Osamu Tezuka's Tetsuwan Atomu (Astro Boy), Japan's first serialized animated series based on the popular manga, debuts on Japanese television station Fuji Television.
Bogle–Chandler case: Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation scientist Dr. Gilbert Bogle and Mrs. Margaret Chandler are found dead (presumed poisoned), in bushland near the Lane Cove River, Sydney, Australia.
January 2 – Vietnam War: The Viet Cong win their first major victory in the Battle of Ap Bac.
January 8 – Leonardo da Vinci's Mona Lisa is exhibited in the United States for the first time, at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C.
George Wallace becomes governor of Alabama. In his inaugural speech, he defiantly proclaims "segregation now, segregation tomorrow, and segregation forever!"
The steam locomotive Flying Scotsman (British Railways No. 60103) makes its last scheduled run, before going into the hands of Alan Pegler for preservation.
January 18 – Due to severe winter conditions the twelfth elfstedentocht skating tour in the Netherlands turns into an almost total disaster. Of the 9,294 participants only 69 manage to finish, making this the heaviest elfstedentocht ever held.
January 22 – France and West Germany sign the Élysée Treaty.
January 26 – The Australia Day shootings rock Perth; 2 people are shot dead and 3 others injured by Eric Edgar Cooke.
January 28 – Black student Harvey Gantt enters Clemson University in South Carolina, the last U.S. state to hold out against racial integration.
January 29 – French President Charles de Gaulle vetoes the United Kingdom's entry into the European Common Market.
February 5 – The European Court of Justice's ruling in Van Gend en Loos v Nederlandse Administratie der Belastingen establishes the principle of direct effect, one of the basic tenets of European Union law.
February 8 – Travel, financial and commercial transactions by United States citizens to Cuba are made illegal by the John F. Kennedy Administration.
February 10 – Five Japanese cities located on the northernmost part of Kyūshū are merged and become the city of Kitakyūshū, with a population of more than 1 million.
The Central Intelligence Agency's Domestic Operations Division is created in the United States.
The Beatles record their debut album Please Please Me in a single day at the Abbey Road Studios in London.
American-born poet Sylvia Plath commits suicide in London.
February 12 – Northwest Airlines Flight 705 crashes in the Florida Everglades, killing all 43 aboard.
February 14 – Harold Wilson becomes leader of the opposition Labour Party in the United Kingdom; in October 1964 he became prime minister.
February 19 – The publication of Betty Friedan's The Feminine Mystique launches the reawakening of the Women's Movement in the United States as women's organizations and consciousness raising groups spread.
February 21 – An earthquake destroys the village of Marj, Libya, killing 900.
Juan Bosch takes office as the 41st president of the Dominican Republic.
Female suffrage is enacted in Iran.
February 28 – Dorothy Schiff resigns from the New York Newspaper Publishers' Association, feeling that the city needs at least one paper as New York's 83-day newspayer strike ensued. Her paper, the New York Post, resumes publication on March 4.
The divorce case of The Duke and Duchess of Argyll causes scandal in the United Kingdom.
March 4 – In Paris, six people are sentenced to death for conspiring to assassinate President Charles de Gaulle. De Gaulle pardons five, but the other conspirator, Jean Bastien-Thiry, is executed by firing squad several days later.
March 5 – In Camden, Tennessee, country music superstar Patsy Cline (Virginia Patterson Hensley) is killed in a plane crash along with fellow performers Hawkshaw Hawkins, Cowboy Copas and Cline's manager and pilot Randy Hughes, while returning from a benefit performance in Kansas City, Kansas, for country radio disc jockey "Cactus" Jack Call.
March 17 – Mount Agung erupts on Bali, killing approximately 1,500.
March 18 – Gideon v. Wainwright: The Supreme Court of the United States rules that state courts are required to provide counsel in criminal cases for defendants who cannot afford to pay their own attorneys.
March 21 – The Alcatraz Federal Penitentiary on Alcatraz Island in San Francisco Bay closes; the last 27 prisoners are transferred elsewhere at the order of United States Attorney General Robert F. Kennedy.
March 22 – The Beatles release their first album, Please Please Me, in the United Kingdom.
March 23 – Dansevise by Grethe & Jørgen Ingmann (music by Otto Francker, text by Sejr Volmer-Sørensen) wins the Eurovision Song Contest 1963 for Denmark.
March 27 – In Britain, Dr. Richard Beeching issues a report, The Reshaping of British Railways, calling for huge cuts to the country's rail network.
March 28 – Director Alfred Hitchcock's film The Birds is released in the United States.
March 30 – Indigenous Australians are legally allowed to drink alcohol in New South Wales.
March 31 – The 1962–63 New York City newspaper strike ends after 114 days.
April 1 – The long-running soap opera General Hospital debuts on ABC Television in the United States.
April 3 – Southern Christian Leadership Conference volunteers kick off the Birmingham campaign (Birmingham, Alabama) against racial segregation in the United States with a sit-in.
April 7 – Yugoslavia is proclaimed to be a socialist republic, and Josip Broz Tito is named President for Life.
April 8 – The 35th Academy Awards ceremony is held. Lawrence of Arabia wins Best Picture.
April 9 – British statesman Sir Winston Churchill becomes an honorary citizen of the United States.
April 10 – The U.S. nuclear submarine Thresher sinks 220 mi (190 nmi; 350 km) east of Cape Cod; all 129 aboard (112 crewmen plus yard personnel) die.
Martin Luther King Jr., Ralph Abernathy, Fred Shuttlesworth and others are arrested in a Birmingham, Alabama protest for "parading without a permit".
The Soviet nuclear powered submarine K-33 collides with the Finnish merchant vessel M/S Finnclipper in the Danish Straits. Although severely damaged, both vessels make it to port.
April 14 – The Institute of Mental Health (Belgrade) is established.
April 15 – 70,000 marchers arrive in London from Aldermaston, to demonstrate against nuclear weapons.
April 16 – Martin Luther King, Jr. issues his "Letter from Birmingham Jail".
April 20 – In Quebec, Canada, members of the terrorist group Front de libération du Québec bomb a Canadian Army recruitment center, killing night watchman Wilfred V. O'Neill.
April 21–April 23 – The first election of the Supreme Institution of the Bahá'í Faith (known as the Universal House of Justice, whose seat is at the Bahá'í World Centre on Mount Carmel in Haifa, Israel) is held.
April 22 – Lester Bowles Pearson becomes the 14th Prime Minister of Canada.
April 28 – A general election is held in Italy.
April 29 – Buddy Rogers becomes the first WWWF Champion.
May 1 – The Coca-Cola Company introduces its first diet drink, Tab cola.
Thousands of blacks, many of them children, are arrested while protesting segregation in Birmingham, Alabama. Public Safety Commissioner Eugene "Bull" Connor later unleashes fire hoses and police dogs on the demonstrators.
Berthold Seliger launches near Cuxhaven a 3-stage rocket with a maximum flight altitude of more than 62 miles (the only sounding rocket developed in Germany).
May 4 – The Le Monde Theater fire in Dioirbel, Senegal kills 64.
Dr. No, the first James Bond film, is shown in U.S. theaters.
