1981 (MCMLXXXI) was a common year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar, the 1981st year of the Common Era (CE) and Anno Domini (AD) designations, the 981st year of the 2nd millennium, the 81st year of the 20th century, and the 2nd year of the 1980s decade.
January – The subterranean Sarawak Chamber is discovered in Borneo.
Greece enters the European Economic Community, predecessor of the European Union.
Palau becomes a self-governing territory.
January 2 – One of the largest investigations by a British police force ends when serial killer Peter Sutcliffe, the "Yorkshire Ripper", is arrested in Sheffield, South Yorkshire.
January 10 – Salvadoran Civil War: The FMLN launches its first major offensive, gaining control of most of Morazán and Chalatenango departments.
January 15 – Pope John Paul II receives a delegation led by Polish Solidarity leader Lech Wałęsa at the Vatican.
January 16 – Loyalists shoot and seriously wound Irish nationalist activist Bernadette Devlin McAliskey and her husband.
January 17 – Philippine President Ferdinand Marcos lifts martial law.
January 19 – United States and Iranian officials sign an agreement to release 52 American hostages after 14 months of captivity.
January 20 – Iran releases the 52 Americans held for 444 days minutes after Ronald Reagan is sworn in as the 40th President of the United States, ending the Iran hostage crisis.
January 21 – The first DeLorean automobile, a stainless steel sports car with gull-wing doors, rolls off the production line in Dunmurry, Northern Ireland.
January 23 – An earthquake of M 6.8 magnitude in Sichuan, China kills 150.
Jiang Qing ("Madame Mao") is sentenced to death in the People’s Republic of China.
In South Africa the largest part of the town Laingsburg is swept away within minutes by one of the strongest floods ever experienced in the Great Karoo.
January 27 – The Indonesian passenger ship Tamponas 2 catches fire and capsizes in the Java Sea, killing 580.
February Main article: February 1981
February 4 – Gro Harlem Brundtland becomes Prime Minister of Norway.
February 8 – In Greece, 20 fans of Olympiacos F.C. and one fan of AEK Athens die, while 54 are injured, after a stampede at the Karaiskakis Stadium in Piraeus, possibly because Gate 7 does not open immediately after the end of the game.
February 9 – Polish Prime Minister Józef Pińkowski resigns and is replaced by General Wojciech Jaruzelski.
Stardust fire: A fire at the Stardust nightclub in Artane, Dublin, Ireland in the early hours kills 48 people and injures 214.
Australia withdraws recognition of the Pol Pot regime in Cambodia.
February 17–22 – Pope John Paul II visits the Philippines.
February 23 – 1981 Spanish coup d’état attempt ("23-F"): Antonio Tejero, with members of the Guardia Civil, enters the Spanish Congress of Deputies and stops the session where Leopoldo Calvo-Sotelo is about to be named president of the government. The coup fails following its denouncement by King Juan Carlos.
February 24 – A powerful, M 6.7 magnitude earthquake hits Athens, killing 22 people, injuring 400 people and destroying several buildings and 4,000 houses, mostly in Corinth and the nearby towns of Loutraki, Kiato and Xylokastro.
March Main article: March 1981
March 1 – 1981 Irish hunger strike: Bobby Sands, a Provisional Irish Republican Army member, begins a hunger strike for political status at HM Prison Maze (Long Kesh) in Northern Ireland, dying on May 5, the first of 10 IRA hunger strikers to die.
March 11 – Chilean military dictator Augusto Pinochet is sworn in as President of Chile for another 8-year term.
March 17 – In Italy the Propaganda Due Masonic lodge is discovered.
March 19 – Three workers are killed and 5 injured during a ground test of Space Shuttle Columbia at Kennedy Space Center in the United States.
March 29 – The first London Marathon starts with 7,500 runners.
March 30 – Attempted assassination of Ronald Reagan: U.S. President Ronald Reagan is shot in the chest outside a Washington, D.C. hotel by John Hinckley, Jr.; 2 police officers and Press Secretary James Brady are also wounded.
April Main article: April 1981
April 1 – Daylight saving time is introduced in the Soviet Union.
April 4 – UK pop group Bucks Fizz’s song Making Your Mind Up wins the 1981 Eurovision Song Contest in Dublin, Republic of Ireland.
April 11 – 1981 Brixton riot: Rioters in south London throw petrol bombs, attack police and loot shops.
April 12 – The Space Shuttle program: Space Shuttle Columbia with NASA astronauts John Young and Robert Crippen launches on the STS-1 mission, returning to Earth on April 14. It is the first time a manned reusable spacecraft has returned from orbit.
April 12: First Space Shuttle launch: Columbia, April 12, 1981.
April 15 – The first Coca-Cola bottling plant in China is opened. April 18 – A Minor League Baseball game between the Rochester Red Wings and the Pawtucket Red Sox at McCoy Stadium in Pawtucket, Rhode Island, becomes the longest professional baseball game in history: 8 hours and 25 minutes/33 innings (the 33rd inning is not played until June 23).
April 26 – French presidential election: A first-round runoff results between Valéry Giscard d’Estaing and François Mitterrand.
May Main article: May 1981
May – Daniel K. Ludwig abandons the Jari project in the Amazon basin.
May 1 – Pensions in Chile: The new Chilean pension system, based on private pension funds, begins.
May 4 – The European Law Students’ Association (ELSA) was founded in Vienna by law students from Austria, West Germany, Poland and Hungary.
May 5 – 1981 Irish hunger strike: Bobby Sands, Provisional Irish Republican Army volunteer and abstentionist Member of Parliament of the House of Commons, dies, aged 27, on hunger strike in prison in Northern Ireland.
May 6 – A jury of architects and sculptors unanimously selects Maya Lin’s design for the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C. from 1,421 other entries.
May 11 – Jamaican singer Bob Marley dies aged 36 from cancer in Miami, Florida.
May 13 – Pope John Paul II assassination attempt: Pope John Paul II is shot and nearly killed by Mehmet Ali Ağca, a Turkish gunman, as he enters St. Peter’s Square in Vatican City to address a general audience. The Pope recovers.
May 15 – Donna Payant is murdered by serial killer Lemuel Smith, the first time a female prison officer has been killed on-duty in the United States.
François Mitterrand becomes the first socialist President of the French Fifth Republic.
In the National Hockey League, the New York Islanders win their second consecutive Stanley Cup defeating the Minnesota North Stars four games to one.
May 22 – Peter Sutcliffe is found guilty and sentenced to life imprisonment on 13 counts of murder and 7 of attempted murder in England.
In Riyadh, the Gulf Cooperation Council is created between Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates.
Alain Robert scales the Willis Tower in Chicago.
May 26 – The Italian government resigns over its links to the fascist Masonic cell Propaganda Due.
May 30 – Bangladesh President Ziaur Rahman is assassinated in Chittagong.
May 31 – Burning of Jaffna library, one of the most violent examples of ethnic biblioclasm of the century.
June Main article: June 1981
June 5 – The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in the United States report that 5 homosexual men in Los Angeles have a rare form of pneumonia seen only in patients with weakened immune systems, the first recognized cases of AIDS.
June 6 – Bihar train disaster: Seven coaches of an overcrowded passenger train fall off the tracks into the Bagmati River in Bihar, India, killing between 500 and 800.
June 7 – The Israeli Air Force destroys Iraq’s Osirak nuclear reactor killing ten Iraqi troops and a French technician.
Raiders of the Lost Ark is released in theaters.
1981 Major League Baseball strike begins in the United States.
June 13 – At the Trooping the Colour ceremony in London, Marcus Sarjeant fires 6 blank shots at Elizabeth II.
The Organization of Eastern Caribbean States is founded.
The Lockheed F-117 Nighthawk Stealth Fighter makes its first flight at Groom Lake (Area 51), Nevada.
June 22 – Iranian president Abolhassan Banisadr is deposed.
The first game of paintball is played in Henniker, New Hampshire.
