Spain and Portugal enter the European Community, which later becomes the European Union.
Aruba gains increased autonomy from the Netherlands and is separated from the Netherlands Antilles.
The Province of Flevoland is established in the Netherlands.
UNIDO becomes a specialised agency of the United Nations.
In Northern Ireland as part of The Troubles, James McCandless (39) and Michael Williams (24), both Protestant members of the Royal Ulster Constabulary, are killed by a Provisional Irish Republican Army remote controlled bomb hidden in a litter bin and detonated when their foot patrol passes at Thomas Street, Armagh.
January 9 – After losing a patent battle with Polaroid, Kodak leaves the instant camera business.
January 11 – The Gateway Bridge in Brisbane, Australia, at this time the world's longest prestressed concrete free-cantilever bridge, is opened.
January 12 – STS-61-C: Space Shuttle Columbia is launched with the first Hispanic American astronaut, Dr. Franklin Chang Díaz.
January 13–24 – South Yemen Civil War.
January 19 – The first PC virus, Brain, starts to spread.
January 20 – The United Kingdom and France announce plans to construct the Channel Tunnel.
January 24 – The Voyager 2 space probe makes its first encounter with Uranus.
January 25 – Yoweri Museveni's National Resistance Army Rebel group takes over Uganda after leading a 5-year guerrilla war in which up to half a million people are believed to have been killed. They will later use January 26 as the official date to avoid a coincidence of dates with Dictator Idi Amin's 1971 coup.
January 26 – Super Bowl XX was an American football game between the National Football Conference (NFC) champion Chicago Bears and the American Football Conference (AFC) champion New England Patriots to decide the National Football League (NFL) champion for the 1985 season. The Bears defeated the Patriots by the score of 46–10, capturing their first NFL championship since 1963, three years prior to the birth of the Super Bowl. Super Bowl XX was played on January 26, 1986, at the Louisiana Superdome in New Orleans, Louisiana.
January 28 – Space Shuttle Challenger disaster – STS-51-L: Space Shuttle Challenger disintegrates 73 seconds after launch from the United States, killing the crew of 7 astronauts, including schoolteacher Christa McAuliffe.
January 29 – Yoweri Museveni is sworn in as President of Uganda.
February 3 – Pixar Animation Studios are opened in California.
President Jean-Claude Duvalier ("Baby Doc") flees Haiti, ending 28 years of family rule.
The snap presidential election in the Philippines earlier announced by President Ferdinand Marcos was held amidst controversy that would pave the way for a chain of protests culminating in the People Power Revolution.
February 8 – The Hinton train collision happened, which a Canadian National train heading westbound collided with a Via Rail train in Hinton, Alberta. 23 people were killed in the accident, and injured 71 people.
February 9 – Halley's Comet reaches its perihelion, the closest point to the Sun, during its second visit to the solar system in the 20th century (the first was in 1910).
February 11 – Human rights activist Natan Sharansky is released by the Soviet Union and leaves the country.
February 15 – The Beechcraft Starship makes its maiden flight.
The Soviet liner MS Mikhail Lermontov sinks in the Marlborough Sounds, New Zealand.
Ouadi Doum air raid: The French Air Force raids the Libyan Ouadi Doum airbase in northern Chad.
February 17 – The Single European Act is signed.
The Soviet Union launches the Mir space station.
The United States Senate approves a treaty outlawing genocide.
February 21 – Nintendo releases the first game in the Zelda series, The Legend of Zelda, in Japan on the Famicom.
February 22 – The People Power Revolution begins in the Philippines to remove President Ferdinand Marcos from office.
The 27th Congress of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union opens in Moscow. The General Secretary Mikhail Gorbachev introduces the keywords of his mandate to the audience: Glasnost and Perestroika.
People Power Revolution: President Ferdinand Marcos of the Philippines goes into exile in Hawaii after 20 years of rule; Corazon Aquino becomes the first Filipino woman president, first as an interim president. Salvador Laurel becomes her Vice President.
Egyptian military police, protesting against bad salaries, enter 4 luxury hotels near the pyramids, set fire to them and loot them.
February 27 – The United States Senate allows its debates to be televised on a trial basis.
February 28 – Swedish Prime Minister Olof Palme is shot to death on his way home from the cinema in Stockholm, Sweden.
March 1 – Olof Palme's deputy Ingvar Carlsson becomes acting Prime Minister of Sweden. He is elected Prime Minister by the Swedish Riksdag on March 15.
March 3 – The first paper is published describing the atomic force microscope invented the previous year by Gerd Binnig, Calvin Quate and Christopher Berger.
March 4 – The Today national tabloid newspaper is launched in the United Kingdom, pioneering the use of computer photosetting and full-colour offset printing, at a time when British national newspapers still use Linotype machines and letterpress printing.
March 8 – The Japanese Suisei probe flies by Halley's Comet, studying its UV hydrogen corona and solar wind.
March 9 – United States Navy divers find the largely intact but heavily damaged crew compartment of the Space Shuttle Challenger; the bodies of all seven astronauts are still inside.
March 13 – In a Black Sea incident, American cruiser USS Yorktown and the destroyer USS Caron, claiming the right of innocent passage, enter the Soviet territorial waters near the southern Crimean Peninsula.
March 14 – Microsoft Corporation holds its initial public offering of stock shares.
March 15 – Hotel New World collapses, 33 killed and 17 rescued from rubble.
March 25 – The 58th Academy Awards are held in Los Angeles, with Out of Africa winning Best Picture.
March 26 – An article in The New York Times charges that Kurt Waldheim, former United Nations Secretary-General and candidate for president of Austria, may have been involved in Nazi war crimes during World War II.
March 27 – Russell Street Bombing: A car bomb explodes at Russell Street Police Headquarters in Russell Street, Melbourne, killing a police constable, the first Australian policewoman to be killed in the line of duty.
A fire causes extensive damage at Hampton Court Palace in Surrey, England.
Mexicana Flight 940 crashes near Maravatío, Mexico, killing 167.
April 1 – Sector Kanda: Communist Party of Nepal (Mashal) cadres attack a number of police stations in Kathmandu, seeking to incite a popular rebellion.
April 2 – A bomb explodes on a Trans World Airlines flight from Rome to Athens, killing 4 people.
April 3 – The British children's TV show The Raggy Dolls is released on ITV in the UK.
1986 Berlin discotheque bombing: The West Berlin discothèque La Belle, a known hangout for United States soldiers, is bombed, killing 3 and injuring 230; Libya is held responsible.
Jean Michel Jarre plays Rendez-vous Houston concert in Houston, Texas.
April 13 – Pope John Paul II officially visits the Great Synagogue of Rome, the first time a modern Pope has visited a synagogue.
April 13 – The first child born to a non-related surrogate mother is born.
April 14 – Hailstones weighing 1 kg (2.2 lb) fall on the Gopalganj district of Bangladesh, killing 92.
April 15 – Operation El Dorado Canyon: At least 15 people die after United States planes bomb targets in the Libyan capital, Tripoli, and the Benghazi region.
John McCarthy is kidnapped in Beirut (released in August 1991) – 3 others are found dead; Revolutionary Cells claims responsibility in retaliation for the U.S. bombing of Libya.
The Hindawi affair begins when an Irishwoman is found unknowingly carrying explosives onto an El Al flight from London to Tel Aviv.
April 21 – Geraldo Rivera opens Al Capone's secret vault on The Mystery of Al Capone's Vaults, discovering only a bottle of moonshine.
April 26 – Chernobyl disaster: A mishandled safety test at the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant in Pripyat, Ukrainian SSR, Soviet Union "killed at least 4,056 people and damaged almost $7 billion of property". Radioactive fallout from the accident is concentrated near Belarus, Ukraine and Russia and at least 350,000 people are forcibly resettled away from these areas. After the accident, "traces of radioactive deposits unique to Chernobyl were in nearly every country in the northern hemisphere".
