|1997 : January · February · March · April · May · June · July · August · September · October · November · December|
|Centuries:||19th century – 20th century – 21st century|
|Decades:||1960s 1970s 1980s – 1990s – 2000s 2010s 2020s|
|Years:||1994 1995 1996 – 1997 – 1998 1999 2000|
|1997 by topic:|
|Birth and death categories|
|Establishments and disestablishments categories|
|Works and introductions categories|
|Ab urbe condita||2750|
|British Regnal year||45 Eliz. 2 – 46 Eliz. 2|
|Chinese calendar|| 丙子年十一月廿二日
— to —丁丑年十二月初二日
|- Vikram Samvat||2053–2054|
|- Shaka Samvat||1919–1920|
|- Kali Yuga||5098–5099|
|- Ǹrí Ìgbò||997–998|
|Japanese calendar|| Heisei 9
|Julian calendar||Gregorian minus 13 days|
|Minguo calendar||ROC 86
|Thai solar calendar||2540|
1997 (MCMXCVII) was a common year that started on a Wednesday. In the Gregorian calendar, it was the 1997th year of Anno Domini; the 997th year of the 2nd millennium; the 97th year of the 20th century; and the 8th of the 1990s.
- January 9 – Yachtsman Tony Bullimore is found alive, 5 days after his boat capsized in the Southern Ocean.
- January 17 – A Delta II rocket carrying a military GPS payload explodes, shortly after liftoff from Cape Canaveral.
- January 18 – In northwest Rwanda, Hutu militia members kill 6 Spanish aid workers, 3 soldiers, and seriously wound another.
- January 19 – Yasser Arafat returns to Hebron after more than 30 years, and joins celebrations over the handover of the last Israeli-controlled West Bank city.
- January 20 – U.S. President Bill Clinton is inaugurated for his second term.
- January 22 – Madeleine Albright becomes the first female Secretary of State, after confirmation by the United States Senate.
- January 23 – Mir Aimal Kasi is sentenced to death for a 1993 assault rifle attack outside CIA headquarters that killed 2 and wounded 3.
- January 27 – It is revealed that French museums had nearly 2,000 pieces of art that had been stolen by Nazis.
- February 4
- On their way to Lebanon, 2 Israeli troop-transport helicopters collide, killing 73.
- After at first contesting the results, Serbian President Slobodan Milošević recognizes opposition victories in the November 1996 elections.
- British Home Secretary Michael Howard informs Moors Murderer Myra Hindley that she will never be released from prison. Mr. Howard has made the decision in agreement with a recommendation made by his predecessor David Waddington in 1990.
- February 5
- The so-called "Big Three" banks in Switzerland announced the creation of a $71 million fund to aid Holocaust survivors and their families.
- Morgan Stanley and Dean Witter Reynolds investment banks announced a $10 billion merger.
- February 10
- The United States Army suspends Gene C. McKinney, Sergeant Major of the Army, its top-ranking enlisted soldier, after hearing allegations of sexual misconduct.
- Sandline affair: Australian newspapers publish stories that the government of Papua New Guinea has brought mercenaries onto Bougainville Island.
- February 13
- STS-82: Tune-up and repair work on the Hubble Space Telescope is started by astronauts from Space Shuttle Discovery.
- The Dow Jones Industrial Average closes above 7,000 for the first time, gaining 60.81 to 7,022.44.
- February 22 – In Roslin, Scotland, scientists announce that an adult sheep named Dolly had been successfully cloned, and was born in July 1996.
- February 23 – A small fire occurs on the Russian space station Mir.
- February 27 – Divorce becomes legal in the Republic of Ireland.
- February 28 – North Hollywood shootout: Two robbers wearing kevlar body armor armed with AK-47s containing armor-piercing bullets injure 17 police officers and civilians in a gun battle. The incident sparked debate on the appropriate firepower for United States patrol officers to have available in similar situations in the future.
- March 4 – U.S. President Bill Clinton bans federal funding for any research on human cloning.
- March 6
- March 13
- March 16 – Sandline affair: On Bougainville Island, soldiers of commander Jerry Singirok arrest Tim Spicer and his mercenaries of the Sandline International.
- March 18 – The tail of a Russian An-24 charter plane breaks off while en route to Turkey, causing the plane to crash, killing all 50 on board, and resulting in the grounding of all An-24s.
