Birthdays in History in January 1938

  • Jan 1 Bill Emerson, (Rep-R-MO, 1981- )
  • Jan 1 Robert Jankel, British coachbuilder (d. 2005)
  • Jan 2 Ian Brady [Ian Duncan Stewart], British serial killer (Moors Murders), born in Glasgow (d. 2017)
  • Jan 2 Hans Herbjørnsrud, Norwegian author
  • Jan 5 Juan Carlos I, king of Spain (1975- )
  • Jan 5 Leo Avery, abbot of Quarr
  • Jan 5 Ngũgĩ wa Thiong'o, Kenyan writer
  • Jan 6 Prof Adrienne Clarke, Australian botanist, Lieutenant Governor of Victoria
  • Jan 6 Mario Rodríguez Cobos "Silo", Argentine writer and spiritual leader
  • Jan 7 Jasperina de Jong, Dutch cabaret performer (Jan Rao en z'n Maat)
  • Jan 7 Roland Topor, French illustrator (d. 1997)
  • Jan 10 Ivan Twigden, English contractor/multi-millionaire (Twigden PLC)
  • Jan 10 Donald Knuth, American mathematician and computer scientist
  • Jan 11 Fischer S Black Jr, financial theorist
  • Jan 11 Michael Fenn, docker/socialist
  • Jan 11 Arthur Scargill, Socialist Labour Party (UK) leader
  • Jan 13 Jean Cabut [Cabu], French caricaturist (Charlie Hebdo), born in Châlons-en-Champagne, France (d. 2015)
  • Jan 17 John Bellairs, US, sci-fi author (Chessmen of Doom)
  • Jan 19 Denny Smith, (Rep-R-OR, 1981- )
  • Jan 21 Wolfman Jack, [Bob Smith], American DJ (Midnight Special), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • Jan 22 Joe Esposito, American author and friend of Elvis, born in Chicago (d. 2016)
  • Jan 23 Anatoly Marchenko, Siberia, Soviet dissident
  • Jan 25 Betico Croes, Arubian politician (Status Aparte)
  • Jan 25 Shotaro Ishinomori, Japanese manga author (d. 1998)
  • Jan 25 Leiji Matsumoto, Japanese creator of anime
  • Jan 26 Margaret Daly, British MEP
  • Jan 27 Timothy Elworthy, Captain of The Queen's Flight
  • Jan 30 Marcel P A van Dam, Dutch politician/CEO (VARA Radio/TV)
  • Jan 30 Islam Karimov, President of Uzbekistan (1991-2016), born in Samarkand (d. 2016)
  • Jan 31 Ajip Rosidi, Indonesian poet/writer (Madjalah Sunda, Pesta)
  • Jan 31 Beatrix Wilhelmina Armgard, queen of Netherlands (1980- )
  • Jan 31 James G Watt, Colo, US Secretary of Interior (1981-83)