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1965 ( MCMLXV) was a common year starting on Friday of the Gregorian calendar, the 1965th year of the Common Era (CE) and (AD) designations, the 965th year of the Anno Domini 2nd millennium, the 65th year of the 20th century, and the 6th year of the 1960s decade.
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February 23 – Herberts Cukurs, a Latvian aviator, flying instructor, mass murderer and former Nazi collaborator is unofficially executed by Mossad.
March 7 – Bloody Sunday: Some 200 Alabama State Troopers attack 525 civil rights demonstrators in Selma, Alabama, as they attempt to march to the state capitol of Montgomery.
March 8 – Vietnam War: Some 3,500 United States Marines arrive in Da Nang, South Vietnam, becoming the first American ground combat troops in Vietnam.
March 9 – The second attempt to march from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama, under the leadership of Martin Luther King, Jr., stops at the bridge that was the site of Bloody Sunday, to hold a prayer service and return to Selma, in obedience to a court restraining order. White supremacists beat white Unitarian Universalist minister James J. Reeb later that day in Selma.
March 11 – White Unitarian Universalist minister James J. Reeb, beaten by White supremacists in Selma, Alabama, on March 9 following the second march from Selma, dies in a hospital in Birmingham, Alabama.
March 15 – President Lyndon B. Johnson makes his "We Shall Overcome" speech.
March 16 – Police clash with 600 SNCC marchers in Montgomery, Alabama.
Montgomery, Alabama, 1,600 civil rights marchers demonstrate at the Courthouse. In response to the events of March 7 and 9 in Selma, Alabama, President Lyndon B. Johnson sends a bill to Congress that forms the basis for the Voting Rights Act of 1965. It is passed by the Senate May 26, the House July 10, and signed into law by President Johnson August 6.
March 19 – The wreck of the SS is discovered off the Georgiana Isle of Palms, South Carolina, by teenage diver E. Lee Spence, exactly 102 years after she was sunk.
March 22 – Nicolae Ceaușescu becomes the first secretary of the Romanian Communist Party, after the sudden death of previous leader Gheorghe Gheorghiu Dej on March 19 that year.
March 25 – Martin Luther King, Jr. and 25,000 civil rights activists successfully end the 4-day march from Selma, Alabama, to the capitol in Montgomery. March 30
Funeral services are held for Detroit homemaker
Viola Liuzzo, who was shot dead by 4 Klansmen as she drove marchers back to Selma at night after the civil rights march. The second ODECA charter, signed on December 12, 1962, becomes effective.
April 3 – The world's first space nuclear power reactor, , is launched by the United States from Vandenberg AFB, California. The reactor operates for 43 days and remains in SNAP-10A low Earth orbit.
April 5 – At the 37th Academy Awards, wins 8 Academy Awards, including Best Picture and Best Director. My Fair Lady Rex Harrison wins an Oscar for Best Actor. takes home 5 Oscars. Mary Poppins Julie Andrews wins an Academy Award for Best Actress for her performance in the title role. Sherman Brothers receives 2 Oscars including Best Song, " Chim Chim Cher-ee".
April 11 – The 1965 Palm Sunday tornado outbreak: An estimated 51 tornadoes (47 confirmed) hit in 6 Midwestern states, killing between 256 and 271 people and injuring some 1,500 more.
April 14 – killers In Cold Blood Richard Hickock and Perry Smith, convicted of murdering 4 members of the Herbert Clutter family of Holcomb, Kansas, are executed by hanging at the Kansas State Penitentiary for Men in Lansing, Kansas.
April 17 – The first Students for a Democratic Society march against the Vietnam War draws 25,000 protestors to Washington, D.C.
April 18 – Consecration of Saint Clement of Ohrid Macedonian Orthodox Cathedral in Toronto, Canada.
April 21 – The New York World's Fair in Flushing Meadows, New York, reopens.
April 23 – The Pennine Way officially opens.
