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|Chinese calendar||戊申年 (Earth Monkey)
4665 or 4605
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4666 or 4606
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1969 (MCMLXIX) was a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar (dominical letter E), the 1969th year of the Common Era (CE) and Anno Domini (AD) designations, the 969th year of the 2nd millennium, the 69th year of the 20th century, and the 10th and last year of the 1960s decade. The year is associated with the first manned landing on the Moon (Apollo 11).
- 1 Events
- 2 Births
- 3 Deaths
- 4 Nobel Prizes
- 5 References
- January 2
- Australian media baron Rupert Murdoch purchases the largest selling British Sunday newspaper, The News of the World.
- People's Democracy begins a march from Belfast to Derry City, Northern Ireland to gain publicity and to promote its cause.
- Ohio State defeats USC in the Rose Bowl to win the national title for the 1968 season.
- January 4 – The Government of Spain hands over Ifni to Morocco.
- January 5 – The Soviet Union launches Venera 5 toward Venus.
- January 6 – The final passenger train traverses the Waverley Line, which subsequently closes to passengers.
- January 10 – the Soviet Union launches Venera 6 toward Venus.
- January 12
- January 14
- January 15 – The Soviet Union launches Soyuz 5, which docks with Soyuz 4 for a transfer of crew.
- January 16 – Student Jan Palach sets himself on fire in Prague's Wenceslas Square to protest the Soviet invasion of Czechoslovakia; 3 days later he dies.
- January 18 – In Washington, D.C., the Smithsonian displays the art of Winslow Homer for 6 weeks.
- January 20
- January 26 – Elvis Presley steps into American Studios in Memphis, Tennessee, recording "Long Black Limousine", thus beginning the recording of what becomes his landmark comeback sessions for the albums From Elvis in Memphis and Back in Memphis. The sessions yield the popular and critically acclaimed singles "Suspicious Minds", "In the Ghetto", and "Kentucky Rain".
- January 27
- Fourteen men, 9 of them Jews, are executed in Baghdad for spying for Israel.
- Reverend Ian Paisley, Northern Irish Unionist leader and founder of the Free Presbyterian Church of Ulster is jailed for three months for illegal assembly.
- The present-day Hetch Hetchy Moccasin Powerhouse, rated at 100,000 KVA, is completed and placed in operation.
- January 28 – A blow-out on Union Oil's Platform spills 80,000 to 100,000 barrels of crude oil into a channel and onto the beaches of Santa Barbara County in Southern California, inspiring Wisconsin Senator Gaylord Nelson to organize the first Earth Day in 1970.
- January 30 – The Beatles give their last public performance, filming several tracks on the roof of Apple Records, London.
- February 2
- Two cosmonauts transfer from Soyuz 5 to Soyuz 4 via a spacewalk while the two craft are docked together, the first time such a transfer takes place. The two spacecraft undock. Soyuz 4 will reenter Earth's atmosphere and land February 17 while Soyuz 5 will have a hard landing February 18.
- Ten paintings are defaced in New York's Metropolitan Museum of Art.
- February 4 – In Cairo, Yasser Arafat is elected Palestine Liberation Organization leader at the Palestinian National Congress.
- February 5 – A huge oil spill off the coast of Santa Barbara, California, closes the city's harbor.
- February 7 – The original Hetch Hetchy Moccasin Powerhouse is removed from service.
- February 8 – The Allende meteorite explodes over Mexico.
- February 8 – The last issue of The Saturday Evening Post hits magazine stands.
- February 9 – The Boeing 747 makes its maiden flight.
- February 13 – FLQ terrorists bomb the Stock Exchange in Montreal.
- February 14 – Pope Paul VI issues a motu proprio deleting many names from the Roman calendar of saints (including Valentine, who was celebrated on that day).
- February 17 – Aquanaut Berry L. Cannon dies of carbon dioxide poisoning while attempting to repair the SEALAB III habitat off San Clemente Island, California.
- February 24
- The Mariner 6 Mars probe is launched.
- Tinker v. Des Moines Independent Community School District: The U.S. Supreme Court rules that the First Amendment applies to public schools.
- March 2
- March 3
- In a Los Angeles court, Sirhan Sirhan admits that he killed presidential candidate Robert F. Kennedy.
- Apollo program: NASA launches Apollo 9 (James McDivitt, David Scott, Rusty Schweickart) to test the lunar module.
- The United States Navy establishes the Navy Fighter Weapons School (also known as Top Gun) at Naval Air Station Miramar.
- March 4 - Jim Morrison is arrested in Florida for indecent exposure during a Doors-concert three days earlier.
- March 10
- March 13 – Apollo program: Apollo 9 returns safely to Earth after testing the Lunar Module.
- March 17
- March 18 – Operation Breakfast, the secret bombing of Cambodia, begins.
