Born in 1916

Jan 1 Antonio Estévez a Venezuelan musician, composer, and conductor, and founder of the Central University of Venezuela Chorus.
Jan 1 Giacomo Neri an Italian professional football player and coach.
Jan 1 Joel Barr part of the Soviet Atomic Spy Ring.
Jan 2 Robert Sheran an American lawyer, politician, and judge. He was appointed Chief Justice of the Minnesota Supreme Court by Governor Wendell Anderson, serving from December 1973 to December 1981. He previously served as an associate justice on the court from January 1963 to July 1970, appointed by Governor Elmer Andersen. He is the only person to have been appointed to two separate tenures on the Minnesota Supreme Court by different governors
Jan 2 Zypora Spaisman an actress and Yiddish theatre empresaria.
Jan 3 Fred Haas an American professional golfer.
Jan 3 Betty Furness an American actress, consumer advocate and current affairs commentator.
Jan 4 Lionel Newman an American conductor, pianist, and film and television composer. He was the brother of Alfred Newman and Emil Newman, uncle of Randy Newman, David Newman, Maria Newman and Thomas Newman, and grandfather of Joey Newman
Jan 4 Robert Parrish an American film director, editor and writer and former child actor. He received an Academy Award for Film Editing for his contribution to Body and Soul
Jan 4 Jan Kotik (artist) a Czech artist active from the 1940s.
Jan 4 Slim Gaillard an American jazz singer, songwriter, guitarist, pianist, and vibraphonist, noted for his vocalese singing and word play in a language he called "Vout".
Jan 5 Stepan Privedentsev a Soviet Russian painter, a member of the Leningrad Union of Artists, who lived and worked in Leningrad, regarded as one of representatives of the Leningrad school of painting, most famous for his genre and landscape paintings.
Jan 6 Vincent Serventy a noted Australian author, ornithologist and conservationist.
Jan 7 Jordan Nikolov Orce a communist and partisan from Macedonia. His life and work are connected with the organizing and firming of the syndicalist movement in Macedonia. Under his leadership in Macedonia, the first protests were undertaken, and the workers succeed for the first time to conclude collective contracts with the employers
Jan 7 Elena Ceaușescu None
Jan 7 W. L. Jeyasingham a Sri Lankan Tamil teacher, geographer, academic and dean of the Faculty of Arts, University of Jaffna.
Jan 7 Paul Keres an Estonian chess grandmaster, and a renowned chess writer. He was among the world's top players from the mid-1930s to the mid-1960s
Jan 9 Peter Twinn a British mathematician, World War II codebreaker and entomologist. The first professional mathematician to be recruited to GC&CS. Head of ISK from 1943, the unit responsible for decrypting over 100,000 Abwehr communications
Jan 9 Masaharu Taguchi a Japanese freestyle swimmer. He won gold medal for the Men's 4×200 m freestyle relay in the 1936 Summer Olympics, alongside Masanori Yusa, Shigeo Sugiura, and Shigeo Arai
Jan 9 Vic Mizzy an American composer for television and movies whose best-known works are the themes to the 1960s television sitcoms Green Acres and The Addams Family. Mizzy also penned top-20 songs from the 1930s to 1940s
Jan 10 Eldzier Cortor an African-American artist and printmaker. His work typically features elongated nude figures in intimate settings, influenced by both traditional African art and European surrealism
Jan 10 Richard Münch (actor) a German actor, best known for portraying Alfred Jodl in Patton. He also portrayed General Erich Marcks in The Longest Day
Jan 10 Don Metz (ice hockey) a professional ice hockey right winger who played seven seasons with the Toronto Maple Leafs of the National Hockey League during the 1940s. Born in Wilcox, Saskatchewan, he was also the brother of Leafs teammate, Nick Metz
Jan 10 Rosette Batarda Fernandes a Portuguese botanist and taxonomist who was married to Abílio Fernandes , another Portuguese botanist and taxonomist. She is denoted by the author abbreviation R.Fern. when citing a botanical name
Jan 10 Sune Bergström a Swedish biochemist.
Jan 11 Bernard Blier a French character actor. He was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina, where his father, a researcher at the Pasteur Institute, was posted at the time
Jan 12 Tan Hong Djien an Indonesian football forward who played for the Dutch East Indies in the 1938 FIFA World Cup. He also played for Tiong Hoa Soerabaja. Djien was scouted by several major clubs, including Santos, Barcelona, during the 1938 World Cup, but he chose to stay in his native Indonesia to run the local farm his family owned
Jan 12 P. W. Botha Pieter Willem Botha, DMS , commonly known as "P. W." and Die Groot Krokodil , was the leader of South Africa from 1978 to 1989, serving as the last Prime Minister from 1978 to 1984 and the first executive State President from 1984 to 1989
Jan 12 Ruth R. Benerito an American chemist and inventor known for her work related to the textile industry, notably including the development of wash-and-wear cotton fabrics. She held 55 patents
Jan 12 Jay McShann a jump blues, mainstream jazz, and swing bandleader, pianist and singer.
