Born in 1943

Jan 1 Don Novello an American writer, film director, producer, actor, singer and comedian. He is best known for his work on NBC's Saturday Night Live from 1977 until 1980, and again in 1985–86, often as the character Father Guido Sarducci. He appeared as Sarducci in the video of Rodney Dangerfield's "Rappin' Rodney", and on many subsequent television shows, including Married... with Children, Blossom, It's Garry Shandling's Show, Unhappily Ever After, Square Pegs and The Colbert Report
Jan 1 Ronald Perelman an American businessman and investor. Through his company MacAndrews & Forbes Holdings Inc., he has invested in various companies with interests that encapsulate groceries, cigars, licorice, makeup, cars, photography, television, camping supplies, security, gaming, jewelry, banks, and comic book publishing. Perelman annually is one of the world's largest philanthropic donors. As of 2012, Perelman is the 26th richest American, and 69th richest person in the world, with an estimated wealth of $14 billion
Jan 1 Raghunath Anant Mashelkar also known as Ramesh Mashelkar. He is the former Director General of the Council of Scientific & Industrial Research , a chain of 38 publicly funded industrial research and development institutions in India
Jan 1 Antonio Juliano a former Italian footballer who played as a midfielder.
Jan 1 Vladimir Šeks an influential Croatian politician, a member of the Croatian Democratic Union. He has been a representative in the Croatian Parliament since the nation's independence, and has held the posts of the Speaker of the Parliament as well as Deputy Prime Minister of the Government
Jan 1 Tony Knowles (politician) an American Democratic politician and businessman who served as the seventh Governor of Alaska from December 1994 to December 2002. Barred from seeking a third consecutive term as governor in 2002, he ran unsuccessfully for Senate in 2004 and again for governor in 2006
Jan 1 Mohamed Mahmoud Ould Louly Col. Mohamed Mahmoud Ould Louly was the President of Mauritania and Chairman of the Military Committee for National Salvation from 3 June 1979 to 4 January 1980
Jan 1 Alexander Kosolapov an American sculptor and painter. He immigrated to the United States in 1975 and has since lived and worked in New York
Jan 1 Herbert Blöcker a German equestrian and 3-time Olympic medalist. He was born in Schleswig-Holstein. He won a silver medal at the Olympics in Fontainebleau in 1980 following by winning another silver in eventing at the 1992 Summer Olympics in Barcelona. During the same Olympic event he won a bronze medal too and then participated in the 1996 Summer Olympics in Atlanta, Georgia. In 2008, both he and his Olympic horse, "Feine Dame", were inducted into the International Association of Eventing Hall of Fame. Blöcker died of cancer on February 15, 2014 at the age of 71 in Elmshorn
Jan 1 Stanley Kamel an American actor, best known for his role as Charles Kroger on the American television series Monk.
Jan 1 Bud Hollowell notable for multiple reasons. He won the 1963 College World Series Most Outstanding Player award while a junior at University of Southern California after hitting.350 in the Series, he participated in the 1964 Tokyo Olympics, he was a minor league baseball manager from 1970 to 1971 and an author
Jan 2 Barış Manço a Turkish rock musician, singer, songwriter, composer, and television producer. Beginning his musical career while attending Galatasaray High School, he was a pioneer of rock music in Turkey and one of the founders of the Anatolian rock genre. Manço composed around 200 songs and is among the best-selling and most awarded Turkish artists to date. Many of his songs were translated into a variety of languages including English, French, Japanese, Greek, Italian, Bulgarian, Romanian, Persian, Hebrew, Urdu, Arabic, and German, among others. Through his television program, 7'den 77'ye , Manço traveled the world and visited most countries on the globe. He remains one of the most popular public figures of Turkey
