Died in 2002

Jan 1 Julia Phillips an American film producer and author. She co-produced with her husband, Michael , three prominent films of the 1970s — The Sting, Taxi Driver, and Close Encounters of the Third Kind — and was the first female producer to win an Academy Award for Best Picture
Jan 1 Catya Sassoon an American actress, singer and former model.
Jan 2 Rui Campos a Brazilian football player. He played for the Brazil in the 1950 FIFA World Cup
Jan 2 Charlie Mitten an English football player and manager who came through the junior ranks at Manchester United. Over his career, Mitten played for Fulham, Mansfield Town and Altrincham in England, and for Independiente Santa Fe in Colombia
Jan 2 Armi Aavikko a Finnish beauty queen and singer.
Jan 3 Satish Dhawan an Indian aerospace engineer, widely regarded as the father of experimental fluid dynamics research in India. Born in Srinagar, Dhawan was educated in India and further on in the United States. Dhawan was one of the most eminent researchers in the field of turbulence and boundary layers, leading the successful and ingenious development of the Indian space programme. He succeeded Vikram Sarabhai, the founder of the Indian space programme, as Chairman of the Indian Space Research Organisation in 1972
Jan 3 Freddy Heineken a Dutch businessman for Heineken International the brewing company bought in 1864 by his grandfather Gerard Adriaan Heineken in Amsterdam. He served as Chairman of the Board of directors and CEO from 1971 until 1989. After his retirement as Chairman and CEO, Heineken continued to sit on the Board of directors until his death and served as Chairman of the Supervisory board from 1989 till 1995. At the time of his death, Heineken was one of the richest people in the Netherlands with a net worth of 9.5 billion guilders
Jan 3 Juan García Esquivel a Mexican band leader, pianist, and composer for television and films. He is recognized today as one of the foremost exponents of a sophisticated style of largely instrumental music that combines elements of lounge music and jazz with Latin flavors. Esquivel is sometimes called "The King of Space Age Pop" and "The Busby Berkeley of Cocktail Music." Esquivel is considered one of the foremost exponents of a style of late 1950s-early 1960s quirky instrumental pop that became known as "Space Age Bachelor Pad Music"
Jan 5 Valentin Chernikov a Soviet Olympic fencer. He won a bronze medal in the team épée event at the 1960 Summer Olympics. He also won the gold medal at the 1961 World Fencing Championships in the team épée
Jan 5 Vadim Shefner a Soviet and Russian poet and writer who started publishing poetry in 1936. His first poetry collection was published in 1940. He turned to humorous and philosophical science fiction in the early 1960s, but continued publishing non-genre fiction and poetry
Jan 6 Serge Brignoni a Swiss avant-garde painter and sculptor. His collection of ethnic art is now housed in the Museo delle Culture in Lugano
Jan 6 Sanya Dharmasakti a Thai jurist, university professor and politician. He served as the 12th Prime Minister of Thailand from 1973 to 1975
Jan 7 Avery Schreiber an American comedian and actor. He was a veteran of stage, television, and film
Jan 7 Geoffrey Crossley a British racing driver from England. He participated in two World Championship Formula One Grands Prix, debuting on 13 May 1950. He scored no championship points. He also participated in numerous non-Championship Formula One races
Jan 7 Jon Lee (drummer) a Welsh drummer. He was the original drummer of the British rock band Feeder. He committed suicide in 2002
Jan 8 Dave Thomas (businessperson) an American businessperson and philanthropist. Thomas was the founder and chief executive officer of Wendy's, a fast-food restaurant chain specializing in hamburgers. He is also known for appearing in more than 800 commercial advertisements for the chain from 1989 to 2002, more than any other company founder in television history
Jan 8 Alexander Prokhorov a Soviet physicist known for his pioneering research on lasers and masers for which he shared the Nobel Prize in Physics in 1964 with Charles Hard Townes and Nikolay Basov.
Jan 8 David McWilliams (musician) a Northern Irish singer, songwriter, and guitarist, best known for his 1967 song "Days of Pearly Spencer".
Jan 10 John Buscema an American comic-book artist and one of the mainstays of Marvel Comics during its 1960s and 1970s ascendancy into an industry leader and its subsequent expansion to a major pop culture conglomerate. His younger brother Sal Buscema is also a comic-book artist
Jan 10 W. A. Criswell an American pastor, author, and a two-term elected president of the Southern Baptist Convention from 1968 to 1970. Supporters have described him as one of the 20th century's greatest expository preachers and the patriarch of the "Conservative Resurgence" within the SBC
Jan 11 Henri Verneuil a French-Armenian playwright and filmmaker, who made a successful career in France. He was nominated for Oscar and Palme d'Or awards, and won Locarno International Film Festival, Edgar Allan Poe Awards, French Legion of Honor, Golden Globe Award, French National Academy of Cinema and Honorary Cesar awards
Jan 11 Struan Sutherland an Australian medical researcher who developed effective antivenoms and other treatments for people bitten or stung by venomous Australian wildlife.
Jan 12 Stanley Unwin (comedian) a British comedian, actor and comic writer, and the inventor of his own language, "Unwinese", referred to in the film Carry On Regardless as "gobbledygook".
