Died in 1999

Jan 1 Henry Tiller a Norwegian boxer who competed in the 1936 Summer Olympics.
Jan 2 Shepard Menken an American voice actor and character actor.
Jan 2 Sebastian Haffner a German journalist and author. He wrote mainly about recent German history. His focus was specifically on the history of the German Reich ; his books dealt with the origins and course of the First World War, the failure of the Weimar Republic, and the subsequent rise and fall of Nazi Germany under Hitler
Jan 2 Amin al-Majaj a titular mayor of Jerusalem, formerly the neighborhoods of East Jerusalem which were occupied and annexed by Jordan during the years 1949-1967, and later occupied and annexed by Israel in the Six-Day War.
Jan 3 Gorō Yamaguchi known for his musicality, phrasing, impeccable technique in solo and ensemble performances. He headed the Chikumeisha shakuhachi guild and became a world-famous Japanese performer and teacher. In 1967-68 he was appointed Artist in Residence at Wesleyan University in Middletown, Connecticut
Jan 4 Jaak Tamm an Estonian politician and business man.
Jan 4 Kisshomaru Ueshiba a prominent Japanese master of aikido. He was the son of Morihei Ueshiba, founder of aikido, and became the international leader of aikido after his father's death
Jan 4 Iron Eyes Cody an American actor born in Louisiana. Going by the name of Iron Eyes Cody, he portrayed Native Americans in Hollywood films. In 1996, his 100 percent Italian ancestry was confirmed by his half-sister
Jan 6 Michel Petrucciani a French jazz pianist. Afflicted from birth with osteogenesis imperfecta, a genetic disease that causes brittle bones and, in his case, short stature, he became one of the most accomplished jazz pianists of his generation, despite having arms which caused him pain
Jan 6 Lajos Tichy a Hungarian footballer. He played for the club Budapest Honvéd FC, scoring 247 goals in 320 league games. He also scored 51 goals in 72 internationals for the Hungary national football team, including four in the 1958 FIFA World Cup and three in the 1962 FIFA World Cup. He later became coach of the Honved youth team and from 1976 to 1982, he ultimately coached the first time, helping win the first Hungarian championship in 25 years in 1980. The "Nations Bomber" died in 1999 aged 63
Jan 7 Prince Rostislav Romanov (1938–1999) a descendant of the Imperial Family of Russia and a merchant banker.
Jan 7 Zdeněk Kroupa a Czech opera singer. His wife became lifelong soloist of the National Theatre in Mira Figarova
Jan 8 Lyusyena Ovchinnikova a Soviet film actress. She appeared in 37 films between 1959 and 1993
Jan 9 Hans Candrian a Swiss bobsledder who competed in the late 1960s and early 1970s. Competing in two Winter Olympics, he won a bronze medal in the four-man event at Grenoble in 1968
Jan 9 Jim Peters (athlete) a long-distance runner from England. He broke the world record for the men's marathon four times in the 1950s. He was the first runner to complete a marathon under 2 hours 20 minutes – an achievement which was equated to the breaking of the four-minute mile. He achieved this at the Polytechnic Marathon of 1953, a point-to-point race from Windsor to Chiswick, West-London
Jan 10 Edward Williams (Queensland judge) a judge of the Supreme Court of Queensland.
Jan 10 Primož Ramovš a Slovenian composer and librarian.
Jan 11 Fabrizio De André an Italian singer-songwriter. Known for his sympathies towards anarchism, libertarianism and pacifism, his songs often featured marginalized and rebellious people, gypsies, prostitutes and knaves, and attacked the Catholic Church hierarchy hypocrisies. Artistically active for almost 40 years and the author of thirteen studio albums, he is renowned for the quality of his lyrics and often considered a poet. He contributed to the promotion of the languages of Italy, most notably Ligurian and, to a lesser extent, Sardinian, Gallurese and Neapolitan. Following his early death several streets, places, parks, schools and public libraries were named after him
Jan 11 Naomi Mitchison a Scottish novelist and poet. Often referred to as the doyenne of Scottish literature, she wrote over 90 books covering a wide range of genre including historical, science fiction, travelogue and autobiography. With her husband Gilbert Richard Mitchison becoming a life peer in 1964, she was also entitled to call herself Lady Mitchison, but never used the title herself. She was appointed CBE in 1981
Jan 11 Teuvo Aura a Finnish politician of the Liberal People's Party. He served as Mayor of Helsinki and interim Prime Minister of Finland twice, in 1970 and 1971–72
Jan 11 Josefina Pla a Spanish poet, playwright, art critic, painter and journalist.
