Born in 1941

Jan 1 Asrani an Indian actor and director whose Bollywood career has spanned five decades. He has played in both Gujarati and Hindi films, and his roles include lead hero performances, character roles, comedic roles, as well as supporting parts
Jan 1 Younoussi Touré a Malian politician. He was Prime Minister of Mali from 9 June 1992 to 12 April 1993 and was the first Prime Minister appointed under President Alpha Oumar Konaré. Touré is currently the President of the Union for the Republic and Democracy , a political party, and the First Vice-President of the National Assembly
Jan 1 Martin Evans a Welsh scientist who, with Matthew Kaufman, was the first to culture mice embryonic stem cells and cultivate them in a laboratory in 1981. He is also known, along with Mario Capecchi and Oliver Smithies, for his work in the development of the knockout mouse and the related technology of gene targeting, a method of using embryonic stem cells to create specific gene modifications in mice. In 2007, the three shared the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine in recognition of their discovery and contribution to the efforts to develop new treatments for illnesses in humans
Jan 1 Joseph Bessala a welterweight boxer from Cameroon.
Jan 1 Dragan Popović a retired professional soccer midfielder and current coach in the United States. He played professionally in Yugoslavia, Canada and the North American Soccer League. He later coached in both the North American Soccer League and Major Indoor Soccer League
Jan 2 Gianfranco Terenzi currently captain regent of San Marino and has held the position three times previously. He is a member of the San Marinese Christian Democratic Party
Jan 2 Petro Korol a former Ukrainian weightlifter and Olympic champion who competed for the Soviet Union.
Jan 3 Franklin McCain an American civil rights activist and member of the Greensboro Four. McCain, along with fellow North Carolina A&T State University students Ezell Blair, Jr., Joseph McNeil and David Richmond, staged a sit-in protest at the Woolworth lunch counter in Greensboro, North Carolina, on February 1, 1960. Their actions were credited with launching the Greensboro sit-ins which successfully brought about the reversal of Woolworth's policy of racial segregation in their southern stores, and increased national sentiment to the fight of African-Americans in the south
Jan 3 Vladimir Begma a Russian contemporary artist who works primarily in painting and illustrating. Honored artist of Russian Federation
Jan 4 Kalpnath Rai a Rajya Sabha member from 1974–80, 1980–86, 1986–92 and represented Ghosi four times to the Lok Sabha. He was also Minister in various Congress ministries at the centre and was a senior Congress Leader
Jan 4 Maureen Reagan the first child of Ronald Reagan and his first wife, Jane Wyman. Her siblings were Michael Reagan ; a sister, Christine, who died shortly after birth, and—from her father's second marriage to Nancy Davis—Patti Davis and Ron Reagan
Jan 4 John Bennett Perry an American actor, singer, and former model. He is the father of actor Matthew Perry
Jan 4 K. Thurairetnasingam a Sri Lankan Tamil politician and former Member of Parliament.
Jan 4 George P. Cosmatos a Greek/Italian film director.
Jan 5 Mansoor Ali Khan Pataudi or Mansur Ali Khan sometimes A. Pataudi , nicknamed Tiger Pataudi, was an Indian cricketer and former captain of the Indian cricket team. He was the titular Nawab of Pataudi from 1952 until 1971, when by the 26th Amendment to the Constitution of India the privy purses of the princes were abolished and official recognition of their titles came to an end. He has been described as "India’s greatest cricket captain"
Jan 5 Hayao Miyazaki a Japanese film director, animator, manga artist, illustrator, producer, and screenwriter. Through a career that has spanned six decades, Miyazaki has attained international acclaim as a masterful storyteller and as a maker of anime feature films and, along with Isao Takahata, co-founded Studio Ghibli, a film and animation studio. The success of Miyazaki's films has invited comparisons with American animator Walt Disney, British animator Nick Park, and American director Steven Spielberg. He is considered one of the most popular and influential animators in cinema
Jan 5 Chuck McKinley an American former World 1 men's amateur tennis champion of the 1960s. He is remembered as an undersized, hard working dynamo, whose relentless effort and competitive spirit led American tennis to the top of the sport during a period heavily dominated by Australians
Jan 5 Bruno Schettino the Roman Catholic archbishop of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Capua, Italy.
