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Events

January

  • January 1
    • United Nations Secretary-General Kurt Waldheim heralds the start of the International Year of the Child. Many musicians donate to the Music for UNICEF Concert fund including ABBA, who wrote the song "Chiquitita" to commemorate the event.
    • The United States and the People's Republic of China establish full diplomatic relations.
    • The Canton of Jura comes into existence as the 26th canton of Switzerland, being formed from the predominantly French-speaking Catholic part of the Canton of Bern.
    • Following a deal agreed during 1978, French carmaker Peugeot completes a takeover of American manufacturer Chrysler's European operations, which are based in Britain's former Rootes Group factories as well as the former Simca factories in France.
  • January 4 – The State of Ohio agrees to pay $675,000 to families of the dead and injured in the Kent State shootings.
  • January 5Queen releases "Don't Stop Me Now". It becomes one of their most popular singles.
  • January 7Vietnam and Vietnam-backed Cambodian insurgents announce the fall of Phnom Penh, Cambodia, and the collapse of the Pol Pot regime. Pol Pot and the Khmer Rouge retreat west to an area along the Thai border.
  • January 8Whiddy Island Disaster: The French tanker Betelgeuse explodes at the Gulf Oil terminal at Bantry, Ireland; 50 are killed.
  • January 9 – The Music for UNICEF Concert is held at the United Nations General Assembly to raise money for UNICEF and promote the Year of the Child. It is broadcast the following day in the United States and around the world. Hosted by the Bee Gees, other performers include Donna Summer, ABBA, Rod Stewart and Earth, Wind & Fire. A soundtrack album is later released.
  • January 16 – Shah Mohammad Reza Pahlavi flees Iran with his family, relocating to Egypt after a year of turmoil.
  • January 19 – Former U.S. Attorney General John N. Mitchell is released on parole after 19 months at a federal prison in Alabama.
  • January 25Pope John Paul II arrives in Mexico City for his first visit to Mexico, mainly for 1979's Latin American Episcopal Conference (CELAM) or Conference of Puebla.
  • January 26The Dukes of Hazzard debuts on CBS.
  • January 29Brenda Ann Spencer opens fire at a school in San Diego, killing 2 faculty members and wounding 8 students and a police officer. Her justification for the action, "I don't like Mondays", inspires the Boomtown Rats to make a song of the same name.

February

  • February 1Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini returns to Tehran, Iran after nearly 15 years of exile.
  • February 2
    • Former Sex Pistols bassist Sid Vicious is found dead, aged 21, of a heroin overdose in New York City, the day after being released from a 55-day sentence at Rikers Island prison on bail.
  • February 3 – Ayatollah Khomeini creates the Council of the Islamic Revolution.
  • February 7
    • Iranian Revolution: Supporters of Ayatollah Khomeini take over the Iranian law enforcement, courts and government administration; the final session of the Iranian National Consultative Assembly is held.
    • Pluto moves inside Neptune's orbit for the first time since either was known to science.
    • Nazi criminal Josef Mengele suffers a stroke and drowns while swimming in Bertioga, Brazil. His remains are found in 1985.
  • February 1011 – Iranian Revolution: The Iranian army withdraws to its barracks leaving power in the hands of Ayatollah Khomeini, ending the Pahlavi dynasty.
  • February 12 – Prime Minister Hissène Habré starts the Battle of N'Djamena in an attempt to overthrow Chad's President Félix Malloum.
  • February 13 – The intense February 13, 1979 windstorm strikes western Washington and sinks a 1/2-mile-long section of the Hood Canal Bridge.
  • February 14
    • In Kabul, Muslim extremists kidnap the American ambassador to Afghanistan, Adolph Dubs, who is later killed during a gunfight between his kidnappers and police.
    • Following her 1972 sex reassignment surgery, musician Wendy Carlos legally changes her name from Walter. She reveals this information in an interview in the May 1979 issue of Playboy magazine.
  • February 15 – A suspected gas explosion in a Warsaw bank kills 49.
  • February 17 – The People's Republic of China invades northern Vietnam, launching the Sino-Vietnamese War.
  • February 18 – The Sahara Desert experiences snow for 30 minutes.
  • February 22Saint Lucia becomes independent of the United Kingdom.
  • February 24Ethiopia recognizes the Sahrawi Arab Democratic Republic (SADR).
  • February 26 – A total solar eclipse, the last visible from the continental United States until 2017, arcs over northern coterminous USA and southeastern Canada ending in Greenland. A partial solar eclipse is visible over almost all of North America and Central America including the eastern half of AK and the western half of UK.[1]
  • February 27 – The annual Mardi Gras celebration in New Orleans is cancelled due to a strike called by the New Orleans Police Department.

March

  • March 1
    • Scottish devolution referendum: Scotland votes in favour for a Scottish Assembly, which is not implemented due to failing a condition that at least 40% of the electorate must support the proposal; in a Welsh devolution referendum, Wales votes against devolution.
    • Philips publicly demonstrate a prototype of an optical digital audio disc at a press conference in Eindhoven, Netherlands.
  • March 4 – The U.S. Voyager 1 spaceprobe photos reveal Jupiter's rings.
  • March 5Voyager 1 makes its closest approach to Jupiter at 172,000 miles.
  • March 7 – The largest Magnetar (Soft gamma repeater) event is recorded.
  • March 8Philips demonstrates the compact disc publicly for the first time.
  • March 13Maurice Bishop leads a successful coup in Grenada. His government will be crushed by American intervention in 1983.
  • March 14 – In China, a Hawker Siddeley Trident crashes into a factory near Beijing, killing at least 200.
  • March 16 – End of major hostilities in the Sino-Vietnamese War.
  • March 17 – The Penmanshiel Tunnel in the U.K. collapses, killing 2 workers.
  • March 18 – Ten miners die in a methane gas explosion at Golborne Colliery near Wigan, Greater Manchester, England.[2]
  • March 25 – The first fully functional Space Shuttle orbiter, Columbia, is delivered to the Kennedy Space Center, to be prepared for its first launch.
  • March 26
    • In a ceremony at the White House, President Anwar Sadat of Egypt and Prime Minister Menachem Begin of Israel sign an Egypt–Israel Peace Treaty.
    • Michigan State University, led by Earvin "Magic" Johnson, defeats Larry Bird-led Indiana State 75-64 in the NCAA tournmaent championship game at Salt Lake City.
  • March 28
    • In Britain, James Callaghan's minority Labour government loses a motion of confidence by 1 vote, forcing a general election which is to be held on 3 May.[3]
    • America's most serious nuclear power plant accident occurs, at Three Mile Island, Pennsylvania.
  • March 29 – Sultan Yahya Petra of Kelantan, the 6th Yang di-Pertuan Agong (Head of State) of Malaysia, dies in office. He is replaced by Sultan Ahmad Shah of Pahang.
  • March 30Airey Neave, World War II veteran and Conservative Northern Ireland spokesman, is killed by an Irish National Liberation Army bomb in the British House of Commons car park.
  • March 31
    • The last British soldier (belonging to the Royal Navy) leaves the Maltese Islands, after 179 years of presence. Malta declares its Freedom Day (Jum il-Helsien).
    • Gali Atari and Milk and Honey win the Eurovision Song Contest 1979 for Israel, with the song "Hallelujah".

April

  • April 1
    • Iran's government becomes an Islamic Republic by a 98% vote, overthrowing the Shah officially.
    • The Pinwheel Network changes its name to Nickelodeon and begins airing on various Warner Cable systems beginning in Buffalo, New York, expanding its audience reach.
  • April 1April 18 – Police lock Andreas Mihavecz in a holding cell in Bregenz, Austria and forget about him, leaving him there without food or drink.
  • April 2Sverdlovsk anthrax leak: A Soviet biowarfare laboratory at Sverdlovsk accidentally releases airborne anthrax spores, killing 66 plus an unknown amount of livestock. It is a violation of the Biological Weapons Convention of 1972.
  • April 6Student protests break out in Nepal.
  • April 7 – In Japan, Yoshiyuki Tomino directed Mobile Suit Gundam, the first series of the metaseries of the same name.
  • April 10
    • A tornado hits Wichita Falls, Texas, killing 42 people (the most notable of 26 tornadoes that day).
    • Cambodia recognizes the Sahrawi Arab Democratic Republic (SADR).
  • April 11Tanzanian troops take Kampala, the capital of Uganda; Idi Amin flees.
  • April 13 – The La Soufrière volcano erupts in St. Vincent and the Grenadines.
  • April 151979 Montenegro earthquake: A major earthquake (7.0 on the Richter scale) strikes Montenegro (then part of Yugoslavia) and parts of Albania, causing extensive damage to coastal areas and taking 136 lives; the old town of Budva is devastated.
  • April 17 – Schoolchildren in the Central African Republic are arrested (and around 100 killed) for protesting against compulsory school uniforms. An African judicial commission later determines that Emperor Jean-Bédel Bokassa "almost certainly" took part in the massacre.
  • April 20 – President Jimmy Carter is attacked by a swamp rabbit while fishing in his hometown of Plains, Georgia, USA.
  • April 22 – The Albert Einstein Memorial is unveiled at The National Academy of Sciences in Washington, D.C.
  • April 23 – Fighting breaks out in London between the Anti-Nazi League and the Metropolitan Police's Special Patrol Group; protester Blair Peach receives fatal injuries during the incident, now officially attributed to the SPG.

May

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May 4: Margaret Thatcher becomes the UK's first female prime minister

  • May 1Greenland is granted limited autonomy from Denmark, with its own Parliament sitting in Nuuk.
  • May 4 – Counting in the previous day's British general election shows that the Conservatives have won and Margaret Thatcher becomes the country's first female prime minister, ending the rule of James Callaghan's Labour government.[4]
  • May 8 – The Woolworth's store in Manchester city centre in England is seriously damaged by fire; 10 shoppers die.
  • May 9
    • The Salvadoran Civil War begins.
    • A Unabomber bomb injures Northwestern University graduate student John Harris.
    • Laos recognizes the Sahrawi Arab Democratic Republic (SADR).
  • May 10 – The Federated States of Micronesia becomes self-governing.
  • May 21
    • Dan White receives a light sentence for killing San Francisco Mayor George Moscone and Supervisor Harvey Milk, gay men in the city riot.
  • May 23Afghanistan recognizes the Sahrawi Arab Democratic Republic (SADR).
  • May 25
    • American Airlines Flight 191: In Chicago, a DC-10 crashes during takeoff at O'Hare International Airport, killing all 271 on board and 2 people on the ground in the deadliest aviation accident in U. S. history.
    • John Spenkelink is executed in Florida, in the first use of the electric chair in America after the reintroduction of the death penalty in 1976.
    • Etan Patz, 6 years old, is kidnapped in New York. He is often referred to as the "Boy on the Milk Carton" and the investigation later sprouts into one of the most prolific child abduction cases of all time. This is a cold case until 2010 when it is re-opened.
  • May 27Indianapolis 500: Rick Mears wins the race for the first time, and car owner Roger Penske for the second time.

