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1971 ( was a MCMLXXI) common year starting on Friday of the Gregorian calendar, the 1971st year of the Common Era (CE) and (AD) designations, the 971st year of the Anno Domini 2nd millennium, the 71st year of the 20th century, and the 2nd year of the 1970s decade.
The world population increased by 2.1% this year, the highest increase in history.
February 4 – In Britain, Rolls-Royce goes bankrupt and is nationalised.
February 5 – lands on the Moon. Apollo 14
February 6 – The 4.6 Mb Tuscania earthquake shook the Italian province of Viterbo with a maximum Mercalli intensity of VIII ( Severe), causing 24 deaths, 150 injuries, and extreme damage.
Switzerland gives women voting rights in state elections, but not in all
Władysław Gomułka is expelled from the Central Council of the Polish Communist Party.
February 8 – A new stock market index called the Nasdaq Composite debuts.
February 11 – The US, UK, USSR and others sign the Seabed Treaty, outlawing nuclear weapons on the ocean floor.
February 11– February 12 – Palestinian and Jordanian fighters clash in Amman.
February 13 – Vietnam War: Backed by American air and artillery support, South Vietnamese troops invade Laos.
February 16 – In Italy, a local parliament elects the city of Catanzaro as the capital of Calabria; residents of Reggio di Calabria riot for 5 days because of the decision.
February 21 – The Convention on Psychotropic Substances is signed at Vienna.
February 26 – Secretary General U Thant signs the United Nations proclamation of the vernal equinox as Earth Day.
February 27 – Doctors in the first Dutch abortion clinic (Mildredhuis in Arnhem) start to perform abortus provocatus.
February 28 – Evel Knievel sets a world record and jumps 19 cars in Ontario, California.
March 4 – The southern part of Quebec, and especially Montreal, receive 16½" (42 cm) of snow in what becomes known as the Century's Snowstorm ( la tempête du siècle).
March 5 – The Pakistani army occupies East Pakistan. In Belfast, a Led Zeppelin show includes the first public performance of Stairway to Heaven, a song from the fourth album.
March 6 – A fire in a mental hospital at Burghölzli, Switzerland, kills 28 people.
The British postal workers' strike, led by
UPW General Secretary Tom Jackson, ends after 47 days.
Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, political leader of then East Pakistan (present day- Bangladesh), delivers his famous speech in the Racecourse Field in Dhaka, calling on the masses to be prepared to fight for national independence.
March 12 – Hafez al-Assad becomes president of Syria.
March 12– March 13 – The Allman Brothers Band plays their legendary concert at the Fillmore East.
March 16 – Trygve Bratteli forms a government in Norway.
March 18 – A landslide at Chungar, Peru crashes into Yanawayin Lake, killing 200.
March 23 – General Alejandro Lanusse of Argentina takes power in a military coup.
March 25 – The Pakistani army starts Operation Searchlight in East Pakistan from midnight, after President Agha Muhammad Yahya Khan, a military ruler, voids election results that gave the Awami League an overwhelming majority in the parliament.
March 27 – East Pakistan (now Bangladesh) independence is repeatedly declared by Army Major (later President of Bangladesh) Ziaur Rahman on behalf of Sheikh Mujibur Rahman from Kalurghat Radio Station, Chittagong.
March 28 – airs its final episode. The Ed Sullivan Show
Amtrak begins inter-city rail passenger service in the United States. The
Ceylonese government promises amnesty for those guerillas who surrender before April 5.
May 2 – In Ceylon, left-wing guerillas launch a series of assaults against public buildings.
Arsenal F.C. wins the English Division 1 football league championship at the home of their bitter rivals, Tottenham Hotspur, with Ray Kennedy scoring the winner. (Arsenal FC will go on to win the league and cup 'double' 6 days later by defeating Liverpool in the FA Cup final). The Harris Poll claims that 60% of Americans are against the
Vietnam War. East German leader
Walter Ulbricht resigns as Communist Party leader but retains the position of head of state.
1971 May Day Protests: Anti-war militants attempt to disrupt government business in Washington, D.C.; police and military units arrest as many as 12,000, most of whom are later released.
May 5 – The US dollar floods the European currency markets and threatens especially the Deutsche Mark; the central banks of Austria, Belgium, Netherlands and Switzerland stop the currency trading.
May 6 – The Ceylon government begins a major offensive against the People's Liberation Front.
