Born in 1945

Jan 1 Martin Schanche a.k.a. "Mister Rallycross", is a former Norwegian motorsport contestant. He started his racing career rather late, only in 1972 when he was already 27 years old. In 1975 he won a silver medal in the Norwegian Ice Racing Championships. Between 1976 and 2001 he competed in Rallycross, and became the FIA European champion of 1978, 1979, 1981, 1984, 1991 and 1995. Schanche is still yet the record holder concerning the amount of overall victories in rounds counting towards the FIA European Championships for Rallycross Drivers
Jan 1 Peter Duncan (Australian politician) an Australian Labor Party politician and one of the relatively few members of parliament to have served not only in both a state and national parliament but also as a minister in both cases.
Jan 1 Yuen Woo-ping a Chinese martial arts choreographer and film director, renowned as one of the most successful and influential figures in the world of Hong Kong action cinema. He is one of the inductees on the Avenue of Stars in Hong Kong. Yuen is also a son of Yuen Siu-tien, a renowned martial arts film actor
Jan 1 Nurmuhammet Hanamow a Turkmen politician. Although he served as the ambassador of Turkmenistan to Turkey and Israel during 2002, he is best known currently for his role as co-chairman of the Republican Party of Turkmenistan
Jan 1 Rüdiger Safranski a German philosopher and author.
Jan 1 Gail Zappa the widow of musician and composer Frank Zappa and the Trustee of the Zappa Family Trust. They met in 1966 when she was working at the Whisky a Go Go in Los Angeles, and they were married on September 21, 1967, while she was pregnant with her first child, Moon Zappa. The marriage also produced children Dweezil Zappa, Ahmet Zappa, and Diva Zappa. She is an aunt to model/actress Lala Sloatman
Jan 1 Pietro Grasso an Italian anti-mafia magistrate and politician who has been President of the Italian Senate since 16 March 2013.
Jan 1 Zoltán Varga (footballer) a Hungarian football player who played in the 1960s and 1970s. He was an Olympic gold medalist at the 1964 Summer Olympics in Tokyo. He played for Ferencváros when they won the Inter-Cities Fairs Cup in 1965, beating Juventus 1-0 in the final. He also played for Ajax Amsterdam
Jan 1 Jacky Ickx a Belgian former racing driver who won the highly prestigious 24 Hours of Le Mans six times, achieved eight wins and 25 podium finishes in Formula One, won the Can-Am Championship in 1979 and is a former winner of the Dakar Rally.
Jan 2 Miklós Haraszti a Hungarian writer, journalist, human rights advocate and university professor. He served the maximum of two terms as the OSCE Representative on Freedom of the Media from 2004 to 2010. Currently he is Adjunct Professor at the School of International & Public Affairs of Columbia Law School, New York and visiting professor at the Central European University , Department of Public Policy
Jan 2 Awad Hamed al-Bandar an Iraqi chief judge under Saddam Hussein's presidency. He was the head of the Revolutionary Court which issued death sentences against 143 Dujail residents, in the aftermath of the failed assassination attempt on the president on July 8, 1982. At the Al-Dujail trial the Iraqi Special Tribunal tried al-Bandar for crimes against humanity for issuing the death sentences. On November 5, 2006, al-Bandar was sentenced to death by hanging along with co-defendants Hussein and Barzan Ibrahim al-Tikriti, who was beheaded as a result of the hanging
Jan 3 Stephen Stills an American musician and multi-instrumentalist best known for his work with Buffalo Springfield and Crosby, Stills & Nash. He has performed on a professional level in several other bands as well as maintaining a solo career at the same time
Jan 3 Viktor Zernov a Russian professional football coach and a former player.
Jan 3 David Starkey a British constitutional historian and a radio and television presenter.
Jan 4 Vesa-Matti Loiri a Finnish actor, musician and comedian, best known for his role as Uuno Turhapuro, whom he portrayed in a total of 20 movies between the years 1973 and 2004.
Jan 4 Richard R. Schrock an American chemist and Nobel laureate recognized for his contributions to the olefin metathesis reaction used in organic chemistry.
