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1991 (MCMXCI) was a common year starting on Tuesday of the Gregorian calendar, the 1991st year of the Common Era (CE) and Anno Domini (AD) designations, the 991st year of the 2nd millennium, the 91st year of the 20th century, and the 2nd year of the 1990s decade.
It was the year that is usually considered the final year of the Cold War that had begun in the late 1940s. During the year, the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics collapsed into fifteen sovereign republics. India also abandoned its policies of socialism and autarky and began extensive neoliberal changes to its economy in July 1991 which would increase the GDP but also economic inequality over the next two decades. A U.N.-authorized coalition force from thirty-four nations fought against Iraq, which had invaded Kuwait in the previous year, 1990. The conflict would be called the Gulf War and would mark the beginning of a since-constant American military presence in the Middle East. The clash between Serbia and the other Yugoslav republics would lead into the beginning of the Yugoslav Wars, which ran through the rest of the decade.
The Japanese asset price bubble collapsed this year, leading to the Lost Years and a permanently stagnated (though still prosperous) Japanese economy.
- February 1
- February 5 – A Michigan court bars Dr. Jack Kevorkian from assisting in suicides.
- February 6 – Street Fighter II released for arcades.
- February 7
- February 9 – Singing Revolution: Voters in Lithuania support independence.
- February 11 – The Unrepresented Nations and Peoples Organization (UNPO) forms in The Hague, Netherlands.
- February 13 – Gulf War: Two laser-guided "smart bombs" destroy an underground bunker in Baghdad, killing hundreds of Iraqis. United States military intelligence claims it was a military facility but Iraqi officials identify it as a bomb shelter.
- February 15 – The Visegrad Agreement, establishing cooperation to move toward free-market systems, is signed by the leaders of Czechoslovakia, Hungary and Poland.
- February 17 – The Cape Verdean presidential election, Cape Verde's first multiparty presidential election since 1975, is won by António Mascarenhas Monteiro.
- February 18 – The Provisional Irish Republican Army explodes bombs in the early morning, at both Paddington station and Victoria station in London.
- February 20 – President of Albania Ramiz Alia dismisses the government headed by Prime Minister of Albania Adil Çarçani in an effort to stem pro-democracy protests. Fatos Nano is sworn in as Prime Minister on February 22.
- February 22 – Gulf War: Iraq accepts a Soviet-proposed cease fire agreement. The U.S. rejects the agreement, but says that retreating Iraqi forces will not be attacked if they leave Kuwait within 24 hours.
- February 23
- February 25 – Gulf War: Part of an Iraqi Scud missile hits an American military barracks in Dhahran, Saudi Arabia, killing 29 and injuring 99 U.S. soldiers. It is the single-most devastating attack on U.S. forces during that war.
- February 26 – Gulf War: On Baghdad radio, Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein announces the withdrawal of Iraqi troops from Kuwait. Iraqi soldiers set fire to Kuwaiti oil fields as they retreat.
- February 27
- April 1 – Comedy Central is launched on cable television in its current format.
- April 2 – Government-imposed price increases double or triple the prices of consumer goods in the Soviet Union.
- April 3 – Iraq disarmament crisis: The U.N. Security Council passes the Cease Fire Agreement, Resolution 687. The Resolution calls for the destruction or removal of all of Iraq's chemical and biological weapons, all stocks of agents and components, and all research, development, support and manufacturing facilities for ballistic missiles with a range greater than 150 km and production facilities; and for an end to its support for international terrorism. Iraq accepts the terms of the resolution on April 6.
- April 4
- April 5
- April 9
- April 10
- April 12 – Globalization – The Warsaw Stock Exchange opens in Poland.
- April 14 – In the Netherlands, thieves steal 20 paintings worth $500 million from the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam. Less than an hour later they are found in an abandoned car near the museum.
- April 15
- April 16–18 – Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev begins the first ever visit of a Soviet leader to Japan, but fails to resolve the two countries' dispute over ownership of the Kuril Islands.
- April 17 – The Dow Jones Industrial Average closes above 3,000 for the first time ever, at 3,004.46.
- April 18 – Iraq disarmament crisis: Iraq declares some of its chemical weapons and materials to the UN, as required by Resolution 687, and claims that it does not have a biological weapons program.
- April 19 – George Carey is enthroned as Archbishop of Canterbury, the spiritual leader of the worldwide Anglican Communion.