1965 Yerevan demonstrations start in Yerevan, demanding recognition of the Armenian Genocide. The bodies of Portuguese opposition politician
Humberto Delgado and his secretary Arajaryr Moreira de Campos are found in a forest near Villanueva del Fresno, Spain (they were killed February 12). In the Dominican Republic, officers and civilians loyal to deposed President Juan Bosch mutiny against the right-wing junta running the country, setting up a provisional government. Forces loyal to the deposed military-imposed government stage a countercoup the next day, and civil war breaks out, although the new government retains its hold on power.
April 25 – Teenage sniper Michael Clark kills 3 and wounds others shooting at cars from a hilltop along Highway 101 just south of Orcutt, California. Sixteen-year-old Clark kills himself as police rush the hilltop.
April 26 – Rede Globo, the 3rd largest TV broadcaster of the world, is founded, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
April 29 – Australia announces that it is sending an infantry battalion to support the South Vietnam government.
May 5 – Forty men burn their draft cards at the University of California, Berkeley, and a coffin is marched to the Berkeley Draft Board.
May 6 – A tornado outbreak near the Twin Cities in Minnesota kills 13 and injures 683.
May 7 – The U.S. Steel freighter SS collides with the SS Cedarville Topdalsfjord and sinks near the Mackinac Bridge, killing 25. 10 are rescued from the Cedarville, the 3rd largest lake ship to sink after its sister the SS , and the Carl D. Bradley SS . Edmund Fitzgerald
May 9 – Pianist Vladimir Horowitz returns to the stage after a 12-year absence, performing a legendary concert in Carnegie Hall in New York.
West Germany and
Israel establish diplomatic relations. The Italian liner SS enters service. Michelangelo
May 21 – The largest antiwar teach-in to date begins at Berkeley, California, attended by 30,000.
Several hundred Vietnam War protesters in Berkeley, California, march to the Draft Board again to burn 19 more cards.
Lyndon Johnson is hung in effigy. The first skateboarding championship is held.
May 25 – Muhammad Ali knocks out Sonny Liston in the first round of their championship rematch with the " Phantom Punch" at the Central Maine Civic Center in Lewiston.
May 27 – Internazionale beats Benfica 1–0 at the San Siro, Milan and wins the 1964-65 European Cup (football).
May 29 – A mining accident in Dhanbad, India kills 274. May 31 – Racing driver Jim Clark wins the Indianapolis 500, and later wins the Formula One world driving championship in the same year.
June 2 – Vietnam War: The first contingent of Australian combat troops arrives in South Vietnam.
June 3 – : Astronaut Gemini 4 Ed White makes the first U.S. space walk.
June 6 – The single " (I Can't Get No) Satisfaction" by The Rolling Stones is released. It becomes the band's first number one single in America.
June 7 – Kakanj mine disaster: A mining accident in Kakanj, Bosnia and Herzegovina, results in 128 deaths.
June 10 – Vietnam War – Battle of Dong Xoai: About 1,500 Viet Cong mount a mortar attack on Đồng Xoài, overrunning its military headquarters and the adjoining militia compound.
June 16 – A planned anti-Vietnam War protest at The Pentagon becomes a teach-in, with demonstrators distributing 50,000 leaflets in and around the building.
June 19 – Houari Boumediene's Revolutionary Council ousts Ahmed Ben Bella, in a bloodless coup in Algeria.
June 20 – Police in Algiers break up demonstrations by people who have taken to the streets chanting slogans in support of deposed President Ahmed Ben Bella.
June 22 – The Treaty on Basic Relations between Japan and the Republic of Korea is signed in Tokyo.
June 25 – A U.S. Air Force Boeing C-135 Stratolifter bound for Okinawa crashes just after takeoff at MCAS El Toro in Orange County, California, killing all 85 on board.
June 26 – Ian Chesterton and Barbara Wright return to "London 1965!" On the planet Earth in the Dalek Time Machine following The Daleks' defeat. ( Doctor Who: "The Chase") June 28 – The DeFeo family moves from Brooklyn, New York, to 112 Ocean Avenue in Amityville, Long Island, New York, in the United States. The murder of all but one of the DeFeos nine years later, on November 13, 1974, by the oldest son, Ronald/Ronnie "Butch" DeFeo Jr., and the subsequent claims of a haunting at 112 Ocean Avenue by the Lutz family, would lead to The Amityville Horror franchise of books and movies.
