Born in 1949

Jan 1 Max Azria a Tunisian Fashion Designer, who founded the contemporary women's clothing brand BCBG Max Azria. Azria is also the designer, chairman and CEO of BCBG Max Azria Group, a global fashion house that encompasses over 20 brands. He is based in Los Angeles
Jan 1 Alimzhan Tokhtakhunov a Russian businessman, suspected criminal, and former sportsman. He is accused in relations with organized crime and bribing of figure skating judges in the 2002 Winter Olympics. His nickname is thought to be "Taiwanchik," which refers to his distinctly Asiatic as opposed to European facial features
Jan 1 Borys Tarasyuk a Ukrainian politician who twice served as the Minister for Foreign Affairs of Ukraine and is now an He is from Zhytomyr Oblast. Tarasyuk studied international relations and international law at National Taras Shevchenko University of Kyiv, and graduated in 1975. Besides Ukrainian, he is fluent in English, French and Russian. As of 2012, Tarasyuk is a sitting member of the International Honorary Council of the European Academy of Diplomacy
Jan 1 Mukharby Kirzhinov a former Soviet weightlifter, Olympic champion and world champion. He won gold medal in the lightweight class at the 1972 Summer Olympics in Munich
Jan 1 Nijaz Duraković a Bosnian author, intellectual, professor and politician. He is widely considered to have been one of the most influential modern authors on sociopolitical issues in the region of his generation
Jan 1 Abdumalik Abdullajanov a Tajikistani politician. He served as the Prime Minister of Tajikistan from September 21, 1992 to December 18, 1993. He resigned as Prime Minister to become Tajikistan's first ambassador to Russia. In 1994, he ran in the second presidential elections in Tajikistan but, according to official reports, lost to Emomalii Rahmon, Tajikistan’s current president. After that, he left Tajikistan, stayed in Russia for several years, then moved to the United States in 1998 and lived there since then; Abdullajanov had refugee status there. Abdullajanov was detained at Boryspil International Airport on the request of the Tajik authorities upon arriving from Los Angeles on 5 February 2013. Tajik authorities accuse Abdullajanov of plotting an assassination attempt on Rahmon on 30 April 1997, when the president was wounded in the leg. Abdullajanov was also charged with organizing a riot in the Sughd Province which claimed dozens of lives in 1998. Abdullajanov has denied any involvement in his interviews to Western media. On 4 April 2013 Ukraine freed Abdullajanov from detention and refused a request to extradite him to his homeland
Jan 1 Olivia Goldsmith an American author, best known for her first novel The First Wives Club , which was adapted into the movie The First Wives Club.
Jan 1 Paula Tsui a Cantopop singer in Hong Kong. She has been affiliated with the TVB television station until the mid-1990s but has performed for Asia Television on several occasions since 1995
Jan 2 Jean Krier a Luxembourg poet who in 2011 was awarded both the Adelbert von Chamisso Prize for the best work by a non-German author and the Servais Prize for the best literary work written by a Luxembourger. In both cases, the work in question was Herzens Lust Spiele. In connection with the Chamisso prize, the jury commented on how the work provided an original and impressive enrichment of German-language poetry. "His carpets of German, subtly interspersed with sprinkles of French, are fed by experiential elements and reading experiences"
Jan 2 Iris Marion Young Professor of Political Science at the University of Chicago, and affiliated with the Center for Gender Studies and the Human Rights program there. Her research covered contemporary political theory, feminist social theory, and normative analysis of public policy
Jan 2 Christopher Durang an American playwright known for works of outrageous and often absurd comedy. His work was especially popular in the 1980s, though his career seemed to get a second wind in the late 1990s. His play, Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike won the Tony Award for Best Play in 2013. The production was directed by Nicholas Martin, and featured Sigourney Weaver, David Hyde Pierce, Kristine Nielsen, Billy Magnussen, Shalita Grant and Genevieve Angelson
Jan 2 Michelangelo Spensieri an Italian-Canadian politician and lawyer in Ontario. He served in the Legislative Assembly of Ontario from 1981 to 1985, as a member of the Ontario Liberal Party
Jan 2 Gennady Novitsky a Belarusian politician.