- April 21 – French underwater archaeologist Franck Goddio discovers the wreckage of the Spanish Galleon San Diego off the coast of Fortune Island (Philippines).
- April 22
- April 23 – Prime Minister of Iceland Steingrímur Hermannsson resigns following an inconclusive parliamentary election on April 20. On April 30, he is succeeded as prime minister by Davíð Oddsson.
- April 26
- April 29
- April 29–30 – In Lesotho, a bloodless coup ousts military ruler Justin Lekhanya. On May 2, he is replaced as Chairman of the Military Council by Elias Phisoana Ramaema.
Map of the three Baltic states, in their flag colours.
- September 2 – The United States re-recognizes the independence of Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania and the US government reopens the embassies there.
- September 3 – In Hamlet, North Carolina, a grease fire breaks out at the Imperial Foods chicken processing plant, killing 25 people.
- September 4 – The Russian city Yekaterinburg regains its name from the communist–era name of Sverdlovsk, Russia (former Soviet Union).
- September 5–7 – At the 35th Annual Tailhook Symposium in Las Vegas, 83 women and 7 men are assaulted.
- September 5 – The Congress of People's Deputies of the Soviet Union self-dissolves, replaced by Supreme Soviet of the Soviet Union and State Council of the Soviet Union
- September 6
- September 8 – The Republic of Macedonia becomes independent. A naming dispute with Greece immediately erupts.
- September 9 – Tajikistan declares its independence from the Soviet Union.
- September 11
- Israel releases 51 Arab prisoners and the bodies of nine guerillas, raising hopes that the last Western hostages in Lebanon will soon be released.
- The Soviet Union announces plans to withdraw Soviet military and economic aid to Cuba.
- September 15 – In the Swedish general election, the Social Democrats suffer their worst election results in 60 years, leading to the resignation of Prime Minister Ingvar Carlsson.
- September 16 – Judge Gerhard Gesell of the United States District Court for the District of Columbia issues a ruling clearing Col. Oliver North of all charges brought against him in the Iran–Contra affair.
- September 17 – North Korea, South Korea, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, the Marshall Islands and Micronesia join the United Nations.
- September 19 – Ötzi the Iceman is found in the Alps.
- September 20–21 – In Sandy, Utah, several patients are held hostage and a nurse is killed in the Alta View Hospital hostage incident.
- September 21
- Armenia declares independence from the Soviet Union.
- The Order of the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence of German tongue (Orden der Schwestern der Perpetuellen Indulgenz deutscher Zunge, "O.S.P.I.") is founded in Heidelberg by Erzmutter (Archmother) Johanna Indulgentia Tara Maria Benedicta O.S.P.I.
- AFL Grand Final: Hawthorn Hawks defeat West Coast Eagles by 53 points at Waverley Park, the final score 20.19.139 – 13.8.86.
- September 21–30 – Iraq disarmament crisis: IAEA inspectors discover files on Iraq's hidden nuclear weapons program. Iraqi officials confiscate documents from U.N. weapons inspectors, refusing to allow them to leave the site without turning over other documents. A 4-day standoff ensues. Iraq permits the team to leave with the documents after the U.N. Security Council threatens enforcement actions.
- September 22 – The Huntington Library makes the Dead Sea Scrolls available to the public for the first time.
- September 23 – United Nations Special Commission inspectors discover secret Iraqi documents in Baghdad detailing plans to make nuclear weapons, but the Iraqi Army forcibly remove the documents from the inspectors.
- September 24 – Lebanese kidnappers release Jackie Mann, 77, after more than two years of captivity.
- September 25 – In the Salvadoran Civil War, representatives of the Farabundo Martí National Liberation Front reach an agreement with President of El Salvador Alfredo Cristiani, setting the stage for ending over 11 years of civil war.
- September 27 – President Bush announces unilateral reductions in short-range nuclear weapons and calls off 24-hour alerts for long-range bombers. The Soviet Union responds with similar unilateral reductions on October 5.
- September 29 – In El Salvador, an army colonel of the Atlacatl Battalion is found guilty of the 1989 murders of six Jesuits.
- September 30
- October 1 – Croatian War of Independence: Forces of the Yugoslav People's Army invade the area surrounding Dubrovnik in Croatia, beginning the Siege of Dubrovnik, which lasts until May 31, 1992.