Jan 3 Van Dyke Parks an American composer, arranger, record producer, instrumentalist, singer-songwriter, author, and actor. Parks is perhaps best known for his collaborations with musician Brian Wilson, and especially for his contributions as lyricist to the Beach Boys' Smile project. Besides numerous collaborations with the Beach Boys, he has worked with such notable performers as Phil Ochs, Haruomi Hosono, The Byrds, Tim Buckley, Little Feat, Loudon Wainwright III, Rufus Wainwright, Harry Nilsson, Randy Newman, Ry Cooder, Joanna Newsom, Grizzly Bear, Inara George, Silverchair, Kimbra, and Ringo Starr
Jan 3 Jarl Alfredius a Swedish journalist and newsreader at Swedish Television. Alfredius started his career on the radio news show Dagens Eko, and was recruited to television news show Aktuellt in 1986. Alfredius also did TV shows for the Kunskapskanalen in 2004. He remained a news presenter at SVT until July 2008, when he was diagnosed with prostate cancer. Alfredius died aged 66 on March 31, 2009, in Stockholm, due to complications from his disease
Jan 4 Doris Kearns Goodwin a Pulitzer Prize-winning American biographer, historian, and political commentator. She is the author of biographies of several U.S. Presidents, including Lyndon Johnson and the American Dream; The Fitzgeralds and the Kennedys: An American Saga; No Ordinary Time: Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt: The Home Front in World War II ; Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln; and her most recent book, The Bully Pulpit: Theodore Roosevelt, William Howard Taft, and the Golden Age of Journalism
Jan 4 Priit Vesilind an Estonian and American senior writer and photojournalist of National Geographic magazine and an author of nonfiction.
Jan 4 Egon Schultz a non-commissioned officer of the East German Border Troops, who, at 21, was killed in the line of duty. At the time of his death, he was responding to the discovery of what would eventually be known as “Tunnel 57”
Jan 4 Hwang Sok-yong a South Korean novelist.
Jan 5 Murtaz Khurtsilava a former Georgian footballer. He was a famed defender
Jan 5 Ramón Sampedro a Spanish fisherman and writer. Sampedro became a quadriplegic at the age of 25 , following a diving accident, and fought for his right to an assisted suicide for the next 29 years
Jan 5 Fedir Medvid a Ukrainian and Soviet football player.
Jan 5 Mary Gaudron the first female Justice of the High Court of Australia.
Jan 6 Hak Ja Han a Korean religious leader. She and her late husband Sun Myung Moon were the leaders of the Unification Church and are considered by church members to be the "True Parents" of mankind. They married in April 1960 and have 13 children and over 40 grandchildren, as well as a growing number of great-grandchildren. She is called the "True Mother" and regarded as the "perfect woman" by church members
Jan 6 Rosalind Miles an English author, who has written 23 works of fiction and non-fiction.
Jan 6 Terry Venables an English former football player and manager. During the 1960s and 70s, he played for various clubs including Chelsea, Tottenham Hotspur and Queens Park Rangers, and gained two caps for England
Jan 7 Sadako Sasaki a Japanese girl who was two years old when the atomic bomb was dropped on August 6, 1945, near her home next to the Misasa Bridge in Hiroshima, Japan. Sadako is remembered through the story of a thousand origami cranes before her death, and is to this day a symbol of innocent victims of war
Jan 7 Richard Armstrong (conductor) a British conductor. He was educated at Wyggeston Grammar School for Boys and Corpus Christi College, Cambridge, where he was an organ scholar
Jan 8 Charles Murray (political scientist) an American paleoconservative and paleolibertarian leaning political scientist, author, columnist, and pundit.
Jan 9 Freddie Starr an English comedian, impressionist, singer and actor. Starr was the lead singer of Merseybeat pop group The Midniters during the early 1960s, and came to prominence in the early 1970s after appearing on Opportunity Knocks and the Royal Variety Performance
Jan 9 Elmer MacFadyen a Canadian politician. He represented Sherwood-Hillsborough in the Legislative Assembly of Prince Edward Island from 1996 to 2007 as a Progressive Conservative member
Jan 9 Scott Walker (singer) an American-born singer-songwriter, composer and record producer. He is noted for his distinctive baritone voice and for the unorthodox career path which has taken him from 1960s pop icon to 21st century avant-garde musician
Jan 9 Jerry Yester an American folk rock musician, record producer, and arranger.
