On This Day

Famous Birthdays on January 1 (Part 2)

Birthdays 201 - 344 of 344

  • 1936 Eve Queler, American conductor, born in NYC, New York
  • 1936 James Sinegal, American businessman, co-founder and CEO of Costco, born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  • 1936 Don Nehlen, American College Football Hall of Fame coach (Bowling Green 1968-76, West Virginia 1980-2000), born in Mansfield, Ohio
  • 1937 Adam Wiśniewski-Snerg, Polish author (d. 1995)
  • 1938 Bill Emerson, (Rep-R-MO, 1981- )
  • 1938 Frank Langella, Bayonne, New Jersey, American actor (Dracula, Frost/Nixon)
  • 1938 Robert Jankel, British coachbuilder (d. 2005)
  • 1938 Fuad Masum, 7th President of Iraq (2014-present), born in Koya, Iraq
  • 1939 Michèle Mercier, French actress (Angelique, Marquise des Anges.), born in Nice, France
  • 1939 Phil Read, MBE, English motorcycle road racer (first winner world championships in 125cc [1968], 250cc [1964-65, 68, 71] and 500 cc [1973-74] classes), born in Luton, England
  • 1940 Laszlo Sary, Hungarian composer, born in Győrasszonyfa
  • 1940 Richard Henry Orton, composer
  • 1940 Marlin McKeever, American NFL linebacker (Pro Bowl 1966; LA Rams), born in Cheyenne, Wyoming (d. 2006)
  • 1942 Country Joe McDonald, California, rock guitarist/vocalist (& the Fish)
  • 1942 Gennadi Vassilyevich Sarafanov, USSR, cosmonaut (Soyuz 15)
  • 1942 George Couroupos, composer

  • 1942 Martin Frost, (Rep-D-TX, 1971- )
  • 1942 Alassane Ouattara, Former Prime Minister of Ivory Coast
  • 1942 Judy Stone, Australian pop singer
  • 1942 Nevzat Güzelırmak, Turkish soccer defender (18 caps; Göztepe) and manager (Denizlispor; Turkey U21), born in İzmir, Turkey (d. 2020)
  • 1943 Jerilyn Britz, American golfer (US Women's Open 1979), born in Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • 1943 Raghunath Anant Mashelkar, Indian scientist
  • 1943 Tony Knowles, 9th Governor of Alaska
  • 1943 Jimmy Hart, American pro wrestling manager (WWF, WCW; Hulk Hogan, Bret Hart, Ted DiBiase and Jim Neidhart), born in Jackson, Mississippi
  • 1944 Don Novello, American actor and comedian (Father Guido Sarducci-Saturday Night Live), born in Ashtabula, Ohio
  • 1944 Charlie Davis, West Indies cricket batsman (15 Tests, 4 x 100s, 54.20 average), born in Port-of-Spain, Trinidad
  • 1944 Zafarullah Khan Jamali, Pakistani politician

Person of interestOmar al-Bashir

1944 Omar al-Bashir, Sudanese politician and 7th President of Sudan (1989-2019), born in Hosh Bannaga, Sudan

President of Sudan Omar al-Bashir
President of Sudan
Omar al-Bashir
  • 1944 Dick Gordon, American NFL wide receiver (Pro Bowl 1970-71, Chicago Bears), born in Cincinnati, Ohio
  • 1945 Jacky Ickx, Belgian auto racer (24 Hours of Le Mans 1969, 75-77, 81-82; 8 x F1 wins; Dakar Rally 1983; Bathurst 1000 1977), born in Brussels, Belgium
  • 1945 Peter Duncan, Australian politician
  • 1946 Carl B. Hamilton, Swedish economist and politician
  • 1946 Rivellino, Brazilian soccer midfielder and broadcaster (92 caps; 1970 FIFA World Cup; Corinthians; TV Cultura), born in São Paulo, SP, Brazil
  • 1947 Alexei Ivanovich Bobrov, Russian cosmonaut
  • 1947 Gary "BB" Coleman, blues vocal/guitarist/producer
  • 1947 Vladimir Georgiyevich Titov, Rus cosmonaut (Soyuz T-8, TM-4, STS 63)