- March 19
- March 20 – John Lennon and Yoko Ono are married at Gibraltar, and proceed to their honeymoon "Bed-In" for peace in Amsterdam.
- March 22 – The landmark art exhibition When Attitudes become Form, curated by Harald Szeemann, opens at the Kunsthalle Bern in Bern, Switzerland.
- March 29 – The Eurovision Song Contest 1969 is held in Madrid, and results in four co-winners, with 18 votes each, from Spain, the United Kingdom, the Netherlands, and France.
- March 30 – The body of former United States General and President Dwight D. Eisenhower is brought by caisson to the United States Capitol to lie in state in the Capitol Rotunda; Eisenhower had died two days earlier, after a long illness, in the Walter Reed Army Medical Center, Washington, D.C.
- April 1 – The Hawker Siddeley Harrier enters service with the Royal Air Force.
- April 4 – Dr. Denton Cooley implants the first temporary artificial heart.
- April 9
- The Harvard University Administration Building is seized by close to 300 students, mostly members of the Students for a Democratic Society. Before the takeover ends, 45 will be injured and 184 arrested.
- Fermín Monasterio Pérez is murdered by the ETA in Biscay, Spain; the 4th victim in the name of Basque nationalism.
- April 13 – Queensland: The Brisbane Tramways end service after 84 years of operation.
- April 15 – The EC-121 shootdown incident: North Korea shoots down the aircraft over the Sea of Japan, killing all 31 on board.
- April 20
- April 22 – Robin Knox-Johnston becomes the first person to sail around the world solo without stopping.
- April 24 – Recently formed British Leyland launches their first new model, the Austin Maxi in Portugal.
- April 28 – Charles de Gaulle steps down as president of France after suffering defeat in a referendum the day before.
- May 10
- May 13 – May 13 Incident: Race riots occur in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
- May 14 – Colonel Muammar Gaddafi visits Mecca, Saudi Arabia.
- May 15 – An American teenager known as 'Robert R.' dies in St. Louis, Missouri, of a baffling medical condition. In 1984 it will be identified as the first confirmed case of HIV/AIDS in North America.
- May 16 – Venera program: Venera 5, a Soviet spaceprobe, lands on Venus.
- May 17 – Venera program: Soviet probe Venera 6 begins to descend into Venus' atmosphere, sending back atmospheric data before being crushed by pressure.
- May 18 – Apollo program: Apollo 10 (Tom Stafford, Gene Cernan, John Young) is launched, on the full dress-rehearsal for the Moon landing.
- May 20 – United States National Guard helicopters spray skin-stinging powder on anti-war protesters in California.
- May 21 – Rosariazo: Civil unrest breaks out in Rosario, Argentina, following the death of a 15-year-old student.
- May 22 – Apollo program: Apollo 10's lunar module flies to within 15,400 m of the Moon's surface.
- May 25 – Midnight Cowboy, an X-rated, Oscar-winning John Schlesinger film, is released.
- May 26
- May 26–June 2 – John Lennon and Yoko Ono conduct their second Bed-In. The follow-up to the Amsterdam event is held at the Queen Elizabeth Hotel in Montreal, Quebec.
- May 29
- May 30 – Riots in Curaçao mark the start of an Afro-Caribbean civil rights movement on the island.
- June 3 – While operating at sea on SEATO maneuvers, the Australian aircraft carrier HMAS Melbourne accidentally rams and slices in two the American destroyer USS Frank E. Evans in the South China Sea, killing 74 American seamen.
- June 5 – An international communist conference begins in Moscow.
- June 7 – The rock group Blind Faith plays its first gig in front of 100,000 people in London's Hyde Park.
- June 8 – U.S. President Richard Nixon and South Vietnamese President Nguyễn Văn Thiệu meet at Midway Island. Nixon announces that 25,000 U.S. troops will be withdrawn by September.
- June 17 – After a 23-game match, Boris Spassky defeats Tigran Petrosian to become the World Chess Champion in Moscow.
- June 18–June 22 – The National Convention of the Students for a Democratic Society, held in Chicago, collapses, and the Weatherman faction seizes control of the SDS National Office. Thereafter, any activity run from the National Office or bearing the name of SDS is Weatherman-controlled.
- June 20 – Georges Pompidou is elected President of France.
- June 22
- June 23 – Warren E. Burger is sworn in as Chief Justice of the United States by retiring Chief Justice Earl Warren.
- June 24 – The United Kingdom and Rhodesia sever diplomatic ties.
- June 28 – The Stonewall riots in New York City mark the start of the modern gay rights movement in the U.S.
- July 1
- July 3 – Brian Jones, musician and founder of The Rolling Stones, drowns in his swimming pool at his home in Sussex, England.
- July 4 – Michael Mageau and Darlene Ferrin are shot at Blue Rock Springs in California. They are the second (known) victims of the Zodiac Killer. Mageau survives the attack while Ferrin is pronounced dead-on-arrival at Kaiser Foundation Hospital - Richmond.
