January 1 – Changes to the Swedish Act of Succession make Princess Victoria of Sweden first in line to the throne ("heir apparent") and therefore Crown Princess, ahead of her younger brother.
January 4 – U.S. President Jimmy Carter proclaims a grain embargo against the USSR with the support of the European Commission.
Global Positioning System time epoch begins at 00:00 UTC.
The president of Sicily, Piersanti Mattarella, is killed by the Mafia.
January 9 – In Saudi Arabia, 63 Islamist insurgents are beheaded for their part in the siege of the Great Mosque in Mecca in November, 1979.
January 11 – Nigel Short, 14, becomes the youngest chess player to be awarded the degree of International Master.
Cuba recognizes the Sahrawi Arab Democratic Republic (SADR).
The Pittsburgh Steelers win their fourth National Football League championship in six seasons, defeating the Los Angeles Rams 31-19 in Super Bowl XIV at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, California.
The London Gold Fixing hits its highest price ever (adjusted for inflation), at US$850 a troy ounce.
MS Athina B is beached at Brighton, becoming a temporary tourist attraction.
At least 200 people are killed when the Corralejas Bullring collapses at Sincelejo, Colombia.
January 22 – Andrei Sakharov, Soviet scientist and human rights activist, is arrested in Moscow.
January 24 – The Chicago, Rock Island and Pacific Railroad is ordered liquidated due to bankruptcy, and debt owed to creditors.
January 26 – Israel and Egypt establish diplomatic relations.
January 27 – Canadian Caper: Six United States diplomats, posing as Canadians, manage to escape from Tehran, Iran as they board a flight to Zürich, Switzerland on Swissair.
January 29 – The Rubik's cube makes its international debut at The British Toy and Hobby Fair, Earl's Court, London.
January 31 – The Spanish Embassy in Guatemala is invaded and set on fire, killing 36 people. It is called "Spain's own Tehran", similar to the 1979–80 Iran American hostage crisis.
February 2 – Abscam: FBI personnel target members of the Congress of the United States in a sting operation.
February 2–3 – The New Mexico State Penitentiary riot takes place; 33 inmates are killed and more than 100 inmates injured.
February 4 – Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini names Abolhassan Banisadr as president of Iran.
February 13 – The 1980 Winter Olympics open in Lake Placid, New York.
February 15 – In Vanuatu, followers of John Frum's cargo cult on the island of Tanna declare secession as the nation of Tafea.
February 16 – A total solar eclipse is seen in North Africa and West Asia.
February 19 – AC/DC frontman Bon Scott dies after a night of heavy drinking
February 22 – The United States Olympic Hockey Team defeats the Soviet Union in the semifinals of the Winter Olympics, in the Miracle on Ice.
February 23 – Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini states that Iran's parliament will decide the fate of the American embassy hostages.
February 25 – A coup in Suriname ousts the government of Henck Arron; leaders Dési Bouterse and Roy Horb replace it with a National Military Council.
M-19 guerrillas begin the Dominican embassy siege in Colombia, holding 60 people hostage, including 14 ambassadors.
Iran recognizes the Sahrawi Arab Democratic Republic (SADR).
The Commonwealth Trade Union Council is established.
The Voyager 1 probe confirms the existence of Janus, a moon of Saturn.
Pierre Trudeau returns to office as Prime Minister of Canada.
The Audi Quattro, a four-wheel drive sporting coupe, is launched in West Germany.
March 4 – Robert Mugabe is elected Prime Minister of Zimbabwe.
March 8 – The Soviet Union's first rock music festival starts.
March 14 – LOT Polish Airlines Flight 007 crashes during an emergency landing near Warsaw, Poland, killing a 14-man American boxing team and 73 others.
March 18 – Fifty people are killed at the Plesetsk Cosmodrome in Russia, when a Vostok-2M rocket explodes on its launch pad during a fueling operation.
March 19–20 – The MV Mi Amigo, the ship housing pirate radio station Radio Caroline, sinks off the English coast (the station returns aboard a new ship in 1983).
U.S. President Jimmy Carter announces that the United States will boycott the 1980 Summer Olympics in Moscow.
Mafioso Angelo Bruno is murdered in Philadelphia.
March 22 – The Georgia Guidestones are erected in Elbert County, Georgia.
The Australia Olympic Committee announces it will send an Olympic delegation to Moscow, despite objections by Prime Minister Malcolm Fraser.
Archbishop Óscar Romero is killed by gunmen while celebrating Mass in San Salvador.
March 26 – A mine lift cage at the Vaal Reefs gold mine in South Africa falls 1.2 miles (1.9 kilometers), killing 23.
The Norwegian oil platform Alexander L. Kielland collapses in the North Sea, killing 123 of its crew of 212.
The Silver Thursday market crash occurs.
Sierra Leone recognizes the Sahrawi Arab Democratic Republic (SADR).
March 28 – Talpiot Tomb is found in Jerusalem.
March 31 – Chicago, Rock Island and Pacific Railroad operates its final train.
The Southern African Development Coordination Conference (SADCC) is formed in Lusaka, Zambia.
The Mariel boatlift from Cuba begins.
New York City's Transport Works Union Local 100 goes on strike, which continues for 11 days.
The 1980 United States Census begins. There are 226,545,805 United States residents on this day.
April 2 – The St Pauls riot breaks out in Bristol.
April 8 - venture capitalist Jennifer O'Daniel is born.
April 7 – The United States severs diplomatic relations with Iran and imposes economic sanctions, following the taking of American hostages on November 4, 1979.
April 10 – In Lisbon, Portugal, the governments of Spain and the United Kingdom agree to reopen the border between Gibraltar and Spain in 1985, closed since 1969.
Samuel Kanyon Doe takes over Liberia in a coup d'état, ending over 130 years of democratic presidential succession in that country.
Terry Fox begins his Marathon of Hope from St. Johns, Newfoundland, Canada.
April 14 – Iron Maiden's debut self-titled album Iron Maiden is released.
April 15 – Libya and Syria recognize the Sahrawi Arab Democratic Republic (SADR).
April 18 – Zimbabwe gains de jure independence from the United Kingdom; Robert Mugabe becomes Prime Minister.
April 21 – Rosie Ruiz wins the Boston Marathon, but is later exposed as a fraud and stripped of her award.
April 24 – Pennsylvania Lottery Scandal: the Pennsylvania Lottery is rigged by 6 men including the host of the live TV drawing, Nick Perry.
April 24–25 – Operation Eagle Claw, a commando mission in Iran to rescue American embassy hostages, is aborted after mechanical problems ground the rescue helicopters. Eight United States troops are killed in a mid-air collision during the failed operation.
April 25 – Dan-Air Flight 1008 crashes in Tenerife, killing all 146 occupants and marking the worst air disaster involving a British-registered aircraft in terms of loss of life.
April 26 – Louise and Charmian Faulkner disappear from outside their flat in St Kilda, Victoria, Australia.
April 27 – The Dominican embassy siege ends with all hostages released and the guerrillas flying to Cuba.
April 28 – Swaziland recognizes the Sahrawi Arab Democratic Republic (SADR).
Iranian Embassy siege: Six Iranian-born terrorists take over the Iranian embassy in London, UK. SAS retakes the Embassy on May 5; 1 terrorist survives.
