Birthdays and Anniversaries

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Mr Naim Attallah, publisher, 66; Mr John Belcher, Chief Executive, Anchor Trust, 50; Mr Gary Bertini, conductor, 70; Sir Richard Brooke, chartered accountant, 82; Mr Steve Cauthen, jockey, 37; Mr Ian Curteis, playwright, 62; Lord Dahrendorf, Warden, St Antony's College, Oxford, 68; Mr Glenn Ford, actor, 81; Dr Michael Goldstein, Vice-Chancellor, Coventry University, 58; Sir Irvine Goulding, former High Court judge, 87; Mr Joseph Heller, novelist, 74; Mr W. Leonard Hyde, former president, Leeds Permanent Building Society, 83; Professor Philip King, sculptor, 63; Miss Joanna Lumley, actress, 51; Sir Bruce McPhail, managing director, P & O, 58; Mr Julian Mitchell, writer and playwright, 62; Mr Bo Nilsson, composer, 60; Air Cdr Dame Felicity Peake, first Director, WRAF, 84; Mr Sonny Ramadhin, former West Indies cricketer, 68; Sir Bob Reid, chairman, London Electricity, 63; Sir Lindsay Ring, former Lord Mayor of London, 83; Col Sir Greville Spratt, former Lord Mayor of London, 70; Miss Una Stubbs, actress, 60; Miss Wendy Toye, theatrical producer, 80; Professor Richard Welbourn, Emeritus Professor of Surgical Endocrinology, Royal Postgraduate Medical School, London University, 78; Admiral Sir John Woodward, former Commander-in-Chief, Naval Home Command, 65.


Births: Joseph Addison, diarist and essayist, 1672; Jules-Adolphe Aime- Louis Breton, painter, 1827. Deaths: John Dryden, poet, 1700; David Livingstone, missionary and explorer, 1873. On this day: the Union of Scotland and England was proclaimed, 1707; in New York, the Empire State Building was opened, 1931. Today is May Day (Labour Day) and the Feast Day of St Amator or Amatre, St Briocus or Brieuc, St Joseph the Worker, St Peregrine Laziosi, St Sigismund of Burgundy and St Theodard of Narbonne.