January – The world's first all-in-one home computer (keyboard/screen/tape storage), the Commodore PET, is demonstrated at the Consumer Electronics Show in Chicago.
January 1 – The Australian state of Queensland abolishes the inheritance tax.
January 3 – Apple Computer is incorporated.
January 6 – Record company EMI drops the controversial United Kingdom punk rock group the Sex Pistols.
January 8 – Three bombs explode in Moscow within 37 minutes, killing seven. The bombings are attributed to an Armenian separatist group.
Rock band Toto is founded by David Paich and Jeff Porcaro in Van Nuys, Los Angeles.
Super Bowl XI: After having the best record in the National Football League since Al Davis took over his team in 1963, the Oakland Raiders finally win their first World Championship, by beating the Minnesota Vikings 32–14.
Mount Nyiragongo erupts in eastern Zaire (now the Democratic Republic of the Congo).
Ocean Park opens in Hong Kong.
January 15 – Linjeflyg Flight 618 crashes into the Kälvesta area of Stockholm, killing all 22 on board.
Gary Gilmore is executed by firing squad in Utah (the first execution after the reintroduction of the death penalty in the U.S.).
49 marines from the and perished in the waters of the Barcelona harbour [http://commons.wikimedia.org/Category:US_Navy_memorial_commemorating_the_death_of_49_marines_%28Port_of_Barcelona%29].
Scientists identify a previously unknown bacterium as the cause of the mysterious Legionnaires' disease.
Australia's worst railway disaster at Granville, a suburb of Sydney, leaves 83 people dead.
SFR Yugoslavia Prime minister Džemal Bijedić, his wife and 6 others are killed in a plane crash in Bosnia and Herzegovina.
U.S. President Gerald Ford, on his final full day in office, pardons Iva Toguri D'Aquino (aka "Tokyo Rose").
Snow falls in Miami (despite its ordinarily tropical climate) for the only time in its history. Snowfall has occurred farther south in the United States only on the high mountains of the state of Hawaii.
January 20 – Jimmy Carter is sworn in as the 39th President of the United States.
January 21 – U.S. President Jimmy Carter pardons Vietnam War draft evaders.
Prime Minister Indira Gandhi of India calls for fresh elections to the Lok Sabha, and releases all political prisoners.
Roots begins its run on ABC.
January 24 – The Massacre of Atocha occurs, during the Spanish transition to democracy.
January 26 – Katimavik is founded as a volunteer service organization for Canadian youths.
January 28 – The Great Lakes Blizzard of 1977 hits Buffalo, New York, and the Niagara Region of Southern Ontario.
January 31 – The Centre Georges Pompidou is officially opened by French President Valéry Giscard d'Estaing.
February 2 – The Congress party of India, led by Indira Gandhi, splits with Jagjivan Ram and other senior leaders, forming Congress for Democracy. This party later merges with the Janata Party.
February 3 – In northern Japan a blizzard piled snow on rooftops, causing many to collapse, killing at least 31 people.
Fleetwood Mac's Grammy-winning album Rumours is released in the United States.
Eleven CTA commuters are killed when an elevated train derails from the Loop in central Chicago.
February 7 – The Soviet Union launches Soyuz 24 (Viktor Gorbatko, Yury Glazkov) to dock with the Salyut 5 space station.
February 12 – Actress Christa Helm is fatally stabbed on a sidewalk in West Hollywood. The perpetrator is never identified.
February 18 – American Space Shuttle program: First test flight of Space Shuttle Enterprise mated to the Boeing 747 Shuttle Carrier Aircraft.
February 23 – Óscar Romero becomes Archbishop of San Salvador.
February 28 – Queen Elizabeth II opens the Parliament of New Zealand.
March 4 – The 1977 Vrancea earthquake in the Vrancea Mountains of Romania kills 1,500.
March 5 – Formula One driver Tom Pryce dies after colliding with a track marshal at the South African Grand Prix in Kyalami.
March 8 – The Australian parliament is opened by Elizabeth II, Queen of Australia.
March 9 – Hanafi Siege: Approximately a dozen armed Hanafi Movement members take over 3 buildings in Washington, D.C., killing 1 person and taking more than 130 hostages (the hostage situation ends 2 days later).
March 10 – The rings of Uranus are discovered.
March 12 – The Centenary Test between Australia and England begins at the Melbourne Cricket Ground.
March 15 – Tenor Luciano Pavarotti and the PBS opera series Live from the Met both make their American television debuts. Pavarotti stars in a complete production of Puccini's La Boheme.
March 18 – United States lifts ban on travel by U.S. citizens to Cambodia, Cuba, North Korea, and Vietnam.
March 19 – Results of elections to the Indian Parliament are declared. Indira Gandhi's Congress Party is routed by the opposition Janata alliance.
March 21 – Prime Minister Indira Gandhi withdraws the state of emergency which was implemented on June 25, 1975.
March 26 – Focus on the Family is founded by Dr. James Dobson.
March 27 – Tenerife disaster: A collision between KLM and Pan Am Boeing 747s at Tenerife, Canary Islands, kills 583 people. This becomes the deadliest accident in aviation history.
April 1 – The small market town of Hay-on-Wye declares independence from the UK, as a publicity stunt.
April 2 – Horse racing: Red Rum wins a record third Grand National at Aintree Racecourse.
Grundy, Virginia experiences a major flood that causes around $15 million in damages to 228 residential and commercial structures (to date the town is still recovering).
Southern Airways Flight 242 crashes on a highway in New Hope, Georgia, killing 72 people.
April 5 – Beginning of demonstrations in 10 cities across the U.S., the longest being the 3.5 week sit-in the San Francisco Federal Building to persuade President Jimmy Carter to implement the first Federal civil rights law for people with disabilities, Section 504 of the 1973 Rehabilitation Act, without reinstituting the "separate but equal" doctrine.
German Federal Prosecutor Siegfried Buback and his driver are shot by 2 Red Army Faction members while waiting at a red light near his home in Karlsruhe. The "Ulrike Meinhof Commando" later claims responsibility.
The Toronto Blue Jays play their first game of baseball against the Chicago White Sox.
The Seattle Mariners play their first-ever game of baseball against the California Angels.
April 9 – Spain legalizes the Communist Party of Spain, which had been outlawed since 1939.
April 11 – London Transport's Silver Jubilee AEC Routemaster buses are launched.
April 17 – Belgian Prime Minister Leo Tindemans' Christian Social Party gains eight seats in the lower house in parliamentary elections.
April 17 – The Apple II debuts at the West Coast Computer Faire, positioning Apple at the forefront of the looming personal computer revolution.
April 18 - An annular solar eclipse was visible in Africa, and was the 29th solar eclipse of Solar Saros 138.
April 21 – Residents of Dover, Massachusetts report sightings of an eerie monster.
April 22 – Optical fiber is first used to carry live telephone traffic.
April 24 – In northern Bangladesh, a cyclone killed 13 people and injuring about 100 others.
April 27 – The Guatemala City air disaster kills 28 people.
April 28 – A federal court in Stuttgart sentences Red Army Faction members Andreas Baader, Gudrun Ensslin, and Jan-Carl Raspe to life imprisonment.
The Cold War between Cambodia and Vietnam evolves into the Cambodian–Vietnamese War.
Led Zeppelin sets a new world record attendance for an indoor solo attraction at the Pontiac Silverdome when 76,229 persons attend a concert here on the group's 1977 North American Tour.
May 1 – The Taksim Square massacre in Istanbul results in 34 deaths, hundreds of injuries.
May 3 – The light aircraft carrier HMS Invincible is launched at Barrow-in-Furness by Elizabeth II.
May 4 - The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops rule that divorced Catholics, including those who remarried outside the Church, are no longer automatically excommunicated and can still attend Mass but if they remarry without obtaining a Church annulment, can't receive Holy Communion and confession.
May 8 – Suzanne Lacy's extended performance piece about rape, Three Weeks in May begins in Los Angeles and continues until May 24.
May 12 – Portugal and Israel establish diplomatic relations.
The 1977 IAS Cargo Boeing 707 airplane crash in Lusaka, Zambia kills all six on board.
In Milan, Italy, during a far-left demonstration, a hooded person shoots at the police, killing a policeman, Antonio Custra. The scene is photographed and the picture of the hooded man shooting in the middle of the street appears in many magazines around the world.
The Montreal Canadiens sweep the Boston Bruins in four games to win their second straight Stanley Cup.
May 16 – A 20-passenger S-61L topples sideways at takeoff from the roof of the Pan Am Building in Midtown Manhattan. Four passengers are killed by the turning rotors and a woman at street level is fatally struck by a fallen blade.
