Born in 1956

Jan 1 Ziad Rahbani a Lebanese composer, pianist, performer, playwright, and political commentator. His compositions are well known throughout the Arab world. Many of his musicals satirize Lebanese politics both during and after the civil war, and are often strongly critical of the traditional political establishment
Jan 1 Sergey Nikolaevich Starostin a Russian folk and jazz composer and performer, famous for his modern interpretations of archaic Russian folk music. In his compositions, he sings, plays folk flutes , reed instruments and gusli
Jan 1 Christine Lagarde a French lawyer and Union for a Popular Movement politician who has been the Managing Director of the International Monetary Fund since 5 July 2011. Previously, she held various ministerial posts in the French government: she was Minister of Economic Affairs, Finance and Employment and before that Minister of Agriculture and Fishing and Minister of Trade in the government of Dominique de Villepin. Lagarde was the first woman to become finance minister of a G8 economy, and is the first woman to head the IMF
Jan 1 John (Pelushi) the Albanian Orthodox metropolitan of Korça, since his installment in 1998.
Jan 1 Andy Gill a founding member and guitarist for the English rock group Gang of Four, considered among the most influential post-punk bands. Gill is known for his jagged style of guitar on albums such as Entertainment! and Solid Gold and hit singles such as "At Home He's a Tourist," "Damaged Goods," "Anthrax," "What We All Want" and "I Love a Man in a Uniform."
Jan 1 Sergei Avdeyev a Russian engineer and cosmonaut.
Jan 1 Vasili Pervukhin a Russian former ice hockey player, who competed for the Soviet Union. At the national level he played for Dizelist Penza between 1974 and 1976, and for HC Dynamo Moscow between 1976 and 1989
Jan 1 Mike Mitchell (basketball born 1956) an American professional basketball player in the NBA over eleven seasons from 1978 to 1990.
Jan 1 Kōji Yakusho a Japanese actor.
Jan 1 Mark R. Hughes an American businessman who was the founder, chairman and CEO of Herbalife International Ltd.
Jan 2 Jishu Dasgupta an Indian Bengali television director and actor. After suffering from cancer for nine months he died on 21 December 2012 in a hospital in Kolkata
Jan 2 Lynda Barry an American cartoonist and author. Barry is best known for her weekly comic strip Ernie Pook's Comeek. She garnered attention with her 1988 illustrated novel The Good Times are Killing Me, about an interracial friendship between two young girls, which was made into a play. Her second illustrated novel Cruddy appeared in 1999. Three years later she published One! Hundred! Demons!, a graphic novel she terms "Autobiofictionalography". What It Is is a graphic novel that is part memoir, part collage and part workbook in which Barry instructs her readers in methods to open up their own creativity; it won the comics industry's 2009 Eisner Award for Best Reality-Based Work
Jan 2 Veronika Dolina a Soviet and Russian poet, bard, and songwriter.
Jan 2 John Bedford Lloyd an American actor.
Jan 3 Leoncio Alonso González de Gregorio 22nd Duke of Medina Sidonia a Spanish aristocrat and historian. Born in Madrid, Medina Sidonia is the eldest son of Leoncio González de Gregorio y Martí and his wife Luisa Isabel Álvarez de Toledo, 21st Duchess of Medina Sidonia. The Duke is Professor of History at the University of Castile-La Mancha and of the Diplomatic School of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation
Jan 3 Mel Gibson an American actor, filmmaker, and screenwriter. He is most well known as an action hero, for roles such as Martin Riggs in the Lethal Weapon film series and Max Rockatansky in the first three Mad Max films
Jan 3 Sam Laidlaw the chief executive officer of Centrica, the British natural gas and electricity company.
Jan 4 Sarojini Sahoo an Orissa Sahitya Academy Award winner Indian feminist writer, a columnist in The New Indian Express and associate editor of Chennai based English magazine Indian AGE, who has been enlisted among 25 Exceptional Women of India by Kindle Magazine of Kolkata.
Jan 4 Bernard Sumner an English musician, singer, and songwriter. He was a member of Joy Division and is currently the lead vocalist and guitarist of New Order
Jan 4 Vladimir Klementyev a Soviet professional football coach and a former player.