  • 1947 Jon Corzine, American politician
  • 1947 Paula Tsui, Hong Kong singer
  • 1947 Leonard Thompson, American golfer (3 x PGA Tour, 3 x PGA Champions Tour wins), born in Laurinburg, North Carolina
  • 1948 Pavel Grachev, Russian general
  • 1949 Nikolai Tikhonovich Moskalenko, Russian cosmonaut
  • 1949 Peter Dormer, arts writer
  • 1949 Daniel E Gawthrop, American composer
  • 1950 Morgan Fisher, rock keyboardist (British Lions)
  • 1950 Svetlana Georgievna Beregovkina, Russian cosmonaut
  • 1950 Yevgeni Vladimirovich Saley, cosmonaut
  • 1951 Frans Kellendonk, author (Ruin, The Good for Nothing)
  • 1951 Ashfaq Hussain, Urdu poet
  • 1951 Nana Patekar, Indian Bollywood actor, writer, philanthropist and filmmaker (Parinda, Angaar), born in Murud-Janjira, Bombay State
  • 1951 Hans-Joachim Stuck, German auto racer (24 Hours of Le Mans 1986-87, 96; 24 Hours of Nürburgring 1970, 98, 2004; World Sportscar C'ship 1985), born in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany
  • 1953 Alpha Blondy [Seydou Kone], Ivory coast, reggae singer (Jerusalem)
  • 1953 Kevin Hangon, composer
  • 1953 Rochelle S Abramson, violinist
  • 1953 Greg Carmichael, British guitarist (Acoustic Alchemy)
  • 1953 Gary Johnson, American businessman, politician and Libertarian Party nominee for President in 2016, born in Minot, North Dakota
  • 1953 Zenon Plech, Polish motorcycle speedway rider (World C'ship individual 1979, pairs 1980 runner-up), born in Zwierzyn, Poland (d. 2020)
  • 1954 Fr David, rocker, born in Paris, France
  • 1954 Bob Menendez, American politician
  • 1955 LaMarr Hoyt, American baseball pitcher (AL Cy Young Award 1983; AL wins leader 1982-83; Chicago WS), born in Columbia, South Carolina
  • 1956 Anatoli Borisovich Polonsky, Russian lt-colonel/cosmonaut
  • 1956 Sergei Vasiliyevich Avdeyev, Russian cosmonaut (Soyuz TM-15, SK:TM-28)
  • 1956 Mark R. Hughes, American entrepreneur (d. 2000)
  • 1956 Kôji Yakusho, Japanese actor

