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1972 ( MCMLXXII) was a leap year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar, the 1972nd year of the Common Era (CE) and (AD) designations, the 972nd year of the Anno Domini 2nd millennium, the 72nd year of the 20th century, and the 3rd year of the 1970s decade.
Within the context of
Coordinated Universal Time (UTC) it was the longest year ever, as two leap seconds were added during this 366-day year, an event which has not since been repeated. (If its start and end are defined using mean solar time [the legal time scale], its duration was 31622401.141 seconds of Terrestrial Time (or Ephemeris Time), which is slightly shorter than 1908).
January 1 – Kurt Waldheim becomes Secretary-General of the United Nations. 
January 2 – Pierre Hotel Robbery: Six men rob the safe deposit boxes of The Pierre hotel in New York City of at least $4 million.
January 3 – MGM's 1951 is presented on television by Show Boat NBC for the first time. This marks the first complete network telecast of any version of Show Boat (it had already been filmed as a part-talkie in 1929, and as a full-sound musical in 1936).
The first scientific hand-held calculator (
HP-35) is introduced (price $395). Rose Heilbron becomes the first woman judge at the Old Bailey in London.
January 5 – U.S. President Richard Nixon orders the development of a Space Shuttle program.
January 9 – The RMS is destroyed by fire in Hong Kong harbor. Queen Elizabeth
January 10 – Sheikh Mujibur Rahman returns to Bangladesh after spending over nine months in prison in Pakistan.
January 11 – East Pakistan renames itself Bangladesh.
January 13 – Prime Minister of Ghana Kofi Abrefa Busia is overthrown in a military coup by Colonel Ignatius Kutu Acheampong.
January 14 – Queen Margrethe II of Denmark succeeds her father, King Frederick IX, on the throne of Denmark, the first Queen of Denmark since 1412 and the first Danish monarch not named Frederick or Christian since 1513.
January 16 - Super Bowl VI: the Dallas Cowboys win their first National Football League championship, defeating the Miami Dolphins 24–3 in New Orleans.
January 19 – The Libertarian enclave Minerva on a platform in the South Pacific, sponsored by the Phoenix Foundation, declares independence. Soon neighboring Tonga annexes the area and dismantles the platform.
Zulfikar Ali Bhutto announces that Pakistan will immediately begin a nuclear weapons program. Fears are growing about the economy of the United Kingdom, where unemployment is now exceeding 1 million for the first time since World War II. 
January 24 – Japanese soldier Shoichi Yokoi is discovered in Guam; he had spent 28 years in the jungle.
January 25 – Shirley Chisholm, the first African American Congresswoman, announces her candidacy for president.
January 27 – Two New York City Police Department officers, Gregory Foster and Rocco Laurie, are assassinated by members of the Black Liberation Army (BLA) while on foot patrol in New York's East Village area.
January 31 – King Birendra succeeds his father as King of Nepal.
A bomb explodes at the British Yacht Club in
West Berlin, killing Irwin Beelitz, a German boat builder. The German militant group
2 June Movement announces its support of the Provisional Irish Republican Army. Anti-British riots take place throughout Ireland. The British Embassy in
Dublin is burned to the ground, as are several British-owned businesses. The last draft lottery is held, a watershed event in the wind-down of military conscription in the United States during the Vietnam era. These draft candidates are never called to duty.
February 3– 13 – The 1972 Winter Olympics are held in Sapporo, Japan.
February 4 – sends pictures as it orbits Mariner 9 Mars.
February 9 – The British government declares a state of emergency over a miners' strike.
February 17 – Volkswagen Beetle sales exceed those of the Ford Model T when the 15,007,034th Beetle is produced.
February 18 – The California Supreme Court voids the state's death penalty, commuting all death sentences to life in prison.
February 19 – Asama-Sansō incident: Five United Red Army members break into a lodge below Mount Asama, taking the wife of the lodge keeper hostage.
February 21 – The Soviet unmanned spaceship lands on the Luna 20 Moon.
February 21 – February 28 – U.S. President Richard M. Nixon makes an unprecedented 8-day visit to the People's Republic of China and meets with Mao Zedong.
