Born in 1952

Jan 1 Shaji N. Karun a National Award-winning Indian film director and cinematographer. His debut film Piravi won the Caméra d'Or - Mention d'honneur at the 1989 Cannes Film Festival. He was the Premiere Chairman of the Kerala State Chalachitra Academy, the first academy for film and TV in India and was also the Executive Chairman of International Film Festival of Kerala from 1998 to 2001. He is best known for his award winning films Piravi , Vanaprastham and Kutty Srank
Jan 1 Rosario Marchese a politician in Ontario, Canada. He was a member of the Legislative Assembly of Ontario from 1990 to 2014, representing the downtown Toronto riding of Trinity-Spadina for the Ontario New Democratic Party
Jan 1 İbrahim Tatlıses a Turkish folk singer and former actor with Kurdish origin. He was born in the city of Şanlıurfa. Tatlıses has recorded 42 albums, including notable albums such as Ayağında Kundura and Selam Olsun. He is also the host of the television programme İbo Show and is a leading actor who has appeared in several dozen films. He has directed most of the films he acted Also, he is a businessman involved in the restaurant and tourism businesses, as well as in construction projects in Iraq. He was shot in the head in an assassination attempt in 2011
Jan 1 Jury Zacharanka the Belarusian minister of internal affairs and oppositional politician abducted and probably killed in 1999.
Jan 1 Samvel Darbinyan an Armenian football coach who is currently the manager of Ararat Yerevan.
Jan 1 Ivan Dvorny a Russian basketball player who won gold with the Soviet basketball team in Basketball at the 1972 Summer Olympics. He trained at VSS Trud in Sverdlovsk
Jan 1 Stephanie Faracy an American film and television actress.
Jan 1 Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani a member of the ruling Al Thani Qatari royal family. He was the ruling Emir of Qatar from 1995 to 2013
Jan 2 Robbie Ftorek a former NHL player and coach. He was enshrined as member of the United States Hockey Hall of Fame in 1991. Ftorek is currently an assistant coach with the Abbotsford Heat of the American Hockey League
Jan 2 Indulis Emsis a Latvian biologist and politician. He was Prime Minister of Latvia for ten months in 2004, the first Green politician to lead a country in the history of the world. He was Speaker of the Saeima, the Latvian parliament from 2006 to 2007. Emsis' political views are described as rather conservative, unusual for members of green parties around the world
Jan 2 Wendy Phillips an American actress, noted for playing David Selby's last wife, Lauren Daniels, during the final season of Falcon Crest and for playing Gerald McRaney's wife, Claire Greene, on both Touched by an Angel and Promised Land. Other television series in which she has been a featured player have included A Year in the Life, Homefront and Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip. Among her movie works, there is a role in Airplane II: The Sequel and also on Bugsy
Jan 2 Elvira Saadi a retired gymnast from the former Soviet Union who is now an elite gymnastics coach in Canada.
Jan 2 Shahen Meghrian an Armenian military commander and political activist.
Jan 2 Christine Lavin a New York City-based singer-songwriter and promoter of contemporary folk music. She has recorded numerous solo albums, and has also recorded with other female folk artists under the name Four Bitchin' Babes. She has also put together several compilation albums of contemporary folk artists, including her latest Just One Angel, 22 singer/songwriters singing Christmas/Hanukah/Solstice/New Year's songs including actor Jeff Daniels, Grammy-winners Janis Ian and Julie Gold, and the Guitar Man Of Central Park David Ippolito
Jan 2 Jimmy Santiago Baca an American poet and writer of Apache and Chicano descent.
Jan 2 Graeme Strachan an Australian singer and television presenter. He is best known as the lead singer of the 1970s rock group Skyhooks
Jan 3 Jim Ross an American professional wrestling commentator, referee, restaurateur, occasional wrestler, and former company executive of WWE, where he worked as a commentator and as a talent relations consultant.
Jan 3 Esperanza Aguirre a Spanish politician and former President of Madrid. She is President of Madrid's People's Party and the first female politician to have held the office of President of the Senate and Minister of Education and Culture in Spanish democratic history
Jan 3 Gianfranco Fini an Italian politician, former President of the Italian Chamber of Deputies, leader of the center-right Future and Freedom party, and the former leader of the conservative National Alliance and the post-fascist Italian Social Movement. He was Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs in Silvio Berlusconi’s government from 2001 to 2006
Jan 3 Viacheslav Lampeev a field hockey player from Ulyanovsk, who won the bronze medal with the Soviet national team at the 1980 Summer Olympics in Moscow.
Jan 4 Zbigniew Szymczak a Polish chess player who won the Polish Chess Championship in 1983. FIDE International Master
Jan 4 Michael Hoenig a German composer, who has composed music for several movies and games, in addition to two solo albums. In 1997, he was nominated for an Emmy award for his work on the short-lived sci-fi series Dark Skies
Jan 4 Alexey Spirin a former football referee from Russia. He refereed one match in the 1990 FIFA World Cup in Italy
Jan 4 Serghei Dubrovin a Moldovan football manager that currently managed Persidafon Dafonsoro in the Indonesia Super League.
