Born in 1909

Jan 1 Arthur Machado a former Brazilian football player. He has played for Brazil national team at the 1938 FIFA World Cup finals
Jan 1 Leonid Corneanu a Moldovan poet, playwright and folklorist.
Jan 1 Marcel Balsa a French racing driver.
Jan 1 Dattaram Hindlekar a cricketer who kept wicket for India in Test cricket.
Jan 1 Dana Andrews an American film actor. He was one of Hollywood's major stars of the 1940s, and continued acting, though generally in less prestigious roles, into the 1980s. One of his best-known roles, and the one for which he received the most praise, was as war veteran Fred Derry in The Best Years of Our Lives
Jan 1 Stepan Bandera a Ukrainian political activist and leader of the Ukrainian nationalist and independence movement.
Jan 2 Tewhida Ben Sheikh the first modern Muslim woman in North Africa to become a physician. She was also a pioneer in women's medicine, in particular contraception and abortion access
Jan 2 Barry Goldwater a businessman and five-term United States Senator from Arizona and the Republican Party's nominee for president in the 1964 election. An articulate and charismatic figure during the first half of the 1960s, he was known as "Mr. Conservative"
Jan 2 Riccardo Cassin an Italian mountaineer, developer of mountaineering equipment and author.
Jan 3 Victor Borge a Danish comedian, conductor and pianist who achieved great popularity in radio and television in the United States and Europe. His blend of music and comedy earned him the nickname "The Clown Prince of Denmark", "The Unmelancholy Dane", and "The Great Dane"
Jan 4 J. R. Simplot the founder of the R. Simplot Company, a Boise, Idaho based agricultural supplier specializing in potato products. In 2007 he was estimated to be the 89th-richest person in America, at $3.6 billion. At the time of his death at age 99 in May 2008, he was the oldest billionaire on the Forbes 400
Jan 4 Cilly Aussem a German female tennis player.
Jan 5 Lucienne Bloch a Switzerland-born American artist. She was best known for her murals and for her association with the Mexican artist Diego Rivera, for whom she produced the only existing photographs of Rivera's mural Man at the Crossroads, painted in 1933 and destroyed in January 1934 at Rockefeller Center in New York City
Jan 5 Stephen Cole Kleene an American mathematician. One of the students of Alonzo Church, Kleene, along with Alan Turing, Emil Post, and others, is best known as a founder of the branch of mathematical logic known as recursion theory, which subsequently helped to provide the foundations of theoretical computer science. Kleene's work grounds the study of which functions are computable. A number of mathematical concepts are named after him: Kleene hierarchy, Kleene algebra, the Kleene star , Kleene's recursion theorem and the Kleene fixpoint theorem. He also invented regular expressions, and made significant contributions to the foundations of mathematical intuitionism
Jan 5 Princess Ileana of Romania the youngest daughter of King Ferdinand I of Romania, and his consort Queen Marie of Romania. She was a great-granddaughter of Queen Victoria and of Czar Alexander She was born Her Royal Highness Ileana, Princess of Romania, Princess of Hohenzollern. After marriage she was known as Her Imperial and Royal Highness, Ileana, Archduchess of Austria, Princess Imperial of Austria, Princess Royal of Hungary and Bohemia, Princess of Tuscany, Princess of Romania, Princess of Hohenzollern
Jan 6 Haruko Sugimura a Japanese stage and film actress, best known for her appearances in the movies of Yasujiro Ozu and Mikio Naruse from the late 1940s to the early 1960s. In the West, her most famous role was that of Shige, the elderly couple's hairdresser daughter in Ozu's Tokyo Story. She starred in Naruse's Late Chrysanthemums
Jan 8 Evelyn Wood (teacher) an American educator and businessperson, widely known for coining the phrase speed reading and for creating a system to increase a reader's speed by a factor of two to five times, while increasing retention. The system was taught in seminars as Evelyn Wood Speed Reading Dynamics, a business Wood co-founded with her husband, Doug Wood, which ultimately had over 150 outlets in the United States
Jan 8 Ashapoorna Devi a prominent Bengali novelist and poet. She was born in 8 January 1909. She has been widely honoured with a number of prizes and awards. She was awarded 1976 Jnanpith Award and the Padma Shri by the Government of India in 1976; D.Litt by the Universities of Jabalpur, Rabindra Bharati, Burdwan and Jadavpur. Vishwa Bharati University honoured her with Deshikottama in 1989. For her contribution as a novelist and short story writer, the Sahitya Akademi conferred its highest honour, the Fellowship, in 1994. She died in 1995
Jan 8 Bruce Mitchell (cricketer) a South African cricketer who played in 42 Tests from 1929 to 1949. He was a right-handed opening batsman and played in every Test South Africa played in that period
Jan 8 Willy Millowitsch a German stage and TV actor and the director of the Volkstheater Millowitsch in Cologne.
