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1994 (MCMXCIV) was a common year starting on Saturday (dominical letter B) of the Gregorian calendar, the 1994th year of the Common Era (CE) and Anno Domini (AD) designations, the 994th year of the 2nd millennium, the 94th year of the 20th century, and the 5th year of the 1990s decade. The year 1994 was designated as the "International Year of the Family" and the "International Year of Sport and the Olympic Ideal" by the United Nations.
- 1 Events
- 2 Births
- 3 Deaths
- 4 Nobel Prizes
- 5 Templeton Prize
- 6 Fields Medal
- 7 Right Livelihood Award
- 8 References
- January 1
- January 6 – In Detroit, Nancy Kerrigan is clubbed on the right leg by an assailant, under orders from figure skating rival Tonya Harding's ex-husband.
- January 8 – Soyuz TM-18: Valeri Polyakov begins his 437.7 day orbit, eventually setting the world record for days spent in orbit.
- January 11
- The Irish government announces the end of a 15-year broadcasting ban on the Provisional Irish Republican Army and its political arm Sinn Féin.
- The Superhighway Summit is held at UCLA's Royce Hall. It is the first conference to discuss the growing information superhighway and is presided over by U.S. Vice President Al Gore.
- January 14 – U.S. President Bill Clinton and Russian President Boris Yeltsin sign the Kremlin accords, which stop the preprogrammed aiming of nuclear missiles toward each country's targets, and also provide for the dismantling of the nuclear arsenal in Ukraine.
- January 15 – The SS American Star breaks tow in the Atlantic Ocean and is beached at Fuerteventura in the Canary Islands a few days later.
- January 17 – The 6.5–6.7 Mw Northridge earthquake shakes the Greater Los Angeles Area with a maximum Mercalli intensity of IX (Violent), leaving 57 people dead and more than 8,700 injured.
- January 19 – Record cold temperatures hit the eastern United States. The coldest temperature ever measured in Indiana state history, −36 °F (−38 °C), is recorded in New Whiteland, Indiana.
- January 20 – In South Carolina, Shannon Faulkner becomes the first female cadet to attend The Citadel, but soon drops out.
- January 21 – Lorena Bobbitt is found not guilty by reason of insanity on charges of mutilating her husband John.
- January 25 – U.S. President Bill Clinton delivers his first State of the Union address, calling for health care reform, a ban on assault weapons, and welfare reform.
- January 26 – A man fires 2 blank shots at Charles, Prince of Wales in Sydney, Australia.
- February 1
- In Portland, Oregon, Tonya Harding's ex-husband Jeff Gillooly pleads guilty for his role in attacking figure skater Nancy Kerrigan. He accepts a plea bargain, admitting to racketeering charges in exchange for testimony against Harding.
- Punk rock band Green Day releases their album Dookie, which will eventually sell over 20 million copies worldwide.
- February 3
- February 4 – The Federal Open Market Committee raises the Fed Funds target rate for the first time since May 1989. The rate is raised by 25 basis points to 3¼ percent.
- February 5 – Byron De La Beckwith is convicted of the 1963 murder of civil rights leader Medgar Evers.
- February 6 – Markale massacres: A Bosnian Serb Army mortar shell kills 68 civilians and wounds about 200 in a Sarajevo marketplace.
- February 9 – The Vance–Owen Peace plan for Bosnia and Herzegovina is announced.
- February 12
- February 19 – Three gunmen hijack a school bus with 74 children and 8 teachers in Peshawar, Pakistan.
- February 22 – Aldrich Ames and his wife are charged with spying for the Soviet Union by the United States Department of Justice. Ames is later convicted and sentenced to life imprisonment; his wife receives 5 years in prison.
- February 24 – In Gloucester, local police begin excavations at 25 Cromwell Street, the home of Fred West, a suspect in multiple murders. On February 28, he and his wife are arrested.
- February 25 – Israeli Kahanist Baruch Goldstein opens fire inside the Cave of the Patriarchs in the West Bank; he kills 29 Muslims before worshippers beat him to death.
- February 27 – Australian Federal Sports & Environment Minister Ros Kelly resigns over "The Sports Rorts Affair", where she allegedly apportioned money for community sporting projects in a pork barreling fashion.
- February 28 – 4 United States F-16s shoot down 4 Serbian J-21s over Bosnia and Herzegovina for violation of the Operation Deny Flight and its no-fly zone.
