Boxing Day

Birthdays: Mr Earle Brown, composer, 66; Professor Colin Campbell, Vice-Chancellor, Nottingham University, 48; Mr Patric Dickinson, poet and playwright, 78; Mr Alastair Dunnett, former editor, the Scotsman, 84; Baroness Faithfull, former Director of Social Services, 82; Sir Christopher Hewetson, former president, the Law Society, 63; Mr Rohan Kanhai, former West Indian cricketer, 57; Professor Thea King, clarinet professor, Guildhall School of Music, 67; Miss Jane Lapotaire, actress, 48; Mr Denis Quilley, actor, 65; Mr Mark Robinson MP, 46; Mr Richard Skinner, disc jockey, 41.