On This Day

Famous People Born in January 1940

  • Jan 1 Laszlo Sary, Hungarian composer, born in Győrasszonyfa
  • Jan 1 Richard Henry Orton, composer
  • Jan 1 Marlin McKeever, American NFL linebacker (Pro Bowl 1966; LA Rams), born in Cheyenne, Wyoming (d. 2006)
  • Jan 2 S. R. S. Varadhan, Indian-American mathematician
  • Jan 3 Thelma Schoonmaker, actress/editor (Casino, Cape Fear, Good Fellas)
  • Jan 3 Bernard Blaut, Polish soccer midfielder (36 caps; KP Legia Warsaw, FC Metz) and manager (UAE), born in Krapkowice, Poland (d. 2007)
  • Jan 4 Anthony Skooter Teague, Texas, actor (How to Succeed in Business)
  • Jan 4 Brian Josephson, British physicist (Nobel 1973)
  • Jan 4 Helmut Jahn, German architect
  • Jan 4 Gao Xingjian, Chinese-born French novelist and dramatist, Nobel laureate
  • Jan 5 Michael O'Donoghue, American writer and performer (Saturday Night Live, Scrooged), born in Sauquoit, New York (d. 1994)
  • Jan 5 Yuri Ershov, Russian mathematician, born in Novosibirsk, Russia
  • Jan 5 Athol Guy, Australian singer (The Seekers), born in Colac, Australia
  • Jan 5 Michael Rose, British army officer, born in British India
  • Jan 6 Ed Zschau, American politician (Rep-R-CA, 1983- ), born in Omaha, Nebraska
  • Jan 6 Van McCoy, American musician and songwriter (The Hustle), born in Englewood, New Jersey (d. 1979)

  • Jan 6 Laudir de Oliveira, Brazilian percussionist (Chicago), born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil (d. 2017)
  • Jan 6 Penny Lernoux, American journalist, born in California (d. 1989)
  • Jan 7 William Elgin Swinton, child psychiatrist
  • Jan 8 Cristy Lane, American country music & gospel singer, born in Peoria, Illinois
  • Jan 9 Barbara Buczek, Polish composer, born in Kraków, Poland (d. 1993)
  • Jan 9 Jimmy Boyd, American singer & actor (Howard-Bachelor Father), born in Jayess, Mississippi (d. 2009)
  • Jan 9 Al Downing, American singer, born in Oklahoma, United States (d. 2005)
  • Jan 9 Ruth Dreifuss, Swiss politician, born in St. Gallen, Switzerland
  • Jan 10 Harry Gant, American race car driver, born in Taylorsville, North Carolina
  • Jan 10 Ntare VI of Ankole, Omugabe of Nkole
  • Jan 10 Guy Chevrette, Quebec politician, born in Québec, Canada
  • Jan 11 Mark DeVoto, America Musicologist and composer, born in Cambridge, Massachusetts
  • Jan 12 Dick Motz, New Zealand cricketer (1st NZer to take 100 Test wickets), born in Christchurch, New Zealand (d. 2007)
  • Jan 13 Edmund White, American author
  • Jan 14 Julian Bond, American civil rights leader & politician (D-Ga), born in Nashville Tennessee (d. 2015)
  • Jan 17 Kipchoge "Kip" Keino, Kenyan athlete (Olympic gold 1,500m 1968, 3k steeplechase 1972), born in Kipsamo, Kenya
  • Jan 17 Oswald Mbuyiseni Mtshali, South African poet (Fireflames)
  • Jan 17 Leighton Rees, Welsh darts player (BDO World Champion 1978), born in Ynysybwl, Glamorgan, Wales (d. 2003)
  • Jan 18 Pedro Rodriguez, Spanish racing driver, born in Santa Cruz de Tenerife, Spain (d. 1971)
  • Jan 19 Barend J du Plessis, South African minister of Finance (1984- )

Person of interestMary Mills

Jan 19 Mary Mills, American golfer (US Open 1963, PGA 1964, 73), born in Laurel, Mississippi

LPGA Golfer Mary Mills
LPGA Golfer
Mary Mills
  • Jan 19 Paolo Borsellino, Italian magistrate (d. 1992)
  • Jan 19 Mike Reid, English comedian (d. 2007)
  • Jan 20 Carol Heiss Jenkins, American figure skater (Olympic gold singles 1960; silver 1956; World C'ship gold 1956–1960), born in NYC, New York
  • Jan 20 Jorge Peixinho, Portuguese composer & conductor, born in Montijo, Portugal
  • Jan 20 Krishnam Raju, Indian actor & politician, born in Mogalthur, India
  • Jan 20 Lars-Åke Lagrell, Swedish sports administrator (President Swedish Football Association 1991-2012) and politician (Governor Kronoberg County), born in Växjö, Sweden (d. 2020)

Person of interestJack Nicklaus

Jan 21 Jack Nicklaus, American golfer (18 major titles, 73 PGA Tour titles), born in Columbus, Ohio

  • Jan 21 Robin Russell, 14th Duke of Bedford, English peer (Woburn Abbey, Country House TV series), born at the Ritz, London (d. 2003)
  • Jan 22 Addie "Micki" Harris, singer (Shirelles-Soldier Boy), born in Passaic, New Jersey
  • Jan 22 John Hurt, English actor (Elephant Man, Alien, Midnight Express), born in Chesterfield (d. 2017)
  • Jan 22 Tilo Medek, German composer
  • Jan 22 George Seifert, American football coach
  • Jan 23 Johnny Russell, American country singer, born in Moorhead, Mississippi (d. 2001)
  • Jan 26 Harold Lederman, American boxing judge, analyst (HBO), born in NYC, NY (d. 2019)
  • Jan 27 Brian T O'Leary, astronaut, born in Boston, Massachusetts
  • Jan 27 James Cromwell, American actor (Babe, The Green Mile), born in Los Angeles, California

Person of interestCarlos Slim

Jan 28 Carlos Slim, Mexican business magnate (América Móvil) once ranked as the richest person in the world, born in Mexico City, Mexico

Businessman Carlos Slim
Businessman
Carlos Slim
  • Jan 29 Katharine Ross, American actress (Graduate, Francesca-Colbys), born in Hollywood, California
  • Jan 29 Kunimitsu Takahashi, Japanese motorcycle racer and racing driver
  • Jan 30 David Johnson, American composer, born in Batavia, New York
  • Jan 31 Stuart Margolin, Davenport Iowa, actor (Love American Style)

About January 1940

How Old? 80 years old
Generation: Silent Generation
Leap Year: Yes

Chinese Zodiac: Rabbit
Star Signs: Capricorn (Dec 22 - Jan 19), Aquarius (Jan 20 - Feb 18)