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TODAY: Sir Derek Andrews, former senior civil servant, 63; Mr Yasser Arafat, Chairman, Palestine National Authority, 67; Mr Alan Bates, actor, 62; Mr Jim Brown, actor, 61; Mr Bryan Cassidy, MEP, 62; Mr Tom Clausen, former chairman and chief executive, Bank America Corp, 73; Dr Gordon Cook, physician, 64; Miss Angela Eagle MP, 35; The Earl of Elgin and Kincardine, 37th Chief of the Name of Bruce, and Lord-Lieutenant of Fife, 72; Lord Foot, solicitor and conservationist, 87; Miss Prunella Gee, actress, 46; Mr Bernie Grant MP, 52; Mr Douglas Hoyle MP, 66; Mr Barry Humphries, entertainer, 62; Sir Gordon Jones, chairman, Yorkshire Water, 69; Mr Richard Kennedy, Headmaster, Highgate School, 47; Mr Andrew Leigh, General Manager, the Old Vic, 55; Miss Julia McKenzie, actress and singer, 55; General Sir John Mogg, former Deputy Supreme Allied Commander, Europe, 83; Professor Dr Claire Palley, former Principal, St Anne's College, Oxford, 65; Mr Gene Pitney, Country and Western singer and composer, 55; Sir Reginald Pullen, former Chapter Clerk, Westminster Abbey, 74; Mrs Ruth Rendell, crime novelist, 66; Miss Patricia Routledge, actress, 67; Mr Michael Shersby MP, 63; Lord Slynn of Hadley, a Lord of Appeal in Ordinary, 66; Commandant Mary Talbot, former director, WRNS, 74; Sir Anthony Wilson, former head of the Government Accountancy Service, 68.

TOMORROW: Mr Rob Andrew, rugby footballer, 33; Mr Michael Buerk, foreign correspondent and television newscaster, 50; Miss Helen Gurley Brown, author and magazine editor, 74; Miss Phyllis Calvert, actress, 81; Mr Jose-Maria Canizares, golfer, 49; Mr Dane Clark, actor, 83; Miss Jean E. Cooke, painter and lecturer on art, 69; Miss Sinead Cusack, actress, 48; Mr Roy Dean, former diplomat, 69; Mr Phillip DeFreitas, cricketer, 30; Mr Len Deighton, novelist, 67; Lt-Gen Sir Donald Dunstan, former Governor of South Australia, 73; Professor Edward Edwards, former Vice-Chancellor, Bradford University, 82; Mr Cyril English, president, Nationwide Housing Trust, 73; Mr Milos Forman, film director, 64; Sir Charles Frossard, a former judge of the Courts of Appeal of Jersey and Guernsey and Bailiff of Guernsey, 74; Sir Eric Gairy, former prime minister of Grenada, 74; Mr Graeme Garden, actor and scriptwriter, 53; Miss Tessa Hilton, Editor, Sunday Mirror, 45; Dr James Houston, Emeritus Physician, Guy's Hospital, 79; Sir Peter Laurence, former ambassador, 73; Miss Prue Leith, cookery editor and restaurateur, 56; Mr Peter Luff MP, 41; Professor William McKane, linguist, 75; Sir Arthur Norman, former chairman, De La Rue, 79; Mr Jack Palance, actor, 76; Mr Bobby Robson, head coach, Futebol Clube do Porto, Portugal, 63; Miss Greta Scacchi, actress, 36; Mr Ned Sherrin, television presenter and producer, 65; Mr Richard Thomas, High Commissioner to Jamaica, 57; Mr John Travolta, actor, 42; Sir Max Williams, solicitor and former president, the Law Society, 70; General Sir John Wilsey, Commander-in- Chief, Land Command, 57.


TODAY: Births: Sir Edward German (Edward German Jones), composer, 1862; Ronald Arbuthnott Knox, theologian and essayist, 1888. Deaths: Tamerlane the Great, Mongol leader, 1405; Moliere (Jean-Baptiste Poquelin), playwright, 1673; Geronimo (Goyathlay - "One Who Yawns"), Apache chief, 1909; Graham Vivian Sutherland, painter, 1980; Lee Strasberg, actor and founder of the Actors' Studio, 1982. On this day: Puccini's opera Madame Butterfly was first produced, Milan 1904; the inner tomb of Tutankhamun was opened at Luxor by the team led by Lord Carnarvon, 1923; a majority in the House of Commons decided that Britain should join the Common Market, 1972. Today is the Feast Day of St Evermod, St Finan of Lindisfarne, St Fintan of Cloneenagh, St Loman, The Seven Servite Founders and Saints Theodulus and Julian.

TOMORROW: Births: Mary I, Queen of England, 1516; George Peabody, industrialist and philanthropist, 1795; Andre Breton, Surrealist poet and art critic, 1896. Deaths: Fra Angelico (Giovanni da Fiesole), painter, 1455; Cornelius Heinrich Agrippa (von Nettesheim), scholar and astrologer, 1535; Martin Luther, Protestant reformer, 1546; Jacob Robert Oppenheimer, physicist, 1967. On this day: Pilgrim's Progress, by John Bunyan, was published, 1678; the first Congress of the Confederate States met in Richmond, Virginia, 1862; Germany's blockade of Britain by submarine began, 1915. Tomorrow is the Feast Day of St Angilbert, St Colman of Lindisfarne, St Flavian of Constantinople, St Helladius of Toledo, St Leo and Paregorius, St Simeon of Jerusalem and St Theotonius.