August 1 – Cigarette advertising is banned on British television.
August 6 – U.S. President Lyndon B. Johnson signs the Voting Rights Act of 1965 into law, outlawing literacy tests and other discriminatory voting practices that have been responsible for widespread disfranchisement of African Americans.
August 7 – Tunku Abdul Rahman, Prime Minister of Malaysia, recommends the expulsion of Singapore from the Federation of Malaysia, negotiating its separation with Lee Kuan Yew, Prime Minister of Singapore.
August 11 – The Watts Riots begin in Los Angeles, ending on the 16th after resulting in 34 deaths and over 3,000 arrests.
August 13 – The rock group Jefferson Airplane debuts at the Matrix in San Francisco and begins to appear there regularly.
August 15 – The Beatles perform the first stadium concert in the history of music, playing before 55,600 persons at Shea Stadium in New York City.
August 18 – Vietnam War – Operation Starlite: 5,500 United States Marines destroy a Viet Cong stronghold on the Van Tuong peninsula in Quảng Ngãi Province, in the first major American ground battle of the war. The Marines were tipped-off by a Viet Cong deserter who said that there was an attack planned against the U.S. base at Chu Lai.
August 19 – At the conclusion of the Frankfurt Auschwitz trials, 66 ex- SS personnel receive life sentences, 15 others smaller ones.
August 20 – Jonathan Myrick Daniels, an Episcopal seminarian from Keene, New Hampshire, is murdered in Hayneville, Alabama, while working in the civil rights movement.
August 21 – ( Gemini 5 Gordon Cooper, Pete Conrad) is launched on the first 1-week flight, as well as the first test of fuel cells for electrical power.
August 31 – President Johnson signs a law penalizing the burning of draft cards with up to 5 years in prison and a $1,000 fine.
September 2 – Pakistani troops enter the Indian sector of Kashmir, while Indian troops try to invade Lahore.
September 6 – The Islamic Republic of Pakistan observes its Defence Day, on account of successful defence of Lahore and other important areas against India.
Pakistan celebrates Air Force Day on account of heavy retaliations to India. The People's Republic of China announces that it will reinforce its troops on the Indian border.
Vietnam War: In a follow-up to August's Operation Starlite, United States Marines and South Vietnamese forces initiate Operation Piranha on the Batangan Peninsula, 23 miles (37 km) south of the Chu Lai Marine base.
India opens 2 additional fronts against Pakistan.
The Pakistan Navy raids Indian coasts without any resistance in Operation Dwarka (Pakistan celebrates Victory Day annually).
China protests against Indian provocations in its border region.
In Iraq, Prime Minister Arif Abd ar-Razzaq's attempted coup fails.
September 17 – King Constantine II of Greece forms a new government with Prime Minister Stephanos Stephanopoulos, in an attempt to end a 2-year-old political crisis.
September 20 – Vietnam War: An USAF F-104 Starfighter piloted by Captain Philip Eldon Smith is shot down by a Chinese MiG-19 Farmer. The pilot is held until March 15 1973.
September 21 – Gambia, Maldives and Singapore are admitted as members of the United Nations.
September 22 – Radio Peking announces that Indian troops have dismantled their equipment on the Chinese side of the border.
Fighting resumes between Indian and Pakistani troops.
The British governor of Aden cancels the constitution and takes direct control of the protectorate, due to the bad security situation.
September 25 – The cartoon series makes its world broadcast premiere on Tom & Jerry CBS.
September 27 – The largest tanker ship at this time, Tokyo Maru, is launched in Yokohama, Japan.
November 1 – A trolleybus plunges into the Nile at Cairo, killing 74 passengers.
November 3 – French President Charles de Gaulle announces (just short of his 75th birthday) that he will stand for re-election.
November 5 – Martial law is announced in Rhodesia. The United Nations General Assembly accepts British intent to use force against Rhodesia if necessary by a vote of 82–9.
