|Centuries:||19th century – 20th century – 21st century|
|Decades:||1940s 1950s 1960s – 1970s – 1980s 1990s 2000s|
|Years:||1968 1969 1970 – 1971 – 1972 1973 1974|
|1971 by topic:|
|Birth and death categories|
|Establishments and disestablishments categories|
|Works and introductions categories|
|Ab urbe condita||2724|
|British Regnal year||19 Eliz. 2 – 20 Eliz. 2|
|Chinese calendar|| 庚戌年十二月初五日
— to —辛亥年十一月十四日
|- Vikram Samvat||2027–2028|
|- Shaka Samvat||1893–1894|
|- Kali Yuga||5072–5073|
|- Ǹrí Ìgbò||971–972|
|Japanese calendar|| Shōwa 46
|Julian calendar||Gregorian minus 13 days|
|Minguo calendar||ROC 60
|Thai solar calendar||2514|
Year 1971 (MCMLXXI) was a common year starting on Friday (link will display the full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar.
- January 2
- January 3 – BBC Open University begins in the United Kingdom.
- January 5 – The 1st ever ODI cricket match is played between Australia & England at the M.C.G.
- January 8 – Tupamaros kidnap Geoffrey Jackson, British ambassador to Uruguay, in Montevideo, keeping him captive until September.
- January 9 – Uruguayan president Jorge Pacheco Areco demands emergency powers for 90 days due to kidnappings, and receives them the next day.
- January 12 – The landmark television sitcom All In The Family, starring Carroll O'Connor as Archie Bunker, debuts on CBS.
- January 14 – Seventy Brazilian political prisoners are released in Santiago, Chile. Giovanni Enrico Bucher is released January 16.
- January 15 – The Aswan High Dam officially opens in Egypt.
- January 17 – The Baltimore Colts defeated the Dallas Cowboys, 16-13, in Super Bowl V. The game was plagued by a record combined 11 turnovers, and was not decided until Jim O'Brien kicked a 32-yard field goal with five seconds remaining. Cowboys linebacker Chuck Howley became the first player from a losing team to be named Super Bowl MVP.
- January 18 – Strikes in Poland demand the resignation of Interior Minister Kazimierz Switala. He resigns January 23 and is replaced by Franciszek Szlachcic.
- January 19 – Representatives of 23 western oil companies begin negotiations with OPEC in Tehran to stabilize oil prices. February 14 they sign a treaty with 6 Khalij el-Arab countries.
- January 24 – The Guinean government sentences to death 92 Guineans who helped Portuguese troops in the failed landing attempts in November 1970; 72 are sentenced to hard labor for life; 58 of the sentenced are hanged the next day.
- January 25
- In Uganda, Idi Amin deposes Milton Obote in a coup, and becomes president.
- In Los Angeles, Charles Manson and three female "Family" members are found guilty of the 1969 Tate-LaBianca murders.
- Himachal Pradesh becomes the 18th Indian state.
- Intelsat IV (F2) is launched; it enters commercial service over the Atlantic Ocean March 26.
- January 31 – Apollo program: Apollo 14 (carrying astronauts Alan Shepard, Stuart Roosa, and Edgar Mitchell) lifts off on the third successful lunar landing mission.
- February 4 – In Britain, Rolls-Royce goes bankrupt and is nationalised.
- February 5 – Apollo 14 lands on the Moon.
- February 7
- February 8 – A new stock market index called the Nasdaq debuts.
- February 9
- The Sylmar earthquake (6.4 on the Richter Scale) hits the San Fernando Valley area of California.
- Satchel Paige becomes the first Negro League player to become voted into the Baseball Hall of Fame from the Negro League. Jackie Robinson was inducted July 23, 1962.
- Apollo program: Apollo 14 returns to Earth after the third manned Moon landing.
- February 11 – The US, UK, USSR and others sign the Seabed Treaty, outlawing nuclear weapons on the ocean floor.
- February 11– February 12 – Palestinian and Jordanian fighters clash in Amman.
