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|Ab urbe condita||2726|
|British Regnal year||21 Eliz. 2 – 22 Eliz. 2|
|Chinese calendar||壬子年 (Water Rat)|
4669 or 4609
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癸丑年 (Water Ox)
4670 or 4610
|- Vikram Samvat||2029–2030|
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|Japanese calendar||Shōwa 48|
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1973 (MCMLXXIII) was a common year starting on Monday (dominical letter G) of the Gregorian calendar, the 1973rd year of the Common Era (CE) and Anno Domini (AD) designations, the 973rd year of the 2nd millennium, the 73rd year of the 20th century, and the 4th year of the 1970s decade.
- January 1
- January 5 – American rock band Aerosmith releases their debut album.
- January 7 – Mark Essex kills 9 people at the Howard Johnson's hotel in downtown New Orleans.
- January 14 –
- Elvis Presley's concert in Hawaii is the first worldwide telecast by an entertainer, that is watched by more people than watched the Apollo moon landings.
- American football: The Miami Dolphins complete the first (and through 2015, only) perfect season in National Football League history by defeating the Washington Redskins 14-7 in Super Bowl VII at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum.
- January 15 – Vietnam War: Citing progress in peace negotiations, U.S. President Richard Nixon announces the suspension of offensive action in North Vietnam.
- January 16 – Anna Christian Waters, 5 years old, disappears from her home in Purisima Canyon, near Half Moon Bay, California.
- January 17 – Ferdinand Marcos becomes President for Life of the Philippines.
- January 18 – Eleven Labour Party councillors in Clay Cross, Derbyshire, England, are ordered to pay £6,985 for not enforcing the Housing Finance Act.
- January 19 – Hesham Sewaify born.
- January 20 – Richard Nixon is sworn in for a second term as President of the United States.
- January 21 – The Communist League is founded in Denmark.
- January 22
- Roe v. Wade: The U.S. Supreme Court overturns state bans on abortion.
- George Foreman defeats Joe Frazier to win the heavyweight world boxing championship.
- A Royal Jordanian Boeing 707 flight from Jeddah crashes in Kano, Nigeria; 176 people are killed.
- Former U.S. President Lyndon B. Johnson dies at his Stonewall, Texas, ranch, leaving no former U.S. President living until the resignation of Richard Nixon in 1974.
- The crew of Apollo 17 addresses a joint session of Congress after the completion of the final Apollo moon landing mission.
- January 23
- January 25 – English actor Derren Nesbitt is convicted of assaulting his wife Anne Aubrey.
- January 27 – U.S. involvement in the Vietnam War ends with the signing of the Paris Peace Accords.
- January 31 – Pan American and Trans World Airlines cancelled their options to buy 13 Concorde airliners.
- February 6 – Toronto: Construction on the CN Tower begins.
- February 8 – A military insurrection in Uruguay poses an institutional challenge to President Juan María Bordaberry.
- February 11 – Vietnam War: The first American prisoners of war are released from Vietnam.
- February 12 – Ohio becomes the first U.S. state to post distance in metric on signs (see Metrication in the United States).
- February 13 – The United States dollar is devalued by 10%.
- February 16 – The Court of Appeal of England and Wales rules that The Sunday Times can publish articles on thalidomide and Distillers Company, despite ongoing legal actions by parents (the decision is overturned in July by the House of Lords).
- February 21 – Libyan Arab Airlines Flight 114 (Boeing 727) is shot down by Israeli fighter aircraft over the Sinai Desert, after the passenger plane is suspected of being an enemy military plane. Only 5 (1 crew member and 4 passengers) of 113 survive.
- February 22 – Sino-American relations: Following President Richard Nixon's visit to mainland China, the United States and the People's Republic of China agree to establish liaison offices.
- February 26 – Edward Heath's British government publishes a Green Paper on prices and incomes policy.
- February 27 – The American Indian Movement occupies Wounded Knee, South Dakota.
- February 28
- March 1
- Charlotte's Web, the animated movie based on the same name of the children's book is released.
- Dick Taverne, having resigned from the Parliament of the United Kingdom on leaving the Labour Party, is re-elected as a 'Democratic Labour' candidate.
- Pink Floyd's The Dark Side of the Moon, one of rock's landmark albums, is released in the US. It is released in the UK on March 24.
- March 2 – Wellington Street bus station in Perth, Australia, is opened by western Australia's premier John Tonkin
- March 3 – Tottenham Hotspur wins the Football League Cup final at Wembley, beating Norwich City 1–0.
- March 7 – Comet Kohoutek is discovered.
- March 8
- Northern Ireland sovereignty referendum (the "Border Poll"): 98.9% of those voting in the province want Northern Ireland to remain within the United Kingdom. Turnout is 58.7%, although less than 1% for Catholics. This is the first referendum on regional government in the U.K.
- Provisional Irish Republican Army bombs explode in Whitehall and the Old Bailey in London.
- March 10 – Sir Richard Sharples, Governor of Bermuda, is assassinated in Government House.
- March 12 – Last episode of original Laugh-In airs on NBC. The show will continue with re-runs until May 14, 1973.
- March 17
- March 20 – A British government White Paper on Northern Ireland proposes the re-establishment of an Assembly elected by proportional representation, with a possible All-Ireland council.
- March 21 – The Lofthouse Colliery disaster occurs in Great Britain. Seven miners are trapped underground; none survive.
