Born in 1932

Jan 1 Jackie Parker an American football player who became an All-American in college football and an outstanding professional football player in the Canadian Football League at the running back, quarterback, defensive back, and kicker positions. He is primarily known for his play with the Edmonton Eskimos. Later in his career, he played for the Toronto Argonauts and the BC Lions, and coached the Eskimos and Lions after his playing career ended
Jan 1 Leman Çıdamlı a Turkish television, stage and film actress mostly known for her role as Nuriye Kantar on the Kaynanalar TV series and its remakes. She is the mother of actress Ayşegül Çıdamlı
Jan 1 John E. Irving the youngest son of the industrialist C. Irving. Jack, as he was called, along with his brothers J.K. and Arthur and their three families, shared the ownership and operating responsibility for what is known informally as the Irving Group of Companies
Jan 1 Roman Brener a retired Ukrainian diver. He competed in the 3 m springboard and 10 m platform at the 1952 and 1956 Summer Olympics and finished in fifth-eight place in all competitions. He won both the springboard and platform at the 1954 European Aquatics Championships
Jan 1 Giuseppe Patanè an Italian opera conductor.
Jan 2 Richard Thorp an English actor. He was best known for portraying Alan Turner in the ITV soap opera Emmerdale from 1982 to 2013. He also appeared in films such as The Dam Busters and The Barretts of Wimpole Street
Jan 2 Nikolay Konstantinov a leading Soviet and Russian mathematical educator and organizer of numerous mathematics competitions for high school students. He is best known as the creator and chief organizer of the Tournament of the Towns. For his work he was awarded the Paul Erdős award in 1992
Jan 2 Milan Čič a Slovak lawyer and politician who served as Prime Minister of the Slovak Socialist Republic from 1989 to 1990.
Jan 2 Peter Redgrove a British poet, who also wrote prose, novels and plays with his second wife Penelope Shuttle.
Jan 3 John Street (snooker referee) a professional snooker referee.
Jan 3 Eeles Landström a Finnish Olympic medalist and double European Champion in pole vault, a former member of the Finnish parliament and former business executive. He was born in Viiala, Finland
Jan 3 Dabney Coleman an American actor best known for roles in the films 9 to 5, Cloak & Dagger, Tootsie, WarGames, You've Got Mail and on TV as Louis "The Commodore" Kaestner in HBO's Boardwalk Empire and the voice of Principal Prickly in the animated series Recess.
Jan 3 Alla Gerber a Russian politician, journalist and film critic.
Jan 3 Habibollah Asgaroladi an Iranian politician who was leader of Islamic Coalition Party, a highly influential conservative political party in Iran. He was also two times presidential candidate, first in July 1981 and next in 1985 which ranked last in both
Jan 3 Yolanda "Tongolele" Montes an exotic dancer and actress of the Cinema of Mexico. In Mexico she is considered the principal exotic dancer along Kalantán, Bongala and Su Muy Key
Jan 3 Coo Coo Marlin a NASCAR Winston Cup driver who spent 14 years in the series.
Jan 4 Alfred C. Haynes a former airline pilot and a regular guest speaker at social events. Haynes gained international fame in 1989, when he, together with the rest of his crew and Dennis Fitch, a United DC-10 flight instructor who was a passenger on the flight, limited the loss of life by crash-landing United Airlines Flight 232, a damaged DC-10 jetliner, at Sioux City Airport
Jan 4 John Emery (bobsleigh) a Canadian bobsledder who competed in the mid-1960s. He won a gold medal in the four-man event at the 1964 Winter Olympics in Innsbruck. He was born in Montreal, Quebec
Jan 4 Roman Personov a Soviet and Russian scientist, professor, doctor, one of the founders of selective laser spectroscopy of complex molecules in solids.
Jan 4 Jorge Russek a Mexican actor. He died of a heart attack on July 30, 1998
Jan 4 Thelma Holt a British theatre producer and former actress.
Jan 4 Carlos Saura a Spanish film director and photographer from Aragon.
