1973 (MCMLXXIII) was a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar, the 1973rd year of the Common Era (CE) and Anno Domini (AD) designations, the 973rd year of the 2nd millennium, the 73rd year of the 20th century, and the 4th year of the 1970s decade.
January 1 – The United Kingdom, the Republic of Ireland and Denmark enter the European Economic Community, which later becomes the European Union.
January 15 – Vietnam War: Citing progress in peace negotiations, U.S. President Richard Nixon announces the suspension of offensive action in North Vietnam.
January 17 – Ferdinand Marcos becomes President for Life of the Philippines.
January 20 – Richard Nixon is sworn in for a second term as President of the United States. Nixon is the only person to have been sworn in twice as President (1969, 1973) and Vice President of the United States (1953, 1957).
"Sunshine Showdown": George Foreman defeats Joe Frazier to win the heavyweight world boxing championship in Kingston, Jamaica.
A Royal Jordanian Boeing 707 flight from Jeddah crashes in Kano, Nigeria; 176 people are killed.
January 27 – U.S. involvement in the Vietnam War ends with the signing of the Paris Peace Accords.
February 8 – A military insurrection in Uruguay poses an institutional challenge to President Juan María Bordaberry.
February 21 – Libyan Arab Airlines Flight 114 (Boeing 727) is shot down by Israeli fighter aircraft over the Sinai Desert, after the passenger plane is suspected of being an enemy military plane. Only 5 (1 crew member and 4 passengers) of 113 survive.
February 28 – The Republic of Ireland general election is held. Liam Cosgrave becomes the new Taoiseach.
March 7 – Comet Kohoutek is discovered.
March 8 – The Troubles: A referendum is held in Northern Ireland over whether to reunite with the Republic of Ireland or to stay a part of the UK. The result was 98% remain. The Provisional Irish Republican Army responds to the referendum by planting four car bombs in London on the same day, two of which went off, causing one death and injuring over 200 people.
March 10 – Sir Richard Sharples, Governor of Bermuda, is assassinated outside Government House, along with his aide-de-camp.
March 20 – A British government White Paper on Northern Ireland proposes the re-establishment of an Assembly elected by proportional representation, with a possible All-Ireland council.
March 21 – The Lofthouse Colliery disaster occurs in Great Britain. Seven miners are trapped underground; none survive.
March 27 – At the 45th Academy Awards, The Godfather wins best picture.
India launches the wildlife conservation program Project Tiger.
Value Added Tax (VAT) is introduced in the United Kingdom.
April 3 – The first handheld mobile phone call is made by Martin Cooper of Motorola in New York City.
Fahri Korutürk becomes the sixth president of Turkey.
Pioneer 11 is launched on a mission to study the Solar System.
April 6 – Ron Blomberg of the New York Yankees becomes the first designated hitter in Major League Baseball.
April 7 – Tu te reconnaîtras by Anne-Marie David (music by Claude Morgan, text by Vline Buggy) wins the Eurovision Song Contest 1973 for Luxembourg.
April 10 – Operation Spring of Youth: Israeli commandos raid Beirut, assassinating 3 leaders of the Palestinian Resistance Movement. The Lebanese army's inaction brings the immediate resignation of Prime Minister Saeb Salam, a Sunni Muslim.
April 10 – The Islamic Republic of Pakistan introduced its new constitution, its supreme law.
April 15 – Naim Talu, a former civil servant, forms the new government of Turkey (36th government).
April 17 – The German counter-terrorist force GSG 9 is officially formed in response to the Munich massacre.
May 3 – The Sears Tower in Chicago, United States, is topped-out, becoming the world's tallest building at 1,451 feet (442 m).
May 5 – Shambu Tamang becomes the youngest person to climb to the summit of Mount Everest.
May 10 – The Polisario Front, a Sahrawi movement dedicated to the independence of Spanish Sahara, is formed.
May 11 – The Data Act (Sw. Datalagen) − the world's first national data protection law − is enacted in Sweden.
May 14 – Skylab, the United States' first space station, is launched.
May 18 – Second Cod War: Joseph Godber, British Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, announces that Royal Navy frigates will protect British trawlers fishing in the disputed 80 km (50 mi) limit around Iceland.
Skylab 2 (Pete Conrad, Paul Weitz, Joseph Kerwin) is launched on a mission to repair damage to the recently launched Skylab space station.
Héctor José Cámpora becomes democratic president of the Argentine Republic ending the 1966 to 1973 Revolución Argentina military dictatorship.