- March 23 – Watergate scandal (United States): In a letter to Judge John Sirica, Watergate burglar James W. McCord, Jr. admits that he and other defendants have been pressured to remain silent about the case. He names former Attorney General John Mitchell as 'overall boss' of the operation.
- March 26 – TV soap opera The Young and the Restless debuts on CBS.
- March 27 – At the 45th Academy Awards, The Godfather wins best picture.
- March 29 – The last United States soldier leaves Vietnam.
- April 2 – The LexisNexis computerized legal research service begins.
- April 3 – The first handheld mobile phone call is made by Martin Cooper of Motorola in New York City.
- April 4 – The World Trade Center officially opens in New York City with a ribbon-cutting ceremony.
- April 5
- April 6 – Ron Blomberg of the New York Yankees becomes the first designated hitter in Major League Baseball.
- April 7 – Tu te reconnaîtras by Anne-Marie David (music by Claude Morgan, text by Vline Buggy) wins the Eurovision Song Contest 1973 for Luxembourg.
- April 8 – Artist Pablo Picasso dies at his home in France.
- April 10 – Israeli commandos raid Beirut, assassinating 3 leaders of the Palestinian Resistance Movement. The Lebanese army's inaction brings the immediate resignation of Prime Minister Saib Salam, a Sunni Muslim.
- April 11 – The British House of Commons votes against restoring capital punishment by a margin of 142 votes.
- April 12 – The Labour Party wins control of the Greater London Council.
- April 15 – Naim Talu, a former civil servant, forms the new government of Turkey (36th government).
- April 17
- The German counter-terrorist force GSG 9 is officially formed in response to the Munich massacre.
- Federal Express officially begins operations, with the launch of 14 small aircraft from Memphis International Airport. On that night, Federal Express delivers 186 packages to 25 U.S. cities from Rochester, New York, to Miami, Florida.
- The Morganza Spillway on the Mississippi River is opened for the first time in order to prevent catastrophic flooding of New Orleans.
- April 20 – An Indian Pacific train en route to Perth derails near Broken Hill, New South Wales, destroying a quarter mile of track.
- April 26 – The first day of trading on the Chicago Board Options Exchange.
- April 28
- The last section of the IRT Third Avenue Line from 149th Street to Gun Hill Road in The Bronx is closed.
- Six Irishmen, including Joe Cahill, are arrested by the Irish Naval Service off County Waterford, on board a coaster carrying 5 tons of weapons destined for the Provisional Irish Republican Army.
- April 30 – Watergate scandal: President Richard Nixon announces that White House Counsel John Dean has been fired and that Attorney General Richard Kleindienst has resigned along with staffers H. R. Haldeman and John Ehrlichman.
- May 1 – An estimated 1,600,000 workers in the United Kingdom stop work in support of a Trades Union Congress "day of national protest and stoppage" against the Government's anti-inflation policy.
- May 3 – The Sears Tower in Chicago is finished, becoming the world's tallest building at 1,451 feet.
- May 5
- Shambu Tamang becomes the youngest person to climb to the summit of Mount Everest.
- Sunderland A.F.C. defeats Leeds United A.F.C. in the 1973 FA Cup Final.
- Secretariat wins the Kentucky Derby in a dramatic come from behind victory and setting a new Derby record of 1:59 2/5ths.
- Led Zeppelin plays before 56,800 persons at Tampa Stadium on the band's 1973 North American Tour, thus breaking the August 15, 1965, record of 55,600 set by The Beatles at Shea Stadium.
- May 8 – A 71-day standoff between federal authorities and American Indian Movement activists who were occupying the Pine Ridge Reservation at Wounded Knee, South Dakota, ends with the surrender of the militants.
- May 10
- The Montreal Canadiens win the Stanley Cup 4 games to 2 over the Chicago Blackhawks, Yvan Cournoyer was voted MVP.
- The Polisario Front, a Sahrawi movement dedicated to the independence of Spanish Sahara, is formed.
- The New York Knicks defeat the Los Angeles Lakers, 102–93 in Game 5 of the NBA Finals to win the NBA title.
- May 13
- May 14
- May 17 – Watergate scandal: Televised hearings begin in the United States Senate.
- May 18 – Second Cod War: Joseph Godber, British Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, announces that Royal Navy frigates will protect British trawlers fishing in the disputed 50-mile limit round Iceland.
- May 19 – Secretariat wins the Preakness Stakes by 2 1/2 lengths over the amazingly quick 2nd placed Sham. A malfunction in the track's timing equipment prevented a confirmed new track record.
- May 22 – Lord Lambton resigns from the British government over a 'call girl' scandal.
- May 23 – Royal Canadian Mounted Police celebrate 100 year anniversary.
- May 24 – Earl Jellicoe, Lord Privy Seal and Leader of the House of Lords in Britain, resigns over a separate prostitution scandal.
- May 25
- May 27 – By virtue of the non-retroactivity of Soviet copyright laws, all works published before this date are public domain. This applies worldwide.Confirmation needed
- May 30–Gordon Johncock wins the Indianapolis 500 in the Patrick Racing Special Eagle-Offenhauser, after only 133 laps, due to rain. (The race was begun May 28 but called due to rain.)
- June 1 – The Greek military junta abolishes the monarchy and proclaims a republic.
- June 3 – A Tupolev Tu-144 crashes at the Paris air show; 15 are killed.
- June 4 – A patent for the ATM is granted to Donald Wetzel, Tom Barnes and George Chastain.
