Born in 1953

Jan 1 Cilia Flores a lawyer and politician who currently serves as First Lady of Venezuela. She is married to Nicolás Maduro, President of Venezuela
Jan 1 Mary Sweeney an American film editor and producer best known for collaborating with the avant-garde American film director, David Lynch. Sweeney worked with Lynch on several critically acclaimed films and television series, most notably as a film editor on the cult hits Twin Peaks, Lost Highway , and Mulholland Drive for Lynch's Asymmetrical Productions company. She was the co-author, with John Roach, of The Straight Story
Jan 1 Dani Klein a Belgian singer, songwriter, band leader and producer, and consistently the center and driving force of the band Vaya Con Dios.
Jan 1 Philippe Douste-Blazy a United Nations official and former French centre-right politician. He has been Under-Secretary-General, Special Adviser on Innovative Financing for Development in the United Nations since 2008 and chairman of UNITAID since 2006
Jan 1 Afonso Dhlakama a Mozambican politician and the leader of RENAMO, an anti-communist guerrilla movement that fought the FRELIMO government in the Mozambican Civil War before signing a peace agreement and becoming an opposition political party in the early 1990s. Dhlakama was born in Mangunde, Sofala Province
Jan 1 Gary Johnson an American businessman and politician. He served as the 29th Governor of New Mexico from 1995 to 2003, as a member of the Republican Party and was the Libertarian Party nominee for President of the United States in the 2012 election. In November 2014 Johnson announced that he would run again for the Libertarian Party presidential nomination in 2016
Jan 1 Alpha Blondy a reggae singer and international recording artist. Many of his songs are politically motivated, and are mainly sung in his native language of Dioula, French and in English, though he occasionally uses other languages, for example, Arabic or Hebrew
Jan 1 Ali Abbasov the current Minister of Communications and Information Technologies of the Republic of Azerbaijan.
Jan 1 Greg Carmichael a long standing member of contemporary jazz group Acoustic Alchemy. His primary instrument is the nylon string acoustic guitar. He joined the band in 1985 as a partner to steel string guitarist Nick Webb to work on the band's first major release, Red Dust And Spanish Lace and has been at the forefront of the band ever since
Jan 1 Lynn Jones a former outfielder in Major League Baseball who played for the Detroit Tigers and Kansas City Royals. He batted and threw right-handed
Jan 2 Vincent Racaniello a Higgins Professor in the Department of Microbiology and Immunology at Columbia University’s College of Physicians and Surgeons. He is one of four virologists who has recently authored Principles of Animal Virology, a textbook used by many teaching virology to undergraduate, medical and post-graduate students
Jan 2 Pavel Panteleyevich Gusev a Russian professional football coach and a former player who currently manages FC Fakel Voronezh.
Jan 2 Nailya Gilyazova a Soviet fencer. She won a gold medal in the women's team foil event at the 1976 Summer Olympics and a silver in the same event at the 1980 Summer Olympics
Jan 2 Daniel Hershkowitz an Israeli politician, mathematician and rabbi. He previously served as a professor of mathematics at the Technion and is also rabbi of the Ahuza neighborhood in Haifa. He was appointed president of Bar-Ilan University in 2013
Jan 2 Jacques Tichelaar a Dutch politician and former trade union leader and educator. He is a member of the Labour Party. Since 1 May 2009 he has been the Queen's Commissioner of the province of Drenthe. Previously he was an MP from 2002 to 2009 and Parliamentary group leader from 2007 to 2008
Jan 2 Manfred Wittke a former professional German footballer.