- October 3
- October 4 – Carl Bildt becomes the new Prime Minister of Sweden, replacing Ingvar Carlsson .
- October 6 – President Gorbachev condemns Antisemitism in the Soviet Union in a statement read on the 50th anniversary of the Babi Yar massacres, which saw the death of 35,000 Jews in Ukraine.
- October 7 – The Yugoslav Air Force bombs the office of President of Croatia Franjo Tuđman, who narrowly escapes with his life.
- October 8 – The Croatian Parliament cuts all remaining ties with Yugoslavia.
- October 11
- In Russia, the KGB is replaced by the SVR.
- Iraq disarmament crisis: The U.N. Security Council passes Resolution 715, which demands that Iraq "accept unconditionally the inspectors and all other personnel designated by the Special Commission". Iraq rejects the resolution, calling it "unlawful."
- October 11–13 – The U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee interviews both Supreme Court candidate Clarence Thomas and former aide Anita Hill, who alleges that Thomas sexually harassed her while she worked for him.
- October 12 – Askar Akayev, previously chosen President of Kyrgyzstan by its Supreme Soviet, is confirmed president in an uncontested poll.
- October 13 – In the Bulgarian parliamentary election, the Union of Democratic Forces defeats the Bulgarian Socialist Party, leaving no remaining Communist governments in Eastern Europe.
- October 14 – Aung San Suu Kyi, a Burmese opposition politician, won the Nobel Peace prize.
- October 15 – The United States Senate votes 52–48 to confirm Judge Clarence Thomas to the Supreme Court of the United States.
- October 16 – George Hennard murders 23 people in Killeen, Texas, before killing himself.
- October 18 – The Soviet Union restores diplomatic relations with Israel, which had been suspended since the 1967 Six-Day War.
- October 20
- October 21 – Lebanese kidnappers release Jesse Turner, a mathematics professor who had been held hostage for more than four years.
- October 23 – In Paris, the Vietnam-backed government of the state of Cambodia signs an agreement with the Khmer Rouge to end the civil war and bring the Khmer Rouge into government in spite of its role in the Cambodian genocide which ends the Cambodian–Vietnamese War. The deal results in the creation of the United Nations Transitional Authority in Cambodia.
- October 27
- The first free parliamentary elections are held in Poland.
- Turkmenistan declares its independence from the Soviet Union.
- October 28 – November 4 – The 1991 Perfect Storm strikes the northeastern United States and Atlantic Canada, causing over $200 million of damage and resulting in 12 direct fatalities.
- October 29
- October 30 – In Madrid, the Middle East Peace Conference opens, the first direct negotiations between Israel and nearly all its Arab adversaries.
- October 31 – November 3 – The Halloween Blizzard hits the Upper Midwest of the United States, causing around $100 million of damage and killing 22.
: The signing of the agreement ending the USSR's existence and the founding of the Commonwealth of Independent States.
- January 1 – Hamse Abdouh, Palestinian swimmer
- January 2
- January 3 – Sébastien Faure, French footballer
- January 4
- January 5 – Rahel Kiwic, Swiss footballer
- January 6 – Anabel Barnston, English actress
- January 7 – Eden Hazard, Belgian football player
- January 8 – Asuka Hinoi, Japanese singer
- January 9 – 3LAU, American DJ and musician
- January 11 – Hyolyn, South Korean singer and actress
- January 12 – Pixie Lott, British singer
- January 13
- January 14
- January 15
- January 16 – Julie Dubela, American singer
- January 18
- January 19
- January 20 – Ciara Hanna, American actress and model
- January 21
- January 22
- January 24 – Ali Kireş, Turkish footballer
- January 28 – Calum Worthy, Canadian actor and musician
- January 31 – Amy Jackson, English model and actress
- February 1 – Jasmine Tookes, American model
- February 3 – Glenn McCuen, American actor, model and gymnast
- February 5 – Alba Riquelme, Paraguayan model
- February 8 – Nam Woo-hyun, South Korean singer, dancer, and actor