- March 21
- In Zaire, Etienne Tshiksekedi is appointed prime minister; he ejects supporters of Mobutu Sese Seko from his cabinet.
- Mercenaries of Sandline International withdraw from Papua New Guinea.
- March 22
- Tara Lipinski, 14, becomes the youngest women's world figure skating champion.
- The Comet Hale-Bopp makes its closest approach to Earth.
- March 24 – The 69th Academy Awards, hosted by Billy Crystal, are held at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles, California, with The English Patient winning Best Picture.
- March 26
- In San Diego, California, 39 Heaven's Gate cultists commit mass suicide at their compound.
- Julius Chan resigns as prime minister of Papua New Guinea, ending the Sandline affair.
- April 3 – The Thalit massacre in Algeria: All but one of the 53 inhabitants of Thalit are killed by guerrillas.
- April 11 – Fire damages the Turin Cathedral in Italy.
- April 14
- Fire breaks out in a pilgrim camp on the Plain of Mena, 7 miles (11 km) from Mecca; 343 die.
- Former SS Captain Erich Priebke is retried; on July 22 he is sentenced to 5 years in prison.
- April 16 – Houston, Texas, socialite Doris Angleton is murdered in her River Oaks home. Roger Angleton later admits to the crime in his suicide note. Despite being found innocent of the crime by a Texas jury, he is later arrested by the United States Department of Justice on similar charges.
- April 18 – The Red River of the North breaks through dikes and floods Grand Forks, North Dakota, and East Grand Forks, Minnesota, causing US$ 2 billion in damage.
- April 21 – A Pegasus rocket carries the remains of 24 people into earth orbit, in the first space burial.
- April 22
- Haouch Khemisti massacre: 93 villagers are killed in Algeria.
- A 126-day hostage crisis at the residence of the Japanese ambassador in Lima, Peru, ends after government commandos storm and capture the building, rescuing 71 hostages. One hostage dies of a heart attack, 2 soldiers are killed by rebel fire, and all 14 Tupac Amaru rebels are slain.
- France supports the new transitional government in Zaire, withdrawing its support of Mobutu Sese Seko.
- April 23 – 42 villagers are killed in the Omaria massacre in Algeria.
- April 27 – Andrew Cunanan murders Jeffrey Trail, beginning a murder spree that lasts until July and ends with the murder of fashion designer Gianni Versace.
- April 29
- Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW), CWC treaty enters into force.
- Two trains crash at Hunan, China; 126 are killed.
- May 2 – The Labour Party of the United Kingdom return to power for the first time in 18 years, with Tony Blair becoming Prime Minister, in a landslide majority in the 1997 general election.
- May 3 – Katrina and the Waves win the Eurovision Song Contest 1997 for the UK with " Love Shine a Light", the most successful Eurovision entry ever.
- May 10 – An earthquake near Ardekul, in northeastern Iran, kills at least 2,400.
- May 11 – IBM's Deep Blue defeats Garry Kasparov in the last game of the rematch, the first time a computer beats a chess World champion in a match.
- May 12 – The Russian- Chechen Peace Treaty is signed.
- May 14 – The Star Alliance is formed between Air Canada, Lufthansa, Scandinavian Airlines System, Thai Airways International and United Airlines.
- May 15 – The United States government acknowledges existence of the "Secret War" in Laos, and dedicates the Laos Memorial in honour of Hmong and other "Secret War" veterans.
- May 16
- May 17 – Troops of Laurent Kabila march into Kinshasa.
- May 22 – Kelly Flinn, the U.S. Air Force's first female bomber pilot certified for combat, accepts a general discharge in order to avoid a court martial.
- May 23 – Mohammad Khatami won at 1997 Iranian presidential election and became first Iranian Reformist President.
- May 25
- May 27 – The second-deadliest tornado of the 1990s hits in Jarrell, Texas, killing 27 people.
- May 31 – The 13-kilometer Confederation Bridge, the world's longest bridge spanning ice covered waters, opens between Prince Edward Island and New Brunswick, Canada.
- June 1
- Iraq disarmament crisis: Iraqi military escorts on board an UNSCOM helicopter try to physically prevent the UNSCOM pilot from flying the helicopter in the direction of its planned destination, threatening the safety of the aircraft and their crews.
- Hugo Banzer wins the Presidential elections in Bolivia.
- June 2 – In Denver, Colorado, Timothy McVeigh is convicted on 15 counts of murder and conspiracy for his role in the 1995 Oklahoma City bombing.