- July 5 – Tom Mboya, Kenyan Minister of Development, is assassinated.
- July 6 – Francisco Franco orders the closing of the border and communications between Gibraltar and Spain in response to the 1967 Gibraltar sovereignty referendum.
- July 7 – French is made equal to English throughout the Canadian national government.
- July 8 – Vietnam War: The very first U.S. troop withdrawals are made.
- July 10 – Donald Crowhurst's trimaran Teignmouth Electron is found drifting and unoccupied. It is assumed that Crowhurst might have committed suicide.
- July 14
- Football War: After Honduras loses a soccer game against El Salvador, rioting breaks out in Honduras against Salvadoran migrant workers. Of the 300,000 Salvadoran workers in Honduras, tens of thousands are expelled, prompting a brief Salvadoran invasion of Honduras. The OAS works out a cease-fire on July 18, which takes effect on July 20.
- The Act of Free Choice commences in Merauke, West Irian.
- The United States' $500, $1,000, $5,000 and $10,000 bills are officially withdrawn from circulation.
- July 16 – Apollo program: Apollo 11 (Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin, Michael Collins) lifts off toward the first landing on the Moon.
- July 18 – Chappaquiddick incident – Edward M. Kennedy drives off a bridge on his way home from a party on Chappaquiddick Island, Massachusetts. Mary Jo Kopechne, a former campaign aide to his brother, dies in the early morning hours of July 19 in the submerged car.
- July 19
- Gloria Diaz of the Philippines was crowned Miss Universe by the Martha Vasconcellos of Brazil. Diaz became the first Filipina and third Asian to win the pageant, beating 60 other contestants from all around the world.
- John Fairfax lands in Hollywood Beach, Florida near Miami and becomes the first person to row across an ocean solo, after 180 days spent at sea on board 25' ocean rowboat 'Britannia' (left Gran Canaria on January 20, 1969).
- July 20 – Apollo program: The lunar module Eagle lands on the lunar surface. An estimated 500 million people worldwide watch in awe as Neil Armstrong takes his historic first steps on the Moon at 10:56 pm ET (02:56 am UTC July 21), the largest television audience for a live broadcast at that time.
- July 22 – Spanish dictator and head of state Francisco Franco appoints Prince Juan Carlos his successor.
- July 24
- The Apollo 11 astronauts return from the first successful Moon landing, and are placed in biological isolation for several days, on the chance they may have brought back lunar germs. The airless lunar environment is later determined to preclude microscopic life.
- The Soviet Union returns Gerald Brooke to the United Kingdom in exchange for spies Peter and Helen Kroger (Morris and Lona Cohen).
- July 25 – Vietnam War: U.S. President Richard Nixon declares the Nixon Doctrine, stating that the United States now expects its Asian allies to take care of their own military defense. This starts the "Vietnamization" of the war.
- July 26 – The New York Chapter of the Young Lords is founded.
- July 30 – Vietnam War: U.S. President Richard Nixon makes an unscheduled visit to South Vietnam, meeting with President Nguyễn Văn Thiệu and U.S. military commanders.
- July 31 – The halfpenny ceases to be legal tender in the UK.
- August 4 – Vietnam War: At the apartment of French intermediary Jean Sainteny in Paris, U.S. representative Henry Kissinger and North Vietnamese representative Xuan Thuy begin secret peace negotiations. They eventually fail since both sides cannot agree to any terms.
- August 5 – Mariner program: Mariner 7 makes its closest fly-by of Mars (3,524 kilometers) and proto-punk band The Stooges releases their homonym debut album.
- August 8
- August 9
- The Haunted Mansion attraction opens at Disneyland California. Later versions open in Florida, Tokyo and Paris.
- Followers of Charles Manson murder Sharon Tate, (who was 8 months pregnant), and her friends: Folgers coffee heiress Abigail Folger, Wojciech Frykowski, and Hollywood hairstylist Jay Sebring at the home of Tate and her husband, Roman Polanski, in Los Angeles. Also killed is Steven Parent, leaving from a visit to the Polanski's caretaker. More than 100 stab wounds are found on the victims, except for Parent, who had been shot almost as soon as the Manson Family entered the property.
- August 10 – The Manson Family kills Leno and Rosemary LaBianca, wealthy Los Angeles businesspeople.
- August 12 – Violence erupts after the Apprentice Boys of Derry march in Derry, Northern Ireland, resulting in a three-day communal riot known as the Battle of the Bogside.
- August 13 – Serious border clashes occur between the Soviet Union and the People's Republic of China.
- August 14 – British troops are deployed in Northern Ireland following the three-day Battle of the Bogside.
- August 15 – Captain D's is founded as "Mr. D’s Seafood and Hamburgers" by Ray Danner with its first location opening in Donelson, Tennessee.