May 12 – An earthquake in Turkey destroys most of the city of Burdur.
May 15 – Efraim Elrom, Israeli ambassador to Turkey, is kidnapped; he is found killed in Istanbul May 25.
May 16 – A coup attempt is exposed and foiled in Egypt.
The U.S. Congress formally votes to end funding for the American Supersonic Transport program.
Montréal Canadiens win the Stanley Cup against the Chicago Blackhawks. The Canadiens became only the second team in NHL history to win the Cup in game 7 on the road. This also marked the last NHL game that the late Jean Béliveau played.
May 19 – Mars probe program: is launched by the Mars 2 Soviet Union.
May 22 – An earthquake lasting 20 seconds destroys most of Bingöl, Turkey – more than 1,000 are killed, 10,000 made homeless.
May 23 – An air crash at Rijeka Airport, Yugoslavia kills 78 people, mostly British tourists.
Austria and the People's Republic of China establish diplomatic relations.
Qantas agrees to pay $500,000 to bomb hoaxer-extortionist Mr. Brown (Peter Macari), who is later arrested.
Six armed passengers hijack a
Romanian passenger plane and force it to fly to Vienna.
Christie's auctions a diamond known as Deepdene; it is later found to be artificially colored.
May 28 – Portugal resigns from UNESCO.
May 30 – Mariner program: is launched toward Mariner 9 Mars.
May 31 – The birth of Bangladesh is declared by the government in exile, in territory formerly part of Pakistan.
Massachusetts passes its Chapter 766 laws enacting Special Education.
June 1 – Vietnam War: Vietnam Veterans for a Just Peace, claiming to represent the majority of U.S. veterans who served in Southeast Asia, speak against war protests.
The U.S. ends its
trade embargo of China. Corpus Thursday: A student rally on the streets of Mexico City is roughly dispersed.
June 11 – Neville Bonner becomes the first Indigenous Australian to sit in the Australian Parliament.
June 14 – Norway begins oil production in the North Sea.
Representatives of Japan and the United States sign the Okinawa Reversion Agreement, whereby the U.S. will return control of
Okinawa.  President
Richard Nixon declares the U.S. War on Drugs.
June 18 – Southwest Airlines, a low-cost carrier, begins its first flights between Dallas, Houston, and San Antonio.
June 20 – Britain announces that Soviet space scientist Anatoli Fedoseyev has been granted asylum.
June 21 – Britain begins new negotiations for EEC membership in Luxembourg.
June 25 – Madagascar accuses the U.S. of being connected to the plot to oust the current government; the U.S. recalls its ambassador.
June 27 – Concert promoter Bill Graham closes the legendary Fillmore East, which first opened on 2nd Avenue (between 5th and 6th Streets) in New York City on March 8, 1968.
June 28 – Assassin Jerome A. Johnson shoots Joe Colombo in the head in a middle of an Italian-American rally, putting him in a coma.
Nordic Council secretariat inaugurated.
July 3 – Jim Morrison, lead singer of The Doors is found dead in his bathtub in Paris, France.
July 4 – Michael S. Hart posts the first e-book, a copy of the United States Declaration of Independence, on the University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign's mainframe computer, the origin of Project Gutenberg. 
July 5 – Right to vote: The 26th Amendment to the United States Constitution, formally certified by President Richard Nixon, lowers the voting age from 21 to 18.
July 6 – Hastings Banda is proclaimed President for Life of Malawi.
July 9 – The United Kingdom increases its troops in Northern Ireland to 11,000.
July 10– July 11 – Coup attempt in Morocco: 1,400 cadets take over the king's palace for 3 hours and kill 28 people; 158 rebels die when the king's troops storm the palace (10 high-ranking officers are later executed for involvement).
July 10 – Gloria Steinem makes her Address to the Women of America.
July 11 – Copper mines in Chile are nationalized.
July 14 – Libya severs its diplomatic ties with Morocco.
July 15 – American President Richard Nixon announces his 1972 visit to China.
July 17 – Italy and Austria sign a treaty that ends the schism about South Tyrol.
July 18 – The Trucial States are formed in the Persian Gulf.
July 19 – The South Tower of the World Trade Center in New York City is topped out at 1,362 feet (415 m), making it the second tallest building in the world.
