Died in 1975

Jan 1 Kalle Anttila a Finnish wrestler and Olympic champion in both freestyle wrestling and Greco-Roman wrestling.
Jan 2 Robert Fein an Austrian weightlifter.
Jan 2 Siraj Sikder a revolutionary leader of Bangladesh.
Jan 2 Carl Silfverstrand a Swedish track and field athlete and gymnast who competed in the 1908 Summer Olympics and in the 1912 Summer Olympics.
Jan 3 James McCormack a United States Army officer who served in World War II, and was later the first Director of Military Applications of the United States Atomic Energy Commission.
Jan 4 Carlo Levi an Italian-Jewish painter, writer, activist, anti-fascist, and doctor.
Jan 4 Bob Montana an American comic strip artist who created the central characters published by Archie Comics and in the newspaper strip Archie.
Jan 5 Gottlob Berger a German Nazi official and convicted war criminal, who had been Chief of Staff for the Waffen-SS.
Jan 5 Viktor Anichkin a Russian footballer.
Jan 6 Noel Madison an American character actor in the 1930s and '40s and appeared in 75 films, often as a gangster. He was the son of actor Maurice Moscovitch and his wife Rose
Jan 8 John Gregson an English actor, credited in 40 films.
Jan 8 Richard Tucker an American operatic tenor.
Jan 9 Pierre Fresnay a French stage and film actor. Born Pierre Jules Louis Laudenbach in Paris, France, he was encouraged by his uncle, the actor Claude Garry, to pursue a career in theater and film. During the 1920s, Fresnay appeared in many popular stage productions, most notably in the title role of Marcel Pagnol’s Marius , which ran for over 500 performances. His first great screen role was as Marius in the 1931 film adaptation of the play of the same name. He played the role again in the next two parts of Marcel Pagnol's Marseilles Trilogy, Fanny and César. He appeared in more than sixty films, eight of which were with Yvonne Printemps, with whom he lived since 1934. In that same year, he appeared in Alfred Hitchcock's first version of The Man Who Knew Too Much. In 1937 he portrayed the aristocratic French military officer Captain de Boeldieu in Jean Renoir's masterpiece La Grande Illusion
Jan 9 Li Fuchun a Chinese Communist revolutionary and politician. He served as a Vice Premier of the People's Republic of China
Jan 9 Pyotr Novikov a Soviet mathematician.
Jan 10 Viktorin Molchanov a Russian Major-General and a participant in the White movement.
Jan 11 Max Lorenz (tenor) a German heldentenor famous for Wagner roles.
Jan 11 Paul Peter Meouchi the Maronite Patriarch of Antioch from 1955 until his death in 1975, and the first Maronite Cardinal.
Jan 14 Georgi Traykov a Macedonian-Bulgarian politician and the longtime leader of Bulgarian Agrarian National Union.
Jan 16 Thor Johnson an American conductor. He was born in Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin. He studied at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where he was president of the Alpha Rho chapter of Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia Fraternity. He was the first recipient of the fraternity's national Charles Lutton Man of Music Award in 1952. A member of the Moravian Church, he was deeply devoted to promoting the music of his faith and was invited to organize and conduct the Early American Moravian Music Festivals from 1950 to 1974. He was an initiate of the Alpha Xi chapter of Pi Kappa Alpha fraternity
Jan 16 Israel Abramofsky a Russian-born artist, who trained in Paris and settled in the United States, known for his landscape works and works depicting Jewish life in Eastern Europe.
Jan 17 Georgiy Shilov a Soviet mathematician and expert in the field of functional analysis, who contributed to the theory of normed rings and generalized functions.
Jan 17 Ranuccio Bianchi Bandinelli an Italian archaeologist and art historian.
Jan 17 Curt Hartzell a Swedish gymnast who competed in the 1912 Summer Olympics.
Jan 17 Gustavo Rojas Pinilla the 19th President of Colombia from 1953 to 1957. An Army General, he mounted a successful coup d'état against the incumbent President, Laureano Gómez Castro, imposing martial law and establishing a dictatorship-style government in Colombia
Jan 17 Pyotr Yezhov a Soviet football player and manager.