- February 13 – Vietnam War: Backed by American air and artillery support, South Vietnamese troops invade Laos.
- February 15
- Decimalisation Day: – The United Kingdom and Ireland both switch to decimal currency (see also decimalisation).
- Protesting Belgian farmers bring 3 live cows to crash the EEC meeting in Brussels.
- February 16 – In Italy, a local parliament elects the city of Catanzaro as the capital of Calabria; residents of Reggio di Calabria riot for 5 days because of the decision.
- February 20
- Fifty tornadoes rage in Mississippi, killing 74 people.
- The U.S. Emergency Broadcast System sends an erroneous warning, meant to be a standard weekly test conducted by NORAD in Cheyenne Mountain in Colorado; many radio stations just ignore it. The most notorious warning was of WOWO (AM) in Fort Wayne, IN.
- February 21 – The Convention on Psychotropic Substances is signed at Vienna.
- February 26 – Secretary General U Thant signs the United Nations proclamation of the vernal equinox as Earth Day.
- February 27 – Doctors in the first Dutch abortion clinic (Mildredhuis in Arnhem) start to perform abortus provocatus.
- February 28 – Evel Knievel sets a world record and jumps 19 cars in Ontario, California.
- March 1
- A bomb explodes in the men's room at the United States Capitol. Weather Underground Organization claims responsibility.
- Pakistani President Agha Muhammad Yahya Khan indefinitely postpones the pending National Assembly session, precipitating massive civil disobedience in East Pakistan.
- Canadian John Robarts ends his term of office as the 17th Premier of Ontario.
- March 4 – The southern part of Quebec, and especially Montreal, receive 16½" (42 cm) of snow in what becomes known as the Century's Snowstorm (la tempête du siècle).
- March 5 – The Pakistani army occupies East Pakistan.
- March 6 – A fire in a mental hospital at Burghölzli, Switzerland, kills 28 people.
- March 7
- The British postal workers' strike, led by UPW General Secretary Tom Jackson, ends after 47 days.
- Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, political leader of then East Pakistan (present day - Bangladesh), delivers his famous speech in the Racecourse Field in Dhaka, calling on the masses to be prepared to fight for national independence.
- March 8 – ' Fight of the Century': Boxer Joe Frazier defeats Muhammad Ali at Madison Square Garden.
- March 12 – Hafez al-Assad becomes president of Syria.
- March 12– March 13 – The Allman Brothers Band plays their legendary concert at the Fillmore East.
- March 16 – Trygve Bratteli forms a government in Norway.
- March 18 – A landslide at Chungar, Peru crashes into Lake Yanahuani, killing 200.
- March 23 – General Alejandro Lanusse of Argentina takes power in a military coup.
- March 25 – The Pakistani army starts Operation Searchlight in East Pakistan from midnight, after President Agha Muhammad Yahya Khan, a military ruler, voids election results that gave the Awami League an overwhelming majority in the parliament.
- March 26
- March 27 – East Pakistan (now Bangladesh) independence is repeatedly declared by Army Major (later President of Bangladesh) Ziaur Rahman on behalf of Sheikh Mujibur Rahman from Kalurghat Radio Station, Chittagong.
- March 28 – The Ed Sullivan Show airs its final episode.
- March 29
- U.S. Army Lieutenant William Calley is found guilty of 22 murders in the My Lai massacre and sentenced to life in prison (later pardoned).
- A Los Angeles, California jury recommends the death penalty for Charles Manson and 3 female followers.
- April 1 – The United Kingdom lifts all restrictions on gold ownership.
- April 3 – Un banc, un arbre, une rue by Séverine (music by Jean-Pierre Bourtayre, text by Yves Dessca) wins the Eurovision Song Contest 1971 for Monaco
- April 5
- April 7 – Greece releases 261 political prisoners, 50 of whom are sent into internal exile.
- April 8 – A right-wing coup attempt is exposed in Laos.
