Died in 1976

Jan 1 Walter Janssen a German film actor. He appeared in more than 160 films between 1917 and 1970
Jan 1 Oleg Oshenkov a Soviet football player and coach. Merited Master of Sports of USSR
Jan 1 Mario Alborta a Bolivian football forward.
Jan 3 Nikolai Virta a Soviet writer who developed the theory of "conflictless" drama.
Jan 4 Rudolph Minkowski a German-American astronomer.
Jan 4 Epameinondas Thomopoulos a Greek artist who attended the academy and the first Greek impressionist.
Jan 5 Hamit Kaplan a renowned Turkish World and Olympic champion sports wrestler of Circassian descent in the Heavyweight class. He won the gold, silver and bronze medal in Men's Freestyle Wrestling at three consecutive Olympic Games in 1956, 1960 and 1964
Jan 5 William A. Blakley an American senator and businessman from the State of Texas. He served two incomplete terms as Senator, the first in 1957, the second in 1961. He was part of the conservative wing of the Texas Democratic Party and is remembered for running against liberal Democrat Ralph Yarborough in the 1958 election and losing to Republican John Tower in the 1961 special election, yielding the first Republican senator from Texas since Reconstruction
Jan 5 John A. Costello one of the main legal advisors to the government of the Irish Free State after independence, Attorney General of Ireland from 1926 to 1932 and Taoiseach from 1948 to 1951 and 1954 to 1957.
Jan 5 Mal Evans best known as the road manager, assistant, and a friend of the Beatles.
Jan 5 Károly Takács the first shooter to win two Olympic gold medals in the 25 metre rapid fire pistol event, both with his left hand after his right hand was seriously injured. He is the third known physically disabled athlete to have competed in the Olympic Games after George Eyser in 1904 and Olivér Halassy in 1928, followed by Liz Hartel in 1952 and Neroli Fairhall in 1984
Jan 6 Afrasiyab Badalbeyli a Soviet Azerbaijani composer, conductor and music critic. The author of music and the libretto of the first Azerbaijani ballet and the first ballet in the Muslim Orient Giz Galasi
Jan 8 Zhou Enlai the first Premier of the People's Republic of China, serving from October 1949 until his death in January 1976. Zhou served under Mao Zedong and was instrumental in consolidating the control of the Communist Party's rise to power, forming foreign policy, and developing the Chinese economy
Jan 8 Pierre Jean Jouve a French writer, novelist and poet. He was born in Arras, Pas-de-Calais and died in Paris
Jan 8 Vincent Bach a musician and instrument maker, who founded the Vincent Bach Corporation.
Jan 8 Robert Forgan a British politician who was a close associate of Oswald Mosley.
Jan 9 Rupert Wildt a German-American astronomer.
Jan 10 Howlin' Wolf an influential American blues singer, guitarist and harmonica player. With a booming voice and looming physical presence, he is one of the best-known Chicago blues artists. Musician and critic Cub Koda noted, "no one could match Howlin' Wolf for the singular ability to rock the house down to the foundation while simultaneously scaring its patrons out of its wits"; producer Sam Phillips added "When I heard Howlin' Wolf, I said, 'This is for This is where the soul of man never dies'". Several of his songs, such as "Smokestack Lightnin'", "Back Door Man", "Killing Floor" and "Spoonful" have become blues and blues rock standards. In 2004, Rolling Stone magazine ranked him number 51 on their list of the "100 Greatest Artists of All Time"
Jan 11 Werner March a German architect.
Jan 12 Agatha Christie an English crime novelist, short story writer, and playwright. She also wrote six romances under the name Mary Westmacott, but she is best known for the 66 detective novels and 14 short story collections she wrote under her own name, most of which revolve around the investigations of such characters as Hercule Poirot, Miss Jane Marple, Mr Satterthwaite, and Tommy and Tuppence. She also wrote the world's longest-running play, The Mousetrap
Jan 12 Segundo Durandal a Bolivian football defender.
Jan 13 Margaret Leighton an English actress. She was known for her exquisite sense of grandeur and refinement. She created the role of Hannah Jelkes in Tennessee Williams' The Night of the Iguana
Jan 14 Abdul Razak Hussein the second Prime Minister of Malaysia, ruling from 1970 to 1976.
Jan 14 Juan d'Arienzo an Argentine tango musician, also known as "El Rey del Compás". He was son of Italian immigrants and used more modern arrangements and instrumentation; his popular group produced hundreds of recordings
Jan 14 Thomas Kilgore Sherwood a noted American chemical engineer and a founding member of the National Academy of Engineering.
Jan 16 Gleb Baklanov a Soviet Army officer who was awarded the title Hero of the Soviet Union for battle at Dresden in the course of World War He was the brother of Russian actress Olga Baclanova.
