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1970 (MCMLXX) was a common year starting on Thursday (the link is to a full 1970 calendar).
1970 is the Unix epoch time.
- March 1 - Rhodesia severs its last tie with the United Kingdom, declaring itself a racially-segregated republic.
- March 5 - The Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty goes into effect, after ratification by 43 nations.
- March 11 - Henry Marrow is murdered in a violent hate crime in Oxford, North Carolina.
- March 15 - The Expo '70 World's Fair opens in Suita, Osaka, Japan.
- March 16 - The complete New English Bible is published.
- March 17 - My Lai massacre: The United States Army charges 14 officers with suppressing information related to the incident.
- March 18 - General Lon Nol ousts Prince Norodom Sihanouk of Cambodia.
- March 18 - United States Postal Service workers in New York City go on strike; the strike spreads to the state of California and the cities of Akron, Ohio, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Chicago, Boston, and Denver, Colorado; 210,000 out of 750,000 U.S. postal employees walk out. President Nixon assigns military units to New York City post offices. The strike lasts 2 weeks.
- March 21 - The first Earth Day proclamation is issued by San Francisco Mayor Joseph Alioto.
- March 21 - All Kinds of Everything sung by Dana (music and text by Derry Lindsay and Jackie Smith) wins Eurovision Song Contest 1970 for Ireland.
- March 25 - The Concorde makes its first supersonic flight (700 mph/1127 km/h).
- March 31 - NASA's Explorer I, the first American satellite and Explorer program spacecraft, reenters Earth's atmosphere after 12 years in orbit.
- May 1 - Twelve thousand demonstrate against the trial of the New Haven Nine, Bobby Seale, and Ericka Huggins.
- May 4 - Kent State shootings: Four students at Kent State University in Ohio are killed and 9 wounded by United States National Guardsmen at a demonstration protesting against the incursion into Cambodia.
- May 5 - The Sahastrara of Universe is opened by Nirmala Srivastava (Shri Mataji Nirmala Devi), the founder of Sahaja Yoga.
- May 6 - Arms Crisis in the Republic of Ireland: Charles Haughey and Neil Blaney are dismissed as members of the Irish Government, due to accusations of their involvement in a plot to import arms for use by the Provisional IRA in Northern Ireland.
- May 6 - Feyenoord wins the European Cup after a 2-1 win over Celtic.
- May 9 - One hundred thousand people demonstrate in Washington, DC against the Vietnam War.
- May 11 - Lubbock Tornado: An F5 tornado hits downtown Lubbock, TX, the first to hit a downtown district of a major city since Topeka, Kansas in 1966 (28 are killed).
- May 14 - Ulrike Meinhof helps Andreas Baader escape.
- May 14 - In the second day of violent demonstrations at Jackson State University in Jackson, Mississippi, state law enforcement officers fire into the demonstrators, killing two and injuring 12.
- May 17 - Thor Heyerdahl sets sail from Morocco on the papyrus boat Ra II, to sail the Atlantic Ocean.
- May 23 - A fire occurs in the Britannia Bridge over the Menai Straits in north Wales, contributing to its partial destruction and amounting to approximately £1,000,000 worth of fire damage.
- May 24 - The scientific drilling of the Kola Superdeep Borehole begins in the USSR.
- May 26 - The Soviet Tupolev Tu-144 becomes the first commercial transport to exceed Mach 2.
- May 27 - A British expedition climbs the south face of Annapurna I.
- May 31 - The 1970 Ancash earthquake causes a landslide that buries the town of Yungay, Peru; more than 47,000 people are killed.
- May 31 - The 1970 FIFA World Cup is inaugurated in Mexico.
- August 7 - Harold Haley, Marin County Superior Court Judge, is taken hostage and murdered, in an effort to free George Jackson from police custody.
- August 17-August 18 - The U.S. sinks 418 containers of nerve gas into the Gulf Stream near the Bahamas.
- August 17 - Venera program: Venera 7 is launched. It will later becomes the first spacecraft to successfully transmit data from another planet.
- August 26 - The Women's Strike For Equality takes place down Fifth Avenue in New York City.
- August 26-August 30- The Isle of Wight Festival 1970 takes place on East Afton Farm off the coast of England. Some 600,000 people attend the largest rock festival of all time. Artists include Jimi Hendrix, The Who, The Doors, Chicago, Richie Havens, John Sebastian, Joan Baez, Ten Years After, Emerson, Lake & Palmer and Jethro Tull.