- June 9 – Secretariat wins the Belmont Stakes shattering the record by an unbelievable 2 3/5ths seconds, becoming the first Triple Crown of Thoroughbred Racing winner since 1948.
- June 10
- June 16 – U.S. President Richard Nixon begins several talks with Soviet leader Leonid Brezhnev.
- June 17 – The submersible Johnson Sea Link becomes entangled on the wreckage of the USS Fred T. Berry off Key West, Florida. The submersible is brought to the surface the following day, but 2 of the 4 men aboard die of carbon dioxide poisoning.
- June 20 – The Ezeiza massacre occurs in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Snipers shoot at left-wing Peronists, killing at least 13 and injuring more than 300.
- June 22 – W. Mark Felt ("Deep Throat") retires from the Federal Bureau of Investigation.
- June 23 – A house fire in Kingston upon Hull, England, which kills a 6-year-old boy is passed off as an accident; it later emerges as the first of 26 fire deaths caused over the next 7 years by arsonist Peter Dinsdale.
- June 24 – Soviet leader Leonid Brezhnev addresses the American people on television, the first to do so.
- June 25
- June 26 – At Plesetsk Cosmodrome, 9 persons are killed in the explosion of a Cosmos 3-M rocket.
- June 27 – Coup d'état in Uruguay: pressed by the military, President Juan María Bordaberry dissolves Parliament; a 12-year-long civic-military dictatorship begins.
- June 28 – Elections are held for the Northern Ireland Assembly, which will lead to power-sharing between unionists and nationalists in Northern Ireland for the first time.
- June 30 – A very long total solar eclipse occurs. During the entire 2nd millennium, only 7 total solar eclipses exceeded 7 minutes of totality.
- July 1 – The United States Drug Enforcement Administration is founded.
- July 2 – The United States Congress passes the Education of the Handicapped Act (EHA) mandating Special Education federally.
- July 4 – MLB: The New York Mets fall 12½ games back in last place of the National League Eastern Division.
- July 5
- The Isle of Man Post begins to issue its own postage stamps.
- The catastrophic BLEVE (Boiling Liquid Expanding Vapor Explosion) occurs in Kingman, Arizona, following a fire that broke out as propane was being transferred from a railroad car to a storage tank, killing 11 firefighters. This explosion becomes a classic incident, studied in fire department training programs worldwide.
- July 6 – St Andrew's Cathedral, Singapore is gazetted as a national monument.
- July 10 – The Bahamas gains full independence within the Commonwealth of Nations.
- July 11 – Varig Flight 820 crashes near Orly, France; 123 are killed.
- July 12 – National Personnel Records Center fire: A major fire destroys the entire 6th floor of the National Personnel Records Center in St. Louis, Missouri.
- July 16 – Watergate scandal: Former White House aide Alexander Butterfield informs the United States Senate Watergate Committee that President Richard Nixon had secretly recorded potentially incriminating conversations.
- July 17 – King Mohammed Zahir Shah of Afghanistan is deposed by his cousin Mohammed Daoud Khan while in Italy undergoing eye surgery.
- July 20 –
- July 23 – The Avianca Building in Bogotá, Colombia suffers a serious fire.
- July 25 – The Soviet Mars 5 space probe is launched.
- July 27 – The New York Dolls release their debut album.
- July 28
- July 29 – Formula One racing driver Roger Williamson dies in an accident, witnessed live on European television, during the 1973 Dutch Grand Prix.
- July 30 – An 11-year legal action for the victims of Thalidomide ends.Confirmation needed
- July 31
- Militant protesters led by Ian Paisley disrupt the first sitting of the Northern Ireland Assembly.
- A Delta Air Lines DC-9 aircraft flying as Delta Air Lines Flight 173 lands short of Boston's Logan Airport runway in poor visibility, striking a sea wall about 165 feet (50 m) to the right of the runway centerline and about 3,000 feet (914 m) short. All 6 crew members and 83 passengers are killed, 1 of the passengers dying several months after the accident.
- August 1 – Caribbean Community and Common Market (CARICOM) inaugurated.
- August 2 – A flash fire kills 51 at the Summerland amusement centre at Douglas, Isle of Man.Confirmation needed
- August 5 – Black September members open fire at the Athens airport; 3 are killed, 55 injured.
- August 8
- August 15 – The U.S. bombing of Cambodia ends, officially halting 12 years of combat activity in Southeast Asia according to the Case–Church Amendment-an act that prohibites military operations in Laos, Cambodia, and North and South Vietnam as a follow up of the Paris Peace Accords.
- August 23 – The Norrmalmstorg robbery occurs, famous for the origin of the term Stockholm syndrome.
- September 3 – The British Trades Union Congress expels 20 members for registering under the Industrial Relations Act 1971.
- September 9 – Jackie Stewart places fourth at the Italian Grand Prix at Monza, becoming World Drivers' Champion, in the Tyrrell 003-Cosworth.
- September 11
- Chile's democratically elected government is overthrown in a military coup after serious instability. President Salvador Allende allegedly commits suicide during the coup in the presidential palace, and General Augusto Pinochet heads a U.S.-backed military junta that governs Chile for the next 16 years.
- Art Garfunkel finally releases his solo debut album Angel Clare, 17 years after starting his career.
- September 15 – Gustaf VI Adolf of Sweden dies. His grandson, Carl XVI Gustaf, becomes king.
- September 18 – The two German Republics, the Federal Republic of Germany (West Germany) and the German Democratic Republic (East Germany), are admitted to the United Nations.