April 27 – "Captain Midnight" interrupts the HBO satellite feed.
April 29 – The Diamond Jubilee of Hirohito is held at the Kokugikan in Tokyo.
Expo 86, the 1986 World Exposition on Transportation and Communication, a World's fair, opens in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.
The physical game show Takeshi's Castle first airs on the Tokyo Broadcasting System.
May 3 – Sandra Kim from Belgium wins the Eurovision Song Contest in Bergen, Norway with her song J'aime la vie.
May 8 – Óscar Arias is inaugurated into his first term as President of Costa Rica.
May 9 – Short Circuit starring Fisher Stevens is released.
May 12 – NBC debuts the current well-known peacock as seen in the NBC 60th Anniversary Celebration.
May 16 – The Seville Statement on Violence is adopted by an international meeting of scientists, convened by the Spanish National Commission for UNESCO, in Seville, Spain.
May 19 – The Firearm Owners Protection Act is enacted.
May 23 – Somali President Siad Barre is injured in a car accident in Mogadishu and taken to Saudi Arabia for treatment. Somali opposition groups see this as an opportunity to try and remove Barre, beginning the Somali Civil War.
May 24 – The Montreal Canadiens win their 23rd Stanley Cup In Calgary against the Flames.
Hands Across America: At least 5,000,000 people form a human chain from New York City to Long Beach, California, to raise money to fight hunger and homelessness.
The Bangladeshi double decked ferry Shamia capsizes in the Meghna River, southern Barisal, Bangladesh, killing at least 600.
May 27 – The game credited as setting the template for role-playing video games, Dragon Quest, is released in Japan.
May 28 – Pingu premieres in Switzerland.
May 31 – The 1986 FIFA World Cup begins in Mexico.
June – Construction of the Oosterscheldekering, the world's largest openable storm surge flood barrier, is completed in the Netherlands.
June 4 – Jonathan Pollard pleads guilty to espionage for selling top secret United States military intelligence to Israel.
June 8 – Former United Nations Secretary-General Kurt Waldheim is elected president of Austria.
June 9 – The Rogers Commission releases its report on the Space Shuttle Challenger disaster.
June 12 – South Africa declares a nationwide state of emergency.
June 14 – The Mindbender accident happened in West Edmonton Mall. 3 people died, and 1 person was injured.
June 19 – American college basketball player Len Bias suffers a fatal cardiac arrhythmia from a cocaine overdose, less than 48 hours after being selected 2nd overall by the Boston Celtics in the 1986 NBA draft. Bias' death came 11 days after the Celtics won their 16th NBA championship by defeating the Houston Rockets in the finals.
June 22 – In one of the most famous FIFA World Cup matches, Argentinian football player Diego Maradona scores one handball goal (nicknamed the "Hand of God") and then dribbles past the entire English football team to score a second goal (nicknamed "The Goal of the Century") with Argentina winning 2-1 against England.
June 23 – Eric Thomas develops LISTSERV, the first email list management software.
June 24 – The Dominican Republic recognizes the Sahrawi Arab Democratic Republic.
June 29 – Argentina defeats West Germany 3–2 to win the 1986 FIFA World Cup in Mexico City.
July 1 – CSX Transportation is established.
July 5 – The Statue of Liberty is reopened to the public after celebrating its centennial and an extensive refurbishment.
July 5 – 20 – The Goodwill Games are held in Moscow.
July 7 – Australian drug smugglers Kevin Barlow and Brian Chambers are executed in Malaysia.
July 12 – The New Zealand Homosexual Law Reform Act decriminalizes consensual sex between men from the age of 16.
July 22 – In the Philippines, ABS-CBN Radio launches DZMM at 630 kHz on AM Band.
July 23 – In London, Prince Andrew, Duke of York marries Sarah Ferguson at Westminster Abbey.
July 27 – Greg LeMond wins the Tour de France.
July 28 – Estate agent Suzy Lamplugh vanishes after a meeting in London.
August 2 – The first film produced by Studio Ghibli, Castle in the Sky directed by Hayao Miyazaki is released in Japan.
A low-pressure system moving from South Australia and redeveloping off the New South Wales coast dumps a record 328 millimetres (12.9 in) of rain in a day on Sydney.
In Louisville, Kentucky, William J. Schroeder, the second artificial heart recipient, dies after 620 days.
Australian Democrats leader Don Chipp retires from federal parliament and is succeeded by Janine Haines, the first woman to lead a political party in Australia.
August 19 – Two weeks after it was stolen, the Picasso painting Weeping Woman is found in a locker at the Spencer Street Station in Melbourne, Australia.
August 20 – In Edmond, Oklahoma, United States Postal Service employee Patrick Sherrill guns down 14 of his co-workers before committing suicide.
August 21 – The Lake Nyos disaster, a limnic eruption, occurs in Cameroon, killing nearly 2,000 people.
The Soviet passenger liner SS Admiral Nakhimov collides with the bulk carrier Pyotr Vasev in the Black Sea and sinks almost immediately, killing 398.
Aeroméxico Flight 498, a Douglas DC-9, collides with a Piper PA-28 over Cerritos, California, killing 67 on both aircraft and 15 on the ground.
The cargo ship Khian Sea departs from the docks of Philadelphia, carrying 14,000 tons of toxic waste. It wanders the seas for the next 16 months trying to find a place to dump its cargo. The waste is later dumped in Haiti.
September 1 – Jordan University of Science and Technology is established in Jordan.
September 4 – Eusko Alkartasuna, the Basque Social Democratic Party, is created in Vitoria-Gasteiz.
September 5 – Pan Am Flight 73, with 358 people on board, is hijacked at Karachi International Airport by four Abu Nidal terrorists.
The Big Mac Index is introduced in The Economist newspaper as a semi-humorous international measure of purchasing power parity.
In Istanbul, two Abu Nidal terrorists kill 22 and wound 6 inside the Neve Shalom Synagogue during Shabbat services.
Desmond Tutu becomes the first black Anglican Church bishop in South Africa.
Chilean dictator Augusto Pinochet survives an assassination attempt by the FPMR; 5 of his bodyguards are killed.
September 8 – The Oprah Winfrey Show premieres in syndication.
September 13 – A magnitude 6.0 earthquake rocks the city of Kalamata in southern Greece, killing 20 people, injuring 80 and completely destroying one-fifth of the city.
September 28 – The Democratic Progressive Party is founded. It was part of the Tangwai movement in new generation to challenge Kuomintang in Taiwan's one-party politics.
October 1 – U.S. President Ronald Reagan signs the Goldwater–Nichols Act into law, making official the largest reorganization of the United States Department of Defense since the Air Force was made a separate branch of service in 1947.
October 3 – TASCC, a superconducting cyclotron, officially opens at Chalk River Laboratories.
United States District Court Judge Harry E. Claiborne becomes the fifth federal official to be removed from office through impeachment.
News Corporation completes its acquisition of the Metromedia group of companies, thereby launching the Fox Broadcasting Company.
The Phantom of the Opera, the longest running Broadway show in history, opens at Her Majesty's Theatre in London.
October 10 – The 5.7 Mw San Salvador earthquake shook San Salvador, El Salvador with a maximum Mercalli intensity of IX (Violent). Up to 1,500 people were killed.
October 11 – 12 – Cold War: Ronald Reagan and Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev meet in Reykjavík, Iceland, to continue discussions about scaling back their intermediate missile arsenals in Europe, which end in failure.
October 12 – Elizabeth II and The Duke of Edinburgh visit the People's Republic of China.
