Born in 1972

Jan 1 Andrey Svirkov a Belarusian professional football coach and a former player. He is a younger brother of Yury Svirkov, who is also former professional football goalkeeper. The brothers played alongside each other in a number of teams throughout their careers and also worked together in Spartak Nalchik, until Yury left the team in 2009
Jan 1 Ali Abu Mukhammad a Dagestani militant Islamist in Russia and the leader of the Caucasus Emirate following the death of inaugural leader Dokka Umarov. Following in the same religious tradition as former leader Doku Umarov, he adheres to the ideology of Salafism
Jan 1 Yermakhan Ibraimov a Kazakh boxer who competed in the Light Middleweight at the 2000 Summer Olympics and won the gold medal. Four years earlier, at the 1996 Summer Olympics in Atlanta, he captured the bronze medal. He also won the bronze medal at the 1999 World Amateur Boxing Championships in Houston, Texas, and a silver one at the previous edition in Budapest
Jan 1 Garrett K. Gomez an American thoroughbred jockey.
Jan 1 Barron Miles a retired professional Canadian football player who played for 12 years in the Canadian Football League. He is currently the defensive backs coach for the Saskatchewan Roughriders. Miles finished his career tied for second all-time in career interceptions with 66 and as the all-time leader in blocked kicks with 13
Jan 1 Lilian Thuram a retired professional football defender and the most capped player in the history of the France national team.
Jan 2 Mattias Norström a Swedish retired professional ice hockey defenceman, currently working for the AIK organization. Norström began his National Hockey League career with the New York Rangers. However, he is most noted for his ten seasons as a member of the Los Angeles Kings for whom he served as team captain from 2001–2007. Norström played the final season of his NHL career for the Dallas Stars
Jan 2 Adam Elliot an independent Australian stop-motion animation writer and director based in Melbourne, Australia. His five films have collectively participated in over six-hundred film festivals and have received over one hundred awards, including an Oscar for Harvie Krumpet and the Annecy Cristal for Mary and Max. Elliot calls himself an auteur filmmaker and each of his films have a bittersweet nature to them. Based loosely on his family and friends, Elliot calls each of his works a Clayography – clay animated biography. Utilising a large team of animators and modelmakers each film takes several years to complete. He is noted for his use of traditional 'in-camera' techniques, which means every prop set and character is a 'real' miniature handcrafted object. Elliot does not use digital additions or computer generated imagery to enhance his visual aesthetic. His company, Adam Elliot Pictures, produce the films and Elliot’s work practices adhere to the French auteur methodology. Each film has been voiced by notable actors including, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Toni Collette, Geoffrey Rush, Eric Bana, William McInnes and Barry Humphries. Elliot is also a voting member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and in 1999 was awarded The Young Achiever of the Year for Victoria
Jan 2 Egil Østenstad a Norwegian former football player. He started and ended his career at Viking, where he was director of football after his retirement. His playing career also included spells at Southampton and Blackburn, among others
Jan 2 Arif Erdem a retired Turkish of Albanian descent international footballer and the former manager of İstanbul Büyükşehir Belediyespor. He played in the forward position. Starting out with local club Zeytinburnuspor in 1990, Arif had a decorated 15-year professional career. He scored 106 goals in 341 league matches and finished joint top scorer of the Süper Lig with İlhan Mansız at the conclusion of the 2001–02 season
Jan 2 Christopher Lennertz an American musical composer for films, television shows, and video games. He is perhaps best known for his musical score for the 2007 film Alvin and the Chipmunks, Hop, Think Like A Man, and Warner Bros. comedy Horrible Bosses. He composed the score of Supernatural and more recently Revolution, two television series created by Eric Kripke
Jan 2 Aleksandra Pankina a Belarusian rower.
Jan 2 Hristos Meletoglou a Greek triple jumper.
Jan 2 Rodney MacDonald a Canadian politician, educator and musician who served as the 26th Premier of Nova Scotia from 2006 to 2009 and as MLA for the riding of Inverness in the Nova Scotia House of Assembly from 1999 to 2009.
