Born in 1942

Jan 1 Judy Stone an Australian pop and country singer from Sydney, who came to national prominence in the late 1950s through her regular TV appearances on the Australian pop music show Brian Henderson's Bandstand and her many hit records. Major national hits were '4,003,221 Tears From Now' , 'Born a Woman' , ' in a Field of Stone' , 'Mare Mare Mare' , 'Hasta Manana' and 'Silver Wings & Golden Rings'
Jan 1 Anthony Hamilton-Smith 3rd Baron Colwyn a British peer, doctor and politician. He is one of ninety hereditary peers, elected to remain in the House of Lords after the House of Lords Act 1999
Jan 1 Sergey Shakurov a Russian actor. He performed in more than ninety films since 1967
Jan 1 Alassane Ouattara an Ivoirian politician who has been President of Côte d'Ivoire since 2011. An economist by profession, Ouattara worked for the International Monetary Fund - where he rose to be deputy head - and the Central Bank of West African States , and he was the Prime Minister of Côte d'Ivoire from November 1990 to December 1993, appointed to that post by President Félix Houphouët-Boigny. Ouattara became the President of the Rally of the Republicans , an Ivorian political party, in 1999
Jan 1 Gennadi Sarafanov a Soviet cosmonaut who flew on the Soyuz 15 spaceflight in 1974. This mission was intended to dock with the space station Salyut 3, but failed to do so after the docking system malfunctioned
Jan 1 Nahed Sherif an Egyptian actress who came to prominence in Egyptian and Lebanese films of the 1960s and 1970s.
Jan 1 Brian Kernighan a Canadian computer scientist who worked at Bell Labs alongside Unix creators Ken Thompson and Dennis Ritchie and contributed to the development of Unix. He is also coauthor of the AWK and AMPL programming languages. The "K" of K&R C and the "K" in AWK both stand for "Kernighan". Since 2000 Brian Kernighan has been a Professor at the Computer Science Department of Princeton University, where he is also the Undergraduate Department Representative
Jan 1 Yuri Vladimirov a Russian former Bolshoi Ballet dancer and a recipient of the following awards: Honoured Artist of RSFSR , People's Artist of the USSR and Order of Honour.
Jan 1 Vitali Bezrukov a Russian actor and theatre director.
Jan 1 Justas Vincas Paleckis a Lithuanian ex-communist and politician, signatory of the Act of the Re-Establishment of the State of Lithuania, and Member of the European Parliament for the Social Democratic Party of Lithuania. He is also a part of the Party of European Socialists. Justas was born in Samara, Russia where his family resided during the Second World War. His father was communist and journalist Justas Paleckis. Later the family returned to Lithuania, where he finished school and studied journalism at Vilnius University
Jan 1 Marich Man Singh Shrestha a Nepalese politician and former Prime Minister of Nepal. He was born in 1942 in Khalanga Bazar, Salyan, Nepal
Jan 1 Dennis Archer an American lawyer and politician from Michigan. A Democrat, Archer served on the Michigan Supreme Court and as mayor of Detroit. He later served as president of the American Bar Association, becoming the first African-American president of the organization, which, until 1943, had barred African-American lawyers from membership
Jan 1 Country Joe McDonald an American musician who was the lead singer of the 1960s psychedelic rock group Country Joe and the Fish.
Jan 2 Billy Hullin a Welsh international rugby union scrum-half who played club rugby for Cardiff and London Welsh. He represented the Barbarians and played county rugby for Surrey and the London Counties. Hullin was capped only once for Wales, being unfortunate to be playing at the same time as Gareth Edwards, one of the greatest scrum-halves in world rugby. Despite his lack of international caps, he was a regular first team club player, and toured overseas, with Cardiff, London Welsh and the Barbarians. He was also a successful Sevens player, finishing in the winning team in both the Snelling Sevens and the Middlesex Sevens
Jan 2 Yevhen Rudakov a Soviet footballer of Russian origin. In 1971 he was recognized as the Best Ukrainian Player of the Year becoming the first foreigner to be awarded such honors
Jan 2 Thomas Hammarberg a Swedish diplomat and human rights defender.
Jan 2 Ray Moore (broadcaster) a British broadcaster who was best known for his long running early morning show on BBC Radio 2.
Jan 2 Hugh Shelton a retired American career military officer of the United States Army. He served as Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff from 1997 to 2001
Jan 2 Dennis Hastert an American politician, lobbyist and member of the Republican Party who was the 59th Speaker of the United States House of Representatives, serving from 1999 to 2007. He represented Illinois's 14th congressional district for twenty years, 1987 to 2007
Jan 3 John Marsden (lawyer) a prominent Sydney-based Australian solicitor and former President of the Law Society of New South Wales. He was known for his high-profile clients, his gay rights activism, and his victory in a defamation action against the Seven Network
Jan 3 Epy Guerrero a baseball scout in the Dominican Republic who signed more than 40 Major League Baseball players for the Houston Astros, New York Yankees, Toronto Blue Jays and Milwaukee Brewers. Epy was the brother of former shortstop Mario Guerrero, and had two sons, Epy and Mike, who played minor league ball
Jan 3 László Sólyom a Hungarian political figure, lawyer, and librarian who was President of Hungary from 2005 until 2010. Previously he was president of the Constitutional Court of Hungary from 1990 to 1998
Jan 3 Danièle Thompson a Monegasque film director and screenwriter. Thompson is the daughter of film director Gérard Oury, and actress Jacqueline Roman
Jan 3 Nobuo Satō a Japanese figure skater and coach. He is a ten-time Japanese national champion. He represented Japan at the 1960 Winter Olympics, where he placed 14th, and at the 1964 Winter Olympics, where he placed 8th. His best finish at the World Championships was 4th in 1965. He is married to Kumiko Okawa. Their daughter is Yuka Sato, the 1994 World Champion
Jan 3 Evariste Ngoyagoye the archbishop of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Bujumbura. He has worked in that position since 2006, having previously been a bishop in the Diocese of Bujumbura since 1997
Jan 3 Vasco Graça Moura a Portuguese lawyer, writer, translator and politician, son of Francisco José da Graça Moura and wife Maria Teresa Amado da Cunha Seixas Navarro de Castro, of Northern Portugal bourgeoisie.