November 6 – Freedom Flights begin: Cuba and the United States formally agree to start an airlift for Cubans who want to go to the United States (by 1971 250,000 Cubans take advantage of this program).
November 7 – The Pillsbury Company's mascot, the Pillsbury Doughboy, is created in the United States.
November 12 – A UN Security Council resolution (voted 10–0) recommends that other countries not recognize independent Rhodesia.
SS burns and sinks 60 miles (97 km) off Yarmouth Castle Nassau, Bahamas, with the loss of 90 lives. British theatre critic Kenneth Tynan says " fuck" during a discussion on BBC satirical programme for what many believed was the first time on British television. The corporation later issues a public apology. BBC-3
November 14 – Vietnam War – Battle of Ia Drang: In the Ia Drang Valley of the Central Highlands in Vietnam, the first major engagement of the war between regular United States and North Vietnamese forces begins.
November 15 – U.S. racer Craig Breedlove sets a new land speed record of 600.601 mph (966.574 km/h).
November 16 – Venera program: The Soviet Union launches the space probe from Venera 3 Baikonur, Kazakhstan toward Venus (on March 1, 1966, it becomes the first spacecraft to reach the surface of another planet).
November 20 – The United Nations Security Council recommends that all states stop trading with Rhodesia.
November 21 – Mireille Mathieu sings on France's "Télé-Dimanche" and begins her successful singing career.
November 23 – Soviet general Mikhail Kazakov assumes command of the Warsaw Pact.
November 24 – Congolese lieutenant general Mobutu ousts Joseph Kasavubu and declares himself president.
November 26 – At the Hammaguir launch facility in the Sahara Desert, France launches a Diamant A rocket with its first satellite, on board, becoming the third country to enter Astérix-1 outer space.
November 28 – Vietnam War: In response to U.S. President Lyndon B. Johnson's call for "more flags" in Vietnam, Philippines President-elect Ferdinand Marcos announces he will send troops to help fight in South Vietnam. November 29 – The Canadian satellite is launched. Alouette 2
December 1 – The Border Security Force is established in India as a special force to guard the borders.
The first British aid flight arrives in
Lusaka; Zambia had asked for British help against Rhodesia. Members of the
Organization of African Unity decide to sever diplomatic relations with the United Kingdom, unless the British Government ends the rebellion of Rhodesia by mid-December.
The Beatles release their sixth album, . Rubber Soul The first album by The Who, , is released in the United Kingdom. An edited version is released in the United States under the title My Generation The Who Sings My Generation on April 25, 1966.
Charles de Gaulle is re-elected as French president with 10,828,421 votes. The " Glasnost Meeting" in Moscow becomes the first spontaneous political demonstration, and the first demonstration for civil rights in the Soviet Union.
December 9 – , the first A Charlie Brown Christmas television special, debuts on Peanuts CBS, quickly becoming an annual tradition.
December 17 – The British government begins an oil embargo against Rhodesia; the United States joins the effort.
December 20 – The World Food Programme is made a permanent agency of the United Nations.
December 25 – The Yemeni Nasserist Unionist People's Organisation is founded in Ta'izz.
December 27 – The British oil platform Sea Gem collapses in the North Sea.
December 28 – Italian Foreign Minister Amintore Fanfani resigns.
December 31 – Bokassa takes power in the Central African Republic.
Tokyo officially becomes the largest city of the world, taking the lead from New York City.
Council for National Academic Awards is established in the UK.
TAT-4 cable goes into operation. Aborigines are given the vote in Queensland, Australia.