May 30 – Gordon Johncock wins the Indianapolis 500 in the Patrick Racing Special Eagle-Offenhauser, after only 133 laps, due to rain. (The race was begun May 28 but called due to rain.)
June 1 – The Greek military junta abolishes the monarchy and proclaims a republic.
June 3 – A Tupolev Tu-144 crashes at the Paris air show; 15 are killed.
June 10 – Henri Pescarolo and co-driver Gérard Larrousse (both France) win the 24 Hours of Le Mans in the Equipe Matra MS670B.
June 20 – The Ezeiza massacre occurs in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Snipers shoot at left-wing Peronists, killing at least 13 and injuring more than 300.
Leonid Brezhnev addresses the American people on television, the first Soviet leader to do so.
UpStairs Lounge arson attack, an as-yet unsolved attack on a gay bar in New Orleans, Louisiana, in which 32 patrons are killed.
June 25 – Erskine Hamilton Childers is elected the 4th President of Ireland.
June 26 – At Plesetsk Cosmodrome, nine people are killed in the explosion of a Cosmos 3-M rocket.
June 27 – Coup d'état in Uruguay: pressed by the military, President Juan María Bordaberry dissolves Parliament; a 12-year-long civic-military dictatorship begins.
June 28 – Elections are held for the Northern Ireland Assembly, which will lead to power-sharing between unionists and nationalists in Northern Ireland for the first time.
June 30 – A very long total solar eclipse occurs. During the entire second millennium, only seven total solar eclipses exceeded seven minutes of totality.
July 3 – Conference on Security and Cooperation in Europe (CSCE).
July 5 – The catastrophic BLEVE (Boiling Liquid Expanding Vapor Explosion) occurs in Kingman, Arizona, United States, following a fire that broke out as propane was being transferred from a railroad car to a storage tank, killing 11 firefighters. This explosion becomes a classic incident, studied in fire department training programs worldwide.
July 10 – The Bahamas gains full independence within the Commonwealth of Nations.
July 11 – Varig Flight 820 crashes near Orly, France; 123 people are killed.
July 16 – Watergate scandal: Former White House aide Alexander Butterfield informs the United States Senate Watergate Committee that President Richard Nixon had secretly recorded potentially incriminating conversations.
July 17 – King Mohammed Zahir Shah of Afghanistan is deposed by his cousin Mohammed Daoud Khan while in Italy undergoing eye surgery.
July 20 – France resumes nuclear bomb tests in Mururoa Atoll, over the protests of Australia and New Zealand.
July 21 – Lillehammer affair: Agents of Mossad, the Israeli secret intelligence agency, shoot and kill a Moroccan waiter in Lillehammer, Norway, mistakenly believing him to be a senior member of the Palestinian Black September Organization.
July 23 – The Avianca Building in Bogotá, Colombia, suffers a serious fire, in which four people are killed.
July 25 – The Soviet Mars 5 space probe is launched.
July 28 – Skylab 3 (Owen Garriott, Jack Lousma, Alan Bean) is launched, to conduct various medical and scientific experiments aboard Skylab.
July 31 – A Delta Air Lines DC-9 aircraft flying as Delta Air Lines Flight 173 lands short of Logan Airport runway at Boston, United States, in poor visibility, striking a sea wall about 165 feet (50 m) to the right of the runway centerline and about 3000 feet (914 m) short. All 6 crew members and 83 passengers are killed; one of the passengers died several months after the accident.
August 1 – Caribbean Community and Common Market (CARICOM) is inaugurated.
August 2 – A flash fire kills 51 at the Summerland amusement centre at Douglas, Isle of Man.
Black September members open fire at the Athens airport; 3 people are killed, 55 injured.
Mars 6, also known as 3MP No.50P, is launched by the Soviet Union to explore Mars.
August 8 – South Korean politician Kim Dae-jung is kidnapped in Tokyo by the KCIA.
August 15 – The U.S. bombing of Cambodia ends, officially halting 12 years of combat activity in Southeast Asia according to the Case–Church Amendment-an act that prohibits military operations in Laos, Cambodia, and North and South Vietnam as a follow-up of the Paris Peace Accords.
August 23 – The Norrmalmstorg robbery occurs, famous for the origin of the term Stockholm syndrome.
August 25 – Disappearance of Joanne Ratcliffe and Kirste Gordon: Two Australian girls go missing whilst attending an Australian rules football match at the Adelaide Oval, never to be seen again.