Jan 12 William Pleeth a well-known British cellist and an eminent teacher, who became widely known as the teacher of Jacqueline du Pré.
Jan 13 Liselotte Landbeck a former Austrian athlete who competed at a high level in both figure skating and speed skating in the 1930s. In figure skating, she won the bronze medal at the 1934 World Championships. In speed skating, she won the first unofficial World Championship for ladies in 1933, and held the ladies' world record in the 500m as well as the 1000m
Jan 15 Robert Young (athlete) an American athlete who competed mainly in the 400 metres.
Jan 15 Maurice Bavaud a Roman Catholic Swiss citizen who in 1938 attempted to assassinate Adolf Hitler.
Jan 15 Alexandru Robot a Romanian, Moldovan and Soviet poet, also known as a novelist and journalist. First noted as a member of Romanian literary clubs, and committed to modernism and the avant-garde, he developed a poetic style based on borrowings from Symbolist and Expressionist literature. Also deemed a "Hermeticist" for the lexical obscurity in some of his poems, as well as for the similarity between his style and that of Ion Barbu, Robot was in particular noted for his pastorals, where he fused modernist elements into a traditionalist convention
Jan 16 Philip Lucock an English born Presbyterian minister and politician. Although he was born in England, he spent most of his life in Australia
Jan 16 Eugene Thomas Maleska a U.S. crossword puzzle constructor and editor.
Jan 17 Edmund Morgan (historian) Sterling Professor of History at Yale University, where he taught from 1955 to 1986 and directed many PhD dissertations. He specialized in American colonial history, with some attention to English history, and was noted for his incisive writing style. He covered many topics, including Puritanism, politics, slavery, historiography and family life
Jan 17 Charles F. Hockett an American linguist who developed many influential ideas in American structuralist linguistics. He represents the post-Bloomfieldian phase of structuralism often referred to as "distributionalism" or "taxonomic structuralism". His academic career spanned over half a century at Cornell and Rice universities
Jan 17 Fritz Amling a highly decorated Oberwachtmeister in the Wehrmacht during World War He was also a recipient of the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross. The Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross was awarded to recognise extreme battlefield bravery or successful military leadership. During his career, Fritz Amling was credited with the destruction of 42+ tanks and armoured vehicles
Jan 17 Peter Frelinghuysen Jr. Hood Ballantine Frelinghuysen II represented New Jersey in the United States House of Representatives as a Republican from 1953 to 1975.
Jan 18 Silviu Brucan a Romanian communist politician. Though he disagreed with Nicolae Ceauşescu's policies, he never gave up his communist beliefs and did not oppose communist ideology. After the Romanian Revolution, Brucan became a political analyst and author of books on Communism and Eastern Europe
Jan 19 Brion Gysin a painter, writer, sound poet, and performance artist born in Taplow, Buckinghamshire.
Jan 20 George Papp an American comic book artist. Best known as one of the principal artists on the long-running Superboy feature for DC Comics, Papp also co-created the Green Arrow character with Mort Weisinger and co-created Congorilla along with writer Whitney Ellsworth
Jan 21 Pietro Rava an Italian football defender and coach. He won the 1936 Summer Olympics and the 1938 FIFA World Cup with the Italian national team
Jan 21 Denise Bloch a French secret agent working with the British Special Operations Executive in World War II.
Jan 22 Harilal Upadhyay a Gujarati author, considered as one of the all-time great authors in the Gujarati language. He wrote more than a hundred books, including historical novels, social novels, short story collections, biographies, the great Mahabharat series, children's literature, poems and Plays. He was used to writing columns and articles in news papers and magazines like Kismat, LokTantra, LokGurjari , JyotirVignan and others, on regular and occasional bases. He was also an award winner Astrologer
Jan 22 Manuel Chorens a Cuban footballer.
Jan 22 Hans-Hartwig Trojer a German U-Boat commander in World War He was also a recipient of the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross. The Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross was awarded to recognise extreme battlefield bravery or successful military leadership
Jan 22 Edmundo Suárez a Spanish football player and coach - known as Mundo. He was born in Baracaldo. He played center-forward for Valencia CF for most of his career except for his last season where he played with CD Alcoyano