Born in 1944

Jan 1 Teresa Torańska a Polish journalist and writer. She was perhaps best known for her award winning monograph, Oni
Jan 1 Viacheslav Tsugba the third Prime Minister of the Republic of Abkhazia from December 1999 to May 2001. Before his appointment as Prime Minister, Tsugba had headed the Central Election Committee, which had overseen the internationally unrecognised simultaneously held October 1999 presidential election and constitutional referendum
Jan 1 Abdul Hamid (politician) the 16th and current President of Bangladesh. Prior to this position, he served as the Speaker of the National Parliament from January 2009 to April 2013. He was the acting President after the death of Zillur Rahman in March 2013. Hamid took oath as president on April 22, 2013
Jan 1 Omar al-Bashir the President of Sudan and the head of the National Congress Party. He came to power in 1989 when, as a brigadier in the Sudanese army, he led a group of officers in a bloodless military coup that ousted the government of Prime Minister Sadiq al-Mahdi when the country was at the risk of entering a countrywide famine. Since then, he has been elected three times as President in elections that have been under scrutiny for corruption. On 4 March 2009, Sudanese President Omar al Bashir became the first sitting president to be indicted by the ICC for directing a campaign of mass killing, rape, and pillage against civilians in Darfur
Jan 1 Jumabek Ibraimov a Kyrgyz politician. Born in Dzhany-Alysh of Kemin District he graduated from Frunze Polytechnic Institute in 1971. He was a post-graduate student and worked as a teacher until mid-70s. In 1976 - 1977 he worked as an engineer and the head of the department of technology at the Agricultural Machinery Works named after M.V.Frunze, and in 1977 - 1984 as a design engineer, head of engineering department, chief engineer, and director of Min-Kush branch of Orgtehnika factory. In 1984 he became a head of People's Control Commission, and the First Secretary of Balykchy Town Committee of Communist Party. In 1988 - 1991, Jumabek Ibraimov served as a First Deputy of a Head of Administration of Central Committee of Communist Party of Kyrgyzstan. He served as the Mayor of Bishkek from 1993-1995. President of Kyrgyzstan Askar Akayev appointed him Prime Minister on 25 December 1998 after Akayev dissolved the Cabinet. Ibraimov served until he died of stomach cancer on 4 April 1999
Jan 1 Eloy de la Iglesia a Spanish screenwriter and film director.
Jan 1 Jeremy Hindley an English horse trainer who trained around 700 winners in a 17-year career.
Jan 1 Zafarullah Khan Jamali a nationalist conservative politician and former sports administrator who was the thirteenth Prime Minister of Pakistan from 2002 until his resignation in 2004.
Jan 1 Jimmy Hart an American professional wrestling manager, executive, composer, and musician currently signed with WWE in a Legends deal. He is best known for his work in the World Wrestling Federation and World Championship Wrestling under his nickname "The Mouth of the South."
Jan 1 Mati Unt an Estonian writer, essayist and theatre director.
Jan 2 Ed Manning an American professional basketball player and college and NBA assistant coach. He was the father of former NBA player and current college coach Danny Manning
Jan 2 Norodom Ranariddh a Cambodian politician. He is the second son of former king Norodom Sihanouk of Cambodia and a half-brother of the current king, Norodom Sihamoni. He currently serves as the President of the Supreme Privy Council of Cambodia, having been appointed by King Norodom Sihamoni for the position in 2010. Prince Ranariddh was the first democratically-elected Prime Minister of Cambodia and served as first Prime Minister from 1993 to 1997, alongside premier Hun Sen. He was overthrown in a 1997 coup and was replaced by Ung Huot. Ranariddh also served as President of the National Assembly from 1998 to his resignation in March 2006
Jan 2 Igor Tselovalnikov a Soviet cyclist. He competed at the 1968 and 1972 Summer Olympics in the 2000 m tandem sprint and finished in fifth and first place, respectively. Tselovalnykov represented the Burevestnik of the Ukrainian SSR
Jan 2 Tom Søndergaard a Danish footballer.
Jan 2 Péter Eötvös a Hungarian composer and conductor.
Jan 3 Blanche d'Alpuget an Australian writer and the second wife of the longest-serving Australian Labor Party Prime Minister, Bob Hawke.
Jan 3 David Atherton an English conductor and co-founder of the London Sinfonietta.
Jan 4 Angela Harris Baroness Harris of Richmond a Liberal Democrat life peer and Deputy Speaker in the House of Lords of the United Kingdom. She is the Chair and a Trustee of the Industry and Parliament Trust
Jan 4 Charlie Manuel a former American professional baseball manager who last managed the Philadelphia Phillies. He played in Major League Baseball from 1969–1975 and in Nippon Professional Baseball as an outfielder from 1976–1981. After his playing career, Manuel became an MLB coach and manager, most recently managing the Philadelphia Phillies from 2005–2013. Manuel managed the Phillies to a championship title during the 2008 World Series. He now serves as the senior advisor to the Phillies General Manager
Jan 5 Jo Ann Kelly an English blues singer and guitarist. "To many American performers", an obituarist wrote, "Jo Ann Kelly was the only British singer to earn their respect for her development of what they would be justified in thinking as 'their' genre"
Jan 5 Ed Rendell an American politician who served as the 45th Governor of Pennsylvania, from 2003 to 2011. Rendell, a member of the Democratic Party, was elected Governor of Pennsylvania in 2002, and his term of office began January 21, 2003. He was recently a member of the Democratic Governors Association Executive Committee and served as General Chairman of the Democratic National Committee during the 2000 presidential election. Rendell is also a football analyst on Comcast SportsNet's Eagles Postgame Live, hosted by Michael Barkann
Jan 5 Wiley Reed an Australian-based African-American blues musician and songwriter, who sang and accompanied himself on the piano. He was a multi-award winning artist who played with some of the genre's biggest artists
Jan 5 Edward Haughey Baron Ballyedmond an Irish entrepreneur and politician.
