Born in 1926

Jan 1 José Manuel Estepa Llaurens a cardinal of the Roman Catholic Church and Military Archbishop Emeritus of Spain.
Jan 1 Kazys Petkevičius a Lithuanian basketball player who competed for the Soviet Union in the 1952 Summer Olympics and in the 1956 Summer Olympics. He trained at VSS Žalgiris in Kaunas and later at Burevestnik in Leningrad
Jan 1 Richard Verreau a French-Canadian operatic tenor, particularly associated with the French and Italian repertories.
Jan 2 Howard Caine a popular American character actor, probably best known as Gestapo agent Major Wolfgang Hochstetter in the television series Hogan's Heroes. He also played Lewis Morris of New York in the musical film 1776, and Everett Scovill, a thinly disguised portrait of Charles Manson's attorney Irving Kanarek, in the television movie, Helter Skelter
Jan 3 George Martin an English record producer, arranger, composer, conductor, audio engineer and musician. He is sometimes referred to as "the Fifth Beatle" in reference to his extensive involvement on each of the Beatles' original albums. He is considered one of the greatest record producers of all time, with 30 number one hit singles in the United Kingdom and 23 number one hits in the United States
Jan 3 W. Michael Blumenthal Werner Michael Blumenthal served as United States Secretary of the Treasury under President Jimmy Carter from 1977 to 1979.
Jan 4 Paul Olefsky an American cellist.
Jan 5 J. B. Jeyaretnam a Singaporean politician and lawyer. He was the leader of the Workers' Party from 1971 to 2001. In 1981, he became the first opposition politician since Singapore's independence in 1965 to win a seat in Parliament, when he defeated Pang Kim Hin of the governing People's Action Party at a by-election in the constituency of Anson. He was re-elected at the 1984 general election, but lost his seat in Parliament in 1986 following a conviction for falsely accounting the party's funds. He returned to Parliament after the 1997 general election as a Non-Constituency Member of Parliament. However he was stripped of his NCMP seat in 2001 when he was declared bankrupt after failing to keep up with payments for damages owed to PAP leaders as a result of a libel suit. He left the WP later that year. He was discharged from bankruptcy in 2007, and founded the Reform Party in June 2008. He died of heart failure in September 2008, three months after founding the Reform Party which is now led by his son Kenneth Jeyaretnam
Jan 5 Ghassan Tueni a veteran Lebanese journalist, politician and diplomat who headed An Nahar, one of the Arab World's leading newspapers. He was often referred to as the "Dean of Lebanese Journalism"
Jan 5 Hosea Williams a United States civil rights leader, ordained minister, businessman, philanthropist, scientist, and politician. He may be best known as a trusted member of fellow famed civil rights activist and Nobel Peace Prize winner Martin Luther King, Jr.'s inner circle. Under the banner of their flagship organization, the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, King depended on Williams to organize and stir masses of people into nonviolent direct action in the myriad of protest campaigns they waged against racial, political, economic, and social injustice. King alternately referred to Williams, his chief field lieutenant, as his "bull in a china closet" and his "Castro"
Jan 5 Veikko Karvonen a Finnish athlete who mainly competed in the marathon. He won the bronze medal in the marathon at the 1956 Summer Olympics. At the 1954 European Championships he won the gold medal in the marathon and the following year won the Boston Marathon
Jan 5 W. D. Snodgrass an American poet who also wrote under the pseudonym S. Gardons. He won the 1960 Pulitzer Prize for Poetry
Jan 6 Mickey Hargitay a Hungarian-American actor and Universe 1955. Born in Budapest, Hungary, Hargitay moved to the United States in 1947, where he eventually became a citizen. He was married to Jayne Mansfield, and is the father of actress Mariska Hargitay. During their marriage, Hargitay and Mansfield made four movies together, Will Success Spoil Rock Hunter? , The Loves of Hercules , Promises! Promises! , and L'Amore Primitivo
Jan 6 Günter Rössler a German photographer and photo-journalist who got famous for his artistic nude photographs which made him the Helmut Newton of the East.
Jan 6 Ralph Branca a former starting pitcher in Major League Baseball. From 1944 through 1956, Branca played for the Brooklyn Dodgers , Detroit Tigers , and New York Yankees. He batted and threw right-handed
Jan 6 Enzo Sacchi a road bicycle and track cyclist from Italy, who won the gold medal in the men's 1,000 metre sprint scratch race at the 1952 Summer Olympics in Helsinki, Finland.
Jan 6 Pat Flaherty an American racecar driver who won the Indianapolis 500 in 1956.
Jan 6 Walter Sedlmayr a German stage, television, and film actor from Bavaria.
Jan 7 Joe Marston an Australian former association football player who became the first Australian to appear in a FA Cup Final when he turned out for Preston North End in their 1954 defeat to West Bromwich Albion.
Jan 7 Kim Jong-pil a South Korean politician and founder of the Korean Central Intelligence Agency , who served as Prime Minister twice, from 1971–1975 and from 1998–2000.
Jan 7 Mansur Kamaletdinov a Russian-born Ballet Dancer, Teacher, Ballet Master and Choreographer of Classical Ballet and Classical character dance.