- August 15–August 18 – The Woodstock Festival is held in upstate New York, featuring some of the top rock musicians of the era.
- August 17 – Category 5 Hurricane Camille, the most powerful tropical cyclonic system at landfall in history, hits the Mississippi coast, killing 248 people and causing US$1.5 billion in damage (1969 dollars).
- August 20 – Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument is established in Florissant, CO, USA
- August 21
- September 1 – A coup in Libya ousts King Idris, and brings Colonel Muammar Gaddafi to power.
- September 2
- September 5 – Lieutenant William Calley is charged with 6 counts of premeditated murder, for the 1968 My Lai Massacre deaths of 109 Vietnamese civilians in My Lai, Vietnam.
- September 9 – Allegheny Airlines Flight 853 DC-9 collides in flight with a Piper PA-28, and crashes near Fairland, Indiana, killing all 83 persons in both aircraft.
- September 13 – The first-ever episode of Scooby-Doo, Where Are You! is broadcast on CBS: "What a Night for a Knight".
- September 20 – The very last theatrical Warner Bros. cartoon is released: the Merrie Melodies short Injun Trouble.
- September 22 – San Francisco Giant Willie Mays becomes the first player since Babe Ruth to hit 600 career home runs.
- September 22 – September 25 – An Islamic conference in Rabat, Morocco, following the al-Aqsa Mosque fire (August 21), condemns the Israeli claim of ownership of Jerusalem.
- September 23
- September 24 – The Chicago Eight trial begins in Chicago, Illinois.
- September 25 – The Organisation of the Islamic Conference is founded.
- September 26
- September 28 – The Social Democrats and the Free Democrats receive a majority of votes in the German parliamentary elections, and decide to form a common government.
- October 1
- October 2 – A 1.2 megaton thermonuclear device is tested at Amchitka Island, Alaska. This test is code-named Project Milrow, the 11th test of the Operation Mandrel 1969–1970 underground nuclear test series. This test is known as a "calibration shot" to test if the island is fit for larger underground nuclear detonations.
- October 5
- October 9–October 12 – Days of Rage: In Chicago, the United States National Guard is called in to control demonstrations involving the radical Weathermen, in connection with the "Chicago Eight" Trial.
- October 11–October 16 – The New York Mets defeat the Baltimore Orioles four games to one in one of the greatest World Series upsets in baseball history.
- October 15 – Vietnam War: Hundreds of thousands of people take part in Moratorium to End the War in Vietnam demonstrations across the United States.
- October 17
- October 21
- October 22 – Led Zeppelin release Led Zeppelin II to critical acclaim and commercial success.
- October 25 – Pink Floyd release their Ummagumma album.
- October 29 – The first message is sent over ARPANET, the forerunner of the internet.
- October 31 – Wal-Mart incorporates as Wal-Mart Stores, Inc.
- November 3
- Vietnam War: U.S. President Richard Nixon addresses the nation on television and radio, asking the "silent majority" to join him in solidarity with the Vietnam War effort, and to support his policies. Vice President Spiro Agnew denounces the President's critics as 'an effete corps of impudent snobs' and 'nattering nabobs of negativism'.
- Süleyman Demirel of AP forms the new government of Turkey (31st government).
- November 9 – A group of American Indians, led by Richard Oakes, seizes Alcatraz Island for 19 months, inspiring a wave of renewed Indian pride and government reform.
- November 10 – Sesame Street is broadcast for the first time, on the National Educational Television (NET) network.
- November 12 – Vietnam War – My Lai Massacre: Independent investigative journalist Seymour Hersh breaks the My Lai story.
- November 14 – Apollo program: NASA launches Apollo 12 (Pete Conrad, Richard Gordon, Alan Bean), the second manned mission to the Moon.
- November 15
- Cold War: The Soviet submarine K-19 collides with the American submarine USS Gato in the Barents Sea.
- Vietnam War: In Washington, D.C., 250,000–500,000 protesters stage a peaceful demonstration against the war, including a symbolic "March Against Death".
- Regular colour television broadcasts begin on BBC1 and ITV in the United Kingdom.
- Dave Thomas opens his first restaurant in a former steakhouse in downtown Columbus, Ohio. He names the chain Wendy's after his 8-year-old daughter, Melinda Lou (nicknamed "Wendy" by her siblings).
- November 17 – Cold War: Negotiators from the Soviet Union and the United States meet in Helsinki, to begin the SALT I negotiations aimed at limiting the number of strategic weapons on both sides.
- November 19
- November 20
- November 21
- U.S. President Richard Nixon and Japanese Premier Eisaku Satō agree in Washington, D.C. to the return of Okinawa to Japanese control in 1972. Under the terms of the agreement, the U.S. retains rights to military bases on the island, but they must be nuclear-free.
