Died in 2006

Jan 1 Harry Magdoff a prominent American socialist commentator. He held several administrative positions in government during the presidency of Franklin Roosevelt and later became co-editor of the Marxist publication Monthly Review
Jan 1 Dawn Lake an Australian television comedian, singer, entertainer and actor, whose career spanned more than four decades. Bert Newton described her as "our greatest comedienne - Australia's Lucille Ball". She was particularly associated in show business with her husband Bobby Limb
Jan 1 Bryan Harvey (musician) an American musician noted for his fronting role in House of Freaks. He was murdered with his wife Kathryn Harvey , maternal half-sister of actor Steven Culp, and their two daughters Stella and Ruby on January 1, 2006
Jan 1 Hugh McLaughlin (publisher) an Irish publisher and inventor. He was married to Nuala Ryan
Jan 1 Zlata Tkach a Moldovan composer and music educator. She was the first woman to become a professional composer in Moldova
Jan 2 Cecilia Muñoz-Palma a Filipino jurist and the first woman appointed to the Supreme Court of the Philippines. She was appointed to the Supreme Court by President Ferdinand Marcos on October 29, 1973, and served until she reached the then-mandatory retirement age of 65
Jan 2 Lidia Wysocka a Polish stage, film and voice actress, singer, cabaret performer and creative director, theatre director and costume designer, editorialist.
Jan 2 Klemens Mielczarek a Polish film actor. He appeared in more than 20 films between 1935 and 1991
Jan 3 Jorge Rossi Chavarría a Costa Rican politician. He was a lawyer, businessman. He co-founded the National Liberation Party with Jose Figueres. He was Vice-President of the Republic of Costa Rica from 1970 to 1974 and representative from 1986 to 1990
Jan 3 Steve Rogers (rugby league) an Australian rugby league footballer of the 1970s and 80s. He played for the Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks and George Dragons teams in the New South Wales Rugby League premiership competition and for Widnes in the English competition, usually in the position of centre. Rogers represented New South Wales and Australia captaining the national team once in 1981
Jan 3 Giuseppe Busso an Alfa Romeo and Ferrari technical designer. Born in Turin, he graduated as an industrial designer, and In 1937 began working for Fiat in its aviation engine department. In January 1939 he moved to Alfa Romeo where he worked under guidance of Orazio Satta Puliga. His main responsibility was racing car engines
Jan 3 Bill Skate a Papua New Guinea politician and statesman. He was the son of an Australian father and a native PNG mother. Though his career was turbulent and often marked by setbacks, he served in the highest posts in his country: Prime Minister, Speaker of the National Parliament, and acting Governor-General
Jan 4 Maktoum bin Rashid Al Maktoum the Vice President and Prime Minister of the United Arab Emirates and the emir of Dubai.
Jan 4 John Hahn-Petersen a Danish theatre, TV and movie actor. He made his debut in 1955 and starred in a number of productions including: Matador, Landsbyen, and Taxa
Jan 4 Robert Howard White a New Zealand local-body politician.
Jan 4 Milton Himmelfarb an American sociographer of the American Jewish community.
Jan 4 Irving Layton a Romanian-born Canadian poet. He was known for his "tell it like it is" style which won him a wide following, but also made him enemies. As Jacobs notes in his biography , Layton fought Puritanism throughout his life:
Jan 5 Otto von Bülow a German U-boat commander in World War II, and a captain in the Bundesmarine. He was also a recipient of the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross with Oak Leaves. The Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross and its higher grade Oak Leaves was awarded to recognise extreme battlefield bravery or successful military leadership
Jan 5 Merlyn Rees a Welsh-born Labour party Member of Parliament from 1963 until 1992, who served as Secretary of State for Northern Ireland and Home Secretary.
Jan 5 Alex St. Clair an American musician.
Jan 5 Ken Mosdell a Canadian ice hockey forward.
Jan 6 Hugh Thompson Jr. a United States Army helicopter pilot during the Vietnam War. He is best known for his role in stopping the My Lai Massacre, in which a group of U.S. Army soldiers deliberately murdered numerous Vietnamese civilians. Although initially ill-treated in some quarters for their intervention, Thompson and his crew, Glenn Andreotta and Lawrence Colburn, were recognized and decorated many years later for their heroism at My Lai. Andreotta had died in combat three weeks after the massacre, and so was honored posthumously
Jan 6 Lou Rawls an American recording artist, voice actor, songwriter, and record producer. He was known for his smooth vocal style: Frank Sinatra once said that Rawls had "the classiest singing and silkiest chops in the singing game". Rawls released more than 60 albums, sold more than 40 million records, and had numerous charting singles, most notably his song "You'll Never Find Another Love Like Mine". He worked as a television, motion picture, and voice actor and was known for his frequently used expression, "Yeah, buddy!" Rawls was also a three-time Grammy-winner, all for Best Male R&B Vocal Performance
Jan 6 Comandante Ramona the nom de guerre of an officer of the Zapatista Army of National Liberation , a revolutionary indigenous autonomist organization based in the southern Mexican state of Chiapas. She was perhaps the most famous female Zapatista figure for her role early in the uprising. A member of the Zapatista leading council, the CCRI , she served as a symbol of equality and dignity for indigenous and impoverished women
Jan 7 Heinrich Harrer an Austrian mountaineer, sportsman, geographer, and author. He is best known for being on the four-man climbing team that made the first ascent of the North Face of the Eiger in Switzerland, and for his books Seven Years in Tibet and The White Spider
Jan 7 Gábor Zavadszky a Hungarian footballer.