The E-mu Emulator sampler keyboard with floppy disk operation is unveiled at NAMM international Sound & Music Expo, Chicago. Production Model Serial Number 001 is issued to Stevie Wonder. July Main article: July 1981
July 2 – Wonderland murders: The Wonderland Gang of cocaine dealers is brutally murdered in a massacre involving Eddie Nash in Los Angeles.
July 3 – The Toxteth riots in Liverpool, England, start after a mob saves a youth from being arrested. Shortly afterward, the Chapeltown riots in Leeds start after increased racial tension.
July 7 – United States President Ronald Reagan nominates the first woman, Sandra Day O’Connor, to the Supreme Court of the United States.
July 8 – 1981 Irish hunger strike: Irish republican volunteer Joe McDonnell dies at HM Prison Maze (Long Kesh) in Northern Ireland after a 61-day hunger strike.
July 9 – Donkey Kong is released, marking the first Donkey Kong and Mario smash hit arcade game developed by Nintendo in Japan.
Mahathir bin Mohamad becomes the 4th Prime Minister of Malaysia.
1981 Handsworth riots in Birmingham begin, followed by further 1981 England riots in several urban areas including Liverpool and Leeds.
July 16–21 – England become the first team this century to win a cricket Test match after the follow-on when they beat Australia by 18 runs at Headingley cricket ground, Leeds, England.
Hyatt Regency walkway collapse: Two skywalks filled with people at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Kansas City, Missouri, collapse into a crowded atrium lobby, killing 114.
Israeli aircraft bomb Beirut, destroying multi-story apartment blocks containing the offices of PLO associated groups, killing approximately 300 civilians and resulting in worldwide condemnation and a U.S. embargo on the export of aircraft to Israel. July 19 – The 1981 Springbok Tour commences in New Zealand, amid controversy over the support of apartheid.
July 21 – Panda Tohui is born in Chapultepec Zoo in Mexico City, the first panda to ever be born and survive in captivity outside of China.
July 29 – A worldwide television audience of over 750 million people watch the Wedding of Charles, Prince of Wales, and Lady Diana Spencer at St Paul’s Cathedral in London.
July 30 – Summer 1981 hunger demonstrations in Poland: As many as 50,000 demonstrators, mostly women and children, take to the streets in Łódź to protest food ration shortages in Communist Poland.
August Main article: August 1981
August 1 – The first 24-hour video music channel MTV (Music Television) is launched in the United States and airs its first video, Video Killed the Radio Star by The Buggles.
August 9 – 1981 Major League Baseball strike ends in the United States and Major League Baseball resumes with the All-Star Game in Cleveland’s Municipal Stadium.
August 12 – The original Model 5150 IBM PC (with a 4.77 MHz Intel 8088 processor) is released in the United States at a base price of $1,565.
Gulf of Sidra incident: Libyan dictator Muammar Gaddafi sends two Sukhoi Su-22 fighter jets to intercept two U.S. Navy fighters over the Gulf of Sidra. The U.S. jets destroy the Libyan fighters.
Sistema Brasileiro de Televisão (SBT) is founded in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, by Sílvio Santos.
August 23 – South African troops attack SWAPO bases in Xangongo and Ongiva, Angola during Operation Protea.
August 24 – Mark David Chapman is sentenced to 20 years to life in prison after pleading guilty to murdering John Lennon in Manhattan eight months earlier.
August 27 – North Korea fires a surface-to-air missile at a U.S. SR-71 Blackbird spy plane flying in South Korean and international airspace. The missile misses and the airplane is unharmed. August 30 – Mohammad-Ali Rajai, 2nd President and 76th Prime Minister of Iran & Mohammad-Javad Bahonar, 77th Prime Minister of Iran are killed in terroristic explosion by People’s Mujahedin of Iran.
August 31 – A bomb explodes at the United States Ramstein Air Base in West Germany, injuring 20 people.
September Main article: September 1981
September 1 – Gregorio Conrado Álvarez is inaugurated as a military de facto President of Uruguay.
September 4 – An explosion at a mine in Záluží, Czechoslovakia, kills 65 people.
September 8 – The first episode of the extremely popular British television sitcom Only Fools and Horses, "Big Brother", is shown on BBC One.
September 10 – Picasso’s painting Guernica is moved from New York to Madrid.
Our Lady of Akita in Japan cries for the last time, on the Feast of [[Our Lady of Sorrows].
The John Bull becomes the oldest operable steam locomotive in the world, at 150 years old, when it operates under its own power outside Washington, D.C.
September 16 – Postman Pat is first aired on BBC One in the United Kingdom.
September 17 – Ric Flair defeats Dusty Rhodes to win his first World Heavyweight Wrestling Championship in Kansas City.
September 18 – Capital punishment in France is abolished.
Simon & Garfunkel perform The Concert in Central Park, a free concert in New York in front of approximately half a million people.
Solidarity Day march, in support of organized labor, draws approximately 250,000 people in Washington, D.C.
September 20 – The Brazilian river boat Sobral Santos capsizes in the Amazon River, Óbidos, Brazil, killing at least 300.
September 21 – Belize, formerly British Honduras, gains its independence from the United Kingdom.
Sandra Day O’Connor takes her seat as the first female justice of the U.S. Supreme Court.
The Rolling Stones begin their Tattoo You American tour at JFK Stadium in Philadelphia.
The Boeing 767 airliner makes its first flight.
The Sydney Tower opens to the public in Australia.
September 27 – TGV high-speed rail service between Paris and Lyon, France begins.
September 27–29 – Iran–Iraq War: Iranian forces break the Siege of Abadan in Operation Samen-ol-A’emeh.
September 28 – The classic animated comedy espionage TV series Danger Mouse debuts on ITV in the U.K.
October Main article: October 1981
October 2 – English rock band The Police releases Ghost in the Machine.
October 5 – Raoul Wallenberg becomes a posthumously honorary citizen of the United States.
October 6 – Egyptian president Anwar Sadat is assassinated during a parade by army members who belong to the Egyptian Islamic Jihad organization led by Khalid Islambouli who are opposed to his negotiations with Israel.
October 10 – The Ministry for Education of Japan issues the jōyō kanji.
October 14 – Vice President Hosni Mubarak is elected President of Egypt, one week after Anwar Sadat’s assassination.
October 16 – Gas explosions at a coal mine at Hokutan, Yūbari, Hokkaidō, Japan kill 93.
October 21 – Andreas Papandreou becomes Prime Minister of Greece.
October 22 – The founding congress of the Nepal Workers and Peasants Organization faction led by Hareram Sharma and D. P. Singh begins.
October 27 – Soviet submarine S-363 runs aground outside the Karlskrona, Sweden military base.
November Main article: November 1981
November 1: Antigua and Barbuda.
November 1 – Antigua and Barbuda gain independence from the United Kingdom.
November 9 – Slavery in Mauritania is abolished by Edict No. 81-234.
November 12 – The Church of England General Synod votes to admit women to holy orders.
November 16 – In U.S. soap opera General Hospital, Luke and Laura marry; it is the highest-rated hour in daytime television history.
November 18 – COMDEX Fall: IBM introduces the IBM PC; Scientific Solutions announces the first PC add-in cards.
November 22 – The Edmonton Eskimos (14-1-1) barely stave off defeat and win a record 4th consecutive Grey Cup in the Canadian Football League, at the 69th Grey Cup at Montréal’s Olympic Stadium defeating the Ottawa Rough Riders (5-11-0) 26-23 in the final three seconds; after being down 20–1 at halftime. November 23
Iran–Contra affair: U.S. President Ronald Reagan signs the top secret National Security Decision Directive 17 (NSDD-17), authorizing the Central Intelligence Agency to recruit and support Contra rebels in Nicaragua.
1981 United Kingdom tornado outbreak, the largest recorded tornado outbreak in European history. November 25–26 – A group of mercenaries led by Mike Hoare take over Mahe airport in the Seychelles in a coup attempt. Most of them escape by a commandeered Air India passenger jet; six are later arrested.
