Born in 1918

Jan 1 Willy den Ouden a freestyle swimmer from the Netherlands, who held the world record for the 100 m freestyle swimming for nearly 23 years, from 1933 to 1956.
Jan 1 Ed Price (American politician) a World War II Bomber pilot, Florida legislator, community leader and agricultural manager who fought for civil rights and public education.
Jan 1 Jaja Wachuku a Pan-Africanist; and a globally distinguished Nigerian statesman, lawyer, politician, diplomat and humanitarian. He was the first Speaker of the Nigerian House of Representatives, as well as first Nigerian Ambassador and Permanent Representative to the United Nations. Wachuku was also the first Nigerian Minister of Foreign Affairs
Jan 1 Patrick Anthony Porteous a Scottish recipient of the Victoria Cross, the highest and most prestigious award for gallantry in the face of the enemy that can be awarded to British and Commonwealth forces.
Jan 2 Doris Löve a Swedish systematic botanist, particularly active in the Arctic.
Jan 2 Andrey Goncharov a Soviet theatre director, drama pedagogue and author. Goncharov, the People's Artist of the USSR , received numerous state awards, including Order of the Hero of Socialist Labour and Order of Lenin. For more than thirty years Goncharov was the head of the Moscow Mayakovsky Theatre. He is the author of four acclaimed books on the drama theory
Jan 2 Vladimir Belyakov a Soviet gymnast.
Jan 2 Willi Graf a Roman Catholic member of the White Rose resistance group in Nazi Germany.
Jan 3 Ivan Bodiul a Moldovan SSR politician.
Jan 4 Naim Kryeziu an Albanian football player famous in Italy in 1940s and 1950s.
Jan 4 Jan Potharst a Dutch association football player, who played as a defender for AFC Ajax and for the Netherlands national team.
Jan 6 Hollis B. Chenery an American economist well known for his pioneering contribution in the field of development economics.
Jan 7 Jerry Steiner an American professional basketball player. He played two seasons in the National Basketball League , one of the two leagues that merged to form the National Basketball Association
Jan 7 Alessandro Natta an Italian politician and secretary of the Italian Communist Party from 1984 to 1988.
Jan 8 Hovhannes Zardaryan an influential Armenian painter.
Jan 9 Alma Ziegler an infielder and pitcher who played from 1944 through 1954 in the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League. Listed at 5 ft 3 in , 125 lb., Ziegler batted and threw right-handed
Jan 10 Alexander Brudno a Russian Jewish computer scientist, best known for fully describing the alpha-beta pruning algorithm. From 1991 until his death he lived in Israel
Jan 10 Les Bennett a former English professional footballer who played for Tottenham Hotspur and West Ham United.
Jan 10 Arthur Chung the first President of Guyana from 1970 to 1980. He was the first ethnic Chinese head of state in a non-Asian country. During his time as President of Guyana, the office was that of a ceremonial head of state, with real power in the hands of Prime Minister Forbes Burnham. He was awarded Guyana's highest national award, the Order of Excellence
Jan 11 Ernie Andres an American third baseman in Major League Baseball who played for the Boston Red Sox in the 1946 season. Born in Jeffersonville, Indiana, he batted and threw right-handed. Andres' professional career lasted from 1939–1941 and 1946–1947. He missed four seasons while serving in the United States Navy in the Pacific Theater of Operations during World War II
Jan 11 Gunnar Sønsteby also known for being the most highly decorated citizen in Norway, including being the only one to have been awarded the War Cross with three swords, Norway's highest military decoration.
Jan 11 Robert C. O'Brien (author) an American author and journalist for National Geographic Magazine.
Jan 12 Maharishi Mahesh Yogi born Mahesh Prasad Varma and obtained the honorific Maharishi and Yogi as an adult. He developed the Transcendental Meditation technique and was the leader and guru of a worldwide organization that has been characterized in multiple ways including as a new religious movement and as non-religious
Jan 13 Stephen Dunne (actor) an American actor, radio personality and disc jockey.
Jan 14 Ilona Edelsheim-Gyulai a Hungarian noblewoman and wife of István Horthy, son of Regent Miklós Horthy and Deputy Regent of Hungary for a short time in 1942.