Jan 5 Leif Øgaard a Norwegian chess player. He is ninth Norwegian to achieve the title of Grandmaster. Øgaard has won the Norwegian Chess Championship five times, in 1974, 1975, 1979, 1985 and 1993. He gained his IM title in 1974. In 1981 and 1982, Øgaard won two tournaments at Gausdal, each netting him a GM-norm. His third and final GM-norm was won in the Norwegian team chess championship in 2006-2007 making him the very first person to score 2 GM norms with a 25-year gap in-between as well as one of the olderst players to be awarded the Grandmaster title. The GM title was finally approved at FIDE's presidential board meeting in Tallinn on 22–24 June 2007. Øgaard is a member of the Oslo chess club Oslo Schackselskap
Jan 5 Aleksandr Kozlov (athlete) a retired male hammer thrower, who represented the Soviet Union during his career. He set his personal best on May 24, 1980 at a meet in Adler, Soviet Union. His was the bronze medalist from the 1977 World Student Games
Jan 5 Uli Hoeneß the former president of German football club Bayern Munich and a retired German footballer who played as a forward for club and country. Hoeneß represented Germany at one World Cup and two European Championships, winning one tournament in each competition
Jan 6 Frank Sivero an American character actor, perhaps best known for playing the roles of Genco Abbandando in Mario Puzo's and Francis Ford Coppola's The Godfather Part II and Frankie Carbone in Martin Scorsese's Goodfellas.
Jan 6 Sefer Halilović a former general and commanding officer of the Army of the Republic of Bosnia and Herzegovina during the 1992–95 war in Bosnia and Herzegovina. In 2001, he was indicted for war crimes by the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia and acquitted in 2005. Today he is a prominent politician in Bosnia and Herzegovina
Jan 6 Aleksandr Ivchenko a Russian professional football coach and a former player. Currently, he manages FC Zenit-Izhevsk Izhevsk
Jan 6 Jiichiro Date a Japanese wrestler and Olympic champion in Freestyle wrestling.
Jan 6 Moondog Spot an American professional wrestler, better known by the ring names Moondog Spot and Larry Latham.
Jan 7 Sammo Hung a Hong Kong actor, martial artist, film producer and director, known for his work in many martial arts films and Hong Kong action cinema. He has been a fight choreographer for, amongst others, Jackie Chan, King Hu, and John Woo
Jan 8 Hamma Hammami a Tunisian communist, leader of the Popular Front, spokesman of the Tunisian Workers' Party, and former editor of the party news organ El-Badil.
Jan 8 Mel Reynolds a former Democratic member of the United States House of Representatives from Illinois. He resigned from Congress in 1995 after a conviction for statutory rape
Jan 8 Vladimir Feltsman a Russian American classical pianist.
Jan 9 Mike Capuano an American politician who serves as the U.S. Representative for Massachusetts's 7th congressional district. A member of the Democratic Party, his district includes the northern three-fourths of Boston, as well as Somerville and Cambridge. Prior to being elected to Congress he served as an Alderman and later Mayor of Somerville
Jan 9 Kaushik Basu an Indian economist and academic who is Senior Vice-President and Chief Economist of the World Bank. He is on leave from Cornell University where he is the Marks Professor of International Studies and Professor of Economics. Prior to that he was the Chairman of the Department of Economics and director, Center for Analytic Economics at Cornell University. Till July 2012 he served as the Chief Economic Adviser to the Government of India. He is also the Jury Chair for the Infosys Prize 2013 for the discipline of Social Sciences
Jan 9 Valeri Bogdanov a Russian professional football coach and a former player.
Jan 9 Marek Belka a Polish professor of Economics, a former Prime Minister and Finance Minister of Poland, former Director of the International Monetary Fund's European Department and current Head of National Bank of Poland.
Jan 9 Hugh Bayley a British Labour Party politician and Member of Parliament for York Central. He held the City of York seat from 1992 to the 2010 general election, when boundary changes took effect
Jan 10 George Turpin a former bantamweight boxer from the United Kingdom. Turpin was unbeaten as a senior amateur against British opposition and after winning the British ABA championship for 2 consecutive years he won the medal at the 1972 Summer Olympics. In the semifinals of the men's bantamweight division he was defeated by Cuba's eventual gold medalist Orlando Martínez on a hotly disputed 3-2 split decision. Turpin had limited success as a professional fighter , recording eleven wins , three losses and two draws
Jan 10 Oleg Romanishin a Ukrainian chess grandmaster and former European junior champion.
Jan 10 Scott Thurston an American guitarist, keyboardist, songwriter, and session musician. He is currently a member of Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, in which he sings harmony vocals and plays guitar, keyboards, and harmonica
Jan 11 Ben Crenshaw an American professional golfer who has won 19 events on the PGA Tour, including two major championships: the Masters Tournament in 1984 and 1995. He is nicknamed Gentle Ben
Jan 11 Michael Forshaw a member of the Australian Senate for the state of New South Wales from May 1994 to June 2011, representing the Australian Labor Party.
Jan 11 Alexander Volchkov (ice hockey born 1952) a retired professional ice hockey player who played in the Soviet Hockey League. He played for HC CSKA Moscow. He also played for the Soviet team during the 1972 Summit Series against Canada
Jan 11 Bille Brown an Australian stage, film and television actor and acclaimed playwright.
Jan 11 Diana Gabaldon an American author, known for the Outlander series of novels. Her books merge multiple genres, featuring elements of historical fiction, romance, mystery, adventure and science fiction/fantasy. A television adaptation of the novels called Outlander premiered on Starz in 2014
Jan 11 Lee Ritenour an American jazz guitarist, session musician, and composer. Ritenour has contributed to over 3000 sessions, and has charted over 30 contemporary jazz hits since 1976