Died in 1997

Jan 1 Hagood Hardy a Canadian composer, pianist, and vibraphonist. He is best known for the 1975 single, "The Homecoming" originally created as music to a 1972 TV commercial for Salada tea, and for his soundtrack to the Anne of Green Gables and Anne of Avonlea films
Jan 1 Ivan Graziani an Italian singer-songwriter and guitarist.
Jan 1 Townes Van Zandt an American singer-songwriter. Many of his songs, including "If I Needed You" and "To Live Is to Fly", are considered standards of their genre
Jan 2 Moshe Vilenski an Israeli composer, lyricist, and pianist. He is considered a "pioneer of Israeli song", and one of Israel's leading composers, and was a winner of the Israel Prize, the state's highest honor
Jan 2 Randy California a guitarist, singer and songwriter and one of the original members of the rock group Spirit, formed in 1967.
Jan 4 Harry Helmsley an American businessman. He built a company that became one of the biggest property holders in the United States. Part of his company's portfolio at one time included the Empire State Building, The Helmsley Palace, the Park Lane Hotel , the Helmsley Middletowne Hotel, the New York Helmsley Hotel , The Helmsley Windsor Hotel, the Moritz , the Carlton House hotels, the Harley Hotel chain and The Helmsley Building in New York City
Jan 5 Burton Lane an American composer and lyricist. His most popular and successful works include Finian's Rainbow and On a Clear Day You Can See Forever
Jan 5 André Franquin an influential Belgian comics artist, whose best known comic strip creations are Gaston and Marsupilami, created while he worked on the Spirou et Fantasio comic strip from 1947 to 1969, during a period seen by many as the series' golden age.
Jan 5 Prince Bertil Duke of Halland the third son of King Gustaf VI Adolf of Sweden and his first wife, Princess Margaret of Connaught. He was a paternal uncle of King Carl XVI Gustaf of Sweden and a maternal uncle of Queen Margrethe II of Denmark and Queen Anne-Marie of Greece
Jan 6 Catherine Scorsese an American actress, and the mother of director Martin Scorsese. Of Italian descent, she began acting when her son Martin Scorsese cast her in his film It's Not Just You, Murray!. She frequently played the role of an Italian mother, and is perhaps most well known for her appearance in her son's film Goodfellas. She also acted in films other than her son's. She was married to Charles Scorsese. Her father, Martin Cappa, was a stage co-ordinator and her mother, Domenica, was a shop owner. She published a recipe book, Italianamerican: The Scorsese Family Cookbook
Jan 6 Kalevi Laitinen a Finnish gymnast and Olympic Champion.
Jan 7 Christopher Mayhew a British politician who was a Labour Member of Parliament from 1945 to 1950 and from 1951 to 1974, when he left the Labour Party to become a Liberal. In 1981 Mayhew received a life peerage and was raised to the House of Lords as Baron Mayhew
Jan 8 Melvin Calvin an American chemist most famed for discovering the Calvin cycle along with Andrew Benson and James Bassham, for which he was awarded the 1961 Nobel Prize in Chemistry. He spent most of his five-decade career at the University of California, Berkeley
Jan 9 Harold Foote Gosnell an American political scientist and author, known for his research and writings on American politics, elections, and political parties in political science.
Jan 9 Jesse White (actor) an American television, film, and stage character actor. He is best remembered for having portrayed the Maytag repairman in television commercials, a role that he filled from 1967 to 1988
Jan 9 Edward Osóbka-Morawski a Polish activist in PPS before World War II, and after the Soviet takover of Poland, Chairman of the Communist interim government called the Polish Committee of National Liberation formed in Lublin with Stalin's approval and backing.
Jan 10 Francisco Aramburu a Brazilian footballer who played striker.
Jan 10 Alexander R. Todd Baron Todd a British biochemist whose research on the structure and synthesis of nucleotides, nucleosides, and nucleotide coenzymes gained him the Nobel Prize for Chemistry.
Jan 10 Elspeth Huxley a polymath, writer, journalist, broadcaster, magistrate, environmentalist, farmer, and government advisor. She wrote 30 books; but she is best known for her lyrical books The Flame Trees of Thika and The Mottled Lizard which were based on her experiences growing up in a coffee farm in Colonial Kenya. Her husband, Gervas Huxley, was a grandson of Thomas Huxley and a cousin of Aldous Huxley
Jan 11 Sheldon Leonard a pioneering American film and television producer, director, writer, and actor.
Jan 12 Jean-Edern Hallier a French author.
Jan 12 Charles Brenton Huggins a Canadian-born American physician and physiologist and cancer researcher at the University of Chicago specializing in prostate cancer. He was awarded the 1966 Nobel Prize for Physiology or Medicine for discovering that hormones could be used to control the spread of some cancers. This was the first discovery that showed that cancer could be controlled by chemicals
Jan 13 Ruslan Stratonovich a Russian physicist, engineer, and probabilist and one of the founders of the theory of stochastic differential equations.
Jan 14 Dollard Ménard a Canadian general who, as a lieutenant colonel, was wounded five times during the Dieppe Raid in 1942 while leading Les Fusiliers Mont-Royal. His story inspired a famous Canadian World War II poster Ce qu’il faut pour vaincre. He was later made a Companion of the Distinguished Service Order. Since all of the other commanding officers were either killed or captured, he was the only commanding officer who had landed at Dieppe to return to Britain after the raid
Jan 14 Shalva Chikhladze a Soviet wrestler who competed in the 1952 Summer Olympics.
