January 17 – A Delta II rocket carrying a military GPS payload explodes, shortly after liftoff from Cape Canaveral.
January 18 – In northwest Rwanda, Hutu militia members kill 6 Spanish aid workers, 3 soldiers, and seriously wound another.
January 19 – Yasser Arafat returns to Hebron after more than 30 years, and joins celebrations over the handover of the last Israeli-controlled West Bank city.
January 20 – Bill Clinton is sworn in for a second term as President of the United States.
January 22 – Madeleine Albright becomes the first female Secretary of State, after confirmation by the United States Senate.
January 23 – Mir Aimal Kasi is sentenced to death for a 1993 assault rifle attack outside CIA headquarters that killed 2 and wounded 3.
January 27 – It is revealed that French museums had nearly 2,000 pieces of art that had been stolen by Nazis.
On their way to Lebanon, 2 Israeli troop-transport helicopters collide, killing 73.
After at first contesting the results, Serbian President Slobodan Milošević recognizes opposition victories in the November 1996 elections.
British Home Secretary Michael Howard informs Moors Murderer Myra Hindley that she will never be released from prison. Mr. Howard has made the decision in agreement with a recommendation made by his predecessor David Waddington in 1990.
The so-called "Big Three" banks in Switzerland announce the creation of a $71 million fund to aid Holocaust survivors and their families.
Morgan Stanley and Dean Witter Reynolds investment banks announce a $10 billion merger.
The United States Army suspends Gene C. McKinney, Sergeant Major of the Army, its top-ranking enlisted soldier, after hearing allegations of sexual misconduct.
Sandline affair: Australian newspapers publish stories that the government of Papua New Guinea has brought mercenaries onto Bougainville Island.
STS-82: Tune-up and repair work on the Hubble Space Telescope is started by astronauts from the Space Shuttle Discovery.
The Dow Jones Industrial Average closes above 7,000 for the first time, gaining 60.81 to 7,022.44.
February 22 – In Roslin, Scotland, scientists announce that an adult sheep named Dolly had been successfully cloned, and was born in July 1996.
February 23 – A small fire occurs on the Russian space station Mir.
February 27 – Divorce becomes legal in the Republic of Ireland.
February 28 – North Hollywood shootout: Two robbers wearing kevlar body armor armed with AK-47s containing armor-piercing bullets injure 17 police officers and civilians in a gun battle. The incident sparks debate on the appropriate firepower for United States patrol officers to have available in similar situations in the future.
March 4 – U.S. President Bill Clinton bans federal funding for any research on human cloning.
Pablo Picasso's Tête de Femme is stolen from a London gallery (recovered a week later).
In Sri Lanka, Tamil Tigers overrun a military base and kill more than 200.
India's Missionaries of Charity chooses Sister Nirmala to succeed Mother Teresa as its leader.
The National People's Congress of the People's Republic of China creates a new Chongqing Municipality, out of part of Sichuan.
The Phoenix Lights, a series of UFOs, are seen over Phoenix, Arizona.
March 16 – Sandline affair: On Bougainville Island, soldiers of commander Jerry Singirok arrest Tim Spicer and his mercenaries of the Sandline International.
March 18 – The tail of a Russian An-24 charter plane breaks off while en route to Turkey, causing the plane to crash, killing all 50 on board, and resulting in the grounding of all An-24s.
In Zaire, Étienne Tshisekedi is appointed prime minister; he ejects supporters of Mobutu Sese Seko from his cabinet.
Mercenaries of Sandline International withdraw from Papua New Guinea.
Tara Lipinski, 14, becomes the youngest women's world figure skating champion.
The Comet Hale–Bopp makes its closest approach to Earth.
March 23 – The British detective drama show, Midsomer Murders broadcasts on ITV.
March 24 – The 69th Academy Awards, hosted by Billy Crystal, are held at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles, with The English Patient winning Best Picture.
In San Diego, 39 Heaven's Gate cultists commit mass suicide at their compound.
Julius Chan resigns as prime minister of Papua New Guinea, ending the Sandline affair.
March 31 – The popular children's television show Teletubbies debuts on BBC 2.
Comet Hale–Bopp meets or exceeds most predictions when it passes perihelion.
Pokémon, a popular animated television series based on the videogame franchise of the same name, premieres on TV Tokyo.
April 3 – The Thalit massacre in Algeria: All but one of the 53 inhabitants of Thalit are killed by guerrillas.
April 11 – Fire damages the Turin Cathedral in Italy.
Fire breaks out in a pilgrim camp on the Plain of Mena, 7 miles (11 km) from Mecca; 343 die.
Former S.S. Captain Erich Priebke is retried; on July 22 he is sentenced to 5 years in prison.
April 16 – Houston socialite Doris Angleton is murdered in her River Oaks home. Her brother-in-law, Roger Angleton, later admits to the crime in his suicide note.
April 18 – The Red River of the North breaks through dikes and floods Grand Forks, North Dakota, and East Grand Forks, Minnesota, causing US$2 billion in damage.
April 21 – A Pegasus rocket carries the remains of 24 people into earth orbit, in the first space burial.
Haouch Khemisti massacre: 93 villagers are killed in Algeria.
A 126-day hostage crisis at the residence of the Japanese ambassador in Lima, Peru, ends after government commandos storm and capture the building, rescuing 71 hostages. One hostage dies of a heart attack, 2 soldiers are killed by rebel fire, and all 14 Túpac Amaru rebels are slain.
France supports the new transitional government in Zaire, withdrawing its support of Mobutu Sese Seko.
April 23 – 42 villagers are killed in the Omaria massacre in Algeria.
April 27 – Andrew Cunanan murders Jeffrey Trail, beginning a murder spree that lasts until July and ends with the murder of fashion designer Gianni Versace.
The Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW), CWC treaty enters into force.
Two trains crash at Hunan, China; 126 are killed.
May 2 – The Labour Party of the United Kingdom returns to power for the first time in 18 years, with Tony Blair becoming Prime Minister, in a landslide majority in the 1997 general election.
May 3 – Katrina and the Waves win the Eurovision Song Contest 1997 for the UK with "Love Shine a Light", the most successful Eurovision entry ever.
May 8 – Playhouse Disney launches.
May 10 – The 7.3 Mw Qayen earthquake shakes eastern Iran with a maximum Mercalli intensity of X (Extreme). At least were 1,567 killed and 2,300 were injured.
May 11 – IBM's Deep Blue defeats Garry Kasparov in the last game of the rematch, the first time a computer beats a chess World champion in a match.
May 12 – The Russian–Chechen Peace Treaty is signed.