Jan 7 Manfred Schellscheidt a German-American soccer coach and former player. Born in Solingen in the Prussian Rhine Province, he emigrated to the United States in the 1970s. He spent three seasons in the North American Soccer League and one in the American Soccer League. He won two National Challenge Cup and one American Soccer League title as a player as well as two professional championships as a coach. Schellscheidt is a member of the National Soccer Hall of Fame
Jan 7 Hamid Majid Mousa the Secretary General of the Iraqi Communist Party. He was a member of the Interim Iraq Governing Council created following the United States's 2003 invasion of Iraq, and previously currently held a seat in the National Assembly under Iyad Allawi's Iraqi National List
Jan 7 Frederick D. Gregory a former NASA astronaut and former NASA Deputy Administrator. He also served briefly as NASA Acting Administrator in early 2005, covering the period between the departure of Sean O'Keefe and the swearing in of Michael Griffin
Jan 7 Iona Brown a British violinist and conductor.
Jan 7 John E. Walker an English chemist who won the Nobel Prize in Chemistry in 1997. He is currently a group leader at the MRC Mitochondrial Biology Unit in Cambridge, and a Fellow of Sidney Sussex College
Jan 8 Yoshinori Watanabe a yakuza, the fifth kumicho of the Yamaguchi-gumi, Japan's largest yakuza organization. He became kumicho in 1989. He was known for a more low-key approach than his predecessors, partly due to an anti-gang law passed in 1992. He retired in 2005
Jan 8 Juozas Imbrasas the former mayor of Vilnius, Lithuania. He is a member of the political party Order and Justice
Jan 8 Boris Vallejo a Peruvian painter. He immigrated to the United States in 1964, and he currently resides in Allentown, Pennsylvania. He frequently works with Julie Bell, his wife, painter, and model
Jan 8 Graham Chapman an English comedian, writer, actor, and one of the six members of the surreal comedy group Monty Python.
Jan 9 Gilles Vaillancourt a former Canadian politician. He served as the mayor of Laval, Quebec, from June 8, 1989 until November 9, 2012. During this time Vaillancourt was also the leader of the Parti PRO des Lavallois
Jan 9 Sara Nazarbayeva the First Lady of Kazakhstan and wife of President Nursultan Nazarbayev. She married Nursultan in 1962 after her graduation. They now have three daughters — Dariga, Dinara and Aliya — and as well as six grandchildren and a great granddaughter
Jan 9 Joan Baez an American folk singer, songwriter, musician, and activist whose contemporary folk music often includes songs of protest or social justice. Baez has performed publicly for over 55 years, releasing over 30 albums. Fluent in Spanish as well as in English, she has also recorded songs in at least six other languages. She is regarded as a folk singer, although her music has diversified since the counterculture days of the 1960s and now encompasses everything from folk rock and pop to country and gospel music. Although a songwriter herself, Baez is generally regarded as an interpreter of other people's work, having recorded songs by the Allman Brothers Band, the Beatles, Jackson Browne, Leonard Cohen, Bob Dylan, Violeta Parra, Woody Guthrie, The Rolling Stones, Pete Seeger, Paul Simon, Stevie Wonder and many others. In recent years, she has found success interpreting songs of modern songwriters such as Ryan Adams, Josh Ritter, Steve Earle and Natalie Merchant. Her recordings include many topical songs and material dealing with social issues
Jan 9 Robert D. Putnam a political scientist and Malkin Professor of Public Policy at the Harvard University John Kennedy School of Government. He is also currently serving as Distinguished Visiting Professor at Aarhus University in Denmark, and was formerly a visiting professor and director of the Manchester Graduate Summer Programme in Social Change, University of Manchester. Putnam developed the influential two-level game theory that assumes international agreements will only be successfully brokered if they also result in domestic benefits. His most famous work, Bowling Alone, argues that the United States has undergone an unprecedented collapse in civic, social, associational, and political life since the 1960s, with serious negative consequences
Jan 9 Dave Sampson an English rock singer.