- The first ARPANET link is established (the progenitor of the global Internet).
- The United States Senate votes down the Supreme Court nomination of Clement Haynsworth, the first such rejection since 1930.
- November 24 – Apollo program: The Apollo 12 spacecraft splashes down safely in the Pacific Ocean, ending the second manned mission to the Moon.
- November 25 – John Lennon returns his MBE medal to protest the British government's involvement in the Nigerian Civil War.
- December 1 – Vietnam War: The first draft lottery in the United States is held since World War II (on January 4, 1970, The New York Times will run a long article, "Statisticians Charge Draft Lottery Was Not Random").
- December 2 – The Boeing 747 jumbo jet makes its first passenger flight. It carries 191 people, most of them reporters and photographers, from Seattle, to New York City.
- December 4 – Black Panther Party members Fred Hampton and Mark Clark are shot dead in their sleep during a raid by 14 Chicago police officers.
- December 5 – The Rolling Stones release Let it Bleed.
- December 6 – The Altamont Free Concert is held at the Altamont Speedway in northern California. Hosted by The Rolling Stones, it is an attempt at a "Woodstock West" and is best known for the uproar of violence that occurred. It is viewed by many as the "end of the sixties."
- December 12 – The Piazza Fontana bombing in Italy (Strage di Piazza Fontana) takes place.
- December 14 – The murder of Diane Maxwell takes place, when the 25-year-old phone operator is found sexually assaulted and killed (the case remains unsolved until 2003).
- December 24 – Charles Manson is allowed to defend himself at the Tate-LaBianca murder trial.
- December 27 – The Liberal Democratic Party wins 47.6% of the votes in the Japanese general election, 1969. Future prime ministers Yoshirō Mori and Tsutomu Hata and future kingmaker Ichirō Ozawa are elected for the first time.
- December 28 – The Young Lords take over the First Spanish Methodist Church in East Harlem.
- December 30 – The Linwood bank robbery leaves two police officers dead.
- Common African, Malagasy and Mauritian Organization (OCAMM) (Organisation Commune Africaine Malgache et Mauricienne).
- Reported as being the year the first strain of the AIDS virus (HIV) migrates to the United States via Haiti.
- Summer sees the invention of Unix under the potential name "Unics" (after Multics).
- Women are allowed membership in the Future Farmers of America (now the National FFA Organization).
- Long John Silver's restaurant chain opens its first store in Lexington, Kentucky.
- Arthur Treacher's Fish and Chips is founded by S. Robert Davis and Dave Thomas and its first location in Columbus, Ohio opens for business.
- The Montreal Expos debut as Major League Baseball's first team outside the United States.
- January 2
- January 3 – Michael Schumacher, German race car driver
- January 5 – Marilyn Manson, American rock musician
- January 6 – Norman Reedus, American actor
- January 8 – Jeff Abercrombie, American rock musician (Fuel)
- January 11 – Kyōko Hikami, Japanese voice actress
- January 13 – Stephen Hendry, British snooker player
- January 14
- January 15 – Meret Becker, German actress and musician
- January 16
- January 17
- January 18 – Dave Bautista, American professional wrestler, actor
- January 19 – Junior Seau, American NFL player (d. 2012)
- January 20 – Patrick K. Kroupa, American writer, hacker
- January 27 – Cornelius, Japanese rock musician, singer and producer (Flipper's Guitar)
- January 28 – Kathryn Morris, American actress
- January 29 – Hyde, Japanese rock musician, singer and guitarist
- February 1 – Gabriel Batistuta, Argentine footballer
- February 3 – Retief Goosen, South African golfer
- February 5 – Bobby Brown, African-American singer
- February 9 – Ian Eagle, American sports announcer
- February 11
- February 12
- February 13
- February 15 – Birdman, American rapper, entertainer, and record producer
- February 19 – Burton C. Bell, American rock vocalist/lyricist
- February 20 – Keiji Takayama, Japanese professional wrestler
- February 21 – Petra Kronberger, Austrian alpine skier
- February 23
- February 24 – Christine Ng, Hong Kong actress
- February 28
- March 1
- March 4
- March 7 – Todd Williams, American long-distance runner
- March 10 – Paget Brewster, American actress
- March 11
- March 12
- March 13 – Susanna Mälkki, Finnish conductor
