Born in 1955

Jan 1 Georgina von Etzdorf a British textile designer whose eponymous fashion label was renowned for its luxurious velvet scarves and clothing accessories.
Jan 1 Sergei Savchenkov a Russian professional football coach and a former player. Currently, he works as a director of sports for FC Fakel Voronezh. As a player, he made his debut in the Soviet First League in 1977 for FC Kuzbass Kemerovo
Jan 1 Vladimir Lysenko a Russian academic and world traveller. He set several Guinness World Records related to high-altitude river rafting
Jan 1 Galina Lukashenko the First Lady of the current Belarusian President, Alexander Lukashenko. Lukashenko married Zhelnerovich, his high school sweetheart, in 1975. Later that year their oldest son, Viktor, was born. Their second son, Dmitry, was born in 1980. Viktor is a 'national security aide' of his father; but Alexander has dismissed him in public as "a useless weakling who will soon become even weaker"
Jan 1 Janysh Kulmambetov Kyrgyz writer-screenwriter, playwright and prosaist, theatrical and Director, screenwriter, producer, editor, journalist, stage historian and theater critic. Honored culture worker of Kyrgyzstan, laureate of national an ad international literature awards
Jan 1 Mary Beard (classicist) Professor of Classics at the University of Cambridge, a fellow of Newnham College, and Royal Academy of Arts professor of ancient literature. She is the classics editor of the Times Literary Supplement, and author of the blog, "A Don's Life", which appears in The Times as a regular column. Her frequent media appearances and sometimes-controversial public statements have led to her being described as "Britain's best-known classicist"
Jan 1 LaMarr Hoyt a former Major League Baseball right-handed pitcher who won the 1983 American League Cy Young Award.
Jan 1 Gennady Lyachin the commanding officer of the Russian submarine Kursk when the vessel suffered a series of explosions and sank on 12 August 2000.
Jan 2 Tex Brashear a voice actor, who after a career in radio in Texas, Arizona, and Los Angeles, made the transition into voice acting. Known as "The Man of 1000 Voices" , Brashear has been heard in thousands of cartoons, radio and television commercials, and has narrated many nature and historical films. His basso profundo voice has been heard in countless movie trailers through the years. His comedic singing has even been featured on The Doctor Demento Show. He has also voiced and produced comedy bits for The Howard Stern Show and The Rush Limbaugh Program. Winner of 102 Addy Awards, he is also credited with discovering and developing the technique of reverse breathing, a vocal technique used by voice actors to help sustain their long breaths. It is somewhat related to circular breathing. In addition to voice acting, he has also served as casting director and dialect coach for many films, both American and foreign, and has contributed many research papers on the history of the American Southwest
Jan 2 Vivien Savage a French singer-songwriter who reached popularity in the 1980s. He remains famous for its 1986 single "La P'tite Lady", which was a top twenty hit on the SNEP singles chart. His other singles were unsuccessful, failing the chart and therefore Savage can be considered as one-hit wonder. He was also occasional actor, portraying Riton in José Pinheiro's 1988 film "Ne réveillez pas un flic qui dort". From 2006, he also participated in the concert tour RFM Party 80, composed of many artists of the 1980s
Jan 2 Agathonas Iakovidis a Greek folk singer of rebetiko style. He represented Greece in the Eurovision Song Contest 2013 with Koza Mostra and the song "Alcohol Is Free"
Jan 2 Ion Dosca a Moldavian Brazilian draughts player, international Grandmaster since 1996 and world champion in 1999. Dosca also plays other variants of draughts, such as Russian checkers and pool checkers and won numerous national championships in both variants
Jan 3 Nikolai Solodukhin a Russian judoka.
Jan 3 Ogtay Asadov an Azerbaijani politician serving as the Speaker of the National Assembly of Azerbaijan.
Jan 3 Willy T. Ribbs a former racecar driver and owner who competed in many forms of auto racing, including the Trans-Am Series, IndyCar, Champ Car, IMSA, and the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series and Craftsman Truck Series. After retiring, he became a sport shooter in the National Sporting Clays Association
Jan 3 Palmolive (musician) a Spanish-born drummer and songwriter who was the original drummer for influential punk groups The Slits and The Raincoats.
