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Jan 1 John Fuller (poet) an English poet and author, and Fellow Emeritus at Magdalen College, Oxford.
Jan 1 Matt Robinson (actor) an African American actor. Born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on New Year's Day in 1937, he was the first actor to portray the character of Gordon Robinson on the long-running PBS children's TV program Sesame Street. When Sesame Street began in 1969, not only did Robinson play Gordon, but he also provided the voice of the puppet Roosevelt Franklin and also was one of the show's producers. He left the show in 1971. In later years, when producers needed a last name for the Gordon character, then played by Hal Miller and then Roscoe Orman, they used Matt's last name
Jan 1 Ahmed Yassin a Palestinian imam and politician. He was a founder of Hamas, an Islamist Palestinian paramilitary organization and political party. Yassin also served as the spiritual leader of the organization. Hamas gained popularity in Palestinian society by establishing hospitals, education systems, libraries and other services, but it has also claimed responsibility for a number of suicide attacks targeting Israeli civilians, leading to its designation as a terrorist organization by the European Union, Israel, Japan, Canada, and the United States
Jan 1 Naum Z. Shor a Soviet and Ukrainian Jewish mathematician specializing in optimization.
Jan 1 Antonio Cassese an Italian jurist who specialized in public international law. He was the first President of the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia and the first President of the Special Tribunal for Lebanon which he presided over until his resignation on health grounds in 1 October 2011. He died on 21 October 2011
Jan 1 Neville Dickie an English boogie-woogie and stride piano player. He has performed all over Europe and North America
Jan 1 Adam Wiśniewski-Snerg a Polish science fiction author. He was born in Płock, Poland
Jan 1 Vlatko Marković a football player, football manager, and former president of Croatian Football Federation.
Jan 1 Petros Markaris a Greek writer of detective novels starring the grumpy Athenian police investigator Costas Haritos.
Jan 2 Vazha K'ach'arava a Georgian former volleyball player who competed for the Soviet Union in the 1964 Summer Olympics.
Jan 3 Glen A. Larson an American television producer and writer best known as the creator of the television series Battlestar Galactica, Quincy, M.E., The Hardy Boys/Nancy Drew Mysteries, J. and the Bear, The Fall Guy, Magnum, P.I. and Knight Rider.
Jan 3 Anatoly Eiramdzhan a Russian-Armenian film director, producer and writer.
Jan 3 Zygmunt Konieczny a Polish composer of theatre music and film music.
Jan 3 Seri Wangnaitham a Thai choreographer and performer of Thai traditional dance. Seri was considered a master khon dancer, which is regarded as Thailand's highest performing art form. He was also an actor, playwright, director, songwriter, poet and television producer. He was named a National Artist in 1988
Jan 4 Mick O'Connell a former Irish sportsperson. He played Gaelic football with his local clubs Young Islanders and Waterville and was a member of the Kerry senior inter-county team from 1956 until 1973. O'Connell is regarded as one of the greatest players of all-time
Jan 4 Grace Bumbry considered one of the leading mezzo-sopranos of her generation, as well as a major soprano for many years. She was a member of a pioneering generation of singers who followed Marian Anderson in the world of classical music and paved the way for future African-American opera and classical singers. Bumbry's voice was rich and sizable, possessing a wide range, and was capable of producing a very distinctive plangent tone. In her prime, she also possessed good agility and bel canto technique. She was particularly noted for her fiery temperament and dramatic intensity on stage. More recently, she has also become known as a recitalist and interpreter of lieder, and as a teacher. From the late 1980s on, she concentrated her career in Europe, rather than in the A long-time resident of Switzerland, she now makes her home in Salzburg, Austria
Jan 4 Dyan Cannon an American film and television actress, director, screenwriter, editor, and producer.
Jan 5 Dan Tichon a former Israeli politician and Speaker of the Knesset 1996–1999.