May 15 – The United States government acknowledges existence of the "Secret War" in Laos (1953–1975) during the Vietnam War, and dedicates the Laos Memorial in honor of Hmong and other "Secret War" veterans.
President Mobutu Sese Seko is exiled from Zaire.
U.S. President Bill Clinton issues a formal apology to the surviving victims of the Tuskegee Study of Untreated Syphilis in the Negro Male and their families.
May 17 – Troops of Laurent Kabila march into Kinshasa.
May 22 – Kelly Flinn, the U.S. Air Force's first female bomber pilot certified for combat, accepts a general discharge in order to avoid a court-martial.
May 23 – Mohammad Khatami wins the 1997 Iranian presidential election and becomes the first Iranian Reformist president.
French legislative election, 1997 first-round voting.
Strom Thurmond becomes the longest-serving member in the history of the United States Senate (41 years and 10 months).
A military coup in Sierra Leone replaces President Ahmad Tejan Kabbah with Major Johnny Paul Koroma.
May 27 – The second-deadliest tornado of the 1990s hits in Jarrell, Texas, killing 27 people.
May 31 – The 13-kilometer Confederation Bridge, the world's longest bridge spanning ice-covered waters, opens between Prince Edward Island and New Brunswick, Canada.
Socialist Party-led Centre-left coalition won the second-round in 1997 French legislative elections, began with the third Cohabitation (1997–2002).
Hugo Banzer wins the Presidential elections in Bolivia.
June 2 – In Denver, Colorado, Timothy McVeigh is convicted on 15 counts of murder and conspiracy for his role in the 1995 Oklahoma City bombing.
June 6 – In Lacey Township, New Jersey, high school senior Melissa Drexler kills her newborn baby in a toilet.
June 7 – A computer user known as "_eci" publishes his Microsoft C source code on a Windows 95 and Windows NT exploit, which later becomes WinNuke. The source code gets wide distribution across the internet, and Microsoft is forced to release a security patch.
June 8 – A United States Coast Guard helicopter crashes near Humboldt Bay, California; all 4 crewmembers perish.
June 10 – Khmer Rouge leader Pol Pot orders the killing of his defense chief, Son Sen, and 11 of Sen's family members, before Pol Pot flees his northern stronghold (the news does not reach outside Cambodia for 3 days).
June 11 – In the United Kingdom, the House of Commons votes for a total ban on handguns.
June 12 – The United States Department of the Treasury unveils a new $50 bill, meant to be more difficult to counterfeit.
June 13 – A jury sentences Timothy McVeigh to death for his part in the 1995 Oklahoma City bombing.
June 16 – About 50 are killed in the Daïat Labguer (M'sila) massacre in Algeria.
June 19 – The fast food chain McDonald's wins a partial victory in its libel trial, known as the McLibel case, against two environmental campaigners.
June 22 – Swedish musician Ted Gärdestad commits suicide by jumping in front of a train (he is found dead later that morning).
A massive eruption of the Soufrière Hills volcano on the island of Montserrat leads to evacuation and eventual abandonment of the capital, Plymouth.
An unmanned Progress spacecraft collides with the Russian space station Mir.
June 26 – Bertie Ahern is appointed as the 10th Taoiseach of the Republic of Ireland and Mary Harney is appointed as the 16th, and first female, Tánaiste, after their parties, Fianna Fáil and the Progressive Democrats respectively, win the 1997 General Election.
June 26 – Bloomsbury Publishing publishes J. K. Rowling's Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone in London.
June 27 – Walt Disney Feature Animation's thirty-fifth animated feature Hercules is released.
July 1 – The United Kingdom hands sovereignty of Hong Kong to the People's Republic of China.
July 4 – NASA's Pathfinder space probe lands on the surface of Mars.
July 5 – In Cambodia, Hun Sen of the Cambodian People's Party overthrows Norodom Ranariddh in a coup.
July 7 – The Great Flood begins in southern Poland.
Mayo Clinic researchers warn that the dieting drug "fen-phen" can cause severe heart and lung damage.
NATO invites the Czech Republic, Hungary, and Poland to join the alliance in 1999.
In London, scientists report their DNA analysis findings from a Neanderthal skeleton, which support the out of Africa theory of human evolution, placing an "African Eve" at 100,000 to 200,000 years ago.
Miguel Ángel Blanco is kidnapped in Ermua, Spain and murdered by the ETA.
July 11 – Thailand's worst hotel fire at Pattaya kills 90.
July 13 – The remains of Che Guevara are returned to Cuba for burial, alongside some of his comrades. Guevara and his comrades were executed on 9 October 1967 in Bolivia.
July 15 – Spree killer Andrew Cunanan shoots fashion designer Gianni Versace to death outside Versace's Miami residence.
July 16 – The Dow Jones Industrial Average gains 63.17 to close at 8,038.88. It is the Dow's first close above 8,000. The Dow has doubled its value in 30 months.
July 17 – The F. W. Woolworth Company closes after 117 years in business.
July 21 – On her 200th birthday, the fully restored USS Constitution (aka "Old Ironsides") sets sail for the first time in 116 years.
The first genetically modified 3 parent baby is born.
July 23 – Digital Equipment Corporation files antitrust charges against chipmaker Intel.
July 24 – Spree killer Andrew Cunanan commits suicide in a Miami houseboat.
July 25 – K. R. Narayanan is sworn in as India's 10th president and the first member of the Dalit caste to hold this office.
July 27 – About 50 are killed in the Si Zerrouk massacre in Algeria.
July 30 – 18 people are killed in the Thredbo landslide in the Snowy Mountains resort in Australia. Stuart Diver is the only survivor.
Boeing and McDonnell Douglas complete a merger.
Steve Jobs returns to Apple Computer, Inc at Macworld in Boston.
August 2 – Australian ski instructor Stuart Diver is rescued as the sole survivor from the Thredbo landslide in New South Wales, in which 18 die.
August 3 – Between 40 and 76 villagers are killed in the Oued El-Had and Mezouara massacre in Algeria.
August 3–11 – Two of the three islands of the Union of the Comoros — Anjouan and Mohéli — attempt to succeed to revert to colonial rule by France. It fails when the French government of President Jacques Chirac refuses to recolonize them resulting in the two islands being reintegrated into the Comoros over the next two years.
185,000 Teamsters Union United Parcel Service drivers walk off the job.
Jeanne Calment, the oldest person ever, dies at age 122 years 164 days in Arles, France.
Microsoft buys a $150 million share of financially troubled Apple Computer.
Korean Air Flight 801 crash lands west of Guam International Airport, resulting in the deaths of 228 people.
In Belo Horizonte, Brazil, Cruzeiro defeats Sporting Cristal of Peru 1–0, becoming the Copa Libertadores de América champions for the second time.