Jan 4 Shoshichi Kobayashi a Japanese mathematician. His research interests were in Riemannian and complex manifolds, transformation groups of geometric structures, and Lie algebras
Jan 5 Chuck Noll a professional American football player, assistant coach and head coach. His sole head coaching position was for the Pittsburgh Steelers of the National Football League from 1969 to 1991. When Noll retired after 23 years, only three other head coaches in NFL history had longer tenures with one team
Jan 5 Umberto Eco an Italian semiotician, essayist, philosopher, literary critic, and novelist. He is best known for his groundbreaking 1980 historical mystery novel Il nome della rosa , an intellectual mystery combining semiotics in fiction, biblical analysis, medieval studies and literary theory. He has since written further novels, including Il pendolo di Foucault and L'isola del giorno prima. His most recent novel Il cimitero di Praga , released in 2010, was a best-seller
Jan 5 Bill Foulkes an English footballer who played for Manchester United in the Busby Babes teams of the 1950s, and also in the 1960s. His favoured position was centre-back. For Manchester United, he played 688 games which places him at number 4 on the all-time list of appearances behind Ryan Giggs, Bobby Charlton and Paul Scholes. He made 3 appearances as a substitute. He also started in every single United game in the 1957–58, 1959–60 and 1964–65 seasons. He scored a total of 9 goals in his 18 seasons at United and helped the club win four First Division titles, one FA Cup and one European Cup. He was capped only once for England in 1955
Jan 5 Raisa Gorbachova the wife of Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev. She raised funds for the preservation of Russian cultural heritage, fostering of new talent, and treatment programs for children's blood cancer
Jan 6 Kamleshwar a prominent 20th-century Hindi writer, and scriptwriter for Hindi cinema and television. Among his most well-known work are the films Aandhi, Mausam, Chhoti Si Baat and Rang Birangi. He was awarded the 2003 Sahitya Akademi Award for his Hindi novel Kitne Pakistan , and also the Padma Bhushan in 2005
Jan 6 Stuart A. Rice an American theoretical chemist and physical chemist. He is well known as a theoretical chemist who also does experimental research, having spent much of his career working in multiple areas of physical chemistry. He is currently the Frank Hixon Distinguished Service Professor Emeritus at The University of Chicago. During his tenure at The University of Chicago, Rice has trained more than 100 Ph.D. students and postdoctoral researchers. He received the National Medal of Science in 1999
Jan 6 Ray Freeman a British chemist and Emeritus Professor at Jesus College, Cambridge, where he continues to work on NMR spectroscopy.
Jan 6 José Saraiva Martins a Portuguese Cardinal of the Roman Catholic Church. He is the Prefect Emeritus of the Congregation for the Causes of Saints, having served as prefect from 1998 to 2008
Jan 6 Warner Troyer a Canadian broadcast journalist and writer.
Jan 7 Allen Grossman a noted American poet, critic and professor.
Jan 7 Joe Berinson an Australian former politician who represented the Australian Labor Party in the Australian House of Representatives and the Western Australian Legislative Council. He was Environment Minister in the Whitlam government for several months in 1975, later serving a decade as Attorney General of Western Australia
Jan 7 Max Gallo a French writer, historian and politician.
Jan 9 Robert F. Taft an American Jesuit priest and archimandrite of the Eastern Catholic Church, who is an expert in Oriental liturgy and a professor emeritus of the Pontifical Oriental Institute in Rome, of which he was the Vice-rector between 1995 and 2001.
