Born in 1954

Jan 1 Joe Pittman a backup infielder/outfielder in Major League Baseball who played for the Houston Astros, San Diego Padres and San Francisco Giants in part of three seasons spanning 1981–1984. Listed at 6 feet 1 inch , 180 pounds , Pittman batted and threw right handed. He was born in Houston, Texas
Jan 1 Richard Edson an American actor and musician.
Jan 1 Dennis O'Driscoll an Irish poet, essayist, critic and editor. Regarded as one of the best European poets of his time, Eileen Battersby considers him "the lyric equivalent of William Trevor" and a better poet "by far" than Raymond Carver. Gerard Smyth regards him as "one of poetry's true champions and certainly its most prodigious archivist". His book on Seamus Heaney is regarded as the definitive biography of the Nobel laureate
Jan 1 Juris Dalbiņš a Latvian politician and a Deputy of the Saeima. He is a member of the People's Party
Jan 1 Mustafa Barghouti a Palestinian physician, activist, and politician who serves as General Secretary of the Palestine National Initiative , also known as al Mubadara. He has been a member of the Palestinian Legislative Council since 2006 and is also a member of the Palestine Liberation Organization Central Council. In 2007, Barghouti was Minister of Information in the Palestinian unity government
Jan 1 Yannis Papathanasiou a Greek politician, former Minister for Economy and Finance of Greece. He is a member of the Hellenic Parliament with the conservative New Democracy party since 2002
Jan 1 Bob Menendez the senior United States Senator from New Jersey. He is a member of the Democratic party. First appointed to the Senate in January 2006, he was elected Chairman of the United States Senate Committee on Foreign Relations in January 2013
Jan 2 Henry Bonilla a former congressman who represented Texas's 23rd congressional district in the United States House of Representatives. He was defeated in his bid for re-election by Ciro Davis Rodriguez, a former Democratic member of Congress, in a special election runoff held on December 12, 2006. His term expired January 3, 2007 when the 110th Congress officially began
Jan 2 Cynthia Sikes an American actress known primarily for her television roles.
Jan 2 Milovan Rajevac a Serbian football coach and former professional player.
Jan 2 Pavle Jurina a Croatian handball player who competed in the 1980 Summer Olympics and in the 1984 Summer Olympics.
Jan 3 Ned Lamont an American businessman and politician. In 2006 he defeated the prominent incumbent Senator, Joe Lieberman, for Connecticut's Senatorial Democratic nomination , who instead opted to run as a candidate under his Connecticut for Lieberman Party. Lamont finished second with 39 percent, compared to Lieberman's 49 percent and Republican Alan Schlesinger's 9 percent. In 2010 he ran for the Democratic nomination for Governor of Connecticut, but lost to Dan Malloy, the eventual winner of the election
Jan 3 Dean Hart a Canadian professional wrestler, referee and member of the Hart family who wrestled in Canadian regional promotions during the 1970s and 1980s, most notably in the Calgary-based Stampede Wrestling. His daughter Farrah Hart was born in April 1990
Jan 3 Henryk Skarżyński a Polish doctor otolaryngologist, audiologist and phoniatrist, creator and director of Warsaw Institute of Physiology and Pathology of Hearing and World Hearing Center in Kajetany.
Jan 3 Ross the Boss a guitarist, known as a founding member of both the punk band The Dictators, and the heavy metal band Manowar.
Jan 4 Oleg Romantsev a Soviet/Russian former international footballer and coach famous for his work with FC Spartak Moscow and the Russian national team. He won a record eight Russian league titles with Spartak, while achieving many other successes
Jan 4 Tina Knowles an American businesswoman and fashion designer known for her House of Deréon and Miss Tina by Tina Knowles fashion brands. She is the mother of singers Beyoncé and Solange Knowles, and is the ex-wife of Mathew Knowles, the manager of Destiny's Child as well as Beyoncé and Kelly Rowland until 2011
Jan 4 Eugene Chadbourne an American improvisor, guitarist and banjoist. Highly eclectic and unconventional, Chadbourne's most formative influence is free jazz. He has also been a reviewer for Allmusic and a contributor to Maximum RocknRoll
Jan 5 Jan Everse a retired Dutch footballer, who currently coaches the Dutch amateur team WHC.