Jan 5 Roger Spottiswoode a British-Canadian film director, editor and writer born in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada though he was raised in Britain. His father Raymond Spottiswoode was a British film theoretician who worked at the National Film Board of Canada during the 1940s
Jan 6 Barry John a former Welsh rugby union fly-half who played, during the amateur era of the sport, in the 1960s and early 1970s. John began his rugby career as a schoolboy playing for his local team Cefneithin RFC before switching to first-class west Wales team Llanelli RFC in 1964. It was while at Llanelli that John was first selected for the Wales national team, a shock selection as a replacement for David Watkins to face a touring Australian team
Jan 6 Allen Appel an American novelist best known for his series about time traveler Alex Balfour. In the series, fictional characters are interwoven with actual historical people and events
Jan 6 Alwyn Howard Gentry an American botanist and plant collector, who made major contributions to the understanding of the vegetation of tropical forests.
Jan 6 Barry Lopez an American author, essayist, and fiction writer whose work is known for its humanitarian and environmental concerns. He won the National Book Award for Nonfiction for Arctic Dreams and his Of Wolves and Men was a National Book Award finalist
Jan 7 Tony Conigliaro a Major League Baseball outfielder and right-handed batter who played for the Boston Red Sox and California Angels. He was born in Revere, Massachusetts and was a 1962 graduate of Mary's High School. During the Red Sox "Impossible Dream" season of 1967, he was hit in the face by a pitch, causing a severe eye injury and derailing his career. Though he would make a dramatic comeback from the injury, his career was not the same afterwards
Jan 7 Shulamith Firestone a Canadian-born feminist. She was a central figure in the early development of radical feminism, having been a founding member of the New York Radical Women, Redstockings, and New York Radical Feminists. In 1970, she authored The Dialectic of Sex: The Case for Feminist Revolution, an important and widely influential feminist text
Jan 7 Raila Odinga a Kenyan politician hugely regarded by many as the father of democracy in Kenya owing to his pro-democracy political engagements. He was first elected as the Member of Parliament for Langata in 1992, served as Minister of Energy from 2001 to 2002 and as Minister of Roads, Public Works, and Housing from 2003 to 2005. He was the main opposition candidate in the 2007 presidential election. Following a violent post-electoral crisis, Odinga took office as Prime Minister in April 2008,serving as supervisor and coordinator of a national unity coalition government. He came in second in Kenya's 2013 presidential elections after garnering 5,340,546 votes which represented 43.28% of the total votes cast. Son of first Vice President of Kenya, Jaramogi Oginga Odinga. The family's origin in Kenya's Luo tribe has been a key to their political activity. Raila is commonly known by his first name due to coincidence: he was an MP at the same time as his father between 1992 and 1994. In Raila Odinga was a presidential contender in the 1997 elections, coming third after President Daniel arap Moi of KANU and Mwai Kibaki, the former president of Kenya and then a member of the Democratic Party. Odinga campaigned to run for president in the December 2007 elections on an Orange Democratic Movement ticket
Jan 7 Dick Marty a Swiss politician and former state prosecutor of the canton of Ticino. He is a member of the Swiss Council of States , and is a former member of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe
Jan 8 Nancy Bond an American author of children's literature. In 1977 her first book, a fantasy novel set in Wales called A String in the Harp, received a Newbery honor and the Welsh Tir na n-Og Award
Jan 8 Yvonne Kennedy an Alabama state representative from Mobile, Alabama, and a former president of Bishop State Community College. She served as national president of Delta Sigma Theta sorority from 1988-1992
Jan 8 Ron Ellis a Canadian former professional ice hockey player. Ellis played 16 seasons in the National Hockey League for the Toronto Maple Leafs. After playing, Ellis went into business, and later joined the staff of the Hockey Hall of Fame
Jan 8 Phil Beal a former English football player.
Jan 8 Jeannie Lewis an Australian musician and stage performer whose work covers many different styles such as folk, jazz, Latin, blues, opera, rock and fusion. Her music often includes a strong social consciousness and political statements
Jan 8 Kathleen Noone an American film, stage and television actress, best known roles for Ellen Shepherd Dalton on the daytime drama All My Children , Claudia Whittaker on the primetime drama Knots Landing and Bette Katzenkazrahi on the daytime drama Sunset Beach.
Jan 8 Kojo Nnamdi an American radio journalist. He is the host of The Kojo Nnamdi Show, and The Politics Hour on WAMU, and the Evening Exchange broadcast on WHUT-TV
Jan 8 Kadir Topbaş a Turkish architect, businessman, politician and the current mayor of Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality in Turkey.
