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1965 was a common year starting on Friday of the Gregorian calendar, the 1965th year of the Common Era (CE) and Anno Domini (AD) designations, the 965th year of the 2nd millennium, the 65th year of the 20th century, and the 6th year of the 1960s decade.
Flag of the newly independent Gambia
- March 2
- March 7 – Bloody Sunday: Some 200 Alabama State Troopers attack 525 civil rights demonstrators in Selma, Alabama, as they attempt to march to the state capitol of Montgomery.
- March 8 – Vietnam War: Some 3,500 United States Marines arrive in Da Nang, South Vietnam, becoming the first American ground combat troops in Vietnam.
- March 9 – The second attempt to march from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama, under the leadership of Martin Luther King, Jr., stops at the bridge that was the site of Bloody Sunday, to hold a prayer service and return to Selma, in obedience to a court restraining order. White supremacists beat up white Unitarian Universalist minister James J. Reeb later that day in Selma.
- March 10
- March 11 – White Unitarian Universalist minister James J. Reeb, beaten by White supremacists in Selma, Alabama, on March 9 following the second march from Selma, dies in a hospital in Birmingham, Alabama.
- March 15 – President Lyndon B. Johnson makes his "We Shall Overcome" speech.
- March 16 – Police clash with 600 SNCC marchers in Montgomery, Alabama.
- March 17
- In Montgomery, Alabama, 1,600 civil rights marchers demonstrate at the Courthouse.
- In response to the events of March 7 and 9 in Selma, Alabama, President Lyndon B. Johnson sends a bill to Congress that forms the basis for the Voting Rights Act of 1965. It is passed by the Senate May 26, the House July 10, and signed into law by President Johnson August 6.
- March 18
- March 19 – The wreck of the SS Georgiana, reputed to have been the most powerful Confederate cruiser ever built, is discovered off the Isle of Palms, South Carolina, by teenage diver E. Lee Spence, exactly 102 years after she was sunk with a million dollar cargo, while attempting to run past the Union blockade into Charleston.
- March 20
- March 21
- March 22 – Nicolae Ceaușescu becomes the first secretary of the Romanian Communist Party, after the sudden death of previous leader Gheorghe Gheorghiu Dej on March 19 that year.
- March 23
- March 25 – Martin Luther King, Jr. and 25,000 civil rights activists successfully end the 4-day march from Selma, Alabama, to the capitol in Montgomery.
- March 30
- Funeral services are held for Detroit homemaker Viola Liuzzo, who was shot dead by 4 Klansmen as she drove marchers back to Selma at night after the civil rights march.
- The second ODECA charter, signed on 12 December 1962, becomes effective.
- April 3 – The world's first space nuclear power reactor, SNAP-10A, is launched by the United States from Vandenberg AFB, California. The reactor operates for 43 days and remains in low Earth orbit.
- April 5 – At the 37th Academy Awards, My Fair Lady wins 8 Academy Awards, including Best Picture and Best Director. Rex Harrison wins an Oscar for Best Actor. Mary Poppins takes home 5 Oscars. Julie Andrews wins an Academy Award for Best Actress for her performance in the title role. Sherman Brothers receives 2 Oscars including Best Song, "Chim Chim Cher-ee".
- April 6
- April 9
- April 11 – The 1965 Palm Sunday tornado outbreak: An estimated 51 tornadoes (47 confirmed) hit in 6 Midwestern states, killing between 256 and 271 people and injuring some 1,500 more.
- April 14 – In Cold Blood killers Richard Hickock and Perry Smith, convicted of murdering 4 members of the Herbert Clutter family of Holcomb, Kansas, are executed by hanging at the Kansas State Penitentiary for Men in Lansing, Kansas.
- April 17 – The first Students for a Democratic Society march against the Vietnam War draws 25,000 protestors to Washington, D.C.
- April 18 – Consecration of Saint Clement of Ohrid Macedonian Orthodox Cathedral in Toronto, Canada.
- April 21 – The New York World's Fair in Flushing Meadows, New York, reopens.
- April 23 – The Pennine Way officially opens.