Jan 4 Corina Casanova the Federal Chancellor of Switzerland.
Jan 4 Zahava Gal-On an Israeli politician. She is a member of Knesset for Meretz, known for her very liberal and pluralist views. On 7 February 2012, she was elected chairperson of Meretz
Jan 4 Nels Cline an American guitarist and composer.
Jan 4 Alex Cline an American jazz drummer.
Jan 5 Tim Macartney-Snape a mountaineer and author. On 3 October 1984 Macartney-Snape and Greg Mortimer were the first Australians to reach the summit of Mount Everest. They reached the summit, climbing without supplementary oxygen, via a new route on the North Face. In 1990, Macartney-Snape became the first person to walk and climb from sea level to the top of Mount Everest. Macartney-Snape is also the founder of the Sea to Summit range of outdoor and adventure gear and accessories, a guide for adventure travel company World Expeditions and a founding director and patron of the World Transformation Movement
Jan 5 Chen Kenichi often romanized Chin Kenichi in Japanese sources, is a chef best known for his role as the Iron Chef Chinese on the television series Iron Chef. Nicknamed "The Szechuan Sage", he wears a yellow outfit and rises into Kitchen Stadium holding a cleaver in his hand. He is the only Iron Chef to have held his position throughout the life of the show. He was born in Japan to ethnic Chinese father of Japanese nationality and his formal name is Ken'ichi Azuma
Jan 5 Frank-Walter Steinmeier a German politician of the Social Democratic Party of Germany who has served as Minister for Foreign Affairs since 2013. Steinmeier was a close aide of Chancellor Gerhard Schröder, serving as Chief of Staff in the German Chancellery from 1999 to 2005. He subsequently served as Foreign Minister and Vice Chancellor in the grand coalition government of Angela Merkel. In 2008, he briefly served as acting chairman of his party
Jan 5 Vladimir Fyodorov (footballer) a Soviet football player. Fyodorov was one of the FC Pakhtakor Tashkent players killed in the 1979 Dniprodzerzhynsk mid-air collision
Jan 5 Carmen Ortiz the United States Attorney for the District of Massachusetts.
Jan 5 Tadija Kačar a retired Bosnian Serb boxer who represented Yugoslavia at the 1976 Summer Olympics in Montréal, Canada. There he won the silver medal in the light middleweight division , after being defeated in the final by Poland's Jerzy Rybicki. Winner of the silver medal at the European Championship 1979th Cologne, Winner at the Mediterranean Games 1979th Split
Jan 6 Angus Deayton an English actor, writer, musician, comedian and broadcaster. He was the original presenter of the satirical panel game Have I Got News for You, a job from which he was dismissed in October 2002 after a second round of tabloid allegations about his personal life. He also played Victor Meldrew's long-suffering neighbour Patrick Trench in the comedy series One Foot in the Grave
Jan 6 Justin Welby the 105th and current Archbishop of Canterbury and senior bishop in the Church of England. Welby was formerly the vicar of Southam, Warwickshire. As such, he is Primate of All England and the symbolic head of the worldwide Anglican Communion. He was formerly the Bishop of Durham, serving for just over a year
Jan 6 Zhantoro Satybaldiyev a Kyrgyz politician who has been Prime Minister of Kyrgyzstan since 5 September 2012.
