Born in 1920

Jan 1 Basil L. Plumley a career soldier and airborne combat infantryman in the United States Army who eventually achieved the rank of Command Sergeant Major. He is most famous for his actions as Sergeant Major of the US Army's 1st Battalion, 7th Cavalry Regiment, at the Battle of Ia Drang. Lieutenant General Hal Moore, who, as a Lieutenant Colonel, was Plumley's battalion commander during the Battle of Ia Drang, praised Plumley as an outstanding NCO and leader in the 1992 book about this battle, We Were Soldiers Once...And Young. The book was the basis for the 2002 film We Were Soldiers, in which Plumley was played by actor Sam Elliott. Plumley was known affectionately by his soldiers as "Old Iron Jaw"
Jan 1 Mani Ram Bagri a politician from India. He served three terms in the Indian Parliament. Bagri is a subject of various folklores in the states of Haryana, Rajasthan, Punjab and Uttar Pradesh. He belonged to the league of Socialists like Rammanohar Lohia and Jayaprakash Narayan. Known widely throughout North India during his tenure as the "de facto" Leader Of Opposition in the Lok Sabha, Bagri is widely considered to be one of the most prolific Socialist leaders of his time. He was party to the nation's international visits to the USSR as well as the Warsaw Pact socialist republics in the 1960s. He is also notable for being the first speaker to address the International Parliamentary Conference in Hindi, his mother tongue
Jan 1 Willie Fennell an Australian radio, television, stage and film actor, comedian and writer who appeared in many Australian television series.
Jan 1 Alfredo Ramos dos Santos a Brazilian footballer in midfielder role. He was born in Rio de Janeiro
Jan 1 Alfred A. Tomatis an internationally known otolaryngologist, and inventor. He received his Doctorate in Medicine from the Paris School of Medicine. His alternative medicine theories of hearing and listening are known as the Tomatis method or Audio-Psycho-Phonology
Jan 1 Osvaldo Cavandoli an Italian cartoonist. His most famous work is his series of short animated cartoons, La Linea
Jan 1 Mahmoud Zoufonoun an accomplished musician in the art of Persian traditional music.
Jan 1 Heinz Zemanek an Austrian computer pioneer who in 1955 developed the first complete transistorised computer on the European continent. The computer was named Mailüfterl — German for "May breeze" — in reference to Whirlwind, a computer developed at MIT between 1945 and 1951
Jan 2 Čestmír Císař a Czech and Czechoslovak politician and diplomat. He served as the first Chairman of the Czech National Council from 1968 to 1969 when the Czech Republic was part of Czechoslovakia duirng the Communist era. A leading advocate for reforms of the Communist Party, Císař introduced a series of liberal reforms to Communist Czechoslovakia, becoming a major figure in the Prague Spring as a result. He sought to create a new form of socialism with a "human face." His reforms were repealed following the 1968 Warsaw Pact invasion of Czechoslovakia. He was removed from office and expelled from the Communist Party until the Velvet Revolution of 1989
Jan 2 George Herbig an astronomer at the University of Hawaii Institute for Astronomy. He is perhaps best known for the discovery of Herbig–Haro objects
Jan 2 Bob Feerick an American professional basketball player, coach and general manager. He was born in San Francisco, California
Jan 3 Renato Carosone among the greatest figures of Italian music scene in the second half of the 20th century. He was also a modern performer of the so-called canzone napoletana, Naples' song tradition
Jan 3 Grethe Rytter Hasle a Norwegian planktologist. Among the first female professors of natural science at the University of Oslo, she specialized in the study of phytoplankton
Jan 3 Siegfried Buback the Attorney General of Germany from 1974 until his death.
Jan 4 Robert Lamoureux a French actor, screenwriter and film director. He appeared in 37 films between 1951 and 1994. He starred in the film The Adventures of Arsène Lupin, which was entered into the 7th Berlin International Film Festival
Jan 4 Rosalie Crutchley an English actress. Trained at the Royal Academy of Music, Crutchley was known for her television performances, but had a long and successful career in theatre and films, making her stage début at least as early as 1932 and her screen début in 1947. She continued to act for the rest of her life
Jan 4 William Colby Egan Colby spent a career in intelligence for the United States, culminating in holding the post of the Director of Central Intelligence from September 1973 to January 1976.
Jan 5 Nanavira Thera an English Theravāda Buddhist monk, ordained in 1950 in Sri Lanka. He is known as the author of Notes on Dhamma, which were later published by Path Press together with his letters in one volume titled Clearing the Path
Jan 5 Arturo Benedetti Michelangeli an Italian classical pianist. He is widely considered one of the greatest pianists of the twentieth century
Jan 6 Henry Corden a Canadian-born American actor and voice artist best known for taking over the role of Fred Flintstone after Alan Reed died in 1977. His official debut as Fred's new voice was on the 1977 syndicated weekday series Fred Flintstone and Friends for which he provided voice-overs on brief bumper clips shown in-between segments, although he had previously provided the singing voice for Reed in both the 1966 theatrical film, The Man Called Flintstone and the 1966 Hanna-Barbera special The New Alice in Wonderland
Jan 6 John Maynard Smith a British theoretical evolutionary biologist and geneticist. Originally an aeronautical engineer during the Second World War, he took a second degree in genetics under the well-known biologist B. Haldane. Maynard Smith was instrumental in the application of game theory to evolution and theorised on other problems such as the evolution of sex and signalling theory
Jan 6 Avram Moiseevich Razgon a Russian historian and a prominent Soviet theoretician of museology, Doktor nauk , and university professor.