November 30–December 17 – Cold War: In Geneva, representatives from the United States and the Soviet Union attempt to negotiate intermediate-range nuclear weapon reductions in Europe; the meetings end inconclusively.
December Main article: December 1981
December 1 – An Inex-Adria Aviopromet McDonnell Douglas MD-80 strikes a mountain peak and crashes while approaching Ajaccio Airport in Corsica, killing all 180 people on board.
December 4 – South Africa grants Ciskei independence, not recognized outside South Africa.
December 7 – Rotary International charters the Rotary Club of Grand Baie, Mauritius.
The No. 21 Mine explosion in Whitwell, Tennessee kills 13.
Arthur Scargill becomes President-elect of the National Union of Mineworkers (Great Britain).
December 10 – During the Ministerial Session of the North Atlantic Council in Brussels, Spain signs the Protocol of Accession to NATO.
Boxing: Muhammad Ali loses to Trevor Berbick; this proves to be Ali’s last-ever fight.
El Mozote massacre: In El Salvador, army units kill 900 civilians.
Wojciech Jaruzelski declares martial law in Poland, to prevent the dismantling of the communist system by Solidarity.
Clube de Regatas do Flamengo wins the Intercontinental Cup (football) after a 3–0 win against Liverpool.
December 15 – A car bomb destroys the Iraqi Embassy in Beirut, Lebanon, killing 61 people; Syrian intelligence is blamed.
December 17 – American Brigadier General James L. Dozier is kidnapped in Verona by the Italian Red Brigades.
December 20 – The Penlee lifeboat disaster occurs off the coast of South-West Cornwall.
December 21 – Preferential Trade Area (PTA) for Eastern and Southern Africa.
December 28 – The first American test-tube baby, Elizabeth Jordan Carr, is born in Norfolk, Virginia.
December 31 – A coup d’état in Ghana removes President Hilla Limann’s PNP government and replaces it with the PNDC led by Flight Lieutenant Jerry Rawlings.
Date unknown January to March – Heavy snow causes many houses and buildings to collapse in northwestern Japan; 152 are killed.
Cuba suffers a major outbreak of Dengue fever, with 344,203 cases. Use of crack cocaine, a smokeable form of the drug, first reported in the United States and Caribbean. Luxor AB presents the ABC 800 computer.
Polybius, an urban legend game, is said to have been released in Portland, Oregon; there is no evidence for its existence.
The State Council of the People’s Republic of China lists the cities of Beijing, Hangzhou, Suzhou and Guilin as those where the protection of historical and cultural heritage, as well as natural scenery, should be treated as a priority project.
Pepsi enters China. The Millennium translation of Saint Edward the Martyr’s relics from Wareham to Shaftesbury in England is observed in a reenactment.
January · February · March · April · May · June · July · August · September · October · November · December
Zsolt Baumgartner, Hungarian race car driver
Mladen Petrić, Croatian football player
Eden Riegel, American actress
January 2 – Maxi Rodríguez, Argentine footballer
January 3 – Eli Manning, American football player
Silvy De Bie, Belgian singer
Aaron Schwartz, American actor
Deadmau5 (Joel Zimmerman), Canadian DJ/producer
Brooklyn Sudano, American actress
Mike Jones, American rapper
Rinko Kikuchi, Japanese actress
Jérémie Renier, Belgian actor
January 7 – Alex Auld, Canadian ice hockey goaltender
Xie Xingfang, Chinese badminton player
Genevieve Cortese, American actress
Jeff Francis, Canadian pitcher
Caroline Lufkin, American singer
Euzebiusz Smolarek, Polish footballer
Jared Kushner, American investor
Tamta, Georgian-Greek singer
Jamelia, British singer
Tom Meighan, British singer and songwriter
January 12 – Quentin Griffin, American football player
Howie Day, American singer and songwriter
El Hadji Diouf, Senegalese footballer
Pitbull, American hip-hop musician and record producer
January 16 – Marta Roure, Andorran singer and actress
Scott Mechlowicz, American actor
Ray J, American rapper and singer
January 18 – Otgonbayar Ershuu, Mongolian visual artist
Lucho González, Argentine footballer
Bitsie Tulloch, American actress
Thaila Zucchi, English singer and actress
Brendan Fevola, Australian rules footballer
Owen Hargreaves, Canadian-born English footballer
Jason Richardson, American basketball player
Dany Heatley, German-born hockey player
Izabella Miko, Polish actress and dancer
Mohd Amri Yahyah, Malaysian footballer
Chantelle Anderson, American basketball player
O. T. Fagbenle, English actor, writer, and director
Willa Ford, American singer, television hostess, and actress
Beverley Mitchell, American actress
Ben Moody, American guitarist
January 24 – Carrie Coon, American actress
Alicia Keys, American singer, pianist and actress
Toše Proeski, Macedonian singer (d. 2007)
January 26 – Gustavo Dudamel, Venezuelan conductor
Alicia Molik, Australian tennis player
Greg Owens, Australian soccer player
Elijah Wood, American actor and music producer
Gen Hoshino, Japanese actor and singer
Rachna Khatau, Indian-American actress and singer
Jonny Lang, American musician
Darío Lopilato, Argentine actor
Dimitar Berbatov, Bulgarian footballer
Chieko Higuchi, Japanese voice actress
Gemma Collins, English television personality
Justin Timberlake, American actor and musician
February 1 – John Gemberling, American actor and comedian
February 2 – Emily Rose, American actress
February 3 – Alisa Reyes, American actress
Paulien van Deutekom, Dutch speed skater (d. 2019)
Lee Eon, South Korean actor and model (d. 2008)
Nora Zehetner, American actress
Sara Foster, American actress
February 6 – Alison Haislip, American actress and former TV personality
Ralf Little, English actor
Jim Parrack, American actor
Tom Hiddleston, British actor
The Rev, American drummer (Avenged Sevenfold) (d. 2009)
Uzo Aduba, American actress
Natasha St-Pier, Canadian singer
Holly Willoughby, British television presenter
Stephanie Beatriz, Argentine-born American Actress
Kelly Rowland, American singer and actress
Edoardo Molinari, Italian golfer
Lisa Hannigan, Irish singer, songwriter, and musician
Selena Li, Hong Kong actress
February 13 – Durahim Jamaluddin, Malaysian footballer (d. 2018)
February 14 – Erin Torpey, American actress
Jenna Morasca, American television personality
Olivia, American singer
Joseph Gordon-Levitt, American actor and film director
Paris Hilton, American model, heiress, and socialite
Andrei Kirilenko, Russian basketball player
Ivan Sproule, British footballer
Adrian Lamo, American computer hacker (d. 2018)
Chris Thile, American mandolinist
Majandra Delfino, American actress
Josh Gad, American actor
Mai Nakahara, Japanese voice actress
Paleo, American singer-songwriter
Dylan Ryder, American former pornographic actress
February 24 – Lleyton Hewitt, Australian tennis player
Park Ji-sung, South Korean footballer
Shahid Kapoor, Indian actor
February 26 – Maria Sansone, American journalist and Internet personality
Josh Groban, American singer
Mat Yeung, Hong Kong actor
Bryce Dallas Howard
Maarten van der Weijden
Ana Hickmann, Brazilian model
Adam LaVorgna, American actor
Will Power, Australian racing driver
Brad Winchester, American ice hockey player
Zach Cregger, American actor and comedian
Lance Cade, American professional wrestler (d. 2010)
Bryce Dallas Howard, American actress
Julius Malema, South African politician
Lil’ Flip, American rapper
Shada Hassoun, Iraqi singer
László Nagy, Hungarian handball player
Cristina Scarlat, Moldovan singer
March 5 – Hanna Alström, Swedish actress
March 6 – Ellen Muth, American actress
March 8 – Adam Jones, Welsh rugby union player
March 9 – Antonio Bryant, American football player
Samuel Eto’o, Cameroonian footballer
Kristen Maloney, American gymnast
David Anders, American actor
Lee Evans, American football player
LeToya Luckett, American singer
Kenta Kobayashi, Japanese professional wrestler
Katarina Srebotnik, Slovenian tennis player
March 15 – Young Buck, American rapper
Andrew Bree, Irish swimmer
Johannes Aigner, Austrian footballer
