Died in 1973

Jan 1 František Běhounek a Czech scientist , explorer and writer. The asteroid 3278 Běhounek is named after him
Jan 1 Walter E. Rollins an American musician of Keyser, West Virginia. Along with Steve Nelson, he co-wrote "Here Comes Peter Cottontail," used in the Easter special of the same name, in 1949, and "Frosty the Snowman" in 1950. Jack Rollins also wrote "Smokey the Bear" for the public-service mascot Smokey Bear, and co-wrote many country songs for artists such as Gene Autry, Hank Snow, George Jones and Eddy Arnold
Jan 1 Sergei Kourdakov a former KGB agent and naval officer who from his late teen years carried out more than 150 raids in underground Christian communities in regions of the Soviet Union in the 1960s. At the age of twenty, he defected to Canada while a naval officer on a Soviet trawler in the Pacific and converted to Evangelical Christianity. He is known for having written The Persecutor , an autobiography that was written shortly before his death in 1973 and published posthumously. Since its publication, it has been the source of varied criticism
Jan 2 Franciska Gaal a Jewish Hungarian cabaret artist who had a brief career in films.
Jan 2 Eleazar López Contreras President of Venezuela. López was a general and one of Juan Vicente Gómez's collaborators, serving as his War Minister from 1931. In 1939, Contreras accepted in Venezuela the ships "Koenigstein" and "Caribia" which fled from Germany, having Jews on board
Jan 4 George A. Drew a Canadian conservative politician who founded a Progressive Conservative dynasty in Ontario that lasted 42 years. He served as the 14th Premier of Ontario from 1943 to 1948
Jan 8 Eugen Schuhmacher a German zoologist and pioneer of animal documentaries. Besides Bernhard Grzimek and Heinz Sielmann he belongs to the German wildlife documentary filmmakers with an international reputation
Jan 12 Maurice Collis an administrator in Burma when it was part of the British Empire, and afterwards a writer on Southeast Asia, China and other historical subjects.
Jan 12 Roy Franklin Nichols an American historian and a Pulitzer Prize winner. He won the Pulitzer Prize for History for The Disruption of American Democracy
Jan 13 Prince Ranieri Duke of Castro a claimant to the headship of the House of Bourbon-Two Sicilies.
Jan 13 Yulia Ryabchinskaya a canoeist from Ukraine and Olympic champion. She represented the USSR at the 1972 Summer Olympics in Munich, winning the gold in the K-1 500 m event
Jan 13 Fernando Cento a Cardinal of the Catholic Church who served as Major Penitentiary of Apostolic Penitentiary.
Jan 13 Vasily Panov a Soviet chess player, author, and journalist. Winner of the Moscow City Championship in 1929, he also played in five USSR Chess Championships from 1935 to 1948. His greatest tournament victory was Kiev, 1938. Awarded the International Master title by FIDE in 1950, Panov is best known for his chess writings and theoretical work on the openings. He was chess correspondent for Izvestia from 1942 to 1965. His many books include a beginners' guide, biographies of Alekhine and Capablanca, and Kurs debyutov , Russia's best-selling book on the chess opening
Jan 14 Sidney Souers an American admiral and intelligence expert. He held the posts of:
Jan 15 Ivan Petrovsky a Soviet mathematician working mainly in the field of partial differential equations. He greatly contributed to the solution of Hilbert's 19th and 16th problems, and discovered what are now called Petrovsky lacunas. He also worked on the theories of boundary value problems, probability, and on the topology of algebraic curves and surfaces
Jan 15 Coleman Francis an American actor, writer, producer, and director. He was best known for his film trilogy consisting of The Beast of Yucca Flats , The Skydivers , Red Zone Cuba , all three of which were filmed in the general Santa Clarita, California area and used preoccupation with light aircraft and parachuting, coffee or cigarettes serving as a prop or a center of conversation, and a vigilante-style gunning down of suspects without a trial to conclude the film as frequent motifs
Jan 15 Alfred-Hermann Reinhardt a German Generalleutnant serving during World War He was also a recipient of the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross with Oak Leaves and Swords. The Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross and its higher grade Oak Leaves and Swords was awarded to recognise extreme battlefield bravery or successful military leadership
Jan 17 Takis Hristoforidis a Greek actor and cousin of Periklis Hristoforidis.