Queen Juliana of the Netherlands abdicates, and her daughter Beatrix accedes to the throne.
May 1 – "About that Urban Renaissance...", an article by journalist Dan Rottenberg in Chicago (magazine) contains the first recorded use of the word "yuppie".
May 2 – Referendum on system of government held in Nepal.
May 4 – Yugoslav President Josip Broz Tito dies. The largest state funeral in history is organized, with state delegations from 128 different countries out of 154 UNO members at the time.
May 7 – Paul Geidel, convicted of second-degree murder in 1911, is released from prison in Beacon, New York, after 68 years and 245 days (the longest-ever time served by an inmate).
May 8 – Global eradication of smallpox endorsed by the World Health Assembly
In Florida, the Liberian freighter Summit Venture hits the Sunshine Skyway Bridge over Tampa Bay. A 1,400-foot section of the bridge collapses and 35 people (most in a bus) are killed.
The Norco shootout takes place in California.
James Alexander George Smith "Jags" McCartney the Turks and Caicos Islands’ first Chief Minister, is killed in a plane crash over New Jersey.
May 11 – Mobster Henry Hill is arrested for drug possession.
May 14 – Botswana recognizes the Sahrawi Arab Democratic Republic (SADR).
May 16 – Rookie Magic Johnson scores 42 points to lead the Los Angeles Lakers to a 123-107 victory over the Philadelphia 76ers to clinch the National Basketball Association championship for the Lakers, who prevail despite the absence of future Basketball Hall of Fame center Kareem Abdul-Jabbar.
A Tampa, Florida court acquits 4 white police officers of killing Arthur McDuffie, a black insurance executive, provoking 3 days of race riots in Miami.
Internal conflict in Peru: On the eve of presidential elections, Maoist guerrilla group Shining Path attacks a polling location in the town of Chuschi, Ayacucho.
The 1980 eruption of Mount St. Helens kills 57 and causes US$3 billion in damage.
Ian Curtis, singer/songwriter of acclaimed post-punk band Joy Division, is found hanged.
May 18 – 27 – Gwangju Uprising: Students in Gwangju, South Korea begin demonstrations, calling for democratic reforms.
May 20 – 1980 Quebec referendum: Voters in Quebec reject by a vote of 60% a proposal to seek independence from Canada.
May 21 – The Empire Strikes Back is released.
May 22 – Pac-Man (the best-selling arcade game of all time) is released in Japan.
The International Court of Justice calls for the release of U.S. Embassy hostages in Tehran.
The New York Islanders win their first Stanley Cup, from a goal by Bobby Nystrom in game six overtime of the 1980 Stanley Cup Finals over the Philadelphia Flyers.
May 25 – Indianapolis 500: Johnny Rutherford wins for a third time in car owner Jim Hall's revolutionary ground effect Chaparral car; the victory is Hall's second as an owner.
John Frum supporters in Vanuatu storm government offices on the island of Tanna. Vanuatu government troops land the next day and drive them away.
In South Korea, military government forces and pro-democracy protesters clash; 2,000 protesters die.
Vernon Jordan is shot and critically injured in an assassination attempt in Fort Wayne, Indiana by Joseph Paul Franklin (the first major news story for CNN).
May 28 – A fiery bus crash near the small village of Webb, Saskatchewan claims 22 lives.
June 1 – The first 24-hour news channel Cable News Network (CNN) is launched.
June 3 – A series of deadly tornadoes strikes Grand Island, Nebraska, causing over $300m in damage, killing 5 people and injuring over 250.
June 9 – In Los Angeles, comedian Richard Pryor is badly burned trying to freebase cocaine.
Apartheid: The African National Congress in South Africa publishes a statement by their imprisoned leader Nelson Mandela.
A Unabomber bomb injures United Airlines president Percy Wood in Lake Forest, Illinois.
June 20 – Augusta AVA becomes the first federally recognized American Viticultural Area.
June 23 – September 6 – The 1980 United States heat wave claims 1,700 lives.
June 23 – Tim Berners-Lee begins work on ENQUIRE, the system that will eventually lead to the creation of the World Wide Web in fall of 1990.
June 25 – A Muslim Brotherhood assassination attempt against Syrian president Hafez al-Assad fails. Assad retaliates by sending the army against them.
June 26 – Aerolinee Itavia Flight 870 crashes into the sea near Palermo after an explosion occurs in the air; 81 people die. A bomb or a missile is suspected to be the cause of the accident but no culprits are ever found.
June 27 – U.S. President Jimmy Carter signs Proclamation 4771, requiring 18- to 25-year-old males to register for a peacetime military draft, in response to the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan.
June 29 – Vigdís Finnbogadóttir is elected President of Iceland making her the first woman democratically elected as head of state.
July 4 – Chad and Mali recognize the Sahrawi Arab Democratic Republic (SADR).
July 8 – A wave of strikes begins in Lublin, Poland.
Pope John Paul II visits Brazil; 7 people are crushed to death in a crowd meeting him.
Zimbabwe recognizes the Sahrawi Arab Democratic Republic (SADR).
July 15 – A severe and destructive thunderstorm strikes 4 counties in western Wisconsin, including the city of Eau Claire. It causes over $250m in damage, and 1 person is killed.
July 16 – Former California Governor and actor Ronald Reagan is nominated for U.S. President, at the 1980 Republican National Convention in Detroit. Influenced by the Religious Right, the convention also drops its long standing support for the Equal Rights Amendment, dismaying moderate Republicans.
July 19 – Former Turkish Prime Minister Nihat Erim is killed by 2 gunmen in Istanbul, Turkey.
July 19 – August 3 – The 1980 Summer Olympics are held in Moscow, Soviet Union.
July 25 – The album Back in Black is released by the Australian band AC/DC.
July 27 – Mohammad Reza Pahlavi, deposed Shah of Iran, dies in Cairo.
Vanuatu gains independence.
Israel's Knesset passes the Jerusalem Law.
July 31 – China's population hits one billion people.
August 2 – A terrorist bombing at the railway station in Bologna, Italy kills 85 people and wounds more than 200.
August 2 – Moscow Olympic Games football final: Czechoslovakia - GDR
August 7–31 – Lech Wałęsa leads the first of many strikes at the Gdańsk Shipyard.
August 10 – Hurricane Allen (category 3) pounds southeastern Texas.
August 14 – U.S. President Jimmy Carter defeats Senator Edward Kennedy to win renomination, at the 1980 Democratic National Convention in New York City.
August 14 – Dorothy Stratten, the 1980 Playboy Playmate of the Year is murdered by estranged husband Paul Leslie Snider, who subsequently commits suicide.
August 17 – In Australia, baby Azaria Chamberlain disappears from a campsite at Ayers Rock (Uluru), reportedly taken by a dingo.
August 19 – In one of aviation's worst disasters, 301 people are killed when Saudia Flight 163 catches fire in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.
August 31 – Victory of the strike in Gdańsk Shipyard, Poland. The Gdańsk Agreement is signed, opening a way to start the first in the communist bloc free organization (not controlled by regime) "Solidarność" i.e. Solidarity.