- September 20 – The Battle of the Sexes: Billie Jean King defeats Bobby Riggs in a televised tennis match, 6–4, 6–4, 6–3, at the Astrodome in Houston, Texas. With an attendance of 30,492, this remains the largest live audience ever to see a tennis match in US history. The global audience that viewed on television in 36 countries was estimated at 90 million.
- September 20 – Singer-songwriter Jim Croce dies following a gig at Northwestern State University in Natchitoches, Louisiana. Croce boarded a small chartered plane that crashed on takeoff. All six people aboard were killed.
- September 22 – Henry Kissinger, United States National Security Advisor, starts his term as United States Secretary of State.
- September 23 – The Oakland Raiders defeat the Miami Dolphins 12-7, ending the Dolphins' unbeaten streak at 18. It is the Miami Dolphins' first loss since January 16, 1972 in Super Bowl VI.
- September 27
- September 28 – The ITT Building in New York City is bombed in protest at ITT's alleged involvement in the September 11, 1973, coup d'état in Chile.
- September 30 – Yankee Stadium, known as "The House That Ruth Built", closes for a two-year renovation at a cost of $160 million. The New York Yankees play all of their home games at Shea Stadium in 1974 and 1975.
- October 6
- Yom Kippur War begins: The fourth and largest Arab–Israeli conflict begins, as Egyptian and Syrian forces attack Israeli forces in the Sinai Peninsula and Golan Heights on Yom Kippur.
- French Formula One driver François Cevert is killed in the Tyrrell 003-Cosworth during the U.S. Grand Prix. Cevert's teammate, World Champion Jackie Stewart, announces his retirement after the event.
- October 8 – LBC Radio begins broadcasting on 97.3 FM in London.
- October 10
- October 14 – Thai popular uprising Students revolt in Bangkok – In the Thammasat student uprising over 100,000 people protest in Thailand against the Thanom military government, 77 are killed and 857 are injured by soldiers, Thailand.
- October 15 – Typhoon Ruth crosses Luzon, Philippines, killing 27 people and causing $5 million in damage.
- October 17 – An OPEC oil embargo against several countries supporting Israel triggers the 1973 energy crisis.
- October 20
- The Saturday Night Massacre: U.S. President Richard Nixon orders Attorney General Elliot Richardson to dismiss Watergate Special Prosecutor Archibald Cox. Richardson refuses and resigns, along with Deputy Attorney General William Ruckelshaus. Solicitor General Robert Bork, third in line at the Department of Justice, then fires Cox. The event raises calls for Nixon's impeachment.
- The Sydney Opera House is opened by Elizabeth II after 14 years of construction work.
- October 25 – The Yom Kippur War ends.
- October 26 – The United Nations recognizes the independence of Guinea-Bissau.
- October 27 – The Canon City meteorite, a 1.4 kilogram chondrite type meteorite, strikes Earth in Fremont County, Colorado.
- October 30 – The Bosphorus Bridge in Istanbul, Turkey is completed, connecting the continents of Europe and Asia over the Bosporus for the first time in history.
- October 31 – Mountjoy Prison helicopter escape: Three Provisional Irish Republican Army members escape from Mountjoy Prison, Dublin, Republic of Ireland after a hijacked helicopter lands in the exercise yard.
- November 1 – Watergate scandal: Acting Attorney General Robert Bork appoints Leon Jaworski as the new Watergate Special Prosecutor.Confirmation needed
- November 3
- November 7 – The Congress of the United States overrides President Richard Nixon's veto of the War Powers Resolution, which limits presidential power to wage war without congressional approval.
- November 8 – Millennium '73, a festival hosted by Guru Maharaj Ji at the Astrodome, is called by supporters the "most significant event in human history".
- November 11 – Egypt and Israel sign a United States-sponsored cease-fire accord.
- November 14 – In the United Kingdom, Princess Anne marries Captain Mark Phillips in Westminster Abbey (they divorce in 1992).
- November 16
- November 17
- November 21 – U.S. President Richard Nixon's attorney, J. Fred Buzhardt, reveals the existence of an 18½-minute gap in one of the White House tape recordings related to Watergate.
- November 25 – Greek dictator George Papadopoulos is ousted in a military coup led by Brigadier General Dimitrios Ioannidis.
- November 27 – The United States Senate votes 92–3 to confirm Gerald Ford as Vice President of the United States.
- November 29 – 104 people are killed in a Taiyo department store fire in Kumamoto, Kyūshū, Japan.
- December – Chile breaks diplomatic contacts with Sweden.Confirmation needed
- December 1 – Papua New Guinea gains self-government from Australia.
- December 3 – Pioneer program: Pioneer 10 sends back the first close-up images of Jupiter.
- December 6 – The United States House of Representatives votes 387–35 to confirm Gerald Ford as Vice President of the United States; he is sworn in the same day.
- December 14 – Rhodesia executes two Blacks at Salisbury Central Prison for murder
- December 15 – Gay rights: The American Psychiatric Association removes homosexuality from its DSM-II.
- December 16 – O. J. Simpson of the Buffalo Bills became the first running back to rush for 2,000 yards in a pro football season.
- December 18 – The Islamic Development Bank is created as a specialized agency of the Organisation of the Islamic Conference (OIC) (effective 12 August 1974).