Jan 11 Brian Moore (novelist) a novelist and screenwriter from Northern Ireland who emigrated to Canada and later lived in the United States. He was acclaimed for the descriptions in his novels of life in Northern Ireland after the Second World War, in particular his explorations of the inter-communal divisions of The Troubles. He was awarded the James Tait Black Memorial Prize in 1975 and the inaugural Sunday Express Book of the Year award in 1987, and he was shortlisted for the Booker Prize three times. Moore also wrote screenplays and several of his books were made into films
Jan 12 Doug Wickenheiser a Canadian ice hockey player. He was drafted first overall by the Montreal Canadiens in the 1980 NHL Entry Draft
Jan 12 Betty Lou Gerson an American actress, predominantly in radio, but also in film and television, and as a voice actress.
Jan 14 Muslimgauze a music project of Bryn Jones , a prolific British ethnic electronica and experimental musician who was influenced by conflicts in the Muslim world, with an emphasis on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. With dozens of albums released under the Muslimgauze name, Jones was remarkably prolific, but his mainstream success was limited due in part to his work being issued mostly in limited editions on small record labels. Nonetheless, as critic John Bush wrote, "Jones' blend of found-sound Middle Eastern atmospheres with heavily phased drones and colliding rhythm programs were among the most startling and unique in the noise underground."
Jan 14 Jerzy Grotowski a Polish theatre director and innovator of experimental theatre, the "theatre laboratory" and "poor theatre" concepts.
Jan 14 Robin Bailey an English actor. He was born in Hucknall, Nottinghamshire
Jan 14 Barat Shakinskaya an Azerbaijani and Soviet stage and film actress.
Jan 15 Betty Box a prolific British film producer. Usually credited as Betty Box, she is considered one of the best of her generation, with a flair for making genuinely popular British films
Jan 15 Gulzarilal Nanda an Indian politician and Economist who specialized in labour issues. He was the Prime Minister of India for two short periods following the deaths of Jawaharlal Nehru in 1964 and Lal Bahadur Shastri in 1966. Both his terms ended after the ruling Indian National Congress's parliamentary party elected a new prime minister. He was awarded the Bharat Ratna, India's highest civilian award, in 1997
Jan 16 Jim McClelland an Australian solicitor, jurist, Senator, Minister in the Third Whitlam Ministry, Royal Commissioner looking at British nuclear tests in Australia, and the first chief judge of the Land and Environment Court of NSW.
Jan 17 Death of Samantha Reid an American manslaughter victim. She grew up in the Detroit, Michigan Metropolitan Area. She came to national attention due to her death at the age of 15 after being drugged
Jan 17 Robert Eads an American trans man, whose life and death was the subject of the award-winning documentary Southern Comfort.
Jan 18 Henri Romagnesi a French mycologist who was notable for a thorough review and monograph of the agaric genus Entoloma , as well as extensive work on the large genus Russula, of which he described several new species.
Jan 19 Ivan Francescato an Italian rugby union player.
Jan 21 Charles Brown (musician) an American blues singer and pianist whose soft-toned, slow-paced blues-club style influenced the development of blues performance during the 1940s and 1950s. He had several hit recordings, including "Driftin' Blues" and "Merry Christmas Baby"
Jan 21 Susan Strasberg an American stage, film and television actress.
