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1964 ( was a MCMLXIV) leap year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar, the 1964th year of the Common Era (CE) and (AD) designations, the 964th year of the Anno Domini 2nd millennium, the 64th year of the 20th century, and the 5th year of the 1960s decade.
January – The
Federation of Rhodesia and Nyasaland is dissolved.
January 7 – A British firm, the Leyland Motor Corp., announces the sale of 450 buses to the Cuban government, challenging the United States blockade of Cuba.
January 8 – In his first State of the Union Address, U.S. President Lyndon Johnson declares a " War on Poverty".
January 9 – : Armed clashes between United States troops and Panamanian civilians in the Martyrs' Day Panama Canal Zone precipitate a major international crisis, resulting in the deaths of 21 Panamanians and 4 U.S. soldiers.
January 10 – is released by Chicago's Vee-Jay Records to get the jump on Capitol Records' release of Introducing... The Beatles , scheduled for January 20. The two record companies fight over Vee-Jay's release of this album in court. Meet the Beatles!
January 11 – United States Surgeon General Luther Terry reports that smoking may be hazardous to one's health (the first such statement from the U.S. government).
Zanzibar Revolution: The predominantly Arab government of Zanzibar is overthrown by African nationalist rebels; a United States Navy destroyer evacuates 61 U.S. citizens. Routine U.S. naval patrols of the
South China Sea begin.
January 13 – In Manchester, New Hampshire, 14-year-old Pamela Mason is murdered. Edward Coolidge is tried and convicted of the crime, but the conviction is set aside by the landmark Fourth Amendment case " Coolidge vs. New Hampshire (1971)."
January 18 – Plans to build the New York City World Trade Center are announced.
January 20 – , the first Meet the Beatles! Beatles album from Capitol Records in the United States, is released ten days after Chicago's Vee-Jay Records releases . The two record companies battle it out in court for months, eventually coming to a conclusion. Introducing... The Beatles
January 22 – Kenneth Kaunda is inaugurated as the first Prime Minister of Northern Rhodesia.
France and the People's Republic of China announce their decision to establish diplomatic relations.
Margaret Chase Smith, 66, announces her candidacy for the Republican presidential nomination.
January 28 – A U.S. Air Force jet training plane that strays into East Germany is shot down by Soviet fighters near Erfurt; all 3 crew men are killed.
January 29– February 9 – The 1964 Winter Olympics are held in Innsbruck, Austria.
Soviet Union launches 2 scientific satellites, Elektron I and II, from a single rocket.
Ranger 6 is launched by NASA, on a mission to carry television cameras and crash-land on the Moon.
January 30 – General Nguyễn Khánh leads a bloodless military coup d'état, replacing Dương Văn Minh as Prime Minister of South Vietnam.
February 1 – The Beatles vault to the #1 spot on the U.S. singles charts for the first time, with " I Want to Hold Your Hand", starting the British Invasion in America.
February 3 – Protesting against alleged de facto school racial segregation, Black and Puerto Rican groups in New York City boycott public schools.
February 4 – The Government of the United States authorizes the Twenty-fourth Amendment to the United States Constitution, outlawing the poll tax.
February 5 – India backs out of its promise to hold a plebiscite in the disputed territory of Kashmir. In 1948, India had taken the issue of Kashmir to the United Nations Security Council and offered to hold a plebiscite in the held Kashmir under UN supervision.
February 6 – Cuba cuts off the normal water supply to the United States Guantanamo Bay Naval Base, in reprisal for the U.S. seizure 4 days earlier of 4 Cuban fishing boats off the coast of Florida.
February 9 – The Beatles appear on , marking their first live performance on American television. Seen by an estimated 73 million viewers, the appearance becomes the catalyst for the mid-1960s " The Ed Sullivan Show British Invasion" of American popular music.
Greeks and Turks begin fighting in
Limassol, Cyprus. The
Republic of China ( Taiwan) severs diplomatic relations with France because of French recognition of the People's Republic of China.
February 23 – Chrysler's second generation hemi racing engine debuts at the Daytona 500. The 426 hemi-powered Plymouth of Richard Petty (#43) wins. Hemi-powered Plymouths finish 1-2-3.
February 25 – Cassius Clay (later Muhammad Ali) beats Sonny Liston in Miami Beach, Florida, and is crowned the heavyweight champion of the world.
February 26 – U.S. politician John Glenn slips on a bathroom rug in his Columbus, Ohio, apartment and hits his head on the bathtub, injuring his left inner ear, and prompting him (later that week) to withdraw from the race for the Democratic Party Senate nomination.
February 27 – The government of Italy asks for help to keep the Leaning Tower of Pisa from toppling over.
February 29 – U.S. President Lyndon B. Johnson announces that the United States has developed a jet airplane (the A-11), capable of sustained flight at more than 2,000 miles per hour (3,200 km/h) and of altitudes of more than 70,000 feet (21,000 m).
March 4 – Teamsters President Jimmy Hoffa is convicted by a federal jury of tampering with a federal jury in 1962.
March 12 – Malcolm X leaves the Nation of Islam.
March 13 – misreports that 38 neighbors of The New York Times Kitty Genovese, 28, fail to respond to her cries, as she is being stabbed to death in Queens, New York City, prompting investigation into the bystander effect.
March 14 – A Dallas, Texas, jury finds Jack Ruby guilty of killing John F. Kennedy assassin Lee Harvey Oswald.
March 15 – Richard Burton and Elizabeth Taylor marry (for the first time) in Montreal.
March 18 – Approximately 50 Moroccan students broke into the embassy of Morocco in the Soviet Union and staged an all‐day sit-in protesting against sentencing of 11 people to death for the alleged assassination attempt of King Hassan II of Morocco.
March 19 – The American Geraldine Jerrie Mock is the first woman to fly solo around the world from March 19 to April 17.
March 20– June 6 – The first United Nations Conference on Trade and Development takes place.
March 20 – The precursor of the European Space Agency, ESRO (European Space Research Organization) is established per an agreement signed on June 14, 1962.
March 21 – Non ho l'età by Gigliola Cinquetti (music by Nicola Salerno, text by Mario Panzeri) wins the Eurovision Song Contest 1964 for Italy.
March 26 – U.S. Defense Secretary Robert McNamara delivers an address that reiterates American determination to give South Vietnam increased military and economic aid, in its war against the Communist insurgency.
March 27 ( Good Friday) – The Great Alaskan earthquake, the second most powerful known (and the most powerful earthquake recorded in North American history) at a magnitude of 9.2, strikes Southcentral Alaska, killing 125 people and inflicting massive damage to the city of Anchorage.
March 30 – Merv Griffin's game show debuts on Jeopardy! NBC; Art Fleming is its first host.
March 31 – The military overthrows Brazilian President João Goulart in a coup, starting 21 years of dictatorship in Brazil. It ends in 1985.
April 6 – Jigme Palden Dorji, premier of the Himalayan kingdom of Bhutan, is shot dead by an unidentified assassin in Puncholing, near the Indian border.
April 7 – IBM announces the System/360.
Four of 5 railroad operating
unions strike against the Illinois Central Railroad without warning, bringing to a head a 5-year dispute over railroad work rules.
Gemini 1 is launched, the first unmanned test of the 2-man spacecraft.
premiers in U.S. movie theaters. From Russia with Love
April 9 – The United Nations Security Council adopts by a 9–0 vote a resolution deploring a British air attack on a fort in Yemen 12 days earlier, in which 25 persons were reported killed.
April 10 – Demolition of the Polo Grounds sports stadium commences in New York City.
April 11 – The Brazilian Congress elects Field Marshal Humberto de Alencar Castelo Branco as President of Brazil.
April 12 – In Detroit, Malcolm X delivers a speech entitled "The Ballot or the Bullet"
April 14 – A Delta rocket's third-stage motor ignites prematurely in an assembly room at Cape Canaveral, killing 3.
April 19 – In Laos, the coalition government of Prince Souvanna Phouma is deposed by a right-wing military group, led by Brig. Gen. Kouprasith Abhay. Not supported by the U.S., the coup is ultimately unsuccessful, and Souvanna Phouma is reinstated, remaining Prime Minister until 1975.
1964 New York World's Fair opens to celebrate the 300th anniversary of New Amsterdam being taken over by British forces under the Duke of York (later King James II) and being renamed New York in 1664. The fair runs until October 18, 1964, and reopens April 21, 1965, finally closing October 17, 1965. (Not sanctioned, due to being within 10 years of the Seattle World's Fair in 1962, some countries decline, but many countries have pavilions with exotic crafts, art and food.)
April 25 – Thieves steal the head of the Little Mermaid statue in Copenhagen, Denmark (Henrik Bruun confesses in 1997).
April 26 – Tanganyika and Zanzibar merge to form Tanzania.
May 1 – At 4:00 a.m., John George Kemeny and Thomas Eugene Kurtz ran the first computer program written in BASIC (Beginners' All-purpose Symbolic Instruction Code), an easy to learn high level programming language which they created. BASIC was eventually included on many computers and even some games consoles.
Barry Goldwater receives more than 75% of the votes in the Texas Republican Presidential primary. Some 400–1,000 students march through
Times Square, New York, and another 700 in San Francisco, in the first major student demonstration against the Vietnam War. Smaller marches also occur in Boston, Seattle, and Madison, Wisconsin.
Henry Hezekiah Dee and Charles Eddie Moore, hitchhiking in Meadville, Mississippi, are kidnapped, beaten, muredered by members of the Ku Klux Klan. Their badly decomposed bodies are found by chance in July during the search for missing activists Chaney, Goodman, and Schwerner.
May 4 – The United States Congress recognized Bourbon whiskey as a "distinctive product of the United States".
May 9 – South Korean President Park Chung-hee reshuffles his Cabinet, after a series of student demonstrations against his efforts to restore diplomatic and trade relations with Japan.
May 11 – Terence Conran opens the first Habitat store on London's Fulham Road.
May 12 – Twelve young men in New York City publicly burn their draft cards to protest the war; the first such act of war resistance.  
May 19 – The United States State Department says that more than 40 hidden microphones have been found embedded in the walls of the U.S. Embassy in Moscow.
Mrs. Madeline Dassault, 63, wife of a French plane manufacturer and politician, is kidnapped while leaving her car in front of her Paris home; she is found unharmed the next day in a farmhouse 27 miles (43 km) from Paris.
Pablo Picasso paints his fourth Head of a Bearded Man.
May 24– 25 – The crowd at a football match in Lima, Peru riots over a referee's decision in the Peru- Argentina game; 319 are killed, 500 injured.
May 26 – Nelson Rockefeller defeats Barry Goldwater in the Oregon Republican primary, slowing but not stalling Goldwater's drive toward the nomination.
May 27 – Prime Minister of India Jawaharlal Nehru dies; he is succeeded by Lal Bahadur Shastri.
May 28 – The Charter of the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) is released by Arab League.
May 30 – Eddie Sachs and Dave MacDonald are killed in a fiery crash during the 1964 Indianapolis 500.
Senator Barry Goldwater wins the
California Republican Presidential primary, making him the overwhelming favorite for the nomination. Five million shares of stock in the Communications Satellite Corporation (Comsat) are offered for sale at $20 a share, and the issue is quickly sold out.
June 3 – South Korean President Park Chung-hee declares martial law in Seoul, after 10,000 student demonstrators overpower police.
June 6 – With a temporary order, the rocket launches at Cuxhaven are terminated.
June 9 – In Federal Court in Kansas City, Kansas, army deserter George John Gessner, 28, is convicted of passing United States secrets to the Soviet Union.
June 16 – Keith Bennett, 12, is abducted by Myra Hindley and Ian Brady. His body was never recovered.
June 17 – Author Ken Kesey and his Merry Pranksters embark on their cross-country trip aboard Further (bus) spreading the gospel of LSD.
June 19 – U.S. Senator Edward Kennedy, 32, is seriously injured in a private plane crash at Southampton, Massachusetts; the pilot is killed.
June 20 – The Ford GT40 makes its first appearance at the 24 Hours of Le Mans. It does not see its first victory, however, until 1966. At the same event, the AC Cobra wins its class in its second Le Mans appearance.
June 26 – Moise Tshombe returns to the Democratic Republic of the Congo from exile in Spain.
June 29 – Manx Radio commences broadcasting from Douglas, Isle of Man after receiving its first Low power broadcast licence from the United Kingdom's General Post Office.
July 2 – President Lyndon Johnson signs the Civil Rights Act of 1964 into law, officially abolishing racial segregation in the United States.
July 6 – Malawi receives its independence from the United Kingdom.
July 8 – U.S. military personnel announce that U.S. casualties in Vietnam have risen to 1,387, including 399 dead and 17 MIA.
July 16 – At the Republican National Convention in San Francisco, U.S. presidential nominee Barry Goldwater declares that "extremism in the defense of liberty is no vice", and "moderation in the pursuit of justice is no virtue".
July 19 – Vietnam War: At a rally in Saigon, South Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyễn Khánh calls for expanding the war into North Vietnam.
July 21 – Race riots begin in Singapore between ethnic Chinese and Malays.
July 22 – The second meeting of the Organisation of African Unity is held.
July 24 – There is a minor criticality accident at a United Nuclear Corporation Fuels recovery plant in Wood River Junction, Richmond, Rhode Island. 37-year-old Robert Peabody dies two days after the incident.
July 27 – Vietnam War: The U.S. sends 5,000 more military advisers to South Vietnam, bringing the total number of United States forces in Vietnam to 21,000.
July 31 – Ranger program: Ranger 7 sends back the first close-up photographs of the Moon (images are 1,000 times clearer than anything ever seen from Earth-bound telescopes).
August 4 – Vietnam War: United States destroyers USS and Maddox USS are attacked in the Turner Joy Gulf of Tonkin. Air support from the carrier USS sinks one gunboat, while the other two leave the battle. Ticonderoga
August 7 – Vietnam War: The United States Congress passes the Gulf of Tonkin Resolution, giving U.S. President Lyndon B. Johnson broad war powers to deal with North Vietnamese attacks on U.S. forces.
August 8 – A Rolling Stones gig in Scheveningen gets out of control. Riot police end the gig after about 15 minutes, upon which spectators start to fight the riot police.
August 13 – Murderers Gwynne Owen Evans and Peter Anthony Allen become the last people to be executed in the United Kingdom.
August 16 – Vietnam War: In a coup, General Nguyễn Khánh replaces Dương Văn Minh as South Vietnam's chief of state and establishes a new constitution, drafted partly by the U.S. Embassy.
August 17 – Margaret Harshaw, Metropolitan Opera soprano, sings the role of Turandot in Puccini's opera at the New York World's Fair. Turandot
August 18 – The International Olympic Committee bans South Africa from the Tokyo Olympics on the grounds that its teams are racially segregated.
August 20 – The International Telecommunications Satellite Consortium ( Intelsat) began to work.
August 24– 27 – The Democratic National Convention in Atlantic City nominates incumbent President Lyndon B. Johnson for a full term, and U.S. Senator Hubert Humphrey of Minnesota as his running mate.
August 27 – Walt Disney's has its world premiere in Los Angeles. It will go on to become Disney's biggest moneymaker, and winner of 5 Academy Awards, including a Mary Poppins Best Actress award for Julie Andrews, who accepted the part after she was passed over by Jack L. Warner for the leading role of Eliza Doolittle in the film version of My Fair Lady. Mary Poppins is the first Disney film to be nominated for Best Picture.
August 28– 30 – Philadelphia 1964 race riot: Tensions between African American residents and police lead to 341 injuries and 774 arrests.
September 2 – Indian Hungry generation poets are arrested on charges of conspiracy against the state and obscenity in literature.
September 4 – The Forth Road Bridge opens over the Firth of Forth.
September 10 – The African Development Bank (AfDB) is founded.
September 11 – In Jacksonville, Florida, John Lennon announces that the Beatles will not play to a segregated audience.
September 16 – premieres on the Shindig! , featuring the top musical acts of the Sixties. ABC
September 18 – In Athens, King Constantine II of Greece marries Princess Anne-Marie of Denmark, who becomes Europe's youngest Queen at age 18 years, 19 days.
September 20 – At the autumnal equinox, the Order of Bards, Ovates and Druids (OBOD) is founded in England.
September 24 – The Warren Commission Report, the first official investigation of the assassination of United States President John F. Kennedy, is published.
September 25 – The Mozambican War of Independence is launched by FRELIMO.
October – Dr.
Robert Moog demonstrates the prototype Moog synthesizer. 
October 2 – The Kinks release their first album, . Kinks
October 10– 24 – The 1964 Summer Olympics are held in Tokyo.
October 12 – The Soviet Union launches into Earth Voskhod 1 orbit as the first spacecraft with a multi-person crew and the first flight without space suits. The flight is cut short and lands again on October 13 after 16 orbits.
October 14 – American civil rights movement leader Martin Luther King Jr. becomes the youngest recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize, which was awarded to him for leading non-violent resistance to end racial prejudice in the United States.
October 14– 15 – Nikita Khrushchev is deposed as leader of the Soviet Union; Leonid Brezhnev and Alexei Kosygin assume power.
October 18 – The New York World's Fair closes for the year (it reopens April 21, 1965).
October 21 – The film version of the hit Broadway stage musical My Fair Lady premieres in New York City. The movie stars Audrey Hepburn in the role of Eliza Doolittle and Rex Harrison repeating his stage performance as Professor Henry Higgins, and which will win him his only Academy Award for Best Actor. The film will win seven other Academy Awards, including Best Picture, but Audrey Hepburn will not be nominated. Critics interpret this as a rebuke to Jack L. Warner for choosing Ms. Hepburn over Julie Andrews.
Canada: A Federal Multi-Party Parliamentary Committee selects a design to become the new official
Flag of Canada. A 5.3
kiloton nuclear device is detonated at the Tatum Salt Dome, 21 miles (34 km) from Hattiesburg, Mississippi, as part of the Vela Uniform program. This test is the Salmon phase of the Atomic Energy Commission's Project Dribble.
October 24 – Northern Rhodesia, a former British protectorate, becomes the independent Republic of Zambia, ending 73 years of British rule.
October 26 – Eric Edgar Cooke becomes the last man executed in Western Australia, for murdering 8 citizens in Perth between 1959 and 1963.
October 27 – In the Democratic Republic of the Congo, rebel leader Christopher Gbenye takes 60 Americans and 800 Belgians hostage.
October 29 – A collection of irreplaceable gemstones, including the 565 carats (113.0 g) Star of India, is stolen from the American Museum of Natural History in New York City.
October 31 – Campaigning at Madison Square Garden, New York, U.S. President Lyndon Johnson pledges the creation of the Great Society.
November 1 – Mortar fire from North Vietnamese forces rains on the Bien Hoa Air Base, killing four U.S. servicemen, wounding 72, and destroying five B-57 jet bombers and other planes.
November 5 – Mariner program: Mariner 3, a U.S. space probe intended for Mars, is launched from Cape Kennedy but fails.
November 9 – The House of Commons of the United Kingdom votes to abolish the death penalty for murder in Britain.
November 10 – Australia partially reintroduces compulsory military service due to the Indonesian Confrontation.
November 13 – Bob Pettit ( St. Louis Hawks) becomes the first American National Basketball Association player to score 20,000 points.
November 19 – The United States Department of Defense announces the closing of 95 military bases and facilities, including the Brooklyn Navy Yard, the Brooklyn Army Terminal, and Fort Jay, New York.
November 24 – Belgian paratroopers and mercenaries capture Stanleyville, but a number of hostages die in the fighting, among them American Evangelical Covenant Church missionary Dr. Paul Carlson.
Gustavo Díaz Ordaz takes office as President of Mexico. Vietnam War: U.S. President Lyndon B. Johnson and his top-ranking advisers meet to discuss plans to bomb North Vietnam (after some debate, they agree on a 2-phase bombing plan).
Berkeley Free Speech Movement: Police arrest about 800 students at the University of California, Berkeley, following their takeover of and massive sit-in at the Sproul Hall administration building. The sit-in most directly protested the U.C. Regents' decision to punish student activists for what many thought had been justified civil disobedience earlier in the conflict. The Danish football club
Brøndby IF was founded as a merger between the two local clubs Brøndbyøster Idrætsforening and Brøndbyvester Idrætsforening. The club has won the national championship Danish Superliga 10 times, and has won the national Danish Cups six times since the club joined the Danish top-flight football league in 1981.
December 6 – The 1-hour stop-motion animated special , based on the popular Christmas song, premieres on Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer NBC. It becomes a beloved Christmas tradition, still being shown on television more than 50 years later.
December 9 – A Love Supreme recorded by John Coltrane with his quartet at Van Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey, United States 
December 10 – Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. is awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in Oslo, Norway.
Sam Cooke, African-American singer and songwriter was shot and killed at a motel in Los Angeles, California (b. 1931)
December 11 – Che Guevara addresses the U.N. General Assembly. 
December 12 – Jamhuri Day: Kenya becomes a republic, with Jomo Kenyatta as its first President.
December 14 – (379 US 241 1964): The U.S. Supreme Court rules that, in accordance with the Heart of Atlanta Motel v. United States Civil Rights Act of 1964, establishments providing public accommodation must refrain from racial discrimination.
December 15 – publishes an article about The Washington Post James Hampton, who has built a glittering religious throne out of recycled materials.
In the wake of deadly riots in January over control of the
Panama Canal, the U.S. offers to negotiate a new canal treaty. The deadly
Christmas flood of 1964 begins; It becomes one of the most destructive weather events to affect Oregon in the 20th century.
December 23 – Wonderful Radio London becomes the United Kingdom's fourth "Pirate" radio station, broadcasting from MV Galaxy (a former US Navy minesweeper) anchored off the east coast of England, with an American-style Top 40 (" Fab 40") playlist of popular records.
December 24 – Bombing of the Brinks Hotel in Saigon.
December 26 – Lesley Ann Downey, 10, is abducted by Ian Brady and Myra Hindley in Manchester, England.
December 27 – The Cleveland Browns defeat the Baltimore Colts, 27-0, in the National Football League Championship Game.
December 30 – United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) established as a permanent organ of the UN General Assembly.
January 2 – Pernell Whitaker, American boxer
January 3 – Jon Gibson, American Christian musician
January 4 – Dot Jones, American actress and retired athlete
January 5 – Miguel Ángel Jiménez, Spanish golfer
January 7 – Nicolas Cage, American actor
January 12 – Jeff Bezos, American Internet entrepreneur
January 10 – Yolanda Hadid, Dutch American television personality
January 14 – Mark Addy, English actor
January 15 – Osmo Tapio Räihälä, Finnish composer
January 16 – Chris Dittmar, Australian squash player
January 18 – Jane Horrocks, British actress
January 19 – Ricardo Arjona, Guatemalan singer
January 20 – Aquilino Pimentel III, Filipino politician, 28th President of the Senate of the Philippines
January 27 – Bridget Fonda, American actress
January 29 – Andre Reed, NFL player, 2014 Pro Football Hall of Fame inductee
January 31 – Jeff Hanneman, American rock guitarist ( Slayer) (d. 2013)
April 1 – Erik Breukink, Dutch cyclist and manager
April 4 – David Cross, American actor and comedian
April 6 – David Woodard, American businessman
April 8 – Lisa Guerrero, Hispanic American actress, model and sportscaster/reporter
April 13 – Caroline Rhea, Canadian actress and comedian
April 14 – Takumi Yamazaki, Japanese voice actress
April 16 – Esbjörn Svensson Swedish jazz pianist (d. 2008)
April 18 – Lourenço Mutarelli, Brazilian underground comic book writer
April 19 – Harris Barton, American football player
April 21 – Ludmila Engquist, Russian-born Swedish athlete
April 22 – Pooky Quesnel, English actress
April 28 – L'Wren Scott, American fashion designer (d. 2014)
April 30 – Misa Watanabe, Japanese voice actress
May 1 – Yvonne van Gennip, Dutch speed-skater
May 3 – Ron Hextall, Canadian ice hockey player
May 4 – Zsuzsa Mathe, Hungarian born painter and visual artist, founder of Transrealism
May 6 – Dana Hill, American voice actress (d. 1996)
May 10 – Mark Andre, French-born German composer
May 11 – John Parrott, English snooker player
May 13 – Stephen Colbert, American comedian and television personality; host of The Late Show with Stephen Colbert
May 14 – Suzy Kolber, American sportscaster
May 16 – John Salley, American basketball player and talk show host
May 20 – Charles Edward Maurice Spencer, 9th Earl Spencer, British aristocrat, author, print journalist and broadcaster. Younger brother of Diana, Princess of Wales.
May 21 – Danny Bailey, English footballer
May 22 – Marcus Dupree, American football player
May 23 – Ruth Metzler-Arnold, member of the Swiss Federal Council
May 24 – Adrian Moorhouse, British swimmer
May 25 – Ray Stevenson, Northern Irish-born actor
May 27 – Adam Carolla, American comedic radio personality and television personality
May 28 – Jeff Fenech, Australian boxer
May 30 – Wynonna Judd, American country singer
June 1 – Deirdre Bolton, American broadcast journalist and business news and commentator
June 6 – Guru Josh, British musician (d. 2015)
June 10 – Ben Daniels, British actor
June 13 – Kathy Burke, English actress and comedian
June 13 – Lance Mountain, American skateboarder
June 16 – Martin Streek, Canadian radio personality (d. 2009)
June 17 – Erin Murphy, American actress
Astrid Carolina Herrera, Venezuelan actress
Tomonohana Shinya, Japanese sumo wrestler
Tara Morice, Australian actress, singer, and dancer
Joey Allen, American guitarist
Clete Blakeman, American football official
Lou Yun, Chinese gymnast
Juan Ignacio Martínez, Spanish footballer
Joss Whedon, American screenwriter
June 26 – Tommi Mäkinen, Finnish rally driver
June 27 – Kai Diekmann, German journalist
June 28 – Mark Grace, American baseball player
July 2 – José and Ozzie Canseco, Cuban-born American baseball players; twin brothers
July 5 – Jimmy Demers, American singer-songwriter
July 7 – Karina Galvez, Ecuadorian poet
July 9 – Courtney Love, American musician/actress
July 11 – Craig Charles, British actor
July 12 – Gaby Roslin, British TV presenter
July 18 – Wendy Williams, African-American former radio host and current talk show host
July 19 – Masahiko Kondō, Japanese singer
July 20 – Chris Cornell, American singer (d. 2017)
July 21 – Ross Kemp, British actor
July 23 – Nick Menza, German-born American drummer ( Megadeth) (d. 2016)
July 24 – Barry Bonds, African-American baseball player
July 25 – Lisa LaFlamme, Canadian journalist and news anchor
July 31 – C.C. Catch, Dutch-born German singer
August 2 – Mary-Louise Parker, American actress
August 5 – Adam Yauch, American rapper ( Beastie Boys) (d. 2012)
August 6 – Gary Valenciano, Filipino musician
August 7 – Tom McGrath, American animator and voice ctor
August 10 – Hiro Takahashi, Japanese singer (d. 2005)
August 15 – Melinda Gates, American wife of Bill Gates
August 19 – Dermott Brereton, Australian rules footballer
August 24 – Salizhan Sharipov, Russian cosmonaut
August 25 – Maxim Kontsevich, Russian mathematician
August 27 – Paul Bernardo, Canadian serial killer and rapist
September 4 – Anthony Weiner, U.S. Representative for New York's 9th congressional district
September 6 – Todd Palin, American husband of former governor Sarah Palin
September 7 – Andy Hug, Swiss Seidokaikan karateka and kickboxer (d. 2000)
Michael Johns, American health care executive and Presidential speechwriter
Raven, American professional wrestler
September 10 – Jack Ma, Chinese business magnate and billionaire internet entrepreneur; in Hangzhou
September 11 – Ellis Burks, American baseball player
September 14 – Faith Ford, American actress
September 15 – Robert Fico, Prime Minister of Slovakia
September 19 – Trisha Yearwood, American country singer
September 21 – Jorge Drexler, Uruguayan musician
September 20 – Maggie Cheung, Hong Kong actress
September 23 – Koshi Inaba, Japanese singer ( B'z)
September 25 – Kikuko Inoue, Japanese singer and voice actress
September 27 – Stephan Jenkins, American musician
September 28 – Janeane Garofalo, American actress and comedian
October 1 – Harry Hill, English comedian, writer and actor
October 3 – Clive Owen, English actor
October 13 – Masaya Onosaka, Japanese voice actor
October 16 – Kathryn Edwards, American reality television star
October 18 – John Swasey, American voice actor
October 20 – Kamala Harris, U.S. Senator from California
October 23 – David Sobolov, Canadian voice actor and director
October 26 – Marc Lépine, Canadian mass murderer (d. 1989)
October 28 – Onofrio Catacchio, Italian artist
October 29 – Yasmin Le Bon, British model
October 31 – Marco van Basten, Dutch footballer and manager
November 1 – Daran Norris, American voice actor
November 3 – Paprika Steen, Danish actress
November 6 – Greg Graffin, American rock musician ( Bad Religion)
November 7 – Dana Plato, American actress (d. 1999)
November 17 – Mitch Williams, American baseball player
November 23 – Boyd Kestner, American actor
November 26 – Vreni Schneider, Swiss alpine skier
November 27 – Robin Givens, African-American actress
Giorgi Bagaturov, Georgian-Armenian chess grandmaster
Michael Bennet, American lawyer, businessman and politician
Jorge Capitanich, Argentine politician
Ken Charlery, St Lucian international footballer
Naoto Hori, Japanese football player
Paul Kostacopoulos, American college baseball coach
Eugene Licorish, Grenadian long jumper
Michelle McKormick, American talk radio personality
Oscar Muñoz, Colombian wrestler
Zurab Sturua, Georgian chess grandmaster
Roy Tarpley, American former professional basketball player
Craig Wilson, American professional baseball player
December 1 – Salvatore Schillaci, Italian footballer
December 8 – Teri Hatcher, American actress
December 11 – John Mark Karr, American murder suspect
December 12 – Sabu, American professional wrestler
December 17 – Frank Musil, Czech ice hockey player and scout
December 18 – Stone Cold Steve Austin, American professional wrestler
December 22 – Mike Jackson, former MLB pitcher
December 23 – Eddie Vedder, American rock singer ( Pearl Jam)
December 26 – Elizabeth Kostova, American author
December 29 – Michael Cudlitz, American actor
December 31 – Michael McDonald, American actor and comedian
February 5 – Matilde Moisant, American pilot (b. 1878)
February 6 – Emilio Aguinaldo, Filipino general and 1st President of the Philippines (b. 1869)
February 7 – Sofoklis Venizelos, 3-Time Prime Minister of Greece (b. 1894)
February 10 – Eugen Sänger, Austrian aerospace engineer (b. 1905)
February 12 – Gerald Gardner (Wiccan), founder of Wiccan religion (b. 1884)
February 13 – Paulino Alcántara, Filipino-Spanish footballer (b. 1896)
February 18 – Joseph-Armand Bombardier, Canadian inventor of the snowmobile and founder of Bombardier Inc. (b. 1907)
February 26 – F. F. E. Yeo-Thomas, British World War II hero (b. 1901)
February 27 – Orry-Kelly, Australian-born costume designer (b. 1897)
February 29 – Frank Albertson, American actor (b. 1909)
March 1 – Davíð Stefánsson, Icelandic poet (b. 1895)
March 4 – Edwin August, American actor and director (b. 1883)
March 9 – Paul von Lettow-Vorbeck, German general (b. 1870)
March 12 – Abbās al-Aqqād, Egyptian journalist (b. 1889)
March 13 – Friedrich Lahrs, German architect (b. 1880)
March 19 – Leo Maximilian Baginski, German entrepreneur (b. 1891)
March 20 – Brendan Behan, Irish poet and writer (b. 1923)
March 22 – Addison Richards, American actor (b. 1887)
March 23 – Peter Lorre, Hungarian-born actor (b. 1904)
March 25 – Alfredo Bigatti, Argentine sculptor (b. 1898)
March 30 – Birinchi Kumar Barua, Indian folklorist (b. 1890)
April 1 – Božidar Kunc, Yugoslav composer (b. 1903)
April 3 – Franz Joseph, Prince of Hohenzollern-Emden (b. 1891)
April 4 – Georgia Caine, American actress (b. 1876)
April 5 – Douglas MacArthur, U.S. Army general, Supreme Allied Commander in Japan after World War II (b. 1880)
April 6 – Jigme Palden Dorji, 1st Prime Minister of Bhutan (b. 1919)
April 13 – Veit Harlan, German film director (b. 1899)
April 24 – Gerhard Domagk, German bacteriologist, recipient of the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine (declined) (b. 1895)
April 26 – E. J. Pratt, Canadian poet (b. 1882)
May 2 – Nancy Astor, Viscountess Astor, American-born politician (b. 1879)
May 5 – Tadao Ikeda, Japanese director and screenwriter (b. 1905)
May 6 – José Maza Fernández, Chilean politician, lawyer and diplomat (b. 1889)
May 10 – Carol Haney, American dancer and actress (b. 1924)
