, former chief constable, West Midlands, 72; Mr Ray Lindwall, cricketer, 71; Lord Pitt of Hampstead, medical practitioner, 79; Mr Ruggero Raimondi, operatic bass, 51; Sir Shridath Ramphal QC, former secretary-general of the Commonwealth, 64; Mr Steve Michael Reich, composer, 56; Viscount Sidmouth, 78; Sir John Stow, former governor-general of Barbados, 81; Mr John Suthern, jockey, 41; Mr Gore Vidal, author, 67.

TOMORROW: Professor Richard Batchelor, immunologist, 61; Sir Peter Blaker, former government minister, 70; Sir Neville Bowman-Shaw, company chairman, 62; Miss Jackie Collins, author, 55; Sir Terence Conran, chairman, Conran Roche, 61; Air Chief Marshal Sir Kenneth Cross, 81; Mr Basil D'Oliveira, cricketer, 61; Mr Harry Greenway MP, 58; Dr F. Dudley Hart, rheumatologist, 83; Mr Charlton Heston, actor, 68; Sir John Hogg, former deputy chairman, Williams and Glyn's Bank, 80; Mr Frank Keating, sports journalist, 55; Mr Richard Martin, chief executive, Allied-Lyons, 60; Mr Tony Meo, snooker champion, 33; Sir Hector Monro, MP, Under-Secretary, Scottish Office, 70; Dr Gareth Owen, former Vice-Chancellor, University of Wales, 70; Mr Gavin Pritchard-Gordon, racehorse trainer, 47; Mr Giles Radice MP, 56; Miss Anneka Rice, television presenter, 34; Mr Michael Richards, banker, 77; Mr John Rutherford, rugby footballer, 37; The Right Rev Dr Richard Say, former bishop of Rochester, 78; Mr Marcus Setchell, Surgeon-Gynaecologist to the Queen, 49; Sir Gervase Sheldon, former High Court judge, 79; Sir James Spicer MP, 67; Miss Ann Widdecombe MP, Under-Secretary, Department of Social Security, 45.

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