Born in 1971

Jan 1 Rodney (wrestler) an American retired professional wrestler. He is best known for his appearances with the World Wrestling Federation from 1999 to 2001 under the ring name Rodney
Jan 1 Juan Carlos Plata a Guatemalan retired football striker. He is the highest-scoring player in the history of Guatemala's top division. As of January 2010, Plata has, except for Marc Lloyd-Williams, been the most prolific scorer among all active players in the world in top division leagues, and is among the top 60 goalscorers of all time in the world according to the International Federation of Football History & Statistics
Jan 1 Navin Chowdhry a British television actor.
Jan 1 Sammie Henson a World Champion wrestler, winning a gold medal in freestyle for the USA at the 1998 FILA Wrestling World Championships, held in Tehran, Iran. He defeated Namig Abdullayev of Azerbaijan to take the gold. He was also a silver medalist at the 2000 Summer Olympics in the freestyle 54 kg category, losing to Abdullayev in the finals of that event, held in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia. At the age of 36, he competed at the 2006 FILA Wrestling World Championships held in Guangzhou, China, earning a bronze medal. He was named USA Wrestling's Man of the Year, in 1998. He is currently the Assistant Head Coach at the University Of Missouri. He is also Head Coach of the Sunkist Kids Wrestling Club
Jan 1 Bobby Holík a retired Czech-American professional ice hockey center who played 18 seasons in the National Hockey League. Holík is the son of Jaroslav Holík, a Czech ice hockey world champion in 1972 and Czech national team head coach who led the under-20 team to world titles in 2000 and 2001
Jan 1 Tameka Foster an American wardrobe stylist and the ex-wife of singer Usher. Tameka has worked as a personal stylist for Lauryn Hill, Jay-Z, Usher, Toni Braxton, Patti Labelle, Nas and more
Jan 1 Phoebus (songwriter) a well-known songwriter in both Greece and Cyprus. Phoebus is mostly known for his music through Despina Vandi and Katy Garbi, although he has composed albums for many other artists in Greece and Cyprus. A high percentage of the albums he composes receive certification making him one of the most successful Greek songwriters of the 1990s and 2000s, selling 3,500,000 records. In 2009 he founded his own record label, The Spicy Effect, to which he has signed various artists, many of whom he has collaborated with in the past
Jan 1 Andre Marriner an English professional football referee based in Sheldon, West Midlands. He is a member of the Birmingham County Football Association
Jan 1 Alexander Pointner the former head coach of Austria ski jumping team.
Jan 1 Kevin Mitchell (linebacker) an American football linebacker in the National Football League from Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. He played for the San Francisco 49ers, the New Orleans Saints, and the Washington Redskins
Jan 1 Jyotiraditya Madhavrao Scindia an Indian politician.
Jan 1 Chris Potter (jazz saxophonist) an American jazz saxophonist, composer, and multi-instrumentalist.
Jan 1 Christi Paul a weekday news anchor for HLN and weekend anchor for CNN's New Day.
Jan 2 Sergei Toporov a Russian professional football coach and a former player. Currently, he works as an assistant coach with FC KUZBASS Kemerovo
Jan 2 Slobodan Komljenović a retired Serbian footballer who played as either a central or right defender.
Jan 2 Taye Diggs an American theatre, film and television actor, best known by his nickname, Taye Diggs. He is perhaps best known for his roles in the Broadway musical Rent, the motion picture How Stella Got Her Groove Back, the television series Private Practice and his starring role in the cult favorite motion picture The Best Man as Harper Stewart, as well as its sequel The Best Man Holiday. His nickname, Taye, comes from the playful pronunciation of Scotty as "Scottay"
Jan 2 Scot Gemmill a former Scottish footballer and a UEFA A Licensed Coach. He is currently the manager of the Scotland Under 17 Team. He played as a midfielder, most recently for the New Zealand Knights. He is the son of former Scottish international footballer Archie Gemmill, and was born in Paisley
Jan 2 Markus Hoffmann a German actor, most famous for his portrayal of Henning von Anstetten in the soap opera Verbotene Liebe.
Jan 2 Renée Elise Goldsberry an American actress, singer and songwriter.
Jan 2 Lisa Harrison a former American professional basketball player for the Phoenix Mercury in the Women's National Basketball Association.
Jan 3 Cory Cross a Canadian retired professional ice hockey defenceman, who played twelve seasons in the National Hockey League. He is currently an assistant coach for the Calgary Dinos men's ice hockey team
Jan 4 Denys Filimonov a retired Ukrainian football forward. He was a top scorer of the Ukrainian First League in 1992
Jan 4 Haytham Farouk a retired Egyptian international football player.
Jan 4 Gerald Nobles an American boxer.
Jan 4 Ioannis Nikolaidis a Greek chess Grandmaster.