- March - unknown - The People's Republic of China gets its first connection to the Internet.
- March 1
- March 6 – A referendum in Moldova results in the electorate voting against possible reunification with Romania.
- March 7 – Campbell v. Acuff-Rose Music, Inc.: The Supreme Court of the United States rules that parodies of an original work are generally covered by the doctrine of fair use.
- March 12
- March 14 – Apple Computer, Inc. releases the first Macintosh computers to use the new PowerPC Microprocessors. This is considered to be a major leap in personal computer, as well as Macintosh history.
- March 15 – U.S. troops are withdrawn from Somalia.
- March 16 – In Portland, Oregon, Tonya Harding pleads guilty to conspiracy to hinder prosecution for trying to cover-up an attack on figure skating rival Nancy Kerrigan. She is fined $100,000 and banned from the sport.
- March 20 – Italian journalist Ilaria Alpi and TV cameraman Miran Hrovatin are assassinated in Somalia.
- March 21 – The 66th Academy Awards, hosted by Whoopi Goldberg, are held at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion in Los Angeles. Steven Spielberg's Holocaust drama, Schindler's List, wins 7 Oscars including Best Picture and Best Director (Spielberg).
- March 23 – Green Ramp disaster: Two military aircraft collide over Pope Air Force Base, North Carolina causing 24 fatalities.
- March 27
- March 28 – Shell House massacre: Inkatha Freedom Party and ANC supporters battle in central Johannesburg South Africa.
- March 31 – The journal Nature reports the finding in Ethiopia of the first complete Australopithecus afarensis skull (see Human evolution).
- April 2 – The National Convention of New Sudan of the SPLA/M opens in Chukudum.
- April 6 – Rwandan President Juvénal Habyarimana and Burundi President Cyprien Ntaryamira die when a missile shoots down their jet near Kigali, Rwanda. This is taken as a pretext to begin the Rwandan Genocide.
- April 7
- April 8
- April 16 – Voters in Finland decide to join the European Union in a referendum.
- April 19 – A Los Angeles jury awards $3.8 million to Rodney King for violation of his civil rights.
- April 20 – Paul Touvier is found guilty of ordering the execution of 7 Jews when he served in the Vichy France Milice.
- April 21 – The Red Cross estimates that hundreds of thousands of Tutsi have been killed in Rwanda.
- April 22 – Richard Nixon dies in New York City, nearly 20 years after he resigned in 1974. His funeral is the first funeral of a U.S. President since the death of Lyndon B. Johnson in 1973.
- April 25
- Sultan Azlan Muhibbudin Shah ibni Almarhum Sultan Yusuff Izzudin Shah Ghafarullahu-lahu ends his term as the 9th Yang di-Pertuan Agong of Malaysia.
- The largest high school arson ever in the United States is started at Burnsville High School, in Burnsville, Minnesota, resulting in over 15 million dollars in damages. The same arsonist also goes on to set arsons at Edina High School and Minnetonka High School.
- April 26
- April 27 – South Africa holds its first fully multiracial elections, marking the final end of apartheid. Nelson Mandela wins the elections and is sworn in as the first democratic president.
- April 29 – Commodore International declares bankruptcy.
- May 1 – Three-time Formula One world champion Ayrton Senna is killed in an accident during the San Marino Grand Prix in Imola, Italy.
- May 5 – The Bishkek Protocol between Armenia and Azerbaijan is signed in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan; effectively freezing the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict.
- May 6 – The Channel Tunnel, which took 15,000 workers over 7 years to complete, opens between England and France, enabling passengers to travel between the two countries in 35 minutes.
- May 10
- May 12 – Ice hockey becomes Canada's official winter sport.
- May 17 – Malawi holds its first multiparty elections.
- May 20 – After a funeral in Cluny Parish Church, Edinburgh attended by 900 people and after which 3,000 people lined the streets, John Smith is buried in a private family funeral on the island of Iona, at the sacred burial ground of Reilig Odhráin, which contains the graves of several Scottish kings as well as monarchs of Ireland, Norway and France.
- May 21 – Italian former minister and Christian Democrat leader Giulio Andreotti is accused of Mafia allegiance by the court of Palermo.
- May 22 – Pope John Paul II issues the Apostolic Letter Ordinatio Sacerdotalis from the Vatican, expounding the Catholic Church's position requiring "the reservation of priestly ordination to men alone".
- June 1 – The Republic of South Africa rejoins the British Commonwealth after the first democratic election. South Africa left the British Commonwealth in 1961.
