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1986 ( was a MCMLXXXVI) common year starting on Wednesday ( dominical letter E) of the Gregorian calendar, the 1986th year of the Common Era (CE) and (AD) designations, the 986th year of the Anno Domini 2nd millennium, the 86th year of the 20th century, and the 7th year of the 1980s decade. The year 1986 was designated as the International Year of Peace by the United Nations.
January [ edit ]
January 9 – After losing a patent battle with Polaroid, Kodak leaves the instant camera business.
January 11 – The Gateway Bridge in Brisbane, Australia, at this time the world's longest prestressed concrete free- cantilever bridge, is opened.
January 12 – STS-61-C: Space Shuttle is launched with the first Columbia Hispanic American astronaut, Dr. Franklin Chang Díaz.
January 13– 24 – South Yemen Civil War.
January 19 – The first PC virus, Brain, starts to spread.
January 20 – The United Kingdom and France announce plans to construct the Channel Tunnel.
January 24 – The Voyager 2 space probe makes its first encounter with Uranus.
January 25 – Yoweri Museveni's National Resistance Army Rebel group takes over Uganda after leading a 5-year guerrilla war in which up to half a million people are believed to have been killed. They will later use January 26 as the official date to avoid a coincidence of dates with Dictator Idi Amin's 1971 coup.
January 26 – Super Bowl XX: The Bears defeated the Patriots by the score of 46–10, capturing their first NFL championship since 1963.
January 28 – Space Shuttle – Challenger disaster STS-51-L: Space Shuttle disintegrates 73 seconds after launch from the United States, killing the crew of 7 astronauts, including schoolteacher Challenger Christa McAuliffe.
January 29 – Yoweri Museveni is sworn in as President of Uganda.
February [ edit ]
February 3 – Pixar Animation Studios are opened in California.
February 8 – The Hinton train collision happened, which a Canadian National train heading westbound collided with a Via Rail train in Hinton, Alberta. 23 people were killed in the accident, and injured 71 people.
February 9 – Halley's Comet reaches its perihelion, the closest point to the Sun, during its second visit to the solar system in the 20th century (the first was in 1910).
February 11 – Human rights activist Natan Sharansky is released by the Soviet Union and leaves the country.
February 15 – The Beechcraft Starship makes its maiden flight.
February 17 – The Single European Act is signed.
February 21 – Nintendo releases the first game in the Zelda series, , in Japan on the Famicom. The Legend of Zelda
February 22 – The People Power Revolution begins in the Philippines to remove President Ferdinand Marcos from office.
February 24 - Sherri Rae Rasmussen, a nursing administrator, was brutally beaten and shot to death in her Los Angeles home. Case remained unsolved for many years. On June 5, 2009, Stephanie Ilene Lazarus, a veteran LAPD Detective was arrested for Sherri's murder. The motive was Lazarus's ex-boy friend and Sherri's husband, John Rutten. Lazarus was convicted on March 8, 2012, and sentenced to 27 years to life in the California Department of Corrections.
February 27 – The United States Senate allows its debates to be televised on a trial basis.
February 28 – Swedish Prime Minister Olof Palme is shot to death on his way home from the cinema in Stockholm, Sweden.
March 1 – Olof Palme's deputy Ingvar Carlsson becomes acting Prime Minister of Sweden. He is elected Prime Minister by the Swedish Riksdag on March 15.
March 3 – The first paper is published describing the atomic force microscope invented the previous year by Gerd Binnig, Calvin Quate and Christopher Berger. 
March 4 – The national tabloid newspaper is launched in the United Kingdom, pioneering the use of computer photosetting and full-colour Today offset printing, at a time when British national newspapers still use Linotype machines and letterpress printing.
March 8 – The Japanese Suisei probe flies by Halley's Comet, studying its UV hydrogen corona and solar wind.
March 9 – United States Navy divers find the largely intact but heavily damaged crew compartment of the Space Shuttle ; the bodies of all seven Challenger astronauts are still inside.
March 13 – In a Black Sea incident, American cruiser USS and the Yorktown destroyer USS , claiming the right of Caron innocent passage, enter the Soviet territorial waters near the southern Crimean Peninsula.
March 14 – Microsoft Corporation holds its initial public offering of stock shares.
March 15 – Hotel New World collapses, 33 killed and 17 rescued from rubble.
March 25 – The 58th Academy Awards are held in Los Angeles, with winning Out of Africa Best Picture.