- April 9 – Charles Manson is sentenced to death; in 1972, the sentence for all California Death Row inmates is commuted to life imprisonment.
- April 12 – Palestinians retreat from Amman to the north of Jordan.
- April 17
- April 19
- April 20
- April 21
- April 24
- April 25
- April 26 – The government of Turkey declares a state of siege in 11 provinces, Ankara included, due to violent demonstrations.
- April 28 – The first number of Il Manifesto is issued in Italy.
- April 29 – Bolivia nationalizes the American-owned Matilde zinc mine.
- April 30 – The Milwaukee Bucks win the NBA World Championship, sweeping the Baltimore Bullets in four straight games.
- May 1
- Amtrak begins inter-city rail passenger service in the United States.
- The Ceylonese government promises amnesty for those guerillas who surrender before April 5.
- May 2 – In Ceylon, left-wing guerillas launch a series of assaults against public buildings.
- May 3
- Arsenal FC wins the English Division 1 football league championship at the home of their bitter rivals, Tottenham Hotspur, with Ray Kennedy scoring the winner. (Arsenal FC would go on to win the league and cup 'double' 6 days later by defeating Liverpool in the FA Cup final).
- The Harris Poll claims that 60% of Americans are against the Vietnam War.
- East German leader Walter Ulbricht resigns as Communist Party leader but retains the position of head of state.
- 1971 May Day Protests: Anti-war militants attempt to disrupt government business in Washington, D.C.; police and military units arrest as many as 12,000, most of whom are later released.
- May 5 – The US dollar floods the European currency markets and threatens especially the Deutsche Mark; the central banks of Austria, Belgium, Netherlands and Switzerland stop the currency trading.
- May 6 – The Ceylon government begins a major offensive against the People's Liberation Front.
- May 9
- May 12 – An earthquake in Turkey destroys most of the city of Burdur.
- May 15 – Efraim Elrom, Israeli ambassador to Turkey, is kidnapped; he is found killed in Istanbul May 25.
- May 16 – A coup attempt is exposed and foiled in Egypt.
- May 18 – The U.S. Congress formally votes to end funding for the American Supersonic Transport program.
- May 19 – Mars probe program: Mars 2 is launched by the Soviet Union.
- May 22 – An earthquake lasting 20 seconds destroys most of Bingöl, Turkey – more than 1,000 are killed, 10,000 made homeless.
- May 23 – An air crash at Rijeka Airport, Yugoslavia kills 78 people, mostly British tourists.
- May 26
- May 27
- May 28 – Portugal resigns from UNESCO.
- May 30 – Mariner program: Mariner 9 is launched toward Mars.
- May 31 – The birth of Bangladesh is declared by the government in exile, in territory formerly part of Pakistan.
- June – Massachusetts passes its Chapter 766 laws enacting Special Education.
- June 1 – Vietnam War: Vietnam Veterans for a Just Peace, claiming to represent the majority of U.S. veterans who served in Southeast Asia, speak against war protests.
- June 6
- Soyuz program: Soyuz 11 ( Vladislav Volkov, Georgi Dobrovolski, Viktor Patsayev) is launched.
- A midair collision between Hughes Airwest Flight 706 Douglas DC-9 jetliner and a U.S. Marine Corps McDonnell Douglas F-4 Phantom jet fighter near Duarte, California, claims 50 lives.
- June 10
- June 11 – Neville Bonner becomes the first Indigenous Australian to sit in the Australian Parliament.
- June 13
- Vietnam War: The New York Times begins to publish the Pentagon Papers. .
- Gijs van Lennep wins the 24 hours of Le Mans together with Helmut Marko.
- June 14 – Norway begins oil production in the North Sea.
- June 17
- June 18 – Southwest Airlines, a low cost carrier, begins its first flights between Dallas, Houston, And San Antonio.
- June 20 – Britain announces that Soviet space scientist Anatoli Fedoseyev has been granted asylum.
- June 21 – Britain begins new negotiations for EEC membership in Luxembourg.