Jan 8 Nikolaos Platon a renowned Greek archaeologist. He discovered the Minoan palace of Zakros on Crete
Jan 9 Patrick Peyton Servant of God Father Patrick Peyton, C.S.C. Patrick Peyton also known as The Rosary Priest was an Irish-born Roman Catholic priest and promoter of the Rosary
Jan 9 Herva Nelli an Italian-born operatic soprano.
Jan 9 Anthony Mamo the first President of Malta and previously served as the last Governor-General, representing Elizabeth II as Queen of Malta, when the country was a Commonwealth realm. He was also the first Maltese citizen to be appointed Governor-General, and before independence, briefly served as acting Governor
Jan 10 Pavle Savić a Serbian physicist and chemist.
Jan 10 Bayezit Bikbay a Bashkir poet, writer and playwright.
Jan 11 Mykola Lebed a Ukrainian political activist, Ukrainian nationalist, guerrilla fighter and considered by many to have been a WWII war criminal. He was among those tried, convicted, and imprisoned for the murder of Polish Interior Minister Bronislaw Pieracki, in 1934. The court sentenced him to death, but the state commuted the sentence to life imprisonment. He escaped when the Germans invaded Poland in 1939. As leader of OUN-B he is responsible for the genocidal cleansing of Poles in Volhynia and Eastern Galicia
Jan 12 Sam Shockley an inmate at Alcatraz prison who participated in the Battle of Alcatraz in 1946.
Jan 13 Marinus van der Lubbe a Dutch council communist convicted of, and executed for, setting fire to the German Reichstag building on 27 February 1933, an event known as the Reichstag fire.
Jan 14 Joseph Losey an American theatre and film director, born in Wisconsin. After studying in Germany with Bertolt Brecht, Losey returned to the United States, eventually making his way to Hollywood. In the 1950s Losey was blacklisted in the United States and moved to Europe where he made the remainder of his films, mostly in the United Kingdom. Horror film buffs know him mainly for three films that he directed, M , The Damned and Modesty Blaise , although most of his work was in other genres. He died at his home in London on June 22, 1984 aged 75
Jan 14 Emil Lang a military aviator credited with shooting down five or more enemy aircraft during aerial combat. Lang was credited with 173 aerial victories—144 on the Eastern Front, 29 on the Western Front—and one Soviet torpedo boat sunk in 403 combat missions
Jan 15 Efrem Flaks a Soviet singer. A holder of the title of Meritorious Artist of the RSFSR since 1960. He graduated from the Leningrad Conservatory in 1936, from 1939 to 1942 and from 1950 to 1970 worked as a soloist at the Leningrad Philharmonia, from 1943 to 1950 at the Leningrad Radio. He was the original performer of numerous songs by composers Vasily Solovyov-Sedoi, Matvey Blanter, Boris Mokrousov, etc
Jan 15 Yefim Fomin a Soviet political commissar. He is known for his part in the 1941 Defense of Brest Fortress, at the end of which the German Army captured and immediately executed him
Jan 15 Gene Krupa an American jazz and big band drummer, actor and composer, known for his highly energetic and flamboyant style.
Jan 15 Jean Bugatti a French automotive designer and test engineer.