January 1 – Terri Sewell, African-American lawyer and politician
January 2 – Curt Hagman, Mayor of Chino Hills
January 3 – Sharrie Williams, American blues and gospel singer-songwriter
January 6 – Cynthia Dill, American lawyer, Member of the Maine Senate from the 7th District
January 7 – Matthew Levatich, American businessman, president of Harley-Davidson
January 8 – Maria Pitillo, American actress
January 10 – Butch Hartman, American animator and voice actor
January 11 – Mark Halperin, American journalist
January 13 – Rod Rosenstein, American officeholder ( Deputy Attorney General) and lawyer
January 16 – Scott Avedisian, Republican mayor of Warwick
January 17 – Jim Holt (Arkansas politician), American politician, Arkansas House of Representatives
January 19 – J. B. Pritzker, American businessman, philanthropist and politician, 43rd Governor of Illinois
January 20 – Sophie, Countess of Wessex, wife of Prince Edward, Earl of Wessex
January 23 – Catherine Guillouard, French businesswoman
January 28 – Lynda Boyd, Canadian actress
January 30 – Julie McCullough, American actress January 31
February 2 – Cady Huffman, American actress
February 7 – Chris Rock, African-American actor, comedian, and film director
February 8 – Dicky Cheung, Hong Kong actor
February 10 – David Aldridge, American writer
February 11 – Roberto Moya, Cuban athlete (d. 2020)
February 12 – Brett Kavanaugh, American attorney and Supreme Court Justice
February 13 – Andy Buckley, American actor
February 14 – Donald DeGrood, American priest
February 15 – Héctor Beltrán Leyva, Mexican drug lord (d. 2018)
February 16 – Adama Barrow, Gambian politician, 3rd President of Gambia
February 17 – Michael Bay, American film director
February 18 – Dr. Dre, African-American rapper and music producer
February 21 – Shawn Slocum, American football coach
February 22 – Dean Karr, American director and photographer
February 24 – Jane Swift, American executive, former governor of Massachusetts
February 25 – Sylvie Guillem, French ballerina
February 26 – Tim Armstead, Republican politician; jurist from West Virginia
February 28 – Park Gok-ji, South Korean film editor
March 5 – Kathleen Delaney, American actress
March 6 – Lora Leigh, American novelist
Catherine Fulop, Venezuelan actress, model, beauty pageant contestant, and television presenter
José de Anchieta Júnior, Brazilian politician (d. 2018)
Jesse Jackson Jr., African-American politician
Wallace Langham, American actor
Laurence Llewelyn-Bowen, British designer and television presenter Andy Sturmer, American musician, singer, songwriter, and composer
Kevin Brown, American baseball player Aamir Khan, Indian film director, producer, film and scriptwriter and actor
March 15 – Carl J. Artman, American politician
March 17 – George Hinkle, American football player
March 18 – Shannon Grove, American politician
March 20 – Taeko Kawata, Japanese voice actress
March 21 – Wakana Yamazaki, Japanese voice actress
March 22 – Rick Harrison, American businessman
March 23 – Marti Pellow, Scottish singer ( Wet Wet Wet)
March 24 – The Undertaker, American professional wrestler
March 26 – Prakash Raj, Indian actor, producer and director
March 27 – Francisco Ribeiro, Portuguese musician and composer ( Madredeus) (d. 2010)
March 29 – Voula Patoulidou, Greek athlete
April 3 – Nazia Hassan, Pakistani pop singer-songwriter, lawyer and social activist (d. 2000)
April 4 – Robert Downey Jr., American actor, producer, and singer
April 7 – Bill Bellamy, American actor and comedian
April 10 – Jure Robič, Slovenian cyclist (d. 2010)
April 11 – Eelco van Asperen, Dutch computer scientist
April 13 – Patricio Pouchulu, Argentine architect
April 14 – Kirk Windstein, American musician
April 15 – Linda Perry, American musician
Jon Cryer, American actor, comedian and television director Martin Lawrence, African-American actor, comedian, and producer
April 17 – William Mapother, American actor
April 18 – Camille Coduri, English actress
