Born in 1924

Jan 1 Klaus Junge one of the youngest German chess masters.
Jan 1 Genichi Taguchi an engineer and statistician. From the 1950s onwards, Taguchi developed a methodology for applying statistics to improve the quality of manufactured goods. Taguchi methods have been controversial among some conventional Western statisticians, but others have accepted many of the concepts introduced by him as valid extensions to the body of knowledge
Jan 1 Charlie Munger an American business magnate, lawyer, investor, and philanthropist. He is Vice-Chairman of Berkshire Hathaway Corporation, the diversified investment corporation chaired by Warren Buffett; in this capacity, Buffett describes Munger as "my partner." Munger served as chairman of Wesco Financial Corporation from 1984 through 2011. He is also the chairman of the Daily Journal Corporation, based in Los Angeles, California, and a director of Costco Wholesale Corporation
Jan 1 Lennart Magnusson a Swedish fencer. He won a silver medal in the team épée event at the 1952 Summer Olympics
Jan 1 Arthur Danto an American art critic and philosopher. He is best known for having been influential, long-time art critic for The Nation and for his work in philosophical aesthetics and philosophy of history, though he contributed significantly to a number of fields, including the philosophy of action. His interests included thought, feeling, philosophy of art, theories of representation, philosophical psychology, Hegel's aesthetics, and the philosophers Friedrich Nietzsche and Arthur Schopenhauer
Jan 1 Antonios Varthalitis from 1962 to 2003 Roman Catholic Archbishop of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Corfu, Zakynthos and Cephalonia.
Jan 1 Jacques Le Goff a French historian and prolific author specializing in the Middle Ages, particularly the 12th and 13th centuries.
Jan 1 Francisco Macías Nguema the first President of Equatorial Guinea, from 1968 until his overthrow in 1979.
Jan 2 Andreas Rett an Austrian neurologist and author. Rett received many awards, including the Grand Decoration of Honour for Services to the Republic of Austria
Jan 2 Evgenios Spatharis the most prominent shadow theatre artist in Greece. He is credited with having brought the traditional Karagiozis plays to mass audiences through television, recordings and cinema
Jan 3 Tony Summers a British competition swimmer and Olympian. He was born in Newport, South Wales, the son of Edwin Charles Summers. His grandfather was the bonesetter E. Kennard
Jan 3 André Franquin an influential Belgian comics artist, whose best known comic strip creations are Gaston and Marsupilami, created while he worked on the Spirou et Fantasio comic strip from 1947 to 1969, during a period seen by many as the series' golden age.
Jan 3 Nell Rankin an American operatic mezzo-soprano. Although a successful opera singer internationally, she spent most of her career at the Metropolitan Opera where she worked from 1951-1976. Rankin was particularly admired for her portrayals of Amneris in Verdi's Aida and the title role in Bizet's Carmen. Opera News said, "Her full, generous tone and bold phrasing, especially in the Italian repertory, were unique among American mezzos of her generation
Jan 3 Mordechai Limon the fourth commander of the Israeli navy, serving from December 14, 1950 until July 1, 1954.
Jan 3 Otto Beisheim a German businessman and founder of Metro AG.
Jan 4 Wally Ris an American former competition swimmer, two-time Olympic champion, and former world record-holder.
Jan 4 Meta Vannas a Soviet politician. She was a member of the Communist Party of Estonia
Jan 4 Sebastian Kappen an Indian Jesuit priest and theologian.
Jan 5 Glenn Boyer a controversial author who published three books and a number of articles about Wyatt Earp and related figures in the American Old West. His publications were for many years regarded as the authoritative source on Wyatt Earp's life. However, when other experts began to seek evidence supporting Boyer's work, he would or could not prove the existence of documents that he said he owned and had cited as essential sources. In one case, an individual he cited as a key source was exposed as a complete fabrication. His reputation and the authenticity of his work was seriously damaged. Although he retained many supporters, his work became surrounded by controversy
Jan 5 Hamzah Abu Samah a Malaysian politician and athlete who served as President of Asian Football Confederation from 9 December 1978 to 1 August 1994.
Jan 6 Earl Scruggs a defining characteristic of bluegrass music.
Jan 7 Geoffrey Bayldon a British actor. After playing roles in many dramas including Shakespeare, he became known for portraying the title role of the children's series Catweazle , after turning down the opportunity to play both the First and Second Doctors in the long-running BBC science fiction television series Doctor Who. Bayldon's other long-running parts include the Crowman in Worzel Gummidge and Magic Grandad in the BBC television series Watch
Jan 7 Pablo Birger an Argentine racing driver who raced in two World Championship Grands Prix for the Gordini team. He raced a Gordini Type 15 in the 1953 Argentine Grand Prix but the car lasted just twenty-one laps. Two years later he again rented a seat with Gordini, this time racing a Type 16, but spun on the first lap and collided with Carlos Menditeguy
Jan 7 Gene L. Coon an American screenwriter and television producer. He is best remembered for his work on the original Star Trek series
Jan 8 Richard L. Rubenstein an educator in religion and a writer in the American Jewish community, noted particularly for his contributions to Holocaust theology. A Connecticut resident, he was married to art historian Betty Rogers Rubenstein
Jan 8 Paul Cohn Astor Professor of Mathematics at University College London, 1986-9, and author of many textbooks on algebra. His work was mostly in the area of algebra, especially non-commutative rings
Jan 8 Ron Moody a British actor.