September 1 – Terry Fox is forced to end his Marathon of Hope run outside of Thunder Bay, Ontario, after finding out that the cancer has spread to his lungs.
September 2 – Ford Europe launches the Escort MK3, a new front-wheel drive hatchback.
September 3 – Zimbabwe breaks diplomatic and consular relations with South Africa, even though it maintains a commercial mission in Johannesburg.
September 5 – The St. Gotthard Tunnel opens in Switzerland as the world's longest highway tunnel at 10.14 miles (16.32 km), stretching from Göschenen to Airolo.
September 12 – Kenan Evren stages a military coup in Turkey. It stops political gang violence, but begins stronger state violence leading to the execution of many young activists.
After weeks of strikes at the Lenin Shipyard in Gdańsk, Poland, the nationwide independent trade union Solidarity is established.
Former Nicaraguan President Anastasio Somoza Debayle is killed in Asunción, Paraguay.
September 21 – Bülent Ulusu, ex admiral, forms the new government of Turkey (44th government, composed mostly of technocrats).
The command council of Iraq orders its army to "deliver its fatal blow on Iranian military targets," initiating the Iran–Iraq War.
Youth riots in Tallinn, the capital of the Estonian SSR, are quickly put down. Similar riots are organized on 1 October.
13 people are killed and 211 injured in the Oktoberfest terror attack.
The Mariel boatlift officially ends.
September 27 – The Richmond Football Club defeats Collingwood by 81 points in the VFL Grand Final (They have yet to win another premiership since).
September 29 – The Washington Post publishes Janet Cooke's story of Jimmy, an 8-year-old heroin addict (later proven to be fabricated).
September 30 – Digital Equipment Corporation, Intel and Xerox introduce the DIX standard for Ethernet, which is the first implementation outside of Xerox, and the first to support 10 Mbit/s speeds.
Associated Newspapers announces that The Evening News will close and merge with the Evening Standard.
The Police release their third studio album, Zenyattà Mondatta.
The main-belt asteroid 2404 Antarctica is discovered by Antonín Mrkos at Kleť, South Bohemian Region, Czechoslovakia.
October 5 – British Leyland launches its new Metro, a three-door entry-level hatchback which is designed as the eventual replacement for the Mini. It gives BL a long-awaited modern competitor for the likes of the Ford Fiesta and Vauxhall Chevette.
The 7.1 Mw El Asnam earthquake shakes northern Algeria with a maximum Mercalli intensity of X (Extreme), killing 2,633–5,000, and injuring 8,369–9,000.
British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher delivers her famous "The lady's not for turning" speech.
October 14 – The Staggers Rail Act is enacted, deregulating American railroads.
James Callaghan announces his resignation as leader of the British Labour Party.
James Hoskins forces his way into WCPO's television studio in Cincinnati, holding 9 employees hostage for several hours before releasing them and taking his own life.
October 18 – The Fraser Government is re-elected for a third consecutive term in Australia with a reduced majority.
October 20 – In continuous production since 1962, the last MGB roadster rolls off the assembly line at the Abingdon factory, ending production for the MG marque.
October 21 – In Major League Baseball, The Philadelphia Phillies of the National League defeat the Kansas City Royals of the American League 4-1 in Game Six of the World Series to win the championship.
October 22 – The Thomson Corporation says that The Times and all associated supplements will close in March 1981 if no buyer can be found.
October 25 – Proceedings on the Hague Convention on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction conclude at The Hague.
October 27 – Six Provisional Irish Republican Army prisoners in Maze prison refuse food and demand status as political prisoners; the hunger strike lasts until December.
El Salvador and Honduras sign a peace treaty to put the border dispute fought over in 1969's Football War before the International Court of Justice.
Costa Rica recognizes the Sahrawi Arab Democratic Republic (SADR).
The Polish government recognizes Solidarity.
Reza Pahlavi, eldest son of the Shah of Iran, proclaims himself the rightful successor to the Peacock Throne.
November – Duration of the CESDAP plan is extended indefinitely.
November 4 – United States presidential election, 1980: Republican challenger and former Governor Ronald Reagan of California defeats incumbent Democratic President Jimmy Carter, exactly 1 year after the beginning of the Iran hostage crisis.
November 10 – November 12 – Voyager program: The NASA space probe Voyager I makes its closest approach to Saturn, when it flies within 77,000 miles of the planet's cloud-tops and sends the first high resolution images of the world back to scientists on Earth.
The Gang of Four trial begins in China.
A Texaco oil rig breaks through to a mine under Lake Peigneur.
A fire at the MGM Grand Hotel and Casino on the Las Vegas Strip kills 85 people.
A then-record number of viewers (for an entertainment program) tune into the U.S. soap opera Dallas to learn who shot lead character J. R. Ewing. The "Who shot J.R.?" event is an international obsession.
November 23 – The 6.9 Mw Irpinia earthquake shakes southern Italy with a maximum Mercalli intensity of X (Extreme), killing 2,483–4,900, and injuring 7,700–8,934.
November 27 – Vanuatu recognizes the Sahrawi Arab Democratic Republic (SADR).
December 2 – American missionary Jean Donovan and three Roman Catholic nuns are murdered by a military death squad in El Salvador while volunteering to do charity work during the country's civil war.
December 4 – Led Zeppelin issue a press release announcing their break-up due to the death of their drummer John Bonham.
December 8 – John Lennon is shot dead outside his apartment in New York City by Mark David Chapman.
December 11 – CERCLA is enacted by the U.S. Congress.
December 14 – Four people are murdered at Bob's Big Boy on La Cienega Boulevard in Los Angeles and 4 others are injured by two armed robbers, in what is one of the city's most brutal crimes ever.
December 15 – The Academia de la Llingua Asturiana (Academy of the Asturian language) is created.
December 16 – During a summit on the island of Bali, OPEC decides to raise the price of petroleum by 10%.
The Right Livelihood Award is founded by Jakob von Uexkull. Hassan Fathy and Plenty International / Stephen Gaskin are its first winners.
The World Hockey Association and NHL merge, adding teams in Connecticut, Quebec City, Alberta, and Manitoba to the league.
Accompanying the newly added Edmonton Oilers as the first team in Alberta, the Atlanta Flames move to Calgary.