- June 6 – In Lacey Township, New Jersey, high school senior Melissa Drexler kills her newborn baby in a toilet.
- June 7 – A computer user known as "_eci" publishes his Microsoft C source code on a Windows 95 and Windows NT exploit, which later becomes WinNuke. The source code gets wide distribution across the internet, and Microsoft is forced to release a security patch.
- June 8 – A United States Coast Guard helicopter crashes near Humboldt Bay, California; all 4 crewmembers perish.
- June 10 – Khmer Rouge leader Pol Pot orders the killing of his defense chief, Son Sen, and 11 of Sen's family members, before Pol Pot flees his northern stronghold (the news does not reach outside Cambodia for 3 days).
- June 11 – In the United Kingdom, the House of Commons votes for a total ban on handguns.
- June 12 – The United States Department of the Treasury unveils a new $50 bill, meant to be more difficult to counterfeit.
- June 13 – A jury sentences Timothy McVeigh to death for his part in the 1995 Oklahoma City bombing.
- June 16 – About 50 are killed in the Dairat Labguer massacre in Algeria.
- June 19 – The fast food chain McDonald's wins a partial victory in its libel trial, known as the McLibel case, against two environmental campaigners.
- June 22 – Swedish musician Ted Gärdestad commits suicide by jumping in front of a train. He is found dead later that morning.
- June 25
- A massive eruption of the Soufrière Hills volcano on the island of Montserrat leads to evacuation and eventual abandonment of the capital, Plymouth.
- An unmanned Progress spacecraft collides with the Russian space station Mir.
- June 26 – Bertie Ahern is appointed as the 10th Taoiseach of the Republic of Ireland and Mary Harney is appointed as the 16th, and first female, Tánaiste, after their parties, Fianna Fáil and the Progressive Democrats respectively, win the 1997 General Election.
- June 30 – Bloomsbury Publishing publish J. K. Rowling's Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone in London.
- July 1 – The United Kingdom hands sovereignty of Hong Kong to the People's Republic of China. This event and its ramifications are often referred to as '1997'.
- July 4 – NASA's Pathfinder space probe lands on the surface of Mars.
- July 5 – In Cambodia, Hun Sen of the Cambodian People's Party overthrows Norodom Ranariddh in a coup.
- July 7 – The Great Flood begins in southern Poland.
- July 8
- July 10
- July 11 – Thailand's worst hotel fire at Pattaya kills 90.
- July 13 – The remains of Che Guevara are returned to Cuba for burial, alongside some of his comrades.
- July 15 – Spree killer Andrew Cunanan shoots fashion designer Gianni Versace to death outside Versace's Miami, Florida residence.
- July 16 – The Dow Jones Industrial Average gains 63.17 to close at 8,038.88. It is the Dow's first close above 8,000. The Dow has doubled its value in 30 months.
- July 17 – The F.W. Woolworth Company closes after 117 years in business.
- July 21 – On her 200th birthday, the fully restored USS Constitution (aka "Old Ironsides") sets sail for the first time in 116 years.
- July 23 – Digital Equipment Corporation files antitrust charges against chipmaker Intel.
- July 25 – K.R. Narayanan is sworn in as India's 10th president and the first member of the Dalit caste to hold this office.
- July 27 – About 50 are killed in the Si Zerrouk massacre in Algeria.
- July 30 – 18 people are killed in the Thredbo landslide in the Snowy Mountains resort in Australia. Stuart Diver is the only survivor.
- August 1
- August 2 – Australian ski instructor Stuart Diver is rescued as the sole survivor from the Thredbo landslide in New South Wales, in which 18 die.
- August 3 – Between 40–76 villagers are killed in the Oued El-Had and Mezouara massacre in Algeria.
- August 4
- 185,000 Teamsters Union United Parcel Service drivers walk off the job.
- Jeanne Calment, the oldest person ever, dies at age 122 years 164 days in Arles, France.
- August 6
- August 13 – In Belo Horizonte, Brazil, Cruzeiro defeat Sporting Cristal of Peru 1–0, becoming the Copa Libertadores de América champions for the second time.
- August 20 – Over 60 are killed, 15 kidnapped in the Souhane massacre in Algeria; .
- August 21 – Be Here Now, the third album from English rock band Oasis, becomes the fastest selling album in UK history.
- August 26
- 60–100 are killed in the Beni-Ali massacre in Algeria.
