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|Ab urbe condita||2728|
|British Regnal year||23 Eliz. 2 – 24 Eliz. 2|
|Chinese calendar||甲寅年 (Wood Tiger)|
4671 or 4611
— to —
乙卯年 (Wood Rabbit)
4672 or 4612
|- Vikram Samvat||2031–2032|
|- Shaka Samvat||1896–1897|
|- Kali Yuga||5075–5076|
|Japanese calendar||Shōwa 50|
|Julian calendar||Gregorian minus 13 days|
|Minguo calendar||ROC 64|
|Thai solar calendar||2518|
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1975 (MCMLXXV) was a common year starting on Wednesday (dominical letter E) of the Gregorian calendar, the 1975th year of the Common Era (CE) and Anno Domini (AD) designations, the 975th year of the 2nd millennium, the 75th year of the 20th century, and the 6th year of the 1970s decade. It was also declared the International Women's Year by the United Nations and the European Architectural Heritage Year by the Council of Europe.
- January 1
- January 2
- January 5 – Tasman Bridge disaster: The Tasman Bridge in Hobart, Tasmania, Australia, is struck by the bulk ore carrier MV Lake Illawarra, killing 12 people.
- January 6 – United States television debuts:
- January 7 – OPEC agrees to raise crude oil prices by 10%.
- January 8
- January 14 – Heiress Lesley Whittle, 17, is kidnapped from her home in Shropshire, England by Donald Neilson.
- January 15
- Alvor Agreement: Portugal announces that it will grant independence to Angola on November 11.
- International Women's Year is launched in Britain by Princess Alexandra and Barbara Castle.
- Steel roller coaster Space Mountain (Magic Kingdom) opens at Walt Disney World in Florida, becoming one of the park's most popular attractions into the 21st century.
- January 18 – The United States Atomic Energy Commission is divided between the Energy Research and Development Administration and the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, partly in response to the 1973 oil crisis.
- January 19 – 1975 Kinnaur earthquake: An earthquake strikes Himachal Pradesh, India.
- January 20
- January 24 – Jazz pianist Keith Jarrett plays the solo improvisation 'The Köln Concert' at the Cologne Opera, which, recorded live, becomes the best-selling piano recording in history.
- January 26 – Immaculata University defeats the University of Maryland 80-48 in the first nationally televised women's basketball game in the United States.
- January 29 – The Weather Underground radical student group bombs the United States Department of State main office in Washington, D.C.
- February 1 – The Intercontinental Broadcasting Corporation is launched in the Philippines.
- February 4 – The Haicheng earthquake, the first successfully predicted earthquake, kills 2,041 and injures 27,538 in Haicheng, Liaoning, China.
- February 6 – A crucial by-election is held in Kankesanthurai, Sri Lanka.
- February 9 – The Soyuz 17 crew (Georgy Grechko, Aleksei Gubarev) returns to Earth after 1 month aboard the Salyut 4 space station.
- February 11
- February 13
- February 21 – Watergate scandal: Former United States Attorney General John N. Mitchell, and former White House aides H. R. Haldeman and John Ehrlichman, are sentenced to between 30 months and 8 years in prison.
- February 23 – In response to the energy crisis, daylight saving time commences nearly 2 months early in the United States.
- February 26 – A fleeing Provisional Irish Republican Army member shoots and kills off-duty London police officer Stephen Tibble, 22, as he gives chase.
- February 27 – The 2 June Movement kidnaps West German politician Peter Lorenz. He is released on March 4 after most of the kidnappers' demands are met.
- February 28
- March 1
- March 4
- March 6
- March 7 – The body of teenage heiress Lesley Whittle, kidnapped 7 weeks earlier by the "Black Panther", is discovered in Staffordshire, England.
- March 8
- March 9 – Construction of the Trans-Alaska Pipeline System begins.
- March 10
- Vietnam War: North Vietnamese troops attack Ban Mê Thuột, South Vietnam, on their way to capturing Saigon.
- The Rocky Horror Show opens on Broadway in New York City; closed after 3 previews and 45 performances.
- An extended portion of Sanyō Shinkansen between Okayama Station and Hakata Station opens, thus making Shinkansen reach the second island, Kyushu, Japan.
- March 11 – The leftist military government in Portugal defeats a rightist coup attempt.
- March 13 – Vietnam War: South Vietnam President Nguyễn Văn Thiệu orders the Central Highlands evacuated. This turns into a mass exodus involving troops and civilians (the Convoy of Tears).
- March 15 – In Brazil, Guanabara State merges into the state of Rio de Janeiro. The state's capital moves from the city of Niterói to the city of Rio de Janeiro.
- March 22 – Ding-a-dong by Teach-In (music by Dick Bakker, text by Will Luikinga and Eddy Ouwens) wins the 20th Eurovision Song Contest 1975 for the Netherlands.
