Died in 1966

Jan 1 Vincent Auriol a French politician who served as the first president of the Fourth Republic from 1947 to 1954.
Jan 2 Edwin Swatek an American backstroke swimmer and water polo player who competed in the 1904 Summer Olympics.
Jan 3 Marguerite Higgins an American reporter and war correspondent. Higgins covered World War II, the Korean War, and the Vietnam War, and in the process advanced the cause of equal access for female war correspondents
Jan 4 Marcel Tabuteau considered the founder of the American school of oboe playing.
Jan 4 Georges Theunis the 24th Prime Minister of Belgium from 16 December 1921 to 13 May 1925 and again from 20 November 1934 to 25 March 1935. He was governor of the National Bank of Belgium from 1941 until 1944
Jan 4 Inga Artamonova a Soviet speed skater, the first four-time Allround World Champion in women's speed skating history. After her marriage in 1959 to fellow speed skater Gennady Voronin , she was also known as Inga Voronina
Jan 6 Jean Lurçat a French artist noted for his role in the revival of contemporary tapestry.
Jan 6 Albrecht Brandi a German U-boat commander in World War Together with Wolfgang Lüth he was the only Kriegsmarine sailor who was awarded with the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross with Oak Leaves, Swords and Diamonds. Brandi was well known as a daring and aggressive U-boat commander
Jan 7 Allan Chapman (politician) a Scottish Unionist Party politician. He was elected at the 1935 general election as Member of Parliament for the Rutherglen constituency in Lanarkshire. He held the seat during the war years, but at the 1945 general election he was defeated by the Labour Party candidate Gilbert McAllister
Jan 7 Vladimir Petrov (director) a Soviet film director and screenwriter. He directed 24 films between 1928 and 1964. Vladimir Petrov was awarded Stalin Prize five times: in 1941 , 1946 and 1950
Jan 7 William Jeffrey (soccer coach) the head coach of the 1950 United States World Cup team that famously beat England 1-0 in one of the greatest upsets in the history of soccer. He was the coach of Penn State for 26 seasons, winning ten national college championships. He is a member of the National Soccer Hall of Fame
Jan 9 Friedrich Wilhelm Foerster a German academic, educationist, pacifist and philosopher, known for his public opposition to Nazism. His works primarily dealt with the development of ethics through education, sexology, politics and international law
Jan 9 Ladislav Prokeš one of the most prolific composers of endgame studies in chess. He was born and died in Prague
Jan 10 Nishizō Tsukahara an admiral in the Imperial Japanese Navy during World War II.
Jan 10 Hermann Kasack a German writer. He is best known for his novel Die Stadt hinter dem Strom. Kasack was a pioneer of using the medium broadcast for literature. He published radio plays also under the pen names Hermann Wilhelm and Hermann Merten
Jan 11 Lal Bahadur Shastri the Second Prime Minister of the Republic of India and a leader of the Indian National Congress party.
Jan 11 Hannes Kolehmainen a Finnish middle-distance and long-distance runner. He was the first in a generation of great Finnish long distance runners, often named the "Flying Finns". Kolehmainen competed for a number of years in the United States, wearing the Winged Fist of the Irish American Athletic Club. He also enlisted in the 14th Regiment of the National Guard of New York, and became a U.S. citizen in 1921
Jan 11 Alberto Giacometti a Swiss sculptor, painter, draughtsman and printmaker. He was born in the canton Graubünden's southerly alpine valley Val Bregaglia, as the eldest of four children to Giovanni Giacometti, a well-known post-Impressionist painter. Coming from an artistic background, he was interested in art from an early age
Jan 14 Bill Carr an American athlete, a double Olympic champion in 1932.
Jan 14 Sergei Korolev the lead Soviet rocket engineer and spacecraft designer in the Space Race between the United States and the Soviet Union during the 1950s and 1960s. He is considered by many as the father of practical astronautics
Jan 15 Abubakar Tafawa Balewa a Nigerian politician, and the only prime minister of an independent Nigeria.
Jan 16 Courtney Hodges an American military officer, most prominent for his role in World War II, in which he commanded the First United States Army in Northwest Europe. In his career Hodges was a notable "mustang" officer, rising from private to general
Jan 16 Nikolai Bernstein a Soviet neurophysiologist. He was born and died in Moscow
Jan 17 Ivo Krbek a Croatian politician, lawyer, lecturer, and academic in the Kingdom of Yugoslavia, the Independent State of Croatia, and the Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia.
Jan 18 Kathleen Norris a popular American novelist and newspaper columnist. She was one of the most widely read and highest paid women writers in the United States for nearly fifty years, from 1911 to 1959. Her stories appeared in the Atlantic, The American Magazine, McClure's, Everybody's, Ladies' Home Journal and Woman's Home Companion, and she wrote 93 novels, many of which were best sellers. She used her fiction to promote values including the sanctity of marriage, the nobility of motherhood, and the importance of service to others
Jan 19 Édouard Paul Dhorme a French Assyriologist, Semitologist and translator of the Bible.
Jan 20 Peder Larsen Pedersen a Danish gymnast who competed in the 1912 Summer Olympics.
