Died in 1989

Jan 1 Biguá a Brazilian footballer.
Jan 1 Aleka Stratigou a Greek actress. She played in theatre and several films with a characteristic voice and played mostly in servant roles. She was the wife of Andreas Barkoulis. She died on January 1, 1989 and is buried in Peristeri. She was the brother of Stefanos and sister of Stella and Rena
Jan 2 Ilya Pavlovich Mazuruk a pilot, polar explorer, and Hero of the Soviet Union.
Jan 2 Safdar Hashmi a communist playwright and director, best known for his work with street theatre in India. He was also an actor, lyricist, and theorist, and he is still considered an important voice in Indian political theatre
Jan 3 Sergei Sobolev a Soviet mathematician working in mathematical analysis and partial differential equations. He was born in Petersburg, and died in Moscow
Jan 3 Eddie Heywood a jazz pianist who was popular in the 1940s.
Jan 4 Dvora Netzer an Israeli politician who served as a member of the Knesset for Mapai, the Labor Party and the Alignment between 1949 and 1969.
Jan 5 Philip Herschkowitz a Romanian-born composer and music theorist, pupil of Alban Berg and Anton Webern, who spent 47 years, from 1940 to 1987, in the Soviet Union.
Jan 6 Jim Hurtubise an American race car driver who raced in USAC Champ Cars , as well as sprint cars and stock cars. He was from North Tonawanda, New York. Despite his limited success, he was a fan favorite throughout much of his career as many characterized him as an "old style" racecar driver
Jan 7 Hirohito the 124th Emperor of Japan according to the traditional order, reigning from December 25, 1926, until his death on January 7, 1989. Although better known outside of Japan by his personal name Hirohito , in Japan he is now referred to primarily by his posthumous name Emperor Shōwa. The word Shōwa is the name of the era that corresponded with the Emperor's reign, and was made the Emperor's own name upon his death. In Japanese, the reigning Emperor is referred to without a personal name as "his Majesty the Emperor" or "his current Majesty". The name Hirohito means "abundant benevolence"
Jan 7 Ugo Pignotti an Italian fencer. He won a gold medal in the team foil event at the 1928 Summer Olympics and two silver medals at the 1932 Summer Olympics
Jan 9 Bill Terry a Major League Baseball first baseman and manager. Considered one of the greatest players of all time, Terry was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1954. In 1999, he ranked number 59 on The Sporting News list of the 100 Greatest Baseball Players, and was a nominee for the Major League Baseball All-Century Team. The Giants retired Terry's uniform 3 in 1984; it is posted on the facade of the upper deck in the left field corner of AT&T Park. Nicknamed "Memphis Bill", he is most remembered for being the last National League player to hit.400, a feat he accomplished by batting.401 in 1930
Jan 9 Walter Köhler Minister President of Baden, Germany during the Nazi regime. Köhler was born in Weinheim, Baden. He was known as a talented speaker and strict anti-semite. When the Nazis rose to power, Köhler served under Robert Heinrich Wagner as Minister President of Baden
Jan 10 Herbert Morrison (announcer) an American radio reporter best known for his dramatic report of the Hindenburg disaster, a catastrophic fire that destroyed the LZ 129 Hindenburg zeppelin on May 6, 1937, killing 36 people.
Jan 10 Colin Winchester an Assistant Commissioner in the Australian Federal Police. Winchester commanded ACT Police, the community policing component of the AFP Australian Federal Police responsible for the Australian Capital Territory
Jan 10 William Joseph Browne a Canadian politician.
Jan 10 Valentin Glushko a Soviet engineer, and the principal Soviet designer of rocket engines during the Soviet/American Space Race.
Jan 11 Ray Moore (broadcaster) a British broadcaster who was best known for his long running early morning show on BBC Radio 2.
Jan 11 August Koern an Estonian statesman and diplomat. He was Estonian foreign minister in exile from March 1, 1964 to June 3, 1982
Jan 11 José Bustamante y Rivero a lawyer, writer, politician, diplomat, President of Peru from 1945 to 1948 and President of the International Court of Justice in The Hague from 1967 to 1969.
Jan 11 Einar Andersson a Swedish opera singer.
Jan 13 Sterling Allen Brown an African-American professor, author of works on folklore, poet and literary critic. He studied chiefly black culture of the Southern United States and was a full professor at Howard University for most of his career. He also had visiting professor stints at several other institutions, including Vassar College, New York University , Atlanta University, and Yale University
Jan 13 Ray Morehart an American major league baseball player.
Jan 13 Joe Spinell an American character actor, who appeared in numerous films in the 1970s and 1980s, as well as various stage productions on and off Broadway. His notable roles included performances in The Godfather and The Godfather Part II , Rocky , Taxi Driver , William Friedkin's Cruising , and the cult horror film Maniac , which he also wrote
Jan 14 Marco Vassi an American experimental thinker and author, most noted for his erotica. He wrote fiction and nonfiction, publishing hundreds of short stories, articles, more than a dozen novels, and at least one play, "The Re-Enactment," at the Caffe Cino in January 1966. Many of his works appeared as "Anonymous" in their first printings. He is most often compared to Henry Miller, has been called the greatest erotic writer of his time and "foremost of his generation," and praised by the likes of Norman Mailer, Gore Vidal, Saul Bellow, and Kate Millett
Jan 16 Steve Otto a Canadian politician.
