Died in 1986

Jan 1 Bruce Norris owner of the Detroit Red Wings from 1952 to 1982. He was the son of James Norris and half-brother of James Norris. Members of the Norris family owned the Red Wings for almost fifty years before selling the franchise to Mike Ilitch in 1982. Bruce and Marguerite Norris inherited the Detroit Red Wings from James Norris who died on December 4, 1952. Marguerite Norris was named President. After winning the Stanley Cup in 1955 Bruce bought out his sister Marguerite shares to become the sole owner of the Red Wings. He was later elected the chairman of the National Hockey League's Board of Governors. Bruce Norris was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1969, joining his father and brother. Bruce Norris name was engraved on the Stanley Cup as a Vice President in 1952, 1954, 1955
Jan 2 Günther Heydemann a German U-boat commander in World War II and 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 2 Bill Veeck a native of Chicago, Illinois, and a franchise owner and promoter in Major League Baseball. Veeck was at various times the owner of the Cleveland Indians, Louis Browns and Chicago White Sox. As owner and team president of the Indians in 1947, Veeck signed Larry Doby and thus successfully integrated the American League. Veeck was the last owner to purchase a baseball franchise without an independent fortune, and is responsible for many innovations and contributions to baseball
Jan 2 John Hargis (basketball) an American professional basketball player, first in the National Basketball League and then in the National Basketball Association. He was born in Nacogdoches, Texas and attended Nacogdoches High School
Jan 2 Una Merkel an American Tony Award-winning stage and film actress.
Jan 3 Clare W. Graves a professor of psychology and originator of a theory of adult human development. He was born in New Richmond, Indiana
Jan 3 Jan Zumbach a Polish fighter pilot who became an ace during the Second World War.
Jan 4 Christopher Isherwood an English novelist.
Jan 4 Wilbur R. Franks a Canadian scientist, notable as the inventor of the anti-gravity suit or G-suit, and for his work in cancer research.
Jan 4 Phil Lynott an Irish musician, singer and songwriter. His most commercially successful group was Thin Lizzy, of which he was a founding member, the principal songwriter, lead vocalist and bassist. He later also found success as a solo artist
Jan 5 Ilmari Salminen a Finnish track and field athlete, winner of the 10,000 metres at the 1936 Summer Olympics.
Jan 6 Fernand Oubradous a French bassoonist, conductor and composer. Born in Paris, he studied in his native city with André Bloch. He composed a series of tutors called Enseignement Complet du Basson in three parts Published by Alphonse Leduc. He died in Paris after a long battle with constipation
Jan 7 P. D. Eastman an American screenwriter, children's author, and illustrator. As an author, he is known primarily as D. Eastman
Jan 7 Juan Rulfo a Mexican writer, screenwriter and photographer. One of Latin America's esteemed authors, Rulfo's reputation rests on two slim books, the novel Pedro Páramo , and El Llano en llamas , a collection of short stories. Fifteen of these seventeen short stories have been translated into English and published as The Burning Plain and Other Stories. This collection includes his admired tale "¡Diles que no me maten!"
Jan 8 Pierre Fournier a French cellist who was called the "aristocrat of cellists," on account of his elegant musicianship and majestic sound.
Jan 9 Michel de Certeau a French Jesuit and scholar whose work combined history, psychoanalysis, philosophy, and the social sciences.
Jan 10 Jaroslav Seifert a Nobel Prize–winning Czech writer, poet and journalist.
Jan 10 Ernst Lehner a German footballer. He was born in Augsburg and died in Aschaffenburg
Jan 11 Andrzej Czok a Polish mountaineer best known for the first winter ascent of Dhaulagiri on January 21, 1985 with Jerzy Kukuczka and for the first ascent of Mount Everest through South Pillar in 1980. He died while making a winter attempt on Kangchenjunga
Jan 11 Ilya Averbakh a Soviet film director. His 1972 film, Monologue, was entered into the 1973 Cannes Film Festival
Jan 11 Kazuo Kamimura a manga artist.
Jan 11 Sid Chaplin an English writer whose works are mostly set in the North East England of the 1940s and '50s.
Jan 12 Marcel Arland a French novelist, literary critic, and journalist.
Jan 12 Ludwig Biermann a German astronomer, obtaining his Ph.D. from Göttingen University in 1932.
Jan 12 Juan Carlos Corazzo a Uruguayan football player and manager.
Jan 12 Bob Kaufman an American Beat poet and surrealist inspired by jazz music. In France, where his poetry had a large following, he was known as the "black American Rimbaud."