Jan 6 Oleh Kramarenko (footballer born 1956) a retired Ukrainian professional footballer. He made his professional debut in the Soviet Second League in 1974 for FC Metalist Kharkiv
Jan 6 Ivan Wilzig a recording artist and songwriter who is best known for his pop-dance remakes of 1960s and early 1970s peace songs, including, but not limited to, "Imagine" "San Francisco" "Hare Krishna" and "Live For Today”. He also created The Peaceman Foundation, a non-profit organization that battles hatred, violence and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. In the US alone, he has appeared on various reality television shows, such as Who Wants to be a Superhero?, on Syfy The Fabulous Life of the Hamptons on VH1,Chef Roble & on Bravo, and most recently on Super Heroes in 3D TV on 3Net
Jan 6 Elizabeth Strout an American author of fiction. She won the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction for Olive Kitteridge, a collection of connected short stories about a woman and her immediate family and friends on the coast of Maine
Jan 6 Clive Woodward an English former rugby union player and coach. He was coach of the England team from 1997 to 2004, managing them to victory in the 2003 Rugby World Cup
Jan 7 Tamás Fellegi László Fellegi , Hungarian politician, jurist, political scientist, businessman, who served as Minister of National Development in Viktor Orbán's government from May 29, 2010 to December 14, 2011. After that he was a minister without portfolio in Orbán II Cabinet. Between 1996 and 2000 Sectoral Director, then CEE of Legal and Governmental Affairs of Hungarian Telecom. Currently, he is Managing Partner of EuroAtlantic Solutions, an international consultancy firm. In 2013, EuroAtlantic Solutions joined the Prime Policy Group consortium and registered as a foreign agent at the U.S. Department of Justice under the Foreign Agent Registration Act for its US-based activities political activities carried out on behalf of the Hungarian government. Fellegi also serves as president of the Hungary Initiatives Foundation, a foundation created in November 2013 at the order Hungary's Prime Minister Viktor Orbán
Jan 7 Kenneth Marende the Speaker of the National Assembly of Kenya's 10th Parliament. He was elected Speaker on January 15, 2008. Prior to his election as Speaker, Hon. Marende served as the MP for Emuhaya constituency, from 2002 to 2007
Jan 7 Uwe Ochsenknecht a German actor and singer.
Jan 7 Mike Liut a retired Canadian professional ice hockey goaltender.
Jan 7 David Caruso an American actor and producer. His most prominent role is the portrayal of Lieutenant Horatio Caine on the TV series CSI: Miami and as Detective John Kelly on the ABC crime drama NYPD Blue. He also appeared in movies such as First Blood, Kiss of Death, Jade and Proof of Life
Jan 9 Adriana Xenides an Australian television personality. Born in Buenos Aires, Argentina to a Greek father and a Spanish mother, she moved to Australia as a child, and became well known for her long-running role as the co-host and letter-turner on Wheel of Fortune. She died in 2010 from a ruptured intestine, after several years of ill health
Jan 9 Imelda Staunton a British actress of both dramas and musical theatre. She is perhaps best known for her performances in the British comedy television series Up the Garden Path, the Harry Potter film series , Vera Drake and Shakespeare in Love, in which she played the Nurse. She drew critical acclaim as Vera Drake, earning her a Best Actress Oscar nomination and a number of wins including the BAFTA and Venice Film Festival Awards for Best Actress in a Leading Role. Her notable roles in musical theatre include Adelaide in Guys and Dolls, Mrs Lovett in Sweeney Todd and Rose in Gypsy
Jan 9 Steve Squyres the James Weeks Professor of Physical Sciences at Cornell University in Ithaca, New York. His research area is in planetary sciences, with a focus on large solid bodies in the solar system such as the terrestrial planets and the moons of the Jovian planets. Squyres is principal investigator of the Mars Exploration Rover Mission. He is the recipient of the 2004 Carl Sagan Memorial Award and the 2009 Carl Sagan Medal for Excellence in Communication in Planetary Science. On October 28, 2010, Squyres received the 2010 Mines Medal for his achievements as a researcher and professor. He is the brother of Academy Award-nominated film editor Tim Squyres
Jan 9 Waltraud Meier a Grammy Award–winning German dramatic soprano and mezzo-soprano singer. She is particularly known for her Wagnerian roles as Kundry, Isolde, Ortrud, Venus, Fricka, and Sieglinde, but has also had success in the French and Italian repertoire appearing as Eboli, Amneris, Carmen, and Santuzza. She resides in Munich
Jan 9 Kenny MacLean a Scottish-Canadian musician, best known as a member of the multi-platinum selling band Platinum Blonde.
Jan 9 Mike Walczewski an American public address announcer best known for his work for the New York Knicks of the National Basketball Association.
Jan 9 Kimberly Beck an American actress for over 60 television and film roles.
Jan 10 Antonio García (ELN commander) nom de guerre of Eliécer Erlington Chamorro Acosta , one of the main commanders of the Ejército de Liberación Nacional , or National Liberation Army.