September 9 – Scottish racing driver Jackie Stewart becomes World Drivers' Champion when his Tyrrell 003-Cosworth finishes fourth in the 1973 Italian Grand Prix at Monza.
September 11 – Chile's democratically elected government is overthrown in a violent military coup after serious political instability. President Salvador Allende allegedly commits suicide during the coup in the presidential palace and General Augusto Pinochet heads a US-backed military junta that governs Chile for the next 17 years.
September 15 – Carl XVI Gustaf, becomes King of Sweden following the death of his grandfather, King Gustaf VI Adolf.
September 18 – The two German Republics, the Federal Republic of Germany (West Germany) and the German Democratic Republic (East Germany), are admitted to the United Nations.
Billie Jean King beats Bobby Riggs in a singles tennis match billed as the "Battle of the Sexes".
Jim Croce, Maury Muehleisen and four others are killed on takeoff in a plane crash following a concert at Northwestern Louisiana University in Natchitoches.
Soviet space program: Soyuz 12 (Vasily Lazarev, Oleg Makarov), the first Soviet manned flight since the Soyuz 11 tragedy in 1971, is launched.
Luís Cabral declares the independence of the Republic of Guinea-Bissau from the Estado Novo regime in Portugal. It is later granted in September 1974.
October 6 – Yom Kippur War begins: The fourth and largest Arab–Israeli conflict begins, as Egyptian and Syrian forces attack Israeli forces in the Sinai Peninsula and Golan Heights on Yom Kippur.
October 14 – Thai popular uprising Students revolt in Bangkok – In the Thammasat student uprising over 100,000 people protest in Thailand against the Thanom military government, 77 are killed and 857 are injured by soldiers.
October 15 – Typhoon Ruth crosses Luzon, Philippines, killing 27 people and causing $5 million in damage.
October 17 – An OPEC oil embargo against several countries supporting Israel triggers the 1973 energy crisis.
The Saturday Night Massacre: U.S. President Richard Nixon orders Attorney General Elliot Richardson to dismiss Watergate Special Prosecutor Archibald Cox. Richardson refuses and resigns, along with Deputy Attorney General William Ruckelshaus. Solicitor General Robert Bork, third in line at the Department of Justice, then fires Cox. The event prompts calls for Nixon's impeachment.
The Sydney Opera House in Australia is opened by Queen Elizabeth II after 14 years of construction work.
October 25 – The Yom Kippur War ends.
October 26 – The United Nations recognizes the independence of Guinea-Bissau.
October 30 – The Bosphorus Bridge in Istanbul, Turkey, is completed, connecting the continents of Europe and Asia over the Bosphorus Strait for the first time in history.
Pan Am cargo flight 160, a Boeing 707-321C, crashes at Logan International Airport, Boston, killing three people.
Mariner program: NASA launches Mariner 10 toward Mercury (on March 29, 1974, it becomes the first space probe to reach that planet).
November 7 – The Congress of the United States overrides President Richard Nixon's veto of the War Powers Resolution, which limits presidential power to wage war without congressional approval.
November 8 – Millennium '73, a festival hosted by Guru Maharaj Ji at the Astrodome, is called by supporters the "most significant event in human history".
November 11 – Egypt and Israel sign a United States-sponsored cease-fire accord.
Skylab program: NASA launches Skylab 4 (Gerald Carr, William Pogue, Edward Gibson) from Cape Canaveral, Florida, on an 84-day mission.
U.S. President Richard Nixon signs the Trans-Alaska Pipeline Authorization Act into law, authorizing the construction of the Alaska Pipeline.
November 17 – The Athens Polytechnic uprising occurs against the military regime in Athens, Greece.
November 25 – Greek dictator Georgios Papadopoulos is ousted in a military coup led by Brigadier General Dimitrios Ioannidis.
November 27 – The United States Senate votes 92–3 to confirm Gerald Ford as Vice President of the United States.
November 29 – 104 people are killed in a Taiyo department store fire in Kumamoto, Kyūshū, Japan.
November – Queen Sisowath Kossamak of Cambodia is released from house arrest to Beijing.
December – Chile breaks diplomatic contacts with Sweden.
December 1 – Papua New Guinea gains self-government from Australia.
December 3 – Pioneer program: Pioneer 10 sends back the first close-up images of Jupiter.