June

  • June – McDonald's introduces the Happy Meal.
  • June 1
    • The Vizianagaram district is formed in Andhra Pradesh, India.
    • The first black-led government of Rhodesia in 90 years takes power, in succession to Ian Smith and under his power-sharing deal.
    • The Seattle SuperSonics win the NBA Championship against the Washington Bullets.
  • June 2
    • Pope John Paul II arrives in his native Poland on his first official, nine-day stay, becoming the first Pope to visit a Communist country. This visit, known as nine days that changed the world, brings about the solidarity of the Polish people against Communism, ultimately leading to the rise of the Solidarity movement.
    • Los Angeles' city council passes the city's first homosexual rights bill signed without fanfare by mayor Thomas Bradley.
  • June 3
    • A blowout at the Ixtoc I oil well in the southern Gulf of Mexico causes at least 600,000 tons (176,400,000 gallons) of oil to be spilled into the waters, the worst oil spill to date. Some estimate the spill to be 428 million gallons, making it the largest unintentional oil spill until it was surpassed by the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in 2010.
    • General elections are held in Italy.
  • June 4
    • Joe Clark becomes Canada's 16th and youngest Prime Minister.
    • Flight Lieutenant Jerry Rawlings takes power in Ghana after a military coup in which General Fred Akuffo is overthrown.
  • June 7 – The first direct elections to the European Parliament begin, allowing citizens from across all then-9 European Community member states to elect 410 MEPs. It is also the first international election in history.
  • June 12Bryan Allen flies the man-powered Gossamer Albatross across the English Channel.
  • June 18Jimmy Carter and Leonid Brezhnev sign the SALT II agreement in Vienna.
  • June 20 – A Nicaraguan National Guard soldier kills ABC TV news correspondent Bill Stewart and his interpreter Juan Espinosa. Other members of the news crew capture the killing on tape.
  • June 22The Muppet Movie is released.
  • June 23 – Sydney: New South Wales Premier Neville Wran officially opens the Eastern Suburbs Railway. It operates as a shuttle between Central & Bondi Junction until full integration with the Illawarra Line in 1980.
  • June 24Bologna: The Permanent Peoples' Tribunal, an international opinion tribunal, is founded at the initiative of Senator Lelio Basso.
  • June 25 – Belgium: NATO Supreme Allied Commander Alexander Haig escapes an assassination attempt by the Baader-Meinhof terrorist organization.

July

  • July 1
    • Sweden outlaws corporal punishment in the home.
    • The Sony Walkman goes on sale for the first time in Japan.
  • July 3 – U.S. President Jimmy Carter signs the first directive for secret aid to the opponents of the pro-Soviet regime in Kabul.
  • July 4Cape Verde recognizes the Sahrawi Arab Democratic Republic.
  • July 5 – Queen Elizabeth II attends the millennium celebrations of the Isle of Man's Parliament, Tynwald.[5]
  • July 8 – Los Angeles passes its gay and lesbian civil rights bill.
  • July 9 – A car bomb destroys a Renault owned by Nazi hunters Serge and Beate Klarsfeld at their home in France. A note purportedly from ODESSA claims responsibility.
  • July 11NASA's first orbiting space station Skylab begins its return to Earth, after being in orbit for 6 years and 2 months.
  • July 12
    • The Gilbert Islands become fully independent of the United Kingdom as Kiribati.
    • A Disco Demolition Night publicity stunt goes awry at Comiskey Park, forcing the Chicago White Sox to forfeit their game against the Detroit Tigers.
    • Carmine Galante, boss of the Bonanno crime family, is assassinated in Brooklyn.
    • A fire at a hotel in Zaragoza, Spain, leaves 72 dead, the worst hotel fire in Europe in decades.
  • July 15 – President Jimmy Carter addresses the nation in a televised speech talking about the "crisis of confidence" in America today; it would go on to be known as his "national malaise" speech.
  • July 16Iraqi President Hasan al-Bakr resigns and Vice President Saddam al-Tikriti replaces him.
  • July 17Nicaraguan dictator General Anastasio Somoza Debayle resigns and flees to Miami.
  • July 21
    • The Sandinista National Liberation Front concludes a successful revolutionary campaign against the U.S.-backed Somoza dictatorship and assumes power in Nicaragua.
    • Maria de Lourdes Pintasilgo becomes prime minister of Portugal.
    • Maritza Sayalero of Venezuela wins the Miss Universe pageant; the stage collapses after contestants and news photographers rush to her throne.
    • The Disco music genre dominates and peaks on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, with the first six spots (beginning with Donna Summer's Bad Girls), and seven of the chart's top ten songs ending that week.

August

  • August 3 – Dictator Francisco Macías Nguema of Equatorial Guinea is overthrown in a bloody coup d'état led by Teodoro Obiang Nguema Mbasogo.
  • August 4 – Opening game of the American Football Bundesliga played between Frankfurter Löwen and Düsseldorf Panther, first-ever league game of American football in Germany.[6]
  • August 5 – The Polisario Front signs a peace treaty with Mauritania. Mauritania withdraws from the Western Sahara territory it had occupied, and cedes it to the SADR.
  • August 8 – Two American commercial divers, Richard Walker and Victor Guiel, die of hypothermia after their diving bell becomes stranded at a depth of over Script error: No such module "convert". in the East Shetland Basin. The legal repercussions of the accident will lead to important safety changes in the diving industry.[7]
  • August 9
    • A nudist beach is established in Brighton.
    • Raymond Washington, co-founder of the Crips, today one of the largest, most notorious gangs in the United States, is killed in a drive-by shooting in Los Angeles (his killers have not yet been identified).
  • August 10Michael Jackson releases his breakthrough album Off the Wall. It sells 7 million copies in the United States alone, making it a 7x platinum album.
  • August 11 – The former Mauritanian province of Tiris al-Gharbiyya in Western Sahara is annexed by Morocco.
  • August 14A freak storm during the Fastnet Race results in the deaths of 15 sailors.
  • August 20Grenada recognizes the Sahrawi Arab Democratic Republic (SADR).
  • August 24Ghana recognizes the Sahrawi Arab Democratic Republic (SADR).
  • August 27Lord Mountbatten of Burma and 3 others are assassinated by the Provisional Irish Republican Army. He was a British admiral, statesman and an uncle of The Duke of Edinburgh. On the same day, the Warrenpoint ambush occurs, killing 18 British soldiers.
  • August 28 – The death toll of the previous day's IRA bombing reaches 5 when Doreen Knatchbull, Baroness Brabourne, 83, dies in a hospital as a result of her injuries.
  • August 29 – A national referendum is held in which Somali voters approve a new liberal constitution, promulgated by President Siad Barre to placate the United States.

September

  • September 1
    • The U.S. Pioneer 11 becomes the first spacecraft to visit Saturn, when it passes the planet at a distance of 21,000 km.
    • Dominica, Guyana & St. Lucia recognize the Sahrawi Arab Democratic Republic (SADR).
    • Sri Lanka Army Women's Corps is formed.
  • September 4Jamaica recognizes the Sahrawi Arab Democratic Republic (SADR).
  • September 6Nicaragua and Uganda recognize the Sahrawi Arab Democratic Republic (SADR).
  • September 7 – The first cable sports channel, ESPN, known as the Entertainment Sports Programming Network, is launched.
  • September 8 – Mexico recognizes the Sahrawi Arab Democratic Republic (SADR).
  • September 9 – The long-running comic strip For Better or For Worse begins its run.
  • September 12Hurricane Frederic makes landfall at 10:00 p.m. on Alabama's Gulf Coast.
  • September 16 – Two families flee from East Germany by balloon.
  • September 20 – French paratroopers help David Dacko to overthrow Bokassa in the Central African Republic.
  • September 22 – The South Atlantic Flash is observed near the Prince Edward Islands, thought to be a nuclear weapons test conducted by South Africa and Israel.
  • September 30 – The Hong Kong MTR begins service with the opening of its Modified Initial System (aka Kwun Tong Line).

October

  • October 1Nigeria terminates military rule, and the Second Nigerian Republic is established.
  • October 1October 6Pope John Paul II visits the United States.
  • October 1 – The MTR, the rapid transit railway system in Hong Kong, opens.
  • October 3 – An EF4 Tornado hits Windsor Locks, Connecticut, causing extensive damage to the town.
  • October 6Federal Reserve System changes from an interest rate target policy to a money supply target policy.
  • October 9
    • Peter Brock wins the Bathurst 1000 by a record 6 laps, with a lap record on the last lap.
    • Lesotho recognizes the Sahrawi Arab Democratic Republic (SADR).
  • October 12
    • Zambia recognizes the Sahrawi Arab Democratic Republic (SADR).
    • Near Guam, Typhoon Tip reaches a record intensity of 870 millibars, the lowest pressure recorded at sea level. This makes Tip the most powerful tropical cyclone in known world history.
    • Thorbjörn Fälldin returns as Prime Minister of Sweden , replacing Ola Ullsten who becomes Foreign Minister of Sweden .
  • October 14National March for gay rights takes place in Washington, D.C., involving tens of thousands of people.
  • October 15Black Monday events, in which members of a political group sack a newspaper office, unfold in Malta.
  • October 16 – A tsunami in Nice, France kills 23 people.
  • October 19 – 13 U.S. Marines die in a fire at Camp Fuji, Japan as a result of Typhoon Tip.[8]
  • October 20 – The first McDonald's in Singapore opens at Liat Towers in Orchard Road.[9][10]
  • October 26Park Chung-hee, the President of South Korea, is assassinated by KCIA director Kim Jae-gyu.
  • October 27Saint Vincent and the Grenadines gains independence from the United Kingdom.

