1962 (MCMLXII) was a common year starting on Monday (dominical letter G) of the Gregorian calendar, the 1962nd year of the Common Era (CE) and Anno Domini (AD) designations, the 962nd year of the 2nd millennium, the 62nd year of the 20th century, and the 3rd year of the 1960s decade.
Western Samoa became independent from New Zealand.
The United States Navy SEALs, elite special forces, are activated. SEAL Team One is commissioned in the Pacific Fleet and SEAL Team Two in the Atlantic Fleet.
The Beatles audition for Decca Records but are rejected.
NBC introduces the "Laramie peacock" before a midnight showing of the series Laramie in the United States.
January 2 – NAACP Executive Secretary Roy Wilkins praises U.S. President John F. Kennedy's "personal role" in advancing civil rights.
January 3 – Pope John XXIII excommunicates Fidel Castro.
January 4 – New York City introduces a subway train that operates without a crew on board.
January 5 – The first album on which The Beatles play, My Bonnie, credited to "Tony Sheridan and the Beat Brothers" (recorded last June in Hamburg), is released by Polydor in the U.K.
January 8 – Harmelen train disaster: 93 die in the worst Dutch rail disaster.
January 9 – Cuba and the Soviet Union sign a trade pact.
January 10 – An avalanche on Nevado Huascarán in Peru causes 4,000 deaths.
January 12 – The Indonesian Army confirms that it has begun operations in West Irian.
January 13 – Albania allies itself with the People's Republic of China.
January 15 – Portugal abandons the U.N. General Assembly due to the debate over Angola.
January 16 – A military coup occurs in the Dominican Republic.
January 19 – A counter-coup occurs in the Dominican Republic; the old government returns except for the new president Rafael Filiberto Bonnelly.
January 22 – The Organization of American States suspends Cuba's membership. The suspension is lifted in 2009.
The East German government readopts conscription.
The Organisation armée secrète (OAS) bombs the French Foreign Ministry.
January 26 – Ranger 3 is launched to study the Moon; it later misses the Moon by 22,000 miles.
January 27 – The Soviet government changed all place names honoring Molotov, Kaganovich and Georgy Malenkov.
January 30 – Two of the high-wire "Flying Wallendas" are killed, when their famous seven-person pyramid collapses during a performance in Detroit.
January – Stena Line established as a ferry operator by Sten A. Olsson in Gothenburg, Sweden.
February 3 – The United States embargo against Cuba is announced.
February 4 – The Sunday Times in the United Kingdom became the first paper to print a colour supplement.
February 4–February 5 – During a new moon and solar eclipse, an extremely rare grand conjunction of the classical planets occurs (it includes all five of the naked-eye planets plus the Sun and Moon), all of them within 16° of one another on the ecliptic.
February 5 – French President Charles de Gaulle calls for Algeria to be granted independence.
February 6 – Negotiations between U.S. Steel and the United States Department of Commerce begin.
The United States embargo against Cuba comes into effect, prohibiting all U.S.-related Cuban imports and exports.
Luisenthal Mine Disaster: A coal mine explosion in Saarland, West Germany kills 299.
February 9 – The Taiwan Stock Exchange Corporation opens.
February 10 – Captured American spy pilot Francis Gary Powers is exchanged for captured Soviet spy Rudolf Abel in Berlin.
February 11 – The inaugural 24 Hours of Daytona sports car endurance race is run as a 3-hour event at Daytona Beach, Florida.
February 12 – Six members of the Committee of 100 of the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament in the U.K. are found guilty of a breach of the Official Secrets Act.
February 14 – First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy takes television viewers on a tour of the White House.
February 15 – Urho Kekkonen is re-elected president of Finland.
February 16 – Heavy storms flood Germany's North Sea coast, mainly around Hamburg; more than 300 people die and thousands lose their homes.
February 20 – Project Mercury: While aboard Friendship 7, John Glenn became the first American to orbit the Earth, three times in 4 hours, 55 minutes.
February 21 – Margot Fonteyn and Rudolf Nureyev first dance together in a Royal Ballet performance of Giselle in London.
American Airlines Flight 1 (a Boeing 707) crashes on takeoff at New York International Airport, after a rudder malfunction causes an uncontrolled roll, resulting in the loss of control of the aircraft, with the loss of all 95 on board.
The S. S. Kresge Company opens its first Kmart discount store in Garden City, Michigan.
A military coup in Burma brings General Ne Win to power.
Wilt Chamberlain's 100-point game: Wilt Chamberlain scored 100 points in a single National Basketball Association basketball game.
March 7 – Ash Wednesday Storm: A snow storm batters the Mid-Atlantic.
March 8–12 – In Geneva, France and the Algerian FLN begin negotiations.
March 15 – Katangan Prime Minister Moise Tshombe begins negotiations to rejoin the Congo.
March 16 – Flying Tiger Line Flight 739, a Lockheed L-1049H Super Constellation chartered by the United States Military Air Transport Service and carrying mainly United States Army personnel bound for South Vietnam, vanishes over the western Pacific Ocean with the loss of all 107 on board. No wreckage or bodies are ever found.
Évian Accords: France and Algeria sign an agreement in Évian-les-Bains ending the Algerian War.
Un premier amour, sung by Isabelle Aubret (music by Claude-Henri Vic, lyrics by Roland Stephane Valade), wins the Eurovision Song Contest 1962 for France.
An armistice begins in Algeria; however, the OAS continues its terrorist attacks against Algerians.
Bob Dylan's debut album is released in the United States.
March 21 – Taco Bell fast food restaurant chain is founded by Glen Bell in Downey, California.
March 23 – The Scandinavian States of the Nordic Council sign the Helsinki Convention on Nordic Co-operation.
March 24 – OAS leader Edmond Jouhaud is arrested in Oran.
France shortens the term for military service from 26 months to 18.
Baker v. Carr: The U.S. Supreme Court rules that federal courts can order state legislatures to reapportion seats.
April 3 – Jawaharlal Nehru is elected de facto Prime Minister of India.
April 4 – James Hanratty is hanged in Bedford Gaol (England) for the A6 murder; many believe he was innocent.
Belgium reestablishes diplomatic relations with the Congo.
New York Philharmonic concert of April 6, 1962: Leonard Bernstein causes controversy with his remarks before a concert featuring Glenn Gould with the New York Philharmonic, when he (Bernstein) announces that although he disagrees with Gould's style of playing Brahms' Piano Concerto No. 1, he finds Gould's ideas fascinating and will conduct the piece anyway. Bernstein's action receives a withering review from The New York Times music critic Harold C. Schonberg.
April 7 – Milovan Đilas, author and former vice-president of Yugoslavia is re-arrested.