- March 25 – King Faisal of Saudi Arabia is shot and killed by his nephew; the killer is beheaded on June 18. (King Khalid succeeds Faisal.)
- March 28 – A fire in the maternity wing at Kucic Hospital in Rijeka, former Yugoslavia, kills 25 people.
- March 31
- Süleyman Demirel of AP forms the new government of Turkey (39th government, a four-party coalition, so-called First National Front (Turkish: Milliyetçi cephe)).
- In his final game on the sideline, John Wooden coaches UCLA to its 10th national championship in 12 seasons when the Bruins defeat Kentucky 92-85 in the title game at San Diego.
- April 3 – Bobby Fischer refuses to play in a chess match against Anatoly Karpov, giving Karpov the title.
- April 4
- April 5 – The Soviet manned space mission Soyuz 18a ends in failure during its ascent into orbit when a critical malfunction occurs in the second and third stages of the booster rocket during staging, resulting in the cosmonauts and their Soyuz spacecraft having to be ripped free from the vehicle. Both cosmonauts survive.
- April 9
- April 13
- April 17 – The Khmer Republic surrenders, when the Communist Khmer Rouge guerilla forces capture Phnom Penh ending the Cambodian Civil War, with mass evacuation of American troops and Cambodian civilians.
- April 18 – The Khmer Rouge beings prompting a forcible mass evacuation of the city and starting the genocide.
- April 24 – Six Red Army Faction terrorists take over the West German embassy in Stockholm, take 11 hostages and demand the release of the group's jailed members; shortly after, they are captured by Swedish police (See West German Embassy siege).
- April 25 – Vietnam War: As North Vietnamese Army forces close in on the South Vietnamese capital Saigon, the Australian Embassy is closed and evacuated, almost 10 years to the day since the first Australian troop commitment to South Vietnam.
- April 30 – The Vietnam War ends with the Fall of Saigon: The Vietnam War concludes as Communist forces from North Vietnam take Saigon, resulting in mass evacuation of the remaining American troops and South Vietnam civilians. As the capital is taken, South Vietnam surrenders unconditionally and is replaced with the temporary Provisional Government.
- May 1 – The Cold War between Cambodia and Vietnam begins, which eventually leads to the Cambodian–Vietnamese War.
- May 3 – West Ham United win the FA Cup at Wembley, beating Fulham 2–0 in the final. Both goals are scored by Alan Taylor. West Ham legend Bobby Moore, appears for Fulham.
- May 5 – The Busch Gardens Williamsburg theme park opens in Virginia.
- May 6 – a violent F4 tornado hit the Omaha metropolitan area in the U.S. state of Nebraska, killing 3 and injuring 137+ people. The tornado also struck the neighboring states of South Dakota and Iowa, and Louisiana, Texas, and Mississippi in the southern United States.
- May 12 – Mayaguez incident: Khmer Rouge forces in Cambodia seize the United States merchant ship Mayaguez in international waters.
- May 15 – Mayaguez incident: The American merchant ship Mayaguez, seized by Cambodian forces, is rescued by the U.S. Navy and Marines; 38 Americans are killed.
- May 16
- May 17 – Elton John's Captain Fantastic and the Brown Dirt Cowboy becomes the first album to enter the US Billboard 200 album chart at Number One.
- May 25
- May 27
- The Dibbles Bridge coach crash near Grassington, North Yorkshire, England results in 32 deaths (the highest ever toll in a United Kingdom road accident).
- In the National Hockey League, The Philadelphia Flyers defeat the Buffalo Sabres 2-0 in game six of the finals to claim their second straight Stanley Cup.
- May 28 – Fifteen West African countries sign the Treaty of Lagos, creating the Economic Community of West African States.
- June 5
- June 6 – The Georgetown Agreement, formally creating the ACP Group, is signed.
- June 9 – The Order of Australia is awarded for the first time.
- June 10 – In Washington, D.C., the Rockefeller Commission issues its report on CIA abuses, recommending a joint congressional oversight committee on intelligence.
- June 19 – Richard Bingham, 7th Earl of Lucan is found guilty in absentia of the murder of nanny Sandra Rivett.
- June 20 – Jaws is released in theaters and becomes a popular summer hit, setting the standard for Hollywood blockbusters for years to come.
- June 23 – Markus Zusak, writer of the Book Thief and Messenger is born.
- June 25
- June 26 – Two FBI agents and one AIM member die in a shootout, at the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota.
- July 1 – The Postmaster-General's Department is disaggregated into the Australian Telecommunications Commission (trading as Telecom Australia) and the Australian Postal Commission (trading as Australia Post).
- July 4
- July 5 – Cape Verde gains independence after 500 years of Portuguese rule.