- April 24
- The 1965 Yerevan demonstrations start in Yerevan, demanding recognition of the Armenian Genocide.
- The bodies of Portuguese opposition politician Humberto Delgado and his secretary Arajaryr Moreira de Campos are found in a forest near Villanueva del Fresno, Spain (they were killed February 12).
- In the Dominican Republic, officers and civilians loyal to deposed President Juan Bosch mutiny against the right-wing junta running the country, setting up a provisional government. Forces loyal to the deposed military-imposed government stage a countercoup the next day, and civil war breaks out, although the new government retains its hold on power.
- April 25 – Teenage sniper Michael Clark kills 3 and wounds others shooting at cars from a hilltop along Highway 101 just south of Orcutt, California. Sixteen-year-old Clark kills himself as police rush the hilltop.
- April 26 – Rede Globo, the 3rd largest TV broadcaster of the world, is founded, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
- April 28
- April 29 – Australia announces that it is sending an infantry battalion to support the South Vietnam government.
- May 1
- May 5 – Forty men burn their draft cards at the University of California, Berkeley, and a coffin is marched to the Berkeley Draft Board.
- May 6 – A tornado outbreak near the Twin Cities in Minnesota kills 13 and injures 683.
- May 7 – The U.S. Steel freighter SS Cedarville collides with the SS Topdalsfjord and sinks near the Mackinac Bridge, killing 25. 10 are rescued from the Cedarville, the 3rd largest lake ship to sink after its sister the SS Carl D. Bradley, and the SS Edmund Fitzgerald.
- May 9 – Pianist Vladimir Horowitz returns to the stage after a 12-year absence, performing a legendary concert in Carnegie Hall in New York.
- May 12
- West Germany and Israel establish diplomatic relations.
- The Italian liner SS Michelangelo enters service.
- May 13 – A West German court of appeals condemns the behavior of ex-defense minister Franz Josef Strauss during the Spiegel scandal.
- May 21 – The largest antiwar teach-in to date begins at Berkeley, California, attended by 30,000.
- May 22
- Several hundred Vietnam War protesters in Berkeley, California, march to the Draft Board again to burn 19 more cards. Lyndon Johnson is hung in effigy.
- The first skateboarding championship is held.
- May 25 – Muhammad Ali knocks out Sonny Liston in the first round of their championship rematch with the "Phantom Punch" at the Central Maine Civic Center in Lewiston.
- May 27 – Internazionale beats Benfica 1-0 at the San Siro, Milan and wins the 1964-65 European Cup (football).
- May 29 – A mining accident in Dhanbad, India kills 274.
- May 31 – Racing driver Jim Clark wins the Indianapolis 500, and later wins the Formula One world driving championship in the same year.
- June 1
- June 2 – Vietnam War: The first contingent of Australian combat troops arrives in South Vietnam.
- June 3 – Gemini 4: Astronaut Ed White makes the first U.S. space walk.
- June 6 – The single "(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction" by The Rolling Stones is released. It becomes the band's first number one in the United States and is often thought to be one of the greatest rock 'n' roll songs of all time.
- June 7 – Kakanj mine disaster: A mining accident in Kakanj, Bosnia and Herzegovina, results in 128 deaths.
- June 10 – Vietnam War – Battle of Dong Xoai: About 1,500 Viet Cong mount a mortar attack on Đồng Xoài, overrunning its military headquarters and the adjoining militia compound.
- June 16 – A planned anti-Vietnam War protest at The Pentagon becomes a teach-in, with demonstrators distributing 50,000 leaflets in and around the building.
- June 19 – Houari Boumediene's Revolutionary Council ousts Ahmed Ben Bella, in a bloodless coup in Algeria.
- June 20 – Police in Algiers break up demonstrations by people who have taken to the streets chanting slogans in support of deposed President Ahmed Ben Bella.
- June 22 – The Treaty on Basic Relations between Japan and the Republic of Korea is signed in Tokyo.
- June 25 – A U.S. Air Force Boeing C-135 Stratolifter bound for Okinawa crashes just after takeoff at MCAS El Toro in Orange County, California, killing all 85 on board.
