December 30, 1946 – Patricia Lee “Patti” Smith is an American singer-songwriter, poet and visual artist, who became a highly influential component of the New York City punk rock movement with her 1975 debut album Horses.
December 31, 1943 – Henry John Deutschendorf, Jr. (December 31, 1943 – October 12, 1997), known professionally as John Denver, was an American singer, songwriter, activist, and humanitarian.
January 1, 1969 – Verne J. Troyer is an American actor and stunt performer. Troyer is notable for his height of 2 ft 8 in (0.81 m), the result of cartilage–hair hypoplasia dwarfism, making him one of the shortest men in the world. He is best known for playing Mini-Me in the Austin Powers series of comedy films.
January 2, 1981 – Zenon Konopka is a Canadian professional ice hockey player who is currently a member of the Minnesota Wild of the National Hockey League (NHL). Konopka has previously played for the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim, Columbus Blue Jackets, Tampa Bay Lightning, New York Islanders and Ottawa Senators during his NHL career.
January 3, 1939 – Robert Marvin “Bobby” Hull, OC is a former Canadian ice hockey player. Many regard him as one of the greatest players of all time. He was well known for his blonde hair, very fast skating speed, and very hard slapshot, which earned him the nickname “the Golden Jet”.
January 4, 1809 – Louis Braille was the inventor of braille, a system of reading and writing used by people who are blind or visually impaired.
January 5, 1969 – Brian Hugh Warner, better known by his stage name Marilyn Manson, is an American rock musician and former music journalist known for his controversial stage persona and image as the lead singer of the eponymous band Marilyn Manson.