Died in 1971

Jan 1 Amphilochius of Pochayiv a 20th-century Ukrainian Orthodox saint, from Ternopil oblast of western Ukraine.
Jan 2 E. V. Knox a poet and satirist who wrote under the pseudonym Evoe. He was editor of Punch 1932–1949, having been a regular contributor in verse and prose for many years
Jan 2 Lloyd Hall an African American chemist who contributed to the science of food preservation. By the end of his career, Hall had amassed 59 United States patents, and a number of his inventions were also patented in other countries
Jan 2 Willard Maas an American experimental filmmaker and poet.
Jan 2 Jerzy Zarzycki a Polish film director. He directed 24 films between 1931 and 1970. He co-directed the 1933 film The Sea, which was nominated for an Academy Award in 1933 for Best Short Subject
Jan 4 Arthur Ford an American psychic, spiritual medium, clairaudient, and founder of the Spiritual Frontiers Fellowship. He gained national attention when he claimed to have contacted the dead son of Bishop James Pike in 1967 on network In 1928 Ford claimed to have contacted the deceased spirits of Houdini's mother and later in 1929 Harry Houdini himself
Jan 5 Douglas Shearer a Canadian American pioneer sound designer and recording director who played a key role in the advancement of sound technology for motion pictures.
Jan 6 Jorge Barbosa a Cape Verdean poet and writer. He collaborated in various reviews and Portuguese and Cape Verdean journals. The publication of his poetry anthology Arquipélago in 1935 marked the beginning of Capeverdean poetry. He was, along with Baltazar Lopes da Silva and Manuel Lopes one of the three founders of the literary journal Claridade in 1936, which marked the beginning of modern Cape Verdean literature
Jan 9 Elmer Flick an American professional baseball outfielder who played in Major League Baseball from 1898 until 1910 for the Philadelphia Phillies, Philadelphia Athletics, and Cleveland Bronchos/Naps.
Jan 9 Helmut Bechler a highly decorated Generalmajor in the Wehrmacht during World War II who commanded the 85. Infanterie-Division. He was also a recipient of the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross. The Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross was awarded to recognise extreme battlefield bravery or successful military leadership
Jan 10 Ignazio Giunti an Italian racing driver who made his name in saloon and Sports Car Racing in the late 1960s.
Jan 10 Coco Chanel a French fashion designer and founder of the Chanel brand. She is the only fashion designer listed on Time magazine's list of the 100 most influential people of the 20th century. Along with Paul Poiret, Chanel was credited with liberating women from the constraints of the "corseted silhouette" and popularizing the acceptance of a sportive, casual chic as the feminine standard in the post-World War I era. A prolific fashion creator, Chanel's influence extended beyond couture clothing. Her design aesthetic was realized in jewelry, handbags, and fragrance. Her signature scent, Chanel 5, has become an iconic product
Jan 12 John Tovey 1st Baron Tovey a Royal Navy officer. During the First World War he commanded the destroyer HMS Onslow at the Battle of Jutland and then commanded the destroyer HMS Ursa at the Second Battle of Heligoland Bight. During the Second World War he initially served as Second-in-Command of the Mediterranean Fleet in which role he commanded the Mediterranean Fleet's Light Forces. He then served as Commander-in-Chief of the Home Fleet and was responsible for orchestrating the pursuit and destruction of the Bismarck. After that he became Commander-in-Chief, The Nore with responsibility for controlling the east coast convoys and organising minesweeping operations
Jan 12 Onni Lappalainen a Finnish gymnast who competed in the 1952 Summer Olympics and in the 1956 Summer Olympics.
Jan 13 Heinz Lammerding a Brigadeführer in the Waffen-SS and a commander of 2. SS-Division Das Reich
Jan 13 Robert Still a wide-ranging English composer of tonal music.
Jan 13 Henri Tomasi a French classical composer and conductor.
Jan 14 Heinrich Anacker a German author.
Jan 15 John Dall an American actor.
Jan 16 Philippe Thys a Belgian cyclist and three times winner of the Tour de France.
Jan 17 Lothar Rendulic an army group commander in the German Army during World War Rendulic was one of three Austrians who rose to the rank of Generaloberst in the Wehrmacht.
Jan 18 Virgil Finlay an American pulp fantasy, science fiction and horror illustrator. He has been called "part of the pulp magazine history... one of the foremost contributors of original and imaginative art work for the most memorable science fiction and fantasy publications of our time." While he worked in a range of media, from gouache to oils, Finlay specialized in, and became famous for, detailed pen-and-ink drawings accomplished with abundant stippling, cross-hatching, and scratchboard techniques. Despite the very labor-intensive and time-consuming nature of his specialty, Finlay created more than 2600 works of graphic art in his 35-year career
Jan 19 Harry Shields an early jazz clarinetist.
Jan 19 Warwick Braithwaite a New Zealand-born orchestra conductor. He worked mostly in Great Britain and was especially known for his work in opera
Jan 19 Nikolay Rubtsov a Russian poet.
Jan 20 Broncho Billy Anderson best known as the first star of the Western film genre.
Jan 20 Minanogawa Tōzō a sumo wrestler from Tsukuba, Ibaraki, Japan. He was the sport's 34th yokozuna
Jan 20 Antonio Bacci an Italian Cardinal of the Roman Catholic Church. He served as Secretary of Briefs to Princes from 1931 to 1960, when he was elevated to the cardinalate by Pope John XXIII. He is perhaps best known for his role in the Ottaviani Intervention
Jan 21 Julius Margolin a Litvak writer and political activist, and author of the book A Travel to the Land Ze-Ka.