- The Independent International Commission on Decommissioning is set up in Northern Ireland, as part of a peace process.
- August 29 – Over 98 (and possibly up to 400) are killed in the Rais massacre in Algeria.
- August 31 – Death of Diana, Princess of Wales: Diana, Princess of Wales is taken to hospital after a car accident shortly after midnight, in the Pont de l'Alma road tunnel in Paris. She is pronounced dead at 3:00 am.
- September 4 – In Lorain, Ohio, the last Ford Thunderbird for 3 years rolls off the assembly line.
- September 5
- September 6
- The funeral of Diana, Princess of Wales, takes place at Westminster Abbey, watched by over 2 billion people worldwide.
- A Jean Michel Jarre Oxygene in Moscow concert, celebrating the city's 850th anniversary, draws 3.5 million people.
- September 7 – The F-22 Raptor makes its first test flight.
- September 11 – Scotland votes to create its own Parliament after 290 years of union with England.
- September 13 – Iraq disarmament crisis: An Iraqi military officer attacks an UNSCOM weapons inspector on board an UNSCOM helicopter, while the inspector attempts to take photographs of unauthorized movement of Iraqi vehicles inside a site designated for inspection.
- September 15 – Norwegian parliamentary election, 1997
- September 17 – Iraq disarmament crisis: While waiting for access to a site, UNSCOM inspectors witness and videotape Iraqi guards moving files, burning documents, and dumping waste cans into a nearby river.
- September 18 – Wales votes in favour of devolution and the formation of a National Assembly for Wales.
- September 19 – 53 are killed in the Guelb El-Kebir massacre in Algeria.
- September 21 – The Islamic Salvation Army, the Islamic Salvation Fronts' armed wing, declares a unilateral ceasefire in Algeria.
- September 25 – Iraq disarmament crisis: UNSCOM inspector Dr. Diane Seaman catches several Iraqi men sneaking out the back door of an inspection site, with log books for the creation of prohibited bacteria and chemicals.
- September 26
- September 27 – The Roman Catholic Diocese of Požega in Croatia is founded.
- October 1 – Luke Woodham walks into Pearl High School in Pearl, Mississippi, and opens fire, killing 2 girls, after killing his mother earlier that morning.
- October 2 – British scientists Moira Bruce and John Collinge, with their colleagues, independently show that the new variant form of the Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease is the same disease as Bovine spongiform encephalopathy.
- October 4
- One million men gather for Promise Keepers' "Stand in the Gap" event in Washington, DC.
- Loomis Fargo Bank Robbery: The second largest cash robbery in U.S. history ($17.3 million, mostly in small bills) occurs at the Charlotte, North Carolina office of Wells Fargo. An FBI investigation eventually results in 24 convictions and the recovery of approximately 95% of the stolen cash.
- October 11 – The mixed martial arts organization PRIDE Fighting Championships holds its inaugural event at the Tokyo Dome in Tokyo, Japan. In the main event Rickson Gracie defeats Nobuhiko Takada by armbar.
- October 12 – 43 are killed at a false roadblock, in the Sidi Daoud massacre in Algeria.
- October 15
- Andy Green sets the first supersonic land speed record for the ThrustSSC team, led by Richard Noble of the UK. ThrustSSC goes through the flying mile course at Black Rock Desert, Nevada at an average speed of 1,227.985 km/h (763.035 mph).
- NASA launches the Cassini–Huygens probe to Saturn.
- October 16 – The first colour photograph appears on the front page of the New York Times.
- October 17 – The remains of Che Guevara are laid to rest with full military honours in a specially built mausoleum in the city of Santa Clara, Cuba, where he had won the decisive battle of the Cuban Revolution 39 years before.
- October 27 – In the U.S., the Dow Jones Industrial Average drops -554.26 points (-7.18%), closing at 7,161.14.
- October 28 – In the U.S., the Dow Jones Industrial Average gains a record 337.17 points (+4.71%), closing at 7,498.32. One billion shares are traded on the New York Stock Exchange for the first time ever.
- October 29 – Iraq disarmament crisis: Iraq says it will begin shooting down Lockheed U-2 surveillance planes being used by UNSCOM inspectors.
- October 30 – In Newton, Massachusetts, British au pair Louise Woodward is found guilty of the baby-shaking death of 8-month-old Matthew Eappen.
- November 3 – In France, striking truck drivers blockade ports during a pay dispute.