The Likud Party, led by Menachem Begin, wins the national elections in Israel.
Elizabeth II commences her 1977 Silver Jubilee tour in Glasgow, Scotland.
Chuck E. Cheese's Pizza Time Theatre first opens in San Jose, California.
Scientists report using bacteria in a lab to make insulin via gene splicing.
Moluccan terrorists take over a school in Bovensmilde, northern Netherlands (105 hostages), and a passenger train on the Bovensmilde–Assen route nearby (90 hostages) at the same time. On June 11, Dutch Royal Marines storm the train, and six terrorists and two hostages are killed.
May 25 – George Lucas's Star Wars opens in cinemas and becomes the highest-grossing film of its time. It also makes sci-fi films very popular.
May 26 – George Willig climbs the South Tower of the World Trade Center.
Elizabeth II opens the new Air Terminal Building at the Edinburgh Airport.
The 1977 Aeroflot Ilyushin 62 airplane crash in Cuba kills 69 people.
Space Mountain opens at Disneyland and to this day remains as one of the park's most popular attractions.
A demonstration and coup attempt in Angola takes place. Afterward thousands were killed by the government and Cuban forces.
May 28 – The Beverly Hills Supper Club in Southgate, Kentucky, is engulfed in fire; 165 are killed inside.
May 29 – Indianapolis 500: A. J. Foyt becomes the first driver to win the race four times.
A bloodless coup installs France-Albert René as President of the Seychelles.
The Portland Trail Blazers defeat the Philadelphia 76ers 109–107 to win the National Basketball Association finals four games to two. Bill Walton is selected as the MVP of the series.
June 6 – 9 – Jubilee celebrations are held in the United Kingdom to celebrate 25 years of Elizabeth II's reign.
June 7 – After campaigning by Anita Bryant and her "Save Our Children" crusade, Miami-Dade County, Florida voters overwhelmingly vote to repeal the county's "gay rights" ordinance.
The first Apple II series computers go on sale.
James Earl Ray escapes from the Brushy Mountain State Prison in Petros, Tennessee; he is recaptured on June 13.
June 12 – The Supremes perform their final concert together at Drury Lane, London, and then disband permanently.
June 15 – Spain has its first democratic elections, after 41 years of Francoist Spain.
June 16 – The Oracle Corporation is incorporated in Redwood Shores, California as Software Development Laboratories by Larry Ellison, Bob Miner, and Ed Oates.
The U.S. Supreme Court rules that the states are not required to spend Medicaid funds on elective abortions.
Anglia Television broadcasts the fake documentary Alternative 3, which enters into the conspiracy theory canon.
June 21 – Bülent Ecevit, of CHP forms the new government of Turkey (40th government since the founding of the Turkish republic, but fails to receive the vote of confidence).
The 1977 Rugby League World Cup culminates in Australia's 13–12 victory over Great Britain at the Sydney Cricket Ground before about 24,450 spectators.
American Roy Sullivan is struck by lightning for the seventh time.
Elvis Presley holds his last concert at Market Square Arena in Indianapolis.
Some 200,000 protesters march through the streets of San Francisco, protesting Anita Bryant's anti-gay remarks and the murder of Robert Hillsborough.
16-year-old shop assistant Jayne Macdonald is murdered by the Yorkshire Ripper in Leeds, England.
June 27 – Djibouti receives its independence from France.
The Southeast Asia Treaty Organization is permanently disbanded.
The Women Marines are disbanded, and the women are integrated into regular Marine Corps.
U.S. President Jimmy Carter announces the cancellation of the B-1 Bomber program (it is later revived by the Reagan Administration).
CKO (a Canadian all news radio network, defunct since 1989) begins broadcasting.
The East African Community is dissolved.
The Championships, Wimbledon (tennis) – Virginia Wade wins the women's singles title in the centenary year of the tournament, Wade's first and only Wimbledon title and her third and final Grand Slam title overall; she remains the last British woman to win the singles title at Wimbledon.
July 5 – General Muhammad Zia-ul-Haq overthrows Zulfikar Ali Bhutto, the first elected Prime Minister of Pakistan.
July 10 – A temperature of 48.0 C, a record for continental Europe, is recorded in Greece.
Somalia declares war on Ethiopia, starting the Ethio-Somali War.
The New York City blackout of 1977 lasts for 25 hours, resulting in looting and other disorder.
July 15 – Anti-drug campaigner Donald Mackay disappears near Griffith, New South Wales (presumed murdered).
July 19 – 20 – Flooding in Johnstown, Pennsylvania, caused by massive rainfall, kills over 75 people and causes billions in damage.
July 21 – 24 – The Libyan–Egyptian War, sparked by a Libyan raid on Sallum, begins.
July 21 – Süleyman Demirel, of AP forms the new government of Turkey (41st government a three-party coalition, so-called second national front ( Milliyetçi cephe )).
July 22 – The purged Chinese Communist leader Deng Xiaoping is restored to power nine months after the "Gang of Four" was expelled from power in a coup d'état.
July 24 – Led Zeppelin presents its last American concert in Oakland, California, at the Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum. A brawl erupts between Led Zeppelin's crew and the staff of the promoter Bill Graham, resulting in criminal assault charges for several members of the Led Zeppelin group including the drummer John Bonham.
July 27 – The Soviet Politburo orders Boris Yeltsin to demolish the Ipatiev House, where Tsar Nicholas II of Russia and his family were shot in 1918. Yeltsin eventually calls this a barbarian act.
The first oil through the Trans-Alaska Pipeline System reaches Valdez, Alaska.
Emanuel Jaques, 12, is abducted after being lured into an apartment building under false pretenses on Yonge Street in downtown Toronto. His strangled body is found several days later under a pile of wood on the building's rooftop. Four men are apprehended for the crime.
July 30 – Left-wing German terrorists Susanne Albrecht, Brigitte Mohnhaupt and Christian Klar assassinate Jürgen Ponto, chairman of the Dresdner Bank in Oberursel, West Germany.
United States Senate hearings on Project MKUltra are held.
The Tandy Corporation TRS-80 Model I computer is announced at a press conference.
August 4 – U.S. President Jimmy Carter signs legislation creating the United States Department of Energy.
August 7 – Mount Usu volcano in Japan erupts.
August 9 – The military-controlled government of Uruguay announces that it will return the nation to civilian rule through general elections in 1981 for a President and Congress.
August 9 – Hulk Hogan debuts as The Super Destroyer for Championship Wrestling from Florida when he is defeated by Don Serrano at John Carroll Catholic High School's gym in Fort Pierce, Florida
August 10 – David Berkowitz is captured in Yonkers, New York, after over a year of murders in New York City as the "Son of Sam".
August 12 – The NASA Space Shuttle, named Enterprise, makes its first test free-flight from the back of a Boeing 747 Shuttle Carrier Aircraft.
The Big Ear, a radio telescope operated by Ohio State University as part of the SETI project, receives a radio signal from deep space; the event is named the Wow! signal for a notation made by a volunteer on the project.
Herbert Kappler escapes from the Caelian Hill military hospital in Rome.
Elvis Presley, the "King of Rock and Roll", dies in his home in Graceland at age 42. 75,000 fans line the streets of Memphis for his funeral, which occurred on August 18.
Supertanker Pierre Guillaumat is launched at Saint-Nazaire; she is the all-time world's largest ship (by deadweight tonnage and length overall) at launch.
The Soviet icebreaker Arktika becomes the first surface ship to reach the North Pole.
New York City ban on Concorde test flights is overturned.
August 19 – Comedian Groucho Marx dies of pneumonia at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, at the age of 86 (born 1890).
August 20 – Voyager program: The United States launches the Voyager 2 spacecraft.
August 21 – Actor/dancer Danny Lockin is murdered by a man he met in a Garden Grove, California, bar just hours after taping a winning skit on The Gong Show.
August 26 – The National Assembly of Quebec passes the Charter of the French Language (Law 101, La charte de la langue française) making French the official language of the Canadian province of Quebec.
September – Evangelical pastor Oral Roberts publishes plans to build the 'City of God Hospital' in Tulsa, Oklahoma. The towers are completed in 1981 for $120m ($299m, in 2012)
September 3 – The Commodore PET computer is first sold.
September 4 – The Golden Dragon massacre takes place in San Francisco.
Voyager program: Voyager 1 is launched after a brief delay.
German Autumn: Employers Association President Hanns Martin Schleyer is kidnapped in Cologne, West Germany. The kidnappers kill three escorting police officers and his chauffeur. They demand the release of Red Army Faction prisoners.