Jan 4 Vladimir Matyushenko a retired Belarusian mixed martial artist who fought in the Light Heavyweight division. He has competed for Bellator MMA, UFC, Affliction, Jungle Fight, and is the former IFL Light Heavyweight Champion
Jan 4 Murat Kardanov a Circassian wrestler and in Olympic champion in Greco-Roman wrestling.
Jan 4 Namig Abdullayev a retired Azerbaijani freestyle wrestler, who won a gold medal at the 2000 Summer Olympics, as well as three gold medals at European championships and three silver medals at world championships.
Jan 4 Junichi Kakizaki a floral designer. He exhibits regularly both in Japan and internationally. Since 2006, he has mainly worked on stage decorations
Jan 5 Jayne Middlemiss an English television and radio presenter. She began presenting music television shows such as The O-Zone and Top of the Pops in the mid-1990s, before presenting a variety of other television and radio shows, including on BBC 6 Music. She has won both Celebrity MasterChef and former reality show Celebrity Love Island
Jan 5 Joško Jeličić a retired Croatian footballer who played as a midfielder. He had spells with Pohang Steelers in South Korea, NK Dinamo Zagreb, Sevilla FC and Hajduk Split
Jan 5 Mauro Bressan a retired Italian football player who worked as a director of sports for the Hungarian club Vasas SC.
Jan 5 Bjørn Otto Bragstad a former football defender from Norway.
Jan 5 Mayuko Takata a Japanese actress, best known in the western world for her appearances on the Japanese TV show Iron Chef.
Jan 6 Irwin Thomas an Australian singer and guitarist who was formerly known as Jack Jones, as the lead vocalist in the 1990s Australian band Southern Sons. Jones toured with John Farnham during his Chain Reaction tour in 1990/91 as Lead Guitarist and was also featured on the album of the same name
Jan 6 Karin Slaughter an American crime writer, whose first novel Blindsighted became an international success, was published in almost 30 languages, and made the Crime Writers' Association's Dagger Award shortlist for "Best Thriller Debut" of 2001. She has sold more than 30 million copies of her books, and is published in 32 languages
Jan 6 Andrzej Piaseczny a Polish singer.
Jan 6 Vladislav Bobrik a Russian former road bicycle racer.
Jan 6 Álvaro Misael Alfaro a retired Salvadoran footballer.
Jan 7 Øssur Hansen a Faroese football midfielder/defender who currently played for B68 Toftir in the Faroese Premier League. Hansen is amongst the 10 most capped players of the Faroe Islands national team with 51 matches
Jan 7 Jeremy Renner an American actor, singer-songwriter, film producer, former makeup artist, and musician. He is best known for his roles in The Hurt Locker for which he received an Academy Award nomination for Best Actor, and for playing Hawkeye in Marvel's The Avengers. He also appeared in commercially successful films such as Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol , The Bourne Legacy , Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters , and American Hustle. Throughout the 2000s, Renner appeared largely in independent films such as Dahmer and Neo Ned. He also appeared in supporting roles in bigger films such as S.W.A.T. and 28 Weeks Later. He then turned out a much-praised performance in The Town , for which he received an Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actor
Jan 7 Kevin Rahm an American actor best known for his television roles as Kyle McCarty on Judging Amy, Lee McDermott on Desperate Housewives, and Ted Chaough on Mad Men.
Jan 7 Oleg Maslennikov a retired Russian professional footballer. He made his debut in the Russian Premier League in 1992 for FC Dynamo-Gazovik Tyumen
Jan 7 Vladislav Kulikov a former butterfly swimmer from Russia, who won the bronze medal in the men's 200 m butterfly at the 1996 Summer Olympics in Atlanta, Georgia. He also competed at the Barcelona Games , as a member of the Unified Team
Jan 7 Giorgi Gogiashvili a retired Georgian professional footballer. He made his professional debut in the Pirveli Liga in 1992 for FC Sikharuli-90 Gagra. He also holds Russian citizenship
Jan 8 Jesper Jansson a retired professional footballer from Sweden, who played as a defender and a midfielder during his career. He is currently sporting director at Helsingborgs He was a member of the Sweden national football team competing at the 1992 Summer Olympics in Barcelona, Spain. Jansson earned one cap for the national team, making his only appearance on February 20, 1994 during the Joe Robbie Cup match against the United States
Jan 8 Pascal Zuberbühler a Swiss former footballer who played as a goalkeeper.
Jan 8 Jaroslav Miller Prof. Mgr. Jaroslav Miller, M.A., Ph.D. is a professor of history at Palacký University in Olomouc. He focuses on urban studies, the history of political thought and lately also questions of Czech and Slovak exile
Jan 8 Géraldine Pailhas a French actress. She had her first international success in 1995 as Doña Anna, the unfulfilled love of Johnny Depp in the comedy Don Juan DeMarco. She is married to actor Christopher Thompson and has two children
Jan 8 Mike Süsser a German chef and author.