- July 6
- July 9 – The National Assembly of Senegal passes a law that will pave way for a multi-party system (albeit highly restricted).
- July 12 – São Tomé and Príncipe declare independence from Portugal.
- July 17 – Apollo–Soyuz Test Project: A manned American Apollo spacecraft and the manned Soviet Soyuz spacecraft for the Soyuz 19 mission, docks in orbit, marking the first such link-up between spacecraft from the 2 nations.
- July 30 – In Detroit, former Teamsters Union president Jimmy Hoffa is reported missing.
- August 1 – The Helsinki Accords, which officially recognize Europe's national borders and respect for human rights, are signed in Finland.
- August 3 – The Louisiana Superdome opens in New Orleans.
- August 5 – U.S. President Ford posthumously restores the U.S. citizenship of General Robert E. Lee, military leader of the Confederate States of America during the American Civil War.
- August 8
- August 11
- August 15
- August 20 – Viking program: NASA launches the Viking 1 planetary probe toward Mars.
- August 24 – Officers responsible for the military coup in Greece in 1967 are sentenced to death in Athens. The sentences are later commuted to life imprisonment.
- September–October – In New Zealand, Māori leader Whina Cooper leads a march of 5,000 people, in support of Maori claims to their land.
- September 5
- September 6 – An earthquake with a Richter magnitude of 6.7 kills at least 2,085 in Diyarbakır and Lice, Turkey.
- September 9 – Riverfront Coliseum opens in Cincinnati.
- September 14
- September 15 – The French department of "Corse", comprising the entire island of Corsica, is divided into two departments: Haute-Corse (Upper Corsica) and Corse-du-Sud (Southern Corsica).
- September 16 – Papua New Guinea gains its independence from Australia.
- September 18 – Fugitive Patty Hearst is captured in San Francisco.
- September 19
- September 20 – The term of Tuanku Al-Mutassimu Billahi Muhibbudin Sultan Abdul Halim Al-Muadzam Shah ibni Almarhum Sultan Badlishah, as the 5th Yang di-Pertuan Agong of Malaysia, ends.
- September 21 – Sultan Yahya Petra ibni Almarhum Sultan Ibrahim Petra of Kelantan, becomes the 6th Yang di-Pertuan Agong of Malaysia.
- September 22 – U.S. President Gerald Ford survives a second assassination attempt, this time by Sara Jane Moore in San Francisco.
- September 24 – Dougal Haston and Doug Scott on the 1975 British Mount Everest Southwest Face expedition become the first people to reach the summit of Mount Everest by any of its faces and the first Britons to reach the summit by any route.
- September 27
- September 28 – The Spaghetti House siege takes place in London.
- September 30 – The Hughes Helicopters (later McDonnell-Douglas, now Boeing IDS) AH-64 Apache makes its first flight.
- October 1 – Thrilla in Manila: Muhammad Ali defeats Joe Frazier in a boxing match in Manila, Philippines.
- October 2 – A blast at an explosives factory kills 6 in Beloeil, Quebec.
- October 9 – A bomb explosion outside the Green Park tube station near Piccadilly in London kills 1 and injures 20.
- October 11 – NBC airs the first episode of Saturday Night Live (George Carlin is the first host; Billy Preston and Janis Ian the first musical guests).
- October 16
- October 21 – 1975 World Series: The Cincinnati Reds defeated the Boston Red Sox in Game Six off Carlton Fisk's 12th-inning home run to cap off what many consider to be the best World Series game ever played.
- October 22 – The Reds defeat the Red Sox 4 games to 3 in a broadcast that breaks records for a televised sporting event.
- October 27 – Robert Poulin kills 1 and wounds 5 at St. Pius X High School in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada before shooting himself.
- October 30
- October 31 – The Queen single "Bohemian Rhapsody" is released. It later becomes one of their most popular songs.
- November 3
- An independent audit of Mattel, one of the United States' largest toy manufacturers, reveals that company officials fabricated press releases and financial information to "maintain the appearance of continued corporate growth."
- The first petroleum pipeline opens from Cruden Bay to Grangemouth, Scotland.
- The long-running television game show The Price Is Right expands from 30 minutes to its current hour-long format on CBS.
- November 6
- November 7 – A vapor cloud explosion at a petroleum cracking facility in Geleen, Netherlands leaves 14 dead and 109 injured, with fires lasting for 5 days.
- November 10
- United Nations General Assembly Resolution 3379: By a vote of 72–35 (with 32 abstentions), the United Nations General Assembly approves a resolution equating Zionism with racism. The resolution provokes an outcry among Jews around the world. It is repealed in 1991.
- The 729-foot (222 m)-long freighter SS Edmund Fitzgerald sinks during a storm 17 miles (27 km) from the entrance to Whitefish Bay on Lake Superior, killing all 29 crew members on board (an event immortalized in song by Gordon Lightfoot).