September 7 – Treaties between Panama and the United States on the status of the Panama Canal are signed. The U.S. agrees to transfer control of the canal to Panama at the end of the 20th century.
September 8 – Interpol issues a resolution against the copyright infringement of video tapes and other material, which is still cited in warnings on opening pre-credits of videocassettes and DVDs.
September 10 – Hamida Djandoubi's is the last guillotine execution in France.
September 11 – Atari, Inc. releases its Video Computer System in North America.
September 12 – South African activist Steve Biko dies after suffering a massive head injury in police custody in Pretoria.
September 13 – Soap debuts on ABC and launches the career of Billy Crystal.
September 18 – Courageous (U.S.), skippered by Ted Turner, sweeps the Australian challenger Australia in the 24th America's Cup yacht race.
Under pressure from the Carter Administration, President of Nicaragua Anastasio Somoza Debayle lifts the state of siege in Nicaragua.
North Korean agents abduct Yutaka Kume from Noto Peninsula starting the North Korean abductions of Japanese citizens.
September 20 – The Petrozavodsk phenomenon is observed in the Soviet Union and some northern European countries.
September 23 – Jazz-rock group Steely Dan releases their sixth studio album Aja; it becomes their highest charting album in the United States at No. 3 and goes on to sell over 5 million copies.
September 28 – The Porsche 928 debuts at the Geneva Motor Show.
Singer-songwriter Billy Joel releases his fifth studio album The Stranger; it becomes the first of several hit albums, spawning five hit singles, going 10× platinum in the US, and later ranking at No. 70 on the list of Rolling Stone's 500 Greatest Albums of All Time.
The modern Food Stamp Program begins when the Food Stamp Act of 1977 is enacted.
October 1 – Energy Research and Development Administration combined with the Federal Energy Administration to form United States Department of Energy.
The Soviet Union adopts its third Constitution after a prolonged campaign by Brezhnev Supporters to have it passed before the Supreme Soviet dissolves for the end of the parliamentary session.
Pelé plays his final professional football game as a member of the New York Cosmos.
October 13 – German Autumn: Four Palestinians hijack Lufthansa Flight 181 to Somalia and demand the release of 11 Red Army Faction members.
October 14 – Anita Bryant is hit with pies by four gay rights activists during a press conference in Des Moines, Iowa.
October 15 – World's End Murders: Christine Eadie and Helen Scott, both 17, disappear after leaving the World's End pub in Edinburgh, Scotland. Their bodies are found tied and strangled in the countryside the next day. In 2014, serial killer Angus Sinclair is convicted of the crime.
October 17 – 18 – German Autumn: GSG 9 troopers storm the hijacked Lufthansa passenger plane in Mogadishu, Somalia; three of the four hijackers die.
German Autumn: Red Army Faction members Andreas Baader, Jan-Carl Raspe and Gudrun Ensslin commit suicide in Stammheim prison; Irmgard Möller fails (their supporters still claim they were murdered). They are buried on October 27.
Elizabeth II, Queen of Canada, opens the third session of the 30th Canadian Parliament.
Reggie Jackson blasts three home runs to lead the New York Yankees to victory over the Los Angeles Dodgers in the sixth and deciding game of the World Series.
October 19 – German Autumn: Kidnapped industrialist Hanns Martin Schleyer is found murdered in Mulhouse, France.
October 20 – Three members of the rock band Lynyrd Skynyrd die in a charter plane crash outside Gillsburg, Mississippi, three days after the release of their fifth studio album Street Survivors.
October 21 – The European Patent Institute is founded.
October 23 – The president of Catalonia, Josep Tarradellas, returns to Barcelona from exile and the autonomous government of Catalonia, the Generalitat, is restored.
The last natural smallpox case is discovered in Merca district, Somalia. The WHO and the CDC consider this date the anniversary of the eradication of smallpox, a great success of vaccination and, by extension, of modern science.
Space Shuttle program: Last test taxi flight of Space Shuttle Enterprise, over California.
October 27 – British punk band Sex Pistols release Never Mind the Bollocks, Here's the Sex Pistols on the Virgin Records label. Despite refusal by major retailers in the UK to stock it, it debuts at number one on the UK Album Charts the week after its release.
Hong Kong police forces attack the ICAC headquarters.
British rock band Queen release the album News of the World.
November 1 – 2060 Chiron, first of the outer Solar System asteroids known as Centaurs, is discovered by Charlie Kowal. November 2 – The worst storm in Athens' modern history causes havoc across the Greek capital and kills 38 people.
November 6 – The Kelly Barnes Dam, located above Toccoa Falls Bible College near Toccoa, Georgia fails, killing 39.
Greek archaeologist Manolis Andronikos discovers the tomb of Philip II of Macedon at Vergina.
San Francisco elects City Supervisor Harvey Milk, the first openly gay elected official of any large city in the U.S.
November 9 – Gen. Hugo Banzer, president of the military government of Bolivia, announces that the constitutional democracy will be restored in 1978 instead of 1980 as previously provided.
November 10 – The soundtrack to Saturday Night Fever is released. Featuring five new Bee Gees compositions, it will go on to become the then best selling album of all time.
Egyptian President Anwar Sadat becomes the first Arab leader to make an official visit to Israel, when he meets with Israeli Prime Minister Menachem Begin, seeking a permanent peace settlement.
TAP Portugal Flight 425 crashes at Madeira Airport, Funchal, Portugal, killing 131 and leaving 33 survivors.
British Airways inaugurates regular London to New York City supersonic Concorde service.
The TCP/IP test succeeds, connecting 3 ARPANET nodes (of 111), in what eventually becomes the Internet protocol.
November 28 – Jazz saxophonist Archie Shepp records "On Green Dolphin Street", the first digitally recorded album to be released commercially in the USA.
November 30 – The International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) is founded as a specialized agency of the United Nations.
December – the Colombo Plan for Co-operative Economic and Social Development in Asia and the Pacific (CESDAP) is implemented.
Lockheed's top-secret stealth aircraft project, designated Have Blue and precursor to the U.S. Lockheed F-117 Nighthawk, makes its first flight.
The first children's cable channel The Pinwheel Network (later known as Nickelodeon), is launched.
Jean-Bédel Bokassa, president of the Central African Republic, crowns himself Emperor.
Malaysian Airline System Flight 653 is hijacked and crashes in Tanjung Kupang, Johor, Malaysia, killing all 100 passengers and crew on board.
The Solar System, produced and directed by Thomas G. Smith for Encyclopaedia Britannica Films, is released. The film depicted an imaginary flight through our Solar System and required special optical effects. The film was a masterpiece and became the producer's basis for hiring the Industrial Light & Magic (ILM), a company producing visual effects for films such as the Star Wars and Indiana Jones films. The producer and director of The Solar System also was the executive producer for the film and Disney theme park attraction, Honey, I Shrunk The Kids.
December 6 – South Africa grants independence to Bophuthatswana, although it is not recognized by any other country.
December 10 – 1977 Australian federal election: Malcolm Fraser's Liberal/National Country Coalition Government is re-elected with a slightly reduced majority, defeating the Labor Party led by former Prime Minister Gough Whitlam. Consequently, Whitlam resigned as ALP leader after holding the job for nearly 11 years; he would be replaced by former Treasurer Bill Hayden.
December 11 – after losing 26 games, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers of the US National Football League record their very first win; against the New Orleans Saints.
December 13 – a chartered Douglas DC-3 aircraft carrying the University of Evansville basketball team to Nashville, Tennessee, crashes in rain and dense fog about 90 seconds after takeoff from Evansville Regional Airport; 29 people die in the crash, including 14 members of the team and head coach Bob Watson.
Mikhail Baryshnikov's 1976 production of Tchaikovsky's ballet The Nutcracker comes to CBS a year after premiering onstage at the Kennedy Center. This adaptation will become the most popular television production of the work.
Saturday Night Fever is released in theaters and becomes the biggest dancing movie of all time. The movie launches the career of its star John Travolta and catapults the Bee Gees — who performed several songs on the soundtrack — to newfound success.
December 18 – SA de Transport Aérien Flight 730, an international charter service from Zurich to Funchal Airport (Madeira), hits the sea during a landing attempt. Many of the 36 who die drown, trapped inside the sinking aircraft. Twenty-one people survive with the help of rescuers and by swimming to the shore.
December 20 – Djibouti and Vietnam join the United Nations.
December 22 – A grain elevator explodes in Westwego, Louisiana, killing 36.
December 25 – English comedian and silent film actor, Charlie Chaplin dies at his home in Corsier-sur-Vevey, Switzerland from a stroke at the age of 88.