- February 10
- February 11
- February 12 – Casey Abrams, American singer
- February 14 – Charlie G. Hawkins, English actor
- February 16
- February 17
- February 18
- February 19
- February 22
- February 24
- February 25
- February 26 – CL, South Korean singer and dancer
- February 28 – Sarah Bolger, Irish actress
- March 3 – Park Cho-rong, South Korean singer
- March 4
- March 5 – Hanna Mangan-Lawrence, Australian actress
- March 6
- March 8 – Devon Werkheiser, American actor and musician
- March 9 – Domo Genesis, American rapper
- March 10
- March 11
- March 13 – Tristan Thompson, Canadian basketball player
- March 14
- March 15 – Kie Kitano, Japanese actress
- March 16 – Wolfgang Van Halen, American musician
- March 18 – Travis Frederick, American football player
- March 19 – Garrett Clayton, American actor and singer
- March 21 – Antoine Griezmann, French footballer
- March 22
- March 25
- March 26 – Jack Watts, Australian rules footballer
- March 27 – Chloe Marshall, English model
- March 28
- March 29 – Hayley McFarland, American actress
- March 30 – Mia Carruthers, American singer and songwriter
- June 3 – Natasha Dupeyrón, Mexican actress and singer
- June 4
- June 6 – Son Dong-woon, Korean pop singer
- June 7
- June 10 – Pol Espargaró, Spanish motorcycle racer
- June 11
- June 12 – Louisa Gummer, American model
- June 15 – Rina Takeda, Japanese actress and black belt
- June 16 – Joe McElderry, British singer and model
- June 18 – Willa Holland, American model and actress
- June 19 – Pontus Ekhem, Swedish hockey player
- June 20 – Alexis Neiers, American television personality and model
- June 21
- June 22 – Katie Jarvis, English actress
- June 23 – Katie Armiger, American singer
- June 24
- June 25
- June 27
- June 28
- June 29
- June 30
- July 1
- July 2 – Kim Go-eun, South Korean actress
- July 3
- July 5 – Jason Dolley, American actor
- July 6 – Victoire Thivisol, French actress
- July 7
- July 8 – Jamie Blackley, Manx-born British actor
- July 9
- July 10
- July 11
- July 12
- July 13 – Seppe Smits, Belgian snowboarder
- July 15
- July 16
- July 18 – Karina Pasian, American singer and pianist
- July 20
- July 21 – Sara Sampaio, Portuguese model
- July 23
- July 24 – Emily Bett Rickards, Canadian actress
- July 27 – Rena Matsui, Japanese singer and idol
- July 28 – Rina Aizawa, Japanese actress and gravure idol
- July 29
- July 30
- July 31
- August 2
- August 5 – Brooke Marie Bridges, American actress
- August 6
- August 7 – Mike Trout, American baseball player
- August 9
- August 12 – Jesinta Campbell, Australian beauty pageant titleholder
- August 16
- August 17
- August 18 – Richard Harmon, Canadian actor
- August 20 – Cory Joseph, Canadian basketball player
- August 21 – Tess Gaerthé, Dutch singer and actress
- August 22 – Brayden Schenn, Canadian ice hockey player
- August 23 – Jennifer Abel, Canadian diver
- August 25 – Gershon Koffie, Ghanaian soccer player
- August 26
- August 27 – Lee Sung-yeol, South Korean singer, dancer and actor
- August 28
- August 30
- September 1 – Rhys Bennett, English footballer
- September 4 – Carter Jenkins, American actor
- September 5 – Skandar Keynes, British actor
- September 7
- September 9
- September 10
- September 11 – Kygo, Norwegian DJ and record producer
- September 13 – Ksenia Afanasyeva, Russian artistic gymnast
- September 14 – Nana, South Korean singer, actress and model
- September 16 – Marlon Teixeira, Brazilian model
- September 17
- September 18 – Scharllette Allen Moses, Nicaraguan beauty pageant titleholder
- September 20 – Spencer Locke, American actress
- September 21 – Zoe Weizenbaum, American former actress
- September 22
- September 23
- September 25 – Emmy Clarke, American actress
- September 27 – Simona Halep, Romanian tennis player
- October 2 – Roberto Firmino, Brazilian footballer
- October 4
- October 5 – Jackson Rogow, American actor
- October 6 – Roshon Fegan, American actor
- October 7
- October 10
- October 14 – Shona McGarty, English actress
- October 16
- October 17 – Brenda Asnicar, Argentine actress and singer