- June 6–June 8 – Ceasefire negotiations for the Yugoslav War begin in Geneva; they agree to a 1-month cessation of hostilities (which does not last more than a few days).
- June 12 – Nicole Brown Simpson and Ronald Lyle Goldman are murdered outside the Simpson home in Los Angeles. O. J. Simpson is later acquitted of the killings, but is held liable in a civil suit.
- June 14 – Hacker Kevin Poulsen pleads guilty to 7 counts of mail fraud, wire and computer fraud, money laundering, and obstruction of justice.
- June 14 – The New York Rangers win the Stanley Cup, in 7 games over the Vancouver Canucks. It was New York's first Stanley Cup since 1940. Riots erupt in Vancouver in response to the victory causing $1.1 million Canadian dollars in damage.
- June 15
- June 17
- June 20 – Dean Mellberg, an ex-U.S. Air Force member, enters the hospital at Fairchild Air Force Base, Washington, shoots and kills 5 people, and wounds 19.
- June 23 – The International Olympic Committee celebrates its first centennial.
- June 24 – U.S. Air Force pilot Bud Holland crashes a B-52 at Fairchild Air Force Base, as a result of pilot error. It's unclear whether the event of 4 days previous (above) was a contributing factor.
- June 25 - Cold War: The last Russian troops leave Germany.
- June 26 – Microsoft announces it will no longer sell or support the MS-DOS operating system separately from Microsoft Windows. This had been its mainstay since 1980.
- June 28 – Members of the Aum Shinrikyo cult execute the first sarin gas attack at Matsumoto, Japan, killing 8 and injuring 200.
- June 30 – An Airbus A330 crashes during a test flight near Toulouse, France, where Airbus is based, killing the 7-person crew. The test was meant to simulate an engine failure at low speed with maximum angle of climb.
- July 2 – Colombian footballer Andrés Escobar, 27, is shot dead in Medellín. His murder is commonly attributed as retaliation for the own goal Escobar scored in the 1994 FIFA World Cup against the United States soccer team.
- July 4 – Rwandan Patriotic Front troops capture Kigali, a major breakthrough in the Rwandan Civil War.
- July 6 – Fourteen firefighters die in the South Canyon wildfire on Storm King Mountain in Colorado. The event inspires the 1999 book Fire on the Mountain.
- July 7 – 1994 civil war in Yemen: Aden is occupied by troops from North Yemen.
- July 12 – The Allied occupation of Berlin ends with a casing of the colors ceremony attended by U.S. President Bill Clinton.
- July 16–July 21 – The planet Jupiter is hit by 21 large fragments of Comet Comet Shoemaker–Levy 9 over the course of 6 days.
- July 17 – Brazil wins the 1994 FIFA World Cup, defeating Italy by 3–2 in penalties (full-time 0–0).
- July 18
- July 19 – Four 26-pound ceiling tiles fall from the roof of the Kingdome in Seattle, just hours before a scheduled Seattle Mariners game.
- July 20 – Comet Shoemaker–Levy 9's Fragment Q1 hits Jupiter.
- July 25 – Israel and Jordan sign the Washington Declaration as a preliminary to signature on October 25 of the Israel–Jordan peace treaty, which formally ends the state of war that has existed between the nations since 1948.
- August 1
- August 5 – Groups of protesters spread from Havana, Cuba's Castillo de la Punta ("Point Castle"), creating the first protests against Fidel Castro's government since 1959.
- August 12
- August 18 – Irish mobster Martin Cahill is assassinated in Dublin.
- August 20 – In Honolulu, Hawaii, during a circus international performance, an elephant named Tyke crushes her trainer Allen Campbell to death before hundreds of horrified spectators, at the Neal Blaisdell Arena.
- August 23 – Eugene Bullard is posthumously commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in the United States Air Force, 33 years after his death, and 77 years to the day after his rejection for U.S. military service in 1917.
- August 31
- September 3 – Cold War: Russia and the People's Republic of China agree to de-target their nuclear weapons against each other.
- September 4 – Kansai International Airport in Osaka, Japan opens. All international services are transferred from Itami to Kansai.
- September 5 – New South Wales State MP for Cabramatta John Newman is shot outside his home, in Australia's first political assassination since 1977.
- September 8 – USAir Flight 427, a Boeing 737 with 132 people on board, crashes on approach to Pittsburgh International Airport; there are no survivors.
