Born in 1921

Jan 1 John Strawson (British Army officer) a British Army officer. Known best for his service during the Second World War in the Middle East and Italy, and afterwards in Germany and Malaya. Following the amalgamation of the 4th and 8th Hussars as The Queen's Royal Irish Hussars, he commanded the Regiment in Malaysia and Germany. For his leadership during the Borneo campaign he was awarded the O.B.E
Jan 1 Ismail al-Faruqi a Palestinian-American philosopher, widely recognised by his peers as an authority on Islam and comparative religion. He spent several years at Al-Azhar University in Cairo, then taught at several universities in North America, including McGill University in Montreal. He was Professor of Religion at Temple University, where he founded and chaired the Islamic Studies program. al-Faruqi was also the founder of the International Institute of Islamic Thought. He wrote over 100 articles for various scholarly journals and magazines in addition to 25 books, of the most notable being Christian Ethics: A Historical and Systematic Analysis of Its Dominant Ideas. He also established the Islamic Studies Group of the American Academy of Religion and chaired it for ten years. He served as the vice-president of the Inter-Religious Peace Colloquium, The Muslim-Jewish-Christian Conference and as the president of the American Islamic College in Chicago
Jan 1 Alain Mimoun a French long-distance runner who competed in track events, cross-country running and the marathon. He was the 1956 Olympic champion in the marathon. He is the most medalled French athletics sportsperson in history. In 1999, readers of the French athletics magazine Athlétisme voted him as the “French Athlete of the 20th Century”
Jan 1 Johnny Logan (basketball) an American basketball player and coach born in Richmond, Indiana. A 6'2" guard who played at Indiana University, Logan played for four seasons with the now-defunct Louis Bombers, and a fifth season with the Tri-Cities Blackhawks. While with the Blackhawks, he served three games as an interim player-coach
Jan 1 Hossein Vahid Khorasani an Iranian Twelver Shia Marja. He was born in Nishapur, Iran and moved to Najaf, Iraq in 1960 and studied in seminaries of Grand Ayatollah Khoei until he moved back to Iran in 1972, currently residing in Qom. He is considered the leader of the Seminary of Qom, Iran. He is also the father in law of Sadeq Larijani
Jan 1 Royce Lint a left-handed Major League Baseball pitcher who played for the Louis Cardinals in 1954.
Jan 1 Regina Bianchi an Italian stage and film actress.
Jan 1 César Baldaccini a noted French sculptor.
Jan 2 Hermann Stuckmann a German U-boat commander in World War II and 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. In his short combat career he sank one ship, and damaged two others
Jan 2 Roy Farran a British soldier, politician, farmer, author and journalist. He was highly decorated for his exploits with the Special Air Service during World War Farran became widely known after being court martialled on a charge of murdering a 16-year-old member of the Jewish underground group Lehi during his command of an undercover Palestine Police unit. After his brother was killed in a revenge attack, Farran emigrated to Canada where he forged a successful business and political career, holding a seat in the Legislative Assembly of Alberta from 1971 to 1979 sitting with the Progressive Conservative caucus. He served as a cabinet minister in the government of Premier Peter Lougheed during that period
Jan 2 Glen Harmon a Canadian ice hockey defenceman who played for the Montreal Canadiens from 1942 to 1951. He was born in Holland, Manitoba and died in Mississauga, Ontario
Jan 2 Jan Slepian an author of books for children and young adults. Born Janice Berek in New York City, she obtained a degree in psychology at Brooklyn College, later doing graduate work in clinical psychology and speech pathology at the University of Washington in Seattle. She worked as a speech therapist at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston and before embarking on a writing career
Jan 3 John Russell (actor) an American actor, and World War II veteran, most noted for playing Marshal Dan Troop in the successful ABC western television series Lawman from 1958 to 1962.