Huế Phật Đản shootings: The Army of the Republic of Vietnam opens fire on Buddhists who defy a ban on the flying of the Buddhist flag on Vesak, the birthday of Gautama Buddha, killing 9. (Earlier, President Ngô Đình Diệm allowed the flying of the Vatican flag in honour of his brother, Archbishop Ngô Đình Thục.) Start of Buddhist crisis in South Vietnam.
CVS Pharmacy opens in Lowell, Massachusetts.
May 12 – The Shanty is established in New Castle, Indiana.
May 13 – A smallpox outbreak hits Stockholm, Sweden, lasting until July.
May 14 – Kuwait becomes the 111th member of the United Nations.
May 15 – Project Mercury: NASA launches Gordon Cooper on Mercury-Atlas 9, the last mission (on June 12 NASA Administrator James E. Webb tells Congress the program is complete).
May 22 – A.C. Milan beats Benfica 2-1 at Wembley Stadium, London and wins the 1962–63 European Cup (football).
May 23 – Fidel Castro visits the Soviet Union.
May 25 – The Organisation of African Unity is established in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.
May 27 – The Freewheelin' Bob Dylan is singer-songwriter Bob Dylan's second studio album, and most influential, opening with the song "Blowin' in the Wind", released by Columbia Records.
Huế chemical attacks: The Army of the Republic of Vietnam rains liquid chemicals on the heads of Buddhist protestors, injuring 67 people. The United States threatens to cut off aid to the regime of Ngô Đình Diệm.
Pope John XXIII dies.
June 4 – President John F. Kennedy signs Executive Order 11110, authorizing the Secretary of the Treasury to issue silver certificates.
June 5 – The first annual National Hockey League Entry Draft is held in Montreal.
June 10 – President John F. Kennedy delivers his American University speech, "A Strategy of Peace", in Washington, D.C.
June 10 – The University of Central Florida is established by the Florida legislature.
In Saigon, Buddhist monk Thích Quảng Đức commits self-immolation to protest the oppression of Buddhists by the Ngô Đình Diệm administration.
Alabama Governor George Wallace stands in the door of the University of Alabama to protest against integration, before stepping aside and allowing blacks James Hood and Vivian Malone to enroll.
President John F. Kennedy broadcasts a historic Civil Rights Address, in which he promises a Civil Rights Bill, and asks for "the kind of equality of treatment that we would want for ourselves".
Medgar Evers is murdered in Jackson, Mississippi. (His killer, Byron De La Beckwith, is convicted in 1994.)
The film Cleopatra is released.
The cancellation of Mercury-Atlas 10 effectively ends the United States' manned spaceflight Project Mercury.
The New York Commodity Exchange begins trading silver futures contracts.
June 15 – The AC Cobra makes its first appearance at the 24 Hours of Le Mans. It would go on to win its class the following year.
June 16 – Vostok 6 carries Soviet cosmonaut Valentina Tereshkova, the first woman into space.
June 17 – Abington School District v. Schempp: The U.S. Supreme Court rules that state-mandated Bible reading in public schools is unconstitutional.
June 19 – Valentina Tereshkova the first woman in space, returns to Earth.
Establishment of the Moscow–Washington hotline (officially, the Direct Communications Link or DCL; unofficially, the "red telephone"; and in fact a teleprinter link) is authorized by signing of a Memorandum of Understanding in Geneva by representatives of the Soviet Union and the United States.
Swedish Air Force Colonel Stig Wennerström is arrested as a spy for the Soviet Union.
June 21 – Pope Paul VI (Giovanni Battista Montini) succeeds Pope John XXIII as the 262nd pope.
June 23 – Walt Disney's Enchanted Tiki Room opens at Disneyland, premiering the first Audio-Animatronics in the park.
June 26 – John F. Kennedy gives his "Ich bin ein Berliner" speech in West Berlin, East Germany.
June – UNESCO History of Mankind, vol. 1 published.
July 1 – ZIP codes are introduced by the United States Postal Service.
Diplomatic relations between the Israeli and the Japanese governments are raised to embassy level.
July 7 – Double Seven Day scuffle: Secret police loyal to Ngô Đình Nhu, brother of President Ngô Đình Diệm, attack American journalists including Peter Arnett and David Halberstam at a demonstration during the Buddhist crisis in South Vietnam.
July 11 – South Africa: police raid Liliesleaf Farm to the north of Johannesburg, arresting a group of ANC leaders.
July 12 – Pauline Reade (16) is abducted by Ian Brady and Myra Hindley in Manchester, England, the first victim of the Moors murders; her remains are located in July 1987.
July 19 – American test pilot Joe Walker, flying the X-15, reaches an altitude of 65.8 miles (105.9 kilometers), making it a sub-orbital spaceflight by recognized international standards.
An earthquake in Skopje, Yugoslavia (present-day Republic of Macedonia) leaves 1,800 dead.
NASA launches Syncom 2, the world's first geostationary (synchronous) satellite.
July 30 – The Soviet newspaper Izvestia reports that British diplomat and double agent Kim Philby has been given asylum in Moscow.
August 5 – The United States, United Kingdom, and Soviet Union sign the Partial Nuclear Test Ban Treaty.
August 8 – The Great Train Robbery takes place in Buckinghamshire, England.
August 15 – Trois Glorieuses: President Fulbert Youlou is overthrown in the Republic of Congo after a three-day uprising in the capital, Brazzaville.
August 18 – American civil rights movement: James Meredith becomes the first black person to graduate from the University of Mississippi.
August 21 – Xá Lợi Pagoda raids: The Army of the Republic of Vietnam Special Forces loyal to Ngô Đình Nhu, brother of President Ngô Đình Diệm, vandalise Buddhist pagodas across South Vietnam, arresting thousands and leaving an estimated hundreds dead. In the wake of the raids, the Kennedy administration by Cable 243 orders the United States Embassy, Saigon to explore alternative leadership in the country, opening the way towards a coup against Diệm.
August 22 – American test pilot Joe Walker again achieves a sub-orbital spaceflight according to international standards, this time by piloting the X-15 to an altitude of 67.0 miles (107.8 kilometers).
August 24 – Bundesliga, as known well for professional football league of world, first games in West Germany, replacing from West German Oberliga.
August 28 – Martin Luther King Jr. delivers his "I Have a Dream" speech on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial to an audience of at least 250,000, during the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom.
September 1 – The language border in Belgium is fixed. This will become the foundation for the further federalization of the county.
September 5 – British prostitute Christine Keeler is arrested for perjury for her part in the Profumo affair. On December 6 she is sentenced to 9 months in prison.
September 6 – The Centre for International Intellectual Property Studies (CEIPI) is founded.
September 7 – The Pro Football Hall of Fame opens in Canton, Ohio with 17 charter members.
September 10 – Mafia boss Bernardo Provenzano is indicted for murder (he is captured 43 years later, on April 11, 2006).
September 15 – American civil rights movement: The 16th Street Baptist Church bombing, in Birmingham, Alabama, kills 4 and injures 22.
September 16 – Malaysia is formed through the merging of the Federation of Malaya and the British crown colony of Singapore, North Borneo (renamed Sabah) and Sarawak.
