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Famous People Born in January 1956

Famous Birthdays

  • Jan 1 Anatoli Borisovich Polonsky, Russian lt-colonel/cosmonaut
  • Jan 1 Sergei Vasiliyevich Avdeyev, Russian cosmonaut (Soyuz TM-15, SK:TM-28)
  • Jan 1 Mark R. Hughes, American entrepreneur (d. 2000)
  • Jan 1 Kôji Yakusho, Japanese actor

Person of interestChristine Lagarde

Jan 1 Christine Lagarde, French lawyer and politician, 1st female head of the IMF, born in Paris

Lawyer, Politician and International Bureaucrat Christine Lagarde
Lawyer, Politician and International Bureaucrat
Christine Lagarde
  • Jan 2 Lynda Barry, American cartoonist

Person of interestMel Gibson

Jan 3 Mel Gibson, American actor (Mad Max, Mrs Soffel, Lethal Weapon) and filmmaker, born in Peekskill, New York

Actor and Film Director Mel Gibson
Actor and Film Director
Mel Gibson
  • Jan 3 Willy T. Ribbs, American race car driver, born in San Jose, California
  • Jan 4 Ann Magnuson, actress (Anything But Love, Hunger), born in Charleston, West Virginia
  • Jan 4 Bernard Sumner [Albrecht], English rock guitarist, vocalist (Joy Division and New Order), born in Salford, England
  • Jan 4 Nels Cline, American guitarist and composer
  • Jan 5 Chen Kenichi, Japanese-born chef, born in Tokyo, Japan
  • Jan 5 Chen Kenichi [Ken'ichi Azuma], Japanese celebrity chef, "The Szechuan Sage" (Iron Chef Chinese), born in Tokyo, Japan
  • Jan 7 Rosalyn Bryant, American 4x400m runner (Olympic silver 1976), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • Jan 7 David Caruso, American actor (NYPD Blue, Michael Hayes), born in Forest Hills, New York
  • Jan 9 David Smith, English cricketer (England lefty batsman in 2 Tests v WI 1986), born in Balham, London

  • Jan 9 Kimberly Beck Hilton, American actress (Kim-Peyton Place), born in Glendale, California
  • Jan 9 Imelda Staunton, British actress (Finding Your Feet, Maleficent), born in Archway, London
  • Jan 9 Mike Walczewski, American public address announcer
  • Jan 10 Don Letts, British film director & musician (Big Audio Dynamite), born in London, United Kingdom
  • Jan 10 Shawn Colvin, American country folk singer-songwriter (Sunny Came Home), born in Vermillion, South Dakota
  • Jan 10 Antonio Muñoz Molina, Spanish writer (Royal Spanish Academy), born in Úbeda, Jaén, Spain
  • Jan 11 Kuniaki Kobayashi, wrestler (WAR/NJPW)
  • Jan 11 Robert Earl Keen, American singer
  • Jan 13 Janet Hubert-Whitten, actress (Vivian Banks-Fresh Prince of Bel Air)
  • Jan 13 Malcolm Foster, rock bassist (Pretenders-Mystery Achievement)
  • Jan 14 Étienne Daho, French singer & songwriter, born in Oran, Algeria
  • Jan 14 Ben Heppner, Canadian tenor & broadcaster, born in Murrayville, British Columbia
  • Jan 15 Paul Parker, English cricketer (one Test England v Australia 1981), born in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe
  • Jan 15 Vera Sosulya, Soviet tobogganist (Olympic gold 1980)
  • Jan 15 Mayawati, Indian politician, born in New Delhi, India
  • Jan 16 Wayne Daniel, cricketer (WI fast bowler 1976-84)
  • Jan 16 Jennifer Dale, Canadian actress
  • Jan 16 Martin Jol, Dutch football manager
  • Jan 16 Ivan Safronov, Russian journalist (d. 2007)
  • Jan 16 Saadeddine Othmani, Moroccan politician and Prime Minister of Morocco (2017-present), born in Inezgane, Morocco
  • Jan 17 Mitch Vogel, American actor (Jamie-Bonanza), born in Alhambra, California
  • Jan 17 Paul Young, rock vocalist/keyboardist (Every Time You Go Away)
  • Jan 18 George Mark Collie, American country singer (Another Old Soldier), born in Waynesboro Tennessee
  • Jan 18 Tom Bailey, English rock vocalist & keyboardist (Thompson Twins-Doctor Doctor), born in Halifax, West Yorkshire
  • Jan 19 Carman Licciardello, American Christian music singer, born in Trenton, New Jersey

Person of interestBill Maher

Jan 20 Bill Maher, American comedian & political commentator (Real Time with Bill Maher, Politically Incorrect), born in NYC, New York

Political Commentator and Comedian Bill Maher
Political Commentator and Comedian
Bill Maher
  • Jan 20 John McNally, American rapid fire pistol sport shooter (Olympics 1984, 88, 92, 96), born in Naha, Okinawa
  • Jan 20 John Phillips Naber, American swimmer (Olympic-4 gold/silver-76), born in Evanston, Illinois
  • Jan 20 Maria Larsson, Swedish politician, born in Långasjö, Sweden
  • Jan 21 Robby Benson, American actor (One on One, Running Brave, Chosen), born in Dallas, Texas
  • Jan 21 Bob Brill, American drummer (Berlin-You Take My Breath Away), born in NYC, New York
  • Jan 21 Geena Davis, American actress (Beetlejuice, Fly), born in Wareham, Massachusetts
  • Jan 22 Steve Riley, American drummer, born in Revere, Massachusetts
  • Jan 23 Lazar Ristovski, Serbian keyboardist (Smak and Bijelo Dugme), born in Novi Pazar, Yugoslavia (d. 2007)
  • Jan 24 Hanne Krogh, Norwegian singer (Bobbysocks)
  • Jan 24 Lounès Matoub, a famous Berber Kabyle singer (d. 1998)
  • Jan 25 Andy Cox, British guitarist (Fine Young Cannibals-She Drives Me Crazy), born in Birmingham, United Kingdom
  • Jan 26 Lisa Boray, [Schulte Nordholt], Dutch singer (Lovers Until the End)
  • Jan 26 Simon Howard, English large landowner (Castle Howard)
  • Jan 27 Mimi Rogers, actress (Paper Dolls, The Rousters), born in Coral Gables, Florida
  • Jan 28 Peter Schilling, rocker, born in Stuttgart, Germany
  • Jan 30 Jeremy Gittins, English actor, born in Manchester, United Kingdom
  • Jan 30 Keiichi Tsuchiya, Japanese racing driver, born in Tomi, Japan

Person of interestJohn Lydon

Jan 31 Johnny Rotten [John Lydon], English singer-songwriter & musician (Sex Pistols-God Save the Queen), born in Holloway, United Kingdom

Musician John Lydon
Musician
John Lydon
  • Jan 31 Trevor Manuel, South African politician, born in Cape Town, South Africa

About January 1956

How Old? 63 years old
Generation: Baby Boomer
Leap Year: Yes

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