Jan 5 László Krasznahorkai a Hungarian novelist and screenwriter who is known for critically difficult and demanding novels, often labeled as postmodern, with dystopian and melancholic themes. Several of his works, notably his novels Satantango and The Melancholy of Resistance have been turned into feature films by Hungarian film director Béla Tarr
Jan 5 Alex English a retired American basketball player who played at the forward position. He was most recently an assistant coach with the Sacramento Kings of the National Basketball Association. Born in Columbia, South Carolina, he played at the University of South Carolina and most notably with the National Basketball Association's Denver Nuggets
Jan 6 Minoru Yanagida a Japanese politician of the Democratic Party of Japan, a member of the House of Councillors in the Diet. A native of Kagoshima, Kagoshima and graduate of the University of Tokyo, he was elected to the House of Councillors for the first time in 1998 after serving in the House of Representatives for two terms since 1990
Jan 6 Quentin Hubbard the son of Scientology founder Ron Hubbard and his third wife, Mary Sue Hubbard. He died at the age of 22 in an apparent suicide
Jan 6 Anthony Minghella a British film director, playwright and screenwriter. He was chairman of the board of Governors at the British Film Institute between 2003 and 2007
Jan 6 Karen Moras an Australian distance freestyle swimmer of the 1960s and 1970s who won a bronze medal in the 400 m freestyle at the 1968 Summer Olympics in Mexico City. Although she set multiple world records she peaked between Olympics and was unable to capture gold at Olympic level
Jan 6 Trudie Styler an English actress and producer. She is the wife of the musician Sting
Jan 6 Yuji Horii a Japanese video game designer and scenario writer best known as the creator of the seminal Dragon Quest series of role-playing games, as well as the first visual novel adventure game Portopia Serial Murder Case.
Jan 6 Norbert Hahn an East German former luger who competed from the mid-1970s to the early 1980s. He won two medals at the Winter Olympics in the men's doubles event
Jan 7 Alan Butcher a former English cricketer who is part of a family known for its strong cricketing connections. Although only selected to play for England on one occasion, he was lauded for his skills in first-class cricket and was named a Wisden Cricketer of the Year in 1991. He became Essex coach in 1993, and coached Surrey between 2005 and 2008. Cricket writer, Colin Bateman noted Butcher was, "a popular and accomplished left-handed opener, unlucky to be consigned to membership of the 'One Cap Club'... despite consistent county performances and an ability to tackle quick bowlers, Butcher was passed over"
Jan 7 Jodi Long an American actress of Asian descent.
Jan 7 José María Vitier a Cuban music composer and pianist. He has made music for movies and television, as well as compositions for piano, symphonic orchestra, chamber orchestra, among other formats. His style often combines the classical and Cuban folk music styles. Some of his most remarkable works are his compositions for the Cuban film Fresa y Chocolate, and his Cuban mass
Jan 7 Jozef Migaš a Slovak politician who was Speaker of National Council of the Slovak Republic from 1998 to 2002, during the government of Mikuláš Dzurinda. He is now in political retirement
Jan 8 Konstantinos Kypriotis a Greek Martial Artist who was internationally known for his achievements in Tang Soo His first taste of martial arts came in 1968 at the age of 14 as a student at the German-Korean association of martial arts with instructor M Theodoridis.
