Born in 1915

Jan 1 John Henrik Clarke a Pan-Africanist American-African writer, historian, professor, and a pioneer in the creation of Africana studies and professional institutions in academia starting in the late 1960s.
Jan 1 Branko Ćopić a Yugoslav writer.
Jan 1 Eino Tukiainen a Finnish gymnast who competed in the 1936 Summer Olympics.
Jan 1 Nikolaos Martis a Greek author and politician.
Jan 1 Tatiana von Metternich-Winneburg a German patron of the arts of Russian birth. She published her books and watercolours under the name Tatiana von Metternich. She supported charity, especially the Red Cross and the Order of Lazarus, which she served as Grand Bailiff for Germany. She was a founding member of the Rheingau Musik Festival, made parts of Schloss Johannisberg available as concert venues for the festival and served as the president of its Kuratorium until her death
Jan 1 Jan Opletal a student of the Medical Faculty of the Charles University in Prague, who was killed in an anti-Nazi demonstration during the German occupation of Czechoslovakia.
Jan 3 Jack Levine an American Social Realist painter and printmaker best known for his satires on modern life, political corruption, and biblical narratives.
Jan 3 Mady Rahl a German stage and film actress.
Jan 4 Marie-Louise von Franz a Swiss Jungian psychologist and scholar, renown for her psychological interpretations of fairy tales and of alchemical manuscripts.
Jan 4 Meg Mundy an English-born American actress and former model. She was born in London, but moved to the United States at the age of six in 1921. The 1940 census gave her name as Meg Dora Mundy
Jan 5 Arthur H. Robinson an American geographer and cartographer, who was professor in the Geography Department at the University of Wisconsin in Madison from 1947 until he retired in 1980. He was a prolific writer and influential philosopher on cartography, and one of his most notable accomplishments is the Robinson projection in 1961
Jan 5 Severino Gazzelloni an Italian flute player.
Jan 6 Ibolya Csák a Hungarian athlete.
Jan 6 Alan Watts a British-born philosopher, writer, and speaker, best known as an interpreter and populariser of Eastern philosophy for a Western audience. Born in Chislehurst, he moved to the United States in 1938 and began Zen training in New York. Pursuing a career, he attended Seabury-Western Theological Seminary, where he received a master's degree in theology. Watts became an Episcopal priest in 1945, then left the ministry in 1950 and moved to California, where he joined the faculty of the American Academy of Asian Studies
Jan 6 Don Edwards an American politician of the Democratic Party, formerly a member of the United States House of Representatives from California.
Jan 6 John C. Lilly an American physician, neuroscientist, psychoanalyst, psychonaut, philosopher, writer and inventor.
Jan 7 Chano Pozo an Afro-Cuban jazz percussionist, singer, dancer and composer who played a major role in the founding of Latin jazz. Although he lived but 33 years, no discussion of Latin jazz is complete without mention of his name and no discussion of trumpet giant Dizzy Gillespie, the godfather of Latin jazz in the U.S., can begin without the name of Pozo, who was the first in a long line of Latin percussionists in Dizzy's various bands. Dizzy's dozens of Latin-flavored compositions, including the hit song "Manteca" and "Tin Tin Deo" , "Fiesta Mojo" and others—have Afro-Cuban drumming derived from the ritual rhythms of West Africa as their rhythmic backbones. Despite a short stint in Dizzy's band abbreviated by Chano's early death, Pozo's influence could be felt in Dizzy's playing and compositions for decades, which Dizzy acknowledged
Jan 8 Yuri Linnik a Soviet mathematician active in number theory, probability theory and mathematical statistics.
Jan 8 Robert Ford (poet) a Canadian poet, translator and diplomat.
Jan 8 Walker Cooper an American professional baseball player. He was a catcher in Major League Baseball who played for six National League teams from 1940 to 1957. He was known as one of the top catchers in baseball during the 1940s and early 1950s
Jan 9 Fernando Lamas an Argentine-born actor and director, and the father of actor Lorenzo Lamas.
Jan 9 Anita Louise an American film actress best known for her performances in A Midsummer Night's Dream , The Story of Louis Pasteur , and Anthony Adverse.
