Born in 1948

Jan 1 Ampon Tangnoppakul a Thai national accused of sending four Short Message Service messages from his cell phones to Somkiat Khrongwatthanasuk, secretary of then Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva. The messages were deemed offensive to the King and Queen of Thailand, as proscribed by section 112 of the Criminal Code of Thailand and the law on computer-related offences. Having been found guilty of four charges in November 2011, he was sentenced by the Criminal Court to four consecutive five-year terms, for a total of twenty years in prison. His death in prison during the first year of his sentence attracted national and international criticism, prompting a national discussion of Thailand's lèse majesté law
Jan 1 Ismael Zambada García a Mexican drug lord and one of the two Sinaloa Cartel leaders. He has served as the logistical coordinator for the Zambada-García faction of the Sinaloa Cartel which has assisted in the exporting of cocaine and heroin into Chicago and other U.S. cities by train, ship, jet and submarine
Jan 1 Volodymyr Shkidchenko a Ukrainian military, General of Army of Ukraine. Minister of Defence of Ukraine
Jan 1 Pavel Grachev a Russian Army General and the Defence Minister of the Russian Federation from 1992 to 1996; in 1988 he was awarded Hero of the Soviet Union gold star. As Defence Minister, Grachev gained notoriety because of his military incompetence displayed during the First Chechen War and the persistent allegations of involvement in enormous corruption scandals
Jan 1 Ilja Bereznickas a Lithuanian animator, illustrator, scriptwriter and caricaturist.
Jan 1 Javier Aguirresarobe a Spanish Basque cinematographer.
Jan 1 Devlet Bahçeli a Turkish politician and has been the chairman of the Nationalist Movement Party since 6 July 1997.
Jan 1 Joe Petagno an American artist known principally for creating images used on rock album covers for bands such as Pink Floyd, Led Zeppelin, Nazareth, Sweet, Motörhead, Roy Harper, Marduk, Bal-Sagoth, and Illdisposed.
Jan 2 Tony Woodley a British trade unionist who was the Joint-General Secretary of Unite, a union formed through the merger of Amicus and the Transport and General Workers' Union, from 2007 to 2011. Despite stepping down as Joint-General Secretary, he remains the Head of Organising for Unite. He was previously the General Secretary of the Transport and General Workers union from 2004 to 2007
Jan 2 Givi Nodia a Soviet Georgian footballer.
Jan 2 Kerry Minnear a classically trained multi-instrumentalist who played in the progressive rock band Gentle Giant during the 1970s.
Jan 2 Judith Miller an American journalist and writer. She is formerly of the New York Times Washington bureau, where she became embroiled in controversy after her coverage of Iraq's Weapons of Mass Destruction program both before and after the 2003 invasion was discovered to have been based on faulty information, particularly those stories that were based on sourcing from the now-disgraced Ahmed Chalabi. A number of stories she wrote while working for The New York Times were deemed to be inaccurate by her employer. According to commentator Ken Silverstein, Miller's Iraq reporting "effectively ended her career as a respectable journalist."
Jan 2 Ognjen Petrović a Serbian goalkeeper who played at Euro 76 for SFR Yugoslavia.
Jan 4 Allyson Hennessy a veteran Trinidad and Tobago television news presenter. She was trained in the United Kingdom
Jan 4 Reinhard Skricek a retired boxer from Germany, who represented West Germany at the 1976 Summer Olympics in Montreal, Canada. There he won the bronze medal in the welterweight division after being defeated in the semifinals by eventual silver medalist Pedro Gamarro of Venezuela
Jan 4 Gennadi Gagulia a two-time former Prime Minister of Abkhazia and the current head of the Chamber of Commerce and Industry.
Jan 4 Wolfgang Mulack a former professional German footballer.
Jan 4 Kostas Davourlis The first version of this article has been based in the text of el:Κώστας Δαβουρλής of the Greek Wikipedia published under GFDL.
Jan 4 Eugeniusz Wycisło a Polish politician. He was elected to the Sejm on September 25, 2005 getting 6836 votes in 30 Rybnik district, candidating from the Civic Platform list
Jan 4 Cissé Mariam Kaïdama Sidibé the Prime Minister of Mali from 2011 to 2012, the first woman to be appointed to the position in the country's history. She was announced to the position by decree on 3 April 2011, replacing Modibo Sidibé. On 22 March 2012, following the suspension of the constitution in the 2012 Malian coup d'état, she was removed from office and reported to be detained by junta forces
Jan 5 Ted Lange an American actor, director, and screenwriter best known for his role as the bartender, Isaac Washington, in the 1970s TV series The Love Boat. Lange and Gavin MacLeod, who played his captain in the series, have remained close friends
Jan 5 Nikolay Gogol (canoeist) a Soviet sprint canoer who competed in the early to mid-1970s. He won five medals at the ICF Canoe Sprint World Championships with three golds , a silver , and a bronze
Jan 5 Parthasarathy Sharma an Indian cricketer.
Jan 5 Giuseppe Impastato a political activist who opposed the Mafia, which ordered his murder in 1978.
