Mr Ken Bruce, broadcaster, 45; Sir Gordon Bryce, former Chief Justice of the Bahamas, 83; The Earl of Clarendon, former chairman and managing director, Seccombe, Marshall and Campion, 63; Dr Macdonald Critchley, neurologist, 96; Mr Andrew Davis, conductor, and musical director, Glyndebourne Festival Opera, 52; The Very Rev Dr Victor de Waal, former Dean of Canterbury, 67; Mr Abba Eban, former Israeli foreign minister, 81; Mr Glynn Edwards, actor, 65; Sir Norman Fowler MP, 58; M Valery Giscard d'Estaing, former president of France, 70; Mr Hughie Green, former quizmaster, 76; Mr Marcus Hope, ambassador to Zaire, 54; Mr David Jason, actor, 56; Mr David Jones, chief executive, Next, 53; Sir Chips Keswick, chairman, Hambros Bank, 56; Mr Barry McGuigan, featherweight boxing champion, 35; Dame Alix Meynell, former senior civil servant, 93; Miss Libby Purves, journalist and broadcaster, 46; Miss Elaine Stritch, actress and singer, 69.
Births: (Eleanor) Nell Gwynn, actress and mistress of Charles II, 1650; Charles-Maurice de Talleyrand-Perigord, statesman and diplomat, 1754; Oswald Achenbach, landscape painter, 1827; Henry Havelock Ellis, psychologist, 1859; James Augustine Joyce, author, 1882; Les (Leslie) Dawson, comedian, 1934. Deaths: Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina, composer, 1594; Bertrand Russell, third Earl Russell, philosopher, 1970; Alistair Maclean, novelist, 1987; Bernard Braden, broadcaster, 1993; Fred Perry, tennis-player, 1995; Donald Pleasance, actor, 1995. On this day: King Stephen was defeated and captured at the Battle of Lincoln, 1141; Buenos Aires was founded by Pedro de Mendoza, 1535; the first parliament assembled of Great Britain and Ireland, 1801; Greece declared war on Turkey, 1878; bread rationing was introduced in Britain, 1917; a mob in Dublin burned down the British Embassy, 1972. Today is the Feast Day of St Adalbald of Ostrevant, St Joan de Lestonnac, The Martyrs of Ebsdorf and The Purification.Reuse content