- June 28 – The DeFeo family moves from Brooklyn, New York, to 112 Ocean Avenue in Amityville, Long Island, New York, in the United States. The murder of all but one of the DeFeos nine years later, on November 13, 1974, by the oldest son, Ronald/Ronnie "Butch" DeFeo Jr., and the subsequent claims of a haunting at 112 Ocean Avenue by the Lutz family, would lead to The Amityville Horror franchise of books and movies.
- August 1 – Cigarette advertising is banned on British television.
- August 6 – U.S. President Lyndon B. Johnson signs the Voting Rights Act of 1965 into law.
- August 7 – Tunku Abdul Rahman, Prime Minister of Malaysia, recommends the expulsion of Singapore from the Federation of Malaysia, negotiating its separation with Lee Kuan Yew, Prime Minister of Singapore.
- August 9
- August 11 – The Watts Riots begin in Los Angeles, ending on the 16th after resulting in 34 deaths and over 3,000 arrests.
- August 13 – The rock group Jefferson Airplane debuts at the Matrix in San Francisco and begins to appear there regularly.
- August 15 – The Beatles perform the first stadium concert in the history of music, playing before 55,600 persons at Shea Stadium in New York City.
- August 18 – Vietnam War – Operation Starlite: 5,500 United States Marines destroy a Viet Cong stronghold on the Van Tuong peninsula in Quảng Ngãi Province, in the first major American ground battle of the war. The Marines were tipped-off by a Viet Cong deserter who said that there was an attack planned against the U.S. base at Chu Lai.
- August 19 – At the conclusion of the Frankfurt Auschwitz trials, 66 ex-SS personnel receive life sentences, 15 others smaller ones.
- August 20 – Jonathan Myrick Daniels, an Episcopal seminarian from Keene, New Hampshire, is murdered in Hayneville, Alabama, while working in the civil rights movement.
- August 21 – Gemini 5 (Gordon Cooper, Pete Conrad) is launched on the first 1-week flight, as well as the first test of fuel cells for electrical power.
- August 30
- August 31 – President Johnson signs a law penalizing the burning of draft cards with up to 5 years in prison and a $1,000 fine.
- September 2 – Pakistani troops enter the Indian sector of Kashmir, while Indian troops try to invade Lahore.
- September 6 – The Islamic Republic of Pakistan observes its Defence Day, on account of successful defence of Lahore and other important areas against India.
- September 7
- Pakistan celebrates Air Force Day on account of heavy retaliations to India.
- The People's Republic of China announces that it will reinforce its troops on the Indian border.
- Vietnam War: In a follow-up to August's Operation Starlite, United States Marines and South Vietnamese forces initiate Operation Piranha on the Batangan Peninsula, 23 miles (37 km) south of the Chu Lai Marine base.
- September 8
- September 9
- September 13 – The Congress of Arab Countries begins in Casablanca; Habib Bourguiba of Tunisia boycotts the meeting.
- September 14
- September 16
- China protests against Indian provocations in its border region.
- In Iraq, Prime Minister Arif Abd ar-Razzaq's attempted coup fails.
- September 17 – King Constantine II of Greece forms a new government with Prime Minister Stephanos Stephanopoulos, in an attempt to end a 2-year-old political crisis.
- September 18
- September 20 – Vietnam War: An USAF F-104 Starfighter piloted by Captain Philip Eldon Smith is shot down by a Chinese MiG-19 Farmer. The pilot is held until 15 March 1973.
- September 21 – Gambia, Maldives and Singapore are admitted as members of the United Nations.
- September 22 – Radio Peking announces that Indian troops have dismantled their equipment on the Chinese side of the border.
- September 24
- Fighting resumes between Indian and Pakistani troops.
- The British governor of Aden cancels the constitution and takes direct control of the protectorate, due to the bad security situation.
- September 25 – The Tom & Jerry cartoon series makes its world broadcast premiere on CBS.
- September 27 – The largest tanker ship at this time, Tokyo Maru, is launched in Yokohama, Japan.