March 26 – An article in charges that The New York Times Kurt Waldheim, former United Nations Secretary-General and candidate for president of Austria, may have been involved in Nazi war crimes during World War II.
March 27 – Russell Street Bombing: A car bomb explodes at Russell Street Police Headquarters in Russell Street, Melbourne, killing a police constable, the first Australian policewoman to be killed in the line of duty.
April – The government of
Ivory Coast requests international diplomatic use of the French form of its name, Côte d'Ivoire.
April 1 – Sector Kanda: Communist Party of Nepal (Mashal) cadres attack a number of police stations in Kathmandu, seeking to incite a popular rebellion.
April 2 – A bomb explodes on a Trans World Airlines flight from Rome to Athens, killing 4 people.
April 3 – The British children's TV show is released on ITV in the UK. The Raggy Dolls
April 11 - The infamous FBI Miami Shootout results in the death of two FBI agents and the wounding of five others. This event will profoundly alter future police tactics in the United States.
April 13 – Pope John Paul II officially visits the Great Synagogue of Rome, the first time a modern Pope has visited a synagogue.
April 13 – The first child born to a non-related surrogate mother is born. 
April 14 – Hailstones weighing 1 kg (2.2 lb) fall on Gopalganj District, Bangladesh, killing 92.
April 15 – Operation El Dorado Canyon: At least 15 people die after United States planes bomb targets in the Libyan capital, Tripoli, and the Benghazi region.
April 21 – Geraldo Rivera opens Al Capone's secret vault on , discovering only a bottle of The Mystery of Al Capone's Vaults moonshine.
April 26 – Chernobyl disaster: A mishandled safety test at the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant in Pripyat, Ukrainian SSR, Soviet Union "killed at least 4,056 people and damaged almost $7 billion of property". Radioactive fallout from the accident is concentrated near  Belarus, Ukraine and Russia and at least 350,000 people are forcibly resettled away from these areas. After the accident, "traces of radioactive deposits unique to Chernobyl were in nearly every country in the northern hemisphere". 
April 27 – " Captain Midnight" interrupts the HBO satellite feed.
April 29 – The Diamond Jubilee of Hirohito is held at the Kokugikan in Tokyo.
September [ edit ]
October [ edit ]
October 1 – U.S. President Ronald Reagan signs the Goldwater–Nichols Act into law, making official the largest reorganization of the United States Department of Defense since the Air Force was made a separate branch of service in 1947.
October 3 – TASCC, a superconducting cyclotron, officially opens at Chalk River Laboratories.
October 10 – The 5.7 Mw San Salvador earthquake shook San Salvador, El Salvador with a maximum Mercalli intensity of IX (Violent). Up to 1,500 people were killed.
October 11 – 12 – Cold War: Ronald Reagan and Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev meet in Reykjavík, Iceland, to continue discussions about scaling back their intermediate missile arsenals in Europe, which end in failure. 
October 12 – Elizabeth II and The Duke of Edinburgh visit the People's Republic of China.
October 16 – The International Olympic Committee chooses Albertville, France to be the host city of the 1992 Winter Olympics and Barcelona, Spain to be the host city of the 1992 Summer Olympics. The IOC also announces that the summer and winter games will separate with the winter games on every even, common year; and the summer games on every even, leap year starting from 1992.
October 19 – Mozambican President Samora Machel's plane crashes in South Africa.
October 21 – The Marshall Islands became an associated state under the Compact of Free Association.
October 22 – In New York City, WNBC Radio's traffic helicopter crashes into the Hudson River, killing traffic reporter Jane Dornacker. The last words heard on-the-air are Dornacker's screams of terror, "Hit the water! Hit the water! Hit the water!"
October 24 – Lambda Sigma Gamma Sorority Inc. is founded at Sacramento State by Linda V. Fuentes and 26 Founding Mothers.
October 26 – Bus deregulation goes into effect in the United Kingdom, except Greater London and Northern Ireland.
October 29 – British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher officially opens the M25 Motorway, which encircles Greater London, in a ceremony on the carriageway near Potters Bar. It became Europe's second longest orbital road upon completion, and provides the first and only full bypass of London.
November [ edit ]
Iran–Contra affair: The Lebanese magazine reports that the United States has been selling weapons to Ash-Shiraa Iran in secret, in order to secure the release of 7 American hostages held by pro-Iranian groups in Lebanon. The
Northern Mariana Islands enter in a political union with the United States. The island's government adopted its own constitution in 1977, and the constitutional government took office in January 1978. The covenant was fully implemented November 3, 1986, pursuant to Presidential Proclamation no. 5564, which conferred United States citizenship on legally qualified island residents.