- October 18 – Tyler Posey, American actor and musician
- October 19 – Christopher Gerse, American actor
- October 20
- October 22 – Arianna Afsar, American pageant titleholder and singer
- October 23
- October 24 – Torstein Andersen Aase, Norwegian football striker
- October 25 – Isabella Shinikova, Bulgarian tennis player
- October 26 – Amala Paul, Indian film actress
- October 27 – Bryan Craig, American actor
- October 28 – Mart Müürisepp, Estonian actor
- October 29 – Marcus Lattimore, American football player
- October 30
- October 31 – Jordan-Claire Green, American actress musician and singer
- December 1 – Sun Yang, Chinese Olympic swimmer
- December 2
- December 3
- December 4 – Aiden Grimshaw, English singer
- December 9
- December 10 – Kiki Bertens, Dutch tennis player
- December 12
- December 11 – Anna Bergendahl, Swedish singer
- December 13 – Jay Greenberg, American music composer
- December 15 – Eunice Cho, Korean-American actress
- December 17
- Nadech Kugimiya, Thai model and actor
- Daniel Tay, American actor and voice actor
- December 19 – Declan Galbraith, English singer
- December 20
- December 24
- December 26 – Eden Sher, American actress
- December 27 – Chloe Bridges, American actress
- December 28 – Belime, Lebanon singer-songwriter, pop musician and music producer
- December 30 – Camila Giorgi, Italian tennis player
- March 1
- March 2
- March 3
- March 7 – Cool Papa Bell, American baseball player (b. 1903)
- March 12 – Ragnar Granit, Finnish neuroscientist, recipient of the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine (b. 1900)
- March 13 – Sigurd Aalefjær, Norwegian engineer and civil servant (b. 1917)
- March 14
- March 15
- March 16
- March 18 – Vilma Bánky, Hungarian-born actress (b. 1901)
- March 20 – Conor Clapton, son of guitarist Eric Clapton (b. 1986)
- March 21 – Leo Fender, American instrument maker (b. 1909)
- March 23 – Elisaveta Bagriana, Bulgarian poet, Nobel Prize in Literature (b. 1893)
- March 24
- March 25 – Marcel Lefebvre, French Roman Catholic bishop who fought for Catholic Tradition (b. 1905)
- March 27 – Aldo Ray, American actor (b. 1926)
- March 29 – Lee Atwater, American Presidential advisor (b. 1951)
- May 1
- May 3
- May 4 – Mohammed Abdel Wahab, Egyptian singer and composer (b. 1902)
- May 6 – Wilfrid Hyde-White, British actor (b. 1903)
- May 7 – Dennis Crosby, American singer (b. 1934)
- May 8
- May 13 – Myron Brinig, Jewish-American author (b. 1896)
- May 14 – Jiang Qing, Chinese radical revolutionary, widow of Mao Zedong (b. 1914)
- May 15
- May 18
- May 20 – Lydia Cabrera, Cuban anthropologist and poet (b. 1899)
- May 21
- May 22 – Derrick Henry Lehmer, American mathematician (b. 1905)
- May 23
- May 24 – Gene Clark, American singer-songwriter (b. 1944)
- May 27 – Leopold Nowak, Austrian musicologist (b. 1904)
- May 29 – Coral Browne, Australian actress (b. 1913)
- May 30 – Manolo Gómez Bur, Spanish actor (b. 1917)
- June 1 – David Ruffin, American singer (b. 1941)
- June 2 – Hailu Yimenu, Ethiopian politician, acting Prime Minister of Ethiopia
- June 3 – Eva Le Gallienne, English-born actress (b. 1899)
- June 4 – MC Trouble, American rapper (b. 1970)
- June 5
- June 6 – Stan Getz, American jazz saxophonist (b. 1927)
- June 8 – Bertice Reading, American actress and singer (b. 1933)
- June 9 – Claudio Arrau, Chilean-born pianist (b. 1903)
- June 11 – Cromwell Everson, South African composer (b. 1925)
- June 14 – Peggy Ashcroft, British actress (b. 1907)
- June 15
- June 16 – Leslie Mahaffy Canadian murder victim (b. 1976)
- June 17 – Pierre Jamet, French harpist (b. 1893)
- June 18
- June 19 – Jean Arthur, American actress (b. 1900)
- June 24
- June 25 – Michael Heidelberger, American immunologist (b. 1888)
- June 27
- June 28 – Hans Nüsslein, German tennis player (b. 1910)
- June 29 – Henri Lefebvre, French sociologist and philosopher (b. 1901)
- July 1 – Michael Landon, American actor (b. 1936)
- July 2 – Lee Remick, American actress (b. 1935)
- July 4
- July 5
- July 6 – Anton Yugov, Bulgarian Communist politician, 35th Prime Minister of Bulgaria (b. 1904)