Richie Faulkner, British rock guitarist (Judas Priest)
Mark Nichols, Canadian curler
Elin Nordegren, Swedish model
January 7 – Hele Kõrve, Estonian actress and singer
Adam Goodes, Australian rules footballer
Rachel Nichols, American actress
January 9 – Sergio García, Spanish golfer
January 10 – Sarah Shahi, American actress of Iranian and Spanish descent
January 11 – Lovieanne Jung, American softball player
January 12 – Ameriie, American singer
January 13 – LaKisha Jones, American singer
Ossama Haidar, Lebanese footballer
Hiroshi Tamaki, Japanese actor, model, and singer
Cory Gibbs, American footballer
Monika Kuszyńska, Polish singer and songwriter
Sosuke Sumitani, Japanese announcer
Yūko Kaida, Japanese voice actress
Albert Pujols, Dominican Major League Baseball player
Michelle Wild, Hungarian actress
Lin-Manuel Miranda, American actor, composer, rapper, and writer, best known for creating and starring in the Broadway musicals Hamilton and In the Heights
Maksim Chmerkovskiy, Ukrainian-American dance champion, choreographer, and instructor; brother of Valentin Chmerkovskiy
Zooey Deschanel, American actress, singer, and musician, co-founder of HelloGiggles
Estelle, British singer and actress
Julius Peppers, American football player
Jason Segel, American actor and comedian
Jenson Button, British racecar driver
Arvydas Macijauskas, Lithuanian basketball player
Philippe Cousteau, Jr., American-French oceanographer
Philippe Gagnon, Canadian Paralympic swimmer
Kim Jeong-hoon, South Korean singer and actor
Brigitte Olivier, Belgian martial artist
Petra Rampre, Slovenian tennis player
Matthew Tuck, Welsh singer and guitarist (Bullet for My Valentine)
Nana Mizuki, Japanese voice actress and singer
Kevin McKenna, Canadian footballer
Jake Grove, American football player
Christopher Masterson, American actor
Adam Tuominen, Australian actor
Nyncke Beekhuyzen, Dutch actress
Suzy, Portuguese singer
Christian Olsson, Swedish athlete
Xavi, Spanish footballer
Michelle McCool, American professional wrestler
January 26 – Sanae Kobayashi, Japanese voice actress
January 27 – Marat Safin, Russian tennis player
January 28 – Nick Carter, American pop singer (Backstreet Boys)
Yael Bar Zohar, Israeli actress and model
Jason James Richter, American actor
January 30 – Wilmer Valderrama, Venezuelan/Colombian-American comedian
January 31 – K.Maro, Canadian singer-songwriter
Zhang Jingchu, Chinese actress
Nina Zilli, Italian singer-songwriter
Jo Swinson, British MP
Robin Vik, Czech tennis player
Paul DelVecchio, American reality show personality
Kim Poirier, Canadian actress
Luke Ravenstahl, American mayor of Pittsburgh
Mamiko Noto, Japanese voice actress
February 8 – Yang Wei, Chinese gymnast
César Izturis, Venezuelan Major League Baseball player
Steve Tully, English footballer
February 11 – Matthew Lawrence, American actor
Juan Carlos Ferrero, Spanish tennis player
Christina Ricci, American actress
Gucci Mane, American rapper
February 14 – Michelle Ye, Hong Kong actress
Conor Oberst, American singer/songwriter
Petr Elfimov, Belarusian singer
February 16 – Ashley Lelie, American football player
Jason Ritter, American actor
Vahe Tilbian, Ethiopian singer of Armenian descent
Cezar, Romanian opera singer and pianist
Regina Spektor, Russian-American singer-songwriter
Mike Miller, American basketball player
Ma Lin, Chinese table-tennis player
Imanol Harinordoquy, French rugby player
Artur Boruc, Polish football (soccer) goalkeeper
Yuichi Nakamura, Japanese voice actor
Brad Fast, Canadian ice hockey player
Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck, King of Bhutan
February 24 – Emma Johnson, Australian swimmer
February 25 – Chris and Christy Knowings, American actors
February 26 – Júlio César da Silva e Souza, Brazilian footballer
Chelsea Clinton, daughter of former U.S. President Bill Clinton and U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton
Don Diablo, Dutch DJ and producer
Tayshaun Prince, American basketball player
Piotr Giza, Polish footballer
Simon Gagné, Canadian hockey player
Peter Scanavino, American actor
March 1 – Shahid Afridi, Pakistani cricketer
Chris Barker, English footballer
Lance Cade, American professional wrestler (d. 2010)
Jung Da-bin, Korean actress (d. 2007)
Omar Bravo, Mexican footballer
Jack Hannahan, American baseball infielder
March 5 – Jessica Boehrs, German singer and actress
Laura Prepon, American actress
Murat Boz, Turkish singer and actor
March 9 – Matthew Gray Gubler, American actor and director.
March 11 – Gabriela Pichler, Swedish film director and screenwriter
March 13 – Caron Butler, American basketball player
March 14 – Aaron Brown, English footballer
March 16 – Todd Heap, American football player
March 17 – Katie Morgan, American porn actress and radio host
March 18 – Alexei Yagudin, Russian figure skater
Agnes Pihlava, Finnish pop singer
Johan Olsson, Swedish cross country skier
Jamal Crawford, American basketball player
Hamada Helal, Egyptian singer
Marit Bjørgen, Norwegian cross-country skier
Ronaldinho, Brazilian footballer
Deryck Whibley, Canadian singer, songwriter, and musician (Sum 41)
March 23 – Russell Howard, English comedian
March 29 – Andy Scott-Lee, British singer (3SL)
March 30 – Yalın, Turkish pop singer and songwriter
Chien-Ming Wang, Taiwanese Major League Baseball player
Maaya Sakamoto, Japanese voice actress, actress and singer
Bijou Phillips, American actress and socialite
Randy Orton, American professional wrestler
Yūko Takeuchi, Japanese actress
April 4 – Björn Wirdheim, Swedish race car driver
April 8 – Ben Freeman, British actor
Rachel Specter, American actress
Arlen Escarpeta, Belizean actor
Sean Avery, Canadian ice hockey player
Kasey Kahne, American race car driver
Charlie Hunnam, English actor
April 11 – Mark Teixeira, American baseball player
April 12 – Brian McFadden, Irish rock singer (Westlife)
Colleen Clinkenbeard, American voice actress
Kelli Giddish, American actress
April 14 – Ayumi Ito, Japanese actress
April 15 – Natalie Casey, English actress
Samir Javadzadeh, Azerbaijani singer
Paul London, American professional wrestler
Brenda Villa, American water polo player
Lee Hyun-il, South Korean badminton player
Alaina Huffman, Canadian film and television actress
April 18 – Justin Amash, U.S. Representative
Jasmin Wagner, German singer
Waylon, Dutch singer, member of The Common Linnets, Eurovision Song Contest 2014 runner-up
Tony Romo, American football player
Vincent Lecavalier, Canadian hockey player
April 22 – Nicolas Douchez, French footballer
Austin Nichols, American actor
Karen Asrian, Armenian chess Grandmaster (d. 2008)
Lee Spick, English snooker player (d. 2015)
Daniel MacPherson, Australian actor
Kazuhito Tadano, Japanese baseball player
Jordana Brewster, American actress
Marlon King, Jamaican footballer
Channing Tatum, American actor and model
April 27 – Zayed Khan, Indian actor
April 28 – Josh Howard, American basketball player
April 29 – Kian Egan, Irish singer (Westlife)
April 30 – Luis Scola, Argentine basketball player
May 1 – Ana Claudia Talancón, Mexican actress
Tim Borowski, German footballer
Ellie Kemper, American actress
Zat Knight, English footballer
May 3 – Marcel Vigneron, American chef
Maia Hirasawa, Swedish pop singer