Jan 16 Boileau-Narcejac the nom de plume by which French crime fiction writers Pierre Boileau and Pierre Ayraud, aka Thomas Narcejac collaborated. A number of their publications were adapted for cinema, including Celle qui n'était plus, as Les Diaboliques , directed by Henri-Georges Clouzot, and D'entre les morts, as Vertigo , directed by Alfred Hitchcock. They also notably adapted the novel Les yeux sans visage by Jean Redon into the horror movie known in English as Eyes Without a Face
Jan 16 Prem Nazir an Indian film actor best known for his work in Malayalam cinema. He is considered one of the all time super stars in Malayalam cinema. He is referred to as the Nithya Haritha Nayakan of Malayalam cinema
Jan 17 Alfredo Zitarrosa a Uruguayan singer, composer, poet, writer and journalist. He is regarded as one of the most important figures in the popular music of his country and Latin America in general
Jan 17 Georges Schehadé a Lebanese playwright and poet writing in French.
Jan 18 Nils Axelsson a Swedish football defender who played for Sweden in the 1934 FIFA World Cup. He also played for Helsingborgs IF
Jan 18 Bruce Chatwin an English writer whose best known works are In Patagonia and The Songlines. Although he was often referred to as a travel writer, a term he eschewed, Chatwin was also a novelist and a journalist who interviewed figures such as Indira Gandhi and André Malraux. He won the James Tait Black Memorial Prize for his novel On the Black Hill and his novel Utz was shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize
Jan 20 Dolf van Kol a Dutch footballer who earned 33 caps for the Dutch national side between 1925 and 1931, scoring four goals. He also participated at the 1928 Summer Olympics. He played club football for Ajax, and would later go on to manage Ajax from 1942 to 1945
Jan 20 Józef Cyrankiewicz a Polish Socialist and after 1948 Communist politician. He served as premier of the People's Republic of Poland between 1947 and 1952, and again between 1954 and 1970. He also served as Chairman of the Polish Council of State from 1970 to 1972
Jan 20 Alamgir Kabir (film maker) a Bangladeshi film director and cultural activist. Three of his feature films are featured in the "Top 10 Bangladeshi Films" list by British Film Institute
Jan 20 Beatrice Lillie an actress and comedic performer. Following her 1920 marriage to Sir Robert Peel in England, she was known in private life as Lady Peel. Sheridan Morley noted in the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography that "Lillie's great talents were the arched eyebrow, the curled lip, the fluttering eyelid, the tilted chin, the ability to suggest, even in apparently innocent material, the possible double entendre"
Jan 20 John Harding 1st Baron Harding of Petherton a British Army officer who fought in both World Wars, the Malayan Emergency, and later advised the British Government on the response to the Mau Mau Uprising. He also served as Chief of the Imperial General Staff, and was Governor of Cyprus from 1955 to 1957 during the Cyprus Emergency
Jan 21 Carl Furillo a right fielder in Major League Baseball who played his entire career for the Brooklyn and Los Angeles Dodgers. A member of seven National League champions from 1947 to 1959 inclusive, he batted over.300 five times, winning the 1953 batting title with a.344 average – then the highest by a right-handed hitting Dodger since 1900. Noted for his strong and accurate throwing arm, he recorded 10 or more assists in nine consecutive seasons, leading the league twice, and retired with the fifth-most games in right field in NL history
Jan 21 Billy Tipton an American jazz musician and bandleader. He is also notable for the postmortem discovery that although he lived his adult life as a man, he was female assigned at birth
Jan 22 S. Vithiananthan a Sri Lankan Tamil writer, academic and the first vice-chancellor of the University of Jaffna.
Jan 22 Sándor Weöres a Hungarian poet and author.
Jan 23 Lars-Erik Torph a Swedish rally driver. He debuted in the World Rally Championship in 1980 and took his first points at his home event, the Swedish Rally, in 1984. Driving a Toyota Celica TCT, a Toyota Supra 3.0i and an Audi Coupé Quattro, he went on to finish on the podium four times. After just turning 28, Torph and his co-driver Bertil-Rune Rehnfeldt died while spectating the 1989 Monte Carlo Rally, after Lancia driver Alex Fiorio lost control of his Delta Integrale and crashed into them
Jan 23 Konstantin Shchegodskiy a Soviet-Ukrainian football player and coach from Moscow.
Jan 23 Salvador Dalí a prominent Spanish Catalan surrealist painter born in Figueres, Spain.
Jan 24 Roberto Figueroa an Uruguayan football player who competed in the 1928 Summer Olympics.
Jan 24 Ted Bundy an American serial killer, kidnapper, rapist, and necrophile who assaulted and murdered numerous young women and girls during the 1970s and possibly earlier. Shortly before his execution, after more than a decade of denials, he confessed to 30 homicides committed in seven states between 1974 and 1978. The true victim count remains unknown, and could be much higher
Jan 24 Merwin Graham an American track and field athlete who competed in the 1924 Summer Olympics.
Jan 24 George Knudson a Canadian professional golfer, who along with Mike Weir holds the record for the Canadian with the most wins on the PGA Tour, with eight career victories.
Jan 27 Thomas Sopwith an English aviation pioneer and yachtsman.
Jan 27 Bayani Casimiro a Filipino dancer who was among the leading stars of bodabil in the 1930s and 1940s. He also appeared in musical films and later in life, in comedic roles. A tap dancer, he was frequently dubbed as the "Fred Astaire of the Philippines"