Jan 13 Mike Garcia (baseball born 1923) an American right-handed pitcher in Major League Baseball. Garcia grew up on a ranch in California and entered minor league baseball at the age of 18. After one season, he joined the U.S. Army and served for three years. Following his military discharge, Garcia returned to baseball. He was promoted to the MLB in 1948. He played 12 of his 14 major league seasons for the Cleveland Indians. From 1949 to 1954, Garcia joined Bob Lemon, Early Wynn, and Bob Feller on the Indians' "Big Four" pitching staff. Historians consider the "Big Four" to be one of the greatest starting pitching rotations in baseball history.:p.84:p.31 During those six seasons with the "Big Four", Garcia compiled a record of 104 wins against 57 losses. He had two 20-win seasons and led the American League in earned run average and shutouts twice each
Jan 13 Abdul Fattah Ismail the Chairman of the Presidium of the Supreme People's Council, head of state of South Yemen, and founder, chief ideologue, and first leader of the Yemeni Socialist Party from 21 December 1978 to 21 April 1980. He was summarily executed on 13 January 1986 along with three others, allegedly for "plotting to overthrow" Ali Nasir Muhammad's regime
Jan 14 Valerian Zorin a Soviet diplomat and statesman best remembered for his famous confrontation with Adlai Stevenson on October 25, 1962, during the Cuban Missile Crisis.
Jan 14 Donna Reed an American film and television actress and producer. Her career spanned over forty years with appearances in over forty films. She is well known for her role as Mary Hatch in Frank Capra's 1946 film It's a Wonderful Life. In 1953, she received the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for her performance as Lorene Burke in the war drama From Here to Eternity
Jan 14 Daniel Balavoine a French singer and songwriter. He was hugely popular in the French-speaking world, and inspired many singers in the 1980s, such as Jean-Jacques Goldman, and Michel Berger, his closest friend. He took part in French political life and is known for a 1980 televised verbal confrontation with François Mitterrand
Jan 14 Thierry Sabine a French wrangler, motorcycle racer, and founder and main organizer of Paris Dakar.
Jan 15 Vladimir Rodimushkin a Russian rower who competed for the Soviet Union in the 1952 Summer Olympics.
Jan 16 Stjepan Šulek a Croatian composer, conductor, violinist and music teacher.
Jan 16 Herbert W. Armstrong an early pioneer of radio and tele-evangelism, originally taking to the airwaves in the 1930s from Eugene, Oregon. Armstrong preached an eclectic set of theological doctrines and teachings that he claimed came directly from the Bible. These theological doctrines and teachings have been referred to as Armstrongism. His teachings included the interpretation of biblical prophecy in light of British Israelism, and required observance of parts of the covenant Law including seventh-day Sabbath, dietary prohibitions, and the covenant law "Holy Days"
Jan 18 Edmundo Rivero an Argentine tango singer, composer, and impresario.
Jan 19 Adam Włodek a Polish poet, editor and translator.
Jan 20 Louis Hartz an American political scientist and influential liberal proponent of the idea of American exceptionalism.
Jan 21 Tatsumi Hijikata a Japanese choreographer, and the founder of a genre of dance performance art called Butoh. By the late 1960s, he had begun to develop this dance form, which is highly choreographed with stylized gestures drawn from his childhood memories of his northern Japan home. It is this style which is most often associated with Butoh by Westerners
Jan 22 Ilse Fromm-Michaels a German pianist and composer.
Jan 23 Yvonne Lefébure a French pianist and teacher.
Jan 23 Joseph Beuys a German Fluxus, happening and performance artist as well as a sculptor, installation artist, graphic artist, art theorist and pedagogue of art.
Jan 24 Gordon MacRae an American actor and singer, best known for his appearances in the film versions of two Rodgers and Hammerstein musicals, Oklahoma! and Carousel , and playing Bill Sherman in On Moonlight Bay and By The Light of the Silvery Moon.
Jan 24 Flo Hyman an American athlete who played volleyball. She was an Olympic silver medalist and played professional volleyball in Japan
Jan 24 L. Ron Hubbard an American author and the founder of the Church of Scientology. After establishing a career as a writer, becoming best known for his science fiction and fantasy stories, he developed a self-help system called Dianetics which was first expounded in book form in May 1950. He subsequently developed his ideas into a wide-ranging set of doctrines and rituals as part of a new religious movement that he called Scientology. His writings became the guiding texts for the Church of Scientology and a number of affiliated organizations that address such diverse topics as business administration, literacy and drug rehabilitation
Jan 24 Léopold Szondi a Hungarian psychiatrist. He is known for the psychological tool that bears his name, the Szondi test
Jan 24 Victor Crutchley a Royal Navy admiral during the Second World War and a First World War recipient of the Victoria Cross, the highest award for gallantry in the face of the enemy that can be awarded to British and Commonwealth forces.
Jan 25 Josef Kammhuber best known as the first general of night fighters in the Luftwaffe during World War He is credited with setting up the first truly successful night fighter defense system, the so-called Kammhuber Line, but a detailed knowledge of the system provided to the Royal Air Force by British military intelligence allowed them to render it ineffective. Personal battles between himself and Erhard Milch, director of the Reich Air Ministry, eventually led to his dismissal in 1943. After the war, he returned to the military sphere in Germany's Federal Defense Force
Jan 26 A. J. P. Ponrajah a leading Sri Lankan civil engineer and Director of Irrigation in Sri Lanka.
Jan 27 Lilli Palmer a German actress. She won the Volpi Cup, the Deutscher Filmpreis three times, and was nominated twice for a Golden Globe Award