Born in 1927

Jan 1 James Reeb an American Unitarian Universalist minister from Boston, Massachusetts, and a pastor and civil rights activist in Washington, D.C. While marching for civil rights in Selma, Alabama, in 1965, he was beaten severely by white segregationists and died of head injuries two days later in the hospital. He was 38 years old
Jan 1 Jean-Paul Mousseau a Quebec artist He was a student of Paul-Émile Borduas and a member of the Automatist school. He was a founding member of the Association on Non-Figurative Artists of Montreal. He designed murals for the Hydro-Québec building and the Peel Metro in Montreal
Jan 1 Doak Walker a professional football player, a running back in the National Football League with the Detroit Lions for six seasons in the 1950s. He was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1986
Jan 1 Vernon L. Smith professor of economics at Chapman University's Argyros School of Business and Economics and School of Law in Orange, California, a research scholar at George Mason University Interdisciplinary Center for Economic Science, and a Fellow of the Mercatus Center, all in Arlington, Virginia. Smith shared the 2002 Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences with Daniel Kahneman. He is the founder and president of the International Foundation for Research in Experimental Economics, a Member of the Board of Advisors for The Independent Institute, and a Senior Fellow at the Cato Institute in Washington D.C.. In 2004 Smith was honored with an honorary doctoral degree at Universidad Francisco Marroquín, the institution that named the Vernon Smith Center for Experimental Economics Research after him
Jan 1 Vasile Milea Nicolae Ceaușescu's minister of defense during the Romanian Revolution of 1989 and was involved in the reprisal phase of the revolution that caused the deaths of 162 people.
Jan 1 Maurice Béjart a French-born dancer, choreographer and opera director who ran the Béjart Ballet Lausanne in Switzerland. He obtained the Swiss-nationality after his death
Jan 1 Calum MacKay a former Canadian ice hockey player. Although born in Toronto, Calum MacKay grew up in Fort William/Port Arthur, Ontario during the 1930s and early 1940s
Jan 2 Arnold Zellner an American economist and statistician specializing in the fields of Bayesian probability and econometrics. Zellner contributed pioneering work in the field of Bayesian analysis and econometric modeling
Jan 2 Yury Grigorovich a Soviet and Russian dancer and choreographer who dominated the Russian ballet for 30 years.
Jan 2 Robert Alt a Swiss bobsledder who competed in the mid-1950s. He won a gold medal in the four-man event at the 1956 Winter Olympics in Cortina d'Ampezzo
Jan 2 Grigoris Varfis a Greek politician.
Jan 4 Paul Desmarais a Canadian financier in Montreal. With an estimated net worth of $US 4.5 billion , Desmarais was ranked by Forbes as the fourth wealthiest person in Canada and 235th in the world. He was Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Power Corporation of Canada until 1996 and then continued to serve as a Director and Chairman of the Executive Committee of the Board. Power Corporation of Canada is a holding company with interests in companies in the financial services, communications and other business sectors
Jan 4 Benedikt Sarnov a Moscow literary critic, historian of Soviet literature, and writer. After graduating from Gorky Institute of World Literature in 1951, he became a member of Union of Soviet Writers in 1960. He worked in the magazine Literary Gazette, created a popular literary radio program and authored a column about Russian prose in Ogonek. In 1990s he became Secretary of the Moscow Writers' Union, a part of Union of Russian Writers. He has published over twenty books, and hundreds of articles and reviews, and continues to be active in the post-Soviet period. His most recent books were about relationships of Stalin and Soviet writers and other intellectuals He died in 2014
Jan 4 Lauro Cavazos a U.S. educator and politician. He served as Secretary of Education, and was the first Hispanic to serve in the United States Cabinet
Jan 4 Barbara Rush an American stage, film, and television actress.