- June 25 – Madagascar accuses the U.S. of being connected to the plot to oust the current government; the U.S. recalls its ambassador.
- June 27 – Concert promoter Bill Graham closes the legendary Fillmore East, which first opened on 2nd Avenue (between 5th and 6th Streets) in New York City on March 8, 1968.
- June 28 – Assassin Jerome A. Johnson shoots Joe Colombo in the head in a middle of an Italian-American rally, putting him in a coma.
- June 30
- After a successful mission aboard Salyut 1, the world's first manned space station, the crew of the Soyuz 11 spacecraft are killed when their air supply leaks out through a faulty valve.
- New York Times Co. v. United States: The U.S. Supreme Court rules that the Pentagon Papers may be published, rejecting government injunctions as unconstitutional prior restraint.
- July – Nordic Council secretariat inaugurated.
- July 3 – Jim Morrison, lead singer of The Doors is found dead in his bathtub in Paris, France.
- July 4 – Michael S. Hart posts the first e-book, a copy of the United States Declaration of Independence, on the University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign's mainframe computer, the origin of Project Gutenberg.
- July 5 – Right to vote: The 26th Amendment to the United States Constitution, formally certified by President Richard Nixon, lowers the voting age from 21 to 18.
- July 6 – Hastings Banda is proclaimed President for Life of Malawi.
- July 9 – The United Kingdom increases its troops in Northern Ireland to 11,000.
- July 10– July 11 – Coup attempt in Morocco: 1,400 cadets take over the king's palace for 3 hours and kill 28 people; 158 rebels die when the king's troops storm the palace. Ten high-ranking officers are later executed for involvement.
- July 10 – Gloria Steinem holds her Address to the Women of America speech.
- July 13
- Ólafur Jóhannesson forms a government in Iceland.
- Jordanian army troops launch an offensive against Palestinian guerillas in Jordan.
- The Yugoslavian government begins allowing foreign companies to take their profits from the country.
- Paced by a prodigious home run by Reggie Jackson which hits a transformer on the roof of Tiger Stadium, the American League defeats the National League 6-4 in the Major League Baseball All-Star Game in Detroit.
- July 14 – Libya severs its diplomatic ties with Morocco.
- July 16 – Spanish dictator and head of state Francisco Franco makes Prince Juan Carlos his successor.
- July 17 – Italy and Austria sign a treaty that ends the schism about South Tyrol.
- July 18 – The Trucial States are formed in the Persian Gulf.
- July 19 – The South Tower of the World Trade Centre is topped out at 1,362 feet (415 m), making it the second tallest building in the world.
- July 19– July 23 – Major Hashem al-Atta ousts Jaafar Muhammad al-Nimeiri in a military coup in Sudan. Fighting continues until on July 22, when pro-Nimeiri troops win. Al-Atta and 3 officers are executed.
- July 25– July 30 – Arturo Benedetti Michelangeli records in Munich two Debussy works for Deutsche Grammophon; it's his fifth recording.
- July 26 – Apollo 15 (carrying astronauts David Scott, Alfred Worden, and James Irwin) is launched.
- July 28 – Abdel Khaliq Mahjub, Sudanese communist leader, is hanged.
- July 29 – The United Kingdom opts out of the Space Race, with the cancellation of its Black Arrow launch vehicle.
- July 30 – In Japan, an All Nippon Airways Boeing 727 collides with a Japanese fighter jet; 162 people are killed.
- July 31 – Apollo 15 astronauts David Scott and James Irwin become the first to ride in a lunar rover, a day after landing on the Moon.
- August – Camden, New Jersey erupts in race riots following the beating death of a Puerto Rican motorist by city police. Looting and arson occurred. This was a turning point in Camden's decline to one of the poorest and highest-crime municipalities in the United States. Camden was, however, the site of a 1949 shooting rampage by Howard Unruh, considered by some to be the first mass murderer in the United States. The riots resulted in the demise of Camden's Sears and A&P branches. Also in 1971, Philadelphia International Records was established, with Camden native Leon Huff as co-founder.
