2 January

1727

 James Wolfe
Major General James Wolfe (2 January 1727 – 13 September 1759) was a British Army Officer remembered chiefly for his victory over the French at the Battle of the Plains of Abraham in Quebec in 1759. Born in Westerham, Kent, England. (d. 1759)

1895

 Count Folke Bernadotte
Folke Bernadotte, Count of Wisborg (2 January 1895 – 17 September 1948) was a Swedish diplomat and nobleman. During World War II he negotiated the release of about 31,000 prisoners from German concentration camps. In 1945, he received a German surrender offer from Heinrich Himmler, though the offer was ultimately rejected. After the war, Bernadotte was chosen to be the United Nations Security Council mediator in the Arab-Israeli conflict of 1947-1948. He was assassinated in Jerusalem in 1948 by the militant Zionist group Lehi. Born in Stockholm, Sweden. (d. 1948)

1905

 Michael Tippett
Sir Michael Tippett OM CH CBE (2 January 1905 – 8 January 1998) was an English composer. Among his best-known works are the oratorio A Child of Our Time, the orchestral Fantasia Concertante on a Theme of Corelli, and the opera The Midsummer Marriage. Born Michael Kemp Tippett in Eastcote, Hillingdon, London. (d. 1998)

1909

 Barry M Goldwater
Barry Goldwater (January 2, 1909 – May 29, 1998) was an American politician, businessman, and author who was a five-term United States Senator from Arizona (1953-65, 1969-87) and the Republican Party’s nominee for President of the United States in the 1964 election. Born Barry Morris Goldwater in Phoenix, Arizona Territory. (d. 1998)

1920

 Isaac Asimov
Isaac Asimov (January 2, 1920 – April 6, 1992) was an American writer and professor of biochemistry at Boston University. He was known for his works of science fiction and popular science. Asimov was a prolific writer, and wrote or edited more than 500 books. He was considered one of the “Big Three” science fiction writers. Asimov’s most famous work is the Foundation Series; his other major series are the Galactic Empire series and the Robot series. Born Isaak Ozimov in Petrovichi, Russian SFSR. (d. 1992)

1925

 Larry Harmon
Larry Harmon (January 2, 1925 – July 3, 2008), also known for his alter-ego Bozo the Clown, was an American entertainer. Born Lawrence Weiss in Toledo, Ohio. (d. 2008)

1932

 Richard Thorp
Richard Thorp (2 January 1932 – 22 May 2013) was an English actor. He was best known for portraying Alan Turner in the ITV soap opera Emmerdale from 1982 to 2013. He also appeared in films such as The Dam Busters (1955) and The Barretts of Wimpole Street (1957). Born Richard Stanley Thorp in Purley, Surrey, England. (d. 2013)

1936

 Roger Miller
Roger Miller (January 2, 1936 – October 25, 1992) was an American singer-songwriter, musician, and actor, best known for his honky-tonk-influenced novelty songs. His most recognized tunes included the chart-topping country and pop hits “King of the Road”, and “England Swings”. Born Roger Dean Miller in Fort Worth, Texas. (d. 1992)

1937

 Terence Rigby
Terence Rigby (2 January 1937 – 10 August 2008) was an English RADA trained actor with a number of film and television credits to his name. In the 1970s he was well known as police dog-handler PC Snow in the long-running series Softly, Softly: Taskforce. Born Terence Christopher Gerald Rigby in Erdington, Birmingham, Warwickshire, England. (d. 2008)

1938

 Ian Brady
Ian Brady (2 January 1938 – 15 May 2017) was responsible (with Myra Hindley) for the notorious Moors murders which were carried out between July 1963 and October 1965, in and around Manchester, England. The victims were five children aged between 10 and 17. Born Ian Duncan Stewart in Glasgow. (d. 2017)
 David Bailey
David Bailey, CBE (born 2 January 1938) is an English fashion and portrait photographer. Bailey captured and helped create the ‘Swinging London’ of the 1960s: a culture of fashion and celebrity chic. This was aptly reflected in his Box of Pin-Ups (1964): a box of poster-prints of 1960s celebrities. As well as fashion photography, Bailey photographed album sleeve art for musicians including The Rolling Stones. Born David Royston Bailey in Leytonstone, London, England.

1940

 Jim Bakker
Jim Bakker (born January 2, 1940) is an American televangelist. A sex scandal led to his resignation from the ministry. Subsequent revelations of accounting fraud brought about his imprisonment and divorce. Born James Orsen Bakker in Muskegon, Michigan.

1942

 Ray Moore
Ray Moore (2 January 1942 – 11 January 1989) was a British broadcaster who was best known for his long running early morning show on BBC Radio 2. He provided voice-overs for a number of popular shows such as Come Dancing, Miss World and the radio commentary for the Eurovision Song Contest. Born Raymond (Ray) Moore in Liverpool. (d. 1989)

1948

 Deborah Watling
Deborah Watling (2 January 1948 – 21 July 2017) was an English actress best known for her role as Victoria Waterfield, a companion of the Second Doctor in the BBC television series Doctor Who. Born in Loughton, Essex. (d. 2017)

1962

 Candy Davis
Candy Davis (born on 2 January 1962) is an English actress and model. She won the Miss Nude pageant in 1982 and subsequently took on the role as the buxom blonde secretary, Miss Belfridge, on the last two series of the British sitcom Are You Being Served?. Born Clare Damaris Bastin in London, England.

1968

 Cuba Gooding Jr
Cuba Gooding Jr. (born January 2, 1968) is an American actor. He gained his breakthrough role as Tre Styles in Boyz n the Hood (1991); he would go on to appear in A Few Good Men (1992), The Tuskegee Airmen (1995), Outbreak (1995) and Jerry Maguire (1996), for which he won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor. Born Cuba M Gooding Jr in The Bronx, New York.

1969

 Christy Turlington
Christy Turlington (born January 2, 1969) is an American model. Turlington was named one of Glamour’s Women of the Year in 2013, and was named as one of Time’s 100 Most Influential People of 2014. Turlington gained fame in the late 80s and early 90s as a supermodel, and during the peak of her career was a top designer favorite. Born Christy Nicole Turlington in Walnut Creek, California.

1973

 Lucy Davis
Lucy Davis (born 17 February 1973) is an English actress. She played the role of Dawn Tinsley in the BBC comedy The Office, as well as Dianne in the horror-comedy movie Shaun of the Dead, Hayley in The Archers, and Etta Candy in Wonder Woman (2017). Born Lucy Clare Davis in Solihull, England.

1983

 Kate Bosworth
Kate Bosworth (born January 2, 1983) is an American actress and model. She made her film debut in The Horse Whisperer (1998) and appeared in Remember the Titans (2000), before landing a lead role as a teenage surfer in the box-office hit Blue Crush (2002). Born Catherine Ann Bosworth in Los Angeles, California.

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