Born in 1938

Jan 1 Clay Cole an American host and disk jockey, best known for his eponymous television dance program, The Clay Cole Show, which aired in New York City on WNTA-TV and WPIX-TV from 1959 to 1968.
Jan 1 Robert Jankel a British designer of limousines, armoured cars and other speciality vehicles. He also founded the automotive company Panther Westwinds
Jan 1 Fuad Masum the seventh and current President of Iraq, in office since 2014. He is a veteran Kurdish politician and was elected as President following the 2014 parliamentary election. Masum is the second non-Arab president of Iraq, succeeding Jalal Talabani, also Kurdish, and is a confidant of Talabani
Jan 1 Staņislavs Lugailo a Latvian and Ukrainian former volleyball player who competed for the Soviet Union in the 1964 Summer Olympics.
Jan 1 Frank Langella an American stage and film actor. He has won three Tony Awards, two for Best Leading Actor in a Play for his performance as Richard Nixon in the play Frost/Nixon and for the role of Leslie in Edward Albee's Seascape. Additionally, Langella has won two Obie Awards and was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role in the film production of Frost/Nixon
Jan 1 Gimax the racing pseudonym of Carlo Franchi , a racing driver from Milan, Italy. He never raced under his real name, and his son has also raced using the name "Gimax"
Jan 2 Goh Kun a South Korean politician. He served as Prime Minister of South Korea from 1997 to 1998 and from 2003 to 2004. In his more recent term, he assumed the role of interim President following President Roh Moo-Hyun's impeachment, from March 12, 2004 until May 14, 2004 when the South Korean Constitutional Court overturned the impeachment decision and restored Roh's powers as President. He is known as a solid, hardworking civil servant. One of Goh Kun's nicknames is "Mr. Stability," reflecting his ability to survive changes of government and other political upheavals
Jan 2 Hans Herbjørnsrud a Norwegian author of short stories. His works frequently play with the differences between Norwegian languages Bokmål and Nynorsk and the various Norwegian dialects. His stories' characters sometimes playfully mix and invent languages, sometimes become caught up in their linguistic games and start losing their identity
Jan 2 Moors murders now Greater Manchester, England. The victims were five children aged between 10 and 17—Pauline Reade, John Kilbride, Keith Bennett, Lesley Ann Downey and Edward Evans—at least four of whom were sexually assaulted. The murders are so named because two of the victims were discovered in graves dug on Saddleworth Moor; a third grave was discovered on the moor in 1987, more than 20 years after Brady and Hindley's trial in 1966. The body of a fourth victim, Keith Bennett, is also suspected to be buried there, but despite repeated searches it remains undiscovered
Jan 2 Anatoly Samoilenko a Ukrainian mathematician, an Academician of the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine , the Director of the Institute of Mathematics of the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine.
Jan 2 Bohumil Němeček a Czechoslovak welterweight boxer. He first trained in ice hockey, and changed to boxing only in 1955, winning the national titles in 1959 and 1960, an Olympic gold medal in 1960, and a European title in 1967. He also competed at the 1964 and 1968 Olympics, but in both cases was eliminated in the second round. After retiring he worked as a boxing coach and a bus driver. His health rapidly deteriorated after a stroke in 2000, eventually resulting in death ten years later
Jan 2 Nodar Akhalkatsi a professional football manager from Georgia.
Jan 2 David Bailey an English fashion and portrait photographer.
Jan 2 Robert Smithson an American artist famous for his use of photography in relation to sculpture and land art.
Jan 3 Alexander Lazarev (actor) a Soviet and Russian theater and film actor. In 1977 Alexander Lazarev was assigned People's Artist of Russia and received the USSR State Prize, for his work in Moscow Mayakovsky Theater. Throughout his career spanning fifty years he's had more than 50 roles. Alexander Lazarev appeared in more than 100 films, one of which, Natanson's One More Thing About Love , Tatiana Doronina co-starring, made him famous in 1968, followed by another success, Late Flowers. Lazarev, a man of impeccable manners and impressive stature , in real life was different too: according to the ORT obituary, "there was hardly anyone in the Russian actors' community for whom the words 'real gentleman' would have suited better". Svetlana Nemolyaeva, Lazarev's widow, is a well-known Soviet and Russian actress. Aleksander Lazarev Jr., their son, is enjoying successful career in film too
Jan 3 Igor Vulokh a Russian nonconformist artist of the 1960s, a leading exponent of abstraction in Russian art.
Jan 3 Ove Andersson a Swedish rally driver and the first head of Toyota's F1 program. His nickname was "Påven"
Jan 3 K. Ganeshalingam a Sri Lankan Tamil politician. He was Mayor of Colombo
Jan 4 Mohamed Rahmat a Malaysian politician, and former Information Minister of Malaysia. He was famously known as Tok Mat, Mat Setia and Mat Mr Propaganda
Jan 4 Jim Norton (Irish actor) an Irish character actor.
Jan 4 Oleg Dementiev a Russian chess master who won the Russian Chess Championship in 1971.
Jan 4 Boris Grishin a Russian water polo player who competed for the Soviet Union in the 1964 and the 1968 Summer Olympics. He is married to fencer Valentina Rastvorova. His son Yevgeny was also a successful water polo player
Jan 5 Jim Otto a former Professional Football center for the Oakland Raiders of the American Football League.
Jan 5 Ngũgĩ wa Thiong'o a Kenyan writer, formerly working in English and now working in Gikuyu. His work includes novels, plays, short stories, and essays, ranging from literary and social criticism to children's literature. He is the founder and editor of the Gikuyu-language journal Mũtĩiri
Jan 5 Juan Carlos I of Spain reigned as King of Spain from 1975 to 2014, when he abdicated in favour of his son, Felipe VI.