March 17 – Kyle Korver, American basketball player
Fabian Cancellara, Swiss road bicycle racer
Vanessa Lee Evigan, American actress
Declan Bennett, English singer-songwriter
Kolo Touré, Ivorian football player
Tiffany Dupont, American actress
MIMS, American rapper
March 24 – Philip Winchester, American actor
Lin Jun Jie, Singaporean singer
Terry McFlynn, British footballer
Gareth David-Lloyd, Welsh actor
Lindsay Frimodt, American model
Dan Petronijevic, Canadian actor
Julia Stiles, American actress
Alain Moussi, Gabonese actor and stuntman
Megan Hilty, American actress and singer
PJ Morton, American musician, singer, and producer
Jlloyd Samuel, Trinidadian footballer (d. 2018)
Gerard McCarthy, British actor
Ryōko Shintani, Japanese voice actress
Maarten van der Weijden, Dutch Olympic swimmer
Aslı Bayram, Turkish German model and actress
Aimee Chan, Chinese-Canadian actress
Hannah Spearritt, British singer (S Club 7) and actress
Nolan Yonkman, Canadian hockey player
Bethany Joy Lenz, American actress and singer
Raghav, Canadian singer
April 3 – Arfius Arf, British artist
April 5 – Michael A. Monsoor, American Medal of Honor recipient (d. 2006)
Eliza Coupe, American actress
Robert Earnshaw, Welsh footballer
Suzann Pettersen, Norwegian golfer
Terrell Roberts, American football player (d. 2019)
Frédérick Bousquet, French swimmer
Taylor Kitsch, Canadian actor and model
Ofer Shechter, Israeli actor
Milan Bartovič, Slovak hockey player
Eric Harris, American mass murderer (d. 1999)
Ireneusz Jeleń, Polish footballer
Gretchen Bleiler, American snowboarder
Laura Bell Bundy, American actress and singer
Liz McClarnon, British singer
Michael Pitt, American actor
Timmy Williams, American actor and comedian
April 11 – Alessandra Ambrosio, Brazilian model
April 12 – Paul Rust, American actor and comedian
April 13 – Courtney Peldon, American actress
April 14 – Shinjiro Koizumi, Japanese politician
April 17 – Hanna Pakarinen, Finnish singer
Jang Na-ra, Korean actress and singer
Audrey Tang, Taiwanese software programmer
Saskia de Brauw, Dutch model and artist
Hayden Christensen, Canadian-American actor
Troy Polamalu, American football player
Catalina Sandino Moreno, Colombian actress
Mike Christie, English musician
Stephanie Larimore, American model
April 22 – Ken Dorsey, American football player
April 23 – Michelle Knight, American author and kidnap survivor
Felipe Massa, Brazilian race car driver
John McFall, British paralympic sprinter
Anja Pärson, Swedish alpine skier
Matthieu Delpierre, French football player
Mariana Ximenes, Brazilian actress
April 27 – Sandy Mölling, German pop singer
April 28 – Jessica Alba, American actress and businesswoman
Alex Vincent, American actor
Kunal Nayyar, British-Indian actor
George McCartney, British footballer
April 30 – Emma Pierson, American Television Actress
Alexander Hleb, Belarusian football player
Wes Welker, American football player
Robert Buckley, American actor
Rina Satō, Japanese voice actress
Farrah Franklin, American singer
Natalie Tong, Hong Kong actress
U;Nee, South Korean singer and actress (d. 2007)
Jason Kander, American politician and podcaster
Jacques Rudolph, South African cricketer
Chris Duncan, American baseball player (d. 2019)
Craig David, English singer
Danielle Fishel, American actress
Zach McGowan, American actor
Stephen Amell, Canadian actor
Andrés Romero, Argentine golfer
Lauren Jackson, Australian basketball player
Daisuke Matsui, Japanese football player
Dusán Mukics, Slovene journalist and reporter in Hungary
Terry Pheto, South African actress
Austin O’Brien, American actor and photographer
Rami Malek, American actor
Kentaro Sato, Japanese composer
Dennis Trillo, Filipino actor
Sunny Leone, Canadian pornstar and Bollywood actress
Rebecka Liljeberg, Swedish actress
Jimmy Wang Yang, Korean professional wrestler
Patrice Evra, Senegalese-born French footballer
Justin Morneau, Canadian baseball player
Jamie-Lynn Sigler, American actress
Zara Tindall, British elite equestrienne
May 16 – Joseph Morgan, English actor
May 17 – Shiri Maimon, Israeli pop/R&B singer, TV show host and actress
May 18 – Adam Green, American singer-songwriter
Sani Bečirovič, Slovenian basketball player
Bong Tae-gyu, South Korean actor
Klaas-Erik Zwering, Dutch swimmer
Georges St-Pierre, Canadian mixed martial arts fighter
Iker Casillas, Spanish footballer
Sean Conlon, English musician (5ive)
Rachel Platten, American singer-songwriter
Lindsay Taylor, American basketball player
Mark Winterbottom, Australian race car driver
Josh Hamilton, American baseball player
Anna Rogowska, Polish pole vaulter
Daniel Bryan, American professional wrestler
Melissa Gregory, American figure skater
Tim Robinson, American actor and comedian
Charles Rogers, American football player (d. 2019)
May 24 – Penny Taylor, Australian baseball player
May 25 – Logan Tom, American volleyball player.
May 26 – Isaac Slade, American singer-songwriter and pianist
May 27 – Alina Cojocaru, Romanian ballerina
Laura Bailey, American voice actress
Aaron Schock, American politician
Justin Chon, American actor
Chris Violette, Canadian actor
Andrey Arshavin, Russian football player
Brian Simnjanovski, American football player (d. 2009)
Alton Ford, American basketball player (d. 2018)
May 30 – Remy Ma, American rapper
May 31 – Jake Peavy, American baseball player
Carlos Zambrano, Venezuelan baseball player
Brandi Carlile, American singer and songwriter
Amy Schumer, American comedian, actress, and screenwriter
Johnny Pemberton, American actor and comedian
Rich Rundles, American baseball player (d. 2019)
Mike Adam, Canadian curler
Jennifer Carroll, Canadian swimmer
T.J. Miller, American comedian, actor, and screenwriter
Giourkas Seitaridis, Greek footballer
Natalia Vodopyanova, Russian basketball player
June 5 – Jade Goody, British reality show star (d. 2009)
June 6 – Johnny Pacar, American actor
Enzo Fortuny, Mexican voice actor
Larisa Oleynik, American actress
Anna Kournikova, Russian tennis player
Rachel Held Evans, American Christian columnist, blogger and author (d. 2019)
Alex Band, American musician
Sara Watkins, American violinist
Ai Nonaka, Japanese voice actress
Vic Chou, Taiwanese actor, singer, and model
Celina Jaitly, Indian actress
Natalie Portman, Israeli-American actress
Anoushka Shankar, British musician and daughter of Ravi Shankar
Hoku Ho, Hawaiian singer and musician
Burton O’Brien, Scottish footballer
Arwind Santos, Filipino professional basketball player
Jonathan Bennett, American actor and model
Adriana Lima, Brazilian model
John Gourley, American musician and singer
Jeremy Howard, American actor
June 13 – Chris Evans, American actor
June 14 – Lonneke Engel, Dutch model
Veljo Reinik, Estonian actor
Haley Scarnato, American singer
Maxey Whitehead, American voice actress
Ben Kweller, American musician
Joe Saunders, American baseball player
June 17 – Amrita Rao, Indian actress
Ella Chen, Taiwanese singer
Yurin, Japanese actress, voice actress and singer
June 20 – Alisan Porter, American singer and actress
Simon Delestre, French equestrian
Brandon Flowers, American singer and keyboardist
İbrahim Öztürk, Turkish footballer
Mathias Abel, German footballer
Monty Oum, American animator, director, and screenwriter (d. 2015)
Chris Urbanowicz, British guitarist
Péter Bajzát, Hungarian footballer
Antony Costa, English singer
Shi Xin Hui, Malaysian singer
Björn Schlicke, German footballer
Júnior Assunção, Brazilian mixed martial artist
Tilky Jones, American singer and actor
Cris Lankenau, American actor
Vanessa Ray, American actress and singer
Simon Ammann, Swiss ski jumper
Carlo Prater, Brazilian mixed martial artist
Sheridan Smith, English actress
Sam Hoare, British actor and director
Majida Issa, Colombian actress
John Driscoll, American actor
Cléber Santana, Brazilian footballer (d. 2016)
Jon Watts, American film director, producer and screenwriter
Mara Santangelo, Italian tennis player
Joe Johnson, American basketball player
Maria Maya, Brazilian actress
Marijo Šivolija, Croatian boxer