October 16 – The International Olympic Committee chooses Albertville, France to be the host city of the 1992 Winter Olympics and Barcelona, Spain to be the host city of the 1992 Summer Olympics. The IOC also announces that the summer and winter games will separate with the winter games on every even, common year; and the summer games on every even, leap year starting from 1992.
October 19 – Mozambican President Samora Machel's plane crashes in South Africa.
October 21 – The Marshall Islands became an associated state under the Compact of Free Association.
October 22 – In New York City, WNBC Radio's traffic helicopter crashes into the Hudson River, killing traffic reporter Jane Dornacker. The last words heard on-the-air are Dornacker's screams of terror, "Hit the water! Hit the water! Hit the water!"
October 24 – Lambda Sigma Gamma Sorority Inc. is founded at Sacramento State by Linda V. Fuentes and 26 Founding Mothers.
October 26 – Bus deregulation goes into effect in the United Kingdom, except Greater London and Northern Ireland.
The International World Day of Prayer is held in Assisi, Italy.
World Series: The New York Mets defeat the Boston Red Sox in 7 games. This is the second world series title in the Mets franchise. It is also remembered for Game 6, when Bill Buckner lets a routine ground ball hit by Mookie Wilson roll through his legs, letting the Mets win and pull even with the Red Sox in the series.
The Big Bang in the London Stock Exchange abolishes fixed commission charges, paving the way for electronic trading.
The centennial of the Statue of Liberty's dedication is celebrated in New York Harbor.
In London, Jeremy Bamber is found guilty of the murder of his adoptive parents, sister and twin nephews, and sentenced to life imprisonment, with a recommendation by the trial judge that he should serve at least 25 years before being considered for parole.
October 29 – British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher officially opens the M25 Motorway, which encircles Greater London, in a ceremony on the carriageway near Potters Bar. It became Europe's second longest orbital road upon completion, and provides the first and only full bypass of London.
Queensland, Australia: Joh Bjelke-Petersen wins his final election as Premier of Queensland with 38.6% of the vote. He resigns on December 1, 1987, following revelations of his involvement with corruption released in the Fitzgerald Inquiry.
Sandoz chemical spill: a major environmental disaster near Basel, Switzerland, pollutes the Rhine.
Iran–Contra affair: The Lebanese magazine Ash-Shiraa reports that the United States has been selling weapons to Iran in secret, in order to secure the release of 7 American hostages held by pro-Iranian groups in Lebanon.
The Northern Mariana Islands enter in a political union with the United States. The island's government adopted its own constitution in 1977, and the constitutional government took office in January 1978. The covenant was fully implemented November 3, 1986, pursuant to Presidential Proclamation no. 5564, which conferred United States citizenship on legally qualified island residents.
Democrats regain control of the United States Senate for the first time in 6 years. In California, Chief Justice Rose Bird and two colleagues are removed by voters from the Supreme Court of California for opposing capital punishment.
Eventual 2008 presidential nominee John McCain gets elected as Republican U.S. Senator from Arizona, and has been in office since then.
November 6 – Sumburgh disaster: A British International Helicopters Boeing 234LR Chinook crashes 2.5 miles east of Sumburgh Airport, killing 45 people (the deadliest civilian helicopter crash on record).
November 11 – Sperry Rand and Burroughs merge to form Unisys, becoming the second largest computer company.
November 12 – Australian singer John Farnham releases the album Whispering Jack, which becomes the highest selling album in Australia's history.
November 18 – Greater Manchester Police announce that they will search for the bodies of 2 missing children (who both vanished more than 20 years ago) after the Moors murderers Ian Brady and Myra Hindley confess to 2 more murders.
November 21 – Iran-Contra Affair: National Security Council member Oliver North and his secretary, Fawn Hall, start shredding documents implicating them in selling weapons to Iran and channeling the proceeds to help fund the Contra rebels in Nicaragua.
November 22 – Mike Tyson wins his first world boxing title by defeating Trevor Berbick in Las Vegas.
November 25 – Iran–Contra affair: U.S. Attorney General Edwin Meese announces that profits from covert weapons sales to Iran were illegally diverted to the anti-communist Contra rebels in Nicaragua.
November 26 – Iran–Contra affair: U.S. President Ronald Reagan announces that on December 1 former Senator John Tower, former Secretary of State Edmund Muskie, and former National Security Adviser Brent Scowcroft will serve as members of the Special Review Board looking into the scandal (they became known as the Tower Commission). Reagan denies involvement in the scandal.
December 7 – A magnitude 5.7 earthquake destroys most of the Bulgarian town of Strajica, killing 2 people.
December 14 – Rutan Voyager, an experimental aircraft designed by Burt Rutan and piloted by Dick Rutan and Jeana Yeager, begins its flight around the world.
December 16 – Mass anti-government protests break out across the Kazakh SSR, resulting in the massacre of over 165 protesters.
December 19 – Soviet dissident Andrei Sakharov is permitted to return to Moscow after six years of internal exile.
December 20 – Three African Americans are assaulted by a group of white teens in the Howard Beach neighborhood of Queens, New York. One of the victims, Michael Griffith, is run over and killed by a motorist while attempting to flee the attackers.
December 23 – Voyager completes the first nonstop circumnavigation of the earth by air without refueling in 9 days, 3 minutes and 44 seconds.
December 26 – After 35 years on the airwaves and holding the title of longest-running non-news program on network television, NBC airs the final episode of daytime drama Search for Tomorrow.
December 31 – A fire at the Dupont Plaza Hotel in San Juan, Puerto Rico, kills 97 and injures 140.
The National Park Passport Stamps program begins.
The Council on Competitiveness is founded.
Average per capita income in Japan exceeds that in the United States.
Matt Groening creates The Simpsons family.
The first commercially available 3D printer is sold.
Informal stock trading is done in Shenyang, China; the first of its kind in Red China.
Glen Davis, American basketball player
Colin Morgan, British actor
Anna Brewster, British actress and model
Lee Sung-min, South Korean actor and member of Korean pop group Super Junior
Nathan Cowen, New Zealand rower
Trombone Shorty, American jazz musician
January 3 – Lloyd, American urban musician
Katrina Halili, Filipina actress and commercial model
James Milner, English soccer player
Steve Slaton, American football player
Hsieh Su-wei, Taiwanese tennis player
Charlyne Yi, American actress
Teppei Koike, Japanese singer and actor
Deepika Padukone, Bollywood actress
Jesse Draper, American actress
Petter Northug, Norwegian Olympic skier
Irina Shayk, Russian model
Alex Turner, English musician (Arctic Monkeys)
January 8 – David Silva, Spanish footballer
Chen Jin, Chinese badminton player
Suzanne Harmes, Dutch artistic gymnast
Kenneth Vermeer, Dutch footballer
Daniela Cosío, Mexican model
Rachel Riley, English TV presenter
Zlata Ognevich, Ukrainian singer
Kieron Richardson, British actor
January 13 – Joannie Rochette, Canadian figure skater
January 14 – Yohan Cabaye, French footballer
Jessy Schram, American actress
Kleio Valentien, American pornographic actress
Paula Pareto, Argentinian judoka
Mason Gamble, American actor
Max Adler, American actor
Chloe Rose Lattanzi, Australian actress and singer
Marya Roxx, Estonian rock musician and was lead singer of Vanilla Ninja
Becca Tobin, American actress and singer
January 19 – Claudio Marchisio, Italian footballer
January 20 – Genie Chuo, Taiwanese singer and actress
Peyton Hillis, American football player
Sushant Singh Rajput, Indian actor
January 22 – Daniel Smith, American actor (d. 2006)
José Enrique, Spanish footballer
Mischa Barton, British actress
Raviv Ullman, Israeli actor
Gerald Green, American basketball player
Matt Heafy, Lead singer and guitarist of American rock group Trivium
Jaejoong, South Korean actress and pop singer
Shantelle Malawski, Canadian professional wrestler
Jessica Ennis-Hill, British heptathlete
Shruti Haasan, Indian actress and musician
Sarah Jaffe, American surburbia singer
Drew Tyler Bell, American actor and dancer
January 31 – Yves Makabu-Makalambay, Belgian footballer
February 1 – Lauren Conrad, American television personality and fashion designer
Gemma Arterton, British actress
Miwa Asao, Japanese beach volleyball player
Tiffany Vise, American figure skater
Claudia Cruz, Dominican model and beauty queen
Kevin Gates, American hip-hop musician and entrepreneur
Madison Rayne, American professional wrestler
Vedran Ćorluka, Croatian international footballer
Sofia Nizharadze, Georgian pop musician
Yunho, South Korean actor and member of pop group TVXQ
Dane DeHaan, American actor
Alice Greczyn, American actress and model
Stephen Colletti, American actor and television personality
James Deen, American pornographic actor and director
Anna Hutchison, New Zealand actress
Charles Andrew Williams, American perpetrator of the Santana High School shootings
Radamel Falcao, Colombian footballer
Yui Ichikawa, Japanese actress
Tiffany Thornton, American actress
Aschwin Wildeboer, Spanish swimmer
Valeri Bojinov, Bulgarian footballer
Amber Riley, American actress
Ami Koshimizu, Japanese voice actress
Brenan Espartinez, Filipino singer and actor
Vika Jigulina, Romanian music producer, dance singer and DJ
Alessandra Mastronardi, Italian actress
Marta (Vieira da Silva), Brazilian-born footballer
Björn Gustafsson, Swedish comedian
Ophelia Lovibond, British actress
Maria Mena, Norwegian pop singer
Prince Amedeo of Belgium, Archduke of Austria-Este, member of the Belgian Royal Family
Charlotte Church, British singer, actress and television presenter
February 22 – Miko Hughes, American actor
Emerson da Conceição, Brazilian footballer
Skylar Grey, American pop singer
Kazuya Kamenashi, Japanese singer-songwriter and actor (KAT-TUN and Shūji to Akira)
Boipelo Makhothi, Lesotho swimmer
Jerod Mayo, American football player
Ola Svensson, Swedish pop singer
February 24 – Bryce Papenbrook, American voice actor, son of Bob Papenbrook
Justin Berfield, American actor
James and Oliver Phelps, identical twin British actors
Danny Saucedo (aka Danny), Swedish pop and dance singer
Leila Lopes, Angolan Miss Universe 2011
Teresa Palmer, Australian actress and model
Crystal Kay, Japanese actress and pop singer
Jonathan Spector, American soccer player
Ayumu Goromaru, Japanese rugby union player
Big E Langston,American Professional Wrestler
March 2 – Ethan Peck, American actor
March 3 – Stacie Orrico, American singer
March 4 – Margo Harshman, American actress
Corey Brewer, American basketball player
Julie Henderson, American model
Mika Newton, Ukrainian singer and actress
Andrew Jenks, American filmmaker
Shikabala, Egyptian footballer
Eli Marienthal, American actor
Francisco Cervelli, Venezuelan baseball player
Charlie Mulgrew, Scottish footballer
March 8 – Princess Tsuguko of Takamado, a member of the Japanese Imperial Family
March 9 – Brittany Snow, American actress
Dario Cologna, Swiss Olympic skier
Mariko Shinoda, Japanese singer, actress, fashion model, and idol (AKB48)
March 12 – Danny Jones, Lead singer and guitarist of British pop and rock group McFly
Chiaki Kyan, Japanese gravure idol
Kousuke Yonehara, Japanese singer (Run&Gun) and actor
March 14 – Jamie Bell, British actor
March 15 – Jai Courtney, Australian actor
Alexandra Daddario, American actress and model
Ken Doane, American professional wrestler
T. J. Jordan, American basketball player
Daisuke Takahashi, Japanese figure skater
Edin Džeko, Bosnian footballer
Olesya Rulin, Russian-born actress
March 18 – Lykke Li, Swedish singer-songwriter.
March 19 – Anne Vyalitsyna, Russian model
March 21 – Scott Eastwood, American actor
March 22 – Matt Bush, American actor
Steven Strait, American actor
Brett Eldredge, American country music singer
March 24 – Val Chmerkovskiy, Ukrainian-American professional dancer from Dancing With The Stars
Marco Belinelli, Italian basketball player
Megan Gibson, American softball player
Jonny Craig, Member of urban group Dance Gavin Dance and Emarosa
Jessica Hart, Australian model
Misty Stone, American pornographic actress
SoCal Val, American professional wrestling personality
Manuel Neuer, German football goalkeeper
Lady Gaga (real name Stefani Germanotta), American pop musician and record producer
Meagan Smith, American film and voice actress
Romina Oprandi, Italian tennis player
Lucas Elliot Eberl, American actor and director
March 30 – Sergio Ramos, Spanish footballer
Ellen Hollman, American actress
Kid Ink, American hip-hop musician
Yurika Nakamura, Japanese athlete
Hillary Scott, Lead singer and guitarist of American surburbia group Lady Antebellum
Lee DeWyze, American rock musician
Drew Van Acker, American actor
Amanda Bynes, American actress
Coleen Rooney, English media personality
April 4 – Eunhyuk, South Korean actor and member of pop group Super Junior
April 7 – Choi Si-won, South Korean actor, model and member of pop group Super Junior
Igor Akinfeev, Russian footballer
Cliff Avril, American football player
Félix Hernández, Venezuelan baseball player
Erika Sawajiri, Japanese actress, singer, and model
Leighton Meester, American actress
Jordan Masterson, American actor
Sam Attwater, British actor
Fernando Gago, Argentine footballer
Vincent Kompany, Belgian footballer
April 11 – Stephanie Pratt, American television personality
April 16 – Shinji Okazaki, Japanese football player
April 18 – Maurice Edu, American footballer
April 19 – Candace Parker, American basketball player
Pablo Martín, Spanish golfer
Cameron Duncan, New Zealand director and writer (d. 2003)
Viktor Fayzulin, Russian footballer
Amber Heard, American actress
Marshawn Lynch, American football player
April 23 – Jessica Stam, Canadian model
April 24 – Tahyna Tozzi, Australian model, singer and actress
John DeLuca, American actor
Daniel Sharman, British actor
Jenna Coleman, British actress
Dinara Safina, Russian tennis player
April 28 – Jenna Ushkowitz, American stage and television actress and singer
April 30 – Dianna Agron, American actress
Emily Hart, American actress
Thomas McDonell, American actor
May 3 – Poppy Delevingne, English model
May 5 – Grace Wong, Hong Kong actress and beauty pageant contestant
May 7 – Rianne ten Haken, Dutch model
May 8 – Laura Spencer, Ukrainian singer
May 9 – Grace Gummer, American actress
May 12 – Emily VanCamp, Canadian actress
Lena Dunham, American actress and producer
Robert Pattinson, English actor and musician
Alexander Rybak, Norwegian singer and violinist, Eurovision Song Contest 2009 winner
Alyosha, Ukrainian singer
Mey Chan, Indonesian singer
Darren Wilson, American police officer responsible for fatally shooting Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri
May 15 – Matías Fernández, Chilean footballer
Megan Fox, American actress
Drew Roy, American actor
Shamcey Supsup, Filipino beauty pageant contestant
Jacob Zachar, American actor
Amy Gumenick, Swedish actress
Tahj Mowry, American actor, dancer, and singer
Erin Richards, Welsh actress
May 19 – Eric Lloyd, American actor
Dexter Blackstock, English footballer
Louisa Krause, American actress
Ricardo Lockette, American football player
Mario Mandžukić, Croatian footballer
Molly Ephraim, American actress
Tatiana Volosozhar, Ukrainian-born Russian figure skater
Nico Colaluca, American footballer
Valentina Marchei, Italian figure skater
Jordan Zimmermann, American baseball player
May 24 – Mark Ballas, American dancer, choreographer, actor, singer-songwriter, musician, and two-time winner of Dancing with the Stars
May 25 – Juri Ueno, Japanese actress
May 26 – Àstrid Bergès-Frisbey, Spanish actress and model
May 27 – Timo Descamps, Belgian actor and singer
Joseph Cross, American actor
Charles N'Zogbia, French footballer
Britt McHenry, American sports reporter
Seth Rollins, American professional wrestler
Hornswoggle, American professional wrestler and actor
Jaslene Gonzalez, Puerto Rican-American fashion model
Pasha Parfeni, Moldovan singer
Brooke Castile, American figure skater
Robert Gesink, Dutch cyclist
Sopho Khalvashi, Georgian musician
Moses Ndiema Masai, Kenyan runner
Dayana Mendoza, Miss Universe 2008
Chinedu Obasi, Nigerian footballer
Skream, British DJ and producer (Magnetic Man)
Ben Smith, New Zealand rugby player
Todd Carney, Australian rugby player
Curtis Lofton, American football player
Al Horford, Dominican basketball player
Brenden Jefferson, American actor
Alexandros Karageorgiou, Greek archer
Micah Kogo, Kenyan runner
Rafael Nadal, Spanish tennis player
Adrián Vallés, Spanish race car driver
Tomáš Verner, Czech Republic ice skater
Oona Chaplin, Spanish-English actress and dancer
Fahriye Evcen, German-Turkish actress
Shane Kippel, Canadian actor
Shelly Woods, British wheelchair racer
Yoochun, South Korean musician and actor
Christian Baracat, German rugby player
Dave Bolland, Canadian ice hockey player
Amanda Crew, Canadian actress
Vernon Gholston, American football player
Bhavana, Indian actress
Kim Hyun-joong, South Korean actor, model and singer
Junichi Tazawa, Japanese-American baseball player
Leslie Carter, American pop singer (d. 2012)
June 10 – Joey Zimmerman, American actor and musician
June 11 – Shia LaBeouf, American actor and film director
June 12 – Cintia Dicker, Brazilian model
Kat Dennings, American actress
DJ Snake, French DJ and producer
Keisuke Honda, Japanese football player
Ashley Olsen, American actress
Mary-Kate Olsen, American actress
Måns Zelmerlöw, Swedish pop singer and television presenter
June 15 – Momoko Ueda, Japanese golfer
Lisa Haydon, Indian actress
Marie Avgeropoulos, Canadian actress and model
Richard Gasquet, French tennis player
Richard Madden, British actor
Shusaku Nishikawa, Japanese footballer
Crystal Renn, American model and author
Erin Mackey, American actress and singer
Marvin Williams, American basketball player
Nazareno Casero, Argentinian actor
June 20 – Dreama Walker, American actress
June 23 – Marti Malloy, American judoka
Bojana Stamenov, Serbian singer
Phil Hughes, American baseball player
Solange Knowles, American singer and actress
Kaitlin Cullum, American actress
June 25 – Lee Ho-suk, South Korean short-track skater
June 26 – Brittney Karbowski, American voice actress
Drake Bell, American actor and singer
Sam Claflin, British actor
Kristal Uzelac, American artistic gymnast
Kellie Pickler, American singer
Shadia Simmons, Canadian actress
June 29 – Edward Maya, Romanian musician
June 30 – Victoria Crawford, American professional wrestler and model
Agnes Monica, Indonesian urban singer
Casey Reinhardt, American model
July 2 – Lindsay Lohan, American actress and singer
July 4 – Takahisa Masuda, Japanese actor and singer
July 6 – Leon Frierson, American actor and comedian
July 7 – Sevyn Streeter, Member of American urban group TG4 and RichGirl
Renata Costa, Brazilian footballer
Jake McDorman, American film and television actor
Caroline D'Amore, American model
Kiely Williams, American actress and singer
July 10 – Wyatt Russell, American actor
Krystal Forscutt, Australian reality TV star
JP Pietersen, South African rugby player
Dan Smith, Lead singer of the British rock group Bastille
Sanam Baloch, Pakistani VJ, actress and anchor
Peta Murgatroyd, New Zealand-born Australian dancer from Dancing With The Stars
July 16 – Taryn Southern, American actress
Dana, Korean singer, dancer and actress (TSZX)
Lacey Von Erich, professional wrestler
Brando Eaton, American film and television actor
Travis Milne, Canadian actor
Kaitlin Riley, American actress
July 21 – Diane Guerrero, American actress
Megan Park, Canadian actress and singer
Natalie Tran, Australian comedian
July 25 – Hulk, Brazilian footballer
July 26 – Monica Raymund, American actress
July 27 – Nathan Stephenson, Canadian actor
July 28 – Alexandra Chando, American actress
July 30 – Jung Chul-woon, South Korean football player
July 31 – Evgeni Malkin, Russian hockey player
Charlotte Casiraghi, heir to the Monaco throne
Andrew McFarlane, American actor
Prince Louis of Luxembourg, Prince of Luxembourg
August 4 – Oleg Ivanov, Russian footballer
Paula Creamer, American golfer
Kyoko Oshima, Japanese artistic gymnast
August 6 – Bryan Young, Canadian ice hockey player
Paul Biedermann, German swimmer
Nancy Sumari, Tanzanian beauty queen and model, Miss World 2005
Keahu Kahuanui, American actor
August 8 – Peyton List American actress
Kaori Fukuhara, Japanese voice actress
Colby Rasmus, American baseball player
August 14 – Nigel Boogaard, Australian footballer
Yu Darvish, Japanese baseball player
Shawn Pyfrom, American actor
Bryton James, American actor
Tobias Schönenberg, German actor and photo model
August 19 – Christina Perri, American pop and rock musician
Usain Bolt, Jamaican sprinter
Kiami Davael, American actress
Lacie Heart, American porn actress
Keiko Kitagawa, Japanese actress
August 26 – Big K.R.I.T., American rapper
