Born in 1950

Jan 1 Wayne Bennett (rugby league) an Australian professional rugby league football coach and former player who is the current head coach for the Brisbane Broncos of the National Rugby League. An Australian international and Queensland interstate representative winger or fullback of the 1970s, he also worked as a Queensland Police officer before becoming a Brisbane Rugby League premiership-winning coach, and in the 1980s earned selection as Queensland's State of Origin coach. After starting his NSWRL Premiership coaching career with the Canberra Raiders, in 1988 Bennett was appointed the inaugural coach of the new Brisbane Broncos club, later winning six premierships with them, and in 1998 was first selected to coach the Australian national team. He has since coached the George Illawarra Dragons and the Newcastle Knights, and set Australian coaching records for most grand final wins and most seasons with a single club
Jan 1 James Richardson (poet) an American poet.
Jan 1 Morgan Fisher an English keyboard player and composer, and is most known as a member of Mott the Hoople in the early 1970s. However, his career has covered a wide range of musical activities, and he is still active in the music industry. In recent years he has expanded into photography
Jan 1 Mahmoud Sakalov a Russian politician of Ingush ethnicity, who is serving as the Chairman of the People's Assembly of the Republic of Ingushetia. Sakalov has an educated background, and is a lawyer
Jan 1 Eugenio Morel a retired professional footballer.
Jan 1 Mária Vadász a Hungarian handball player, Olympic bronze medalist and World Championship silver medalist.
Jan 1 Tony Brenton a former British diplomat. He entered the British Foreign Office in 1975, where he began his career learning Arabic and spent three years in the British Embassy in Cairo working on Middle East disputes. He later worked in London and Brussels on the development of European Community Foreign and Energy Policy and, also in Brussels, he worked on European Environment Policy for the European Commission, dealing with energy issues, the Chernobyl crisis and the birth of European environment policy
Jan 1 Deepa Mehta an Indo-Canadian film director and screenwriter, most known for her Elements Trilogy, Fire , Earth , and Water ; among which Earth was sent by India as its official entry for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film, and Water was Canada's official entry for Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film, making it only the second non-French-language Canadian film to put forth for consideration in that category , and the first to receive an Oscar nomination. She also co-founded Hamilton-Mehta Productions, with her husband, producer David Hamilton in 1996. She was awarded a Genie Award in 2003 for the screenplay of Bollywood/Hollywood
Jan 2 Siamion Domash a Belarusian policitican.
Jan 2 Kaadyr-ool Bicheldey a Russian philologist and politician of Tuvan descent.
Jan 2 Grant Adcox a stock car racing driver who died in a single-car accident in the 1989 Atlanta Journal 500 in the NASCAR Winston Cup Series.
Jan 2 Anatoli Ushanov an Russian football coach and a former player.
Jan 2 David Shifrin an American classical clarinetist.
Jan 2 Débora Duarte a Brazilian actress. Her parents are actors Lima Duarte and Marisa Sanches. At the age of five, Duarte got her first role, on the TV Tupi series Ciranda, cirandinha
Jan 3 Olivier Greif a French composer of Polish-Jewish parentage. His father was an Auschwitz survivor, a fact which affected Greif deeply and led him to compose a number of Holocaust-themed works, notably Todesfuge, based on the poem by Paul Celan, and Lettres de Westerbork, a song cycle which uses letters written by Etty Hillesum
Jan 3 Vesna Vulović a Serbian former flight attendant. She holds the world record, according to the Guinness Book of Records, for surviving the highest fall without a parachute: 10,160 metres
Jan 3 Masha and Dasha Krivoshlyapova Mariya and Darya Krivoshlyapova were Russian conjoined twins of the Ischiopagus tripus variety.
Jan 3 Victoria Principal an American actress, author and businesswoman best known for her role as Pamela Barnes Ewing on the CBS nighttime soap opera Dallas from 1978 to 1987.
Jan 4 John Louis Evans the first inmate to be executed by the State of Alabama after the United States reinstituted the death penalty in 1976. The torturous manner of his execution is frequently cited by opponents of capital punishment in the United States. Evans was born in Beaumont, Texas and died in Atmore, Alabama at the age of 33
Jan 4 Khondakar Ashraf Hossain a leading poet, essayist, translator and editor from Bangladesh. He wrote more than eighteen titles
Jan 5 Peter Goldsmith Baron Goldsmith a British barrister and a former Attorney General for England and Wales and for Northern Ireland. On 22 June 2007, Goldsmith announced his resignation which took effect on 27 June 2007, the same day that prime minister, Tony Blair, stepped down. Goldsmith was the longest serving Labour Attorney General. He is currently head of European litigation practice at US law firm Debevoise & Plimpton and Vice Chairperson of the Hong Kong International Arbitration Centre
Jan 5 John Manley a Canadian lawyer, businessman, and politician. He served as Liberal Member of Parliament for Ottawa South from 1988 to 2004, and was Deputy Prime Minister between 2002 and 2003. He is now President and CEO of the Canadian Council of Chief Executives
Jan 5 Lauro Escorel an American-born Brazilian cinematographer and film director. He was born during his father, a Ministry of External Relations, stay in Washington, He first worked as an assistant to Dib Lutfi and Affonso Beato, and made his debut in 1971 on Leon Hirzsman's São Bernardo, which won Gramado Film Festival Best Cinematography Award. He directed the short film Libertários, winner of Margarida de Prata Award from the National Conference of Bishops of Brazil, in 1976. In 1978, he would win again the Gramado Film Festival Best Cinematography Award for his work on Héctor Babenco's Lúcio Flávio, o Passageiro da Agonia. His first feature film, Sonho sem Fim, won the Jury Special Award at the 1986 Gramado Film Festival. Ironweed , another Babenco's film, would make him more known internationally
Jan 5 Chris Stein the co-founder and guitarist of the new wave band, Blondie. He is also a producer and performer for the classic soundtrack of the hip hop film, Wild Style, and writer of the soundtrack for the film Union City. An acclaimed photographer, Stein has taken thousands of images documenting the early New York City punk music scene, the visual allure of Debbie Harry and Blondie, and his collaborations with artistic luminaries including Andy Warhol and H.R. Giger. Stein's photography was published most recently in September 2014 by Rizzoli International in his book, Chris Stein / Negative: Me, Blondie, and the Advent of Punk
Jan 5 Krzysztof Wielicki a Polish alpine and high-altitude climber. He is the fifth man to climb all fourteen eight-thousanders and the first ever to climb Mount Everest, Kangchenjunga, and Lhotse in the winter. He is a member of The Explorers Club
Jan 5 Ulrich Bächli a Swiss bobsledder who competed from the mid-1970s to the early 1980s. Competing in two Winter Olympics, he won two silver medals in the four-man event
Jan 5 Nikolay Abramov (footballer born 1950) a Soviet footballer.