June 30 – Tom Burke, English actor
Mahendra Singh Dhoni
July 1 – Orlando Cruz, Puerto Rican boxer
Paul Anthony Finn, Irish singer and songwriter
Alex Koroknay-Palicz, American activist
Evgeny Postny, Israeli chess grandmaster
Tevita Leo-Latu, New Zealand rugby league footballer
Brandon Jay McLaren, Canadian actor
July 4 – Tahar Rahim, French actor
Gianne Albertoni, Brazilian model
Ryan Hansen, American actor
July 6 – Nnamdi Asomugha, American football player
Brad James, American actor
Lance Gross, American actor, model and photographer
Omar Naber, Slovenian singer, songwriter and guitar player
Mahendra Singh Dhoni, Indian cricketer
Synyster Gates, American guitarist
Oka Antara, Indonesian rapper and actor
Lance Gross, American actor, model and photographer
Anastasia Myskina, Russian tennis player
Jamie Thomas King, English actor
Dylan Taylor, Canadian actor
July 10 – Aleksandar Tunchev, Bulgarian footballer
July 11 – Andre Johnson, American football player
Bojana Novakovic, Serbian-Australian actress
Rebecca Hunter, English singer and actress
Maya Sar, Bosnian singer
Michael Mando, Canadian actor, writer and director
Hassan Al Kontar, Syrian refugee
Ágnes Kovács, Hungarian swimmer
Fran Kranz, American actor
Milow, Belgian singer-songwriter
Lee Mead, British actor
Peter Odemwingie, Nigerian footballer
Taylor Kinney, American actor and model
Norhafiz Zamani Misbah, Malaysian footballer
OC Ukeje, Nigerian actor, model and musician
Mélanie Thierry, French actress
Qin Lan, Chinese actress, model, and singer
Jeremy Chan, Singaporean actor, singer and host
Joel Spira, Swedish actor
Michiel Huisman, Dutch actor, musician and singer-songwriter
Didz Hammond, bassist/backing vocalist
Nikki Osborne, Australian actress
Anderson Luiz de Carvalho, Brazilian footballer
Damien Delaney, Irish footballer
Dayang Nurfaizah, Malaysian singer
Paloma Faith, English singer, songwriter and actress
Stefan Schumacher, German cyclist
Blake Lewis, American singer, songwriter and beatboxer
Chrishell Stause, American actress
Davide Perino, Italian actor and voice actor
Clive Standen, Northern Irish actor
Josh Lawson, Australian actor
Steve Jocz, Canadian drummer
Jarkko Nieminen, Finnish tennis player
Summer Glau, American actress
Doug Bollinger, Australian cricketer
Jani Rita, Finnish ice hockey player
Finn Bálor (aka Fergal Devitt), Irish professional wrestler
July 26 – Maicon Douglas Sisenando, Brazilian footballer
Dash Snow, American artist (d. 2009)
Li Xiaopeng, Chinese gymnast
Dan Jones, British historian
Dyana Liu, American actress
Fernando Alonso, Spanish double Formula 1 world champion
Chandra Prakash Gharti, Nepalese politician
Lisa Wilhoit, American actress
Nicky Hayden, American motorcycle racer (d. 2017)
M. Shadows, American singer (Avenged Sevenfold)
Eric Lively, American actor
Vernon Carey, American football player
Ira Losco, Maltese singer
Meghan, Duchess of Sussex
Chad Michael Murray
Jordan Wall, American actor
Fikirte Addis, Ethiopian fashion designer
Travis Willingham, American voice actor
Abigail Spencer, American actress
Marques Houston, American singer and actor (IMx)
Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, British princess and American actress
Florian Silbereisen, German singer and television presenter
Anna Rawson, Australian professional golfer
Carl Crawford, American Major League Baseball outfielder
Rachel Scott, American murder victim (d. 1999)
Kō Shibasaki, Japanese singer and actress
Travie McCoy, American alternative hip-hop artist
Vitantonio Liuzzi, Italian race car driver
Leslie Odom Jr., American actor and singer
Roger Federer, Swiss tennis player
Meagan Good, American actress
Kaori Iida, Japanese singer and actress
Bradley McIntosh, English pop singer (S Club 7)
Harel Skaat, Israeli singer
August 9 – Li Jiawei, Singaporean Olympic table tennis player
Natsumi Abe, Japanese singer and actress
Taufik Hidayat, Indonesian badminton player
August 11 – Sandi Thom, Scottish singer & songwriter
Djibril Cissé, French footballer
Steve Talley, American actor
Ray William Johnson, American actor, comedian, rapper and YouTuber
Kofi Kingston, Ghanaian professional wrestler
Paul Gallen, Australian Rugby League Player
Tosyn Bucknor, Nigerian media personality (d. 2018)
Song Ji-hyo, South Korean actress
Oh Jin-hyek, South Korean archer
August 18 – Jan Frodeno, German triathlete
August 20 – Ben Barnes, English actor (Prince Caspian)
Jarrod Lyle, Australian golfer (d. 2018)
Mai Aizawa, Japanese voice actress
Ross Thomas, American actor
Winklevoss twins, American internet entrepreneurs and rowers
August 22 – Ross Marquand, American actor
August 23 – Carmen Luvana, Puerto Rican adult actress
Jiro Wang, Taiwanese actor and singer (Fahrenheit)
Chad Michael Murray, American actor
Rachel Bilson, American actress
Shiva Keshavan, Indian luge pilot
August 26 – Nico Muhly, American contemporary classical composer
August 27 – Patrick J. Adams, Canadian actor and director
Charlie Frye, American National Football League quarterback
Jake Owen, American country music singer-songwriter
Jay Ryan, New Zealand actor
Karim Darwish, Egyptian squash player
Jonathan Taylor Thomas
Park Hyo-shin, Korean singer
Clinton Portis, American football player
Michael Adamthwaite, Canadian voice actor
September 2 – Chris Tremlett, English cricketer
September 3 – Fearne Cotton, British television presenter
Jero, American-born Japanese enka singer
Beyoncé, American actress and R&B singer (Destiny’s Child)
Lacey Mosley, American lead vocalist (Flyleaf)
September 6 – Yumiko Cheng, Hong Kong singer
September 7 – Natalie McGarry, Scottish National Party politician and Member of Parliament convicted of embezzlement September 8
Dan Fredinburg, American Google executive
Jonathan Taylor Thomas, American actor
Julie Gonzalo, Argentinian actress
Nancy Wu, Hong Kong actress
September 10 – Marco Chiudinelli, Swiss tennis player
Dylan Klebold, American mass murderer (d. 1999)
Charles Kelley, American country music singer-songwriter and founding member of Lady Antebellum
Jennifer Hudson, American singer and actress
Hosea Chanchez, American actor of The Game
September 13 – Angelina Love, Canadian professional wrestler
Ashley Roberts, American singer (The Pussycat Dolls)
Miyavi, Japanese musician
September 15 – Ben Schwartz, American actor, voice actor, comedian, writer, director, and producer
Alexis Bledel, American actress
Fan Bingbing, Chinese actress
Nazril Irham, Indonesian singer
September 18 – Jennifer Tisdale, American actress
Nicole Richie, American actress, singer and socialite
Phoenix Marie, American porn actress
Sarah Whatmore, English singer-songwriter September 22
Ashley Eckstein, American actress
Alexei Ramírez, Cuban baseball player
Misti Traya, American actress
Natalie Horler, German singer (Cascada)
Robert Doornbos, Dutch race car driver
Lee Norris, American actor
Rocco Baldelli, American baseball player
Van Hansis, American actor
Shane Tutmarc, American singer-songwriter (Dolour)
Christina Milian, American R&B singer and actress
Serena Williams, American tennis player
Ayumi Tsunematsu, Japanese voice actress
September 28 – Melissa Claire Egan, American actress
September 29 – Suzanne Shaw, British singer (Hear’Say) and actress
Cecelia Ahern, Irish author and daughter of Bertie Ahern, former Taoiseach
Dominique Moceanu, Romanian-American gymnast
Ashleigh Aston Moore, American child actress (d. 2007)
Rupert Friend, English actor, director, screenwriter and producer
Roxane Mesquida, French Actress
Zlatan Ibrahimović, Swedish footballer
Amanda Walsh, Canadian actress
Seth Gabel, American actor
October 4 – Paulien van Deutekom, Dutch speed skater (d. 2019)
October 5 – Enrico Fabris, Italian speed skater
October 7 – Austin Eubanks, American motivational speaker (d. 2019)
Ryuji Sainei, Japanese actor
Raffi Torres, Canadian ice hockey player
Ruby, Egyptian singer
Zachery Ty Bryan, American actor and producer
Ryoichi Maeda, Japanese footballer
October 10 – Una Healy, Irish singer (The Saturdays)
Beau Brady, Australian actor.