Jan 3 John Thaw an English actor, who appeared in a range of television, stage and cinema roles, his most popular being television series such as Redcap, The Sweeney, Home to Roost, Kavanagh QC, and especially in the titular role of Inspector Morse.
Jan 4 Precious Bryant an American country blues, gospel, and folk musician. She played Piedmont fingerstyle guitar
Jan 4 John McLaughlin (musician) an English guitarist, bandleader and composer. His music includes many genres of jazz, and rock, which he coupled with an interest in Indian classical music to become one of the pioneering figures in fusion
Jan 5 Charlie Rose an American television talk show host and journalist. Since 1991, he has hosted Charlie Rose, an interview show distributed nationally by PBS since 1993. He has also co-anchored CBS This Morning since 2012. Rose, along with Lara Logan, has hosted the revived CBS classic Person to Person, a news program during which celebrities are interviewed in their homes, originally hosted from 1953 to 1961 by Edward Murrow
Jan 5 Natalia Zemna born on 5 January 1942 in Krekhaiv, Chernihiv Oblast, URSR. She is a renowned Ukrainian herbalist and healer. She also serves as a president of The Green Planet Naturopathy Association
Jan 5 Jaber Al-Mubarak Al-Hamad Al-Sabah a member of the Kuwaiti ruling family and the Prime Minister of Kuwait since 2011. Previously he served as Minister of Defense as well as Deputy Prime Minister
Jan 5 Zvonko Bogdan an eminent performer of traditional folk songs of Serbia, Croatia, Hungary and Romania, best known for singing about the Bunjevci. Apart from being famous as a singer, he is also a composer, painter and harness racer
Jan 5 Giorgi Arsenishvili a Georgian mathematician and politician, who, from 2000 to 2001, served as the State Minister of Georgia, at that time equivalent to the head of the government.
Jan 5 Terenci Moix a Spanish writer who wrote in Spanish and in Catalan. He is also the brother of poet/novelist Anna Maria Moix
Jan 5 Jan Leeming a British TV presenter and newsreader.
Jan 5 Jan Ellis a South African rugby union player, who played flanker. He played 38 times for the Springboks, which at that time was a record
Jan 5 Maurizio Pollini an Italian classical pianist.
Jan 6 Roberto Peccei former Vice Chancellor for Research at the University of California Los Angeles, a position he held from 2000-2010. He is a particle theorist whose principal interests lie in the area of electroweak interactions and in the interface between particle physics and physical cosmology
Jan 7 Jim Lefebvre a former second baseman, third baseman and manager in Major League Baseball. Lefebvre, the 1965 National League Rookie of the Year, was signed by the Los Angeles Dodgers as an amateur free agent in 1962. In 1965, his rookie year, he hit.250 with 12 home runs and 69 RBI. Lefebvre was named to the All-Star Game in 1966. He also played four seasons in Japan, from 1973 until 1976, for the Lotte Orions. He was a big league manager from 1989–1993, and then again in 1999. Lefebvre was formerly the hitting coach for the San Diego Padres
Jan 7 Ricardo Ezzati Andrello SDB became the Archbishop of Santiago on his appointment by Pope Benedict XVI on 15 December 2010. He had previously served as Archbishop of Concepción
Jan 7 Horațiu Rădulescu a Romanian-French composer, best known for the spectral technique of composition.
Jan 7 Floyd I. Clarke a former acting director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation in the United States.
Jan 7 Vasily Alekseyev a weightlifter from the Soviet Union. He set 80 world records and 81 Soviet records in weightlifting and won gold medals at the 1972 Summer Olympics in Munich and the 1976 Summer Olympics in Montreal
Jan 7 Danny Williams (singer) a South African pop singer. Williams earned the nickname, "Britain's Johnny Mathis", for his smooth and stylish way with a ballad. He is best known for singing his UK number 1 version of "Moon River" in 1961 and his US top ten hit, "White on White"
Jan 7 Danny Steinmann an American film director.
Jan 8 Valya Balkanska a Bulgarian folk music singer from the Rhodope Mountains known locally for her wide repertoire of Balkan folksong, but in the West mainly for singing the song "Izlel e Delyu Haydutin", part of the Voyager Golden Record selection of music included in the two Voyager spacecraft launched in 1977.
Jan 8 Royce Waltman an American college basketball coach. He was the head coach at Indiana State University from 1997–2007; at the University of Indianapolis from 1992–1997 and the 2007-2008 season and at DePauw University from 1988-1992
Jan 8 Toby Saks an American cellist, the founder of the Seattle Chamber Music Society and a member of the New York Philharmonic.
Jan 8 Stephen Hawking an English theoretical physicist, cosmologist, author and Director of Research at the Centre for Theoretical Cosmology within the University of Cambridge. Among his significant scientific works have been a collaboration with Roger Penrose on gravitational singularity theorems in the framework of general relativity, and the theoretical prediction that black holes emit radiation, often called Hawking radiation. Hawking was the first to set forth a cosmology explained by a union of the general theory of relativity and quantum mechanics. He is a vigorous supporter of the many-worlds interpretation of quantum mechanics