Jan 5 Sivaya Subramuniyaswami born in Oakland, California, on January 5, 1927, and adopted Saivism as a young man. He traveled to India and Sri Lanka where he received initiation from Yogaswami of Jaffna in 1949. In the 1970s he established a Hindu monastery in Kauai, Hawaii and founded the magazine Hinduism Today. In 1985, he invented Pancha Ganapati as a Hindu alternative to December holidays like Christmas
Jan 5 Robin Leigh-Pemberton Baron Kingsdown a British Peer and banker, who served as Governor of the Bank of England from 1983 to 1993.
Jan 6 Karen Yuzbashyan an Armenian historian-orientalist and expert on medieval Byzantine-Armenian relations. Yuzbashyan was the author of over 200 books and articles in his lifetime on the political, legal, and cultural aspects and relations of the two countries and a researcher on the development of Armenian studies
Jan 6 Pierre Sidos a French far right political figure.
Jan 6 Edmond Richard (cinematographer) a French cinematographer.
Jan 6 Jesse Leonard Steinfeld an American physician and public health official. He was appointed the eleventh Surgeon General of the United States from 1969 to 1973
Jan 8 Tim Flood (hurler) an Irish hurler who played as a left corner-forward for the Wexford senior team.
Jan 8 Wally Hergesheimer a Canadian ice hockey forward.
Jan 8 Charles Tomlinson a British poet and translator, and also an academic and artist. He was born and raised in Penkhull in the city of Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire
Jan 9 Sunderlal Bahuguna a noted Garhwali environmentalist, Chipko movement leader and a follower of Mahatma Gandhi's philosophy of Non-violence and Satyagraha. This idea of chipko movement was of his wife and the action was taken by him. For years he has been fighting for the preservation of forests in the Himalayas, first as a member of the Chipko movement in the 1970s, and later spearheaded the Anti-Tehri Dam movement starting 1980s, to early 2004. He was one of the early environmentalists of India, and later he and people associated with the Chipko movement later started taking up environmental issues, like against large dams, mining and deforestation, across the country.india pays him a tribute for his contribution for the trees
Jan 9 Rodolfo Walsh an Argentine writer, considered the founder of investigative journalism. He is most famous for his Open Letter from a Writer to the Military Junta which he wrote the day before his murder, protesting that their economic policies were having an even greater effect on ordinary Argentines than their human rights abuses. He was murdered on March 25, 1977
Jan 9 Adolfo Suárez Rivera a Mexican Cardinal Priest in the Roman Catholic Church who also served as Bishop of Tepic, Tlalnepantla and Archbishop of Monterrey.
Jan 10 Johnnie Ray an American singer, songwriter, and pianist. Extremely popular for most of the 1950s, Ray has been cited by critics as a major precursor of what would become rock and roll, for his jazz and blues-influenced music and his animated stage personality. Tony Bennett credits Ray as being the true father of rock and roll
Jan 10 Luciano Pigozzi an Italian film actor. He appeared in 105 films between 1954 and 1989. He was often credited under the pseudonym Alan Collins and occasionally Alan Collin. He was born in Novellara, province of Reggio Emilia
Jan 10 Lee Philips an American actor and director.
Jan 10 Gisele MacKenzie a Canadian singer, most famous for her performances on the popular television program Your Hit Parade.
Jan 10 Otto Stich a Swiss politician.
Jan 11 Bernard F. Fisher a retired United States Air Force officer and a recipient of the U.S. military's highest decoration, the Medal of Honor. He was the first USAF member to receive the medal in the Vietnam War
Jan 12 Ignatz Bubis the influential chairman of the Central Council of Jews in Germany from 1992 to 1999. In this capacity he led a public campaign against German anti-Semitism. Bubis's high profile both in Frankfurt and nationwide involved him in a number of public controversies
Jan 13 Liz Anderson an American country music singer/songwriter who was one in a wave of new generation female vocalists in the genre during the 1960s to write and record her own songs on a regular basis. Writing in The New York Times Bill Friskics-Warren noted, "Like her contemporary Loretta Lynn, Anderson gave voice to female survivors; inhabiting their struggles in a soprano at times alluring, at times sassy."