Jan 9 Levon Ter-Petrosyan an Armenian politician. He was the first President of Armenia from 1991 to 1998. A senior researcher at the Matenadaran Institute of Ancient Manuscripts, he led the Karabakh movement for the unification of the Armenian-populated Nagorno-Karabakh with Armenia in 1988. After Armenia's independence from the Soviet Union in 1991, Ter-Petrosyan was elected president in October 1991 with overwhelming public support. He led the country through the Nagorno-Karabakh War with neighboring Azerbaijan, during which the Armenian army took control of Karabakh and the surrounding districts
Jan 9 John Doman an American actor best known for playing Deputy Police Commissioner/ Major William Rawls on HBO series The Wire from 2002 to 2008 and Colonel Edward Galson on Oz in 2001.
Jan 10 Spider Sabich an American alpine ski racer, a member of the U.S. Ski Team on the World Cup circuit in the late 1960s. He competed at the 1968 Winter Olympics and was the pro ski racing champion in 1971 and 1972. Sabich was killed by gunshot under controversial circumstances in 1976
Jan 10 Jerome Drayton a former long-distance runner who competed internationally for Canada. He was born as Peter Buniak in Germany, and came to Canada in the mid-1950s when his mother moved there after divorcing his father. He reportedly based his new name on two famous sprinters he admired: Canadian former world record holder Harry Jerome and American Paul Drayton, former world record holder in the 4x100m as part of the American relay team. A prominent runner in the 1970s, when he was for a time ranked as the top marathoner in the world, he won the Fukuoka Marathon in 1969, 1975, and 1976, as well as the Boston Marathon in 1977. He is the Canadian record holder in the marathon, with his best time of 2:10:08, set in 1975 at the Fukuoka Marathon; he has held the Canadian record since 1969, after breaking the then record of 2:18:55 set by Robert Moore a month earlier
Jan 10 Jennifer Moss (actress) an English actress and singer born in Wigan, Lancashire. She was best known for her role as Lucille Hewitt on the long-running soap opera, Coronation Street, which she played from 1960-74
Jan 10 John Fahey (politician) a former Premier of New South Wales and Federal Minister for Finance in Australia. John Fahey is a former President of the World Anti-Doping Agency. He was a member of the New South Wales Legislative Assembly from 1984 to 1996 and the federal House of Representatives from 1996 to 2001. He was also a notable rugby league player and coach in his youth
Jan 10 Colonel DeBeers a retired American professional wrestler best known for his appearances in the American Wrestling Association under the ring name Colonel DeBeers. He also wrestled as Derek "The Mongoose" Draper and Mega Maharishi. His nicknames included Easy Ed and The Polish Prince
Jan 10 Rod Stewart a British rock singer-songwriter. Born and raised in London, he is of English and Scottish ancestry. Stewart is one of the best-selling music artists of all time, having sold over 100 million records worldwide
Jan 10 Gunther von Hagens a German anatomist who invented the technique for preserving biological tissue specimens called plastination.
Jan 10 Mario Capanna an Italian politician and writer.
Jan 11 Georgi Taratorkin a Soviet and Russian theatrical and cinema actor who appeared in 25 films since 1967.
Jan 11 Christine Kaufmann a German actress. The daughter of a German father and a French mother, she won the Golden Globe Award for New Star Of The Year - Actress in 1961, the first German to be so honoured
Jan 12 André Bicaba a former Burkinabé sprinter.
Jan 12 Maggie Bell a Scottish rock vocalist.
Jan 13 Gordon McVie an international authority on the treatment and research of cancer. Along with Umberto Veronesi he is the founding editor of ecancermedicalscience, an open access cancer journal from the European Institute of Oncology in Milan
Jan 13 Christian Berger an Austrian cinematographer. His 1985 film Raffl was entered into the 14th Moscow International Film Festival. He is mostly known for his work with Michael Haneke. In February 2010, Berger was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Cinematography for his work on The White Ribbon at the 82nd Academy Awards. He was the surprise winner at the ASC Awards for Best Cinematography in 2010
Jan 14 Maina Gielgud a former British ballet dancer and a veteran ballet administrator. She was artistic director of the Australian Ballet from 1983 to 1996 and is that company's longest serving director to date. She had a twenty-year career as a dancer in Europe and the United Kingdom. Gielgud directed the Royal Danish Ballet between 1997 and 1999. Until 2005, she held the artistic associate position at the Houston Ballet. She is a daughter of Lewis Gielgud and actress Zita Gordon and niece of actor John Gielgud