Portugal's traditional naming conventions change such that children's surnames can come from either the mother or the father, not just from the father.
The Soviet National Anthem's lyrics are returned after a 24-year period, with Joseph Stalin's name omitted.
Mormon sex in chains case with the alleged abduction in England of a young Mormon missionary.
The WAVES are disbanded; women integrated into the regular Navy.
Mount Ngauruhoe in New Zealand makes its latest eruption in Tongariro National Park
Donna Ares, Bosnian singer (d. 2017)
Axel, Argentine singer and songwriter
Lasha Bugadze, Georgian novelist and playwright
Mahmadu Alphajor Bah, Sierra Leonean footballer (d. 2016)
Craig Reucassel, Australian comedian
Jerry Yan, Taiwanese singer
Gavin Mahon, English footballer
Aleš Píša, Czech ice hockey player
A. J. Burnett, American baseball player
Mayumi Iizuka, Japanese voice actress
Jim Shearer, American VJ and television personality
January 4 – Irán Castillo, Mexican actress and singer
January 5 – Matej Ferjan, Slovenian motorcycle speedway (d. 2011)
January 7 – John Gidding, Turkish-American designer, television personality, and former fashion model
January 9 – Scoonie Penn, American basketball player
Anni Friesinger-Postma, German speed skater
Devin Ratray, American actor
January 12 – Piolo Pascual, Filipino actor
Orlando Bloom, British actor
Mehdi Sadaghdar, Iranian-Canadian YouTube personality
Ruco Chan, Hong Kong actor
Narain Karthikeyan, Indian Formula One driver
January 15 – Giorgia Meloni, Italian politician
January 17 – Leigh Whannell, Australian actor and writer
January 19 – Taliesin Jaffe, American voice actor and actor
January 20 – Melody, Belgian singer
January 21 – Jerry Trainor, American actor, comedian and musician
January 22 – Hidetoshi Nakata, Japanese footballer
January 23 – Kamal Heer, Punjabi singer and musician
January 24 – Johann Urb, American actor
Christian Ingebrigtsen, Norwegian singer
Hatem Trabelsi, Tunisian footballer
Nicholaus Arson, Swedish guitarist and songwriter
Vince Carter, American basketball player
Daunte Culpepper, American football player
Joey Fatone, American musician
Lyle Overbay, American baseball player
Dion Basco, American actor
Sam Jaeger, American actor
Mark Dutiaume, Canadian hockey player
Bobby Moynihan, American actor and comedian
Kerry Washington, African-American actress
February 1 – Lari Ketner, American professional basketball player (d. 2014)
Shakira, Colombian singer-songwriter and musician
Jessica Wahls, German pop singer
Daddy Yankee, Puerto Rican singer
Maitland Ward, American actress
Bruno Castanheira, Portuguese cyclist (d. 2014)
Gavin DeGraw, American singer-songwriter
Adam Everett, American baseball player
Ahmad Merritt, American football player
Ben Ainslie, British sailor
Paul Comrie, Canadian ice hockey player
Hillary Wolf, American child actress
Mariusz Pudzianowski, Polish strongman
Dave Farrell, American musician (Linkin Park)
Yucef Merhi, Venezuelan artist
Barry Hall, Australian rules footballer
February 10 – Morihiro Hashimoto, Japanese darts player (d. 2017)
Randy Moss, American football player
Mike Shinoda, American musician, singer, songwriter, rapper, record producer, and graphic designer
February 14 – Elmer Symons, motorcycle enduro racer (d. 2007)
February 15 – Brooks Wackerman American drummer
Ian Clarke, Irish computer scientist
Paul Brittain, American actor and comedian
Ike Barinholtz, American actor, comedian and screenwriter
László Nemes, Hungarian film director and screenwriter
February 19 – Gianluca Zambrotta, Italian footballer
Stephon Marbury, American basketball player
Amal Hijazi, Lebanese singer and model
Gail Kim, American professional wrestler and actress
Cyrine Abdelnour, Lebanese singer, actress, and model
Jonathan Safran Foer, American author
Steve Francis, American basketball player
Ben Ikin, Australian rugby league player
Kevin Rose, American television host
February 23 – Kristina Šmigun-Vähi, Estonian skier
Floyd Mayweather Jr., boxing champion
Jason Akermanis, Australian rules footballer
Greg Rikaart, American actor
Shane Williams, Welsh rugby player
February 27 – Ji Sung, South Korean actor
Jason Aldean, American country music singer
Rafael Amaya, Mexican model, singer, and actor
March 1 – Rens Blom, Dutch athlete
Chris Martin, British rock musician
Heather McComb, American actress
March 3 – Ronan Keating, Irish singer
Ana Guevara, Mexican track and field athlete
Daniel Klewer, German footballer
March 5 – Wally Szczerbiak, Spanish-born basketball player
Paquillo Fernández, Spanish race walker
Santino Marella, Canadian wrestler
Ronan O'Gara, Irish rugby player
Mitja Zastrow, German-born swimmer
Reagan Pasternak, Canadian actress
James Van Der Beek, American actor
Lydia Mackay, American voice actress
Bree Turner, American actress
Peter Enckelman, Finnish footballer
Shannon Miller, American gymnast
Rita Simons, English actor
Robin Thicke, American-Canadian R&B singer-songwriter, musician, composer, and actor
Becky Hammon, American basketball player
Jason Greeley, Canadian singer
March 12 – Rachel Wilson, Canadian actress
March 14 – Kim Nam-il, South Korean footballer
Adrian Burnside, Australian baseball player
Brian Tee, Japanese American actor
Joe Hahn, Korean-American musician, DJ, director and visual artist (Linkin Park)
Norifumi Yamamoto, Japanese mixed martial artist (d. 2018)
Richard Swift, American singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, producer and short-film maker (d. 2018)
Mónica Cruz, Spanish actress and dancer
Ismael La Rosa, Peruvian actor
Arkady Babchenko, Russian journalist
Zdeno Chára, Czechoslovakian (now Slovakia) hockey player
Sammy Morris, American football player
Edwin Siu, Hong Kong actor and singer
Jessica Chastain, American actress
Darren Lockyer, Australian rugby league player
March 25 – Édgar Ramírez, Venezuelan actor
March 26 – Bianca Kajlich, American actress
Vítor Meira, Brazilian race car driver
Roger Velasco, American actor
March 28 – Annie Wersching, American actress
J. T. Tepnapa, American writer, producer, actor, and director
Paul Kalanithi, Indian-American neurosurgeon and writer (d. 2015)
Michael Fassbender, Irish-German actor
Nicki Pedersen, Danish motorcycle rider
April 3 – Aiden Leslie, American pop singer-songwriter
Adam Dutkiewicz, American musician
Stephen Mulhern, British musician and television presenter
April 5 – Daniel Majstorović, Swedish soccer player
April 8 – Mehran Ghassemi, Iranian journalist (d. 2008)
April 9 – Gerard Way, American musician and comic book writer
April 10 – Stephanie Sheh, American voice actress
April 11 – DJ Fresh, English DJ and music producer
Tobias Angerer, German cross-country skier
Sarah Monahan, Australian actress
Sarah Jane Morris, American actress
Sarah Michelle Gellar, American actress
Nate Fox, American professional basketball player (d. 2014)
Rob McElhenney, American actor
Matt Holt, American heavy metal singer (d. 2017)
Dejan Milojevic, Serbian basketball player
Freddie Ljungberg, Swedish footballer
Tameka Empson, English actress
April 17 – Frederik Magle, Danish composer, concert organist, and pianist
April 19 – Bryan Spears, American film and television producer
April 21 – Jamie Salé, Canadian figure skater
Anna Eriksson, Finnish pop-rock singer
Steven Price, British film composer
Arash, Iranian-Swedish singer, entertainer and producer
John Cena, American professional WWE wrestler, actor and rapper
Eric Edelstein, American actor and voice actor
Andruw Jones, Antillean baseball player
John Oliver, British comedian and television personality
Kal Penn, American actor, producer, and former civil servant
Carlos Beltrán, Puerto Rican baseball player
Rebecca Mader, English actress
April 25 – Manolo Cardona, Colombian actor
Jason Earles, American actor, comedian, and martial artist
Tom Welling, American actor
April 27 – Dai Fujikura, Japanese composer