Jan 3 Kaworu Watashiya a Japanese manga author from Tokyo, Japan, notable for the creation of Kodomo no Jikan, the first of her works selected to be translated into English – though the publication of the English version was cancelled by the licensee, Seven Seas Entertainment, due to concerns as to North American reaction to controversial content, and was never released. It is also the first of her works to be turned into an anime series
Jan 3 Alioum Boukar a former Cameroonian football goalkeeper, who played for several clubs, including Canon Yaoundé, Samsunspor and Istanbulspor, both in Turkey. He played for Cameroon national football team and was a participant at the 1998 FIFA World Cup and the 2002 FIFA World Cup
Jan 3 Alisha Klass a former American pornographic actress.
Jan 3 Janek Kiisman a retired association football defender from Estonia. He played for several clubs in his native country, including FC Flora Tallinn, JK Viljandi Tulevik and FC Santos Tartu
Jan 4 John Ruiz an American former professional boxer. Ruiz is the first Latino heavyweight champion and former two-time WBA heavyweight champion. After a professional career spanning over 18 years, Ruiz officially announced his retirement from the sport at a press conference on April 26, 2010. His final fight was a title shot against the then WBA heavyweight title holder David Haye, in which Ruiz was defeated by TKO in round 9
Jan 4 Andrei Kovalenko (Russian footballer) a Russian professional football coach and a former player. Currently, he works as a goalkeeping coach with FC Volgar-Gazprom Astrakhan
Jan 4 Andrei Vladimirovich Ivanov a Russian professional football player and coach. He plays for FC Oryol
Jan 4 Charlotte Hudson an English actress and television presenter. Hudson was born in Sheffield. Her brother is actor Robert Hudson. She also has two younger sisters: Laura and Lydia
Jan 5 Philip Davies a British Conservative Party politician. He is the Member of Parliament for Shipley in West Yorkshire. He is the most rebellious MP currently serving in the Coalition Government, having voted against the Tory Whip 120 times - more than any other Conservative MP
Jan 5 Dmitri Torgovanov a Russian team handball player and Olympic Champion from 2000 in Sydney. He received a bronze medal at the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens with the Russian national team
Jan 5 Sakis Rouvas a Greek recording, film and television artist; model; businessman and former pole vaulter. Born in Corfu, he won medals on the national athletics team during the 1980s. Rouvas began a musical career in 1991 as one of Greece's first pop performers, popularizing Western music. His tenor vocals, complex choreography, costumes, and technological advancements have been credited with transforming music videos and live performances. Rouvas is noted for avoiding domestic music, attaining success for a non-laïko or -éntekhno artist, and for breaking cultural, social, artistic, and generational barriers in Greece and Cyprus
Jan 5 Andrei Zintchenko a Russian former professional road bicycle racer active between the years 1994 and 2006. In his career, he won four stages in the Vuelta a España
Jan 6 Dean Turner (musician) an Australian rock musician and record producer. He was best known as a founding member and bass player of Australian rock band Magic Dirt
Jan 6 Oleksandr Holovko a former Ukrainian football defender who last played for Tavriya Simferopol, In his career he played in the centre-back position. Holovko also used to be a regular start-up for the Ukrainian national football team
Jan 6 Nataliya Volchek a Belarusian rower.
Jan 6 Nek a popular contemporary Italian singer-songwriter.
Jan 7 Donald Brashear an American-Canadian professional ice hockey player currently playing for Modo Hockey of the SHL. He previously played for five organizations in the National Hockey League , in which he was considered one of the most effective enforcers. His aggressive style led to being among the league leaders in penalty minutes for six seasons, while currently ranking 15th all-time in NHL history, and resulted in multiple suspensions as well. He remains the Vancouver Canucks all-time single season leader in penalty minutes, which he set in the 1997–98 season. He was the victim of one most publicized incidents of on-ice violence in NHL history, when he was slashed in the head by Marty McSorley, during the 1999–2000 season
Jan 7 Pedro Contreras a Spanish retired footballer who played as a goalkeeper.
Jan 7 Svetlana Zhurova a speed skater from Russia.
Jan 8 Paul Clement (football coach) an English football coach. He is currently working at Spanish La Liga club Real Madrid, assisting head coach Carlo Ancelotti. Clement has also previously worked for Ancelotti at Chelsea and Paris Saint-Germain. He has also previously held coaching roles at Fulham, Blackburn Rovers and the Ireland under-21 team
Jan 8 Giuseppe Favalli a retired Italian footballer who played as a defender for Serie A clubs Lazio, Internazionale and Milan.
