|Centuries:||19th century – 20th century – 21st century|
|Decades:||1950s 1960s 1970s – 1980s – 1990s 2000s 2010s|
|Years:||1979 1980 1981 – 1982 – 1983 1984 1985|
|1982 by topic:|
|Birth and death categories|
|Establishments and disestablishments categories|
|Works and introductions categories|
|Ab urbe condita||2735|
|British Regnal year||30 Eliz. 2 – 31 Eliz. 2|
|Chinese calendar||辛酉年 (Metal Rooster)
4678 or 4618
— to —
壬戌年 (Water Dog)
4679 or 4619
|- Vikram Samvat||2038–2039|
|- Shaka Samvat||1904–1905|
|- Kali Yuga||5083–5084|
|Japanese calendar||Shōwa 57
|Julian calendar||Gregorian minus 13 days|
|Minguo calendar||ROC 71
|Thai solar calendar||2525|
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1982 (MCMLXXXII) was a common year starting on Friday (link will display the full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar, the 1982nd year of the Common Era (CE) and Anno Domini (AD) designations, the 982nd year of the 2nd millennium, the 82nd year of the 20th century, and the 3rd year of the 1980s decade.
- January 1 – New ITV franchises, Central, TVS and TSW Launches
- January 6 – William Bonin is convicted of being the Freeway Killer in California.
- January 7 – The Commodore 64 8-bit home computer is launched by Commodore International in Las Vegas (released in August); it becomes the all-time best-selling single personal computer model.
- January 8 – AT&T Corporation agrees to divest itself into 22 subdivisions.
- January 10 – The lowest ever United Kingdom temperature of −27.2 °C (−17.0 °F) is recorded at Braemar, in Aberdeenshire. This equals the record set in the same place in 1895 (the record is equalled again at Altnaharra in 1995).
- January 11 – Mark Thatcher, son of British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, disappears in the Sahara during the Dakar Rally. He is rescued January 14.
- January 11 – January 17 – A brutal cold snap sends temperatures to all-time record lows in dozens of cities throughout the Midwestern United States.
- January 13 – Shortly after takeoff, Air Florida Flight 90 crashes into Washington, D.C.'s 14th Street Bridge and falls into the Potomac River, killing 78. On the same day, a Washington Metro train derails to the north, killing 3 (the system's first fatal accident).
- January 17 – Cold Sunday sweeps over the northern United States.
- January 18 – 1982 Thunderbirds Indian Springs Diamond Crash: Four Northrop T-38 aircraft of the United States Air Force Thunderbirds Demonstration Squadron crash at Indian Springs Air Force Auxiliary Field, Nevada, killing all four pilots.
- January 26
- January 27 – The Garret FitzGerald government of the Republic of Ireland is defeated 82–81 on its budget; the 22nd Dáil Éireann is dissolved.
- January 28 – United States Army Brigadier General James L. Dozier is rescued by the Italian anti-terrorism Nucleo Operativo Centrale di Sicurezza (NOCS) force after being held captive for 42 days by the Red Brigades.
- January 30 – First computer virus, the Elk Cloner, written by 15-year old Rich Skrenta, is found in the wild. It infects Apple II computers via floppy disk.
- February 1 – Senegal and Gambia form a loose Senegambia Confederation.
- February 2 – The Hama massacre begins in Syria.
- February 3 – Syrian president Hafez al-Assad orders the army to purge the city of Harran of the Muslim Brotherhood.
- February 5 – London-based Laker Airways collapses, leaving 6,000 stranded passengers and debts of $270 million.
- February 9 – Japan Airlines Flight 350 crashes in Tokyo Bay due to thrust reversal on approach to Tokyo International Airport, killing 24 among the 174 people on board.
- February 15 – The oil platform Ocean Ranger sinks during a storm off the coast of Newfoundland, killing all 84 rig workers aboard.
- February 18 – The Republic of Ireland general election gives a boost to Fianna Fáil.
- February 19 – The DeLorean Motor Company Car Factory in Belfast is put into receivership.
- February 24 – In South Africa, 22 National Party MPs led by Andries Treurnicht vote for no confidence in P. W. Botha.
- February 25 – The European Court of Human Rights rules that teachers who cane, belt or tase children against the wishes of their parents are in breach of the Human Rights Convention.
- February 27 – Atlanta murders of 1979-1981: Wayne Williams is convicted of murdering two adult men and is sentenced to two consecutive life terms.
- March 3 – Elizabeth II opens the Barbican Centre in London.
- March 9 – Charles Haughey becomes Taoiseach of the Republic of Ireland.
- March 10
- March 16 – In Newport, Rhode Island, Claus von Bülow is found guilty of the attempted murder of his wife.