- August 1 – In New York City, 40,000 attend the Concert for Bangladesh.
- August 2 – JCPenney debuts its trademark Helvetica wordmark which has been used ever since.
- August 5 – South Pacific Forum (SPF)
- August 6 – A lunar eclipse lasting 1 hour, 40 minutes, and 4 seconds is observed.
- August 7 – Apollo 15 returns to Earth.
- August 9
- August 11 – Construction begins on the Louisiana Superdome in New Orleans.
- August 12
- August 14
- August 15
- August 18
- August 19– August 22 – A right-wing coup ignites a rebellion in Bolivia. Miners and students join troops to support president Juan Jose Torres, but eventually Hugo Banzer takes over.
- August 20
- International Telecommunications Satellite Organization (Intelsat) (effective 12 February 1973).
- The USS Manatee (AO-58) spills 1,000 US gallons (3,800 L) of fuel oil on President Nixon's Western White House beach in San Clemente, California.
- August 21
- The first orca to be named, Shamu, dies.
- A bomb made of two hand grenades by communist rebels explodes in the Liberal Party campaign party in Plaza Miranda in Quiapo, Manila the Philippines, injuring several anti- Marcos political candidates.
- August 25
- August 26 – A civilian government takes power in Greece.
- August 30 – The Progressive Conservatives under Peter Lougheed defeat the Social Credit government under Harry E. Strom in a general election, ending 36 years of uninterrupted power for Social Credit in Alberta.
- September 3
- September 4 – A Boeing 727 ( Alaska Airlines Flight 1866) crashes into the side of a mountain near Juneau, Alaska, killing all 111 people on board.
- September 8 – In Washington, DC, the John F. Kennedy Centre for the Performing Arts is inaugurated, with the opening feature being the premiere of Leonard Bernstein's Mass.
- September 9 – September 13 – Attica Prison riots: – A revolt breaks out at the maximum-security prison in Attica, New York. In the end, state police and the United States National Guard storm the facility; 42 are killed, 10 of them hostages.
- September 19 – The electric tram system closes in the city of Ballarat, Victoria, Australia.
- September 21 – Pakistan declares a state of emergency.
- September 24 – Britain expels 90 KGB and GRU officials; 15 are not allowed to return.
- September 27– October 11 – Japanese Emperor Hirohito travels abroad.
- September 28 – Cardinal József Mindszenty, who has taken refuge in the U.S. Embassy in Budapest since 1956, is allowed to leave Hungary.
- September 29 – A cyclone in the Bay of Bengal, in the Indian state of Odisha, kills 10,000.
- October 1 – Walt Disney World opens in Orlando, Florida
- October 15 – The 2,500 Year Celebration of Iran begins, celebrating the birth of Persia. Sylvester Magee, considered by many to be America's last slave dies at the age of 130, also making him unofficially the oldest known person to have ever lived.
- October 17 – The Pittsburgh Pirates win the World Series in 7 games against the Baltimore Orioles. The Pirates' Roberto Clemente, who turned into a one-man gang in the Series, became the first Latino player to earn World Series MVP honours. Game 4 of the Series was also the first night game ever to be played in the World Series.
- October 18 – In New York City, the Knapp Commission begins public hearings on police corruption.
- October 21
- October 25 – The United Nations General Assembly admits the People's Republic of China and expels the Republic of China (or Taiwan).
- October 27 – The Democratic Republic of the Congo is renamed Zaire.
- October 28
- October 29 – Vietnam War – Vietnamization: The total number of American troops still in Vietnam drops to a record low of 196,700 (the lowest since January 1966).
- October 30 – Rev. Ian Paisley's Democratic Unionist Party is founded in Northern Ireland.
- October 31 – A bomb explodes at the top of the Post Office Tower in London.
- November 3 – The UNIX Programmer's Manual is published.
- November 6 – Operation Grommet: The U.S. tests a thermonuclear warhead at Amchitka Island in Alaska, code-named Project Cannikin. At around 5 megatons, it is the largest ever U.S. underground detonation.