November

  • November 1Iran hostage crisis: Iranian Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini urges his people to demonstrate on November 4 and to expand attacks on United States and Israeli interests.
  • November 2
    • French police shoot gangster Jacques Mesrine in Paris.
    • Assata Shakur (née Joanne Chesimard), a former member of the Black Panther Party and Black Liberation Army, escapes from a New York prison to Cuba, where she remains under political asylum.
  • November 3 – In Greensboro, North Carolina, 5 members of the Communist Workers Party are shot to death and 7 are wounded by a group of Klansmen and neo-Nazis, during a "Death to the Klan" rally.
  • November 4Iran hostage crisis begins: 3,000 Iranian radicals, mostly students, invade the U.S. Embassy in Tehran and take 90 hostages (53 of whom are American). They demand that the United States send the former Shah of Iran back to stand trial.
  • November 5 – The radio news program Morning Edition premieres on National Public Radio in the United States.
  • November 6 – At Montevideo, Uruguay, the International Olympic Committee adopts a resolution, whereby Taiwan Olympic and sports teams will participate with the name Chinese Taipei in future Olympic Games and international sports tournaments and championships.
  • November 7 – U.S. Senator Ted Kennedy announces that he will challenge President Jimmy Carter for the 1980 Democratic presidential nomination.
  • November 9
    • The Carl Bridgewater murder trial ends in England with all 4 men found guilty. James Robinson, 45, and 25-year-old Vincent Hickey are sentenced to life imprisonment with a recommended 25-year minimum for murder. 18-year-old Michael Hickey is also found guilty of murder and sentenced to indefinite detention. Patrick Molloy, 53, is found guilty on a lesser charge of manslaughter and sentenced to 12 years in prison.[11]
    • Nuclear false alarm: the NORAD computers and the Alternate National Military Command Center in Fort Ritchie, Maryland, detect an apparent massive Soviet nuclear strike. After reviewing the raw data from satellites and checking the early-warning radars, the alert is cancelled.[12]
  • November 101979 Mississauga train derailment: A 106-car Canadian Pacific freight train carrying explosive and poisonous chemicals from Windsor, Ontario, Canada derails in Mississauga, Ontario, Canada just west of Toronto, Ontario, Canada, causing a massive explosion and the largest peacetime evacuation in Canadian history and one of the largest in North American history.
  • November 12
    • Iran hostage crisis: In response to the hostage situation in Tehran, U.S. President Jimmy Carter orders a halt to all oil imports into the United States from Iran.
    • Süleyman Demirel, of the Justice Party (AP) forms the new government of Turkey (43rd government, a minority government).
  • November 14Iran hostage crisis: U.S. President Jimmy Carter issues Executive Order 12170, freezing all Iranian assets in the United States and U.S. banks in response to the hostage crisis.
  • November 15 – British art historian and former Surveyor of the Queen's Pictures Anthony Blunt's role as the "fourth man" of the 'Cambridge Five' double agents for the Soviet NKVD during World War II is revealed by Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher in the House of Commons of the United Kingdom;[13] she gives further details on November 21.[14]
  • November 16Bucharest Metro Line One is opened, in Bucharest, Romania (from Timpuri Noi to Semanatoarea stations, 8.63 km).
  • November 17Iran hostage crisis: Iranian leader Ruhollah Khomeini orders the release of 13 female and African American hostages being held at the U.S. Embassy in Tehran.
  • November 20Grand Mosque seizure: A group of 200 Juhayman al-Otaybi militants occupy Mecca's Masjid al-Haram, the holiest place in Islam. They are driven out by French commandos (allowed into the city under these special circumstances despite their being non-Muslims) after bloody fighting that leaves 250 people dead and 600 wounded.
  • November 21 – After false radio reports from the Ayatollah Khomeini that the Americans had occupied the Grand Mosque in Mecca, the United States Embassy in Islamabad, Pakistan is attacked by a mob and set afire, killing 4, and disturbing Pakistan–United States relations.
  • November 23 – In Dublin, Ireland, Provisional Irish Republican Army member Thomas McMahon is sentenced to life in prison for the assassination of Lord Mountbatten of Burma.
  • November 25 – Last cargo of phosphate shipped from Banaba Island.
  • November 28Air New Zealand Flight 901: an Air New Zealand DC-10 crashes into Mount Erebus in Antarctica on a sightseeing trip, killing all 257 people on board.
  • November 30The Wall, a rock opera and concept album by Pink Floyd, is first released.

December

  • December 3
    • The Who concert disaster: eleven fans are killed during a crowd crush for unreserved seats before The Who rock concert at the Riverfront Coliseum in Cincinnati.
    • The United States dollar exchange rate with the Deutsche Mark falls to 1.7079 DM, the all-time low so far; this record is not broken until November 5, 1987.
  • December 4 – The Hastie fire in Kingston upon Hull, England, leads to the deaths of 3 boys and begins the hunt for Bruce George Peter Lee, the UK's most prolific killer.
  • December 5Jack Lynch resigns as Taoiseach of the Republic of Ireland; he is succeeded by Charles Haughey.
  • December 6 – The world premiere of Star Trek: The Motion Picture is held at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C.
  • December 9 – The eradication of the smallpox virus is certified, making smallpox the first of only two human diseases that have been driven to extinction.
  • December 12
    • The 8.2 Mw Tumaco earthquake shakes Colombia and Ecuador with a maximum Mercalli intensity of IX (Violent), killing 300–600, and generating a large tsunami.
    • Coup d'état of December Twelfth: South Korean Army Major General Chun Doo-hwan orders the arrest of Army Chief of Staff General Jeong Seung-hwa without authorization from President Choi Kyu-hah, alleging involvement in the assassination of ex-President Park Chung-hee.
    • The unrecognised state of Zimbabwe-Rhodesia returns to British control and resumes using the name Southern Rhodesia.
  • December 15 – The directorial debut of Hayao Miyazaki, The Castle of Cagliostro based on the manga series Lupin III is released in Japan.
  • December 21 – A ceasefire for Rhodesia is signed at London.
  • December 23 – The highest aerial tramway in Europe, the Klein Matterhorn, opens.
  • December 24
    • The Soviet Union invades Afghanistan, and Babrak Karmal replaces overthrown and executed President Hafizullah Amin, which begins the war.
    • The first European Ariane rocket is launched.
  • December 26 – In Rhodesia, 96 Patriotic Front guerrillas enter the capital Salisbury to monitor a ceasefire that begins December 28.

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  • The One-child policy is introduced in China - it has contributed to Missing women of China. It is later loosened in 2013.
  • VisiCalc becomes the first commercial spreadsheet program.
  • The first usenet experiments are conducted by Tom Truscott and Jim Ellis of Duke University.
  • Worldwide per capita oil production reaches a historic peak.
  • Chrysler receives government loan guarantees upon the request of CEO Lee Iacocca.
  • The remains of Tsar Nicholas II and some of the Romanovs are discovered and exhumed near Sverdlovsk (now Yekaterinburg).

Births

January

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Rosamund Pike

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Svetlana Khorkina, 2000 Olympic gold medalists

  • January 1
    • Brody Dalle, Australian singer
    • Gisela, Spanish pop singer and a Spanish dub actress
    • Koichi Domoto, Japanese entertainer (KinKi Kids)
  • January 2
    • Morena Baccarin, Italo-Brazilian actress
    • Erica Hubbard, American actress
  • January 3
    • Francesco Bellissimo, Italian Chef
    • Koit Toome, Estonian singer and musical actor
    • Rie Tanaka, Japanese voice actress
  • January 6
    • Christina Chanée, Danish-Thai pop singer
    • Bernice Liu, Hong Kong actress
  • January 7
    • Bipasha Basu, Indian actress and model
    • Christian Lindner, German politician
  • January 8Stipe Pletikosa, Croatian football goalkeeper
  • January 9
    • Jake Shields, UFC fighter
    • Joshua Harto, American actor
    • Tomiko Van, Japanese singer (Do As Infinity)
  • January 10
    • Chris Smith, African-American rapper (Kris Kross)
    • James Lloyd, British actor
  • January 11Siti Nurhaliza, Malaysian singer
  • January 12
    • Marián Hossa, Slovak ice hockey player
    • Lee Bo-young, South Korean actress and model
    • Grzegorz Rasiak, Polish footballer
  • January 14Angela Lindvall, American model
  • January 15
    • Drew Brees, American football player
    • Martin Petrov, Bulgarian footballer
  • January 16Aaliyah, African-American R&B singer and actress (d. 2001)
  • January 17Sharon Chan, Hong Kong actress
  • January 18
    • Jay Chou, Taiwanese singer, song producer and actor
    • Paulo Ferreira, Portuguese footballer
    • Mark Anthony Fernandez, Filipino actor
  • January 19Svetlana Khorkina, Russian artistic gymnast
  • January 20
    • Asaka Kubo, Japanese gravure idol
    • Will Young, English singer
  • January 21Brian O'Driscoll, Irish rugby union player
  • January 23Larry Hughes, American basketball player
  • January 24Tatyana Ali, African-American actress
  • January 27
    • Daniel Vettori, New Zealand cricketer
    • Rosamund Pike, British actress
  • January 29B. J. Flores, American boxer
  • January 31Jenny Wolf, German speed skater

February

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Tawakkol Karman

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Irina Slutskaya

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Brandy Norwood

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Jennifer Love Hewitt

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Zhang Ziyi

  • February 1
    • Julie Augustyniak, American footballer
    • Valentín Elizalde, Mexican singer (d. 2006)
    • Peter Fulton, New Zealand cricketer
    • Clodoaldo Silva, Brazilian paralympian swimmer
  • February 2
    • Fani Chalkia, Greek athlete
    • Mayer Hawthorne, American soul singer
    • Shamita Shetty, Indian actress and interior designer
    • Yuichi Tsuchiya, Japanese actor
  • February 5Katie Brambley, Canadian distance freestyle swimmer
  • February 6David Dolníček, Czech ice hockey player
  • February 7
    • Michał Karwan, Polish footballer
    • Tawakkol Karman, Yemeni politician
  • February 8Martin Rowlands, Irish footballer
  • February 9
    • Zhang Ziyi, Chinese actress and model
    • Irina Slutskaya, Russian figure skater
  • February 10Daryl Palumbo, American musician; who fronted bands, such as (Glassjaw)
  • February 11Brandy Norwood, African-American singer and actress
  • February 12
    • Antonio Chatman, American football player
    • Jesse Spencer, Australian actor
  • February 13
    • Anders Behring Breivik, Norwegian right-wing militant
    • Mena Suvari, American actress
    • Rafael Márquez, Mexican footballer
  • February 14Jocelyn Quivrin, French actor (d. 2009)
  • February 15Gordon Shedden, Scottish race car driver
  • February 16
    • Valentino Rossi, Italian motorcycle racer
    • Eric Mun, leader of Korean boy-band Shinhwa
  • February 18Tyrone Burton, American actor
  • February 19
    • Mariana Ochoa, Mexican singer and actress
    • Vitas, Ukrainian Singer, Model, and Fashion Designer.
  • February 21
    • Carly Colón, Puerto Rican professional wrestler
    • Christopher Hayes, American Journalist
    • Jennifer Love Hewitt, American actress and singer
  • February 22
    • Patrick Merrill, Canadian lacrosse player
    • Maryke Hendrikse, Canadian voice actress
  • February 25László Bodnár, Hungarian footballer
  • February 26
    • Corinne Bailey Rae, British singer-songwriter and guitarist
    • Susana Diazayas, Mexican actress
  • February 28
    • Sébastien Bourdais, French racing driver
    • Sander van Doorn, Dutch DJ and electronic music producer

