Born in 1913

Jan 1 Shih Kien a Hong Kong-based Chinese actor. Shih is best known for playing antagonists and villains in several early Hong Kong wuxia and martial arts films that dated back to the black-and-white period, and is most familiar to Western audiences for his portrayal of the primary villain, Han, in the 1973 martial arts film Enter the Dragon, which starred Bruce Lee
Jan 2 Juanita Jackson Mitchell born in Hot Springs, Arkansas, and was the first African-American woman to practice law in Maryland. She was married to Clarence Mitchell, and the mother of two Maryland State Senators and the grandmother of a third
Jan 2 Anna Lee an English actress.
Jan 4 Malietoa Tanumafili II the Malietoa, the title of one of Samoa's four paramount chiefs, and the head of state, or O le Ao o le Malo, a position that he held for life, of Samoa from 1962 to 2007. He was co-chief of state in 1962 and became the sole head of state on 15 April 1963. At the time of his death, he was the oldest national leader in the world. It is a common mistake that the Malietoa title is a title equivalent to a king-ship. Malietoa is known as the first warrior title, and is respected not as a King but as a Tamaaiga or Ao Mamalu ole Malo
Jan 4 Fred Degazon the first President of Dominica. He was born in Castries, Saint Lucia, and at last report was living in exile in London
Jan 5 Laura Solari an Italian film actress.
Jan 5 Pierre Veuillot a Roman Catholic Cardinal and Archbishop of Paris.
Jan 5 Jack Haig a British actor who specialised in supporting roles, mainly in TV comedy.
Jan 6 Loretta Young an American actress. Starting as a child actress, she had a long and varied career in film from 1917 to 1953. She won the 1948 best actress Academy Award for her role in the 1947 film The Farmer's Daughter, and received an Oscar nomination for her role in Come to the Stable, in 1949. Young moved to the relatively new medium of television, where she had a dramatic anthology series, The Loretta Young Show, from 1953 to 1961. The series earned three Emmy Awards, and reran successfully on daytime TV and later in syndication. In the 1980s Young returned to the small screen and won a Golden Globe in Christmas Eve in 1989. Young, a devout Roman Catholic, worked with various Catholic charities after her acting career
Jan 6 Edward Gierek a Polish communist politician. Gierek replaced Władysław Gomułka as First Secretary of the ruling Polish United Workers' Party in the Polish People's Republic. He was removed from power after labor strikes led to the Gdańsk Agreement between the communist state and the workers of the Solidarity free trade union
Jan 6 Tom Brown (actor) an American child model, and later a film and television actor.
Jan 7 Johnny Mize a baseball player who was a first baseman for the Louis Cardinals, New York Giants, and New York Yankees. He played in Major League Baseball for 15 seasons between 1936 and 1953, losing three seasons to military service during World War Mize was a ten-time All-Star. Late in his career, he played with the Yankees when they won five consecutive World Series
Jan 7 Waldemar Riefkogel a Hauptsturmführer and Hauptmann der Schutzpolizei, in the Waffen-SS during World War He was awarded the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross, which was awarded to recognize extreme battlefield bravery or successful military leadership by Nazi Germany during World War II.
Jan 8 Cvijetin Mijatović a Yugoslav communist politician who once served as Chairman of the Collective Presidency of Yugoslavia.
Jan 9 Richard Nixon the 37th President of the United States, serving from 1969 to 1974. The only president to resign the office, Nixon had previously served as a US representative and senator from California and as the 36th Vice President of the United States from 1953 to 1961
Jan 9 Vasili Yermasov a Soviet football goalkeeper and manager.
Jan 10 Mehmet Shehu an Albanian communist politician who served as premier of Albania from 1954 to 1981. As an acknowledged military tactician, without whose leadership the communist partisans may well have failed in their battle to win Albania for the Marxist cause, Shehu exhibited an ideological understanding and work ethic that singled him out for rapid promotion in the communist party. Mehmet Shehu shared power with Enver Hoxha from the end of the Second World War. According to official Albanian government sources, he committed suicide on December 17, 1981, after which the entire Shehu clan were arrested and imprisoned while Mehmet Shehu himself was denounced as "one of the most dangerous traitors and enemies of his country". Persistent rumors remain, however, that the murder of Shehu was ordered by Hoxha
Jan 10 Bahi Ladgham a Tunisian politician.
Jan 10 Gustáv Husák a Slovak politician, president of Czechoslovakia and a long-term Secretary General of the Communist Party of Czechoslovakia. His rule is known as the period of the so-called "Normalization" after the Prague Spring
Jan 11 Shmuel Shoresh an Israeli politician who served as a member of the Knesset from 1955 until 1969.
Jan 11 Lona Cohen in London as Helen Kroger, was an American spy for the Soviet Union. She was the wife of another spy, Morris Cohen
Jan 11 Karl Stegger a Danish actor, who appeared in 157 films which makes him the most used Danish actor.
Jan 15 Lloyd Bridges an American actor who starred in a number of television series and appeared in more than 150 feature films. He was the father of actors Beau Bridges and Jeff Bridges
Jan 15 Alexander Marinesko Contains information translated from the corresponding article in the Russian Wikipedia; may be expanded.
Jan 15 Eugène Brands a Dutch painter. He was briefly a member of the Cobra artist movement
Jan 15 Miriam Hyde an Australian composer, pianist, music educator and poet.