September 18 – Rioters burn down the British Embassy in Jakarta, to protest the formation of Malaysia.
September 23 – King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals is established by a Saudi Royal Decree as the College of Petroleum and Minerals.
September 24 – The United States Senate ratifies the Partial Nuclear Test Ban Treaty.
The Denning Report on the Profumo affair is published in Great Britain.
In the Dominican Republic, Juan Bosch is deposed by a coup d'état led by the military with civilian support.
The second period of the Second Vatican Council in Rome opens.
The University of East Anglia is established in Norwich, England.
October 1 – John F. Kennedy Toasts of the President and Emperor Haile Selassie at a Luncheon in Rockville, Maryland.
Nigeria becomes a republic; The 1st Republican Constitution is established.
In the U.S., the President's Commission on the Status of Women issues its final reports to President Kennedy.
October 3 – 1963 Honduran coup d'état: A violent coup in Honduras pre-empts the October 13 election, ends a period of reform under President Ramón Villeda Morales and begins two decades of military rule under General Oswaldo López Arellano.
October 4 – Hurricane Flora, one of the worst Atlantic storms in history, hits Hispaniola and Cuba, killing nearly 7,000 people.
October 8 – Sam Cooke and his band are arrested after trying to register at a "whites only" motel in Louisiana. In the months following, he records the song "A Change Is Gonna Come".
October 9 – In northeast Italy, over 2,000 people are killed when a large landslide behind the Vajont Dam causes a giant wave of water to overtop it.
The Partial Nuclear Test Ban Treaty, signed on August 5, takes effect.
The second James Bond film, From Russia with Love, opens in the UK.
October 14 – A revolution starts in Radfan, South Yemen, against British colonial rule.
October 16 – The thousandth day of John F. Kennedy's presidency.
October 19 – Alec Douglas-Home succeeds Harold Macmillan as Prime Minister of the United Kingdom.
October 28 – Demolition of the 1910 Pennsylvania Station begins in New York City, continuing until 1966.
October 30 – The car manufacturing firm Lamborghini is founded in Italy.
October 31 – 74 die in a gas explosion during a Holiday on Ice show at the Indiana State Fair Coliseum in Indianapolis.
November 1 – Arecibo Observatory, a radio telescope, officially begins operation in Puerto Rico.
November 2 – 1963 South Vietnamese coup: Arrest and assassination of Ngo Dinh Diem, the South Vietnamese President.
November 6 – 1963 South Vietnamese coup: Coup leader General Dương Văn Minh takes over as leader of South Vietnam.
November 7 – 11 German miners are rescued from a collapsed mine after 14 days in what became known as the "Wunder von Lengede" ("miracle of Legend").
November 8 – Finnair aircraft OH-LCA crashes before landing at Mariehamn Airport on the Åland Islands.
November 9 – Two disasters in Japan:
Miike coal mine explosion: A coal mine explosion kills 458 and sends 839 carbon monoxide poisoning victims to hospital.
Tsurumi rail accident: A triple train disaster in Yokohama kills 161.
November 10 – Malcolm X makes an historic speech in Detroit, Michigan ("Message to the Grass Roots").
November 14 – A volcanic eruption under the sea near Iceland creates a new island, Surtsey.
November 16 – A newspaper strike begins in Toledo, Ohio.
The Dartford Tunnel opens in England.
The first push-button telephone is made available to AT&T customers.
Assassination of John F. Kennedy: In a motorcade in Dallas, Texas, U.S. President John F. Kennedy is fatally shot by Lee Harvey Oswald, and Governor of Texas John Connally is seriously wounded. Upon Kennedy's death, Vice President Lyndon B. Johnson becomes President of the United States. A few hours later, President Johnson is sworn in aboard Air Force One, as Kennedy's body is flown back to Washington, D.C. Stores and businesses shut down for the entire weekend and Monday, in tribute.
English-born writer Aldous Huxley, author of Brave New World, dies of cancer in the United States.
Irish-born theologian and writer C. S. Lewis, author of works including The Chronicles of Narnia, The Screwtape Letters and Mere Christianity, dies of renal failure at his home in Oxford (England).
Phil Spector's A Christmas Gift for You from Phil Spector is released.
The Beatles' second UK album, With the Beatles, is released.
Moors murders: John Kilbride (12) is abducted by Ian Brady and Myra Hindley in England.
The first episode of the BBC television series Doctor Who is broadcast in the United Kingdom.
The Golden Age Nursing Home fire kills 63 elderly people near Fitchville, Ohio.
Lee Harvey Oswald, assassin of John F. Kennedy, is shot dead by Jack Ruby in Dallas, an event seen on live national television.
Vietnam War: New U.S. President Lyndon B. Johnson confirms that the United States intends to continue supporting South Vietnam militarily and economically.
November 25 – State funeral of John F. Kennedy: President Kennedy is buried at Arlington National Cemetery. Schools around the nation cancel classes that day; millions watch the funeral on live international television.
U.S. President Lyndon B. Johnson establishes the Warren Commission to investigate the assassination of John F. Kennedy.
Trans-Canada Air Lines Flight 831, a Douglas DC-8 crashes into a wooded hillside after taking-off from Dorval International Airport near Montreal, killing all 118 on board, the worst air disaster for many years in Canada's history.
Foundation stone for Mirzapur Cadet College is laid in East Pakistan (present-day Bangladesh).
December 3 – The Warren Commission begins its investigation into the assassination of John F. Kennedy.
December 4 – The second period of the Second Vatican Council closes.
December 5 – The Seliger Forschungs-und-Entwicklungsgesellschaft mbH demonstrates rockets for military use to military representatives of non-NATO-countries near Cuxhaven. Although these rockets land via parachute at the end of their flight and no allied laws are violated, the Soviet Union protests this action.
December 7 – Tony Verna, a CBS-TV director, debuts an improved version of instant replay during his direction of a live televised sporting event, the Army–Navy Game of college football played in Philadelphia. This instance is notable as it was the first instant replay system to use videotape instead of film.
A lightning strike causes the crashing of Pan Am Flight 214 near Elkton, Maryland, killing 81 people.
Frank Sinatra, Jr. is kidnapped at Harrah's Lake Tahoe.
In the United States, the X-20 Dyna-Soar spaceplane program is cancelled.
Chuck Yeager narrowly escapes death while testing an NF-104A rocket-augmented aerospace trainer when his aircraft goes out of control at 108,700 feet (nearly 21 miles up) and crashes. He parachutes to safety at 8,500 feet after vainly battling to gain control of the powerless, rapidly falling craft. In this incident he becomes the first pilot to make an emergency ejection in the full pressure suit needed for high altitude flights.
December 12 – Kenya gains independence from the United Kingdom, with Jomo Kenyatta as prime minister.
December 19 – Zanzibar gains independence from the United Kingdom, as a constitutional monarchy under Sultan Jamshid bin Abdullah.
December 21 – Cyprus Emergency: Inter-communal fighting erupts between Greek and Turkish Cypriots.
December 22 – The cruise ship Lakonia burns 180 miles (290 km) north of Madeira, with the loss of 128 lives.