- March 18
- March 26 – A ground-breaking ceremony for the Vietnam Veterans Memorial is held in Washington, D.C.
- March 29
- Royal Assent given to the Canada Act 1982, setting the stage for the repatriation of the Canadian Constitution on April 17.
- The 54th Academy Awards, hosted by Johnny Carson, are held at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion in Los Angeles, California. Chariots of Fire wins Best Picture and three other Academy Awards.
- April 2 – The Falklands War begins: Argentina invades and occupies the Falkland Islands.
- April 3 – Argentina's Invasion of South Georgia
- April 6 – A blizzard unprecedented in size for April dumps 1–2 feet of snow on the northeastern United States, closing schools and businesses, snarling traffic, and canceling several major league baseball games.
- April 17 – By Proclamation of the Queen of Canada on Parliament Hill, Canada patriates its constitution, gaining full political independence from the United Kingdom; included is the country's first entrenched bill of rights.
- April 23 – Dennis Wardlow, mayor of Key West, Florida, declares the independent "Conch Republic" for a day.
- April 24 – German singer Nicole wins the Eurovision Song Contest 1982 for Germany, with the song Ein Bisschen Frieden.
- April 25 – Israel completes its withdrawal from the Sinai Peninsula in accordance with the Egyptian–Israeli Peace Treaty of 1979.
- April 26 – Falklands War: British retake South Georgia during Operation Paraquet.
- April 30 – Bijon Setu massacre.
- May 1 – A crowd of over 100,000 attends the first day of the 1982 World's Fair in Knoxville, Tennessee, which is kicked off with an address by President Ronald Reagan. Over 11 million people attend during its 6-month run.
- May 2
- May 4 – Falklands War: HMS Sheffield is hit by an Exocet missile, and burns out of control; 20 sailors are killed. The ship sinks on May 10.
- May 5 – A Unabomber bomb explodes in the computer science department at Vanderbilt University; secretary Janet Smith is injured.
- May 8 – French-Canadian racing driver Gilles Villeneuve is killed during qualifying for the Belgian Grand Prix.
- May 12
- May 18 - Falklands War: The British Special Air Services launch an operation to destroy three Argentinean Exocet missiles and five Super Étendard fighter-bombers in mainland Argentina. It fails when the Argentineans discover about the plot.
- May 21 – Falklands War: British landings spark the Battle of San Carlos.
- May 22
- May 23 – Falklands War: HMS Antelope is lost.
- May 24
- May 25 – British ships HMS Coventry and SS Atlantic Conveyor are sunk during the Falklands War; Coventry sunk by two A-4C Skyhawks and the latter sunk by an Exocet.
- May 26
- May 27
- May 28 – Pope John Paul II's visit to the United Kingdom, the first by a reigning pope, begins.
- May 28–29 – Falklands War: Battle of Goose Green: British forces defeat a larger Argentine force.
- May 30
- Spain becomes the 16th member of NATO and the first nation to enter the alliance since West Germany's admission in 1955.
- Indianapolis 500: In what Indianapolis Motor Speedway historian Donald Davidson and Speedway public address announcer Tom Carnegie later call the greatest moment in the track's history, 1973 winner Gordon Johncock wins his second race over 1979 winner Rick Mears by 0.16 seconds, the closest finish to this date, after Mears draws alongside Johncock with a lap remaining, after erasing a seemingly insurmountable advantage of more than 11 seconds in the final 10 laps.
- Hussain Muhammad Ershad seizes power in Bangladesh.
- Cal Ripken, Jr. plays the first of what eventually becomes his record-breaking streak of 2,632 consecutive Major League Baseball games.
- June 6
- The 1982 Lebanon War begins: Forces under Israeli Defense Minister Ariel Sharon invade southern Lebanon in their "Operation Peace for the Galilee," eventually reaching as far north as the capital Beirut.
- The United Nations Security Council votes to demand that Israel withdraw its troops from Lebanon.
- June 8
- June 12 – A rally against nuclear weapons draws 750,000 to New York City's Central Park. Jackson Browne, James Taylor, Bruce Springsteen, and Linda Ronstadt attend. An international convocation at The Cathedral of St. John the Divine features prominent peace activists from around the world and afterward participants march on Fifth Avenue to Central Park for the rally.
- June 13
- June 14 – The Falklands War ends: Formal surrender of Argentine forces, and liberation of the Falkland Islanders.
- June 18 – Argentine military dictator Leopoldo Galtieri resigns, in the wake of his country's defeat in the Falklands War.
- June 19 – The body of "God's Banker", Roberto Calvi, chairman of Banco Ambrosiano, is found hanging beneath Blackfriars Bridge in London.
- June 21 – Prince William is born at St Mary's Hospital in Paddington, West London.