Jan 3 Mohammed Waheed Hassan the 5th President of the Maldives from 7 February 2012 to 17 November 2013, after the disputed resignation of the 4th President of Maldives Mohamed Nasheed. He has worked as a news anchor, a United Nations official with UNICEF, UNDP and UNESCO, and a member of the Maldivian Parliament. Waheed was the first citizen of the Maldives to receive a Ph.D. having received it at Stanford University in the U.S., and reportedly the first person to appear on Maldivian television. He was Vice President of the Maldives from 2008 to 2012
Jan 3 Angelo Parisi a French judoka and olympic champion. He won a gold medal in the heavyweight division at the 1980 Summer Olympics in Moscow. At his Olympic debut in 1972 he represented Great Britain
Jan 3 Justin Fleming a playwright and author. He has written for theatre, music theatre, television and cinema and his works have been produced and published in Australia, the US, Canada, the UK, Belgium, Poland and France. Fleming has been a barrister and vice-president of the Australian Writers' Guild and a board member of the Australian National Playwrights' Centre
Jan 4 Vicki Bruce a British psychologist, Professor of Psychology and current Head of the School of Psychology at Newcastle University. She is known for her work on human face perception and person memory, including face recognition and recall by eyewitnesses and gaze and other aspects of social cognition. She is also interested in visual cognition more generally
Jan 4 James Warren (journalist) an American journalist, currently the Washington Bureau chief for the New York Daily News. He previously served as a founder of the Chicago News Cooperative and wrote the its twice-weekly column in the Chicago edition of the New York Times. He was the managing editor at the Chicago Tribune until he left the paper in 2008. He was the Tribune′s Washington bureau chief from 1993 to 2001, and he appeared for three years on CNN's "Capital Gang Sunday" and regularly on "The McLaughlin Group. He was Chicago editor for the Daily Beast and has written regularly for the Huffington Post and Atlantic Monthly, as well as for Vanity Fair. He appears regularly on MSNBC and Al Jazeera America
Jan 4 Richard Boden a British television director and producer best known for his work on situation comedies including 'Allo 'Allo, Blackadder Goes Forth, Life of Riley and The IT Crowd, the latter two of which he is also the producer. He is also the producer of The Walshes. Starting his career at the BBC, he was later Head of Comedy for Carlton and Central Television, before going freelance in 2001
Jan 4 Ahmad Zahid Hamidi a Malaysian politician and is currently the Minister of Home Affairs in the Barisan Nasional coalition government of Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak and the Member of the Parliament of Malaysia for the Bagan Datoh constituency in Perak. Before this, he was the Defence Minister of Malaysia. He is a member of the United Malays National Organisation
Jan 4 Norberto Alonso a former Argentine football midfielder, who played the majority of his career for the Argentine club River Plate. He remains one of their most iconic players. He stands in fifth place in River Plate's all time goalscoring records with 149 goals and in 7th place in their all time appearances record with 374 matches played. Alonso is considered the best Attacking Midfielder in the history of Argentine football for many experts
Jan 4 Jackie Ballard Jacqueline Margaret Ballard has been a charity senior manager, politician and journalist in the United Kingdom. Her former roles include Director General of the RSPCA, Chief Executive of RNID and Chief Executive of Womankind Worldwide
Jan 4 Dirk Heun a former German footballer.
Jan 5 Mike Rann Australia's Ambassador to Italy, San Marino, Albania and Libya. He is also Australia's Permanent Representative to the United Nation's Food and Agriculture Organization and World Food Programme. He was the Australian High Commissioner to the United Kingdom from 2013 to 2014 and a former Australian politician who served as the 44th Premier of South Australia. He led the South Australian branch of the Australian Labor Party to minority government at the 2002 election, before attaining a landslide win at the 2006 election. Rann Labor was elected to a third four-year term at the 2010 election, retaining majority government despite a swing. He resigned from the premiership in October 2011 to be succeeded by Jay Weatherill
Jan 5 Vassily Solomin a boxer who represented the Soviet Union at the 1976 Summer Olympics in Montreal, Canada. There, he won the bronze medal in the lightweight division , after being beaten in the semifinals by Romania's eventual silver medalist Simion Cuţov
Jan 5 Steve Archer an American singer-songwriter and producer. He is a pioneer of the genre of Jesus music, later to become known as contemporary Christian music. He is the former lead singer of The Archers, a contemporary Christian music and Jesus music band who toured and recorded throughout the decades of the 1970s, 1980s, and 1990s
Jan 5 Pamela Sue Martin an American actress. She is known for playing Nancy Drew on The Hardy Boys/Nancy Drew Mysteries TV series and Fallon Carrington Colby on the ABC nighttime soap opera Dynasty
Jan 5 George Tenet Distinguished Professor in the Practice of Diplomacy at Georgetown University.
Jan 6 Malcolm Young a Scottish-born Australian guitarist best known as a founder, rhythm guitarist, backing vocalist and songwriter for the Australian hard rock band AC/DC. He was with the band from its November 1973 inception, barring a brief absence in 1988, until leaving permanently in 2014 due to health reasons. Young and the other members of AC/DC were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2003
Jan 6 Manfred Kaltz a former German football player and manager.
