Died in 1993

Jan 2 Rudi Supek a Croatian sociologist and a member of the Praxis School of Marxism.
Jan 2 Vladimir Makogonov a chess player from Azerbaijan. He was born in Nakhchivan but lived in Baku for most of his life. He became an International Master in 1950 and was awarded an honorary Grandmaster title in 1987
Jan 3 Johnny Most an American sports announcer, known primarily as the raspy radio voice of the Boston Celtics of the National Basketball Association from 1953 to 1990.
Jan 4 Shannon Boyd-Bailey McCune an American geographer and brother of George McCune. He was born in Sonchon, in what is now North Korea as the son of Presbyterian missionaries. He graduated with a Bachelor's degree from the College of Wooster in 1935 and a master's degree from Syracuse University. After receiving his Ph.D. in geography from Clark University in 1939 he taught at Ohio State University. He was the chairman of the geography department at Colgate University from 1947 to 1955, and the provost of the University of Massachusetts Amherst from 1955 to 1961. He then left academia and the United States to serve as the first civilian civil administrator of the Ryukyu Islands from 1962 to 1964. He became the president of the University of Vermont in 1965, but resigned one year later for a research trip to Asia. In 1969 until his retirement in 1979 he was a professor of geography at the University of Florida in Gainesville
Jan 4 Charles Bridgford an Australian politician. A member of the Liberal Party of Australia, Bridgford represented the South Eastern Province in the Victorian Legislative Council from 1955 to 1961
Jan 5 Nicholas Mayall an American observational astronomer. After obtaining his doctorate from the University of California, Berkeley, Mayall worked at the Lick Observatory, where he remained from 1934–1960, except for a brief period at MIT's Radiation Laboratory during World War II
Jan 5 Westley Allan Dodd an American psychopathic serial killer and child molester. He has been called "one of the most evil killers in history". His execution on January 5, 1993, was the first legal hanging in the United States since 1965
Jan 6 Richard Mortensen a Danish painter.
Jan 6 Rudolf Nureyev a Soviet-born dancer of ballet and modern dance, one of the most celebrated of the 20th century. Nureyev's artistic skills explored expressive areas of the dance, providing a new role to the male ballet dancer who once served only as support to the women
Jan 6 Dizzy Gillespie an American jazz trumpeter, bandleader, composer and occasional singer.
Jan 7 Toshihiko Izutsu Professor Emeritus at Keio University in Japan and author of many books on Islam and other religions. He taught at the Institute of Cultural and Linguistic studies at Keio University in Tokyo, the Iranian institute of Philosophy in Tehran, and McGill University in Montreal, Canada. He was fluent in over 10 languages, including Arabic, Persian, Sanskrit, Pali, Chinese, Japanese, Russian and Greek
Jan 8 Theo Bruins a Dutch pianist and composer.
Jan 9 Anton Crihan a Bessarabian politician.
Jan 9 Paul Hasluck an Australian historian, poet, public servant and politician, and the 17th Governor-General of Australia.
Jan 10 Adam Aston a Polish singer, actor, and pianist of Jewish origin. He sang in Polish, Hebrew and Yiddish and was one of the most popular artists in interwar Poland. He often worked with Henryk Wars. He also went under the names Adam Wiński, Adam Stanisław Lewinson, recorded also under names Kierski, Adam Winski and Ben-Lewi. He used the name Ben-Lewi when recording in Hebrew
Jan 12 Józef Czapski a Polish artist, author, and critic, as well as an officer of the Polish Army. As a painter, he is notable for his membership in the Kapist movement, which was heavily influenced by Cézanne. Following the Polish Defensive War, he was made a prisoner of war by the Soviets and was among the very few officers to survive the Katyn massacre of 1940. Following the Sikorski-Mayski Agreement, he was an official envoy of the Polish government searching for the missing Polish officers in Russia. After World War II, he remained in exile in the Paris suburb of Maisons-Laffitte, where he was among the founders of Kultura monthly, one of the most influential Polish cultural journals of the 20th century
Jan 13 René Pleven a notable French politician of the Fourth Republic. A member of the Free French, he helped found the Democratic and Socialist Union of the Resistance , a political party that was meant to be a successor to the wartime Resistance movement. He served as prime minister several times in the early 1950s, where his most notable contribution was the introduction of the Pleven Plan, which called for a European Defense Community between France, Italy, West Germany, and the Benelux countries
Jan 13 Edivaldo Martins Fonseca a Brazilian footballer who played as a forward.
Jan 13 Camargo Guarnieri a Brazilian composer.
Jan 14 Aleksandr Medakin a Soviet football player.
Jan 14 Manfred Lachs a Polish diplomat and jurist who greatly influenced in the development of international law after World War II.
Jan 15 Sammy Cahn an American lyricist, songwriter and musician. He is best known for his romantic lyrics to films and Broadway songs, as well as stand-alone songs premiered by recording companies in the Greater Los Angeles Area. He and his collaborators had a series of hit recordings with Frank Sinatra during the singer's tenure at Capitol Records, but also enjoyed hits with Dean Martin, Doris Day and many others. He played the piano and violin. He won the Academy Award four times for his songs, including the popular song "Three Coins in the Fountain"
Jan 15 Arthur Wallis Exell initially an assistant and later Deputy Keeper of Botany at the British Museum during the years 1924–1939 and 1950–1962. A noted cryptographer, taxonomist and phytogeographer, he was notable for his furthering of botanical exploration in tropical and sub-tropical Africa, and was an authority on the family Combretaceae
Jan 15 Annemarie von Gabain a German scholar who dealt with Turkic studies, both as a linguist and as an art historian.
