Born in 1917

Jan 1 Jule Gregory Charney an American meteorologist who played an important role in developing weather prediction. He developed a set of equations for calculating the large-scale motions of planetary-scale waves. He gave the first convincing physical explanation for the development of mid-latitude cyclones known as the Baroclinic Instability theory. He is considered the father of modern dynamical meteorology
Jan 1 Erwin Axer a Polish theatre director, writer and university professor. A long-time head of Teatr Współczesny in Warsaw, he also staged numerous plays abroad, notably in German-speaking countries, in the USA and Leningrad
Jan 1 Albert Mol a popular Dutch author, actor and TV personality, who appeared in movies and TV shows in a career that spanned nearly 60 years.
Jan 2 Chung Kook-chin a Korean football player and manager.
Jan 2 Vera Zorina a Norwegian ballerina, musical theatre actress and choreographer.
Jan 3 Dick Schulz an American professional basketball player.
Jan 3 Vernon A. Walters a United States Army officer and a diplomat. Most notably, he served from 1972 to 1976 as Deputy Director of Central Intelligence, from 1985 to 1989 as the United States Ambassador to the United Nations and from 1989 to 1991 as Ambassador to the Federal Republic of Germany during the decisive phase of German Reunification. Walters rose to the rank of lieutenant general in the U.S. Army and is a member of the Military Intelligence Hall of Fame
Jan 3 Yurii Mitropolskiy a renowned Soviet, Ukrainian mathematician known for his contributions to the fields of dynamical systems and nonlinear oscillations. He was born in Poltava Governorate and died in Kiev
Jan 3 Pierre Dervaux a French operatic conductor, composer, and pedagogue. At the Conservatoire de Paris, he studied counterpoint and harmony with Marcel Samuel-Rousseau and Jean and Noël Gallon, as well as piano with Isidor Philipp, Armand Ferté, and Yves Nat. He also served as principal conductor of the Opéra-Comique , and the Opéra de Paris. In this capacity he directed the French première of Poulenc’s Dialogues des Carmélites. He was also Vice-President of the Concerts Pasdeloup , President and Chief conductor of the Concerts Colonne , Musical Director of the Orchestre des Pays de Loire as well as holding similar posts at the Quebec Symphony Orchestra , where he collaborated with concertmaster Hidetaro Suzuki, and the Nice Philharmonic
Jan 3 Jesse White (actor) an American television, film, and stage character actor. He is best remembered for having portrayed the Maytag repairman in television commercials, a role that he filled from 1967 to 1988
Jan 3 Roger Williams Straus Jr. co-founder and chairman of Farrar, Straus and Giroux, a New York book publishing company, and member of the Guggenheim family.
Jan 5 Lucienne Day a British textile designer. Inspired by abstract art, she pioneered the use of bright, optimistic, abstract patterns in post-war England, and was eventually celebrated worldwide
Jan 5 Jane Wyman an American singer, dancer, and film/television actress. She began her film career in 1932 and her work in television lasted into 1993. She was considered a prolific performer for two decades. She received an Academy Award for Best Actress for her performance in Johnny Belinda , and later in life achieved a new level of success in the 1980s as the aging wine country matriarch Angela Channing on Falcon Crest
Jan 5 Reginald Smith Brindle a British composer and writer.
Jan 5 Robert Antelme a French writer. During the Second World War he was involved in the French Resistance and deported
Jan 5 Wieland Wagner a German opera director.
Jan 5 Francis L. Kellogg a diplomat, a special assistant to the Secretary of State during the Nixon and Ford Administrations and a prominent socialite in New York City.