- September 28
- September 30
- November 1 – A trolleybus plunges into the Nile at Cairo, killing 74 passengers.
- November 2
- November 3 – French President Charles de Gaulle announces (just short of his 75th birthday) that he will stand for re-election.
- November 5 – Martial law is announced in Rhodesia. The United Nations General Assembly accepts British intent to use force against Rhodesia if necessary by a vote of 82–9.
- November 6 – Freedom Flights begin: Cuba and the United States formally agree to start an airlift for Cubans who want to go to the United States (by 1971 250,000 Cubans take advantage of this program).
- November 7 – The Pillsbury Company's mascot, the Pillsbury Doughboy, is created in the United States.
- November 8
- November 9
- November 11
- November 12 – A UN Security Council resolution (voted 10–0) recommends that other countries not recognize independent Rhodesia.
- November 13
- The SS Yarmouth Castle burns and sinks 60 miles (97 km) off Nassau, Bahamas, with the loss of 90 lives.
- British theatre critic Kenneth Tynan says "fuck" during a discussion on BBC satirical programme BBC-3 for what many believed was the first time on British television. The corporation later issues a public apology.
- November 14 – Vietnam War – Battle of Ia Drang: In the Ia Drang Valley of the Central Highlands in Vietnam, the first major engagement of the war between regular United States and North Vietnamese forces begins.
- November 15 – U.S. racer Craig Breedlove sets a new land speed record of 600.601 mph (966.574 km/h).
- November 16 – Venera program: The Soviet Union launches the Venera 3 space probe from Baikonur, Kazakhstan toward Venus (on March 1, 1966, it becomes the first spacecraft to reach the surface of another planet).
- November 20 – The United Nations Security Council recommends that all states stop trading with Rhodesia.
- November 21 (Sunday) – Mireille Mathieu sings on France's Télé-Dimanche and begins her successful singing career.
- November 22
- November 23 – Soviet general Mikhail Kazakov assumes command of the Warsaw Pact.
- November 24 – Congolese lieutenant general Mobutu ousts Joseph Kasavubu and declares himself president.
- November 26 – At the Hammaguir launch facility in the Sahara Desert, France launches a Diamant A rocket with its first satellite, Astérix-1 on board, becoming the third country to enter outer space.
- November 27
- November 28 – Vietnam War: In response to U.S. President Lyndon B. Johnson's call for "more flags" in Vietnam, Philippines President-elect Ferdinand Marcos announces he will send troops to help fight in South Vietnam.
- November 29 – The Canadian satellite Alouette 2 is launched.
- Tokyo officially becomes the largest city of the world, taking the lead from New York City.
- The Council for National Academic Awards is established in the UK.
- TAT-4 cable goes into operation.
- Aborigines are given the vote in Queensland.
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- January 1 – Lisa Roberts Gillan, American actress and producer
- January 4
- January 5
- January 6 – Konnan, Cuban-born professional wrestler
- January 9
- January 10 – Butch Hartman, American animator and voice actor
- January 12
- January 13 – Rod Rosenstein, American attorney
- January 14
- January 15
- January 18
- January 20 – Sophie, Countess of Wessex, wife of Prince Edward, Earl of Wessex
- January 21 – Jam Master Jay, American DJ, rapper and producer (d. 2002)
- January 22
- January 24 – Mike Awesome, American professional wrestler (d. 2007)
- January 25
- January 26 – Natalia Yurchenko, Soviet artistic gymnast
- January 27
- January 29 – Dominik Hašek, Czech hockey player
- January 31
- February 1
- February 3
- February 4
- February 5 – Gheorghe Hagi, Romanian footballer
- February 7 – Chris Rock, African-American actor, comedian, and film director
- February 8 – Dicky Cheung, Hong Kong actor
- February 9 – Keith Wickham, English voice actor