Jan 16 Clement Greenberg an American essayist known mainly as an influential visual art critic closely associated with American Modern art of the mid-20th century. In particular, he is best remembered for his promotion of the abstract expressionist movement and was among the first published critics to praise the work of painter Jackson Pollock
Jan 17 Don Figlozzi an American animator and cartoonist. A veteran of Fleischer Studios and member of the National Cartoonists Society, he spent the first half of his career in animation and the second half at the New York Daily News, where his cartoons, signed "Fig," became a fixture. Historian Harvey Deneroff of the Savannah College of Art and Design suggests that Figlozzi may have created the first animations to be used on television
Jan 17 Piet van Reenen a Dutch former professional footballer who was a prolific goalscorer at Ajax. With 273 goals in 237 matches from 1929 to 1942, he is the club's all-time top goal scorer. He was also the club's top goal scorer for 9 consecutive seasons, from 1929–30 to 1937–38
Jan 19 Hans Hotter a German operatic bass-baritone. He was extremely tall and his appearance was striking. His voice and diction were equally recognisable
Jan 20 Gōgen Yamaguchi a world-renown Grandmaster of Japanese Karate-dō and founder of the International Karate-dō Gōjū Kai Association; he was one of the most well-known of all Karate-dō masters to come out of Japan. Prior to his death, he was decorated by the Emperor of Japan in 1968 with the Ranjū-Hōshō, らんじゅほうしょう, the Blue Ribbon Medal of the fifth order of merit, for his enormous contribution to the spread world wide of the Japanese martial arts. For many years Gōgen Yamaguchi was listed in the Guinness Book of Records regarding his rank and achievements. According to his obituary, "His name was a household word in Karate circles, and he appeared in all the major Martial Arts magazines and publications, both in Japan and the western world."
Jan 20 Carlos Delgado Chalbaud a Venezuelan career military officer, and as leader of a military junta was President of Venezuela from 1948 to 1950. By 1945 he was a high-ranking officer and was among the leaders of a military coup which brought to power the mass membership party Democratic Action. In 1948, whilst Minister of Defense, he led another military coup and became head of state as President of a military junta, serving in that position until his death. He was assassinated in Caracas
Jan 21 Teofilo Spasojević a Serbian football player.
Jan 21 Todor Skalovski a famous Macedonian composer, chorus and orchestra conductor.
Jan 22 Ann Sothern an American stage, radio, film and television actress whose career spanned six decades. Sothern began her career in the late 1920s in bit parts in films. In 1930, she made her Broadway stage debut and soon worked her way up to starring roles. In 1939, MGM cast her as Maisie Ravier, a brash yet lovable Brooklyn showgirl. The character proved to be popular and spawned a successful film series and a network radio series
Jan 22 Morris Swadesh an influential and controversial American linguist. In his work, he applied basic concepts in historical linguistics to the Indigenous languages of the Americas. In Europe there was a very clear example of language change over centuries: the shift from Latin to the Romance languages that occurred in Europe in fewer than 2000 years. And because these languages were written it would be easy to gauge the rate of change. He considered this a basic principle that could be applied to all languages. He spent much of his life comparing hundreds of Indigenous languages of the Americas and mapping their relatedness
Jan 22 Porfirio Rubirosa a Dominican diplomat, race-car driver, and polo player. He was an adherent of the dictator Rafael Trujillo, and was also rumored to be a political assassin under his regime. Rubirosa made his mark as an international playboy, for his jet setting lifestyle, and his legendary sexual prowess with women. Among his spouses were two of the richest women in the world
Jan 22 U Thant a Burmese marvelous diplomat and the third Secretary-General of the United Nations from 1961 to 1971.
Jan 23 Tatiana Proskouriakoff an American Mayanist scholar and archaeologist who contributed significantly to the decipherment of Maya hieroglyphs, the writing system of the pre-Columbian Maya civilization of Mesoamerica.
Jan 24 Martin Lings an English writer and scholar, a student of Frithjof Schuon and a Shakespearean scholar. He is best known as the author of a very popular and positively reviewed biography, Muhammad: His Life Based on the Earliest Sources, first published in 1983 and still in print
Jan 24 Ann Todd an English actress and producer.