December 6 – The United States House of Representatives votes 387–35 to confirm Gerald Ford as Vice President of the United States; he is sworn in the same day.
December 14 – Rhodesia executes two Blacks at Salisbury Central Prison for murder.
Soviet space program: Soyuz 13 (Pyotr Klimuk, Valentin Lebedev) is launched.
The Islamic Development Bank is created as a specialized agency of the Organisation of the Islamic Conference (OIC) (effective August 12, 1974).
December 20 – Spanish prime minister Luis Carrero Blanco is assassinated in Madrid by the separatist organization ETA.
December 28 – The Endangered Species Act is passed in the United States.
December 30 – Terrorist Carlos fails in his attempt to assassinate British businessman Joseph Sieff.
A large Song dynasty trade ship of c. 1277 A.D. is dredged up from the waters near the southern coast of China with 12 compartments in its hull. It confirms the descriptions of bulkheaded hull compartments for junks in Zhu Yu's Pingzhou Table Talks of 1119.
January 1 – Shelda Bede, Brazilian beach volleyball player
January 9 – Sean Paul, Jamaican singer
January 11 – Rahul Dravid, Indian cricket player and coach.
January 12 – Hande Yener, Turkish singer
January 13 – Nikolai Khabibulin, Russian ice hockey player
January 14 – Giancarlo Fisichella, Italian racing driver
Essam El Hadary, Egyptian goalkeeper
Tomáš Galásek, Czech football player
January 17 – Cuauhtémoc Blanco, Mexican footballer and politician, Governor of Morelos 2018-2024
Ann Kristin Aarønes, Norwegian footballer
Wang Junxia, Chinese long-distance runner
Yevgeny Sadovyi, Russian swimmer
January 20 – Queen Mathilde of Belgium
January 22 – Rogério Ceni, Brazilian football player and coach
January 26 – Brendan Rodgers, Northern Irish football manager
January 27 – Shadmehr Aghili, Iranian pop singer, musician and composer
January 29 – Louise Hindsgavl, Danish artist
January 30 – Jalen Rose, American basketball player
January 31 – Portia de Rossi, Australian-American actress
Yuri Landman, Dutch artist and musician
Óscar Pérez Rojas, Mexican football goalkeeper
February 2 – Aleksander Tammert, Estonian discus thrower
February 4 – Oscar De La Hoya, American boxer
Trijntje Oosterhuis, Dutch pop singer
Deng Yaping, Chinese table tennis player
February 7 – Juwan Howard, American basketball player
February 9 – Svetlana Boginskaya, Soviet gymnast
February 10 – Gunn-Rita Dahle, Norwegian mountain biker
Jeon Do-yeon, South Korean actress
Mishal Husain, British news presenter
Varg Vikernes, Norwegian rock musician
February 12 – Tara Strong, Canadian actress and voice actress
Anna Dogonadze, German trampoline gymnast
Amy Van Dyken, American swimmer
Sarah Wynter, Australian actress
February 16 – Cathy Freeman, Australian athlete
February 18 – Claude Makélélé, French footballer
February 22 – Shota Arveladze, Georgian football player and coach
Alexei Kovalev, Russian ice hockey player
Yordan Yovchev, Bulgarian gymnast
February 25 – Julio Iglesias Jr., Spanish singer
ATB, German DJ and music producer
Ole Gunnar Solskjær, Norwegian footballer
Jenny Thompson, American swimmer
Peter Andre, English singer and television personality
Li Bingbing, Chinese actress
February 28 – Eric Lindros, Canadian hockey player
Jack Davenport, English actor
Chris Webber, American basketball player
March 2 – Vidya Malvade, Indian actress
March 3 – Dejan Bodiroga, Serbian basketball player
March 4 – Penny Mordaunt, British politician
March 9 – Matteo Salvini, Italian politician
March 10 – Eva Herzigová, Czech model and actress
Edgar Davids, Dutch footballer
David Draiman songwriter and lead singer for the band Disturbed
Ólafur Darri Ólafsson, Icelandic actor
March 15 – Lee Jung-jae, South Korean actor and model
March 17 – Caroline Corr, Irish musician (The Corrs)
March 19 – Magnus Hedman, Swedish footballer
Jerzy Dudek, Polish footballer
Jason Kidd, American basketball player
Jacek Bąk, Polish footballer
Jim Parsons, American actor and comedian
March 25 – Anders Fridén, Swedish musician
March 26 – Larry Page, American entrepreneur, founder and CEO of Google (2011-2015)