February 23 – Angela Davis is released from jail. A Caruthers, California farmer, Rodger McAfee, helps her make bail.
February 24 – North Vietnamese negotiators walk out of the Paris Peace Talks to protest U.S. air raids.
February 28 – The Asama-Sanso incident ends in a standoff between 5 members of the Japanese United Red Army and the authorities, in which two policemen are killed and 12 injured.
May 2 – Fire at the Sunshine Mine, a silver mine in Idaho, kills 91.
May 5 – An Alitalia DC-8 crashes west of Palermo, Sicily; 115 die.
May 7 – General elections are held in Italy.
May 8 – U.S. President Richard Nixon orders the mining of Haiphong Harbor in Vietnam.
May 10 – Operation Linebacker and Operation Custom Tailor begin with large-scale bombing operations against North Vietnam by tactical fighter aircraft.
May 11 – The Boston Bruins defeat the New York Rangers four games to two to win the Stanley Cup.
May 13 – A fire in a nightclub atop the Sennichi department store in Osaka, Japan, kills 115.
May 16 – The first financial derivatives exchange, the International Monetary Market (IMM), opens on the Chicago Mercantile Exchange.
May 18 – Four troopers of the British Special Air Service and Special Boat Service are parachuted onto the ocean liner 1,600 kilometres (1,000 mi) across the Atlantic after a bomb threat and ransom demand which turn out to be bogus. Queen Elizabeth 2
May 19 – Three out of six bombs explode in the Axel Springer AG media company offices in Hamburg, Germany, injuring 17; the Red Army Faction claims responsibility.
May 21 – In St. Peter's Basilica ( Vatican City), Laszlo Toth attacks Michelangelo's statue with a Pietà geologist's hammer, shouting that he is Jesus Christ.
May 23 – The Tamil United Front (later known as Tamil United Liberation Front), a pro- Tamil organization, is founded in Sri Lanka.
May 27 – Mark Donohue wins the Indianapolis 500 in the Penske Racing McLaren– Offenhauser. May 30
July – U.S. actress Jane Fonda tours North Vietnam, during which she is photographed sitting on a North Vietnamese anti-aircraft gun.
July 2 – Following Pakistan's surrender to India in the Indo-Pakistani War of 1971, both nations sign the historic Simla Agreement, agreeing to settle their disputes bilaterally.
July 4 – The first Rainbow Gathering is held in Colorado.
July 8 – The U.S. sells grain to the Soviet Union for $750 million.
July 10 – India's news agency reports that at least 24 people have been killed in separate incidents, in the Chandka Forest in India, by elephants crazed by heat and drought.
July 10– 14 – The Democratic National Convention meets in Miami Beach. Senator George McGovern, who backs the immediate and complete withdrawal of U.S. troops from South Vietnam, is nominated for president. He names fellow Senator Thomas Eagleton as his running mate.
July 15 – The Pruitt–Igoe housing development is demolished in St. Louis, Missouri.
July 18 – Anwar Sadat expels 20,000 Soviet advisors from Egypt.
July 23 – The United States launches Landsat 1, the first Earth-resources satellite.
July 24 – King Jigme Singye Wangchuck succeeds his father Jigme Dorji Wangchuck as king of Bhutan.
July 25 – U.S. health officials admit that African-Americans were used as guinea pigs in the Tuskegee Study of Untreated Syphilis in the Negro Male.
July 27 – The McDonnell Douglas F-15 Eagle makes its first flight.
July 28 – A national dock strike begins in Britain. July 31 – The Troubles, Northern Ireland:
August 1 – U.S. Senator Thomas Eagleton, the Democratic vice-presidential nominee, withdraws from the race after revealing he was once treated for mental illness.
Arthur Bremer is jailed for 63 years for shooting George Wallace. Dictator
Idi Amin declares that Uganda will expel 50,000 Asians with British passports to Britain within 3 months. A huge solar flare (one of the largest ever recorded) knocks out cable lines in U.S. It begins with the appearance of sunspots on August 2; an August 4 flare kicks off high levels of activity until August 10. August 10 – A brilliant, daytime meteor skips off the Earth's atmosphere due to an Apollo asteroid streaking over the western US into Canada. 