Jan 14 King Hu a Chinese film director based in Hong Kong and Taiwan. He is best known for directing various wuxia films in the 1960s and 1970s, which brought Chinese cinema to new technical and artistic heights. His films Come Drink with Me , Dragon Gate Inn and A Touch of Zen inaugurated a new generation of wuxia films in the late 1960s. Apart from being a film director, Hu was also a screenwriter and set designer
Jan 15 Kenneth V. Thimann an English-American plant physiologist and microbiologist known for his studies of plant hormones, which were widely influential in agriculture and horticulture. He isolated and determined the structure of auxin, the first known plant hormone. He spent most of his early career at Harvard University, and his later career at the University of California, Santa Cruz
Jan 16 Markus Hoffmann a German actor, most famous for his portrayal of Henning von Anstetten in the soap opera Verbotene Liebe.
Jan 16 Ennis Cosby the son of American comedian-actor Bill Cosby. Cosby, a graduate student and aspiring teacher, was fatally shot by the perpetrator of an attempted robbery in Los Angeles in 1997
Jan 16 Ödön Gróf an Hungarian swimmer who competed in the 1936 Summer Olympics.
Jan 16 Juan Landázuri Ricketts one of the most prominent Roman Catholic Churchmen during the 1960s and 1970s in Latin America. This was a period in which the Church was compelled to take a strong stance on human rights abuses by numerous military juntas and also concerning problems of extreme poverty and wealth inequality. Before he turned 80 on December 19, 1993, Juan Landázuri Ricketts was the last Cardinal elevated by Pope John XXIII to retain voting rights in a papal conclave
Jan 17 Bert Kelly an Australian politician and government minister. He was influential in moving Australian political parties away from support for high-tariff policies
Jan 17 Clyde Tombaugh an American astronomer. Although he is best known for discovering the dwarf-planet Pluto in 1930, the first object to be discovered in what would later be identified as the Kuiper belt, Tombaugh also discovered many asteroids; he also called for the serious scientific research of unidentified flying objects, or "U.F.O.s"
Jan 18 Adriana Caselotti an American voice actress and singer. Caselotti was the voice of the title character of the Walt Disney animated classic Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, for which she was named as a Disney Legend in 1994, making her the first woman to receive the award in the voice category
Jan 18 Henry Hermansen a Norwegian cross country skier who competed in the 1950s. He won a bronze medal in the 4 × 10 km relay at the 1950 FIS Nordic World Ski Championships
Jan 18 Paul Tsongas a United States Senator from Massachusetts from 1979 to 1985. He was an unsuccessful candidate for the Democratic nomination in the 1992 presidential election. He previously served as a U.S. Representative from Massachusetts's 5th congressional district and held local political office
Jan 19 Vasily Nalimov a Russian philosopher and humanist and wrote on Transpersonal Psychology. His main areas of research were the philosophy of probability and its biological, mathematical, and linguistic manifestations. He also studied the roles of gnosticism and mysticism in science. Thompson summarizes Nalimov as: "...philosopher, educator, devoted husband, mathematician, dissident, writer, and visionary"
Jan 19 James Dickey an American poet and novelist. He was appointed the eighteenth Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry to the Library of Congress in 1966. He also received the Order of the South award
Jan 20 Tamara Makarova a Soviet actress. She appeared in 31 films between 1927 and 1984. She was married to the Soviet film director Sergei Gerasimov
Jan 20 Curt Flood a Major League Baseball player who spent most of his career as a center fielder for the Louis Cardinals. A defensive standout, he led the National League in putouts four times and in fielding percentage twice, winning Gold Glove Awards in his last seven full seasons from 1963 to 1969. He also batted over.300 six times and led the NL in hits in 1964. He retired with the third most games in center field in NL history, trailing only Willie Mays and Richie Ashburn
Jan 20 Edith Haisman one of the last remaining and oldest survivors of the sinking of the RMS Titanic in April 1912. She was the last survivor born in the 19th century, although seven younger survivors outlived her
Jan 21 Polly Ann Young an American film actress.
Jan 21 Hans Egon Holthusen a German lyric poet, essayist, and literary scholar.
Jan 21 Colonel Tom Parker a Dutch-born entertainment impresario known best as the manager of Elvis Presley. Parker's management of Presley defined the role of masterminding talent management, which involved every facet of his life and was seen as central to the astonishing success of Presley's career. "The Colonel" displayed a ruthless devotion to his own financial gain rather than his client's interests and took more than the traditional 10 to 15 percent of his earnings. Presley said of Parker: "I don't think I'd have ever been very big if it wasn't for him. He's a very smart man." For many years Parker falsely claimed to have been U.S.-born, but it eventually emerged that he was born in Breda in the Netherlands
Jan 21 Irwin Levine an American songwriter, who co-wrote the song "Tie a Yellow Ribbon Round the Ole Oak Tree" with Russell Brown. The song was a world-wide hit for Tony Orlando and Dawn as it reached number one on both the US and UK charts for four weeks in April 1973 and number one on the Australian charts for seven weeks from May to July 1973. It was the top-selling single in 1973 in both the US and In 2008, Billboard ranked the song as the 37th biggest song of all time in its issue celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Hot 100
Jan 22 Ênio Andrade a football player and manager from Brazil.
Jan 22 Billy Mackenzie a Scottish singer, with a distinctive high tenor voice; he was best known as a member of Associates.
Jan 22 Ron Holden an American pop singer. He was born in Seattle, Washington
Jan 22 Pilar Barbosa an educator, historian and political activist.
Jan 22 Wally Whyton a British musician, songwriter and radio and TV personality.