Born in 1925

Jan 1 Mary Nesbitt Wisham an American baseball pitcher and first basewoman who played from 1943 through 1950 in the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League. Listed at 5 ft 8 in , 155 lb., Nesbitt batted and threw left-handed. She was born Marie Crews Nesbitt in Greenville, South Carolina. Before becoming married in 1946 she played under the name of Mary Nesbitt
Jan 1 Mario Merz an Italian artist, and husband of Marisa Merz.
Jan 1 Veniamin Basner a Russian composer. He was recognized by the Soviet Union as a People's Artist of Russia and a State prize-winner. An asteroid called 4267 Basner, discovered in 1971, was named in his honour. He was a member of the St Petersburg Union of Composers
Jan 1 Stella Tanner a British radio and television actress.
Jan 1 Raymond Pellegrin a French actor.
Jan 1 Paul Bomani a Tanzanian politician and ambassador to the United States and Mexico.
Jan 1 Matthew Beard (American actor) an American child actor, most famous for portraying the character of Stymie in the Our Gang short films from 1930 to 1935. He was a native of Los Angeles, California
Jan 2 Eraño Manalo the second Executive Minister of the Iglesia ni Cristo , serving from 1963 until 2009. He took over the administration of the church after the death of his father, Felix Manalo, in 1963. He was instrumental in the propagation and expansion of the church internationally. He previously held office as the General Treasurer of the church, and as a District Minister of Manila
Jan 2 William J. Crowe a United States Navy admiral who served as chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff under Presidents Ronald Reagan and George W. Bush, and as the ambassador to the United Kingdom under President Bill Clinton
Jan 2 Francesco Colasuonno an Italian Catholic Cardinal, Archbishop and Papal Nuncio.
Jan 2 Irina Arkhipova a Russian mezzo-soprano, and later contralto, opera singer. She sang leading roles first in Russia at the Sverdlovsk Opera and the Bolshoi Theater, and then throughout Europe and in the United States
Jan 2 Larry Harmon an American entertainer.
Jan 3 Jill Balcon an English film and radio actress. She made her film debut in Nicholas Nickleby , though she was best known for her stage, television and radio work
Jan 3 Grigory Mkrtychan an ice hockey player who played in the Soviet Hockey League. He played for HC CSKA Moscow. He was inducted into the Russian and Soviet Hockey Hall of Fame in 1951
Jan 4 Veikko Hakulinen a Finnish forestry technician and cross country skier, triple champion in both the olympics and world championship competition in cross country skiing. Besides his main forte, he also competed in biathlon, orienteering, ski-orienteering, cross country running and rowing at a national level and continued in senior competition
Jan 4 Abdollah Mojtabavi an Iranian international freestyle wrestling athlete. He competed at 1952 Summer Olympics in Helsinki
Jan 4 Zigmas Zinkevičius a leading Lithuanian linguist-historian, professor at Vilnius University, and a true member of the Lithuanian Academy of Sciences. He has contributed to studies in the history of languages, onomastics and other areas. Zinkevičius is a recipient of the Herder Prize, which was presented to him in 1994. Zinkevičius is the author of 30 academic books and several hundred scientific publications in various languages
Jan 4 Jacksel M. Broughton a career officer and fighter pilot in the United States Air Force. He retired in the rank of colonel on August 31, 1968, with 43 separate awards and decorations, including four Distinguished Flying Crosses, two Silver Stars and the highest air force decoration, the presidentially-awarded Air Force Cross. Broughton avowed that his proudest accomplishment was being combat-qualified in every air force fighter from the P-47 to the F-106. He authored two personal memoirs of the Vietnam War that were highly critical of the direction of the air war there and the rules of engagement
Jan 4 Pradeep Kumar an Indian actor in Bengali and Hindi films.
Jan 6 Uzi Narkiss an Israeli general. Narkiss was commander of the Israel Defense Forces units in the Central Region during the Six Day War. Narkiss appears in the famous photograph of Defense Minister Moshe Dayan flanked by Chief of Staff Yitzhak Rabin and himself, taken in the Old City of Jerusalem shortly after its capture from Jordanian forces in the 1967 Six Day War
Jan 6 John DeLorean an American engineer and executive in the U.S. automobile industry, most notably with General Motors, and founder of the DeLorean Motor Company.
Jan 6 Princess Regina of Saxe-Meiningen a member of the House of Wettin.
Jan 7 Gerald Durrell an English naturalist, zookeeper, conservationist, author and television presenter. He founded what is now called the Durrell Wildlife Conservation Trust and the Jersey Zoo on the Channel Island of Jersey in 1958, but is perhaps best remembered for writing a number of books based on his life as an animal collector and enthusiast. He was the youngest brother of the novelist Lawrence Durrell
Jan 8 Mohan Rakesh one of the pioneers of the Nai Kahani literary movement of the Hindi literature in the 1950s. He wrote the first modern Hindi play, Ashadh Ka Ek Din , which won a competition organised by the Sangeet Natak Akademi. He made significant contribution to novel, short story, travelogue, criticism, memoirs and drama
Jan 8 Helmuth Hübener one of the youngest opponents of the Third Reich to be sentenced to death by the Volksgerichtshof and executed.