- September 1 - An assassination attempt against King Hussein of Jordan precipitates the Black September crisis.
- September 4 - Salaheddin Ali Nader Shah Angha receives the Official leadership of the Oveyssi Sufi order and receives the "Robe of Faghr", by his father, Shah Maghsoud Sadegh Angha.
- September 3-September 6 - Israeli forces fight Palestinian guerillas in southern Lebanon.
- September 5 - Vietnam War: Operation Jefferson Glenn begins - The United States 101st Airborne Division and the South Vietnamese 1st Infantry Division initiate a new operation in Thua Thien Province (the operation ends in October 1971).
- September 7 - An anti-war rally is held at Valley Forge, Pennsylvania, attended by John Kerry, Jane Fonda and Donald Sutherland.
- September 7 - Fighting breaks out between Arab guerillas and government forces in Amman, Jordan.
- September 8-September 10 - Jordanian government and Palestinian guerillas make truces they keep breaking.
- September 9 - Guinea recognizes East Germany.
- September 9 - Elvis Presley begins his first concert tour since 1958 in Phoenix, Arizona at the Veterans Memorial Coliseum.
- September 10 – Cambodian government forces break the siege of Kompong Tho after 3 months.
- September 11 - The Ford Pinto is introduced.
- September 13 - The first New York City Marathon begins.
- September 15 - King Hussein of Jordan forms a military government with Muhammad Daoud as the prime minister.
- September 18 - Jimi Hendrix dies of a barbiturate overdose in London.
- September 19 - Kostas Georgakis sets himself ablaze in Genoa, Italy as a protest against the Greek military junta of 1967-1974
- September 20 - Syrian armored forces cross the Jordanian border.
- September 20-September 21 - Luna 16 lands on the Moon and lifts off the day later with samples. It lands on Earth September 24.
- September 21 - Palestinian armored forces reinforce Palestinian guerillas in Irbidi, Jordan.
- September 22 - Tunku Abdul Rahman resigns as prime minister of Malaysia, and is succeeded by his deputy Tun Abdul Razak.
- September 26 - The Laguna Fire starts in San Diego County, burning 175,425 acres (710 km²).
- September 27 - Richard Nixon begins a tour of Europe, visiting Italy, Yugoslavia, Spain, the United Kingdom and Ireland.
- September 28 - Gamal Abdal Nasser dies; Vice President Anwar Sadat is named temporary president of Egypt.
- September 29 - The U.S. Congress gives President Richard Nixon authority to sell arms to Israel.
- September 29 - In Berlin, Baader-Meinhof Gang members rob 3 banks, with loot totaling over DM200,000.
- October 2 - The Wichita State University football team's "Gold" plane crashes in Colorado, killing most of the players. They were on their way (along with administrators and fans) to a game with Utah State University.
- October 3 - In Lebanon, the government of Prime Minister Rashid Karami resigns.
- October 4 - In Bolivia, Army Commander General Rogelio Miranda and a group of officers rebel and demand the resignation of President Alfredo Ovando Candía, who fires him.
- October 4 - Janis Joplin dies of a heroin overdose inside her hotel room in Los Angeles, California.
- October 5 - U.S. President Richard Nixon's European tour ends.
- October 5 - The Front de Liberation du Quebec (FLQ) kidnaps James Cross in Montreal and demands release of all its imprisoned members. The next day the Canadian government announces it won't meet the demand, beginning Quebec's October Crisis.
- October 5 - The Public Broadcasting Service begins broadcasting.
- October 6 - Bolivian President Alfredo Ovando Candía resigns; General Rogelio Miranda takes over but resigns soon after.
- October 6 - French President Georges Pompidou visits the Soviet Union.
- October 7 - General Juan José Torres becomes the new President of Bolivia.
- October 7 - Anwar Sadat is accepted as Egyptian president.
- October 8 - The U.S. Foreign Office announces that renewal of arms sales to Pakistan.
- October 8 - Soviet author Alexander Solzhenitsyn is awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature.
- October 8 - Vietnam War: In Paris, a Communist delegation rejects U.S. President Richard Nixon's October 7 peace proposal as "a maneuver to deceive world opinion."