- Lev Leshchenko revives "Den Pobedy", one of the most popular World War II songs in the USSR.
- November 11
- Angola becomes independent from Portugal; civil war soon erupts.
- Australian constitutional crisis of 1975: Governor-General of Australia Sir John Kerr dismisses the government of Gough Whitlam and commissions Malcolm Fraser as Prime Minister.
- The first annual Vogalonga rowing "race" is held in Venice, Italy.
- November 14 – Madrid Accords: Spain abandons Western Sahara.
- November 15 – The "Group of 6" (G-6) industrialized nations is formed.
- November 16 – Beginning of the Third Cod War between UK and Iceland, which lasts until June 1976.
- November 20
- Former California Governor Ronald Reagan enters the race for the Republican presidential nomination, challenging incumbent President Gerald Ford.
- Spanish dictator Francisco Franco dies in Madrid, effectively marking the end of the dictatorship established following the Spanish Civil War and the beginning of Spain's transition to democracy.
- November 22 – Juan Carlos is declared King of Spain following the death of dictator Francisco Franco; he would reign until his abdication in 2014.
- November 25
- November 26 – The 1975 cult classic movie The Rocky Horror Picture Show is released in the United States.
- November 27 – Ross McWhirter, co-founder of the Guinness Book of Records, is shot dead by the Provisional Irish Republican Army for offering reward money to informers.
- November 28 – Portuguese Timor declares its independence from Portugal as East Timor.
- November 29
- The name "Micro-soft" (for microcomputer software) is used by Bill Gates in a letter to Paul Allen for the first time (Microsoft becomes a registered trademark on November 26, 1976).
- While disabled, the submarine tender USS Proteus discharges radioactive coolant water into Apra Harbor, Guam. A Geiger counter at two of the harbor's public beaches shows 100 millirems/hour, 50 times the allowable dose.
- Formula One world champion Graham Hill is killed when the Piper Aztec aeroplane he was piloting crashed in foggy conditions near Arkley golf course in North London.
- December 2 – In Laos, the communist party of the Pathet Lao takes over Vientiane and defeats the Kingdom of Laos, forcing King Sisavang Vatthana to abdicate and creating the Lao People's Democratic Republic. This ends the Laotian Civil War, with mass evacuation of American troops and Laotian civilians.
- December 3 – The ongoing Insurgency in Laos begins with the Pathet Lao fighting the Hmongs, Royalist-in-exile and the Right-wings.
- December 8 – New York City is approved for bailout of 2.3 billion each year through to 1978 – 6.9 billion total.
- December 7 – Indonesian invasion of East Timor: Indonesia invades East Timor; the occupation continues until 1999, when U.N. peacekeepers take over control until 2002.
- December 21 – Six people, including Carlos the Jackal, kidnap delegates of an OPEC conference in Vienna.
- December 25 – The heavy metal band Iron Maiden is formed by Steve Harris in London.
- December 29 – A bomb explosion at LaGuardia Airport in New York City kills 11 people.
- The Spanish Army quits Spanish Sahara (modern-day Western Sahara), last remnant of the Spanish Empire. The Sahrawi Republic (RASD) is created. Morocco invades the former territory.
- The government of Colombia announces the finding of Ciudad Perdida.
- Benoit Mandelbrot coins the mathematical term fractal.
- Lyme disease is first diagnosed at Lyme, Connecticut.
- Victoria (Australia) abolishes capital punishment.
- South Australia becomes the first Australian state to decriminalize homosexual acts between consenting adults.
- Some members of Jehovah's Witnesses believe that Armageddon will occur this year based on the group's chronology and a few sell their houses and businesses to prepare for the new world paradise which they believed will be created when Jesus establishes God's Kingdom on Earth.
- Peter Gabriel departs Genesis, and is replaced on lead vocals by drummer Phil Collins.
- The first monster truck, Bigfoot, is created by Bob Chandler.
