Born in 1911

Jan 1 Hank Greenberg an American professional baseball player in the 1930s and 1940s. A member of the sport's Hall of Fame, he was one of the premier power hitters of his generation and is widely considered as one of the greatest sluggers in baseball history
Jan 1 Dangatar Ovezov a Turkmenistani composer. He studied at Saint Petersburg Conservatory. He composed numerous works, among them the opera “Shahsenem and Gharib.” He received the title of People's Artist of the Turkmen SSR in 1961. He was awarded the TSSR State Prize in 1966. Dangatar Ovezov is considered the founder of the Turkmen composer school
Jan 1 Necdet Kent a Turkish diplomat who risked his life to save Jews during World War While vice-consul in Marseilles, France between 1941 and 1944, he gave documents of citizenship to dozens of Turkish Jews living in France who did not have proper identity papers, to save them from deportation to the Nazi gas chambers.
Jan 1 Moisey Kasyanik a Soviet weightlifter.
Jan 1 Basil Dearden an English film director.
Jan 1 Roman Totenberg a Polish-American violinist and educator.
Jan 1 Audrey Wurdemann an American poet. She was the youngest winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry at the age of 24, for her collection Bright Ambush
Jan 2 Anthony Sanusi a Nigerian Bishop of the Roman Catholic Church.
Jan 2 Pavel Rychagov the Commander of the Soviet Air Forces for a brief time from 28 August 1940 to 14 April 1941. He was removed from that position shortly before Operation Barbarossa and the outbreak of the Great Patriotic War, and was executed in a purge of the Red Army several months later
Jan 2 Sunny Lowry the first British woman to swim the English Channel.
Jan 4 David Shoenberg a British physicist.
Jan 5 Hiroshi Hara (botanist) a Japanese botanist.
Jan 5 Jean-Pierre Aumont a French actor, and holder of the Legion d'Honneur and the Croix de Guerre for his World War II military service.
Jan 6 Kazimierz Rudzki a Polish stage and film actor, theatre director.
Jan 6 Nikolai Kryuchkov a Soviet film actor. He appeared in 94 films between 1932 and 1993
Jan 7 Butterfly McQueen an American actress. Originally a dancer, McQueen first appeared as Prissy, Scarlett O'Hara's maid in the 1939 film Gone with the Wind. She continued as an actress in film in the 1940s, then moving to television acting in the 1950s. During World War II, she frequently appeared on the Armed Forces Broadcast "Jubilee," as a comedienne. Many of these broadcasts are available on the Internet Archive
Jan 8 Tom Delaney a British sportsman and industrialist, perhaps best known in his later years for being the oldest licensed racing driver in the world, having competed in the same Lea-Francis car for more than three-quarters of a century from 1930 until just a few months before his death.
Jan 10 Binod Bihari Chowdhury a revolutionary and a veteran member of the civil society of Bangladesh. He is mostly known for his participation in the Chittagong Armoury Raid to uproot the British colonial rule from the Indian subcontinent in 1930
Jan 10 Norman Heatley a member of the team of Oxford University scientists who developed penicillin. Norman Heatley developed the back extraction technique for efficiently purifying penicillin in bulk
Jan 11 Bernardino González Ruíz a Panamanian politician and physician. He served as the President of Panama for six days from March 17 to March 23, 1963. He was also the founder of the Democratic Action Party, a now defunct conservative Panamanian political party
Jan 11 Mario Amadeo an Argentine conservative nationalist politician, diplomat and writer who served as a minister in the government of Eduardo Lonardi. He belonged to the highly influential right-wing tendency prominent in Argentine politics either side of the Second World War
Jan 11 Jerzy Zarzycki a Polish film director. He directed 24 films between 1931 and 1970. He co-directed the 1933 film The Sea, which was nominated for an Academy Award in 1933 for Best Short Subject
Jan 11 Lev Bogomolets a Soviet Russian painter, a member of the Saint Petersburg Union of Artists , who lived and worked in Saint Petersburg, regarded as one of representatives of the Leningrad school of painting, most famous for his landscape paintings.
Jan 11 Nora Heysen an Australian artist, the first woman to win the prestigious Archibald Prize in 1938 for portraiture and the first Australian woman appointed as an official war artist.
Jan 11 Zenkō Suzuki a Japanese politician and the 70th Prime Minister of Japan who was in office from 17 July 1980 to 27 November 1982.
Jan 12 Gabriel Almond a political scientist from the United States best known for his pioneering work on comparative politics, political development, and political culture. thumbnail.
Jan 12 Robert Abshagen a German Resistance fighter against National Socialism and a Communist.
Jan 13 Joh Bjelke-Petersen an Australian politician. He was the longest-serving and longest-lived Premier of Queensland, holding office from 1968 to 1987, during which time the state enjoyed considerable economic development. His uncompromising conservatism , his political longevity, and his leadership of a government that, in its later years, was revealed to be institutionally corrupt, made him one of the best-known and most controversial political figures of 20th century Australia
Jan 13 Yang Dezhi a senior military officer in the North China Field Army, a veteran of the Korean War and commander in China during the Sino–Vietnamese War or Third Indochina War, a brief but bloody border war fought in 1979 between the China and the Vietnam. He was a native of Nanyangqiao in Liling County, Hunan
Jan 13 Lloyd C. Hawks a United States Army soldier and a recipient of the United States military's highest decoration—the Medal of Honor—for his actions in World War II.