Engin Akyürek, Turkish actor
Tom Guiry, American actor
Brian J. Smith, American actor
Ryan Ashford, English footballer
Kele Okereke, English singer (Bloc Party)
October 14 – Ruslan Alekhno, Russian-Belarusian singer
Elena Dementieva, Russian tennis player
Guo Jingjing, Chinese diver
Boyd Melson, American boxer
Caterina Scorsone, Canadian actress
October 17 – Tsubasa Imai, Japanese actor, singer and dancer (Tackey & Tsubasa)
October 19 – Christian Bautista, Filipino singer, actor, host, and model
Willis McGahee, American football player
Stefan Nystrand, Swedish swimmer
October 21 – Nemanja Vidić, Serbian football player
October 22 – Michael Fishman, American actor
Olivier Occéan, Canadian footballer
Huo Siyan, Chinese actress
Tila Tequila, Vietnamese-American model and singer
Mallika Sherawat, Indian actress
Shaun Wright-Phillips, English footballer
Hiroshi Aoyama, Japanese motorcycle road racer
Guy Sebastian, original Australian Idol 2003 singer
Sam Brown, American actor and comedian
Milan Baroš, Czech footballer
Dwayne Cameron, New Zealand actor
Noah Galloway, American former soldier and contestant from Dancing With The Stars
Jonathan Brown, Australian rules footballer
Amanda Beard, American swimmer
Angelika Dela Cruz, Filipina actress and singer
Chris Clemons, American football player
Fiona Dourif, American actress, daughter of Brad Dourif
Jun Ji-hyun, South Korean actress
Shaun Sipos, Canadian actor
Ivanka Trump, American model
Selina Ren, member of Taiwanese girl-group S.H.E
Irina Denezhkina, Russian writer
Frank Iero, American guitarist (My Chemical Romance)
Barbara Pierce Bush
Jenna Bush Hager
Matt Jones, American actor and comedian
LaTavia Roberson, American singer (Destiny’s Child)
Tatiana Totmianina, Russian figure skater
Katharine Isabelle, Candanian actress
Esha Deol, Indian actress and model
Blair Chenoweth, American beauty queen
Jackie Gayda, American professional wrestler
Lakshmi Menon, Indian model
Vince Wilfork, American football player
Paul Tucker Canadian comic-book artist
November 6 – Cassie Bernall, American murder victim (d. 1999)
November 7 – George Pilkington, English footballer
Joe Cole, English footballer
Azura Skye, American actress
November 9 – Scottie Thompson, American actress
Tony Blanco, Dominican baseball player
Jason Dunham, American Medal of Honor recipient (d. 2004)
Alison Waite, American model
Natalie Glebova, Canadian beauty queen
Raphael Gualazzi, Italian singer and pianist, Eurovision Song Contest 2011 runner-up
Susan Kelechi Watson, American actress
The Hereditary Grand Duke of Luxembourg
Mark Cardona, Filipino basketball player
Shawn Yue, Hong Kong actor and singer
Kirsten Price, American porn actress
November 14 – Russell Tovey, British actor
November 15 – Lorena Ochoa, Mexican golfer
November 16 – Caitlin Glass, American voice actress
Sarah Harding, British singer (Girls Aloud)
Doug Walker, American actor, comedian, film critic, internet personality, and filmmaker
Allison Tolman, American actress
Christina Vidal, American actress
Nasim Pedrad, Iranian-American actress and comedian
November 19 – Yfke Sturm, Dutch model
Scott Hutchison, Scottish singer, songwriter, guitarist and artist (d. 2018)
Kimberley Walsh, British singer (Girls Aloud)
Andrea Riseborough, English actress
Bryant McFadden, American football player
Ainārs Kovals, Latvian javelin thrower
Ben Adams, British singer (A1)
Seweryn Gancarczyk, Polish footballer
Song Hye-kyo, South Korean actress
November 24 – Lindsey Doe, American sexologist and video blogger
Xabi Alonso, Spanish footballer
Barbara Pierce Bush, daughter of U.S. President George W. Bush
Jenna Bush Hager, daughter of U.S. President George W. Bush
Natasha Bedingfield, British singer
Jon Ryan, Canadian National Football League football player from Regina, Saskatchewan
Aurora Snow, American pornographic actress
November 27 – Gary Lucy, British actor
Kimberly Cullum, American actress
Tom Hurndall, British photographer (d. 2004)
John Milhiser, American actor and comedian
Bakhyt Sarsekbayev, Kazakh Olympic boxer
December 1 – Kathryn Drysdale, English actress
December 2 – Britney Spears, American singer and entertainer
Liza Lapira, American actress
David Villa, Spanish footballer
Brian Bonsall, American actor
Tyjuan Hagler, American football player
Lila McCann, American singer
December 6 – Lior Suchard, Israeli mentalist
December 8 – Philip Rivers, NFL quarterback of the San Diego Chargers
December 9 – Dia Mirza, Bollywood actress
Zacky Vengeance, American guitarist (Avenged Sevenfold)
Javier Saviola, Argentine soccer player
Kevin Phillips, American film actor
Jeff McComsey, American artist
Nikki Benz, Ukrainian-American porn actress
Halina Perez, Filipina actress (d. 2004)
December 12 – Spencer Johnson, NFL player
Mathis Bailey, American-Canadian novelist and fiction writer
Amy Lee, American pianist/singer-songwriter (Evanescence)
December 14 – Amber Chia, Malaysian model and actress
Victoria Summer, English actress
Michelle Dockery, British actress
Thomas Herrion, American football player (d. 2005)
Donal Coonan, UK presenter for Channel 4’s webshow thisisaknife
Roman Pavlyuchenko, Russian soccer player
Krysten Ritter, American actress
Gaby Moreno, Guatemalan singer
A. J. Allmendinger, American race car driver
Houari Manar, Algerian raï singer (d. 2019)
Wacław Kiełtyka, Polish musician and composer
Lynda Thomas, Mexican eurodance and alternative rock musician
Cristian Zaccardo, Italian footballer
December 24 – Dima Bilan, Russian pop-singer
December 26 – Nikolai Nikolaeff, Australian actor
Jay Ellis, American actor
Yuvraj Singh, Indian cricketer
Emilie de Ravin, Australian actress
Elizabeth Jordan Carr, first American test-tube baby
Sienna Miller, American-born English actress
Khalid Boulahrouz, Dutch footballer
Charlotte Riley, English actress
Shizuka Arakawa, Japanese figure skater
Kyle Eckel, American National Football League player
Haley Paige, Mexican-American porn actress (d. 2007)
Ricky Whittle, English actor
Matthew Pavlich, former professional Australian rules footballer
Dr. Malik Hammad Lang, Peace Activist, Historian.
