Born in 1908

Jan 1 Bill Tapia an American musician, born to Portuguese parents. At age 8, Tapia was already a professional musician, playing “Stars and Stripes Forever” for World War I troops in Hawaii
Jan 5 George Dolenz an American film actor born in Trieste , in the city's Slovene community.
Jan 5 Jiro Sato a Japanese tennis player. He was ranked World 3 in 1933, but committed suicide in the Strait of Malacca during his trip to the Davis Cup in 1934
Jan 6 Sviatoslav Knushevitsky a Soviet-Russian classical cellist. He was particularly noted for his partnership with the violinist David Oistrakh and the pianist Lev Oborin in a renowned piano trio from 1940 until his death. After Mstislav Rostropovich and Daniil Shafran, he is spoken of as one of the pre-eminent Russian cellists of the 20th century
Jan 6 Menachem Avidom an Israeli composer. His Hebrew surname is the combination of the names of his daughters - Daniella and Miriam
Jan 7 Constance Wilson-Samuel a Canadian figure skater. Competing in ladies' singles, she became the 1932 World bronze medalist, a four-time North American champion, and a nine-time Canadian national champion. She competed at two Olympics, placing sixth in 1928 and fourth in 1932
Jan 8 Pál Titkos a Hungarian footballer. He played for MTK Hungária FC and the Hungary national football team. He scored two goals in the 1938 FIFA World Cup, including one in the final itself
Jan 8 Eufrosinia Kersnovskaya a Russian woman who spent 12 years in Gulag camps and wrote her memoirs in 12 notebooks, 2,200,000 characters, accompanied with 680 pictures.
Jan 8 Fearless Nadia Mary Evans a.k.a. Mary Evans Wadia a.k.a. Fearless Nadia was an actress and stuntwoman, who is most remembered as the masked, cloaked adventurer in Hunterwali released in 1935, which was one of the earliest female-lead Indian films
Jan 8 William Hartnell an English actor. Hartnell played the first incarnation of the Doctor in Doctor Who, from 1963 to 1966
Jan 9 Simone de Beauvoir a French writer, intellectual, existentialist philosopher, political activist, feminist and social theorist. Though she did not consider herself a philosopher, she had a significant influence on both feminist existentialism and feminist theory. De Beauvoir wrote novels, essays, biographies, autobiography and monographs on philosophy, politics and social issues. She is known for her 1949 treatise The Second Sex, a detailed analysis of women's oppression and a foundational tract of contemporary feminism; her novels, including She Came to Stay and The Mandarins; and her lifelong relationship with Jean-Paul Sartre
Jan 9 Henri Paternóster a Belgian Olympic fencer. He won a bronze medal in the team foil event at the 1948 Summer Olympics
Jan 10 Paul Henreid a Trieste-born American actor and film director, best remembered for playing Jeremiah Durrance opposite Bette Davis in Now, Voyager , and Victor Laszlo opposite Ingrid Bergman and Humphrey Bogart in Casablanca.
Jan 10 Francis Ryan a deceased U.S. soccer midfielder. He earned three caps, scoring one goal, with the U.S. national team between 1928 and 1936. He was also a member of the U.S. teams at the 1928 Summer Olympics, 1936 Summer Olympics and the 1934 FIFA World Cup. Ryan was inducted into the National Soccer Hall of Fame in 1958
Jan 10 Bernard Lee an English actor, best known for his role as M in the first eleven Eon-produced James Bond films. Lee's film career spanned 1934 to 1979, though he had appeared on stage from the age of six. He was trained at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London
Jan 11 Lionel Stander an American actor in films, radio, theater and television.
Jan 12 José Limón a pioneer in the field of modern dance and choreography. In 1928, at age 20, he moved to New York City where he studied under Doris Humphrey and Charles Weidman. In 1946, Limón founded the José Limón Dance Company. His most famous work is called The Moor's Pavane , based on Shakespeare's Othello
Jan 12 Clement Hurd an American artist. He is known for illustrations of children's picture books, especially collaborations with writer Margaret Wise Brown including Goodnight Moon and The Runaway Bunny
Jan 12 Jean Delannoy a French actor, film editor, screenwriter and film director.
