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Arts and literature
- John Luke paints The Old Callan Bridge and The Three Dancers.
- F. L. Green's novel Odd Man Out is published.
- Winners: Linfield
- Winners: Linfield 4 - 2 Glentoran
- 29 January - Jim Nicholson, Unionist politician and MEP for Northern Ireland.
- 12 June - Pat Jennings, former international soccer player.
- 4 July - David McWilliams, singer, songwriter, and guitarist (died 2002).
- 16 August - Allan Bresland, DUP Northern Ireland Assembly member for West Tyrone.
- 25 August - Sammy Duddy, member of the Ulster Political Research Group (died 2007).
- 31 August - Van Morrison, singer and songwriter.
- 15 September - Dave Clements, former soccer player and manager.
- 21 September - Shaw Clifton, General of The Salvation Army.
- 17 October - Jimmy Cricket (James Mulgrew), comedian.
- 31 October - Bobbie Hanvey, photographer and radio personality.
- 17 November - Damien Magee, racing driver.
- 5 December - Evin Crowley, actress.
Full date unknown
- ^ Lynn, Brendan (1997). Holding the Ground: The Nationalist Party in Northern Ireland, 1945-72. Aldershot: Dartmouth. ISBN 1-85521-980-8.