Jan 6 Lou Holtz a retired American football player, coach, and active sportscaster, author, and motivational speaker. He served as the head football coach at The College of William & Mary , North Carolina State University , the University of Arkansas , the University of Minnesota , the University of Notre Dame , and the University of South Carolina , compiling a career record of 249–132–7. Holtz's 1988 Notre Dame team went 12–0 with a victory in the Fiesta Bowl and was the consensus national champion. Holtz is the only college football coach to lead six different programs to bowl games and the only coach to guide four different programs to the final top 20 rankings. Holtz also coached the New York Jets of the NFL during the 1976 season
Jan 6 Harri Holkeri a Finnish statesman representing the National Coalition Party of Finland. He was the Prime Minister of Finland 1987–1991, speaker of the UN General Assembly 2000–2001 and headed the United Nations Interim Administration Mission in Kosovo from 2003- 2004
Jan 6 Paolo Conte an Italian singer, pianist, composer, and lawyer notable for his grainy, resonant voice, his colourful and dreamy compositions and his wistful, sometimes melancholic lyrics.
Jan 6 Ludvík Daněk a Czechoslovak discus thrower, who won the gold medal at the 1972 Olympic Games with a throw of 64.40 m.
Jan 6 Doris Troy an American R&B singer and songwriter, known to her many fans as "Mama Soul".
Jan 7 Ali Soilih a Comorian socialist revolutionary and political figure.
Jan 7 Carlos Westendorp a Spanish diplomat and current Secretary General of the Club de Madrid.
Jan 8 Vladimir Markovich Entov an applied mathematician and physicist.
Jan 8 Shirley Bassey a Welsh singer with a career spanning more than 60 years. Originally finding fame in the mid-1950s, Bassey has gone on to be dubbed "one of the most popular female vocalists in Britain during the last half of the 20th century" and has sold an estimated 135 million records worldwide making her one of the most successful British music acts in history. In the US, in particular, she is best known for recording the theme songs to the James Bond films Goldfinger , Diamonds Are Forever , and Moonraker
Jan 9 Michael Nicholson an English journalist and former ITN Senior Foreign Correspondent.
Jan 10 Daniel Walker Howe an American historian who specializes in the early national period of U.S. history and in the intellectual and religious dimensions. He is Rhodes Professor of American History Emeritus at Oxford University in England and Professor of History Emeritus at the University of California, Los Angeles. He won the annual Pulitzer Prize for History in 2008 for What Hath God Wrought, his most famous book. He was president of the Society for Historians of the Early American Republic in 2001 and is a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society
Jan 10 Thomas Penfield Jackson a judge for the United States District Court for the District of Columbia.
Jan 11 Felix Silla an Italian film and television actor and stuntman, best known for his role as "Cousin Itt" on television's The Addams Family, and many other classic character roles.
Jan 11 Lev Sandakchiev a Soviet and Russian scientist, specialist in molecular biology and virology, Doctor of biology, Professor, and Academician of Russian Academy of Science. He was the founder and the first head of State Research Center of Virology and Biotechnology VECTOR, director of it from 1982 to 2005
Jan 12 Mikheil Meskhi a Georgian footballer. Nicknamed the "Georgian Garrincha" for his dazzling wing play, Meskhi was a creative force on the left flank for the Soviet Union
Jan 12 Michel Block born of French parents in Antwerp, Belgium. He was a renowned pianist and winner of the 1962 Leventritt Competition. As a child, he moved with his parents to Mexico, where his grandfather had settled in 1870. Block studied piano in that country and later at the Juilliard School in New York City
Jan 12 Akram Aylisli an Azerbaijani writer, novelist and former member of parliament. His works have been translated from his native Azerbaijani into a number of languages in the former Soviet Union and around the world. He was decorated by the President of Azerbaijan with the prestigious "Istiglal" and "Shokhrat" orders. In 2013, after the publication of Aylisli's "Stone Dreams" novella, which depicted the pogroms carried out by Azerbaijanis against the Armenians in Sumgait and Baku and presented Armenians in sympathetic light, President Aliyev signed a presidential decree that stripped Aylisli of the title of "People's Writer" and the presidential pension. His books were burnt by Azerbaijani intelligentsia and compatriots in his hometown, his son and wife were fired from their jobs and a "bounty" of some $13,000 was promised for cutting the writer's ear off. In March 2014, a formal request was made by various public figures throughout the world to nominate Aylisli for the Nobel Peace Prize
Jan 12 Shirley Eaton an English actress. She was considered a sex symbol in the 1960s
Jan 12 Marie Dubois a Parisian-born French actress.