- March 15
- March 17 – Alexander McQueen, British fashion designer (d. 2010)
- March 18 – Vassily Ivanchuk, Ukrainian chess grandmaster
- March 19
- March 20 – Kenneth Keith Kallenbach, American comedian (d. 2008)
- March 21
- March 24 – Stephan Eberharter, Austrian alpine skier
- March 25 – Jeffrey Walker, English musician
- March 27 – Pauley Perrette, American actress
- March 28
- March 29 – Chiaki Ishikawa, Japanese singer (See-Saw)
- March 31 – Samantha Brown, American television host
- April 1 – Fadl Shaker, Lebanese singer
- April 2 – Ajay Devgn, Bollywood actor
- April 3 – Lance Storm, Canadian professional wrestler
- April 6
- April 9 – Debbie Schlussel, political commentator and film critic
- April 10 – Billy Jayne, American actor
- April 11
- April 12 – Michael Jackson, former NFL wide receiver
- April 17 – Henry Ian Cusick, Peruvian actor
- April 19
- April 22 – Dion Dublin, English footballer
- April 25
- May 1 – Wes Anderson, American director
- May 2 – Brian Lara, West Indian cricketer
- May 3 – Daryl F. Mallett, American author and actor
- May 4
- May 5 – Hideki Irabu, Japanese baseball player (d. 2011)
- May 6 – Jim Magilton, Northern Irish footballer
- May 7 – Eagle Eye Cherry, Swedish-born musician
- May 9 – Amber, Dutch musician
- May 10 – Dennis Bergkamp, Dutch soccer player
- May 12 – Kevin Nalty, American YouTube comedian
- May 13
- May 14
- May 15
- May 16
- May 18 – Martika, American singer
- May 21 – Georgiy R. Gongadze, Ukrainian journalist (d. 2000)
- May 25
- May 26
- May 28 – Rob Ford, Canadian politician
- June 4
- June 7 – Kim Rhodes, American actress
- June 8 – J. P. Manoux, American actor
- June 11
- June 12 – Zsolt Daczi, Hungarian rock guitarist (d. 2007)
- June 13 – Søren Rasted, Danish musician (Aqua)
- June 14
- June 15
- June 17 – Paul Tergat, Kenyan athlete
- June 18
- June 19 – Trine Pallesen, Danish actress
- June 20 – Paulo Bento, Portuguese football player and coach
- June 23 – Fernanda Ribeiro, Portuguese long-distance runner
- June 24
- June 25
- June 29
- June 30 – Sanath Jayasuriya, Sri Lankan cricketer
- July 4 – Jordan Sonnenblick, American teacher and novelist
- July 5 – John LeClair, American hockey player
- July 7
- July 8 – Sugizo, Japanese guitarist and singer
- July 10 – Gale Harold, American actor
- July 11 – David Tao, Taiwanese singer-songwriter
- July 13 – Ken Jeong, American actor, comedian and physician
- July 18 – Masanori Murakawa, Japanese professional wrestler
- July 20 – Josh Holloway, American actor
- July 21 – Godfrey, American comedian and actor
- July 22 – Despina Vandi, Greek singer
- July 24 – Jennifer Lopez, American actress and singer
- July 26 – Tanni Grey-Thompson, British Paralympian
- July 27 – Triple H (aka Paul Levesque), American professional wrestler
- July 28
- July 30 – Mandakini (aka Yasmeen Joseph), Indian Bollywood actress
- July 31 – Antonio Conte, Italian football player and manager
- August 2
- August 4 – Max Cavalera, Brazilian musician and singer (Soulfly)
- August 5 – Graham Elwood, American comedian and game show host
- August 6 – Elliott Smith, American musician (d. 2003)
- August 8
- August 9 – Troy Percival, American baseball player
- August 10 – Brian Drummond, Canadian voice actor
- August 11
- August 13 – Midori Ito, Japanese figure skater
- August 15
- August 17 – Donnie Wahlberg, American singer (New Kids on the Block)
- August 18
- August 19
- August 25 – Cameron Mathison, Canadian-born actor
- August 26 – Elaine Irwin, American model
- August 28 – Jack Black, American actor and musician
- August 29
- September 2
- September 3 – Robert Karlsson, Swedish golfer
- September 5 – Dweezil Zappa, American actor and musician
- September 7
- September 8 – Gary Speed, Welsh footballer and manager (d. 2011)
- September 9 – Rachel Hunter, New Zealand model and actress
- September 10 – Ai Jing, Chinese singer
- September 11 – Crystal Lewis, American Christian musician
- September 12
- September 13 – Shane Warne, Australian cricketer
- September 14 – Bong Joon-ho, South Korean screenwriter and film director
- September 17 – Ken Doherty, Irish snooker player
- September 19 – Michael Symon, American chef and television personality
- September 23 – Mahir Çağrı, Turkish Internet celebrity
- September 24
- September 25
- September 26
- September 29 – Erika Eleniak, American model and actress
- October 1
- October 2
- October 3
- October 5 – Elizabeth Azcona Bocock, Honduran politician
