Born in 1939

Jan 1 Steve Kahan an American character actor who has appeared many films, his best-known film role is in the Lethal Weapon film franchise as Capt. Ed Murphy. Kahan's cousin is director Richard Donner, who has cast Kahan in many of his films. Kahan's first feature film role was in the 1978 classic film Superman as Armis, one of the two detectives following Otis, hoping to find out where Lex Luthor is hiding. Kahan is known for playing cops in many of his films
Jan 1 Valery Sablin a Soviet Navy officer and a member of the Communist Party. In November 1975, he led a mutiny on the Soviet warship Storozhevoy in the hope of starting a Leninist political revolution in the Soviet Union. His mutiny failed and he was executed for treason nine months later
Jan 1 Michèle Mercier a French actress. In the course of her career she has worked with leading directors like François Truffaut, Jean-Pierre Melville, Jacques Deray, Dino Risi, Mario Monicelli, Mario Bava, Peter Collinson and Ken Annakin. Her leading men have included Marcello Mastroianni, Vittorio Gassman, Jean-Paul Belmondo, Jean Gabin, Charles Aznavour, Robert Hossein, Charles Bronson, Tony Curtis and Charlton Heston. Although she appeared in more than fifty films, it is for her role as "Angélique" that she is best known in the world
Jan 1 Ali Habib Mahmud a Syrian military officer who served as Syria's minister of defense from June 2009 to August 2011. He was part of Assad's inner circle. In September 2013, the Syrian opposition claimed that he defected and is now staying in Turkey
Jan 1 Masako Ikeda a Japanese voice actress most known for the roles of Reika "Ochoufujin" Ryuuzaki in Ace wo Nerae, Nodoka Saotome in Ranma 1/2, Maetel in Galaxy Express 999 and Michiko in Harmagedon. She is known for a Japanese dub of Audrey Hepburn
Jan 2 Abdul Aziz Abdul Ghani a Yemeni politician who served as Prime Minister of Yemen from 1994 to 1997, under President Ali Abdullah Saleh. Ghani was a member of the General People's Congress party
Jan 3 Michel Siffre a French underground explorer, adventurer and scientist. He was born January 3, 1939 in Nice, where he spent his childhood. At just 10 years of age he explored the Imperial Cave Park, and discovered a passion for caving
Jan 3 Arik Einstein an Israeli singer, songwriter, actor, and screenwriter. He was a pioneer of Israeli rock music and was named "the voice of Israel". Through both high public and critical acclamation, Einstein is regarded as the greatest, most popular, and the most influential Israeli artist of all time
Jan 3 Ruben Reyes a Filipino jurist who served as an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the Philippines from 2007 to 2009.
Jan 3 Bobby Hull a Canadian former ice hockey player. Regarded as one of the greatest players of all time, he was well known for his blonde hair, very fast skating speed, and very hard slapshot, which earned him the nickname "the Golden Jet"
Jan 4 Igor Chislenko a Soviet footballer.
Jan 4 Veniamin Soldatenko a former Soviet athlete who competed mainly in the 50 km walk. He trained at the Armed Forces sports society in Alma-Ata. He acquired Kazakhstani citizenship after the dissolution of the Soviet Union
Jan 4 Joseph Bonnel a French former football midfielder. He was part of France in the FIFA World Cup 1966. He scored 3 goals during the 1966 season
Jan 5 Cláudio Coutinho a Brazilian football manager that coached Brazil from 1977 to 1980 and Los Angeles Aztecs in 1981. He died as a result of a scuba diving accident at Rio de Janeiro
Jan 6 Georgios Babiniotis a Greek linguist and philologist and former Minister of Education and Religious Affairs of Greece. He previously served as rector of Athens University. As a linguist, he is best known as the author of a Dictionary of Modern Greek , which was published in 1998
Jan 6 Murray Rose an Australian swimmer, actor, sports commentator and marketing executive. He was a six-time Olympic medalist , and at one time held the world records in the 400m, 800m, and 1500-metre freestyle. He made his Olympic debut at the 1956 Summer Olympics in Melbourne as a 17-year-old and won three Olympic medals, all gold. Four years later, as a 21-year-old, he won three Olympic medals at the 1960 Summer Olympics in Rome
Jan 6 Irina Getmanskaya Ivanovna Getmanskaya - Soviet, Russians painter and art teacher, living and working in Saint Petersburg, a member of the Saint Petersburg Union of Artists , regarded as one of representatives of the Leningrad school of painting.
Jan 6 Jaroslav Walter an ice hockey player who played for the Czechoslovak national team. He won a bronze medal at the 1964 Winter Olympics. Between 1991 and 1992 he was assistant coach for the Czech national team
Jan 6 Samuel Bowles (economist) an American economist and Professor Emeritus at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, where he continues to teach courses on microeconomics and the theory of institutions. His work belongs to the Neo-Marxian tradition of economic thought; however, his perspective on economics is eclectic and draws on various schools of thought, including what he refer to as post-Walrasian economics
Jan 6 Giuseppe Amici a Sammarinese politician.
Jan 6 Valeriy Lobanovskyi a Soviet-Ukrainian football manager. He was the Master of Sports of USSR, the Distinguished Coach of USSR, and the laureate of the UEFA Ruby Order
Jan 7 Tom Kiernan a former Ireland international rugby union player. He won 54 caps for Ireland as a full-back between 1960 and 1973 and captained his country 24 times. At the time of his retirement he was Ireland's most-capped player, most experienced captain and record scorer in international with 158 points. He captained the 1968 British Lions tour to South Africa, playing in all four internationals against South Africa. His nephew, Mike Kiernan, also played for Ireland and the Lions. Tom was also the Munster team coach for their famous victory over the All Blacks in 1978
Jan 7 Ivan Radulov a Bulgarian chess grandmaster.