Jan 8 Vladimir Osokin a retired Soviet cyclist. He won a silver and a gold medal in the 4000 m team pursuit at the 1976 and 1980 Summer Olympics, respectively; individually, he finished in fourth and fifth place. Between 1975 and 1981 he won five silver medals in the individual and team pursuit at the world championships
Jan 9 Philippa Gregory a British historical novelist who has been writing since 1987. The best known of her works is The Other Boleyn Girl , which in 2002 won the Romantic Novel of the Year Award from the Romantic Novelists' Association and has been adapted into two separate films
Jan 9 Mirza Delibašić a Bosnian professional basketball player. He was born in Tuzla, located in northeastern Bosnia and Herzegovina, in the former Yugoslavia. Delibašić is widely considered as one of the best shooters in the history of European basketball
Jan 10 Lyudmila Krokhina a Russian rower who competed for the Soviet Union in the 1976 Summer Olympics.
Jan 10 Greg Towns a former Australian rules footballer who played for Carlton and Footscray in the Victorian Football League.
Jan 10 John Gidman a former English footballer who played for Aston Villa, Everton, Manchester United, Manchester City, Stoke City and Darlington.
Jan 11 Kailash Satyarthi an Indian children's rights advocate and an activist against child labour. He founded the Bachpan Bachao Andolan in 1980 and has acted to protect the rights of more than 83,000 children from 144 countries. It is largely because of Satyarthi's work and activism that the International Labour Organization adopted Convention 182 on the worst forms of child labour, which is now a principal guideline for governments around the world
Jan 11 Jim Wych a sports announcer and former Canadian professional snooker and pocket billiards player. He reached the quarter-final of the Embassy World Professional Snooker Championship in his debut year of 1980, a "first" for any overseas player and duplicated this feat again in 1992. A two-time Canadian snooker champion, he retired from professional snooker in 1997 and now works mainly as a television pool and snooker commentator, principally for Sky Sports, with whom he has had an association since 1990
Jan 11 Jaak Aaviksoo an Estonian politician and physicist, former rector of Tartu University, who has been the Estonian Minister of Defence and Minister of Education and Research. Aaviksoo is a member of the liberal conservative party Union of Pro Patria and Res Publica
Jan 11 Barbara Prammer an Austrian politician and member of the Social Democratic Party of Austria. In 2006 she was the first woman to become President of the National Council of Austria, an office she held until her death
Jan 12 Howard Stern an American radio and television personality, producer, author, actor, and photographer. He is best known for his radio show which was nationally syndicated from 1986 to 2005. Stern has been exclusive to SiriusXM, a subscription-based satellite radio service, since 2006. Stern wished to pursue a radio career at the age of five. While at Boston University, he worked at the campus station WTBU before a brief stint at WNTN in Newton, Massachusetts. He developed his on-air personality when he landed positions at WRNW in Briarcliff Manor, WCCC in Hartford, Connecticut, and WWWW in Detroit, Michigan. In 1981, he paired with his current newscaster and co-host Robin Quivers at WWDC in Washington, D.C. before a stint at WNBC in New York City until his firing in 1985
Jan 12 Nyan Tun the incumbent Vice President of Burma and previously, the Commander in chief of the Myanmar Navy with the rank of Admiral. He was elected on 15 August 2012 to replace Tin Aung Myint Oo who had resigned for personal reasons
Jan 12 Jesús María Satrústegui a Spanish retired footballer who played as a striker.
Jan 13 Malachi Ritscher a musician, recording engineer, human rights activist, and anti-war protester. He came into the national spotlight through his self-immolation, an act of protest against the 2003 invasion of Iraq
Jan 13 Bruno Coulais a French composer, most widely known for his music on film soundtracks. He composed the score for the animated film, The Secret of Kells, released 12 March 2010
Jan 13 Philippe Bergeroo a former football goalkeeper and the current manager of the French women's national team. From France, who earned a total number of three international caps for the French national team during the late 1970s, early 1980s. He was a member of the French squad in the 1986 FIFA World Cup and the team that won the European Championship in 1984. Later on he became a football manager, with Paris Saint-Germain and Stade Rennais
Jan 13 Richard Blackford an English composer.