Died in 2005

Jan 1 Dmitry Nelyubin a Soviet-Russian track cyclist. At the age of 17 Nelyubin, together with teammates Viatcheslav Ekimov, Artūras Kasputis and Gintautas Umaras, won the 4000 meter team pursuit event at the 1988 Summer Olympics held in Seoul. Nelyubin was killed in a street fight on the New Year night of January 1, 2005. Murder suspects, natives of Kabardino-Balkaria, were arrested four years later, in December 2008; the trial began in May 2009 and in September 2009 the jury declared one of the suspects guilty of murder
Jan 1 Shirley Chisholm an American politician, educator, and author. She was a Congresswoman, representing New York's 12th Congressional District for seven terms from 1969 to 1983. In 1968, she became the first African-American woman elected to Congress. On January 25, 1972, she became the first major-party black candidate for President of the United States and the first woman to run for the Democratic presidential nomination. She received 152 first-ballot votes at the 1972 Democratic National Convention
Jan 1 Bob Matsui an American politician from the state of California. Matsui was a member of the Democratic Party and served in the U.S. House of Representatives as the congressman for California's 5th congressional district until his death midway through his 14th consecutive term. The Robert Matsui United States Courthouse is named in his honor
Jan 1 Steven Parrino an American artist and musician associated with energetic punk nihilism. He is best known for creating big modernist monochrome paintings that he violently slashed, torn or twisted off their stretchers. He died in a motorcycle traffic accident in Greenpoint, Brooklyn at the age of 46
Jan 1 Eugene J. Martin an African-American visual artist.
Jan 2 Arnold Denker an American chess player, Grandmaster, and chess author. He was U.S. Chess Champion in 1945 and 1946
Jan 2 Cyril Fletcher an English comedian; his catchphrase was 'Pin back your lugholes'. He was most famous for his Odd Odes, which later formed a section of the television show That's Life!. Fletcher had first begun performing the Odd Odes in 1937, long before they first appeared on television. He came up with the idea when he was short of material for a radio show. The first Odd Ode was a comic, yet sentimental, reading of Edgar Wallace's war poem Dreaming of Thee. Following this broadcast he was given a regular programme on Radio Luxembourg; it was this show that brought him to national attention. He called himself "the odd oder"
Jan 2 Frank Kelly Freas an American science fiction and fantasy artist with a career spanning more than 50 years. He was known as the "Dean of Science Fiction Artists" and he was the second artist inducted by the Science Fiction Hall of Fame
Jan 2 Maclyn McCarty an American geneticist.
Jan 2 Edo Murtić a painter from Croatia, best known for his lyrical abstraction and abstract expressionism style. He worked in a variety of media, including oil painting, gouache, graphic design, ceramics, mosaics, murals and theatrical set design. Murtić travelled and exhibited extensively in Europe and North America, gaining international recognition for his work, which can be found museums, galleries and private collections worldwide. He was one of the founders of the group "March" in 1956, and received many international awards. In 1958 Murtić participated in the three biggest events in the world of contemporary art: the Venice Biennale, the Carnegie Prize in Pittsburgh, and Documenta in Kassel. Interest in the art of Edo Murtić continues to grow, with retrospective exhibits in major museums
Jan 3 Jyotindra Nath Dixit an Indian diplomat, who as served as Foreign Secretary , the top bureaucrat in the Ministry of External Affairs. At the time of his death he was the National Security Adviser to the Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and is most remembered for his role as a negotiator in disputes with Pakistan and China
Jan 3 Koo Chen-fu a Taiwanese businessman and diplomat. He led the Koos Group of companies from 1940 until his death. As a chairman of the Straits Exchange Foundation , Koo arranged the first direct talks between Taiwan and China since 1949 and served as Taiwan's negotiator in both the 1993 and 1998 Wang-Koo summit
Jan 3 László Vadász a Hungarian chess Grandmaster.
Jan 3 Will Eisner an American cartoonist, writer, and entrepreneur. He was one of the earliest cartoonists to work in the American comic book industry, and his series The Spirit was noted for its experiments in content and form. In 1978, he popularized the term "graphic novel" with the publication of his book A Contract with God. He was an early contributor to formal comics studies with his book Comics and Sequential Art. The Eisner Award was named in his honor, and is given to recognize achievements each year in the comics medium; he was one of the three inaugural inductees to the Will Eisner Comic Book Hall of Fame
Jan 4 Frank Harary a prolific American mathematician, who specialized in graph theory. He was widely recognized as one of the "fathers" of modern graph theory. Harary was a master of clear exposition and, together with his many doctoral students, he standardized the terminology of graphs. He broadened the reach of this field to include physics, psychology, sociology, and even anthropology. Gifted with a keen sense of humor, Harary challenged and entertained audiences at all levels of mathematical sophistication. A particular trick he employed was to turn theorems into games - for instance, students would try to add red edges to a graph on six vertices in order to create a red triangle, while another group of students tried to add edges to create a blue triangle. Because of the simplest case of Ramsey theory, one team or the other would have to win
Jan 4 Guy Davenport an American writer, translator, illustrator, painter, intellectual, and teacher.