Jan 15 Henry Iba an American basketball and baseball coach.
Jan 16 Rafik Khachatryan an Armenian sculptor. He was the father of Garegin Khachatryan
Jan 16 Florence Desmond the stage name of Florence Dawson, an English actress, comedienne and impersonator.
Jan 16 Svetozar Vujović a Bosnian football player.
Jan 16 Jón Páll Sigmarsson a strongman, powerlifter and bodybuilder from Iceland who was the first man to win World's Strongest Man contest 4 times.
Jan 16 Glenn Corbett an American actor, best known for his roles as the original Zefram Cochrane, the inventor of warp drive, on the original Star Trek series, and Lincoln Case on CBS's adventure drama Route 66.
Jan 17 Vilmos Zombori a Romanian footballer who played as a goalkeeper. He was also known as William Zombory
Jan 17 Albert Hourani a British-Lebanese historian, specializing in the Middle East.
Jan 17 Barbara Buczek a Polish composer. She was born in Kraków, Poland
Jan 18 Dionysios Zakythinos a leading Greek Byzantinist.
Jan 19 Nancy Keesing a Jewish Australian writer and editor.
Jan 19 Eleanor Hibbert an English author who combined imagination with facts to bring history alive through novels of fiction and romance. She was a prolific writer who published several books a year in different literary genres, each genre under a different pen name: Jean Plaidy for fictionalized history of European royalty; Victoria Holt for gothic romances, and Philippa Carr for a multi-generational family saga. A literary split personality, she also wrote light romances, crime novels, murder mysteries and thrillers under the names Eleanor Burford, Elbur Ford, Kathleen Kellow, Anna Percival, and Ellalice Tate
Jan 20 Audrey Hepburn a British actress and humanitarian. Recognised as a film and fashion icon, Hepburn was active during Hollywood's Golden Age. She was ranked by the American Film Institute as the third greatest female screen legend in the history of American cinema and has been placed in the International Best Dressed List Hall of Fame. She is also regarded by some to be the most naturally beautiful woman of all time
Jan 21 Charlie Gehringer a German-American Major League Baseball second baseman who played 19 seasons for the Detroit Tigers. He was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1949
Jan 21 Felice Borel an Italian football player who played as a striker.
Jan 21 Dimitris Nikolaidis a Greek actor.
Jan 21 Leo Löwenthal a German sociologist usually associated with the Frankfurt School.
Jan 22 Nikolay Yenikolopov an Armenian-Russian scientist, Doctor of Chemistry, professor, academic of Russian Academy of Sciences, director of the Institute of Synthetic polymers of the Russian Academy of Sciences. In 1970 he was awarded by the Lenin Prize
Jan 22 Jim Pollard an American basketball player and coach.
Jan 22 Kōbō Abe a Japanese writer, playwright, photographer and inventor. Abe has been often compared to Franz Kafka and Alberto Moravia for his surreal, often nightmarish explorations of individuals in contemporary society and his modernist sensibilities
Jan 23 Thomas A. Dorsey known as "the father of black gospel music" and was at one time so closely associated with the field that songs written in the new style were sometimes known as "dorseys." Earlier in his life he was a leading blues pianist known as Georgia Tom. As formulated by Dorsey, gospel music combines Christian praise with the rhythms of jazz and the blues. His conception also deviates from what had been, to that time, standard hymnal practice by referring explicitly to the self, and the self's relation to faith and God, rather than the individual subsumed into the group via belief. Dorsey, who was born in Villa Rica, Georgia, was the music director at Pilgrim Baptist Church in Chicago from 1932 until the late 1970s. His best-known composition, "Take My Hand, Precious Lord", was performed by Mahalia Jackson and was a favorite of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.. Another composition, "Peace in the Valley", was a hit for Red Foley in 1951 and has been performed by dozens of other artists, including Queen of Gospel Albertina Walker, Elvis Presley and Johnny Cash. Dorsey died in Chicago, aged 93. In 2002, the Library of Congress honored his album Precious Lord: New Recordings of the Great Songs of Thomas Dorsey , by adding it to the United States National Recording Registry
Jan 23 Gábor Péter a Hungarian Communist politician, of Jewish origin. Between 1945 and 1952 he was the absolute leader of the State Protection Authority which responsible for much cruelty, brutality and many political purges
Jan 23 Keith Laumer an American science fiction author. Prior to becoming a full-time writer, he was an officer in the United States Air Force and a U.S. diplomat. His older brother March Laumer was also a writer, known for his adult reinterpretations of the Land of Frank Laumer, their youngest brother, is a historian and writer
Jan 24 Archduchess Assunta of Austria a daughter of Archduke Leopold Salvator of Austria and Infanta Blanca of Spain. She was member of the Tuscan branch of the Imperial House of Habsburg-Lorraine, an Archduchess of Austria and Princess of Bohemia, Hungary, and Tuscany by birth. Born and raise in the twilight years of the Austrian Empire, Archduchess Assunta lived in exile in Barcelona Spain after the fall of the Habsburg monarchy. She entered religious life in a convent in Barcelona, but was forced to leave it in 1936 due to disturbances during the Spanish Civil War. In 1939, she married Joseph Hopfinger, a Polish doctor. In 1942 the couple emigrated to the United States. Archduchess Assunta and her husband had two daughters, but they divorced in 1950. She moved to San Antonio, Texas were she had a variety of jobs living in anonymity until her death
Jan 24 Aleksandr Sergeyevich Senatorov a commander in the Soviet armed forces.
Jan 24 Thurgood Marshall an Associate Justice of the United States Supreme Court, serving from October 1967 until October 1991. Marshall was the Court's 96th justice and its first African American justice