Birthdays in History in January 1931

  • Jan 1 Siddig El Nigoumi, ceramicist
  • Jan 2 Toshiki Kaifu, premier of Japan (1989-91)
  • Jan 4 Adi Lady Lala Mara, First Lady of Fiji (d. 2004)
  • Jan 4 Sir William Deane, Governor-General of Australia 1996-2001
  • Jan 5 Joan Coxsedge, Australian politician
  • Jan 6 Gerard van Muiden, Dutch MP (CDA)
  • Jan 6 E. L. Doctorow, American author (Ragtime, Billy Bathgate), born in The Bronx, New York (d.2015)
  • Jan 7 Mack Mattingly, (Sen-R-GA, 1981-86)
  • Jan 9 Algi[rda]s [Jonas] Budrys, Prussia, sci-fi author (Man of Earth)
  • Jan 9 Geoffrey Wragg, British(?) reorganizer
  • Jan 10 Alexander L "Alex" Boraine, South Africa vicar/MP
  • Jan 10 Ron Galella, celebrity photographer (sued by Jackie O)
  • Jan 10 Peter Barnes, English writer (d. 2004)
  • Jan 11 Betty Churcher, director of the National Gallery of Australia
  • Jan 14 Frank Costigan, Australian lawyer
  • Jan 15 Derek Meddings, special effects technician
  • Jan 15 Thomas Hoving, American news correspondent (20/20), born in NYC, New York
  • Jan 16 Vladimir Skutina, writer playwright/journalist
  • Jan 16 Johannes Rau, German politician (d. 2006)
  • Jan 17 Douglas Wilder, American politician, Governor of Virginia (1990-94), 1st African American Governor since Reconstruction, born in Richmond, Virginia
  • Jan 19 Ron Packard, (Rep-R-CA, 1983- )
  • Jan 20 Sawako Ariyoshi, Japanese writer (Compound Pollution, Doctor's Wife)
  • Jan 20 Thomas Roy Garrett, museum curator
  • Jan 25 Paavo J Haavikko, finnish writer/poet/husband of Marja-Liisa Vartio
  • Jan 27 Mordecai Richler, Montreal author, (Apprenticeship of Duddy Kravitz)
  • Jan 27 Nigel Vinson, British Lord and inventor, born in Kent, England
  • Jan 27 Ronald "Buster" Edwards, British Great Train Robber turned flower-seller, born in London (d. 1994)
  • Jan 28 Timothy Kitson, former MP
  • Jan 30 Jack Bowman, Chief Constable (Tayside)
  • Jan 30 Shirley Hazzard, Australian-born author (Transit of Venus), born in Sydney (d. 2016)
  • Jan 30 Stewart B McKinney, (Rep-R-CT, 1971- )
  • Jan 30 John Crosbie, Canadian politician
  • Jan 30 Allan W. Eckert, American historian, naturalist, and author
  • Jan 31 Jean Burroughs, educationalist
  • Jan 31 Nicholas Gordon Lennox, diplomat