- November 8 – Led Zeppelin releases their Fourth Studio album "Led Zeppelin IV" which goes on to sell 23,000,000 copies.
- November 9 – A British Royal Air Force C-130 crashes into the Ligurian Sea near Leghorn, Italy, killing all 51 people on board.
- November 10 – In Cambodia, Khmer Rouge forces attack Phnom Penh and its airport, killing 44, wounding at least 30 and damaging 9 airplanes.
- November 12 – Vietnam War – Vietnamization: U.S. President Richard M. Nixon sets February 1, 1972, as the deadline for the removal of another 45,000 American troops from Vietnam.
- November 13 – Mariner program: Mariner 9 becomes the first spacecraft to enter Mars orbit successfully.
- November 14 – Pope Shenouda III of Alexandria is enthroned.
- November 15
- Intel releases the world's first microprocessor, the Intel 4004.
- International Organization and System of Space Communications ( Intersputnik) (effective 12 July 1972).
- November 20 – A bridge still in construction, called Elevado Engenheiro Freyssinet, falls over the Paulo de Frontin Avenue, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil; 48 people are killed and several injured. Reconstructed, the bridge is currently a part of the Linha Vermelha elevate.
- November 23 – The People's Republic of China takes the Republic of China's seat on the United Nations Security Council (see China and the United Nations).
- November 24
- During a severe thunderstorm over Washington, a man calling himself D. B. Cooper parachutes from the Northwest Orient Airlines plane he hijacked, with US$200,000 in ransom money, and is never seen again (as of March 2008, this case remains the only unsolved skyjacking in history).
- A Brussels court sentences pretender Alexis Brimeyer to 18 months in jail for falsely using a noble title; Brimeyer has already fled to Greece.
- November 28 – 59th Grey Cup Game sees the Calgary Stampeders beat the Toronto Argonauts 14 to 11.
- December 1 – Cambodian Civil War: Khmer Rouge rebels intensify assaults on Cambodian government positions, forcing their retreat from Kompong Thmar and nearby Ba Ray, 10 kilometers northeast of Phnom Penh.
- December 2 – Six Persian Gulf sheikdoms found the United Arab Emirates.
- December 3 – The Indo-Pakistani War of 1971 begins as Pakistan launches preemptive attacks 9 Indian airbases. The next day India launches a massive invasion of East Pakistan.
- December 3– December 4 – The Pakistani submarine PNS Ghazi (former USS Diablo) sinks mysteriously near Indian coast while laying mines.
- December 4
- December 8 – U.S. President Richard Nixon orders the 7th Fleet to move towards the Bay of Bengal in the Indian Ocean.
- December 10 – The John Sinclair Freedom Rally in support of the imprisoned activist features a performance by John Lennon at Crisler Arena, Ann Arbor, MI.
- December 11 – Nihat Erim forms the new government of Turkey (34th government, Nihat Erim had served two times as a prime minister)
- December 16 – Victory Day of Bangladesh: The Pakistan Army in East Pakistan (now Bangladesh) surrenders to the Indian Armed Forces, ending the Bangladesh Liberation War.
- December 18
- December 19
- The Clube Atletico Mineiro wins the Brazil Football Championship.
- Intelsat IV (F3) is launched; it enters commercial service over the Atlantic Ocean February 18, 1972.
- December 24
- Giovanni Leone is elected President of the Italian Republic.
- Juliane Koepcke survives a fall of 10,000 feet following disintegration of LANSA Flight 508.
- December 25
- December 29 – The United Kingdom gives up its military bases in Malta.
- Ray Tomlinson sends the first ARPAnet e-mail between host computers.
- The Free State of Christiania is founded.
- Seychelles International Airport in Victoria, Seychelles ( Mahe) is completed.
- Crude oil production peaks in the continental United States at approximately 4.5 million barrels per day (720,000 m3/d).
- The Centre for Science in the Public Interest is established.
- The National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism is established.