Robert Evans, Welsh playwright
Alexandra Holden, American actress
Ole Jørn Myklebust, Norwegian jazz musician
May 2 – Alessandro D'Avenia, Italian writer
Eric Church, American country music singer
Ryan Dempster, Canadian baseball player
Ben Olsen, American footballer
May 4 – Emily Perkins, Canadian actress
Choi Kang-hee, South Korean actress
Virginie Efira, Belgian actress and television anchor
Jessica Schwarz, German film and television actress
Pepe Sánchez, Argentine basketball player
Chiaki Takahashi, Japanese voice actress
Nick Heidfeld, German race car driver
Chas Licciardello, Australian comedian
Janne Ahonen, Finnish ski jumper
Victor Matfield, South African rugby player
Graeme Dott, Scottish snooker player
Rebecca Herbst, American actress
Maryam Mirzakhani, Iranian mathematician (d. 2017)
Rachel Wilson, Canadian actress
Samantha Morton, English actress
Christopher Ralph, Canadian actor
Roy Halladay, American baseball player (d. 2017)
Ada Nicodemou, Australian actress
Melanie Lynskey, New Zealand actress
Emilíana Torrini, Icelandic singer
May 17 – Welles Crowther, American investment banker. (d. 2001)
Brandon Inge, American baseball player
Kelly Sheridan, Canadian voice actress
Tiger Tyson, American gay pornographic film actor, model, and gay porn film director
Chad Muska, American skateboarder
Katrin Pärn, Estonian actress and singer
Richard Ayoade, British actor
Ilia Kulik, Russian figure skater
Yevgeny Rodionov, Russian soldier (d. 1996)
Heather Wahlquist, American actress
Tamarine Tanasugarn, Thai tennis player
Jeet Gannguli, Indian singer, music director and score composer
Misaki Ito, Japanese actress
Luca Toni, Italian footballer
Abderrahmane Hammad, Algerian athlete
Tommie van der Leegte, Dutch soccer player
May 28 – Elisabeth Hasselbeck, American talk show host
Massimo Ambrosini, Italian football player
Rory Albanese, American comedian, comedy writer and television producer
Phil Devey, Canadian baseball player
Domenico Fioravanti, Italian swimmer
Greg Leeb, Canadian ice hockey player
Joachim Olsen, Danish athlete
Eric Christian Olsen, American actor
Joel Ross, British radio DJ and presenter
June Sarpong, British television presenter
Moses Sichone, Zambian footballer
Petr Tenkrát, Czech ice hockey player
June June 1
Sarah Wayne Callies, American actress
Jónsi, Icelandic singer
A.J. Styles, American professional wrestler
Zachary Quinto, American actor
June 3 – Travis Hafner, American baseball player
June 5 – Nourhanne, Lebanese singer
June 7 – Chen Luyun, Chinese basketball (d. 2015)
June 8 – Kanye West, American rapper and record producer
June 9 – Peja Stojaković, Serbian basketball player
Adam Darski, Polish musician (aka Nergal, Holocausto)
Takako Matsu, Japanese singer-songwriter and actress
Ryan Dunn, American television personality (d. 2011)
Geoff Ogilvy, Australian golfer
Shane Meier, Canadian actor
Ana Tijoux, French-Chilean musician
June 14 – Chris McAlister, American football player
June 16 – Kerry Wood, American baseball player
June 18 – Majed Moqed, Saudi Arabian terrorist (d. 2001)
Peter Warrick, American football player
Veronika Vařeková, Czech model
Maria Cioncan, distance runner from Romania (d. 2007)
June 20 – Aaron Moule, Australian rugby league player
June 21 – Jochen Hecht, German ice hockey player
Ryōko Ono, Japanese voice actress
Bernadette Heerwagen, German actress
Denis Moschitto, German actor
Gladys Reyes, Filipina actress
Jason Mraz, American singer-songwriter
Mal Michael, Papua New Guinean footballer
Antoine Winfield, American football player
Layla El, English dancer, model, and retired professional wrestler
Naoya Tsukahara, Japanese gymnast
William Kipsang, Kenyan long-distance runner
Tite Kubo, Japanese manga artist who created BLEACH
Minh Le, Canadian video game developer
Arkadiusz Radomski, Polish footballer
Raúl, Spanish footballer
June 28 – Harun Tekin, Turkish rock vocalist and guitarist (Mor ve Ötesi)
Jeff Baena, American screenwriter and film director
Will Kemp, English actor and dancer
Zuleikha Robinson, British actress and singer
Bradley Stryker, American actor
Unknown date – Li Zimeng, Chinese host
Tom Frager, French-born singer and surfer
Jarome Iginla, Canadian hockey player
Liv Tyler, American actress
July 2 – Carl Froch, British boxer
July 5 – Steven Sharp Nelson, American cellist
July 6 – Audrey Fleurot, French actress
Maciej Jachowski, Polish actor and singer
Belinda Lee, Singaporean television host and actress
Milo Ventimiglia, American actor
Wang Zhizhi, Chinese basketball player
July 9 – Noppadol Sangnil, Thai snooker player
Cary Fukunaga, American film director, writer, and cinematographer
Schapelle Corby, Australian convicted drug smuggler
Chiwetel Ejiofor, English actor
Casper Crump, Danish actor
Finau Maka, Tongan rugby union footballer
Edward Moss, American impersonator
Soa Palelei, Australian mixed martial artist
Jejomar Binay Jr., Filipino politician
Steve Howey, American actor
Brock Lesnar, American professional wrestler
Peter Schaefer, Canadian ice hockey player
Jonah Lotan, Israeli actor
Ashley Scott, American actress
Kari Wahlgren, American voice actress
Victoria, Crown Princess of Sweden
Jed Madela, Filipino recording artist and TV host
Lana Parrilla, American actress
Ray Toro, American rock guitarist
July 16 – Brian Cook, American bass guitarist
Alfian Sa'at, Singaporean writer, poet and playwright
Alexander Morozevich, Russian chess Grandmaster
Kelly Reilly, English actress
Alfian bin Sa'at, Singaporean writer, poet and playwright
July 19 – Jean-Sébastien Aubin, Canadian ice hockey player
July 21 – Paul Casey, English golfer
Danny Dyer, English actor
Mehdi Mahdavikia, Iranian football player
Tony Sampson, Canadian voice and television actor
Rebecca St. James, Australian-born Christian musician
Martha Madison, American actress
Jonathan Rhys Meyers, Irish actor
Jason Zimbler, American actor
Manu Ginóbili, Argentine basketball player
Rahman "Rock" Harper, American personality, restaurateur
Allan Hawco, Canadian actor and producer
Misty May-Treanor, American beach volleyball player
Jaime Pressly, American actress
July 31 – Tim Couch, American football player
August August 1 – Helder Mota Ricardo, East Timorese footballer
August 2 – Edward Furlong, American actor
August 3 – Tom Brady, American football player and entrepreneur
August 7 – Charlotte Ronson and Samantha Ronson, British designer and DJ, respectively (twin sisters)
Michael Chernus, American actor
Marílson Gomes dos Santos, Brazilian long-distance runner
Lindsay Sloane, American actress
August 9 – Chamique Holdsclaw, American basketball player
August 10 – Michael McDerman, American actor, comedian, and writer
August 11 – Pablo Lucio Vasquez, American murderer, execution by lethal injection (d. 2016)
Plaxico Burress, American football player
Park Yong-ha, South Korean actor and singer (d. 2010)
Michael Klim, Australian swimmer
Miho Konishi, Japanese actress
Martin Biron, Canadian hockey player
Igor Cassina, Italian gymnast
Nicole Paggi, American actress
Anthony Rocca, Australian rules footballer
August 16 – Tamer Hosny, Egyptian singer-songwriter and actor
Ahmed al-Nami, Saudi Arabian terrorist (d. 2001)
Tarja Turunen, Finnish operatic soprano
Claire Richards, English singer
Thierry Henry, French footballer
William Gallas, French footballer
August 18 – Lukáš Bauer, Czech cross-country skier
August 19 – Callum Blue, English actor
Felipe Contepomi, Argentine rugby player
Manuel Contepomi, Argentine rugby player
Henning Stensrud, Norwegian ski jumper
August 22 – JP Auclair, Canadian freeskiier. (d. 2014)
Nicole Bobek, American figure skater
Kenta Miyake, Japanese voice actor
Per Gade, Danish footballer
Jürgen Macho, Austrian footballer
John Green, American author, vlogger, and editor
Robert Enke, German footballer (d. 2009)
Masumi Asano, Japanese voice actress
Lawrence Leung, Australian comedian, writer, and director