Jan 13 Enrico Paoli an Italian International chess master. He was born in Trieste, Italy, and learned chess when he was nine years old. He was winner of International Tournaments of Vienna and Imperia. Paoli won his last Italian Championship at age 60, and organized the famous Reggio Emilia chess tournament. He beat Soviet GM Alexander Kotov with the black pieces in Venice in 1950, but missed receiving the Grandmaster title by only half a point at a tournament in 1969. He was awarded the title honoris causa in 1996 by FIDE
Jan 14 Russ Columbo an American singer, violinist and actor, most famous for his signature tune "You Call It Madness, But I Call It Love", his compositions "Prisoner of Love" and "Too Beautiful For Words", and the legend surrounding his early death.
Jan 15 Edward Teller known colloquially as "the father of the hydrogen bomb". He made numerous contributions to nuclear and molecular physics, spectroscopy and surface physics. His extension of Enrico Fermi's theory of beta decay, in the form of the so-called Gamow–Teller transitions, provided an important stepping stone in its application, while the Jahn–Teller effect and the Brunauer–Emmett–Teller theory have retained their original formulation and are still mainstays in physics and chemistry. Teller also made contributions to Thomas–Fermi theory, the precursor of density functional theory, a standard modern tool in the quantum mechanical treatment of complex molecules. In 1953, along with Nicholas Metropolis and Marshall Rosenbluth, Teller co-authored a paper which is a standard starting point for the applications of the Monte Carlo method to statistical mechanics
Jan 15 Zainab Biisheva a Bashkir poet, writer and playwright.
Jan 16 Pavel Nilin Filippovich Nilin Павел Филиппович Нилин, January 16.
Jan 16 Ethel Merman an American actress and singer. Known primarily for her belting voice and roles in musical theatre, she has been called "the undisputed First Lady of the musical comedy stage." Among the many standards introduced by Merman in Broadway musicals are "I Got Rhythm", "Everything's Coming Up Roses", "Some People", "Rose's Turn", "I Get a Kick Out of You", "It's De-Lovely", "Friendship", "You're the Top", "Anything Goes", and "There's No Business Like Show Business", which later became her theme song
Jan 16 Günther Prien a German U-boat ace of the first part of the Second World War, and the first U-boat commander to win the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross and the first member of the Kriegsmarine to receive the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross with Oak Leaves. The Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross and its higher grade Oak Leaves was awarded to recognise extreme battlefield bravery or successful military leadership. It was Germany's highest military decoration at the time of its presentation to Günther Prien
Jan 17 Cus D'Amato an American boxing manager and trainer who handled the careers of Mike Tyson, Floyd Patterson, and José Torres; all went on to become members of the International Boxing Hall of Fame. Several successful boxing trainers, including Teddy Atlas, Kevin Rooney, and Joe Fariello, were tutored by D'Amato. He was a proponent of the peek-a-boo style of boxing, in which the fighter holds his gloves close to his cheeks and pulls his arms tight against his torso. That style was criticized by some because it was believed that a legitimate attack could not be launched from it
Jan 18 Princess Sibylla of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha the mother of the current King of Sweden, Carl XVI Gustaf. A member of the House of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha, Sibylla became a Swedish princess by marrying Prince Gustaf Adolf, Duke of Västerbotten, who did not live to ascend the Swedish throne
Jan 18 Kim You-jeong a Korean novelist.
Jan 18 Jacob Bronowski a Polish-Jewish British mathematician, biologist, historian of science, theatre author, poet and inventor. He is best remembered as the presenter and writer of the 1973 BBC television documentary series, The Ascent of Man, and the accompanying book
Jan 18 Lilian Bond a British film actress of the late 1920s to the 1940s, with most of her films being B-films.
Jan 19 George Langelaan a British writer and journalist born in Paris, France.