The controversial animated sitcom South Park debuts on Comedy Central.
August 20 – Over 60 are killed, 15 kidnapped in the Souhane massacre in Algeria.
August 21 – Be Here Now, the third album from English rock band Oasis, becomes the fastest selling album in UK history.
60–100 are killed in the Beni Ali massacre in Algeria.
The Independent International Commission on Decommissioning is set up in Northern Ireland, as part of a peace process.
August 29 – Over 98 (and possibly up to 400) are killed in the Rais massacre in Algeria.
August 31 – Death of Diana, Princess of Wales: Diana, Princess of Wales is taken to a hospital after a car accident shortly after midnight, in the Pont de l'Alma road tunnel in Paris. She is pronounced dead at 3:00 am.
September 4 – In Lorain, Ohio, the last Ford Thunderbird for 3 years rolls off the assembly line.
Over 87 are killed in the Beni Messous massacre in Algeria.
The International Olympic Committee picks Athens, Greece, to be the host city for the 2004 Summer Olympics.
The funeral of Diana, Princess of Wales, takes place at Westminster Abbey, watched by over 2 billion people worldwide.
A Jean Michel Jarre Oxygene in Moscow concert, celebrating the city's 850th anniversary, draws 3.5 million people.
September 7 – The F-22 Raptor makes its first test flight.
September 11 – Scotland votes to create its own Parliament after 290 years of union with England.
September 13 – Iraq disarmament crisis: An Iraqi military officer attacks an UNSCOM weapons inspector on board an UNSCOM helicopter, while the inspector attempts to take photographs of unauthorized movement of Iraqi vehicles inside a site designated for inspection.
September 15 – The Norwegian parliamentary election was held in Norway.
September 17 – Iraq disarmament crisis: While waiting for access to a site, UNSCOM inspectors witness and videotape Iraqi guards moving files, burning documents, and dumping waste cans into a nearby river.
Wales votes in favour of devolution and the formation of a National Assembly for Wales.
Al-Qaeda carries out a terrorist attack in Mostar, Bosnia and Herzegovina.
September 19 – 53 are killed in the Guelb El-Kebir massacre in Algeria.
September 21 – The Islamic Salvation Army, the Islamic Salvation Fronts' armed wing, declares a unilateral ceasefire in Algeria.
September 25 – Iraq disarmament crisis: UNSCOM inspector Dr. Diane Seaman catches several Iraqi men sneaking out the back door of an inspection site, with log books for the creation of prohibited bacteria and chemicals.
Garuda Indonesia Flight 152 crashes while on approach to Medan, North Sumatra, during the 1997 Southeast Asian haze, killing all 234 people on board. This becomes the deadliest aviation accident in Indonesian history.
An earthquake strikes the Italian regions of Umbria and Marche, causing part of the Basilica of St. Francis at Assisi to collapse.
September 27 – The Roman Catholic Diocese of Požega in Croatia is founded.
October 1 – Luke Woodham walks into Pearl High School in Pearl, Mississippi, and opens fire, killing 2 girls, after killing his mother earlier that morning.
October 2 – British scientists Moira Bruce and John Collinge, with their colleagues, independently show that the new variant form of the Creutzfeldt–Jakob disease is the same disease as Bovine spongiform encephalopathy.
One million men gather for Promise Keepers' "Stand in the Gap" event in Washington, D.C.
Loomis Fargo Bank Robbery: The second largest cash robbery in U.S. history ($17.3 million, mostly in small bills) occurs at the Charlotte, North Carolina office of Wells Fargo. An FBI investigation eventually results in 24 convictions and the recovery of approximately 95% of the stolen cash.
October 11 – The mixed martial arts organization Pride Fighting Championships holds its inaugural event at the Tokyo Dome in Tokyo, Japan. In the main event Rickson Gracie defeats Nobuhiko Takada by armbar.
October 12 – 43 are killed at a false roadblock, in the Sidi Daoud massacre in Algeria.
Andy Green sets the first supersonic land speed record for the ThrustSSC team, led by Richard Noble of the UK. ThrustSSC goes through the flying mile course at Black Rock Desert, Nevada at an average speed of 1,227.985 km/h (763.035 mph).
NASA launches the Cassini–Huygens probe to Saturn.
October 16 – The first color photograph appears on the front page of The New York Times.
October 17 – The remains of Che Guevara are laid to rest with full military honours in a specially built mausoleum in the city of Santa Clara, Cuba, where he had won the decisive battle of the Cuban Revolution 39 years before.
October 27 – In the U.S., the Dow Jones Industrial Average drops 554.26 points (−7.18%), closing at 7,161.14.
October 28 – In the U.S., the Dow Jones Industrial Average gains a record 337.17 points (+4.71%), closing at 7,498.32. One billion shares are traded on the New York Stock Exchange for the first time ever.
October 29 – Iraq disarmament crisis: Iraq says it will begin shooting down Lockheed U-2 surveillance planes being used by UNSCOM inspectors.
October 30 – In Newton, Massachusetts, British au pair Louise Woodward is found guilty of the baby-shaking death of 8-month-old Matthew Eappen.
November 3 – In France, striking truck drivers blockade ports during a pay dispute.
Telecom companies WorldCom and MCI Communications announce a US$37 billion merger to form MCI WorldCom (the largest merger in U.S. history).
A Fairfax, Virginia jury finds Mir Aimal Kasi guilty of murdering 2 CIA employees in 1993.
November 11 – Mary McAleese is elected the 8th President of Ireland in succession to Mary Robinson, the first time in the world that one woman has succeeded another as elected head of state.
November 12 – Ramzi Yousef is found guilty of masterminding the 1993 World Trade Center bombing.
November 17 – In Luxor, Egypt, 62 people are killed by 6 Islamic militants outside the Temple of Hatshepsut.
November 19 – In Des Moines, Iowa, Bobbi McCaughey gives birth to septuplets in the second known case where all 7 babies are born alive, and the first in which all survive infancy.
November 27 – NASA's Tropical Rainfall Measuring Mission is launched, the start of the satellite component of the Clouds and the Earth's Radiant Energy System.
December 1 – In the Indian state of Bihar, Ranvir Sena attacks the CPI(ML) Party Unity stronghold Lakshmanpur-Bathe, killing 63 lower caste people.
December 3 – In Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, representatives from 121 countries sign a treaty prohibiting the manufacture and deployment of anti-personnel land mines. However, the United States, the People's Republic of China, Russia, South Korea and 32 other nations do not sign and/or ratify the treaty.
December 8 – Myra Hindley, one of the Moors murderers, arrives at the High Court of Justice, to contest a recent Home Secretary's decision that she should remain in prison until she dies.