- October 9 - The Khmer Republic is proclaimed in Cambodia.
- October 9 - Divorce is legalized in Italy.
- October 10 - Fiji becomes independent.
- October 10 - October Crisis: In Montreal, Quebec, a national crisis hits Canada when Quebec Vice-Premier and Minister of Labour Pierre Laporte becomes the second statesman kidnapped by members of the FLQ terrorist group.
- October 11 - Eleven French soldiers are killed in a shootout with rebels in Chad.
- October 12 - Vietnam War: U.S. President Richard Nixon announces that the United States will withdraw 40,000 more troops before Christmas.
- October 13 - Canada and the People's Republic of China establish diplomatic relations.
- October 13 - Saeb Salam forms a government in Lebanon.
- October 14 - A Chinese nuclear test is conducted in Lop Nor.
- October 15 - In Egypt, a referendum supports Anwar Sadat 90.04%.
- October 15 - A section of the new West Gate Bridge in Melbourne collapses into the river below, killing 35 construction workers.
- October 16 - October Crisis: The Canadian government declares a state of emergency and outlaws the Quebec Liberation Front.
- October 17 - October Crisis: Pierre Laporte is found killed in south Montreal.
- October 17 - A cholera epidemic breaks out in Istanbul.
- October 17 - Anwar Sadat officially becomes President of Egypt.
- October 20 - The Soviet Union launches the Zond 8 lunar probe.
- October 20 - Algerian ex-minister Krim Belkacem is found strangled in his hotel room in Frankfurt.
- October 20 - Egyptian president Anwar Sadat names Mahmoud Fawzi as his prime minister.
- October 21 - A U.S. Air Force plane makes an emergency landing near Leninakan, Soviet Union. The Soviets release the American officers, including 2 generals, November 10.
- October 22 - Chilean army commander Rene Schneider is shot in Santiago; the government declares a state of emergency. Schneider dies October 25.
- October 24 - Salvador Allende is elected President of Chile.
- October 26 - U.S. and Soviet space researchers meet in Moscow.
- October 26 - Garry Trudeau's comic strip Doonesbury debuts in approximately two dozen newspapers in the United States.
- October 28 - In Jordan, the government of Ahmed Toukan resigns; the next prime minister is Wasfi Al-Tal.
- October 28 - A cholera outbreak in eastern Slovakia causes Hungary to close its border with Czechoslovakia.
- October 28 - Gary Gabelich drives the rocket-powered Blue Flame to an official world land speed record of 622.287 mph (1,001.452863 km/h) on the dry lake bed of the Bonneville Salt Flats in Utah. The record, the first above 1,000 km/h, stands for nearly 13 years.
- October 30 - In Vietnam, the worst monsoon to hit the area in 6 years causes large floods, kills 293, leaves 200,000 homeless and virtually halts the Vietnam War.
- November 1 - Fire destroys the Le Cinq Sept dance hall in St. Laurent Du Pont, France; 144 dead.
- November 3 - Democrats sweep the U.S. Congressional midterm elections.
- November 4 - Vietnam War: Vietnamization - The United States turns control of the air base in the Mekong Delta to South Vietnam.
- November 4 - Social workers in Los Angeles, California take custody of Genie, a girl who had been kept in solitary confinement since her birth.
- November 5 - Vietnam War: The United States Military Assistance Command in Vietnam reports the lowest weekly American soldier death toll in 5 years (24 soldiers died that week, which was the fifth consecutive week the death toll was below 50; 431 were reported wounded that week, however).
- November 8 - Egypt, Libya and Sudan announce their intentions to form a federation.
- November 9 - Charles de Gaulle dies; he is buried November 13.
- November 9 - The Soviet Union launches Luna 17.
- November 9 - Vietnam War: The Supreme Court of the United States votes 6-3 not to hear a case by the state of Massachusetts, about the constitutionality of a state law granting Massachusetts residents the right to refuse military service in an undeclared war.
- November 10 - Vietnam War: Vietnamization - For the first time in 5 years, an entire week ends with no reports of United States combat fatalities in Southeast Asia.
- November 12 - Soviet author Andrei Amalrik is sentenced to 3 years for 'anti-Soviet' writings.
- November 13 - Hafez al-Assad comes to power in Syria, following a military coup.
