Died in 1991

Jan 2 Joseph J. Spengler an American economist, statistician, and historian of economic thought. A recipient of the 1951 John Frederick Lewis Award of the American Philosophical Society and the 1981 Distinguished Fellow Award from the History of Economics Society, he was Professor Emeritus of Economics at Duke University at the time of his death
Jan 2 Irving Johnson an American sail training pioneer, adventurer, lecturer, and author.
Jan 2 Edmond Jabès highly original in its form and its breadth.
Jan 3 Luke Appling an American shortstop in Major League Baseball who played his entire career for the Chicago White Sox. He was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1964
Jan 4 Walter Käding a German watch officer and coxswain on a U-boat 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 4 Sanmao (author) a novelist, translator and writer. Born as Chen Mao Ping , the writer's pseudonym was adopted from a character of acclaimed caricaturist Zhang Leping's most famous work, entitled Sanmao. In English she was also known as Echo or Echo Chan, the first name she used in Latin script, based on the homonymous Greek nymph
Jan 4 Poon Lim a Chinese sailor who survived 133 days alone in the South Atlantic.
Jan 5 Vasko Popa a Serbian poet of Romanian descent.
Jan 5 Tõnis Kint an Estonian politician. He served as "Prime Minister in duties of the President" from December 23, 1970 to March 1, 1990
Jan 5 Günther Pulst 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 6 Ahmed Adnan Saygun a Turkish composer, musicologist and writer on music.
Jan 6 Alan Wiggins a Major League Baseball second baseman and left fielder. He was the first baseball player known to die of AIDS
Jan 7 Henri Louveau a racing driver from France. He participated in two Formula One World Championship Grands Prix, debuting on September 3, 1950. He scored no championship points
Jan 7 Kondrat Krapiva a Belarusian writer, playwright, social activist, and literary critic. He was the winner of two Stalin Prizes in 1941 and 1951 and winner of the USSR State Prize in 1971. From 1950 he was a member of the Academy of Sciences of the Belorussian SSR. He was a writer for the magazine, "Polymya"
Jan 8 Steve Clark an English musician best known as the co-lead guitarist and a principal songwriter for the British hard rock band, Def Leppard, until his 1991 death from an overdose brought on by a combination of multiple prescription drugs and alcohol. In 2007, Clark was ranked 11 on Classic Rock Magazine's "100 Wildest Guitar Heroes"
Jan 9 Salatyn Asgarova a National Hero of Azerbaijan. She was one of the Azerbaijani journalists killed in the Nagorno-Karabakh war
Jan 10 Richard Kuremaa an Estonian footballer - one of the most famous before World War He played 42 times for Estonia national football team scoring 19 goals. He debuted on 11 June 1933 in game versus Sweden. Until 1995 he was the all-time top scorer in Estonian premier division with 65 goals, but oddly he never won the top scorer award
Jan 11 Carl David Anderson an American physicist. He is best known for his discovery of the positron in 1932, an achievement for which he received the 1936 Nobel Prize in Physics, and of the muon in 1936
Jan 12 Mary Francis Shura an American writer of over 50 novels from 1960 to 1990. She wrote children's adventures and young adult romances as Mary Francis Shura, F. Craig, and Meredith Hill; gothic novels as Mary Craig; romance novels as Alexis Hill, Mary Shura Craig and Mary Craig; and suspense novels as S. Craig
Jan 12 Keye Luke a Chinese-born American actor. He was known for playing Lee Chan, the "Number One Son" in the Charlie Chan films, the original Kato in the 1939-1941 Green Hornet film serials, and Master Po in the television series Kung He was the first Chinese-American contract player signed with RKO, Universal, and MGM and was one of the most prominent Asian actors of American cinema in the mid-twentieth century
Jan 13 Eladio Rojas a former Chilean footballer who played for Everton and Colo-Colo of Chile, River Plate of Argentina and in the Chile national football team in the FIFA World Cup Chile 1962. Rojas scored the match winning goal for Chile in the 90th minute against Yugoslavia in the 1962 World Cup. His goal secured third place for the World Cup hosts, and is Chile's best finish in the tournament to date. Rojas was also a starter on the River Plate teams of the 1960s that fiercely contested the Argentina Primera Division title. While Rojas never won the title, River Plate did manage to place second in 1962 and 1963 as well as third in 1964
Jan 14 Irwin Goodman a popular Finnish rock and folk singer. In the late 1960s he was widely known as a protest singer. He recorded over 300 songs, most of which were his own compositions, with lyrics written by Vexi Salmi. Irwin Goodman started as a protest song singer in the folk boom of the mid-1960s, his humorous songs, often mocking the authorities, became favorites of the Finnish people; to such extent that small "Irwin singalike" contests are continuously arranged by some pubs for entertainment. Goodman had continuing troubles with Finnish tax authorities and had ever-worsening problems with alcohol. His escapades were eagerly followed by sensationalist magazines such as Hymy
Jan 14 David Arkin an American actor, known for his numerous supporting appearances in the films of Robert Altman. These roles were part of Altman's frequent ensemble and included Staff Sergeant Vollmer in MASH , Harry in The Long Goodbye , Norman in Nashville , and The Mailman/The Police Officer in Popeye
Jan 14 Gordon Bryant an Australian politician. A member of the Australian Labor Party, he represented the Division of Wills from 1955 until his retirement in 1980
Jan 14 Miles Copeland Jr. an American musician, businessman, and CIA officer who was closely involved in major foreign-policy operations from the 1950s to the 1980s.