Jan 4 Alton Tobey a painter, historical artist, muralist, portraitist, illustrator, and teacher of art.
Jan 4 Bud Poile a professional ice hockey player, coach, general manager, and league executive.
Jan 4 Robert Heilbroner an American economist and historian of economic thought. The author of some twenty books, Heilbroner was best known for The Worldly Philosophers: The Lives, Times and Ideas of the Great Economic Thinkers , a survey of the lives and contributions of famous economists, notably Adam Smith, Karl Marx, and John Maynard Keynes
Jan 4 Humphrey Carpenter an English biographer, writer, and radio broadcaster.
Jan 4 Jorge Eduardo Wright an Argentinian mycologist. Born in Buenos Aires, he graduated from the University of Buenos Aires in 1949. He was awarded a Latin American Guggenheim Fellowship and studied under Alexander Smith at the University of Michigan, under whom he received his Master of Science degree in botany in 1955. A year later he was awarded his doctorate from the University of Buenos Aires based on his research on the Gasteromycetes and other Basidiomycetes. Wright became a full professor in systematic botany at this university in 1960, a position he held until his retirement in 1988. During his career, he published over 120 scientific articles and several books
Jan 5 Danny Sugerman the second manager of the Los Angeles-based rock band The Doors, and wrote several books about Jim Morrison and The Doors, including No One Here Gets Out Alive , and the autobiography Wonderland Avenue. Sugerman began working with The Doors when he was 12 years old, starting out answering their fan mail. By the age of 17, Sugerman replaced the original Doors manager, Bill Siddons, shortly after Morrison's death in 1971. Sugerman attended Westchester High School in Los Angeles, where he regularly authored articles about The Doors in the student newspaper. He graduated in 1972. He later went on to manage Ray Manzarek's solo-career and first album. He was also Iggy Pop's manager for a period, and produced his song "Repo Man", before they both ended up in California State mental hospitals suffering from drug and alcohol addiction. He also wrote Appetite For Destruction: The Days of Guns N' Roses in 1991. He helped film director Oliver Stone with the production of the 1991 movie The Doors
Jan 6 Louis Robichaud the first Acadian appointed Premier of New Brunswick, serving from 1960 to 1970.
Jan 6 Veli Mukhatov a Turkmenistani composer.
Jan 6 Boris Shtokolov a famous Soviet and Russian singer, one of the greatest basses of the 20th century.
Jan 6 Lois Hole a Canadian politician, businesswoman, academician, professional gardener and best-selling author. She was the 15th Lieutenant Governor of Alberta from 10 February 2000 until her death. She was known as the "Queen of Hugs" for breaking with protocol and hugging almost everyone she met, including journalists, diplomats and other politicians
Jan 6 Eileen Desmond an Irish Labour Party politician. She served in the Dáil, the Seanad and the European Parliament, and was Minister for Health and Minister for Social Welfare from 1981 to 1982
Jan 7 Aleksandr Prokhorov (footballer) a Soviet football player and coach.
Jan 7 Evgeny Chuprun a Russians Soviet realist painter, who lived and worked in Leningrad. He was a member of the Leningrad branch of Union of Artists of Russian Federation, and regarded as one of representatives of the Leningrad school of painting, most famous for his maritime paintings
Jan 7 Pierre Daninos a French writer and humorist.
Jan 7 Rosemary Kennedy the first daughter born to Rose Fitzgerald and Joseph Kennedy, The family claimed she was born with intellectual disabilities, though this was only came to light after many years. However, recent information suggests that she was dyslexic and deeply depressed, not intellectually disabled, as her ability to write and do arithmetic surpasses the boundaries of the "intellectually disabled" category. She was the first sister of President John Kennedy, Senator Robert Kennedy, and Senator Ted Kennedy. She underwent a prefrontal lobotomy at age 23, which left her permanently incapacitated
Jan 8 Michel Thomas a polyglot linguist, language teacher, and decorated war veteran. He survived imprisonment in several different Nazi concentration camps after serving in the Maquis of the French Resistance and worked with the U.S. Army Counter Intelligence Corps during World War After the war, Thomas emigrated to the United States, where he developed a language-teaching system known as the Michel Thomas Method. In 2004 he was awarded the Silver Star by the U.S. Army
Jan 8 Warren Spears an American dancer and choreographer. Born in Detroit, Michigan, he studied dance as a child, then moved to New York City in 1972 to study at the Juilliard School
Jan 8 Campbell McComas an Australian comedian, writer and actor.