Jan 15 João Figueiredo a Brazilian military leader and politician. He was chief of the Secret Service during the term of his predecessor Ernesto Geisel. Figueiredo was chosen to be President of Brazil by the former military leader, General Ernesto Geisel. He took the oath of office on March 15, 1979, serving until March 15, 1985. He continued the democratization that Geisel started and decreed amnesty. Facing a severe economic crisis, Figueiredo became increasingly unpopular. He suffered a heart attack in 1981. Since 1964, Brazilians had not been allowed to vote for president and by 1983 they began to demonstrate for the return of the democracy. Figueiredo opposed this and in 1984 the Congress rejected the return of direct elections. But the opposition, headed by Tancredo Neves, won the election for president in the Congress. Figueiredo retired after the end of his term and died in 1999
Jan 15 Gamal Abdel Nasser the second President of Egypt, serving from 1956 until his death. He planned the 1952 overthrow of the monarchy, and was deputy prime minister in the new government. In 1953, Nasser introduced far-reaching land reforms. Following a 1954 Muslim Brotherhood-led attempt on his life, he ordered a crackdown on the organization, put President Muhammad Naguib under house arrest, and assumed executive office. A June 1956 public referendum approved both the new constitution and Nasser's nomination for presidency
Jan 15 Vicente de la Mata an Argentine football Centre forward and manager. He played most of his club career for Independiente and played for the Argentina national team between 1937 and 1946
Jan 15 Christos Kagaras born in Granitsa of Evrytania. He drew landscapes, topics relevant to nature and sacred pictures. Artists, intellectual people, newspapers and magazines have expressed their enthusiasm about his work
Jan 15 Édouard Gagnon a Canadian Roman Catholic cardinal and President of the Pontifical Council for the Family for 16 years, from 1974 to 1990. He became a cardinal on May 25, 1985
Jan 16 Stirling Silliphant an American screenwriter and producer. His father, Sterling Silliphant, was a Canadian who immigrated to the United States in 1911, becoming a U.S. citizen in 1916. His mother was Ethel Silliphant. He had one brother, Leigh, who was three years younger
Jan 16 Allan Ekelund a Swedish film producer. He produced 50 films between 1947 and 1964
Jan 16 Marcelo González Martín a Cardinal of the Roman Catholic Church and Archbishop of Toledo and Primate of Spain.
Jan 16 Clem Jones the longest serving Lord Mayor of the city of Brisbane, Australia, representing the Australian Labor Party from 1961 to 1975.
Jan 16 Nel Benschop a Dutch poet. She was a best selling poet in the Netherlands
Jan 17 George M. Leader a Pennsylvania politician. He served as the 36th Governor of Pennsylvania from January 18, 1955 until January 20, 1959. He was a member of the Democratic Party, and a native of York County, Pennsylvania. He was the only person from that county ever to be elected governor of the state until the election of Tom Wolf in 2014
Jan 17 Rudolf Trenkel a German World War II Luftwaffe 138 victories Flying ace and recipient of the coveted 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 17 Joseph W. Barr an American businessman and politician. He served as the United States Secretary of the Treasury from December 21, 1968 until January 20, 1969, in President Lyndon Johnson's cabinet
Jan 17 Kamal Amrohi an Indian film director, screenwriter, and dialogue writer. He was a Shi'a Muslim and an Urdu and Hindi poet. He is famous for his Hindi films such as Mahal , Pakeezah and Razia Sultan. He established Kamal Pictures in 1953 and Kamalistan Studio in Bombay in 1958
Jan 17 Keith Joseph a British barrister and politician. A member of the Conservative Party, he served in the Cabinet under three prime ministers:
Jan 18 Frederick C. Bock a World War II pilot who took part in the atomic bombing of Nagasaki in 1945, flying the B-29 bomber The Great Artiste, which was used for scientific measurements of the effects caused by the nuclear weapon. The bomber which actually dropped Fat Man was called Bockscar as it was usually flown by Frederick Bock. The staff was swapped just before the raid and Major Charles Sweeney piloted Bockscar, which flew with The Great Artiste and another aircraft. A native of Greenville, Michigan, Bock died at his Arizona home in 2000, of cancer
Jan 18 Gustave Gingras a Canadian physician and founder of the Montreal Institute of Rehabilitation in 1949.
Jan 18 Miriam Ben-Porat an Israeli jurist. She was the first female appointed to the Supreme Court of Israel and the State Comptroller of Israel from 1988-1998
Jan 19 Joseph Cordeiro the first Pakistani cardinal.
Jan 19 Eric Lambert an Australian author and a member of the Communist Party of Australia.
Jan 19 John H. Johnson an American businessman and publisher. He was the founder of the Johnson Publishing Company. In 1982, he became the first African American to appear on the Forbes 400
Jan 20 Nevin S. Scrimshaw an American food scientist and Institute Professor emeritus at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Scrimshaw was born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. During the course of his long career he developed nutritional supplements for alleviating protein, iodine, and iron deficiencies in the developing world. His pioneering and extensive publications in the area of human nutrition and food science include over 20 books and monographs and hundreds of scholarly articles. Scrimshaw also founded the Department of Nutrition and Food Science at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, the Institute of Nutrition of Central America and Panama, and the Nevin Scrimshaw International Nutrition Foundation. He was awarded the Bolton Corson Medal in 1976 and the World Food Prize in 1991. Scrimshaw spent the last years of his life on a farm in Thornton, New Hampshire, where he died at 95
Jan 20 Juan García Esquivel a Mexican band leader, pianist, and composer for television and films. He is recognized today as one of the foremost exponents of a sophisticated style of largely instrumental music that combines elements of lounge music and jazz with Latin flavors. Esquivel is sometimes called "The King of Space Age Pop" and "The Busby Berkeley of Cocktail Music." Esquivel is considered one of the foremost exponents of a style of late 1950s-early 1960s quirky instrumental pop that became known as "Space Age Bachelor Pad Music"
Jan 21 Chichay a Filipino comedienne. Her short and stocky stature, scratchy voice and prematurely aged appearance allowed her to portray grandmothers while only in her thirties
Jan 21 Antonio Janigro an Italian cellist and conductor.