Armie Hammer, American actor
Gilad Shalit, Israeli soldier/hostage
Florence Welch, British singer
Lauren Collins, Canadian actress
Lea Michele, American actress and singer
Theo Hutchcraft, British pop musician
Ryan Ross, American guitarist (Panic! at the Disco)
August 31 – Feng Tianwei, Singaporean Olympic table tennis player
Sidney Rice, former American football player
Shahar Tzuberi, Israeli windsurfer
Moses Ndiema Kipsiro, Ugandan middle-distance runner
Stevan Faddy, Montenegrin singer
OMI, Jamaican-born singer
Shaun White, American professional snowboarder
Jaclyn Hales, American actress
Xavier Woods,American Professional Wrestler
September 6 – Raven Riley, American porn star
September 8 – Jake Sandvig, American actor
September 9 – José Aldo, WEC Featherweight Champion, the first UFC Featherweight Champion
Greg Garbowsky, American musician
Ryuji Kamiyama, Japanese vocalist (Run&Gun) and actor
Yang Mi, Chinese actress and singer
Yuto Nagatomo, Japanese footballer
Emmy Rossum, American actress and singer
Alfie Allen, English actor
Tinchy Stryder, Ghanaian musician
Ai Takahashi, Japanese singer
A.J. Trauth, American actor and musician
Jenna McCorkell, British figure skater
Heidi Montag, American television personality
Gordon Beckham, American baseball player
Ian Harding, American actor
Kyla Pratt, American actress
Keeley Hazell, British model
Renaud Lavillenie, French pole vaulter
Mandy Musgrave, American actress
Ilya Salmanzadeh, Swedish music producer
Peter Vack, American voice actor
September 21 – Lindsey Stirling, American violinist, dancer, performance artist, and composer
September 23 – Kaylee DeFer, American actress
Leah Dizon, American singer and model
Eloise Mumford, American actress
September 25 – Steve Forrest, American drummer
September 26 – Ashley Leggat, Canadian actress
September 27 – Natasha Thomas, Danish singer and songwriter
September 28 – Andrés Guardado, Mexican footballer
September 29 – Lo Bosworth, American television personality
Olivier Giroud, French footballer
Ki Hong Lee, South Korean actor
October 1 – Jurnee Smollett, American actress
Camilla Belle, American actress
Tom Hudson, British actor
October 3 – Andy San Dimas, American pornographic actress
October 4 – Yuridia, Mexican singer
October 5 – Novica Veličković, Serbian basketball player
Luisa D'Oliveira, Canadian actress
Tereza Kerndlová, Czech singer
Olivia Thirlby, American actress
Holland Roden, American actress
Amber Stevens West, American actress and model
Bree Olson, American former pornographic actress
October 9 – Laure Manaudou, French swimmer
Nathan Jawai, Australian basketball player
Lucy Griffiths, British actress
Marcus T. Paulk, American actor
Tyler Blackburn, American actor
Raquel Lee, American actress
Gabriel Agbonlahor, English Footballer
Iveta Mukuchyan, Armenian singer, model and actress
Wesley Matthews, American basketball player
Skyler Shaye, American actress
October 15 – Lee Donghae, Korean singer (Super Junior)
October 16 – Craig Pickering, British sprinter
October 17 – Mohombi, Congolese urban singer-songwriter and dancer
October 18 – Loukas Giorkas, Greek-Cypriot singer and model
October 20 – Elyse Taylor, Australian model
Tamerlan Tsarnaev, Russian-American terrorist responsible for the Boston Marathon bombings (d. 2013)
Christopher Uckermann, Mexican actor
Kyle Gallner, American actor
Kara Lang, Canadian footballer
Briana Evigan, American actress
Emilia Clarke, British actress
Jessica Stroup, American actress and fashion model
October 24 – Drake, Canadian actor and hip-hop rapper
October 28 – Tamar Kaprelian, Armenian American musician and singer
Italia Ricci, Canadian actress
Derek Theler, American actor
October 30 – Thomas Morgenstern, Austrian Olympic ski jumper
November 1 – Penn Badgley, American actor
Heo Young-Saeng, South Korean singer
Jasmine Trias, Filipino singer
November 4 – Alexz Johnson, Canadian actress and singer
BoA, Korean singer
Kasper Schmeichel, Danish footballer
Nodiko Tatishvili, Georgian singer
November 6 – Katie Leclerc, American actress
November 8 – Aaron Swartz, American programmer (d. 2013)
November 10 – Josh Peck, American actor and director
Greta Salóme, Icelandic singer and violinist
François Trinh-Duc, French rugby player
November 12 – Evan Yo, Taiwanese singer-songwriter
November 14 – Yuna, Malaysian singer, songwriter, and businesswoman
November 15 – Sania Mirza, Indian tennis player
November 16 – Omar Mateen, American mass murderer (d. 2016)
Karmichael Hunt, Australian NRL player
Nani, Cape Verde-born Portuguese footballer
Georgia King, British actress
Joseph Ashton, American film and voice actor
Ragne Veensalu, Estonian actress
November 19 – Veronica Scott, American fashion designer
November 20 – Lee Gye-deok, South Korean singer and activist
November 22 – Oscar Pistorius, South African Paralympic runner
Jimmy Graham, American football player
Pedro León, Spanish soccer player
Mohamed Massaquoi, American football player
Guðmundur Pétursson, Icelandic soccer player
Katie Cassidy, American singer and model
Amber Hagerman, American murder victim and namesake for the AMBER Alert system (d. 1996)
November 26 – Trevor Morgan, American actor
November 27 – Suresh Raina, Indian cricket player
Johnny Simmons, American actor
Pamela Bianca Manalo, Filipina beauty queen and actress
Hannah Fry, British complex systems theorist, public speaker and TV presenter
Boggie, Hungarian singer
Jordan Farmar, American basketball player
December 1 – DeSean Jackson, American football player
December 4 – Martell Webster, American basketball player
December 7 – Corey Vidal, Canadian online video content provider and digital media consultant
Amir Khan, British boxer
Kate Voegele, American singer-songwriter and actress
Alex House, Canadian actor
Lee Peltier, English footballer
Condola Rashād, American actress
Radosław Majewski, Polish footballer
Xiah, Korean singer (TVXQ)
Emma Bell, American actress
Vanessa Zima, American actress
December 18 – Jery Sandoval, Colombian actress, model and singer
Ryan Babel, Dutch footballer
Ingrid Burley, American rapper and songwriter
Calvin Andrew, English footballer
December 22 – Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, Nigerian-born terrorist known as the "Underwear Bomber"
December 23 – Noël Wells, American actress and comedian
Tim Elliott, American mixed martial artist
Satomi Ishihara, Japanese actress
Riyo Mori, Japanese Miss Universe 2007 winner
Mew Azama, Japanese actress
Kit Harington, British actor
December 27 – Jamaal Charles, American football player
December 29 – Kim Ok-bin, South Korean actress and model
Caity Lotz, American actress
Ellie Goulding, British artist
Faye Marsay, British actress
January 2 – Una Merkel, American actress (b. 1903)
Christopher Isherwood, English writer (b. 1904)
Phil Lynott, Irish musician, lead singer and bassist of Thin Lizzy (b. 1949)
January 5 – Ilmari Salminen, Finnish Olympic athlete (b. 1902)
January 7 – Juan Rulfo, Mexican writer (b. 1917)
January 8 – Maria L. de Hernández, Mexican-American rights activist (b. 1896)
January 10 – Jaroslav Seifert, Czech writer, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1901)
January 14 – Donna Reed, American actress (b. 1921)
January 16 – Herbert W. Armstrong, founded the Worldwide Church of God (b. 1892)
January 23 – Willard Van Dyke, American filmmaker and photographer (b. 1906)
Victor Crutchley, British admiral (b. 1893)
L. Ron Hubbard, American writer and founder of Scientology (b. 1911)