- January 1
- January 2
- January 3
- January 5
- January 6
- January 8 – Chris Simmons, British actor
- January 10 – Jake Delhomme, American football player
- January 11
- January 13 – Shazia Mirza, British comedian
- January 15
- January 16 – Anthony Taberna, Filipino broadcast journalist and radio commentator
- January 17
- January 20
- January 22 – Balthazar Getty, American actor
- January 23 – Tito Ortiz, American mixed martial arts fighter
- January 24 – Paul Marazzi, English singer (A1)
- January 25
- January 28
- January 29
- January 30 – Yumi Yoshimura, Japanese singer (Puffy AmiYumi)
- January 31
- February 1 – Big Boi, American rapper
- February 2
- February 4 – Natalie Imbruglia, Australian actress and singer
- February 6 – Tomoko Kawase, Japanese singer
- February 9 – Vladimir Guerrero, Dominican baseball player
- February 10 – Hiroki Kuroda, Japanese baseball pitcher
- February 11
- February 14 – Malik Zidi, French actor
- February 16 – Nanase Aikawa, Japanese singer
- February 17
- February 18
- February 19 – Mohamed Aly, Egyptian reformist and writer
- February 20 – Brian Littrell, American pop singer (Backstreet Boys)
- February 21 – Mark Ross, American rock singer and entrepreneur
- February 22 – Drew Barrymore, American actress and film producer, co-founder of Flower Films
- February 23 – Wilfred Kibet Kigen, Kenyan long-distance runner
- February 25
- March 1
- March 4
- March 5
- March 7
- March 9
- March 11
- March 12 – Kéllé Bryan, English singer (Eternal)
- March 15
- March 17
- March 18
- March 19
- March 25
- March 27 – Fergie, American pop/R&B singer/rapper of the Black Eyed Peas and actress
- March 28 – Richard Kelly, American director
- March 29 – Jan Bos, Dutch speed skater
- March 30 – Bahar Soomekh, American actress
- April 2 – Adam Rodríguez, American actor
- April 3
- April 4
- April 5 – Juicy J, American rapper, songwriter and record producer
- April 6
- April 7
- April 8 – Anouk, Dutch singer-songwriter and producer
- April 9 – Robbie Fowler, British footballer
- April 10 – Matthew Phillips, Italian rugby union footballer
- April 13
- April 14
- April 15 – Paul Dana, American race car driver (d. 2006)
- April 17 – Lee Hyun-il, South Korean badminton player
- April 22
- April 23 – Olga Kern, Russian pianist
- April 26
- April 25 – Chris Lilley, Australian actor, comedian, and writer
- April 27 – Kazuyoshi Funaki, Japanese ski jumper
- April 29 – Eric Koston, American skateboarder
- April 30
- May 1 – Marc-Vivien Foé, Cameroonian footballer (d. 2003)
- May 2
- May 3
- May 7 – Jason Tunks, Canadian Olympic discus thrower
- May 8
- May 9 – Chris Diamantopoulos, Canadian actor
- May 10
- May 12 – Jonah Lomu, New Zealand rugby player (d. 2015)
- May 13 – Itatí Cantoral, Mexican actress
- May 15
- May 16 – Tony Kakko, Finnish singer
- May 17 – Jonti Picking, British animator, voice actor and internet personality
- May 18
- May 19
- May 20
- May 22 – Janne Niinimaa, Finnish hockey player
- May 23
- May 25
- May 27
- May 28 – Charmaine Sheh, Hong Kong actress
- May 29
- May 30 – CeeLo Green, American singer
- May 31 – Toni Nieminen, Finnish ski jumper
- June 4
- June 5 – Karen Strassman, American actress and voice actress
- June 7
- June 8 – Shilpa Shetty, Bollywood actress
- June 9 – Andrew Symonds, Australian cricketer
- June 10 – Darren Eadie, English footballer
- June 11 – Choi Ji-woo, South Korean actress and model
- June 14 – Chris Onstad, American cartoonist
- June 15 – Elizabeth Reaser, American actress
- June 16 – Anabel Conde, Spanish singer, Eurovision Song Contest 1995 runner-up
- June 17 – Chloe Jones, American pornstar (d. 2005)
- June 18 – Martin St. Louis, Canadian hockey player
- June 19
- June 23 – Kate Tunstall, Scottish singer-songwriter
- June 24 – Christie Rampone, American footballer
- June 25
- June 27 – Tobey Maguire, American actor
- June 28
- June 30
- July 5
- July 6 – 50 Cent, American rapper
- July 9
- July 10 – Alain Nasreddine, Canadian ice hockey player
- July 14 – Flore Zoé, Dutch photographer
- July 15 – Jill Halfpenny, British actress
- July 17
- July 18 – Torii Hunter, American baseball player
- July 19 – Patricia Ja Lee, American model/actress
- July 20
- July 21 – Fredrik Johansson, Swedish musician
- July 22 – Kenshin Kawakami, Japanese baseball pitcher
- July 24
- July 25
- July 27
- July 29 – Terrence Wilkins, American football player
- July 30 – Graham Nicholls, British artist
- July 31 – Simon Hirst, British DJ
- August 1
- August 3 – Yoyo Mung, Hong Kong actress