- January 4 – Arthur Ford, American psychic spiritual medium, clairaudient (b. 1896)
- January 5 – Douglas Shearer, Canadian film sound engineer (b. 1899)
- January 9 – Elmer Flick, American baseball player (b. 1876)
- January 10 – Coco Chanel, French fashion designer (b. 1883)
- January 12 – John Tovey, British admiral of the fleet (b. 1885)
- January 14 – Guillermo de Torre, Spanish Dadaist author (b. 1900)
- January 15 – John Dall, American actor (b. 1918)
- January 20 – Gilbert M. 'Broncho Billy' Anderson, American actor, director, writer, and producer (b. 1880)
- January 23 – Fritz Feigl, Austria-born chemist (b. 1875)
- January 24
- January 25
- Barry III, Guinean politician (b. 1923)
- Isobel Lennart, American screenwriter (b. 1915)
- January 27 – Jacobo Arbenz, President of Guatemala (b. 1913)
- January 28 – Donald Winnicott, British psychoanalyst (b. 1896)
- January 31 – Viktor Maksimovich Zhirmunsky, Russian literary historian, linguist (b. 1891)
- February 1 – Harry Roy, British bandleader (b. 1900)
- February 3 – Jay C. Flippen, American actor (b. 1899)
- February 12 – James Cash Penney, American founder of J. C. Penney (b. 1875)
- February 18 – Jaime de Barros Câmara, Brazilian archbishop (b. 1894)
- February 25 – Theodor Svedberg, Swedish chemist, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1884)
- February 26 – Fernandel, French comedian (b. 1903)
- March 7 – Barney Balaban, American studio executive (b. 1887)
- March 8
- March 9 – Pope Cyril VI of Alexandria, Coptic Orthodox Patriarch (b. 1902)
- March 11 – Philo T. Farnsworth, American television pioneer (b. 1906)
- March 12 – David Burns, American actor (b. 1902)
- March 16
- March 18 – Leland Hayward, American film and theatrical agent (b. 1902)
- March 23 – Basil Dearden, English film director (b. 1911)
- April 3 – Joseph Valachi, American gangster (b. 1904)
- April 6 – Igor Stravinsky, Russian composer (b. 1882)
- April 12 – Igor Tamm, Russian physicist, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1895)
- April 13 – Juhan Smuul, Estonian writer (b. 1922)
- April 15 – Friedebert Tuglas, Estonian writer and critic (b. 1886)
- April 17 – William Corbett, American attorney, acting Governor of Guam (b. 1902)
- April 19 – Earl Thomson, Canadian athlete (b. 1895)
- April 20 – Cecil Parker, English actor (b. 1897)
- April 21
- April 29 – Nikolai P. Barabashov, Russian astronomer (b.1894)
- May 1 – Glenda Farrell American actress (b. 1904)
- May 5 – Violet Jessop, British Titanic survivor (b. 1887)
- May 11 – Seán Lemass, Taoiseach of Ireland (b. 1899)
- May 12
- May 15
- May 19 – Ogden Nash, American poet (b. 1902)
- May 21 – Dennis King, English actor (b. 1897)
- May 26 – Laurence Wild, 1913 NCAA Men's Basketball All-American, former head coach for the Navy Midshipmen men's basketball, and 30th Governor of American Samoa (d. 1890)
- May 27 – Chips Rafferty, Australian actor (b. 1909)
- May 28
- May 30 – Marcel Dupré, French composer (b. 1886)
- June 1 – Reinhold Niebuhr, American theologian (b. 1892)
- June 10
- June 11 – Ambrose (bandleader), English violinist and bandleader (b. 1896)
- June 14 – Carlos P. Garcia, 8th President of the Philippines (b. 1896)
- June 15 – Wendell Meredith Stanley, American chemist, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1904)
- June 18
- June 25 – John Boyd Orr, Scottish physician and biologist, recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize (b. 1880)
- June 30
- July 1 – William Lawrence Bragg, English physicist, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1890)