July 19– July 23 – Major Hashem al-Atta ousts Jaafar Muhammad al-Nimeiri in a military coup in Sudan. Fighting continues until on July 22, when pro-Nimeiri troops win. Al-Atta and 3 officers are executed.
July 24 – Georgina Rizk of Lebanon will crown Miss Universe 1971.
July 25– July 30 – Arturo Benedetti Michelangeli records in Munich two Debussy works for Deutsche Grammophon; it's his fifth recording.
July 26 – (carrying astronauts Apollo 15 David Scott, Alfred Worden, and James Irwin) is launched.
July 28 – Abdel Khaliq Mahjub, Sudanese communist leader, is hanged.
July 29 – The United Kingdom opts out of the Space Race, with the cancellation of its Black Arrow launch vehicle.
July 30 – In Japan, an All Nippon Airways Boeing 727 collides with a Japanese fighter jet; 162 people are killed.
July 31 – astronauts Apollo 15 David Scott and James Irwin become the first to ride in a lunar rover, a day after landing on the Moon.
Camden, New Jersey erupts in race riots following the beating death of a Puerto Rican motorist by city police. Looting and arson occurred. This is a turning point in Camden's decline to one of the poorest and highest-crime municipalities in the United States. Camden was, however, the site of a 1949 shooting rampage by Howard Unruh, considered by some to be the first mass murderer in the United States. The riots result in the demise of Camden's Sears and A&P branches. Also in 1971, Philadelphia International Records is established, with Camden native Leon Huff as co-founder.
August 1 – In New York City, 40,000 attend The Concert for Bangladesh.
August 2 – J. C. Penney debuts its trademark Helvetica wordmark which has been used ever since.
August 5 – The South Pacific Forum (SPF) is established.
August 6 – A lunar eclipse lasting 1 hour, 40 minutes, and 4 seconds is observed.
August 7 – returns to Apollo 15 Earth.
August 11 – Construction begins on the Louisiana Superdome in New Orleans.
British troops are stationed on the Ireland border to stop arms smuggling.
Bahrain declares independence as the State of Bahrain (Kingdom of Bahrain as of February 2002).
August 19– August 22 – A right-wing coup ignites a rebellion in Bolivia. Miners and students join troops to support president Juan José Torres, but eventually Hugo Banzer takes over.
August 21 – A bomb made of two hand grenades by communist rebels explodes in the Liberal Party campaign party in Plaza Miranda in Quiapo, Manila the Philippines, injuring several anti- Marcos political candidates.
August 26 – A civilian government takes power in Greece.
August 30 – The Progressive Conservatives under Peter Lougheed defeat the Social Credit government under Harry E. Strom in a general election, ending 36 years of uninterrupted power for Social Credit in Alberta.
Operation Sourisak Montry VIII opens when forces of the Royal Thai Army recapture several positions in the territory of Laos on the south bank of the Mekong in response to an encroaching Chinese presence to the north.
September 4 – A Boeing 727 ( Alaska Airlines Flight 1866) crashes into the side of a mountain near Juneau, Alaska, killing all 111 people on board.
September 8 – In Washington, D.C., the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts is inaugurated, with the opening feature being the premiere of Leonard Bernstein's . Mass
September 9 – September 13 – Attica Prison riot: – A revolt breaks out at the maximum-security prison in Attica, New York. In the end, state police and the United States National Guard storm the facility; 42 are killed, 10 of them hostages.
September 19 – Trams in Ballarat (Victoria, Australia) cease to run.
September 21 – Pakistan declares a state of emergency.
September 24 – Britain expels 90 KGB and GRU officials; 15 are not allowed to return.
September 27– October 11 – Japanese Emperor Hirohito travels abroad.
September 28 – Cardinal József Mindszenty, who has taken refuge in the U.S. Embassy in Budapest since 1956, is allowed to leave Hungary.
September 29 – A cyclone in the Bay of Bengal, in the Indian state of Odisha, kills 10,000.
November 3 – The is published. UNIX Programmer's Manual
November 6 – Operation Grommet: The U.S. tests a thermonuclear warhead at Amchitka Island in Alaska, code-named Project Cannikin. At around 5 megatons, it is the largest ever U.S. underground detonation.
November 8 – Led Zeppelin releases their fourth studio album , which goes on to sell 23,000,000 copies in the United States. Led Zeppelin IV
November 9 – A Royal Air Force C-130 crashes into the Ligurian Sea near Leghorn, Italy, killing all 51 people on board.
November 10 – In Cambodia, Khmer Rouge forces attack Phnom Penh and its airport, killing 44, wounding at least 30 and damaging 9 airplanes.
November 12 – Vietnam War – Vietnamization: U.S. President Richard M. Nixon sets February 1, 1972, as the deadline for the removal of another 45,000 American troops from Vietnam.
November 13 – Mariner program: becomes the first spacecraft to enter Mariner 9 Mars orbit successfully.
November 14 – Pope Shenouda III of Alexandria is enthroned.
November 18 – Oman gains independence from the United Kingdom.
November 20 – A bridge still in construction, called Elevado Engenheiro Freyssinet, falls over the Paulo de Frontin Avenue, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil; 48 people are killed and several injured. Reconstructed, the bridge is currently a part of the Linha Vermelha elevate.
November 23 – The People's Republic of China takes the Republic of China's seat on the United Nations Security Council (see China and the United Nations).
During a severe storm over
Washington State, a man calling himself D. B. Cooper parachutes from the Northwest Orient Airlines plane he'd hijacked, with US$200,000 in ransom money, and is never seen again (as of March 2008, this case remains the only unsolved skyjacking in history). A
Brussels court sentences pretender Alexis Brimeyer to 18 months in jail for falsely using a noble title; Brimeyer has already fled to Greece.
November 28 – The 59th Grey Cup Game sees the Calgary Stampeders beat the Toronto Argonauts 14-11.
January 3 – Cory Cross, Canadian ice hockey player
January 5 – Mayuko Takata, Japanese actress
January 9 – Scott Thornton, Canadian hockey player
January 11 – Mary J. Blige, African-American singer
January 12 – Jay Burridge, British artist and television presenter
January 13 – Matt McIntosh, American rock singer
January 14 – Lasse Kjus, Norwegian alpine skier
January 15 – Regina King, African-American actress
January 17 – Kid Rock, American rock singer
January 19 – Shawn Wayans, American actor
January 20 – Gary Barlow, British singer-songwriter
January 24 – Stanislas Merhar, French actor
January 25 – Luca Badoer, Italian race car driver
January 26 – Li Ming, Chinese footballer and football executive
January 29 – Clare Balding, British sports presenter
January 30 – Lizzie Grubman, American publicist
February 2 – Andrus Veerpalu, Estonian cross-country skier
February 5 – David Chisum, American actor
February 6 – Brian Stepanek, American actor
February 9 – Sharon Case, American model and actress
February 11 – Damian Lewis, English actor and producer
February 12 – Scott Menville, American actor and voice actor
February 13 – Mats Sundin, Swedish ice hockey player
February 16 – Amanda Holden, British actress
February 17 – Denise Richards, American actress
February 18 – Thomas Bjørn, Danish golfer
February 19 – Gil Shaham, Israeli/American violinist
February 23 – Melinda Messenger, English television presenter
Erykah Badu, American singer-songwriter and record producer
Max Martin, Swedish music producer and songwriter
February 27 – Rozonda Thomas, African-American singer
March 1 – Allen Johnson, American Olympic athlete
March 3 – Charlie Brooker, English satirist and writer
March 5 – Yuri Lowenthal, American voice actor
March 6 – Val Venis, American professional wrestler
March 10 – Jon Hamm, American actor, director and producer
March 11 – Johnny Knoxville, American actor, comedian, and stunt performer
March 15 – Chris Patton, American voice actor
March 16 – Alan Tudyk, American actor and voice actor
March 26 – Behzad Ghorbani, Iranian scientist
April 1 – Jessica Collins, American actress
April 3 – Picabo Street, American skier
April 9 – Jacques Villeneuve, Canadian 1997 Formula 1 world champion
April 11 – Oliver Riedel, German musician ( Rammstein)
April 12 – Shannen Doherty, American actress
April 14 – Miguel Calero, Colombian footballer (d. 2012)
April 15 – Kate Harbour, English voice actress
April 22 – Daisuke Enomoto, first Japanese space tourist
April 28 – Bridget Moynahan, American actress
April 30 – John Boyne, Irish novelist
May 5 – Dresta, American rapper
May 8 – Ross Anderson, American pro speed skier
May 10 – Kim Jong-nam, eldest son of North Korean leader Kim Jong-il (d. 2017)
May 12 – Doug Basham, American professional wrestler
May 14 – Sofia Coppola, American filmmaker
May 15 – Phil Pfister, American strength athlete
May 19 – Peter Boström, Swedish music producer and songwriter, co-writer of Euphoria
May 20 – Tony Stewart, American race car driver
May 23 – George Osborne, British politician
May 24 – Emily Hamilton, British actress
May 25 – Kristina Orbakaitė, Lithuanian-Russian singer and actress
May 26 – Matt Stone, American actor and producer
May 28 – Marco Rubio, Cuban-American politician, U.S Senator ( R- Fl.)