- August 4 – Jason Crump, Australian Speedway rider, three times world champion
- August 5
- August 7
- August 11 – Roger Craig Smith, American voice actor
- August 12 – Casey Affleck, American actor and film director. Brother of actor Ben Affleck
- August 13 – Shoaib Akhtar, Pakistani fast bowler
- August 15 – Kara Wolters, American women's basketball player
- August 18 – Kaitlin Olson, American actress
- August 22
- August 24 – Hayato Sakurai, Japanese martial artist
- August 25 – Raymond Wong Ho-yin, Hong Kong actor
- August 27 – Björn Gelotte, Swedish musician
- August 29 – Dante Basco, American actor
- August 31 – Sara Ramirez, American Actress
- September 1
- September 2 – David Jahn, Czech neo-burlesque impresario
- September 3 – Redfoo, American disc jockey (LMFAO)
- September 4 – Mark Ronson, English DJ, record producer, and singer
- September 6 – Ryoko Tani, Japanese judoka
- September 7 – Renato "Babalu" Sobral, Brazilian martial artist
- September 9 – Michael Bublé, Canadian musician
- September 10 – R. Luke DuBois, American composer and artist
- September 11 – Brad Fischetti, American musician
- September 13 – Peter Ho, American-Taiwanese singer and actor
- September 16
- September 17
- September 18
- September 20
- September 22
- September 23 – Kim Dong-moon, South Korean badminton player
- September 25
- September 27 – Sam Lee, Hong Kong actor
- September 30
- October 2 – Michel Trudeau, son of former Canadian Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau and brother of current Prime Minister Justin Trudeau (d. 1998)
- October 5
- October 7
- October 9 – Joe McFadden, British actor
- October 9 – Sean Lennon, American Musician
- October 14
- October 15 – Michél Mazingu-Dinzey, German-Congolese footballer
- October 16
- October 17 – Janne Aikala, Finnish murder victim (d. 1986)
- October 19 – Benjamin Heckendorn, American electronics modifier and independent filmmaker
- October 20 – Natalie Gregory, American child actress
- October 21 – Henrique Hilário, Portuguese footballer
- October 22
- October 23
- October 25 – Zadie Smith, English writer
- October 30 – Ian D'Sa, Canadian guitarist
- October 31 – Director X, Canadian music video director
- November 3 – Marta Domínguez, Spanish athlete
- November 4 – Éric Fichaud, Canadian hockey player
- November 5
- November 8
- November 10 – Markko Märtin, Estonian race car driver
- November 11 – Daisuke Ohata, Japanese rugby union player
- November 12 – Jason Lezak, American swimmer
- November 14 – Faye Tozer, English singer (Steps)
- November 15 – Hiromi Ominami, Japanese long-distance runner
- November 16
- November 18
- November 19 – Sushmita Sen, Indian beauty queen and actress
- November 20 – Dierks Bentley, American country music singer
- November 21
- November 22 – James Madio, American actor
- November 24
- November 28 – Eka Kurniawan, Indonesian writer
- November 30 – Ben Thatcher, Welsh international footballer
- December 2 – Malinda Williams, American actress
- December 3 – Csaba Czébely, Hungarian heavy metal drummer (Pokolgép)
- December 5
- December 6 – Ashin, Taiwanese rock lead singer (Mayday)
- December 8 – Kevin Harvick, American race car driver
- December 10 – Joe Mays, American baseball pitcher
- December 11 – Gerben de Knegt, Dutch cyclist
- December 12
- December 13 – Tom DeLonge, American guitarist and vocalist
- December 16
- December 17
- December 18
- December 20 – Bartosz Bosacki, Polish footballer
- December 21 – Paloma Herrera, Argentine ballet dancer
- December 23
- Vadim Sharifijanov, Russian ice hockey player
- December 26
- December 27
- December 29 – Shawn Hatosy, American actor
- December 30
- December 31 – Mikko Sirén, Finnish drummer
- Gareth Edwards, British director
- Sindre Goksøyr, Norwegian artist
- January 3 – Victor Kraft, Austrian philosopher (b. 1880)
- January 4 – Ole Rømer Aagaard Sandberg, Norwegian military officer and farmer. (b. 1888)
- January 7 – Harry Gunnison Brown, economist teaching at Yale in 20th century (b. 1880)
- January 8 – Louis P. Lochner, American political activist, journalist, and author (b. 1887)
- January 9 – Pierre Fresnay, French actor (b. 1897)
- January 14 – Georgi Traykov, former head of State of Bulgaria as Chairman of the Presidium of the National Assembly (b. 1898)
- January 17 – Gustavo Rojas Pinilla, 19th President of Colombia (b. 1900)
- January 18 – Evelyn Greeley, silent film actress (b. 1888)
- January 19 – Thomas Hart Benton, American artist (b. 1889)
- January 24