August 12 – Oil tankers collide near Oswego-Guardian and Texanita Stilbaai, South Africa.
August 14 – An East German Ilyushin airliner crashes near East Berlin; all 156 on board perish.
August 16 – As part of a coup attempt, members of the Royal Moroccan Air Force fire upon, but fail to bring down, Hassan II of Morocco's plane while he is traveling back to Rabat.
August 19 – The first daytime episode of the second incarnation of American game show is taped at The Price Is Right CBS Television City, to be aired on September 4. 
August 21 – The Republican National Convention in Miami Beach, Florida renominates U.S. President Richard Nixon and Vice President Spiro Agnew for a second term.
Rhodesia is expelled by the IOC for its racist policies.
John Wojtowicz, 27, and Sal Naturile, 18, hold several Chase Manhattan Bank employees hostage for 17 hours in Gravesend, Brooklyn, N.Y. (an event later dramatized in the film ). Dog Day Afternoon In the Almirante Zar Naval Base, Argentina, 16 detainees are executed by firing squad in the Trelew massacre. August 26 – September 10 – The 1972 Summer Olympics are held in Munich, West Germany.
October – The government of former President of Somalia Mohamed Siad Barre formally introduces the Somali alphabet as Somalia's official writing script. 
October 2 – Denmark joins the European Community; the Faroe Islands stay out.
October 5 – The United Reformed Church is founded out of the Congregational and Presbyterian Churches.
October 6 – A train crash in Saltillo, Mexico kills 208 people. 
October 12 – En route to the Gulf of Tonkin, an anti-war protest, the USS led by African-Americans and interpreted by some as a Kitty Hawk riot race riot involving more than 200 sailors, breaks out aboard the United States Navy aircraft carrier USS ; nearly 50 sailors are injured. Kitty Hawk
October 13 – Uruguayan Air Force Flight 571: A Fairchild FH-227D passenger aircraft transporting a rugby union team crashes at about 14,000 feet (4,300 m) in the Andes mountain range, near the Argentina/Chile border. Sixteen of the survivors are found alive December 20 but they have had to resort to cannibalism to survive.
, a British soap opera, debuts. Emmerdale A plane carrying U.S. Congressman
Hale Boggs of Louisiana and three other men vanishes in Alaska. The wreckage has never been found, despite a massive search at the time. Rioting Maze Prison inmates cause a fire that destroys most of the camp.
October 17 – Elizabeth II visits Yugoslavia.
October 22 – The Oakland Athletics defeat the Cincinnati Reds four games to three to capture Major League Baseball's World Series. It is the Athletics' first championship since 1930, when the franchise was in Philadelphia.
October 24 – Jackie Robinson, the first black player in modern Major League Baseball history, dies at his home in Stamford, Connecticut at the age of 53.
October 26 – Following a visit to South Vietnam, U.S. National Security Advisor Henry Kissinger suggests that "peace is at hand."
October 28 – The Airbus A300 flies for the first time.
October 29 – Lufthansa Flight 615 is hijacked and threats are made to be blown up if the three surviving perpetrators of the Munich massacre are not released from prison in West Germany. The demands are accepted, leading to fierce condemnation by Israel.  October 30
November 5 – A group of Amerindians occupies the Bureau of Indian Affairs.
November 7 – 1972 U.S. presidential election: Republican incumbent Richard Nixon defeats Democratic Senator George McGovern in a landslide (the election had the lowest voter turnout since 1948, with only 55 percent of the electorate voting).
November 8: Premiere from the stage play Die Chinesische Mauer (Version für Paris) from Max Frisch in french language at Théâtre National de l’Odéon.
November 11 – Vietnam War – Vietnamization: The United States Army turns over the massive Long Binh military base to South Vietnam.
November 14 – The Dow Jones Industrial Average closes above 1,000 (1,003.16) for the first time.
November 16 – The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization adopts the Convention Concerning the Protection of the World Cultural and Natural Heritage 
November 19 – Seán Mac Stíofáin, a leader of the Provisional Irish Republican Army, is arrested in Dublin after giving an interview to RTÉ.
November 22 – Vietnam War: The United States loses its first B-52 Stratofortress of the war.