- November 10
- Telecom companies WorldCom and MCI Communications announce a US$37 billion merger to form MCI WorldCom (the largest merger in U.S. history).
- A Fairfax, Virginia jury finds Mir Aimal Kasi guilty of murdering 2 CIA employees in 1993.
- November 11 – Mary McAleese is elected the 8th President of Ireland in succession to Mary Robinson, the first time in the world that one woman has succeeded another as elected head of state.
- November 12 – Ramzi Yousef is found guilty of masterminding the World Trade Centre 1993 bombings.
- November 17 – In Luxor, Egypt, 62 people are killed by 6 Islamic militants outside the Temple of Hatshepsut.
- November 19 – In Des Moines, Iowa, Bobbi McCaughey gives birth to septuplets in the second known case where all 7 babies are born alive, and the first in which all survive infancy.
- November 27 – NASA's Tropical Rainfall Measuring Mission is launched, the start of the satellite component of the Clouds and the Earth's Radiant Energy System.
- December 1 – In the Indian state of Bihar, Ranvir Sena attacked the CPI(ML) Party Unity stronghold Lakshmanpur-Bathe, killing 63 lower caste people.
- December 3 – In Ottawa, Canada, representatives from 121 countries sign a treaty prohibiting the manufacture and deployment of anti-personnel land mines. However, the United States, the People's Republic of China, and Russia do not sign the treaty.
- December 8 – Myra Hindley, one of the Moors murderers, arrives at the High Court of Justice, to contest a recent Home Secretary's decision that she should remain in prison until she dies.
- December 9 – The Pokémon Trading Card Game is blessed by the Vatican for its love-thy-neighbour notion of "intense friendship," for being "full of inventive imagination," and its lack of "harmful moral side effects."
- December 10 – The capital of Kazakhstan is moved from Almaty to Astana.
- December 11 – The Kyoto Protocol is adopted by a United Nations committee.
- December 12 – Demonstrations occur in the state capitals of Australia against the WTO and IMF.
- December 16 – " Dennō Senshi Porygon", an episode of the Pokémon TV series, is aired in Japan, inducing seizures in hundreds of Japanese children.
- December 18 – Myra Hindley loses her High Court appeal against the government's decision to keep her behind bars for the rest of her life.
- December 19
- December 24 – 50–100 villagers are killed in the Sid El-Antri massacre in Algeria.
- December 27 – Ulster loyalist paramilitary leader Billy Wright is assassinated in Northern Ireland, inside Long Kesh prison.
- December 29 – Hong Kong begins to kill all the chickens within its territory (1.25 million) to stop the spread of a potentially deadly influenza strain.
- December 30 – Wilaya of Relizane massacres of December 30, 1997: In the worst incident in Algeria's insurgency, 400 are killed from four villages in the wilaya of Relizane.
- The Toyota Prius, the first hybrid vehicle to go into full production, is unveiled in Japan on October 24, and goes on sale in Japan on December 9. It comes to U.S. showrooms on July 11, 2000.
- January 1 – Townes Van Zandt, American folk singer (b. 1944)
- January 4 – Harry Helmsley, American real estate mogul (b. 1909)
- January 5 – Burton Lane, American composer and lyricist (b. 1912)
- January 6 – Catherine Scorsese, Italian-American actress (b. 1912)
- January 9 – Jesse White, American actor (b. 1917)
- January 10
- January 12
- January 16 – Ennis Cosby, comedian Bill Cosby's son (b. 1969)
- January 17 – Clyde Tombaugh, American astronomer (b. 1906)
- January 18 – Paul Tsongas, U.S. Senator from ( Massachusetts) and one-time candidate for the Democratic presidential nomination (b. 1941)
- January 19
- January 20 – Curt Flood, American baseball player (b. 1938)
- January 21 – Colonel Tom Parker, Dutch-born celebrity manager (b. 1909)
- January 22 – Billy Mackenzie, Scottish singer (b. 1957)
- January 23 – Richard Berry African-American singer and composer (b. 1935)