Jan 8 Soupy Sales an American comedian, actor, radio-TV personality and host, and jazz aficionado. He was best known for his local and network children's television show, Lunch with Soupy Sales; a series of comedy sketches frequently ending with Sales receiving a pie in the face, which became his trademark
Jan 8 Kelucharan Mohapatra credited for the revival of the classical dance form in the 20th century. He is the first person to get Padma Vibhushan from Odisha. A noted Sanskrit poet of India writes on this Guru 'that Saango-paanga-subhangi-laasa-madhuram samteerna-nrutyaarnavam' which means - Each fraction of his dancing body leads to paramount sweetness through the miraculous pose and postures. In fact, Guru Kelucharan Mohapatra crossed the ocean of styles
Jan 8 Hanae Mori a fashion designer in Japan. She is the only Japanese woman to have presented her collections on the runways of Paris and New York, and the first Asian woman to be admitted as an official haute couture design house by the fédération française de la couture in France. She is also the most honored female designer in Japan. Being one of the first women to have a career in fashion in Japan, she is widely regarded as an icon of liberated women. Her fashion house, opened in Japan in 1951, grew to become a $500 million international business by the 1990s
Jan 8 Kerwin Mathews an American actor best known for playing the titular heroes in The 7th Voyage of Sinbad , The Three Worlds of Gulliver and Jack the Giant Killer.
Jan 8 Evelyn Lear an American operatic soprano. Between 1959 and 1992, she appeared in more than forty operatic roles, appeared with every major opera company in the United States and won a Grammy Award in 1966. She was well known for her musical versatility, having sung all three main female roles in Der Rosenkavalier. Lear was also known for her work on 20th century pieces by Robert Ward, Alban Berg, Marvin David Levy, Rudolf Kelterborn and Giselher Klebe. She was married to the American bass-baritone Thomas Stewart until his death in 2006
Jan 8 Bronisław Pawlik a Polish actor. He starred in the TV series Stawka większa niż życie and 1978 comedy film What Will You Do When You Catch Me?. At the 1st Moscow International Film Festival he won a Silver Medal for acting for his role in the film The Eagle
Jan 9 Bucky Pizzarelli an American jazz guitarist and banjoist, and the father of jazz guitarist John Pizzarelli and upright bassist Martin Pizzarelli. Pizzarelli has also worked for NBC as a staffman for Dick Cavett and also ABC with Bobby Rosengarden The list of musicians Pizzarelli has collaborated with over his career includes Les Paul, Stephane Grappelli, and Benny Goodman. Pizzarelli acknowledges Django Reinhardt, Freddie Green, and George Van Eps for their influences on his style and mode of play
Jan 9 Cherifa an Algerian female singer-songwriter, originally from Kabylia, who composed hundreds of songs during her more than 40 years of artistic life.
Jan 9 Jani Christou a Greek composer.
Jan 9 Jean-Pierre Côté a Canadian parliamentarian and the 23rd Lieutenant Governor of Quebec.
Jan 10 Musallam Bseiso a Palestinian thinker, intellectual, journalist, and politician.
Jan 10 Derek Hammond-Stroud an English baritone opera singer best known for his performances of German lieder and his international performances in opera, particularly the roles of Alberich in Wagner's Der Ring des Nibelungen, Herr Faninal in Der Rosenkavalier and Beckmesser in Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg. He also made recordings, including a series of recordings of the Gilbert and Sullivan patter roles
Jan 10 Tadeusz Olechowski a Polish communist politician, Polish ambassador to various countries from 1960s to 1980s , Minister of Foreign in 1972, viceminister of Foreign Affairs , last minister of foreign affairs of the People's Republic of Poland.
Jan 11 Leonid Dimov a Romanian postmodernist poet and translator.
Jan 11 Lev Dyomin a Soviet cosmonaut who flew on the Soyuz 15 spaceflight in 1974. This spaceflight was intended to dock with the space station Salyut 3, but the docking failed
Jan 11 Yevgeny Ivanov (spy) a Soviet naval attaché at the Soviet Embassy in London in the early 1960s, and was also engaged in espionage.
Jan 12 Andrew Laszlo A.S.C. Hungarian: László András was a Hungarian-American cinematographer best known for his work on the cult film classic The Warriors. He earned Emmy nominations for The Man Without a Country in 1973 and the 1980 TV miniseries Shōgun in 1980
Jan 12 Fernand Yveton the only pied noir among the 198 supporters of the FLN who were executed during the war in Algeria.
Jan 12 Ray Price (musician) an American country music singer, songwriter, and guitarist. His wide ranging baritone has often been praised as among the best male voices of country music. Some of his well-known recordings include "Release Me", "Crazy Arms", "Heartaches by the Number", "For the Good Times", "Night Life", and "You're the Best Thing That Ever Happened to Me". He was elected to the Country Music Hall of Fame in 1996. Price continued to record and tour well into his mid-eighties
Jan 12 Jackie Pallo an English professional wrestler, a star of British televised wrestling in its 1960s and 1970s heyday, when the sport had a regular 40-minute slot before the Saturday afternoon football results on ITV.
Jan 12 Morton Feldman an American composer, born in New York City.
Jan 13 Guy Sajer a French writer, author of The Forgotten Soldier, and cartoonist under the pen names Dimitri, and Dimitri Lahache. The son of a French father and German mother, 'Sajer' is his mother's maiden name
Jan 13 Sumner Shapiro a United States Navy Rear Admiral who served as Director of the Office of Naval Intelligence from 1978 to 1982.
Jan 13 Mario Trejo an Argentine poet, playwright, screenwriter, and journalist.
Jan 13 Shakti Samanta most known for films such as Howrah Bridge, China Town, Kashmir Ki Kali, An Evening in Paris, Kati Patang and Amar Prem.
Jan 13 Melba Liston an American jazz trombonist, musical arranger, and composer. She was the first woman trombonist to play in big bands during the 1940s and 1960s
Jan 13 Carolyn Gold Heilbrun an American academic and prolific feminist author of both important academic studies and popular mystery novels under the pen name of Amanda Cross.
Jan 13 Michael Bond an English author, most celebrated for his Paddington Bear series of books.
Jan 14 Warren Mitchell an English actor. He is a BAFTA TV Award winner and two-time Olivier Award winner