Born in 1936

Jan 1 Don Nehlen a former American football player and coach. He was head football coach at Bowling Green State University and at West Virginia University. Nehlen retired from coaching college football in 2001 with a career record of 202–128–8 and as the 17th winningest coach in college football history. He was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 2005 and has served as a president of the American Football Coaches Association
Jan 1 Ludmila Savinkova a retired Soviet rhythmic gymnast. She is the first World All-around champion in 1963 and one of the group member that won gold in the first ever Group competition held at the 1967 World Championships
Jan 1 Richard V. Allen the United States National Security Advisor to President Ronald Reagan from 1981 to 1982, having been Reagan's chief foreign policy advisor from 1977. He has been a fellow of the Hoover Institution since 1983. He is a past member of the Defense Policy Board Advisory Committee
Jan 1 Claude Hagège a French linguist.
Jan 1 James Sinegal the co-founder and former CEO of Costco, an international retail chain.
Jan 1 Yōko Mitsui a Japanese poet.
Jan 2 Roger Miller an American singer, songwriter, musician and actor, best known for his honky-tonk-influenced novelty songs. His most recognized tunes included the chart-topping country/pop hits "King of the Road", "Dang Me" and "England Swings", all from the mid-1960s Nashville sound era
Jan 3 Nikolay Rubtsov a Russian poet.
Jan 3 Michael Layard a retired senior Royal Navy officer who went on to be Second Sea Lord.
Jan 4 Albert Mokeyev a former Soviet modern pentathlete and Olympic Champion. He competed at the 1964 Summer Olympics in Tokyo, where he won a gold medal in the team competition , and a bronze medal in the individual competition
Jan 4 Enyu Valchev a freestyle wrestler from Bulgaria.
Jan 5 K. S. R. Das Das or Doss was an Indian film director and editor. He had directed many blockbuster films in many South Indian language films, primarily Telugu and Kannada films
Jan 5 Florence King an American novelist, essayist and columnist.
Jan 6 Darlene Hard an American former professional tennis player. Known for her volleying ability and strong serves, she captured singles titles at the French Championships in 1960 and the U.S. Championships in 1960 and 1961
Jan 6 Masaru Furukawa a Japanese swimmer and Olympic champion. He competed at the 1956 Olympic Games in Melbourne, where he received a gold medal in the 200 m breaststroke
Jan 6 Antonio López García a Spanish painter and sculptor, known for his realistic style. He is criticized by some art critics for neo-academism, but praised by others, such as Robert Hughes, who consider him a master realist. His style sometimes is deemed hyperrealistic. His painting was the subject of the film El Sol del Membrillo, by Victor Erice, in 1992
Jan 6 Anton Allemann a Swiss footballer. He began his career at BSC Young Boys in Berne in 1957 at age 21, where he spent four seasons. In 1961, he joined Italian side A.C. Mantova, and later played for PSV Eindhoven in the Netherlands, and 1. FC Nürnberg in Germany, before returning home to Switzerland in 1966 to play for Grasshopper-Club Zürich
Jan 6 Nida Blanca a Filipina actress. She starred in over 163 movies and 14 television shows and received over 16 awards for movies and six awards for television during her 50-year film career. She was named one of 15 Best Actress of all Time by YES magazine
Jan 6 Rubén Amaro Sr. a shortstop and first baseman in Major League Baseball who played from 1958 through 1969. He is the son of a Cuban, Santos Amaro and a Mexican, Josefina Mora
Jan 6 Julio María Sanguinetti a Uruguayan politician, lawyer and journalist, as well as a former President of Uruguay for the Partido Colorado.
Jan 7 G. Robert Blakey an Irish American attorney and law professor. He is best known for his work in connection with drafting the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act and for scholarship on that subject
Jan 7 Eldee Young a jazz double-bass and cello player who performed in the cool jazz, post bop and rhythm and blues mediums.
Jan 7 Ian La Frenais an English writer best known for his creative partnership with Dick Clement. They are most famous for television series including The Likely Lads, Whatever Happened to the Likely Lads?, Porridge, Lovejoy and Auf Wiedersehen, Pet
Jan 7 Ben Cropp an Australian documentary filmmaker, conservationist and a former Open Australian spearfishing champion. Formerly a shark hunter Cropp retired from that trade in 1962 to pursue oceanic documentary filmmaking and conservation efforts. One of his efforts for The Disney Channel, The Young Adventurers, was nominated for an Emmy award
Jan 7 Hunter Davies a British author, journalist and broadcaster. He is the author of many books, including the only authorised biography of the Beatles
Jan 8 Robert May Baron May of Oxford an Australian scientist who has been Chief Scientific Adviser to the UK Government, President of the Royal Society, and a Professor at Sydney and Princeton. He now holds joint professorships at Oxford and Imperial College London
Jan 8 Jyotindra Nath Dixit an Indian diplomat, who as served as Foreign Secretary , the top bureaucrat in the Ministry of External Affairs. At the time of his death he was the National Security Adviser to the Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and is most remembered for his role as a negotiator in disputes with Pakistan and China
Jan 8 Zdeněk Mácal a Czech conductor.
