Born in 1947

Jan 1 Hideaki Yanagida a Japanese wrestler and Olympic champion in Freestyle wrestling.
Jan 1 Yuri Yukechev a Russian composer and music teacher. He is an Honoured Art Worker of the Russian Federation
Jan 1 Vladimir Georgiyevich Titov born January 1, 1947, in Sretensk, in the Zabaykalsky Krai region of Russia. He is married to the former Alexandra Kozlova of Ivanovo Region, Russia. They have two children
Jan 1 Leonid Lakerbaia the Prime Minister of Abkhazia in the Government of President Ankvab from 27 September 2011 until his resignation on 2 June 2014 following the 2014 Abkhazian political crisis. Lakerbaia is also chairman of the socio-political movement Aitaira
Jan 1 Jon Corzine an American financial executive and politician. A Democrat, he was a United States Senator from New Jersey from 2001 to 2006 and was the 54th Governor of New Jersey from 2006 to 2010. He also worked as CEO of Goldman Sachs during the 1990s and was CEO of MF Global from 2010 to 2011. He was charged by the Commodity Futures Trading Commission in connection with MF's bankruptcy in 2011
Jan 1 László Polgár (bass) an Hungarian operatic bass.
Jan 1 Kakhi Asatiani a Georgian footballer and sports manager.
Jan 1 F. R. David David is a Tunisian-born French singer, best known for his 1982 hit single "Words "
Jan 1 Leonard Thompson (golfer) an American professional golfer who has played on the PGA Tour, Nationwide Tour and Champions Tour.
Jan 2 Jack Hanna an American zookeeper who is the Director Emeritus of the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium. He was Director of the zoo from 1978 to 1993, and is viewed as largely responsible for elevating its quality and reputation. His media appearances, particularly with David Letterman, have made him one of the most notable animal experts in the United States. Hanna, nicknamed "Jungle Jack", is known for his khaki safari outfit, deep tan, and Southern accent
Jan 2 Calvin Hill a retired American football running back who had a 12-year NFL career from 1969 to 1981. He played for the Dallas Cowboys, Washington Redskins and Cleveland Browns. In 1975 he played for The Hawaiians of the World Football League
Jan 2 Alexander Yakushev a former ice hockey player and coach for the Soviet Union.
Jan 2 Alexander Tikhonov a retired Russian biathlete who represented the USSR. Tikhonov trained at Dynamo in Novosibirsk. He is one of the most successful biathletes of all time, with nine world championship gold medals and four Olympic gold medals. He lacks an individual Olympic gold medal in his cupboard, but took part in the gold medal relay winning teams in 1968, 1972, 1976, and 1980
Jan 2 Lee Chang-myung a North Korean football goalkeeper who played for North Korea in the 1966 FIFA World Cup. He also played for Kigwancha Sports Club
Jan 2 Rustam Kazakov a former Soviet wrestler and Olympic Champion.
Jan 2 Andrzej Bachleda (born 1947) a Polish former alpine skier who competed in the 1968 Winter Olympics and 1972 Winter Olympics. In 1968 he finished 6th in slalom race
Jan 2 David Shapiro (poet) an American poet, literary critic, and art historian. He has written some twenty volumes of poetry, literary, and art criticism. He was first published at the age of thirteen, and his first book was published when he was just eighteen
Jan 2 Valery Shary a former Byelorussian weightlifter and Olympic champion who competed for the Soviet Union.