- September 10 – Wollemia nobilis (the 'Wollemi Pine'), previously known only from fossils, is discovered living in remote rainforest gorges in the Wollemi National Park of New South Wales by canyoner David Noble, 150 km from Australia's largest city.
- September 13 – President Bill Clinton signs the Federal Assault Weapons Ban, which bans the manufacture of new firearms with certain features for a period of 10 years.
- September 16
- Danish tour guide Louise Jensen is abducted, raped and murdered by 3 British soldiers in Cyprus.
- Britain lifts the broadcasting ban imposed on Sinn Féin and paramilitary groups from Northern Ireland.
- September 17 – Heather Whitestone becomes the first hearing impaired contestant to win the Miss America entitlement. Whitestone becomes Miss America 1995.
- September 19 – American troops stage a bloodless invasion of Haiti in order to restore the legitimate elected leader, Jean-Bertrand Aristide, to power.
- September 28 – The car ferry MS Estonia sinks in the Baltic Sea, killing 852 people.
- September 28 – José Francisco Ruiz Massieu, Mexican politician, is assassinated on orders of Raúl Salinas de Gortari.
- September–October – Iraq disarmament crisis: Iraq threatens to stop cooperating with UNSCOM inspectors and begins to once again deploy troops near its border with Kuwait. In response, the U.S. begins to deploy troops to Kuwait.
- Adobe Photoshop 3.0 graphics editing software released.
- October 1
- October 4 – In Switzerland, 23 members of the Order of the Solar Temple cult are found dead, a day after 25 of their fellow cultists are similarly discovered in Morin-Heights, Quebec.
- October 5 – UNESCO inaugurates World Teachers' Day to celebrate and commemorate the signing of the Recommendation Concerning the Status of Teachers on October 5, 1966.
- October 8 – Iraq disarmament crisis: The President of the United Nations Security Council says that Iraq must withdraw its troops from the Kuwait border, and immediately cooperate with weapons inspectors.
- October 12 – NASA loses radio contact with the Magellan spacecraft as the probe descends into the thick atmosphere of Venus (the spacecraft presumably burned up in the atmosphere either October 13 or October 14).
- October 15
- October 29 – Francisco Martin Duran fires over two dozen shots at the White House; he is later convicted of trying to assassinate President Bill Clinton.
- October 31
- American Eagle Flight 4184 ATR 72 crashes in Roselawn, Indiana, after circling in icy weather, killing all 68 people on board.
- The Duke of Edinburgh attends a ceremony in Israel, where his late mother, Princess Alice of Battenberg (Princess Andrew of Greece), is honoured as "Righteous Among the Nations" for sheltering Jewish families from the Nazis in Athens, during World War II.
- November 3
- A French magazine publishes photo of President François Mitterrand's secret daughter.
- The Criminal Justice and Public Order Act 1994 is enacted in the UK. The whole of Part V, which covers collective trespass and nuisance on land, includes sections against raves, including the "succession of repetitive beats" definition.
- November 4
- San Francisco: The first conference devoted entirely to the subject of the commercial potential of the World Wide Web opens. Featured speakers include Marc Andreessen of Netscape, Mark Graham of Pandora Systems, and Ken McCarthy of E-Media.
- Sydney's third runway opens, ensuring protests about noise levels.
- November 5
- A letter by former U.S. President Ronald Reagan, announcing that he has Alzheimer's disease, is released.
- George Foreman wins the WBA and IBF World Heavyweight Championships by KO'ing Michael Moorer becoming the oldest heavyweight champion in history.
- Johan Heyns, an influential Afrikaner theologian and critic of apartheid, is assassinated.
- November 6 – A flood in Piedmont, Italy, kills dozens of people.
- November 7 – WXYC, the student radio station of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, provides the world's first internet radio broadcast.
- November 8 – Georgia Representative Newt Gingrich leads the United States Republican Party in taking control of both the House of Representatives and the Senate in midterm congressional elections, the first time in 40 years the Republicans secure control of both houses of Congress. George W. Bush is elected Governor of Texas.
- November 13
- November 16 – A Federal judge issues a temporary restraining order, prohibiting the State of California from implementing Proposition 187, that would have denied most public services to illegal aliens.
- November 19 – Malawi recognizes the Sahrawi Arab Democratic Republic (SADR).
- November 20 – The Angolan government and UNITA rebels sign the Lusaka Protocol.
