Died in 1988

Jan 1 Albert Decaris a French artist, engraver, painter and aquarellist.
Jan 1 Anatoli Nenartovich a Soviet Russian painter. He lived and worked in Leningrad, and is regarded as one of the representatives of the Leningrad school of painting, most famous for his cityscapes
Jan 1 Margot Bryant an English actress, best known for playing Minnie Caldwell on the soap opera Coronation Street from 1960 to 1976.
Jan 2 Yukio Kasahara a leading general in the Imperial Japanese Army in the Second Sino-Japanese War.
Jan 3 Rose Ausländer a Jewish German- and English language poet. She was born in Bukovina, and lived in the United States, Romania, and Germany
Jan 3 Joie Chitwood an American racecar driver and businessman. He is best known as a daredevil in the Joie Chitwood Thrill Show
Jan 3 Gaston Eyskens a Christian democratic politician and Prime Minister of Belgium. He was also an economist and member of the Belgian Christian Social Party
Jan 4 Lily Laskine one of the most prominent harpists of the twentieth century. She was a frequent performing partner of several distinguished French flautists, including Marcel Moyse and Jean-Pierre Rampal. Laskine also served as professor of harp at the Conservatoire de Paris from 1948 to 1958. She was awarded the Legion of Honour in 1958
Jan 4 Henfil a Brazilian cartoonist, caricaturist, journalist and writer, born in Ribeirão das Neves, Minas Gerais.
Jan 5 Giorgio Porreca an Italian chess player and International Master.
Jan 5 Pete Maravich an American professional basketball player. He was born and raised in Aliquippa, Pennsylvania, part of the Pittsburgh metropolitan area. Maravich starred in college at Louisiana State University and played for three NBA teams until injuries forced his retirement in 1980. He is still the all-time leading NCAA Division I scorer with 3,667 points scored and an average of 44.2 points per game. All of his accomplishments were achieved before the three-point line was introduced to NCAA basketball and despite being unable to play varsity as a freshman under then-NCAA rules. One of the youngest players ever inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame, Maravich was cited by the Hall as "perhaps the greatest creative offensive talent in history". In an April 2010 interview, Hall of Fame player John Havlicek said "the best ball-handler of all time was Maravich."
Jan 7 Trevor Howard an English actor. After varied stage work, he achieved wide acclaim in the film of Noël Coward’s Brief Encounter , followed by The Third Man. This led to many popular appearances on film and His distinguished war record is claimed to have been fabricated
Jan 7 Marilyn Schreffler an American actress, who provided voice-overs for several animated TV programs, mostly for Hanna-Barbera Productions.
Jan 7 Michel Auclair an actor of Serbian and French ancestry, known best for his roles in French cinema.
Jan 8 Frank Pace the 3rd United States Secretary of the Army and a business executive.
Jan 8 Andrey Melnikov a Private, machine gunner of the 9th Company, 345th Independent Guards Airborne Regiment, 40th Army.
Jan 8 Vyacheslav Alexandrovich Alexandrov a Guards Junior Sergeant and squad commander in the 9th airborne company, 345th Independent Guards Airborne Regiment, 40th Army.
Jan 11 Isidor Isaac Rabi used in magnetic resonance imaging. He was also involved in the development of the cavity magnetron, which is used in microwave radar and microwave ovens
Jan 11 Pappy Boyington a highly decorated American combat pilot who was a United States Marine Corps fighter ace during World War He received both the Medal of Honor and the Navy Cross.
Jan 11 Con O'Neill (diplomat) Sir Con W. O'Neill, , was a British civil servant and diplomat. He was the British Ambassador to China and the British Ambassador to Finland. He was also the British representative to the European Economic Community from 1963 to 1965 and led the British delegation which negotiated the country's entry to the EEC
Jan 12 Piero Taruffi a racing driver from Italy, and also the father of lady racer Prisca Taruffi.
Jan 12 Connie Mulder a South African politician, cabinet minister and father of Pieter Mulder, present leader of the Freedom Front Plus.
Jan 12 Joe Albany an esteemed American modern jazz pianist. He was among the few white pianists to have played bebop with Charlie Parker
Jan 13 Viktors Arājs a Latvian collaborator and Nazi SS officer, who took part in the Holocaust during the German occupation of Latvia and Belarus as the leader of the Arājs Kommando. The Arajs Kommando murdered about half of Latvia's Jews
Jan 13 Donald Healey a noted English car designer, rally driver and speed record holder.
Jan 13 Chiang Ching-kuo the son of Generalissimo and President Chiang Kai-shek and held numerous posts in the government of the Republic of China. He succeeded his father to serve as Premier of the Republic of China between 1972 and 1978 and was the President of the Republic of China from 1978 until his death in 1988. Under his tenure, the government of the Republic of China, while authoritarian, became more open and tolerant of political dissent. Towards the end of his life, Chiang relaxed government controls on the media and speech and allowed native Taiwanese into positions of power, including his successor Lee Teng-hui
Jan 14 Georgy Malenkov a Soviet politician and Communist Party leader.