Walt Disney releases his 18th feature-length animated motion picture The Sword in the Stone, about the boyhood of King Arthur. It is the penultimate animated film personally supervised by Disney.
İsmet İnönü of the Republican People's Party (CHP) forms the new government of Turkey (28th government, coalition partners; independents, İnönü has served 10 ten times as a prime minister, this is his last government).
December 26 – The Beatles' "I Want to Hold Your Hand" and "I Saw Her Standing There" are released in the United States, marking the beginning of Beatlemania on an international level.
David H. Frisch and J.H. Smith prove that the radioactive decay of mesons is slowed by their motion (see Einstein's special relativity and general relativity).
The Semi-Automatic Ground Environment for the defense of the United States is fully deployed.
The TAT-3 transatlantic communications cable goes into operation.
Ivan Sutherland writes the revolutionary Sketchpad program and runs it on the Lincoln TX-2 computer at Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Construction of Moscow's Ostankino Tower begins.
The IEEE Computer Society is founded.
The Urdu keyboard is standardised by the Central Language Board in Pakistan.
Harvey Ball invents the ubiquitous smiley face symbol.
The Reformed Druids of North America is founded.
The 1955 film Oklahoma!, an adaptation of the famed Rodgers and Hammerstein musical, is re-released.
The iconic Porsche 911 is first produced.
Conference Premier football club Welling United is formed.
Hergé's The Castafiore Emerald is published.
January 1 – Linda Henry, English actress
David Cone, American baseball player
Edgar Martínez, American baseball player
Dave Foley, Canadian actor and comedian
Till Lindemann, German singer (Rammstein)
January 5 – Jiang Wen, Chinese actor, film director, and screenwriter
January 6 – Tony Halme, Finnish boxer and politician (d. 2010)
January 7 – Rand Paul, U.S Senator from Kentucky
January 14 – Steven Soderbergh, American film director
January 15 – Mathias Döpfner, journalist and chief executive officer of German media group Axel Springer SE
January 16 – James May, English motoring journalist and television show host
January 18 – Ian Crook, English footballer
January 17 – Kai Hansen, German power metal guitarist and singer
January 19 – Caron Wheeler, British singer-songwriter (Soul II Soul)
January 20 – Firebreaker Chip, American professional wrestler
Hakeem Olajuwon, Nigerian basketball player
Detlef Schrempf, German basketball player
January 23 – Gail O'Grady, American actress
January 24 – Arnold Vanderlyde, Dutch boxer
Chin Siu-ho, Hong Kong actor
Jazzie B, British DJ, music producer (Soul II Soul)
José Mourinho, Portuguese football manager
Andrew Ridgeley, English singer
January 29 – Octave Octavian Teodorescu, Romanian composer, vanguard rock musician, multi-instrumentist
Daphne Ashbrook, American actress
Thomas Brezina, Austrian author
Shōko Tsuda, Japanese voice actress
February 2 – Eva Cassidy, American vocalist (d. 1996)
February 3 – Gretel Killeen, Australian journalist
February 4 – Pirmin Zurbriggen, Swiss alpine skier
Joshua Kadison, American singer-songwriter
Gene Steratore, American football official
February 10 – Smiley Culture, British reggae singer (d. 2011)
February 11 – Diane Franklin, American actress
February 12 – Brent Jones, American football player
Enrico Colantoni, Canadian actor
D'wayne Wiggins, American singer-songwriter and record producer (Tony! Toni! Toné!)
Michael Jordan, American former professional basketball player
Larry the Cable Guy, American actor and comedian
February 18 – Rob Andrew, English rugby union player
Seal, English singer
Jessica Tuck, American actress
February 20 – Charles Barkley, American basketball player
February 21 – William Baldwin, American actor
Vijay Singh, Fiji golfer
Don Wakamatsu, American baseball player
February 23 – Bobby Bonilla, American baseball player
February 26 – Chase Masterson, American actress and singer
February 27 – Virginie Boutaud, Brazilian singer and actress (Metrô, Virginie & Fruto Proibido)
Thomas Anders, German singer (Modern Talking)
Russell Wong, American actor
March 2 – Tuff Hedeman, American PRCA World Champion Bull Rider
March 3 – Martín Fiz, Spanish long-distance runner
Jason Newsted, American bassist
Daniel Roebuck, American actor
Thomas Hermanns, German TV-presenter, director, TV-author and comedian
Joel Osteen, American televangelist and son of John Osteen
Kathy Kelly, American musician
Gary Stevens, American jockey
March 7 – Kim Ung-yong, Korean child prodigy
March 12 – Joaquim Cruz, Brazilian runner
March 13 – Fito Páez, Argentine musician
Bruce Reid, Australian cricketer
Mike Rochford, Major League Baseball pitcher
Andrew Fleming, American film director
Mahiro Maeda, Japanese animators
March 15 – Bret Michaels, American rock singer (Poison)
March 17 – Alex Fong, Hong Kong actor
Jeff LaBar, American rock guitarist
Ratna Pathak, Indian film actress
Vanessa Williams, African-American beauty queen, actress, and singer
March 19 – Mary Scheer, American actress and comedian
Paul Annacone, American tennis player and coach
Kathy Ireland, American model and actress
David Thewlis, English actor
March 21 – Ronald Koeman, Dutch football player and manager
March 22 – Susan Ann Sulley, British musician
March 23 – Jose Miguel Gonzalez Martin del Campo, Spanish football player
March 24 – John T. Chisholm, American prosecutor; District Attorney of Milwaukee County, Wisconsin (2007–present)
March 25 – Andrew O'Connor, English actor, comedian, magician, television presenter and executive producer
March 26 – Natsuhiko Kyogoku, Japanese writer
Charly Alberti, Argentinian musician
Dave Koz, American jazz musician
Quentin Tarantino, American actor, director, writer, and producer
Xuxa, Brazilian television personality
March 28 – Chieko Honda, Japanese voice actress (d. 2013)
Karl Beattie, British director, husband of Yvette Fielding
Criss Oliva, American metal guitarist (Savatage) (d. 1993)
Jack Del Rio, American football player and coach
Dale Hawerchuk, Canadian ice hockey player
Graham Norton, Irish comedian and talk show host
Frank Yallop, Canadian footballer
April 6 – Rafael Correa, President of Ecuador
April 8 – Julian Lennon, British musician, son of John Lennon
April 9 – Joe Scarborough, American newscaster
Warren DeMartini, American rock guitarist
Doris Leuthard, Swiss politician and lawyer
Dean Norris, American actor
April 11 – Chris Ferguson, American poker player
Michael English, American Christian musician