- November 13 - 1970 Bhola cyclone: A 120-mph tropical cyclone hits the densely populated Ganges Delta region of East Pakistan (now Bangladesh), killing an estimated 500,000 people (considered the 20th century's worst cyclone disaster).
- November 14 - A fatal airplane accident in Wayne County, West Virginia, claims the lives of all 75 onboard, including 37 players and five coaches from the Marshall University football team.
- November 17 - Vietnam War: Lieutenant William Calley goes on trial for the My Lai massacre.
- November 17 - Luna program: The Soviet Union lands Lunokhod 1 on Mare Imbrium (Sea of Rains) on the Moon. This is the first roving remote-controlled robot to land on another world, and is released by the orbiting Luna 17 spacecraft.
- November 18 - U.S. President Richard Nixon asks the U.S. Congress for US$155 million in supplemental aid for the Cambodian government (US$85 million is for military assistance to prevent the overthrow of the government of Premier Lon Nol by the Khmer Rouge and North Vietnam).
- [[November 18] - The United Nations Security Council demands that no government recognize Rhodesia.
- November 19 - EEC prime ministers meet in Munich.
- November 21 - Syrian Prime Minister Hafez al-Assad forms a new government but retains the post of defense minister.
- November 21 - In Ethiopia, the Eritrean Liberation Front kills an Ethiopian general.
- November 21 - Vietnam War: Operation Ivory Coast - A joint Air Force and Army team raids the Son Tay prison camp in an attempt to free American POWs thought to be held there (no Americans are killed, but the prisoners have already moved to another camp; all U.S. POWs are moved to a handful of central prison complexes as a result of this raid).
- November 22 - Guinean president Sekou Toure accuses Portugal of an attack when hundreds of mercenaries land near the capital Conakry.
- November 23-November 24 - The Guinean army repels the landing attempts.
- November 25-November 29 A UN delegation arrives to investigate the Guinea situation.
- November 25 - In Japan, world-famous author and Tatenokai militia leader Yukio Mishima and his followers take over the Ichigaya headquarters of the Japan Self-Defense Forces, and take General Kanetoshi Mashita hostage. When Mishima's speech fails to sway public opinion towards his right-wing political beliefs, he commits seppuku.
- November 26 - East Pakistan leader Sheik Mujibur Rahman accuses the central government of negligence in catastrophe relief.
- November 26 - Pope Paul VI begins an Asian tour.
- November 27 - Bolivian artist Benjamin Mendoza tries to assassinate Pope Paul VI during his visit in Manila.
- December 1 - The Italian House of Representatives accepts the new divorce law.
- December 1 - Ethiopia recognizes the People's Republic of China.
- December 1 - The Basque ETA kidnaps West German Eugen Beihl in San Sebastian.
- December 1 - Luis Echeverría becomes president of Mexico.
- December 2 - The United States Environmental Protection Agency begins operations.
- December 3 - October Crisis: In Montreal, Quebec, kidnapped British Trade Commissioner James Cross is released by the Front de Libération du Québec terrorist group after being held hostage for 60 days. Police negotiate his release and in return the Government of Canada grants 5 terrorists from the FLQ's Chenier Cell their request for safe passage to Cuba.
- December 3 - Burgos Trial: In Burgos, Spain, a trial begins of 16 Basques terrorism suspects.
- December 4 - The Spanish government declares a 3-month martial law in the Basque county of Guipuzco, due to strikes and demonstrations.
- December 4 - The U.N. announces that Portuguese navy and army units were responsible for the attempted invasion of Guinea.
- December 5 - The Asian and Australian tour of Pope Paul VI ends.
- December 7 - Giovanni Enrico Bucher, the Swiss ambassador to Brazil, is kidnapped in Rio de Janeiro; kidnappers demand the release of 70 political prisoners.
- December 7 - The U.N. General Assembly supports the isolation of South Africa due to its apartheid policies.
- December 7 - During his visit to the Polish capital, German Chancellor Willy Brandt goes down on his knees in front of a monument to the victims of the Warsaw Ghetto.
- December 12 - A landslide in western Colombia leaves 200 dead.
- December 13 - The government of Poland announces increases in the price of food. Riots and looting lead to a bloody confrontation between the rioters and the government on December 15, and martial law December 17-22. December 23 the government will freeze the food prices for two years.