Jan 13 Masayuki Mori (actor) a Japanese actor, the son of Takeo Arishima, a Japanese novelist active during the late Meiji and Taishō periods. Mori appeared in many of Akira Kurosawa's films such as Rashomon and The Idiot. He also starred in pictures by Kenji Mizoguchi , Mikio Naruse and other prominent directors
Jan 13 Dieter Wisliceny a member of the Nazi SS, and a key executioner in the final phase of the Holocaust.
Jan 14 Zahid Khalilov an Azerbaijani mathematician and engineer. Being the founder of Azerbaijani functional analysis school, he was elected President of the Azerbaijan Mathematical Society. Khalilov solved the boundary value problem for polyharmonic equations, proposed abstract generalizations of singular integral operators and made some other contributions
Jan 14 Anatoly Rybakov a Soviet and Russian writer, the author of the anti-Stalinist Children of the Arbat tetralogy, novel Heavy Sand, and many popular children books including Adventures of Krosh, Dirk, Bronze Bird, etc. One of the last of his works was his memoir The Novel of Memoirs telling about all the different people he met during his long life. Writer Maria Rybakova is his granddaughter
Jan 14 Djuanda Kartawidjaja an ethnic Sundanese noble from the court of Cirebon, an Indonesian politician and the 11th and the final Prime Minister of Indonesia. Raden Djuanda Kartawidjaja, usually referred to simply as Djuanda, served as Minister of Communications in seven cabinets from 1946 to 1949 and 1950 to 1953; as Minister of State in 1949 and Minister of Welfare from 1949 to 1950. Djuanda was Indonesia's final Prime Minister in Sukarno "Karya" cabinets, the final cabinets of the Liberal Democracy Era and as First Minister from 1959 until his death in 1963
Jan 14 Robert Gysae a Korvettenkapitän with the Kriegsmarine during World War 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. Gysae commanded U-98 and U-177, sinking twenty-five ships on eight patrols, for a total of 146,815 gross register tons tons of Allied shipping, to become the fifteenth highest scoring U-Boat ace of World War II
Jan 14 Sailor Jerry a prominent American tattoo artist, famous for his tattooing of sailors; he was also known as "Sailor Jerry".
Jan 15 Cy Feuer an American theatre producer, director, composer, musician, and half of the celebrated, legendary producing duo Feuer and Martin. He was the winner of three competitive Antoinette Perry Awards for Excellence in Theatre and a Lifetime Achievement Tony Award
Jan 16 Roger Lapébie a French racing cyclist who won the 1937 Tour de France. In addition, Lapébie won the 1934 and 1937 editions of the Critérium National. He was born at Bayonne, Aquitaine, and died in Pessac
Jan 16 Eduardo Frei Montalva a Chilean political leader. In his long political career, he was Minister of Public Works, president of his Christian Democratic Party, senator, President of the Senate, and the 28th president of Chile from 1964 to 1970. His eldest son, Eduardo Frei Ruiz-Tagle, also became president of Chile
Jan 17 Busher Jackson a Canadian professional ice hockey player. Jackson played 15 National Hockey League seasons between 1929 and 1944 for the Toronto Maple Leafs, New York Americans and Boston Bruins. He was a member of the famed Kid Line with Joe Primeau and Charlie Conacher, one of the early NHL's dominant scoring trios. Jackson led the league in scoring in 1931–32 and was member of Toronto's 1932 Stanley Cup championship team. He was named to five NHL All-Star Teams and played in three benefit all-star games, including the Ace Bailey Benefit Game, the first all-star game in NHL history
Jan 17 Gavriil Kachalin a Soviet/Russian football player and coach.
Jan 17 Moshe Carmel an Israeli soldier and politician who served as Minister of Transportation for eight years.
Jan 17 Izis Bidermanas best known for his photographs of French circuses and of Paris.
Jan 17 John S. McCain Jr. a United States Navy admiral, who served in conflicts from the 1940s through the 1970s, including as the Commander, United States Pacific Command.
Jan 17 George Stigler a U.S. economist. He won the Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences in 1982, and was a key leader of the Chicago School of Economics, along with Milton Friedman
Jan 18 Shoichi Sakata a Japanese physicist who was internationally known for theoretical work on the structure of the atom. He proposed the Sakata model, which was an early precursor to the quark model
Jan 18 Gábor Darvas a Hungarian composer and musicologist. He was one of the first Hungarian composers to work in the field of electronic music. As a musicologist, his interest was primarily in music of the 15th and 16th centuries
Jan 18 José María Arguedas a Peruvian novelist, poet, and anthropologist. Arguedas was a mestizo of Spanish and Quechua descent who wrote novels, short stories, and poems in both Spanish and Quechua
Jan 18 Danny Kaye an American actor, singer, dancer, and comedian. His performances featured physical comedy, idiosyncratic pantomimes, and rapid-fire nonsense songs