Died in 2004

Jan 1 Yevgeniy Migunov a Russian artist, animator and cartoonist.
Jan 1 Mikko Juva a Finnish historian, theologian and archbishop. He was professor in Nordic history 1957–1962 at Turku University and professor in Finnish and Scandinavian history and church history at Helsinki University 1962–1978. He was also a member of the Finnish parliament 1962–66 and the chairman of Liberal People's Party 1965–1968
Jan 1 Petar Manola a Bosnian Serb football player.
Jan 1 Igor Torkar the pen name of Boris Fakin , a Slovenian writer, playwright, and poet best known for his literary descriptions of Communist repression in Yugoslavia after World War II.
Jan 2 Jess Collins an American visual artist.
Jan 2 Etta Moten Barnett an American actress and contralto vocalist, who was identified with her signature role of "Bess" in Porgy and Bess. She created new roles for African-American women on stage and screen. After her performing career, Barnett was active in Chicago as a major philanthropist and civic activist, raising funds for and supporting cultural, social and church institutions
Jan 2 Dennis Silverthorne a British pair skater who competed with his sister Winifred Silverthorne. The pair won the silver medal at the 1999 European Figure Skating Championships and finished fourth at that year's World Figure Skating Championships. They then finished fifth at the 1967 Winter Olympics and sixth at that year's World Championships
Jan 2 John Grandy a senior officer in the Royal Air Force. He was the only officer who fought and commanded a squadron during the Battle of Britain to reach the post of Chief of the Air Staff. In the latter role he implemented the final stages of the RAF's withdrawal from the Persian Gulf and the Far East, oversaw the ordering and subsequent cancellation of the F-111 strike aircraft and handed over Britain's nuclear deterrent role to the Royal Navy
Jan 2 Lynn Cartwright an American character actress probably best known for her performance as the older version of Geena Davis' character, Dottie Hinson, in the 1992 film A League of Their Own.
Jan 3 Des Corcoran an Australian politician. He was the 37th Premier of South Australia, serving between 15 February 1979 and 18 September 1979
Jan 3 Leon Wagner an American left fielder in Major League Baseball who played with the San Francisco Giants , Louis Cardinals , Los Angeles Angels , Cleveland Indians and Chicago White Sox. He batted left-handed and threw right-handed. Born in Chattanooga, Tennessee, he graduated from Tuskegee University. He was affectionately known as "Daddy Wags" during his playing days. This was due to his distinctive left-handed batting style and his notable and unique body gesticulations, primarily below the waist, before going into his devastating stride. His outfield play did not match his stellar hitting. He was at least briefly in the clothing business, advertising his venture as "Get your glad rags from "Daddy Wags". He was also known as "Cheeky" for his high cheekbones
Jan 4 John Toland (author) an American writer and historian. He is best known for a biography of Adolf Hitler and a Pulitzer Prize-winning history of World War II-era Japan, The Rising Sun
Jan 4 Jake Hess None
Jan 4 Joan Aiken an English writer specialising in supernatural fiction and children's alternate history novels. In 1999 she was awarded an MBE for her services to children's literature. For The Whispering Mountain, published by Jonathan Cape in 1968, she won the Guardian Children's Fiction Prize, a once-in-a-lifetime book award judged by a panel of British children's writers, and she was a commended runner-up for the Carnegie Medal from the Library Association, recognising the year's best children's book by a British subject. She won an Edgar Allan Poe Award for Night Fall
Jan 4 Helena Růžičková a Czech actress. Above all, Helena Růžičková was known for her comedic talents, and for films produced in the Czech Republic and East Germany. She became popular especially thanks to her roles in Jaroslav Papoušek's comedy trilogy about the Homolka family , and in another comedy trilogy Slunce, seno... directed by Zdeněk Troška
Jan 4 Jeff Nuttall an English poet, publisher, actor, painter, sculptor, jazz trumpeter, anarchist sympathiser and social commentator who was a key part of the British 1960s counter-culture. He was the brother of literary critic D. Nuttall
Jan 4 Brian Gibson (director) an English film director.
Jan 4 Eduard Sibiryakov an Ukrainian former volleyball player who competed for the Soviet Union in the 1964 Summer Olympics and in the 1968 Summer Olympics.
Jan 5 Charles Dumas an American high jumper, the 1956 Olympic champion, and the first person to clear 7 ft.
Jan 5 Tug McGraw a Major League Baseball relief pitcher and the father of American singer and actor Tim McGraw. He is likely best remembered for coining the phrase, “Ya Gotta Believe” which became a popular rallying cry for the New York Mets, and for recording the final out, via a strikeout of the Kansas City Royals' Willie Wilson, in the 1980 World Series, bringing the Philadelphia Phillies their first world championship. He was the last active major league player to have played under manager Casey Stengel
Jan 5 Norman Heatley a member of the team of Oxford University scientists who developed penicillin. Norman Heatley developed the back extraction technique for efficiently purifying penicillin in bulk
Jan 6 Francesco Scavullo an American fashion photographer best known for his work on the covers of Cosmopolitan and his celebrity portraits.
Jan 6 Vera Bradford an Australian classical pianist and teacher, with a very long career. Her playing was admired for its depth and beauty of tone, classical unity and tremendous power
Jan 6 Pierre Charles Prime Minister of Dominica from 2000 to 2004 as well as Member of Parliament for Grand Bay, Dominica from 1985 until his death.
Jan 7 Ingrid Thulin a Swedish film actress.
Jan 7 Shalva Apkhazava a Georgian professional football striker who played for FC Arsenal Kyiv in Ukraine.