- November 28
- November 30 – The National Football League announces that the Jacksonville Jaguars will become the league's 30th franchise.
- December 1 – Ernesto Zedillo takes office as President of Mexico.
- December 2 – The Australian government agrees to pay reparations to indigenous Australians who were displaced during the nuclear tests at Maralinga in the 1950s and 1960s.
- December 11
- December 13
- The trial of former President Mengistu begins in Ethiopia.
- Fred West, 53, a builder living in Gloucester, is remanded in custody, charged with murdering 12 people (including two of his own daughters) whose bodies are mostly found buried at his house in Cromwell Street. His wife Rose West, 41, is charged with 10 murders. Police believe that the murders took place between 1967 and 1987, and suspect that they may have killed up to 30 people.
- December 14
- A Learjet piloted by Richard Anderson and Brad Sexton misses an elementary school and crashes into an apartment complex in Fresno, California, killing both pilots and injuring several apartment residents.
- A runaway Santa Fe freight train rear ends a Union Pacific train at the bottom of Cajon Pass, California.
- British Home Secretary Michael Howard announces that Myra Hindley will serve a whole life tariff for the Moors murders of the 1960s.
- Construction commences on the Three Gorges Dam, at Sandouping, China.
- December 15 – The first version of web browser Netscape Navigator is released.
- December 19
- A planned exchange rate correction of the Mexican peso to the US dollar, becomes a massive financial meltdown in Mexico, unleashing the 'Tequila' effect on global financial markets. This prompts a US$50 billion "bailout" by the Clinton Administration.
- The Whitewater scandal investigation begins in Washington, D.C.
- Civil unions between homosexuals are legalized in Sweden.
- December 26 – French anti-terrorist police storm a hijacked jet at Marseille and kill 4 Islamist terrorists.
- December 31 is skipped by the Phoenix Islands to switch from the UTC−11 time zone to UTC+13, and by the Line Islands to switch from UTC−10 to UTC+14. The latter becomes the earliest time zone in the world, one full day ahead of Hawaii.
- Tropical Storm Alberto and Hurricane Gordon cause very damaging floods, intense winds and extensive problems directly over the Southeastern United States and the Caribbean islands. The death tolls are unusually severe and damages are extreme in both tropical storms.
- Pyroclastic flows – clouds of scalding gas, pumice, and ash – rapidly descend an erupting Mount Merapi volcano in central Java, causing sixty deaths.
- Online service America Online offers gateway to World Wide Web for the first time. This marked the beginning of easy accessibility of the Web to the average American.
- The population of Nigeria exceeds 100 million making the republic the first African nation to have a population above 100 million.
|January · February · March · April · May · June · July · August · September · October · November · December|
- January 6
- January 11 – Mathieu Marquet, Mauritian swimmer
- January 13 – Yuma Nakayama, Japanese actor and singer
- January 14 – Kai, South Korean singer
- January 15 – Eric Dier, English footballer
- January 17 – Sajal Ali, Pakistani actress and model
- January 18 – Gong Minji, South Korean singer, rapper and dancer
- January 19 – Matthias Ginter, German footballer
- January 23 – Kwak Min-jeong, South Korean figure skater
- January 29 – Ayane Sakura, Japanese voice actress
- February 1 – Harry Styles, English singer
- February 5 – Saki Nakajima, Japanese singer
- February 8 – Nikki Yanofsky, Canadian singer
- February 13 – Memphis Depay, Dutch footballer
- February 14
- February 23 – Dakota Fanning, American actress and fashion model
- February 24 – Earl Sweatshirt, American rapper
- February 25 – Eugenie Bouchard, Canadian tennis player
- February 27 – Hou Yifan, Chinese chess player
- March 1 – Justin Bieber, Canadian singer