May 30 – Idina Menzel, American singer, songwriter and actress
June 1 – Mario Cimarro, Cuban actor and singer
June 3 – Benedict Wong, English actor
June 11 – Kenjiro Tsuda, Japanese voice actor
Arman Alizad, Finnish tailor, columnist and TV personality
Mark Henry, American professional wrestler, Olympian
June 17 – Paulina Rubio, Mexican singer
June 18 – Nathan Morris, African-American singer ( Boyz II Men)
June 20 – Josh Lucas, American actor
June 21 – Anette Olzon, Swedish singer ( Nightwish, Alyson Avenue)
June 22 – Kurt Warner, American football player
June 24 – Ji Jin-hee, South Korean actor
June 26 – Max Biaggi, Italian motercycle racer
September 1 – Hakan Şükür, Turkish footballer
September 4 – Anita Yuen, Hong Kong actress
September 6 – Dolores O'Riordan, Irish singer, frontwoman of The Cranberries (d. 2018)
September 11 – Richard Ashcroft, English musician and former lead singer of The Verve
September 13 – Stella McCartney, British fashion designer, daughter of Paul McCartney
September 15 – Colleen Villard, American voice actress
September 16 – Amy Poehler, American actress
September 17 – Jens Voigt, German cyclist
September 19 – Sanaa Lathan, African-American actress
September 20 – Henrik Larsson, Swedish footballer
September 23 – Lee Mi-yeon, South Korean actress
September 24 – Michael S. Engel, American paleontologist and entomologist
September 25 – Jessie Wallace, English actress
September 27 – Horacio Sandoval, Mexican artist
September 29 – Sibel Tüzün, Turkish pop/rock/jazz singer
November 4 – Tabu, Indian actress
November 5 – Jonny Greenwood, English musician and composer
November 11 – David DeLuise, American actor
November 16 – Alexander Popov, Russian swimmer
November 17 – Michael Adams, British chess player
November 18 – Özlem Tekin, Turkish singer
November 19 – Sundeep Malani, Indian film director
November 21 – Michael Strahan, American-German television personality and American football player
November 24 – Keith Primeau, Canadian hockey player
November 27 – Kirk Acevedo, American actor
November 28 – Fenriz, Norwegian musician
January 3 – Carlo Braga, Italian Salesian priest, missionary, and servant of God (b. 1889)
January 4 – Arthur Ford, American psychic spiritual medium, clairaudient (b. 1896)
January 5 – Douglas Shearer, Canadian film sound engineer (b. 1899)
January 9 – Elmer Flick, American baseball player ( Cleveland Indians) and a member of the MLB Hall of Fame (b. 1876)
January 10 – Coco Chanel, French fashion designer (b. 1883)
January 12 – John Tovey, British admiral (b. 1885)
January 14 – Guillermo de Torre, Spanish Dadaist author (b. 1900)
January 15 – John Dall, American actor (b. 1918)
January 20 – Gilbert M. 'Broncho Billy' Anderson, American actor, director, writer, and producer (b. 1880)
January 23 – Fritz Feigl, Austria-born chemist (b. 1875)
January 27 – Jacobo Árbenz, 19th President of Guatemala (b. 1913)
January 28 – Donald Winnicott, British psychoanalyst (b. 1896)
January 30 – Dalisay Lazaga, Filipino Canossian sister and teacher (b. 1940)
January 31 – Viktor Maksimovich Zhirmunsky, Russian literary historian, linguist (b. 1891)
February 2 – Secundino Zuazo, Spanish architect and city planner (b. 1887)
February 3 – Jay C. Flippen, American actor (b. 1899)
February 8 – Charles Walter Simpson, English painter (b. 1885)
February 12 – James Cash Penney, American businessman and entrepreneur, founder of J. C. Penney (b. 1875)
February 13 – Emil Fuchs, German theologian (b. 1874)
February 18 – Jaime de Barros Câmara, Brazilian archbishop (b. 1894)
February 19 – Edwin North McClellan, United States Marine Corps officer, author and historian (b. 1881)