Jan 9 Elliot Aronson an American psychologist. He is listed among the 100 most eminent psychologists of the 20th Century and is best known for the invention of the Jigsaw Classroom as a method of reducing interethnic hostility and prejudice. He is also known for his research on cognitive dissonance and his influential social psychology textbooks. In his text, The Social Animal, , he stated Aronson's First Law: "People who do crazy things are not necessarily crazy," thus asserting the importance of situational factors in bizarre behavior. He is the only person in the 120-year history of the American Psychological Association to have won all three of its major awards: for writing, for teaching, and for research. In 2007 he received the William James Award for Lifetime Achievement from the Association for Psychological Science, In which he was cited as the scientist who "fundamentally changed the way we look at everyday life.” He officially retired in 1994 but continues to teach and write
Jan 10 No Kum-sok a former lieutenant of the North Korean Air Force. A few weeks after the Korean War was over, he defected to South Korea. On the morning of September 21, 1953, he flew his Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-15 to the Kimpo Air Base in South Korea, claiming that he wanted to get away from the "red deceit." He was able to land his airplane unchallenged; he had not been detected while crossing into South Korea as the US radar near Kimpo had been shut down temporarily that morning for routine maintenance
Jan 10 Iskra Babich a Soviet film director and screenwriter. Her 1981 film Muzhiki! was entered into the 32nd Berlin International Film Festival, where it won an Honourable Mention
Jan 10 Prince Louis Rwagasore Burundi's national and independence hero. He was a Burundi nationalist and prime minister
Jan 11 Yury Shlyapin a Russian water polo player who competed for the Soviet Union in the 1952 Summer Olympics and in the 1956 Summer Olympics.
Jan 11 Takkō Ishimori a Japanese voice actor from Nagasaki Prefecture, Japan. He debuted in 1960, and was attached to the talent agency Arts Vision at the time of his death in 2013. He was one of the founding members of Theater Echo. He was best known for voicing Sengoku in One Piece
Jan 11 Tadanari Okamoto a Japanese independent animator. From 1965 until his death he completed at least 37 short subject films in a wide variety of mediums, eight of which have been awarded the Ōfuji Noburō Award at the Mainichi Film Awards and his films have altogether earned at least 24 other awards internationally. His work is also the subject a two-hour-long documentary The Magic Ballet, released in 1990, and in 2003 four of his films placed in a list of the best 150 animated films and series as voted for by practitioners and critics of animation from around the world in a survey commissioned by Tokyo's Laputa Animation Festival: most notably with The Magic Fox , which came twenty-eighth
Jan 11 Don Reichert a Canadian artist. While primarily a painter in the abstract expressionist tradition, he was also notable as a photographer and digital media artist
Jan 11 Alfonso Arau a Mexican actor and director.
Jan 12 Des O'Connor an English comedian and singer. A former chat show host, he was the presenter of the long-running Channel 4 gameshow Countdown for two years. He has also recorded 36 albums and has had four top-ten singles, including a number-one hit with "I Pretend", with global sales of more than ten million records
Jan 12 Akin Omoboriowo a Nigerian lawyer and politician who was Deputy Governor of Ondo State, later switching parties and contested for the governorship election of 1983 in Ondo State during the Nigerian Second Republic. He was initially declared the winner but was disputed and later reversed by a court of appeal before he could take office
Jan 13 Bearcat Wright an African-American professional wrestler who became popular in the late 1950s and 1960s. He wrestled during the time of Bobo Brazil, and despite racial tension in the United States became wildly popular as both a heel and a babyface. Wrestling in either singles competition or in tag team competition , thousands of fans would pack arenas to see him. He was the son of boxer Ed "Bearcat" Wright, and had an 8-0 record as a professional boxer himself in the early 1950s, boxing as "Bearcat Wright Jr."
Jan 13 Barry Bishop (mountaineer) an American mountaineer, scientist, photographer and scholar. With teammates Jim Whittaker, Lute Jerstad, Willi Unsoeld and Tom Hornbein, he was a member of the first American team to summit Mount Everest, on May 22, 1963. He worked for the National Geographic Society for most of his life, beginning as a picture editor in 1959 and serving as a photographer, writer, and scientist with the society until his retirement in 1994. He was killed in an automobile accident near Pocatello, Idaho later that year
Jan 13 Joseph Zen a Chinese Cardinal of the Catholic Church, who served as the sixth Bishop of Hong Kong. He was elevated to the cardinalate in 2006, and is famous for his outspokenness on issues regarding human rights, political freedom, and religious liberty, often attracting criticism from the Communist Party of China. He retired from his bishopric on 15 April 2009