Born in 1946

Jan 1 Shelby Steele an American author, columnist, documentary film maker, and a Robert and Marion Oster Senior Fellow at Stanford University's Hoover Institution, specialising in the study of race relations, multiculturalism and affirmative action. In 1990, he received the National Book Critics Circle Award in the general nonfiction category for his book The Content of Our Character
Jan 1 Rivellino a former Brazilian footballer. He currently works as a pundit for Brazilian TV Cultura
Jan 1 Samuel Mbugua a retired boxer from Kenya, who won the bronze medal in the lightweight division at the 1972 Summer Olympics in Munich, West Germany. In the semifinals he was defeated by Poland's eventual gold medalist Jan Szczepański
Jan 1 Victor Polupanov a retired ice hockey player who played in the Soviet Hockey League. He played for HC CSKA Moscow and Krylya Sovetov Moscow. He was inducted into the Russian and Soviet Hockey Hall of Fame in 1967
Jan 1 Tatyana Zhuk a former Soviet/Russian pair skater. With partner Aleksandr Gorelik, she is the 1968 Winter Olympics silver medalist. They are also the 1965 World bronze medalists and the 1966 and 1968 World silver medalists, as well as the 1965 European bronze and 1966 silver medalists
Jan 1 Yury Yevdokimov the Governor of Murmansk Oblast, Russia. He became the governor in 1996 and was reelected with a large overall majority on March 14, 2004. He was dismissed in March 2009 by presidential decree after he had been criticized by President Dmitry Medvedev of "fooling around abroad" and "betraying Arctic interests"
Jan 1 Boz Burrell an English musician. Originally a vocalist and guitarist, Burrell is best known for his bass playing and work with the bands King Crimson and Bad Company. He died of a heart attack in Spain on 21 September 2006 aged 60
Jan 1 Grady Allen a former professional American football player who played linebacker for five seasons for the Atlanta Falcons.
Jan 1 Alain Voss a Brazilian-French comics artist.
Jan 1 Susannah McCorkle an American jazz singer much admired for her direct, unadorned singing style and quiet intensity.
Jan 1 Carl B. Hamilton a Swedish economist and politician.
Jan 2 Richard Cole most famous for being the tour manager of English rock band Led Zeppelin from 1968 to 1980.
Jan 2 Sonny Ruberto a backup catcher and pinch runner in Major League Baseball who played over parts of two seasons for the San Diego Padres and the Cincinnati Reds. Listed at 5' 11", 175 lb., he batted and threw right handed
Jan 3 Phillip Carl Jablonski an American serial killer convicted of killing five women in California and Utah between 1978 and 1991.
Jan 3 Tadeusz Kondrusiewicz (bishop) the Belarusian Roman Catholic Archbishop of Minsk and Mahilyow, Belarus.
Jan 3 John Paul Jones (musician) an English multi-instrumentalist, songwriter, composer, arranger and record producer. Best known as the bassist, keyboardist, and co-songwriter for English rock band Led Zeppelin, Jones has since developed a solo career. A versatile musician, Jones also plays organ, guitar, koto, lap steel guitars, mandolin, autoharp, violin, ukulele, sitar, cello, continuum and the three over-dubbed recorder parts heard on Led Zeppelin's "Stairway to Heaven"
Jan 3 Cissy King an American-born singer and dancer best known as a featured performer on The Lawrence Welk Show television program.
Jan 3 Michalis Kritikopoulos a Greek football striker.
Jan 4 Lisa Appignanesi a British writer, novelist, and campaigner for free expression. She is a former President of English PEN and Chair of the Trustees of the Freud Museum in London. She is Visiting Professor, Department of English, King's College London, and holds a Wellcome Trust People Award for her public series, hosted by King's College London, on The Brain and the Mind. Her book Mad, Bad, and Sad: A History of Women and the Mind Doctors won the 2009 British Medical Association Award for the Public Understanding of Science, among other prizes
Jan 4 Ramsey Campbell an English horror fiction author, editor and critic who has been writing for well over fifty years. Two of his novels have been filmed
Jan 4 Valentin Korabelnikov a Russian general, best known for being director of GRU for 12 years.
Jan 4 Arthur Conley a U.S. soul singer, best known for the 1967 hit "Sweet Soul Music".
Jan 4 Salem bin Laden a Saudi Arabian investor and businessman.
Jan 4 S. Rajasekharan a literary critic and poet in the Malayalam language, in India. He was the Pro-Vice Chancellor of Sree Sankaracharya University of Sanskrit in Kalady, Kerala
Jan 5 Prince Tomohito of Mikasa a member of the Imperial House of Japan and the eldest son of Takahito, Prince Mikasa and Yuriko, Princess Mikasa. He was a first cousin of Emperor Akihito, and was formerly sixth in the line of succession to the Japanese throne and the heir apparent to the princely house of Mikasa-no-miya and the title "Prince Mikasa". Prince Tomohito was the first member of the Imperial House of Japan with a full beard since Emperor Meiji, thus earning him the popular nickname of the "Bearded Prince". He died of cancer on 6 June 2012, aged 66
Jan 5 Ivan Rybkin a Russian politician; was Chairman of Russia's State Duma in 1994–96 and Secretary of the Security Council in 1996–98.
