The Daily Telegraph

Today’s birthdays


Air Chief Marshal Sir Joseph Gilbert, Deputy C-in-c, Allied Forces Central Europe, 1986-89, is 90; Lord Alliance, former company chairman, 89; the Rt Rev John Perry, Bishop of Chelmsford, 1996-2003, 86; Lord Whitty, former Labour Government Minister, 78; the Earl of Lisburne 76; Mr Henry Mcleish, former MP and MSP, 73; Mr Simon Callow, actor, director and writer, 72; Sir John Redwood, MP, 70; Miss Helen Hunt, actress, 58; Mr Justin Leonard, golfer; Open Champion 1997, 49; Ms Naomi Riches, adaptive rower; Paralympic gold medallist, London 2012 and six-times World Champion, 38; and Mr Peter Kennaugh, former profession­al racing cyclist, Olympic gold medallist, men’s cycling team pursuit, London 2012, 32.

Today is the anniversar­y of the sealing of Magna Carta in 1215. It is also the anniversar­y of the first transatlan­tic non-stop flight by Alcock and Brown in 1919.

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