Jan 9 Thomas Robert Soderstrom an American agrostologist. His special field of study was the grass family Gramineae or Poaceae. He was Curator of Grasses at the National Museum of Natural History in Washington, DC for some twenty years
Jan 9 Anne Rivers Siddons an American novelist who writes stories set in the southern United States.
Jan 9 Marko Veselica a Croatian politician.
Jan 10 Burnum Burnum an Australian Aboriginal activist, actor, and author. He was born a Woiworrung and Yorta Yorta man at Wallaga Lake in southern New South Wales. He was christened Harry Penrith but took the name of his great grandfather, which means Great Warrior
Jan 10 Yevgeny Dzhugashvili a retired polkovnik of the Soviet/Russian Air Force and the son of Yakov Dzhugashvili, who was a son of Soviet leader Joseph Stalin. He has gained note as a defender of his grandfather's reputation, and in the 1999 elections of the Russian State Duma, he was one of the faces of the Stalin Bloc – For the USSR, a league of communist parties. He currently resides in his ancestral homeland Georgia
Jan 10 Al Goldstein an abrasive but influential American publisher and pornographer. He was described as "a cartoonishly vituperative amalgam of borscht belt comic, free-range social critic and sex-obsessed loser who seemed to embody a moment in New York City’s cultural history: the sleaze and decay of Times Square in the 1960s and ‘70s." Another writer called him "a hairy, sweaty, cigar-chomping, eczema-ridden fatso". He claimed to have had 7,000 sexual partners
Jan 10 Robert Woodrow Wilson an American astronomer, 1978 Nobel laureate in physics, who with Arno Allan Penzias discovered in 1964 the cosmic microwave background radiation. The award purse was also shared with a third scientist, Pyotr Leonidovich Kapitsa, for unrelated work
Jan 10 Stephen E. Ambrose an American historian and biographer of U.S. Presidents Dwight Eisenhower and Richard Nixon. He was a longtime professor of history at the University of New Orleans and the author of many best selling volumes of American popular history
Jan 10 Walter Bodmer a German-born British human geneticist.
Jan 11 Barbara Gorgoń a Polish former luger who competed between the late 1950s and the mid-1960s. She won the bronze medal in the women's singles event at the 1958 FIL World Luge Championships in Krynica, Poland
Jan 11 Eva Hesse a Jewish German-born American sculptor, known for her pioneering work in materials such as latex, fiberglass, and plastics.
Jan 11 Jody Payne an American country musician and singer. He is best known as a longtime guitarist in Willie Nelson's band, The Family
Jan 12 Brajanath Ratha an Indian poet who wrote in Oriya. Brajanath Ratha is internationally recognised and is the recipient of many prestigious awards like the Orissa Sahitya Academy Award, Vishuba Award, Gokarnika Award, First Shudramuni Sahitya Award and Honoured by South Korea's Ambassador, from Global Cooperation Society International, Seol, Republic of Korea for Contribution in World welfare, Cooperation and Services
Jan 12 Ilyas Malayev an Uzbekistani musician and poet.
Jan 12 Émile Lahoud the fifteenth President of Lebanon, in office from 1998 to 2007.
Jan 12 Jennifer Hilton Baroness Hilton of Eggardon a British Labour Party politician and former police officer with the Metropolitan Police. She was awarded the Queen's Police Medal in the 1989 Birthday Honours
Jan 12 Raimonds Pauls a Latvian composer and piano player who is well known in Latvia and world-wide. Minister of culture of Latvia from 1988 to 1993
Jan 13 Renato Bruson an Italian operatic baritone. Bruson is widely considered one of the most important Verdi baritones of the late 20th and early 21st century. He was born in Granze near Padua, Italy
Jan 13 Philippe Massoni a French prefect. He was the French co-prince's representative to Andorra from July 2002 to June 2007, replacing Frédéric de Saint-Sernin
Jan 13 Giulio de Florian an Italian cross-country skier who competed during the 1960s. He won two bronze medals at the FIS Nordic World Ski Championships, earning one in 1962 and the other in 1966
Jan 14 Vladislav Chernushenko a Soviet and Russian conductor and is both People's Artist of the USSR recipient and State Prize laureate. He was educated at the Choir School of the State Cappella where his teacher was Pallady Bogdanov and later moved to Leningrad Conservatory where he was under guidance from Ilya Musin, Yevgeny Mravinsky, and Nikolay Rabinovich. In 1974 he became principal conductor of the Saint Petersburg State Academic Cappella
Jan 14 Reiner Klimke a German equestrian, who won six gold and two bronze medals in dressage at the Summer Olympics — a record for equestrian events. He appeared in six Olympics from 1960 to 1988, excluding the 1980 Games that were boycotted by West Germany