Tracy Camilla Johns, American actress
Ai Orikasa, Japanese voice actress and singer
April 13 – Garry Kasparov, Russian chess player
April 15 – Beata Szydło, Prime Minister of Poland
April 16 – Jimmy Osmond, American singer
April 17 – Joel Murray, American actor
Eric McCormack, Canadian actor
Conan O'Brien, American television entertainer and talk show host
April 19 – Valerie Plame, former United States CIA Operations officer
Ken Caminiti, American baseball player (d. 2004)
Roy Dupuis, Canadian actor
April 24 – Tõnu Trubetsky, Estonian rock musician (Vennaskond)
April 25 – Pascal of Bollywood, French singer
Jet Li, Chinese martial artist and actor
Colin Scotts, Australian-born American football player
Russell T. Davies, Welsh television producer and writer
Cali Timmins, Canadian actress
April 29 – Mike Babcock, Canadian ice hockey coach
April 30 – Michael Waltrip, American race car driver
May 1 – Benjamin LaGuer, American prisoner proclaiming innocence for more than two decades
May 2 – Ray Traylor, American professional wrestler ("Big Boss Man") (d. 2004)
May 5 – James LaBrie, Canadian vocalist (Dream Theater)
May 9 – Gary Daniels, British martial artist and actor
May 10 – A. Raja, Indian politician
May 11 – Natasha Richardson, English actress (d. 2009)
May 12 – Jerry Trimble, American actor and martial artist
Jon Coffelt, American artist
Mercedes Echerer, Austrian actress and politician
May 23 – Wally Dallenbach Jr., American race car driver and announcer
Michael Chabon, American author
Joe Dumars, American basketball player
Rich Rodriguez, American football coach
Mike Myers, Canadian actor and comedian
Eha Rünne, Estonian shot putter and discus thrower
Clive Cowdery, English insurance entrepreneur
Musetta Vander, South African actress
Lisa Whelchel, American actress, singer and writer
Tracey E. Bregman, American actress and designer
Viktor Orbán, Prime Minister of Hungary
Wesley Willis, American outsider musician (d. 2003)
June 1 – David Westhead, English actor and producer
June 2 – Bernard Cazeneuve, Prime Minister of France
June 4 – Sean Fitzpatrick, New Zealand rugby union player
June 5 – Joe Rudán, Hungarian heavy metal singer
June 6 – Jason Isaacs, British actor
June 9 – Johnny Depp, American actor and film director
Warwick Capper, Australian rules footballer
Tim DeKay, American character actor
Jerry Lynn, American professional wrestler
June 13 – Bettina Bunge, German tennis player
June 14 – Rambo Amadeus, Montenegrin singer-songwriter
June 15 – Helen Hunt, American actress
June 16 – The Sandman, American professional wrestler
June 17 – Greg Kinnear, American actor
Juan Chioran, Argentine-Canadian actor
Rumen Radev, President of Bulgaria
Bruce Smith, American football player
June 20 – Amir Derakh, American musician
Randy Couture, American mixed martial arts fighter
John Tenta, Canadian wrestler (d. 2006)
June 23 – Colin Montgomerie, Scottish golfer
Preki, Serbia-born American footballer
Mike Wieringo, American comic-book artist (d. 2007)
Jascha Richter, Danish single and songwriter, frontman of Michael Learns to Rock
Doug Gilmour, Canadian hockey player
Yann Martel, Canadian author
George Michael, British pop musician, lead singer of Wham! (d. 2016)
June 26 – Mikhail Khodorkovsky, Russian businessman, activist and former oligarch
June 29 – Anne-Sophie Mutter, German violinist
June 30 – Yngwie Malmsteen, Swedish guitarist, composer, and bandleader
July 4 – Christopher G. Kennedy, son of Attorney General Robert F. Kennedy
July 6 – Miguel Garikoitz Aspiazu Rubina, Basque separatist
July 11 – Lisa Rinna, American actress
July 13 – Spud Webb, American basketball player
July 15 – Brigitte Nielsen, Danish actress
July 16 – Phoebe Cates, American actress
Suha Arafat, widow of Yasser Arafat
King Letsie III of Lesotho
Matti Nykänen, Finnish ski jumper
Martín Torrijos, President of Panama
Al Snow, American professional wrestler
July 21 – Giant Silva, Brazilian former national basketball player for the Brazilian national basketball team and later mixed martial artist and professional wrestler
July 22 – Emilio Butragueño, Spanish football player
Julie Krone, American jockey
Karl Malone, American basketball player
July 27 – Donnie Yen, Hong Kong actor and martial artist
July 28 – Beverley Craven, British singer-songwriter
Jim Beglin, Irish football commentator
Graham Poll, English football referee
Lisa Kudrow, American actress
Chris Mullin, American basketball player and executive
Mandakini (aka Yasmeen Joseph), Indian Bollywood actress
Demián Bichir, Mexican actor
Coolio, African-American rapper
August 2 – Laura Bennett, American fashion designer
Tasmin Archer, English singer
James Hetfield, American musician (Metallica)
August 5 – Mark Strong, English actor
August 6 – Kevin Mitnick, American computer hacker
Hiroaki Hirata, Japanese voice actor
Harold Perrineau, American actor
Wendy van der Plank, Welsh actress
Rica Fukami, Japanese voice actress
Emi Shinohara, Japanese voice actress
Stephen Walkom, Canadian ice hockey official and executive
August 9 – Whitney Houston, African-American singer (d. 2012)
August 10 – Andrew Sullivan, British-born American blogger and political commentator
Sridevi, Indian actress
Steve Higgins, American writer, producer, announcer, actor, and comedian
Alejandro González Iñárritu, Mexican film director, producer and screenwriter
Valery Levaneuski, entrepreneur, politician, former political prisoner
August 16 – Christine Cavanaugh, American voice actress (d. 2014)
August 17 – James Whitbourn, British composer
August 18 – Heino Ferch, German actor
John Stamos, American actor
Joey Tempest, Swedish singer-songwriter (Europe)
Richmond Arquette, American actor
King Mohammed VI of Morocco
August 22 – Tori Amos, American singer
Hans-Henning Fastrich, German field hockey player
Park Chan-wook, South Korean film director and screenwriter
Kenny Wallace, American race car driver
August 24 – Hideo Kojima, Japanese video-game director
August 25 – Miro Cerar, Prime Minister of Slovenia
Liu Huan, Chinese singer
Michael Tao, Hong Kong actor
Michael Chiklis, American actor
Phil Mills, British race car driver
Todd Carty, Irish actor
Egyptian Lover, African-American rapper, DJ and producer
September 1 – Carola Smit, Dutch musician
September 6 – Geert Wilders, Dutch politician
September 7 – Eric Wright (Eazy-E), African-American rapper (d. 1995)
September 8 – Li Ning, Chinese gymnast
September 9 – Markus Wasmeier, German alpine-skier
September 10 – Randy Johnson, American baseball player
September 11 – Joey Dedio, American actor
