Died in 1996

Jan 1 Arleigh Burke an admiral of the United States Navy who distinguished himself during World War II and the Korean War, and who served as Chief of Naval Operations during the Eisenhower and Kennedy administrations.
Jan 1 Arthur Rudolph a rocket engineer who played a key role in the development of the V-2 rocket and a former high-level Nazi given sanctuary by the US government following World War He was brought to the United States by the Office of Strategic Services , subsequently becoming a pioneer of the United States space program. He worked for the US Army and NASA where he managed the development of several important systems including the Pershing missile and the Saturn V Moon rocket. In 1984 he was investigated for possible war crimes, and he agreed to leave the United States and renounce his US citizenship in return for not being prosecuted in the United States
Jan 1 John Rodney an American actor, who worked in film and television. He also used the name John Flynn
Jan 1 Fulvio Nesti an Italian footballer.
Jan 2 Karl Targownik a psychiatrist and Holocaust survivor.
Jan 2 Karl Rappan an Austrian footballer and coach. He played and managed mostly in Switzerland, where he won multiple titles. He had four tenures as coach of the Swiss national team, which he managed in three World Cups, and is the all-time leader in matches won as coach of the Swiss team. He introduced a major football strategy known as the "bolt", which gave origin to the catenaccio system. He also helped create the UEFA Intertoto Cup
Jan 2 Viatcheslav Nazarov a world-class jazz trombonist, pianist, and vocalist, whose extraordinary performance was recognized by jazz musicians and critics in Russia and in the USA.
Jan 4 Vasily Afonin a Soviet air ace who fought in the German-Soviet War.
Jan 4 Ramón Vinay a famous Chilean operatic tenor with a powerful, dramatic voice. He is probably best remembered for his appearances in the title role of Giuseppe Verdi's tragic opera Otello
Jan 4 Bob Flanagan an American performance artist, comic, writer, poet, and musician.
Jan 5 Lincoln Kirstein an American writer, impresario, art connoisseur, philanthropist, and cultural figure in New York City, noted especially as co-founder of the New York City Ballet. According to the New York Times, he was "an expert in many fields."
Jan 5 Václav David a Czechoslovak diplomat, he was Czechoslovaik foreign minister from 31 January 1953 to 8 April 1968. He was also Chairman of the Chamber of Nations from 1971 to 1986
Jan 5 Yahya Ayyash the chief bombmaker of Hamas and the leader of the West Bank battalion of the Izz ad-Din al-Qassam Brigades. In that capacity, he earned the nickname the Engineer. He was assassinated by Shin Bet on 5 January 1996
Jan 6 Duane Hanson an American artist and sculptor from Minnesota who worked in South Florida. He was known for his lifecast realistic works of people, cast in various materials, including polyester resin, fiberglass, Bondo, and bronze. His work is often associated with the Pop Art movement, as well as hyperrealism
Jan 6 Georgi Zakharov a Soviet Air Force general.
Jan 6 Chubby Wise an American bluegrass fiddler.
Jan 7 Harold Norman Moldenke an American botanist/taxonomist. His expertise is largely in the study of Verbenaceae, Avicenniaceae, Stilbaceae, Dicrastylidaceae, Symphoremaceae, Nyctanthaceae and Eriocaulaceae
Jan 7 Seton Lloyd an English archaeologist. He was President of the British School of Archaeology in Iraq, Director of the British Institute of Archaeology at Ankara , Professor of Western Asiatic Archaeology in the Institute of Archaeology, University of London
Jan 7 Tarō Okamoto a Japanese artist noted for his abstract and avant-garde paintings and sculpture.
Jan 7 Károly Grósz a Hungarian communist politician, who served as the General Secretary of the Hungarian Socialist Workers' Party from 1988 to 1989.
Jan 8 Paul Vialar a French author and writer of novels, tales and essays.
Jan 8 John Hargreaves (actor) an Australian actor. He won three Australian Film Institute Awards and was nominated six times
Jan 8 François Mitterrand the 21st President of France and ex officio Co-Prince of Andorra, serving from 1981 until 1995. He is the longest-serving President of France and, as leader of the Socialist Party, the first figure from the left elected President under the Fifth Republic
Jan 8 Howard Taubman an American music critic, theater critic, and author.
Jan 9 Fearless Nadia Mary Evans a.k.a. Mary Evans Wadia a.k.a. Fearless Nadia was an actress and stuntwoman, who is most remembered as the masked, cloaked adventurer in Hunterwali released in 1935, which was one of the earliest female-lead Indian films
Jan 9 Ildefons Pauler the 63rd Grand Master of the Teutonic Order from 1970 to 1988.