April 8 – In France, the Évian Accords are adopted in a referendum with a majority of 90%.
April 9 – The 34th Academy Awards ceremony is held; West Side Story wins Best Picture.
April 10 – In Los Angeles, the first MLB baseball game is played at Dodger Stadium.
April 13 – OAS leader Edmond Jouhaud is sentenced to death in France.
April 14 – A Cuban military tribunal convicts 1,179 Bay of Pigs attackers.
April 18 – The Commonwealth Immigration Bill in the United Kingdom removes free immigration from the citizens of member states of the Commonwealth of Nations.
April 20 – OAS leader Raoul Salan is arrested in Algiers.
April 21 – The Century 21 Exposition World's Fair opens in Seattle.
April 26 – The Ranger 4 spacecraft crashes into the Moon.
May – Larry Allen Abshier defects to North Korea becoming the first of six (possibly seven) American defectors to the country.
Norwich City F.C. wins the English Football League Cup, beating Rochdale in the final.
Dayton Hudson Corporation opens the first of its Target discount stores in Roseville, Minnesota.
An OAS bomb explodes in Algeria – this and other attacks kill 110 and injure 147.
S.L. Benfica beats FC Barcelona 5-3 at the Olympic Stadium (Amsterdam) to win the 1961–62 European Cup in association football.
May 3 – Mikawashima train crash: 160 die in a triple-train disaster near Tokyo.
May 5 – Twelve East Germans escape via a tunnel under the Berlin Wall.
May 6 – Antonio Segni is elected President of the Italian Republic.
Juan Carlos of Spain marries the Greek Princess Sophia in Athens.
Milovan Đilas is given a further sentence in Yugoslavia for publishing Conversations with Stalin.
May 22 – Continental Airlines Flight 11 crashes near Unionville, Missouri, after the in-flight detonation of a bomb near the rear lavatory. All 45 passengers and crew aboard are killed.
Drilling for the new Montreal subway commences.
Raoul Salan, founder of the French terrorist Organisation armée secrète, is sentenced to life imprisonment in France.
May 24 – Project Mercury: Scott Carpenter orbits the Earth 3 times in the Aurora 7 space capsule.
May 25 – The new Coventry Cathedral is consecrated in England.
May 26 – Acker Bilk's "Stranger on the Shore" becomes the first British recording to reach number one in the US Billboard Hot 100.
May 27 – The Centralia mine fire is ignited in Pennsylvania.
May 29 – Negotiations between the OAS and the FLA lead to a real armistice in Algeria.
May 30 – The beginning of the 1962 FIFA World Cup in Chile.
May 31 – Nazi Adolf Eichmann is hanged at a prison in Ramla, Israel. His body is cremated and his ashes scattered over the Mediterranean.
June 3 – Air France Flight 007 (a Boeing 707) crashes on take-off at Orly Airport in Paris; 130 of 132 people on board are killed, 2 flight attendants survive. Most victims are cultural and civic leaders of Atlanta.
June 6 – President John F. Kennedy gives the commencement address at the United States Military Academy at West Point, New York.
President John F. Kennedy gives the commencement address at Yale University.
Frank Morris, John Anglin and Clarence Anglin escape from the Alcatraz Island prison; the men are never heard from again.
June 15 – Students for a Democratic Society in the United States complete the Port Huron Statement.
The OAS signs a truce with the FLN in Algeria, but a day later announces that it will continue the fight on behalf of French Algerians.
Brazil beats Czechoslovakia 3–1 to win the 1962 FIFA World Cup.
June 22 – Air France Flight 117 (a Boeing 707 jet) crashes into terrain during bad weather in Guadeloupe, West Indies, killing all 113 on board, the airline's second fatal accident in just 3 weeks, and the third fatal 707 crash of the year.
Engel v. Vitale: The United States Supreme Court rules that mandatory prayers in public schools are unconstitutional.
MANual Enterprises v. Day: The United States Supreme Court rules that photographs of nude men are not obscene, decriminalizing nude male pornographic magazines.
İsmet İnönü of CHP forms the new government of Turkey (27th government, coalition partners; YTP and CKMP)
June 26 – A 2-day steel strike begins in Italy in support of increased wages and a five-day working week.
June 28 – The United Lutheran Church in America, Finnish Evangelical Lutheran Church of America, American Evangelical Lutheran Church and Augustana Evangelical Lutheran Church merge to form the Lutheran Church in America.
June 30 – The last soldiers of the French Foreign Legion leave Algeria.
June – Rachel Carson's Silent Spring begins serialization in The New Yorker; it is released as a book on September 27 in the U.S., giving rise to the modern environmentalist movement.
Rwanda and Burundi gain independence.
Algerian independence referendum, 1962: Supporters of Algerian independence win 99% majority in a referendum.
A heavy smog develops over London.
Helsinki Convention on Nordic Co-operation of March 23 comes into force in the Nordic countries.
Charles de Gaulle accepts Algerian independence; France recognizes it the next day.
The first Walmart store, at this time known as Wal-Mart (which remains the corporate name), opens for business in Rogers, Arkansas.
July 5 – Algeria becomes independent from France.
July 6 – Gay Byrne presents the first edition of The Late Late Show on RTÉ in the Republic of Ireland. Byrne goes on to present the show for 37 years, the longest period through which any individual hosts a televised talk show anywhere in the world, and the show itself becomes the world's second longest-running talk show.
July 9 – American artist Andy Warhol premieres his Campbell's Soup Cans exhibit in Los Angeles.
July 10 – AT&T's Telstar, the world's first commercial communications satellite, is launched into orbit and activated the next day.
July 12 – The Rolling Stones make their debut at London's Marquee Club, Number 165 Oxford Street, opening for Long John Baldry.
July 13 – In what the press dubs "the Night of the Long Knives", United Kingdom Prime Minister Harold Macmillan dismisses one-third of his Cabinet.
July 14 – Norma Nolan of Argentina will crown Miss Universe 1962.
July 17 – Nuclear testing: The "Small Boy" test shot Little Feller I became the last atmospheric test detonation at the Nevada Test Site.
July 19 – The first annual Swiss & Wielder Hoop and Stick Tournament is held.
July 20 – France and Tunisia reestablish diplomatic relations.
July 22 – Mariner program: The Mariner 1 spacecraft flies erratically several minutes after launch and has to be destroyed.
July 23 – Telstar relayed the first live trans-Atlantic television signal.
The first armed helicopter company of the United States Army is formed at Okinawa, Japan.
The International Agreement on the Neutrality of Laos is signed in Geneva.
Algeria proclaims independence; Ahmed Ben Bella is the first President.
A crowd assaults the rally of Sir Oswald Mosley's right-wing Union Movement in London.