September 12 – Norberto Barba, American cinematographer and film director
September 14 – Robert Herjavec, Canadian businessman, investor, and television personality
September 15 – Stephen C. Spiteri, Maltese military historian
September 16 – Richard Marx, American pop/rock singer
September 17 – Masahiro Chono, Japanese professional wrestler
Christopher Heyerdahl, Canadian actor
Dan Povenmire, American animator and voice actor
Jarvis Cocker, English rock musician (Pulp)
David Seaman, English football goalkeeper
Cecil Fielder, American baseball player
Angus Macfadyen, Scottish actor
Mamoru Samuragochi, Japanese impostor
September 28 – Steve Blackman, American professional wrestler
Dave Andreychuk, Canadian hockey player
Les Claypool, American bassist (Primus)
October 1 – Mark McGwire, American baseball player
Dame Laura Davies, English golfer
Ronni Le Tekrø, Norwegian guitarist (TNT)
October 6 – Elisabeth Shue, American actress
Anita Mui, Hong Kong singer (d. 2003)
Daniel Pearl, American journalist (d. 2002)
Jolanda de Rover, Dutch swimmer
Lane Frost, American rodeo champion (d. 1989)
Satoshi Kon, Japanese anime director (d. 2010)
Dave Legeno, English actor and mixed martial artist (d. 2014)
October 6 – Mabi de Almeida, Angolan professional football coach
Alan McDonald, Northern Irish footballer
Lori Petty, American actress, director, and screenwriter
October 17 – Norm Macdonald, Canadian comedian
October 19 – Sinitta, Anglo-US singer
October 20 – John Storgårds, Finnish conductor and violinist
October 22 – Brian Boitano, American figure skater
Thomas Di Leva, Swedish singer
Wilson Yip, Hong Kong actor and director
October 25 – John Levén, Swedish bassist (Europe)
Natalie Merchant, American singer, songwriter, and musician
Ted Demme, American director and producer (d. 2002)
Johnny Adair, Northern Irish/Ulster loyalist
Feyyaz Uçar, Turkish footballer
Farin Urlaub, German singer, band Die Ärzte
October 28 – Lauren Holly, American actress
October 30 – Kristina Wagner, American actress
Sarah Jane Brown, wife of British Prime Minister Gordon Brown
Johnny Marr, English musician
Fred McGriff, American baseball player
Dermot Mulroney, American actor
Rob Schneider, American actor, comedian, and film director
Rick Allen, British rock musician (Def Leppard)
Mark Hughes, Welsh football player & manager
Katja Riemann, German actress
Bobby Dall, American rock bassist (Poison)
Craig Saavedra, American filmmaker
November 4 – Lena Zavaroni, Scottish entertainer (d. 1999)
November 5 – Gabby Concepcion, Filipino actor
November 7 – John Barnes, Jamaican-born English footballer
November 10 – Hugh Bonneville, British actor
November 11 – Kip James, American professional wrestler
November 13 – Vinny Testaverde, American football player
November 15 – Benny Elias, Australian rugby player
November 18 – Dante Bichette, American baseball player
Terry Farrell, American actress
Jon Potter, British field hockey player
Peter Schmeichel, Danish football player
November 21 – Nicollette Sheridan, English actress
November 22 – Winsor Harmon, American actor
Troy Hurtubise, Canadian inventor
Yoshino Takamori, Japanese voice actress
Holly Cole, Canadian jazz singer
Bernie Kosar, American football player
December 2 – Ann Patchett, American novelist
December 3 – Terri Schiavo, American right-to-die cause célèbre (d. 2005)
December 4 – Sergey Bubka, Ukrainian pole vaulter
Mark Bowen, Welsh footballer
Paul Dobson, British voice actor
Greg Howe, American guitarist
Toshiaki Kawada, Japanese professional wrestler
Juan Carlos Varela, Panamian politician and 37th President of Panama
Ai Orikasa, Japanese voice actress
Uwe-Jens Mey, German speed skater
Jake White, South African rugby coach
Cynthia Gibb, American actress
Vytautas Juozapaitis, Lithuanian baritone, professor and television host
Benjamin Bratt, American actor
Jeff Carson, American singer
Bärbel Schäfer, German television presenter and talk show host
Pauline Ester, French singer
Rikiya Koyama, Japanese voice actor
Charles Oakley, American basketball player
Brad Pitt, American actor and film producer, co-founder of Plan B Entertainment
Jennifer Beals, American actress
Til Schweiger, German actor
Govinda Ahuja, Indian actor and politician
Jacques Simonet, Belgian politician (d. 2007)
Vladimir Flórez, Colombian cartoonist
Bryan Gunn, Scottish footballer
Russell Lewis, British television writer and former child actor
Luna H. Mitani, Japanese-American Surrealist painter
Jim Harbaugh, American football player and coach
Jess Harnell, American voice actor
Donna Tartt, American author
December 24 – Sanjay Mehrotra, Indian entrepreneur
December 26 – Lars Ulrich, Danish rock drummer (Metallica)
Francisco Bustamante, Filipino billiard player
Sean Payton, American football coach
December 30 – Kim Hill, American Christian singer
Wei Brian, Chinese entrepreneur
Gregory Henriquez, Canadian architect
Filippo Del Giudice, Italian film producer (b. 1892)
Robert S. Kerr, American businessman and politician (b. 1896)
Jack Carson, Canadian actor (b. 1910)
Al Mamaux, professional baseball player and manager (b. 1894)
Dick Powell, American actor (b. 1904)
Rogers Hornsby, American baseball player, (St. Louis Cardinals) and a member of the MLB Hall of Fame (b. 1896)
Erik Strandmark, Swedish film actor (b. 1919)
Frank Tuttle, American film director (b. 1892)
Stark Young, American teacher, playwright, novelist, painter, literary critic, and essayist (b. 1881)
January 7 – Erik Lundqvist, Swedish athlete (b. 1908)
Boris Morros, American movie producer and FBI double agent (b. 1891)
Jack Okey, American art director (b. 1889)
January 9 – Enea Bossi, Sr., Italian-born American aerospace engineer and aviation pioneer (b. 1888)
January 10 – Franz Planer, European film cinematographer (b. 1894)
January 11 – Arthur Nock, English classicist, theologian, and Harvard University professor (b. 1902)
Sonny Clark, American jazz pianist (b. 1931)
Sylvanus Olympio, 1st President of Togo (b. 1902)
January 14 – Gustav Regler, German Socialist novelist (b. 1898)
Cesare Fantoni, Italian film actor (b. 1905)
Gilardo Gilardi, Argentine composer, pianist, and conductor (b. 1889)
Mario Ruspoli, 2nd Prince of Poggio Suasa (b. 1867)
January 18 – Edward Charles Titchmarsh, British mathematician (b. 1899)
January 20 – Fyodor Terentyev, Soviet Olympic cross-country skiier (b. 1925)
January 21 – Al St. John, American actor (b. 1893)
January 23 – Józef Gosławski, Polish sculptor and medallic artist (b. 1908)
Otto Harbach, American lyricist and librettist (b. 1873)
Kenneth Western, part of The Western Brothers (b. 1899)