Jan 4 Mark Hollis (musician) an English musician and singer-songwriter. He achieved commercial success in the 1980s as singer with the synthpop/post-rock band Talk Talk, but retired from the music industry after his 1998 solo debut album
Jan 4 Domenty Kulumbegov the current Prime Minister of South Ossetia since January 20, 2014. He was acting in that capacity until 2 April 2014
Jan 4 Cecilia Conrad the current vice president of the MacArthur Fellows Program.
Jan 5 Jimmy Mulville an English comedian, comedy writer, producer and television presenter. Mulville is best known for co-founding in 1986 the British independent television production company Hat Trick Productions with Denise O'Donoghue and Rory McGrath. In 2003, Mulville and O'Donoghue, as co-founders of Hat Trick, were listed in The Observer as one of the 50 funniest acts in British comedy
Jan 5 Mamata Banerjee an Indian politician who has been Chief Minister of West Bengal since 2011. She is the first woman to hold the office. Banerjee founded the party All India Trinamool Congress in 1997 and became its chairperson, after separating from the Indian National Congress. She is often referred to as Didi. In 2011 Banerjee pulled off a landslide victory for the TMC Congress alliance in West Bengal by defeating the 34-year old Communist Party of India -led Left Front government, until then the world's longest-serving democratically-elected communist government
Jan 5 Kari Mäkinen the archbishop of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Finland. On 11 March 2010 he was elected the 14th Archbishop of Turku and Finland, and he was installed on 6 June 2010. His predecessor was Jukka Paarma. Previously Mäkinen served as vicar of Ulvila and since 2006 as Bishop of Turku
Jan 5 Veljko Milanković a Serbian war commander during the Yugoslav wars with the rank of second lieutenant.
Jan 5 Anatoliy Korobochka a former Midfielder, and was formerly the Director of Football at Heart of Midlothian football club in Scotland.
Jan 5 Mohsen Sazegara an Iranian journalist and pro-democracy political activist. Sazegara held several high-ranking positions in the Government of Mir-Hossein Mousavi, such as deputy prime minister, minister of industry, deputy chairman of the budget and planning department, and many more before becoming disillusioned with the government in 1989 and pushing for reforms. He applied to become a candidate for President of Iran in the 2001 election but was declined
Jan 6 Graham Murray an Australian professional rugby league footballer and head coach for the Wynnum Manly Seagulls of the Queensland Cup. A former New South Wales State of Origin team head coach, Murray coached extensively at the highest club level: Illawarra Steelers, Hunter Mariners, Leeds Rhinos, Sydney Roosters and North Queensland Cowboys between the years 1991 and 2008. He also coached the Fiji national rugby league team, the City New South Wales rugby league team, the New South Wales state of origin team and the Australian Women's Rugby League Team. He was named Dally M Coach of the Year in 1992
Jan 6 Richard Corbett a Member of the European Parliament for the Labour Party for Yorkshire and the Humber. He represented Merseyside West from 1996 to 1999 , Yorkshire and the Humber from 1999 until 2009, and Yorkshire and the Humber again after being re-elected in 2014. He is the Deputy Leader of the Labour MEPs
Jan 6 Anatoli Shelest a Russian professional football coach and a former player. In 2009, he was the manager of FC Stavropolye-2009
Jan 6 Rowan Atkinson an English actor, comedian, and screenwriter best known for his work on the sitcoms Bean and Blackadder. Atkinson first came to prominence in the sketch comedy show Not the Nine O'Clock News , and via his participation in The Secret Policeman's Balls from 1979. His other work includes the sitcom The Thin Blue Line
Jan 6 Charles Pratt Jr. an American television writer, producer and director.
Jan 7 Graziano Bini a retired Italian professional football player.