Death of Marilyn Monroe: Marilyn Monroe is found dead from an overdose of sleeping pills and chloral hydrate at her home in Brentwood, Los Angeles; officially ruled a "probable suicide" (the exact cause has been disputed).
Nelson Mandela is arrested by the South African government near Howick and charged with incitement to rebellion
August 6 – Jamaica becomes independent.
August 15 – The New York Agreement is signed, trading the West New Guinea colony to Indonesia.
Beatles drummer Pete Best is dismissed and replaced by Ringo Starr.
Algeria joins the Arab League.
August 17 – East German border guards kill 18-year-old Peter Fechter as he attempts to cross the Berlin Wall into West Berlin
August 22 – A failed assassination attempt is made against French President Charles de Gaulle.
August 23 – John Lennon marries Cynthia Powell in an unpublicised register office ceremony at Mount Pleasant, Liverpool.
August 24 – A group of armed Cuban exile terrorists fire at a hotel in Havana from a speedboat.
August 27 – NASA launches the Mariner 2 space probe.
August 31 – Trinidad and Tobago becomes independent.
A referendum in Singapore supports the Malayan Federation.
Typhoon Wanda strikes Hong Kong, killing at least 130 and injuring more than 600.
September 2 – The Soviet Union agrees to send arms to Cuba.
September 8 – Newly independent Algeria, by referendum, adopts a constitution.
September 12 – President John F. Kennedy, at a speech at Rice University, reaffirms that the U.S. will put a man on the moon by the end of the decade.
September 19 – Atlantic College opens its doors for the first time in Wales, marking the birth of the pioneering United World College educational movement.
September 21 – A border conflict between China and India erupts into fighting.
September 22 – 21-year-old Bob Dylan premieres one of his most preeminent songs, "A Hard Rain's a-Gonna Fall", in the U.S.
September 23 – The animated sitcom The Jetsons premieres on ABC in the U.S.
September 25 – Sonny Liston knocks out Floyd Patterson two minutes into the first round of his fight for the boxing world title in Chicago.
September 26 – North Yemen Civil War erupts.
September 27 – A flash flood in Barcelona, Spain, kills more than 440 people.
September 29 – The Canadian Alouette 1, the first satellite built outside the United States and the Soviet Union, is launched from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California.
September 30 – CBS broadcasts the final episodes of Suspense and Yours Truly, Johnny Dollar, marking the end of the Golden Age of Radio in the United States.
The first black student, James Meredith, registers at the University of Mississippi, escorted by Federal Marshals.
Johnny Carson takes over as permanent host of NBC's The Tonight Show in the U.S., a post he will hold for 30 years.
Lucille Ball and Vivian Vance returned to TV with The Lucy Show, two years after the end of I Love Lucy. (Vance was the first person to portray a divorcée on a weekly series.)
October 3 – Project Mercury: Mercury-Atlas 8 – Walter Schirra orbits the Earth six times in the Sigma 7 space capsule.
The French National Assembly censures the proposed referendum to sanction presidential elections by popular mandate; Prime Minister Georges Pompidou resigns, but President de Gaulle asks him to stay in office.
The Beatles' first single in their own right, "Love Me Do"/"P.S. I Love You", is released in the U.K. on EMI's Parlophone label. This version was recorded on September 4 at Abbey Road Studios in London with Ringo Starr as drummer.
Dr. No, the first James Bond film, premieres at the London Pavilion, featuring Sean Connery as the hero.
The German magazine Der Spiegel publishes an article about the Bundeswehr's poor preparedness; the Spiegel scandal erupts.
Algeria is accepted into the United Nations.
October 9 – Uganda becomes independent within the Commonwealth of Nations.
October 10 – The beginning of Sino-Indian War, a border dispute involving two of the world's largest nations (India and the People's Republic of China).
October 11 – Second Vatican Council: Pope John XXIII convenes the first ecumenical council of the Roman Catholic Church in 92 years.
The infamous Columbus Day Storm strikes the U.S. Pacific Northwest with wind gusts up to 170 mph (270 km/h); 46 are killed, 11 billion board feet (26 million m³) of timber is blown down, with $230 million U.S. in damages.
Jazz bassist/composer Charles Mingus invites the public to a live recording session at The Town Hall (New York City), but the public is expecting a formal concert. Along with technical problems the event is the worst moment of his career.
October 13 – Broadway debut of Edward Albee's drama Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?.
October 14 – The beginning of the Cuban Missile Crisis: A U-2 flight over Cuba in the Caribbean photographs Soviet nuclear weapons being installed. A stand-off then ensues for another 12 days after President Kennedy is told of the pictures, between the United States and the Soviet Union, threatening the world with nuclear war.
October 19 – Establishment of Thái Nguyên City, under Thái Nguyên, in Vietnam.
October 22 – Cuban Missile Crisis: In a televised address, U.S. President John F. Kennedy announces to the nation the existence of Soviet missiles in Cuba.
October 24 – Cuban Missile Crisis: First confrontation between the U.S. Navy and a Soviet cargo vessel. The vessel changes course.
October 26 – Spiegel scandal: German police occupy Der Spiegel offices in Hamburg.
The end of the Cuban Missile Crisis: Soviet Union leader Nikita Khrushchev announces that he has ordered the removal of Soviet missile bases in Cuba. In a secret deal between Kennedy and Khrushchev, Kennedy agrees to the withdrawal of U.S. missiles from Turkey. The fact that this deal was not made public makes it look as though the Soviets have backed down.
A referendum in France favors the election of the president by universal suffrage.
October 31 – The United Nations General Assembly asks the United Kingdom to suspend enforcement of the new constitution in Southern Rhodesia (now Zimbabwe), but it comes into effect on November 1.
November – Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn's novella One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich (Russian: Оди́н день Ива́на Дени́совича, Odin den' Ivana Denisovicha), the author's semi-autobiographical account of life in the gulag, is published in Novy Mir in an unprecedented acknowledgement of the Soviet Union's Stalinist past.
The Soviets begin dismantling their missiles in Cuba.
First appearance of comic book antihero Diabolik in Italy.
November 3 – Earliest recorded use of the term "personal computer" in the report of a speech by computing pioneer John Mauchly in The New York Times.
Franz Josef Strauß, the West German defense minister, is relieved of his duties over the Spiegel scandal, due to his alleged involvement in police action against the magazine.
Saudi Arabia breaks off diplomatic relations with Egypt, following a period of unrest partly caused by the defection of several Saudi princes to Egypt.
A coal mining disaster in Ny-Ålesund killed 21 people. The Norwegian government is forced to resign in the aftermath of this accident in August 1963.