Person of interestChristine Lagarde

1956 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
  • 1956 Mike Mitchell, American basketball small forward (NBA All Star 1981; Italian League top scorer 1998), born in Atlanta, Georgia (d. 2011)
  • 1957 Ewa Kasprzyk, Polish actress
  • 1957 Evangelos Venizelos, Greek lawyer, professor and politician
  • 1958 Grandmaster Flash [Joseph Saddler], American rocker (Message), born in NYC, New York
  • 1958 Ren Woods, actress (Fanta-Roots), born in Portland, Oregon
  • 1958 Dave Silk, American ice hockey right wing (Olympic gold 1980), born in Scituate, Massachusetts
  • 1959 Abdul Ahad Mohmand, Afghanistan, cosmonaut (Soyuz TM-6)
  • 1959 Azali Assoumani, Comorian president (2016 - present), born in Mitsoudjé, Comoros
  • 1959 Andy Andrews, American tennis player (Australian Open doubles 1982 runner-up), born in Raleigh, North Carolina
  • 1959 Panagiotis Giannakis, Greek basketball guard and coach (EuroLeague champion 1996, Panathinaikos; FIBA European Selection 1980, 87, 90; Greek League Best Coach 2004, 06), born in Athens, Greece
  • 1960 Michael David Morrison, actor (Caleb Snyder-As the World Turns)
  • 1961 Fiona Phillips, British television presenter
  • 1961 Mark Wingett, British actor
  • 1962 Ravshanbek Aliyev, Kirgiz, cosmonaut
  • 1962 Ari Up, German musician (The Slits)
  • 1962 Pierce Holt, American NFL defensive lineman (Pro Bowl, All-Pro selection 1992; San Francisco 49ers, Atlanta Falcons), born in Marlin, Texas
  • 1963 Lina Kačiušytė, Lithuanian swimmer (Olympic gold 200m breaststroke 1980; WR 1979 2:28.36), born in Vilnius, Lithuania
  • 1964 DeDee Pfeiffer, actress (Cybill)
  • 1964 Juliana Donald, American actress
  • 1965 Andrew Valmon, American athlete (Olympic gold 4x400m relay 1988, 92; World C'ship gold 1993), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1966 Rawley Valberde, Oceanside California, actor (Amado-Santa Barbara)
  • 1967 Andy Heck, American NFL tackle and coach (Seattle Seahawks, Chicago Bears; coach University of Virginia), born in Fargo, North Dakota
  • 1967 Derrick Thomas, American Pro and College Football Hall of Fame linebacker / end (Pro Bowl 1989–97; First-team All-Pro 1990–92; KC Chiefs), born in Miami, Florida (d. 2000)
  • 1967 Juanma Bajo Ulloa, Spanish film director
  • 1967 John Digweed, English DJ
  • 1967 Tim Dog, American rapper
  • 1968 Davor Šuker, Croatian soccer striker (68 caps; Sevilla; President Croatian FF), born in Osijek, Croatia

  • 1968 Miki Higashino, Japanese composer
  • 1969 Morris Chestnut, actor (Boyz N the Hood)
  • 1969 Christi Paul, American news anchor
  • 1969 Verne Troyer, American actor (Mini-Me in Austin Powers movies), born in Sturgis, Michigan (d. 2018)
  • 1969 Nicolle Dickson, Australian actress
  • 1969 Paul Lawrie OBE, Scottish golfer (British Open 1999; Ryder Cup 2012), born in Aberdeen, Scotland
  • 1970 Gabriel Jarret, American actor
  • 1971 Bobby Holik, Czech ice hockey center (Stanley Cup 1995, 2000; New Jersey Devils; NHL All-Star 1998-99), born in Jihlava, Czech Republic
  • 1971 Bridget Pettis, American basketball guard (WNBA champion 2007, 09 assistant coach, Phoenix Mercury), born in East Chicago, Indiana
  • 1971 Scott Riggs, American auto racer (NASCAR Busch Series Rookie of the Year 2002), born in Bahama, North Carolina
  • 1972 Barron Miles, American Canadian Football Hall of Fame defensive back and coach (Montreal Alouettes, BC Lions), born in Roselle, New Jersey
  • 1972 Lilian Thuram, French soccer defender (record 142 caps; Monaco; Parma; Juventus; Barcelona), born in Pointe-à-Pitre, Guadeloupe
  • 1972 DJ Shadow, American DJ and songwriter
  • 1972 Garrett K. Gomez, American jockey (US Champion Jockey by earnings 2006-09; Eclipse Award for Outstanding Jockey 2007-08), born in Tucson, Arizona (d. 2016)
  • 1973 Anwar Mansoor Mangrio, Sindhi poet & research scholar.
  • 1975 Becky Kellar-Duke, Canadian ice hockey defenseman (Olympics gold 2002, 06, 10; World C'ship gold 1999, 2000, 01, 04), born in Hagersville, Ontario
  • 1975 Eiichiro Oda, Japanese Manga artist (One Piece - best selling Manga series and comic series ever), born in Kumamoto, Japan
  • 1975 Sonali Bendre, Indian model and actress
  • 1975 Fernando Tatís Sr., Dominican baseball third baseman (MLB record 8 RBI in one inning, 1999; St. Louis Cardinals), born in San Pedro de Macorís, Dominican Republic
  • 1976 Caleb Wyatt, American motocross rider (Winter X Games Moto X Best Trick gold 2005; first to perform successful backflip), born in Medford, Oregon
  • 1976 Georgina Chapman, British fashion designer and actress