Yossi Benayoun, Israeli footballer
Hank Green, American entrepreneur, musician, educator, producer, and vlogger
Taebin, Korean hip-hop artist (1TYM)
Kelly van der Veer, Dutch reality TV star
Dimitris Diamantidis, Greek basketball player
May 7 – Johan Kenkhuis, Dutch swimmer
May 8 – Benny Yau, Canadian entertainer
Grant Hackett, Australian swimmer
Carolin Kebekus, German comedian and actress
Norihiro Nishi, Japanese footballer
May 10 – Pete Gray, Australian environmental activist (d. 2011)
May 15 – Josh Beckett, American baseball player
May 17 – Alistair Overeem, Dutch mixed martial artist and kickboxer
May 18 – Ali Zafar, Pakistani music composer, singer-songwriter, painter and actor
May 19 – Dean Heffernan, Australian footballer
May 21 – Gotye, Belgian-Australian multi-instrumentalist and singer-songwriter
Lucy Gordon, British actress (d. 2009)
Evelin Võigemast, Estonian actress and singer
May 24 – Cecilia Cheung, Hong Kong actress
Mark Feehily, Irish singer (Westlife)
Jørgen Strickert, Norwegian comedian
May 29 – Michael Stasko, Canadian actor
May 30 – Steven Gerrard, English footballer
May 31 – Andy Hurley, American drummer (Fall Out Boy)
Oliver James, British actor
Damien Fahey, American MTV VJ, television host, and drummer
June 2 – Lindsey Yamasaki, Japanese-American basketball player
June 5 – Mike Fisher, Canadian hockey player
June 7 – Henkka Seppälä, Finnish bassist (Children of Bodom)
June 8 – David Holoubek, Czech football manager
Jessica DiCicco, American actress
Francelino Matuzalem, Brazilian footballer
Wang Yuegu, Singaporean Olympic table tennis player
Sarah Connor, German singer
Juan Carlos Navarro, Spanish basketball player
June 15 – Almudena Cid, Spanish rhythmic gymnast
Brad Gushue, Canadian curler
Joey Yung, Hong Kong singer
Kimeru, Japanese singer
Venus Williams, American tennis player
Jeph Jacques, American webcomic writer
June 19 – Jason White, American football player
June 22 – Ilya Bryzgalov, Russian ice hockey player
Mark Greaney, Irish singer and guitarist (JJ72)
Ramnaresh Sarwan, West Indian cricketer
Manus Boonjumnong, Thai boxer
Francesca Schiavone, Italian tennis player
Jessica Taylor, English singer (Liberty X)
Pai Hsiao-yen, Taiwanese-Japanese murder victim (d.1997)
Liane Balaban, Canadian actress
Minka Kelly, American actress
June 25 – Nozomi Takeuchi, Japanese actress
Michael Vick, American football player
Michael Jackson, English footballer
Katherine Jenkins, Welsh soprano
Martin Truex Jr, American race car driver
Patrick Aufiero, American ice hockey player
Nelson Cruz, Dominican baseball player
Roland Mark Schoeman, South African swimmer
Olivia Munn, American actress and model
Selma Bajrami, Bosnian turbo-folk singer
Eva Green, French actress and model
Paul "DJ Pauly D" DelVecchio, American reality TV star
Jason Wade, American singer and guitarist (Lifehouse)
July 6 – Pau Gasol, Spanish basketball player
July 7 – Michelle Kwan, American figure skater
Robbie Keane, Irish footballer
Yang Tae-Young, South Korean gymnast
July 9 – Kathia Rodriguez, Puerto Rican actress
Adam Petty, American race car driver (d. 2000)
Jessica Simpson, American singer
James Rolfe, American director, actor and writer
Cláudia Leitte, Brazilian singer
Reggie Abercrombie, American baseball player
JW-Jones, Canadian blues musician
Jasper Pääkkönen, Finnish actor and film producer
Svetlana Feofanova, Russian pole-vaulter
Adam Scott, Australian golfer
July 17 – Ryan Miller, American ice hockey goaltender
July 18 – Kristen Bell, American actress
Michelle Heaton, English singer (Liberty X)
Mark Webber, American actor
July 20 – Gisele Bündchen, Brazilian supermodel
July 21 – CC Sabathia, American baseball player
Dirk Kuyt, Dutch footballer
Kate Ryan, Belgian singer
July 23 – Michelle Williams, American singer, actress, (Destiny's Child)
July 25 – Rebeka Dremelj, Slovenian singer
July 27 – Nick Nemeth, American professional wrestler
July 28 – Noel Sullivan, Welsh singer (Hear'Say) and actor
July 29 – Fernando González, Chilean tennis player
July 30 – Diam's, French rapper
August 2 – Dingdong Dantes, Filipino actor
Nadia Ali, Pakistani-American singer-songwriter
Hannah Simone, British-Canadian actress
Dominic Moore, Canadian ice hockey player
August 5 – Wayne Bridge, English footballer
August 6 – Wilber Pan, American-Taiwanese singer-songwriter and actor
August 8 – Craig Breslow, American baseball pitcher
Charlie David, Canadian actor
Dominic Tabuna, Nauruan politician
August 10 – Pua Magasiva, Samoan actor
August 11 – Monika Pyrek, Polish pole vaulter
August 12 – Maggie Lawson, American actress
August 14 – Roy Williams, American football player
Julien Absalon, French mountain biker
Vanessa Carlton, American singer
David Legwand, American ice hockey player
Lene Marlin, Norwegian singer and musician
August 18 – Damion Stewart, Jamaican footballer
Darius Campbell, Scottish singer-songwriter (aka Darius Danesh or Darius)
Adrian Lulgjuraj, Albanian singer
Jon Lajoie, Canadian comedian
Paul Menard, American race car driver
Rex Grossman, American football player
Joanne Froggatt, British Voice Artist
August 24 – Rachael Carpani, Australian actress
Macaulay Culkin, American actor
Chris Pine, American actor
August 27 – Derrick Strait, American football player
August 28 – Debra Lafave, American teacher
William Levy, Cuban-American actor
David West, American basketball player
September 2 – Dany Sabourin, French Canadian ice hockey goaltender
Jennie Finch, American softball player
Polina Smolova, Belarusian singer
September 4 – Max Greenfield, American actor
September 5 – Kevin Simm, English singer (Liberty X)
Kerry Katona, English TV presenter and former pop star (Atomic Kitten)
Samuel Peter, Nigerian boxer and heavyweight champion
Joseph Yobo, Nigerian footballer
Nigar Jamal, Azerbaijani singer, Eurovision Song Contest 2011 winner
Gabriel Milito, Argentine footballer
Mark Prior, American baseball player
Eric Hutchinson, American singer-songwriter
Neferteri Shepherd, African-American model and actress
Denise Quiñones, Puerto Rican actress, Miss Universe 2001
Michelle Williams, American actress
Mikey Way, British musician (My Chemical Romance)
September 11 – Mike Comrie, Canadian ice hockey player
Sean Burroughs, American baseball player
Yao Ming, Chinese basketball player
Hiroyuki Sawano, Japanese composer
Ben Savage, American actor (Boy Meets World)
Daisuke Matsuzaka, Japanese baseball player
Jolin Tsai, Taiwanese singer
Faiz Khaleed, Malaysian astronaut
Kareena Kapoor, Indian actress
Autumn Reeser, American actress
Syu, Japanese guitarist
Hooligan, Maltese rapper
Victoria Pendleton, English cyclist
Amy-Joyce Hastings, Irish actress
September 25 – T.I., African-American rap artist, film and music producer, actor and author
September 26 – Daniel and Henrik Sedin, Swedish ice hockey players
Patrick Agyemang, Ghanaian footballer
Dallas Green, musician (Alexisonfire, City and Colour)
Zachary Levi, American actor
Martina Hingis, Swiss tennis player
Emily Kokal, vocalist/guitarist of all-girl band Warpaint
Guillermo Rigondeaux, Cuban boxer
Arisa Ogasawara, Japanese voice actress
Tomáš Rosický, Czech footballer
Me'Lisa Barber, American athlete
Joseph P. Kennedy III, American lawyer
James Toseland, English motorcycle racer
Ti West, American film director.