November 6 – Apartheid: The United Nations General Assembly passes a resolution condemning South Africa's racist apartheid policies and calls for all UN member states to cease military and economic relations with the nation.
November 7 – Richard M. Nixon loses the California governor's race. In his concession speech, he states that this is "Richard Nixon's last press conference" and "you won't have Nixon to kick around any more".
November 17 – Dulles International Airport in Washington, D.C., dedicated by President John F. Kennedy.
November 20 – Cuban missile crisis: In response to the Soviet Union agreeing to remove its missiles from Cuba, President John F. Kennedy ends the blockade of the island.
November 21 – The Sino-Indian War ends with a Chinese ceasefire.
November 23 – United Airlines Flight 297 crashes in Columbia, Maryland, killing all 17 on board.
November 24 – The first episode of the groundbreaking satirical comedy program That Was the Week That Was, hosted by David Frost is broadcast on BBC Television in the U.K.
Spiegel scandal: German police end their occupation of Der Spiegel's offices.
Mies Bouwman starts presenting the first live TV-marathon fundraising show (Open Het Dorp in the Netherlands), which lasts 23 hours non-stop.
November 27 – French President Charles De Gaulle orders Georges Pompidou to form a government.
November 29 – An agreement is signed between Britain and France to develop the Concorde supersonic airliner.
November 30 – The United Nations General Assembly elects U Thant of Burma as the new Secretary-General of the United Nations.
December 2 – Vietnam War: After a trip to Vietnam at the request of U.S. President John F. Kennedy, U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mike Mansfield becomes the first American official to make a non-optimistic public comment on the war's progress.
December 7 – Rainier III, Prince of Monaco revises the principality's constitution, devolving some of his formerly autocratic power to several advisory and legislative councils.
The first period of the Second Vatican Council closes.
The North Kalimantan National Army revolts in Brunei, in the first stirrings of the Indonesian Confrontation.
The 1962–63 New York City newspaper strike begins, affecting all of the city's major newspapers; It will last for 114 days.
Queen Wilhelmina of the Netherlands, who died on November 28, is buried at the Nieuwe Kerk (Delft).
December 9 – Tanganyika (modern-day Tanzania) becomes a republic within the Commonwealth of Nations, with Julius Nyerere as president.
December 10 – David Lean's epic film Lawrence of Arabia, featuring Peter O'Toole, Omar Sharif, Alec Guinness, Jack Hawkins and Anthony Quinn, premieres in London. Six days later it opens in the U.S.
In West Germany, a coalition government of Christian Democrats, Christian Socialists and Free Democrats is formed.
The last execution by hanging in Canada
U.S. spacecraft Mariner 2 passes by Venus, becoming the first probe to transmit data successfully from another planet.
Leonardo da Vinci's early 16th-century painting the Mona Lisa is assessed for insurance purposed at US$100 million before touring the United States for several months, the highest insurance value for a painting in history. However, the Louvre, its owner, chooses to spend the money that would have been spent on the insurance premium on security instead.
December 15 – Storm over the North Sea: Belgian pirate radio station Radio Uylenspiegel is knocked off the airwaves, never to operate again.
December 19 – Britain acknowledged the right of Nyasaland (modern-day Malawi) to secede from the Central African Federation.
December 21 – Britain agrees to purchase Polaris missiles from the U.S.
Winter of 1962–63 in the United Kingdom: The "Big Freeze" begins; there are no frost-free nights until March 5, 1963.
Telstar (song) by The Tornados becomes the first single by a British Group to reach No.1 on the US charts, predating the first No.1 by The Beatles by thirteen months.
December 24 – Cuba releases the last 1,113 participants in the Bay of Pigs Invasion to the U.S., in exchange for food worth $53 million.
United Nations troops occupy the last rebel positions in Katanga; Moise Tshombe moves to South Rhodesia.
An unexpected storm buries Maine under five feet of snow, forcing the Bangor Daily News to miss a publication date for the only time in history. The same day, also the Netherlands were covered with several feet of snow.
American advertising man Martin K. Speckter invents the interrobang, a new English-language punctuation mark.
Publication of Helen Gurley Brown's Sex and the Single Girl in the U.S.
Irish folk band The Dubliners is formed at O'Donoghue's Pub in Dublin.
Invention of the Laser Diode.
Slavery in Yemen is abolished.
January 3 – Guy Pratt, English musician and songwriter
January 4 – Natalya Bochina, Russian athlete
January 5 – Suzy Amis, American actress and model
January 6 – Mark Ellis, English footballer
Kiiri Tamm, Estonian actress
Hallie Todd, American actress
January 10 – C. Martin Croker, animator and voice actor (d. 2016)
January 11 – Kim Coles, American actress and comedian
January 12 – Alfred Schön, German manager and former footballer
Trace Adkins, American country music singer
Kevin Mitchell, American baseball player
January 14 – Michael McCaul, American politician
January 17 – Jim Carrey, Canadian actor and comedian
January 18 – Mike Lynch, American cartoonist
IKKO, Japanese make-up artist
Sakiko Tamagawa, Japanese voice actress
Sophie Thompson, English actress
Tyler Cowen, American economist
Marie Trintignant, French actress (d. 2003)
Mizan Zainal Abidin, current Yang di-Pertuan Agong of Malaysia
Lyudmila Dzhigalova, Russian athlete
Stephen Keshi, Nigerian footballer and manager
Richard Roxburgh, Australian actor
January 25 – Chris Chelios, American ice hockey player
January 26 – Anna LaCazio, American singer (Cock Robin)
Creflo Dollar, American evangelist
Sam Phillips, American singer
January 30 – King Abdullah II of Jordan
February 1 – Takashi Murakami, Japanese pop artist
February 2 – Andy Fordham, English darts player
Michele Greene, American actress
February 4 – Clint Black, American country musician
February 5 – Jennifer Jason Leigh, American actress