December 10 – The capital of Kazakhstan is moved from Almaty to Astana.
December 11 – The Kyoto Protocol is adopted by a United Nations committee.
Demonstrations occur in the state capitals of Australia against the WTO and IMF.
The 1997 FIFA Confederations Cup begins in Saudi Arabia.
December 16 – "Dennō Senshi Porygon", an episode of the Pokémon TV series, is aired in Japan, inducing seizures in hundreds of Japanese children.
December 18 – Myra Hindley loses her High Court appeal against the government's decision to keep her behind bars for the rest of her life.
Janet Jagan (the former wife of Cheddi Jagan) takes office in Guyana.
James Cameron's Titanic, the then highest-grossing film of all time, premieres in the U.S.
December 21 – Brazil beats Australia 6–0 in the Confederations Cup final.
December 24 – 50–100 villagers are killed in the Sid El-Antri massacre in Algeria.
December 27 – Ulster loyalist paramilitary leader Billy Wright is assassinated in Northern Ireland, inside Long Kesh prison.
December 29 – Hong Kong begins to kill all the chickens within its territory (1.25 million) to stop the spread of a potentially deadly influenza strain.
December 30 – Wilaya of Relizane massacres of December 30, 1997: In the worst incident in Algeria's insurgency, 400 are killed from four villages in the wilaya of Relizane.
The Toyota Prius, the first hybrid vehicle to go into full production, is unveiled in Japan on October 24, and goes on sale in Japan on December 9. It comes to U.S. showrooms on July 11, 2000.
Quique Fornos, Spanish footballer
Chidozie Awaziem, Nigerian footballer
Joe Morrell, Welsh footballer
Jérémie Boga, French footballer
Răzvan Popa, Romanian footballer
Carmen LoPorto, American actor
Pauline Schaefer, German gymnast
Hilary Palma, Peruvian volleyball player
Jesús Vallejo, Spanish footballer
January 6 – Vasileios Charalampopoulos, Greek basketball player
Isaiah Brown, English footballer
Lamar Jackson, American football Player
Jack Andraka, American scientist
Fran Brodić, Croatian footballer
Issa Diop, French footballer
Elvira Herman, Belarusian athlete
January 11 – Cody Simpson, Australian singer-songwriter
January 13 – Connor McDavid, Canadian ice hockey player
Nastya and Masha Tolmacheva, Russian singers
Joey Luthman, American actor
Julius Nättinen, Finnish ice hockey player
Francesco Bagnaia, Italian motorcycle racer
Jake Paul, American actor
Jack Vidgen, Australian singer
Kim Ga-eul, South Korean swimmer
Kyle Tucker, American baseball outfielder
Shea Patterson, American football player
January 18 – Amber Lily, American singer
January 20 – Rheed McCracken, Australian wheelchair racer
Yang Yang, Chinese paralympic swimmer
Jeremy Shada, American actor
Gudaf Tsegay, Ethiopian middle-distance runner
Joseph and Luka Banda, Zambian formerly conjoined twins
Sophie Hahn, English paralympic sprinter
Shaheen Jafargholi, Iranian-Welsh actor and singer
Lexie Priessman, American artistic gymnast
Giorgio Rasulo, English footballer
January 24 – Dylan Riley Snyder, American actor
January 26 – Gedion Zelalem, American footballer
Melissa Juratowitch, Australian model
Jack Roslovic, American hockey player
Joel Eriksson Ek, Swedish hockey player
Alexandra Rodriguez Long, Spanish pair skater
Shim Suk-hee, South Korean speed skater
Lane Sutton, American entrepreneur
Anatoliy Ryapolov, Russian long jumper
February 2 – Jaheel Hyde, Jamaican sprinter
February 3 – Lewis Cook, English footballer
Patrick Roberts, English footballer
Nicolas Roy, Canadian ice hockey player
February 6 – Mitch Hyatt, American football player
Anhelina Kalinina, Ukrainian tennis player
Jessica Waterhouse, Australian footballer
Venus Angelic, English model
Kathryn Newton, American actress
Saquon Barkley, American football player
Molly Jepson, American actress
Adam Armstrong, English footballer
Josh Jackson, American basketball player
Chloë Grace Moretz, American actress and model
Rozaliya Nasretdinova, Russian swimmer
Josh Rosen, American football player
February 11 – Damien Harris, American football player
February 12 – Matteo Ferrari, Italian motorcycle racer
February 13 – Deondre Francois, American football player
February 14 – Breel Embolo, Swiss footballer
February 15 – Derrick Jones Jr., American basketball player
February 16 – Charlie Green, English-Filipino singer
February 20 – Mitchie Brusco, American professional skateboarder
February 21 – Ben Rhodes, American racing driver
Shaalin Zoya, Indian actress
Anton Chupkov, Russian swimmer
Erick Aguirre, Mexican footballer
Jamal Murray, Canadian basketball player
February 24 – César Montes, Mexican footballer
Isabelle Fuhrman, American actress
Katsiaryna Halkina, Belarusian rhythmic gymnast
Anna Koblencová, Czech slalom canoeist
Thon Maker, Sudanese-Australian basketball player
Santiago Ascacibar, Argentinian footballer
Babar Iqbal, Pakistani computer programmer
Becky G, American singer
Infanta Maria Francisca of Portugal
Ty Walker, American snowboarder
Jaime Carreño, Chilean footballer
Camila Cabello, American singer
March 6 – Daniel De Silva, Australian footballer
Iréne Ekelund, Swedish sprinter
Jurina Matsui, Japanese singer
Jessica Rogers, American wheelchair athlete
Darsheel Safary, Indian actor
Niamh Wilson, Canadian actress
Julia Barretto, Filipina actress
Belinda Bencic, Swiss tennis player
Travis Konecny, Canadian ice hockey player
Lina Qostal, Moroccan tennis player
Matreya Fedor, American teen actress
March 12 – Allan Saint-Maximin, French footballer
Ruben Neves, Portuguese footballer
Edidiong Odiong, Bahraini sprinter
Simone Biles, American gymnast
Dawid Kownacki, Polish footballer
Brad Taylor, English cricketer
March 16 – Vladislav Kozlov, Russian swimmer
March 16 – Tyrel Jackson Williams, American actor
Katie Ledecky, American swimmer
Konrad Bukowiecki, Polish athlete
Ciara Bravo, American actress, voice artist, singer, and comedian
Mario Burke, Barbadian sprinter
Rūta Meilutytė, Lithuanian swimmer
Kwak Dong-yeon, South Korean actor and singer
March 20 – Bobby Cheng, Australian chess champion
March 21 – Martina Stoessel, Argentine actress, singer, dancer and model
Harry Wilson, Welsh footballer
March 26 – Cameron Smith, American football player
Josh Sweat, American football player
Ezequiel Ponce, Argentinian footballer
Asa Butterfield, English actor
Olivia Smart, English ice dancer
April 2 – Abdelhak Nouri, Dutch footballer
April 5 – Borja Mayoral, Spanish footballer