January 25 – Marion Sunshine, American actress (b. 1894)
January 26 – Ole Olsen, American actor (b. 1892)
January 27 – Evelyn Francisco, silent film actress (b. 1904)
John Farrow, American film director (b. 1904)
Jean Piccard, Swiss-born chemist and engineer (b. 1884)
Anthony Coldeway, American screenwriter (b. 1887)
Robert Frost, American poet, heart failure (b. 1874)
Lee Meadows, professional baseball player (b. 1894)
Jane Gail, American silent movie and stage actress (b. 1890)
Cecil McGivern, British broadcasting executive and writer (b. 1907)
Francis Poulenc, French composer (b. 1899)
Alasgar Alakbarov, Azerbaijani actor (b. 1910)
Ossie Vitt, professional baseball player and manager (b. 1890)
Louis D. Lighton, American screenwriter and producer (b. 1895)
Wyndham Standing, English actor (b. 1880)
February 2 – William Gaxton, star of vaudeville, film, and theatre (b. 1893)
February 6 – Piero Manzoni, Italian artist (b. 1933)
February 8 – George Dolenz, American actor (b. 1908)
February 9 – Abd al-Karim Qasim, Prime minister of Iraq (b. 1914)
February 11 – Sylvia Plath, American poet and novelist (b. 1932)
Edgardo Donato, Uruguayan tango composer and orchestra leader (b. 1897)
Louis J. Gasnier, French film director (b. 1875)
Bump Hadley, Major League Baseball pitcher (b. 1904)
Else Jarlbak, Danish film actress (b. 1911)
László Lajtha, Hungarian composer, ethnomusicologist and conductor (b. 1892)
Monte Blue, American actor (b. 1887)
Beppe Fenoglio, Italian writer (b. 1887)
Tokugawa Iemasa, Japanese politician, 17th head of the former Tokugawa shogunate (b. 1884)
Fernando Tambroni, Italian politician and 36th Prime Minister of Italy (b. 1901)
February 19 – Benny Moré, Cuban singer (b. 1919)
Ferenc Fricsay, Hungarian conductor (b. 1914)
Jacob Gade, Danish violinist and composer (b. 1879)
Bill Hinchman, professional baseball player (b. 1883)
February 22 – Arthur Guy Empey, soldier, author, screenwriter, and actor (b. 1883)
February 24 – Herbert Asbury, American journalist and writer (b. 1889)
Rajendra Prasad, Indian politician, 1st President of India (b. 1884)
Eppa Rixey, American baseball player (Cincinnati Reds) and a member of the MLB Hall of Fame (b. 1891)
March 1 – Irish Meusel, American professional baseball player (b. 1893)
March 4 – William Carlos Williams, American writer (b. 1883)
Patsy Cline, American singer plane crash (b. 1932)
Cowboy Copas, American country music singer plane crash (b. 1913)
Ludde Gentzel, Swedish film actor (b. 1885)
Hawkshaw Hawkins, American country music singer plane crash (b. 1921)
Cyril Smith, Scottish actor heart attack (b. 1892)
March 6 – Robert E. Cornish, scientist (b. 1903)
March 7 – Joachim Holst-Jensen, Norwegian film actor (b. 1880)
Ignat Bednarik, Romanian painter (b. 1882)
Joe Judge, American professional baseball player (b. 1894)
March 16 – Archduchess Elisabeth Marie of Austria (b. 1883)
Thomas Lennon, screenwriter (b. 1896)
Lizzie Miles, African American blues singer (b. 1895)
Hubert Gough, British general (b. 1870)
Wanda Hawley, American actress (b. 1895)
March 21 – Felice Minotti, Italian film actor (b. 1887)
Cilly Aussem, German tennis champion (b. 1909)
Abraham Ellstein, American composer for Yiddish entertainments (b. 1907)
Mihály Székely, Hungarian bass singer (b. 1901)
March 23 – Thoralf Skolem, Norwegian mathematician (b. 1887)
March 25 – Felix Adler, American screenwriter (b. 1884)
March 26 – Jean Bruce, French writer (b. 1921)
March 27 – Harry Piel, German actor, film director, screenwriter, and film producer (b. 1892)
Antoine Balpêtré, French film actor (b. 1898)
Frank J. Marion, American motion picture pioneer (b. 1869)
Alec Templeton, Welsh composer, pianist and satirist
Pola Gojawiczyńska, Polish writer (b. 1896)
Wilcy Moore, American professional baseball player (b. 1897)
March 31 – Harry Akst, American songwriter (b. 1894)
April 1 – Agnes Mowinckel, Norwegian actress and stage producer (b. 1875)
April 3 – Alma Richards, American Olympic gold medalist (b. 1890)
Jason Robards, Sr., American stage and screen actor, heart attack (b. 1892)
Oskari Tokoi, leader of the Social Democratic Party of Finland (b. 1873)
Mario Fabrizi, comedian and actor, stress-related illness (b. 1924)
Otto Struve, Russian–American astronomer (b. 1897)
April 7 – Amedeo Maiuri, Neapolitan archaeologist (b. 1886)
Eddie Edwards, American jazz trombonist (b. 1891)
Benno Moiseiwitsch, Jewish-Ukrainian pianist (b. 1890)
Xul Solar, Argentine painter, sculptor, writer (b. 1887)
April 11 – Nando Bruno, Italian film actor (b. 1895)
Felix Manalo, First Executive Minister, Iglesia ni Cristo (b. 1886)
Herbie Nichols, American jazz pianist and composer (b. 1919)
Arthur Jonath, German Olympic athlete (b. 1909)
Kodō Nomura, Japanese novelist and music critic (b. 1882)
Mahapandit Rahul Sankrityayan, Indian historian, writer, and scholar (b. 1893)
April 15 – Edward Hearn, American actor (b. 1888)
Yitzhak Ben-Zvi, Israel historian and politician, 2nd President of Israel (b. 1884)
Ferruccio Cerio, Italian film writer and director (b. 1904)
Paul Fejos, Hungarian film director (b. 1897)
Harry Harper, professional baseball player (b. 1895)
Don C. Harvey, American television and film actor, cardiac arrest (b. 1911)
Frederick Peters, American film actor (b. 1884)
Rino Corso Fougier, Italian air force general (b. 1894)
Leonid Lukov, Soviet film director and screenwriter (b. 1909)
April 25 – Christopher Hassall, English actor, dramatist, librettist, lyricist, and poet (b. 1912)
April 26 – Roland Pertwee, English playwright, screenwriter, director, and actor (b. 1885)
April 27 – Kenneth Macgowan, American film producer (b. 1888)
Giovanni Grasso, Italian film actor (b. 1888)
William C. Mellor, American cinematographer, heart attack (b. 1903)
Bryant Washburn, American film actor, heart attack (b. 1889)
May 1 – Lope K. Santos, Filipino writer, Father of Philippine National Language and Grammar (b. 1879)
May 2 – Van Wyck Brooks, American literary critic and writer (b. 1886)
May 6 – Monty Woolley, American actor (b. 1888)
Theodore von Kármán, Hungarian-American engineer and physicist (b. 1881)
Max Miller, British music hall performer (b. 1894)
May 11 – Herbert Spencer Gasser, American physiologist, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1888)
Robert Kerr, Canadian sprinter (b. 1882)
A. W. Tozer, American Protestant pastor (b. 1897)
May 18 – Ernie Davis, American football player, first African-American to win the Heisman Trophy (b. 1939)
May 24 – Elmore James, American blues guitarist (b. 1918)
May 25 – Mehdi Frashëri, Albanian politician, former Prime Minister (b. 1872)