Jan 5 Diane Keaton an American film actress, director, producer, and screenwriter. Keaton began her career on stage, and made her screen debut in 1970. Her first major film role was as Kay Adams-Corleone in The Godfather , but the films that shaped her early career were those with director and co-star Woody Allen, beginning with Play It Again, Sam in 1972. Her next two films with Allen, Sleeper and Love and Death , established her as a comic actor. Her fourth, Annie Hall , won her the Academy Award for Best Actress
Jan 6 Syd Barrett an English musician, composer, singer, songwriter and painter. A founder member of the band Pink Floyd, Barrett was the lead vocalist, guitarist and principal songwriter in its early years and is credited with naming the band. Barrett left Pink Floyd in April 1968 and was briefly hospitalized amid speculation of mental illness exacerbated by drug use
Jan 6 Bilal Philips a Canadian Muslim teacher, speaker, and author who lives in Qatar. He appears on Peace TV, which is a 24-hour Islamic satellite TV channel
Jan 7 Michael Roizen an American anesthesiologist and internist, an award-winning author and the chief wellness officer at the Cleveland Clinic. Roizen became famous for developing the RealAge concept and has authored or coauthored five number one New York Times best sellers, including Real Age and four in the YOU series—those with Mehmet Oz
Jan 7 Jann Wenner the co-founder and publisher of the popular culture biweekly Rolling Stone, as well as the current owner of Men's Journal and Us Weekly magazines.
Jan 7 Mike Wilds a British racing driver from England. He participated in eight Formula One World Championship Grands Prix, debuting on 20 July 1974. He scored no championship points
Jan 8 Elijah Moshinsky an Australian opera director, theatre director and television director who has worked at the Royal Opera House, the Metropolitan Opera, the Royal National Theatre, BBC Television and numerous other venues.
Jan 8 Rubén Oswaldo Díaz a former Argentine footballer. He played for Racing Club in Argentina and Atlético Madrid in Spain. He was nicknamed "Panadero" because his father owned a bakery
Jan 8 Miguel Ángel Félix Gallardo a convicted Mexican drug lord who formed the Guadalajara Cartel in the 1980s, and controlled almost all of the drug trafficking in Mexico and the corridors along the Mexico–United States border.
Jan 8 Robby Krieger an American rock guitarist and songwriter. He was the guitarist in The Doors, and wrote or co-wrote many of the band's songs, including "Light My Fire", "Love Me Two Times", "Touch Me", and "Love Her Madly"
Jan 9 Mogens Lykketoft a Danish politician who has been Speaker of the Folketing since 2011. In the Cabinets of Poul Nyrup Rasmussen I, II, III and IV which governed from 1993 to 2001, he held positions as Finance Minister and Foreign Minister
Jan 9 Mohammad Ishaq Khan a historian of Kashmir. He was Dean Academics, Dean, Faculty of Social Sciences and Head, Department of History at Kashmir University. After his superannuation in 2005, he became the Director of the newly founded Centre for Kashmir Studies and later held the Shaikhul Alam Chair at Kashmir University until August 2008
Jan 10 Aynsley Dunbar an English drummer. He has worked with some of the top names in rock, including Nils Lofgren, Eric Burdon, John Mayall, Frank Zappa, Ian Hunter, Lou Reed, Jefferson Starship, Jeff Beck, David Bowie, Whitesnake, Sammy Hagar, Michael Schenker, UFO, Flo & Eddie and Journey
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Jan 10 Alexis Nihon Jr. an Olympic wrestler for the Bahamas. Born in Montreal, Quebec, Canada, he competed at the 1968 Summer Olympics. His brother Robert Nihon, who was also a wrestler also competed at the same Olympics
Jan 11 Naomi Judd an American country music singer, songwriter, and activist.
Jan 11 John Piper (theologian) a Calvinistic Baptist Christian preacher and author who served as Pastor for Preaching and Vision of Bethlehem Baptist Church in Minneapolis, Minnesota for 33 years. His books include ECPA Christian Book Award winners Spectacular Sins, What Jesus Demands from the World, Pierced by the Word, and God's Passion for His Glory, and bestsellers Don't Waste Your Life and The Passion of Jesus Christ. The evangelical organization Desiring God is named for his book Desiring God: Meditations of a Christian Hedonist
Jan 11 Tony Kaye (musician) an English keyboardist and songwriter. Kaye was the original keyboard player for the progressive rock group Yes from 1968 to 1971, and rejoined Yes from 1983 to 1995. Between his stints with Yes, he was also a founding member of the 1970s rock bands Badger and Detective, and joined Badfinger for their last album in 1981. Kaye currently plays with CIRCA:, which also features former Yes member Billy Sherwood, and formerly included Yes drummer Alan White
Jan 11 Lyudmila Poradnyk a former Soviet/Ukrainian handball player who competed in the 1976 Summer Olympics and in the 1980 Summer Olympics.
Jan 12 Ryszard Szurkowski a retired road bicycle racer from Poland.
Jan 12 Sergei Chetverukhin a former Soviet figure skater. He trained at VSS Trud in Moscow. He is a three-time medalist at the World Figure Skating Championships and a four-time medalist at the European Figure Skating Championships, each time coming in behind Ondrej Nepela. He won the silver medal at the 1972 Sapporo Olympics
Jan 12 George Duke an American musician, known as a keyboard pioneer, composer, singer and producer in both jazz and popular mainstream musical genres. He worked with numerous acclaimed artists as arranger, music director, writer and co-writer, record producer and as a professor of music. He first made a name for himself with the album The Jean-Luc Ponty Experience with the George Duke Trio. He was known primarily for thirty-odd solo albums as well as for his collaborations with other musicians, particularly Frank Zappa
Jan 12 Cynthia Robinson an African-American musician, best known for being the trumpeter and vocalist in "Sly and the Family Stone".
Jan 12 Hazel Cosgrove Lady Cosgrove a Scottish lawyer, and was the first woman to be appointed a Senator of the College of Justice, a judge of Scotland's Supreme Courts.