Died in 1969

Jan 1 Bruno Söderström a Swedish track and field athlete who competed mainly in the Javelin throw free style and pole vault. He was born in Stockholm
Jan 1 Barton MacLane an American actor, playwright, and screenwriter. Although he appeared in many classic films from the 1930s through the 1960s, he was known for his role as Gen. Martin Peterson on the 1960s NBC television comedy series I Dream of Jeannie, with Barbara Eden and Larry Hagman
Jan 3 Howard McNear an American stage, screen and radio character actor. McNear is best remembered as Floyd Lawson, the barber in The Andy Griffith Show and as Doc Charles Adams in CBS Radio's Gunsmoke
Jan 3 Tzavalas Karousos a Greek actor.
Jan 3 Jean Focas a Greek-French astronomer. In Greek he was known as Ioannis Focas. He worked at the Pic du Midi Observatory, investigating the surface features of Mars using visual and photographic techniques. The lunar crater Focas and a crater on Mars were named after him
Jan 4 Daisy and Violet Hilton were a pair of British conjoined twins or Siamese Twins who toured in the U.S. sideshow and vaudeville circuit in the 1930s.
Jan 4 Corneliu Robe a Romanian football player who was a member of Romanian team which participated at the 1930 FIFA World Cup. He used to play as a Midfielder
Jan 4 Paul Chambers a jazz double bassist. A fixture of rhythm sections during the 1950s and 1960s, his importance in the development of jazz bass can be measured not only by the length and breadth of his work in this short period but also his impeccable time, intonation, and virtuosic improvisations. He was also known for his bowed solos
Jan 5 Arthur Loesser an American classical pianist and writer.
Jan 5 Patrick Flynn (athlete) an Irish American athlete, a member of the Paulist Athletic Club and member of the Irish American Athletic Club, who won a silver medal in the steeplechase competition of the 1920 Olympics. Also in 1920, Flynn won the AAU title with a new U.S. record of 9:58.2
Jan 6 Giuseppe Viani an Italian football player and manager from the Province of Treviso. Viani played his entire career in the Italian football system; he is most well known for his time with Internazionale and Lazio
Jan 6 Mikhail Tovarovsky a Soviet footballer, coach, and sport administrator from Ukraine.
Jan 6 Shalva Nutsubidze a Georgian philosopher, translator and public benefactor, one of founders of the Tbilisi State University , founder of Alethology, one of founders of the scientific school in the field of history of Georgian philosophy, Academician of the Georgian Academy of Sciences , Meritorious Scientific Worker of Georgia, Doctor of Philosophical Sciences, Professor.
Jan 7 Susanne Cramer a German film and television actress.
Jan 8 Elmar Kaljot an Estonian footballer.
Jan 8 Albert Hill (athlete) a British athlete, winner of two Olympic gold medals at the 1920 Summer Olympics.
Jan 8 Sebastian Englert a Capuchin Franciscan friar, Roman Catholic priest, missionary, linguist and ethnologist from Germany. He is known for his pioneering work on Easter Island, where a museum is named after him
Jan 10 John Brownlee (baritone) an Australian operatic baritone. For most of his professional career he was based in Europe and then United States. He married former Countess Donna Carla Oddone di Feletto in Paris on 29 November 1928, and the couple had a daughter and two sons. He died in New York and was buried in Ferncliff cemetery, Hartsdale
Jan 10 Sampurnanand a teacher and politician in Uttar Pradesh, India. He was served as the second Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh from 1954 to 1960. If single tenures in the office of the Uttar Pradesh Chief Ministers are only considered, then Sampurnanand had the longest stretch from 28 December 1954 to 7 December 1960, which is almost six years in the office. Sampurnanand, a scholar of Sanskrit and Hindi, succeeded Govind Ballabh Pant. His council of ministers numbered 28 and the educationist ruled Uttar Pradesh until 7 December 1960
Jan 11 Elizaveta Polonskaya a Russian Jewish poet, translator, and journalist, the only female member of the Serapion Brothers.
Jan 11 Richmal Crompton initially trained as a schoolmistress but later became a popular English writer, best known for her Just William series of books, humorous short stories, and to a lesser extent adult fiction books.
Jan 14 Arthur Adams (spy) Aleksandrovich Adams – a Soviet spy, Hero of the Russian Federation, who passed to the Soviet Union critical information about the American Manhattan Project.
Jan 16 Vernon Duke an American composer/songwriter, who also wrote under his original name, Vladimir Dukelsky. He is best known for "Taking a Chance on Love" with lyrics by Ted Fetter and John Latouche, "I Can't Get Started" with lyrics by Ira Gershwin, "April in Paris" with lyrics by Y. Harburg , and "What Is There To Say" for the Ziegfeld Follies of 1934, also with Harburg. He wrote the words and music for "Autumn in New York". Vernon collaborated with lyricists such as Johnny Mercer, Ira Gershwin, Ogden Nash and Sammy Cahn and his works have been performed and recorded by Count Basie, Bunny Berigan, Billie Holiday, Benny Goodman, Charlie Parker, Thelonious Monk, Bud Powell, the Modern Jazz Quartet, André Previn, Frank Sinatra, Tony Bennett, Wynton Marsalis, and many others
Jan 17 Grażyna Bacewicz a Polish composer and violinist. She is only the second Polish female composer to have achieved national and international recognition, the first being Maria Szymanowska in the early 19th century
Jan 18 Dada Lekhraj the founder of the Brahma Kumaris. He is also known as Brahma Baba by the members of the Brahma Kumaris
Jan 18 Lewis Tewanima an American two-time Olympic distance runner and silver medalist in the 10,000 meter run in 1912. He was a Hopi Indian and ran for the Carlisle Indian School where he was a teammate of Jim Thorpe. His silver medal in 1912 remained the best U.S. achievement in this event until another Indian, Billy Mills, won the gold medal in 1964. Tewanima also competed at the 1908 Olympics, where he finished in ninth place in the marathon
Jan 18 Hans Freyer a conservative German sociologist and philosopher.