Jan 22 George Mosse a German-born American cultural historian. The author of over 25 books, on topics as diverse as constitutional history, Protestant theology, and the history of masculinity, he is best known for his studies of Nazism. In 1966, he and Walter Laqueur founded The Journal of Contemporary History, which they co-edited
Jan 22 Graham Staines an Australian Christian missionary who, along with his two sons Philip and Timothy , was burnt to death by a gang while sleeping in his station wagon at Manoharpur village in Keonjhar district in Odisha, India on 22 January 1999. In 2003, a Bajrang Dal activist, Dara Singh, was convicted of leading the gang that murdered Graham Staines and his sons, and was sentenced to life in prison
Jan 23 Joe D'Amato a prolific Italian filmmaker who directed roughly 200 films, usually at the same time acting as producer and cinematographer, and sometimes providing the script as well. While D'Amato contributed to many different genres , the majority of his films are exploitation-themed pornography, both soft and hardcore
Jan 23 Lincoln Thompson a Jamaican singer, musician and songwriter with the reggae band the Royal Rasses, and a member of the Rastafari movement. He was born June 18, 1949 in Jonestown, next to Trenchtown, both parts of the slummy shanty town in the poor west side of inner Kingston, Jamaica and died of cancer in London on January 23, 1999, days after being first diagnosed. He was noted for his high falsetto singing voice, very different from his spoken voice
Jan 23 Jay Pritzker an American entrepreneur, conglomerate organizer, and member of the Pritzker family.
Jan 23 Jaroslav Foglar a famous Czech author who wrote many novels about youths and their adventures in nature and dark city streets.
Jan 23 Thomas C. Mann an American diplomat who specialized in Latin American affairs. He entered the U.S. Department of State in 1942 and quickly rose through the ranks to become an influential establishment figure. He worked to influence the internal affairs of numerous Latin American nations, typically focusing on economic and political influence rather than direct military intervention. After Lyndon Johnson became President in 1963, Mann received a double appointment and was recognized as the U.S. authority on Latin America. In March 1964, Mann outlined a policy of supporting regime change and promoting the economic interests of U.S. businesses. This policy, which moved away from the political centrism of Kennedy's Alliance for Progress, has been called the Mann Doctrine. Mann left the State Department in 1966 and became a spokesperson for the Automobile Manufacturer's Association
Jan 25 Sarah Louise Delany an African-American educator and civil rights pioneer who was the subject, along with her younger sister Elizabeth "Bessie" Delany, of the New York Times bestselling oral history, Having our Say, by journalist Amy Hill Hearth. Sadie was the first Black person permitted to teach domestic science at the high-school level in the New York public schools, and became famous, with the publication of the book, at the age of 103
Jan 25 Robert Shaw (conductor) an American conductor most famous for his work with his namesake Chorale, with the Cleveland Orchestra and Chorus, and the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra and Chorus. Shaw received 14 Grammy awards, four ASCAP awards for service to contemporary music, the first Guggenheim Fellowship ever awarded to a conductor, the Alice Ditson Conductor's Award for Service to American Music; the George Peabody Medal for outstanding contributions to music in America, the Gold Baton Award of the American Symphony Orchestra League for "distinguished service to music and the arts," the American National Medal of Arts, France's Officier des Arts et des Lettres, England's Gramophone Award, and was a 1991 recipient of the Kennedy Center Honors
Jan 25 Ted Mallie an American radio and television announcer.
Jan 26 Jeanne-Marie Darré a French classical pianist. She was known for her lyrical and elegant interpretations of the solo works of Chopin and Liszt, and of the Saint-Saëns Concertos. She was awarded the Légion d'honneur and made a Chevalier des Arts et Lettres
Jan 26 Ruby Mercer a writer, broadcaster, soprano and entrepreneur.
Jan 27 Jerzy Turowicz a leading Polish Catholic journalist and editor for much of the post-Second World War period. He was editor of the Catholic weekly Tygodnik Powszechny from 1945 until his death in 1999, except for three years in the early 1950s