August 26 – Morris Peterson, American basketball player
Denny Cagur, Indonesian actor and comedian
Martha Ehlin, Swedish sports teacher (d. 2016)
Shaun Alexander, American football player
Jens Ludwig, German guitarist
Kamil Kosowski, Polish footballer
Félix Sánchez, American-Dominican athlete
Sayori Ishizuka, Japanese voice actress
Jeff Hardy, American professional wrestler
Ian Harte, Irish footballer
Craig Nicholls, Australian rock musician and songwriter
Kathleen de Leon Jones, Filipino-Australian actress, dancer, singer and television performer (Hi-5)
Adrienne Wilkinson, American actress
Frédéric Kanouté, Malian soccer player
Elitsa Todorova, Bulgarian singer-songwriter
Ian Grushka, American bassist (New Found Glory)
Lucie Silvas, English singer
Kia Stevens, American professional wrestler and actress
September 6 – Kiyoshi Hikawa, Japanese enka singer
September 7 – Molly Holly, American professional wrestler
September 9 – Soulja Slim, American rapper (d. 2003)
Jackie Buscarino, American voice actress, writer and producer
Ludacris, American rapper and actor
2 Chainz, American rapper
James McCartney, English musician and songwriter
Idan Raichel, Israeli singer-songwriter
September 13 – Fiona Apple, American singer
Angela Aki, Japanese singer-songwriter
Kenny Blank, American actor and musician
Tom Hardy, English actor
Jason Terry, American basketball player
September 18 – Kieran West, British Olympic oarsman
September 19 – Ryan Dusick, American musician (former Maroon 5)
September 20 – Namie Amuro, Japanese singer
September 21 – Hank Fraley, American football player
September 22 – Paul Sculthorpe, English rugby league player
Nozomi Momoi, Japanese AV idol, and murder victim (d. 2002)
Suzanne Tamim, Lebanese singer, actress, and murder victim (d. 2008)
Elizabeth Bogush, American actress
Kabeer Gbaja-Biamila, American football player
Clea DuVall, American actress
Robbie Jones, American actor
Joel David Moore, American actor
Atsushi Aoki, Japanese professional wrestler (d. 2019)
September 26 – Sirena Irwin, American actress and voice actress
Andrus Värnik, Estonian javelin thrower
Michael C. Maronna, American actor
Se-Ri Pak, South Korean golfer
Kristal Tin, Hong Kong actress
Heath Bell, American professional baseball
Jorgito Vargas Jr., Canadian actor
September 30 – Roy Carroll, Irish footballer
October October 2 – Didier Défago, Swiss Olympic alpine skier
October 5 – Hugleikur Dagsson, Icelandic artist
October 6 – Daniel Brière, Canadian ice hockey player
October 8 – Anne-Caroline Chausson, French mountain bicycle racer
Matt Bomer, American film, stage, and television actor
Claudia Palacios, Colombian journalist and newsreader
Rhett McLaughlin, American musician, comedian and internet personality
October 12 – Bode Miller, American skier
Paul Pierce, American basketball player
Quincy Carter, American football player
Kiele Sanchez, American actress
Kelly Schumacher, American basketball and volleyball player
Oleg Velyky, Ukrainian and German handball player World champion 2007 (d. 2010)
Jeff Sutphen, American actor and producer
David Trezeguet, French footballer
October 16 – John Mayer, American musician and record producer
Alimi Ballard, American television actor
André Villas-Boas, Portuguese football manager
Jyothika, Indian actress
Ryan Nelsen, New Zealand footballer
Paul Stalteri, Canadian footballer
Jennifer Hall, American actress
Sam Witwer, American actor and musician
October 21 – Brett Goldin, South African actor (d. 2006)
October 25 – Birgit Prinz, German footballer
Jon Heder, American actor and voice artist
Louis Crayton, Swiss/Liberian footballer
Chaz Lamar Shepherd, American actor and singer-songwriter
Mat Lucas, American voice actor
Kumar Sangakkara, Sri Lankan cricketer
October 28 – Jonas Rasmussen, Danish badminton player
October 29 – Brendan Fehr, Canadian actor
November November 1 – Alistair Griffin, British singer and songwriter
Maajid Nawaz, British-Pakistani activist and radio presenter
Randy Harrison, American actor
November 3 – Greg Plitt, American fitness model, actor and former Army Ranger (d. 2015)
November 4 – Larry Bigbie, American baseball player
Dušan Kecman, Serbian basketball player
Patrícia Tavares, Portuguese actress
Bucky Covington, American country singer
Nick Punto, Italian-American baseball player
João Rodrigo Silva Santos, Brazilian soccer player (d. 2013)
Josh Barnett, American mixed martial artist
Brittany Murphy, American actress and singer (d. 2009)
Lea Moreno Young, American actress
Scoot McNairy, American actor
Ben Hollioake, English cricketer (d. 2002)
Chanel Cole, New Zealand-born singer
Huang Xiaoming, Chinese actor and singer
November 15 – Sean Murray, American actor
Oksana Baiul, Ukrainian figure skater
Maggie Gyllenhaal, American actress
November 17 – Ryk Neethling, South African swimmer
Trent Barrett, Australian rugby league player
Miranda Raison, British actress
Reid Scott, American actor
Kerri Strug, American gymnast
Daniel Svensson, Swedish drummer
Josh Turner, American country music singer
Jonas Jennings, American football player
Tobias Sammet, German singer and songwriter
November 22 – Michael Preston, English footballer
Christopher Amott, Swedish musician
David Lucas, English footballer
November 24 – Colin Hanks, American actor
November 26 – Stu Block, Canadian metal singer and songwriter
November 28 – DeMya Walker, American basketball player
November 30 – Nelsan Ellis, African-American film and television actor and playwright (d. 2017)
December 1 – Brad Delson, American musician (Linkin Park)
Troy Evans, American football player
Adam Małysz, Polish ski jumper
Lindsey Alley, American actress and singer
Andrew Flintoff, English cricketer
Paul McVeigh, Irish footballer
Miwa Yasuda, Japanese voice actress
Luke Donald, English golfer
Dominic Howard, English drummer in rock trio Muse
Fernando Vargas, American boxer
Elsa Benítez, Mexican model and television host
Sébastien Chabal, French rugby union player
Ryan Newman, American race car driver
Matthias Schoenaerts, Belgian actor and producer
December 11 – Peter Stringer, Irish rugby union player
December 12 – Adam Saitiev, Chechen wrestler, Olympic gold medalist
Jamie Peacock, English rugby league player
KaDee Strickland, American actress
Kevin Gillespie, American comic book artist
Anu Nieminen, Finnish badminton player
René Redzepi, Danish chef
Oxana Fedorova, Russian model
Katheryn Winnick, Canadian actress
December 20 – Sonja Aldén, Swedish pop singer
Mark Dice, American conservative YouTube personality and Illuminati conspiracy theorist
Gregor Horvatič, Slovenian politician
Emmanuel Macron, 25th President of France
Gregory Siff, American visual artist, designer, writer and actor
Kevin Miller, American voice actor (Sly Cooper)
Alge Crumpler, American football player
Matt Baker, British television presenter
Jari Mäenpää, Finnish musician
December 24 – Domingo Vega, also known as Américo, Chilean singer
December 25 – Uhm Ji-won, South Korean actress
Jacqueline Pillon, Canadian actress and voice actress
Sam Talbot, American chef
Laveranues Coles, American football player
Katherine Moennig, American actress
Laila Ali, American boxer
Saša Ilić, Serbian footballer
Scott Lucas, Australian rules footballer
Kenyon Martin, American basketball player
Psy, South Korean singer, songwriter, rapper, dancer and record producer
Donald Trump Jr., American businessman
Faris al-Zahrani, Saudi Arabia's list of 26 'most-wanted' suspected terrorists. (d. 2016)
Kristian Ealey, British actor and musician (d. 2016)
January January 2 – Erroll Garner, American musician (b. 1921)
January 4 – Ibrahim Biçakçiu, Albanian politician, 2-time Prime Minister of Albania leader of World War II (b. 1905)
Artur Adson, Estonian poet, writer and theatre critic (b. 1889)
Onslow Stevens, American actor (b. 1902)
Matt McGinn, Scottish folk musician and writer (b. 1928)
William Gropper, American artist (b. 1897)