Jan 19 Aleksandr Gennadievich Kurosh a Soviet mathematician, known for his work in abstract algebra. He is credited with writing the first modern and high-level text on group theory, his The Theory of Groups published in 1944
Jan 19 Yury Krymov the pen name of Soviet novelist Yury Solomonovich Beklemishev. The variants Yuri Krimov and Iurii Krymov are common transliterations
Jan 20 Fleur Cowles an American writer, editor and artist best known as the creative force behind the short-lived Flair magazine.
Jan 20 Jean S. MacLeod a prolific British writer of over 130 romance novels from 1936 to 1996, she also used the pseudonym of Catherine Airlie.
Jan 21 Bengt Strömgren a Danish astronomer and astrophysicist.
Jan 22 Alice Chalifoux Principal Harpist with the Cleveland Orchestra from 1931–1974 and, for many years, was its only female member.
Jan 22 Lev Landau a prominent Soviet physicist who made fundamental contributions to many areas of theoretical physics. His accomplishments include the independent co-discovery of the density matrix method in quantum mechanics , the quantum mechanical theory of diamagnetism, the theory of superfluidity, the theory of second-order phase transitions, the Ginzburg–Landau theory of superconductivity, the theory of Fermi liquid, the explanation of Landau damping in plasma physics, the Landau pole in quantum electrodynamics, the two-component theory of neutrinos, and Landau's equations for S matrix singularities. He received the 1962 Nobel Prize in Physics for his development of a mathematical theory of superfluidity that accounts for the properties of liquid helium II at a temperature below 2.17 K
Jan 22 Teddy McRae an American jazz tenor saxophonist and arranger.
Jan 25 Hopper Levett William Howard Vincent "Hopper" Levett. Educated at Brighton College, Hopper was an English cricketer who played in one Test in 1934. Levett was a gentleman farmer from an old Kentish family who owned hops farms for many years. Levett personally oversaw the amount of hops added to beer
Jan 26 Gideon Ståhlberg a Swedish chess grandmaster.
Jan 26 Stéphane Grappelli a French jazz violinist who founded the Quintette du Hot Club de France with guitarist Django Reinhardt in 1934. It was one of the first all-string jazz bands. He has been called "the grandfather of jazz violinists" and continued playing concerts around the world well into his 80s
Jan 26 Jill Esmond an English actress and first wife of Laurence Olivier.
Jan 26 Rupprecht Geiger an abstract painter and sculptor from Munich, Germany. He is perhaps best known for his color field paintings and for his passion for the color red
Jan 27 William Randolph Hearst Jr. the second son of the publisher William Randolph Hearst. He became editor-in-chief of Hearst Newspapers after the death of his father in 1951. He won a Pulitzer Prize for his interview with Soviet premier, Nikita Khrushchev, and associated commentaries in 1955
Jan 27 Hot Lips Page an American jazz trumpeter, singer, and bandleader born in Dallas, Texas, United States. He was better known as Hot Lips Page by the public, and Lips Page by his fellow musicians. He was known as a scorching soloist and powerful vocalist
Jan 27 Mark Zborowski an anthropologist and an NKVD agent. He was the NKVD's most valuable mole inside the Trotskyist organization in Paris during the 1930s and in New York during the 1940s
Jan 28 Paul Misraki a French composer of popular music and film scores. Over the course of over 60 years, Misraki wrote the music to 130 films, scoring works by directors like Jean Renoir, Claude Chabrol, Jacques Becker, Jean-Pierre Melville, Jean-Luc Godard, Henri-Georges Clouzot, Orson Welles, Luis Buñuel and Roger Vadim
Jan 29 Heinrich Liebe a highly decorated German naval officer who served as a U-boat commander during World War II until transferred to Oberkommando der Marine. He sank 34 ships for a total of 187,267 gross register tons , placing him fourth on the Aces of the Deep list. He was also a recipient of the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross with Oak Leaves. The Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross and its higher grade Oak Leaves was awarded to recognise extreme battlefield bravery or successful military leadership. It was Nazi Germany's highest military decoration at the time of its presentation to Heinrich Liebe