- December 19 – Namco releases Mach Storm, a planetarium-like flight simulator simulating a McDonnell Douglas F-4 Phantom II in which players can bomb rail yards, seaports, fuel tanks, power stations, supply depots, NVA and Viet Cong military camps, and airfields around Hanoi while fighting off enemy NVAF MiG-17s, MiG-21s, Shenyang J-5s, Shenyang J-6s, Mil Mi-8 gunships, Antonov An-2 biplanes, SA-2 surface-to-air missiles, and Soviet naval vessels in the Vietnam War during Operation Linebacker and the Christmas bombing of North Vietnam.
- December 20 – Spanish prime minister Luis Carrero Blanco is assassinated in Madrid by the separatist organization ETA.
- December 23 – OPEC doubles the price of crude oil.Confirmation needed
- December 25 – The movie premiere of The Sting, starring Robert Redford and Paul Newman, is held in Manhattan.
- December 28 – The Endangered Species Act is passed in the United States.
- December 30 – Terrorist Carlos fails in his attempt to assassinate British businessman Joseph Sieff.Confirmation needed
- December 31 – In the United Kingdom, due to coal shortages caused by industrial action, the Three-Day Week electricity consumption reduction measure comes into force.
- ODECA functions are suspended.
- Economist E. F. Schumacher publishes his book Small Is Beautiful.
- The New York Bible Society International's New International Version of the New Testament translated into modern American English is published.
- The National House Building Council is formed in the United Kingdom.
- The COSC The Swiss Official Chronometer testing Institute is founded in Switzerland by 5 Watch Cantons & Federation of the Swiss Watch Industry.
- The title Queen of Australia is created by the Royal Style and Titles Act.
- A large Song dynasty trade ship of c. 1277 A.D. is dredged up from the waters near the southern coast of China with 12 compartments in its hull. It confirms the descriptions of bulkheaded hull compartments for junks in Zhu Yu's Pingzhou Table Talks of 1119.
- The Sentosa Musical Fountain opens alongside the Fountain Gardens in Sentosa, Singapore.
- 5 teams tie for the rugby championship: Wales, England, France, Ireland, and Scotland.
- Lite Beer is introduced in the U.S. by the Miller Brewing Company.
- January 1
- January 4 – Greg de Vries, Canadian ice hockey player
- January 5
- Uday Chopra, Indian actor
- January 6 – Scott Ferguson, Canadian ice hockey player
- January 7 – Jonna Tervomaa, Finnish singer
- January 9 – Sean Paul, Jamaican singer
- January 12
- January 13
- January 14
- January 15
- January 16
- January 17 – Cuauhtémoc Blanco, Mexican football player
- January 18
- January 19
- January 21 – Chris Kilmore, American rock DJ (Incubus)
- January 22 – Abi Tucker, Australian actor and singer
- January 26 – Brendan Rodgers, Northern Irish football manager
- January 27 – Shadmehr Aghili, Iranian pop singer, musician and composer
- January 29
- January 30 – Jalen Rose, American basketball player
- January 31
- February 1
- February 2 – Aleksander Tammert, Estonian discus thrower
- February 3 – Ilana Sod, Mexican journalist
- February 4
- February 5
- February 7
- February 8 – Sonia Deol, British-Asian presenter
- February 9 – Svetlana Boginskaya, Soviet gymnast
- February 10
- February 11
- February 12 – Tara Strong, Canadian-American voice actress
- February 14 – Steve McNair, American football player (d. 2009)
- February 15 – Amy Van Dyken, American swimmer
- February 16 – Cathy Freeman, Australian athlete
- February 18 – Claude Makélélé, French footballer
- February 20 – Kimberley Davies, Australian actress
- February 21 – Heri Joensen, Faroese musician (Týr)
- February 22
- February 24
- February 26
- February 27 – Peter Andre, English singer and television personality
- February 28
- March 1
- March 3 – Dejan Bodiroga, Serbian basketball player
- March 4 – Jennifer Cole, American actress, model and game show hostess
- March 5 – Ryan Franklin, American baseball pitcher
- March 6
- March 7 – Rick Emerson, American talk show host and author
- March 9 – Aaron Boone, American baseball player
- March 10
- March 13
- March 15 – Lee Jung-jae, South Korean actor and model
- March 17 – Caroline Corr, Irish musician (The Corrs)
- March 18 – Luci Christian, American voice actress
- March 19
- March 20 – Arjun Atwal, Indian golfer
- March 23 – Jason Kidd, American basketball player
- March 24
- March 25 – Anders Fridén, Swedish musician
- March 26
- March 27 – Sayaka Aoki, Japanese comedian
- March 28
- March 29
- March 30 – Adam Goldstein, American DJ (d. 2009)
- April 1
- April 2 – Roselyn Sánchez, Puerto Rican-American actress
- April 3
- April 4
- April 5
- April 6
- April 7 – Christian O'Connell, British radio DJ and presenter
- April 8 – Emma Caulfield, American actress
- April 10 – Roberto Carlos, Brazilian footballer
- April 11 – Jennifer Esposito, American actress
- April 12 – Amr Waked, Egyptian film, television, and stage actor
- April 13 – Sergey Shnurov, Russian singer
- April 14 – Adrien Brody, Academy Award-winning American actor
- April 15 – Emanuel Rego, Brazilian beach volleyball player