Dardo Cabo, Argentine journalist, activist (b. 1941)
Anthony Eden, British politician, 62nd Prime Minister of the United Kingdom (b. 1897)
Peter Finch, English-born actor (b. 1916)
Anaïs Nin, French diarist and writer (b. 1903)
January 17 – Gary Gilmore, American murderer (b. 1940)
Džemal Bijedić, Yugoslavian politician, 27th Prime Minister of Yugoslavia (b. 1917)
Carl Zuckmayer, German writer and playwright (b. 1896)
January 19 – Yvonne Printemps, French singer and actress (b. 1895)
January 20 – Dimitrios Kiousopoulos, Prime Minister of Greece (b. 1892)
January 23 – Pascual Pérez, Argentine world Flyweight boxing champion (b. 1926)
January 24 – Eli Lilly, American pharmaceutical industrialist and philanthropist from Indianapolis (b. 1885)
January 26 – Dietrich von Hildebrand, German philosopher and theologian (b. 1889)
January 28 – Burt Mustin, American actor (b. 1884)
January 29 – Freddie Prinze, American actor and comedian (b. 1954)
February February 3 – Pauline Starke, American actress (b. 1901)
February 4 – Brett Halliday, American writer (b. 1904)
February 5 – Oskar Klein, Swedish theoretical physicist (b. 1894)
February 6 – George John Park, New Zealand teacher and technical college principal (b. 1880)
February 8 – Olinda Bozán, Argentinian actress (b. 1894)
February 9 – Alia Al-Hussein, Queen of Jordan (b. 1948)
Herman Dooyeweerd, Dutch juridical scholar by training (b. 1894)
Henry Jordan, American football player and member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame (b. 1935)
February 13 – Alberto Diena, Italian philatelist (b. 1894)
February 14 – Bill Tilman, English mountaineer and explorer (b. 1898)
February 15 – Herman Johannes Lam, Dutch botanist (b. 1892)
Rózsa Péter, Hungarian mathematician (b. 1905)
Carlos Pellicer, Mexican poet (b. 1897)
February 17 – Mary Anne Reidy, New Zealand civilian and military nurse, community leader (b. 1880)
February 18 – Chandabai, Indian Jain scholar and women's education pioneer (b. 1880)
February 19 – Anthony Crosland, British author and politician (b. 1918)
Ralph Hungerford, American naval officer, 33rd Governor of American Samoa (b. 1896)
Christoffel Venter, South African military commander (b. 1892)
Yisrael Alter, 4th Rebbe of the Hasidic dynasty of Ger (b. 1895)
February 21 – John Hubley, American animator (b. 1914)
February 22 – Anthony Nicholls, British actor (b. 1902)
March March 1 – Diallo Telli, Guinean diplomat and politician, 1st Secretary General of the Organisation of African Unity (b. 1925)
Eugénie Brazier, French chef considered the mother of modern French cooking (b. 1895)
Paul Rohmer, Alsacian physician considered the father of modern pædiatrics (b. 1876)
Brian Faulkner, 6th Prime Minister of Northern Ireland (b. 1921)
Percy Marmont, American stage and screen actor (b. 1883)
Andrés Caicedo, Colombian writer (b. 1951)
Ola Solberg, Norwegian newspaper editor and politician (b. 1886)
Lutz Graf Schwerin von Krosigk, German jurist and senior government official (b. 1887)
March 5 – Tom Pryce, British Formula race car driver (b. 1949)
March 6 – Ioan Dumitrache, Romanian general (b. 1889)
March 8 – Henry Hull, American actor (b. 1890)
E. Power Biggs, English-American organist (b. 1906)
Léonce-Henri Burel, French cinematographer (b. 1892)
William G. James, Australian pianist and composer (b. 1892)
Willem Schermerhorn, Dutch politician and civil engineer, 28th Prime Minister of the Netherlands (b. 1894)
March 11 – Ulysses S. Grant IV, American geologist and paleontologist (b. 1893)
March 14 – Fannie Lou Hamer, American civil rights activist (b. 1917)
Antonino Rocca, Italian professional wrestler (b. 1921)
Black Mike Winage, Serbian-Canadian miner and pioneer (b. 1870)
March 17 – Claude Roger-Marx, French writer, and playwright (b. 1888)
March 18 – Marien Ngouabi, 3rd President of Congo (assassinated) (b. 1938)
March 19 – William L. Laurence, Jewish Lithuanian-American journalist (b. 1888)
March 20 – Charles Lyttelton, 10th Viscount Cobham, English politician, 9th Governor-General of New Zealand (b. 1909)
Andries Mac Leod, Belgian-born Swedish philosopher and mathematician (b. 1891)
Frithiof Nevanlinna, Finnish mathematician (b. 1894)
Marion Clyde McCarroll, writer and journalist (b. 1891)
Charles Nicoletti, American gangster (b. 1916)
Eugen Wüster, industrialist and terminologist (b. 1898)
March 30 – Abdel Halim Hafez, Egyptian singer and actor (b. 1929)
Makke Groen, Dutch speed skater (b. 1917)
Yasuji Kamada, Japanese photographer (b. 1883)
Eric Grant Miles, served as an officer with the British Army (b. 1891)
Jean Bachelet, French cinematographer (b. 1894)
April April 2 – He Tianjian, Chinese painter (b. 1891)
April 2 – John Whitaker, British gymnast (b. 1886)
April 5 – Carlos Prío Socarrás, 11th President of Cuba (b. 1903)
Isaac B. Mitchell, American farmer and politician (b. 1888)
Frank Rooney, Austro-Hungarian Major League Baseball infielder (b. 1884)
April 7 – Karl Ritter, German film producer and director (b. 1888)
April 11 – Jacques Prévert, French poet and screenwriter (b. 1900)
April 12 – Philip K. Wrigley, American chewing gum manufacturer and Major League Baseball executive (b. 1894)
April 14 – Francisco Maria da Silva, Portuguese Roman Catholic prelate (b. 1910)
April 16 – Harwood Sturtevant, Episcopal bishop of the Diocese of Fond du Lac (b. 1888)
April 17 – William Conway, Northern Irish cardinal (b. 1913)
Wilmer Allison, American tennis champion (b. 1904)
Bryan Foy, American film producer and director (b. 1896)
April 21 – Gummo Marx, American actor and comedian (b. 1892)
April 23 – Charles D. Herron, general in the United States Army (b. 1877)
April 26 – Jack Ayre, Canadian pianist (b. 1894)
Stanley Adams, American actor (b. 1915)
Charles Alston, American artist and sculptor (b. 1907)
Ricardo Cortez, American actor (b. 1899)
Sepp Herberger, German soccer coach (b. 1897)
Viktor Novak, Yugoslav historian of Croat descent (b. 1889)
Ernesto Pérez Acosta, Paraguayan Salesian priest and servant of God (b. 1889)
April 29 – William Arthur Whitlock, New Zealand journalist (b. 1891)
May May 2 – Nicholas Magallanes, American principal dancer and charter member of the New York City Ballet (b. 1922)
May 3 – Helmut Köllen, German bass and guitar player (b. 1950)
May 4 – Richard Pike Bissell, English novelist (b. 1913)
Ludwig Erhard, German politician, 28th Chancellor of Germany (West Germany) (b. 1897)
Sam Lanin, American 1920s bandleader (b. 1891)
May 7 – Prince Xavier of Bourbon-Parma, Spanish Carlist pretender (b. 1889)
May 9 – James Jones, American writer (b. 1921)
May 10 – Joan Crawford, American actress (b. 1904)
May 13 – Otto Deßloch, German World War II Luftwaffe general (b. 1889)
Benedetta Cappa, Italian artist (b. 1897)
Herbert Wilcox, British film director and producer (b. 1892)
René Roy, French economist (b. 1894)
Torsten Tegnér, Swedish athlete and journalist (b. 1888)
Yang Sen, Chinese Sichuan clique warlord and general (b. 1884)
May 16 – Modibo Keïta, 1st President of Mali (b. 1915)
May 17 – Robert Maynard Hutchins, American educational philosopher, dean of Yale Law School (b. 1899)
May 18 – Czesław Wycech, Polish activist, politician and historian (b. 1899)
Máire Gill, President of the Irish Camogie Association (b. 1891)
Willoughby Norrie, 1st Baron Norrie, British army general and Governor-General of New Zealand (b. 1893)
William Castle, American film director (b. 1914)
Herbert Marshall, Canadian academic, statistician and third Dominion Statistician (b. 1888)
Stephen Sanford, American heir and polo champion (b. 1898)
June June 2
Forrest Lewis, American actor (b. 1899)
Stephen Boyd, Northern Irish film actor (b. 1931)
Archibald Hill, English physiologist, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1886)
Roberto Rossellini, Italian film director (b. 1906)
June 5 – Ward Melville, American philanthropist and businessman (b. 1887)