Jan 6 Adrienne Clarke Professor Emeritus of Botany at University of Melbourne, where she ran the Plant Cell Biology Research Centre from 1982-1999. She is a former chairman of the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation , and a former Lieutenant Governor of Victoria. Clarke has been Chancellor of La Trobe University since 2011
Jan 6 William E. Connolly a political theorist known for his work on democracy and pluralism. He is the Krieger-Eisenhower Professor of Political Science at Johns Hopkins University. His 1974 work The Terms of Political Discourse won the 1999 Benjamin Lippincott Award
Jan 6 Larisa Shepitko a Soviet film director.
Jan 6 Adriano Celentano an Italian singer, composer, comedian, actor, film director and TV host. He is the best-selling male Italian singer
Jan 6 Vasyl Stus a Ukrainian poet and publicist, one of the most active members of Ukrainian dissident movement. For his political convictions, his works were banned by the Soviet regime and he spent 23 years in detention. On November 26, 2005 he was posthumously given the title Hero of Ukraine by order of the state
Jan 6 Billy Raymond a Scottish-Australian entertainer.
Jan 6 Eugenija Pleškytė a Lithuanian actress.
Jan 6 John Patler an American former neo-Nazi who was convicted of assassinating American Nazi Party leader George Lincoln Rockwell on August 25, 1967.
Jan 6 Mario Rodríguez Cobos an Argentine writer and founder of the Humanist Movement.
Jan 7 Rory Storm an English musician and vocalist. Born Alan Caldwell in Liverpool, Storm was the singer and leader of Rory Storm and the Hurricanes, a Liverpudlian band who were contemporaries of the Beatles in the late 1950s, and early 1960s. Ringo Starr was the drummer for the Hurricanes before joining the Beatles in August 1962, replacing original drummer Pete Best
Jan 7 Aída Bortnik an Argentine screenwriter, nominated for an Academy Award for her work in the film La historia oficial. She has the notable distinction of having written the screenplay for both the first Argentine film nominated for an Academy Award and the first Argentine film to win an Academy Award
Jan 7 Fred Whitfield an American professional baseball player. A first baseman, he appeared in the Major Leagues from 1962 to 1970, primarily for the Cleveland Indians and also for with the Louis Cardinals, Cincinnati Reds and Montreal Expos
Jan 7 Amfilohije Radović a Serbian Orthodox and current Metropolitan bishop of Montenegro and the Littoral.
Jan 7 Rauno Aaltonen a Finnish former professional rally driver who competed in the World Rally Championship throughout the 1970s. Before WRC was established Aaltonen competed in the European Rally Championship. He won the championship in 1965, with Tony Ambrose as his co-driver. He also won the Finnish Rally Championship in 1961 and 1965. In 1966, he partnered Bob Holden in Australia to win the premier touring car race, the Gallaher 500, in a Mini Cooper S at Mount Panorama in New South Wales
Jan 7 Lena Granhagen a Swedish actress. She has appeared in 40 films and television shows since 1958. She starred in the 1969 film Made in Sweden, which won a Silver Bear award at the 19th Berlin International Film Festival
Jan 7 Lou Graham an American professional golfer who won six PGA Tour tournaments including the 1975 U.S. Open. Most of his wins were in the 1970s
Jan 7 Roland Topor a French illustrator, painter, writer, filmmaker and actor, known for the surreal nature of his work. He was of Polish-Jewish origin and spent the early years of his life in Savoy where his family hid him from the Nazi peril
Jan 8 Bob Eubanks an American television/radio personality and game show host, best known for hosting the game show The Newlywed Game on and off since 1966. Eubanks received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for his television work in 2000. The star is in front of Grauman's Egyptian Theatre, where Eubanks worked during the first years of his broadcasting career. In 2005, he received a lifetime achievement Emmy award from the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences
Jan 8 Camille Yarbrough an American musician, actress, poet, activist, television producer, and author. She is perhaps best known for "Take Yo' Praise", which Fatboy Slim sampled from in his track "Praise You" in 1998. "Take Yo' Praise" was originally recorded in 1975 for Camille Yarbrough's first album The Iron Pot Cooker, released on Vanguard Records. The album was based on the 1971 stage dramatization of Yarbrough's one-woman/spoken word show: Tales and Tunes of an African American Griot, which she toured nationally during the 1970s and 1980s. Her second album is a spoken word/soul/blues CD that was released in 2003 on her own record label Maat Music. Entitled Ancestor House, the album was recorded live at Joe's Pub in New York City
Jan 8 Aksel Vartanyan a Soviet and Russian journalist, sports historian and native of Tbilisi.
Jan 8 Federico Boido an Italian film actor who has appeared in many horror films, spaghetti westerns, and sword and sandal movies. He also acted in the Sadistik photo novels and related his experiences in the film The Diabolikal Super-Kriminal
Jan 8 Yevgeny Nesterenko a renowned Russian operatic bass.
Jan 9 Claudette Boyer a politician in Ontario, Canada. She was elected to the Legislative Assembly of Ontario in 1999 as a Liberal, but was later forced to leave the party as a result of legal difficulties. She retired from politics in 2003
Jan 9 Peter Edelman a lawyer, policy maker, and law professor at Georgetown University Law Center, specializing in the fields of poverty, welfare, juvenile justice, and constitutional law. He worked for Senator Robert Kennedy, and for the Clinton Administration, where he resigned to protest Clinton's signing the welfare reform legislation. Edelman grew up in Minneapolis, Minnesota. His father worked as a lawyer and his mother worked as a homemaker. Edelman is married to Marian Wright Edelman, president and founder of the Children's Defense Fund
Jan 9 Iosif Vitebskiy a former Soviet Ukrainian fencer, and current US fencing coach.