- April 16 – Akon, Senegalese American rapper, R&B singer, songwriter, and record producer
- April 18 – Haile Gebrselassie, Ethiopian long-distance runner
- April 19 – George Gregan, Australian rugby union footballer
- April 21
- April 22 – Christopher Sabat, American voice actor
- April 24
- April 25 – Fredrik Larzon, Swedish rock musician (Millencolin)
- April 27 – Sharlee D'Angelo, Swedish guitarist
- April 28
- April 29 – David Belle, French actor
- April 30 – Jeff Timmons, American singer
- May 1
- May 2 – Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck, German director
- May 3
- May 4 – Guillermo Barros Schelotto, Argentine footballer
- May 5 – Johan Hedberg, Swedish retired hockey goaltender also known as "Moose"
- May 7 – Paolo Savoldelli, Italian professional road racing cyclist
- May 8
- May 9 – Tegla Loroupe, Kenyan long-distance runner
- May 10
- May 12
- May 14
- May 16
- May 17
- May 18 – Kaz Hayashi, Japanese professional wrestler
- May 19 – Dario Franchitti, former Scottish racecar driver
- May 20 – Kaya Yanar, German comedian
- May 21 – Noel Fielding, British comedian
- May 23 – Jacopo Gianninoto, Italian musician
- May 24
- May 25
- May 30 – Leigh Francis, British comedian
- May 31
- June 1
- June 2
- June 8 – Lexa Doig, Canadian actress
- June 9 – Tedy Bruschi, American football player
- June 10 – Faith Evans, American singer
- June 12
- June 13 – Sam Adams, American football player
- June 14 – Ceca Raznatovic, Serbian folk singer
- June 15
- June 18 – Yumi Kakazu, Japanese voice actress
- June 19 – Yuko Nakazawa, Japanese singer
- June 20 – Chino Moreno, American musician
- June 21 – Juliette Lewis, American actress
- June 22 – Carson Daly, American television personality, host of NBC's The Voice and Last Call with Carson Daly
- June 23 – Marija Naumova (Marie N), Latvian singer, Eurovision Song Contest 2002 winner
- June 24 – Alexander Beyer, German actor
- June 25 – Jamie Redknapp, English footballer
- June 26 – Paweł Małaszyński, Polish actor
- June 27 – Olve Eikemo, Norwegian musician
- June 28 – Adrián Annus, Hungarian athlete
- June 30
- July 2 – Peter Kay, British comedian
- July 3
- July 4 – Gackt, Japanese singer-songwriter and actor
- July 6 – Charizma, African-American rapper (d. 1993)
- July 7 – Natsuki Takaya, Japanese manga artist
- July 9 – Kelly Holcomb, American football player
- July 11 – Konstantinos Kenteris, Greek athlete
- July 12 – Christian Vieri, Italian footballer
- July 13 – Roberto Martínez, Spanish football manager
- July 14 – Halil Mutlu, Bulgaria-born Turkish weightlifter
- July 15
- July 16
- July 17
- July 19
- Aílton Gonçalves da Silva, Brazilian football player
- July 20
- July 22
- July 23
- July 25
- July 26 – Kate Beckinsale, English actress
- July 27 – Gorden Tallis, Australian rugby league player
- July 28 – Steve Staios, Canadian ice hockey player
- July 29 – Wanya Morris, African-American singer (Boyz II Men)
- July 30
- July 31 – Jacob Aagaard, Danish-Scottish chess player
- August 1 – Edurne Pasaban, Basque Spanish mountaineer
- August 2
- August 6
- August 8
- August 9
- August 11 – Carolyn Murphy, American model
- August 12 – Richard Reid, English terrorist
- August 13 – Ryoko Shinohara, Japanese actress
- August 14
- August 15
- August 16 – Damian Jackson, American baseball player
- August 19
- August 20 – Todd Helton, American baseball player
- August 21
- August 22
- August 24
- August 28 – Kirby Morrow, Canadian voice actor
- August 29 – Abdo Hakim, Lebanese actor and voice actor
- August 30 – Lisa Ling, American journalist
- September 1 – Ram Kapoor, Indian actor
- September 3 – Jennifer Paige, American singer-songwriter
- September 4
- September 5 – Rose McGowan, American actress
- September 6
- September 7 – Shannon Elizabeth, American actress
- September 9 – Kazuhisa Ishii, Japanese baseball player
- September 12
- September 13 – Fabio Cannavaro, Italian footballer
- September 14
- September 15
- September 17 – Ada Choi, Hong Kong actress
- September 18
- September 19
- September 20 – Jo Pavey, British athlete
- September 21 – Oswaldo Sánchez, Mexican footballer
- September 22
- September 24 – Eddie George, American football player
- September 25 – Bridgette Wilson-Sampras, American actress
- September 26 – Lainey Lui, Canadian television personality; one of the co-hosts of etalk
- September 29
- October 1 – Christian Borle, American actor and singer
- October 2
- October 3
- October 4
- October 5 – Annabelle Chvostek, Canadian singer-songwriter
- October 6 – Ioan Gruffudd, Welsh actor
- October 8 – Kari Korhonen, Finnish cartoonist
- October 9
- October 10 – Mario López, American actor
- October 11
- October 13
- October 14 – Lasha Zhvania, Georgian politician
- October 15
- October 16 – Todd van der Heyden, Canadian journalist and news anchor
- October 18
- October 19 – Joaquin Gage, Canadian ice hockey player
- October 21 – Beverley Turner, British TV and radio presenter
- October 22 – Ichiro Suzuki, Japanese baseball player
- October 24 – Levi Leipheimer, American professional cyclist
- October 25
- October 26
- October 28