- March 5 – Aislinn Paul, Canadian actress
- March 8 – Dylan Tombides, Australian footballer (d. 2014)
- March 7 – Christina Gao, American figure skater
- March 12 – Christina Grimmie, American singer (d. 2016)
- March 13 – Gerard Deulofeu, Spanish footballer
- March 23 – Tee Grizzley, American hip hop artist
- March 26 – Mayu Watanabe, Japanese singer
- March 29 – Sulli, South Korean singer
- March 30 – Haruka Shimazaki, Japanese singer
- April 4 – Risako Sugaya, Japanese singer
- April 11 – Dakota Blue Richards, English actress
- April 12
- April 14 – Skyler Samuels, American actress
- April 18 – Moisés Arias, American actor
- May 4 – Alexander Gould, American actor and voice artist
- May 6 – Mateo Kovačić, Croatian footballer
- May 14 – Marquinhos, Brazilian footballer
- May 17 – Julie Anne San Jose, Filipino singer and actress
- May 25
- May 21 – Tom Daley, British diver
- May 27 – Aymeric Laporte, French footballer
- May 28 – Son Yeon-jae South Korean rhythmic gymnast
- June 11
- June 15
- June 17 – Amari Cooper, American football player
- June 21 – Chisato Okai, Japanese singer
- July 6 – Camilla and Rebecca Rosso, English twin actresses
- July 9 – Akiane Kramarik, American poet and artistic prodigy
- July 16 – Mark Indelicato, American actor
- July 17 – Derrick Henry, American football player
- July 31 – Lil Uzi Vert, American rapper and songwriter
- August 3 – Todd Gurley, American football player
- August 4 – Mayuko Fukuda, Japanese actress
- August 17
- September 1
- September 12 - Mhairi Black, Scottish politician
- September 27 – Cindy Bruna, French model
- October 9 – Jodelle Ferland, Canadian actress
- October 10 – Bae Suzy, South Korean singer and actress
- October 12 – Olivia Smoliga, American swimmer
- October 14 – Jared Goff, American football player
- October 24
- October 27 – Kurt Zouma, French footballer
- October 30 – Miyū Tsuzurahara, Japanese actress
- November 7 – Haruna Iikubo, Japanese singer
- November 8 – Lauren Alaina, American singer
- November 9 – MNEK, British singer, songrwiter, and producer
- November 17 – Raquel Castro, American actress and singer
- November 21 – Saúl Ñíguez, Spanish footballer
- November 28 – Bonnie Anderson, Australian singer
- November 30 – Nyjah Huston, American skateboarder
- December 3 – Jake T. Austin, American actor
- December 5 – Frida Aasen, Norwegian model
- December 7 – Yuzuru Hanyu, Japanese figure skater
- December 8 – Raheem Sterling, English footballer
- December 10 – Matti Klinga, Finnish footballer
- December 13 – Leo Ieiri, Japanese singer
- December 16 – Stephen Sutton, English blogger and activist (d. 2014)
- December 29 – Princess Kako of Akishino, Japanese princess
|January · February · March · April · May · June · July · August · September · October · November · December|
- January 1
- January 2 – Pierre-Paul Schweitzer, French director of the IMF (b. 1912)
- January 3 – Frank Belknap Long, American writer (b. 1901)
- January 5
- January 7 – Phoumi Vongvichit, President of Laos (b. 1909)
- January 8
- January 9
- January 11 – John Bradley, American Navy sailor (b. 1923)
- January 12 – Samuel Bronston, American film producer and director (b. 1908)
- January 13 – Johan Jørgen Holst, Norwegian politician and diplomat (b. 1937)
- January 14
- January 15 – Harry Nilsson, American musician (b. 1941)
- January 16 – Frances Gifford, American actress (b. 1920)
- January 17
- January 20
- January 22
- January 23
- January 25 – Stephen Cole Kleene, American mathematician (b. 1909)
- January 27 – Claude Akins, American actor (b. 1914)
- January 28 – Hal Smith, American actor (b. 1916)
- January 29
- January 30
- February 1 – Olan Soule, American actor (b. 1909)
- February 2 – Marija Gimbutas, Lithuanian-American archeologist (b. 1921)
- February 3 – Walter Havighurst, American critic, novelist, and historian (b. 1901)
- February 4 – Jane Arbor, British writer (b. 1903)
- February 6
- February 7
- February 9 – Howard Martin Temin, American geneticist (b. 1934)
- February 11