November 6 – Sumburgh disaster: A British International Helicopters Boeing 234LR Chinook crashes 2.5 miles east of Sumburgh Airport, killing 45 people (the deadliest civilian helicopter crash on record).
November 11 – Sperry Rand and Burroughs merge to form Unisys, becoming the second largest computer company.
November 12 – Australian singer John Farnham releases the album , which becomes the highest selling album in Australia's history. Whispering Jack
November 18 – Greater Manchester Police announce that they will search for the bodies of 2 missing children (who both vanished more than 20 years ago) after the Moors murderers Ian Brady and Myra Hindley confess to 2 more murders.
November 21 – Iran-Contra Affair: National Security Council member Oliver North and his secretary, Fawn Hall, start shredding documents implicating them in selling weapons to Iran and channeling the proceeds to help fund the Contra rebels in Nicaragua.
November 22 – Mike Tyson wins his first world boxing title by defeating Trevor Berbick in Las Vegas.
November 25 – Iran–Contra affair: U.S. Attorney General Edwin Meese announces that profits from covert weapons sales to Iran were illegally diverted to the anti-communist Contra rebels in Nicaragua.
November 26 – Iran–Contra affair: U.S. President Ronald Reagan announces that on December 1 former Senator John Tower, former Secretary of State Edmund Muskie, and former National Security Adviser Brent Scowcroft will serve as members of the Special Review Board looking into the scandal (they became known as the Tower Commission). Reagan denies involvement in the scandal.
December [ edit ]
December 7 – A magnitude 5.7 earthquake destroys most of the Bulgarian town of Strajica, killing 2 people.
December 14 – Rutan Voyager, an experimental aircraft designed by Burt Rutan and piloted by Dick Rutan and Jeana Yeager, begins its flight around the world.
December 16 – Mass anti-government protests break out across the Kazakh SSR, resulting in the massacre of over 165 protesters.
December 19 – Soviet dissident Andrei Sakharov is permitted to return to Moscow after six years of internal exile.
December 20 – Three African Americans are assaulted by a group of white teens in the Howard Beach neighborhood of Queens, New York. One of the victims, Michael Griffith, is run over and killed by a motorist while attempting to flee the attackers.
December 23 – Voyager completes the first nonstop circumnavigation of the earth by air without refueling in 9 days, 3 minutes and 44 seconds.
December 26 – After 35 years on the airwaves and holding the title of longest-running non-news program on network television, NBC airs the final episode of daytime drama . Search for Tomorrow
December 31 – A fire at the Dupont Plaza Hotel in San Juan, Puerto Rico, kills 97 and injures 140.
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January [ edit ]
February [ edit ]
March 2 – Ethan Peck, American actor
March 3 – Stacie Orrico, American singer
March 4 – Margo Harshman, American actress
March 8 – Princess Tsuguko of Takamado, a member of the Japanese Imperial Family
March 9 – Brittany Snow, American actress
March 12 – Danny Jones, Lead singer and guitarist of British pop and rock group McFly
March 14 – Jamie Bell, British actor
March 15 – Jai Courtney, Australian actor
March 18 – Lykke Li, Swedish singer-songwriter.