- January 27
- January 28 – Ola Raknes, Norwegian psychoanalyst and philologist (b. 1887)
- January 31
- February 3 – Umm Kulthum, Egyptian actress and singer (b. 1904)
- February 4 – Louis Jordan, American musician (b. 1908)
- February 8
- February 10 – Nikos Kavvadias, Greek poet and writer (stroke) (b. 1910)
- February 11 – Richard Ratsimandrava, President of Madagascar (assassinated) (b. 1931)
- February 12 – Bernard Knowles, English film director (b. 1900)
- February 13 – André Beaufre, French general (b. 1902)
- February 14
- February 15 – Michał Sopoćko, Polish saint, the Apostle of Divine Mercy (b. 1888)
- February 16 – Morgan Taylor, American athlete (b. 1903)
- February 17 – George Marshall, American film director (b. 1891)
- February 18 – Chivu Stoica, Romanian Communist politician, former Prime Minister and head of State (b. 1908)
- February 19 – Luigi Dallapiccola, Italian composer (b. 1904)
- February 20 – Robert Strauss, American actor (b. 1913)
- February 24 – Nikolai Bulganin, Premier of the Soviet Union (b. 1895)
- February 25 – Elijah Muhammad, African-American Nation of Islam leader (b. 1897)
- February 26 – Stephen Tibble, London police officer (shot) (b. 1953)
- February 27 – Muriel Hazel Wright, Oklahoma author and historian (b. 1885)
- February 28 – Sir Neville Cardus, British music and cricket writer (b. 1888)
- March 3 – Therese Giehse, German actress (b. 1898)
- March 7
- March 8 – George Stevens, American director, producer, and cinematographer (b. 1904)
- March 9
- March 10 – Arthur W. Hummel, Sr., American Christian missionary to China (b. 1884)
- March 11 – Margarita Fischer, silent film actress (b. 1886)
- March 13 – Ivo Andrić, Serbo-Croatian writer, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1892)
- March 14 – Susan Hayward, American actress (b. 1917)
- March 15 – Aristotle Onassis, Greek shipping magnate (b. 1906)
- March 16
- March 19
- March 21 – Joe Medwick, American baseball player (St. Louis Cardinals) and a member of the MLB Hall of Fame (b. 1911)
- March 22 – Cass Daley, American actress (b. 1915)
- March 25
- March 27 – Sir Arthur Bliss, British composer and Master of the Queen's Music (b. 1891)
- March 30 – Boots Adams, American business magnate, president of Phillips Petroleum Company (b. 1899)
- April 3 – Mary Ure, Scottish actress (b. 1933)
- April 5
- April 6 – Percival Gordon, Canadian lawyer (b. 1884)
- April 10
- April 12 – Josephine Baker, African-American dancer (b. 1906)
- April 13
- April 14
- April 15 – Richard Conte, American actor (b. 1910)
- April 17 – Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan, Indian philosopher and politician, 2nd President of India (b. 1888)
- April 21 – William Anderson, English cricketer (b. 1909)
- April 23 – William Hartnell, British actor (b. 1908)
- April 24 – Pete Ham, Welsh musician (b. 1947)
- April 30 – Gen Paul, French artist (b. 1895)
- May 4 – Moe Howard, American actor and comedian (b. 1897)
- May 6 – Mary Stocks, Baroness Stocks, British writer (b. 1891)
- May 8 – Avery Brundage, American President of the International Olympic Committee (b. 1887)
- May 9 – Philip Dorn, Dutch actor (b. 1901)
- May 13 – Richard Hollingshead, American inventor of the drive-in theatre (b. 1900)
- May 18
- May 22
- May 23
- May 24 – Guy La Chambre, French politician (b. 1898)
- May 25 – Count Dante, American martial artist (b. 1939)
- May 30
- June 3
- June 4 – Evelyn Brent, American actress (b. 1899)
- June 5 – Paul Keres, Estonian chess grandmaster (b. 1916)
- June 6 – Larry Blyden, American actor (b. 1925)
- June 14 – Pablo Antonio, Filipino modernist architect (b. 1902)
- June 18 – Hugo Bergmann, German and Israeli Jewish philosopher (b. 1883)
- June 26 – Josemaría Escrivá, Spanish priest and founder of Opus Dei (b. 1902)
- June 27 – G. I. Taylor, British physicist, mathematician and expert on fluid dynamics and wave theory (b. 1886)
- June 28 – Rod Serling, American television screenwriter (b. 1924)
- June 29 – Tim Buckley, American singer/songwriter (b. 1947)
- June 30 – Howard I. Chapelle, American naval architect, museum curator, and author (b. 1901)
- July 2 – James Robertson Justice, British actor (b. 1907)
- July 6 – Olive Pink, Australian botanical illustrator, anthropologist (b. 1884)
- July 7 – Henri Deglane, French wrestler (b. 1902)
- July 15 – Charles Weidman, American choreographer and dancer (b. 1901)
- July 17
- July 18 – Vaughn Bodē, American artist and psychedelic cartoonist (b. 1941)
- July 19