February 6 – Axl Rose, American rock singer
Garth Brooks, American country musician
David Bryan, American keyboardist (Bon Jovi)
Eddie Izzard, British actor and comedian
February 8 – Malorie Blackman, British-born author
Lolo Ferrari, French actress (d. 2000)
Dany Roland, Brazilian drummer (Metrô), actor, sound designer, film director and record producer
Cliff Burton, American bassist (Metallica) (d. 1986)
Bobby Czyz, American boxer
February 11 – Sheryl Crow, American singer-songwriter
Nana Ioseliani, Georgian chess player
Jimmy Kirkwood, Irish-born field hockey player
February 13 – Aníbal Acevedo Vilá, Puerto Rican politician
February 17 – Lou Diamond Phillips, American actor
February 18 – Julie Strain, American actress and model
Vanessa Feltz, British television presenter
Chuck Palahniuk, American author
David Foster Wallace, American writer (d. 2008)
Steve Irwin, Australian herpetologist and TV personality (d. 2006)
Lenda Murray, American bodybuilder
Birgit Fischer, German kayaker
Junko Ogata, Japanese serial killer
February 27 – Adam Baldwin, American actor
February 28 – Angela Bailey, Canadian athlete
Jon Bon Jovi, American singer (Bon Jovi)
Raimo Summanen, Finnish ice hockey player and coach
Jackie Joyner-Kersee, American athlete
Herschel Walker, American football player
March 4 – Simon Bisley, British comic book artist
Andreas Felder, Austrian ski jumper
Erika Hess, Swiss alpine skier
March 7 – Taylor Dayne, American singer
March 8 – Cecilia Yip, Hong Kong actress
March 10 – Seiko Matsuda, Japanese pop singer/songwriter
Jasmine Guy American ActorMarch 12 – Darryl Strawberry, American baseball player
March 16 – Branco Mello, Brazilian singer, actor and writer
Thomas Ian Griffith, American actor
Mike Rowe, American TV show host
March 19 – Iván Calderón, Puerto Rican Major League Baseball player (d. 2003)
March 20 – Stephen Sommers, American film director
Matthew Broderick, American actor
Rosie O'Donnell, American comedian, actress and talk-show host
Steve Redgrave, English rower
Jenny Wright, American actress
March 24 – Star Jones, American talk show host and publisher
March 25 – Marcia Cross, American actress
Eric Allan Kramer, American actor
John Stockton, American basketball player
Jann Arden, Canadian singer
John O'Farrell, British author and broadcaster
March 29 – Ted Failon, Filipino broadcast journalist and radio commentator
Bil Dwyer, American actor
MC Hammer (Stanley Kirk Burrell), American rapper
Samboy Lim, Filipino basketball player
Phillip Schofield, British TV presenter
Clark Gregg, American actor
Mark Shulman, American children's author
April 5 – Kirsan Ilyumzhinov, President of Kalmykia and FIDE
April 7 – Hugh O'Connor, American actor (d. 1995)
April 9 – Imran Sherwani, British field hockey player
Rick Florian, American Christian musician and real estate agent
Steve Tasker, American football player
Carlos Sainz, Spanish rally driver
Nobuhiko Takada, Japanese mixed martial arts fighter and professional wrestler
April 13 – Jennifer Rubin, American actress/model
Nawal El Moutawakel, Moroccan hurdler
Nick Kamen, English singer, songwriter, musician and model
April 18 – Jeff Dunham, American ventriloquist
April 19 – Al Unser, Jr., American race car driver
April 20 – Hank the Angry Drunken Dwarf (Henry Joseph Nasiff Jr.), American comedian (d. 2001)
April 23 – John Hannah, Scottish actor
April 24 – Steve Roach, Australian champion rugby league prop forward
Colin Anderson, English footballer
Michael Damian, American singer and actor
April 29 – Stephan Burger, German Roman Catholic archbishop
Elizabeth Berridge, American actress
Jimmy White, British snooker player
May 3 – Anders Graneheim, Swedish bodybuilder
May 5 – Kaoru Wada, Japanese composer
May 8 – Natalia Molchanova, Russian free-diver
Dave Gahan, English singer-songwriter (Depeche Mode)
Paul Heaton, English singer-songwriter (The Housemartins, The Beautiful South)
May 12 – Emilio Estevez, American actor
Paul McDermott, Australian comedian
Eduardo Palomo, Mexican actor (d. 2003)
Ian Astbury, English singer
Danny Huston, American actor and film director
Lise Lyng Falkenberg, Danish writer
Craig Ferguson, Scottish-American actor, comedian, and TV host (The Late Late Show, Celebrity Name Game)
Kim Mulkey, American basketball player/coach
May 18 – Sandra, German pop singer
May 19 – Frances Ondiviela, Spanish/Mexican actress
May 20 – Mike Jeffries, American soccer coach
May 22 – Brian Pillman, American professional wrestler (d. 1997)
May 24 – Gene Anthony Ray, American actor (d. 2003)
Black, English singer-songwriter (d. 2016)
Genie Francis, American actress
Bobcat Goldthwait, American actor and comedian
May 27 – Ravi Shastri, Indian cricketer
Brandon Cruz, American child actor and punk rocker
François-Henri Pinault, French businessman
James Michael Tyler, American actor
Perry Fenwick, English actor
Debra Sandlund, American actress
May 30 – Timo Soini, Finnish politician
Corey Hart, Canadian singer
Noriko Hidaka, Japanese voice actress
Sebastian Koch, German actor
June 1 – Sherri Howard, American athlete
Paul Baloche, American Christian worship leader
John P. Kee, American gospel singer
June 5 – Jeff Garlin, American comedian
June 7 – Thierry Hazard, French singer and songwriter
June 8 – Suzy Gorman, American photographer
Gina Gershon, American actress and musician
Carolyn Hennesy, American actress
Ralf Schumann, German sport shooter
Olga Charvátová, Czech alpine skier
Erika Salumäe, Estonian cyclist
Toshihiko Seki, Japanese voice actor
Camilla Scott, Canadian actress
Jodi Thelen, American actress
Ally Sheedy, American actress
Hannah Storm, American TV personality
Bence Szabó, Hungarian fencer
June 14 – Emilija Erčić, Yugoslav (Serbian) handball player
Thomas Mikal Ford, American actor (d. 2016)
Andrea Rost, Hungarian lyric soprano
June 16 – Arnold Vosloo, South African actor
Bap Kennedy, Northern Irish singer-songwriter
Lio, Belgian singer/actress
Mitsuharu Misawa, Japanese professional wrestler (d. 2009)
Lisa Randall, American theoretical physicist
June 19 – Paula Abdul, American dancer, choreographer and singer
June 20 – Alex Di Gregorio, Italian editorial cartoonist
Pipilotti Rist, Swiss video artist
Viktor Tsoi, Soviet underground singer and songwriter (d. 1990)
Campino, German singer, band Die Toten Hosen