Person of interestChai Jing

1976 Chai Jing, Chinese broadcaster, author and documentary maker (Under the Dome), born in Linfen, Shanxi Province

Journalist and Environmental Activist Chai Jing
Journalist and Environmental Activist
Chai Jing
  • 1977 Hasan Salihamidžić, Bosnian soccer utility (42 caps; Bayern Munich, 234 games, sporting director), born in Jablanica, Bosnia & Herzegovina
  • 1978 Paramahamsa Sri Nithyananda, Indian spiritualist
  • 1978 Nina Bott, German actress
  • 1978 Philip Mulryne, Northern Irish soccer midfielder (27 caps; Norwich City) and Dominican friar and priest, born in Belfast, Northern Ireland
  • 1978 Tarik O'Regan, British composer
  • 1979 Koichi Domoto, Japanese artist
  • 1979 Brody Dalle, Australian singer (The Distillers)
  • 1980 Elin Nordegren, Swedish model

  • 1981 Zsolt Baumgartner, Hungarian auto racer (German Formula Renault C'ship 1999), born in Debrecen, Hungary
  • 1981 Jonas Armstrong, Irish-born British actor (Robin Hood), born in Dublin, Ireland
  • 1981 Eden Riegel, American actress (All My Children), born in Washington, D.C.
  • 1982 David Nalbandian, Argentine tennis player (ATP Finals 2005; Wimbledon 2002 runner-up), born in Unquillo, Argentina
  • 1982 Egidio Arévalo, Uruguayan soccer midfielder (90 caps; Bella Vista), born in Paysandú, Uruguay
  • 1983 Park Sung-hyun, South Korean archer (Olympics gold individual/team 2004, team 2008; women's WR in a FITA Round 1,405 points), born in Gunsan, South Korea
  • 1983 Ali Bastian, English actress and model
  • 1983 Emi Kobayashi, Japanese model
  • 1984 Paolo Guerrero, Peruvian soccer striker (102 caps; Hamburger SV, Internacional), born in Lima, Peru
  • 1984 Alok Kapali, Bangladeshi cricket all-rounder (17 Tests; 69 ODIs), born in Sylhet, Bangladesh
  • 1985 Steven Davis, Northern Irish soccer midfielder (117 caps [2019]; Rangers, Southampton), born in Ballymena, Northern Ireland
  • 1985 Jeff Carter, Canadian ice hockey center (Stanley Cup 2012, 14; NHL All-Star 2009, 17; Philadelphia Flyers, LA Kings), born in London, Ontario
  • 1985 Tiago Splitter, Brazilian basketball forward and coach (NBA C'ship 2014, San Antonio Spurs; All-EuroLeague Team selection 2008-10), born in Blumenau, Brazil
  • 1986 Vidya Balan, Indian actress
  • 1986 Pablo Cuevas, Uruguayan tennis player (French Open doubles 2008 [with Luis Horna]), born in Concordia, Argentina
  • 1987 Meryl Davis, American ice dancer (Olympic gold with Charlie White 2014; World C'ships gold 2011, 13), born in Royal Oak, Michigan
  • 1989 Jason Pierre-Paul, American NFL linebacker (Pro Bowl 2011-12; Super Bowl 2011, New York Giants), born in Deerfield Beach, Florida
  • 1991 Kathleen Herles, American voice actor
  • 1991 Peter Burling, New Zealand sailor (Olympic gold 49er class 2016; helmsman America's Cup 2017; ISAF World Sailor of the Year 2015, 17), born in Tauranga, New Zealand
  • 1992 Jack Wilshere, English soccer midfielder (34 caps; Arsenal, West Ham Utd), born in Stevenage, England
  • 1994 He Kexin, Chinese gymnast (Olympic gold uneven bars, team 2008; World C'ship gold uneven bars 2009), born in Beijing, China
  • 1996 Mary Gibbs, American child actress
  • 1998 Marlene Lawston, American child actress