Jan 9 Lee Van Cleef an American film actor who appeared mostly in Westerns and action pictures. His sharp features and piercing eyes led to his being cast as a villain in scores of films, such as Kansas City Confidential, High Noon, The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance, and The Good, the Bad and the Ugly. After his success in the last of these, he played the hero in many of his later movies
Jan 9 Ofelya Hambardzumyan an Armenian folk singer. She was born in Yerevan, Armenia SSR on January 9, 1925. From a young age, she was recognized for her beautiful voice. She underwent vocal training at Romanos Melikyan Musical College. In 1944, she became a solo-singer for the Ensemble of Folk Instruments of the Radio of Armenia, where she dedicated her efforts to the ensemble headed by Aram Merangulyan
Jan 9 Pierre Jalbert a Canadian skier, actor, and motion picture film and sound editor.
Jan 9 Len Quested an English footballer. Quested played one match for England B as well as being selected as a travelling reserve for a Full International for England. He played two unofficial internationals for Australia. He was born in Folkestone, England
Jan 10 Billie Sol Estes an American businessman; a former financier best known for a business scandal that sent him to jail for fraud multiple times and complicated by his ties to friend and future U.S. President Lyndon Johnson. Estes was living in Granbury, Texas at the time of his death. His body was discovered on May 14, 2013 at his home in DeCordova, Texas
Jan 10 Chantal de Chevron-Villette the wife of Prince Ferdinand of Bourbon-Two Sicilies, Duke of Castro, claimant to the headship of the House of Bourbon-Two Sicilies. Through her marriage to Ferdinand, Chantal was the Duchess consort of Calabria and titular Queen consort of the Two Sicilies
Jan 10 Claude Carliez a French master at arms in classical fencing who became a period and fencing advisor to French films. He graduated to a stunt performer, stunt coordinator, special effects person and film director. He worked with such legends of the French cinema as Jean Marais, Louis de Funes, Gérard Oury and Jean-Paul Belmondo. He was a President of the Academie d'Armes de France and the first President of the French Stuntman's Union
Jan 10 Alexey Vodyagin a Russian footballer and coach.
Jan 10 Florian Siwicki a Polish career military officer, diplomat and a communist politician, as well as a General of the Polish Army.
Jan 10 Günther Knödler a German fencer who competed for Saar at the 1952 Summer Olympics. He fenced in the individual and team foil and sabre events
Jan 11 Grant Tinker the former chairman and CEO of NBC from 1981 to 1986, co-founder of MTM Enterprises, and television producer. Tinker is the former husband of television actress Mary Tyler Moore
Jan 11 Maung Maung the 7th President of the Union of Myanmar, and a well-known writer.
Jan 11 Viktor Avdyushko a Soviet actor and a People's Artist of the Russian SFSR.
Jan 12 Katherine MacGregor an American television actress. As a child, her mother moved them to Denver Colorado, where she lived until she moved to New York as a young adult. In the 1940s she was hired by the Arthur Murray Dance Studios in New York City as a dance instructor. She is best known for her comic performance as Harriet Oleson from 1974 to 1983 on the NBC television series Little House on the Prairie
Jan 12 Ed Stevens (baseball) a first baseman in Major League Baseball who played from 1945 through 1950 with the Brooklyn Dodgers and Pittsburgh Pirates. Listed at 6' 1", 190 lb., he batted and threw left-handed
Jan 12 T. R. Fehrenbach an American historian, columnist, and the former head of the Texas Historical Commission. He graduated from Princeton University in 1947, and had published more than twenty books, including the best seller Lone Star: A History of Texas and Texans and This Kind of War, about the Korean War
Jan 12 Bill Burrud a former child star and a television host and producer best known for his travel programs.
Jan 12 Bodil Udsen a Danish actress.
Jan 12 Gabriel Vanel the Roman Catholic archbishop of the Archdiocese of Auch, France.
Jan 13 Ron Tauranac a retired Australian engineer and racing car designer, who with Formula One driver Jack Brabham founded the Brabham constructor and racing team in 1962. Following Brabham's retirement as a driver at the end of the 1970 season, Tauranac briefly owned and managed the Brabham team through 1971, but sold it the following year to Bernie Ecclestone. He remained in England to assist with a redesign of a Politoys Formula One chassis for Frank Williams in 1973 and helped Trojan develop a Formula One version of their Formula 5000 car
Jan 13 Rosemary Murphy an American actress of stage, film, and television. She was nominated for three Tony Awards for her stage work, as well as two Emmy Awards for television work, winning once, for her performance in Eleanor and Franklin
Jan 13 Georgi Kaloyanchev a Bulgarian actor. He was born in the city of Burgas. He studied in the former theatrical school in Sofia. Immediately after graduating he started playing in the Ivan Vazov National Theatre. His first role was in the movie Utro nad rodinata where he stars as the jipsy Sali
Jan 13 Gwen Verdon an actress and dancer who won four Tony awards for her musical comedy performances and served as uncredited choreographers assistant and specialty dance coach for both theater and film. With flaming red hair and a quaver in her voice, Verdon was a critically acclaimed performer on Broadway in the 1950s and 1960s. Having originated many roles in musicals she is also strongly identified with her second husband, director–choreographer Bob Fosse, remembered as the dancer–collaborator–muse for whom he choreographed much of his work and as the guardian of his legacy after his death
Jan 13 Fernando Amaral a Portuguese politician and parliamentary.
Jan 13 Robin de La Lanne-Mirrlees an author and former officer of arms at the College of Arms in London.