Michael Mizanin, American professional wrestler
Nick Cannon, African-American actor, comedian, rapper, entrepreneur, record producer, radio, and television personality
Sherine, Egyptian singer
Lynn Hung, Hong Kong actress
Ledley King, English footballer
Nadzeya Ostapchuk, Belarusian athlete
Ashanti, African-American singer
Scott Parker, English footballer
Terrence McGee, American football player
Ben Whishaw, English actor
October 15 – Tom Boonen, Belgian cyclist
Sue Bird, American basketball player
Timana Tahu, Australian Rugby League player
Angel Parker, American actress
Yekaterina Gamova, Russian volleyball player
October 18 – Reetinder Singh Sodhi, Indian cricket player
October 19 – José Bautista, Dominican baseball player
October 21 – Kim Kardashian, American socialite and television personality
Monica Arnold, African-American singer
Casey Wilson, American actress and comedian
Alan Smith, English footballer
Christy Hemme, American professional wrestler
October 29 – Ben Foster, American actor
November 4 – Sabrina Colie, Jamaican actress
Luke Hemsworth, Australian actor
Christoph Metzelder, German footballer
Essaï Altounian, French-Armenian singer, songwriter, keyboardist, music producer and an actor
November 6 – Anri Jokhadze, Georgian pop singer
November 7 – Gervasio Deferr, Spanish gymnast
November 10 – Calvin Chen, Taiwanese pop singer
November 11 – Willie Parker, American football player
November 12 – Ryan Gosling, Canadian actor and musician
November 13 – Monique Coleman, American actress
November 15 – Kevin Staut, French equestrian
November 16 – Kayte Christensen, American basketball player
November 17 – Isaac Hanson, American musician
Denny Hamlin, American race car driver
Dustin Kensrue, Canadian singer
François Duval, Belgian rally driver
Junichi Okada, Japanese singer
Luke Chadwick, English footballer
Mathew Baynton, English actor and writer
Minori Chihara, Japanese voice actress and singer
November 19 – Adele Silva, English actress and model
Hank Blalock, American baseball player
Hiroyuki Tomita, Japanese gymnast
Elaine Yiu, Hong Kong actress
November 22 – David Artell, English footballer
November 23 – Jonathan Papelbon, American baseball player
John-Michael Liles, American hockey player
Nick Swisher, American baseball player
November 26 – Satoshi Ohno, Japanese singer
November 28 – Lisa Middelhauve, German singer (Xandria)
November 29 – Janina Gavankar, American actress and musician
December 1 – Joel A. Sutherland, Canadian author
Anna Chlumsky, American actress
Jim Sorgi, American football player
Ibrahim Maalouf, Lebanese-born French trumpeter
Juliette Danielle, American actress, vest known for the 2003 dark comedy, The Room
Shizuka Itō, Japanese actor
Steve Lovell, English footballer
Kei Yasuda, Japanese singer
December 7 – John Terry, English footballer
Simon Helberg, American actor and comedian
Ryder Hesjedal, Canadian professional cyclist
Marina Orlova, Internet celebrity
Sarah Chang, American violinist
Satoshi Tsumabuki, Japanese actor
Bosco Wong, Hong Kong actor
Neil McDermott, English actor
Sergio Pizzorno, English guitarist and songwriter (Kasabian)
December 16 – Axle Whitehead, Australian actor, singer and songwriter and former Video Hits host
December 18 – Christina Aguilera, American singer
December 19 – Jake Gyllenhaal, American actor
Ashley Cole, English footballer
Chris Edwards, English musician, member of alternative rock band Kasabian
Fitz Hall, English footballer
December 22 – Chris Carmack, American actor
December 23 – Cody Ross, American baseball player
December 25 – Laura Sadler, English actress (d. 2003)
December 27 – Bernard Berrian, American football player
December 30 – Eliza Dushku, American actress
December 31 – Richie McCaw, New Zealand rugby player
Nikki Fox, English broadcaster and journalist best known for 2016 series of Watchdog
Danielle Graham, Canadian television personality
Adolph Deutsch, American composer (b. 1897)
Frank Wykoff, American Olympic athlete (b. 1909)
January 3 – Joy Adamson, Austrian-born conservationist and author (b. 1910)
January 7 – Simonne Mathieu, French tennis champion (b. 1908)
January 8 – John Mauchly, American physicist and inventor (b. 1907)
George Meany, American labor leader (b. 1894)
Bo Rein, American football coach (b. 1945)
January 11 – Barbara Pym, English novelist (b. 1913)
January 13 – Andre Kostelanetz, Russian-born conductor and arranger (b. 1901)
January 17 – Barbara Britton, American actress (b. 1919)
January 18 – Sir Cecil Beaton, English photographer (b. 1904)
January 19 – William O. Douglas, American Supreme Court Justice (b. 1898)
January 21 – Georges Painvin, French cryptographer (b. 1886)
January 24 – Lil Dagover, German actress (b. 1887)
January 27 – Eric Wyndham White, British administrator and economist, first Director-General of the GATT (b. 1913)
January 28 – Franco Evangelisti, Italian composer (b. 1926)
January 29 – Jimmy Durante, American actor, singer, and comedian (b. 1893)
January 30 – Professor Longhair, American musician (b. 1918)
January 31 – Eduardo Cáceres, former Vice President of Guatemala (b. 1906)
Hanna Rovina, Russian-born Israeli actress (b. 1889)
William Howard Stein, American chemist, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1911)
February 6 – Albert Kotin, American abstract expressionist painter (b. 1907)
February 7 – Richard Williams, Royal Australian Air Force officer (b. 1890)
Isadora Bennett, American publicity agent (b. 1900)
Nikos Xilouris, Greek pop singer (b. 1936)
February 9 – Tom Macdonald, Welsh journalist and novelist (b. 1900)
February 10 – Wels Eicke, Australian rules football player (b. 1893)
February 12 – Muriel Rukeyser, American poet (b. 1913)
February 13 – David Janssen, American actor (b. 1931)
February 14 – Luitkonwar Rudra Baruah, Assamese composer and actor
Jerry Fielding, American conductor and music director (b. 1922)
Graham Sutherland, English artist (b. 1903)
February 18 – Gale Robbins, American singer and actress (b. 1921)
Robert Morrison, British Olympic rower - coxless fours (b. 1902)
Bon Scott, Scottish-born Australian rock singer (AC/DC) (b. 1946)
Joseph Banks Rhine, American parapsychologist (b. 1895)
Alice Longworth, U.S. President Theodore Roosevelt's daughter, wife of Nicholas Longworth (b. 1884)
February 22 – Oskar Kokoschka, Austrian painter and poet (b. 1886)
February 24 – Clement Martyn Doke, South African linguist (b. 1893)
George Tobias, American actor (b. 1901)
Shin'ichi Hisamatsu, Japanese philosopher (b. 1889)
February 28 – James Goff, American football & basketball head coach (b. 1912)
February 29 – Gil Elvgren, American pin-up artist (b. 1914)
Dixie Dean, English football player (b. 1907)
Wilhelmina, Dutch-born American high-fashion model and owner of model agency (b. 1940)
Daniil Khrabrovitsky, Soviet film director (b. 1923)
Jay Silverheels, Native American actor (b. 1912)
Winifred Wagner, German daughter-in-law of Richard Wagner, close friend of Adolf Hitler (b. 1897)
March 9 – Heinz Linge, Hitler's personal valet (b. 1913).