November 28 – The last executions in Paris, France. Roger Bontems and Claude Buffet – the Clairvaux Mutineers – are guillotined at La Santé Prison by chief executioner André Obrecht. Bontems had been found innocent of murder by the court, but as Buffet's accomplice is condemned to death anyway. President Georges Pompidou, in private an abolitionist, upholds both death sentences in deference to French public opinion.
January 4 – Brad Zavisha, Canadian ice hockey player
Jang Seo-hee, South Korean actress Sakis Rouvas, Greek recording, film and television artist; model; businessman and former pole vaulter
January 9 – Mat Hoffman, American BMX rider
January 10 – Thomas Alsgaard, Norwegian cross-country skier
January 11 – Amanda Peet, American actress
January 17 – Ken Hirai, Japanese singer and songwriter January 17 -
Kang Hui, Chinese anchor
January 18 – Mike Lieberthal, American baseball player
January 19 – Angham, Egyptian singer, record producer and actress
January 20 – Nikki Haley, Indian-American politician, Governor of South Carolina (2010-2017) and former U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations (2017-2018)
January 25 – Chantal Andere, Mexican actress
January 29 – Matt Brandstein, American writer
February 1 – Tego Calderón, Puerto Rican hip hop musician and actor
February 3 – Jesper Kyd, Danish video game composer
February 6 – Maurice Clemmons, American felon (d. 2009)
February 8 – Big Show, American professional wrestler
February 13 – Virgilijus Alekna, Lithuanian discus thrower
February 15 – Jaromír Jágr, Czech hockey player
February 18 – Olexandra Timoshenko, Ukrainian rhythmic gymnast
February 19 – Malky Mackay, Scottish footballer
February 20 – Todd Graves, American entrepreneur & founder of Raising Cane's Chicken Fingers
February 21 – Seo Taiji, Korean musician
February 25 – Jaak Mae, Estonian cross-country skier
April 3 – Jennie Garth, American actress
Tag Adams, American pornographic film actor
Bastian Pastewka, German comedian and actor Lisa Ray, Canadian model and actress
April 5 – Junko Takeuchi, Japanese voice actress
April 6 – Jason Hervey, American actor
April 7 – Tim Peake, British astronaut
April 9 – Bernard Ackah, Ivorian mixed martial artist and comedian
April 10 – Vincent Zhao, Chinese actor and martial artist
April 12 – Şebnem Ferah, Turkish singer and songwriter
April 13 – Mariusz Czerkawski, Polish ice hockey player
April 14 – Dean Potter, American free climber (d. 2015)
April 16 – Conchita Martínez, Spanish tennis player
April 19 – Rivaldo, Brazilian footballer
April 26 – Avi Nimni, Israeli footballer
April 27 – David Lascher, American actor
April 29 – Fredrik Kempe, Swedish songwriter and opera and pop singer April 30 – Takako Tokiwa, Japanese actress
May 1 – Julie Benz, American actress
May 4 – Mike Dirnt, American rock musician and bassist ( Green Day)
May 7 – Asghar Farhadi, Iranian film director
May 12 – Rhea Seehorn, American actress
May 14 – Amma Asante, Dutch politician
May 15 – Richard Blackwood, English comedian, actor and rapper
May 23 – Rubens Barrichello, Brazilian race car driver
May 24 – Maia Sandu, Prime Minister of Moldova
Karan Johar, Indian film director, producer, and screenwriter
Jules Jordan, American pornographic movie director, actor and producer Octavia Spencer, African-American actress, author and producer
May 26 – Ahmad Dhani, Indonesian rock musician, songwriter, arranger, producer and politician
May 27 – Ivete Sangalo, Brazilian singer, songwriter, actress and television show host
May 28 – Michael Boogerd, Dutch cyclist
May 30 – Manny Ramírez, Dominican baseball player May 31
June 7 – Karl Urban, New Zealand actor
June 8 – Chapman To, Hong Kong actor
June 10 – Steven Fischer, American film producer and director
June 11 – Stephen Kearney, New Zealand rugby league player and coach
June 12 – Kyle Lake, American pastor (d. 2005)
June 14 – Matthias Ettrich, German computer scientist
June 16 – John Cho, Korean-American actor and musician
June 18 – Michal Yannai, Israeli actress
June 20 – Shane Hamman, American Olympic weightlifter and powerlifter
June 22 – Miguel del Toro, Mexican baseball player
June 23 – Zinedine Zidane, French-Algerian footballer and manager
June 27 – Christian Kane, American actor and singer-songwriter
Rosnah Shirlin, Malaysian politician
Sofía Vergara, Colombian actress and model
Peter Serafinowicz, English actor, voice actor, comedian, and writer
Tilo Wolff, German musician
John Viener, American actor, voice actor, writer, and comedian
Julián Legaspi, Uruguayan-Peruvian actor Christoph Hochhäusler, German film director and screenwriter
July 11 – Michael Rosenbaum, American actor, producer and comedian
July 13 – Sean Waltman, American professional wrestler
July 18 – Fredrik Åkesson, Swedish guitarist
July 20 – Jozef Stümpel, Slovak professional ice hockey
July 23 – Marlon Wayans, American actor, comedian, producer, and screenwriter
July 26 – Nathan Buckley, Australian rules footballer
July 29 – Wil Wheaton, American actor July 31 – Tami Stronach, Iranian-born dancer and former actress
August 6 – Geri Halliwell, British pop singer ( Spice Girls)
August 9 – A-mei, Taiwanese singer
August 10 – Angie Harmon, American actress
August 11 – Jonathon Prandi, American model and actor
August 18 – Leo Ku, Hong Kong actor and singer
August 19 – Sammi Cheng, Hong Kong singer and actress
August 20 – Chaney Kley, American actor (d. 2007)
August 23 – Anthony Calvillo, Canadian Football League quarterback
August 25 – Marvin Harrison, American football player
August 26 – Samar Kokash, Syrian actress and voice actress
August 29 – Bae Yong-joon, South Korean actor August 30
October 1 – Jean Paulo Fernandes, Brazilian footballer
October 2 – Konstantinos Papadakis, Greek pianist
October 8 – Kim Myung-min, South Korean actor
October 9 – Etan Patz, missing American schoolboy
October 10 – Jun Lana, Filipino playwright and screenwriter
October 13 – Danny Lloyd, American actor
October 12 – Mechele Linehan, American murderer
October 15 – Sandra Kim, Belgian singer, Eurovision Song Contest 1986 winner
October 19 – Sayaka Aoki, Japanese voice actress
October 22 – Saffron Burrows, British actress
October 25 – Esther Duflo, French American economist, recipient of the Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences
October 24 – Van Darkholme, Vietnamese-American gay pornographic actor, director and photographer
October 31 –
December 1 – Stanton Barrett, American stock car racing driver
December 5 – Stéphane Barthe, French racing cyclist
December 6 – Mónica Santa María, Peruvian model and TV host (d. 1994)
December 9 – Tré Cool, American rock musician and drummer ( Green Day)
December 14 – Miranda Hart, British Comedian and Actress
December 17 – John Abraham, Indian actor
December 20 – Gen Urobuchi, Japanese writer
December 22 – Vanessa Paradis, French singer and actress
December 27 – Colin Charvis, Welsh rugby player
December 30 – Kerry Collins, American football player December 31 – Joey McIntyre, American actor and singer ( New Kids on the Block)
January 3 – Frans Masereel, Belgian painter and graphic artist (b. 1889)
January 7 – Emma P. Carr, American spectroscopist (b. 1880)
January 9 – Ted Shawn, American dancer (b. 1891)
January 16 – Ross Bagdasarian Sr., American record producer ( Alvin and the Chipmunks) (b. 1919)
January 18 – Clarence Earl Gideon, American defendant in civil rights court case ( ) (b. Gideon v. Wainwright 1910)
January 19 – Mohammad Al-Abbasi, Minister of Foreign Affairs and 45th Prime Minister of Jordan (b. 1914)
January 24 – Jerome Cowan, American actor (b. 1897)