Jan 5 Ioan P. Culianu a Romanian historian of religion, culture, and ideas, a philosopher and political essayist, and a short story writer. He served as professor of the history of religions at the University of Chicago from 1988 to his death, and had previously taught the history of Romanian culture at the University of Groningen
Jan 5 Charlie Richmond (inventor) an entrepreneur and inventor, instrumental in the early development of sound design in the 1960s and 1970s.
Jan 6 Richard Norton (actor) an Australian martial artist, action film star, stuntman, stunt/fight coordinator or fight choreographer, and martial arts trainer. Norton worked as a bodyguard in the entertainment business before pursuing an acting career. He has attained an eighth-dan in Zen Do Kai, Australia
Jan 6 Louis Freeh Joseph Freeh served as the fifth Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation from September 1993 to June 2001.
Jan 7 Ross Grimsley a former left-handed pitcher in Major League Baseball who played for the Cincinnati Reds , Baltimore Orioles , Montreal Expos and Cleveland Indians. His father, Ross Sr., pitched for the 1951 Chicago White Sox
Jan 7 Arcady Ruderman a Belarusian documentary filmmaker who was killed during the Civil war in Tajikistan in 1992.
Jan 7 Erin Gray an American actress, perhaps best known for her roles as Colonel Wilma Deering in the science fiction television series Buck Rogers in the 25th Century and as Kate Summers in the situation comedy Silver Spoons.
Jan 7 Valeri Voytenko a Russian professional football coach and a former player.
Jan 7 Juan Gabriel a Mexican singer, songwriter, recording artist, and performer.
Jan 7 Malcolm Macdonald a former English footballer nicknamed Supermac, famed for scoring goals for Luton Town, Newcastle United and Arsenal.
Jan 8 Rubén Ayala a former Argentine footballer.
Jan 8 Jos Hermens a former Dutch long-distance runner, also known for his later career as a sports manager.
Jan 9 David Johansen an American rock, protopunk, blues, and pop singer, songwriter and actor. He is best known as a member of the seminal protopunk band The New York Dolls. He is also known for his work under the pseudonym Buster Poindexter
Jan 9 Vladimir Semenets a retired Soviet cyclist. He won a gold medal in the 2000 m tandem sprint at the 1972 Summer Olympics, riding with Igor Tselovalnikov. In the following five years he won three silver and one bronze medals in the tandem sprint at world championships
Jan 9 Rio Reiser a German rock musician and singer of rock group Ton Steine Scherben. He was born Ralph Christian Möbius in Berlin and died at the age of 46 in Fresenhagen, Germany. Rio Reiser supported squatting in the early 1970s and later the green political party Die Grünen. After German reunification, he joined the Party of Democratic Socialism
Jan 9 Alec Jeffreys a British geneticist, who developed techniques for DNA fingerprinting and DNA profiling which are now used worldwide in forensic science to assist police detective work and to resolve paternity and immigration disputes. He is a professor of genetics at the University of Leicester, and he became an honorary freeman of the City of Leicester on 26 November 1992. In 1994, he was knighted for services to science and technology
Jan 9 Robert Newhouse a professional American football player in the National Football League for the Dallas Cowboys. He played college football from the University of Houston
Jan 10 Aurora Bretón a Mexican archer who represented her country in four Olympic games ; won two silver and five broze medals in Pan American Games and eight gold and two silver medals in Central American and Caribbean Games.
Jan 10 Roy Blunt the junior United States Senator from Missouri, in office since 2011. He is a member of the Republican Party. His Senate seat was previously held by Republican Kit Bond, until Bond's retirement
Jan 10 Winfried Schäfer a German football manager and former player, who is head coach of Jamaica national football team.
Jan 10 Ernie Wasson an American gardener, horticulturist and author.
Jan 11 Oleg Platonov a contemporary Russian writer, historian, and economist. He is the Director General of the Institute for the History of Russian Civilization, a Moscow-based think tank
Jan 11 Anatoliy Polishchuk a Ukrainian former volleyball player who competed for the Soviet Union in the 1976 Summer Olympics.