- June 24 – British Airways Flight 9 suffers a temporary four-engine flameout and damage to the exterior of the plane, after flying through the otherwise undetected ash plume from Indonesia's Mount Galunggung.
- June 25 – The Institute for Puerto Rican Policy is founded in New York City to research and advocate for Puerto Rican and Latino community issues. In 2006, it changes its name to the National Institute for Latino Policy.
- June 30 – The Equal Rights Amendment falls short of the 38 states needed to pass; Phyllis Schlafly and other leaders of the Christian right take credit for its defeat.
- July 2
- July 3 – ASLEF train drivers in the United Kingdom go on strike over hours of work; they return to work on July 18.
- July 4 – Four Iranian diplomats are kidnapped upon Israel's invasion of Lebanon.
- July 6 – A lunar eclipse (umbral duration 236 min and total duration 106 min, the longest of the 20th century) occurs.
- July 9
- July 11 – Italy beats West Germany 3–1 to win the 1982 FIFA World Cup in Spain.
- July 12 – Checker Motors Corporation ceases production of automobiles.
- July 15 – Geoffrey Prime, a GCHQ civil servant, is remanded in custody on charges under the Official Secrets Act 1911.
- July 16 – In New York City, the Reverend Sun Myung Moon is sentenced to 18 months in prison and fined $25,000 for tax fraud and conspiracy to obstruct justice.
- July 19 – William Whitelaw, Home Secretary, announces that Michael Trestrail (the Queen's bodyguard) has resigned from the Metropolitan Police Service over a relationship with a male prostitute.
- July 20 – The Provisional IRA detonates 2 bombs in central London, killing 8 soldiers, wounding 47 people, and leading to the deaths of 7 horses.
- July 21 – HMS Hermes, the Royal Navy flagship during the Falklands War, returns home to Portsmouth to a hero's welcome.
- July 23
- The International Whaling Commission decides to end commercial whaling by 1985–1986.
- A coroner's jury returns a verdict of suicide on Roberto Calvi, who was found hanging under Blackfriars Bridge.
- Torrential rain and mudslides in Nagasaki, Japan destroy bridges and kill 299.
- On a movie set, the Twilight Zone actor Vic Morrow and 2 child actors die in a helicopter stunt accident.
- July 31 – In Beaune, France, 53 persons, 46 of them children, die in a highway accident (France's worst).
- August 1 – Attempted coup against government of Daniel Arap Moi in Kenya.
- August 3 – Venezuela recognizes the Sahrawi Arab Democratic Republic (SADR).
- August 4 – The United Nations Security Council votes to censure Israel because its troops are still in Lebanon.
- August 7 – Italian Prime Minister Giovanni Spadolini resigns.
- August 11 – Surinam recognizes the Sahrawi Arab Democratic Republic (SADR).
- August 12 – Mexico announces it is unable to pay its large foreign debt, triggering a debt crisis that quickly spread throughout Latin America.
- August 13 – In Hong Kong, health warnings on cigarette packets are made statutory.
- August 17 – The first compact discs (CDs) are released to the public in Germany.
- August 20 – Lebanese Civil War: A multinational force lands in Beirut to oversee the PLO withdrawal from Lebanon. French troops arrive August 21, U.S. Marines August 25.
- September 3 – Italian general Carlo Alberto Dalla Chiesa is killed in a Mafia ambush.
- September 5 – Iowa paperboy Johnny Gosch is kidnapped.
- September 14 – Lebanese President-elect Bachir Gemayel is assassinated in Beirut.
- September 18 – The Lebanese Christian Militia (the Phalange) kill thousands of Palestinians in the Sabra and Shatila refugee camps with the overlooking of Israeli troops in West Beirut. The massacre is in retaliation for the assassination of pro-Israel president-elect, Bachir Gemayel, as well as several Palestinian massacres against Lebanese Christians.
- September 19 – The first emoticons are posted by Scott Fahlman.
- September 21 – The first International Day of Peace (United Nations)
- September 23 – Amin Gemayel, brother of Bachir, is elected president of Lebanon.
- September 25 – In Israel, 400,000 marchers demand the resignation of Prime Minister Menachem Begin.
- September 26 – Thermals take Australian parachutist Rich Collins up to 2,800 metres (9,200 ft) during a jump; he almost blacks out due to lack of oxygen. He releases his main parachute to fall to lower altitude and lands by his reserve parachute.
- September 29 – October 1 – The 1982 Chicago Tylenol murders occur when 7 people in the Chicago area die after ingesting capsules laced with potassium cyanide.
- October 1
- Helmut Kohl replaces Helmut Schmidt as Chancellor of Germany through a constructive vote of no confidence.
- In Orlando, Florida, Walt Disney World opens the second largest theme park, EPCOT Center, to the public for the first time.