Jan 7 Prince Michael of Greece and Denmark the author of several historical novels and biographies, as well as a contributing writer to Architectural Digest. He is also a paternal first cousin of Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh
Jan 8 Nanda (actress) an Indian film actress who appeared in Hindi and Marathi films.She was best known for her performances in films like Ittefaq, Joru Ka Ghulam,Neend Hamare Khwab Tumhare, Kanoon, Pati Patni, Gumnaam, Akashdeep,Bedaag and Raja Saab.
Jan 8 Kazimierz Frankiewicz a retired Polish association football player who played in the NASL between 1967 and 1974 for the Louis Stars and Boston Minutemen.
Jan 8 Hannu Rantakari a retired Finnish gymnast. He competed at the 1964 and 1968 Summer Olympics in all artistic gymnastics events and won a bronze medal in the vault in 1964
Jan 8 Alan Wilson (academic) a British mathematician and social scientist, former Vice-Chancellor of the University of Leeds. He is a professor at University College London
Jan 8 Ruth Maleczech an American avant-garde stage actress. She won three Obie Awards for Best Actress in her career, for Hajj , Through The Leaves, and Lear and an Obie Award for Design, shared with Julie Archer, for "Vanishing Pictures , which she also directed.. Her performance as Lear was widely acclaimed: her King Lear was portrayed as an imperious Southern matriarch
Jan 8 Carolina Herrera (fashion designer) a Venezuelan-American fashion designer known for "exceptional personal style", and dressing First Ladies from Jacqueline Onassis to Michelle Obama. The New York Times cited her designs as "elegant and worldly without ever being fussy"
Jan 9 Gary Shearston an Australian singer and songwriter who was a leading figure of the folk music revival of the 1960s. He was notable as a performer of Australian traditional folk songs in an authentic style. He scored a Top 10 hit in the United Kingdom in 1974 with his cover version of the Cole Porter song "I Get a Kick out of You"
Jan 9 Susannah York an English film, stage and television actress. She was awarded a BAFTA as Best Supporting Actress for They Shoot Horses, Don't They? and was nominated for an Oscar and Golden Globe for the same film. She won best actress for Images at the 1972 Cannes Film Festival. In 1991 she was appointed an Officier de l'Ordre des Arts et des Lettres. Her appearances in various hit films of the 1960s formed the basis of her international reputation, and an obituary in The Telegraph characterised her as "the blue-eyed English rose with the china-white skin and cupid lips who epitomised the sensuality of the swinging Sixties"
Jan 9 Lev Burchalkin a Soviet football player and Russian coach.
Jan 9 Jimmy Boyd an American singer, musician, and actor. He was known for his recording of the song "I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus"
Jan 9 Rik Kemp an Australian former cartoonist.
Jan 10 William Levy (author) an American writer, editor and former radio personality, and the author of such works as The Virgin Sperm Dancer, Wet Dreams, Certain Radio Speeches of Ezra Pound and Natural Jewboy.
Jan 10 Davie Wilson a Scottish former international footballer who played as a left winger.
Jan 10 Jorge Toro a retired football midfielder from Chile, who represented his native country at the 1962 FIFA World Cup in Chile. He scored the second goal in Chile's 2-0 win over Italy at that tournament, in a match that is remembered as the Battle of Santiago
Jan 10 Sal Mineo an American film and theatre actor, best known for his performance as John "Plato" Crawford opposite James Dean in the film Rebel Without a Cause. He was twice nominated for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor, for his roles in Rebel Without a Cause and Exodus
Jan 10 Jared Carter an American poet and editor.
Jan 10 Sonosuke Fujimaki a Japanese fencer. He competed in four events at the 1960 Summer Olympics
Jan 10 Scott McKenzie an American singer and songwriter. He was best known for his 1967 hit single and generational anthem, "San Francisco "
Jan 10 Bill Toomey a former American track and field competitor and the 1968 Olympic decathlon champion.
Jan 10 David Horowitz an American conservative writer. He is a founder and current president of the think tank the David Horowitz Freedom Center, editor of FrontPage Magazine, and director of Discover the Networks, a website that tracks individuals and groups on the political left. Horowitz founded the organization Students for Academic Freedom, whose self-stated goal is combating what it calls the "leftist indoctrination" in academia
Jan 11 Richard Posner an American jurist, legal theorist and economist. He is currently a judge on the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit in Chicago and a Senior Lecturer at the University of Chicago Law School. He is a leading figure in the field of law and economics, and was identified by The Journal of Legal Studies as the most cited legal scholar of the 20th century
Jan 11 Phil Williams (politician) a Welsh politician for Plaid Cymru and scientist.
Jan 11 Anne Heggtveit a former alpine ski racer from Canada. She was an Olympic gold medalist and double world champion in 1960
Jan 12 Juozas Jagelavičius a Lithuanian rower. He competed for the Soviet Union at the 1964 and 1968 Summer Olympics in the coxed eights and finished in fifth and third place, respectively. Between 1963 and 1969 he won two gold and five silver medals at European and world championships. In 1965 Jagelavičius graduated from the Lithuanian University of Educational Sciences and starting from 1972 worked as a rowing coach. His wife Genovaitė Strigaitė was also an international rower
Jan 12 Arkadiusz Bazak a Polish actor. He has appeared in more than 40 films and television shows since 1964
Jan 12 Jim Palosaari an evangelist and performer, one of the leaders in the Jesus Movement of the late 1960s and 1970s.