Jan 8 Charles Brown (actor) a Tony Award-nominated actor and a member of New York City, New York theater troupe the Negro Ensemble Company. He was best known for his performances in Off-Broadway and Broadway plays by Samm-Art Williams and August Wilson
Jan 8 John A. Gambling an American radio personality. He was member of the Gambling family, three generations of whom - John B., John and John - were hosts of WOR Radio's morning show Rambling With Gambling over the course of more than 75 years
Jan 8 Delfín Benítez Cáceres a Paraguayan football striker.
Jan 9 Norberto Bobbio an Italian philosopher of law and political sciences and a historian of political thought. He also wrote regularly for the Turin-based daily La Stampa. Bobbio was a liberal socialist in the tradition of Piero Gobetti, Carlo Rosselli, Guido Calogero, and Aldo Capitini. He was also strongly influenced by Hans Kelsen and Vilfredo Pareto
Jan 9 Yinka Dare a Nigerian professional basketball player. A 7'1 1/2", 265 pound center, he played four seasons in the National Basketball Association. In 2004, Dare died at only 31 years of age after suffering a heart attack
Jan 10 Alexandra Ripley an American writer best known as the author of Scarlett , the sequel to Gone with the Wind. Her first novel was Who's the Lady in the President's Bed?. Charleston , her first historical novel, was a bestseller, as were her next books On Leaving Charleston , The Time Returns , and New Orleans Legacy. She attended the elite Ashley Hall, in Charleston, South Carolina, and Vassar College in Poughkeepsie, New York
Jan 11 Spalding Gray an American actor and writer. He is known for the autobiographical monologues that he wrote and performed for the theater in the 1980s and 1990s
Jan 12 Randy VanWarmer an American singer-songwriter and guitarist. His biggest success was the pop hit, "Just When I Needed You Most". It reached 8 on the UK Singles Chart in September 1979 after peaking at 4 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart and 1 on the Billboard Hot Adult Contemporary Tracks chart earlier that year. There are several cover versions of this song, including those by Dolly Parton and Smokie
Jan 12 Olga Ladyzhenskaya a Soviet and Russian mathematician. She was known for her work on partial differential equations and fluid dynamics. She provided the first rigorous proofs of the convergence of a finite difference method for the Navier-Stokes equations. She was a student of Ivan Petrovsky. She was awarded the Lomonosov Gold Medal in 2002
Jan 13 Arne Næss Jr. a Norwegian businessman, shipping magnate and mountaineer.
Jan 13 Harold Shipman a British doctor and one of the most prolific serial killers in recorded history.
Jan 13 Zeno Vendler an American philosopher of language, and a founding member and former director of the Department of Philosophy at the University of Calgary. His work on lexical aspect, quantifiers, and nominalization has been influential in the field of linguistics
Jan 14 Ron O'Neal an American actor, director and screenwriter, who rose to fame in his role as Youngblood Priest, a New York cocaine dealer in the 1972 blaxploitation film Super Fly and its 1973 sequel Super Fly T.N.T. O'Neal was also a director and writer for the sequel, and for the film Up Against the Wall
Jan 14 Terje Bakken the lead singer and founder of the Norwegian black metal band Windir. Windir was started as a one-man project, but it was expanded into a full band with the release of their third album, 1184. Valfar originally sang his lyrics in Sognamål, a dialect of Norwegian, but eventually switched to English in an attempt to appeal to a broader audience
Jan 14 Joaquín Nin-Culmell a Cuban-Spanish composer, internationally known concert pianist, and emeritus professor of music at the University of California, Berkeley.
Jan 14 Uta Hagen a German American actress and drama teacher. She originated the role of Martha in the 1962 Broadway premiere of Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? by Edward Albee. Because Hagen was on the Hollywood blacklist, in part because of her association with Paul Robeson, her film opportunities dwindled and she focused her career on New York theater. She twice won the Tony Award for Best Actress in a Play and received a Special Tony Award for Lifetime Achievement in 1999. She later became a highly influential acting teacher at New York's Herbert Berghof Studio and authored best-selling acting texts, Respect for Acting, with Haskel Frankel, and A Challenge for the Actor. She was elected to the American Theatre Hall of Fame in 1981
Jan 14 Yury Vengerovsky a Ukrainian volleyball player who competed for the Soviet Union in the 1964 Summer Olympics.
Jan 15 Ambroise-Marie Carré a Catholic priest, author and member of the Académie française. Born in Fleury-les-Aubrais in Loiret, France, Carré studied at l’école Saint-Joseph and the collège Sainte-Croix de Neuilly before entering the Dominican order in 1926 and being ordained a priest in 1933. Not long thereafter, he was to edit, from 1936 until 1939, the Revue des Jeunes. Under the German Occupation, following the capitulation of the French government to the Nazis during the Second World War, Carré aided those persecuted by the Vichy government, regardless of their religion or ethnicity; for this, he was awarded the Légion d'honneur and the Croix de guerre
Jan 15 Delia Scala an Italian ballerina and actress.
Jan 15 Olivia Goldsmith an American author, best known for her first novel The First Wives Club , which was adapted into the movie The First Wives Club.
Jan 16 Kalevi Sorsa a Finnish politician who was the Prime Minister of Finland four times: 1972–1975, 1977–1979, 1982–1983 and 1983–1987 and at the date of his death still held the Finnish record for most days of incumbency as prime minister. He was also a long-time leader of the Social Democratic Party of Finland
Jan 17 Raymond Bonham Carter a leading British banker, and a member of a distinguished British theatrical and political family.
Jan 17 Czesław Niemen one of the most important and original Polish singer-songwriters and rock balladeers of the last quarter-century, singing mainly in Polish.
Jan 17 Harry Brecheen an American left-handed pitcher in Major League Baseball who played most of his career for the Louis Cardinals. In the late 1940s he was among the team's stars, becoming the first left-hander ever to win three games in a single World Series in 1946 and later leading the National League in several categories in 1948