Birthdays: 18th January 1996

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Chief Emeka Anyaoku, Secretary-General of the Commonwealth, 63; Air Marshal Sir Alfred Ball, 75; Mr Robert Banks MP, 59; Mr Peter Beardsley, footballer, 35; Dr David Bellamy, botanist, 63; Mr John Boorman, film director, 63; Mr Raymond Briggs, author and illustrator, 62; Mr David Burke, Chief Constable, North Yorkshire, 57; Mr John Carr, former Chairman, Countryside Commission of Scotland, 69; Mr Kevin Costner, actor, 41; Mr Richard Dunwoody, jockey, 32; Mr Christian Fittipaldi, racing driver, 25; Sir Rocco Forte, chief executive, Forte, 51; Mr Paul Freeman, actor, 53; Sir William Goodhart QC, 63; Mr Berthold Goldschmidt, composer and conductor, 93; Mr David Grant, Lord-Lieutenant of County Durham, 74; Miss Dawn Guinness, former Headmistress of Felixstowe College, 50; Mr James Hann, chairman, Scottish Nuclear, 63; Sir William Harding, former diplomat, 69; Mr Robert Hicks MP, 58; Mr Terence Higgins MP, former Olympic athlete, 68; Mr John Hougham, chairman, ACAS, 59; Mr David Howell MP, 60; Mr John Hume MP, MEP, 59; Mr Edward James, former diplomat, 79; Dame Jennifer Jenkins, former Chairman, the National Trust, 75; Mr Paul Keating, prime minister of Australia, 52; Mr Martin Laing, chairman, John Laing, 54; Sir Godfray Le Quesne, Judge of Courts of Appeal, Jersey and Guernsey, 72; Sir Peter Preston, deputy chairman, Care Britain, 74; Sir Nigel Strutt, farmer and landowner, 80; Sir Walter Verco, former secretary, Order of the Garter, 89; Sir Ralph Verney, former Vice Lord-Lieutenant of Bucks, 81; Sir Clive Whitmore, former Permanent Under-Secretary of State, Home Office, 61; Sir Alan Whittome, former director, Exchange and Trade Relations Dept, IMF, New York, 70.