Stephen Chow, Hong Kong actor and director
Clyde Drexler, American basketball player
June 23 – Kari Takko, Finnish ice hockey player
Bussunda, Brazilian comedian (d. 2006)
Ollanta Humala, 64th President of Peru
Michael Ball, British stage actor and singer
Tony Leung Chiu-wai, Hong Kong actor
June 28 – Don Chambers, American newspaper comic strip artist
Amanda Donohoe, English actress
George Zamka, American astronaut
Tony Fernández, Dominican baseball player
Deirdre Lovejoy, American actress
Julianne Regan, British singer/songwriter (All About Eve)
July 1 – Andre Braugher, American actor
Tom Cruise, American actor
Thomas Gibson, American actor
Neil Morrissey, British actor
Pam Shriver, American tennis player
July 5 – Amrozi bin Nurhasyim, Indonesian terrorist (d. 2008)
July 8 – Joan Osborne, American singer and songwriter
July 11 – Pauline McLynn, Irish actress
Dan Murphy, American rock guitarist (Soul Asylum)
Dean Wilkins, English football manager
Tom Kenny, American voice actor and comedian
Zlata Petrović, Serbian pop singer
July 14 – Jeff Olson, American percussionist (Trouble)
July 15 – Michelle Ford, Australian swimmer
July 16 – Grigory Leps, Russian singer
Lee Arenberg, American actor
Jack Irons, American drummer
July 19 – Anthony Edwards, American actor
Carlos Alazraqui, American actor and comedian
Giovana Amati, Italian race car driver
Emmanuel Niyonkuru, Burundian politician (d. 2017)
Gabi Bauer, German journalist and TV presenter
July 23 – Eriq La Salle, American actor
July 24 – Johnny O'Connell, American race car driver
Galina Chistyakova, Ukrainian athlete
Sergey Kiriyenko, Prime Minister of Russia
July 28 – Ray Shero, American hockey manager
July 29 – Scott Steiner, American professional wrestler
Alton Brown, American TV show host and chef
Lavinia Greenlaw, British poet and novelist
Damien Frawley, Australian rugby union player
John Laurinaitis, American professional wrestler
Wesley Snipes, American actor and martial artist
Robert Clift, British field hockey player
Cesar Montano, Filipino actor
August 2 – Cynthia Stevenson, American actress
August 4 – Roger Clemens, American baseball player
August 5 – Patrick Ewing, Jamaican-born basketball player
August 6 – Michelle Yeoh, Malaysian-born Hong Kong actress
Doon Mackichan, British actress and comedian
Bruno Pelletier, Canadian singer
Yūji Machi, Japanese voice actor
Mike Zanier, Canadian ice hockey player
August 13 – John Slattery, American actor and film director
August 14 – Kevin Harris, Canadian skateboarder
August 15 – Tom Colicchio, American chef
Abdul-Majid al-Khoei, Twelver Shia cleric (d. 2003)
Christian Cameron, Canadian-American writer
Steve Carell, American actor and comedian
August 17 – Pierre Sanoussi-Bliss, German actor and director
August 18 – Felipe Calderón Hinojosa, President of Mexico
August 19 – Valérie Kaprisky, French actress
Sophie Aldred, British actress and television presenter
James Marsters, American actor
Tsutomu Miyazaki, Japanese serial killer (d. 2008)
Gilberto Santa Rosa, Puerto Rican salsa singer
Shaun Ryder, English musician, singer-songwriter, actor, television personality, author, and newspaper columnist
Craig Kilborn, American talk show host
Mary Ellen Weber, American astronaut
August 25 – Theresa Andrews, American swimmer
Princess Lalla Meryem of Morocco
Bob Mionske, American cyclist and attorney
August 27 – Vic Mignogna, American voice actor
August 28 – David Fincher, American film director
Ian James Corlett, Canadian voice actor
Jutta Kleinschmidt, German rally driver
Lycia Naff, American actress/journalist
August 30 – Alexander Litvinenko, Russian ex-KGB colonel and ex-FSB lieutenant-colonel (d. 2006)
Dee Bradley Baker, American comedian, announcer and voice actor
Mark L. Walberg, American TV show host
September 1 – Ruud Gullit, Dutch footballer
September 4 – Shinya Yamanaka, Japanese physician and researcher
September 6 – Chris Christie, American politician and 55th Governor of New Jersey
September 7 – Kylie InGold, Australian fantasy artist
September 8 – Thomas Kretschmann, German actor
Kristy McNichol, American actress
Victoria Poleva, Ukrainian composer
Andrew Jackson, Canadian voice actor
Dino Merlin, Bosnian singer-songwriter, musician and producer
Amy Yasbeck, American actress
September 13 – Hisao Egawa, Japanese voice actor
September 14 – Robert Herjavec, Croatian-born Canadian businessman, investor, author, dancer, and television personality
Dina Lohan, American television personality
François Bloemhof, South African author
Scott McNeil, Australian voice actor
September 16 – Stephen Jones (Babybird), English singer and musician
Baz Luhrmann, Australian film director
Hesham Qandil, Prime Minister of Egypt
September 19 – Gottfried von Bismarck, German aristocrat and socialite (d. 2007)
September 21 – Rob Morrow, American actor
September 22 – Martin Crowe, New Zealand cricketer (d. 2016)
Jack Dee, English comedian
Rosamund Kwan, Hong Kong actress
Ally McCoist, Scottish footballer and TV pundit
September 25 – Aida Turturro, American actress
Melissa Sue Anderson, American actress
Gregory Crewdson, American photographer
Steve Moneghetti, Australian long-distance runner
Al Pitrelli, American guitarist
Jacky Wu, Taiwanese talk show host, singer and actor
September 27 – Kimberly Carson, American pornographic actress
September 28 – Grant Fuhr, Canadian hockey player
September 30 – Frank Rijkaard, Dutch football player and manager
Micky Flanagan, English comedian
Esai Morales, American actor
Jeff Bennett, American voice actor and singer
James Hunter, English singer
October 3 – Tommy Lee, American rock musician and drummer
Michael Andretti, American race car driver
Caron Keating, British TV presenter (d. 2004)
October 6 – Rich Yett, American baseball player
October 11 – Joan Cusack, American actress and comedian
Branko Crvenkovski, President of Macedonia
Deborah Foreman, American actress
T'Keyah Crystal Keymáh, American actress and comedian
Margareth Menezes, Brazilian singer
Kelly Preston, American actress
Jerry Rice, American football player
Manute Bol, Sudanese basketball player and activist (d. 2010)
Flea, Australian rock bassist (Red Hot Chili Peppers)
Dmitri Hvorostovsky, Russian baritone
Durga McBroom, American singer (Blue Pearl)
Tamara McKinney, American alpine skier