- October 29 – Robert Pirès, French football player
- October 30
- November 1
- November 3
- November 5
- November 6 – Rumi Shishido, Japanese voice actress and singer
- November 8 – David Muir, American journalist and news anchor
- November 9
- November 10
- November 14
- November 19
- November 20 – Sav Rocca, American football player and Australian rules footballer
- November 22 – Cassie Campbell, Canadian ice hockey forward and CBC commentator
- November 26 – Peter Facinelli, American actor
- November 27 – Sharlto Copley, South African producer, actor, and director
- November 28
- November 29
- November 30
- December 2
- December 3 – Holly Marie Combs, American actress
- December 4
- December 5
- December 7
- December 8 – Corey Taylor, American rock vocalist (Slipknot, Stone Sour)
- December 9 – Bárbara Padilla American operatic soprano
- December 10 – Arden Myrin, American comedian
- December 11 – Mos Def, African-American rapper and actor
- December 14
- December 15 – Surya Bonaly, French figure skater
- December 16 – Scott Storch, American hip-hop producer
- December 17 – Paula Radcliffe, British athlete
- December 18 – Darryl Brown, Trinidad and West Indian cricketer
- December 20 – Antti Kasvio, Finnish swimmer
- December 21 – Mike Alstott, American football player
- December 24
- December 25
- December 27
- December 28
- December 29
- December 30
- December 31 – Nikolay Tsiskaridze, Russian dancer
- Tiago Carneiro da Cunha, Brazilian artist
- Eimear Quinn, Irish Celtic singer, Eurovision Song Contest 1996 winner
- January 1
- January 2 – Eleazar López Contreras, 32th President of Venezuela (b. 1883)
- January 7 – Mark Essex, American spree killer (b. 1949)
- January 8 – Dudley Foster, British actor (b. 1924)
- January 12 – Turk Edwards, American football player (Washington Redskins) and a member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame (b. 1907)
- January 17 – Herbert D. Riley, United States Navy admiral (b. 1904)
- January 19 – Max Adrian, Northern Irish actor (b. 1903)
- January 22 – Lyndon B. Johnson, 36th President of the United States (b. 1908)
- January 23 – Kid Ory, American musician (b. 1886)
- January 24 – J. Carrol Naish, American actor (b. 1897)
- January 26 – Edward G. Robinson, American actor (b. 1893)
- January 28 – John Banner, Austrian-born actor (b. 1910)
- January 29 – Ludwig Stössel, Austrian actor (b. 1883)
- January 31 – Ragnar Anton Kittil Frisch, Norwegian economist, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1895)
- February 11 – Hans D. Jensen, German physicist, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1907)
- February 15
- February 16 – Francisco Caamaño, Dominican politician (b. 1932)
- February 17 – Harold Saxton Burr, American scientist (b. 1889)
- February 19 – Joseph Szigeti, Hungarian violinist (b. 1892)
- February 22
- February 23 – Dickinson W. Richards, American physician, recipient of the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine (b. 1895)
- February 28 – Cecil Kellaway, South African actor (b. 1893)
- March 3 – Vera Panova, Soviet-Russian writer (b. 1905)
- March 4 – Marie-Anne Desmarest, French novelist (b. 1904)
- March 6 – Pearl S. Buck, American writer, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1892)
- March 8 – Ron "Pigpen" McKernan, American rock musician (Grateful Dead) (b. 1945)
- March 10 – Bull Connor, Commissioner of Public Safety for the city of Birmingham, Alabama, during the American Civil Rights Movement and member of the Ku Klux Klan during the 1920s (b. 1897)
- March 10 – Robert Siodmak, German-American director (b. 1900)
- March 12 – Frankie Frisch, American baseball player (St. Louis Cardinals) and a member of the MLB Hall of Fame (b. 1898)
- March 13 – Melville Cooper, British actor (b. 1896)
- March 14
- March 18
- March 20 – Adolf Strauss, German general (b. 1879)
- March 23 – Ken Maynard, American actor (b. 1895)
- March 25 – Edward Steichen, American photographer (b. 1879)
- March 26
- March 30 – Douglas Douglas-Hamilton, 14th Duke of Hamilton, Scottish nobleman and pioneering aviator (b. 1903)
- April 4 – Xu Lai, Chinese actress and secret agent (b. 1909)
- April 8 – Pablo Picasso, Spanish artist (b. 1881)
- April 12
- April 14 – Károly Kerényi, Hungarian philologist and mythologist (b. 1897)
- April 16
- April 19 – Hans Kelsen, Austrian-born legal theorist (b. 1881)
- April 20 – Robert Armstrong, American actor (b. 1890)
- April 21
- April 25
- April 26 – Irene Ryan, American actress (b. 1902)
- April 28 – Jacques Maritain, Catholic philosopher (b. 1882)
- April 30 – Václav Renč, Czech poet, dramatist and translator (b. 1911)
- May 1 – Asger Jorn, Danish painter (b. 1914)
- May 2 – Alan Carney, American actor and comedian (b. 1909)
- May 6 – Myrna Fahey, American actress (b. 1933)
- May 8 – Alexander Vandegrift, American general (b. 1887)
- May 10 – Jack E. Leonard, American comedian (b. 1910)
- May 11 – Lex Barker, American actor (b. 1919)
- May 12 – Frances Marion, American screenwriter (b. 1888)
- May 14 – Jean Gebser, German author, linguist, and poet (b. 1905)
- May 16 – Jacques Lipchitz, French American sculptor (b. 1891)