Jan 3 Patricia Anthony an American science fiction and slipstream author. Anthony published her first science fiction novel in 1992 with Cold Allies, about the arrival of extraterrestrials in the midst of a 21st-century Third World War. This was followed by Brother Termite, Conscience of the Beagle, The Happy Policeman, Cradle of Splendor, and God's Fires, each of which combined science fiction plots with other genres in unconventional ways. Several of her short-fiction works were republished in the 1998 collection Eating Memories
Jan 3 Zulema an American disco and rhythm & blues singer and songwriter. Aside from her solo career, she was a member of an early line up of Faith, Hope and Charity and worked as a backing vocalist and songwriter with Aretha Franklin
Jan 3 Peter Chen an American computer scientist. He is a Distinguished Career Scientist and faculty member at Carnegie Mellon University, who is known for the development of the entity-relationship model in 1976
Jan 3 Seweryn Krajewski a Polish singer and songwriter who rose to fame in the 1960s and 70s with the popular Polish band Czerwone Gitary. After leaving the group in 1997, he recorded several solo albums
Jan 4 Doc Neeson an Australian singer-songwriter and musician. He was the front man for the hard rock band The Angels from its formation in February 1976 to their disbandment in December 1999. For the group Neeson was the main lyricist with brothers, John and Rick Brewster, as the music composers. Their top 20 studio albums on the Australian Kent Music Report Albums Chart are Face to Face , No Exit , Dark Room , Night Attack , Watch the Red , Two Minute Warning and Howling. Their number-one album, Beyond Salvation, on the ARIA Albums Chart appeared in February 1990 and was followed by another top 20 album, Red Back Fever. The group's top 20 singles on the related Australian charts are "No Secrets" , "Into the Heat" , "Never so Live" , "We Gotta Get out of This Place" , "Am I Ever Gonna See Your Face Again" , "Let the Night Roll On" and "Dogs Are Talking"
Jan 4 Chris Cutler an English percussionist, composer, lyricist and music theorist. Best known for his work with English avant-rock group Henry Cow, Cutler was also a member and drummer of other bands, including Art Bears, News from Babel, Pere Ubu and Gong/Mothergong. He has collaborated with many musicians and groups, including Fred Frith, Lindsay Cooper, Zeena Parkins, Peter Blegvad, Telectu and The Residents, and has appeared on over 100 recordings. Cutler's career spans over three decades and he still performs actively throughout the world
Jan 4 Rick Stein an English chef, restaurateur and television presenter. He is currently the head chef and co-owner of "Rick Stein at Bannisters" at Mollymook, New South Wales, Australia, owns four restaurants in Padstow, a fish and chip shop in Falmouth, Cornwall, and has written or presented a number of cookery books and television programmes
Jan 4 Natalia E. Bazhanova an influential Russian political scientist, historian, economist, educator, writer and diplomat. She gained wider prominence through her works on Korea, China, USA and a post-Cold War world order: “Between Dead Dogmas and Practical Requirements. External Economic Relations of North Korea” ; “The Most Mysterious War of the XX century ” ; “Chinese Mosaic” ; “America: Yesterday and Today”, Volumes 1, 2 ; “International Relations in the XXI century” etс
Jan 5 Kathrine Switzer an American author, television commentator and marathon runner, best known as the first woman to run the Boston Marathon as a numbered entry.
Jan 5 Mike DeWine an American lawyer and Republican Party politician from Cedarville, Ohio. DeWine is serving his first term as Ohio Attorney General, a seat he won election to in 2010 by defeating incumbent Richard Cordray. DeWine was sworn in on January 10, 2011
Jan 5 Mercury Morris a former American football player, nicknamed early on for his quickness when running with the ball. Morris was a running back and kick returner for seven years, playing mostly for the Miami Dolphins
Jan 6 Ian Millar a Canadian Equestrian Team athlete for show jumping. He is a two-time winner of the Show Jumping World Cup and an Olympic silver medalist. Due to his longevity and accomplishments, he is often nicknamed "Captain Canada" in his sport. He holds the record for most Olympic appearances. A member of Canada's 2012 Olympic Games team, he broke the record when he took part in his tenth Games in London 2012. In 2013, he was inducted into the Ontario Sports Hall of Fame
Jan 6 Garib Mammadov an Azerbaijani scholar and politician serving as the Chairman of State Land and Cartography Committee of Azerbaijan Republic.
Jan 6 Sandy Denny an English singer and songwriter, perhaps best known as the lead singer for the folk rock band Fairport Convention. She has been described as "the pre-eminent British folk rock singer"
Jan 7 Fern Fitzgerald an American actress, best known for her recurring role as oil cartel businesswoman Marilee Stone in the CBS primetime soap opera Dallas from 1979 to 1989. She guest-starred in the number of other television series, like Archie Bunker's Place, Hill Street Blues, Hotel, Who's the Boss?, Life Goes On, and Seinfeld. In film, Fitzgerald appeared of The Beach Girls. She also appeared in the original productions of Chicago and A Chorus Line on Broadway
Jan 7 Stefan Angelov a Bulgarian former wrestler who competed in the 1972 Summer Olympics and in the 1976 Summer Olympics.