March

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Benji Madden

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Joel Madden

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Oscar Isaac

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Adam Levine

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Lee Pace

  • March 3Jon Bailey, American male voice actors
  • March 4
    • Ben Fouhy, New Zealand flatwater canoeist
    • Geoff Huegill, Australian swimmer
    • Jon Fratelli, Scottish singer (The Fratellis)
  • March 5Tang Gonghong, Chinese weightlifter
  • March 6Érik Bédard, Canadian pitcher
  • March 7Stephanie Anne Mills, Canadian voice actress
  • March 8
    • Tom Chaplin, British singer (Keane)
    • Jessica Jaymes, American porn actress
  • March 9
    • Oscar Isaac, Guatemalan-American actor
    • Melina Perez, American professional wrestler
  • March 11Benji Madden and Joel Madden, American musicians (Good Charlotte)
  • March 12Pete Doherty, British singer and guitarist (The Libertines, Babyshambles)
  • March 14
    • Nicolas Anelka, French footballer
    • Gao Ling, Chinese badminton player
    • Chris Klein, American actor
  • March 15Kevin Youkilis, American baseball player
  • March 17Samoa Joe, American wrestler
  • March 18
    • Shola Ama, English singer
    • Adam Levine, American singer (Maroon 5)
  • March 19
    • Emil Dimitriev, Macedonian politician, Prime Minister
    • Hedo Türkoğlu, Turkish basketball player
  • March 20
    • Freema Agyeman, British actress
    • Molly Jenson, American musician
    • Bianca Lawson, American actress
  • March 21Jimenez Lai, American architect
  • March 23Bryan Fletcher, American football player
  • March 25
    • Lee Pace, American actor
    • Traxamillion, American producer rapper
    • Gorilla Zoe, American rapper
  • March 29Estela Giménez, Spanish gymnast
  • March 30
    • Norah Jones, American musician
    • Simon Webbe, English singer (Blue)
  • March 31Tanya Tate, English porn actress

April

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Heath Ledger

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Jesse Carmichael

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Claire Danes

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Luke Evans

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Kourtney Kardashian

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Kate Hudson

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James McAvoy

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Jaime King

  • April 1Mikko Franck, Finnish conductor
  • April 2Jesse Carmichael, American musician (Maroon 5)
  • April 3
    • Živilė Balčiūnaitė, Lithuanian long-distance runner
    • Grégoire, French singer-songwriter
  • April 4
    • Heath Ledger, Australian actor and music video director (d. 2008)
    • Roberto Luongo, Canadian ice hockey goaltender
  • April 8
    • Tom Kurzanski, American comic artist
    • Alexi Laiho, Finnish rock guitarist (Children of Bodom)
  • April 9
    • Keshia Knight Pulliam, African-American actress
    • Mario Matt, Austrian alpine skier
    • Ben Silverstone, British actor
  • April 10
    • Rachel Corrie, American activist (d. 2003)
    • Tsuyoshi Domoto, Japanese entertainer (KinKi Kids)
    • Sophie Ellis-Bextor, British singer
  • April 11
    • Michel Riesen, Swiss ice hockey player
    • Sebastien Grainger, Canadian singer and musician
  • April 12
    • Claire Danes, American actress
    • Jennifer Morrison, American actress
  • April 13
    • Baron Davis, American basketball player
    • Tony Lundon, Irish singer (Liberty X)
  • April 14
    • Rebecca DiPietro, American model
    • Pierre Roland, Indonesian actor
  • April 15Luke Evans, Welsh actor and singer
  • April 16Christijan Albers, Dutch racing driver
  • April 17Sung Si-kyung, South Korean pop/ballad singer
  • April 18
    • Michael Bradley, American basketball player
    • Anthony Davidson, English racing driver
    • Yusuke Kamiji, Japanese actor
    • Kourtney Kardashian, American reality television star
  • April 19
    • Kate Hudson, American actress, co-founder of Fabletics
    • Antoaneta Stefanova, Bulgarian chess player
  • April 21James McAvoy, Scottish actor
  • April 22Daniel Johns, Australian musician (Silverchair)
  • April 23
    • Lauri Ylönen, Finnish singer (The Rasmus)
    • Jaime King, American actress
    • Yana Gupta, Indian actress of Czech origin
  • April 24Laurentia Tan, Singaporean Paralympic equestrienne
  • April 25
    • Andreas Küttel, Swiss ski jumper
    • Andrea Osvárt, Hungarian actress
  • April 26Janne Wirman, Finnish keyboardist (Children of Bodom)
  • April 27Travis Meeks, American musician (Days of the New)
  • April 28Bahram Radan, Iranian actor
  • April 29
    • Jo O'Meara, English singer (S Club 7)
    • Matt Tong, drummer (Bloc Party)
  • April 30Shelley Calene-Black, American voice actress

May

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Lance Bass

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Jon Montgomery

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Rosario Dawson

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Mickey Madden

  • May 1
    • Mauro Bergamasco, Italian rugby union player
    • Lars Berger, Norwegian biathlete and cross-country skier
  • May 2Jason Chimera, Canadian ice hockey player
  • May 3Danny Foster, English singer (Hear'Say)
  • May 4
    • Wes Butters, English broadcaster
    • Lance Bass, American singer ('N Sync)
  • May 5Vincent Kartheiser, American actor
  • May 6
    • Mark Burrier, American cartoonist
    • Kerry Ellis, English stage actress/singer
    • Gerd Kanter, Estonian discus thrower
    • Jon Montgomery, Canadian former skeleton racer and television personality; host of The Amazing Race Canada
  • May 9
  • May 10Lee Hyori, South Korean entertainer
  • May 12Adrian Serioux, Canadian soccer player
  • May 13
    • Mickey Madden, American musician (Maroon 5)
    • Carl Philip, Prince of Sweden
    • Sid Ahmed Rezala, French serial killer
  • May 14Urijah Faber, WEC Featherweight Champion
  • May 15Ryan Max Riley, humorist and national champion skier
  • May 16Jessica Morris, American actress
  • May 18Mariusz Lewandowski, Polish footballer
  • May 19
    • Andrea Pirlo, Italian footballer
    • Diego Forlán, Uruguayan football player
  • May 21Sonja Vectomov, Czech musician/composer
  • May 22Maggie Q, American actress
  • May 23Matt Flynn, drummer for the alternative band, Maroon 5
  • May 24
    • Frank Mir, American mixed martial artist
    • Tracy McGrady, American basketball player
  • May 25Jonny Wilkinson, English rugby union player
  • May 26Ashley Massaro, American wrestler and model
  • May 27Michael Buonauro, American comic creator
  • May 28Jesse Bradford, American actor
  • May 29Brian Kendrick, American wrestler
  • May 30
    • Mike Bishai, Canadian ice hockey player
    • Clint Bowyer, American race car driver
    • Rie Kugimiya, Japanese voice actress and singer

June

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Pete Wentz

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Chris Pratt

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Ryan Tedder

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Felicia Day

  • June 1Markus "Notch" Persson, Swedish video game programmer and designer, co-founder the video game company Mojang
  • June 4Christopher Dorner, American soldier, policeman and multiple murderer (d. 2013)
  • June 5Pete Wentz, American musician, lyricist, and bassist (Fall Out Boy)
  • June 8Pete Orr, Canadian baseball player
  • June 9Émilie Loit, French tennis player
  • June 10Lee Brice, American country music singer-songwriter
  • June 12
    • Amandine Bourgeois, French singer
    • Dallas Clark, American football player
    • Diego Milito, Argentine football player
    • Jodie Prenger, British actress
    • Robyn, Swedish singer-songwriter
  • June 13
    • Nila Håkedal, Norwegian beach volleyball player
    • Ágnes Csomor, Hungarian actress
  • June 14
    • Paradorn Srichaphan, Thai tennis player
    • Alton Sterling, American man fatally shot by a Baton Rouge, Louisiana police officer (d. 2016)
  • June 15Yulia Nestsiarenka, Belarusian athlete
  • June 16Ari Hest, American singer-songwriter
  • June 18
    • Yumiko Kobayashi, Japanese voice actress
    • Chris Neil, Canadian ice hockey player
    • Ivana Wong, Hong Kong singer-songwriter
  • June 19
    • John Duddy, Irish boxer
    • Kate Tsui, Hong Kong actress
  • June 21Chris Pratt, American actor
  • June 22Sandra Klösel, German tennis player
  • June 23LaDainian Tomlinson, American football player
  • June 24
    • Petra Němcová, Czech model
    • Craig Shergold, British cancer patient
  • June 25Busy Philipps, American film actress
  • June 26Ryan Tedder, American singer (OneRepublic), songwriter and producer
  • June 28
    • Felicia Day, American actress, writer, director, violinist, and singer
    • Randy McMichael, American football player
  • June 29
    • Abz Love, English singer (5ive)
    • Marleen Veldhuis, Dutch swimmer
  • June 30
    • Rick Gonzalez, American actor
    • Faisal Shahzad, Pakistani-American bomber

July

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Kevin Hart

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Rose Byrne

  • July 1Forrest Griffin, American mixed martial arts fighter
  • July 2
    • Diana Gurtskaya, Georgian singer
    • Sam Hornish, Jr., American race car driver
    • Ayiesha Woods, American singer
  • July 3
    • Sayuri Katayama, Japanese actress, singer and lyricist
    • Ludivine Sagnier, French model and actress
  • July 5
    • Shane Filan, Irish singer (Westlife)
    • Amélie Mauresmo, French tennis player
  • July 6Kevin Hart, American actor, comedian, writer and producer
  • July 9
    • Gary Chaw, Malaysian Chinese singer
    • Ella Koon, Hong Kong actress
  • July 14Axel Teichmann, German cross-country skier
  • July 15Travis Fimmel, Australian fashion model and actor
  • July 16
    • Jayma Mays, American actress and singer
    • Kinya Kotani, Japanese singer
  • July 17Mike Vogel, American actor
  • July 18
    • Rick Baxter, American politician
    • Jaska Raatikainen, Finnish drummer (Children of Bodom)
  • July 20
    • Milan Nikolić, Serbian accordionist
    • Amr Shabana, Egyptian squash player
  • July 21David Carr, American football player
  • July 24
    • Rose Byrne, Australian actress
    • Lee Si-yeon, South Korean actress
    • Stat Quo, American rapper
  • July 25Allister Carter, English snooker player
  • July 26
    • Johnson Beharry, British recipient of the Victoria Cross
    • Tamyra Gray, American singer
    • Derek Paravicini, British pianist
    • Peter Sarno, Canadian ice hockey player
    • Mageina Tovah, American actress
  • July 27
    • Jorge Arce, Mexican boxer
    • Shannon Moore, American professional wrestler
  • July 30
    • Show Luo, Taiwanese singer
    • Graeme McDowell, Northern Irish professional golfer
    • Maya Nasser, Syrian journalist (d. 2012)

