Birthdays: 9th December 1995

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TODAY: Miss Joan Armatrading, singer, 45; Viscount Bearsted, banker, 84; Sir Nicholas Bonsor MP, 53; Mr Billy Bremner, former Scottish football captain, 53; Mr Beau Bridges, actor, 54; Sir Stanley Brown, former chairman, CEGB, 85; Sir John Burgh, President, Trinity College, Oxford, 70; Dame Judi Dench, actress, 61; Mr Kirk Douglas, actor, 79; Mr Douglas Fairbanks Jnr, actor, 86; Miss Dawn Freedman, circuit judge, 53; Mr Benny Green, musician, writer and broadcaster, 68; Mr Geoffrey Hankins, former chairman, Fitch Lovell, 69; Mr Robert Hawke, former prime minister of Australia, 66; Professor Gabriel Horn, Master, Sidney Sussex College, Cambridge, 68; Dr Lionel Kopelowitz, former President, Board of Deputies of British Jews, 69; Mr Ian McIntyre, writer and broadcaster, 64; Sir Michael Mann, a Lord Justice of Appeal, 65; Mr Donny Osmond, singer, 38; Miss Isobel Poole, Sheriff of the Lothian and Borders, 54; Lord Rees QC, former MP and Chief Secretary to the Treasury, 69; Mr David Rider, disc jockey, 55; Dame Elisabeth Schwarzkopf, operatic soprano, 80; Sir Peter Smithers, former MP, 82; Miss Rita Stephen, trade union leader, 70; Miss Joanna Trollope, author, 52.

TOMORROW: Sir Scott Baker, High Court judge, 58; Mr John Birt, Director-General of the BBC, 51; Viscount Boyne, Lord-Lieutenant of Shropshire, 64; Mr Kenneth Branagh, actor, 35; Mr Harry Cohen MP, 46; Sir John Collins, chief executive, Vestey Group, 54; Professor Barry Cunliffe, archaeologist, 56; Miss Rumer Godden, playwright, poet and author, 88; Mr Morton Gould, composer and conductor, 82; Mr Cecil Hallett, former general secretary, AEU, 96; Lord Harris of High Cross, founder President, Institute of Economic Affairs, 71; Mr Michael Jopling MP, 65; Miss Joan Kenworthy, Principal, St Mary's College, Durham, 62; Mr Jahangir Khan, squash champion, 32; Mr Nicolas Kynaston, concert organist, 54; Miss Dorothy Lamour, actress, 81; Mr James McAdam, chairman, Signet Group, 65; Mr Raphael Maklouf, sculptor, 58; Mr Michael Manley, former prime minister of Jamaica, 71; Sir Jeremy Morse, former chairman of Lloyds Bank, 67; Sir John Peel, former surgeon- gynaecologist to the Queen, 91; Mr Raymond Plummer, ex-President and Honorary Director of the Design and Industries Association, 79; Sir Angus Stirling, Director-general, the National Trust, and chairman, Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, 62; Mr Chad Stuart, rock singer, 52; Mr Colin Turner, former Rector, Glasgow Academy, 62; Mr Michael Wright, writer, 59.