Jan 12 Cyrus Vance an American lawyer and United States Secretary of State under President Jimmy Carter from 1977 to 1980. Prior to that position he was the Secretary of the Army and the Deputy Secretary of Defense
Jan 12 John Berger (cross-country skier) a Swedish cross-country skier who competed in the 1930s. He won a bronze medal in the 4 x 10km relay at the 1936 Winter Olympics in Garmisch-Partenkirchen
Jan 12 Bernard Bennett an English professional player of snooker and English billiards, for almost 30 years. Bennett played an important role, but an often unsung one, in the development of snooker and billiards during the 1970s and early 80s. This role was less as a player, than as an organiser, supporter and promoter of both games
Jan 13 Ted Demme an American film director and producer.
Jan 13 Frank Shuster a Canadian comedian best known as a member of the comedy duo Wayne and Shuster.
Jan 13 Paul Fannin an American businessman and politician. A Republican, he served as a U.S. Senator from Arizona from 1965 to 1977. He previously served as the 11th Governor of Arizona from 1959 to 1965
Jan 13 Gregorio Fuentes a fisherman and the first mate of the Pilar, the boat belonging to the American writer Ernest Hemingway.
Jan 14 Ebenezer Ako-Adjei a nationalist politician from Ghana. Ako-Adjei is considered to be one of the Big Six. The Big Six are arguably some of the most famous people in Ghana's fight for independence from British rule. He was also a founding member of the United Gold Coast Convention, the political party that initially spearheaded the surge for independence
Jan 14 David Hamer an Australian politician. Born in Melbourne, he was educated at Geelong Grammar School and then the Royal Australian Naval College. He served in the Royal Australian Navy from 1940 to 1968. He was a lieutenant aboard HMAS Australia during the battles of Leyte and Lingayen Gulf. In the rank of Acting Captain, he was an honorary aide-de-camp to the Governor-General, and Director of Naval Intelligence 1961 from 1963, and after confirmation in the rank of Captain, he served as Captain of HMAS Vampire and Captain of the Australian Destroyer Squadron 1963-65. Then after serving as Director of Project Coordination in Navy Office, he resigned from the RAN in 1968
Jan 15 Eugène Brands a Dutch painter. He was briefly a member of the Cobra artist movement
Jan 15 Jeremy Hawk a character actor with a long career in music halls and on London's West End stage.
Jan 15 Michael Anthony Bilandic an Illinois politician who served as the 49th mayor of Chicago, Illinois and as Chief Justice of the Illinois Supreme Court. Bilandic was a Democrat and a Croatian-American and served as mayor from December 20, 1976 to April 16, 1979. He practiced law in Chicago for several years, having graduated from the DePaul University College of Law. He served as an alderman in the Chicago City Council, representing the Southwest Side Bridgeport neighborhood
Jan 16 Ron Taylor (actor) an American actor, singer and writer. He grew up in Galveston, Texas and later moved to New York to attend the American Academy of Dramatic Arts. After graduating, Taylor began working in musical theater, appearing in The Wiz , before getting his break with the 1982 off-Broadway production Little Shop of Horrors. Taylor voiced the killer plant Audrey II in the show, which ran for five years and over 2,000 performances
Jan 16 Bobo Olson an American boxer. He was the world middleweight champion between October 1953 and December 1955, the longest reign of any champion in that division during the 1950s, although he is probably best remembered for his three knockout losses against Sugar Ray Robinson
Jan 17 Eddie Meduza a Swedish composer and musician working mainly in the rockabilly genre. Many of his songs were about alcohol, women, and cars, often with obscene lyrics. Sometimes they were also politically oriented, many aimed against the Swedish Government in power at the time Swedish Moderaterna/Centern/Folkpartiet and Swedish Social Democrats. He was also a popular performer of Raggare music. Norstedt's other identity was the far more vulgar Hitler. In this guise he generally recorded more sexually explicit material
Jan 17 Queenie Leonard an English character actress and singer.
Jan 17 Roman Personov a Soviet and Russian scientist, professor, doctor, one of the founders of selective laser spectroscopy of complex molecules in solids.
Jan 17 Camilo José Cela a Spanish novelist, short story writer and essayist associated with the Generation of '36 movement.
Jan 18 Alex Hannum a professional basketball player and Hall-of-Fame coach.
Jan 18 Jovdat Hajiyev one of the major Azerbaijani composers of the Soviet period. He is remembered for his monumental orchestral works, having been the first Azerbaijani to compose a symphony. He studied under Azerbaijan's Founder of Composed Music, Uzeyir Hajibeyov and under Russian composer Dmitri Shostakovich
Jan 19 Martti Miettunen a politician in Finland. He was prime minister in 1961–1962 and 1975–1977
Jan 19 Vavá widely considered one of the best strikers of his generation. His nickname was "Peito de Aço". He played as a full striker whose only role was to score goals, which he did for Sport Club do Recife, C.R. Vasco da Gama, S.E. Palmeiras and the Brazilian national team
Jan 20 Carrie Hamilton an American actress, singer, and playwright. She was the daughter of comedienne Carol Burnett and producer Joe Hamilton
Jan 20 Ivan Karabyts a Ukrainian composer and conductor, People's Artist of Ukraine.
Jan 21 Peggy Lee an American jazz and popular music singer, songwriter, composer and actress, in a career spanning six decades. From her beginning as a vocalist on local radio to singing with Benny Goodman's big band, she forged a sophisticated persona, evolving into a multi-faceted artist and performer. She wrote music for films, acted, and created conceptual record albums—encompassing poetry, jazz, chamber pop, and art songs
Jan 21 Max Angst a Swiss bobsledder who competed in the late 1950s. He won the bronze medal in the two-man event at the 1956 Winter Olympics in Cortina d'Ampezzo
Jan 22 Kenneth Armitage a British sculptor known for his semiabstract bronzes.