- Sony launches the first consumer compact disc (CD) player (model CDP-101).
- October 8 – Poland bans Solidarity after having suspended it on 13 December 1981.
- October 11 – The Mary Rose, flagship of Henry VIII of England that sank in 1545, is raised from the Solent.
- October 13 – The Ford Sierra is launched in Europe, replacing the Ford Cortina
- October 19 – John De Lorean is arrested for selling cocaine to undercover FBI agents (he is later found not guilty due to entrapment).
- October 20
- October 27
- October 28 – The Socialist Party wins the election in Spain; Felipe González is elected Prime Minister.
- November 2 – Channel 4, a British public-service television broadcaster, is launched.
- November 3
- A gasoline or petrol tanker explodes in the Salang Tunnel in Afghanistan, killing at least 176 people.
- The Dow Jones Industrial Average surges 43.41 points, or 4.25%, to close at 1,065.49, its first all-time high in more than 9 years. It last hit a record on January 11, 1973 when the average closed at 1,051.70. The points gain is the biggest ever up to this point.
- November 6 – Camerun president Ahmadou Ahidjo resigns, replaced by Paul Biya.
- November 7 – The Thames Barrier is first publicly demonstrated.
- November 8 – Kenan Evren becomes the seventh president of Turkey as a result of constitution referendum. His former title was head of state.
- November 12 – In the Soviet Union, former KGB head Yuri Andropov is selected to become the general secretary of the Soviet Communist Party's Central Committee, succeeding the late Leonid I. Brezhnev.
- November 13 – The Vietnam Veterans Memorial is dedicated in Washington, D.C., after a march to its site by thousands of Vietnam War veterans.
- November 14 – The leader of Poland's outlawed Solidarity movement, Lech Wałęsa, is released from 11 months of internment near the Soviet border.
- November 20
- The General Union of Ecuadorian Workers (UGTE) is founded.
- University of California, Berkeley executes "The Play" in a college football game against Stanford. Completing a wacky 57-yard kickoff return that includes 5 laterals, Kevin Moen runs through Stanford band members who had prematurely come onto the field. His touchdown stands and California wins 25–20.
- November 25 – Minneapolis Thanksgiving Day fire destroys an entire city block of downtown Minneapolis, including the headquarters of Northwestern National Bank.
- November 27 – Yasuhiro Nakasone becomes Prime Minister of Japan.
- November 28 – Representatives from 88 countries gather in Geneva to discuss world trade and ways to work toward aspects of free trade.
- November 30 – Michael Jackson releases Thriller, the biggest selling album of all time.
- December 1 – Miguel de la Madrid takes office as President of Mexico.
- December 2 – At the University of Utah, 61-year-old retired dentist Barney Clark becomes the first person to receive a permanent artificial heart (he lives for 112 days with the device).
- December 3 – A final soil sample is taken from the site of Times Beach, Missouri. It is found to contain 300 times the safe level of dioxin.
- December 4 – The People's Republic of China adopts its current constitution.
- December 7 – The first U.S. execution by lethal injection is carried out in Texas.
- December 8 – The December murders occur in Suriname.
- December 12 – Women's peace protest at Greenham Common: 30,000 women hold hands and form a human chain around the 14.5 km (9 mi) perimeter fence.
- December 13 – An earthquake (Richter Scale 6.0 magnitude) in Dhamar, northern Yemen, kills at least 1,507.
- December 14 – Bolivia recognizes the Sahrawi Arab Democratic Republic (SADR).
- December 16 - The United Freedom Front bombs an office of South African Airways in Elmont, NY and an IBM office in Harrison, NY. Two police officers were suffered hearing damage. The UFF claimed responsibility for the IBM building bombing in March 1984, stating that the company was targeted because of its business in South Africa under Apartheid.
- December 22 – Indian Ocean Commission (Commission de l'Océan Indien) (COI) created by Port Louis Agreement.
- December 23 – The United States Environmental Protection Agency recommends the evacuation of Times Beach, Missouri due to dangerous levels of dioxin contamination.
- December 24 – The "Christmas Eve Blizzard of '82" hits Denver.
- December 26 – Time magazine's Man of the Year is given for the first time to a non-human, the computer.
- A global surplus of crude oil causes gasoline prices to collapse.
- A brief but severe recession begins in the United States.
- Seattle is officially dubbed the Emerald City after a contest is held to choose a new city slogan.
- George Stigler is awarded Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences.
- The car brand Toyota Camry is introduced.
- Dorling Kindersley, formerly a book packager, begins publishing.
- In a Gallup Poll, 51% of Americans do not accept homosexuality as normal.
- The first China Central Television New Year's Gala program starts. This program is watched by 1.1 billion Chinese every year.