Jan 9 Walter M. Miller Jr. an American science fiction writer. Today he is primarily known for A Canticle for Leibowitz, the only novel he published in his lifetime. Prior to its publication he was a prolific writer of short stories
Jan 9 Félix González-Torres an American, Cuban-born, gay visual artist. González-Torres was known for his minimal installations and sculptures in which he used materials such as strings of lightbulbs, clocks, stacks of paper, or packaged hard candies. In 1987, he joined Group Material, a New York-based group of artists whose intention was to work collaboratively, adhering to principles of cultural activism and community education. González-Torres's 1992 piece "Untitled" sold for $4.6 million at Phillips de Pury & Company in 2010, a record for the artist at auction
Jan 10 Ivan Deriuhin a Soviet modern pentathlete and Olympic Champion. He competed at the 1956 Summer Olympics in Melbourne, where he won a gold medal in the team competition together with Aleksandr Tarasov and Igor Novikov, and placed ninth in the individual competition
Jan 11 Roger Crozier a Canadian professional hockey goaltender who played fourteen seasons in the National Hockey League for the Detroit Red Wings, Buffalo Sabres and Washington Capitals. During his career Crozier was named to the NHL First All-Star Team once, won the Calder Memorial Trophy and was the first player ever to win the Conn Smythe Trophy while playing for the losing team in the Stanley Cup Finals. Also, Crozier is the last goaltender in the NHL to start all of his team's games during the regular season, doing so in 1964–65
Jan 11 Tato Bores an Argentine film, theatre and television comedian, who specialized in political humor. His ironic TV monologues, delivered at a fast pace, became a reference point for generations of Argentines
Jan 12 Bartel Leendert van der Waerden a Dutch mathematician and historian of mathematics.
Jan 12 Joachim Nitsche a German mathematician and professor of mathematics in Freiburg, known for his important contributions to the mathematical and numerical analysis of partial differential equations. The duality argument for estimating the error of the finite element method and a scheme for the weak enforcement of Dirichlet boundary conditions for Poisson's equation bear his name
Jan 12 Joseph Kuzmin a Soviet-Russian statesman who was First Deputy of the Council of Ministers of the Soviet Union from 1957 to 1958 and Chairman of the State Planning Committee from 1957 to 1959.
Jan 13 Denise Grey a French actress.
Jan 13 Sam Merwin Jr. an American mystery fiction writer, editor and science fiction author, who published fiction mostly as Sam Merwin, His pseudonyms included Elizabeth Deare Bennett, Matt Lee, Jacques Jean Ferrat and Carter Sprague.
Jan 14 Onno Tunç a leading Turkish musician, working mainly as a composer and an arranger. Tunç also played bass guitar and occasionally double bass, contributing to the albums of several musicians. He was the elder brother of musician Arto Tunçboyacıyan
Jan 15 Les Baxter an American musician and composer.
Jan 15 Rudolf Wanderone an American professional pocket billiards player, also known as "Minnesota Fats". Though he never won a major pool tournament as "Fats", he was perhaps the most publicly recognized pool player in the United States – not only as a player, but also as an entertainer. Wanderone was inducted in 1984 into the Billiard Congress of America Hall of Fame for his decades-long public promotion of pool
Jan 15 Moshoeshoe II of Lesotho the paramount chief of Lesotho, succeeding paramount chief Seeiso from 1960 until the country gained full independence from Britain in 1966. He was king of Lesotho from 1966 until his exile in 1990, and from 1995 until his death in 1996
Jan 15 Mykhaylo Khmelko a Ukrainian painter, People's Artist of the Ukrainian SSR, and double Stalin prize winner.
Jan 16 Kaye Webb a British journalist and publisher.
Jan 16 Kurt Svanström a Swedish football midfielder who played for Sweden in the 1938 FIFA World Cup. He also played for Örgryte IS
Jan 16 Marcia Davenport an American author and music critic. She was born Marcia Glick in New York City on June 9, 1903, the daughter of Bernard Glick and the opera singer Alma Gluck, and she became the stepdaughter of violinist Efrem Zimbalist when Alma Gluck remarried
Jan 17 Barbara Jordan an American politician and a leader of the Civil Rights movement. She was the first African American elected to the Texas Senate after Reconstruction, the first southern black female elected to the United States House of Representatives, and the first African-American woman to deliver the keynote address at a Democratic National Convention. She received the Presidential Medal of Freedom, among numerous other honors. On her death, she became the first African-American woman to be buried in the Texas State Cemetery
Jan 17 Pyotr Nikolayevich Kropotkin a Soviet Russian geologist, tectonician, and geophysicist.
Jan 17 Mostafa Sid Ahmed a Sudanese singer. He was born in Wad Sulfabb village, which is located in Al Jazirah state in central Sudan close to the town of Al-Hasa Hisa
Jan 18 N. T. Rama Rao Nandamuri Taraka Rama Rao , popularly known as T. Rama Rao or by his initials NTR, was an Indian film actor, director, producer, and politician who also served as the Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh for three terms
Jan 18 Leonor Fini an Argentine surrealist painter.
Jan 18 Endel Puusepp a Soviet World War II pilot who completed over 30 night-time long-range bombing missions against Nazi Germany. He was a recipient of the Hero of the Soviet Union award for flying a high-ranking delegation over the front line from Moscow to Washington, D.C. and back to negotiate the opening of the Western Front