Jan 21 Shane Paltridge an Australian politician. He was a Senator in the Parliament of Australia representing Western Australia from 1951 until his death in 1966. During that period he held a number of ministerial portfolios
Jan 22 Herbert Marshall an English stage, screen, and radio actor who, in spite of losing a leg during World War I, starred in many popular and well-regarded Hollywood films in the 1930s and 1940s. After a successful theatrical career in the United Kingdom and North America, he became an in-demand Hollywood leading man, frequently appearing in romantic melodramas and occasional comedies. In his later years, he turned to character acting
Jan 22 Otto Schultze a Generaladmiral with the Kriegsmarine during World War II and a recipient of the Pour le Mérite during World War The Pour le Mérite was the Kingdom of Prussia's highest military order for German soldiers until the end of World War As a U boat commander during World War I, he was credited with the sinking of 53 ships for a total of 132,531 long tons , including the HMS Falmouth and SS Transylvania.
Jan 22 Albert Hull an American electrical engineer who made contributions to the development of vacuum tubes. He is most remembered for his invention of the magnetron
Jan 23 T. M. Sabaratnam a Sri Lankan Tamil politician, Member of Legislative Council of Ceylon, Proctor of the Supreme Court. He also served as a member of the Board of Management of the Ramakrishna Mission Ceylon and Chief Trustee and later Honorary President of the Vattapalai Amman Temple Trust
Jan 23 Gösta Olson a Swedish gymnast who competed in the 1908 Summer Olympics.
Jan 24 Homi J. Bhabha an Indian nuclear physicist, founding director, and professor of physics at the Tata Institute of Fundamental Research. Colloquially known as "father of Indian nuclear programme", Bhabha was the founding director of two well-known research institutions, namely the Tata Institute of Fundamental Research and the Trombay Atomic Energy Establishment ; both sites were the cornerstone of Indian development of nuclear weapons which Bhabha also supervised as its director
Jan 25 Saul Adler an Israeli expert on Parasitology.
Jan 25 Edmund Blaurock a highly decorated Generalleutnant in the Wehrmacht during World War II who commanded several divisions. He was also a recipient of the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross with Oak Leaves. The Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross and its higher grade Oak Leaves was awarded to recognise extreme battlefield bravery or successful military leadership. Edmund Blaurock was captured by British troops in May 1945 and was held until 1948
Jan 28 Paul Manship an American sculptor.
Jan 29 Pierre Mercure Canadian composer, TV producer, bassoonist, administrator. Premier prix Harmony, Counterpoint, Deuxième prix bassoon 1949. His main composition teacher was Claude Champagne. He also studied composition briefly with Nadia Boulanger in Paris and Luigi Dallapiccola at Tanglewood
Jan 29 Robert Elias Fries the youngest son of Theodor Magnus Fries and grandson of Elias Magnus Fries and an expert on mushrooms. A Swedish botanist who was a member of the British Mycological Society and involved with The Botanical Museum , Botanic Garden and Botanical Museum Berlin-Dahlem, Natural History Museum , the National Botanic Garden of Belgium , Conservatoire et Jardin botaniques de la Ville de Genève , Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew ,the Swedish Museum of Natural History Department of Phanerogamic Botany and the United States National Herbarium, Smithsonian Institution
Jan 30 Jaan Hargel an Estonian conductor, music teacher, oboe and flute player.
Jan 31 George Goulding a Canadian athlete who competed mainly in the 10 kilometre walk.
Jan 31 Arthur Percival a British Army officer and World War I veteran. He built a successful military career during the interwar period but is most noted for his defeat in World War II, when he commanded the forces of the British Commonwealth during the Japanese Malayan Campaign and the subsequent Battle of Singapore
Jan 31 Dirk Brouwer a Dutch-American astronomer.
Jan 31 Elizabeth Patterson (actress) an American theatre, film and television character actress who gained popular recognition late in her career playing the elderly neighbor Matilda Trumbull in the television comedy series I Love Lucy.
Feb 1 Hedda Hopper one of America's best-known gossip columnists, notorious for feuding with her arch-rival Louella Parsons. She had been a moderately successful actress of stage and screen for years before being offered the chance to write the column Hedda Hopper's Hollywood for the Los Angeles Times in 1938. In the McCarthy era she named suspected communists. Hopper continued to write gossip to the end, her work appearing in many magazines and later on radio
Feb 1 Buster Keaton an American actor, vaudevillian, comedian, filmmaker, stunt performer, and writer. He was best known for his silent films, in which his trademark was physical comedy with a consistently stoic, deadpan expression, earning him the nickname "The Great Stone Face"
Feb 3 Gianni Di Venanzo a distinguished Italian cinematographer.
Feb 4 Gilbert Hovey Grosvenor the first full-time editor of National Geographic Magazine, serving from 1899 to 1954. Grosvenor is credited with having built the magazine into the iconic publication that it is today
Feb 5 Ludwig Binswanger a Swiss psychiatrist and pioneer in the field of existential psychology. His grandfather was founder of the "Bellevue Sanatorium" in Kreuzlingen, and his uncle Otto Binswanger was a professor of psychiatry at the University of Jena
Feb 6 Narcisa de Leon a Filipino film producer. Clad daily in the frugal rural dress of the camisón, saya and chinelas, Doña Sisang, as she was widely known, was already a 61-year old widow when she entered the film industry. Nonetheless, she chartered her family-owned LVN Pictures into a dominant position in post-World War II Philippine cinema. In addition, de Leon was one of the most highly regarded Filipino businesswomen of the first half of the 20th century