Jan 8 Stanislav Lysenko a retired Russian professional footballer. As of 2009, he works as deputy general director on sports matters with FC Krasnodar. He made his professional debut in the Soviet Second League B in 1990 for FC Aktyubinets
Jan 8 Dale DaBone an American pornographic actor, director, musician, stunt rider and spokesmodel. He has appeared in more than 500 adult movies
Jan 8 Serhiy Atelkin a retired Ukrainian footballer.
Jan 9 Rawson Stovall a video game producer, and the first nationally syndicated reviewer of video games in the United States. His column first appeared in 1982 in the West Texas newspaper the Abilene Reporter-News under the title "Video Beat." The following year, the San Jose Mercury News picked up the column and promoted Stovall, eleven years old at the time, as the "Vid Kid". Soon after, Stovall's video game reviews appeared in newspapers across the United States, under the auspices of the Universal Press Syndicate, and Doubleday published The Vid Kid's Book of Home Video Games in 1984
Jan 9 Sarah Beeny an English property developer and television presenter, best known for presenting the Channel 4 property shows Property Ladder, Property Snakes and Ladders, Streets Ahead, Britain's Best Homes, Help! My House is Falling Down, Beeny's Restoration Nightmare, Double Your House for Half the Money and Sarah Beeny's Selling Houses.
Jan 9 Viktoriya Beloslyudtseva an athlete from Kazakhstan. She competes in archery
Jan 9 Jay Powell a former American baseball pitcher, who last played for the Atlanta Braves.
Jan 9 Mat Hoffman an American BMX rider considered one of the best vert ramp riders in the history of the sport. He is nicknamed "The Condor" and runs the BMX Freestyle brand Hoffman BMX Bikes based out of Oklahoma City, OK
Jan 10 Brian Christopher an American professional wrestler. He is the son of color commentator and professional wrestler Jerry "The King" Lawler and brother of wrestling referee Kevin Christian. He is well known for his career in World Wrestling Entertainment, where he performed as Grand Master Sexay as one-half of the tag team Too Cool with Scotty 2 Hotty
Jan 10 Mohammed Benzakour a Moroccan-Dutch columnist, essayist, poet, writer and politician. He is the third child in a family of five. At age three, he and mother and siblings settle in Zwijndrecht, Netherlands, where his father worked. He graduated from high school at vwo level and studied sociology at Leiden University and later political science and moved to Rotterdam to finish his master. Meanwhile, he joined the Labour Party. He started his journalism career working for De Volkskrant and also published in NRC Handelsblad, De Groene Amsterdammer and Vrij Nederland. He received the ASN Media Prize in 1999 and the Silver Zebra in 2001 for insights in a 'society in motion'. He later published two books, Abou Jahjah: Nieuwlichter of Oplichter. De demonisering van een politiek rebel in 2004 and Osama's Grot, Allah, Holland en ik, a compilation of his columns, articles and essays from 2001 until 2005, the year of publication. In that same year he also won the Peace Prize for Journalism. In 2008 his 'Stinkende Heelmeesters' was published, a compilation of essays, reviews, columns and reports from 2001-2008. In March 2014 he won the du Perron Price with his non-fictional novel Yemma, about his mother. The jury writes. "His observations and feelings that come to him are both socially and general and personal and intimate. He makes his documentary a literary achievement of the first order. "
Jan 10 Radovan Ćurčić a Serbian football manager and former player. As of 2013, he is head coach of the Serbia
Jan 10 Thomas Alsgaard a Norwegian cross-country skier. Alsgaard is regarded by many as the best performer of the skate-style in cross-country skiing and many of today's best skiers have studied his technique. In total, Alsgaard won 15 medals in the Winter Olympics and FIS Nordic World Ski Championships, making him one of the most successful skiers of all time
Jan 11 Christian Jacobs an American musician, television producer, voice actor and former child actor. He is perhaps most recognized as the co-creator of the award-winning Nick children's television series Yo Gabba Gabba!, on which he additionally serves as a writer, director, composer and voice actor
Jan 11 Yang Wenyi a former freestyle and backstroke swimmer from China, whose best performance was winning the gold medal in the 50 m freestyle at the 1992 Summer Olympics in Barcelona, Spain.
Jan 11 Konstantin Khabensky a Russian actor best known in the West for starring in the films Night Watch and Day Watch as the lead character Anton Gorodetsky.