March 28 – Umaga, Samoan-American professional wrestler (d. 2009)
March 29 – Marc Overmars, Dutch footballer
March 30 – Jan Koller, Czech footballer
Stephen Fleming, New Zealand cricket captain
Rachel Maddow, American political commentator
April 2 – Roselyn Sánchez, Puerto Rican-American actress
April 3 – Jamie Bamber, English actor
David Blaine, American magician
Loris Capirossi, Italian motorcycle racer
Élodie Bouchez, French actress
Pharrell Williams, American musician and producer
April 6 – Rie Miyazawa, Japanese actress and singer
April 8 – Emma Caulfield, American actress
April 10 – Roberto Carlos, Brazilian footballer
April 11 – Jennifer Esposito, American actress
Juan Caguaripano, Venezuelan military officer and torture victim
Christina Moore, American actress
Amr Waked, Egyptian film, television and stage actor
April 13 – Sergey Shnurov, Russian singer
Roberto Ayala, Argentine footballer
Adrien Brody, American actor
April 16 – Akon, Senegalese American rapper, R&B singer-songwriter and record producer
April 18 – Haile Gebrselassie, Ethiopian long-distance runner
April 19 – George Gregan, Australian rugby union footballer
April 21 – Katsuyuki Konishi, Japanese voice actor
April 23 – Cem Yılmaz, Turkish comedian and actor
Sachin Tendulkar, Indian cricketer
Lee Westwood, English golfer
April 27 – Sharlee D'Angelo, Swedish guitarist
Jorge Garcia, American actor and comedian
Pauleta, Portuguese footballer
Elisabeth Röhm, German-American actress
April 29 – David Belle, French actor and stunt performer
Paul Burke, Irish rugby player
Diana Hayden, Miss World and Indian actress
Oliver Neuville, German footballer
May 2 – Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck, German director
May 3 – Michael Reiziger, Dutch footballer
May 4 – Guillermo Barros Schelotto, Argentine footballer
May 5 – Johan Hedberg ("Moose"), Swedish hockey goaltender
May 7 – Paolo Savoldelli, Italian professional road racing cyclist
May 8 – Hiromu Arakawa, Japanese manga artist
May 9 – Tegla Loroupe, Kenyan long-distance runner
Keylla Hernandéz, Puerto Rican television reporter (d. 2018)
Rüştü Reçber, Turkish football goalkeeper
May 12 – Robert Tinkler, Canadian voice actor
Natalie Appleton, Canadian singer (All Saints)
Shanice, African-American singer
Jason Acuña, American skateboarder and actor
Tori Spelling, American actress
Sasha Alexander, American actress
Josh Homme, American musician
May 20 – Elsa Lunghini, French actress and singer
May 21 – Noel Fielding, British comedian
Bartolo Colón, Dominican baseball player
Ruslana, Ukrainian pop star, activist, Eurovision Song Contest 2004 winner
Vladimír Šmicer, Czech footballer
Jean-Pierre Canlis, American glass artist
Demetri Martin, American actor and comedian
May 27 – Jack McBrayer, American actor and comedian
May 31 – Dominique van Roost, Belgian tennis player
Fred Deburghgraeve, Belgian swimmer
Adam Garcia, Australian actor and singer
Heidi Klum, German model
Derek Lowe, American baseball player
Carlos Acosta, Cuban-born ballet dancer
Kevin Feige, American film producer and president of Marvel Studios
June 8 – Lexa Doig, Canadian actress
June 9 – Tedy Bruschi, American football player
June 10 – Faith Evans, American singer
June 14 – Ceca, Serbian folk singer
Neil Patrick Harris, American actor, comedian, singer, presenter and host
Dean McAmmond, Canadian hockey player
Greg Vaughan, American actor
June 16 – Federica Mogherini, Italian politician
Aurélie Filippetti, French politician and novelist
Leander Paes, Indian tennis player
June 19 – Yuko Nakazawa, Japanese singer
June 20 – Josh Shapiro, American politician, Governor of Pennsylvania
Zuzana Čaputová, Slovak politician, President of Slovakia
Juliette Lewis, American actress
Fedja van Huêt, Dutch actor
Carson Daly, American television personality, host of NBC's The Voice and Last Call with Carson Daly
Giorgio Pasotti, Italian actor and martial arts athlete
Davies Chisopa, Zambian politician
Marija Naumova (Marie N), Latvian singer, Eurovision Song Contest 2002 winner