March 19 – Anne Vyalitsyna, Russian model
March 20 – Ruby Rose, Australian actress and model
March 21 – Scott Eastwood, American actor
March 22 – Matt Bush, American actor
March 24 – Val Chmerkovskiy, Ukrainian-American professional dancer from Dancing With The Stars
Lady Gaga (real name Stefani Germanotta), American pop musician and record producer
Meagan Smith, American film and voice actress
March 30 – Sergio Ramos, Spanish footballer
April 7 – Choi Si-won, South Korean actor, model and member of pop group Super Junior
April 11 – Stephanie Pratt, American television personality
April 15 – Tom Heaton, English footballer
April 16 – Shinji Okazaki, Japanese football player
April 18 – Maurice Edu, American footballer
April 19 – Candace Parker, American basketball player
April 23 – Jessica Stam, Canadian model
April 24 – Tahyna Tozzi, Australian model, singer and actress
April 28 – Jenna Ushkowitz, American stage and television actress and singer
April 30 – Dianna Agron, American actress
May 3 – Poppy Delevingne, English model
May 5 – Grace Wong, Hong Kong actress and beauty pageant contestant
May 7 – Rianne ten Haken, Dutch model
May 8 – Laura Spencer, American actress
May 9 – Grace Gummer, American actress
May 15 – Matías Fernández, Chilean footballer
May 19 – Eric Lloyd, American actor
May 24 – Mark Ballas, American dancer, choreographer, actor, singer-songwriter, musician, and two-time winner of Dancing with the Stars
May 25 – Juri Ueno, Japanese actress
May 26 – Àstrid Bergès-Frisbey, Spanish actress and model
May 27 – Timo Descamps, Belgian actor and singer
June 9 – Adamo Ruggiero, Canadian actor
June 10 – Joey Zimmerman, American actor and musician
June 11 – Shia LaBeouf, American actor and film director
June 12 – Cintia Dicker, Brazilian model
June 15 – Momoko Ueda, Japanese golfer
June 16 – Fernando Muslera, Uruguayan footballer
June 20 – Dreama Walker, American actress
June 23 – Marti Malloy, American judoka
June 25 – Lee Ho-suk, South Korean short-track skater
June 26 – Brittney Karbowski, American voice actress
June 29 – Edward Maya, Romanian musician
June 30 – Victoria Crawford, American professional wrestler and model
July 2 – Lindsay Lohan, American actress and singer
July 4 – Takahisa Masuda, Japanese actor and singer
July 6 – Leon Frierson, American actor and comedian
July 7 – Sevyn Streeter, Former member of the American groups TG4 and RichGirl
July 10 – Wyatt Russell, American actor
July 16 – Taryn Southern, American actress
July 21 – Diane Guerrero, American actress
July 25 – Hulk, Brazilian footballer
July 26 – Monica Raymund, American actress
July 27 – Nathan Stephenson, Canadian actor
July 28 – Alexandra Chando, American actress
July 30 – Jung Chul-woon, South Korean football player
July 31 – Evgeni Malkin, Russian hockey player
September [ edit ]
OMI, Jamaican-born singer
Shaun White, American professional snowboarder
September 6 – Raven Riley, American porn star
September 8 – Jake Sandvig, American actor
September 9 – José Aldo, WEC Featherweight Champion, the first UFC Featherweight Champion
September 21 – Lindsey Stirling, American violinist, dancer, performance artist, and composer
September 23 – Kaylee DeFer, American actress
September 25 – Steve Forrest, American drummer
September 27 – Natasha Thomas, Danish singer and songwriter
September 28 – Andrés Guardado, Mexican footballer
October [ edit ]
October 1 – Jurnee Smollett, American actress
October 3 – Andy San Dimas, American pornographic actress
October 4 – Yuridia, Mexican singer
October 5 – Novica Veličković, Serbian basketball player
October 9 – Laure Manaudou, French swimmer
October 16 – Craig Pickering, British sprinter
October 17 – Mohombi, Congolese urban singer-songwriter and dancer
October 18 – Loukas Giorkas, Greek-Cypriot singer and model
October 20 – Elyse Taylor, Australian model
October 28 – Tamar Kaprelian, Armenian American musician and singer
October 30 – Thomas Morgenstern, Austrian Olympic ski jumper
November [ edit ]
November 1 – Penn Badgley, American actor
November 4 – Alexz Johnson, Canadian actress and singer
November 6 – Katie Leclerc, American actress
November 8 – Aaron Swartz, American programmer (d. 2013)
November 10 – Josh Peck, American actor and director
November 12 – Evan Yo, Taiwanese singer-songwriter
November 14 – Yuna, Malaysian singer, songwriter, and businesswoman