August

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Jason Momoa

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Evangeline Lilly

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Aaron Paul

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Maria Haukaas Mittet

  • August 1
  • August 3
    • Evangeline Lilly, Canadian actress and author of children's literature
    • Maria Haukaas Mittet, Norwegian recording artist
  • August 5David Healy, Northern Irish footballer
  • August 4Patryk Dominik Sztyber, Polish metal musician
  • August 7Miguel Llera, Spanish footballer
  • August 8Azumi Kawashima, Japanese idol and AV idol
  • August 10
    • Joanna García, American actress
    • Ted Geoghegan, American screenwriter
  • August 11
    • Drew Nelson, Canadian actor and voice actor
    • Bubba Crosby, American baseball player
  • August 12Cindy Klassen, Canadian speed skater
  • August 13Taizō Sugimura, Japanese politician
  • August 15
    • Carl Edwards, American race car driver
    • Dan Marshall, Canadian hockey player
    • Peter Shukoff, American comedian, musician and personality
  • August 16Sarah Balabagan, Filipina prisoner and singer
  • August 19Oumar Kondé, Swiss footballer
  • August 20Jamie Cullum, English jazz pianist and singer
  • August 22Matt Walters, American football player
  • August 23Ritchie Neville, English singer (5ive)
  • August 24Elva Hsiao, Taiwanese singer
  • August 25Andrew Hussie, American artist.
  • August 26
    • Jamal Lewis, American football player
    • Cristian Mora, Ecuadorian footballer
  • August 27
    • Giovanni Capitello, American filmmaker/actor
    • Tian Liang, Chinese diver
    • Aaron Paul, American actor
  • August 28
    • Robert Hoyzer, German football referee
    • Yuki Maeda, Japanese singer
  • August 29Justine Pasek, Miss Universe 2002
  • August 30
    • Tavia Yeung, Hong Kong actress
    • Niki Chow, Hong Kong actress
  • August 31
    • Mickie James, American professional wrestler
    • Simon Neil, Scottish musician (vocalist, guitarist, songwriter), Biffy Clyro Marmaduke Duke
    • Yuvan Shankar Raja, Indian film composer

September

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Peter Browngardt

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Bam Margera

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Pink

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Flo Rida

  • September 1Neg Dupree, British comedian
  • September 2
    • Ron Ng, Hong Kong actor
    • Łukasz Żygadło, Polish volleyball player
  • September 3Júlio César, Brazilian football goalkeeper
  • September 4Maxim Afinogenov, Russian ice hockey player
  • September 5
    • John Carew, Norwegian footballer
    • Stacey Dales, Canadian basketball player and sportscaster
  • September 6Ned Collette, Australian singer and musician
  • September 8Pink, American singer
  • September 10Mustis, Norwegian pianist
  • September 11
    • Ariana Richards, American actress
    • Éric Abidal, French footballer
  • September 12
    • Jay McGraw, American author, son of TV psychologist Dr. Phil McGraw
    • Peter Browngardt, American cartoonist
  • September 13Ivan Miljković, Serbian volleyball player
  • September 14
    • Catalina Cruz, American porn actress
    • Stuart Fielden, English rugby league player
    • Kamya Panjabi, Indian television actress
  • September 15
    • Amy Davidson, American actress
    • Edna Ngeringway Kiplagat, Kenyan long-distance runner
  • September 16
    • Fanny, French singer
    • Flo Rida, African-American rapper
    • Ava Addams, French porn actress
  • September 17
    • Akin Ayodele, American football player
    • Chuck Comeau, Canadian drummer
  • September 18Alison Lohman, American actress
  • September 19Noémie Lenoir, French supermodel
  • September 20David Long, New Zealand musician
  • September 22Jericho Rosales, Filipino actor
  • September 23Lote Tuqiri, Australian rugby union player
  • September 24
    • Justin Bruening, American actor and model
    • Erin Chambers, American actress
    • Katja Kassin, German porn actress
  • September 25Rashad Evans, a fighter in the MMA sport UFC
  • September 26
    • Naomichi Marufuji, Japanese professional wrestler
    • Taavi Rõivas, Prime Minister of Estonia
  • September 27Shinji Ono, Japanese football player
  • September 28
    • Bam Margera, American skateboarder
    • Dane Boedigheimer (Daneboe), American YouTuber and animator
  • September 29
    • Gaitana, Ukrainian singer and songwriter of Ukrainian and Congolese descent
    • Artika Sari Devi, Putri Indonesia 2004
  • September 30Vince Chong, Malaysian singer

October

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Simona Amanar

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Chris O'Dowd

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Brandon Routh

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John Krasinski

  • October 1
    • Rudi Johnson, American football player
    • Senit, Italian singer of Eritrean descent
    • Marko Stanojevic, English-born Italian rugby union player
  • October 2Brianna Brown, American actress
  • October 3
    • Matt Davis, American stand-up comedian
    • John Hennigan, American professional wrestler
    • Danny O'Donoghue, Irish singer-songwriter (The Script)
  • October 4Rachael Leigh Cook, American actress
  • October 5Gao Yuanyuan, Chinese actress
  • October 7
    • Simona Amanar, Romanian gymnast
    • Susan Eldridge, American supermodel
    • Tang Wei, Chinese actress
  • October 9
    • Csézy, Hungarian singer
    • Vernon Fox, American football player
    • Alex Greenwald, American singer-songwriter, producer, and actor (Phantom Planet and JJAMZ)
    • Todd Kelly, Australian race car driver
    • Chris O'Dowd, Irish actor and comedian
    • DJ Rashad, Chicago-based electronic musician, producer and DJ (d. 2014)
    • Hendrik Odendaal, South African swimmer
    • Brandon Routh, American actor
    • Gonzalo Sorondo, Uruguayan footballer
  • October 10
    • Wu Chun, Bruneian actor, model, and singer
    • Nicolás Massú, Chilean tennis player
    • Mýa, American singer and actress
  • October 11
    • Bae Doona, South Korean actress
    • Gabe Saporta, Uruguayan singer (Cobra Starship)
  • October 13
    • Ryan Malcolm, Canadian singer
    • Mamadou Niang, Senegalese footballer
  • October 14Stacy Keibler, American actress and model
  • October 15Jaci Velasquez, American Christian singer
  • October 16Erin Brown, American actress
  • October 17Kimi Räikkönen, Finnish race car driver
  • October 18Ne-Yo, African-American singer and songwriter
  • October 19Marc Elliott, British actor
  • October 20
    • John Krasinski, American actor
    • Paul O'Connell, Irish rugby union player
  • October 23Jorge Solís, Mexican professional boxer
  • October 28
    • Jawed Karim, Co-founder of Youtube
    • Brett Dennen, American folk/pop singer and songwriter
    • Martin Škoula, Czech ice hockey player
  • October 30Yukie Nakama, Japanese actress

November

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Lamar Odom

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Joel Kinnaman

  • November 1
    • Coco Crisp, American baseball player
    • Atsuko Enomoto, Japanese voice actress
    • Milan Dudić, Serbian footballer
  • November 3
    • Pablo Aimar, Argentine footballer
    • Tim McIlrath, American rock singer, songwriter (Rise Against)
  • November 4Audrey Hollander, American pornographic actress
  • November 6
    • Lamar Odom, African-American retired basketball player
    • Myolie Wu, Hong Kong actress
  • November 7Jon Peter Lewis, American singer and songwriter
  • November 8
    • Aaron Hughes, Northern Irish footballer
    • Salvatore Cascio, Italian actor (Cinema Paradiso)
  • November 9Dania Ramirez, Dominican-American actress
  • November 10Nina Mercedez, American porn actress
  • November 12
    • Cote de Pablo, Chilean actress
    • Matt Stevic, Australian rules football umpire
  • November 13
    • Metta World Peace, American basketball player
    • Henry Wolfe Gummer, American musician
  • November 14
    • Mavie Hörbiger, German actress
    • Olga Kurylenko, Ukrainian model and actress
    • Mpule Kwelagobe, Miss Universe 1999
  • November 17Matthew Spring, English footballer
  • November 19Larry Johnson, American football player
  • November 20Ericson Alexander Molano, Colombian gospel singer
  • November 21Kim Dong-wan, South Korean singer and actor
  • November 22
    • Chris Doran, Irish singer
    • Scott Robinson, English singer (5ive)
  • November 23
    • Ivica Kostelić, Croatian alpine skier
    • Kelly Brook, English actress/model
  • November 25Joel Kinnaman, Swedish-American actor
  • November 27
    • Ricky Carmichael, American motorcycle and stock car racer
    • Hilary Hahn, American violinist
  • November 28
    • Dane Bowers, English singer-songwriter (Another Level)
    • Jamie Korab, Canadian curler
    • Hakeem Seriki, African-American rapper (Chamillionaire)
  • November 29Jayceon Taylor, American rapper (The Game)

December

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Sabina Babayeva

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Sara Bareilles

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Rider Strong

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Mihai Trăistariu

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Adam Brody

  • December 2
    • Sabina Babayeva, Azerbaijani singer
    • Yvonne Catterfeld, German singer
  • December 3
    • Daniel Bedingfield, English pop singer and songwriter
    • Rock Cartwright, American football player
    • Rainbow Sun Francks, Canadian actor and singer
  • December 5Evonne Hsu, Taiwanese singer
  • December 7
    • Jennifer Carpenter, American actress
    • Eric Bauza, Canadian comedian and voice actor
    • Sara Bareilles, American singer, songwriter and pianist
    • Ayako Fujitani, Japanese actress
  • December 8Ingrid Michaelson, American indie pop singer-songwriter
  • December 9Olivia Lufkin, English-Japanese singer, songwriter
  • December 11Rider Strong, American actor
  • December 12Emin, Azerbaijani-Russian singer-songwriter and businessman
  • December 14Michael Owen, English footballer
  • December 15Adam Brody, American actor
  • December 16
    • Mihai Trăistariu, Romanian singer and musician
    • Trevor Immelman, South African golfer
  • December 17
    • William Green, American football player
    • Matt Murley, American hockey player
  • December 18Amy Grabow, American actress
  • December 19
    • Kevin Devine, American songwriter and musician
    • Nicki Hunter, American porn actress and director
    • Paola Rey, Colombian actress and model
  • December 22
    • Petra Majdič, Slovene cross-country skier
    • Amanda Baker, American actress
    • Hanna Marno, Hungarian developmental researcher
  • December 23
    • Summer Altice, American model and actress
    • Kenny Miller, Scottish football player
  • December 25Ferman Akgül, vocalist of Turkish nu-metal band maNga
  • December 26
    • Chris Daughtry, American singer and guitarist
    • Dimitry Vassiliev, Russian ski jumper
  • December 27Carson Palmer, American football player
  • December 28
    • James Blake, American tennis pro
    • Diego Luna, Mexican actor
    • Robert Edward Davis, German-American rapper
  • December 30
    • Milana Terloeva, Chechen journalist and author
    • Yelawolf, American rapper
  • December 31
    • Bob Bryar, American drummer (My Chemical Romance)
    • Elaine Cassidy, Irish actress

Deaths

January

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Nelson Rockefeller

  • January 3Conrad Hilton, American hotelier (b. 1887)
  • January 4Vincent Korda, Hungarian art director (b. 1897)
  • January 4Peter Frankenfeld, German comedian, radio and television personality (b. 1913)
  • January 5
  • January 7Wallace Townsend, Iowa-born lawyer who was from 1928 to 1961 the Republican national committeeman (b. 1882)
  • January 8Sara Carter, American bluegrass and country singer (b. 1898)
  • January 11Jack Soo, Japanese-American actor (b. 1917)
  • January 13Donny Hathaway, African-American musician (b. 1945)
  • January 16
    • Peter Butterworth, English actor (b. 1919)
    • Ted Cassidy, American actor (b. 1932)
  • January 19Tuffy Leemans, American football player (New York Giants) and a member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame (b. 1912)
  • January 22Elvin C. Stakman, American plant pathologist (b. 1885)
  • January 25Robertson Hare, English actor (b. 1891)
  • January 26Nelson Rockefeller, Governor of New York, 41st Vice President of the United States (b. 1908)
  • January 27Qalandar Baba Auliya, Pakistani founder of the Azeemiyya Order of the Sufis (b. 1898)
  • January 28Glen Flanagan, American featherweight boxer (b. 1926)
  • January 29
    • Alf Ahlberg, Swedish writer, humanist, and philosopher (b. 1892)
    • Andy Harrington, American professional baseball player (b. 1903)
  • January 30Charles Watts, English cricketer (b. 1894)

February

  • February 1Daniel Starch, American psychologist and marketing researcher (b. 1883)
  • February 2
    • Issa Pliyev, Soviet general (b. 1903)
    • Sid Vicious, English musician (Sex Pistols) (drug overdose) (b. 1957)
  • February 3Aaron Douglas, American painter (b. 1899)
  • February 4Claude Massop, Jamaican gang leader of the Shower Posse Gang (b. c. 1949)
  • February 5Reidar Waaler, Norwegian-born, American soldier for the United States Army (b. 1894)
  • February 6Mary Bell, Australian aviator (b. 1903)
  • February 7
    • Warren Giles, Major League Baseball executive and commissioner from 1951 to 1969; National Baseball Hall of Fame inductee in 1979 (b. 1896)
    • Josef Mengele, German Nazi war criminal (b. 1911)
    • Elizabeth O'Neill Verner, artist, author and lecturer from Charleston, South Carolina (b. 1883)
  • February 8Art Williams, African-American baseball umpire (b. 1934)
  • February 9Dennis Gabor, Hungarian physicist, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1900)
  • February 10Edvard Kardelj, Yugoslav communist political leader, economist, partisan and publicist (b. 1910)
  • February 11Mayavaram V. R. Govindaraja Pillai, Carnatic violinist from Tamil Nadu, Southern India (b. 1912)
  • February 12Jean Renoir, French film director (b. 1894)
  • February 14Reginald Maudling, British politician (b. 1917)
  • February 15George Dunning, cartoon director and animator (b. 1920)
  • February 17William Gargan, American actor (b. 1905)
  • February 22Sigrid Schauman, Finnish painter (b. 1877)
  • February 23W. A. C. Bennett, Canadian politician (b. 1900)
  • February 24Joseph Rudderham, English prelate of the Roman Catholic Church (b. 1899)
  • February 25Henrich Focke, German aviation pioneer (b. 1890)
  • February 26Devendra Goel, Indian film director and producer of Bollywood films (b. 1919)
  • February 27
    • John F. Seitz, American Academy Award-nominated cinematographer (b. 1892)
    • Hanns-Horst von Necker, German Nazi Generalmajor in the Luftwaffe; highly decorated (b. 1903)
  • February 28Ethel Remey, American actress (b. 1895)

March

  • March 1
    • Mustafa Barzani, Iraqi Kurdish politician (b. 1903)
    • Dolores Costello, American actress (b. 1903)
  • March 6Link Wasem, American baseball player (b. 1911)
  • March 10William Boyd, Scottish-Canadian physician, pathologist, academic, and author (b. 1885)
  • March 11Victor Kilian, American actor (b. 1891)
  • March 14Robert William Wood, American landscape painter (b. 1889)
  • March 15Léonide Massine, Russian dancer and choreographer (b. 1896)
  • March 16Jean Monnet, French political economist and diplomat (b. 1888)
  • March 16 – Carmen de Icaza, Spanish writer (b. 1899)
  • March 17Alfred Brotherston Emden, Oxford University historian and Principal of St Edmund Hall from 1929 to 1951.(b. 1888)
  • March 19Richard Beckinsale, British actor (b. 1947)
  • March 22Ben Lyon, American actor (b. 1901)
  • March 23Ted Anderson, English footballer (b. 1911)
  • March 24Yvonne Mitchell, English actress (b. 1915)
  • March 26Jean Stafford, American writer (b. 1915)
  • March 28Emmett Kelly, American clown (b. 1898)
  • March 29Sultan Yahya Petra ibni Almarhum Sultan Ibrahim Petra, King of Malaysia (b. 1917)
  • March 30
    • Airey Neave, British politician (assassinated) (b. 1916)
    • José María Velasco Ibarra, former President of Ecuador (b. 1893)

April

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Zulfikar Ali Bhutto

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Phan Huy Quat

  • April 1Barbara Luddy, American actress (b. 1908)
  • April 2Grace Fortescue, New York socialite (b. 1883)
  • April 4
    • Zulfikar Ali Bhutto, President and Prime Minister of Pakistan (executed) (b. 1928)
    • Edgar Buchanan, American actor (b. 1903)
  • April 6Ivan Vasilyov, Bulgarian architect (b. 1893)
  • April 7
    • Frank J. Donahue, American politician (b. 1881)
    • Charles W. Sawyer, United States Secretary of Commerce (b. 1887)
  • April 10Nino Rota, Italian composer (b. 1911)
  • April 11Hassan Pakravan, Iranian diplomat (b. 1911)
  • April 13Frankie Kelleher, American baseball player (b. 1916)
  • April 14Clarence Dillon, American financier (b. 1882)
  • April 15David Brand, Australian politician (b. 1912)
  • April 17Chuck Osborne, American basketball player with Syracuse Nationals (b. 1939)
  • April 18Jullan Kindahl, Swedish actress (b. 1885)
  • April 19Wilhelm Bittrich, German Waffen SS general (b. 1894)
  • April 20Peter Donald, British-born, American actor (b. 1918)
  • April 22Leslie Phillips (cricketer), English cricketer (b. 1899)
  • April 23Blair Peach, New Zealand-born, British teacher (b. 1946)
  • April 24John Carroll, American actor (b. 1906)
  • April 26Julia Bell, English human geneticist (b. 1879)
  • April 27Phan Huy Quát, Vietnamese physician, acting Prime Minister of the State of Vietnam, and Prime Minister of the Republic of Vietnam (b. c. 1909)
  • April 28Norman Kilner, English cricketer (b. 1895)
  • April 30Pan Halippa, Bessarabian and later Romanian journalist and politician (b. 1883)

May

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Giulio Natta

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Barbara Hutton

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Paul Southwell

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Mary Pickford

  • May 1Morteza Motahhari, Iranian cleric & politician (b. 1919)
  • May 2Giulio Natta, Italian chemist, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1903)
  • May 3
    • John Field (American football), American football player and corset & lingerie manufacturer (b. 1886)
    • Gordon Luce, British manuscript, book, and photograph collector (b. 1889)
  • May 4John Bentley Stringer, British computer scientist (b. 1928)
  • May 6Milton Ager, American songwriter (b. 1893)
  • May 7Ralph Huffman, American college football coach for the Fort Hays State University Tigers (b. 1915)
  • May 8
    • Talcott Parsons, American sociologist (b. 1902)
    • Victor Saville, American film director and producer (b. 1895)
  • May 9Cyrus S. Eaton, Canadian-born American investment banker, businessman and philanthropist (b. 1883)
  • May 10Ita Rina, Slovenian film actress & beauty queen (b. 1907)
  • May 11
    • Joan Chandler, American actress (b. 1923)
    • Lester Flatt, American bluegrass and folk singer (b. 1914)
    • Barbara Hutton, American socialite (b. 1912)
  • May 12
    • Rosario María Gutiérrez Eskildsen, Méxican lexicographer (b. 1899)
    • Clyde Kluttz, American baseball player, scout, and executive (b. 1917)
  • May 13
    • Predrag Đajić, Bosnian Serb and Yugoslav footballer (b. 1922)
    • Iris Hoey, British actress (b. 1885)
  • May 14Jean Rhys, mid-20th-century novelist from Dominica.(b. 1890)
  • May 16
    • Robert Florey, French-American film director and screenwriter,(b. 1900)
    • Margaret Harwood, American astronomer and the first Director of the Maria Mitchell Observatory in Nantucket, Massachusetts (b. 1885)
    • A. Philip Randolph, African-American civil rights leader (b. 1889)
  • May 17Donyale Luna, First African-American model who appeared on the cover of Vogue in March 1966 (b. 1945)
  • May 18
    • Volodymyr Ivasyuk, Ukrainian songwriter, composer, and poet (b. 1949)
    • Paul Southwell, Premier and First Minister of Saint Kitts and Nevis (b. 1913)
  • May 19Hazari Prasad Dwivedi, Hindi novelist (b. 1907)
  • May 20Helen Smith (nurse), British nurse (b. 1956)
  • May 22Kurt Jooss, German dancer and choreographer (b. 1901)
  • May 23Hiroshi Ohshita, Japanese professional baseball player (b. 1922)
  • May 24Albert W. Cretella, U. S. Representative from Connecticut (b. 1897)
  • May 25John Spenkelink, American convicted murderer (b. 1949)
  • May 25American Airlines Flight 191 Casualties
    • Itzhak Bentov, Czech-born, Israeli-American scientist, inventor, and author (b. 1923)
      • Other notable deaths: Sheila Charisse; daughter-in-law of Cyd Charisse, Leonard Stogel - a band manager, promoter, & executive for such band as: The Cowsills & Tommy James & The Shondells, Victoria Haider - Playboy magazine editor, Judith & Sheldon Wax - Judith; an editor contributor and Sheldon; a managing editor for Playboy, Robert Walton Vaughan - Professor of Chemical Engineering at the California Institute of Technology.
  • May 26George Brent, Irish actor (b. 1899)
  • May 27
    • Margot Benary-Isbert, German writer (b. 1889)
    • Ahmed Ould Bouceif, Mauritanian military leader (b. 1934)
  • May 28Frank Frederickson, Canadian NHL hockey player (b. 1895)
  • May 29Mary Pickford, Canadian Academy Award-winning actress and studio founder (b. 1892)
  • May 31
    • Marcel Merminod, Swiss film actor (b. 1893)
    • Scott Vincent, American radio & television announcer and news anchor (b. 1922)