Jan 17 Feliks Żukowski a Polish actor and theatre director. He worked in theatres in Warsaw, Vilnius, Lublin, Częstochowa and Łódź. Feliks was a manager of Stefan Jaracz Teatr in Olsztyn. He was also a soldier of Armia Krajowa, prisoner of Sachsenhausen concentration camp
Jan 17 Andrei Fajt a Soviet film actor. He appeared in 44 films between 1925 and 1976
Jan 18 Baruch Agadati a Russian Empire-born Israeli classical ballet dancer, choreographer, painter, and film producer and director. He is considered a legendary figure in Israeli culture
Jan 19 Hidetsugu Yagi a Japanese electrical engineer from Osaka. When working at Tohoku University, he wrote several articles that introduced a new antenna design by his colleague Shintaro Uda to the English-speaking world
Jan 21 Joseph-Marie Martin a French Cardinal of the Roman Catholic Church. He served as Archbishop of Rouen from 1948 to 1971, and was elevated to the cardinalate in 1965
Jan 22 Charles Reznikoff an American poet known for his long work, Testimony: The United States , Recitative. The term Objectivist was first coined for him. The two-volume Testimony was based on court records and explored the black experience in the United States. He followed this with Holocaust , based on court testimony about Nazi death camps during World War II
Jan 22 Kiyoshi Ōkubo a Japanese serial killer. Between March 31, 1971 and May 10, 1971, he raped and murdered eight women, ages 16 to 21. He used a pen name, Tanigawa Ivan
Jan 22 Hermann Jónasson an Icelandic politician of the Progressive Party, who was Prime Minister of Iceland on two occasions.
Jan 23 Paul Robeson an American singer and actor who became involved with the Civil Rights Movement. At Rutgers College, he was an outstanding football player, then had an international career in singing, as well as acting in theater and movies. He became politically involved in response to the Spanish Civil War, fascism, and social injustices. His advocacy of anti-imperialism, affiliation with communism, and criticism of the United States government caused him to be blacklisted during the McCarthy era. Ill health forced him into retirement from his career. He remained until his death an advocate of the political stances he took
Jan 23 Paul Dupuis a French Canadian film actor who was born in Montreal, Quebec, Canada and performed in British films during the late 1940s. The roles he played were mainly as the romantic leading man. He died in Saint-Sauveur in Quebec
Jan 24 Pinhas Lavon an Israeli politician, minister and labor leader, best known for the Lavon Affair.
Jan 25 Chris Kenner a New Orleans R&B singer and songwriter, best known for two hit singles in the early 1960s that became staples in the repertoires of many other musicians.
Jan 26 João Branco Núncio a Portuguese bullfighter. He was born in Alcácer do Sal, in a whitewashed house next to that of his uncle, the Viscount of Alcácer do Sal. Today it belongs to the Viscount's Philharmonic Friendship Society
Jan 28 Marcel Broodthaers a Belgian poet, filmmaker and artist with a highly literate and often witty approach to creating art works.
Jan 29 Curt Stoermer a German painter, a representative of the Worpswede branch of expressionist art.
Jan 29 Veikko Huhtanen a Finnish gymnast and a three-time Olympic champion.
Jan 30 Mance Lipscomb an American blues singer, guitarist and songster. Born Beau De Glen Lipscomb near Navasota, Texas, United States, he as a youth took the name of 'Mance' from a friend of his oldest brother Charlie
Jan 30 Arnold Gehlen an influential conservative German philosopher, sociologist, and anthropologist.
Jan 31 Ernesto Miranda a laborer whose conviction on kidnapping, rape, and armed robbery charges based on his confession under police interrogation was set aside in the landmark U.S. Supreme Court case , which ruled that criminal suspects must be informed of their right against self-incrimination and their right to consult with a high attorney before being questioned by police. This warning is known as a Miranda warning
Jan 31 Evert Taube a Swedish author, artist, composer and singer. He is widely regarded as one of Sweden's most respected musicians and the foremost troubadour of the Swedish ballad tradition in the 20th century
Feb 1 Werner Heisenberg a German theoretical physicist and one of the key pioneers of quantum mechanics. He published his work in 1925 in a breakthrough paper. In the subsequent series of papers with Max Born and Pascual Jordan, during the same year, this matrix formulation of quantum mechanics was substantially elaborated. In 1927 he published his uncertainty principle, upon which he built his philosophy and for which he is best known. Heisenberg was awarded the Nobel Prize in Physics for 1932 "for the creation of quantum mechanics". He also made important contributions to the theories of the hydrodynamics of turbulent flows, the atomic nucleus, ferromagnetism, cosmic rays, and subatomic particles, and he was instrumental in planning the first West German nuclear reactor at Karlsruhe, together with a research reactor in Munich, in 1957. Considerable controversy surrounds his work on atomic research during World War II
Feb 1 Viktor Lazarev a Soviet art historian, and doktor nauk, who specialized in the history of the Kievan Rus', Byzantine, ancient Armenian, and Italian Renaissance art.
Feb 1 George Whipple an American physician, pathologist, biomedical researcher, and medical school educator and administrator. Whipple shared the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine in 1934 with George Richards Minot and William Parry Murphy "for their discoveries concerning liver therapy in cases of anemia."
Feb 1 Hans Richter (artist) a German painter, graphic artist, avant-gardist, film-experimenter and producer. He was born in Berlin into a well-to-do family and died in Minusio, near Locarno, Switzerland