Jan 10 Kristiina Elstelä a Finnish actress, who has acted in many TV shows and movies. She also has a long career in theater and she is a renowned cabaret artist
Jan 10 Jim Croce an American singer-songwriter. Between 1966 and 1973, Croce released five studio albums and 11 singles. His singles "Bad, Bad Leroy Brown" and "Time in a Bottle" were both number one hits on the US Billboard Hot 100 chart
Jan 10 Jantzen Derrick a former English association football striker.
Jan 11 Henry Cecil a British flat racing horse trainer. He was widely regarded as one of the greatest trainers in history. Cecil was Champion Trainer 10 times and, as of June 2012, had trained 25 domestic Classic winners, comprising four winners of the Epsom Derby, eight winners of the Epsom Oaks, six winners of the 1,000 Guineas, three of the 2,000 Guineas and four winners of the Leger Stakes. His success in the Epsom Oaks and the 1,000 Guineas made him particularly renowned for his success with fillies. He was the Master Trainer at Royal Ascot, where he successfully trained 75 winners
Jan 11 Jim Hightower an American syndicated columnist, progressive political activist, and author who served from 1983 to 1991 as the elected commissioner of the Texas Department of Agriculture.
Jan 11 Eduardo Mendoza Garriga a Spanish novelist.
Jan 11 Jill Churchill an American author, winner of the Agatha and Macavity Awards for her first Jane Jeffrey novel and featured in Great Women Mystery Writers.
Jan 12 Yojiro Uetake a Japanese wrestler and Olympic champion in Freestyle wrestling.
Jan 12 Imra Agotić a Croatian general who distinguished himself in the Croatian War of Independence.
Jan 13 Richard Moll an American actor and voice artist, best known for playing Bull Shannon, the bailiff on the NBC sitcom Night Court from 1984 to 1992. Moll has also done extensive work as a voice actor, typically using his deep voice to portray villainous characters in animation and video games
Jan 13 William Duckworth (composer) an American composer who also was an author, educator and Internet pioneer. He wrote more than 200 pieces of music and is credited with the composition of the first postminimal piece of music, The Time Curve Preludes , for piano. Duckworth was a Professor of Music at Bucknell University. Nora Farrell, his wife, runs Monroe Street Music, which publishes many of his pieces
Jan 14 Holland Taylor an American actress of film, stage, and television, and playwright. Her notable television roles include Ruth Dunbar in Bosom Buddies, senator's wife Margaret Powers on Norman Lear's The Powers That Be, Judge Roberta Kittleson on The Practice and Evelyn Harper in Two and a Half Men. She is also the author of the solo play Ann, based on the life and work of Ann Richards
Jan 14 Shannon Lucid an American biochemist and a retired NASA astronaut. At one time, she held the record for the longest duration stay in space by an American, as well as by a woman. She has flown in space five times including a prolonged mission aboard the Mir space station in 1996; she is the only American woman to serve aboard Mir
Jan 14 Manfred Wolke a former welterweight boxer. He was a member of the Armeesportsklub Vorwärts Frankfurt an der Oder
Jan 14 Angelo Bagnasco an Italian Cardinal of the Catholic Church. He currently serves as Archbishop of Genoa and President of the Italian Episcopal Conference , and was elevated to the cardinalate in 2007
Jan 14 Ralph M. Steinman a Canadian immunologist and cell biologist at Rockefeller University, who in 1973 coined the term dendritic cells while working as a postdoctoral fellow in the laboratory of Zanvil Cohn, also at Rockefeller University. Steinman was one of the recipients of the 2011 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine
Jan 14 José Luis Rodríguez (singer) a Venezuelan singer and actor who is known for having recorded many international super hits and participated in a handful of telenovelas. He also served as a coach and mentor on the Peruvian and Argentine version of The Voice
Jan 14 Mariss Jansons a Latvian conductor, the son of conductor Arvīds Jansons and the singer Iraida Jansons.