On This Day

Famous People Born in January 1955

  • Jan 1 LaMarr Hoyt, American baseball pitcher (AL Cy Young Award 1983; AL wins leader 1982-83; Chicago WS), born in Columbia, South Carolina
  • Jan 1 Mary Beard, English classical scholar (University of Cambridge), born in Much Wenlock, England
  • Jan 2 Tex Brashear, American voice actor
  • Jan 4 Kathy Forester, American country singer (Forester Sisters - "Mama's Never Seen Those Eyes"), born in Lookout Mountain, Georgia
  • Jan 4 Mark Hollis, British synth-pop musician (Talk Talk), born in London, England (d. 2019)

Person of interestRowan Atkinson

Jan 6 Rowan Atkinson, English comedian and actor (Mr Bean, Blackadder), born in Consett, County Durham, England

Actor and Comedian Rowan Atkinson
Actor and Comedian
Rowan Atkinson
  • Jan 6 Sandra Bernhard, American actress (Follow That Bird, King of Comedy), born in Flint, Michigan
  • Jan 6 Chantal Langlacé, French runner (women's marathon & 100k world records), born in Amiens, France
  • Jan 8 Mike Reno [Ryanoski], Canadian rock vocalist (Loverboy - "Working For The Weekend"), born in New Westminster, British Columbia
  • Jan 8 Spiros Livathinos, Greek footballer, born in Patras, Greece
  • Jan 9 Michiko Kakutani, American literary critic, born in New Haven, Connecticut
  • Jan 9 J. K. Simmons, American actor (Whiplash), born in Grosse Pointe, Michigan
  • Jan 10 Luci Martin, American vocalist (Chic - "Le Freak"), born in the Bronx, New York
  • Jan 10 Michael Schenker, German heavy metal guitarist (MSG; UFO; Scorpions), born in Sarstedt, Germany
  • Jan 12 Rockne S. O'Bannon, American screenwriter, born in Los Angeles, California
  • Jan 13 Fred White, American drummer (Earth Wind & Fire, 1974-84 - "Shining Star"; "September"), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • Jan 13 Jay McInerney, American novelist (Bright Lights, Big City), born in Hartford, Connecticut
  • Jan 13 Titus M Mafolo, South African journalist/ANC-leader
  • Jan 13 Trevor Rabin, South African-American rock guitarist (Yes, 1983-94 - "Owner Of A Lonely Heart"), and film score composer (National Treasure), born in Johannesburg, South Africa
  • Jan 13 Paul Kelly, Australian singer-songwriter (The Messengers), born in Adelaide, South Australia
  • Jan 15 Enrico Mentana, Italian newscaster (RAI), born in Milan, Italy
  • Jan 16 Jerry M. Linenger, American astronaut (STS 81/84), born in Mt Clemens, Michigan
  • Jan 17 Steve Earle, American roots-rock singer-songwriter (Guitar Town), born in San Antonio, Texas
  • Jan 17 Kazumasa Akiyama, Japanese jazz-fusion guitarist (Dig My Style), born in Tokyo
  • Jan 18 Hans van Tongeren, Dutch actor (Hunk), born in Breda, Netherlands (d. 1982)

Person of interestKevin Costner

Jan 18 Kevin Costner, American actor (Fandango, Silverado, Bull Durham), born in Los Angeles, California

  • Jan 18 Mable Fergerson, American 4x400m runner (Olympic silver 1972), born in Los Angeles, California
  • Jan 19 Simon Rattle, English orchestra conductor (Birmingham Symphony Orchestra), born in Liverpool, United Kingdom
  • Jan 19 Paul Rodriguez, Mexican-born actor & comedian, born in Los Angeles, California
  • Jan 20 Joe Doherty, Irish IRA activist (jailed in US), born in Belfast, Ireland
  • Jan 20 Wyatt Knight, American actor (d. 2011)
  • Jan 20 Hiromi Ōta, Japanese pop singer (Momen no handkerchief), born in Kasukabe, Saitama Prefecture, Japan
  • Jan 21 Peter Fleming, NJ, tennis player (US Open Doubles 1979, 81, 83)
  • Jan 21 Jeff Koons, American artist (balloon animals), born in York, Pennsylvania
  • Jan 22 Thomas David Jones, United States astronaut (STS 59, 68, 80, sk: 98), born in Baltimore, Maryland
  • Jan 22 Timothy R. Ferguson, American politician, born in Baltimore, Maryland
  • Jan 22 John Wesley Shipp, American actor (Dawson's Creek, One Life to Live), born in Norfolk, Virginia
  • Jan 23 Reginald Calloway, American trumpet player (Midnight Star - "No Parking On The Dance Floor"; "Operator"), born in Cincinnati, Ohio
  • Jan 23 Ruth Haring, American chess player & president of the US Chess Federation, born on Cape Cod, Massachusetts (d. 2018)
  • Jan 24 James Montgomery, American swimmer (1976 Olympics 3 golds), born in Madison, Wisconsin
  • Jan 25 Toru Iwatani, Japanese video game designer (Pac-Man), born in Meguro, Tokyo
  • Jan 26 Lucia Mendez, Mexican actress & singer (Lucia es Luna Moreno), born in León, Guanajuato, Mexico

Person of interestEddie Van Halen

Jan 26 Eddie Van Halen, Dutch-American rock guitarist (Van Halen - "You Really Got Me"; "Jump"), born in Amsterdam, Netherlands (d. 2020)

Rock Guitarist Eddie Van Halen
Rock Guitarist
Eddie Van Halen
  • Jan 27 Richard Young, American country singer (Kentucky Headhunters - "Davy Crockett"), born in Glasgow, Kentucky
  • Jan 27 Brian Engblom, Canadian NHL hockey player, 1975-87 (Montreal Canadiens, and 4 other teams), and TV broadcaster, born in Winnipeg, Manitoba
  • Jan 27 John G Roberts, 17th Chief Justice of the United States, born in Buffalo, New York
  • Jan 27 Alexander Stuart, British author
  • Jan 27 Koji Ushikubo, Japanese racing driver

Person of interestNicolas Sarkozy

Jan 28 Nicolas Sarkozy, 23rd President of France (2007-12), born in Paris, France

President of France Nicolas Sarkozy
President of France
Nicolas Sarkozy
  • Jan 28 Dan Higgins, American session saxophone and woodwind player, born in Boston, Massachusetts
  • Jan 29 John Tate, American heavyweight boxer (Olympic bronze 1968)
  • Jan 30 Curtis Strange, American golfer (US Open 1988-89), born in Norfolk, Virginia
  • Jan 30 Judith Tarr, American sci-fi author (Isle of Glass, Ars Magica), born in Augusta, Maine

Person of interestVirginia Ruzici

Jan 31 Virginia Ruzici, Romanian Tennis Star (1978 French Open champion), born in Campia Turzii, Romania

Tennis Player and French Open Champion Virginia Ruzici
Tennis Player and French Open Champion
Virginia Ruzici

About January 1955

How Old? 66 years old
Generation: Baby Boomer
Leap Year: No

Chinese Zodiac: Horse (Jan 1 - Jan 23), Goat/Sheep (Jan 24 - Jan 31)
Star Signs: Capricorn (Dec 22 - Jan 19), Aquarius (Jan 20 - Feb 18)