Died in 1977

Jan 1 Nadir Ibrahimov an Azerbaijani and a Soviet astronomer. A crater on Mars is named in his honor
Jan 1 Danny Frisella a professional baseball player who played pitcher in the Major Leagues from 1967 to 1976, mostly as a relief pitcher specializing in throwing a forkball, a pitch taught by Diego Segui. He would play for the New York Mets, Atlanta Braves, Louis Cardinals, San Diego Padres, and Milwaukee Brewers, during which he earned the nickname Frisbee. He went to High School at Serra High School in San Mateo. Frisella's career was cut short when he was killed in a dune buggy accident
Jan 2 Erroll Garner an American jazz pianist and composer known for his swing playing and ballads. His best-known composition, the ballad "Misty", has become a jazz standard. Scott Yanow of Allmusic calls him "one of the most distinctive of all pianists" and a "brilliant virtuoso"
Jan 3 Carroll Quigley an American historian and theorist of the evolution of civilizations. He is noted for his teaching work as a professor at Georgetown University, for his academic publications, and for his research on secret societies
Jan 4 Princess Margaretha of Sweden a member of the Swedish Royal Family and a Princess of Denmark by marriage.
Jan 5 Eduard Paul Tratz an Austrian zoologist.
Jan 5 Artur Adson an Estonian poet, writer and theatre critic.
Jan 8 Horst von Mellenthin a highly decorated General der Artillerie in the Wehrmacht during World War II who commanded several corps. He was also a recipient of the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross with Oak Leaves. The Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross and its higher grade Oak Leaves was awarded to recognise extreme battlefield bravery or successful military leadership
Jan 9 Heinrich Bleichrodt one of the most successful German U-boat commander of the Second World War. From October 1939 until retiring from front line service in December 1943, he sank 25 ships for a total of 152,320 gross register tons. For this he received the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross with Oak Leaves, among other commendations. He earned the nickname "Ajax" during his time with the U-boats
Jan 10 Ruth Graves Wakefield the inventor of the Toll House Cookie, the first chocolate chip cookie, which she created circa 1938.
Jan 12 Henri-Georges Clouzot a French film director, screenwriter and producer. He is best remembered for his work in the thriller film genre, having directed The Wages of Fear and Les Diaboliques, which are critically recognized to be among the greatest films from the 1950s. Clouzot also directed documentary films, including The Mystery of Picasso, which was declared a national treasure by the government of France
Jan 13 Henri Langlois a French film archivist and cinephile. A pioneer of film preservation, Langlois was an influential figure in the history of cinema. His film screenings in Paris in the 1950s are often credited with providing the ideas that led to the development of the auteur theory
Jan 13 Bruno Rizzi an Italian unorthodox political theorist.
Jan 13 Anthony Santasiere an American chess master. Santasiere was a high school mathematics teacher by profession. His hobbies included creative writing and oil painting
Jan 14 Peter Finch a British-born Australian actor. He is best remembered for his role as "crazed" television anchorman Howard Beale in the film Network, which earned him a posthumous Academy Award for Best Actor, his fifth Best Actor award from the British Academy of Film and Television Arts, and a Best Actor award from the Golden Globes. He was the first of two people to win a posthumous Academy Award in an acting category; the other was Heath Ledger, also Australian
Jan 14 Anthony Eden an English Conservative politician who was Prime Minister of the United Kingdom from 1955 to 1957. He was also Foreign Secretary for three periods between 1935 and 1955, including during World War He is best known for his outspoken opposition to appeasement in the 1930s; his diplomatic leadership in the 1940s and 1950s; and the failure of his Middle East policy in 1956 that ended his premiership
Jan 14 Anaïs Nin an author born to Cuban parents in France, where she was also raised. She spent some time in Spain and Cuba but lived most of her life in the United States where she became an established author. She wrote journals , novels, critical studies, essays, short stories, and erotica. A great deal of her work, including Delta of Venus and Little Birds, was published posthumously
Jan 17 Gary Gilmore an American criminal who gained international notoriety for demanding the execution of his death sentence for two murders he committed in Utah. After the U.S. Supreme Court upheld a new series of death penalty statutes in the 1976 decision Gregg Georgia, he became the first person executed in the United States in ten years. These new statutes avoided the problems under the 1972 decision in Furman Georgia that had led earlier death penalty statutes to be deemed as "cruel and unusual", and therefore unconstitutional, resulting in all states being ordered to commute death sentences to life imprisonment. Gilmore was executed by firing squad in 1977
Jan 17 Dougal Haston a Scottish mountaineer famed for his exploits in the British Isles, Alps, and Himalayas. He died in an avalanche while skiing above Leysin, Switzerland
Jan 18 Džemal Bijedić a Bosniak Communist politician from Bosnia and Herzegovina, and the prime minister of Yugoslavia from 1971 until his death.