- January 1
- January 3 – Chisu, Finnish singer-songwriter
- January 4
- January 5
- January 6
- January 7
- January 9 – Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, British Princess and wife of Prince William, Duke of Cambridge
- January 11 – Ashley Taylor Dawson, English singer (allSTARS*) and actor
- January 12 – Dontrelle Willis, American baseball player
- January 13
- January 14
- January 15 – Benjamin Agosto, American skater
- January 17 – Dwyane Wade, American basketball player
- January 18
- January 19 – Jodie Sweetin, American actress
- January 20
- January 21 – Go Shiozaki, Japanese professional wrestler
- January 22
- January 25
- January 26 – Brahim Takioullah, Moroccan Guinness World Records-holder
- January 28 – Ainett Stephens, Venezuelan television personality/model in Italy
- January 29
- January 31 – Elena Paparizou, Greek-Swedish singer
- February 1
- February 2
- February 3
- February 4
- February 5 – Kevin Everett, American football player
- February 6 - Alice Eve, English actress
- February 8 – Zersenay Tadese, Eritrean long distance track/road running athlete
- February 9 – Ami Suzuki, Japanese singer
- February 10
- February 11
- February 13 – Lanisha Cole, American model
- February 14 – Marián Gáborík, Czechoslovakian (now Slovakia) hockey player (Minnesota Wild)
- February 16 – Lupe Fiasco, American rapper
- February 17 – Adriano Leite Ribeiro, Brazilian footballer
- February 18 – Jessie Ward, American actress
- February 19 – Camelia Potec, Romanian swimmer
- February 22
- February 25
- February 28
- March 1 – Cassandra Ponti, Filipina actress, dancer, and model
- March 2
- March 3 – Jessica Biel, American actress
- March 4
- March 5 – Daniel Carter, New Zealand rugby player
- March 6 – Stephen Jordan, English footballer
- March 8
- March 9 – Paul Ballard, English television presenter
- March 10 – Kwame Brown, American basketball player
- March 11 – Thora Birch, American actress
- March 15
- March 18 – Adam Pally, American actor and comedian
- March 19 – Triana Iglesias, Norwegian model/Playboy Cyber Girl
- March 20 – Nick Wheeler, American musician (The All-American Rejects)
- March 21 – Maria Elena Camerin, Italian tennis player
- March 23 – Tomasz Kuszczak, Polish football goalkeeper
- March 24 – Kenichirou Ohashi, Japanese voice actor
- March 25
- March 26 – Mikel Arteta, Spanish football player
- March 30
- April 1
- April 2 – David Ferrer, Spanish tennis player
- April 4
- April 5
- April 6
- April 7
- April 9
- April 10 – Chyler Leigh, American actress
- April 12 – Easton Corbin, American country music singer
- April 13 – Nellie McKay, American singer
- April 14 – Larissa França, Brazilian beach volleyball player
- April 15 – Seth Rogen, Canadian actor/comedian
- April 18
- April 19 – Ignacio Serricchio, Argentine-born American actor
- April 20 – Keiichiro Nagashima, Japanese speed skater
- April 22 – Kaká, Brazilian footballer
- April 24
- April 25 – Monty Panesar, English cricketer
- April 26
- April 27 – Katrina Johnson, American actress
- April 28
- April 30
- May 1 – Darijo Srna, Croatian soccer player
- May 4
- May 6 – Jason Witten, American football player
- May 7 – Ákos Buzsáky, Hungarian footballer
- May 8 – Adrian Gonzalez, Mexican-American baseball player
- May 9 – Rachel Boston, American actress
- May 10
- May 11 – Cory Monteith, Canadian actor (d. 2013)
- May 13 – Oguchi Onyewu, American soccer player
- May 14 – Ai Shibata, Japanese swimmer
- May 15
- May 17
- May 19
- May 20 – Petr Čech, Czech footballer
- May 22
- May 23 – Tristan Prettyman, American singer/songwriter
- May 25 – Alexandr Ivanov, Russian javelin thrower
- May 26 – Yoko Matsugane, Japanese model
- May 27 – Michael de Grussa, Australian Musician/Comedian
- May 29
- June 1 – Justine Henin, Belgian tennis player
- June 3 – Yelena Isinbayeva, Russian athlete
- June 5 – Yoo In-na, South Korean actor
- June 7 – Amy Nuttall, British actress and opera singer
- June 8
- June 10
- June 11
- June 12 – Jason David, American football player
- June 13 – Kenenisa Bekele, Ethiopian long-distance runner
- June 14
- June 15 – James Lamont, English television writer
- June 16 – Missy Peregrym, Canadian actress
- June 17 - Arthur Darvill, British actor