- May 18
- May 20 – Jarno Saarinen, Finnish motorcycle racer (b. 1945)
- May 21
- May 26
- June 1 – Mary Kornman, American actress (b. 1915)
- June 3 – Dory Funk, American professional wrestler (b. 1919)
- June 4 – Arna Bontemps, African-American Harlem Renaissance writer (b. 1902)
- June 5 – Max Terhune, American actor (b. 1891)
- June 8 – Emmy Göring nee Sonnemann, German actress, second wife of Hermann Göring (b. 1893)
- June 9 – Erich von Manstein, German field marshal (b. 1887)
- June 10 – William Inge, American playwright (b. 1913)
- June 18 – Roger Delgado, English actor (b. 1918)
- June 23 – Fay Holden, American actress (b. 1893)
- June 24 – Mary Carr, American actress (b. 1874)
- June 26 – Ernest Truex, American actor (b. 1889)
- June 30
- July 1 – Yosef Alon, Israeli pilot, co-founder of the Israeli Air Force, assassinated in the United States (b. 1929)
- July 2
- July 5 – Golwalkar, Second sarsanghchalak of Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (b. 1906)
- July 6
- July 7
- July 8
- July 11
- July 12 – Lon Chaney, Jr., American actor (b. 1906)
- July 13 – Willy Fritsch, German actor (b. 1901)
- July 18 – Jack Hawkins, British actor (b. 1910)
- July 20
- July 23 – Eddie Rickenbacker, American World War I flying ace and race car driver (b. 1890)
- July 25
- July 29
- August 1
- August 2 – Jean-Pierre Melville, French film director (b. 1917)
- August 4 – Eddie Condon, American jazz musician (b. 1905)
- August 6
- August 9 – Charles Daniels, American Olympic swimmer (b. 1885)
- August 10 – Douglas Kennedy, American actor (b. 1915)
- August 11 – Karl Ziegler, German chemist, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1898)
- August 12
- August 13 – Willy Rey, American model (b. 1949)
- August 16
- August 17
- August 27 – Tol Avery, American actor (b. 1915)
- August 30 – Michael Dunn, American actor (b. 1934)
- August 31 – John Ford, American film director (b. 1894)
- September 2
- September 11 – Salvador Allende, President of Chile (b. 1908)
- September 13
- September 15
- September 18 – Ken Harada, first diplomat from Japan to the Holy See (age 80)
- September 19 – Gram Parsons, American musician (b. 1946)
- September 20
- September 23 – Pablo Neruda, Chilean poet, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1904)
- September 24 – Josué de Castro, Brazilian writer, physician, geographer and activist against hunger (b. 1908)
- September 26
- September 28 – Norma Crane, American actress (b. 1928)
- September 29 – W. H. Auden, English poet (b. 1907)
- September 30 – Peter Pitseolak, Inuit photographer and author (b. 1902)
- October 2
- October 6
- October 8 – Gabriel Marcel, French Catholic existential thinker (b. 1889)
- October 10 – Ludwig von Mises, Austrian economist (b. 1881)
- October 14
- October 16 – Gene Krupa, American jazz drummer (b. 1909)
- October 17 – Ingeborg Bachmann, Austrian writer (b. 1926)
- October 18
- October 19 – Margaret Caroline Anderson, American magazine publisher (b. 1886)
- October 22 – Pablo Casals, Spanish cellist and conductor (b. 1876)
- October 25 – Abebe Bikila, Ethiopian long-distance runner (b. 1932)
- October 26 – Semyon Budyonny, Cossack cavalryman and Marshal of the Soviet Union (b. 1883)
- October 27 – Allan "Rocky" Lane, American actor (b. 1909)
- October 28 – Cleo Moore, American actress (b. 1928)
- November 2 – Greasy Neale, American football coach (Philadelphia Eagles) and a member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame (b. 1891)
- November 3 – Marc Allégret, French film director (b. 1900)
- November 7 – Kiyohide Shima, Japanese admiral (b. 1890)
- November 9 – Apostol Karamitev, Bulgarian actor (b. 1923)
- November 10
- November 11 – Artturi Ilmari Virtanen, Finnish chemist, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1895)
- November 13 – Lila Lee, American actress (b. 1901)
- November 16 – Alan Watts, British philosopher (b. 1915)
- November 20 – Allan Sherman, American comedy writer, television producer, and song parodist (b. 1924)
- November 23
- November 25 – Laurence Harvey, English actor (b. 1928)
- November 27 – Frank Christian, American musician (b. 1887)
- November 28 – John Rostill, English bassist, musician and composer (The Shadows) (b. 1942)
- November 29 – Philip D. Gallery, American admiral (b. 1907)
- December 1 – David Ben-Gurion, 1st Prime Minister of Israel (b. 1886)
- December 2 – Richard G. Colbert, American admiral (b. 1915)
- December 3
- December 4
- December 5 – Sir Robert Watson-Watt, Scottish engineer, radar pioneer (b. 1892)
- December 20
- December 23 – Gerard Kuiper Netherlands-born American astronomer (b. 1905)
- December 24 – Fritz Gause, German historian (b. 1893)
- December 25
- December 26
- December 30 – Marcel-Bruno Gensoul, French admiral (b. 1880)
- Physics – Leo Esaki, Ivar Giaever, Brian David Josephson
- Chemistry – Ernst Otto Fischer, Geoffrey Wilkinson
- Medicine – Karl von Frisch, Konrad Lorenz, Nikolaas Tinbergen
- Literature – Patrick White
- Peace – Henry Kissinger, Lê Đức Thọ
- Economics – Wassily Leontief
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