Jan 2 Vladimir Lutchenko a retired ice hockey player who played in the Soviet Hockey League. He played for HC CSKA Moscow. He was inducted into the Russian and Soviet Hockey Hall of Fame in 1970
Jan 2 Anatoli Piskunov a retired Russian professional footballer. He made his professional debut in the Soviet First League in 1969 for FC Volga Kalinin
Jan 2 Nikolai Pankin a Soviet Olympic swimmer. He won a bronze medal in the 1968 Summer Olympics
Jan 2 Leijn Loevesijn a former Dutch cyclist.
Jan 2 John Turner (Minor Counties cricketer) an English cricketer. Turner was a right-handed batsman who bowled slow left-arm orthodox. He was born at Princes Risborough, Buckinghamshire
Jan 3 Sylvia Likens an American murder victim. She was tortured to death by Gertrude Baniszewski, Baniszewski's children, and other young people from their neighborhood. Her parents, who were carnival workers, had left Likens and her sister Jenny in the care of the Baniszewski family three months before her death in exchange for $20 a week
Jan 4 Mick Mills an English former footballer who played for Ipswich Town, Southampton and Stoke City. He managed Stoke City, Colchester United and Birmingham City. During his career he achieved Ipswich Town's record number of appearances and captained England at the 1982 World Cup
Jan 4 Andrei Chistyakov (conductor) a Russian conductor and National Artist of Russia.
Jan 4 Bwanga Tshimen a former footballer from the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Bwanga won the 1973 African Footballer of the Year while with TP Mazembe in Lubumbashi. During his playing days in the early and mid 1970s he was nicknamed "Black Beckenbauer" by the African and French press due to his playing style
Jan 5 Zhang Ruimin a Chinese businessman and chief executive officer of Haier Group. He is known for his work in turning a little-known, bankrupt refrigerator manufacturer into the world's fourth-largest white appliances company
Jan 5 Saskia Sassen a Dutch-American sociologist noted for her analyses of globalization and international human migration. She is Robert Lynd Professor of Sociology at Columbia University and Centennial visiting Professor at the London School of Economics. Sassen coined the term global city. She is married to the sociologist Richard Sennett
Jan 5 Erich Buck a German former ice dancer who competed for West Germany. With his sister Angelika Buck, he is the 1972 European champion, a four-time World medalist, and a six-time West German national champion
Jan 5 Vladimir Boldyrev Commander-in-Chief of the Russian Ground Forces.
Jan 6 Mike Boit a Kenyan former middle distance athlete whose career spanned fifteen years. He is a professor at Kenyatta University in the Department of Exercise and Sports Science
Jan 6 Rudolf van den Berg a Dutch writer and director.
Jan 6 Carolyn D. Wright "C. D." Wright is an American poet
Jan 7 Jean Kalala N'Tumba a Congolese football forward who played for Zaire in the 1974 FIFA World Cup. He also played for AS Vita Club
Jan 7 Chavo Guerrero Sr. a retired professional wrestler. He is known for his work in Universal Wrestling Federation , American Wrestling Association and World Wrestling Entertainment and for being the father of third generation wrestler Chavo Guerrero, He is the oldest son of Salvador "Gory" Guerrero, and part of the Guerrero wrestling family. He is the oldest WWE Cruiserweight Champion
Jan 7 Marshall Chapman an American singer-songwriter and author.
Jan 7 Steven Williams an American actor of films and television.
Jan 8 Vasily Ilyin a former Soviet/Russian handball player.
Jan 8 Lawrence Rowe a former West Indian cricketer.
Jan 8 Anne Schedeen an American actress, best known as Kate Tanner on ALF, which ran from 1986-1990.