Jan 5 Louis Stewart (guitarist) an Irish jazz guitarist.
Jan 6 Alan Stivell a Celtic musician and singer, recording artist and master of the Celtic harp who from the early 1970s revived global interest in the Celtic harp and Celtic music as part of world music.
Jan 6 Pak Li-sup a North Korean football defender who played for North Korea in the 1966 FIFA World Cup. He also played for Amrokgang Sports Team
Jan 6 Rolf M. Zinkernagel Professor of Experimental Immunology at the University of Zurich. He was awarded the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine in 1996 for the discovery of how the immune system recognizes virus-infected cells
Jan 6 Bonnie Franklin an American actress, best known for her leading role in the television series One Day at a Time. She was nominated for the Emmy, Tony and Golden Globe Awards
Jan 7 Tony Whitlam an Australian lawyer who has served as a politician and judge. He is the son of former Prime Minister Gough Whitlam and Margaret Whitlam
Jan 7 Mario Bertini a former Italian footballer defender / midfielder.
Jan 7 Kotaro Suzumura a Japanese economist and professor emeritus of Hitotsubashi University. He graduated from Hitotsubashi University in 1966. His research interests have included social choice theory and welfare economics
Jan 7 Arne Scheie a sports commentator, with football and ski jumping as his specialities.
Jan 8 Vladimir Miklyukov a Russian educator in mathematics, and head of the Superslow Process workgroup based at Volgograd State University.
Jan 8 Terry Brooks an American writer of fantasy fiction. He writes mainly epic fantasy, and has also written two movie novelizations. He has written 23 New York Times bestsellers during his writing career, and has over 21 million copies of his books in print. He is one of the biggest-selling living fantasy writers
Jan 9 Mihalis Violaris a popular singer and composer of modern Greek and Cypriot music.
Jan 9 Massimiliano Fuksas an Italian architect.
Jan 9 Harun Farocki a German filmmaker.
Jan 9 Ian Hornak an American draughtsman, painter and printmaker and one of the founding artists of the Hyperrealist and Photorealist art movements.
Jan 9 Jimmy Page an English musician, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and record producer who achieved international success as the guitarist and leader of the rock band Led Zeppelin.
Jan 10 Rory Byrne a South African semi-retired engineer and car designer, most famous for being the chief designer at the Benetton and Scuderia Ferrari Formula One teams.
Jan 10 Bernard Derome a news anchor for SRC Television, who anchored the weeknight editions of Le Téléjournal until December 18, 2008.
Jan 10 Frank Sinatra Jr. an American singer, songwriter and conductor.
Jan 11 Shibu Soren an Indian politician and a former Chief Minister of Jharkhand state in India who has been previously convicted in a criminal case by the Delhi High Court. Soren was the first serving Union minister to be convicted for murder. He allegedly did so to cover up a case of corruption and sodomy. He was sworn in as the 3rd Chief Minister of Jharkhand on December 30, 2009 after winning the Jharkhand Assembly elections. He resigned on May 30, 2010 after failing to obtain coalition support from the Bharatiya Janata Party, his national party partner. He previously represented the Dumka constituency of Jharkhand in the 14th Lok Sabha, and is the President of the Jharkhand Mukti Morcha political party, a constituent of the UPA
Jan 11 Eileen Dietz an American actress who is best known for her appearances in many horror films such as the face of the demon in The Exorcist and for her portrayal of characters on the soap operas Guiding Light and General Hospital.
Jan 11 Mohammed Abed Elhai a well-known member of the first generation of post-colonial Sudanese writers and academics. He is regarded as a pioneer of modern poetry in Sudan
Jan 12 Jay Cocks an American film critic and motion picture screenwriter.
Jan 12 Jim Gray (computer scientist) an American computer scientist who received the Turing Award in 1998 "for seminal contributions to database and transaction processing research and technical leadership in system implementation.".
Jan 12 Vlastimil Hort a Czech-born German chess Grandmaster. During the 1960s and 1970s he was one of the world's strongest players and reached the 1977–78 Candidates Tournament for the World Chess Championship, but never qualified for a competition for the actual title
Jan 12 Joe Frazier an American professional boxer, Olympic gold medalist and Undisputed World Heavyweight Champion, whose professional career lasted from 1965 to 1976, with a one-fight comeback in 1981.
Jan 12 Carlos Villagrán a Mexican actor, comedian, and former journalist best known for playing Quico in the Televisa sitcom El Chavo del Ocho and the Telerey sitcom ¡Ah qué Kiko!.