April 19 – Suge Knight, African-American record producer
April 20 – Jovy Marcelo, Filipino race car driver (d. 1992)
April 21 – Julio Robaina, Republican politician, Mayor of Hialeah, Florida
April 22 – Arihiro Hase, Japanese actor and voice actor (d. 1996)
April 24 – Michel Leclerc, French director and screenwriter
April 26 – Kevin James, American comedian and actor
April 27 – Edwin Poots, Irish politician
April 28 – Karl Logan, American musician
April 29 – David Shafer, American politician, Georgia April 30 – Adrian Pasdar, Iranian-American actor and voice artist
May 3 – Gary Mitchell, Irish playwright
May 4 – Aykut Kocaman, Turkish footballer
May 9 – Steve Yzerman, Canadian hockey player
May 11 – Monsour del Rosario, Filipino Olympic athlete and actor
May 12 – Renée Simonsen, Danish model and writer
May 14 – Eoin Colfer, Irish novelist
May 17 – Trent Reznor, American rock musician ( Nine Inch Nails)
May 25 – Yahya Jammeh, President of the Gambia
May 27 – Todd Bridges, American actor and comedian
May 28 – Robbi Chong, Canadian actress
May 30 – Billy Donovan, American professional basketball coach May 31
June 2 – Steve and Mark Waugh, Australian cricketers
June 3 – Mike Shula, American football coach
June 4 – Mick Doohan, Australian motorcycle racer
June 12 – Carlos Luis Morales, Ecuadorian journalist (d. 2020)
June 13 – Infanta Cristina of Spain
June 15 – Bernard Hopkins, American boxer
Yang Liwei, Chinese major general, military pilot and China National Space Administration astronaut
Gabriella Selmeczi, Hungarian jurist and politician
Tim Lajcik, Czech American mixed martial artist, stuntman, actor and writer Michael Dolan, American theatre and film actor, director and educator
Manuel Andrack, German journalist, television show editor, television host and author
Paul Arthurs, British rock guitarist ( Oasis)
Sylvia Mathews Burwell, American government Fernanda Tapia, Mexican announcer, presenter, producer, screenwriter, lecturer, singer and voice actress
Chris Barnes, American child actor
Lakei Heimuli, Tongan footballer
Son Hyun-joo, South Korean actor
Richard Lumsden, English actor, writer, composer and musician
Vladimir Luxuria, Italian trans actress, writer, politician and television host
Danielle Spencer, American actress Akiko Yagi, Japanese free announcer, tarento, television presenter, newscaster and actress
July 9 – David O'Hara, Scottish actor
July 12 – Mama Kandeh, Gambian politician
July 13 – Akina Nakamori, Japanese singer and actress
July 14 – Lou Savarese, American boxer
Ken Evraire, Canadian television journalist, host and former professional football league player with Hamilton Tiger Cats
Martin Kelly (Heavenly), British musician, music manager, record label boss, music publisher and author
Craig Morgan, American country music artist
Santiago Segura, Spanish actor, screenwriter, producer and director
Rosa Gumataotao Rios, 43rd Treasurer of the United States
Alex Winter, American actor Muhamad Radhi Mat Din, Malaysian coach and footballer
July 22 – Shawn Michaels, American professional wrestler
July 28 – Daniela Mercury, Brazilian singer, songwriter, dancer, producer, actress and television host
July 29 – Chang-Rae Lee, Korean-American novelist July 31 – J. K. Rowling, English author
September 2 – Lennox Lewis, British boxer
September 5 – Derby Makinka, Zambian footballer (d. 1993)
September 6 – Gleisi Hoffmann, Brazilian lawyer and politician
September 7 – Jörg Pilawa, German television presenter
September 10 – Marco Pastors, Dutch politician
September 12 – Einstein Kristiansen, Norwegian cartoonist, designer, and television host
September 13 – Jeff Ross, American stand-up comedian, writer, and actor
September 15 – Fernanda Torres, Brazilian actress
September 16 – Katy Kurtzman, American actress, director and producer
September 17 – Kyle Chandler, American actor
September 20 – Robert Rusler, American actor
September 23 – Mark Woodforde, Australian tennis player