Jan 9 Sister Ping arrested in Hong Kong, extradited back to the United States, and held in U.S. Federal prison until her death in April 2014
Jan 10 Allu Aravind an Indian film producer and distributor in Tollywood and political candidate. He produces films under his production company Geetha Arts with his brother in law, Chiranjeevi
Jan 10 Fred Bronson an American journalist, author and writer. He is best known for his appearances on American Idol, the weekly "Chart Beat" column in Billboard magazine, and as the author of books related to Billboard charts
Jan 10 James Lapine an American stage director and librettist. He has won the Tony Award for Best Book of a Musical three times, for Into the Woods, Falsettos, and Passion. He has frequently collaborated with Stephen Sondheim and William Finn
Jan 10 George Foreman a retired American professional boxer, two-time World Heavyweight Champion, Olympic gold medalist, ordained minister, author, and entrepreneur. After a troubled childhood, Foreman took up boxing and was a gold medalist at the 1968 Olympics. He won the World Heavyweight title with a second round knockout of then-undefeated Joe Frazier in Kingston, Jamaica, in 1973. He made two successful title defenses before losing to Muhammad Ali in "The Rumble in the Jungle" in 1974. He was unable to secure another title shot, and retired following a loss to Jimmy Young in 1977. Following what he referred to as a religious epiphany, Foreman became an ordained Christian minister. Ten years later, he announced a comeback and, in November 1994, at age 45, he regained the Heavyweight Championship by knocking out 27-year-old Michael Moorer. Foreman is the oldest Heavyweight Champion in history, and second oldest in any weight class after Bernard Hopkins. He retired in 1997 at the age of 48, with a final record of 76–5, including 68 knockouts
Jan 10 Ahmad Suradji a serial killer in Indonesia. Suradji, a cattle-breeder born on 10 January 1949, was executed July 10, 2008. He was also known as Nasib Kelewang, or by his alias Datuk. He admitted to killing 42 girls and women over a period of 11 years. His victims ranged in age from 11 to 30, and were strangled with a cable after being buried up to their waists in the ground as part of a ritual. Suradji was arrested on May 2, 1997, after bodies were discovered near his home on the outskirts of Medan, the capital of North Sumatra. He buried his victims in a sugarcane plantation near his home, with heads of the victims facing his house, which he believed would give him extra power
Jan 10 Walter Browne an American chess Grandmaster and poker player. Browne has won the U.S. Chess Championship six times
Jan 10 Linda Lovelace an American pornographic actress famous for her performance in the 1972 hardcore porn film Deep Throat. Although the film was an enormous success at the time, it was later alleged that Boreman's abusive husband, Chuck Traynor, had threatened and coerced into her performance. Boreman described what went on behind the scenes in her autobiography Ordeal. She later became a spokeswoman for the anti-pornography movement
Jan 11 Chris Ford an American former professional basketball player and head coach.He is known for making the first-counted three-point shot on October 1979.A 6-foot-5 guard, he played high school basketball at Holy Spirit High School in Absecon, New Jersey, before continuing on to Villanova University.
Jan 11 Paco Ignacio Taibo II a Mexican writer, novelist and political activist.
Jan 11 Anna Suvorova a Russian Orientalist and art critic. She is bilingual in Russian and Urdu
Jan 11 David Rotem an Israeli politician and member of the Knesset for Yisrael Beiteinu.
Jan 11 Mohammad Reza Rahimi an Iranian politician who was first vice president from 13 September 2009 until 3 August 2013. His previous posts included governor of the Kurdistan province and vice president for parliamentary affairs
Jan 11 Bogdan Borusewicz Michał Borusewicz, has been the Speaker in the Polish Senate since 20 October 2005. Borusewicz was a democratic opposition activist under the Communist regime, a member of the Polish parliament for three terms and first Senate Speaker to serve two terms in this office