Born in 1933

Jan 1 James Hormel an American philanthropist and a former United States Ambassador to Luxembourg; appointed by U.S. President Bill Clinton in 1999, Hormel was the first openly LGBT person to serve as a U.S. Ambassador and is a noted LGBT activist
Jan 1 Joseph Koo one of the most respected composers in Hong Kong. He used the pen name Moran for Mandarin songs. He has two siblings: an older sister, the famous Chinese singer Koo Mei , and a younger brother, Koo Kar-Tseung
Jan 1 Joe Orton an English playwright and author. His public career was short but prolific, lasting from 1964 until his death three years later. During this brief period he shocked, outraged, and amused audiences with his scandalous black comedies. The adjective Ortonesque is sometimes used to refer to work characterised by a similarly dark yet farcical cynicism
Jan 1 Ford Konno an American former competition swimmer, two-time Olympic champion, and former world record-holder in three events.
Jan 1 Armen Abaghian a Russian-Armenian specialist on nuclear power, Doctor of Technical Sciences, Professor , Corresponding Member of the Russian Academy of Sciences. In 1984 he became the general director of "Energy" scientific and industrial state holding and the director of All-Soviet Institute of Atomic Energy Stations. Then he became the deputy director of Rosenergoatom, a member of IAEA Consultative Committee
Jan 1 Jeremiah Coffey the seventh Roman Catholic Bishop of the Diocese of Sale, Australia, serving from 1989 until his retirement in 2008. On retirement he was styled Bishop Emeritus of Sale
Jan 1 Norman Yemm an Australian actor, and former sportsman. As an actor he is probably best known for his long-running role as Norm Baker in the television drama The Sullivans
Jan 2 Ed Casey best known as a former leader of the Australian Labor Party in Queensland between 1978 and 1982. He also served as Primary Industries Minister in the government of Wayne Goss between 1989 and 1995. Casey was the member for Mackay in the Legislative Assembly of Queensland between 1969 and 1995
Jan 2 Keith Thomas (historian) a British historian of the early modern world based at Oxford University. He is best known as the author of Religion and the Decline of Magic and Man and the Natural World
Jan 2 Seiichi Morimura a Japanese novelist and author. He is best known for the controversial The Devil's Gluttony , which revealed the atrocities committed by Unit 731 of the Imperial Japanese Army during the Sino-Japanese War
Jan 2 Richard Riley an American politician, the United States Secretary of Education under President Bill Clinton and the 111th Governor of South Carolina. He is a member of the Democratic Party
Jan 3 Klaus Praefcke a German chemist. He was born in Wustrow and studied in Berlin under the supervision of Alexander Schönberg. After completing his Ph.D. in 1963 and his habilitation in 1970, he became Professor of Organic Chemistry at the Technical University of Berlin in 1971. He stayed dedicated to the research until 1998 at the same institution
Jan 3 Geoffrey Bindman a British solicitor specialising in human rights law, and founder of the human rights law firm Bindmans LLP, described by The Times as "never far from the headlines." He has been Chair of the British Institute of Human Rights since 2005. He won The Law Society Gazette Centenary Award for Human Rights in 2003, and was knighted in 2006 for services to human rights. In 2011 he was appointed Queen's Counsel
Jan 3 Long Boret a Cambodian politician who served as Prime Minister of the Khmer Republic from December 26, 1973 to April 17, 1975. Highly regarded for his honesty, he tried unsuccessfully to negotiate a peace settlement with the Khmer Rouge during the Cambodian Civil War. He was later arrested by the Khmer Rouge and executed
Jan 3 Anne Stevenson an American-British poet and writer.
Jan 3 Anya Linden a retired English ballerina.
Jan 4 Phyllis Reynolds Naylor an American writer best known for children's and young-adult fiction. Naylor is best known for her children's-novel trilogy Shiloh and for her "Alice" book series, one of the most frequently challenged books of the last decade
Jan 4 Ilia II of Georgia the current Catholicos-Patriarch of All Georgia and the spiritual leader of the Georgian Orthodox Church. He is officially styled as Catholicos-Patriarch of All Georgia, the Archbishop of Mtskheta-Tbilisi and Metropolitan bishop of Abkhazia and Bichvinta, His Holiness and Beatitude Ilia II
Jan 5 Leonard Marsh (businessman) an American businessman who co-founded the Snapple Beverage Corporation in 1972. Marsh co-founded Snapple, which was originally known as Unadulterated Food Products, with his brother-in-law, Hyman Golden, and childhood friend, Arnold Greenberg
Jan 6 Ian McColl Baron McColl of Dulwich a British surgeon, professor, politician and Conservative member of the House of Lords. McColl was made a Life Peer for his work for disabled people in the Queen's Birthday Honours in 1989, which was gazetted on 29 July 1989 with the style and title of Baron McColl of Dulwich, of Bermondsey in the London Borough of Southwark. He was Parliamentary Private Secretary to Prime Minister John Major from 1994-97, for which he was appointed a Commander of the British Empire in 1997. From 1997 to 2000 he was a Shadow Minister for Health. He is also a trustee and surgeon to the international charity Mercy Ships
Jan 6 Justo Tejada a former Spanish footballer. He was capped by Spain 8 games scoring 4 goals
Jan 6 John Clive an English author and actor. He is best known for his international best selling historical and social fiction, such as KG200 and Borossa
Jan 6 Emil Steinberger (actor) a Swiss comedian, writer, director and actor.