Jan 22 Harry Frank Guggenheim an American businessman, diplomat, publisher, philanthropist, aviator, and horseman.
Jan 22 Cesco Baseggio an Italian stage, film and television actor. He was born in Venice, and was identified with Venetian roles during his film career. He appeared in a mixture of serious, dramatic films, as well as comedies such as The Brambilla Family Go on Holiday. On the stage he frequently appeared in plays by Carlo Goldoni
Jan 23 Fritz Feigl an Austria-born chemist. He taught at the University of Brazil
Jan 24 Bill W. the co-founder of Alcoholics Anonymous , an international mutual aid fellowship with over two million members belonging to 100,800 groups of alcoholics helping other alcoholics achieve and maintain sobriety. Following AA's Twelfth Tradition of anonymity, Wilson is commonly known as "Bill W." or "Bill." After Wilson's death in 1971, his full name was included in obituaries
Jan 25 Hermann Hoth an officer in the German military from 1903 to 1945. He attained the rank of Generaloberst during World War He fought in France, but is most noted for his later exploits as a panzer commander on the Eastern Front. Hoth commanded the 3rd Panzer Group during Operation Barbarossa in 1941, and the 4th Panzer Army later during the Wehrmacht's 1942 summer offensive. Following the encirclement of the 6th Army in Stalingrad in November 1942, Hoth's panzer army unsuccessfully attempted to relieve it during Operation Wintergewitter. After Stalingrad, Hoth was involved in the Kursk counter offensive in the summer of 1943 and the Battle of Kiev. The Fourth Panzer Army under his command at Kursk was the largest tank formation ever assembled. Hoth was dismissed from command by Adolf Hitler in 1943, only to be reinstated for a short time during the last weeks of the war. After the war, he served six years in prison for war crimes, and became a writer on military history
Jan 25 Barry III a Guinean politician. He was the leader of the political party Socialist Democracy of Guinea
Jan 27 Jacobo Árbenz a Guatemalan military officer and progressive politician who served as Defense Minister of Guatemala from 1944 to 1951, and as President of Guatemala from 1951 to 1954.
Jan 27 Georges Van Parys a French composer of film music and operettas. Among his musical influences were the group Les Six, Maurice Ravel, and Claude Debussy. Later in his career he served as vice-president of the Société des auteurs, compositeurs et éditeurs de musique. He is buried in the cemetery at Villiers-sur-Marne
Jan 27 Princess Adelaide of Schaumburg-Lippe daughter of Prince William of Schaumburg-Lippe and consort of the last reigning Duke of Saxe-Altenburg Ernst II.
Jan 28 Donald Winnicott an English paediatrician and psychoanalyst who was especially influential in the field of object relations theory. He was a leading member of the British Independent Group of the British Psychoanalytical Society, President of the British Psychoanalytical Society twice, from 1956–1959 and 1965–1968, and a close associate of Marion Milner. He is best known for his ideas on the true self and false self, and the transitional object. He wrote several books, including Playing and Reality, and over 200 papers
Jan 29 Karl Pfeffer-Wildenbruch a staff officer of the German General Staff during World War I and an Obergruppenführer General der Waffen-SS und der Polizei, during World War He commanded the 4th SS Polizei Division and the VI SS Army Corps and the IX SS Mountain Corps; he was awarded the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross with Oak Leaves.
Jan 30 Hugh Mulzac an African-American member of the United States Merchant Marine. He earned a Master rating in 1918 which should have qualified him to command a ship, but this did not happen until September 29, 1942 because of racial discrimination
Jan 31 Viktor Zhirmunsky a Russian literary historian and linguist. He was a professor at universities in Saratov and Leningrad, and a member of the Russian Academy of Sciences
Feb 1 Amet-khan Sultan a Soviet fighter and test pilot whose mother was Crimean Tatar and father was an ethnic Lak. Alternative spellings of his name include Ahmed Khan Sultan, Amet-Han Soultan, Ahmet-Han Sultan, Amet-Han Sultan, and Sultan Amet-Han
Feb 2 Princess Bona Margherita of Savoy-Genoa a daughter of Prince Thomas, Duke of Genoa and Princess Isabella of Bavaria. Since her 1921 marriage to Prince Konrad of Bavaria, she was known by the style Princess Konrad of Bavaria
Feb 5 Mátyás Rákosi a Hungarian communist politician. He was born Mátyás Rosenfeld in Ada. He was the leader of Hungary's Communist Party from 1945 to 1956 — first as General Secretary of the Hungarian Communist Party and later holding the same post with the Hungarian Working People's Party. As such, from 1949 to 1956, he was the de facto ruler of Communist Hungary. His rule was aligned with USSR politics during Joseph Stalin's government. American journalist John Gunther described Rákosi as "the most malevolent character I ever met in political life."
Feb 7 Douglass Cadwallader an American golfer who competed in the 1904 Summer Olympics.
Feb 7 Dock Boggs an influential old-time singer, songwriter and banjo player. His style of banjo playing, as well as his singing, is considered a unique combination of Appalachian folk music and African-American blues. Contemporary folk musicians and performers consider him a seminal figure, at least in part because of the appearance of two of his recordings from the 1920s, "Sugar Baby" and "Country Blues", on Harry Smith's 1951 Anthology of American Folk Music collection. Boggs was initially recorded in 1927 and again in 1929, although he worked primarily as a coal miner for most of his life. He was "rediscovered" during the folk music revival of the 1960s, and spent much of his later life playing at various folk music festivals and recording for Folkways Records
Feb 7 Emy Roeder a modern German sculptor.
Feb 8 Luis Argentino Palau an Argentine chess master.
Feb 10 Harald Öhquist a Finnish Lieutenant General during World War II.