Jan 12 Vicente Sardinero a Spanish operatic lyric baritone. Born in Barcelona, he made his debut at the Gran Teatre del Liceu in his native city in the 1964-65 season, as Escamillo in Carmen. He first appearance at the Teatro alla Scala was in 1967, as Enrico in Lucia di Lammermoor. He also sang at London's Covent Garden and was often heard in zarzuela
Jan 13 Ariadna Shengelaya a Soviet actress. She appeared in 33 films between 1957 and 1997. She was married to the Georgian film director Eldar Shengelaya from 1957 to 1980
Jan 14 Billie Jo Spears an American country music singer. She reached the Top 10 of the country music chart five times between 1969 and 1977, her biggest being "Blanket on the Ground", a 1975 #1 hit. She also had a large following in the United Kingdom with two of her singles reaching the pop top five
Jan 14 Ken Higgs an English fast-medium bowler, who was most successful as the opening partner to Brian Statham with Lancashire in the 1960s. He later played with success for Leicestershire
Jan 14 Sonny Siebert a former Major League Baseball pitcher from 1964 to 1975. He finished with a record of 140-114 and a 3.21 ERA. He threw a no-hitter on June 10, 1966 against the Washington Senators. He was originally drafted simultaneously by the Cleveland Indians and the Louis Hawks of the NBA
Jan 14 Sobhan Babu an Indian film actor in Telugu cinema. He made his film debut with Daivabalam directed by Vasanthkumar Reddy, but Bhakta Shabari released earlier at the box office. In a career spanning two decades, He has done versatile roles in various genre. He has garnered five Andhra Pradesh state Nandi Awards and four Filmfare Best Actor Award. He received the Rashtrapati Award for his performance in the 1969 classical film Bangaru Panjaram
Jan 14 Leo Kadanoff an American physicist. He is a professor of physics at the University of Chicago and a former President of the American Physical Society. He has contributed to the fields of statistical physics, chaos theory, and theoretical condensed matter physics
Jan 14 Yevhen Hutsalo a Ukrainian writer and journalist.
Jan 14 J. Bernlef a Dutch writer, lyricist, novelist and translator. He won numerous awards for his work, including the Constantijn Huygens Prize in 1984 and the C. Hooft Award in 1994. His book Hersenschimmen features on NRC's list of Best Dutch novels. Upon his death, he was hailed as "one of the greats of Dutch literature."
Jan 14 Erland Kops a former badminton player from Denmark who won numerous major international singles and doubles titles from the late 1950s to the early 1970s. Kops was the first Westerner to win major singles titles in the Far East. He combined abundant speed, power, and stamina with impressive shot-making virtuosity. Despite some disappointing results in the late rounds of Thomas Cup competition, Kops was clearly the dominant tournament men's singles player of the early and mid-1960s
Jan 15 Margaret O'Brien an American film, television and stage actress. Beginning a prolific career as a child actress in feature films at the age of four, O'Brien became one of the most popular child stars in cinema history, and was honored with a Juvenile Academy Award as the outstanding child actress of 1944. In her later career, she appeared on television, on stage, and in supporting film roles
Jan 15 Boris Vasilyev (cyclist) a Russian cyclist. He competed at the 1960 Summer Olympics in the sprint and tandem sprint events and won a bronze medal in the tandem sprint. In 1977, aged 40, he was part of the Soviet team at the Peace Race and finished in second place in the second stage. After retirement he worked as a cycling coach. In particular, he prepared the Soviet track team for the 1980 and 1988 Summer Olympics
Jan 15 Gohar Ayub Khan a Pakistani veteran politician, business oligarch, retired army officer, and conservative figure of the Pakistan Muslim League, who held ministerial positions during the administration of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif.