The Daily Telegraph

Today’s birthdays

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Ms Shirley Conran, writer, is 90; Mr William Dacombe, banker, 88; Mr Ian Albery, impresario, 86; Major Sir Michael Parker,

national and military events organiser and author, 81; Mr Gregory Faulkner, former diplomat, 79; Gen Shaw Clifton,

General of The Salvation Army, 2006-11, 77; Sir Emyr Jones Parry, former diplomat, 75; Mr Andrew Colquhoun, Directorge­neral, RHS, 1999-2006, 73; Mr Charles Clarke, former Labour Government Minister, 72; Mr Christophe­r Graham,

Informatio­n Commission­er, 2009-16, 72; Mr Kevin Rudd,

former Prime Minister of Australia, 65; Sir Curtly Ambrose, former West Indies cricketer, 59; Mr Chris Gayle,

West Indies cricketer; Test captain 2007-10, 43; Ms Nyree Kindred, swimmer; Paralympic silver medallist, London 2012, 42; and Mr Tadej Pogacar, cyclist; winner of the Tour de France, 2020 and 2021, 24. Today is the anniversar­y of the birth of H.G. Wells in 1866 and of Gustav Holst in 1874. It is also the anniversar­y of the death of Edward II in 1327.

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