Jan 7 Tony Elliott (publisher) the founder and owner of Time Out Group based in London, England. Previously married to Janet Street-Porter, he is now married to Janey Elliott, and has three sons. He was educated at Stowe School and Keele University
Jan 7 Mohammad-Reza Lotfi a Persian classical musician renowned for his mastery of the Tar and Setar.
Jan 8 David Gates (author) an American journalist and novelist. His first novel, Jernigan , about a dysfunctional one-parent family, was a Pulitzer Prize finalist in 1992 and was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award. This was followed by a second novel, Preston Falls , and a short story collection, The Wonders of the Invisible World. He has published short stories in" The New Yorker", "Tin House", "Newsweek", "The New York Times Book Review", Bookforum, "Rolling Stone", H.O.W, "The Oxford American", The Journal of Country Music, Esquire magazine, Ploughshares, GQ, Grand Street, TriQuarterly, and The Paris Review. Gates is also a Guggenheim Fellow
Jan 8 Don Bendell an American author, rancher, tracker, and a former Green Beret. He has published 26 books and assisted in exposing former Atlantic City Mayor Bob Levy's claims of serving as a Green Beret as false
Jan 8 Terry Sylvester the English guitarist/singer with The Escorts, The Swinging Blue Jeans and The Hollies. In the latter guise, he took on the high parts formerly sung by Graham Nash, who had left the band in December 1968
Jan 8 Igor Vasilyevich Ivanov a Russian-born Canadian Grandmaster of chess and a concert pianist.
Jan 8 David Bowie an English singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, record producer, arranger, and actor. He is also a painter and collector of fine art. Bowie has been a major figure in the world of popular music for over four decades, and is renowned as an innovator, particularly for his work in the 1970s. He is known for his distinctive voice as well as the intellectual depth and eclecticism of his work. Aside from his musical abilities, he is recognised for his androgynous beauty, which was an iconic element to his image, particularly in the 1970s and 1980s
Jan 8 William Bonin an American serial killer and twice-paroled sex offender, who committed the rape, torture and murder of a minimum of 21 boys and young men in a series of killings between 1979 and 1980 in southern California. He is sometimes referred to as "The Freeway Killer", a nickname he shares with two other – separate – serial killers, Patrick Kearney and Randy Steven Kraft. Bonin is also suspected of committing a further fifteen murders. He was convicted of 14 of these murders and subsequently executed in 1996
Jan 8 Laurie Walters an American former television actress, best known for playing Joanie Bradford on Eight Is Enough, which aired from 1977 until 1981 on ABC.
Jan 8 Luke Williams (wrestler) a professional wrestler best known as Luke Williams, one half of the tag team known as "The Sheepherders" on the independent scene and in the National Wrestling Alliance and as The Bushwhackers in the WWF.
Jan 8 Samuel Schmid a Swiss politician who was a member of the Swiss Federal Council from 2000 to 2008. He was the head of the Federal Department of Defence, Civil Protection and Sports
Jan 9 Ronnie Landfield an American abstract painter. During his early career from the mid-1960s through the 1970s his paintings were associated with Lyrical Abstraction, , and he was represented by the David Whitney Gallery and the André Emmerich Gallery
Jan 9 Yuri Baluyevsky the former First Deputy Minister of Defense and Chief of the General Staff of the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation, positions he held from July 2004 to 2008.
Jan 10 Humberto Ortega a Nicaraguan military leader, often self-called leading Latin American revolutionary strategist, and published writer. He was Minister of Defense between the victory of the Sandinista revolution in 1979 under the National Reconstruction Government, through the first presidency of his brother Daniel Ortega Saavedra, and through the presidency of Violeta Barrios de Chamorro who defeated Daniel Ortega in the elections of 1990
Jan 10 Takashi Matsuoka a first-generation Japanese American writer. He lives in Honolulu, Hawaii, United States, and worked at a Zen Buddhist temple before becoming a full-time writer. His books about American missionaries' visits to Japan are often compared to Shōgun and other books by British historical novelist James Clavell. Matsuoka also worked as a writer for the 1990 film Pale Blood
Jan 10 Tiit Vähi an Estonian politician who was Prime Minister of Estonia from 1995 to 1997. He was also acting Prime Minister for several months during 1992 under the transitional government