Kazimierz Michałowski, Polish archaeologist (b. 1901)
Mauri Rose, American race car champion (b. 1906)
Princess Alice, Countess of Athlone, the last surviving grandchild of Queen Victoria (b. 1883)
Marvin Opler, American anthropologist (b. 1914)
Harold Urey, American chemist, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1893)
Lanza del Vasto, Italian-born philosopher, poet and activist (b. 1901)
January 6 – A. J. Cronin, Scottish novelist (b. 1896)
January 7 – John Pascal, American playwright, screenwriter, author and journalist (b. 1932)
January 8 – Matthew Beard, American actor (b. 1925)
Katherine Alexander, American actress (b. 1898)
Richard Boone, American actor (b. 1917)
Prince Welf Ernst of Hanover (b. 1947)
January 11 – Beulah Bondi, American actress (b. 1889)
January 12 – Sir John Nicoll, British colonial governor (b. 1899)
January 13 – Robert Kellard, American actor (b. 1915)
January 16 – Bernard Lee, English actor (b. 1908)
January 19 – Francesca Woodman, American photographer (b. 1958)
January 21 – Allyn Joslyn, American actor (b. 1901)
Samuel Barber, American composer (b. 1910)
Lobsang Rampa (Cyril Henry Hoskin), English author (b. 1910)
January 25 – Adele Astaire, American actress (b. 1896)
January 27 – Léo Collard, Belgian Socialist politician (b. 1902)
January 29 – Lajos Korányi, Hungarian footballer (b. 1907)
January 30 – John Gordon, Irish Roman Catholic bishop (b. 1912)
January 31 – Cozy Cole, American jazz drummer (b. 1909)
Ibrahim Abdel Hady Pasha
Wanda Hendrix, American actress (b. 1928)
Ernst Pepping, German composer (b. 1901)
Geirr Tveitt, Norwegian composer (b. 1908)
February 2 – Hugh Joseph Addonizio, Italian-born American politician and Mayor of Newark (b. 1914)
February 3 – Normand Poirier, French-born American newspaper editor, journalist and essayist (b. 1928)
February 4 – Mario Camerini, Italian film director and screenwriter (b. 1895)
February 6 – Frederica of Hanover, Queen Consort of the Hellenes and wife of King Paul of Greece (b. 1917)
February 7 – Hermann Esser, German journalist and editor of the Nazi newspaper Völkischer Beobachter (b. 1900)
Bill Haley, American rock musician, member of Bill Haley & The Comets (b. 1925)
Jack Z. Anderson, U.S. Representative from California (b. 1904)
February 10 – Hubert Shirley-Smith, British civil engineer (b. 1901)
February 12 – Bruce Fraser, 1st Baron Fraser of North Cape, British admiral (b. 1888)
February 15 – Karl Richter, German conductor (b. 1926)
February 17 – David Garnett, British writer (b. 1892)
John Knudsen Northrop, American airplane manufacturer (b. 1895)
Ibrahim Abdel Hady Pasha, Egyptian politician, 28th Prime Minister of Egypt (b. 1896)
February 20 – Baron Nicolas de Gunzburg, French magazine editor and playboy (b. 1904)
Michael Maltese, American screenwriter (b. 1908)
Curtis Bernhardt, German film director (b. 1899)
Ilo Wallace, wife of Henry A. Wallace, Second Lady of the United States (b. 1888)
Leonard Howell, Founder of Rastafarianism (b. 1898)
Gunichi Mikawa, Japanese admiral (b. 1888)
Howard Hanson, American composer (b. 1896)
Roger Tonge, British actor (b. 1946)
February 27 – Jacob H. Gilbert, American politician (b. 1920)
Roberto Francisco Chiari Remón
John S. McCain Jr.
March 1 – Roberto Francisco Chiari Remón, 14th President of Panama (b. 1903)
March 4 – Torin Thatcher, American actor (b. 1905)
March 5 – Yip Harburg, American lyricist (b. 1896)
March 6 – George Geary, English cricketer (b. 1893)
Peter Birch, Irish Roman Catholic bishop (b. 1911)
Bosley Crowther, American film critic (b. 1905)
Kirill Kondrashin, Russian conductor (b. 1914)
Hilde Krahwinkel Sperling, American tennis champion (b. 1908)
March 8 – Joseph Henry Woodger, British theoretical biologist (b. 1894)
March 9 – Max Delbrück, German biologist, recipient of the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine (b. 1906)
March 10 – Flavio Calzavara, Italian director and screenwriter (b. 1900)
Paolo Grassi, Italian actor (b. 1919)
Eleanor Perry, American screenwriter and author (b. 1914)
March 15 – René Clair, French film director (b. 1898)
March 20 – Gerry Bertier, American college football player (b. 1953)
March 21 – Mark Donskoy, Russian Soviet film director (b. 1901)
John S. McCain Jr., American admiral (b. 1911)
Gil Puyat, Filipino businessman and politician, Senator of the Philippines and Senate President (b. 1907)
Claude Auchinleck, British field marshal (b. 1884)
Mike Hailwood, English motorcycle racer (b. 1940)
Beatrice Tinsley, English astronomer (b. 1941)
March 26 – Cyril Dean Darlington, English biologist, geneticist and eugenicist, (b. 1903)
March 29 – Eric Williams, 1st Prime Minister of Trinidad and Tobago (b. 1911)
Sherman Edwards, American songwriter (b. 1919)
Douglas Lowe, British Olympic athlete (b. 1902)
DeWitt Wallace, American magazine publisher (b. 1889)
March 31 – Frank Tieri, American gangster (b. 1904)
Prince Yasuhiko Asaka
April 3 – Juan Trippe, Airline entrepreneur (b. 1899)
April 4 – Brad Johnson, American actor (b. 1924)
Bob Hite, American musician (b. 1943)
Lucile Godbold, American Olympic athlete (b. 1900)
Maurice Zbriger, Canadian violinist, composer and conductor (b. 1896)
April 6 – Alfredo Guarini, Italian director, producer and screenwriter (b. 1901)
April 7 – Norman Taurog, American film director (b. 1899)
Gopal Chandra Bhattacharya, Indian entomologist (b. 1895)
Omar N. Bradley, American army general (b. 1893)
Joe Louis, American boxer (b. 1914)
Hendrik Andriessen, Dutch composer (b. 1892)
April 13 – Prince Yasuhiko Asaka of Japan (b. 1887)
John Thach, American naval aviator and admiral (b. 1905)
Lorenzo Guerrero, former President of Nicaragua (b. 1900)
April 17 – Ludwik Sempoliński, Polish actor (b. 1899)
April 18 – James H. Schmitz, German-born writer (b. 1911)
April 22 – Marcia King, murder victim (b. 1959)
Nietta Zocchi, Italian actress (b. 1909)
Josep Pla, Spanish journalist and author (b. 1897)
Jim Davis, American actor (b. 1909)
Madge Evans, American actress (b. 1909)
April 27 – John Aspinwall Roosevelt, American businessman and philanthropist (b. 1916)
April 28 – Cliff Battles, American football player (Boston Redskins) and a member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame (b. 1910)
May 1 – Barry Jones, American actor (b. 1893)
May 5 – Bobby Sands, Irish republican hunger striker (b. 1954)
May 6 – Frank O’Grady, Australian public servant (b. 1900)
May 7 – Hiromichi Yahara, Imperial Japanese Army officer (b. 1902)
Prince Andrei Alexandrovich of Russia (b. 1897)
Uri Zvi Greenberg, Israeli poet and journalist (b. 1896)
Nelson Algren, American author (b. 1909)
Ralph Allen, English footballer (b. 1906)
Margaret Lindsay, American actress (b. 1910)
Odd Hassel, Norwegian chemist, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1897)