- December 15 - The USSR's Venera 7 becomes the first spacecraft to land successfully on Venus and transmit data back to Earth.
- December 16 - The Ethiopian government declares a state of emergency in the county of Eritrea, due to the activities of the Eritrean Liberation Front.
- December 20 - General Secretary of the Polish Communist Party, Władysław Gomułka, resigns; Edward Gierek replaces him.
- December 20 - An Egyptian delegation leaves for Moscow to ask for economic and military aid.
- December 22 - The Libyan Revolutionary Council declares that it will nationalize all foreign banks in the country.
- December 22 - Franz Stangl, the ex-commander of Treblinka, is sentenced to life imprisonment.
- December 23 - The Bolivian government releases Regis Debray.
- December 23 - The North Tower of the World Trade Center is topped out at 1,368 feet, making it the tallest building in the world.
- December 25 - The ETA releases Eugen Beihl.
- December 27 - India's president declares new elections.
- December 28 - Burgos Trial: Three Basques are sentenced to death (3 twice), others sentenced for 12-62 years, and 1 is released.
- December 28 - The suspected killers of Pierre Laporte, Jacques & Paul Rose and Francis Sunard, are arrested near Montreal.
- December 30 - In Viscaya, Spain, Basque county, 15,000 go on strike to protest the Burgos trial death sentences.
- December 30 - Francisco Franco commutes the death sentences of the Burgos Trial defendants to 30 years in prison.
- December 31 - Paul McCartney sues in Great Britain to dissolve the Beatles's legal partnership.
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 World population
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||Image:Green Arrow Up.svg 375,617,000
|Image:Africa satellite orthographic.jpg Africa
||Image:Green Arrow Up.svg 43,539,000
||Image:Green Arrow Up.svg 50,877,000
||Image:Green Arrow Up.svg 243,694,000
||Image:Green Arrow Up.svg 254,394,000
|Image:Europe satellite orthographic.jpg Europe
||Image:Green Arrow Up.svg 21,829,000
||Image:Green Arrow Up.svg 19,687,000
|Image:Latin America terrain.jpg Latin-America
||Image:Green Arrow Up.svg 34,404,000
||Image:Green Arrow Up.svg 37,050,000
|Image:LocationWHNorthernAmerica.png Northern America
||Image:Green Arrow Up.svg 12,367,000
||Image:Green Arrow Up.svg 11,488,000
||Image:Green Arrow Up.svg 1,786,000
||Image:Green Arrow Up.svg 2,121,000
- January 1 - Kimberly Page, American model
- January 3 - Christian Duguay, American comedian
- January 6 - Julie Chen, American television host
- January 6 - Gabrielle Reece, American volleyball player and model
- January 9 - Lara Fabian, Canadian/Belgian singer
- January 12 - Zack de la Rocha, American musician (Rage Against the Machine)
- January 13 - Keith Coogan, American actor
- January 13 - Marco Pantani, Italian cyclist (d. 2004)
- January 15 - Shane McMahon, American professional wrestler and wrestling executive
- January 17 - Jeremy Roenick, American hockey player
- January 17 - Genndy Tartakovsky, Russian animator
- January 19 - Tim Foster, British rower
- January 20 - Mitch Benn, British comedian and songwriter
- January 20 - Skeet Ulrich, American actor
- January 22 - Alex Ross, American comic artist
- January 29 - Heather Graham, American actress
- January 29 - Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore, Indian shooter
- January 31 - Minnie Driver, English actress
- March 5 - John Frusciante, musician (Red Hot Chili Peppers)
- March 8 - Jason Elam, American football player
- March 9 - Stuart Neild, English author
- March 18 - Queen Latifah, American rapper, record producer, and actress
- March 22 - Leontien van Moorsel, Dutch cyclist
- March 24 - Lara Flynn Boyle, American actress
- March 24 - Sharon Corr, Irish musician (The Corrs)
- March 27 - Mariah Carey, American singer
- March 27 - Leila Pahlavi, Iranian princess (d. 2001)
- March 28 - Vince Vaughn, American actor, writer, and producer
- April 3 - Stephen Hendry, Scottish snooker player
- April 4 - Barry Pepper, Canadian actor
- April 4 - Wendy Bell, American news reader
- April 5 - Miho Hatori, Japanese singer and songwriter (Cibo Matto)
- April 12 - Nick Hexum, American singer and guitarist
- April 13 - Rebecca Cummings, American porn star
- April 13 - Rick Schroder, American actor
- April 13 - Eduardo Capetillo, Mexican actor and singer
- April 17 - Redman, American rapper
- April 18 - Greg Eklund, American drummer (Everclear)
- April 21 - Nicole Sullivan, American actress, comedienne, and writer
- April 22 - Regine Velasquez, Filipina singer, actress, model, record producer, and entrepreneur
- April 25 - Jason Lee, American skateboarder and actor
- April 26 - Tionne "T-Boz" Watkins, singer
- April 27 - Kylie Travis, English-born actress and model
- April 29 - Andre Agassi, American tennis player
- April 29 - Uma Thurman, American actress
- May 5 - Todd Newton, American game show host
- May 12 - Mike Weir, Canadian golfer
- May 15 - Ronald de Boer and Frank de Boer, Dutch football players
- May 15 - Rod Smith, American football player
- May 16 - Gabriela Sabatini, Argentine tennis player
- May 18 - Tina Fey, American writer, comedian, and actress
- May 20 - Louis Theroux, a British-American TV Personality, Author
- May 22 - Naomi Campbell, English model and actress
- May 23 - Yigal Amir, Israeli assassin of the Prime Minister of Israel Yitzhak Rabin
- May 24 - Jeff Zgonina, American football player
- May 25 - Jamie Kennedy, American actor and comedian
- May 25 - Satsuki Yukino, Japanese voice actress
- May 26 - Nobuhiro Watsuki, Japanese cartoonist
- May 27 - Joseph Fiennes, English actor
- June 2 - B-Real, American rapper
- June 5 - Will Arnett, Canadian-American actor
- June 6 - Anthony Norris, American professional wrestler
- June 6 - Andrian Dushev,Bulgarian canoer,bronze olympic medal Atlanta96
- June 8 - Kelli Williams, American actress
- June 13 - Mikael Ljungberg, Swedish wrestler (d. 2004)
- June 15 - Leah Remini, American actress
- June 16 - Phil Mickelson, American golfer
- June 17 - Sasha Sokol, Mexican Singer
- June 17 - Will Forte, American writer, actor and comedian
- June 19 - MJ Hibbett, English singer-songwriter
- June 19 - Quincy Watts, American athlete
- June 20 - Russell Garcia, British field hockey player
- June 20 - Moulay Rachid, Prince of Morocco
- June 21 - Pete Rock, American rapper/DJ/producer
- June 25 - Lucy Benjamin, British actress
- June 26 - Patrick Norton, American writer and television host
- June 26 - Chris O'Donnell, American actor
- June 26 - Nick Offerman, American actor
- June 27 - Jim Edmonds, baseball player
- June 27 - Vitamin C, American singer
- June 30 - Brian Bloom, American actor
- July 2 - Steve Morrow, Northern Irish footballer
- July 3 - Teemu Selänne, Finnish hockey player
- July 3 - Shawnee Smith, American actress
- July 5 - Mac Dre, American rapper (d. 2004)
- July 6 - Martin Smith, English singer and songwriter
- July 7 - Wayne McCullough, Northern Irish boxer
- July 8 - Beck, American singer
- July 11 - Saj Karim, British politician
- July 23 - Charisma Carpenter, American actress
- July 23 - Thea Dorn, German writer
- July 29 - Andi Peters, British TV presenter and producer
- July 30 - Christopher Nolan, English writer and director
- August 2 - Tony Amonte, American hockey player
- August 2 - Kevin Smith, American screenwriter, film director, and actor
- August 4 - Pete Abrams, American webcomic artist, author of Sluggy Freelance
- August 6 - M. Night Shyamalan, Indian film director, writer, producer, and actor
- August 13 - Alan Shearer, English footballer
- August 14 - Leah Purcell, Australian actress
- August 16 - Bonnie Bernstein, American sportscaster (ESPN)
- August 17 - Jim Courier, American tennis player
- August 18 - Malcolm-Jamal Warner, American actor
- August 20 - John Carmack, American computer game programmer
- August 20 - Fred Durst, American singer
- August 21 - Erik Dekker, Dutch professional cyclist
- August 23 - Jay Mohr, American actor and comedian
- August 23 - River Phoenix, American actor (d. 1993)
- August 25 - Claudia Schiffer, German model
- August 27 - Jim Thome, baseball player
- August 27 - Peter Ebdon, English snooker player
- August 29 - Jacco Eltingh, Dutch tennis player
- August 31 - Deborah Gibson, American singer
- September 3 - David-Matthew Barnes, American writer and director
- September 4 - Daisy Dee, Dutch singer and actress
- September 5 - Liam Lynch, American musician, comedian, puppetteer, creator of the Sifl and Olly Show.