September 25 – Scottie Pippen, American basketball player
September 28 – Scott Fellows, American animator September 30
October 2 – Gerardo Reyero, Mexican voice actor
October 6 – Steve Scalise, House Majority Whip and U.S. Representative of Louisiana's 1st district 
October 7 – Kumiko Watanabe, Japanese voice actress
October 9 – Dionicio Cerón, Mexican long-distance runner
October 10 – Chris Penn, American actor (d. 2006)
October 15 – Stephen Tompkinson, English actor
October 20 – Mikhail Shtalenkov, Russian ice hockey player
October 30 – Zaza Urushadze, Georgian film director, producer and screenwriter (d. 2019) October 31 – Rob Rackstraw, English Voice Artist
November 1 – Mia Korf, American actress
November 3 – Ann Scott, French novelist
November 4 – Wayne Static, American singer and musician ( Static-X) (d. 2014)
November 6 – Greg Graffin, American rock singer ( Bad Religion)
November 9 – Bryn Terfel, Welsh baritone
November 10 – Eddie Irvine, Northern Irish racecar driver
November 11 – Max Mutchnick, American television producer
November 16 – Walter Stern, English music video and film director
November 24 – Shirley Henderson, Scottish actress
Ana Paula Padrão, Brazilian journalist, chief editor, entrepreneur, writer and television presenter Cris Carter, American football player
November 26 – Scott Adsit, American actor
November 28 – Peter Beagrie, English footballer
December 4 – Veronica Taylor, American voice actress
December 8 – David Harewood, English actor
December 9 – Brad Savage, American actor
December 16 – J. B. Smoove, African-American actor and comedian
December 18 – John Moshoeu, South African footballer
December 19 – Jessica Steen, Canadian actress
December 22 – Lee Rogers Berger American-born explorer and paleoanthropologist
December 24 – Ian Gomez, American actor
December 27 – Salman Khan, Indian actor, television presenter
December 28 – Allar Levandi, Estonian Nordic combined skier
January 4 – T. S. Eliot, American-British poet, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1888)
January 7 – Ludwig Hirschfeld Mack, German-Australian artist (b. 1883)
January 12 – Lorraine Hansberry, African-American playwright and writer (b. 1930)
January 14 – Jeanette MacDonald, American actress and singer (b. 1903)
January 15 – Pierre Ngendandumwe, 4th and 6th Prime Minister of Burundi (assassinated) (b. 1930)
January 20 – Alan Freed, American disc jockey (b. 1922)
January 24 – Winston Churchill, British politician and statesman, 2-time Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, leader of the World War II, recipient of the Nobel Prize in Literature (b. 1874)
January 31 – Konstantin Muraviev, 31st Prime Minister of Bulgaria (b. 1893)
February 4 – J. B. Danquah, Ghanaian scholar and opposition leader (b. 1895)
February 5 – Irving Bacon, American actor (b. 1893)
February 6 – Frederick, Prince of Hohenzollern (b. 1891)
February 7 – Nance O'Neil, American stage and film actress (b. 1874)
February 10 – Arthur C. Davis, American admiral (b. 1893)
February 11 – Loyal Blaine Aldrich, American astronomer (b. 1884)
February 15 – Nat King Cole, American singer and musician (b. 1919)
February 20 – Théophile Marie Brébant, French army officer (b. 1889)
February 22 – Felix Frankfurter, U.S. Supreme Court Justice (b. 1882)
February 23 – Stan Laurel, British actor (b. 1890)
February 24 – Takeo Itō, Japanese general (b. 1889)
February 26 – Jimmie Lee Jackson, American civil rights activist (b. 1938) February 28 – Adolf Schärf, Austrian politician, 6th President of Austria (b. 1890)
March 5 – Salvador Castaneda Castro, 31st President of El Salvador (b. 1888)
March 6 – Margaret Dumont, American actress (b. 1889)
March 7 – Louise Mountbatten, Queen of Sweden and second wife of King Gustaf VI Adolf (b. 1889)
March 8 – Francesco Carnelutti, Italian jurist and lawyer (b. 1879)
March 11 – James Reeb, American Unitarian Universalist minister, pastor and activist (b. 1927)