- July 3 – Jim Morrison, American rock singer, songwriter, and poet (b. 1943)
- July 4
- July 6 – Louis Armstrong, African-American jazz trumpeter (What A Wonderful World) (b. 1901)
- July 7
- July 10 – George Kenner, German artist, made 110 paintings and drawings during the First World War while interned as a POW (b. 1888)
- July 15 – Bill Thompson, American actor (b. 1913)
- July 17 – Cliff Edwards, American actor (b. 1895)
- July 19
- July 23 – Van Heflin, American actor (b. 1910)
- July 24 – Christl Mardayn, German actress (b. 1896)
- July 26 – Diane Arbus, American photographer (b. 1923)
- July 27 – Charlie Tully, Northern Irish footballer (b. 1924)
- July 30 – Kenneth Slessor, Australian poet (b. 1901)
- August 2 – John McDermott, American golf champion (b. 1891)
- August 3 – Beatrice Kerr, Australian swimmer, diver, and aquatic performer (b. 1887)
- August 13 – King Curtis, American saxophonist (b. 1934)
- August 15 – Paul Lukas, Hungarian actor (b. 1895)
- August 17 – Horace McMahon, American actor (b. 1906)
- August 20 – Matiur Rahman, Bangladeshi war hero (b. 1945)
- August 25 – Ted Lewis, American musician and entertainer (b. 1890)
- August 27
- August 28 – Reuvein Margolies, Austrian-Hungarian-born Israeli author and Talmudic scholar (b. 1889)
- August 29 – Nathan Leopold, American murderer (b. 1904)
- September 7 – Spring Byington, American actress (b. 1886)
- September 10 – Pier Angeli, Italian actress (b. 1932)
- September 11
- September 12 – Lin Biao, Chinese defense minister (plane crash) (b. 1907)
- September 17 – Carlos Lamarca, Brazilian military turned guerrilla leader (b. 1937)
- September 20 – Giorgos Seferis, Greek writer, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1900)
- September 21 – Bernardo Houssay, Argentine physiologist, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1887)
- September 23 – Billy Gilbert, American actor (b. 1894)
- September 25 – Hugo Black, American Supreme Court Justice (b. 1886)
- October 3 – Leah Baird, American actress (b. 1883)
- October 10 – Cyril Burt, British educational psychologist (b. 1883)
- October 11 – Chester Conklin, American comedic actor (b. 1886)
- October 12
- October 14 – Samuel Spewack, American songwriter (b. 1899)
- October 16 – Robin Boyd, Australian architect (b. 1919)
- October 19 – Betty Bronson, American actress (b. 1906)
- October 21 – Raymond Hatton, American actor (b. 1887)
- October 29
- November 2 – Martha Vickers, American actress (b. 1925)
- November 4 – Guillermo León Valencia, President of Colombia (b. 1909)
- November 9 – Maude Fealy, American stage and film actor (b. 1881)
- November 16 – Edie Sedgwick, American actress and model (b. 1943)
- November 17 – Gladys Cooper, English actress (b. 1888)
- November 22 – József Zakariás, Hungarian soccer player (b. 1924)
- November 25 – Hank Mann, American comedic actor (b. 1888)
- December 9 – Ralph Bunche, African-American diplomat, recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize (b. 1904)
- December 11 – Mac Mcdonald, American fast food restaurant owner (McDonald's) (b. 1902)
- December 12
- December 18
- December 20 – Roy O. Disney, American studio executive (b. 1893)
- December 22 – Godfried Bomans, Dutch writer (b. 1913)
- December 24
- December 26 – Robert Lowery, American actor (b. 1913)
- December 28 – Max Steiner, Austrian-born film composer (b. 1888)
- December 29 – Stuart Holmes, American actor (b. 1884)
- December 30 – Dorothy Comingore, American actress (b. 1913)
- December 31 – Pete Duel, American actor ( Alias Smith and Jones) (b. 1940)
- Reg Bunn, British artist (b. 1905)