June 7 – Raymond Cannon, American actor (b. 1892)
June 13 – Matthew Garber, English child actor (b. 1956)
June 14 – Alan Reed, American actor and voice artist (b. 1907)
June 16 – Wernher von Braun, American-German aerospace engineer (b. 1912)
Marston Morse, American mathematician (b. 1892)
Georges Miquelle, French cellist (b. 1894)
June 25 – Olave Baden-Powell, founder of Scouting and Girl Guides, by over 35 years (b. 1889)
June 30 – Paul Hartmann, American actor (b. 1889)
July 2 – Vladimir Nabokov, Russian-born American writer (b. 1899)
July 7 – María Romero Meneses, Nicaragua Roman Catholic religious professed and blessed (b. 1902)
Dame Harriette Chick, British protein scientist and nutritionist (b. 1875)
Alice Paul, American women's rights activist (b. 1885)
Willoughby Weaving, British writer and poet (b. 1885)
July 15 – Konstantin Fedin, Russian writer (b. 1892)
Carter DeHaven, American actor (b. 1886)
Grenfell Price, Australian geographer, historian and educationist (b. 1892)
July 25 – David Toro, 35th President of Bolivia (b. 1898)
Gena Branscombe, Canadian pianist, composer, music educator and choir conductor (b. 1881)
Prince Charles of Luxembourg, Prince of Luxembourg (b. 1927)
July 30 – Jean de Laborde, French admiral (b. 1878)
July 31 – Giuseppe Castellano, Italian general (b. 1893)
August August 1 – Francis Gary Powers, American U-2 spy plane pilot (b. 1929)
August 2 – Manuel Gonçalves Cerejeira, Portuguese Roman Catholic cardinal (b. 1888)
Alfred Lunt, American actor (b. 1892)
Makarios III, Greek-Cypriot archbishop, 1st President of Cyprus (b. 1913)
Edgar Adrian, 1st Baron Adrian, English physiologist, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1889)
Ernst Bloch, German Marxist philosopher (b. 1885)
August 5 – Waldo L. Schmitt, American biologist (b. 1887)
August 6 – Alexander Bustamante, Jamaican politician, 1st Prime Minister of Jamaica (b. 1884)
August 8 – Son Ngoc Thanh, 2nd Prime Minister of Cambodia (b. 1908)
August 9 – George Kenney, World War II United States Army Air Forces general (b. 1889)
August 13 – Henry Williamson, English naturalist, farmer and prolific ruralist (b. 1895)
August 16 – Elvis Presley, American actor, musician and singer-songwriter (b. 1935)
August 17 – Delmer Daves, American screenwriter and director (b. 1904)
John Harlow, English film director (b. 1896)
Groucho Marx, American actor and comedian (b. 1890)
August 22 – Sebastian Cabot, English actor (b. 1918)
August 23 – Naum Gabo, prominent Russian sculptor (b. 1890)
September September 1 – Ethel Waters, American singer and actress (b. 1896)
September 2 – Stephen Dunne, American actor (b. 1911)
September 3 – Gianni Vella, Maltese artist (b. 1885)
September 4 – E. F. Schumacher, German statistician and economist (b. 1885)
September 6 – John Edensor Littlewood, British mathematician (b. 1885)
September 8 – Zero Mostel, American actor (b. 1915)
Steve Biko, South African anti-apartheid activist (b. 1946)
Isidore Godfrey, British conductor (b. 1900)
September 13 – Leopold Stokowski, English conductor (b. 1882)
Marc Bolan, British singer and guitarist (b. 1947)
Maria Callas, Greek soprano (b. 1923)
Alexandre Constantinovich Chnéour, Russian entomologist and herpetologist (b. 1884)
Francis Shurrock, notable New Zealand sculptor and art teacher (b. 1887)
Paul Bernays, Swiss mathematician (b. 1888)
Sudhi Ranjan Das, 5th Chief Justice of India (b. 1894)
September 23 – John Nash, British artist and painter (b. 1893)
Sherm Lollar, American baseball player and coach (b. 1924)
Frederick Merk, American historian (b. 1887)
Piet Zwart, Dutch photographer, typographer and industrial designer (b. 1885)
September 26 – Ernie Lombardi American baseball player and member of the MLB Hall of Fame (b. 1908)
George Merritt, English actor (b. 1890)
Czesław Wycech, Polish activist, politician and historian (b. 1899)
Robert McKimson, American animator and director (b. 1910)
Zacharias Mar Athanasios, Indian Syro-Malankara Catholic bishop and Servant of God (b. 1909)
October 2 – Joseph William Woodrough, American federal judge (b. 1873)
October 3 – Tay Garnett, American film director (b. 1894)
October 8 – Joe Greenstein, Polish-born American strongman (b. 1893)
October 10 – Jean Duvieusart, Belgian politician, 36th Prime Minister of Belgium (b. 1900)
October 12 – Dorothy Davenport, American actress (b. 1895)
October 14 – Bing Crosby, American pop singer and actor (b. 1903)
October 15 – Arthur Morris, British Anglican bishop (b. 1898)
October 17 – Sir Michael Balcon, English film producer (b. 1896)
October 20 – Three members of American rock group, Lynyrd Skynyrd, killed in plane crash:
Ronnie Van Zant, lead singer (b. 1948)
Cassie Gaines, lead singer (b. 1948)
Steve Gaines, lead singer and guitarist (b. 1949)
October 22 – Boye Schlytter, Norwegian businessman and mountain climber (b. 1891)
October 25 – Félix Gouin, French Socialist politician, caretaker head of State as 2nd chairman of the Provisional Government of the French Republic (b. 1884)
James M. Cain, American writer (b. 1892)
Miguel Mihura, Spanish playwright (b. 1905)
November November 3 – Florence Vidor, American actress (b. 1895)
November 4 – Betty Balfour, English screen actress (b. 1903)
René Goscinny, French comic book writer (b. 1926)
Guy Lombardo, Canadian-American bandleader (b. 1902)
Alice May Palmer, New Zealand public servant (b. 1886)
November 8 – Bucky Harris, American baseball manager and member of the MLB Hall of Fame (b. 1896)
Gertrude Astor, American actress (b. 1887)
David V, Catholicos-Patriarch of Georgia (b. 1903)
November 10 – Dennis Wheatley, English writer (b. 1897)
A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada, Indian religious leader (b. 1896)
Ferdinand Heim, German general, branded the "Scapegoat of Stalingrad" (b. 1897)
November 15 – Princess Charlotte of Monaco (b. 1898)
November 16 – José Acosta, starting pitcher in Major League Baseball (b. 1891)
November 17 – André Perugia, French shoe designer (b. 1893)
Victor Francen, Belgian actor (b. 1888)
Kurt Schuschnigg, 11th Chancellor of Austria (b. 1897)
November 21 – Richard Carlson, American actor (b. 1912)
December December 3 – Jack Beresford, British Olympic rower (b. 1899)
December 4 – Tom Senier, Irish melodeon (single row diatonic accordion) player (b. 1895)
Katherine Milhous, American artist, illustrator, and writer (b. 1894)
Aleksandr Vasilevsky, Soviet general, Marshal of the Soviet Union (b. 1895)
December 7 – Gheorghe Cialâk, Romanian general (b. 1886)
December 12 – Clementine Churchill, wife of Winston Churchill (b. 1885)
December 13 – Sir Charles Petrie, British historian (b. 1895)
December 15 – Wilfred Kitching, 7th (British) General of The Salvation Army (b. 1893)
Gustaf Aulén, Bishop of Strängnäs in the Church of Sweden (b. 1879)
Yngve Larsson, Swedish Ph.D., Municipal commissioner (Borgarråd), Member of Parliament and statesman (b. 1881)
December 18 – Cyril Ritchard, Australian actor and director (b. 1897)
Takeo Kurita, Japanese admiral (b. 1889)
Nellie Tayloe Ross, American politician, the 14th Governor of Wyoming from 1925 to 1927 (b. 1876)
Karl John, German actor (b. 1905)
Johannes Pedersen, Danish theologian and linguist (b. 1883)
December 24 – Juan Velasco Alvarado, 58th President of Peru (b. 1910)
Charlie Chaplin, British actor, producer and director (b. 1889)
Oliver P. Smith, American general (b. 1893)
December 26 – Howard Hawks, American film director (b. 1896)
December 27 – Mildred Bendall, French active force of the avant-garde (b. 1891)
Karen Grech, Maltese terrorism victim (b. 1962)
Charlotte Greenwood, American actress (b. 1890)
Physics – Philip Warren Anderson, Sir Nevill Francis Mott, John Hasbrouck Van Vleck
Chemistry – Ilya Prigogine
Physiology or Medicine – Roger Guillemin, Andrew Schally, Rosalyn Yalow
Literature – Vicente Aleixandre
Peace – Amnesty International
Economics – Bertil Ohlin, James Meade