February 22 – William B. Hartsfield, American politician (b. 1890)
February 25 – Theodor Svedberg, Swedish chemist, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1884)
February 28 – Pierino Gabetti, Italian Olympic weightlfter (b. 1904)
March 5 – Jean Grenier, French philosopher and writer (b. 1898)
March 6 – Herbert McLean Evans, U.S. anatomist and embryologist (b. 1882)
March 7 – Barney Balaban, American studio executive (b. 1887)
March 9 – Pope Cyril VI of Alexandria, Coptic Orthodox Patriarch (b. 1902)
March 12 – David Burns, American actor (b. 1902)
March 17 – Elizabeth Okie Paxton, American painter (b. 1877)
March 18 – Leland Hayward, American film and theatrical agent (b. 1902)
March 19 – Winifred Horrabin, British socialist activist and journalist (b. 1887)
March 22 – Nella Walker, American actress and vaudevillian (b. 1886)
March 23 – Basil Dearden, English film director (b. 1911)
March 31 – Karl King, United States march music (b. 1891)
April 1 – Ramiro Arrue, Basque painter, illustrator, and ceramist (b. 1892)
April 3 – Joseph Valachi, American gangster (b. 1904)
April 8 – Ivan Vurnik, Slovene architect (b. 1884)
April 12 – Igor Tamm, Russian physicist, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1895)
April 13 – Juhan Smuul, Estonian writer (b. 1922)
April 15 – Friedebert Tuglas, Estonian writer and critic (b. 1886)
April 16 – William Eckert, Commissioner of American baseball (b. 1909)
April 17 – William Corbett, American attorney, acting Governor of Guam (b. 1902)
April 19 – Earl Thomson, Canadian athlete (b. 1895)
April 20 – Cecil Parker, English actor (b. 1897)
April 22 – Charles Portal, 1st Viscount Portal of Hungerford, Marshal of the Royal Air Force (b. 1893)
April 26 – T. V. Soong, former Premier of the Republic of China (b. 1891)
April 29 – Nikolai P. Barabashov, Russian astronomer (b. 1894)
April 30 – Albin Stenroos, Finnish athlete (b. 1889)
May 2 – Semaun, first chairman of the Communist Party of Indonesia (b. 1899)
May 6 – Helene Weigel, German actress (b. 1900)
May 8 – Frederick Sheffield, American Olympic rower - Men's eights (b. 1902)
May 11 – Seán Lemass, 4th Taoiseach of Ireland (b. 1899)
May 17 – Georg Muschner, German cinemagratopher (b. 1885)
May 21 – Dennis King, English actor (b. 1897)
May 26 – Laurence Wild, American basketball player, coach, and 30th Governor of American Samoa (b. 1890)
May 27 – Chips Rafferty, Australian actor (b. 1909)
Eduardo Blanco Acevedo, Uruguayan political figure and physician (b. 1884)
Garnet Kearney, Canadian doctor, teacher, and pioneer (b. 1884)
Kim Iryeop, Korean writer, journalist, feminist activist, Buddhist nun (b. 1896)
Thomas McLaughlin, Irish engineer (b. 1896)
Audie Murphy, American World War II hero and actor (b. 1924)
Alfred Rose (bishop), the sixth Bishop of Dover in the modern era (b. 1884)
Miriam Soljak, New Zealand feminist and communist (b. 1879)
Jean Vilar, French stage actor (b. 1912)
May 30 – Marcel Dupré, French composer (b. 1886)
July 3 – Jim Morrison, American singer ( The Doors) (b. 1943)
July 6 – Louis Armstrong, African-American jazz trumpeter (b. 1901)
July 10 – George Kenner, German artist (b. 1888)
July 13 – Joseph J. Clark, American admiral, (b. 1893)
July 15 – Bill Thompson, American voice actor (b. 1913)
July 17 – Cliff Edwards, American actor (b. 1895)
July 21 – Michael Somogyi, Hungarian-American professor of biochemistry (b. 1883)
July 22 – Ross Thatcher, Premier of Saskatchewan, Canada ( 1964–1971) (b. 1917)
July 25 – Alfred Michael "Chief" Venne, Ojibwa/Chippewa Native American leader (b. 1879)
July 26 – Diane Arbus, American photographer (b. 1923)
July 27 – Charlie Tully, Northern Irish footballer (b. 1924)