Jan 3 Claude Vigée a French poet who writes in French and Alsatian. He describes himself as a "Jew and an Alsatian, thus doubly Alsatian and doubly Jewish"
Jan 3 Lucella MacLean a former utility who played from 1943 through 1944 in the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League. She batted and threw right handed
Jan 3 Chetan Anand (director) a Hindi film producer, screenwriter and director from India, whose debut film, Neecha Nagar, bagged the Palme d'Or award, at the first ever Cannes Film Festival in 1946. Later he co-founded Navketan Films with his younger brother Dev Anand in 1949
Jan 5 Paul Governali a professional American football quarterback in the National Football League. An All-American at Columbia University, he was the 1942 recipient of the Maxwell Award for College Player of the Year and the first runner-up for the Heisman Trophy. At quarterback, he passed for 1,442 yards in nine games that season, threw 19 passes for touchdowns, and completed 52 percent of his passes, all new collegiate records. He was also among the leading punters in the nation. He still holds the Columbia record for touchdown passes in one game
Jan 5 John H. Reed the 67th Governor of Maine. He was once an Aroostook County potato farmer. Reed was a Republican who took office following the death of Governor Clinton Clauson
Jan 5 Friedrich Dürrenmatt a Swiss author and dramatist. He was a proponent of epic theatre whose plays reflected the recent experiences of World War The politically active author's work included avant-garde dramas, philosophical crime novels, and macabre satire. Dürrenmatt was a member of the Gruppe Olten
Jan 5 Jean Grand Duke of Luxembourg the Grand Duke of Luxembourg from 1964 until his abdication in 2000. He is the father of the current ruler, Grand Duke Henri, and the son of Grand Duchess Charlotte and Prince Felix of Bourbon-Parma. Among his godparents was Pope Benedict XV, who gave him his second name
Jan 6 Hazen Argue a Canadian politician based in Saskatchewan who served in Ottawa for 43 years at various levels of Canada's federal government. He was first elected as a Co-operative Commonwealth Federation Member of Parliament in 1945 and ended his career as a Liberal Party Senator. He was the last leader of the democratic socialist CCF, from 1960 to 1961. He was briefly a member of the CCF's follow-on organization, the New Democratic Party , before crossing the floor in the House of Commons to become a Liberal MP in 1962 until his defeat in 1963. He was appointed, by Governor General Georges Vanier, on the advice of Prime Minister Lester Pearson, as a federal senator in 1966. He entered federal cabinet in 1980, as the only Saskatchewan representative, with responsibilities for the Wheat Pool. He became the first senator to have ever been charged with fraud, in 1989. The charges were eventually dropped, for health reasons, due to his year-long battle with cancer. He died shortly thereafter in 1991
Jan 6 Fred Lewis (basketball coach) the head basketball coach at Syracuse University from 1962 to 1968. He compiled a 91-57 record during his tenure. He took his team to the National Invitation Tournament, two years after the team finished the season with a record of 2-22. Prior to coaching at Syracuse, he coached at Southern Mississippi University, where he compiled an 89-38 record. He coached at Amityville High School, where he compiled a 63-40 record from 1950 to 1953. He also coached at the University of Hawaii, where he compiled a record of 21-2
Jan 6 Wolfgang Lotz an Israeli spy during the Cold War.
Jan 6 Cary Middlecoff a top-ranking American professional golfer on the PGA Tour, from 1947 to 1961. His 40 Tour wins place him tenth all-time, and he won three major championships. Middlecoff graduated as a dentist, but gave up his practice at age 26 to become a full-time Tour golfer
Jan 6 Marianne Grunberg-Manago a Soviet-born French biochemist. Her work helped make possible key discoveries about the nature of the genetic code
Jan 7 Chester Kallman an American poet, librettist, and translator, best known for his collaborations with H. Auden and Igor Stravinsky
Jan 7 Ryu Mi-yong the current chairwoman of the North Korean Chondoist Chongu Party. She was a standing committee member of the 10th Supreme People's Assembly. She is known as a defector from South Korea to the North. She and her husband Choe Deok-sin defected to the North in 1986. In 2000, she led a delegation of defectors to the South on an officially sanctioned reunion with family they left behind
Jan 7 Yevgeni Babich an ice hockey player who played in the Soviet Hockey League.
Jan 8 Lee J. Ames an American artist noted for his Draw 50... learn-to-draw books.