March 14 – Marion Jones Farquhar, American tennis champion (b. 1879)
March 19 – Gheorghe Gheorghiu-Dej, Romanian communist leader, 47th Prime Minister of Romania (b. 1901)
March 22 – Fidel Dávila, Spanish general and minister (b. 1878)
March 23 – Mae Murray, American actress (b. 1885)
March 25 – Viola Liuzzo, American Unitarian Universalist and civil rights activist (b. 1925)
March 30 – Philip Showalter Hench, American physician, recipient of the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine (b. 1896)
April 6 – William M. Branham, American Christian minister (b. 1909)
April 8 – Lars Hanson, Swedish actor (b. 1886)
April 14 – Perry Smith (b. 1928) and Dick Hickock (b. 1931), American convicted murderers (executed)
April 16 – Sydney Chaplin, English actor (b. 1885)
April 18 – Guillermo González Camarena, Mexican inventor (b. 1917)
April 19 – George Davis, Dutch-American actor (b. 1889)
April 21 – Edward Victor Appleton, English physicist, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1892)
April 23 – George Adamski, Polish-American UFO writer (b. 1891)
April 27 – Edward R. Murrow, American journalist (b. 1908) April 30 – Helen Chandler, American actress (b. 1906)
May 1 – Spike Jones, American musician and bandleader (b. 1911)
May 6 – Oren E. Long, American politician, 10th Governor of Hawai'i (b. 1889)
May 7 – Charles Sheeler, American photographer (b. 1883)
May 9 – Leopold Figl, 14th Chancellor of Austria and acting President of Austria (b. 1902)
May 10 – Hubertus van Mook, Acting Governor-General of the Dutch East Indies from 1942 to 1948 (b. 1894)
May 13 – Ignacio Barraquer, Spanish ophthalmologist (b. 1884)
May 14 – Frances Perkins, First woman appointed as a United States Presidential cabinet member (Labor) (b. 1880)
May 15 – Yisrael Bar-Yehuda, Zionist activist and Israel politician (b. 1895)
May 16 – Maria Dąbrowska, Polish writer (b. 1886)
May 18 – Eli Cohen, Israeli spy (b. 1924)
May 20 – Huang Zhiqian, Chinese aircraft designer, Pakistan International Airlines Flight 705 crash (b. 1914)
May 25 – Sonny Boy Williamson, American blues musician (b. 1899)
June 1 – Curly Lambeau, American football coach ( Green Bay Packers) and a member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame (b. 1898)
June 7 – Judy Holliday, American actress, comedian, and singer (b. 1921)
June 11 – José Mendes Cabeçadas, Portuguese navy officer, 94th Prime Minister of Portugal and 9th President of Portugal (b. 1883)
June 13 – Martin Buber, Austrian-Israeli philosopher (b. 1878)
June 14 – H. V. Kaltenborn, American radio commentator (b. 1878)
June 20 – Bernard Baruch, American financier and presidential adviser (b. 1870)
June 23 – Mary Boland, American actress (b. 1880)
June 24 – Kenneth Macdonald Beaumont, English legal pioneer (b. 1884)
June 25 – Burr Shafer, American cartoonist (b. 1899)
June 26 – Reginald Beckwith, English actor (b. 1908)
June 28 – Red Nichols, American jazz cornettist (b. 1905) June 30 – Bessie Barriscale, American actress (b. 1884)
October 3 – Zachary Scott, American actor (b. 1914)
October 6 – Edward Evans, Murder victim (b. 1948)
October 12 – Samir Al-Rifai, 6-time Prime Minister of Jordan (b. 1901)
October 13 – Paul Hermann Müller, Swiss chemist, recipient of the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine (b. 1899)
October 14 – Randall Jarrell, American poet (b. 1914)
October 15 – Abraham Fraenkel, Israeli mathematician and recipient of the Israel Prize (b. 1891)
October 17 – John Barton King, American cricketer (b. 1873)
October 19 – Tom Kennedy, American actor (b. 1885)
October 22 – Paul Tillich, German American Christian existentialist philosopher and theologian (b. 1886)
October 24 – Hans Meerwein, German chemist (b. 1879)
October 26 – Sylvia Likens, American murder victim (b. 1949)
October 30 – Arthur M. Schlesinger, Sr., American historian (b. 1888) October 31 – Rita Johnson, American actress (b. 1913)
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