- June 18 – Marco Borriello, Italian football player
- June 21 – Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, British prince and son of Charles, Prince of Wales, and Diana, Princess of Wales
- June 22 – Soraia Chaves, Portuguese actress and model
- Ian Kinsler, American baseball player
- June 23 – Joona Puhakka, Finnish diver
- June 24 – Jarret Stoll, Canadian ice hockey player
- June 25 – Mikhail Youzhny, Russian tennis player
- June 27 – Takeru Shibaki, Japanese actor
- June 30 – Lizzy Caplan, American actress
- July 1 – Hilarie Burton, American actress and VJ
- July 5
- July 7 – Jan Laštůvka, Czech footballer
- July 8
- July 9
- July 10 – Sebastian Mila, Polish footballer
- July 12 – Antonio Cassano, Italian footballer
- July 13 – Shin-Soo Choo, Korean baseball player
- July 15 – Cristian Dănălache, Romanian footballer
- July 16 – Steven Hooker, Australian pole vaulter
- July 17 – Natasha Hamilton, English singer (Atomic Kitten)
- July 18
- July 19
- July 23 – Paul Wesley, American actor
- July 24 – Anna Paquin, Canadian-born actress
- July 25 – Brad Renfro, American actor (d. 2008)
- July 29 – Allison Mack, German-American actress
- July 30
- August 2 – Hélder Postiga, Portuguese footballer
- August 5 – Lolo Jones, American track and field athlete
- August 6 – Kevin van der Perren, Belgian figure skater
- August 7
- August 9 – Tyson Gay, American athlete
- August 10
- August 12 – Jon Olsson, Swedish freestyle skier
- August 13 – Shani Davis, American speed skater
- August 14 – Larissa Franca, Brazilian beach volleyball player
- August 15 – Tsuyoshi Hayashi, Japanese actor
- August 16
- August 17
- August 19 – Willy Denzey, French singer
- August 20 – Jamil Walker Smith, American actor
- August 23 – Natalie Coughlin, American Olympic swimmer
- August 24 – Kim Källström, Swedish footballer
- August 26 – John Mulaney, American comedian
- August 28
- August 29 – Carlos Delfino, Argentine basketball player
- August 30 – Andy Roddick, American tennis player
- August 31 – José Manuel Reina Páez, Spanish footballer
- September 1 – Jeffrey Buttle, Canadian figure skater
- September 2
- September 3 – Sarah Burke, Canadian freestyle skier (d. 2012)
- September 5 – Cyndi Wang, Taiwanese singer and actress
- September 9 – Ai Otsuka, Japanese singer, songwriter, pianist and actress
- September 11 – Shriya Saran, Indian actress
- September 12 – Nana Ozaki, Japanese gravure idol
- September 13 – Nenê, Brazilian basketball player
- September 18 – Lukas Reimann (Swiss politician)
- September 19 – Nicole Voss, American model
- September 20 – JJ Jia, Chinese actress
- September 22
- September 23 – Shyla Stylez, Canadian pornographic actress
- September 25 – Hyun Bin, Korean actor
- September 26 – Betty Sun, Chinese actress
- September 27
- September 28
- September 29
- September 30
- October 1 – Sandra Oxenryd, Swedish pop singer
- October 2 – Tyson Chandler, American basketball player
- October 3 – Erik von Detten, American actor
- October 5 – Zhang Yining, Chinese table tennis player
- October 6
- October 7
- October 9 – Travis Rice, Professional Snowboarder
- October 10
- October 11
- October 13
- October 15
- October 17 – Nick Riewoldt, Australian rules footballer
- October 18 or October 19 – Shauntay Henderson, American criminal
- October 19 – Louis Oosthuizen, South African golfer
- October 21
- October 22
- October 25 – Eman Lam, Hong Kong singer
- October 27 – Dennis Moran, American computer hacker
- October 28
- October 29
- November 2 – Kyoko Fukada, Japanese actress, model and singer
- November 3 – Pekka Rinne, Finnish ice hockey goaltender
- November 4 - Devin Hester, American Football player
- November 8
- November 9 – Jana Pittman, Australian athlete
- November 10 – Heather Matarazzo, American actress
- November 11 – Brittny Gastineau, American model and socialite
- November 12
- November 13 – Kumi Koda, Japanese singer
- November 14
- November 15 – Joe Kowalewski, American football player
- November 16 – Amar'e Stoudemire, American professional basketball player
- November 18 – Damon Wayans, Jr., American actor and comedian
- November 22 – Charlene Choi, Hong Kong singer and actress
- November 23 – Asafa Powell, Jamaican sprinter
- November 26 – Karl Henry, Professional football player