- February 12 – Donald Judd, American artist (b. 1928)
- February 14
- February 17 – Randy Shilts, American author and activist (b. 1951)
- February 19 – Derek Jarman, English film director (b. 1942)
- February 22 – Papa John Creech, American fiddler (b. 1917)
- February 24
- February 25
- February 26 – Bill Hicks, American comedian (b. 1961)
- February 28 – Josephat Karanja, Kenyan politician (b. 1931)
- March 2
- March 4 – John Candy, Canadian comedian and actor (b. 1950)
- March 5 – Abdullah al-Sallal, 1st President of the Yemen Arab Republic (b. 1917)
- March 6
- March 9
- March 13 – Danny Barker, American musician (b. 1909)
- March 17
- March 20
- March 21
- March 22 – Walter Lantz, American cartoonist (b. 1899)
- March 23
- March 25 – Max Petitpierre, Swiss politician (b. 1899)
- March 28
- March 29 – Bill Travers, English actor (b. 1922)
- April 1
- April 2 – Betty Furness, American actress, author, and consumer advocate (b. 1916)
- April 3 – Jérôme Lejeune, French pediatrician and geneticist (b. 1926)
- April 5 – Kurt Cobain, American singer and songwriter (b. 1967)
- April 6
- April 7
- April 10
- April 11 – Hal Lawrence, Canadian naval officer (b. 1920)
- April 14
- April 15 – John Curry, British figure skater (b. 1949)
- April 16 – Ralph Ellison, American writer (b. 1914)
- April 17 – Roger Wolcott Sperry, American neurobiologist (b. 1913)
- April 22 – Richard Nixon, 37th President of the United States (b. 1913)
- April 24 – Masutatsu Ōyama, Korean-Japanese Karate master (b. 1923)
- April 27 – Lynne Frederick, English actress (b. 1954)
- April 28 – Berton Roueché, American writer (b. 1910)
- April 29
- April 30
- May 1 – Ayrton Senna, Brazilian Formula One driver (b. 1960)
- May 2
- May 5 – Joe Layton, American director and choreographer (b. 1931)
- May 7 – Clement Greenberg, American art critic (b. 1909)
- May 8 – George Peppard, American actor (b. 1928)
- May 10 – John Wayne Gacy, American serial killer (b. 1942)
- May 12
- May 14 – W. Graham Claytor, Jr., American businessman and naval officer (b. 1914)
- May 15
- May 16 – Alain Cuny, French actor (b. 1908)
- May 17 – Étienne Hirsch, French engineer and administrator (b. 1901)
- May 19
- May 21
- May 26 – Sonny Sharrock, American jazz musician (b. 1940)
- May 27 – Red Rodney, American trumpeter (b. 1927)
- May 29 – Erich Honecker, East German politician (b. 1912)
- May 30
- June 2 – David Stove, Australian philosopher (b. 1927)
- June 3 – Jack Cowie, New Zealand cricketer (b. 1912)
- June 4
- June 6 – Barry Sullivan, American actor (b. 1912)
- June 7 – Dennis Potter, English dramatist (b. 1935)
- June 9 – Jan Tinbergen, Dutch economist (b. 1903)
- June 10 – Edward Kienholz, American artist and sculptor (b. 1927)
- June 12
- June 13 – K. T. Stevens, American actress (b. 1919)
- June 14 – Henry Mancini, American composer and arranger (b. 1924)
- June 15
- June 20 – Jay Miner, American computer pioneer (b. 1932)
- June 21 – William Wilson Morgan, American astronomer and astrophysicist (b. 1906)
- June 29 – Kurt Eichhorn, German conductor (b. 1908)
- July 2
- July 3 – Lew Hoad, Australian tennis player (b. 1934)
- July 6 – Ahmet Haxhiu, Albanian political activist (b. 1932)
- July 7
- July 8
- July 11 – Gary Kildall, American computer inventor (b. 1942)
- July 14 – César Tovar, Venezuelan baseball player (b. 1940)
- July 16
- July 17 – Jean Borotra, French tennis player (b. 1898)
- July 19 – Ray Flaherty, American football coach (b. 1903)
- July 20 – Paul Delvaux, Belgian painter (b. 1897)
- July 21
- July 22 – Alexandre Hogue, American painter (b. 1898)
- July 23 – Lennox Sebe, President of Ciskei bantustan (b. 1926)
- July 29 – Dorothy Hodgkin, British chemist (b. 1910)
- August 4 – Giovanni Spadolini, Italian Prime Minister (b. 1925)
- August 6 – Domenico Modugno, Italian singer, songwriter, actor and politician (b. 1928)
- August 7
- August 11 – Peter Cushing, English actor (b. 1913)
- August 13 – Manfred Wörner, German politician and diplomat (b. 1934)
- August 14 – Elias Canetti, Bulgarian-born writer (b. 1905)