March 10 – Herman Tarnower, American doctor and murder victim (b. 1910)
March 11 – Maud Hart Lovelace, American author (b. 1892)
March 13 – Roland Symonette, 1st Premier of the Bahamas (b. 1898)
Anna Jantar, Polish singer (b. 1950)
Mohammad Hatta, Indonesia's first vice president (b. 1902)
Félix Rodríguez de la Fuente, Spanish naturalist and television presenter (b. 1928)
Jessica Dragonette, American singer (b. 1900)
Erich Fromm, German-born psychologist and philosopher (b. 1900)
Louise Lovely, Australian actress (b. 1895)
Tamara de Lempicka, Polish-born painter (b. 1898)
March 21 – Peter Stoner, American mathematician, astronomer and Christian apologist (b. 1888)
John Barrie, British actor (b. 1917)
Pierre Etchebaster, French real tennis player (b. 1893)
Óscar Romero, El Salvador Roman Catholic archbishop (assassinated) (b. 1917)
Roland Barthes, French literary critic and writer (b. 1915)
Walter Susskind, Czech conductor (b. 1913)
James Wright, American poet (b. 1927)
Milton H. Erickson, American psychiatrist (b.1901)
March 28 – Dick Haymes, Argentine actor and singer (b. 1916)
March 29 – Mantovani, Italian-born conductor and arranger (b. 1905)
Vladimír Holan, Czech poet (b. 1905)
Jesse Owens, African-American athlete (b. 1913)
April 2 – Stanley Forman Reed, American Supreme Court Justice (b. 1884)
April 4 – Red Sovine, American country and folk singer-songwriter (b. 1917)
April 6 – John Collier, English writer (b. 1901)
April 10 – Kay Medford, American actress (b. 1914)
April 11 – Ümit Kaftancıoğlu, Turkish writer (b. 1935)
Clark McConachy, New Zealand snooker and billiards player (b. 1895)
William R. Tolbert Jr., 20th President of Liberia (b. 1913)
April 13 – Karl Stegger, Danish actor (b. 1913)
Raymond Bailey, American actor (b. 1904)
Marshall Reed, American film and television actor (b. 1917)
Jean-Paul Sartre, French philosopher and writer, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1905)
April 19 – Tony Beckley, English character actor (b. 1927)
April 20 –
Katherine Kennicott Davis, American composer (b. 1892)
Helmut Käutner, German director (b. 1908)
April 21 – Sohrab Sepehri, Persian poet and painter (b. 1928)
Jane Froman, American singer and actress (b. 1907)
Fritz Strassmann, German chemist (b. 1902)
April 24 – Alejo Carpentier, Cuban writer (b. 1904)
April 25 – Mario Bava, Italian film director (b. 1914)
April 26 – Cicely Courtneidge, British actress (b. 1893)
April 27 – John Culshaw, British recording producer and musicologist (b. 1924)
April 28 – Thomas G. W. Settle, American record-setting balloonist and admiral (b. 1895)
April 29 – Alfred Hitchcock, British suspense film director (b. 1899)
April 30 – Luis Muñoz Marín, Puerto Rican poet, journalist, and politician (b. 1898)
May 2 – George Pal, Hungarian-born animator and producer (b. 1904)
Kay Hammond, English actress (b. 1909)
Josip Broz Tito, President of Yugoslavia (b. 1892)
May 5 – Isabel Briggs Myers, American psychological theorist and co-creator of the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (b. 1897)
May 8 – Geoffrey Baker, English field marshal (b. 1912)
May 12 – Lillian Roth, American actress (b. 1910)
Carl Ebert, German theatre and opera director (b. 1887)
Hugh Griffith, Welsh actor (b. 1912)
May 16 – Marin Preda, Romanian writer (b. 1922)
David A. Johnston, American volcanologist (b. 1949) (killed by eruption of Mount St. Helens)
Ian Curtis, British musician and singer (Joy Division) (b. 1956)
May 21 – Ida Kamińska, Polish actress (b. 1899)
May 28 – Rolf Nevanlinna, Finnish mathematician (b. 1895)
June 1 – Rube Marquard, American baseball player (New York Giants) and a member of the MLB Hall of Fame (b. 1886)
Henry Miller, American writer (b. 1891)
Elizabeth Craig, British chef and writer (b. 1883)
Philip Guston, American painter (b. 1912)
June 8 – Ernst Busch, German singer and actor (b. 1900)
Masayoshi Ōhira, Prime Minister of Japan (b. 1910)
Billy Butlin, South African–born Canadian founder of Butlins Holiday Camps (b. 1899)
Milburn Stone, American actor (b. 1904)
June 13 – Walter Rodney, Guyanese historian and political figure (b. 1942)
June 20 – Amy Key Clarke, English mystical poet (b. 1892)
June 21 – Bert Kaempfert, German orchestra leader and songwriter (b. 1923)
Clyfford Still, American painter (b. 1904)
John Laurie, British actor (b. 1897)
Sanjay Gandhi, Indian son of Indira Gandhi (air crash) (b. 1946)
V. V. Giri, Indian politician and 4th President of India (b. 1894)
June 24 – Boris Kaufman, Russian cinematographer (b. 1897)
June 27 – Carey McWilliams, American author, editor, and lawyer (b. 1905)
June 28 – José Iturbi, Spanish conductor and musician (b. 1895)
July – Robert Brackman, American painter (b. 1898)
July 1 – C. P. Snow, British physicist and novelist (b. 1905)
July 4 – Gregory Bateson, British anthropologist, anthropologist, social scientist, linguist, semiotician and cyberneticist (b. 1904)
July 6 – Gail Patrick, American actress (b. 1911)
Reginald Gardiner, English actor (b. 1903)
Dore Schary, American film writer, director, and producer (b. 1905)
Vinicius de Moraes, Brazilian writer, poet and diplomat (b. 1913)
Kate Molale, South African anti-Apartheid activist (b. 1928)
July 13 – Seretse Khama, 1st President of Botswana (b. 1921)
July 15 – Ben Selvin, American orchestra leader and recording artist (b. 1898)
Don "Red" Barry, American actor (b. 1912)
Boris Delaunay, Russian mathematician (b. 1890)
July 23 – Keith Godchaux, American musician (The Grateful Dead) (b. 1948)
Uttam Kumar (Arun Kumar Chatterjee), Bengali actor (b. 1926)
Peter Sellers, English comedian and actor (b. 1925)
July 25 – Vladimir Vysotsky, Russian singer-songwriter, poet, actor (b. 1938)
Allen Hoskins, American actor (b. 1920)
Kenneth Tynan, English theatre critic (b. 1927)
July 27 – Mohammad Reza Pahlavi, Shah of Iran (b. 1919)
Pascual Jordan, German physicist (b. 1902)