Gordon MacRae, American actor and singer (b. 1921)
January 27 – Lilli Palmer, German actress (b. 1914)
January 28 – In the Challenger disaster:
Gregory Jarvis, American astronaut (b. 1944)
Christa McAuliffe, American astronaut and teacher (b. 1948)
Ronald McNair, American astronaut (b. 1950)
Ellison Onizuka, American astronaut (b. 1946)
Judith Resnik, American astronaut (b. 1949)
Dick Scobee, American astronaut (b. 1939)
Michael J. Smith, American astronaut (b. 1945)
January 29 – Leif Erickson, American actor (b. 1911)
February 1 – Alva Myrdal, Swedish politician, diplomat, and writer, recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize (b. 1902)
February 6 – Frederick Coutts, the 8th General of The Salvation Army (b. 1899)
February 7 – Minoru Yamasaki, Japanese architect, designed the twin towers of the World Trade Center (b. 1912)
February 8 – Sarah Isabella McElligott, New Zealand cook and fruit-stall holder (b. 1883)
February 10 – Brian Aherne, British actor (b. 1902)
Frank Herbert, American author (b. 1920)
Evelio Javier, Filipino politician, lawyer, and civil servant (b. 1942)
February 14 – Edmund Rubbra, British composer (b. 1901)
February 16 – Howard Da Silva, American actor (b. 1909)
Jiddu Krishnamurti, Indian philosopher (b. 1895)
Red Ruffing, American baseball player (New York Yankees) and member of the MLB Hall of Fame (b. 1905)
February 19 – Francisco Mignone, Brazilian classical music (b. 1897)
Helen Hooven Santmyer, American writer (b. 1895)
Mart Stam, Dutch architect (b. 1899)
February 24 – Tommy Douglas, Canadian politician and "Father of medicare" in Canada (b. 1904)
February 27 – Jacques Plante, Canadian hockey player (b. 1929)
Olof Palme, Swedish politician, 26th Prime Minister of Sweden (b. 1927)
Thomas Williams, British politician (b. 1915)
Richard Manuel, Canadian musician (The Band) (b. 1943)
Howard Greenfield, American songwriter (b. 1936)
Adolph Caesar, American actor (b. 1933)
Lewis Valentine, Welsh politician (b. 1893)
Georgia O'Keeffe, American artist (b. 1887)
Alexander Hollaender, radiation biology (b. 1898)
Myron Cohen, American comedian (b. 1902)
Ray Milland, Welsh actor (b. 1907)
March 17 – John Bagot Glubb, British soldier (b. 1897)
March 18 – Bernard Malamud, American writer (b. 1914)
Harriette Simpson Arnow, American novelist (b. 1908)
Martin Harlinghausen, German air force general (b. 1902)
Charles Starrett, American actor (b. 1903)
March 23 – Moshe Feinstein, Orthodox rabbi (b. 1895)
March 24 – Krzysztof Mikołaj Radziwiłł, Polish translator and politician (b. 1898)
March 28 – Virginia Gilmore, American actress (b. 1919)
March 29 – Harry Ritz, American actor (b. 1907)
March 30 – James Cagney, American actor (b. 1899)
O'Kelly Isley, American singer of The Isley Brothers (b. 1937)
Jerry Paris, American actor and director (b. 1925)
April 3 – Peter Pears, English tenor (b. 1910)
April 7 – Leonid Kantorovich, Russian economist, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1912)
April 8 – Yukiko Okada, Japanese idol singer (b. 1967)
April 13 – Stephen Stucker, American actor (b. 1947)
April 14 – Simone de Beauvoir, French feminist writer (b. 1908)
Jean Genet, French writer (b. 1910)
Tim McIntire, American actor (b. 1944)
Paul Costello, American Olympic rower - double sculls (b. 1894)
Marcel Dassault, French aircraft industrialist (b. 1892)
Aileen Britton, Australian actress (b. 1916)
Alvin Childress, American actor (b. 1907)
April 22 – Mircea Eliade, Romanian historian of religions and writer (b. 1907)
Harold Arlen, American music composer (b. 1905)
Jim Laker, English cricketer (b. 1922)
Otto Preminger, Austrian-born film director (b. 1906)
April 24 – The Duchess of Windsor (the former Wallis Simpson), widow of the late Duke of Windsor (formerly Edward VIII) (b. 1896)
Broderick Crawford, American actor (b. 1911)
Bessie Love, American actress (b. 1898)
Lou van Burg, Dutch television personality and game show host (b. 1917)
Dechko Uzunov, Bulgarian painter (b. 1899)
April 30 – Robert Stevenson, English film director (b. 1905)
May 1 – Hylda Baker, English comedy actress (b. 1905)
May 2 – Henri Toivonen, Finnish rally car driver (b. 1956)
May 3 – Robert Alda, American actor (b. 1914)
May 7 – Herma Szabo, Austrian figure skater (b. 1902)
Herschel Bernardi, American actor (b. 1923)
Tenzing Norgay, Nepalese sherpa (b. 1914)
Henry Plumer McIlhenny, American art collector, socialite, philanthropist and the chairman of the Philadelphia Art Museum (b. 1910)
Fritz Pollard, American football player and member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame (b. 1894)
Elisabeth Bergner, Austrian actress (b. 1897)
Alicia Moreau de Justo, Argentine physician, politician, pacifist and human rights activist (b. 1885)
May 14 – Janne Aikala, Finnish murder victim (b. 1975)
Elio de Angelis, Italian race car driver (b. 1958)
Theodore White, American writer (b. 1915)
May 19 – Jimmy Lyons, American musician (b. 1931)
Altiero Spinelli, Italian political theorist and European federalist (b. 1907)
Sterling Hayden, American actor (b. 1916)
Robert Holmes, British scriptwriter (b. 1926)
Yakima Canutt, American actor and stuntman (b. 1895)
May 25 – Chester Bowles, American politician (b. 1901)
May 26 – Gian-Carlo Coppola, American film producer (b. 1963)
May 27 – Ajoy Mukherjee, Indian politician, Chief Minister of West Bengal (b. 1901)
May 30 – Perry Ellis, American fashion designer (b. 1940)
Jane Frank, American artist (b. 1918)
James Rainwater, American physicist, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1917)
June 3 – Anna Neagle, English actress (b. 1904)
June 5 – Bryan Grant, American tennis champion (b. 1909)
June 6 – William Joynt, Australian officer, farm labourer (b. 1889)
June 11 – Chesley Bonestell, American painter (b. 1888)
Benny Goodman, American jazz musician (b. 1909)
Ulla Strömstedt, Swedish actress (b. 1939)
Jorge Luis Borges, Argentine writer (b. 1899)
Alan Jay Lerner, American lyricist (b. 1918)
Marlin Perkins, American zoologist (b. 1905)
June 16 – Maurice Duruflé, French composer (b. 1902)
June 17 – Kate Smith, American singer (b. 1907)
June 18 – Frances Scott Fitzgerald, daughter of F. Scott Fitzgerald and Zelda Sayre (b. 1921)
Len Bias, American basketball player (b. 1963)
Coluche, stage name of Michel Colucci, French comedian and humorist (b. 1944)
June 21 – Assi Rahbani, Lebanese composer, musician, conductor and author (b. 1923)
June 27 – Don Rogers, American football player (b. 1962)
Jack Christiansen, American football player (Detroit Lions) and member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame (b. 1928)
Robert Drivas, American actor (b. 1938)
June 30 – Guan Zilan, Chinese avant-garde painter (b. 1903)
July 3 – Rudy Vallée, American singer, actor, and bandleader (b. 1901)
July 4 – Oscar Zariski, Russian mathematician (b. 1899)
July 6 – Jagjivan Ram, Indian politician (b. 1908)
Hyman G. Rickover, American admiral (b. 1900)
Skeeter Webb, baseball player (b. 1909)
July 12 – Wacław Kisielewski, Polish pianist (b. 1943)
Raymond Loewy, French-born industrial designer (b. 1893)
Joseph Vogt, German classical historian (b. 1895)
Florence Halop, American actress (b. 1923)
Billy Haughton, American harness driver and trainer (b. 1923)
July 18 – Stanley Rous, English administrator, 6th President of FIFA (b. 1895)
July 19 – Alfredo Binda, Italian cyclist (b. 1902)
July 21 – Ernest Maas, American screenwriter (b. 1892)
