Birthdays: New Year's Eve

Birthdays: Mr Douglas Anthony CH, former Deputy Prime Minister in Australia, 63; Mr Edward Glanvill Benn, life president, Benn Brothers, 87; Mr Phil Blakeway, rugby player, 42; Sir George Blunden, chairman, London Pensions Fund Authority, 70; Mr Michael Bonallack, secretary, Royal and Ancient Golf Club of St Andrews, 58; Sir George Christie, chairman, Glyndebourne Productions Ltd, 58; Mr Stephen Cleobury, organist, Cambridge University, 44; Mr John Denver, folk singer, 49; Air Marshal Sir Patrick Dunn, 80; Sir Anthony Hopkins, actor, 55; Sir James Howie, bacteriologist, 85; Mr Ben Kingsley, actor, 49; Mr Brian McGratten, rugby player, 33; Mr Eric Mackay, former editor of the Scotsman, 70; Mr Peter May, Lloyd's underwriter and former cricketer, 63; Miss Sarah Miles, actress, 49; Dr Valerie Pearl, president, New Hall, Cambridge, 66; M Jean-Pierre Rives, rugby captain, 40; Sir Joshua Rowley Bt, Lord-Lieutenant of Suffolk, 72; Sir John Sainty, former Clerk of the Parliaments, 58; Mr Alexander Salmond MP, 38; Mr Jule Styne, film and stage composer, 87; Miss Donna Summer, singer, 44; Sir David Walker, chairman, Securities and Investments Board, 53.