- January 25 – Jeane Dixon, American astrologer (b. 1904)
- January 27 – Cecil Arthur Lewis MC, British fighter pilot who flew in World War I and last surviving World War I ace (b. 1898)
- January 31 – Johnny Klein, American drummer (b. 1918)
- February 1
- February 2 – Chico Science, Brazilian musician (b. 1967)
- February 5 – Pamela Harriman, U.S. Ambassador to France (b. 1920)
- February 9 – Brian Connolly, Scottish musician (b. 1945)
- February 11 – Don Porter, American actor (b. 1912)
- February 12 – James Cossins, English actor (b. 1933)
- February 17 – Zein Isa, Palestinian militant imprisoned in the United States for the honour killing of his daughter
- February 19 – Deng Xiaoping, leader of the People's Republic of China (b. 1904)
- February 23 – Tony Williams, American musician (b. 1945)
- February 24 – Isabelle Lucas, Canadian-born British actress (b. 1927)
- February 26 – David Doyle, American actor (b. 1929)
- March 4
- March 6 – Cheddi Jagan, President of Guyana (b. 1918)
- March 7
- March 9
- March 10 – La Vern Baker, American singer (b. 1929)
- March 14 – Fred Zinnemann, Austrian-born director (b. 1907)
- March 15 – Gail Davis, American actress (b. 1925)
- March 17 – Jermaine Stewart, American singer (b. 1957)
- March 19 – Willem de Kooning, Dutch artist (b. 1904)
- March 20 – Tony Zale, American boxer (b. 1913)
- March 21
- April 1 – Jolie Gabor, Hungarian socialite (b. 1896)
- April 4 – Leo Picard, Israeli geologist and an expert in the field of hydrology (b. 1900)
- April 5 – Allen Ginsberg, American poet (b. 1926)
- April 8 – Laura Nyro, American singer and composer (b. 1947)
- April 7
- April 12 – George Wald, American scientist, recipient of the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine (b. 1903)
- April 15 – Mildred Cleghorn, Chairwoman of the Fort Sill Apache tribe (b. 1910)
- April 16
- April 19 – El Duce, American singer and drummer (b. 1958)
- April 20
- April 21 – Diosdado Macapagal, 9th President of the Philippines (b. 1910)
- April 22 – Baroness Seear, President of the UK Liberal Party (b. 1913)
- April 24 – Pat Paulsen, American comedian (b. 1927)
- April 26 – John Beal, American actor (b. 1909)
- April 30 – Henry Picard, American golfer (b. 1906)
- May 1 – Bo Widerberg, Swedish film director (b. 1930)
- May 2 – John Eccles, Australian neurophysiologist, recipient of the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine (b. 1903)
- May 4 – Alvy Moore, American actor (b. 1921)
- May 5 – Walter Gotell, German actor (b. 1924)
- May 11 – Howard Morton, American actor (b. 1925)
- May 14
- May 16 – Giuseppe De Santis, Italian film director (b. 1917)
- May 22 – Alfred Hershey, American biochemist, recipient of the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine (b. 1908)
- May 23 – James Lee Byars, American artist (b. 1932)
- May 24 – Edward Mulhare, Irish actor (b. 1923)
- May 29
- May 31 – James Bennett Griffin, American archaeologist (b. 1905)
- June 2 – Helen Jacobs, American tennis champion (b. 1908)
- June 3 – Dennis James, American game show host (b. 1917)
- June 6 – Magda Gabor, American actress (b. 1914)
- June 8 – Reid Shelton, American actor (b. 1924)
- June 9 – Christina Kokubo, American actress (b. 1950)
- June 12 – Bulat Okudzhava, Soviet non-mainstream singer of Georgian descent (b. 1924)
- June 14 – Richard Jaeckel, American actor (b. 1926)
- June 22
- June 23 – Betty Shabazz, American widow of Malcolm X (b. 1936)
- June 24
- June 25 – Jacques-Yves Cousteau, French explorer (b. 1910)
- June 26 – Israel Kamakawiwo'ole, Hawaiian singer (b. 1959)
- June 28 – Mrs. Miller, American singer (b. 1907)
- June 29 – William Hickey, American actor (b. 1927)
- July 1
- Robert Mitchum, American actor (b. 1917)
- Charles Werner, American cartoonist (b. 1909)
- July 2 – James Stewart, American actor (b. 1908)
- July 4
- July 7 – Royston Tickner, English actor (b. 1922)
- July 13 – Alexandra Danilova, Russian dancer (b. 1903)
- July 14 – Sir Garfield Barwick, Australian Chief Justice (b. 1903)