October 17 – Mike Judge, American animator
Tracy Chevalier, American author
Evander Holyfield, American boxer
October 20 – Anatoly Khrapaty, Soviet Olympic weightlifter (d. 2008)
October 21 – Miki Itō, Japanese voice actress
Doug Flutie, American football player
Mike Tomczak, American football player
October 24 – Jay Novacek, American football player
David Furnish, Canadian filmmaker, director and producer
Nick Hancock, British actor and television presenter
Richard Lintern, English actor
Darlene Vogel, American actress
October 26 – Cary Elwes, British actor
Jun'ichi Kanemaru, Japanese voice actor
Ang Peng Siong, Singaporean sportsman
October 28 – Daphne Zuniga, American actress
October 30 – Courtney Walsh, West Indian cricketer
Sharron Davies, British swimmer/television presenter
Magne Furuholmen, Norwegian musician (A-ha)
Anthony Kiedis, American rock singer (Red Hot Chili Peppers)
Phil Katz, American computer programmer (d. 2000)
Gabe Newell, American business executive
Jacqui Smith, UK politician
November 6 – Aznil Nawawi, Malaysian TV host
November 7 – Bettina Hoy, German equestrienne
Gerard Horan, English actor
Mic Michaeli, Swedish keyboardist
Demi Moore, American actress
James Morrison, Australian musician
Nicole P. Stott, American astronaut
Neal Shusterman, American author
Naomi Wolf, American feminist author and political consultant
November 13 – Steve Altes, American humorist
Jessica Straus, American voice actress
Atsuko Tanaka, Japanese voice actress
November 15 – Judy Gold, American comedian and actress
November 17 – Jamie Moyer, American baseball player
November 18 – Kirk Hammett, American rock musician (Metallica)
Jodie Foster, American actress and director
Sean Parnell, American politician
November 21 – Steven Curtis Chapman, American Christian musician
November 22 – Sumi Jo, Korean operatic soprano
November 23 – Nicolás Maduro, President of Venezuela
November 24 – John Kovalic, American cartoonist
November 27 – Marumi Shiraishi, Japanese actress
November 28 – Jon Stewart, American actor, comedian, media critic, television personality, and former host of The Daily Show (1999-2015)
Andrew McCarthy, American actor
Ronny Jordan, English guitarist (d. 2014)
Bo Jackson, American football and baseball player
Daniel Keys Moran, American writer
Sylvie Daigle, Canadian speed skater
Shōzō Hayashiya IX, Japanese rakugoka, tarento and voice actor
December 3 – Tammy Jackson, American basketball player
Julie Lemieux, Canadian voice actress
Anna Walker, British television presenter
December 5 – José Cura, Argentine tenor
December 6 – Janine Turner, American actress
Albert Grajales, INTERPOL Director of Puerto Rico and martial artist
Felicity Huffman, American actress
December 10 – Scott Capurro, American comedian
Denise Biellmann, Swiss figure skater
Ben Browder, American actor
Tracy Austin, American tennis player
Arturo Barrios, Mexican long-distance runner
Max Raabe, German singer
December 14 – Yvonne Ryding, Swedish pageant winner (Miss Universe 1984)
December 16 – Maruschka Detmers, Dutch actress
Paul Dobson, English footballer
Richard Jewell, American security guard and media figure (d. 2007)
Galina Malchugina, Russian athlete
Rocco Mediate, American golfer
December 19 – Jill Talley, American actress
December 22 – Ralph Fiennes, English actor
December 23 – Keiji Mutoh, Japanese professional wrestler
Mark Few, American basketball coach
Bill Self, American basketball coach
Sherri Steinhauer, American golfer
Michelle Cameron, Canadian synchronised swimmer
Choi Soo-jong, South Korean actor
December 30 – Alessandra Mussolini, Italian politician
December 31 – Lance Reddick, American actor
Gunnar Krantz, Swedish comic artist
Nemat Shafik, Egyptian-born international banker.
January 4 – Hans Lammers, German Nazi minister (b. 1879)
January 6 – Marziyya Davudova, Azerbaijani actress (b. 1901)
January 13 – Ernie Kovacs, American TV comedian (b. 1919)
January 16 – R. H. Tawney, English historian and social critic (b. 1880)
January 19 – Snub Pollard, American actor (b. 1889)
January 20 – Robinson Jeffers, American poet (b. 1887)
January 26 – Lucky Luciano, American gangster (b. 1897)
January 29 – Fritz Kreisler, Austrian violinist (b. 1875)
February 1 – Carey Wilson, American screenwriter (b. 1889)
February 2 – Shlomo Hestrin, Canadian-born Israeli biochemist (b. 1914)
February 5 – Jacques Ibert, French composer (b. 1890)
Roy Atwell, American actor, comedian and composer (b. 1878)
Cândido Portinari, Brazilian painter (b. 1903)
February 7 – Clara Nordström, German writer and translator (b. 1886)
February 10 – Eduard von Steiger, President of Switzerland (b. 1881)
Joseph Kearns, American actor (b. 1907)
Bruno Walter, German conductor (b. 1876)
James Barton, American actor (b. 1890)
Georgios Papanikolaou, Greek inventor (b. 1883)
February 20 – Halliwell Hobbes, English-born film actor (b. 1877)
February 24 – Hu Shih, Chinese liberal (b. 1891)
February 27 – Willie Best, American actor (b. 1916)
February 28 – Chic Johnson, American actor (b. 1891)
Roscoe Ates, American actor (b. 1895)
Richard L. Conolly, American admiral (b. 1892)
W. Alton Jones, American industrialist and philanthropist (b. 1891)
Arnold Kirkeby, American hotelier, art collector and real estate investor (b. 1901)
Louise Lindner Eastman, American wife of Lee Eastman and mother of Linda McCartney (b. 1911)
Emelyn Whiton, American Olympic sailor (b. 1916)
March 2 – Walt Kiesling, American football player (Chicago Cardinals) and a member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame (b. 1903)
March 15 – Arthur Compton, American physicist, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1892)
March 20 – C. Wright Mills, American sociologist (b. 1916)
Jean Goldkette, Greek-born jazz musician (b. 1899)
Auguste Piccard, Swiss physicist and explorer (b. 1884)
April 1 – Jussi Kekkonen, Finnish major (b. 1910)
April 3 – Benny Paret, Cuban welterweight boxer (died as result of injuries in the ring; b. 1937)
Michael Curtiz, Austrian-born film director (b. 1886)
Manton S. Eddy, U.S. general (b. 1892)
Stuart Sutcliffe, British artist and pop guitarist (The Beatles; b. 1940)
April 13 – Culbert Olson, Governor of California (b. 1876)
Clara Blandick, American actress (b. 1880)
Arsenio Lacson, Filipino politician and sportswriter (b. 1911)