Jan 15 Seán MacBride an Irish government minister, a prominent international politician and a former Chief of Staff of the IRA.
Jan 16 Otto Degener a botanist and conservationist who specialized in identifying plants of the Hawaiian Islands.
Jan 16 Andrija Artuković a Croatian politician and lawyer, Ustaše intellectual and minister in the Government of the Independent State of Croatia. Artuković was convicted of war crimes committed against minorities in the NDH during World War II
Jan 16 Ballard Berkeley an English actor of stage and screen, remembered for his role in the British television sitcom Fawlty Towers, in which he played the character of Major Gowen.
Jan 17 Percy Qoboza an influential black South African journalist, author, and outspoken critic of the apartheid government in South Africa during the early periods of world recognition of the problems evident in the racially divided land. His eloquent editorials did much to challenge the white South Africans who were shielded from the savage horrors of apartheid as experienced by millions of black South Africans at the hands of the minority government
Jan 18 Angelo de Mojana di Cologna an Italian nobleman and the 77th Prince and Grand Master of the Sovereign Military Order of Malta from 1962 to 1988.
Jan 19 Yevgeny Mravinsky a Soviet-Russian conductor.
Jan 20 Philippe de Rothschild a member of the Rothschild banking dynasty who became a Grand Prix race-car driver, a screenwriter and playwright, a theatrical producer, a film producer, a poet, and one of the most successful wine growers in the world.
Jan 20 Dora Stratou a significant contributor to Greek Folk Dancing and Greek Folk Music. She issued one of the largest series of folk music in the world with 50 records and is the founder of the Greek Dances-Dora Stratou Society
Jan 21 E. B. Ford Edmund Brisco "Henry" Ford FRS Hon. FRCP was a British ecological geneticist. He was a leader among those British biologists who investigated the role of natural selection in nature. As a schoolboy Ford became interested in lepidoptera, the group of insects which includes butterflies and moths. He went on to study the genetics of natural populations, and invented the field of ecological genetics. Ford was awarded the Royal Society's Darwin Medal in 1954. Later, in 1968, he was awarded UNESCO's Kalinga Prize for the popularisation of science
Jan 22 Nadia Russo a pioneering Romanian aviator.
Jan 22 Parker Fennelly an American actor who appeared in ten films, numerous television episodes and hundreds of radio programs.
Jan 23 Charles Glen King an American biochemist who was a pioneer in the field of nutrition research and who isolated vitamin C at the same time as Albert Szent-Györgyi. A biography of King states that many feel he deserves equal credit with Szent-Györgyi for the discovery of this vitamin
Jan 24 Werner Fenchel a mathematician known for his contributions to geometry and to optimization theory. Fenchel established the basic results of convex analysis and nonlinear optimization theory which would, in time, serve as the foundation for Nonlinear programming. A German-born Jew and early refugee from Nazi suppression of intellectuals, Fenchel lived most of his life in Denmark. Fenchel's monographs and lecture notes are considered influential
Jan 24 Hiroshi Yoneyama a Japanese swimmer who competed in the 1928 Summer Olympics in Amsterdam.
Jan 24 Claus Korth a Korvettenkapitän with the Kriegsmarine during World War II and commander of U-57 and U-93. He is also a 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 25 Colleen Moore an American film actress who began her career during the silent film era. Moore became one of the most fashionable stars of the era and helped popularize the bobbed haircut
Jan 25 Boris Kulagin a Russian ice hockey player and coach. Kulagin was one of the first players in the Soviet Union to play organized ice hockey in the 1940s. Prior to this time Kulagin played bandy or "Russian hockey". Kulagin would later coach teams in the Soviet Union, eventually becoming national team coach in the 1970s
Jan 26 Raymond Williams a Welsh academic, novelist and critic. He was an influential figure within the New Left and in wider culture. His writings on politics, culture, the mass media and literature are a significant contribution to the Marxist critique of culture and the arts. Some 750,000 copies of his books have sold in UK editions alone and there are many translations available. His work laid the foundations for the field of cultural studies and the cultural materialist approach
Jan 27 Massa Makan Diabaté a Malian historian, author, and playwright.
Jan 27 Edward Pawley an American actor of radio, films and Broadway. The full name on his birth certificate is Edward Joel Stone Pawley, however, he never used the Stone name. It derived from a Stone family in Illinois
Jan 28 Klaus Fuchs a German-born British theoretical physicist and atomic spy who in 1950 was convicted of supplying information from the American, British and Canadian Manhattan Project to the Soviet Union during and shortly after the Second World War. While at the Los Alamos National Laboratory, Fuchs was responsible for many significant theoretical calculations relating to the first nuclear weapons and later the early models of the hydrogen bomb
Jan 29 James Rhyne Killian the 10th president of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, from 1948 until 1959.