June 24 – Jonathan Lambert, French actor and comedian
June 25 – Jamie Redknapp, English footballer
June 26 – Paweł Małaszyński, Polish actor
Olve Eikemo, Norwegian musician
Gonzalo López-Gallego, Spanish film director
Adrián Annus, Hungarian athlete
Frost, Norwegian musician
Andre Lange, German Olympic bobsledder
June 29 – Kento Masuda, Japanese composer and recording artist
July 1 – Akhilesh Yadav, Indian politician
July 3 – Patrick Wilson, American actor
July 4 – Gackt, Japanese singer-songwriter and actor
July 5 – Marcus Allbäck, Swedish footballer and coach
Troy Garity, American actor
Yoon Kyung-shin, South Korean handball player
July 8 – Kathleen Robertson, Canadian actress and producer
July 11 – Konstantinos Kenteris, Greek athlete
Inoke Afeaki, Tongan rugby union footballer
Christian Vieri, Italian footballer
Roberto Martínez, Spanish football manager
Danny Williams, British professional boxer
Halil Mutlu, Bulgaria-born Turkish weightlifter
Candela Peña, Spanish actress
July 15 – Yasemin Şamdereli, Turkish-German actress, screenwriter and film director
Stefano Garzelli, Italian professional road racing cyclist
Sandra Pires, Brazilian beach volleyball player
July 17 – Daimaou Kosaka, Japanese comedian
July 18 – Chi In-jin, South Korean boxer
Aílton, Brazilian football player
Raja Krishnamoorthi, Indian born-American politician and lawyer
Saïd Taghmaoui, French-American actor and screenwriter
Omar Epps, American actor
Peter Forsberg, Swedish hockey player
Haakon, Crown Prince of Norway
Rufus Wainwright, American-Canadian singer-songwriter and composer
Jaime Camil, Mexican actor and singer
Fran Healy, Scottish singer-songwriter
Monica Lewinsky, American White House intern
July 26 – Kate Beckinsale, English actress
Markus Näslund, Swedish ice hockey player
Sonu Nigam, Indian singer
August 1 – Edurne Pasaban, Basque Spanish mountaineer
Miguel Mendonca, Anglo-Azorean writer
Susie O'Neill, Australian swimmer
August 3 – Stephen Graham, English actor
August 4 – Marcos, Brazilian footballer
Asia Carrera, American actress
Vera Farmiga, American actress, director and producer
Kevin McKidd, Scottish actor
Filippo Inzaghi, Italian footballer
Oleksandr Ponomariov, Ukrainian singer
Lisa Raymond, American tennis player
Javier Zanetti, Argentine football player
August 11 – Carolyn Murphy, American model
Jared Borgetti, Mexican footballer
Jay-Jay Okocha, Nigerian footballer
Kieren Perkins, Australian swimmer
Marco Materazzi, Italian football player
HRH Crown Princess Mette-Marit of Norway
Sergey Brin, Russian-born American entrepreneur, co-founder of Google
Steve McKenna, Canadian ice hockey player
Nikolai Valuev, Russian heavyweight boxing champion
Howie D., American singer (Backstreet Boys)
Kristen Wiig, American actress, comedian and writer
August 23 – Joey Cramer, Canadian child actor
Dave Chappelle, African-American actor and comedian
Inge de Bruijn, Dutch swimmer
Grey DeLisle, American voice actress, comedian and singer-songwriter
August 28 – Kirby Morrow, Canadian actor, comedian and writer (d. 2020)
August 31 – Scott Niedermayer, Canadian ice hockey player
September 1 – Ram Kapoor, Indian actor
September 4 – Diosbelys Hurtado, Cuban boxer
Paddy Considine, British actor, filmmaker and musician
Rose McGowan, American actress
Rachel Sheherazade, Brazilian journalist
Carlo Cudicini, Italian footballer
Greg Rusedski, Canadian-British tennis player
September 7 – Shannon Elizabeth, American actress
September 11 - Sohrab Bakhtiarizadeh, Iranian footballer
Tarana Burke, American civil rights activist
Darren Campbell, British athlete
Paul Walker, American actor (d. 2013)
September 13 – Fabio Cannavaro, Italian footballer
Andrew Lincoln, English actor
Nas, African-American rapper
September 15 – Prince Daniel, Duke of Västergötland, né Olof Daniel Westling, Swedish prince, married to Crown Princess Victoria
September 17 – Ada Choi, Hong Kong actress
James Marsden, American actor
Ami Onuki, Japanese singer
Mark Shuttleworth, South African entrepreneur
José Azevedo, Portuguese cyclist
David Zepeda, Mexican actor, model and singer