Jan 9 Terry Hands an English theatre director. He ran the Royal Shakespeare Company for two decades during one of the company's most successful periods
Jan 9 Ryūko Seihō a sumo wrestler with the Hanakago beya, an actor and a celebrity in Japan. He was born in Ōta, Tokyo. His highest rank in sumo was komusubi
Jan 10 Joseph Fessio a Catholic priest of the Jesuit order and the founder and editor of Ignatius Press. He was the founding provost of Ave Maria University until March 2007
Jan 10 Ilse Geisler an East German luger who competed from the late 1950s to the mid-1960s. She won the silver medal in the women's singles event at the 1964 Winter Olympics in Innsbruck
Jan 10 Tom Clarke (politician) a British Labour Party politician who has been a Member of Parliament since 1982 and has represented Coatbridge, Chryston and Bellshill since 2005.
Jan 11 Barry Flanagan a Welsh sculptor. He is best known for his bronze statues of hares and other animals
Jan 11 Abdullah the Butcher a semi-retired Canadian professional wrestler better known by his ringname Abdullah the Butcher, also known as the Madman from The Sudan based on where his character was from in storyline. Shreve has a reputation for being involved in some of the most violent, bloody hardcore wrestling matches of all time
Jan 11 Pak Seung-zin a North Korean footballer. He represented North Korea at the 1966 FIFA World Cup in England, scoring two goals, against Chile and Portugal
Jan 11 Gérson an association footballer. He won numerous national trophies with the club sides of Flamengo, Botafogo, São Paulo and Fluminense. He is widely known as being "the brain" behind the Brazilian Football Team that won the 1970 FIFA World Cup in Mexico
Jan 12 Fiona Caldicott a psychiatrist and psychotherapist and, previously, Principal of Somerville College, Oxford.
Jan 12 Bolotbek Shamshiyev a Soviet film director and screenwriter. He directed eleven films between 1965 and 1988. His 1976 film The White Ship was entered into the 26th Berlin International Film Festival
Jan 12 Vladimir Mulyavin a Belarusian rock musician and the founder of the folk-rock band Pesniary.
Jan 12 Long John Baldry an English blues singer and a voice actor. He sang with many British musicians, with Rod Stewart and Elton John appearing in bands led by Baldry in the 1960s. He enjoyed pop success in the UK where Let the Heartaches Begin reached 1 in 1967 and in Australia where his duet with Kathi McDonald You've Lost That Lovin' Feelin' reached number two in 1980. Baldry lived in Canada from the late 1970s until his death; there he continued to make records and do voiceover work. One of his best known roles in voice acting was as Robotnik in Adventures of Sonic the Hedgehog
Jan 12 Chet Jastremski an American competition swimmer, Olympic medalist and world record-holder.
Jan 13 Meinhard Nehmer an East German bobsledder who competed from the mid-1970s to the early 1980s. Competing in two Winter Olympics, he won four medals with three golds and one bronze. Nehmer also carried the East German flag during the opening ceremonies of the 1976 Winter Olympics in Innsbruck
Jan 13 Walid Muallem a Syrian diplomat and Ba'ath Party member who has served as Foreign Minister since 21 February 2006.
Jan 13 Pasqual Maragall i Mira a Spanish politician and was the 127th President of Generalitat de Catalunya. He had previously been Mayor of Barcelona, from 1982 to 1997, and helped run the city's successful Olympic bid
Jan 14 Oscar Quiñones (chess player) a Peruvian chess master.