January 25 – Erhard Milch, German field marshal and Luftwaffe officer (b. 1892)
January 27 – Mahalia Jackson, American gospel singer (b. 1911)
January 29 – Hugh McDermott, British actor and golfer (b. 1908)
January 30 – Prince Sisowath Watchayavong, 5th Prime Minister of Cambodia (b. 1891) January 31 – King Mahendra of Nepal (b. 1920)
February 2 – Jessie Royce Landis, American actress (b. 1896)
February 3 – John Litel, American actor (b. 1892)
February 4 – Orlando Ward, American general (b. 1891)
February 5 – Marianne Moore, American poet (b. 1887)
February 17 – Gavriil Popov, Soviet Russian composer (b. 1904)
February 21 – Zhang Guohua, Chinese general and politician (b. 1914)
February 27 – Pat Brady, American actor (b. 1914) February 29 – Pietro Ubaldi, Italian author, teacher, philosopher (b. 1886)
March 4 – Sir Harold Barrowclough, New Zealand general, lawyer and chief justice (b. 1894)
March 8 - Erich von dem Bach-Zelewski, German Nazi politician and SS functionary (b. 1899)
March 16 – Pie Traynor, American baseball player ( Pittsburgh Pirates) and a member of the MLB Hall of Fame (b. 1898)
March 18 – George Scott Register, American judge (b. 1901)
March 20 – Marilyn Maxwell, American actress (b. 1921)
March 21 – David McCallum, Sr., British violinist and father of actor David McCallum (b. 1897)
March 28 – Joseph Paul-Boncour, 71st Prime Minister of France (b. 1873)
March 29 – J. Arthur Rank, British industrialist and film producer (b. 1888) March 31
April 3 – Ferde Grofé, American pianist and composer (b. 1892)
April 5 – Isabel Jewell, American actress (b. 1907)
April 9 – James F. Byrnes, United States Secretary of State and Justice of the Supreme Court (b. 1879)
April 13 – Dorothy Dalton, American actress (b. 1893)
April 15 – José Luis de Oriol y Urigüen, Spanish businessman, architect and politician (b. 1877)
April 20 – Jorge Mistral, Spanish actor (b. 1920)
April 21 – Elizabeth Clark, British author (b. 1875)
April 25 - George Sanders, Russian-born British actor (b. 1906)
April 26 – Fernando Amorsolo, Filipino painter (b. 1892)
April 27 – Kwame Nkrumah, 1st President of Ghana (b. 1909)
April 29 – King Ntare V of Burundi (b. 1947) April 30
May 2 – J. Edgar Hoover, American civil servant, 1st Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) (b. 1895)
May 3 – Bruce Cabot, American actor (b. 1904)
May 6 – Deniz Gezmiş, Turkish Marxist revolutionary (executed) (b. 1947)
May 10 – Rhys Gemmell, Australian tennis champion (b. 1896)
May 11 – Lee Beom-seok, Korean activist, 1st Prime Minister of South Korea (b. 1900)
May 12 – Steve Ihnat, American actor (b. 1934)
May 13 – Dan Blocker, American actor (b. 1928)
May 15 – Nigel Green, South African-English actor (b. 1924)
May 17 – Gordon Lowe, Australian tennis champion (b. 1884)
May 18 – Sidney Franklin, American film director (b. 1893)
May 23 – Richard Day, Canadian art director (b. 1896)
May 25 – José Sebastião e Silva, Portuguese mathematician (b. 1914)
May 29 – Prithviraj Kapoor, Indian actor and director (b. 1906) May 31 – Walter Freeman, American physician (b. 1895)
July 2 – Joseph Fielding Smith, 10th president of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (b. 1876)
July 4 – Enrique Telémaco Susini, Argentine entrepreneur (b. 1891)
July 5 – Raúl Leoni, 55th President of Venezuela (b. 1905)
July 6 – Brandon deWilde, American actor (b. 1942)
July 11 – Celina Guimarães Viana, Brazilian professor and suffragist (b. 1890)
July 15 – Miklós Dudás, Hungarian Roman Catholic bishop and servant of God (b. 1902)
July 20 – Geeta Dutt, Indian singer (b. 1930)
July 24 − Lance Reventlow, English playboy, entrepreneur and race car driver (b. 1936)
July 27 – Count Richard von Coudenhove-Kalergi, Austrian-Japanese politician, geopolitician and philosopher (b. 1894)
July 28 – Helen Traubel, American soprano (b. 1903) July 31