April 6 – Pavel Zacha, Czech ice hockey player
Rafaela Gómez, Ecuadorian tennis player
Laura van der Heijden, English cellist
Matthildur Þorsteinsdóttir, Icelandic paralympic long jumper
Sayantan Das, Indian chess champion
April 9 – Michael Špaček, Czech ice hockey player
April 10– Alla Sosnitskaya, Russian artistic gymnast
Ethan Couch, American criminal
Max Clegg, English speedway racer
Jacob Clemente, American actor
Katelyn Ohashi, American artistic gymnast
April 13 – Mateo Cassierra, Colombian footballer
Maisie Williams, English actress
Jesse Little, American stock car racing driver
April 16 – Raghav Sood, Indian computer programmer
April 17 – Jorge Meré, Spanish footballer
April 18 – Donny van de Beek, Dutch footballer
April 19 – Alejandra Orozco, Mexican diver
April 20 – Alexander Zverev, German tennis player
Mikel Oyarzabal, Spanish footballer
April 23 – Kim Hae-jin, South Korean figure skater
Lydia Ko, South Korean-born New Zealand golfer
Arturo Deliser, Panamanian sprinter
Veronika Kudermetova, Russian tennis player
April 25 – Benjamín Inostroza, Chilean footballer
Livio Loi, Belgian motorcycle racer
Josh Onomah, English footballer
April 29 – Ekaterina Baturina, Russian artistic gymnast
April 30 – Ian Thomas, Belgian musician
May 1 – Ariel Gade, American actress
BamBam, Thai singer
Blake Rutherford, American baseball first baseman and outfielder
Desiigner, American hip hop artist
Ivana Jorović, Serbian tennis player
May 5 – Nicolas D'Oriano, French swimmer
May 6 – Duncan Scott, Scottish swimmer
May 7 – Youri Tielemans, Belgian footballer
May 10 – Enes Ünal, Turkish footballer
May 11 – Olivia Tjandramulia, Australian tennis player
Morgan Lake, English athlete
Odeya Rush, Israeli-born American actress
May 15 – Ousmane Dembélé, French footballer
May 16 – Cloe and Holly Mackie, English actresses
May 17 – Ayron Verkindere, Belgian footballer
May 19 – Oliver Kylington, Swedish ice hockey player
Viktoria Petryk, Ukrainian singer-songwriter
Kevin Quinn, American actor and singer
May 22 – Lauri Markkanen, Finnish basketbal player
May 23 – Joe Gomez, English footballer
May 26 – Julian Zhi Jie Yee, Malaysian figure skater
May 28 – Maguilaura Frias, Peruvian volleyball player
May 30 – Jake Short, American actor
Inês Murta, Portuguese tennis player
Adalberto Peñaranda, Venezuelan footballer
June 5 – Sam Darnold, American football player
June 6 – Grant Shoults, American swimmer
June 8 – Jeļena Ostapenko, Latvian tennis player
June 9 – Shen Duo, Chinese swimmer
June 10 – Sviatoslav Mykhailiuk, Ukrainian basketball player
Julia Lavrentieva, Ukrainian pair skater
John Hunter Nemechek, American stock car racing driver
Kodak Black, American hip-hop artist
June 12 – Gabrielle Jupp, British artistic gymnast
June 15 – Madison Kocian, American artistic gymnast
June 18 – Mary-Lynn Neil, Canadian singer-songwriter
Ferdinand Zvonimir von Habsburg, Austrian heir apparent
Rebecca Black, American singer
Derrius Guice, American football player
June 27 – Ramadan Sobhi, Egyptian footballer
June 28 – Shakur Stevenson, American boxer
Avika Gor, Indian actress
Iryna Shymanovich, Russian tennis player
July 1 – Grigoriy Oparin, Russian chess Grandmaster
July 2 – Marquese Chriss, American basketball player
Mia McKenna-Bruce, English actress
Georgios Papagiannis, Greek basketball player
Filip Sachpekidis, Swedish footballer
Park Ji-min, South Korean singer
Anna Styazhkina, Russian chess champion
July 7 – Erina Ikuta, Japanese singer
July 8 – Bryce Love, American football player and sprinter
July 10 – Rena Kato, Japanese singer
July 12 – Malala Yousafzai, Pakistani activist
July 13 – Leo Howard, American actor and martial artist
July 15 – Phathana Inthavong, Laotian swimmer
Hardy Binguila, Congolese footballer
Sadie Robertson, American television personality
Amadou Diawara, Guinese footballer
Chiara Hölzl, Austrian ski jumper
Kwon Jin-ah, South Korean singer
Bam Adebayo, American basketball player
Noah Lyles, American sprinter
Kang Young-seo, South Korean alpine skier
Zach Werenski, American ice hockey player
Emre Mor, Turkish footballer
Andreas Varady, Slovak jazz guitarist
Kayli Barker, American race car driver
Louis Reed, English footballer
July 26 – Ewa Swoboda, Polish track and field sprinter
July 27 – Craig Wighton, Scottish footballer
July 28 – Bilal Ould-Chikh, Dutch-Moroccan footballer
July 30 – Steven Purugganan, American sport stacker
July 31 – Barbie Forteza, Filipina actress
August 1 – Yomif Kejelcha, Ethiopian long-distance runner
Christina Robinson, American actress
Ivan Šaponjić, Serbian footballer
Ke Jie, Chinese professional go player
Daniel Crowley, English footballer
Ronald Jones II, American football player
August 4 – Cinzia Zehnder, Swiss footballer
Olivia Holt, American actress
Adam Irigoyen, American actor
Xu Jiao, Chinese actress
Laura Waem, Belgian artistic gymnast
Clara van Wel, English-born New Zealand singer, songwriter
Braxton Garrett, American baseball pitcher
August 6 – Sander Svendsen, Norwegian footballer
August 7 – Kyler Murray, American football player
August 9 – Leon Bailey, Jamaican footballer
August 10 – Kylie Jenner, American model and television personality
August 13 – Yeo Jin-goo, South Korean actor
Łukasz Pawlikowski, Polish cellist
Devin Asiasi, American football player
Greyson Chance, American singer, songwriter and pianist
Piper Curda, American actress
August 18 – Renato Sanches, Portuguese footballer
Maria Titova, Russian rhythmic gymnast
Bartłomiej Drągowski, Polish footballer
August 22 – Neil O'Brien, Irish actor
August 23 – Lil Yachty, American hip hop artist
August 24 – Alan Walker, British-Norwegian music producer
Markus Thormeyer, Canadian swimmer
Mike Weber, American football player
August 28 – Emilia McCarthy, Canadian actress
August 30 – Dana Gaier, American actress
September 1 – Maria Stavitskaia, Russian figure skater
September 2 – Brandon Ingram, American basketball player
September 3 – Salome Phajava, Georgian rhythmic gymnast
September 7 – Dean-Charles Chapman, English actor
September 9 – Shriya Sharma, Indian actress
September 13 – Leah Keiser, American figure skater
Pragathi Guruprasad, Indian playback singer
Benjamin Wahlgren Ingrosso, Swedish singer and actor
Jeisson Vargas, Chilean footballer
Forrest Whitley, American baseball pitcher
Zsanett Kaján, Hungarian footballer
Auston Matthews, American ice hockey player
Luke Greenbank, British swimmer.