- July 7 – André Busch, French Olympic water polo player (b. 1913)
- July 8 – James Franciscus, American actor (b. 1934)
- July 11 – Mokhtar Dahari, Malaysian footballer (b. 1953)
- July 15
- July 16 – Robert Motherwell, American painter (b. 1915)
- July 18 – André Cools, Belgian Socialist politician (b. 1927)
- July 24 – Isaac Bashevis Singer, Polish-born Yiddish writer, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1902)
- July 25
- July 27 – John Friedrich, German-born Australian engineer and conman (b. 1950)
- July 29
- July 31 – Doris Zinkeisen, Scottish theatrical stage and costume designer, painter, commercial artist and writer (b. 1898)
- August 1 – Chris Short, American baseball pitcher (b. 1937)
- August 3 – Ali Sabri, Egyptian politician, 32nd Prime Minister of Egypt (b. 1920)
- August 4 – Yevgeny Dragunov, Russian weapons designer (b. 1920)
- August 5
- August 6
- August 7 – Billy T. James New Zealand comedian (b. 1948)
- August 8
- August 11 – J. D. McDuffie, American race car driver (b. 1938)
- August 13 – James Roosevelt, American businessman and politician (b. 1907)
- August 14 – Richard A. Snelling, Governor of Vermont (b. 1927)
- August 16 – Luigi Zampa, Italian film-maker (b. 1905)
- August 17 – Terence Kilmartin, Irish journalist and translator (b. 1922)
- August 21 – Oswald von Nell-Breuning, Roman Catholic theologian and sociologist (b. 1890)
- August 22
- August 23
- August 24 – Sergey Akhromeyev, Soviet marshall, former Chief of the General Staff of the Soviet Armed Forces (b. 1923)
- August 25 – Niven Busch, American novelist and screenwriter (b. 1903)
- August 28 – Alekos Sakellarios, Greek writer and director (b. 1913)
- August 30
- September 2 – Alfonso García Robles, Mexican diplomat and politician, recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize (b. 1911)
- September 3 – Frank Capra, Italian-born American film director (b. 1897)
- September 4
- September 7 – Edwin McMillan, American chemist, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1907)
- September 8
- September 10
- September 12 – Bruce Matthews, Canadian Army officer and businessman (b. 1909)
- September 13 – Joe Pasternak, Hungarian-born film director (b. 1901)
- September 14– Russell Lynes, American art historian, photographer, and author (b. 1910)
- September 15 – John Hoyt, American actor (b. 1905)
- September 17
- September 19 – Lydia Cabrera, Cuban anthropologist and poet (b. 1899)
- September 22 – Tino Casal, Spanish pop singer (b. 1950)
- September 24
- September 25
- September 28
- September 29 – Grace Zaring Stone, American novelist and short story writer (b. 1891)
- November 2 – Irwin Allen, American film and television producer (b. 1916)
- November 3 – Chris Bender, American musician (b. 1972)
- November 5
- November 6 – Gene Tierney, American actress (b. 1920)
- November 9 – Yves Montand, French actor and singer (b. 1921)
- November 10
- November 12 – Keizō Hayashi, Japanese civil servant and military official (b. 1907)
- November 14 – Tony Richardson, English film and theater director (b. 1928)
- November 18 – Gustáv Husák, Czechoslovak politician, 9th President of Czechoslovakia (b. 1913)
- November 19 – Reggie Nalder, Austrian actor (b. 1907)
- November 21 – Daniel Mann, American film director (b. 1912)
- November 23 – Klaus Kinski, German actor (b. 1926)
- November 24
- November 25
- November 26
- November 29
- December 1 – George Stigler, American economist, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1911)
- December 6 – Richard Stone, British economist, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1913)
- December 9 – Berenice Abbott, American photographer (b. 1898)
- December 10
- December 11
- December 12
- December 14
- December 15
- December 18 – George Abecassis, English race car driver (b. 1913)
- December 19 – Paul Maxwell, Canadian actor (b. 1921)
- December 24 – Marguerite Williams, African American geologist (b. 1895)
- December 27 – Hervé Guibert, French writer and photographer (b. 1955)
- December 28 – Cassandra Harris, Australian actress (b. 1941)
- December 31 – Yuri Belov, Soviet actor (b. 1930)