April 17 – Louise Fazenda, American actress (b. 1895)
April 21 – Sir Frederick Handley Page, English aircraft manufacturer (b. 1885)
April 22 – Vera Reynolds, American actress (b. 1899)
April 24 – Milt Franklyn, American film composer (b. 1897)
May 5 – Ernest Tyldesley, English cricketer (b. 1889)
May 12 – Pedro Pablo Ramirez, Argentinan military general, 27th President of Argentina (b. 1884)
Henry Trendley Dean, American dental researcher (b. 1893)
Franz Kline, American painter (b. 1910)
May 27 – Egon Petri, German pianist (b. 1881)
May 28 – Robert Francis Anthony Studds, American admiral and engineer, fourth Director of the United States Coast and Geodetic Survey (b. 1896)
May 31 – Henry Fountain Ashurst, American politician (b. 1874)
June 1 – Adolf Eichmann, German SS officer and a major organiser of the Holocaust (executed) (b. 1906)
June 2 – Vita Sackville-West, English writer and landscape gardener (b. 1892)
June 4 – Charles William Beebe, American oceanic pioneer (b. 1877)
Yves Klein, French painter (b. 1928)
Guinn Williams, American actor (b. 1899)
June 7 – Korneli Kekelidze, Georgian philologist (b. 1879)
June 8 – Eugène Freyssinet, French civil engineer (b. 1879)
June 12 – John Ireland, English composer (b. 1879)
June 13 – Sir Eugene Goossens, English composer (b. 1893)
June 15 – Alfred Cortot, Swiss pianist (b. 1877)
Frank Borzage, American film director (b. 1894)
Will Wright, American character actor (b. 1891)
June 24 – Lucile Watson, Canadian actress (b. 1879)
June 27 – Paul Viiding, Estonian poet, author and literary critic (b. 1904)
June 28 – Mickey Cochrane, American baseball player (Philadelphia Athletics) and a member of the MLB Hall of Fame (b. 1903)
July 1 – Bidhan Chandra Roy, Indian physician and politician, Chief Minister of West Bengal (b. 1882)
July 4 – Rex Bell, American actor (b. 1903)
Paul Boffa, Maltese politician, 5th Prime Minister of Malta (1947–1950) (b. 1890)
William Faulkner, American writer, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1897)
Archduke Joseph August of Austria, Austrian field marshal (b. 1872)
July 8 – Georges Bataille, French writer (b. 1897)
July 10 – Yehuda Leib Maimon, Bassarabian-born Israeli rabbi and government minister (b. 1875)
July 12 – Roger Wolfe Kahn, American band leader (b. 1907)
July 13 – Jerry Wald, American screenwriter and producer (b. 1911)
July 21 – G. M. Trevelyan, English historian (b. 1876)
July 23 – Victor Moore, American actor (b. 1876)
July 29 – Leonardo De Lorenzo, Italian flautist (b. 1875)
July 27 – Richard Aldington, English poet (b. 1892)
July 30 – Myron McCormick, American actor (b. 1908)
August 5 – Marilyn Monroe, American actress (b. 1926)
August 6 – Ángel Borlenghi, Argentine labor leader and politician (b. 1904)
August 9 – Hermann Hesse, German-born writer, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1877)
August 15 – Lei Feng, Chinese soldier (b. 1940)
August 18 – Cleo Ridgely, American actress (b. 1893)
August 22 – Charles Rigoulot, French weightlifter (b. 1903)
August 23 – Hoot Gibson, American actor (b. 1892)
August 24 – Mykolas Biržiška, Lithuanian politician (b. 1882)
August 27 – Leopoldo Panero, Spanish poet (b. 1909)
August 28 – John Collum, American actor (b. 1926)
September 1 – Hans-Jürgen von Arnim, German general (b. 1889)
September 3 – E. E. Cummings, American poet (b. 1894)
September 6 – Hanns Eisler, German-born composer (b. 1898)
Karen Blixen, Danish writer (b. 1885)
Morris Louis, American painter (b. 1912)
Graham Walker, English motorcycle racer (b. 1896)
September 18 – Ahmad bin Yahya, King of Yemen (b. 1891)
September 19 – Nikolai Pogodin, Soviet playwright (b. 1900)
September 20 – Conrad Helfrich, Dutch admiral (b. 1886)
September 21 – Ouyang Yuqian, Chinese playwright, director and Peking opera performer (b. 1889)
Louis de Soissons, Canadian-born English architect (b. 1890)
Patrick Hamilton, English dramatist (b. 1904)
Sam McDaniel, American actor (b. 1886)
Charles Reisner, American silent film actor and director (b. 1887)
September 30 – Bernard Rawlings, British admiral (b. 1889)
Henry Louis Larsen, American Marine Corps general; Governor of American Samoa and Governor of Guam (b. 1890)
Frank Lovejoy, American actor (b. 1912)
October 6 – Tod Browning, American film director (b. 1882)
October 7 – Henri Oreiller, French alpine skier (b. 1925)
October 9 – Milan Vidmar, Slovenian chess player (b. 1885)
October 10 – Stancho Belkovski, Bulgarian architect and lecturer (b. 1891)
October 20 – Jesús Herrera, Spanish international footballer (b. 1938)
October 26 – Louise Beavers, American actress (b. 1902)
October 27 – Enrico Mattei, Italian politician (plane crash) (b. 1906)
November 7 – Eleanor Roosevelt, American politician, diplomat, activist, First Lady of the United States (b. 1884)
November 15 – Irene Lentz, American costume designer (b. 1900)
November 18 – Niels Bohr, Danish physicist, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1885)
November 22 – René Coty, 17th President of France (b. 1882)
November 25 – Forrest Smithson, American athlete (b. 1884)
K. C. Dey, Indian singer, composer, actor and teacher (b. 1893)
Queen Wilhelmina of the Netherlands (b. 1880)
November 29 – Erik Scavenius, former Prime Minister of Denmark (b. 1877)
November 30 – Joseph Lade Pawsey, Australian radio astronomer. (b. 1908)
December 6 – Harry Bauler, American politician (b. 1910)
December 7 – Kirsten Flagstad, Norwegian soprano (b. 1895)
December 10 – Robert C. Giffen, American admiral (b. 1886)
December 13 – John Cunningham, British admiral (b. 1885)
December 15 – Charles Laughton, English actor and director (b. 1899)
December 16 – Lew Landers, American TV and film director (b. 1901)
December 17 – Thomas Mitchell, American actor (b. 1892)
December 18 – Garrett Mattingly, American historian (b. 1900)
December 20 – Emil Artin, Austrian mathematician (b. 1898)
Wilhelm Ackermann, German mathematician (b. 1896)
Eveline Adelheid von Maydell, German artist (b. 1890)
December 30 – Arthur Lovejoy, American philosopher and historian (b. 1873)
Henry Matthew Talintyre, British comic strip artist (b. 1893)
Physics – Lev Landau
Chemistry – Max Perutz, John Kendrew
Physiology or Medicine – Francis Crick, James Watson, Maurice Wilkins
Literature – John Steinbeck
Peace – Linus Pauling