September 20 – Jo Pavey, English distance runner
Driulis González, Cuban judoka
Virginia Ruano Pascual, Spanish tennis player
Oswaldo Sánchez, Mexican footballer
September 25 – Bridgette Wilson-Sampras, American actress
September 29 – Alfie Boe, English tenor
Lene Nystrøm, Norwegian singer (Aqua)
Proof, American rapper (D12) (d. 2006)
Verka Serduchka, Ukrainian drag queen, comedian and singer, Eurovision Song Contest 2007 runner-up
October 3 – Neve Campbell, Canadian actress
October 4 – Chris Parks, American professional wrestler
October 5 – Cédric Villani, French mathematician and politician
Ioan Gruffudd, Welsh actor
Rebecca Lobo, American basketball player
Dida, Brazilian footballer
Sami Hyypiä, Finnish football player and coach
October 8 – Kari Korhonen, Finnish cartoonist
October 10 – Mario Lopez, American actor
October 11 – Daisuke Sakaguchi, Japanese voice actor
Matt Hughes, American mixed martial arts fighter
Nanako Matsushima, Japanese actress
George Floyd, African-American victim of police brutality (d. 2020)
Lasha Zhvania, Georgian politician
October 15 – Susy Pryde, New Zealand cyclist
October 17 – Deniz Uğur, Turkish actress
October 18 – Sergey Bezrukov, Russian screen and stage actor
October 21 – Lera Auerbach, Russian composer and pianist
October 22 – Andrés Palop, Spanish football player and coach
October 26 – Seth MacFarlane, American actor, screenwriter, producer, director and singer
Maryam Nawaz, Pakistani politician
Montel Vontavious Porter, American professional wrestler
October 29 – Robert Pires, French football player
Silvia Corzo, Colombian newsreader
Edge, Canadian professional wrestler
Assia, Algerian singer
Li Xiaoshuang, Chinese gymnast
Aishwarya Rai, Indian actress, Miss World 1994
November 2 – Marisol Nichols, American actress
Kirk Jones, African-American rapper (Onyx)
Mick Thomson, American guitarist
November 4 – Steven Ogg, Canadian actor
Yunjin Kim, South Korean-American film and theater actress
Martín Palermo, Argentine footballer
November 9 – Nick Lachey, American actor, singer and television personality and host
November 10 – Patrik Berger, Czech footballer
November 17 – Alexei Urmanov, Russian figure skater
November 26 – Peter Facinelli, American actor
November 27 – Sharlto Copley, South African producer, actor and director
November 29 – Ryan Giggs, Welsh footballer
Nimród Antal, Hungarian-American film director, screenwriter and actor
Christian, Canadian professional wrestler
Im Chang-jung, South Korean actor
Monica Seles, Hungarian-Yugoslavian tennis player
Jan Ullrich, German professional road bicycle racer
Grant Wahl, American sports journalist (d. 2022)
Holly Marie Combs, American actress
Francisco Islas Rueda, Mexican professional wrestler
December 4 – Tyra Banks, American supermodel, talk show host
Arik Benado, Israeli footballer
Sorin Grindeanu, 65th Prime Minister of Romania
Terrell Owens, American football player
Damien Rice, Irish singer-songwriter, musician and record producer
December 8 – Corey Taylor, American rock vocalist (Slipknot, Stone Sour)
December 9 – Bárbara Padilla, American operatic soprano
December 10 – Gabriela Spanic, Venezuelan-Mexican actress
December 11 – Mos Def, African-American rapper and actor
December 12 – Paz Lenchantin, Argentine-American musician
Tom S. Englund, Swedish musician
Tomasz Radzinski, Canadian soccer player
Thuy Trang, Vietnamese-born actress (d. 2001)
December 15 – Surya Bonaly, French figure skater
December 17 – Paula Radcliffe, British athlete
December 18 – Darryl Brown, Trinidad and West Indian cricketer
December 20 – Antti Kasvio, Finnish swimmer
December 27 – Wilson Cruz, American actor
Seth Meyers, American actor and comedian
Ids Postma, Dutch speed skater
December 30 – Ato Boldon, Trinidadian athlete
December 31 – Nikolay Tsiskaridze, Russian dancer
January 2 – Eleazar López Contreras, 45th President of Venezuela (b. 1883)
January 11 – Isabel Randolph, American actress (b. 1889)
January 16 - Nellie Yu Roung Ling, Chinese dancer, lady-in-waiting to Qing Imperial Court (b. 1882).