July 30 – Kenneth Slessor, Australian poet (b. 1901)
August 3 – Beatrice Kerr, Australian swimmer, diver, and aquatic performer (b. 1887)
August 4 – E. Barrett Prettyman, United States federal judge (b. 1891)
August 5 – Royal Rife, American inventor (b. 1888)
August 10 – Antoine Mostaert, CICM Missionaries (b. 1881)
August 11 – John Burton Cleland, Australian naturalist, microbiologist, mycologist and ornithologist (b. 1878)
August 12 – James T. Berryman, American political cartoonist, recipient of the 1950 Pulitzer Prize for Editorial Cartooning (b. 1902)
August 13 – King Curtis, American saxophonist (b. 1934)
August 17 – Horace McMahon, American actor (b. 1906)
August 20 – Matiur Rahman, Bangladeshi war hero (b. 1945)
August 24 – Carl Blegen, American archaeologist (b. 1887)
August 25 – Ted Lewis, American musician and entertainer (b. 1890)
September 5 – George Trafton, American football player (b. 1897)
September 7 – Spring Byington, American actress (b. 1886)
September 8 – Emmett Toppino, American Olympic athlete (b. 1909)
September 10 – Pier Angeli, Italian actress (b. 1932)
September 12 – Lin Biao, Chinese defense minister (b. 1907)
September 17 – Carlos Lamarca, Brazilian military officer turned guerrilla leader (b. 1937)
September 20 – Giorgos Seferis, Greek writer, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1900)
September 21 – Bernardo Houssay, Argentine physiologist, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1887)
September 22 – Lilian Bland, British journalist (b. 1878)
September 24 – Hedwiga Reicher, German actress (b. 1884)
September 25 – Hugo Black, American Supreme Court Justice (b. 1886)
October 3 – Leah Baird, American actress (b. 1883)
October 6 – Debaki Bose, Bengali director, writer, and actor (b. 1898)
October 7 – Henry Shoemaker Conard, American botanist (b. 1874)
October 8 – Johanna Bordewijk-Roepman, Dutch composer (b. 1892)
October 9 – Peter Rindskopf, American civil rights lawyer (b. 1942)
October 10 – Cyril Burt, British educational psychologist (b. 1883)
October 11 – Chester Conklin, American comedic actor (b. 1886)
October 19 – Betty Bronson, American actress (b. 1906)
October 24 – Carl Ruggles, American composer (b. 1876)
October 27 – Gustave Baumann, American printmaker and painter (b. 1881)
November 1 – Gertrud von Le Fort, German writer of novels, poems and essays (b. 1876)
November 2 – Martha Vickers, American actress (b. 1925)
November 4 – Guillermo León Valencia, 21st President of Colombia (b. 1909)
November 9 – Maude Fealy, American stage and film actor (b. 1881)
November 22 – József Zakariás, Hungarian soccer player (b. 1924)
November 25 – Hank Mann, American comedic actor (b. 1888)
November 26 – James Alberione, Italian Roman Catholic priest and blessed (b. 1884)
Joe Guyon, American football player (b. 1892) Harunur Rashed, Bangladeshi freedom fighter (b.
November 29 – Knud Jessen, Danish botanist and quaternary geologist (b. 1884)
December 2 – E. M. Almedingen, Russian-British novelist, biographer and children's author (b. 1898)
December 6 – Mathilde Kschessinska, Russian ballerina (b. 1872)
December 7 – Ferdinand Pecora, American lawyer and judge (b. 1882)
December 9 – Aeneas Francon Williams, English-born, Missionary, Church of Scotland minister, writer and poet (b. 1886)
December 13 – Gotthard Heinrici, German general (b. 1886)
December 15 – Paul Levy, French mathematician (b. 1886)
December 22 – Godfried Bomans, Dutch writer (b. 1913)
December 26 – Robert Lowery, American actor (b. 1913)
December 28 – Max Steiner, Austrian-born film composer (b. 1888)
December 29 – Stuart Holmes, American actor (b. 1884)