- September 8 - Latrell Sprewell, American basketball player
- September 8 - Benny Ibarra, Mexican Singer
- September 9 - Macy Gray, American singer
- September 10 - Phaswane Mpe, South African writer (d. 2004)
- September 10 - Jeff Marx, Broadway composer
- September 14 - Craig Montoya, American musician (Everclear)
- September 18 - Darren Gough, English cricketer
- September 19 - Takanori Nishikawa, Japanese singer
- September 19 - Yuka Imai, Japanese seiyu (voice actress)
- September 21 - Bridget Moynahan, American actress
- September 22 - Mike Matheny, baseball player
- September 23 - Ani DiFranco, American musician
- September 28 - Isabelle Brasseur, Canadian figure skater
- September 29 - Emily Lloyd, English actress
- September 29 - Yoshihiro Tajiri, Japanese Professional Wrestler
- September 30 - Mark Smith former Gladiator
- October 2 - Kelly Ripa, American actress and talk-show hostess
- October 4 - Richard Hancox, English footballer
- October 8 - Matt Damon, American actor
- October 9 - Annika Sörenstam, Swedish golfer
- October 10 - Bai Ling, Chinese actress
- October 10 - Sir Matthew Pinsent, British Olympic winning rower
- October 11 - Andy Marriott, English footballer
- October 15 - Eric Benét, American singer
- October 17 - Anil Kumble, Indian cricketer
- October 17 - Marciano Vink, Dutch footballer
- October 18 - Jose Padilla, American gang member and alleged terrorist
- October 29 - Philip Cocu, Dutch Soccer Player
- November 2 - Sharmell Sullivan, World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) Valet and former Nitro Girl
- November 3 - Dawn Marie Psaltis , former Extreme Championship Wrestling (ECW) and WWE performer
- November 6 - Ethan Hawke, American actor, writer, and film director
- November 7 - Neil Hannon, Northern Irish musician (The Divine Comedy)
- November 9 - Chris Jericho, Canadian Pro Wrestler, and Lead Singer Fozzy
- November 9 - Susan Tedeschi, American musician and singer
- November 12 - Tonya Harding, American figure skater
- November 12 - Harvey Stephens, British, child-actor
- November 18 - Peta Wilson, Australian actress
- November 20 - Joe Zaso, American actor and producer
- November 22 - Stel Pavlou, British novelist and screenwriter
- November 23 - Zoë Ball, British television and radio presenter
- November 26 - Dave Hughes, Australian comedian
- November 26 - Alex Taylor, Latin porn star
- November 30 - Natalie Williams, American basketball player
- December 2 - Sarah Silverman, American comedian
- December 12 - Jennifer Connelly,American actress
- December 15 - Michael Shanks, Canadian actor
- December 17 - Craig Doyle, Irish television presenter
- December 17 - Joshua Seth, American voice actor and hypnotist
- December 18 - DMX, American rapper
- December 18 - Miles Marshall Lewis, American author
- December 18 - Cowboy Troy, American singer and rapper
- December 18 - Rob Van Dam, American Pro Wrestler
- December 20 - Nicole DeBoer, Canadian actress
- December 20 - Massimo Ellul, Maltese entrepreneur and philanthropist
- December 29 - Aled Jones, Welsh singer and television presenter
- December 29 - Kevin Weisman, American actor
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- January 4 - Jean-Etienne Valluy, French general (b. 1899)
- January 5 - Max Born, German physicist, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1882)
- January 10 - Pavel Belyayev, cosmonaut (b. 1925)
- January 18 - David O. McKay, president of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (b. 1873)
- January 25 - Jane Bathori, French mezzo-soprano (b. 1877)
- January 27 - Rita Angus, New Zealand painter (b. 1908)
- January 29 - Basil Liddell Hart, British military historian (b. 1895)
- January 29 - Thelma Morgan, American socialite (b. 1904)
- January 31 - Slim Harpo, American singer (b. 1924)