Jan 8 Prince George William of Hanover (1915–2006) the second eldest son of Ernest Augustus III, Duke of Brunswick and his wife Princess Victoria Louise of Prussia, the only daughter of Wilhelm II, German Emperor and Augusta Viktoria of Schleswig-Holstein.
Jan 8 Tony Banks Baron Stratford a British Labour Party politician, who was a member of parliament from 1983 to 2005, before being made a Member of the House of Lords. In government, he served for two years as Minister for Sport. He was well known in the House of Commons for his acid tongue
Jan 8 Frances Margaret Leighton a South African botanist and the daughter of James Leighton , a Scotsman and Kew horticulturist and plant collector. He settled in South Africa in 1881, and was curator of the King William's Town Botanic Garden. He is commemorated in Haworthia leightonii
Jan 8 Raatbek Sanatbayev a Kyrgyz Greco-Roman wrestler who competed in the Men's Greco-Roman 82 kg at the 1996 Summer Olympics and the Men's Greco-Roman 85 kg at the 2000 Summer Olympics. He won the bronze medal at the 1999 World Championships, and won the Asian Championship in 1999 and 2000, silver medals in the 1995 and 1997 Asian Championships and 1994 and 1998 Asian Games, and a bronze medal at the 1996 Asian Championships
Jan 8 Elson Becerra a Colombian footballer.
Jan 9 Cleon Skousen an American author, conservative American constitutionalist and faith-based political theorist. He was also a prolific popularizer among Latter-day Saints of their theology. A notable anti-communist and supporter of the John Birch Society, Skousen's works involved a wide range of subjects including the Six-Day War, Mormon eschatology, New World Order conspiracies, and parenting. His most popular works are The 5,000 Year Leap and The Naked Communist. A book by Skousen on end times prophecy, The Cleansing of America, was published by Valor Publishing Group in 2010, four years after his death
Jan 9 Andy Caldecott an off road motorcycle racer born in Keith, South Australia. He won the Australian Safari Rally four times consecutively and was a competitor in the Dakar Rally in 2004 , 2005 , and 2006
Jan 9 Mikk Mikiver a prominent Estonian stage and film actor and theater director.
Jan 9 Petre M. Andreevski a famous Macedonian poet, novelist, short story writer and playwright.
Jan 9 Ahmad Kazemi an Iranian commander of the Army of the Guardians of the Islamic Revolution and one of the main fighters in Iran–Iraq War.
Jan 10 Imrich Stacho a Slovak football goalkeeper. He played for Czechoslovakia national team in 23 matches and scored one goal from a penalty in a match against Ireland
Jan 11 Eric Namesnik an American competition swimmer and Olympic medalist.
Jan 11 Markus Löffel a disc jockey, musician and record producer from Frankfurt am Main, Germany. His stage surname was a direct translation: Löffel is the German word for spoon. Together with Rolf Ellmer he recorded under several monikers, including Jam & Spoon, Tokyo Ghetto Pussy and Storm. He also produced and remixed many other artists as well as becoming a veteran performer many times at Berlin's infamous Love Parade
Jan 12 Izzat Klychev a People's Artist of the USSR, incumbent member of the Academy of Arts of the USSR and honorary corresponding member of the The Russian Academy of Arts.
Jan 12 Anne Meacham a noted American actress of stage, film and soap opera.
Jan 12 Faisal bin Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa a member of the Bahrain's ruling family, House of Khalifa.
Jan 13 Frank Fixaris an American sportscaster, anchor, reporter, and disc jockey, spending the majority of his career at WGME-TV in Portland, Maine. He also co-hosted a morning radio show on WJAB after his television run
Jan 13 Marc Potvin a Canadian professional ice hockey player in the National Hockey League. He was the cousin of Denis Potvin and Jean Potvin
Jan 13 Kazuyuki Sogabe a Japanese voice actor, actor and musician from Chiba Prefecture. During his life, he has been attached to Theatre Echo; he was attached to Aoni Production at the time of his death. He also served as guitarist for the band Slapstick, which he formed in 1977 with fellow voice actors Toru Furuya and Toshio Furukawa
Jan 13 Veikko Muronen a Finnish MSc and heavy vehicle designer. He worked as a manager of the Engineering Department of Vanajan Autotehdas and later Suomen Autoteollisuus. Muronen is best known as the inventor of Vanaja lifting tandem system and designer of the last Vanaja series, "Muros-Vanaja"
Jan 14 Henri Colpi a French film editor and film director.
Jan 14 Mark Philo an English professional footballer. He was born in Bracknell, Berkshire and spent his whole professional career at Wycombe Wanderers making 17 first team appearances. He died on 14 January 2006 following a road traffic collision. An inquiry into the crash, which also resulted in the death of the driver of another car, found that it was caused by Philo driving whilst intoxicated by alcohol
Jan 14 Shelley Winters an American actress who appeared in dozens of films, as well as on stage and television; her career spanned over 50 years until her death in 2006. Winters won Academy Awards for The Diary of Anne Frank and A Patch of Blue, and received nominations for A Place in the Sun and The Poseidon Adventure. She also appeared in such films as The Big Knife, A Double Life, Lolita, The Night of the Hunter and Alfie
Jan 14 Jim Gary an American sculptor popularly known for his large, colorful creations of dinosaurs made from discarded automobile parts. These sculptures were typically finished with automobile paint although some were left to develop a natural patina during display outdoors