May 13 – Diana Wynyard, English actress (b. 1906)
May 17 – Steve Owen, American football coach ( New York Giants) and a member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame (b. 1898)
May 21 – James Franck, German-born physicist, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1882)
May 27 – Jawaharlal Nehru, Indian politician, 1st Prime Minister of India (b. 1889)
June 3 – Frans Eemil Sillanpää, Finnish writer, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1888)
June 8 – Carlos Quintanilla, 44th President of Bolivia (b. 1888)
June 9 – Max Aitken, 1st Baron Beaverbrook, Canadian-born newspaper publisher and politician (b. 1879)
June 12 – Paul Carpenter, American actor (b. 1921)
June 17 – Clarence G. Badger, American film director (b. 1880)
June 18 – Giorgio Morandi, Italian painter (b. 1890)
June 24 – Stuart Davis, American painter (b. 1892)
June 25 – Gerrit Rietveld, Dutch architect (b. 1888)
July 1 – Pierre Monteux, French conductor (b. 1875)
July 2 – Glenn "Fireball" Roberts, American race car driver and a member of the NASCAR Hall of Fame (b. 1929)
July 4 – Hank Sylvern, U.S. radio personality (b. 1908)
July 6 – Zeng Junchen, Sichuan's 'King of Opium' (b. 1888)
July 7 – Lillian Copeland, American athlete (b. 1904)
July 11 – Maurice Thorez, leader of the French Communist Party (b. 1900)
July 13 – Stephen Galatti, Director of AFS, American Field Service (b. 1888)
July 14 – Prince Axel of Denmark (b. 1888)
July 15 – Luis Batlle Berres, 30th President of Uruguay (b. 1897)
July 16 – Alfred Junge, German-born art director (b. 1886)
July 21 – Jean Fautrier, French painter and sculptor (b. 1898)
July 23 – Thakin Kodaw Hmaing, Burmese poet and politician (b. 1876)
July 26 – William A. Seiter, American film director (b. 1890)
July 29 – Vean Gregg, American baseball player (b. 1885)
July 31 – Jim Reeves, American country singer (b. 1923)
August 3 – Flannery O'Connor, American writer (b. 1925)
August 6 – Sir Cedric Hardwicke, English actor (b. 1893)
August 7 – Aleksander Zawadzki, Polish political figure, 12th President of Poland (b. 1899)
August 9 – Fontaine Fox, American cartoonist (b. 1884)
August 11 – André Aymard, French historian (b. 1900)
August 13 – Mushtaq Hussain Khan, Indian musician (b. 1878)
August 14 – Johnny Burnette, American singer (b. 1934)
August 18 – Mohammad Gul Khan Momand, Afghani politician (b. 1885)
August 20 – Anthony de Francisci, Italian-born American sculptor (b. 1887)
August 21 – Palmiro Togliatti, leader of the Italian Communist Party (b. 1893)
August 22 – Symeon Lukach, Soviet Orthodox bishop, martyr and blessed (b. 1893)
August 23 – Estella Canziani, British painter (b. 1887)
August 27 – Gracie Allen, American actress and comedian, known as part of the comedy duo (b. Burns and Allen 1895)
August 28 – Lumsden Hare, Irish-born actor, theatre director, and theatre producer
August 30 – Aleksei Aleksandrovich Grechkin, Soviet commander (b. 1893)
December 3 – Charles P. Snyder, American admiral (b. 1879)
December 5 – V. Veerasingam, Ceylon Tamil teacher and politician (b. 1892)
December 6 – Consuelo Vanderbilt, Duchess of Marlborough (b. 1877)
December 9 – Dame Edith Sitwell, British poet (b. 1887)
December 10 – Mariano Rossell y Arellano, Guatemalan Roman Catholic clergyman (b. 1894)
December 13 – Ernesto Almirante, Italian actor (b. 1877)
December 17 – Victor Francis Hess, Austrian-born physicist, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1883)
December 21 – Carl Van Vechten, American writer and photographer (b. 1880)
December 22 – Rosa Borja de Ycaza, Ecuadorian writer (b. 1889)
December 24 – Kuksha of Odessa, Soviet Orthodox patriarch and saint (b. 1875)
December 27 – Francesco Spoto, Italian Roman Catholic priest and blessed (b. 1924)
December 28 – Cliff Sterrett, American cartoonist (b. 1883)
December 29 – Vladimir Favorsky, Russian artist and engraver (b. 1886)
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