Tony and Cherie Blair welcomed their son, Leo, into the world. Prime Minister Tony was 47 at the time, his wife 45, while their three older children were: Euan, 16, Nicky, 14 and Kathryn, 12.
After the birth, Mr Blair said he would not be taking part in Prime Minister’s Question Time, nor chairing the weekly meeting of the cabinet.
Ainsley Harriott took over from Fern Britton as host of Ready, Steady, Cook.
Eddie Van Halen, guitarist in the rock band which bore his name, underwent cancer treatment.
Finally, President Bill Clinton announced from the White House the first preliminary draft of the human genome had been completed. The project, he said, would offer potential cures to diseases in the future.