Jan 6 Raisa Bogatyrova a Ukrainian politician and former Vice Prime Minister of Ukraine and Minister of Health and former Secretary of National Security and Defense Council of Ukraine. In the past, Bogatyrova served as a People's Deputy of the Verkhovna Rada for the Communist, Christian Democratic Party of Ukraine and more recently the Party of Regions
Jan 6 Tomislav Ivčić a Croatian singer, songwriter and politician. He died in a car accident and is buried in Zagreb at the Mirogoj Cemetery
Jan 7 Morris Titanic a retired National Hockey League ice hockey player. He was selected 12th overall in the 1973 NHL Entry Draft by the Buffalo Sabres. The Quebec Nordiques of the World Hockey Association drafted him in the 2nd round, 17th overall of the WHA Draft the same year, but he never played in that league
Jan 7 Dieter Hoeneß a retired German footballer who played as a striker.
Jan 7 Flor Contemplacion a Filipino domestic worker executed in Singapore for murder. Her execution severely strained relations between Singapore and the Philippines and caused many Filipinos to vent their frustration at their own government and the Singaporean government over the helplessness, abuse, and mental stresses that many Filipino overseas workers face around the world
Jan 8 Bruce Sutter a former Major League Baseball right-handed relief pitcher. He was arguably the first pitcher to make effective use of the split-finger fastball. One of the sport's dominant relievers in the late 1970s and early 1980s, he became the only pitcher to lead the National League in saves five times. In 1979, Sutter won the NL's Cy Young Award as the league's top pitcher
Jan 8 Marián Šťastný a former Slovak professional ice hockey right wing who played for five seasons in the National Hockey League from 1981 through 1986.
Jan 9 Javad Alizadeh an Iranian professional cartoonist best known for his caricatures of politicians, comic actors, footballers, and for his scientific/philosophical column titled 4D Humor, which has won awards from Italy, China and Japan. An active artist since 1970, his works have been published in international publications. He is the founder of the leading monthly cartoon magazine Humor & Caricature and is its founding and current publisher and editor-in-chief
Jan 9 Karl Schrott a former luger from Austria who competed in the late 1970s and early 1980s. He won the bronze medal in the men's doubles event at the 1980 Winter Olympics of Lake Placid, New York
Jan 9 Morris Gleitzman an English-born Australian author of children's and young adult fiction. He has gained recognition for sparking an interest in AIDS in his controversial novel Two Weeks with the Queen
Jan 10 Bobby Rahal an American auto racing driver and team owner. As a driver, he won three championships and 24 races in the CART open-wheel series, including the 1986 Indianapolis 500. He also won the 2004 Indianapolis 500 as a team owner for the winning driver, Buddy Rice
Jan 10 Pat Benatar an American singer and four-time Grammy Award winner. She is a mezzo-soprano. She has had considerable commercial success, particularly in the United States. During the 1980s, Benatar had two RIAA-certified Multi-Platinum albums, five RIAA-certified Platinum albums, three RIAA-certified Gold albums and 15 Top 40 singles, including the Top 10 hits, "Hit Me with Your Best Shot", "Love Is a Battlefield", "We Belong" and "Invincible". Other popular singles include "Heartbreaker", "Treat Me Right", "Fire and Ice", "Promises in the Dark", "Shadows of the Night", and "All Fired Up". Benatar was one of the most heavily played artists in the early days of MTV. She was the first female artist to play on MTV, performing "You Better Run"
Jan 10 Valentin A. Bazhanov a professor, chairperson of Philosophy Department at Ulyanovsk State University, Russia.
Jan 11 Freddie Solomon a professional American football player who was selected by the Miami Dolphins in the 2nd round of the 1975 NFL Draft. A 5'11", 184-lb. wide receiver from the University of Tampa , Solomon played in 11 NFL seasons for the Dolphins and San Francisco 49ers from 1975 to 1985. On December 5, 1976, Solomon had a career game, with 5 catches for 114 yards and a touchdown, 1 rushing attempt for 59 yards and a touchdown, and a punt return for 79 yards and a touchdown. Solomon won two Super Bowls as a member of the 49ers
Jan 11 Graham Allen (politician) a British Labour Party politician, who has been the Member of Parliament for Nottingham North since 1987.
Jan 11 Kostas Skandalidis a Greek Politician and member of the Greek Parliament for the Panhellenic Socialist Movement for the Athens A constituency.
Jan 11 John Sessions a British actor and comedian. He is known for comedy improvisation in television shows such as Whose Line Is It Anyway?; as a panellist on QI; and as a character actor in numerous films, both in the UK and in Hollywood