August 8 – Andrea Feldman, American actress (b. 1948)
August 9 – Ernst von Salomon, German writer (b. 1902)
August 21 – Heinz Ziegler, German general (b. 1894)
August 23 – Salvatore Naturale, American criminal (b. 1953)
August 24 – Jinichi Kusaka, Japanese admiral (b. 1888)
August 25 – Juan Carlos Paz, Argentine composer and music theorist (b. 1901)
August 26 – Francis Chichester, British sailor and aviator (b. 1901)
August 27 – Yung Fung-shee, Hong Kong philanthropist (b. 1900)
August 28 – Prince William of Gloucester (b. 1941)
August 29 – René Leibowitz, French composer (b. 1913) August 30 – Augusto Bertazzoni, Italian Roman Catholic archbishop and servant of God (b. 1876)
October 1 – Louis Leakey, British paleontologist (b. 1903)
October 4 – Taro Shoji, Japanese singer (b. 1898)
October 5 – Ivan Yefremov, Soviet paleontologist and science fiction author (b. 1907)
October 6 – Cléo de Verberena, Brazilian actress and film director (born c. 1909)
October 13 – Kenneth Edgeworth, Irish army officer, economist and astronomer (b. 1880)
October 13 – Jose Villa Panganiban, Filipino lexicographer (b. 1903)
October 16 – Leo G. Carroll, English actor (b. 1886)
October 17 – George, Crown Prince of Serbia (b. 1887)
October 19 – Fred Keenor, Welsh footballer (b. 1894)
October 20 – Harlow Shapley, American astronomer (b. 1885)
October 21 – Marcelino Olaechea, Spanish Roman Catholic religious professed and servant of God (b. 1889)
October 26 – Igor Sikorsky, Soviet aviation engineer (b. 1889)
October 28 – Mitchell Leisen, American film director (b. 1898) October 29 – Victor Milner, American cinematographer (b. 1893)
November 1 – Ezra Pound, American poet (b. 1885)
November 3 – Harry Richman, American entertainer (b. 1895)
November 5 – Reginald Owen, English actor (b. 1887)
November 11 – Berry Oakley, American musician (b. 1948)
November 12 – Rudolf Friml, Czech composer (b. 1879)
November 14 – Martin Dies, Jr., American politician (b. 1900)
November 18 – Danny Whitten, American musician (b. 1943)
November 23 – Marie Wilson, American actress (b. 1916)
November 29 – Carl W. Stalling, American composer (b. 1891) November 30 – Hans Erich Apostel, Austrian composer (b. 1901)
December 1 – Antonio Segni, Italian politician, 34th Prime Minister of Italy (1955–1957, 1959–1960), 4th President of the Italian Republic (b. 1891)
December 3 – Bill Johnson, American musician (b. 1872)
December 6 – Janet Munro, British actress (b. 1934)
December 12 – Thomas H. Robbins, Jr., American admiral (b. 1900)
December 13 – René Mayer, French politician, 91st Prime Minister of France (b. 1895)
December 15 – Edward Earle, Canadian actor (b. 1882)
December 16 – Ferdinand Čatloš, Slovak military officer and politician (b. 1895)
December 21 – Paul Hausser, German Waffen SS general and commander (b. 1880)
December 22 – Jimmy Wallington, American radio personality (b. 1907)
December 23 – Andrei Tupolev, Soviet aircraft designer (b. 1888)
December 25 – C. Rajagopalachari, Indian politician and freedom-fighter. Last Governor-General of India (1948–50) (b. 1878)
December 26 – Harry S. Truman, 33rd President of the United States (b. 1884)
December 27 – Lester B. Pearson, Canadian scholar, statesman, soldier and politician, 8th President of the United Nations General Assembly and 14th Prime Minister of Canada, recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize (b. 1897)
December 28 – Link Lyman, American football player ( Chicago Bears) and a member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame (b. 1898) December 31 – Roberto Clemente, Puerto Rican baseball player ( Pittsburgh Pirates) 4-time NL batting champion, 1966 NL MVP, 1971 World Series MVP and a member of the MLB Hall of Fame (b. 1934)
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