Died in 1994

Jan 1 Arthur Porritt Baron Porritt a New Zealand physician, military surgeon, statesman and athlete. He served as the 11th Governor-General of New Zealand between 1967 and 1972
Jan 1 Cesar Romero an American actor, singer, dancer, voice artist, and comedian who was active in film, radio, and television for almost sixty years. His wide range of screen roles included Latin lovers, historical figures in costume dramas, characters in light domestic comedies, and as the Joker in the Batman television series, which was included in TV Guide's 2013 list of The 60 Nastiest Villains of All Time
Jan 1 Edward Arthur Thompson an Irish classicist, medievalist and professor at the University of Nottingham from 1948 to 1979. He wrote from a Marxist perspective, and argued that the Visigoths were settled in Aquitaine to counter the internal threat of the peasant bagaudae
Jan 2 Pierre-Paul Schweitzer the International Monetary Fund 's fourth Managing Director and Chairman of the Executive Board, serving from 1963 to 1973.
Jan 2 Numa Andoire a French football defender and a manager. He participated at the 1930 FIFA World Cup, but never gained any caps with the French football team
Jan 2 Viktor Aristov (director) a Soviet film director and screenwriter. He directed five films between 1980 and 1994. His 1991 film Satan was entered into the 41st Berlin International Film Festival where it won the Silver Bear - Special Jury Prize
Jan 2 Dixy Lee Ray a scientist who served as the 17th Governor of the U.S. state of Washington. Variously described as idiosyncratic, and "ridiculously smart," she was the state's first female governor and was known for her leadership of the state during the devastating eruption of St. Helens, for her strident support of atomic energy, and for her personal eccentricities
Jan 3 Frank Belknap Long a prolific American writer of horror fiction, fantasy, science fiction, poetry, gothic romance, comic books, and non-fiction. Though his writing career spanned seven decades, he is best known for his horror and science fiction short stories, including early contributions to the Cthulhu Mythos. During his life, Long received the World Fantasy Award for Life Achievement , the Bram Stoker Award for Lifetime Achievement , and the First Fandom Hall of Fame Award
Jan 3 Heather Sears a British stage and screen actress.
Jan 4 R. D. Burman considered one of the seminal music directors of the Indian film industry. Nicknamed Pancham da, he was the only son of the composer Sachin Dev Burman
Jan 4 Marie Orav an Estonian chess player, who twice won the Estonian Women's Chess Championship - 1952, 1959.
Jan 5 Tip O'Neill an American politician and Speaker of the United States House of Representatives. O'Neill was an outspoken liberal Democrat and influential member of the House of Representatives, serving for 34 years and representing two congressional districts in Massachusetts. He served as Speaker of the House from 1977 until his retirement in 1987, making him the only Speaker to serve for five complete consecutive Congresses, and the second longest-serving Speaker in U.S. history after Sam Rayburn
Jan 5 Igor Boelza a Soviet music historian and composer who wrote 4 symphonies, 5 piano sonatas, 2 cello sonatas, a string quartet, and several film scores for Alexander Dovzhenko. He was the father of Svyatoslav Belza
Jan 5 Did Panas a Ukrainian theater and television actor. He was a Meritorious Artist of the Ukrainian SSR
Jan 5 Brian Johnston a BBC cricket commentator & TV presenter from 1946 to 1993.
Jan 5 Elmar Lipping an Estonian statesman and soldier. He was Estonian foreign minister in exile from June 3, 1982 to June 20, 1990
Jan 6 Victor Ivanovich Nikitin a Soviet tenor soloist of the Alexandrov Ensemble, born in Syzran 12 February 1911 and died in Moscow 6 January 1994. He is notable for being the first Mr Kalinka, and for being called "Ambassador Kalinka" by Erich Mückenberger after singing at the 1948 Berlin peace concert. He was buried at Pyatnitskoye cemetery in Moscow
Jan 6 Virginia Clinton Kelley a nurse anesthetist and the mother of former United States President Bill Clinton.
Jan 7 Vittorio Mezzogiorno an Italian actor.
Jan 7 Llewellyn Rees an English actor.
Jan 7 Hedda Zinner a German political writer, actress, comedienne, journalist and radio director.
Jan 8 Harvey Haddix a Major League Baseball left-handed pitcher who played with the Louis Cardinals , Philadelphia Phillies , Cincinnati Redlegs , Pittsburgh Pirates and Baltimore Orioles. Haddix was born in Medway, Ohio, located just outside of Springfield. He was nicknamed "The Kitten" in Louis for his resemblance to Harry "The Cat" Brecheen, a left-hander on the Cardinals during Haddix's rookie campaign
Jan 8 Pat Buttram an American actor, known for playing the sidekick of Gene Autry and for playing the character of Haney in the television series Green Acres. He had a distinctive voice which, in his own words, "... never quite made it through puberty"
Jan 8 Chandrashekarendra Saraswati the 68th Jagadguru in the Kanchi Kamakoti Peetham. He is usually referred to as Paramacharya, Mahaswami or Maha Periyavaal
Jan 9 Johnny Temple a Major League Baseball second baseman who played for the Redlegs/Reds ; Cleveland Indians , Baltimore Orioles and Houston Colt.45s. Temple was born in Lexington, North Carolina. He batted and threw right-handed
Jan 10 Ien Dales a Dutch politician of the Labour Party.