June

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Werner Forssmann

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  • June 1
  • June 2Jim Hutton, American actor (b. 1934)
  • June 3Arno Schmidt, German writer (b. 1914)
  • June 4
    • Lazar Lagin, Soviet satirical and children's writer (b.1903)
    • Neville Alexander Odartey-Wellington, Ghanaian army officer (b. 1934)
  • June 5Heinz Erhardt, German comedian, musician, entertainer, actor, and poet (b. 1909)
  • June 6Jack Haley, American actor (b. 1898)
  • June 7Asa Earl Carter, American novellist (b. 1925)
  • June 8Muriel Coben, Canadian baseball and curling player (b. 1921)
  • June 9
    • Scott Garland (ice hockey), Canadian ice hockey player (b. 1952)
    • Cyclone Taylor, Canadian ice hockey player (b. 1884)
  • June 10Winifred Mary Ward, the sister of Francis Kingdon Ward.(b. 1884)
  • June 11
    • Edward Almond, American general (b. 1892)
    • Loren Murchison, American Olympic athlete (b. 1898)
    • John Wayne, American Academy Award-winning actor (The Searchers; True Grit) (b. 1907)
  • June 12
  • June 13
    • George Cisar, American actor (b. 1912)
    • Darla Hood, American actress (b. 1931)
  • June 14Ahmad Zahir, Afghan singer and composer (b. 1946)
  • June 15Laurie Bird, American actress (b. 1952)
  • June 16Nicholas Ray, American film director (b. 1911)
  • June 17Duffy Lewis, American baseball player (b. 1888)
  • June 18Hal Trosky, American baseball player (b 1912)
  • June 19Paul Popenoe, American eugenicist (b. 1888)
  • June 21Angus MacLise, American rock percussionist (The Velvet Underground) (b. 1938)
  • June 22
    • Louis Chiron, Monacan Grand Prix driver (b. 1899)
    • Hope Summers, American actress (b. 1896)
  • June 23Cremilda de Oliveira, Portuguese actress (b. 1887)
  • June 25Dave Fleischer, American animator (b. 1894)
  • June 26George Boakye, Ghanaian Military airman and politician (b. 1937)
  • June 27
    • Ludovico Arroyo Bañas, Philippines Telecommications official (b. 1901)
    • Pat Maloney, American baseball plyar (b. 1887)
  • June 28Philippe Cousteau, French oceanographer, and documentary filmmaker (b. 1940)
  • June 29Lowell George, American rock musician (Little Feat) (b. 1945)
  • June 30William B. Franke, American United States Secretary of the Navy from (1959-1961) (b.1894)

July

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Robert Woodward

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Arthur Fiedler

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Gustavo Diaz Ordaz

  • July 1
    • Douglas McKenzie, Australian cricketer (b. 1906)
    • Richard Ward (actor), gravely-voiced, African-American actor (b. 1915)
  • July 2Carlyle Smith Beals, Canadian astronomer (b. 1899)
  • July 3Louis Durey, French composer (b. 1888)
  • July 4
    • Frank H. Ellis, Canadian aviator and Member of the Early Birds (b. 1896)
    • Theodora Kroeber, American writer and anthropologist (b. 1897)
    • Marjorie Rhodes, British actress (b. 1897)
    • Mendy Rudolph, American baseketball referee of the NBA (b. 1926)
  • July 6Van McCoy, African-American accomplished musician; noted for his 1975 hit The Hustle (b. 1940)
  • July 7Billy Dean Anderson, Notorious American criminal on "America's 10 Most Wanted" (b. 1934)
  • July 8
    • Elizabeth Ryan, American 30 Grand Slam (tennis) Tennis Champion (b. 1892)
    • Sin-Itiro Tomonaga, Japanese physicist, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1906)
    • Michael Wilding, English actor (b. 1912)
    • Robert B. Woodward, American chemist, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1917)
  • July 9Roddy McMillan, Scottish actor (b. 1923)
  • July 10Arthur Fiedler, American conductor (Boston Pops) (b. 1894)
  • July 11
    • Giorgio Ambrosoli, Italian lawyer (b. 1933)
    • Else Højgaard, Danish ballerina (b. 1906)
    • Claude Wagner, French-Canadian judge and Progressive Conservative senator appointed in 1978 (b. 1925)
  • July 12Minnie Riperton, American R&B singer (Lovin' You) (b. 1947)
  • July 13
    • Corinne Griffith, American actress (b. 1894)
    • Ludwig Merwart, Austrian painter and graphic artist (1913)
  • July 14McGuire Twins; One of the heaviest recorded twins by Guinness World Records, Billy died. (b. 1946)
  • July 15
    • Gustavo Díaz Ordaz, 49th President of Mexico (b. 1911)
    • Juana de Ibarbourou, Uruguayan poet (b. 1892)
  • July 16Alfred Deller, English countertenor (b. 1912)
  • July 18Pavel Prokkonen, Karelian Soviet politician (b. 1909)
  • July 19Helen Bradley, English artist whose works depicted the Edwardian era (b. 1900)
  • July 20Volney Davis, American Depression era outlaw (b. 1902)
  • July 21Juan Guzmán Cruchaga, Chilean poet & diplomat (b. 1895)
  • July 22
    • Tony Galento, American boxer (b. 1910)
    • Sándor Kocsis, Hungarian footballer (b. 1929)
  • July 23Lefty West, American Major League Baseball player (b. 1915)
  • July 25Erich Pohlmann, Austrian character actor (b. 1913)
  • July 26Stefan Wiechecki, Polish journalist (b. 1896)
  • July 27Gustavo Cochet, Argentine painter and engraver (b. 1894)
  • July 28George Seaton, American screenwriter and director (b. 1911)
  • July 29
    • Bill Todman, American game show producer (b. 1916)
    • Herbert Marcuse, German American philosopher, sociologist, and political theorist (b. 1898)
  • July 30Lew Kowarski, Russian-born, French physicist (b. 1907)
  • July 31Beatrix Lehmann, British actress, theatre director, and author (b. 1903)

August

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Ernst Boris Chain

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John Diefenbaker

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Louis Mountbatten

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Jean Seberg

  • August 1Wayne Brenkert, American football player-coach (b. 1895)
  • August 2
    • Víctor Raúl Haya de la Torre, Peruvian politician, founder of the APRA Party (b. 1895)
    • Thurman Munson, American baseball player (b. 1947)
  • August 3Bertil Ohlin, Swedish economist, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1899)
  • August 4
    • Reynold C. Fuson, American chemist (b. 1895)
    • Roger Lambrecht, Belgian road bicycle rider (b. 1916)
  • August 5Homero Hidrobo, Ecudorian classical musician (b. 1939)
  • August 6Feodor Felix Konrad Lynen, German biochemist, recipient of the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine (b. 1911)
  • August 7Margery Maude, English stage actress (b. 1889)
  • August 8
    • Lionel Cooper, South African mathematician (b. 1915)
    • George Rider, American basketball coach (b. 1890)
  • August 9Walter O'Malley, American baseball executive (b. 1903)
  • August 10
    • Dick Foran, American actor (b. 1910)
    • Mohammad Nur Ahmad Etemadi, Afghan politician, former Prime Minister (b. 1921)
  • August 11
    • Alim Ashirov, Soviet footballer (b. 1955)
    • J. G. Farrell, Liverpool-born, Irish novelist (b. 1935)
  • August 12Ernst Boris Chain, German-born biochemist, recipient of the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine (b. 1906)
  • August 13Andrew Dasburg, American modernist painter (b. 1887)
  • August 15
    • Zygmunt Witymir Bieńkowski, Polish pilot and writer (b. 1913)
    • Asa Martin, American old time musician (b. 1900)
  • August 16John Diefenbaker, 13th Prime Minister of Canada (b. 1895)
  • August 17Vivian Vance, American actress (b. 1909)
  • August 18Draper Kauffman, American Naval pioneering underwater demolition expert (b. 1911)
  • August 19
    • Mary Millington, British porn star (b. 1945)
    • Joel Teitelbaum, Hungarian Rebbe (b. 1887)
  • August 20Christian Dotremont, Belgian painter and writer (b. 1922)
  • August 21Stuart Heisler, American film and television director (b. 1896)
  • August 22James T. Farrell, American novelist (b. 1904)
  • August 23Richard Hearne, English comedic actor (b. 1908)
  • August 24Hanna Reitsch, German aviator (b. 1912)
  • August 25Stan Kenton, American jazz pianist (b. 1911)
  • August 26Alvin Karpis, last of America's depression era criminals (b. 1907)
  • August 27Louis Mountbatten, 1st Earl Mountbatten of Burma, British Viceroy of India (assassinated) (b. 1900)
  • August 28Princess Tatiana Constantinovna of Russia, Former Russian royal princess (b. 1890)
  • August 29Samuel Irving Newhouse, Sr., American media entrepreneur and publisher (b. 1895)
  • August 30 (body found on September 8) – Jean Seberg, American actress (b. 1938)
  • August 31Sally Rand, American dancer (b. 1904)

September

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Agostinho Neto

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Nur Muhammad Taraki

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Gracie Fields

  • September 1
    • Doris Kenyon, American actress (b. 1897)
    • Stanley R. Mullard, English industrialist (b. 1883)
  • September 2Felix Aylmer, British actor (b. 1889)
  • September 3
    • Lim Cheng Hoe, Chinese-born, Singaporean watercolorist (b. 1912)
    • Wincenty Okołowicz, Polish geographer & climatologist (b. 1906)
    • Juan Pablo Pérez Alfonso, Venezuelan politician (b. 1903)
  • September 4Canuplin, Filipino magician and bodabil entertainer (b. 1904)
  • September 5Alberto di Jorio, Italian Roman Catholic cardinal (b. 1884)
  • September 6Guy Bolton, British playwright (b. 1884)
  • September 7Alan Browning, English actor (b. 1926)
  • September 8
    • Princess Hilda of Luxembourg, Luxembourgian princess (b. 1897)
    • Rick Joseph, Dominican baseball player (b. 1939)
  • September 9Norrie Paramor, British music producer (b. 1914)
  • September 10Agostinho Neto, Angolan poet and politician, 1st President of Angola (b. 1922)
  • September 11Laurie Banfield, English footballer (b. 1889)
  • September 13Hap Ward, American baseball player (b. 1885)
  • September 14Nur Muhammad Taraki, President of Afghanistan (b. 1917)
  • September 15Tommy Leonetti, American singer-songwriter & actor (b. 1929)
  • September 16
    • Giò Ponti, Italian architect, industrial designer, furniture designer and artist (b. 1891)
    • Rob Slotemaker, Indonesian-born, Dutch Formula 1 racing car driver (b. 1929)
  • September 17Paul Maze, Anglo-French painter (b. 1887)
  • September 18André Zeller, French army general (b. 1898)
  • September 19
    • Lou Busch, American record producer, singer, and songwriter (b. 1910)
    • Mary Ann Nyberg, American costumer designer (b. 1923)
  • September 20
    • Sultan Ismail Nasiruddin Shah, King of Malaysia (b. 1907)
    • Ludvík Svoboda, 8th President of Czechoslovakia (b. 1895)
  • September 21
    • Edmund Morgan, the seventh Suffragan Bishop of Southampton (b. 1888)
    • Bernard L. Austin, American admiral (b. 1902)
  • September 22
    • Abul A'la Maududi, Pakistani journalist and philosopher (b. 1903)
    • Otto Robert Frisch, Austrian-British physicist (b. 1904)
  • September 23Steve Brooks, American jockey (b. 1922)
  • September 24Carl Laemmle, Jr., American film studio executive (b. 1908)
  • September 25
    • Yury Kovalyov, Soviet footballer (b. 1934)
    • Karl Schnörrer, German Nazi "ace" for the Luftwaffe; nicknamed "Quax" (b. 1919)
  • September 26
    • John Cromwell, American film director and actor (b. 1887)
    • Arthur Hunnicutt, American actor (b. 1910)
  • September 27
    • Gracie Fields, British actress (b. 1898)
    • Jimmy McCulloch, Scottish guitarist (Paul McCartney & Wings) (b. 1953)
  • September 28John Herbert Chapman, Canadian physicist (b. 1921)
  • September 29Francisco Macías Nguema, first President of Equatorial Guinea (executed) (b. 1924)
  • September 30Charles North, Australian attorney and politician (b. 1887)