- February 2 - Bertrand Russell, English logician and philosopher, recipient of the Nobel Prize in Literature (b. 1872)
- February 5 - Rudy York, baseball player (b. 1913)
- February 14 - Herbert Strudwick, English cricketer (b. 1880)
- February 16 - Francis Peyton Rous, American pathologist, recipient of the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine (b. 1879)
- February 17 - Shmuel Yosef Agnon, Israeli writer, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1888)
- February 17 - Alfred Newman, American film composer (b. 1901)
- February 20 - Sophie Treadwell, American playwright and journalist (b. 1885)
- February 25 - Mark Rothko, Latvian-born painter (b. 1903)
- March 11 - Erle Stanley Gardner, American author (b. 1889)
- March 11 - Lucille Hegamin, American singer and entertainer (b. 1894)
- March 16 - Tammi Terrell, American singer (b. 1945)
- March 23 - Del Lord, Canadian film director (b. 1894)
- March 30 - Heinrich Brüning, Chancellor of Germany (b. 1885)
- April 5 - Alfred Henry Sturtevant American geneticist (b. 1891)
- April 26 - Gypsy Rose Lee, American actress (b. 1911)
- April 30 - Inger Stevens, Swedish-born actress (b. 1934)
- May 1 - Ralph Hartley, American inventor (b. 1888)
- May 1 - Yi, Eun, Crown Prince of Korea (b. 1897)
- May 9 - Andrew Watson Myles, Canadian politician (b. 1884)
- May 9 - Walter Reuther, American labor union leader (b. 1907)
- May 14 - Billie Burke, American actress (b. 1885)
- May 12 - Nelly Sachs, German writer, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1891)
- May 21 - E. L. Grant Watson, Australian scientist and writer (b. 1885)
- May 29 - John Gunther, American writer (b. 1901)
- May 29 - Eva Hesse, German-born American sculptor (b. 1936)
- May 31 - Terry Sawchuk, Canadian hockey player (b. 1929)
- June 1 - George Watkins, owner of rookie MLB batting average record (b. 1900)
- June 7 - E. M. Forster, English writer (b. 1879)
- June 8 - Abraham Maslow, American psychologist (b. 1908)
- June 11 - William 'Billy Batts' Devino, Mobster (b.1921)
- June 16 - Brian Piccolo, American football star (b. 1943)
- June 21 - Sukarno, President of Indonesia (b. 1901)
- June 27 - Daniel Kinsey, American hurdler (b. 1902)
- July 10 - Bjarni Benediktsson, Icelandic foreign and later prime minister (b. 1908)
- July 19 - Egon Eiermann, German architect (b. 1904)
- July 21 - Bob Kalsu, American football player (b. 1945)
- July 22 - Fritz Kortner, Austrian-born director (b. 1892)
- July 24 - Peter de Noronha, Indian businessman (b. 1897)
- July 29 - John Barbirolli, English conductor (b. 1899)
- July 29 - George Szell, Hungarian conductor (b. 1897)
- August 1 - Frances Farmer, American actress (b. 1913)
- August 1 - Otto Heinrich Warburg, German physician and physiologist, Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine laureate (b. 1883)
- August 18 - Soledad Miranda, Spanish Actress (b. 1943)
- August 19 - Paweł Jasienica, Polish historian (b. 1909)
- September 1 - Francois Mauriac, French writer, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1885)
- September 2 - Marie Pierre Koenig, French general and politician (b. 1898)
- September 3 - Vince Lombardi, American football coach (b. 1913)
- September 5 - Jesse Pennington, English footballer (b. 1883)
- September 5 - Jochen Rindt, Austrian race car driver (b. 1942)
- September 11 - Ernst May, German architect (b. 1886)
- September 18 - Jimi Hendrix, American musician (b. 1942)
- September 25 - Erich Maria Remarque, German author (b. 1898)
- September 28 - Gamal Abdal Nasser, first President of Egypt (b. 1928)
- September 28 - John Dos Passos, American novelist (b. 1896)
- September 29 - Edward Everett Horton, American actor (b. 1895)
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