Jan 18 Carl Zuckmayer a German writer and playwright.
Jan 18 Luciano Re Cecconi an Italian midfield footballer, who was nicknamed l'Angelo Biondo — 'The Blond Angel' — for the colour of his hair.
Jan 18 Max Reimann a German communist Politician and member of the German Bundestag.
Jan 19 Mehmed Abdulaziz the 40th head of the Ottoman dynasty from 1973 to 1977. If reigning, he would have been Sultan Abdulaziz II
Jan 19 Yvonne Printemps a French singer and actress who achieved stardom on stage and screen in France and internationally.
Jan 21 Sandro Penna an Italian poet.
Jan 22 Maysa Matarazzo a singer, composer, and actress from Brazil. She is also associated with Bossa nova music but is widely known as a torch song interpreter
Jan 22 Pascual Pérez (boxer) an Argentine flyweight boxer. Pérez was born in Tupungato in the Mendoza Province of Argentina, he went on to make history by becoming Argentina's first world boxing champion
Jan 22 Johannes Terwogt a Dutch rower who competed in the 1900 Summer Olympics.
Jan 22 Géza Révész a Hungarian military officer and politician, who served as Minister of Defence between 1957 and 1960. During the Hungarian Soviet Republic and the Second World War he fought in the Red Army. From 1960 to 1963 he was the Hungarian ambassador to the Soviet Union
Jan 23 Dick Burnett (musician) an American folk songwriter from Kentucky.
Jan 23 Toots Shor best known as the proprietor of a legendary saloon and restaurant, Toots Shor's Restaurant, in Manhattan. He ran three different establishments under that name, but his first – and most renowned – was located at 51 West 51st Street. He was known as a saloonkeeper, friend, and confidante to some of New York's biggest celebrities during that era
Jan 24 Vardan Ajemian a Soviet Armenian theatral director and actor, People's Artist of USSR. Hero of Socialist Labour
Jan 26 Filopimin Finos a Greek film producer of 186 films and the founder of Finos Film, whose first film was in 1939. He built the first sound recording device in Greece, and shot the first colour film with stereo sound. Finos died in January 1977 after a seven-year illness , leaving no heir
Jan 26 Margaret Hayes an American film, stage, and television actress.
Jan 27 Dagmar Hagelin presumed to have been arrested by security forces in El Palomar, Buenos Aires, Argentina, and murdered in a case of mistaken identity. Dagmar’s father, Argentine-Swedish businessman Ragnar Hagelin has ever since worked to have the responsible people put to justice, accusing Alfredo Astiz
Jan 28 Alexis Gritchenko a Ukrainian painter and art theorist.
Jan 29 Freddie Prinze an American actor and stand-up comedian. Prinze was the star of 1970s sitcom Chico and the Man. He also was the father of the actor Freddie Prinze, Jr
Jan 29 José Naya an Uruguayan football player who competed in the 1924 Summer Olympics.
Jan 29 Buster Nupen a cricketer who played in 17 Test matches for South Africa between 1921–22 and 1935–36.
Feb 1 Edmond Hamilton an American writer of science fiction during the mid-twentieth century.
Feb 3 Pauline Starke an American silent-film actress born in Joplin, Missouri.
Feb 3 Tafari Benti the Head of State of Ethiopia , and chairman of the Derg, the ruling junta. His official title was Chairman of the Provisional Military Administrative Council
Feb 4 Brett Halliday an American mystery writer, best known for the long-lived series of Michael Shayne novels he wrote, and later commissioned others to write. Dresser wrote non-series mysteries, westerns and romances under the names Asa Baker, Matthew Blood, Kathryn Culver, Don Davis, Hal Debrett, Anthony Scott, Peter Field, and Anderson Wayne
Feb 6 Hermann Felsner an Austrian football player and manager from Vienna.
Feb 6 Gustave Gilbert an American psychologist best known for his writings containing observations of high-ranking Nazi leaders during the Nuremberg Trials. His Psychology of Dictatorship was an attempt to profile Adolf Hitler using as reference the testimonials of Hitler’s closest generals and commanders. Gilbert’s published work is still a subject of study in many universities and colleges, especially in the field of psychology
Feb 7 Oskar Klein a Swedish theoretical physicist.
Feb 8 Eivind Groven a Norwegian microtonal composer and music-theorist. He was from Telemark and had his background in the folk music of the area
Feb 9 Alia al-Hussein the Queen consort of Jordan and the third spouse of King Hussein of Jordan from her marriage in 1972 until her death in a helicopter crash in 1977. The international airport in Amman is named after her
Feb 9 Sergey Ilyushin a Soviet aircraft designer who founded the Ilyushin aircraft design bureau.