Jan 17 Tarsila do Amaral considered to be one of the leading Latin American modernist artists, described as "the Brazilian painter who best achieved Brazilian aspirations for nationalistic expression in a modern style." She was a member of the "Grupo dos Cinco" , which was a group of five Brazilian artists who are considered the biggest influence in the modern art movement in Brazil. The other members of the "Grupo dos Cinco" are Anita Malfatti, Menotti Del Picchia, Mário de Andrade, and Oswald de Andrade
Jan 18 Israel Albert Horowitz a Jewish-American International Master of chess. He is most remembered today for the books he wrote about chess, many of which are still highly recommended for students of the game
Jan 19 Max Adrian an Irish stage, film and television actor and singer. He was a founding member of both the Royal Shakespeare Company and the National Theatre
Jan 20 Lorenz Böhler an Austrian physician and famous surgeon.
Jan 20 Amílcar Cabral a Guinea-Bissauan and Cape Verdean agricultural engineer, writer, and a nationalist thinker and political leader. He was also one of Africa's foremost anti-colonial leaders. Also known by his nom de guerre Abel Djassi, Cabral led the nationalist movement of Guinea-Bissau and Cape Verde Islands and the ensuing war of independence in Guinea-Bissau. He was assassinated on 20 January 1973, about eight months before Guinea-Bissau's unilateral declaration of independence. He was deeply influenced by Marxism, and became an inspiration to revolutionary socialists and national liberatonalists world-wide
Jan 22 Alexander Javakhishvili a Georgian geographer and anthropologist.
Jan 22 Yaakov Dori the first Chief of Staff of the Israel Defense Forces.
Jan 22 Lyndon B. Johnson the 36th President of the United States , a position he assumed after his service as the 37th Vice President. Johnson, a Democrat from Texas, served as a United States Representative from 1937 to 1949 and as a United States Senator from 1949 to 1961, including six years as Senate Majority Leader, two as Senate Minority Leader and two as Senate Majority Whip. He campaigned unsuccessfully for the Democratic nomination in 1960, but ran as Vice President with John Kennedy heading the ticket for the 1960 presidential election. After their election, Johnson succeeded Kennedy following the latter's assassination on November 22, 1963; he completed Kennedy's term and was elected President in his own right in the 1964 election, winning by a large margin over Barry Goldwater. He is one of four people who served in both offices of the executive branch as well as both houses of Congress
Jan 22 Dragutin Vragović a Croatian footballer who spent the majority of his career with Građanski Zagreb in the 1920s. Vragović won two Yugoslav championships with Građanski and was also member of the Yugoslav squad at the 1920 and 1924 Olympic tournaments
Jan 23 Kid Ory a jazz trombonist and bandleader. He was born in Woodland Plantation near La Place, Louisiana
Jan 23 Alexander Onassis a Greek-American businessman. He was the son of the Greek shipping magnate Aristotle Onassis and his first wife Tina Livanos. He had one sibling, Christina Onassis. Onassis and his sister were upset by his father's marriage to Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy, and he was credited with attempting to improve the relationship between his father and Stavros Niarchos. Born in New York City, Onassis was not formally educated and worked for several years for his father at his Monaco headquarters. The relationship between Onassis and his father experienced tensions as a result of his secret relationship with Fiona Thyssen, and he was later appointed the head of Olympic Aviation, a Greek regional airline owned by his father. Onassis died in hospital as a result of injuries sustained in an air crash at Ellinikon International Airport at the age of 24. The Alexander Onassis Foundation was established in his memory
Jan 24 J. Carrol Naish an American character actor. He was nominated twice for an Academy Award for film roles, and he later found fame in the title role of CBS Radio's Life With Luigi , which was also on aired on television
Jan 25 Masao Ohba a professional boxer from Tokyo, Japan. He was the WBA flyweight champion at the time of his death
Jan 26 Edward G. Robinson a Romanian-born American actor. A popular star during Hollywood's Golden Age, he is best remembered for his roles as gangsters, such as Rico in his star-making film Little Caesar and as Rocco in Key Largo
Jan 27 William Nolde an officer in the United States Army. Born in Menominee, Michigan, Nolde was a professor of military science at Central Michigan University before joining the army. He is known for being the last official combat casualty of the Vietnam War
Jan 28 John Banner a film and television actor, who was born and died in Vienna, Austria. He is best known for his role as Master Sergeant Hans Georg Schultz in the situation comedy Hogan's Heroes. Schultz, constantly encountering evidence that the inmates of his stalag were planning mayhem, frequently feigned ignorance with the catchphrase, "I know nothing! I see nothing! I hear nothing!"