September 18 – Alisson Krystle Perticheto, Filipina figure skater
September 20 – Aurélie Fanchette, Seychellois swimmer
September 23 – Tyus Battle, American basketball player
September 24 – Malaya Watson, American singer and tuba player
Yana Kudryavtseva, Russian rhythmic gymnast
Max Verstappen, Dutch racing driver
October 2 – Justina Sharp, American fashion blogger
Jin Boyang, Chinese figure skater
Jo-Ane van Dyk, South African javelin thrower
October 4 – Seamus O'Connor, Irish snowboarder
Chih-I Tsao, Taiwanese figure skater
Kasper Dolberg, Danish footballer
October 7 – Kira Kosarin, American actress
Bella Thorne, American actress
Steven Bergwijn, Dutch footballer
October 9 – Angelica Moser, Swish athlete
October 15 – Adora Svitak, American child prodigy
October 17 – Václav Černý, Czech footballer
Daphne Blunt, American fashion blogger
Zach Callison, American actor
Claudia Fragapane, British artistic gymnast
Park So-youn, South Korean figure skater
Li Meiyi, Chinese pair skater
Lonzo Ball, American basketball player
October 28 – Sierra McCormick, American actress
Sydney Park, American actress and comedian
Marcus Rashford, English footballer
November 1 – Alex Wolff, American singer-songwriter, musician, and actor
November 3 – Lázaro Martínez, Cuban triple jumper
Bea Binene, Filipino actress
Stratos Iordanoglou, Greek basketball player
Sandra Samir, Egyptian tennis player
November 6 – Riley Pint, American baseball pitcher
Matthew Fisher, English cricketer
Alex Kirilloff, American baseball outfielder
November 10 – Khalil Madovi, English rapper and actor
November 12 – Dexter Lawrence, American football player
James Whitley, British paralympic skier
Jacob Eason, American football player
November 18 – Olivier Boscagli, French footballer
McCaughey septuplets, American septuplets
Rachel Parsons, American ice dancer
November 23 – Akari Takeuchi, Japanese singer
November 25 – Dennis Smith Jr., American basketball player
November 27 – Song Yoo-geun, South Korean child prodigy
November 28 – Thor Salden, Belgian singer
Agata Kryger, Polish figure skater
Ye Qiuyu, Chinese tennis player
November 30 – Liu Huixia, Chinese diver
Hayley Okines, English progeria activist (d. 2015)
Rashan Gary, American football player
December 4 – Ruru Madrid, Filipino actor
December 8 – Ilaria Käslin, Swiss artistic gymnast
December 11 – Ben Cook, American actor
Stefania LaVie Owen, American-New Zealand actress
Magdalena Fręch, Polish tennis player
December 16 – Zara Larsson, Swedish singer
December 17 – Shoma Uno, Japanese figure skater
Suzuka Nakamoto, Japanese singer
De'Aaron Fox, American basketball player
December 22 – Taylor Rapp, American football player
December 23 – Luka Jović, Serbian footballer
Oreoluwa Cherebin, Grenadian swimmer
Neeraj Chopra, Indian Track and field athlete
Ana Konjuh, Croatian tennis player
Zhao Ziquan, Chinese figure skater
December 30 – Anastasiya Malyavina, Ukrainian swimmer
January 1 – Townes Van Zandt, American folk singer (b. 1944)
January 4 – Harry Helmsley, American real estate mogul (b. 1909)
January 5 – Burton Lane, American composer and lyricist (b. 1912)
January 6 – Catherine Scorsese, Italian-American actress (b. 1912)
January 8 – Melvin Calvin, American chemist (b. 1911)
January 9 – Jesse White, American actor (b. 1917)
Sheldon Leonard, American producer, actor, director (b. 1907)
Alexander R. Todd, Baron Todd, Scottish chemist (b. 1907)
Charles Brenton Huggins, Canadian-born cancer researcher (b. 1901)
Jill Summers, English actress (b. 1910)
January 17 – Clyde Tombaugh, American astronomer (b. 1906)
January 18 – Paul Tsongas, American politician (b. 1941)
James Dickey, American poet and novelist (b. 1923)
Adriana Caselotti, American actress (b. 1916)
Curt Flood, American baseball player (b. 1938)
Edith Brown, English Titanic survivor (b. 1896)
Colonel Tom Parker, Dutch-born celebrity manager (b. 1909)
Pilar Barbosa, Puerto Rican educator and historian (b. 1898)
January 22 – Billy Mackenzie, Scottish singer (b. 1957)
January 23 – Richard Berry, American singer and composer (b. 1935)
January 24 – Gengan Tonaki, Japanese super-centenarian (b. 1884)
January 25 – Jeane Dixon, American astrologer (b. 1904)
January 26 – Laurence Stoddard, American rower (b. 1903)
January 27 – Cecil Arthur Lewis, British fighter pilot (b. 1898)
January 30 – Charles Hargens, American painter. (b. 1893)
January 31 – Johnny Klein, American drummer (b. 1918)
Herb Caen, American newspaper columnist (b. 1916)
Marjorie Reynolds, American actress (b. 1917)
February 2 – Chico Science, Brazilian musician (b. 1967)
February 5 – Pamela Harriman, American diplomat (b. 1920)
February 8 – Corey Scott, American motorcycle stunt rider (b. 1968)
Brian Connolly, Scottish musician (b. 1945)
Barry Evans, English actor (b. 1943)
February 11 – Don Porter, American actor (b. 1912)
February 12 – James Cossins, English actor (b. 1933)
February 13 – John Ries Bartels, American judge (b. 1897)
February 16 – Ethel Owen, American actress (b. 1893)
Henry Jacques Le Même, French architect (b. 1897)
Nic Roeser, Luxembourgian gymnast (b. 1896)
February 19 – Deng Xiaoping, Chinese revolutionary and statesman (b. 1904)
February 23 – Tony Williams, American musician (b. 1945)
February 24 – Isabelle Lucas, Canadian-born British actress (b. 1927)
February 26 – David Doyle, American actor (b. 1929)
Robert H. Dicke, American experimental physicist (b. 1916)
Carey Loftin, American actor and stuntman (b. 1914)
