Jan. 4: Tony Lip, actor ("The Sopranos," "The Godfather," "GoodFellas")
Jan. 7: Huell Howser, California public television icon
Jan. 11: Aaron Swartz, digital activist and co-developer of RSS, Reddit
Jan. 14: Conrad Bain, actor ("Diff'rent Strokes")
Jan. 16: Pauline Phillips, founder of the "Dear Abby" advice column
Jan 19: Earl Weaver, Hall of Fame baseball manager with the Baltimore Orioles
Jan. 20: Stan Musial, Hall of Fame baseball player with St. Louis Cardinals
Jan. 30: Patty Andrews, the last surviving member of the Andrews Sisters
Jan. 31: Caleb Moore, freestyle snowmobiler
Feb. 1: Ed Koch, former New York City mayor
Feb. 2: Chris Kyle, former Navy SEAL and author of "American Sniper"
Feb. 4: Essie Mae Washington-Williams, biracial daughter of longtime Senator Strom Thurmond
Feb. 17: Mindy McCready, country singer
Feb. 18: Jerry Buss, Los Angeles Lakers owner
Feb. 18: Damon Harris, singer, former member of The Temptations
Feb. 25: C. Everett Koop, former surgeon general
Feb. 27: Van Cliburn, classical pianist
Feb. 27: Richard Street, lead singer of the Temptations
March 1: Bonnie Franklin (left), actress ("One Day at a Time")
March 3: Bobby Rogers, singer from The Miracles
March 5: Hugo Chavez, president of Venezuela.
March 6: Alvin Lee, guitarist Ten Years Later
March 18: Henry Bromell, author, screenwriter, director and executive producer for TV shows such as 'Homeland.'
March 19: Harry Reems, porn star (best known for playing Dr. Young in the 1972 adult film classic "Deep Throat")
March 22: Chunua Achebe, author ("Things Fall Apart")
March 23: Joe Weider, legendary publisher, promoter and weightlifter
March 26: Don Payne, writer ("The Simpsons," "Thor")
March 28: Richard Griffiths, actor
March 29: Paul Williams, rock journalist and founder of Crawdaddy magazine
March 30: Phil Ramone, music producer and innovator
April 1: William Ginsburg, attorney who represented former White House intern Monica Lewinsky
April 2: Jane Nebel Henson, instrumental in the development of the world-famous puppets
April 4: Roger Ebert, film critic and journalist
April 7: Lilly Pulitzer Rosseau, fashion designer
April 8: Margaret Thatcher, former British prime minister
April 8: Annette Funicello, actress and member of the original "Mickey Mouse Club"
April 10: Sir Robert Edwards, a "co-pioneer" of the in vitro fertilization technique and Nobel Prize winner
April 11: Jonathan Winters, comedian known for his improv work that inspired many a contemporary stand-up comic including Robin Williams, Jim Carrey and others.
April 16: Pat Summerall, football player turned NFL play-by-play announcer
April 19: Al Neuharth, USA Today founder
April 19: Allan Arbus, actor (M*A*S*H). Left to right: Arbus, Loretta Swit, Mike Farrell, Burt Metcalfe and Alan Alda
April 21: Chrissy Amphlett, lead singer of the Divinyls
April 22: Richie Havens, folk singer
April 26: George Jones, country singer
May 1: Chris Kelly (right), one-half of the 1990s rap duo Kris Kross
May 8: Jeanne Cooper, actress (Katherine Chancellor on "The Young and the Restless")
May 13: Joyce Brothers, pioneered the television advice show and was called the mother of media psychology
May 20: Ray Manzarek, founding keyboardist for The Doors
May 26: Ed Shaughnessy, drummer from "The Tonight Show With Johnny Carson"
June 1: Jean Stapleton, actress (best known for her role as Archie Bunker's wife in the groundbreaking 1970s sitcom "All in the Family")
June 3: New Jersey Sen. Frank Lautenberg, the last World War II veteran in the U.S. Senate.
