Born in 1940

Jan 1 Marlin McKeever an American football defensive end, fullback and punter at the University of Southern California and a tight end and linebacker during his 13-year National Football League career. He was born in Cheyenne, Wyoming
Jan 1 Samuel Hinga Norman a Sierra Leonean politician from the Mende tribe. He was the founder and leader of the Civil Defence Forces, commonly known as the Kamajors. The Kamajors supported the government of Ahmed Tejan Kabbah against the Revolutionary United Front, which was led by Foday Sankoh. On 7 March 2003 Hinga Norman was indicted by the Special Court for Sierra Leone for war crimes and crimes against humanity. He died on 22 February 2007 in Dakar, Senegal while undergoing medical treatment
Jan 1 Arnold Mindell an American author, therapist and teacher in the fields of transpersonal psychology, body psychotherapy, social change and spirituality.:15 He is known for extending Jungian dream analysis to body symptoms,:61 promoting ideas of ‘deep democracy,’:207 and interpreting concepts from physics and mathematics in psychological terms. Mindell is the founder of process oriented psychology, also called Process Work, a development of Jungian psychology influenced by Taoism, shamanism and physics
Jan 1 Norbert Kuchinke a German journalist and actor.
Jan 1 Mersad Berber a Bosnian painter.
Jan 2 Adam Karol Czartoryski a Polish-Spanish aristocrat, the founder and president of the Princes Czartoryski Foundation, in Cracow.
Jan 2 Zbigniew Romaszewski a Polish conservative politician, senator since 1989, and a human rights activist.
Jan 2 Vyacheslav Ivankov a notorious member of the Russian Mafia who was believed to have connections with Russian state intelligence organizations and their organized crime partners. He has operated in both the Soviet Union and the United States. His nickname, "Yaponchik" translates from Russian as "Little Japanese", due to his faintly Asian facial features
Jan 2 Manuel Gutiérrez Aragón a Spanish screenwriter and film director. His 1973 film Habla, mudita was entered into the 23rd Berlin International Film Festival. In 1977, he won the Silver Bear for Best Director for Camada negra at the 27th Berlin International Film Festival. His 1979 film El corazón del bosque was entered into the 29th Berlin International Film Festival. Two years later, his film Maravillas was entered into the 31st Berlin International Film Festival. His 1982 film Demons in the Garden was entered into the 13th Moscow International Film Festival where it won the FIPRESCI Prize. In 1991 he was a member of the jury at the 17th Moscow International Film Festival
Jan 2 S. R. Srinivasa Varadhan an Indian American mathematician who is known for his fundamental contributions to probability theory and in particular for creating a unified theory of large deviations.
Jan 2 Jim Bakker an American televangelist, a former Assemblies of God minister and a former host of The PTL Club, a popular evangelical Christian television program.
Jan 3 Leo de Berardinis an Italian stage actor and theatre director. He was an important exponent of the Italian avant-garde theatre
Jan 3 Thelma Schoonmaker an American film editor who has worked with director Martin Scorsese for over forty years. She has edited all of Scorsese's films since Raging Bull , first working with Scorsese in his debut feature film Who's That Knocking at My Door. Schoonmaker has received seven Academy Award nominations for Best Film Editing, and has won three times—for Raging Bull , The Aviator , and The Departed
Jan 3 Tsutomu Hanahara a Japanese wrestler and Olympic champion in Greco-Roman wrestling.
Jan 4 Alexander Chancellor a British journalist. He was educated at Eton College and Trinity Hall, Cambridge. He was the editor of the conservative Spectator magazine from 1975 to 1984, and until his retirement in January 2012 contributed a weekly column in The Guardian, published in the "Weekend" supplement each Saturday. In March 2012, Chancellor returned as a columnist for The Spectator, with a column entitled "Long Life"
Jan 4 Jiří Kratochvil a Czech writer.
Jan 4 Brian Josephson a Welsh theoretical physicist and professor emeritus of physics at the University of Cambridge. Best known for his pioneering work on superconductivity and quantum tunnelling, he was awarded the Nobel Prize in Physics in 1973 for his prediction of the eponymous Josephson effect, made in 1962 when he was a 22-year-old PhD student at Cambridge. He shared the prize with physicists Leo Esaki and Ivar Giaever, who jointly received half the award for their own work on quantum tunnelling
Jan 4 Gao Xingjian a Chinese émigré novelist, playwright, and critic who in 2000 was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature “for an oeuvre of universal validity, bitter insights and linguistic ingenuity.” He is also a noted translator , screenwriter, stage director, and a celebrated painter. In 1998, Gao was granted French citizenship
Jan 4 Jill Pitkeathley Baroness Pitkeathley a British Labour Party member of the House of Lords.
Jan 4 Helmut Jahn a German-American architect, well known for designs such as the US$800 million Sony Center on the Potsdamer Platz, Berlin, the Messeturm in Frankfurt and the One Liberty Place, formerly the tallest building in Philadelphia, and Suvarnabhumi Airport, an international airport in Bangkok, Thailand.
Jan 5 Athol Guy a member of the Australian pop music group The Seekers. Guy plays double bass and sings. He is easily recognisable by his horn-rimmed glasses, and, during live performances, often acts as the group's compère
Jan 5 Pim de la Parra a Surinamese-Dutch film maker.
