Born in 1951

Jan 1 Ashfaq Hussain a leading modern Urdu poet and an author of more than 10 books of poetry and literary criticism. He is considered by many as the foremost expert on the life and works of great Urdu poets Faiz Ahmed Faiz, Ahmad Faraz and also on Progressive Writers Movement. For his contributions to Urdu literature, Hussain was awarded the Presidential Pride of Performance from the government of Pakistan
Jan 1 Ali Younesi an Iranian politician, who served in different positions.
Jan 1 Andrey Tatarinov a Russian career diplomat and ambassador who since 20 September 2003 holds the diplomatic rank Minister Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the First Class.
Jan 1 Masaki Takemiya a professional Go player.
Jan 1 Sergei Nikulin a retired Soviet football player and a current Russian coach.
Jan 1 Rasim Musabayov a Member of the National Assembly of Azerbaijan, political scientist and specialist in conflict resolution. He worked as Foreign Policy State Advisor for Azerbaijan President between 1991-1993
Jan 1 Jakup Krasniqi an Albanian politician and former acting President of Kosovo. He is the Chairman of the Assembly of Kosovo
Jan 1 Prospero Gallinari an Italian terrorist, a member of the Red Brigades in the 1970s and 1980s.
Jan 1 Hans-Joachim Stuck a German racing driver who has competed in Formula One and many other categories.
Jan 1 Nana Patekar an Indian actor, writer and filmmaker.
Jan 2 Stipe Božić a Croatian mountaineer, documentary filmmaker, photographer and writer. He is the most successful Croatian Himalayan climber. Božić completed the Seven Summits and is the second European, after Reinhold Messner, to climb the highest peak in the world, Mount Everest, twice. He has directed more than 60 documentary films, mostly related to mountains and climbing
Jan 2 Jan Fischer (politician) a Czech politician was Prime Minister of the Czech Republic from May 2009 to June 2010, heading a caretaker government. Later he was Minister of Finance from July 2013 to January 2014
Jan 2 Waldir Peres a Brazilian footballer. He was a goalkeeper, in particular with São Paulo FC and the Brazilian national team. His son Diogo Pires is also football player
Jan 2 Alexander Pogrebinsky a Ukrainian-born American painter, the creator of the school of philosophical realism. He is known for his portraits
Jan 2 Jim Essian an American former catcher and occasional infielder for the Philadelphia Phillies, Chicago White Sox, Oakland Athletics, Seattle Mariners, and Cleveland Indians.
Jan 3 Linda Dobbs a High Court judge in England and Wales from 2004 to 2013. Dobbs was the first non-white person to be appointed to the senior judiciary of England and Wales
Jan 3 Gary Nairn a former Australian politician.
Jan 4 Ronald Corp a composer, conductor, and Church of England priest. He is founder and Artistic Director of the New London Orchestra and the New London Children's Choir. Corp is Musical Director of The London Chorus, a position he took up in 1994, and is also Musical Director of the Highgate Choral Society
Jan 4 Barbara Cochran a former World Cup alpine ski racer and Olympic gold medalist from the United States.
Jan 4 Bob Black an American anarchist. He is the author of the books The Abolition of Work and Other Essays, Beneath the Underground, Friendly Fire, Anarchy After Leftism, "Defacing the Currency," and numerous political essays
Jan 5 Jagathy Sreekumar an Indian film actor who has starred in more than 1,500 films in a career spanning over three decades. He's popular mainly for his comedy roles
Jan 5 Kazuko Sawamatsu a retired Japanese professional tennis player. Along with Ann Kiyomura, she is the first person of Asian descent to win a Grand Slam title, as well as being the first Asian national to do so
Jan 6 Wayne K. Curry elected county executive for Prince George's County, Maryland in November 1994, and served two terms as county executive from 1994 to 2002. His career has encompassed government, civic, and community affairs for more than 20 years
Jan 6 Don Gullett a former Major League Baseball pitcher who played for the Cincinnati Reds and New York Yankees from 1970 to 1978. He also served as pitching coach for the Cincinnati Reds from 1993 to 2005
Jan 6 Kim Wilson an American blues singer and harmonica player. He is best known as the lead vocalist and frontman for The Fabulous Thunderbirds on two hit songs of the 1980s; "Tuff Enuff", and "Wrap It Up."