Jan 9 Koji Hashimoto (director) a Japanese film director and producer. He directed the 1984 films Sayonara Jupiter and The Return of Godzilla. He died of coronary disease at age 64 while mountain climbing
Jan 9 Gonzalo Gavira a Mexican movie sound technician. He formed part of the team that won an Oscar for the movie The Exorcist in 1973. Outside of Mexico he worked on more than 60 other films, including the disaster movie The Towering Inferno and western El Topo, as well as Sergio Leone's The Good, The Bad, And The Ugly. While working in the United States he always worked with an assistant named Ruben Bustamante, Gavira referred to him as invaluable. In 1975 he was awarded the Silver Ariel, which is the highest award that can be received from Mexican theatre. He died in 2005, reportedly from circulation problems. Along with working together with director Sergio Leone, Gonzalo Gavira worked with William Friedkin, Alejandro Jodorosky and the great Cantinflas, who on many occasions classified Gavira as a genius. Once upon meeting Lee Marvin, Gonzalo Gavira asked Marvin to autograph a twenty dollar bill. Lee Marvin refused, stating he would rather use that twenty to buy some drinks later, they became fast friends. Gonzalo Gavira worked on approximately 80% of all movie features made in Mexico. "Letters from Marusia" was nominated for Best Foreign Film at the 1976 Oscars and "Canoa" won Picture of the Year 1976 in Mexico City
Jan 10 Erwin Hillier a German-born cinematographer known for his work in British cinema from the 1940s to 1960s.
Jan 10 Kalevi Hämäläinen a former Finnish cross country skier who competed in the late 1950s and early 1960s. He won the 50 km event at the 1960 Winter Olympics in Squaw Valley. He was born in Juva
Jan 10 Wasyly (Fedak) the Primate of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of Canada from 1985 until his death in 2005.
Jan 10 Gene Baylos a nightclub comedian. Not widely known by the general public, Baylos was a favourite of many "celebrity" comedians in New York City. A modest success on television, he performed his stand-up routine on variety shows, including The Hollywood Palace and The Joey Bishop Show. Baylos appeared with small roles on The Dick Van Dyke Show and Car 54, Where Are You?
Jan 10 Margherita Carosio an Italian operatic soprano. She was one of the most remarkable light lyric sopranos of her generation. Her warm, expressive and expertly produced voice is preserved in many Parlophone and Ultraphon recordings made before World War II, as well as a memorable series made for HMV in London, beginning in 1946. She was still singing leading roles in her early sixties and was considered one of the leading bel canto sopranos of her day
Jan 10 Jan Pieter Schotte a Belgian cardinal and an official of the Roman Curia.
Jan 10 Princess Joséphine Charlotte of Belgium the Grand Duchess consort of Jean, Grand Duke of Luxembourg. She was the first cousin of King Harald V of Norway, Princess Astrid of Norway, and Princess Ragnhild of Norway. She was the first child of Leopold III of Belgium, and sister of the late king Baudouin of Belgium and King Albert II of Belgium, the former king of Belgium, and aunt of the current king
Jan 10 Tommy Fine an American pitcher in Major League Baseball who played in 23 games for the Boston Red Sox and Louis Browns. The native of Cleburne, Texas, stood 6 feet tall and weighed 190 pounds. He was a switch-hitter and threw right-handed
Jan 10 Arthur Walworth most noted as a biographer of Woodrow Wilson. He was born in Newton, Massachusetts. He won the Pulitzer Prize for Biography or Autobiography for Woodrow Wilson, Volume I: American Prophet
Jan 10 James Forman an American Civil Rights leader active in the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee, the Black Panther Party, and the International Black Workers Congress.
Jan 10 Jack Horner (journalist) a noted sports journalist who worked in the Minneapolis-St. Paul market of Minnesota. He participated in the first modern television broadcasts of KSTP-TV channel 5, appearing on the first fully electronic telecast in the state on December 7, 1947. When the station began regular broadcasts in April 1948, he provided play-by-play for a televised baseball game between the Minneapolis Millers and a team from Louisville. Jack Horner also broadcast the first live televised game of the Harlem Globetrotters and provided one of the last interviews of Babe Ruth
Jan 11 Jerzy Pawłowski a Polish fencer and double agent.
Jan 11 Spencer Dryden an American musician best known as the longest-serving drummer for Jefferson Airplane. He also played with New Riders of the Purple Sage, The Dinosaurs, and The Ashes
Jan 11 Jimmy Griffin a singer, guitarist, and songwriter, best known for his work with the 1970s rock band Bread. He won an Academy Award for Best Song in 1970 as co-writer of "For All We Know"