Jan 5 Jumber Patiashvili a Georgian politician. He was the Communist leader of the Georgian SSR from 1985 to 1989
Jan 5 Michael O'Donoghue a writer and performer. He was known for his dark and destructive style of comedy and humor, was a major contributor to National Lampoon magazine, and was the first head writer of Saturday Night Live
Jan 6 Abid Sharifov an Azerbaijani politician who serves as the Deputy Prime Minister of Azerbaijan.
Jan 6 Chung Shin-cho a former amateur boxer from South Korea.
Jan 6 Oscar Lanford an American mathematician working on mathematical physics and dynamical systems theory.
Jan 6 Olga Georges-Picot a French actress.
Jan 6 Van McCoy an accomplished musician, record producer, arranger, songwriter and orchestra conductor. He is known best for his 1975 internationally successful song "The Hustle". He has approximately 700 song copyrights to his credit, and is also noted for producing songs for such recording artists as Gladys Knight and the Pips, The Stylistics, Aretha Franklin, Brenda & The Tabulations, David Ruffin, Peaches & Herb and Stacy Lattisaw
Jan 6 Penny Lernoux an American journalist and author.
Jan 7 Vladica Kovačević a Serbian striker who played at FIFA World Cup 1962 for SFR Yugoslavia. He had a successful playing career in both SFR Yugoslavia with FK Partizan, reaching the 1966 European Cup Final and in France with FC Nantes and Angers SCO. He later coached Olympique Lyonnais
Jan 7 Eduard Egorov a Russian water polo player who competed for the Soviet Union in the 1964 Summer Olympics.
Jan 7 Anton Norris a former Barbadian high jumper.
Jan 8 Jimmy O'Neill (DJ) an American DJ and broadcaster who hosted the ABC television show Shindig! from 1964-1966. O'Neill was owner of Pandora's Box, an influential Sunset Strip music venue in West Hollywood, California that was the center of the 1966 Sunset Strip curfew riots
Jan 9 Al Downing (musician) an entertainer, singer, songwriter, and pianist. He received the Billboard's New Artist of the Year and the Single of the Year Award in 1979. He was inducted into the Rockabilly Hall of Fame and was a frequent performer at the Grand Ole Opry. Downing was nominated as Best New Artist by the Academy of Country Music and appeared on Hee Haw, Nashville Now, and Dick Clark's American Bandstand television programs
Jan 9 Günter Deckert a far-right German political activist. He was the leader of the far right National Democratic Party of Germany. He has served five years in prison in Germany for various offences, including Holocaust denial and incitement to racial hatred. He translated the Leuchter report, an investigation from the United States which attempted to cast doubt on the feasibility of mass extermination via the gas chambers in the Holocaust
Jan 9 Pierre Guyotat a French writer.
Jan 9 Barbara Buczek a Polish composer. She was born in Kraków, Poland
Jan 9 Ruth Dreifuss a Swiss politician affiliated with the Social Democratic Party. She was a member of the Swiss Federal Council from 1993 to 2002, representing the Canton of Geneva
Jan 10 John Grinder an American linguist, author, management consultant, trainer and speaker. Grinder is credited with co-creating Neuro-linguistic programming, with Richard Bandler. He is co-director of Quantum Leap Inc., a management consulting firm founded by his partner Carmen Bostic Clair in 1987. Grinder and Bostic Clair also run workshops and seminars on NLP internationally
Jan 10 K. J. Yesudas an Indian singer.
Jan 10 Guy Chevrette served as Parti Québécois leader of the Opposition in the National Assembly of Quebec, Canada, from 1987 to 1989. He was the MNA for the riding of Joliette-Montcalm from 1976 to 1981 and Joliette from 1981 to 2002
Jan 10 Ntare VI of Ankole the Omugabe of Nkore or Ankole and the 27th of the Bahinda dynasty, although he does not rule over Ankole.
Jan 10 Harry Gant a retired American racecar driver best known for driving the #33 Skoal Bandit car on the NASCAR Winston Cup circuit during the 1980s and 1990s.
Jan 10 Godfrey Hewitt a British professor and evolutionary geneticist at the University of East Anglia who was very influential in the development of the fields of molecular ecology, phylogeography, speciation and hybridization.
Jan 11 Andres Tarand an Estonian politician who served as the Prime Minister of Estonia from 1994 to 1995. He was also a Member of the European Parliament for the Social Democratic Party, part of the Party of European Socialists, between 2004 and 2009
Jan 11 Yuri Vshivtsev a Russian professional football player. He was born in Kirov
Jan 11 Phil Walden co-founder of the Macon, Georgia-based Capricorn Records with his younger brother Alan Walden and a good friend and former Atlantic Records executive, Frank Fenter.
Jan 12 Larry Haws a Minnesota politician and a member of the Minnesota House of Representatives who represented District 15B, which includes portions of Benton, Sherburne and Stearns counties in the north central part of the state. A Democrat, he was also a director of parks and recreation for the city of Cloud, and a teacher and coach. On May 17, 2010, he announced that he would not seek a fourth term
Jan 12 Ronald Shannon Jackson an American jazz drummer and composer from Fort Worth, Texas. A pioneer of avant-garde jazz, free funk, and jazz fusion, he appeared on over 50 albums as a bandleader, sideman, arranger, and producer. Jackson and bassist Sirone are the only musicians to have performed and recorded with the three prime shapers of free jazz: pianist Cecil Taylor, and saxophonists Ornette Coleman and Albert Ayler