- October 6 – Ogün Temizkanoğlu, Turkish football player
- October 7
- October 8 – Julia Ann, American porn actress
- October 9 – Polly Jean Harvey, British singer-songwriter
- October 10 – Brett Favre, American football player
- October 12 – Judit Mascó, Spanish model, television host and writer
- October 13
- October 14
- October 17
- October 19, Trey Parker, American voice actor, comedian, screenwriter, composer, director and producer
- October 20
- October 21
- October 24
- October 25
- October 29 – Ha Hee-ra, Korean actress
- October 30 – Clay Enos, American photographer
- October (date unknown) – Molly Kiely, American cartoonist
- November 1 - Diane Parish, English actress
- November 2 – Reginald Arvizu (aka Fieldy Snuts), American bassist
- November 4
- November 7
- November 8 – Roxana Zal, American actress
- November 9
- November 10
- November 11 – Carson Kressley, American fashion expert
- November 12
- November 13 – Gerard Butler, Scottish actor
- November 17
- November 18
- November 19 – Ertuğrul Sağlam, Turkish football coach and former player
- November 20 – Sakura, Japanese musician
- November 21 – Ken Griffey, Jr., American baseball player
- November 23 – Robin Padilla, Filipino actor
- November 24 – David Adeang, Nauruan politician
- November 28 – Lexington Steele, American actor and film director
- November 29
- December 3 – Bill Steer, English musician
- December 4 – Jay-Z, African-American rapper
- December 5 – Alex Kapp Horner, American actress
- December 7 – Suhail A. Khan, American activist
- December 8 – Kerry Earnhardt, American race car driver
- December 11
- December 13 – Hideo Ishikawa, Japanese voice actor
- December 14 – Archie Kao, Chinese-American film and television actor
- December 15 – Rick Law, American illustrator and producer
- December 16 – Michelle Smith, Irish swimmer
- December 17 – Chuck Liddell, American mixed martial arts fighter
- December 18
- December 19
- December 20 – Chisa Yokoyama, Japanese voice actress
- December 21
- December 23
- December 24
- December 28 – Linus Torvalds, Finnish computer programmer
- December 29 – George Fisher, (aka "CorpseGrinder"), American musician
- December 30 – Jason Kay, English singer (Jamiroquai)
- December 31 – Dominik Diamond, Scottish presenter and newspaper columnist
- Daisy and Violet Hilton, English conjoined twin actresses (b. 1908; bodies discovered on January 4, 1969)
- January 1 – Barton MacLane, American actor (b. 1902)
- January 2 – Gilbert Miller(aka Gilbert Heron) American theatrical producer (b. 1884)
- January 3 – Howard McNear, American actor (b. 1905)
- January 4 – William M. Zachacki, Americam politician (b. 1913)
- January 8 – Albert Hill, British athlete (b. 1889)
- January 16 – Vernon Duke, Russian-American songwriter (b. 1903)
- January 19 – Jan Palach, Czech student protester (suicide) (b. 1948)
- January 25 – Irene Castle, English dancer (b. 1893)
- January 27 – Charles Winninger, American actor (b. 1884)
- January 29 – Allen Dulles, American director of the Central Intelligence Agency (b. 1893)
- January 30 – Georges Pire, Belgian monk, recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize (b. 1910)
- January 31 – Meher Baba, Indian spiritual master (b. 1894)
- February 2 – Boris Karloff, English actor (b. 1887)
- February 3 – Eduardo Mondlane, Mozambican FRELIMO leader (assassinated) (b. 1920)
- February 4 – Thelma Ritter, American actress (b. 1902)
- February 5 – Conrad Hilton, Jr., American heir and socialite (b. 1926)
- February 9 – George "Gabby" Hayes, American actor (b. 1885)
- February 12 – Paltiel Daykan, Russian-born Israeli jurist (b. 1885)
- February 13 – Florence Mary Taylor, Australia's first female architect (b. 1879)
- February 15 – Pee Wee Russell, American jazz musician (b. 1906)
- February 20 – Ernest Ansermet, Swiss conductor (b. 1883)
- February 23 – King Saud of Saudi Arabia (b. 1902)
- February 26
- February 27 – John Boles, American actor (b. 1895)
- March 4 – Nicholas Schenck, Russian-born film empresario (b. 1881)
- March 9 – Charles Brackett, American novelist and screenwriter (b. 1892)
- March 11 – John Wyndham, British author (b. 1903)
- March 14 – Ben Shahn, Lithuanian-born American artist (b. 1898)
- March 18 – Barbara Bates, American actress (b. 1925)
- March 20 – Henri Longchambon, French politician (b. 1896)
- March 21 – Pinky Higgins, American baseball player and manager (b. 1909)
- March 25