Jan 6 Hilarion (Kapral) the first in its history First-Hierarch of ROCOR, approved by the Holy Synod of the Moscow Patriarchate. He also remains the ruling bishop of the Diocese of Australia and New Zealand
Jan 6 Guy Gardner (astronaut) a United States Air Force officer and a former astronaut. He holds the rank of Colonel. He flew as pilot on two Space Shuttle missions, STS-27 and STS-35. Gardner was also the 12th president of the Williamson Free School of Mechanical Trades
Jan 7 Shobhaa De an Indian columnist and novelist. De is best known for her depiction of socialites and sex in her works of fiction, for which she has come to be known as the "Jackie Collins of India"
Jan 7 Nikolay Nogovitsyn a former Soviet Nordic combined skier who competed during the 1970s. He won a silver medal in the individual event at the 1970 FIS Nordic World Ski Championships in Vysoké Tatry
Jan 7 Ichirou Mizuki a Japanese vocalist, lyrist, composer, voice actor and actor best known for his work on theme songs for anime and tokusatsu. For over 40 years, he has recorded over 1200 songs for Japanese film, television, video and video games. He is referred to by fans and fellow performers alike as the Aniki of the anison, or anime music genre. He has produced the singing duo Apple Pie since 1990 and created the supergroup JAM Project in 2000
Jan 7 Kenny Loggins an American singer/songwriter and guitarist. He is known for soft rock music beginning in the 1970s, and later for writing and performing for movie soundtracks in the 1980s. Originally a part of the duo Loggins and Messina, he became a solo artist and has written songs for other artists. Kenny Loggins is also the voice of the disc jockey in Grand Theft Auto V's "Los Santos Rock Radio", also providing his song "I'm Free " for the station
Jan 7 Koloman Gögh a professional Czechoslovak footballer.
Jan 7 Anne Queffélec a French classical pianist, born in Paris.
Jan 8 Bobby Jaggers an American professional wrestler, best known under the ring name of "Hangman" Bobby Jaggers. Most of his renown as a wrestler came from his appearances in various National Wrestling Alliance-affiliated promotions. In particular, he found his greatest success in Championship Wrestling from Florida and Pacific Northwest Wrestling, the latter near his hometown of Vancouver, Washington. His wrestling gimmick was of a cowboy from Kansas, where he spent the later years of his life
Jan 8 Jerzy Kaczmarek a Polish fencer. He won a gold medal in the team foil event at the 1972 Summer Olympics
Jan 8 Rey Misterio Sr. a Mexican professional wrestler, trainer and actor. He is the uncle of well-known luchador Rey Mysterio, His name directly translates to "King Mystery" in English. He was one of the top stars and promoters in Mexico throughout the 1970s and 1980s
Jan 9 Bill Cowsill an American singer, musician, songwriter and producer. He is particularly notable as the lead singer and guitarist of The Cowsills, who had three top 10 singles in the late 1960s. From the mid-1970s until his death, he developed a career in Canada as an alt-country artist, as well as being the producer of a diverse number of Canadian artists
Jan 9 Jan Tomaszewski a Polish politician, football commentator, and former international footballer that played as a goalkeeper. As a footballer, he was nicknamed "Tomek" and "The Man That Stopped England", and was named Best Goalkeeper in the 1974 World Cup
Jan 9 Cassie Gaines an American singer, best known for her work with Southern rock band Lynyrd Skynyrd.
Jan 10 David Neuberger Baron Neuberger of Abbotsbury an English judge. He is currently President of the Supreme Court of the United Kingdom. He was a Lord of Appeal in Ordinary until the House of Lords' judicial functions were transferred to the new Supreme Court in 2009, at which point he became Master of the Rolls, the second most senior judge in England and Wales. He also serves as a Non-Permanent Judge of the Hong Kong Court of Final Appeal
Jan 10 Bernard Thévenet a retired French bicycle racer. He is a two-time winner of the Tour de France and known for ending the reign of five-time Tour champion Eddy Merckx. He also won the Dauphiné Libéré in 1975 and 1976
Jan 10 Sergey Mikhaylovich Ignatyev a Russian economist, banker, and official.
Jan 10 Viktor Zolotov head of the Russia president's personal security service , appointed by Vladimir Putin.
Jan 10 Teresa Graves an American actress and singer. As the star of the 1974 Get Christie Love!, Graves is credited as being the first African-American woman to star in her own hour-long drama television series
Jan 10 Fayette Pinkney an American singer and one of the original members of musical group The Three Degrees.
Jan 10 Donald Fagen an American musician and songwriter, best known as the co-founder and lead singer of the rock band Steely Dan.
Jan 10 Mischa Maisky a Latvian-born Israeli cellist.
Jan 10 William Sanderson an American character actor famous for his role as Larry on the 1980s television series Newhart.
Jan 11 Mikihiko Renjō a Japanese writer, winner of the Naoki Prize.
Jan 11 Brian Cantor CBE FREng has been the Vice-Chancellor of the University of Bradford since October 2013. Prior to this appointment he was Vice-Chancellor at the University of York from 2002 to 2013. According to the Yorkshire Post his salary at the University of York was £203,633
Jan 11 Joe Harper (footballer) a Scottish former footballer from Greenock, mainly remembered for his two spells with Aberdeen, during which he became the club's record goalscorer.