Jan 8 Leonardo Sciascia an Italian writer, novelist, essayist, playwright and politician. Some of his works have been made into films, including Open Doors and Il giorno della civetta
Jan 8 Herta Bothe a Nazi concentration camp guard imprisoned for war crimes but eventually released.
Jan 9 Lister Sinclair a Canadian broadcaster, playwright and polymath.
Jan 9 Ágnes Keleti a Hungarian-born Israeli retired artistic gymnast and coach. While representing Hungary in the Summer Olympics, she won 10 Olympic medals including five gold medals, and is considered to be one of the most successful Jewish Olympic athletes of all time. She was the most successful athlete at the 1956 Summer Olympics. In 1957, Keleti emigrated to Israel, where she currently resides
Jan 9 John Sperling credited with having led the contemporary for-profit education movement in the United States. The fortune he amassed was based on his founding of the for-profit University of Phoenix for working adults in 1976, which is now part of the publicly traded Apollo Group. For ventures ranging from pet cloning to green energy, he has widely been described as an "eccentric" self-made man by the Washington Post and other media
Jan 10 Anatoly Konev a Russian basketball player who competed for the Soviet Union in the 1952 Summer Olympics. He trained at Armed Forces sports society in Moscow and was a player of CSKA Moscow
Jan 10 Rodger Ward an American racecar driver who won the 1959 and 1962 Indianapolis 500. He also was the 1959 and 1962 USAC Championship Car champion
Jan 10 Tasso Kavadia a Greek film and television actress.
Jan 11 Gory Guerrero one of the premier Hispanic professional wrestlers in the early days of Lucha Libre when most wrestlers were imported from outside of Mexico. He wrestled primarily in Empresa Mexicana de la Lucha Libre between the 1940s and 1960s. He was also the patriarch of the Guerrero wrestling family
Jan 11 Juanita M. Kreps an American government official and businesswoman. She served as the United States Secretary of Commerce from January 23, 1977 until October 31, 1979, under President Jimmy Carter and was the first woman to hold that position, and the fourth woman to hold any Cabinet position
Jan 11 Isaak B. Klejman a Ukrainian Soviet archaeologist specialist in the history of antiquity.
Jan 11 Robert Galley a French politician and member of the Free French Forces during World War II, for which he received the Ordre de la Libération.
Jan 11 Kathleen Byron a British actress of stage, screen and television.
Jan 11 Benedict Zilliacus a Swedish-speaking Finnish journalist, author, scriptwriter and translator.
Jan 13 Dachine Rainer an American born English writer.
Jan 14 Ken Sailors an American former professional basketball player. A 5-foot-10-inch guard, he is notable for popularizing the jump shot as an alternative to the two-handed, flat-footed set shot
Jan 14 Murray Bookchin an American anarchist and libertarian socialist author, orator, historian, and political theoretician. A pioneer in the ecology movement, Bookchin initiated the critical theory of social ecology within anarchist, libertarian socialist, and ecological thought. He was the author of two dozen books covering topics in politics, philosophy, history, urban affairs, and ecology. Among the most important were Our Synthetic Environment, Post-Scarcity Anarchism, and The Ecology of Freedom. In the late 1990s he became disenchanted with the increasingly apolitical lifestylism of the contemporary anarchist movement and stopped referring to himself as an anarchist. Instead, he founded his own libertarian socialist ideology called Communalism
Jan 14 Kenneth Bulmer a British author, primarily of science fiction.
Jan 15 Radha Krishna Choudhary a historian, thinker and writer of Bihar. He has contributed to the historical and archaeological studies of Bihar as well as to Maithili literature. He published numerous original researches on the history of Bihar and was acclaimed as a researcher. He was a professor at Ganesh Dutt College, Begusarai, Bihar and was a noted educationist. His languages of choice for academic works were Hindi and English and for literary work was Maithili
Jan 15 Babasaheb Bhosale an Indian politician and freedom fighter who served as Chief Minister of Maharashtra from 21 January 1982, until 1 February 1983.
Jan 15 Serafim Subbotin a MiG-15 pilot of the Soviet Union. He was a flying ace during the Korean War, with around 9 victories. He was awarded Hero of the Soviet Union. Some sources claim Subbotin had up to 15 victories, though most sources agree on 9