Bob Marley, Jamaican rock musician and guitarist (b. 1945)
May 12 – Benjamin Sheares, Singaporean politician and professor, 2nd President of Singapore (b. 1907)
May 13 – Ben Andrews, American actor (b. 1942)
May 17 – Hugo Friedhofer, German-American film composer (b. 1901)
Eleonore Baur, German Nazi and only woman to participate in Munich Beer Hall Putsch (b. 1885)
Arthur O’Connell, American actor (b. 1908)
William Saroyan, American author (b. 1908)
May 20 – Dositej, Metropolitan of Skopje (b. 1906)
May 21 – Yuki Shimoda, American actor (b. 1921)
May 22 – Boris Sagal, Ukrainian-American television and film director (b. 1923)
George Jessel, American actor (b. 1898)
Donald Macintyre, British naval officer and naval historian (b. 1904)
Jaime Roldós Aguilera, 33rd President of Ecuador (b. 1940)
A. Thiagarajah, Sri Lankan Tamil teacher and politician (b. 1916)
Jack Warner, British actor (b. 1895)
Armando de Armas Romero, Cuban painter (b. 1914)
Rosa Ponselle, American soprano (b. 1897)
Ruby Payne-Scott, Australian radio astronomer (b. 1912)
John Bryan Ward-Perkins, British archaeologist (b. 1912)
Mary Lou Williams, American jazz pianist (b. 1910)
Stefan Wyszyński, Polish Roman Catholic prelate, archbishop and Servant of God (b. 1901)
May 29 – Soong Ching-ling, Acting head of State of the People’s Republic of China (b. 1893)
Don Ashby, Canadian ice hockey player (b. 1955)
Peter Lindgren, Swedish actor (b. 1915)
Ziaur Rahman, 7th President of Bangladesh (b. 1936)
Gyula Lóránt, Hungarian footballer and manager (b. 1923)
Giuseppe Pella, Italian politician, 31st Prime Minister of Italy (b. 1902)
June 1 – Carl Vinson, U.S. Congressman (b. 1883)
June 2 – Rino Gaetano, Italian singer-songwriter (b. 1950)
June 5 – Miguel Contreras Torres, Mexican actor, director, producer and screenwriter (b. 1899)
June 9 – Allen Ludden, American television game show host (b. 1917)
Jenny Maxwell, American actress (b. 1941)
Phelps Phelps, 38th Governor of American Samoa and United States Ambassador to the Dominican Republic (d. 1897)
June 12 – Mahmoud Fawzi, Egyptian diplomat and political figure, 35th Prime Minister of Egypt (b. 1900)
June 13 – George Walsh, American actor (b. 1889)
June 14 – Sir Ronald Holmes, British government official in Hong Kong (b. 1913)
June 16 – Sir Thomas Playford, Australian politician, Premier of South Australia (b. 1891)
Sir Richard O’Connor, British general (b. 1889)
Zerna Sharp, American writer and educator (b. 1889)
June 18 – Pamela Hansford Johnson, English poet, novelist, playwright, literary and social critic (b. 1912)
Billy Cook, American actor (b. 1928)
Anya Phillips, American co-founder of New York City’s Mudd Club (b. 1955)
Lotte Reiniger, German-born silhouette animator (b. 1899)
Henri Bouillard, French Jesuit theologian (b. 1908)
Lola Lane, American actress and singer (b. 1906)
June 23 – Zarah Leander, Swedish actress and singer (b. 1907)
Mohammad Beheshti, Chief Justice of Iran (b. 1928)
Terry Fox, Canadian athlete and cancer activist (b. 1958)
Qahtan Muhammad al-Shaabi
Blessed Manuela de Jesús Arias Espinosa
Marcel Breuer, Hungarian-born American architect (b. 1902)
George Voskovec, Czech-American actor, writer, dramatist and director (b. 1905)
July 3 – Ross Martin, American actor (b. 1920)
July 7 – Qahtan Muhammad al-Shaabi, South Yemenite socialist leader, 1st President of the People’s Democratic Republic of Yemen (South Yemen) (b. 1920)
Joe McDonnell, Irish republican hunger striker (b. 1951)
Isaac Soyer, American painter (b. 1902)
Giorgio De Lullo, Italian actor and director (b. 1921)
Ken Rex McElroy, American murder victim (b. 1934)
July 16 – Harry Chapin, American singer and songwriter (b. 1942)
July 22 – Manuela de Jesús Arias Espinosa, Mexican Roman Catholic religious professed and Blessed (b. 1904)
Adam Walsh, American murder victim, inspired Code Adam (b. 1974)
William Wyler, American movie director (b. 1902)
July 28 – Stanley Francis Rother, American priest, martyr, and Blessed (b. 1935)
July 29 – Robert Moses, American urban planner (b. 1888)
July 31 – Omar Torrijos, Panamanian leader (b. 1929)
Paddy Chayefsky, American screenwriter (b. 1923)
Álvaro de Laiglesia, Spanish writer (b. 1922)
Delfo Cabrera, Argentine athlete (b. 1919)
Stefanie Clausen, Danish diver (b. 1900)
August 4 – Melvyn Douglas, American actor (b. 1901)
August 14 – Karl Böhm, Austrian conductor (b. 1894)
Carol Ryrie Brink, American novelist (b. 1895)
Carlo Buscaglia, Italian football player (b. 1909)
Karl Gero, Duke of Urach, Lichtenstein noble (b. 1899)
August 18 – Anita Loos, American screenwriter (b. 1888)
August 19 – Jessie Matthews, English dancer, singer and actress (b. 1907)
August 22 – Glauber Rocha, Brazilian filmmaker (b. 1939)
August 27 – Valeri Kharlamov, Soviet ice hockey player (b. 1948)
August 28 – Béla Guttmann, Hungarian-born Association football coach (b. 1899)
August 29 – Lowell Thomas, American writer and broadcater (b. 1892)
Mohammad-Ali Rajai, 47th Prime Minister of Iran and 2nd President of Iran (assassinated) (b. 1933)
Mohammad-Javad Bahonar, Iranian theologian and politician, 48th Prime Minister of Iran (assassinated) (b. 1933)
Vera-Ellen, American actress and dancer (b. 1921)
Ann Harding, American actress (b. 1902)
Albert Speer, German Nazi architect and war minister (b. 1905)
September 2 – Enid Lyons, Australia politician (b. 1897)
September 3 – Alec Waugh, British novelist (b. 1898)
Edwin Albert Link, American pioneer in aviation, underwater archaeology, and submersibles, and inventor of aeronautical, navigation, and oceanographic equipment (b. 1904)
Christy Brown, Irish writer and painter (b. 1932)
Hideki Yukawa, Japanese physicist, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1907)
Roy Wilkins, American civil rights activist (b. 1901)
Jacques Lacan, French psychoanalyst and psychiatrist (b. 1901)
Ricardo Balbín, Argentine politician, leader of the Radical Civic Union (UCR) (b. 1904)
Sir Robert (Bob) Askin, Premier of New South Wales (b. 1907)
September 11 – Frank McHugh, American actor (b. 1898)
September 12 – Eugenio Montale, Italian writer, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1896)
September 14 – Charles L. Melson, American admiral (b. 1904)
Harold Bennett, British actor (b. 1899)
Rafael Méndez, Mexican-born trumpet virtuoso (b. 1906)
September 21 – Nigel Patrick, English actor (b. 1912)
September 22 – Harry Warren, American songwriter (b. 1893)
September 23 – Chief Dan George, Canadian actor and writer, tribal chief of the Tsleil-Waututh First Nation (b. 1899)
September 24 – Patsy Kelly, American actress (b. 1910)
September 27 – Robert Montgomery, American actor and director (b. 1904)
Rómulo Betancourt, 2-time President of Venezuela (b. 1908)
Sir Edward Boyle, Baron Boyle of Hand
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