October

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Park Chung-hee

  • October 1
    • Dorothy Arzner, American film director (b. 1897)
    • Roy Harris, American composer (b. 1898)
  • October 2
    • Ray Genet, American mountain climber (b. 1931)
    • Hannelore Schmatz, German mountaineer (b. 1940)
  • October 3
    • Claudia Jennings, American model (b. 1949)
    • Dorothy Peterson, American film and television actress (b. 1897)
    • Nicos Poulantzas, Greek sociologist (b. 1936)
  • October 4Natwarsinhji Bhavsinhji, The Maharaja of Porbandar in India from (1908-1948), and cricketer (b. 1901)
  • October 5Ken Strong, American football player (New York Giants) and a member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame (b. 1906)
  • October 6Elizabeth Bishop, American poet (b. 1911)
  • October 7Jerzy Petersburski, Polish pianist & composer (b. 1895)
  • October 8Emmaline Henry, American actress (b. 1928)
  • October 9Ignatius Bedros XVI Batanian, Armenian Catholic Church patriarch (b. 1899)
  • October 10 – Dr. Christopher Evans, British psychologist and computer scientist (b. 1931)
  • October 12
    • Katharine Blodgett, American inventor (b. 1898)
    • Rene Gagnon, U.S. Marine flag raiser on Iwo Jima (b. 1925)
    • Celia Lovsky, Austrian-American actress (b. 1897)
  • October 13
    • Rebecca Helferich Clarke, English composer and violist (b. 1886)
    • Clarence Muse, American actor (b. 1889)
    • Archibald Roosevelt, American conservative political activist, son of President Theodore Roosevelt (b. 1894)
  • October 14Onorato Damen, Italian communist revolutionary (b. 1893)
  • October 15Jacob L. Devers, American general (b. 1887)
  • October 16Johan Borgen, Norwegian author (b. 1903)
  • October 17S. J. Perelman, American humorist (b. 1904)
  • October 18
    • Joe Coomer (American football), American football player (b. 1917)
    • Virgilio Piñera, Cuban author, playwright, & poet (b. 1912)
  • October 19Fritz Diez, German actor (b. 1901)
  • October 22Nadia Boulanger, French composer and composition teacher (b. 1887)
  • October 23
    • Antonio Caggiano, Argentine cardinal (b. 1889)
    • Johann Sinnhuber, German general in the Wehrmacht (b. 1887)
  • October 24Julio Porter, Argentine screenwriter (b. 1916)
  • October 25
  • October 26
    • Park Chung-hee, President of South Korea (assassinated) (b. 1917)
    • Charles P. Thompson, American actor (b. 1891)
  • October 27Charles Coughlin, American radio host and Catholic Priest, (b. 1891)
  • October 28Joseph-Henri Guiguet, French World War I flying ace (b. 1891)
  • October 30
    • Barnes Wallis, British aeronautical engineer (b. 1887)
    • Rachele Mussolini, Italian, wife of Benito Mussolini (b. 1890)
    • "Orange Socks", unidentified murder victim (b. 1949-1964)
  • October 31Edvin Adolphson, Swedish film actor/director (b. 1893)

November

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  • November 1
    • Bob Clayton, American television game show host & announcer (b. 1922)
    • Mamie Eisenhower, First Lady of the United States (b. 1896)
  • November 2
    • Ernst Kals, German submarine commander (b. 1905)
    • Jacques Mesrine, French criminal; known as the "French Robin Hood" (b. 1936)
  • November 3Hugh P. Harris, United States Army general (b. 1909)
  • November 4
    • Morris Chalfen, American sports entertainment promoter (b. 1907)
    • Yank Terry, American baseball player (b. 1911)
  • November 5Al Capp, American cartoonist (b. 1909)
  • November 6Chick Evans, American golf champion (b. 1890)
  • November 7Gyula Germanus, professor of oriental studies, a Hungarian writer and Islamologist of Jewish origin (b. 1884)
  • November 8
  • November 9Louise Thaden, American aviator (b. 1905)
  • November 9 – Tammy Jo Alexander, former unidentified murder victim (b. 1963)
  • November 10Mahmud Al-Nashaf, Israeli-Arab politician (b. 1906)
  • November 11Dimitri Tiomkin, Russian film composer (b. 1894)
  • November 12Gavriil Veresov, Soviet chess player (b. 1912)
  • November 13
    • Freda Betti, French opera singer (b.1924)
    • Ernest N. Harmon, American general (b. 1894)
  • November 14
    • Amelia Best, Australian politician from Tasmania (b. 1900)
    • Grahame Budge, Canadian-born rugby player representing Scotland (b. 1920)
  • November 15Ed Klieman, American baseball player; nicknamed, "Specs" (b. 1918)
  • November 16Joseph Iglehart, American financier (b. 1891)
  • November 17Immanuel Velikovsky, Russian author and psychiatrist (b. 1895)
  • November 18
    • Freddie Fitzsimmons, American baseball player, manager, and coach (b. 1901)
    • Ade Schwammel, American football offensive tackle (b. 1908)
  • November 19Dewey Jackson Short, Republican U. S. Representative from Missouri (b. 1898)
  • November 21
    • Marie Byles, Australian conservationist (b. 1900)
    • Paul Wexler, American actor (b. 1929)
  • November 22
    • Harry Jackman, Canadian politician and entrepreneur (b. 1900)
    • Irina Saburova, Russian poet, writer, and translator (b. 1907)
  • November 23
    • Merle Oberon, British actress (b. 1911)
    • Judee Sill, American singer and cartoonist (b. 1944)
  • November 24Georg Pinkepank, German Nazi Korvettenkapitän with the Kriegsmarine during World War II (b. 1907)
  • November 25John S. Crawford, American politician for the Wisconsin State Assembly (b. 1923)
  • November 26Marcel L'Herbier, French movie-maker (b. 1888)
  • November 27Jerome Cavanagh, American civic politician; Mayor of Detroit, Michigan from (1962-1970), especially what doomed his administration was the July, 1967 race riots (b. 1928)
  • November 28Peter Mulgrew, New Zealander mountaineer, yachtsman, and businessman (aircraft crash - Air New Zealand Flight 901 (b. 1927)
  • November 30
    • Zeppo Marx, American actor and comedian (b. 1901)
    • Laura Gilpin, American photographer (b. 1891)
    • Joyce Grenfell, British actress and comedian (b. 1910)
    • Gabrielle Dorziat, fashion trend setter in Paris and helped popularize the designs of Coco Chanel (b. 1880)

December

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Hafizullah Amin

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Richard Rodgers

  • December 1
    • Noel Estrada, Puerto Rican composer (b. 1918)
    • Muhammad Abdel Moneim, Egyptian prince and former heir apparent (b. 1899)
  • December 2Helen Fraser, Scottish born suffragist, feminist, educationalist (b. 1881)
  • December 3Dhyan Chand, Indian hockey player (b. 1905)
  • December 4
    • Dumitru Dan, Romanian geographer (b. 1889)
    • Petya Dubarova, Bulgarian poet (b. 1962)
  • December 5
    • Sonia Delaunay, Russian-French artist (b. 1885)
    • Jesse Pearson, American actor (b. 1930)
  • December 7Cecilia Payne-Gaposchkin, British-American astronomer and astrophysicist (b. 1900)
  • December 8Nikolai Gritsenko, Soviet actor of Russian-Ukrainian background (b. 1912)
  • December 9
    • Freeman Harrison Owens, American cinematographer (b. 1890)
    • Fulton J. Sheen, American Roman Catholic bishop (b. 1895)
  • December 10Ann Dvorak, American actress (b. 1911)
  • December 12Alan Shipman, English cricketer (b. 1901)
  • December 13Jon Hall, American actor (b. 1915)
  • December 14Ken Leishman, Canadian criminal (b. 1931)
  • December 15Ethel Lackie, American Olympic swimmer (b. 1907)
  • December 16Vagif Mustafazadeh, Azerbaijani jazz musician (b. 1940)
  • December 17A. J. Iversen, Danish cabinetmaker (b. 1888)
  • December 18
    • Mohammad Mofatteh, Iranian philosopher (b. 1928)
    • Franz Suchomel, Sudeten German Nazi Unterscharführer (b. 1907)
  • December 19Donald Creighton, Canadian historian (b. 1902)
  • December 21Ermindo Onega, Argentine footballer (b. 1940)
  • December 22Darryl F. Zanuck, American film producer (b. 1902)
  • December 23Peggy Guggenheim, American art collector (b. 1898)
  • December 24Armand Massonet, Belgian painter (b. 1892)
  • December 25
    • Joan Blondell, American actress (b. 1906)
    • Jordi Bonet, Canadian artist (b. 1932)
    • Lee Bowman, American actor (b. 1914)
  • December 26Karl Hubbuch, German painter, printmaker, and draftsman (b. 1891)
  • December 27
    • Hafizullah Amin, General Secretary of the People's Democratic Party of Afghanistan, President of Afghanistan (b. 1929)
    • William H. Wilbur, United States Army officer (b. 1888)
  • December 28Karl George (American football), American football player (b. 1894)
  • December 29
    • Felix Becker, German Oberst for the Nazi's in World War II (b. 1893)
    • Richard Tecwyn Williams, Welsh biochemist (b. 1909)
  • December 30Richard Rodgers, American composer (b. 1902)
  • December 31John A. Powers, American public affairs officer for NASA (b. 1922)

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  • Dave Line, British author

Nobel Prizes

  • PhysicsSheldon Lee Glashow, Abdus Salam, Steven Weinberg
  • ChemistryHerbert C. Brown, Georg Wittig
  • MedicineAllan M. Cormack, Godfrey N. Hounsfield
  • LiteratureOdysseas Elytis
  • PeaceMother Teresa
  • EconomicsTheodore Schultz, Arthur Lewis

Media

  • The Doctor Who story City of Death is set in 1979, its year of broadcast.
  • The events of the 2011 fictional movie Super 8 take place during the winter and summer of 1979.

References

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Further reading

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  • Caryl, Christian, Strange Rebels: 1979 and the Birth of the 21st Century (2013), 1979 as worldwide turning point; excerpt and text search
  • Facts on File. Facts on File Yearbook: 1979 (1980) weekly factual report on events worldwide.
  • Hodson, H.V. Annual Register of World Events 1979 (1980), in-depth coverage of major countries
  • Paxton, John, ed. Statesman's Yearbook 1978–1979 (1980), statistical details on all countries