- July 15 – Gianni Versace, Italian fashion designer (b. 1946)
- July 18 – Eugene Merle Shoemaker, American astronomer (b. 1928)
- July 20 – John Akii-Bua Ugandan hurdler (b. 1949)
- July 23 – Chuhei Nambu, Japanese athlete (b. 1904)
- July 24
- July 25 – Ben Hogan, American golf champion (b. 1912)
- July 30 – Bao Dai, Emperor of Vietnam (b. 1913)
- August 2
- August 4 – Jeanne Calment, French supercentenarian and the oldest living person ever documented in history. (b. 1875)
- August 8 – Sviatoslav Richter, Ukrainian pianist (b. 1915)
- August 10 – Conlon Nancarrow, American-born composer (b. 1912)
- August 12 – Luther Allison, American musician (b. 1939)
- August 16 – Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan (Punjabi: نصرت فتح علی خان (Shahmukhi)), Pakistani Qawwali musician (b. 1948)
- August 23 – John Kendrew, British molecular biologist, recipient of the Nobel Prize in Chemistry (b. 1917)
- August 24 – Louis Essen, English physicist (b. 1908)
- August 27
- August 28 – Masaru Takumi, Japanese yakuza lord (b. 1936)
- August 31
- September 2
- September 5
- September 7
- September 9 – Burgess Meredith, American actor (b. 1907)
- September 12 – Leonard Maguire, Scottish actor (b. 1924)
- September 17 – Red Skelton, American comedian (b. 1913)
- September 18 – Jimmy Witherspoon, American blues singer (b. 1920)
- September 19
- September 23 – Shirley Clarke, American filmmaker (b. 1919)
- September 25 – Jean Françaix, French composer (b. 1912)
- September 27 – Walter Trampler, German violist (b. 1915)
- September 29 – Roy Lichtenstein, American artist (b. 1923)
- October 1 – Jerome H. Lemelson, American inventor (b. 1923)
- October 4 – Gunpei Yokoi, Japanese video game franchise creator (b. 1941)
- October 5
- October 6
- October 12 – John Denver, American musician (b. 1943)
- October 13 – Adil Çarçani, Albanian politician, former Prime Minister (b. 1922)
- October 14 – Harold Robbins, American writer (b. 1916)
- October 16
- October 19 – Glen Buxton, American guitarist (b. 1947)
- October 20 – Ron Tarr, English actor (b. 1936)
- October 22 – Leonid Amalrik, Russian animator (b. 1905)
- October 23 – Bert Haanstra, Dutch filmmaker (b. 1916)
- October 24 – Don Messick, American voice actor (b. 1926)
- October 28 – Paul Jarrico, American screenwriter (b. 1915)
- October 29
- October 30 – Samuel Fuller, American screenwriter and director (b. 1912)
- November 4 – Eddie Arcaro, American jockey (b. 1916)
- November 5 – James Robert Baker, American novelist and screenwriter (b. 1946)
- November 11 – Rod Milburn, American athlete (b. 1950)
- November 12 – Carlos Surinach, Spanish composer (b. 1915)
- November 15
- November 17 – John Wimber, American leader of the Vineyard Movement (b. 1934)
- November 21 – Robert Simpson, English composer (b. 1921)
- November 22
- November 25
- November 27 – Buck Leonard, American baseball player (b. 1907)
- November 29 – Coleman Young, Detroit mayor (b. 1918)
- November 30 – Kathy Acker, American author (b. 1947)
- December 1 – Stephane Grappelli, French violinist (b. 1908)
- December 2
- December 7 – Billy Bremner, British footballer (b. 1942)
- December 14 – Stubby Kaye, American actor (b. 1918)
- December 18 – Chris Farley, American actor and comedian (b. 1964)
- December 19
- December 20
- December 21 – Amie Comeaux, American country singer (b. 1976)
- December 23 – Stanley Cortez, American cinematographer (b. 1908)
- December 24 – Toshiro Mifune, Japanese actor (b. 1920)
- December 25 – Denver Pyle, American actor (b. 1920)
- December 27 – Billy Wright, Northern Irish paramilitary leader (b. 1960)
- December 31 – Billie Dove, American actress (b. 1903)
- Laurence Henry Hicks, Australian composer (b. 1912)
- Chemistry – Paul D. Boyer, John E. Walker, Jens C. Skou
- Economics – Bank of Sweden – Robert C. Merton, Myron Scholes
- Literature – Dario Fo
- Peace – International Campaign to Ban Landmines and Jody Williams
- Physics – Steven Chu, Claude Cohen-Tannoudji, William D. Phillips
- Medicine – Stanley B. Prusiner