July 22 – Ede Staal, Dutch singer-songwriter (b. 1941)
Fritz Albert Lipmann, American biochemist, recipient of the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine (b. 1899)
Laurie Nash, Australian sportsman (b. 1910)
Yoshiyuki Tsuruta, Japanese Olympic swimmer (b. 1903)
Ted Lyons, American baseball player (Chicago White Sox) and member of the MLB Hall of Fame (b. 1900)
Vincente Minnelli, American film director (b. 1903)
July 26 – W. Averell Harriman, American diplomat and politician (b. 1891)
July 27 – Osbert Lancaster, British cartoonist (b. 1908)
July 31 – Teddy Wilson, American jazz pianist (b. 1912)
August 1 – Ignatius Joseph Kasimo Hendrowahyono, Indonesian politician (b. 1900)
August 2 – Renato Leduc, Mexican poet and journalist (b. 1897)
August 4 – Willem Ruis, Dutch game show host (b. 1945)
August 10 – Chuck McKinley, American tennis champion (b. 1941)
August 16 – Jaime Sáenz, Bolivian poet, novelist, and short story writer (b. 1921)
Hermione Baddeley, British actress (b. 1906)
Charles Radoff, Russian painter (b. 1894)
Lorenzo Tucker, American actor (b. 1907)
August 20 – Milton Acorn, Canadian poet, writer, and playwright (b. 1923)
August 21 – Thad Jones, American jazz musician (b. 1923)
August 22 – Celâl Bayar, Turkish politician, 3rd Prime Minister of Turkey and President of Turkey (b. 1883)
August 26 – Ted Knight, American actor (b. 1923)
August 27 – George Nepia, New Zealand Maori rugby player (b. 1905)
August 29 – Arthur Meyerhoff, American advertising agency executive and entrepreneur (b. 1895)
August 30 – George Pelawa, American ice hockey star Minnesota Mr. Hockey (b. 1968)
Urho Kekkonen, 2-Time Prime Minister of Finland and 8th President of Finland (b. 1900)
Henry Moore, British sculptor (b. 1898)
Jorge Alessandri, 27th President of Chile (b. 1896)
Earl B. Dickerson, prominent African American attorney (b. 1891)
Murray Hamilton, American actor (b. 1923)
September 4 – Hank Greenberg, Jewish-American baseball player (Detroit Tigers) and member of the MLB Hall of Fame (b. 1911)
September 6 – Blanche Sweet, American actress (b. 1896)
September 7 – Omar Ali Saifuddien III, Sultan of Brunei (b. 1914)
September 10 – María Dolores Katarain ("Yoyes"), Spanish Basque separatist leader, killed (b. 1954)
Jacques Henri Lartigue, French painter (b. 1894)
Henry DeWolf Smyth, American physicist (b. 1898)
September 12 – Frank Nelson, American actor (b. 1911)
September 18 – Pat Phoenix, British actress (b. 1923)
September 21 – Cheryl Keeton, American murder victim (b. 1949)
September 22 – József Asbóth, Hungarian tennis champion (b. 1917)
September 23 – Gottfried Freiherr von Banfield, Austro-Hungarian naval aeroplane pilot in the First World War (b. 1890)
September 25 – Nikolay Semyonov, Russian chemist, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1896)
September 26 – Noboru Terada, Japanese Olympic swimmer (b. 1917)
September 27 – Cliff Burton, American bassist (Metallica) (b. 1962)
September 28 – Robert Helpmann, Australian dancer and choreographer (b. 1909)
September 29 – Prince George Valdemar of Denmark (b. 1920)
September 30 – Storm Jameson, English journalist and author (b. 1891)
Hal B. Wallis, American film producer (b. 1898)
James H. Wilkinson, British mathematician (b. 1919)
October 7 – Wallace Wade, American football coach, University of Alabama, Duke University (b. 1892)
Norm Cash, American baseball player (b. 1934)
Boris Leven, Russian-born art director (b. 1908)
October 14 – Keenan Wynn, American actor (b. 1916)
October 15 – Jerry Smith, American football All Pro tight end, Washington Redskins, NFL (b. 1943)
October 16 – Arthur Grumiaux, Belgian violinist (b. 1921)
October 19 – Samora Machel, 1st President of Mozambique (b. 1933)
October 22 – Albert Szent-Györgyi, Hungarian physiologist, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1893)
October 23 – Edward Adelbert Doisy, American biochemist, recipient of the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine (b. 1893)
October 25 – Forrest Tucker, American actor (F Troop) (b. 1919)
October 26 – Jackson Scholz, American runner (b. 1897)
October 28 – Ian Marter, British actor and writer (b. 1944)
October 31 – Robert S. Mulliken, American physicist and chemist, recipient of the Nobel Prize in Chemistry (b. 1896)
November 2 – Paul Frees, American voice actor (b. 1920)
November 5 – Claude Jutra, Canadian film director (b. 1930)
November 6 – Elisabeth Grümmer, Alsatian soprano (b. 1911)
Artur London, Czech statesman (b. 1915)
Vyacheslav Molotov, Soviet politician (b. 1890)
November 10 – Rogelio de la Rosa, Filipino actor and politician (b. 1916)
November 11 – Roger C. Carmel, American actor (b. 1932)
November 15 – Alexandre Tansman, French composer and virtuoso pianist (b. 1897)
November 16 – Siobhán McKenna, Irish actress (b. 1923)
November 18 – Gia Carangi, American supermodel (b. 1960)
November 19 – Willie Stokes, American mobster (b. 1937)
Jerry Colonna, American comedian (b. 1904)
Dar Robinson, American film stuntman (b. 1947)
Scatman Crothers, American actor, musician (b. 1910)
William Bradford Huie, American journalist, editor, publisher and author (b. 1910)
November 25 – Ivan Magill, Irish-born anaesthetist (b. 1888)
November 29 – Cary Grant, British actor (b. 1904)
December 1 – Bobby Layne, American football player (Detroit Lions) and member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame (b. 1926)
December 2 – Desi Arnaz, Cuban-born actor, bandleader, musician, and television producer; co-founder of Desilu Productions (b. 1917)
December 3 – Austin Hayes, Irish footballer (b. 1958)
December 10 – Susan Cabot, American actress (b. 1927)
December 12 – Paul Verner, German politician (b. 1911)
December 13 – Heather Angel, English actress (b. 1909)
December 15 – Serge Lifar, Russian dancer and choreographer (b. 1905)
December 16 – John Nathaniel Couch, American mycologist (b. 1896)
December 17 – Guillermo Cano Isaza, Colombian journalist (b. 1925)
December 18 – Andrew Tsu, Chinese Anglican bishop (b. 1885)
December 21 – Willy Coppens, Belgian pilot (b. 1892)
December 22 – Ida Cook (aka Mary Burchell), British novelist and campaigner for Jewish refugees (b. 1904)
December 24 – Richard van der Riet Woolley, English astronomer (b. 1906)
December 26 – Elsa Lanchester, English actress (b. 1902)
December 28 – Jan Nieuwenhuys, Dutch painter (b. 1922)
Harold Macmillan, 1st Earl of Stockton, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom 1957–1963 (b. 1894)
Andrei Tarkovsky, Russian film director (b. 1932)
December 31 – Lloyd Haynes, American actor (b. 1934)
Tatiana Botkina, wife of Eugene Botkin (b. 1898)
Hilda Conkling, child poet (b. 1910)
Iren Marik, classical Hungarian pianist (b. 1906)
Guang Qin, Chinese Buddhist monk and teacher (b. 1892)
Felix Tikotin, architect and art collector (b. 1893)
Physics – Ernst Ruska, Gerd Binnig, Heinrich Rohrer
Chemistry – Dudley R. Herschbach, Yuan T. Lee, John Charles Polanyi
Physiology or Medicine – Stanley Cohen, Rita Levi-Montalcini
Literature – Wole Soyinka
Peace – Elie Wiesel
Economics – James Buchanan Jr
1986 (MCMLXXXVI) was a common year starting on Wednesday (dominical letter E) of the Gregorian calendar, the 1986th year of the Common Era (CE) and Anno Domini (AD) designations, the 986th year of the 2nd millennium, the 86th year of the 20th century, and the 7th year of the 1980s decade. The year 1986 was designated as the International Year of Peace by the United Nations.