Jan 7 Talgat Musabayev a Kazakh test pilot and former cosmonaut who flew on three spaceflights. His first two spaceflights were long-duration stays aboard the Russian space station Mir. His third spaceflight was a short duration visiting mission to the International Space Station, which also carried the first paying space tourist Dennis Tito. He retired as a cosmonaut in November 2003. Since 2007 he has been head of Kazakhstan's National Space Agency, KazCosmos
Jan 7 Kathy Mar worked as a professional folksinger and street performer in Denver, Colorado for many years before she discovered filk. Her first recordings were for Off Centaur Publications and she went on to do two albums with Thor Records which have recently been re-released as a CD double. She also did an album for Dandelion Digital with British songwriter Zander Nyrond which was one of the first filk CDs ever produced. Her cover album of her favorite filk and folk songs on Prometheus has been her most successful to date. She was inducted into the Filk Hall of Fame in only the second year of its existence. With Lindy Sears, she instigated the "Dandelion Conspiracy" to promote filk to general SF conventions
Jan 7 Helen Worth an English actress, best known for playing Gail McIntyre in the ITV soap opera, Coronation Street since 1974. For her 40 years on the show, she received the Outstanding Achievement Award at the 2014 British Soap Awards
Jan 7 Massimo Sigala an Italian former racing driver.
Jan 8 Kenny Anthony a Saint Lucian politician who has been Prime Minister of Saint Lucia since 2011, a post he held from 1997 to 2006. As leader of the Saint Lucia Labour Party, he was Leader of the Opposition from 2006 to 2011 and returned to office as Prime Minister on 30 November 2011 following the 2011 election
Jan 8 Taufik Akbar an Indonesian engineer and former astronaut candidate.
Jan 8 John McTiernan an American film director and producer, best known for his action films and most identifiable with the three films he directed back-to-back: Predator, Die Hard, and The Hunt for Red October, along with later movies such as Last Action Hero, Die Hard with a Vengeance, and The Thomas Crown Affair.
Jan 8 Claudio Rocchi an Italian progressive rock singer-songwriter, musician and radio host.
Jan 8 Karen Tei Yamashita a Japanese-American writer.
Jan 8 Franz Pachl a Germany grandmaster of the FIDE for chess compositions. He also was German champion of minigolf
Jan 9 Crystal Gayle an award-winning American country music singer. Best known for her 1977 country-pop crossover hit song, "Don't It Make My Brown Eyes Blue", she accumulated 20 number one country hits during the 1970s and 1980s with six albums certified Gold by the RIAA. Crystal Gayle became the first female artist in country music history to reach Platinum sales with her 1977 album, "We Must Believe in Magic". Also famous for her nearly floor-length hair, she was voted one of the 50 most beautiful people in the world by People Magazine in 1983. She is the youngest sister of singer Loretta Lynn and a distant cousin of singer Patty Loveless. Crystal Gayle has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, near Loretta Lynn's star
Jan 9 Konstanty Miodowicz a Polish politician. He was a member of Sejm from 1997 until mid-2013, mostly as a candidate from the Civic Platform platform
Jan 9 Shota Khinchagashvili a retired Georgian football player.
Jan 9 Mousa Mohammed Abu Marzook a Palestinian senior member of Hamas.
Jan 9 M. L. Carr an American former professional basketball player in the National Basketball Association and American Basketball Association, and former head coach and General Manager of the Boston Celtics. He coached the Celtics for two seasons, posting a career record of 48 wins and 116 losses
Jan 9 Roslyn Kind an American actress, singer and songwriter. She is the younger half sister of Barbra Streisand. Kind recorded her debut album two months after graduating from high school in June 1968. The album, titled "Give Me You", was released in January 1969, at the same time as her first professional performance, at the Hungry I in San Francisco
Jan 9 Michel Barnier a French Union for a Popular Movement politician and Vice President of the European People's Party.
Jan 10 Nicolas Philibert a French film director and actor. He has directed twelve films since 1978. His film Être et avoir was screened out of competition at the 2002 Cannes Film Festival
Jan 10 Aleksandr Ivanov (wrestler) a former wrestler who competed for the Soviet Union at the 1976 Summer Olympics, where he won a silver medal in the men's freestyle 52 kg.
Jan 10 Rockwell Blake an American operatic tenor, particularly known for his roles in Rossini operas. He was the first winner of the Richard Tucker Award
Jan 10 Paul DiMaggio an American educator, and professor of sociology at Princeton University since 1992.
Jan 10 Pez Whatley a professional wrestler in the 1980s and early 1990s.
Jan 11 Philip Tartaglia the Archbishop and Metropolitan of Glasgow and the 40th successor of Saint Mungo. He is the eighth Roman Catholic Archbishop of Glasgow since the Reformation, and the subsequent re-establishment of the hierarchy in 1878. He was installed on 8 September 2012, the Feast of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary. He has been described as a conservative in religious and moral issues. He was previously the fourth Bishop of Paisley, a post to which he was appointed by Pope Benedict on 13 September 2005. With the resignation of Cardinal Keith O'Brien, Archbishop of St Andrews and Edinburgh on 25 February 2013, Pope Benedict XVI appointed Tartaglia as the apostolic administrator of the Archdiocese of St Andrews and Edinburgh on 27 February 2013
Jan 11 Frederic Mishkin an American economist and professor at the Columbia Business School. He was a member of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System from 2006 to 2008
Jan 11 Willie Maddren a football player for Middlesbrough Football Club between 1968 and 1979.