Jan 18 Gertrude Olmstead an American actress of the silent era. She appeared in 56 films between 1920 and 1929
Jan 18 Chester Kallman an American poet, librettist, and translator, best known for his collaborations with H. Auden and Igor Stravinsky
Jan 19 Stepan Kretov a Soviet military aviator. He was made a Hero of the Soviet Union on two occasions. Colonel Kretov was awarded two Orders of Lenin, two Orders of the Red Banner, Order of the Red Star, and numerous medals
Jan 19 Thomas Hart Benton (painter) an American painter and muralist. Along with Grant Wood and John Steuart Curry, he was at the forefront of the Regionalist art movement. His fluid, sculpted figures in his paintings showed everyday people in scenes of life in the United States. Though his work is strongly associated with the Midwest, he studied in Paris, lived in New York City for more than 20 years and painted scores of works there; summered for 50 years on Martha's Vineyard off the New England coast; and also painted scenes of the American South and the American West
Jan 20 Kevin Coen a volunteer in the Sligo Brigade of the Provisional Irish Republican Army who was killed in Northern Ireland by a British soldier.
Jan 22 Andrew George Burry a businessman, manufacturer and philanthropist. Born in Undervillier, Switzerland, he emigrated to the United States in 1884. Burry founded the Wayne Paper Box and Printing Corp. in 1898, and was also the founder and President of the National Paper Box Manufacturing Association in 1917 - 1918, and 1926 - 1928
Jan 22 Margit Danÿ an Hungarian fencer. She competed in the women's individual foil at the 1928 and 1932 Summer Olympics
Jan 22 Paul Montel a French mathematician. He was born in Nice, France and died in Paris, France. He researched mostly on holomorphic functions in complex analysis
Jan 23 Prince Karl Franz of Prussia the only child of Prince Joachim of Prussia and his wife Princess Marie-Auguste of Anhalt. His father was the youngest son of Wilhelm II, German Emperor, himself a grandson of Queen Victoria, which made Prince Karl a great-great-grandson of the British queen
Jan 24 Erich Kempka SS-Obersturmbannführer Erich Kempka served as Adolf Hitler's chauffeur from 1934 to April, 1945. He was present in the area of the Reich Chancellery on 30 April 1945, when Hitler shot himself in the Führerbunker. Kempka delivered the gasoline to the garden behind the Reich Chancellery where the remains of Hitler and Eva Braun were burned. He was SS member #2,803 and served in the Allgemeine SS
Jan 24 Larry Fine best known as a member of the comedy act The Three Stooges.
Jan 25 Georg Kieninger a German chess player and International Master.
Jan 25 Charlotte Whitton a Canadian feminist and mayor of Ottawa. She was the first female mayor of a major city in Canada, serving from 1951 to 1956 and again from 1960 to 1964
Jan 26 Lyubov Orlova the first recognized star of Soviet cinema, famous theatre actress and a gifted singer.
Jan 27 Bill Walsh (producer) a film producer and screenwriter who primarily worked on live-action films for Walt Disney Productions. He was born in New York City. For his work on Mary Poppins, he shared Academy Award nominations for Best Picture with Walt Disney, and for Best Writing, Screenplay Based on Material from Another Medium with Don DaGradi. He died in Los Angeles and was interred in Glendale's Forest Lawn Memorial Park Cemetery
Jan 28 Ola Raknes a Norwegian psychologist, philologist and non-fiction writer. Born in Bergen, Norway, he was internationally known as a psychoanalyst in the Reichian tradition. He has been described as someone who spent his entire life working with the conveying of ideas through many languages and between different epistemological systems of reference, science and religion. For large portions of his life he was actively contributing to the public discourse in Norway. He has also been credited for his contributions to strengthening and enriching the Nynorsk language and its use in the public sphere
Jan 28 Antonín Novotný General Secretary of the Communist Party of Czechoslovakia from 1953 to 1968, and also held the post of President of Czechoslovakia from 1957 to 1968. A hardline supporter of Stalinism before and after the death of the Soviet leader, Novotný was forced to yield the reins of power to Alexander Dubček during the short-lived reform movement of 1968
Jan 28 Bernhard Dietsche an Obersturmbannführer in the Waffen SS during World War He was awarded the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross, which was awarded to recognize extreme battlefield bravery or successful military leadership by Nazi Germany during World War II.
Jan 29 Orestis Makris a Greek actor and tenor.
Jan 30 Boris Blacher a German composer and librettist.
Jan 30 Hyakinthos Gad Apostolic exarch of the Greek Byzantine Catholic Church from 17 February 1958 to 1975.
Jan 31 Anna Timiryova a Russian poet. Born Anna Safonova, she was the daughter of composer Vasily Ilyich Safonov. At age 19 she married admiral Sergey Nikolayevich Timiryov, whom she divorced in 1918 to join her lover, Admiral Alexander Kolchak. After Kolchak's execution, she was arrested several times. In 1923 she married Vsevolod Kniper. She was the mother of the painter Vladimir Sergeyevich Timiryov
Feb 2 Gustave Lanctot a Canadian historian and archivist.
Feb 2 Eino Tukiainen a Finnish gymnast who competed in the 1936 Summer Olympics.