Jan 30 Levan Gotua a Georgian writer.
Jan 31 Ragnar Frisch a Norwegian economist and the co-winner with Jan Tinbergen of the first Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences in 1969. He is known for having founded the discipline of econometrics, and in 1933 to have created the widely used term pair macroeconomics/microeconomics
Feb 2 Hendrik Elias a Belgian politician and Flemish nationalist.
Feb 2 Max Brauer a German politician of the Social Democratic Party and first elected First Mayor of Hamburg after World War II.
Feb 4 F. R. G. Heaf a British physician.
Feb 5 John Heysham Gibbon an American surgeon best known for inventing the heart-lung machine and performing subsequent open heart surgeries which revolutionized heart surgery in the twentieth century. He was the son of John Heysham Gibbon, Sr., and Marjorie Young Gibbon , and came from a long line of medical doctors including his father, grandfather Robert, great-grandfather John and great-great grandfather
Feb 6 Almir Pernambuquinho a former Brazilian international footballer who played for clubs of Brazil, Argentina and Italy. Almir Pernambuquinho is, by many considered, the inventor of the fute-vôlei. He played for the Brazil national football team in the Copa América Argentina 1959. He was killed in a bar in 1973
Feb 6 Ira Sprague Bowen an American physicist and astronomer. In 1927 he discovered that nebulium was not really a chemical element but instead doubly ionized oxygen
Feb 8 Herbie Taylor a South African cricketer who played 42 Tests for his country including 18 as captain of the side. Specifically a batsman, he was an expert on the matting pitches which were prevalent in South Africa at the time and scored six of his seven centuries at home. His batting was also noted for quick footwork and exceptional 'backplay'. He became the first South African to pass 2,500 Test runs and was selected one of Wisden's Cricketers of the Year in 1925. In domestic cricket, he played for Natal, Transvaal and Western Province
Feb 8 Max Yasgur an American farmer, best known as the owner of the dairy farm in Bethel, New York at which the Woodstock Music and Art Fair was held between August 15 and August 18, 1969.
Feb 9 Vasiliki Maliaros an actress who only appeared in one memorable acting role in The Exorcist as Father Karras' Mother. She was discovered by William Friedkin in a New York Greek restaurant. She died at the age of 89 of natural causes
Feb 11 J. Hans D. Jensen a German nuclear physicist. During World War II, he worked on the German nuclear energy project, known as the Uranium Club, in which he made contributions to the separation of uranium isotopes. After the war Jensen was a professor at the University of Heidelberg. He was a visiting professor at the University of Wisconsin–Madison, the Institute for Advanced Study, Indiana University, and the California Institute of Technology
Feb 11 Ivan Khokhlov a Soviet-Russian statesman who was from 1940 to 1943 the Chairman of the Council of People's Commissars of the Russian SFSR, literally meaning Premier or Prime Minister.
Feb 13 Hans Kmoch best known.
Feb 13 Hans Globke a high-ranking public servant after World War II in the Federal Republic of Germany. His crass antisemitic activities as a high-profile civil servant and jurist before and specially during the Nazi time resulted in controversies after the war that troubled his protector and only supervisor Konrad Adenauer, who had recruited him to serve in his administration
Feb 15 Tim Holt an American film actor best known for his youthful leading roles in Western films and his co-starring role opposite Humphrey Bogart in the 1948 film The Treasure of the Sierra Madre.