May 29 – Netta Muskett, British novelist (b. 1887)
May 31 – Edith Hamilton, German-born author (b. 1867)
Pope John XXIII (b. 1881)
Nâzım Hikmet, Turkish poet (b. 1902)
June 6 – William Baziotes, American painter (b. 1912)
June 7 – ZaSu Pitts, American actress (b. 1894)
June 9 – Jacques Villon, French painter (b. 1875)
June 10 – Anita King, American actress and race-car driver (b. 1884)
Thích Quảng Đức, Vietnamese Buddhist monk (suicide) (b. 1897)
Syed Abdul Rahim, First Indian national football manager (b. 1909)
Alfred V. Kidder, American archaeologist (b. 1885)
Medgar Evers, African-American civil rights activist (b. 1925)
Andrew Cunningham, British admiral (b. 1883)
Alan Brooke, British Field Marshal (b. 1883)
Robert James Hudson, Governor of Southern Rhodesia (b. 1885)
John Cowper Powys, novelist (b. 1872)
June 18 – Pedro Armendáriz, Mexican actor (b. 1912)
June 24 – Maria Guadalupe Garcia Zavala, Mexican saint (b. 1878)
June 27 – John Maurice Clark, American economist (b. 1884)
June 28 – Frank Baker, American baseball player (Philadelphia Athletics) and a member of the MLB Hall of Fame (b. 1886)
July 6 – George, Duke of Mecklenburg, head of the House of Mecklenburg-Strelitz (b. 1899)
July 10 – Teddy Wakelam, English sports broadcaster and rugby union player (b. 1893)
July 12 – Slatan Dudow, Bulgarian film director (b. 1903)
July 18 – Jack Solomon, American restaurateur (b. 1896)
August 1 – Theodore Roethke, American poet (b. 1908)
August 2 – Oliver La Farge, American writer (b. 1901)
August 4 – Tom Keene, American actor (b. 1896)
August 9 – Patrick Bouvier Kennedy, American infant son of President and Mrs. Kennedy
Estes Kefauver, American politician (b. 1903)
Ernst Wetter, Swiss Federal Councillor (b. 1877)
August 14 – Clifford Odets, American playwright (b. 1906)
August 11 – Clem Bevans, American actor (b. 1879)
August 17 – Richard Barthelmess, American actor (b. 1895)
August 20 – Joan Voûte, Dutch astronomer (b. 1879)
August 22 – William Morris, 1st Viscount Nuffield, British businessman and a philanthropist (b. 1877)
August 23 – Larry Keating, American actor (b. 1896)
August 24 – James Kirkwood, Sr., American film director (b. 1875)
W. E. B. Du Bois, American civil rights activist (b. 1868)
Inayatullah Khan Mashriqi, Indian founder of the Khaksar Movement (b. 1888)
August 30 – Guy Burgess, British spy, one of the Cambridge Five (b. 1911)
August 31 – Georges Braque, French painter (b. 1882)
September 3 – Louis MacNeice, Irish poet (b. 1907)
September 4 – Robert Schuman, French statesman, a founding father of the European Union (b. 1886)
September 9 – Edwin Linkomies, 25th Prime Minister of Finland (b. 1894)
September 11 – Suzanne Duchamp, French painter (b. 1889)
September 12 – Modest Altschuler, Belarus-born American composer (b. 1873)
September 14 – Feng Zhanhai, Chinese military leader and government official (b. 1899)
September 17 – Eduard Spranger, German philosopher and psychologist (b. 1882)
September 19 – David Low, New Zealand cartoonist (b. 1891)
Alexander Sakharoff, Russian dancer and choreographer (b. 1886)
Kurt Zeitzler, German Army officer (b. 1895)
Lloyd Fredendall, American general (b. 1883)
Kate Gordon Moore, American psychologist (b. 1878)
October 7 – Gustaf Gründgens, German actor (b. 1899)
October 10 – Édith Piaf, French singer and actress (b. 1915)
October 11 – Jean Cocteau, French writer (b. 1889)
October 15 – Alan Goodrich Kirk, American admiral (b. 1888)
October 21 – Jean Decoux, French admiral, Governor-General of French Indochina (1940-1945) (b. 1884)
Karl Bühler, German psychologist and linguist (b. 1879)
Beverly Wills, American actress (b. 1933)
October 25 – Roger Désormière, French conductor (b. 1898)
October 29 – Adolphe Menjou, American actor (b. 1890)
October 31 – Henry Daniell, English actor (b. 1894)
Elsa Maxwell, American gossip columnist (b. 1883)
Lê Quang Tung, South Vietnamese military leader (assassinated) (b. 1923)
Ngô Đình Diệm, President of South Vietnam (assassinated) (b. 1901)
Ngô Đình Nhu, South Vietnamese military leader (assassinated) (b. 1910)
José María Gatica, Argentine boxer (b. 1925)
John R. Hodge, United States Army general (b. 1893)
November 15 – Fritz Reiner, Hungarian conductor (b. 1888)
November 16 – Albert H. Pearson, American politician (b. 1920)
November 21 – Robert Stroud, American prisoner, known as the "Birdman of Alcatraz" (b. 1890)
Wilhelm Beiglböck, German Nazi physician at Dachau concentration camp (b. 1905)
Aldous Huxley, British writer (Brave New World) (b. 1894)
John F. Kennedy, 35th President of the United States (assassinated) (b. 1917)
C. S. Lewis, Irish-born British critic, novelist (The Chronicles of Narnia) and Christian apologist (b. 1898)
J. D. Tippit, American police officer with the Dallas Police Department (b. 1924)
November 24 – Lee Harvey Oswald, American assassin of President John F. Kennedy (assassinated) (b. 1939)
November 26 – Amelita Galli-Curci, Italian opera singer (b. 1882)
November 28 – Ernesto Lecuona, Cuban composer (b. 1896)
November 30 – Phil Baker, American comedian and radio personality (b. 1896)
December – Andy Kennedy, Northern Ireland footballer (b. 1897)
Sabu Dastagir, Indian-American actor (b. 1924)
Thomas Hicks, American runner (b. 1875)
December 5 – Karl Amadeus Hartmann, German composer (b. 1905)
December 10 – K. M. Panikkar, Indian scholar, diplomat and journalist (b. 1894)
Theodor Heuss, 5th President of Germany (b. 1884)
Yasujirō Ozu, Japanese filmmaker (b. 1903)
Hubert Pierlot, former Prime Minister of Belgium (b. 1883)
Dinah Washington, African-American jazz/blues singer (b. 1924)
December 15 – Rikidōzan, Korean-born Japanese professional wrestler (b. 1924)
December 21 – Jack Hobbs, English cricketer (b. 1882)
December 25 – Tristan Tzara, French poet (b. 1896)
December 26 – Gorgeous George, American professional wrestler (b. 1915)
Paul Hindemith, German composer (b. 1895)
A. J. Liebling, American journalist (b. 1904)
Physics – Eugene Wigner, Maria Goeppert-Mayer, and J. Hans D. Jensen
Chemistry – Karl Ziegler and Giulio Natta
Physiology or Medicine – Sir John Carew Eccles, Alan Lloyd Hodgkin, and Andrew Huxley
Literature – Giorgos Seferis
Peace – International Committee of the Red Cross, League of Red Cross Societies
1963 (MCMLXIII) was a common year starting on Tuesday (dominical letter F) of the Gregorian calendar, the 1963rd year of the Common Era (CE) and Anno Domini (AD) designations, the 963rd year of the 2nd millennium, the 63rd year of the 20th century, and the 4th year of the 1960s decade.