Jan 8 Benjamin Lees a contemporary U.S. composer of Art music, born in Harbin, China, raised in San Francisco and lived in Palm Springs, California.
Jan 9 Sergei Parajanov a Soviet film director and artist who made significant contributions to Ukrainian, Armenian and Georgian cinema. He invented his own cinematic style, which was totally out of step with the guiding principles of socialist realism. This, combined with his controversial lifestyle and behaviour, led Soviet authorities to repeatedly persecute and imprison him, and suppress his films
Jan 10 Ludmilla Chiriaeff a Canadian ballet dancer, choreographer, teacher, and company director.
Jan 10 Eduardo Chillida a Spanish Basque sculptor notable for his monumental abstract works.
Jan 10 Max Roach an American jazz percussionist, drummer, and composer.
Jan 11 Slim Harpo an American blues musician, a leading exponent of the swamp blues style, and "one of the most commercially successful blues artists of his day". His most successful and influential recordings included "I'm a King Bee" , "Rainin' In My Heart" , and "Baby Scratch My Back" which reached no.1 on the R&B chart and no.16 on the US pop chart. A master of the blues harmonica, his stage name was derived from the popular nickname for that instrument, the "harp"
Jan 11 Roger Guillemin Charles Louis Guillemin received the National Medal of Science in 1976, and the Nobel prize for medicine in 1977 for his work on neurohormones, sharing the prize that year with Andrew Schally and Rosalyn Sussman Yalow.
Jan 11 Sam B. Hall Jr. an American lawyer, politician, and judge. He was a member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Texas's 1st congressional district from 1976 to 1985 and a federal judge of the U.S. District Court of the Eastern District of Texas from 1985 until his death in 1994
Jan 11 Don Cherry (singer) an American traditional pop music singer and former amateur and professional golfer. In music, he is best known for his 1955 hit "Band of Gold"
Jan 12 Mieczysław Jagielski a Polish politician and economist. During the times of the People's Republic of Poland he was the last leading politician from the former eastern regions of pre-Second World War Poland
Jan 12 Olivier Gendebien a Belgian racing driver who was called "one of the greatest sportscar racers of all time".
Jan 12 Chris Chase an American model, film actress, writer, and journalist. Her best-known role was in Killer's Kiss. She later wrote advice books and co-authored several celebrity autobiographies. Her younger brother is Nobel Prize winner Paul Greengard
Jan 12 Grethe Holmer a Danish actress. She performed in the theatre in her native Aarhus Teater and numerous other theatres in Denmark later, and in film and in her later years on television
Jan 13 Paul Feyerabend an Austrian-born philosopher of science best known for his work as a professor of philosophy at the University of California, Berkeley, where he worked for three decades. He lived at various times in England, the United States, New Zealand, Italy, Germany, and finally Switzerland. His major works include Against Method , Science in a Free Society and Farewell to Reason. Feyerabend became famous for his purportedly anarchistic view of science and his rejection of the existence of universal methodological rules. He is an influential figure in the philosophy of science, and also in the sociology of scientific knowledge
Jan 13 Roland Petit a French ballet company director, choreographer and dancer. He trained at the Paris Opéra Ballet school, and became well known for his creative ballets
Jan 13 Brian Barratt-Boyes a pioneering heart surgeon from New Zealand.
Jan 14 Guy Williams (actor) an American actor and former fashion model, who played swashbuckling action heroes in the 1950s and 1960s, but never quite achieved movie-star status despite his appearance and charisma, which helped launch his early successful photographic modeling career.
Jan 14 Jean Danet a French actor, activist, and gay theorist. He appeared in 27 films between 1942 and 1983
Jan 14 Carole Cook an American actress of musical theatre, film and television.
Jan 15 George Lowe (mountaineer) a New Zealand-born mountaineer, explorer, film director and educator. He was the last surviving member of the 1953 British Mount Everest Expedition, during which his friend Edmund Hillary and Sherpa Tenzing Norgay became the first known people to summit the world's highest peak
Jan 15 Vladimir Semichastny the head of the KGB from November 1961 to April 1967 and prior to that in 1958-59 he headed Komsomol as the first secretary of the Central Committee.
Jan 15 Marcel Domingo a French association football goalkeeper and manager of Spanish origin. He spent part of his career in Spain. Domingo died at the age of 86
Jan 15 Ivan Varichev Mikhailovich Varichev - Russian Soviet realist painter, People's Artist of the Russian Federation, who live and work in Saint Petersburg. He is a member of the Saint Petersburg Union of Artists , regarded as one of the brightest representatives of the Leningrad school of painting, most famous for his lyrical landscape of rural Russia