January 22 – Lyndon B. Johnson, 36th President of the United States (b. 1908)
January 23 – Kid Ory, American musician (b. 1886)
January 24 – J. Carrol Naish, American actor (b. 1896)
January 26 – Edward G. Robinson, American actor (b. 1893)
January 28 – John Banner, Austrian-born American actor (b. 1910)
Ragnar Frisch, Norwegian economist, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1895)
Jack MacGowran, Irish film actor (b. 1918)
February 11 – J. Hans D. Jensen, German physicist, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1907)
February 15 – Wally Cox, American actor (b. 1924)
February 16 – Francisco Caamaño, 50th President of the Dominican Republic (executed) (b. 1932)
February 18 – Frank Costello, Italian-American Mafia gangster and crime boss (b. 1891)
Ivan T. Sanderson, Scottish-American naturalist, cryptozoologist and writer (b. 1911)
Joseph Szigeti, Hungarian violinist (b. 1892)
Elizabeth Bowen, Irish novelist (b. 1899)
Katina Paxinou, Greek actress (b. 1900)
February 23 – Dickinson W. Richards, American physician, recipient of the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine (b. 1895)
February 28 – Cecil Kellaway, South African actor (b. 1890)
March 3 – Vera Panova, Soviet-Russian writer (b. 1905)
March 6 – Pearl S. Buck, American writer, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1892)
March 8 – Benjamín de Arriba y Castro, Spanish Roman Catholic archbishop and cardinal (b. 1886)
March 10 – Robert Siodmak, German-born American director (b. 1900)
March 13 – Melville Cooper, British actor (b. 1896)
March 17 – Giuseppe Ferretto, Italian Roman Catholic cardinal (b. 1899)
Johannes Aavik, Estonian philologist (b. 1880)
Lauritz Melchior, Danish opera singer (b. 1890)
March 22 – Hilda Geiringer, Austrian mathematician (b. 1893)
March 25 – Edward Steichen, Luxembourg-born American photographer (b. 1879)
March 26 – Sir Noël Coward, English composer and playwright (b. 1899)
April 8 – Pablo Picasso, Spanish artist (b. 1881)
April 12 – Arthur Freed, American film producer (b. 1894)
Henry Darger, American outsider artist and writer (b. 1892)
Dudley Senanayake, 2nd Prime Minister of Sri Lanka (b. 1911)
April 14 – Károly Kerényi, Hungarian philologist and mythologist (b. 1897)
Nino Bravo, Spanish singer (b. 1944)
Istvan Kertesz, Hungarian conductor (b. 1929)
April 19 – Hans Kelsen, Austrian-born legal theorist (b. 1881)
Merian C. Cooper, American aviator, director and producer (b. 1893)
Sir Arthur Fadden, Australian politician, 13th Prime Minister of Australia (b. 1894)
Fouad Chehab, 8th President of Lebanon (b. 1902)
Frank Jack Fletcher, American admiral (b. 1885)
April 26 – Irene Ryan, American actress (b. 1902)
April 28 – Jacques Maritain, French Catholic philosopher (b. 1882)
May 1 – Asger Jorn, Danish painter (b. 1914)
May 6 – Myrna Fahey, American actress (b. 1933)
May 8 – Alexander Vandegrift, American general (b. 1887)
May 11 – Lex Barker, American actor (b. 1919)
May 12 – Frances Marion, American screenwriter (b. 1888).
May 16 – Jacques Lipchitz, French-American sculptor (b. 1891)
May 18 – Jeannette Rankin, American politician (b. 1880)
May 20 – Jarno Saarinen, Finnish motorcycle racer (b. 1945)
Ivan Konev, Marshal of the Soviet Union (b. 1897)
Vaughn Monroe, American singer (b. 1911)
May 26 – Karl Löwith, German philosopher (b. 1897)
May 27 – Constantin Daicoviciu, Romanian historian and archaeologist (b. 1898)
June 8 – Emmy Göring, German actress, second wife of Hermann Göring (b. 1893)
June 9 – Erich von Manstein, German field marshal (b. 1887)
June 10 – William Inge, American playwright (b. 1913)