Jan 6 Koo Chen-fu a Taiwanese businessman and diplomat. He led the Koos Group of companies from 1940 until his death. As a chairman of the Straits Exchange Foundation , Koo arranged the first direct talks between Taiwan and China since 1949 and served as Taiwan's negotiator in both the 1993 and 1998 Wang-Koo summit
Jan 7 Ulysses Kay an African-American composer. His music is mostly neoclassical in style
Jan 8 Mahmoud Riad an Egyptian diplomat. He was Egyptian ambassador to United Nations from 1962 to 1964, Egyptian Minister of Foreign Affairs from 1964 to 1972, and Secretary-General of the League of Arab States from 1972 to 1979
Jan 9 Otto Glória a Brazilian football coach. He was born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, but had his greatest successes with Benfica in Portugal, guiding the club to nine national trophies. With the Nigeria national team he won the 1980 African Cup of Nations
Jan 9 Abdullah al-Sallal the leader of the North Yemeni Revolution of 1962. He served as the first President of the Yemen Arab Republic from 27 September 1962 to 5 November 1967
Jan 10 Jerry Wexler a music journalist turned music producer, and was regarded as one of the major record industry players behind music from the 1950s through the 1980s. He coined the term "rhythm and blues", and was integral in signing and/or producing many of the biggest acts of the last 50 years, including Ray Charles, the Allman Brothers, Chris Connor, Aretha Franklin, Led Zeppelin, Wilson Pickett, Dire Straits, Dusty Springfield and Bob Dylan. Wexler was inducted in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1987. Jerry Wexler was one of the most highly regarded A&R men in popular music history, a status bolstered by his accomplishments with Aretha Franklin
Jan 10 Hilde Krahl an Austrian film actress. She appeared in 70 films between 1936 and 1994
Jan 11 Khan Abdul Wali Khan a British Indian and later Pakistani secular democratic socialist and Pashtun leader, and served as president of National Awami Party. Son of the prominent Pashtun nationalist leader Bacha Khan, Wali Khan was an activist and a writer against the British Raj like his father
Jan 11 Julius Meimberg a German Luftwaffe fighter ace and recipient of the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross during World War The Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross was awarded to recognise extreme battlefield bravery or successful military leadership. Meimberg achieved 59 victories in 250 combat missions, all of them over the Western Front. In the 1960s he invented an open end spinning device an got patents in the US an Germany. In 2001 he received the Rudolf-Diesel-Medaille
Jan 11 Marie Vassiltchikov a Russian princess who wrote "Berlin Diaries, 1940-1945", which described the effects of the bombing of Berlin and events leading to the attempted assassination of Adolf Hitler in the July 20 Plot.
Jan 11 John Robarts a Canadian lawyer and statesman, and the 17th Premier of Ontario.
Jan 12 Jimmy Skinner the Head Coach, Chief Scout and Farm Director, Director of Player Personnel, Director of Hockey Operations, Assistant General Manager, and General Manager for the Detroit Red Wings of the National Hockey League.
Jan 12 John Shaw Rennie a British civil servant, UNRWA's Commissioner-General from 1971 to 1977.
Jan 12 Walter Hendl an American conductor, composer and pianist.
Jan 13 Ilya Lifshitz a leading Soviet theoretical physicist of a Jewish origin, brother of Evgeny Lifshitz. Known for his works in solid state physics, electron theory of metals, disordered systems, theory of polymers, etc
Jan 14 Lado Asatiani a Georgian poet. His poetic career, lasting only for seven years, made him one of the best-loved Georgian poets of the 20th century
Jan 14 Billy Butterfield a band leader, jazz trumpeter, flugelhornist and cornetist.
Jan 15 Beatrice Sparks an American therapist and Mormon youth counselor who was known for producing books purporting to be the "real diaries" of troubled teenagers. The books deal with topical issues such as drug abuse, Satanism, teenage pregnancy or AIDS, and are presented as cautionary tales. Although Sparks presented herself as merely the discoverer and editor of the diaries, records at the U.S. Copyright Office show that in fact she is listed as the sole author for all but two of them
Jan 15 Anton Raadik the most famous Estonian born Middleweight boxer of the 1940s and 50s fighting out of Chicago, Illinois.
Jan 15 Vasily Petrov (military) a senior Russian military official and Marshal of the Soviet Union.
Jan 16 Carl Karcher an American businessman, founder of the Carl's hamburger chain, now owned by parent company CKE Restaurants, Inc.
Jan 17 Ramón Cardemil a Chilean rodeo horse rider, considered one of Chile's best rodeo riders of all time. He and Juan Carlos Loaiza are the riders who have won the most titles in the Chilean National Rodeo Championship
Jan 17 Matéo Maximoff a French writer and Evangelical pastor of Romani ethnicity. His eleven books have been translated into fourteen languages
Jan 17 M. G. Ramachandran an Indian Tamil film actor who worked primarily in Tamil films as an actor, director, producer, and politician who also served as the Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu successively for three terms.
Jan 18 Ratko Kacian a Croatian footballer. He played internationally for the Croatian national team from 1940 to 1943 and with Yugoslavia's national team in 1946
Jan 18 Santos Ojeda a Cuban-born American classical pianist and pedagogue.
Jan 18 Vasily Mishin a Soviet engineer and a prominent rocketry pioneer.
Jan 18 Wang Yung-ching an influential entrepreneur who founded a large business empire in Taiwan. According to the 2008 Forbes survey, he was the 178th richest person in the world with an estimated net worth of US$5.5 billion
Jan 18 Nicholas Oresko an American combat veteran of World War II who had received the Medal of Honor for his valorous actions in Germany on January 23, 1945.
Jan 19 Dudley Thompson a Jamaican Pan-Africanist, politician and diplomat, who made a contribution to jurisprudence and politics in the Caribbean, Africa and elsewhere internationally.
Jan 21 Erling Persson the founder of H&M. He got the idea following a post-WWII trip to the United States as he was very impressed by efficient, high-volume stores
Jan 21 Lally Bowers an English actress.
Jan 22 Huck Geary a former Major League Baseball player. A right-handed shortstop who batted from the left side, Geary had a listed weight of 170 pounds