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APRIL 12.

FIRST BREATH...

Playwright Alan Ayckbourn, 64; TV presenter Jeremy Beadle, 55; Singer David Cassidy, 53; Actress Claire Danes, 24; Singer with Westlife, Bryan McFadden, 23 above; Echo

journalist Peter Bibby, 51. # To add your birthday, contact Ros Curtis, South Wales Echo, Thomson House, Havelock St, Cardiff CF10 1XR or e-mail ros.curtis@wme.co.uk giving no more than one month's notice.

LAST BREATH...

1945: 32nd American President Franklin Delano Roosevelt.

1975: American-born French singer and dancer Josephine Baker.

1989: Boxer Sugar Ray Robinson.

CHART TOPPER...

2000: Westlife - Fool Again. 1995: Take That - Back for Good.

1988: Pet Shop Boys - Heart. 1963: Gerry and the Pacemakers - How Do You Do It.

TODAY IN...

1606: The Union Jack was adopted as the official flag of England.

1911: Pierre Prier made the first non-stop flight from London to Paris in four hours.

1961: Soviet cosmonaut, Yuri Gagarin, became the first man to orbit the earth. He was in space for 108 minutes.

You can quote me on that...

``I was a buffoon and an idiot until the age of 40''-- Madonna.

2000: A handwritten letter from Princess Diana to the wife of a man she visited in hospital sold at an auction for pounds 2,000.

2000: Arsenal footballer Emmanuel Petit was fined pounds 5,000 for making obscene gestures at Aston Villa fans.

SAINT OF THE DAY

ZENO: Patron of anglers. St Zeno saved the city of Pistoria from destruction by flood.

FRONT PAGE NEWS

TONY Blair took time out from war with Iraq - to star in an episode of The Simpsons.

COALITION leaders issued a ``most wanted'' list of Saddam Hussein and his henchmen.
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Publication:South Wales Echo (Cardiff, Wales)
Date:Apr 12, 2003
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