Jan 17 Giacomo Manzù an Italian sculptor.
Jan 17 Scott Speicher a United States Navy pilot who was shot down over Iraq during the Persian Gulf War. He was the first American combat casualty of the war. His remains were not recovered until 2 August 2009; his fate had not been known until then
Jan 17 Vladimír Skalička a Czech professor, linguist, translator, and polyglot. A member of the influential Prague School of linguists and literary critics and a corresponding member of the Czechoslovak Academy of Sciences, he is credited with further developing morphological typology
Jan 17 Olav V of Norway the King of Norway from 1957 until his death. A member of the House of Schleswig-Holstein-Sonderburg-Glücksburg, Olav was the son of Haakon VII and Maud of Wales
Jan 18 Hamilton Fish III a soldier and politician from New York State. Born into a family long active in the state, he served in the United States House of Representatives from 1920 to 1945 and during that time was a prominent opponent of United States intervention in foreign affairs and was a critic of President Franklin Roosevelt. When Fish celebrated his 102nd birthday in 1990, he was the oldest living American who had served in Congress
Jan 19 Marcel Chaput a scientist and a militant for the independence of Quebec from Canada. Along with some 20 other people including André D'Allemagne and Jacques Bellemare, he was a founding member of the Rassemblement pour l'indépendance nationale
Jan 19 John Russell (actor) an American actor, and World War II veteran, most noted for playing Marshal Dan Troop in the successful ABC western television series Lawman from 1958 to 1962.
Jan 19 Winston H. Bostick an American physicist who discovered plasmoids, plasma focus, and plasma vortex phenomena. He simulated cosmical astrophysics with laboratory plasma experiments, and showed that Hubble expansion can be produced with repulsive mutual induction between neighboring galaxies acting as homopolar generators. His work on plasmas provided evidence for finite-sized elementary particles and the composition of strings, but this is not accepted by mainstream science
Jan 20 Joseph Carroll (DIA) the founding director of the Defense Intelligence Agency , and the Air Force Office of Special Investigations.
Jan 20 Stan Szelest an American musician, known for founding an influential blues band in the 1950s and 1960s, Stan and the Ravens, and then later as a keyboardist with The Band.
Jan 20 Louis Seigner a French actor.
Jan 20 Harry Giese a German theatre and voice actor. He is best known for providing voiceovers on German newsreels during the Second World War and for being the narrator of the anti-semitic propaganda film The Eternal Jew
Jan 21 Princess Ileana of Romania the youngest daughter of King Ferdinand I of Romania, and his consort Queen Marie of Romania. She was a great-granddaughter of Queen Victoria and of Czar Alexander She was born Her Royal Highness Ileana, Princess of Romania, Princess of Hohenzollern. After marriage she was known as Her Imperial and Royal Highness, Ileana, Archduchess of Austria, Princess Imperial of Austria, Princess Royal of Hungary and Bohemia, Princess of Tuscany, Princess of Romania, Princess of Hohenzollern
Jan 22 Robert Choquette a Canadian novelist, poet and diplomat.
Jan 23 Herbert Fröhlich a German-born British physicist and a Fellow of the Royal Society.
Jan 23 Nikolai Talyzin a Soviet statesman, economist and head of the Gosplan, or the State Planning Committee.
Jan 23 Northrop Frye a Canadian literary critic and literary theorist, considered one of the most influential of the 20th century.
Jan 24 Padmarajan an Indian author, screenwriter, and film director who was known for his landmark works in Malayalam literature and Malayalam cinema. Padmarajan was the founder of a new school of film making in Malayalam, along with Bharathan, in the 1980s, which created films that were widely received while also being critically acclaimed
Jan 24 John M. Kelly (politician) an Irish legal academic and Fine Gael politician.
Jan 24 Jack Schaefer a twentieth-century American author known for his Westerns. His most famous work is Shane, which was made into a critically acclaimed movie, and the short story "Stubby Pringle's Christmas"
Jan 25 Lilian Bond a British film actress of the late 1920s to the 1940s, with most of her films being B-films.
Jan 26 Des Koch an American athlete who competed mainly in the discus throw.
Jan 28 Red Grange a college and professional American football halfback for the University of Illinois, the Chicago Bears, and for the short-lived New York Yankees. His signing with the Bears helped legitimize the National Football League. He was a charter member of both the College and Pro Football Hall of Fame. In 1924, Grange became the first recipient of the Chicago Tribune Silver Football award denoting the Big Ten's MVP. In 2008, he was named the best college football player of all time by ESPN, and in 2011, he was named the Greatest Big Ten Icon by the Big Ten Network
Jan 29 Yasushi Inoue a Japanese writer of poetry, essays, short fiction, and novels. He was originally from Asahikawa, Hokkaido
Jan 30 John McIntire an American character actor. McIntire replaced Ward Bond for the starring role on Wagon Train as the second trail master, Christopher Hale