- August 17 – Jack Sharkey, American boxer (b. 1902)
- August 18 – Richard Laurence Millington Synge, English chemist (b. 1914)
- August 19 – Linus Pauling, American chemist (b. 1901)
- August 21
- August 23 – Zoltán Fábri, Hungarian film director (b. 1917)
- August 28 – David Wright, South African poet (b. 1920)
- August 30
- September 2 – Roy Castle, British entertainer (b. 1932)
- September 5 – Shimshon Amitsur, Israeli mathematician (b. 1921)
- September 6
- September 7
- September 8 – János Szentágothai, Hungarian anatomist (b. 1912)
- September 9 – Patrick O'Neal, American actor (b. 1927)
- September 11 – Jessica Tandy, English actress (b. 1909)
- September 12
- September 15
- September 16 – Jack Dodson, American actor (b. 1931)
- September 17
- September 18 – Franco Moschino, Italian fashion designer (b. 1950)
- September 19
- September 20
- September 22 – Bud Sagendorf, American cartoonist (b. 1915)
- September 23 – Robert Bloch, American writer (b. 1917)
- September 24 – Sir David Napley, British solicitor (b. 1915)
- September 26 – Louis Ferdinand, Prince of Prussia (b. 1907)
- September 27 – Carlos Lleras Restrepo, President of Colombia (b. 1908)
- September 28 – José Francisco Ruiz Massieu, Mexican politician (b. 1946)
- September 30
- October 2 – Harriet Nelson, American actress (b. 1909)
- October 3
- October 4 – Danny Gatton, American guitarist (b. 1945)
- October 7
- October 15 – Sarah Kofman, French philosopher (b. 1934)
- October 19 – Martha Raye, American actress (b. 1916)
- October 18 – Conchita Montes, Spanish actress (b. 1914)
- October 19 – Oldřich Černík, Prime Minister of Czechoslovakia (b. 1921)
- October 20
- October 21 – Benoît Régent, French actor (b. 1953)
- October 22 – Fabio Grobart, Cuban politician (b. 1905)
- October 23 – Robert Lansing, American actor (b. 1928)
- October 24
- October 25 – Mildred Natwick, American actress (b. 1905)
- October 28 – Calvin S. Fuller, American physical chemist (b. 1902)
- October 29 – Shlomo Goren, Israeli rabbi (b. 1918)
- November 1 – Noah Beery, Jr., American actor (b. 1913)
- November 4 – Fred "Sonic" Smith, American guitarist (b. 1949)
- November 5 – Johan Heyns, Afrikaner theologian and Apartheid critic (b. 1928)
- November 9 – Priscilla Morrill, American actress (b. 1927)
- November 10 – Carmen McRae, American jazz singer (b. 1920)
- November 11 – Pedro Zamora, Cuban-American AIDS activist (b. 1972)
- November 12 – Wilma Rudolph, American athlete (b. 1940)
- November 12 – J. I. M. Stewart, Scottish novelist (b. 1906)
- November 13 – Motoo Kimura, Japanese geneticist (b. 1924)
- November 14 – Tom Villard, American actor (b. 1953)
- November 16
- November 18
- November 20 – John Lucarotti, British screenwriter (b. 1926)
- November 22 – Charles Upham, New Zealand soldier (b. 1908)
- November 23 – Art Barr, American professional wrestler (b. 1966)
- November 28
- November 30
- December 6 – Gian Maria Volontè, Italian actor (b. 1933)
- December 8 – Antônio Carlos Jobim, Brazilian composer (b. 1927)
- December 10 – Alex Wilson, Canadian athlete (b. 1905)
- December 11
- December 12
- December 13 – Hu Lanqi, Chinese revolutionary, general, and writer (b. 1901)
- December 18 – Lilia Skala, Austrian-born actress (b. 1896)
- December 20
- December 23 – Sebastian Shaw, English actor (b. 1905)
- December 24
- December 25 – Zail Singh, 7th President of India (b. 1916)
- December 27
- Physics – Bertram N. Brockhouse, Clifford Glenwood Shull
- Chemistry – George Andrew Olah
- Medicine – Alfred G. Gilman, Martin Rodbell
- Literature – Kenzaburō Ōe
- Peace – Yasser Arafat, Shimon Peres, Yitzhak Rabin
- Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences – Reinhard Selten, John Forbes Nash, John Harsanyi
Right Livelihood Award
- Astrid Lindgren, SERVOL (Service Volunteered for All), H. Sudarshan / VGKK (Vivekananda Girijana Kalyana Kendra), Ken Saro-Wiwa / MOSOP (Movement for the Survival of the Ogoni People)
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