June 4: David "Deacon" Jones, Hall of Fame defensive end
June 6: Esther Williams, swimming champion-turned-movie star
June 12: Jason Leffler, NASCAR driver
June 18: Michael Hastings, BuzzFeed writer
June 19: Slim Whitman, country singer
June 19: Vince Flynn, author ("Term Limits," the Mitch Rapp series)
June 19: James Gandolfini, actor (best known for his role as an anxiety-ridden mob boss on HBO's "The Sopranos")
June 23: Bobby "Blue" Bland, blues and soul singer
June 26: Marc Rich, commodities trader and Glencore founder who received a pardon from former President Bill Clinton on his final day in office
June 30: Jim Kelly, actor
July 9: Jim Foglesong, country music executive
July 13: Cory Monteith, actor in "Glee."
July 16: Dennis Burkley, actor (best known for his work on TV's "King of the Hill")
July 20: Helen Thomas, longest-serving White House journalist who covered 10 presidents
July 22: Dennis Farina, actor ("Law & Order")
July 23: Emile Griffith, Hall of Fame boxer
July 26: JJ Cale, songwriter ("Cocaine," "After Midnight," "Call Me The Breeze")
July 27: Lindy Boggs, longtime congresswoman from Louisiana
July 27: David "Kidd" Kraddick, syndicated radio host
July 29: Frank Castillo, MLB pitcher
July 28: Eileen Brennan, actress ("Clue," "Private Benjamin")
Aug. 04: Art Donovan, Hall of Fame defense tackle
Aug. 7: Margaret Pellegrini, one of the last surviving Munchkins from the original production of "The Wizard of Oz"
Aug. 8: Karen Black, actress (nominated for an Oscar for her role in the 1970 film "Five Easy Pieces")
Aug. 10: Singer Eydie Gorme, known for "Blame it on the Bossa Nova" and being half of the Steve & Eydie singing duo with husband Steve Lawrence
Aug. 14: Jack Germond, political journalist
Aug. 15: Lisa Robin Kelly, actress ("That '70s Show")
Aug. 19: Lee Thompson Young, actor
Aug. 20: Elmore Leonard, crime novelist and screenwriter
Aug. 30: Seamus Heaney, Nobel Prize-winning poet
Aug. 31: David Frost, journalist best known for interviews with Richard Nixon
Sept. 3: Boxer and "Rocky V" co-star Tommy Morrison
Sept. 12: Ray Dolby, sound pioneer
Sept. 18: Ken Norton, who rose to the top of the boxing world 40 years ago by outdueling Muhammad Ali.
Sept. 19: Hiroshi Yamauchi, longtime Nintendo president
Sept. 26: Evelyn Lowery (seen with her husband, the Rev. Joseph Lowery), civil rights activist
Oct. 1: Tom Clancy, best-selling American author
Oct. 10: Astronaut Scott Carpenter, the second American to orbit the Earth.
Oct. 14: Oscar Hijuelos, Pulitzer Prize-winning author
Oct. 17: Ed Lauter, actor
Oct. 18: Tom Foley, former House Speaker
Oct. 18: Bum Phillips, football coach
Oct. 21: Bud Adams, founder and owner of the Tennessee Titans/Houston Oilers football franchise
Oct. 26: Marcia Wallace, actress ("The Bob Newhart Show," "The Simpsons")
Oct. 27: Lou Reed, rock pioneer known for leading the Velvet Underground
Nov. 17: Doris Lessing, Nobel Prize-winning author best known for "The Golden Notebook"
Nov. 19: Diane Disney Miller, co-founder of Walt Disney Family Museum
Nov. 20: Sylvia Browne, psychic
Nov.30: Elwood, 2007 winner of "World's Ugliest Dog" contest.
Nov. 30: Paul Walker, actor
Dec. 3: Bill Beckwith, co-host of HGTV's "Curb Appeal"
Dec. 5: Nelson Mandela, former South African president and Nobel Peace Prize winner
Dec. 9: Eleanor Parker, actress ("The Sound of Music")
Dec. 12: Tom Laughlin, actor
Dec. 15: Peter O'Toole, actor ("Lawrence of Arabia")
Dec. 15: Joan Fontaine, Oscar-winning actress ("Suspicion")
Deb. 16: Ray Price, country singer and Nashville pioneer ("Crazy Arms," "Heartaches by the Number," "For the Good Times")
Dec. 23: Mikhail Kalashnikov, designer of the AK-47 rifle
Dec. 28: Joseph Ruskin, actor
Dec. 31: James Avery, actor best known as Uncle Phil on "Fresh Prince of Bel-Air"