Jan 23 Jaroslav Křička a Czech composer.
Jan 24 Pauline Hall (composer) a Norwegian writer, music critic, organizer and composer. She was born in Hamar and began her study of music in Oslo, continuing in Paris from 1912–13, After completing her studies, she worked as a composer and music critic for the Oslo daily newspaper Dagbladet
Jan 26 Elena Sangro an Italian actress.
Jan 27 Hanns Jelinek also known under the pseudonyms Hanns Elin, J. Hirsch, Jakob Fidelbogen
Jan 28 Jakob Grimminger a member of the Schutzstaffel known for carrying the Blutfahne, the ceremonial Nazi flag.
Jan 29 Allen Dulles an American diplomat and lawyer who became the first civilian Director of Central Intelligence and its longest-serving director to date. As head of the CIA during the early Cold War, he oversaw Operation Ajax, the Lockheed U-2 Program and the Bay of Pigs Invasion. Following the assassination of John F Kennedy, Dulles was one of the members of the Warren Commission. Between his stints of government service, Dulles was a corporate lawyer and partner at Sullivan & Cromwell. His older brother, John Foster Dulles, was the Secretary of State during the Eisenhower Administration
Jan 29 Max Weinreich a linguist, specializing in sociolinguistics and the Yiddish language, and the father of the linguist Uriel Weinreich, who edited the Modern Yiddish-English English-Yiddish Dictionary.
Jan 30 Dominique Pire a Belgian Dominican friar whose work helping refugees in post-World War II Europe saw him receive the Nobel Peace Prize in 1958. On Dec. 11, 1958 Pire delivered his Nobel Lecture entitled "Brotherly Love: Foundation of Peace"
Jan 30 Li Zongren a prominent Guangxi warlord and Kuomintang military commander during the Northern Expedition, Second Sino-Japanese War and Chinese Civil War. He served as vice-president and acting president of the Republic of China under the 1947 Chinese Constitution
Jan 31 Meher Baba an Indian spiritual master who said he was the Avatar, God in human form.
Feb 2 Boris Karloff an English actor.
Feb 2 Giovanni Martinelli an Italian operatic tenor. He was associated with the Italian lyric-dramatic repertory, although he performed French operatic roles to great acclaim as well. Martinelli was one of the most famous tenors of the 20th century, enjoying a long career at the Metropolitan Opera in New York City and appearing at other major international theatres
Feb 3 Eduardo Mondlane founded in Tanzania, until his assassination in 1969. He was an anthropologist by profession but worked as a history and sociology professor at Syracuse University
Feb 3 C. N. Annadurai Annadurai , popularly called Anna , or Arignar Anna was a former Chief Minister of the South Indian state of Tamil Nadu. He was the first member of a Dravidian party to hold that post
Feb 5 Thelma Ritter an American actress, best known for her comedic roles as working class characters and strong New York accent. She received six Academy Award nominations for Best Supporting Actress, and won one Tony Award for Best Leading Actress in a Musical
Feb 8 John Altoon born in Los Angeles to immigrant Armenian parents. From 1947–1949 he attended the Otis Art Institute, from 1947 to 1950 he also attended the Art Center College of Design in Los Angeles, and in 1950 the Chouinard Art Institute. Altoon was a prominent figure in the LA art scene in the 1950s and 1960s. Exhibitions of his work have been held at the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, Corcoran Gallery, Washington D.C, Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, The Baxter Museum, Pasadena, and The Los Angeles County Museum of Art
Feb 9 George "Gabby" Hayes an American radio, film, and television actor. He was best known for his numerous appearances in Western films as the colorful sidekick to the leading man
Feb 9 Manuel Plaza an athlete from Chile, who won the country's first ever Olympic medal by finishing second at the Men's Marathon in the 1928 Summer Olympics in Amsterdam, Netherlands. He clocked 2 hours, 33 minutes and 23 seconds. He also finished sixth in the marathon at the 1924 Summer Olympics
Feb 11 Oswald Holmberg a Swedish gymnast and tug of war competitor who participated in the 1908 Summer Olympics and in the 1912 Summer Olympics.
Feb 12 Paltiel Daykan an Israeli jurist.
Feb 13 Kazimierz Wierzyński a Polish poet and journalist; an elected member of the prestigious Polish Academy of Literature in the Second Polish Republic.
Feb 13 Yrjö Kolho a Finnish sport shooter who competed in the 1920 Summer Olympics.
Feb 14 Vito Genovese an Italian-born American mobster and crime boss who rose to power in America during the Castellammarese War to later become leader of the Genovese crime family. Genovese served as mentor to the future boss of the Genovese crime family Vincent "Chin" Gigante. He was known as Boss of all Bosses from 1957–1959