Jan 13 Sydney Brenner a South African biologist and a 2002 Nobel prize in Physiology or Medicine laureate, shared with Robert Horvitz and John Sulston.
Jan 13 Brock Adams an American politician and member of Congress. Adams was a Democrat from Washington and served as a U.S. Representative, Senator, and United States Secretary of Transportation before retiring in January 1993
Jan 14 Zuzana Růžičková an award-winning harpsichordist, whose work has garnered acclaim around the world. Born in the Czech Republic, where she has lived her entire life, Růžičková is an interpreter of classical and baroque music. She is one of the only musicians to have recorded the entire works of JS Bach for the harpsichord, an undertaking which spanned ten years. She is also the wife of the late Czech composer Viktor Kalabis. As a young teenager, Růžičková was interned in multiple Nazi concentration camps for her Jewish heritage, and as an adult, she lived for forty years under the Communist regime of Czechoslovakia
Jan 14 Ivan Kalita (equestrian) a Soviet equestrian and Olympic champion. He won a gold medal in team dressage at the 1972 Summer Olympics in Munich. Kalita was the oldest Olympic participant from USSR
Jan 14 Rodolphe Kasser a Coptic scholar and Swiss national. He was an expert in translation of ancient Coptic language manuscripts
Jan 15 Phyllis Coates an American film and television actress. She is perhaps best known for her portrayal of reporter Lois Lane in the 1951 film Superman and the Mole Men and in the first season of the television series Adventures of Superman
Jan 16 Kamini Kaushal a Hindi film and television actress, most noted for her roles in films like Neecha Nagar which won the 1946 Palme d'Or at Cannes Film Festival and Biraj Bahu which won her the Filmfare Best Actress Award in 1955.
Jan 17 Charles J. Watters a Chaplain in the United States Army. He was posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor for bravery exhibited while rescuing wounded men in the Vietnam War, specifically the Battle of Dak He was killed in the battle in a friendly fire incident when a 500-pound bomb was dropped on American paratroopers near the triage area where he was working
Jan 17 Thomas Anthony Dooley III an American who, while serving as a physician in the United States Navy and afterwards, became increasingly famous for his humanitarian and political activities in South East Asia during the late 1950s until his early death from cancer. He authored three popular books that described his activities in Vietnam and Laos: Deliver Us From Evil, The Edge of Tomorrow, and The Night They Burned the Mountain. These three were later collected into a single volume and published as "Dr. Tom Dooley's Three Great Books." The book jacket of "The Edge of Tomorrow" states that Dooley traveled "to a remote part of the world in order to combat the two greatest evils afflicting it: disease and Communism
Jan 17 Harlan Mathews a Democratic United States Senator from Tennessee from 1993 to 1994. He had previously served in the executive and legislative branches of state government in Tennessee for over 40 years beginning in 1950
Jan 17 Eartha Kitt an American actress, singer, cabaret star, dancer, stand-up comedienne, activist and voice artist, known for her highly distinctive singing style and her 1953 recordings of "C'est Si Bon" and the enduring Christmas novelty smash "Santa Baby", which were both US Top 10 hits. Orson Welles once called her the "most exciting woman in the world"
Jan 17 Norman Kaye an Australian actor and musician. He was best known for his roles in the films of director Paul Cox
Jan 17 E.W. Swackhamer Egbert Warnderink "E. W." Swackhamer was an American television and film director
Jan 18 Sundaram Balachander an Indian self-taught veena player. He was also an accomplished film maker as a producer, director, music director, actor, singer and dancer
Jan 18 Werner Liebrich a German footballer who played in the centre back position. He is notable for his role in West Germany's triumph in the 1954 FIFA World Cup, and spending his entire playing career of almost twenty years with hometown club Kaiserslautern, with whom he also briefly coached