- July 21 – Billy West, American actor (b. 1892)
- July 23 – Emlen Tunnell, American football player (New York Giants) and a member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame (b. 1925)
- July 24 – Barbara Colby, American actress (b. 1939)
- July 27 – Anne Spencer, American poet (b. 1882)
- July 29 – James Blish, American science fiction writer (b. 1921)
- July 30 – Jimmy Hoffa, American labor leader, disappeared on this date (b. 1913)
- August 5 – Satchidanandendra Saraswati, founder of the Adhyatma Prakasha Karyalaya in Holenarasipura (b. 1880)
- August 9 – Dmitri Shostakovich, Russian composer (b. 1906)
- August 10 – Robert Barton, Irish politician and last surviving signatory of the Anglo-Irish Treaty (b. 1881)
- August 11
- August 14 – Charles Pollard Olivier, American astronomer. (b. 1884)
- August 15 – Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, Two-Time President & 2nd Prime Minister of Bangladesh (b. 1920)
- August 16 – Vladimir Kuts, Soviet runner (b. 1927)
- August 17 – Sig Arno, German actor (b. 1895)
- August 19
- August 23
- August 26 – Cullen Landis, American actor (b. 1896)
- August 27 – Haile Selassie, Emperor of Ethiopia (b. 1892)
- August 28 – Fritz Wotruba, Austrian sculptor (b. 1907)
- August 29 – Éamon de Valera, 3rd President of Ireland (b. 1882)
- August 31 – Pierre Blaise, French actor (b. 1955)
- September 2 – Mabel Vernon, U.S. suffragist, pacifist (b. 1883)
- September 5
- September 9
- September 10 – George Paget Thomson, English physicist, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1892)
- September 13 – Mudicondan Venkatarama Iyer South Indian Musician (b. 1897)
- September 16 – Irene Hayes, American Ziegfeld girl and businesswoman (b. 1896)
- September 19 – Pamela Brown, English actress (b. 1917)
- September 20 – Saint-John Perse, French diplomat and writer, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1887)
- September 23 – Ian Hunter, British actor (b. 1900)
- September 24 – Earle Cabell, Texas politician (b. 1906)
- September 26 – C. H. Waddington, British biologist, paleontologist, geneticist and philosopher (b. 1905)
- September 27
- September 29 – Casey Stengel, American baseball player (Brooklyn Dodgers) and manager (New York Yankees, New York Mets) and a member of the MLB Hall of Fame (b. 1890)
- October 4 – May Sutton, American tennis champion (b. 1886)
- October 6 – Chiura Obata, Japanese-American artist. (b. 1885)
- October 10
- October 11 – Henry A. Gleason, American ecologist (b. 1882)
- October 16 – Benjamin McCandlish, Governor of Guam (b. 1886)
- October 18 – Graham Haberfield, British actor (b. 1941)
- October 21 – Charles Reidpath, American athlete (b. 1889)
- October 22 – Arnold J. Toynbee, British historian (b. 1889)
- October 27 – Rex Stout, American author (b. 1886)
- October 28 – Georges Carpentier, French boxer (b. 1894)
- October 30 – Gustav Ludwig Hertz, German physicist, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1887)
- November 1 – Sinn Sisamouth, The highly prolific King of Khmer music is executed by the Khmer Rouge ending the Golden Age of the Cambodian music industry.(b. 1935)
- November 2 – Pier Paolo Pasolini, Italian film director (b. 1922)
- November 4 – Francis Dvornik, Czech historian (b. 1893)
- November 5
- November 6 – Norman Riches, Welsh cricketer. (b. 1883)
- November 13 – R. C. Sherriff, English writer (b. 1896)
- November 20
- November 27 – Ross McWhirter, Scottish co-founder of the Guinness Book of Records (b. 1925)
- November 29
- December 1
- December 2
- December 4 – Hannah Arendt, German political theorist (b. 1906)
- December 7
- December 9 – William A. Wellman, American film director (b. 1896)
- December 10 – Andrew "Boy" Charlton, Australian Olympic swimmer (b. 1907)
- December 11 – Lee Wiley, American jazz singer (b. 1908)
- December 14 – Arthur Treacher, English actor (b. 1894)
- December 15 – Shigeyoshi Inoue, Japanese admiral (b. 1889)
- December 17 – Noble Sissle, American jazz composer (b. 1889)
- December 20 – William Lundigan, American actor (b. 1914)
- December 24
- December 27 – Clara Sipprell, early 20th-century photographer (b. 1885)
- Physics – Aage Bohr, Ben Roy Mottelson, Leo James Rainwater
- Chemistry – John Warcup Cornforth, Vladimir Prelog
- Medicine – David Baltimore, Renato Dulbecco, Howard Martin Temin
- Literature – Eugenio Montale
- Peace – Andrei Dmitrievich Sakharov
- Economics – Leonid Kantorovich, Tjalling Koopmans
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