November 15 – Sania Mirza, Indian tennis player
November 16 – Omar Mateen, American mass murderer (d. 2016)
November 19 – Veronica Scott, American fashion designer
November 20 – Lee Gye-deok, South Korean singer and activist
November 22 – Oscar Pistorius, South African Paralympic runner
November 27 – Suresh Raina, Indian cricket player
December [ edit ]
January [ edit ]
January 2 – Una Merkel, American actress (b. 1903)
January 5 – Ilmari Salminen, Finnish Olympic athlete (b. 1902)
January 7 – Juan Rulfo, Mexican writer (b. 1917)
January 8 – Maria L. de Hernández, Mexican-American rights activist (b. 1896)
January 10 – Jaroslav Seifert, Czech writer, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1901)
January 14 – Donna Reed, American actress (b. 1921)
January 16 – Herbert W. Armstrong, founded the Worldwide Church of God (b. 1892)
January 23 – Willard Van Dyke, American filmmaker and photographer (b. 1906)
January 27 – Lilli Palmer, German actress (b. 1914)
January 28 – In the Challenger disaster:
January 29 – Leif Erickson, American actor (b. 1911)
February [ edit ]
February 1 – Alva Myrdal, Swedish politician, diplomat, and writer, recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize (b. 1902)
February 6 – Frederick Coutts, the 8th General of The Salvation Army (b. 1899)
February 7 – Minoru Yamasaki, Japanese architect, designed the twin towers of the World Trade Center (b. 1912)
February 8 – Sarah Isabella McElligott, New Zealand cook and fruit-stall holder (b. 1883)
February 10 – Brian Aherne, British actor (b. 1902)
February 14 – Edmund Rubbra, British composer (b. 1901)
February 16 – Howard Da Silva, American actor (b. 1909)
February 19 – Francisco Mignone, Brazilian classical music (b. 1897)
February 24 – Tommy Douglas, Canadian politician and " Father of medicare" in Canada (b. 1904)
February 27 – Jacques Plante, Canadian hockey player (b. 1929)
May 1 – Hylda Baker, English comedy actress (b. 1905)
May 2 – Henri Toivonen, Finnish rally car driver (b. 1956)
May 3 – Robert Alda, American actor (b. 1914)
May 7 – Herma Szabo, Austrian figure skater (b. 1902)
May 14 – Janne Aikala, Finnish murder victim (b. 1975)
May 19 – Jimmy Lyons, American musician (b. 1931)
May 25 – Chester Bowles, American politician (b. 1901)
May 26 – Gian-Carlo Coppola, American film producer (b. 1963)
May 27 – Ajoy Mukherjee, Indian politician, Chief Minister of West Bengal (b. 1901)
May 30 – Perry Ellis, American fashion designer (b. 1940)
June 3 – Anna Neagle, English actress (b. 1904)
June 5 – Bryan Grant, American tennis champion (b. 1909)
June 6 – William Joynt, Australian officer, farm labourer (b. 1889)
June 11 – Chesley Bonestell, American painter (b. 1888)
June 16 – Maurice Duruflé, French composer (b. 1902)
June 17 – Kate Smith, American singer (b. 1907)
June 18 – Frances Scott Fitzgerald, daughter of F. Scott Fitzgerald and Zelda Sayre (b. 1921)
Len Bias, American basketball player (b. 1963)
Coluche, stage name of Michel Colucci, French comedian and humorist (b. 1944)
June 21 – Assi Rahbani, Lebanese composer, musician, conductor and author (b. 1923)
June 27 – Don Rogers, American football player (b. 1962)
June 30 – Guan Zilan, Chinese avant-garde painter (b. 1903)
July 3 – Rudy Vallée, American singer, actor, and bandleader (b. 1901)
July 4 – Oscar Zariski, Russian mathematician (b. 1899)
July 6 – Jagjivan Ram, Indian politician (b. 1908)
July 12 – Wacław Kisielewski, Polish pianist (b. 1943)
July 21 – Ernest Maas, American screenwriter (b. 1892)
July 22 – Ede Staal, Dutch singer-songwriter (b. 1941)
July 26 – W. Averell Harriman, American diplomat and politician (b. 1891)
July 27 – Osbert Lancaster, British cartoonist (b. 1908)
July 31 – Teddy Wilson, American jazz pianist (b. 1912)
August 1 – Ignatius Joseph Kasimo Hendrowahyono, Indonesian politician (b. 1900)
August 2 – Renato Leduc, Mexican poet and journalist (b. 1897)
August 4 – Willem Ruis, Dutch game show host (b. 1945)
August 10 – Chuck McKinley, American tennis champion (b. 1941)
August 16 – Jaime Sáenz, Bolivian poet, novelist, and short story writer (b. 1921)
August 20 – Milton Acorn, Canadian poet, writer, and playwright (b. 1923)
August 21 – Thad Jones, American jazz musician (b. 1923)
August 22 – Celâl Bayar, Turkish politician, 3rd Prime Minister of Turkey and President of Turkey (b. 1883)
August 26 – Ted Knight, American actor (b. 1923)