Cheddi Jagan, President of Guyana (b. 1918)
Ursula Torday, British writer (b. 1912)
Edward Mills Purcell, American physicist (b. 1912)
Martin Kippenberger, German artist (b. 1953)
March 8 – Gershon Liebman, French rabbi (b. 1905)
The Notorious B.I.G., American rapper (b. 1972)
Terry Nation, Welsh screenwriter (b. 1930)
March 10 – LaVern Baker, American singer (b. 1929)
March 14 – Fred Zinnemann, Austrian-born director (b. 1907)
March 15 – Gail Davis, American actress (b. 1925)
March 17 – Jermaine Stewart, American singer (b. 1957)
March 19 – Willem de Kooning, Dutch artist (b. 1904)
March 20 – Tony Zale, American boxer (b. 1913)
Wilbert Awdry, British children's writer (b. 1911)
John Nemechek, American race car driver (b. 1970)
March 31 – Friedrich Hund, German physicist (b. 1896)
April 1 – Jolie Gabor, Hungarian socialite (b. 1896)
April 4 – Leo Picard, Israeli geologist (b. 1900)
Allen Ginsberg, American poet (b. 1926)
Ignazio Buttitta, Sicilian dialectal poet (b. 1899)
April 8 – Laura Nyro, American singer and composer (b. 1947)
April 7 – Georgy Shonin, Russian cosmonaut (b. 1935)
April 12 – George Wald, American scientist (b. 1906)
Dorothy Frooks, American author, military figure and actress. (b. 1896)
Rodolfo Oroz, Chilean writer, professor, and philologist (b. 1895)
April 15 – Mildred Cleghorn, Chairwoman of the Fort Sill Apache tribe (b. 1910)
Doris Angleton, American socialite (b. 1951)
Roland Topor, French illustrator (b. 1938)
April 17 – Chaim Herzog, Israel politician, 6th President of Israel (b. 1917)
April 19 – El Duce, American singer and drummer (b. 1958)
Jean Louis, American costume designer (b. 1907)
Henry Mucci, American army ranger (b. 1909)
April 21 – Diosdado Macapagal, 9th President of the Philippines (b. 1910)
Reg Gammon, English painter and illustrator (b. 1894)
Baroness Seear, British politician (b. 1913)
April 24 – Pat Paulsen, American comedian (b. 1927)
April 26 – John Beal, American actor (b. 1909)
April 30 – Henry Picard, American golfer (b. 1906)
May 1 – Bo Widerberg, Swedish film director (b. 1930)
May 2 – John Eccles, Australian neurophysiologist (b. 1903)
May 4 – Alvy Moore, American actor (b. 1921)
May 5 – Walter Gotell, German actor (b. 1924)
May 11 – Howard Morton, American actor (b. 1925)
Harry Blackstone Jr., American magician (b. 1934)
Thelma Carpenter, American singer and actress (b. 1922)
May 16 – Giuseppe De Santis, Italian film director (b. 1917)
May 20 – Virgilio Barco Vargas, 27th President of Colombia (b. 1921)
Alfred Hershey, American biochemist (b. 1908)
Stanisław Swianiewicz, Polish economist and historian (b. 1899)
May 23 – James Lee Byars, American artist (b. 1932)
May 24 – Edward Mulhare, Irish actor (b. 1923)
Manfred von Ardenne, German physicist and inventor (b. 1907)
Ralph Horween, American football player and coach (b. 1896)
Jeff Buckley, American musician (b. 1966)
George Fenneman, American radio and television announcer (b. 1919)
May 31 – James Bennett Griffin, American archaeologist (b. 1905)
June 2 – Helen Jacobs, American tennis champion (b. 1908)
June 3 – Dennis James, American game show host (b. 1917)
June 6 – Magda Gabor, American actress (b. 1914)
June 8 – Reid Shelton, American actor (b. 1924)
June 12 – Bulat Okudzhava, Soviet singer (b. 1924)
Helmut Fischer, German actor (b. 1926)
Richard Jaeckel, American actor (b. 1926)
June 15 – Jaidyn Leskie, Australian murder victim (b. 1996)
Gérard Pelletier, French journalist, politician and diplomat (b. 1919)
Don Henderson, British actor (b. 1932)
Betty Shabazz, American educator and activist (b. 1936)
William Slater Brown, American novelist, biographer and translator (b. 1896)
Don Hutson, American football player (b. 1913)
Brian Keith, American actor (b. 1921)
June 25 – Jacques-Yves Cousteau, French explorer (b. 1910)
June 26 – Israel Kamakawiwoʻole, Hawaiian singer (b. 1959)
June 28 – Mrs. Miller, American singer (b. 1907)
June 29 – William Hickey, American actor (b. 1927)
Robert Mitchum, American actor (b. 1917)
Charles Werner, American cartoonist (b. 1909)
July 2 – James Stewart, American actor (b. 1908)
Charles Kuralt, American television reporter (b. 1934)
John Zachary Young, British biologist (b. 1907)
July 7 – Royston Tickner, English actor (b. 1922)
July 13 – Alexandra Danilova, Russian dancer (b. 1903)
July 14 – Sir Garfield Barwick, Australian Chief Justice (b. 1903)
July 15 – Gianni Versace, Italian fashion designer (b. 1946)
July 18 – Eugene Merle Shoemaker, American astronomer (b. 1928)
July 20 – John Akii-Bua, Ugandan hurdler (b. 1949)
July 23 – Chūhei Nambu, Japanese athlete (b. 1904)
William J. Brennan, American Supreme Court Justice (b. 1906)
Frank Parker, American tennis champion (b. 1916)
July 25 – Ben Hogan, American golf champion (b. 1912)
July 27 – K'tut Tantri, American broadcaster and hotelier, (b. 1899)
July 30 – Bảo Đại, Emperor of Vietnam (b. 1913)
Sviatoslav Richter, Ukrainian pianist (b. 1915)
William S. Burroughs, American author (b. 1914)
Fela Kuti, Nigerian musician and political activist (b. 1938)
August 4 – Jeanne Calment, French supercentenarian (b. 1875)
August 10 – Conlon Nancarrow, American-born composer (b. 1912)
August 12 – Luther Allison, American musician (b. 1939)
August 16 – Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan, Pakistani Qawwali musician (b. 1948)
August 18 – Harry R. Wellman, American university president (b. 1899)
Yuri Nikulin, Soviet and Russian actor and clown (b. 1921)