Jan 6 Jean-Robert Ipoustéguy born "Jean Robert" in Dun-sur-Meuse.
Jan 6 Early Wynn a right-handed pitcher in Major League Baseball. During a 25-year baseball career, he pitched for the Washington Senators, Cleveland Indians and Chicago White Sox. Armed with a powerful fastball and a hard-nosed attitude, he was identified as one of the most intimidating pitchers in the game
Jan 6 Doris Stokes a British spiritualist and psychic medium. Her public performances, television appearances and memoirs made her virtually a household name in Britain
Jan 6 Giovanni D'Ascenzi an Italian bishop of the Roman Catholic Church.
Jan 6 Bill Sirs a British trade unionist, who served as general secretary of the Iron and Steel Trades Confederation from 1975 to 1985.
Jan 7 Stepan Naumenko a MiG-15 pilot of the Soviet Union. He was a flying ace during the Korean War, with around 11 victories. He was the first Soviet ace in the war, scoring his fifth kill on December 24, 1950
Jan 7 Vincent Gardenia an Italian-American stage, film, and television actor. He was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor two times for Bang the Drum Slowly and Moonstruck. He also portrayed Det. Frank Ochoa in Death Wish and its 1982 sequel and Mushnik in the 1986 musical film version of Little Shop of Horrors
Jan 8 Douglas Wilmer an English actor, best known for playing Sherlock Holmes in the 1965 TV series.
Jan 8 Leyla Badirbeyli Aghalar gizi Badirbeyli and Leyla Badirbeyova – after marriage – Javanshirova; Azerbaijani: Leyla Ağalar qızı Bədirbəyli ; , Soviet and Azerbaijani actress of theatre and cinema, People's Artist of the Azerbaijan SSR , laureate of the State Stalin Prize of the second degree , member of the CPSU from 1945. She is buried in the Alley of Honor
Jan 8 Elisabeth Fraser an American television, film and stage actress, best known for playing brassy blondes.
Jan 9 Jack Kinzler a NASA engineer, the former chief of the Technical Services Center at NASA's Lyndon Johnson Space Center, known within the agency as Fix He was awarded the NASA Distinguished Service Medal for creating the solar shield that saved Skylab after the original micrometeoroid shield was lost during launch of the station. His other contributions included the flagstaff and plaques used on the Moon for each of the Apollo program Moon landings and the special six iron golf club head with which Apollo 14 astronaut Alan Shepard made his two famous golf drives on the Moon
Jan 9 Chan Canasta a pioneer of mental magic in the 1950s and '60s. Born in Kraków, Poland, he was the son of a Polish-Jewish educator. Most of his family perished in the Holocaust
Jan 9 Ilie Savu a Romanian football player who played as a goalkeeper and was also the first ever goalkeeper to play for Steaua Bucureşti.
Jan 9 Rubén Ruiz Ibárruri the son of Spanish communist leader Dolores Ibárruri and a posthumous Hero of the Soviet Union.
Jan 9 João Cabral de Melo Neto a Brazilian poet and diplomat. He is considered one of the greatest Brazilian poets of all time and was awarded the 1990 Camões Prize, the greatest prize in Portuguese language and the 1992 Neustadt International Prize for Literature
Jan 9 Mieczysław Pawlikowski a Polish actor. He appeared in 25 films and television shows between 1951 and 1978
Jan 9 Clive Dunn an English actor, comedian, artist and author, best known for his role as Lance-Corporal Jack Jones in the popular BBC sitcom Dad's Army.
Jan 10 Max Patkin an American baseball player and clown, best known as the Clown Prince of Baseball.
Jan 10 Rosella Hightower an American ballerina who achieved fame in both the United States and Europe.
Jan 10 Richard N. Frye an American scholar of Iranian and Central Asian Studies, and Aga Khan Professor Emeritus of Iranian Studies at Harvard University. His professional areas of interest were Iranian philology and the history of Iran and Central Asia before 1000 CE
Jan 10 Georges Marchal a French actor.
Jan 11 Mick McManus (wrestler) an English professional wrestler. The role he played was noted as a heel European wrestler and often went by the nicknames "The Man You Love to Hate", "Rugged South London Tough Guy" and "The Dulwich Destroyer"
Jan 11 James D. Thompson an American sociologist.
Jan 11 Sydney Valpy Radley-Walters a tank commander in the Canadian Army.
Jan 11 Vladimir Vengerov a Soviet film director. He directed fourteen films between 1951 and 1985. His 1962 film A Trip Without a Load was entered into the 3rd Moscow International Film Festival where it won a Silver Prize
Jan 12 Bill Reid a Canadian artist whose works include jewelry, sculpture, screen-printing, and paintings. Some of his major creations were featured on the Canadian $20 banknote of the Canadian Journey series
Jan 12 Jerzy Zubrzycki Prof. Jerzy Zubrzycki AO CBE was a Polish-born Australian sociologist, widely regarded as the "Father of Australian Multiculturalism". He was a member of the Pontifical Academy of Social Sciences
Jan 13 Elwood V. Jensen the Distinguished University Professor, George and Elizabeth Wile Chair in Cancer Research at the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine's Vontz Center for Molecular Studies. In 2004 he received the Albert Lasker Award for Basic Medical Research for his research on estrogen receptors. He is considered the father of the field of hormone action