Jan 10 Ray Davey a Presbyterian minister in Northern Ireland and the founder of the Corrymeela Community. He was educated at the Royal Belfast Academical Institution, Queen's University Belfast, Union Theological College, and New College, Edinburgh. He was married to Kathleen Davey , who died on December 19, 2008
Jan 10 Cynthia Freeman an American novelist. She was born in New York City, where, as a young girl, she began writing books but abandoned writing to pursue a career running an interior decoration business. When poor health forced her to give up her business, she decided to dust off an old manuscript from childhood but discovered the cleaning lady had thrown it out. From memory, she rewrote the story
Jan 10 Joseph Galibardy an Indian field hockey player who competed in the 1936 Summer Olympics.
Jan 10 Dean Dixon an American conductor.
Jan 11 Paddy Mayne a British Army soldier, solicitor, Ireland rugby union international, amateur boxer, and a founding member of the Special Air Service.
Jan 12 Richard Evans Schultes a biologist and may be considered the father of modern ethnobotany, for his studies of indigenous peoples' uses of plants, including especially entheogenic or hallucinogenic plants , for his lifelong collaborations with chemists, and for his charismatic influence as an educator at Harvard University on a number of students and colleagues who went on to write popular books and assume influential positions in museums, botanical gardens, and popular culture.
Jan 12 Herbert Robbins one of the most prominent American mathematicians and statisticians of the 20th century. He did research in topology, measure theory, statistics, and a variety of other fields
Jan 12 Igor M. Diakonoff a Russian historian, linguist, and translator and a renowned expert on the Ancient Near East and its languages. His last name is occasionally spelled Diakonov. His brothers were also distinguished historians
Jan 12 Erich Bärenfänger an officer in the German Army during World War He was also a recipient of the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross with Oak Leaves and Swords. The Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross and its higher grade Oak Leaves and Swords was awarded to recognise extreme battlefield bravery or successful military leadership
Jan 12 Paul Jarrico an American screenwriter and film producer who was blacklisted by the Hollywood movie studio bosses during the era of McCarthyism.
Jan 12 Joseph-Aurèle Plourde a Canadian Roman Catholic Archbishop of Ottawa.
Jan 13 Heinz Neukirchen an officer of the Kriegsmarine in World War II, and a Vice Admiral in the People's Navy of the German Democratic Republic as well as President of the East German Directorate of Maritime and Port Industries. He was the author of several maritime books
Jan 14 André Frossard a French journalist and essayist.
Jan 14 Felix Kaspar an Austrian figure skater, twice World champion, and 1936 bronze medalist.
Jan 14 Heinz Brücher a member of special science unit SS Ahnenerbe , PhD in botany.
Jan 14 Mark Goodson an American television producer who specialized in game shows.
Jan 15 Steno (director) an Italian film director, screenwriter and cinematographer. Two of his films, Un giorno in pretura and Febbre da cavallo , were shown in a retrospective section on Italian comedy at the 67th Venice International Film Festival
Jan 15 Mykolas Ruzgys an Lithuanian basketball player. He won gold medal with Lithuania national basketball team during the EuroBasket 1939, held in Kaunas
Jan 15 Maria Lenk considered one of the greatest Brazilian female athletes.
Jan 16 Aase Bjerkholt a Norwegian politician for the Labour Party. She was born in Oslo
Jan 16 Harold Copp used in the treatment of bone disease.
Jan 16 Leslie H. Martinson an American television and film director. He is married to television host and writer Connie Martinson
Jan 18 Syl Apps a Canadian pole vaulter and professional hockey player for the Toronto Maple Leafs from 1936 to 1948 and a Conservative Member of Provincial Parliament in Ontario. Apps died of a heart attack on Christmas Eve of 1998
Jan 18 Boris Rauschenbach a preeminent Soviet physicist and rocket engineer, who developed the theory and instruments for interplanetary flight control and navigation in 1955-1960s. He is also notable for his studies in Christian theology and theory of Art
Jan 18 Kaúlza de Arriaga a Portuguese General, writer, professor and politician. He was Secretary of State of the Air Force between 1953 and 1955 and commander of the Terrestrial Forces in Mozambique from 1969 until 1974 during the Mozambican War of Independence
Jan 18 Kazimierz Wichniarz a Polish actor. In 1974 he starred in the Academy Award nominated film The Deluge under Jerzy Hoffman
Jan 18 Arnold Smith a Canadian diplomat. He was the first Commonwealth Secretary-General, serving from 1965–1975
Jan 18 Vassilis Tsitsanis a Greek songwriter and bouzouki player. He became one of the leading Greek composers of his time and is widely regarded as one of the founders of modern Rebetika. Tsitsanis wrote more than 500 songs and is still remembered as an extraordinary bouzouki player