Mohammed Rafi, Indian singer (b. 1924)
Bobby Van, American actor (b. 1928)
Patrick Depailler, French racing driver (b. 1944)
Strother Martin, American actor (b. 1919)
August 2 – Donald Ogden Stewart, American writer (b. 1894)
August 7 – Jackie Cochran, American pilot (b. 1906)
August 9 – Elliott Nugent, American actor (b. 1896)
August 10 – Yahya Khan, Pakistani general and statesman, 3rd President of Pakistan (b. 1917)
August 14 – Dorothy Stratten, Canadian model (murdered) (b. 1960)
August 15 – William Hood Simpson, American general (b. 1888)
August 19 – Otto Frank, German father of Jewish diarist Anne Frank (b. 1889)
August 20 – Joe Dassin, American-born French singer-songwriter (b. 1938)
August 22 – Norman Shelley, British actor (b. 1903)
August 24 – Yootha Joyce, British actress (b. 1927)
August 25 – Gower Champion, American theatre director, choreographer, and dancer (b. 1919)
Tex Avery, American cartoonist (b. 1908)
Miliza Korjus, Estonian-Polish opera singer (b. 1909)
Barbara O'Neil, American actress (b. 1909)
Dirch Passer, Danish actor (b. 1926)
Duncan Renaldo, American actor (b. 1904)
September 8 – Willard Libby, American chemist, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1908)
September 12 – Lillian Randolph, American actress (b. 1898)
September 15 – Bill Evans, American jazz pianist (b. 1929)
Jean Piaget, Swiss psychologist (b. 1896)
Julio Franco Arango, Colombian Roman Catholic bishop (b. 1914)
September 17 – Anastasio Somoza Debayle, 2-Time President of Nicaragua (b. 1925)
September 18 – Katherine Anne Porter, American author (b. 1890)
September 19 – Sol Lesser, American film producer (b. 1890)
September 23 – Jacobus Johannes Fouché, 2nd State President of South Africa (b. 1898)
John Bonham, British rock drummer (Led Zeppelin) (b. 1948)
Lewis Milestone, American film director (b. 1895)
Marie Under, Estonian poet (b. 1883)
October 6 – Hattie Jacques, British actress (b. 1922)
October 7 – Sydney Gordon Russell, English designer and craftsman (b. 1892)
October 10 – Billie Thomas, American actor (Buckwheat, Our Gang) (b. 1931)
October 20 – Lady Isobel Barnett, British television personality (b. 1918)
October 21 – Hans Asperger, Austrian pediatrician after whom Asperger syndrome was named (b. 1906)
Sahir Ludhianvi, Urdu/Hindustani poet and Hindi film lyricist (b. 1921)
Virgil Fox, American organist (b. 1912)
Víctor Galíndez, Argentine boxer (race car accident) (b. 1948)
Steve Peregrin Took, British rock musician (T. Rex) (b. 1949)
John Hasbrouck Van Vleck, American physicist, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1899)
October 29 – Giorgio Borġ Olivier, 7th Prime Minister of Malta (b. 1911)
Walker County Jane Doe, unidentified murder victim (b. 1960-1966)
Elsie MacGill, Canadian aeronautical engineer (b. 1904)
Johnny Owen, Welsh professional boxer (b. 1956)
November 7 – Steve McQueen, American actor (b. 1930)
Gloria Guinness, Mexican-born American fashion icon (b. 1912)
Carmel Myers, American actress (b. 1899)
Victor Sen Yung, American actor (b. 1915)
Boris Aronson, Russian set designer (b. 1898)
Imogen Hassall, English actress (b. 1942)
November 18 – Conn Smythe, Canadian NHL coach (b. 1895)
November 19 – E. J. Bowen, English chemist (b. 1898)
November 20 – John McEwen, 18th Prime Minister of Australia (b. 1900)
Norah McGuinness, Northern Irish painter and illustrator (b. 1901)
Mae West, American actress (b. 1893)
November 24 – George Raft, American actor (b. 1901)
November 26 – Rachel Roberts, British actress (b. 1927)
November 27 – F. Burrall Hoffman, American architect (b. 1882)
Dorothy Day, American social progressive (b. 1897)
Babe London, American actress and comedian (b. 1901)
December 2 – Romain Gary, Lithuanian-born writer (b. 1914)
December 3 – Sir Oswald Mosley, British fascist leader (b. 1896)
Francisco de Sá Carneiro, Prime Minister of Portugal (plane crash) (b. 1934)
Stanisława Walasiewicz, Polish-born runner (b. 1911)
December 7 – Darby Crash, American rock songwriter, singer (Germs) (suicide) (b. 1958)
December 8 – John Lennon, British singer, songwriter, and guitarist (The Beatles) (murdered) (b. 1940)
December 12 – Erich Jantsch, Austrian astrophysicist (b. 1929)
Colonel Sanders, American fast-food entrepreneur (b. 1890)
Hellmuth Walter, German engineer and inventor (b. 1900)
Peter Collinson, British film director (b. 1936)
Alexei Kosygin, Russian politician, Premier of the Soviet Union (b. 1904)
Sir Albert Margai, 2nd Prime Minister of Sierra Leone (b. 1910)
Enrique Hertzog, 49th President of Bolivia (b. 1896)
December 19 – Héctor José Cámpora, Argentine Peronist politician, 38th President of Argentina (b. 1909)
December 21 – Marc Connelly, American playwright (b. 1890)
December 23 – Frank Norman, English novelist, playwright and autobiographer (b. 1930)
Karl Dönitz, German admiral and briefly President of Germany (b. 1891)
Siggie Nordstrom, American model, actress, entertainer, socialite and lead singer (The Nordstrom Sisters) (b. 1893)
December 25 – Victoria Drummond, first woman marine engineer in Britain (b. 1894)
December 26 – Richard Chase, American serial killer (b. 1950)
December 28 – Sam Levene, American actor (b. 1905)
December 29 – Tim Hardin, American musician (b. 1941)
Raoul Walsh, American film director (b. 1887)
Marshall McLuhan, Canadian author and professor (b. 1911)
Physics – James Watson Cronin, Val Logsdon Fitch
Chemistry – Paul Berg, Walter Gilbert, Frederick Sanger
Medicine – Baruj Benacerraf, Jean Dausset, George D. Snell
Literature – Czesław Miłosz
Peace – Adolfo Pérez Esquivel
Economics – Lawrence Klein
1980 (MCMLXXX) was a leap year starting on Tuesday (dominical letter FE) of the Gregorian calendar, the 1980th year of the Common Era (CE) and Anno Domini (AD) designations, the 980th year of the 2nd millennium, the 80th year of the 20th century, and the 1st year of the 1980s decade.