- March 26
- March 28 – Dwight D. Eisenhower, 34th President of the United States (b. 1890)
- April 5 – Shelby Storck, American television producer (b. 1917)
- April 6 – Gabriel Chevallier, French writer (b. 1895)
- April 7 – Rómulo Gallegos, Venezuelan president and writer (b. 1884)
- April 15 – Ain-Ervin Mere, Estonian Nazi war criminal (b. 1903)
- April 26 – Morihei Ueshiba, Japanese martial artist and founder of aikido (b. 1883)
- May 1 – Ella Logan, American actress (b. 1913)
- May 2 – Franz von Papen, Chancellor of Germany (b. 1879)
- May 3
- May 4 – Osbert Sitwell, English writer (b. 1892)
- May 14
- May 15 – Robert R., American HIV/AIDS victim (b. 1953)
- May 19 – Coleman Hawkins, American musician (b. 1904)
- May 20 – Fred Sherman, American actor (b. 1905)
- May 23 – Jimmy McHugh, American composer (b. 1894)
- May 24 – Mitzi Green, American actress (b. 1920)
- May 27 – Jeffrey Hunter, American actor (b. 1926)
- May 28 – Rhys Williams, Welsh actor (b. 1897)
- June 1 – Ivar Ballangrud, Norwegian Olympic speed skater (b. 1904)
- June 2 – Leo Gorcey, American actor (b. 1917)
- June 4 – Rafael Osuna, Mexican tennis champion (b. 1938)
- June 8 – Robert Taylor, American actor (b. 1911)
- June 13 – Martita Hunt, British actress (b. 1899)
- June 16 – Harold Alexander, British WWII Field Marshal (b. 1891)
- June 19 – Natalie Talmadge, American actress (b. 1898)
- June 21 – Maureen Connolly, American tennis player (b. 1934)
- June 22 – Judy Garland, American actress and singer (b. 1922)
- June 24 – Willy Ley, German science writer and space advocate (b. 1906)
- June 29 – Moise Tshombe, Congolese politician (b. 1919)
- July 3 – Brian Jones, British rock musician (The Rolling Stones) (b. 1942)
- July 5
- July 7 – Gladys Swarthout, American opera singer (b. 1900)
- July 9 – Raizō Tanaka, Japanese admiral (b. 1892)
- July 15 – Peter van Eyck, German-American actor (b. 1911)
- July 18
- July 20
- July 24 – Witold Gombrowicz, Polish novelist and dramatist (b. 1904)
- July 25 – Otto Dix, German painter (b. 1891)
- July 26
- July 28 – Ramón Grau, Cuban president (b. 1882)
- August 6 – Theodor W. Adorno, German sociologist and philosopher (b. 1903)
- August 9
- August 14 – Leonard Woolf, English writer (b. 1880)
- August 17
- August 18 – Mildred Davis, American actress (b. 1901)
- August 20 – Dudley D. Watkins, Scottish illustrator for D. C. Thomson & Co. (b. 1907)
- August 25 – Harry Hammond Hess, American geologist and United States Navy officer in World War II (b. 1906)
- August 27
- August 31 – Rocky Marciano, American boxer (b. 1923)
- September 2 – Ho Chi Minh, President of Vietnam (b. 1890)
- September 3 – John Lester, American cricketer (b. 1871)
- September 6 – Arthur Friedenreich, Brazilian footballer (b. 1892)
- September 7 – Gavin Maxwell, Scottish naturalist and author (b. 1914)
- September 8 – Bud Collyer, American radio and television personality (b. 1908)
- September 19 – Rex Ingram, American actor (b. 1895)
- October 4 – Natalino Otto, Italian singer (b. 1912)
- October 6 – Walter Hagen, American golf champion (b. 1892)
- October 7 – Ture Nerman, Swedish politician (b. 1886)
- October 8 – Eduardo Ciannelli, Italian actor and singer (b. 1889)
- October 12 – Sonja Henie, Norwegian figure skater (b. 1912)
- October 14
- October 15
- October 21
- October 30 – Pops Foster, American musician (b. 1892)
- November 5 – Lloyd Corrigan, American actor (b. 1900)
- November 12 – William F. Friedman, American cryptanalyst (b. 1891)
- November 15
- November 18 – Joseph P. Kennedy, Sr., American politician (b. 1888)
- November 28 – Roy Barcroft, American actor (b. 1902)
- December 2 – José María Arguedas, Peruvian novelist, poet, and anthropologist (b. 1911).
- December 3 – Ruth White, American actress (b. 1914)
- December 4
- December 5 – Princess Alice of Battenberg (b. 1885)
- December 7 – Eric Portman, English actor (b. 1901)
- December 12 – Magic Sam, American musician (b. 1937)
- December 13
- December 22 – Josef von Sternberg, Austrian film director (b. 1894)
- December 24
- December 31 – Joseph Yablonski, murdered American labor leader (b. 1910)
- Physics – Murray Gell-Mann
- Chemistry – Derek Harold Richard Barton, Odd Hassel
- Medicine – Max Delbrück, Alfred Hershey, Salvador Luria
- Literature – Samuel Beckett
- Peace – International Labour Organization
- Economics – Ragnar Frisch, Jan Tinbergen
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