- November 27 – Aleksandr Kerzhakov, Russian soccer player
- November 28 – Steve Mullings, Jamaican athlete
- November 29 – Ashley Force, American race car driver
- November 30
- December 3
- December 4 – Nick Vujicic, Australian-born director of Life Without Limbs
- December 5 – Keri Hilson, American R&B recording artist, songwriter and actress
- December 6
- December 7
- December 8
- December 9
- December 13
- December 14 – Anthony Way, British singer and actor
- December 16 – Stanislav Sestak, Slovakian footballer
- December 19 – Tero Pitkämäki, Finnish javelin thrower
- December 20
- December 21 – Mandy Wong, Hong Kong actress
- December 24
- December 26 – Aksel Lund Svindal, Norwegian alpine skier
- December 27 – Terji Skibenæs, Faroese guitarist (Týr)
- December 30 – Kristin Kreuk, Canadian actress
- December 31 – Luke Schenscher, Australian basketball player
- January 1 – Victor Buono, American actor (b. 1938)
- January 5
- January 8 – Reta Shaw, American actress (b. 1912)
- January 10 – Paul Lynde, American actor (b. 1926)
- January 11 – Jiro Horikoshi, Japanese aircraft designer (b. 1903)
- January 13 – Marcel Camus, French film director (b. 1912)
- January 17 – Juan O'Gorman, Mexican Architect (b. 1905)
- January 19 – Elis Regina, Brazilian singer (b. 1945)
- January 22 – Eduardo Frei Montalva, Chilean politician and former President (b. 1904)
- January 26 – Mikhail Suslov, Soviet politician and Politburo member (b. 1902)
- January 30
- February 4
- February 5 – Neil Aggett, South African labor leader (suicide) (b. 1953)
- February 11
- February 12 – Victor Jory, Canadian actor (b. 1902)
- February 17
- February 21 – Gershom Scholem, German-born Israeli Jewish philosopher and historian (b. 1897)
- February 24 – Virginia Bruce, American actress (b. 1910)
- March 2 – Philip K. Dick, American author (b. 1928)
- March 5 – John Belushi, American actor (b. 1949)
- March 6 – Ayn Rand, Russian-born author (b. 1905)
- March 8 – Rab Butler, British statesman (b. 1902)
- March 19 – Randy Rhoads, American guitarist for Ozzy Osbourne (plane crash) (b. 1956)
- March 25 – Goodman Ace, American humorist (b. 1899)
- March 26 – Sam Kydd, Irish-born English actor (b. 1915)
- March 27 – Harriet Adams, American novelist (b. 1892)
- March 28 – William Giauque, Canadian chemist, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1895)
- March 29 – Carl Orff, German composer (b. 1895)
- April 3 – Warren Oates, American actor (b. 1928)
- April 5 – Abe Fortas, U.S. Supreme Court Justice (b. 1910)
- April 12 – Lenny Baker, American actor (b. 1945)
- April 15 – Arthur Lowe, British actor (b. 1915)
- April 20 – Archibald MacLeish, American poet (b. 1892)
- April 24 – Ville Ritola, Finnish athlete (b. 1896)
- April 25 – Celia Johnson, British actress (b. 1908)
- April 27 – Tom Tully, American actor (b. 1908)
- April 30 – Lester Bangs, American music journalist (b. 1948)
- May 1 – William Primrose, Scottish violist (b. 1903)
- May 2
- May 8 – Gilles Villeneuve, Canadian race car driver (racing accident) (b. 1950)
- May 10 – Peter Weiss, German writer and artist (b. 1916)
- May 14 – Hugh Beaumont, American actor (b. 1909)
- May 15 – Gordon Smiley, American race car driver (racing accident) (b. 1946)
- May 22 – Cevdet Sunay, ex president of Turkey (b. 1899)
- May 28 – Lt Col 'H'. Jones, VC, British soldier (Falklands War) (b. 1940)
- May 29 – Romy Schneider, Austrian actress (cardiac arrest) (b. 1938)
- June 2 – Fazal Ilahi Chaudhry, President of Pakistan (b. 1904)
- June 6 – Kenneth Rexroth, American poet (b. 1905)
- June 8 – Satchel Paige, American Negro Leagues baseball player and a member of the MLB Hall of Fame (b. 1906)
- June 9 – Mirza Nasir Ahmad, 3rd Caliph of Ahmadiyya Muslim Community in Islam (b. 1909)
- June 10 – Rainer Werner Fassbinder, German film director, screenwriter and actor (b. 1945)
- June 12
- June 13 – Riccardo Paletti, Italian Formula 1 driver (b. 1958)
- June 14 – Arthur Coles, Australian businessman and philanthropist (b. 1892)
- June 17 – Roberto Calvi, Italian banker (b. 1920)
- June 18
- June 25 – Edward Hamm, American Olympic athlete (b. 1906)
- June 29 – Henry King, American film director (b. 1886)
- July 1 – Jacobo Palm, Curaçao born composer (b. 1887)