Jan 16 Hizgil Avshalumov Mountain Jew soviet novelist, poet and playwrighter. He wrote in languages of the Mountain Jews and Russian. He was awarded the Suleyman Stalsky award. He was a USSR Union of Writers member
Jan 18 George Unwin Commander George Cecil Unwin DSO, DFM & Bar , born in the town of Bolton upon Dearne, near Barnsley, Yorkshire, England. He enlisted in the RAF in 1929 as an Administrative apprentice, and in 1935, was selected for pilot training. Upon completion of training he was posted to 19 Squadron RAF as a Sergeant Pilot
Jan 18 Giannis Papaioannou a famous Greek musician and composer born in Kios, Ottoman Empire. In English his name is sometimes romanized as Yannis, Ioannis or Yiannis. Most active in the 1940s, he wrote many songs, some of which are today considered classics of the rebetiko folk music style. These include: Pente Ellines Ston Adi, Kapetan Andreas Zeppo, Modistroula, Prin To Charama Monachos, and Fovamai Mi Se Chaso. His style retains much of the musical quality of the classical rebetika of the likes of Markos Vamvakaris, although the thematic content of the lyrics tends not to focus as much on the typically dark topics – drugs, death and prison – of earlier rebetika
Jan 18 Jewell Young an American basketball player. He was an All-American at Purdue University and an early professional
Jan 18 Anatoly Shapiro born 18 January 1913 in the town of Konstantinograd. Served in the 100th rifle division of the 106th rifle corps. Worked his way up the ranks from a platoon commander to a commander of a separate marines rifle battalion. One of the first soldiers to enter Auschwitz. Injured and shell-shocked in battle. Awarded with two Orders of the Red Star, two Orders of the Patriotic War of the 1st degree, for the Liberation of Krakow, the Order of the Patriotic War of the 2nd degree, and numerous medals
Jan 19 Rudolf Wanderone an American professional pocket billiards player, also known as "Minnesota Fats". Though he never won a major pool tournament as "Fats", he was perhaps the most publicly recognized pool player in the United States – not only as a player, but also as an entertainer. Wanderone was inducted in 1984 into the Billiard Congress of America Hall of Fame for his decades-long public promotion of pool
Jan 19 Rex Ingamells an Australian poet, generally credited with being the leading light of the Jindyworobak Movement.
Jan 20 Cleon Skousen an American author, conservative American constitutionalist and faith-based political theorist. He was also a prolific popularizer among Latter-day Saints of their theology. A notable anti-communist and supporter of the John Birch Society, Skousen's works involved a wide range of subjects including the Six-Day War, Mormon eschatology, New World Order conspiracies, and parenting. His most popular works are The 5,000 Year Leap and The Naked Communist. A book by Skousen on end times prophecy, The Cleansing of America, was published by Valor Publishing Group in 2010, four years after his death
Jan 20 Attila Szekrényessy a Hungarian pair skater who competed with his sister Piroska Szekrényessy. They were six-time gold medalists at the Hungarian Figure Skating Championships. The pair finished fourth at the 1936 Winter Olympics and won the bronze medal at the European Figure Skating Championships in 1936 and 1937
Jan 20 S. M. Rasamanickam a Ceylon Tamil politician and Member of Parliament.
Jan 21 William Ungar a Polish-born American author, philanthropist, Holocaust survivor, and founder of the National Envelope Corporation.
Jan 22 Carl F. H. Henry an American evangelical Christian theologian who served as the first editor-in-chief of the magazine Christianity Today, which was established to serve as a scholarly voice for evangelical Christianity and a challenge to the liberal Christian Century.
Jan 22 William Conway (cardinal) an Irish cardinal of the Roman Catholic Church who served as Archbishop of Armagh and Primate of All Ireland from 1963 until his death, and was elevated to the cardinalate in 1965. He was head of the Catholic Church in Ireland during the reforms of the Second Vatican Council
Jan 22 Henry Bauchau a Belgian psychoanalyst, lawyer, and author of French prose and poetry.
Jan 22 Kalervo Toivonen a Finnish athlete who mainly competed in the men's javelin throw during his career.
Jan 23 Wally Parks instrumental in establishing drag racing as a legitimate amateur and professional motorsport. He was the founder, president, and chairman of the National Hot Rod Association, better known as NHRA
Jan 23 Roderick Sarell a British diplomat who was ambassador to Libya and Turkey.
Jan 23 Herbert Runge a German heavyweight boxer. He won the gold medal at the 1936 Summer Olympics in Berlin
Jan 23 Adrian Quist an Australian tennis player.
Jan 23 Jean-Michel Atlan a French artist.
Jan 24 Norman Dello Joio an American composer whose output spanned over half a century, and won a Pulitzer in 1957.
Jan 25 Luis Marden an American photographer, explorer, writer, filmmaker, diver, navigator, and linguist who worked for National Geographic Magazine. He worked as a photographer and reporter before serving as chief of the National Geographic foreign editorial staff. He was a pioneer in the use of color photography, both on land and underwater, and also made many discoveries in the world of science
Jan 25 Huang Hua (politician) concurrently the vice-minister of foreign affairs and foreign minister of China from 1976 to 1982.
Jan 25 Witold Lutosławski a Polish composer and orchestral conductor. He was one of the major European composers of the 20th century, and one of the preeminent Polish musicians during his last three decades. He earned many international awards and prizes. His compositions include four symphonies, a Concerto for Orchestra, a string quartet, instrumental works, concertos, and orchestral song cycles