Jan 8 Joan Kingston a nurse, teacher and former political figure in New Brunswick, Canada. She represented New Maryland in the Legislative Assembly of New Brunswick as a Liberal member from 1995 to 1999
Jan 8 Harriet Sansom Harris an American actress best known for her portrayals of Bebe Glazer on Frasier and Felicia Tilman on Desperate Housewives. She won a Tony Award in 2002 as a Featured Actress in a Musical for playing the evil white slaver Mrs. Meers in Thoroughly Modern Millie. Apart from her television and theatre work, she has made various film appearances, including Memento, Addams Family Values and Nurse Betty
Jan 8 Kim Duk-koo a South Korean boxer who died following a world championship boxing match against Ray Mancini. His death sparked a number of reforms in the sport aimed to better protect the health of fighters, including reducing the number of rounds in championship bouts from 15 to 12
Jan 8 Karine Kazinian the Ambassador of the Republic of Armenia to the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland. She attended and graduated from Yerevan State University in 1977. Previously she worked in the USSR Embassy in Portugal, Africa and Romania. Karine was appointed as the Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Armenia in 2009 and on 8 September, 2011 she became the Ambassador of the Republic of Armenia to the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland
Jan 8 Pedro Gamarro a retired boxer from Venezuela. He represented his native country at the 1976 Summer Olympics in Montreal, Canada. There, he won the silver medal in the welterweight division after having lost to Jochen Bachfeld of East Germany in the final. Gamarro's medal was the only one won by the South American nation in Montreal. A year earlier he won a bronze medal at the 1975 Pan American Games
Jan 8 Spiros Livathinos a former football player who played as a midfielder, coach and current scout of Panathinaikos.
Jan 9 Harutyun Khachatryan an Armenian film director, script writer, director of photography, film producer, General director of "Golden Apricot" Yerevan International Film Festival. Meritorious Artiste of the Republic of Armenia and voting Member of European Film Academy since 2006
Jan 9 Karnit Flug an Israeli economist. She holds the position of Governor of the Central Bank of Israel since November 2013. She is the first female Governor of the Bank of Israel
Jan 9 J. K. Simmons Jonathan Kimble "J. K." Simmons is an American actor. He is known for his roles as Emil Skoda on the NBC series Law & Order , neo-Nazi Vernon Schillinger on the HBO prison drama series Oz, Assistant Police Chief Will Pope on the TNT series The Closer, Jonah Jameson in Sam Raimi's Spider-Man trilogy, and the voice of Cave Johnson in the 2011 puzzle game Portal 2. In 2014, he portrayed Terence Fletcher in Whiplash, for which he received critical praise
Jan 9 Héctor Icazuriaga the Secretary of Intelligence of Argentina since 2003.
Jan 9 Michiko Kakutani an American Pulitzer Prize-winning critic for The New York Times. She is considered a leading literary critic in the United States
Jan 10 Yasmina Khadra the pen name of the Algerian author Mohammed Moulessehoul.
Jan 10 Michael Schenker a German rock guitarist, best known for his tenure in UFO, in addition to his solo band. He first rose to fame as an early member of the Scorpions, then achieved fame in the mid-1970s as the lead guitar player for UFO. Since leaving UFO in 1978, he has been leading the Michael Schenker Group in various incarnations. He has rejoined UFO three times, producing an album each time. He is the younger brother of Rudolf Schenker, who is still a guitarist with the Scorpions. His career has had many ups and downs, partly due to a long history of alcoholism and personal problems; still, Schenker continues to perform and record. He has been called "a legendary figure in the history of metal guitar."
Jan 10 Khoren Oganesian a former Armenian and Soviet football player who played midfielder and current manager and coach. He was awarded the Master of Sport of the USSR, International Class title in 1976
Jan 10 Li Shubin a Chinese football manager and a former international player. In his playing career he was a striker and spent his whole career with Liaoning F.C. before retiring. In 1995 he would move into management with his old club, however he led them into relegation. Despite being released from the Head coach position Li would have a 13 year association with the club as either an assistant or brief manager of the club until he took the management position of top tier club Changchun Yatai in 2008. Since leaving Changchun he has managed Chongqing Lifan and Guangzhou R&F before returning to Changchun to coach them in the Chinese Super League
Jan 10 Aliona Doletskaya the former editor in chief of Vogue Russia , and the editor in chief of the Russian and German Interview.
Jan 10 James Alan Gardner a Canadian science fiction author.
Jan 10 Franco Tancredi an Italian former football goalkeeper who played for A.S. Roma and Italy
Jan 11 Jamal Zahalka an Israeli Arab muslim who serves as a member of the Knesset representing the Balad party. He is a Balad party leader