- July 4 – Terry Higgins, early British casualty of AIDS (b. 1945)
- July 6 – Alma Reville, English screenwriter (b. 1899)
- July 8
- July 11 – Susan Littler, British actress (b. 1948)
- July 12 – Kenneth More, English actor (b. 1914)
- July 16
- July 19 – John Harvey, stage and film actor (b. 1911)
- July 21 – Dave Garroway, American television host (b. 1913)
- July 22 - Lloyd Waner, American baseball player (Pittsburgh Pirates) and a member of the MLB Hall of Fame (b. 1906)
- July 23 – Vic Morrow, American actor (b. 1929)
- July 28
- July 29 – Vladimir Zworykin, Russian-born inventor (b. 1889)
- August 1 – T. Thirunavukarasu, Sri Lankan Tamil politician (b. 1933)
- August 2 – Cathleen Nesbitt, English actress (b. 1888)
- August 11 – Tom Drake, American actor (b. 1918)
- August 12 – Henry Fonda, American actor (b. 1905)
- August 13 – Charles Walters, American film director (b. 1911)
- August 14 – Patrick Magee, Irish actor (b. 1922)
- August 15 – Hugo Theorell, Swedish scientist, recipient of the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine (b. 1903)
- August 18
- August 20 – Ulla Jacobsson, Swedish actress (b. 1929)
- August 21 – King Sobhuza II of Swaziland, at the time the longest reigning living monarch (b. 1899)
- August 23
- August 29 – Ingrid Bergman, Swedish actress (b. 1915)
- September 2
- September 5 – Douglas Bader, Inspirational leader of the Battle of Britain (b. 1910)
- September 11 – Wifredo Lam, Cuban artist (b. 1902)
- September 14
- September 16 – Rolfe Sedan, American actor (b. 1896)
- September 17 – Ettore DeGrazia, American artist (b. 1909)
- September 21 – Hovhannes Bagramyan, Soviet Armenian military commander and Marshal of the Soviet Union (b. 1897)
- September 23 – Jimmy Wakely, American Country-Western singer and actor (b. 1914)
- September 28 – Mabel Albertson, American actress (b. 1901)
- September 30 - Bill George, American football player (Chicago Bears) and a member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame (b. 1929)
- October 3 – Vivien Merchant, British actress (b. 1929)
- October 4
- October 8
- October 9
- October 10 – Jean Effel, French painter and journalist (b. 1908)
- October 16 – Hans Selye, Canadian endocrinologist (b. 1907)
- October 18
- October 20 – James Edward McGrory, Scottish football player and manager (b. 1904)
- October 22 – Savitri Devi, French-born writer and philosopher (b. 1905)
- November 1
- November 4 – Dominique Dunne, American actress (b. 1959)
- November 5 – Jacques Tati, French filmmaker (b. 1907)
- November 10 – Leonid Brezhnev, Leader of the Soviet Union (b. 1906)
- November 11 - S. A. Ashokan, Tamil actor
- November 12 – Dorothy Round Little, English tennis champion (b. 1908)
- November 12 - Patrick Cowley, American disco and Hi-NRG dance music composer and recording artist (b. 1950)
- November 15 – Vinoba Bhave, Indian educator (b. 1895)
- November 17
- November 21 – Lee Patrick, American actress (b. 1901)
- November 22 – Jean Batten, New Zealand aviator (b. 1909)
- November 23
- November 24 – Barack Obama, Sr., father of US President Barack Obama (b. 1936)
- November 25 – Hugh Harman, cartoon animator (b. 1903)
- November 26 – Juhan Aavik, Estonian composer (b. 1884)
- November 29 – Percy Williams, Canadian athlete (b. 1908)
- December 2 – Marty Feldman, British comedian and writer (b. 1934)
- December 7 – Will Lee, American actor who played Mr. Hooper on Sesame Street (b. 1908)
- December 8 – Marty Robbins, American singer (b. 1925)
- December 10 – Freeman Fisher Gosden, American actor (b. 1899)
- December 16 – Colin Chapman, British designer, inventor, and builder in the automotive industry (b. 1928)
- December 18 – Hans-Ulrich Rudel, German World War II dive bomber pilot (b. 1916)
- December 20 – Artur Rubinstein, Polish-born pianist and conductor (b. 1887)
- December 23 – Jack Webb, American actor (b. 1920)
- December 24 – Louis Aragon, French writer (b. 1897)
- December 27 – John Swigert, American astronaut (b. 1931)
- Physics – Kenneth G. Wilson
- Chemistry – Aaron Klug
- Medicine – Sune K. Bergström, Bengt I. Samuelsson, John R. Vane
- Literature – Gabriel García Márquez
- Peace – Alva Myrdal, George Stigler
- Economics – Alfonso García Robles
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