Misael Pastrana Borrero, 23rd President of Colombia (b. 1923)
August 23 – John Kendrew, British molecular biologist (b. 1917)
August 24 – Louis Essen, English physicist (b. 1908)
Sally Blane, American actress (b. 1910)
Brandon Tartikoff, American television executive (b. 1949)
August 28 – Masaru Takumi, Japanese yakuza lord (b. 1936)
Diana, Princess of Wales, (b. 1961)
Dodi Al-Fayed, Egyptian businessman (b. 1955)
Rudolf Bing, Austrian opera manager (b. 1902)
Viktor Frankl, Austrian neurologist and psychiatrist (b. 1905)
Georg Solti, Hungarian conductor (b. 1912)
Mother Teresa of Calcutta, Indian nun, missionary and saint (b. 1910)
Elisabeth Brooks, Canadian actress (b. 1951)
Mobutu Sese Seko, 2nd President of Zaire (b. 1930)
September 8 – Helen Shaw, American actress (b. 1897)
Richie Ashburn, American baseball player and broadcaster (b. 1927)
Burgess Meredith, American actor (b. 1907)
September 12 – Leonard Maguire, Scottish actor (b. 1924)
September 17 – Red Skelton, American comedian (b. 1913)
September 18 – Jimmy Witherspoon, American blues singer (b. 1920)
Jack May, English actor (b. 1922)
Rich Mullins, American musician (b. 1955)
Shirley Clarke, American filmmaker (b. 1919)
Wilbur R. Ingalls, Jr., American architect (b. 1923)
September 25 – Jean Françaix, French composer (b. 1912)
September 27 – Walter Trampler, German violist (b. 1915)
September 29 – Roy Lichtenstein, American artist (b. 1923)
September 30 – Milner Gray, British industrial designer (b. 1899)
October 1 – Jerome H. Lemelson, American inventor (b. 1923)
Otto Ernst Remer, German Wehrmacht officer (b. 1912)
Gunpei Yokoi, Japanese video game franchise creator (b. 1941)
Brian Pillman, American professional wrestler (b. 1962)
Arthur Tracy, American singer (b. 1899)
Adrienne Hill, British actress (b. 1937)
Johnny Vander Meer, American baseball player (b. 1914)
October 12 – John Denver, American musician (b. 1943)
October 13 – Adil Çarçani, Albanian politician (b. 1922)
October 14 – Harold Robbins, American writer (b. 1916)
Audra Lindley, American actress (b. 1918)
James A. Michener, American writer (b. 1907)
October 19 – Glen Buxton, American guitarist (b. 1947)
October 20 – Ron Tarr, English actor (b. 1936)
October 21 – Dolph Camilli, American baseball player (b. 1907)
October 22 – Leonid Amalrik, Russian animator (b. 1905)
October 23 – Bert Haanstra, Dutch filmmaker (b. 1916)
October 24 – Don Messick, American voice actor (b. 1926)
October 25 – Tina Lattanzi, Italian actress (b. 1897)
October 28 – Paul Jarrico, American screenwriter (b. 1915)
Andreas Gerasimos Michalitsianos, American astrophysicist (b. 1947)
Anton Szandor LaVey, American author and Satanist (b. 1930)
Alexander zu Dohna-Schlobitten, German Junker, soldier, and author (b. 1899)
October 30 – Samuel Fuller, American screenwriter and director (b. 1912)
November 1 – Victor Mills, American chemical engineer (b. 1897)
November 5 – George Philip Bradley "Pip" Roberts, British general (b. 1906)
November 6 – Lillian Rogers Parks, American housemaid and seamstress (b. 1897)
November 8 – Mohammad-Ali Jamalzadeh, Iranian author (b. 1892)
November 11 – Rod Milburn, American athlete (b. 1950)
November 12 – Carlos Surinach, Spanish composer (b. 1915)
November 18 – Un'ichi Hiratsuka, Japanese print-maker (b. 1895)
November 21 – Robert Simpson, English composer (b. 1921)
November 22 – Michael Hutchence, Australian singer-songwriter (b. 1960)
November 23 – Hulda Crooks, American mountaineer (b. 1896)
Monique Serf, French singer (b. 1930)
Hastings Kamuzu Banda, 1st President of Malawi (b. 1898)
December 1 – Stéphane Grappelli, French violinist (b. 1908)
Shirley Crabtree, British professional wrestler (b. 1930)
Michael Hedges, American composer and guitarist (b. 1953)
December 7 – Billy Bremner, British footballer (b. 1942)
December 9 – Lucy Jane Askew, British supercentenarian (b. 1883)
Stubby Kaye, American actor (b. 1918)
Owen Barfield, British philosopher, poet, and critic (b. 1898)
Lillian Disney, American artist (b. 1899)
Nicolette Larson, American pop singer (b. 1952)
Thomas J. Parmley, American academic (b. 1897)
December 18 – Chris Farley, American actor and comedian (b. 1964)
Masaru Ibuka, Japanese electronics industrialist (b. 1908)
David Schramm, American astrophysicist (b. 1945)
Juzo Itami, Japanese film director (b. 1933)
Denise Levertov, English-born American poet (b. 1923)
December 21 – Amie Comeaux, American country singer (b. 1976)
December 23 – Stanley Cortez, American cinematographer (b. 1908)
December 24 – Toshiro Mifune, Japanese actor (b. 1920)
Denver Pyle, American actor (b. 1920)
Anita Conti, French explorer and photographer (b. 1899)
December 27 – Billy Wright, Northern Irish paramilitary leader (b. 1960)
Billie Dove, American actress (b. 1903)
Michael L. Kennedy, American socialite (b. 1958)
Laurence Henry Hicks, Australian composer (b. 1912)
Chemistry – Paul D. Boyer, John E. Walker, Jens C. Skou
Economics – Bank of Sweden – Robert C. Merton, Myron Scholes
Literature – Dario Fo
Peace – International Campaign to Ban Landmines and Jody Williams
Physics – Steven Chu, Claude Cohen-Tannoudji, William D. Phillips
Medicine – Stanley B. Prusiner
1997 (MCMXCVII) was a common year starting on Wednesday (dominical letter E) of the Gregorian calendar, the 1997th year of the Common Era (CE) and Anno Domini (AD) designations, the 997th year of the 2nd millennium, the 97th year of the 20th century, and the 8th year of the 1990s decade.