August 27 – George Nepia, New Zealand Maori rugby player (b. 1905)
August 29 – Arthur Meyerhoff, American advertising agency executive and entrepreneur (b. 1895)
August 30 – George Pelawa, American ice hockey star Minnesota Mr. Hockey (b. 1968)
September [ edit ]
September 4 – Hank Greenberg, Jewish-American baseball player ( Detroit Tigers) and member of the MLB Hall of Fame (b. 1911)
September 6 – Blanche Sweet, American actress (b. 1896)
September 7 – Omar Ali Saifuddien III, Sultan of Brunei (b. 1914)
September 10 – María Dolores Katarain ("Yoyes"), Spanish Basque separatist leader, killed (b. 1954)
September 12 – Frank Nelson, American actor (b. 1911)
September 18 – Pat Phoenix, British actress (b. 1923)
September 21 – Cheryl Keeton, American murder victim (b. 1949)
September 22 – József Asbóth, Hungarian tennis champion (b. 1917)
September 23 – Gottfried Freiherr von Banfield, Austro-Hungarian naval aeroplane pilot in the First World War (b. 1890)
September 25 – Nikolay Semyonov, Russian chemist, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1896)
September 26 – Noboru Terada, Japanese Olympic swimmer (b. 1917)
September 27 – Cliff Burton, American bassist ( Metallica) (b. 1962)
September 28 – Robert Helpmann, Australian actor, dancer, and choreographer (b. 1909)
September 29 – Prince George Valdemar of Denmark (b. 1920)
September 30 – Storm Jameson, English journalist and author (b. 1891)
October [ edit ]
October 7 – Wallace Wade, American football coach, University of Alabama, Duke University (b. 1892)
October 14 – Keenan Wynn, American actor (b. 1916)
October 15 – Jerry Smith, American football All Pro tight end, Washington Redskins, NFL (b. 1943)
October 16 – Arthur Grumiaux, Belgian violinist (b. 1921)
October 19 – Samora Machel, 1st President of Mozambique (b. 1933)
October 22 – Albert Szent-Györgyi, Hungarian physiologist, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1893)
October 23 – Edward Adelbert Doisy, American biochemist, recipient of the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine (b. 1893)
October 25 – Forrest Tucker, American actor ( F Troop) (b. 1919)
October 26 – Jackson Scholz, American runner (b. 1897)
October 28 – Ian Marter, British actor and writer (b. 1944)
October 31 – Robert S. Mulliken, American physicist and chemist, recipient of the Nobel Prize in Chemistry (b. 1896)
November [ edit ]
November 2 – Paul Frees, American voice actor (b. 1920)
November 5 – Claude Jutra, Canadian film director (b. 1930)
November 6 – Elisabeth Grümmer, Alsatian soprano (b. 1911)
November 10 – Rogelio de la Rosa, Filipino actor and politician (b. 1916)
November 11 – Roger C. Carmel, American actor (b. 1932)
November 15 – Alexandre Tansman, French composer and virtuoso pianist (b. 1897)
November 16 – Siobhán McKenna, Irish actress (b. 1923)
November 18 – Gia Carangi, American supermodel (b. 1960)
November 19 – Willie Stokes, American mobster (b. 1937)
November 25 – Ivan Magill, Irish-born anaesthetist (b. 1888)
November 29 – Cary Grant, British actor (b. 1904)
December [ edit ]
December 1 – Bobby Layne, American football player ( Detroit Lions) and member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame (b. 1926)
December 2 – Desi Arnaz, Cuban-born actor, bandleader, musician, and television producer; co-founder of Desilu Productions (b. 1917)
December 3 – Austin Hayes, Irish footballer (b. 1958)
December 10 – Susan Cabot, American actress (b. 1927)
December 12 – Paul Verner, German politician (b. 1911)
December 13 – Heather Angel, English actress (b. 1909)
December 15 – Serge Lifar, Russian dancer and choreographer (b. 1905)
December 16 – John Nathaniel Couch, American mycologist (b. 1896)
December 17 – Guillermo Cano Isaza, Colombian journalist (b. 1925)
December 18 – Andrew Tsu, Chinese Anglican bishop (b. 1885)
December 21 – Willy Coppens, Belgian pilot (b. 1892)
December 22 – Ida Cook (aka Mary Burchell), British novelist and campaigner for Jewish refugees (b. 1904)
December 24 – Richard van der Riet Woolley, English astronomer (b. 1906)
December 26 – Elsa Lanchester, English actress (b. 1902)
December 28 – Jan Nieuwenhuys, Dutch painter (b. 1922)
December 31 – Lloyd Haynes, American actor (b. 1934)
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Nobel Prizes [ edit ]
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