Jan 6 Fred L. Turner Leo Turner - who liked to be known simply as Fred. was an American restaurant industry executive, chair and CEO of McDonald's. He is credited with helping to massively expand McDonald's, introducing new meals and setting service standards for the company and its employees
Jan 6 Oleg Grigoryevich Makarov a Soviet cosmonaut.
Jan 6 Leszek Drogosz a Polish boxer and actor.
Jan 7 Vladimir Syromyatnikov a Soviet and Russian space scientist best known for designing docking mechanisms for manned spacecraft; it was his Androgynous Peripheral Attach System which, in the 1970s, linked the Soviet and American space capsules in the Apollo-Soyuz test flight.
Jan 8 Mariam Fakhr Eddine an Egyptian actress. She was born in Faiyum to a Muslim father and a Christian mother. Actor Youssef Fakhr Eddine is her brother
Jan 8 Nolan Miller an American fashion and jewelry designer on QVC and a television costume designer best known for his work on the long-running 1980s series Dynasty, its spin-off series The Colbys and the 1991 miniseries Dynasty: The Reunion. He collaborated on many projects with television producers Aaron Spelling and Douglas Cramer, including Charlie's Angels, The Love Boat, Fantasy Island, Hotel, and Vega$
Jan 8 Charles Osgood a radio and television commentator in the United States. His daily program, The Osgood File, has been broadcast on the CBS Radio Network since 1971. Osgood hosts CBS News Sunday Morning. He is also known for being the voice of the narrator of Horton Hears a Who!, an animated film released in 2008, based on the book of the same name by Seuss
Jan 8 Willie Tasby a Major League Baseball player for six seasons, all in the American League. Tasby came up with the Baltimore Orioles and spent time with the Boston Red Sox, Washington Senators, and Cleveland Indians. Willie was primarily an outfielder, appearing in just two games in the infield in his 583-game career
Jan 8 Straub-Huillet Jean-Marie Straub and Danièle Huillet were a duo of filmmakers who made two dozen films between 1963 and 2006. Their films are noted for their rigorous, intellectually stimulating style
Jan 8 Leo Honkala a Finnish wrestler who competed in the 1952 Summer Olympics.
Jan 8 Juan Marsé a Spanish novelist, journalist and screenwriter. In 2008 he was awarded the Cervantes Prize, "the Spanish-language equivalent" to the Nobel Prize in Literature
Jan 8 Mikhail Koulakov a Russian abstract painter.
Jan 9 Wilbur Smith a South African novelist specialising in historical fiction about the international involvement in Southern Africa across three centuries, seen from the viewpoints of both black and white families.
Jan 9 Robert García a former United States Representative who represented New York's 21st district from 1978 to 1990.
Jan 10 Najah al-Attar the Vice President of Syria. She is the only woman to have held the post and has served since 2006
Jan 10 Anton Rodgers an English actor and occasional director. He performed on stage, in film, in television dramas and sitcoms and in animation
Jan 10 Akira Miyoshi a Japanese composer.
Jan 11 Leonard Skinner an American high school gym teacher, basketball coach, realtor, and bar owner from Jacksonville, Florida. He gained fame in the 1970s as the namesake of the influential Southern rock band Lynyrd Skynyrd
Jan 12 Pavlos Matesis a Greek novelist, playwright and translator. He was born in Divri, a village in the Peloponnese and had a peripatetic youth. He studied acting, music and languages, and taught drama at the Stavrakou School in Athens. He also worked as a writer at the National Theatre during 1971-73. He wrote scripts for two television series broadcast on the state channel
Jan 12 Kamal Ganzouri an Egyptian economist who served as Prime Minister of Egypt from 7 December 2011 to 2 August 2012. He previously served as Prime Minister from 1996 to 1999. He came to power in 1996 succeeding Atef Sedki, and was in turn succeeded by Atef Ebeid in 1999. He was branded Minister of the Poor and the Opposition Minister because of his way of dealing with limited income people and the opposition. Before becoming Prime Minister, Ganzouri served as Minister of Planning and International Cooperation. On 24 November 2011, Egypt's military rulers appointed him as Prime Minister. He was sworn in and took office on 7 December 2011
Jan 12 Liliana Cavani an Italian film director and screenwriter. She belongs to a generation of Italian filmmakers from Emilia-Romagna that came into prominence in the 1970s, including Bernardo Bertolucci, Pier Paolo Pasolini and Marco Bellochio. Cavani became internationally known after the success of her 1974 feature film Il portiere di notte. Her films have intellectual ambitions and historical concerns. In addition to feature films and documentaries, she has been an opera director
Jan 12 Boris Khimichev a Ukrainian-born Russian actor who was named a People's Artist of Russia in 1993.
Jan 12 Michael Aspel an English television presenter on programmes such as Crackerjack, Aspel & Company, This is Your Life, Strange but True? and Antiques Roadshow.
Jan 13 Tom Gola an American basketball player and politician. He is widely considered one of the greatest NCAA basketball players of all-time
Jan 14 Stan Brakhage an American non-narrative filmmaker. He is considered to be one of the most important figures in 20th-century experimental film
Jan 15 Frank Bough a retired English television presenter who is best known as the former host of BBC sports and current affairs shows including Grandstand, Nationwide and Breakfast Time, which he launched alongside Selina Scott and Nick Ross. Over a long broadcasting career, Bough became renowned for his smooth, relaxed and professional approach to live broadcasts. In 1987, Michael Parkinson said: "If my life depended on the smooth handling of a TV show, Bough would be my first choice to be in charge."
Jan 15 Ernest J. Gaines an African-American author. His works have been taught in college classrooms and translated into many languages, including French, Spanish, German, Russian and Chinese. Four of his works have been made into television movies