Jan 10 Roman Tkachuk a Soviet theatre and film actor.
Jan 11 John Bradley (United States Navy) a United States Navy corpsman during World War He partook twice in raising the Flag on Iwo Jima. He helped secure the flagstaff in the soft ground for the first American flag raised and helped five Marines raise the second larger replacement American flag with a longer and heavier flagstaff on top of Mount Suribachi on February 23, 1945. He was the last surviving member of the second flag-raising
Jan 11 Édouard Rinfret a Canadian lawyer, politician and judge.
Jan 12 Samuel Bronston a Bessarabian-born American film producer, film director, and a nephew of socialist revolutionary figure, Leon Trotsky. He was also the petitioner in a U.S. Supreme Court case that set a major precedent for perjury prosecutions when it overturned his conviction
Jan 12 Nehemiah Tamari an Israeli major general and head of Central Command in 1993–1994.
Jan 12 Gustav Naan an Estonian physicist and philosopher.
Jan 13 Friedrich Markworth med. dent. Friedrich Markworth was 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. Markworth was severely wounded when U-66 came under attack by aircraft from the US escort carrier USS Card on 3 August 1943. U-66 rendezvoused with U-117 on 6 August and command of U-66 was transferred to Oberleutnant zur See Paul Frerks, watch officer on U-117
Jan 14 Esther Ralston an American actress whose greatest popularity came during the silent era.
Jan 14 Federica Montseny a Spanish anarchist, intellectual and Minister of Health during the social revolution that occurred in Spain parallel to the Civil War. She is also known as a novelist and essayist
Jan 15 Harilal Upadhyay a Gujarati author, considered as one of the all-time great authors in the Gujarati language. He wrote more than a hundred books, including historical novels, social novels, short story collections, biographies, the great Mahabharat series, children's literature, poems and Plays. He was used to writing columns and articles in news papers and magazines like Kismat, LokTantra, LokGurjari , JyotirVignan and others, on regular and occasional bases. He was also an award winner Astrologer
Jan 15 Gabriel-Marie Garrone a Cardinal of the Roman Catholic Church and a Prefect of the Congregation for Catholic Education.
Jan 15 Harry Nilsson an American singer-songwriter who achieved the peak of his commercial success in the early 1970s. He is known for the hit singles "Everybody's Talkin'" , "Without You" , and "Coconut". Nilsson also wrote the song "One" made famous by the rock band Three Dog Night. He was one of the few major pop-rock recording artists of his era to achieve significant commercial success without ever performing major public concerts or undertaking regular tours
Jan 15 Georges Cziffra a Hungarian composer and virtuoso pianist. He became a French citizen in 1968
Jan 17 Yevgeny Ivanov (spy) a Soviet naval attaché at the Soviet Embassy in London in the early 1960s, and was also engaged in espionage.
Jan 17 Helen Stephens an American athlete, a double Olympic champion in 1936.
Jan 18 Denis Henry Desty a British scientist and inventor, known primarily for his work in the fields of chromatography and combustion science.
Jan 18 Rolf Singer a German-born mycologist and one of the most important taxonomists of gilled mushrooms in the 20th century.
Jan 18 Frank M. Carpenter curator of fossil insects at the Harvard Museum of Comparative Zoology for 60 years. He studied the Permian fossil insects of Elmo, Kansas, and compared the North American fossil insect fauna with Paleozoic taxa known from elsewhere in the world. A careful and methodical worker, he used venation and mouthparts to determine the relationships of fossil taxa, and was author of the Treatise volume on Insects. He reduced the number of extinct insect orders then described from about fifty to nine
Jan 20 Matt Busby a Scottish football player and manager, who managed Manchester United between 1945 and 1969 and again for the second half of the 1970–71 season. His managerial records and longevity at the helm of Manchester United are surpassed only by Sir Alex Ferguson
Jan 20 Ľubor Kresák a Slovak astronomer.
Jan 20 Jaramogi Oginga Odinga a Luo chieftain who became a prominent figure in Kenya's struggle for independence. He later served as Kenya's first Vice-President, and thereafter as opposition leader. Odinga's son Raila Odinga is the former Prime Minister, and another son, Oburu Odinga, is a former Assistant Minister in the Ministry of Finance
Jan 21 Andrejs Kapmals a Latvian athlete who competed for Russia at the 1912 Summer Olympics in Stockholm, where he was one of numerous participants who failed to complete the men's marathon. He was born in Riga and competed out of Rīgas Marss
Jan 21 Bassel al-Assad the eldest son of the late Syrian President Hafez al-Assad and the older brother of President Bashar al-Assad. He was widely expected to succeed his father had it not been for his own death in a car accident
Jan 22 Jean-Louis Barrault a French actor, director and mime artist, training that served him well when he portrayed the 19th-century mime Jean-Gaspard Deburau in Marcel Carné's film Les Enfants du Paradis and part of an international cast in The Longest Day.