- February 11 – Stephen Gregory, American actor
- February 13 – Andy Buckley, American actor
- February 16 – Adama Barrow, Gambian politician, 3rd President of Gambia
- February 17 – Michael Bay, American film director
- February 18 – Dr. Dre, African-American rapper and music producer
- February 22
- February 23
- February 25 – Sylvie Guillem, French ballerina
- February 27 – Joakim Sundström, Swedish sound or, sound designer and musician
- February 28 – Park Gok-ji, South Korean film or
- March 1
- March 3 – Dragan Stojković, Serbian footballer and coach
- March 4
- March 7 – Jesper Parnevik, Swedish golfer
- March 8 – Kenny Smith, American basketball player
- March 9
- March 10 – Rod Woodson, American football player
- March 11
- March 12
- March 14
- Kevin Brown, American baseball player
- Aamir Khan, Indian Bollywood actor, film director, producer, film or and script writer
- March 19
- March 20 – Taeko Kawata, Japanese voice actress
- March 21 – Wakana Yamazaki, Japanese voice actress
- March 23 – Marti Pellow, Scottish singer (Wet Wet Wet)
- March 24 – The Undertaker, American professional wrestler ("The Undertaker")
- March 25
- March 27 – Francisco Ribeiro, Portuguese musician and composer (Madredeus) (d. 2010)
- March 29 – Voula Patoulidou, Greek athlete
- March 30
- April 1
- April 2 – Rodney King, African-American criminal (d. 2012)
- April 3
- April 4 – Robert Downey Jr., American actor
- April 6
- April 7 – Bill Bellamy, American actor and comedian
- April 9 – Paulina Porizkova, Swedish-American model and actress
- April 11 – Eelco van Asperen, Dutch computer scientist
- April 12
- April 13 – Patricio Pouchulu, Argentine architect
- April 15 – Linda Perry, American musician
- April 16
- April 17 – William Mapother, American actor
- April 18 – Wil Johnson, English actor
- April 19 – Suge Knight, African-American record producer
- April 23
- April 26 – Kevin James, American comedian and actor
- May 3 – Gary Mitchell, Irish playwright
- May 4 – Aykut Kocaman, Turkish footballer
- May 7
- May 9 – Steve Yzerman, Canadian hockey player
- May 10
- May 11 – Monsour del Rosario, Filipino Olympic athlete and actor
- May 12 – Renée Simonsen, Danish model and writer
- May 13
- May 14 – Eoin Colfer, Irish novelist
- May 16
- May 17 – Trent Reznor, American rock musician (Nine Inch Nails)
- May 19
- May 23
- May 24
- May 25 – Yahya Jammeh, President of the Gambia
- May 27 – Todd Bridges, African-American actor
- May 28 – Robbi Chong, Canadian actress
- May 31
- June 1
- June 2 – Steve and Mark Waugh, Australian cricketers
- June 4 – Mick Doohan, Australian motorcycle racer
- June 6
- June 7
- June 8
- June 10
- June 11 – Manuel Uribe, morbidly obese Mexican (d. 2014)
- June 15 – Bernard Hopkins, American boxer
- June 17
- June 21
- Yang Liwei, Chinese major general, military pilot, and China National Space Administration astronaut
- Gabriella Selmeczi, Hungarian jurist and politician
- Tim Lajcik, Czech American mixed martial artist, stuntman, actor and writer
- Michael Dolan, American theatre and film actor, director and educator
- June 22
- June 23
- Paul Arthurs, British rock guitarist (Oasis)
- Paul Arthurs, English musician
- Manuel Andrack, German journalist, television show or, television host and author
- Sylvia Mathews Burwell, American government
- Fernanda Tapia, Mexican announcer, presenter, producer, screenwriter, lecturer, singer, and voice actress
- June 24
- Lakei Heimuli, Tongan footballer
- Danielle Spencer, American actress
- Chris Barnes, American former child actor
- Vladimir Luxuria, Italian trans actress, writer, politician and television host
- Richard Lumsden, English actor, writer, composer and musician
- Akiko Yagi, Japanese free announcer, tarento, television presenter, newscaster, and actress
- June 25
- June 26
- June 27
- June 28
- June 29
- June 30
- July 1
- July 2
- July 3
- July 4
- July 5
- July 7
- July 8 – Lee Tergesen, American actor
- July 9 – David O'Hara, Scottish actor
- July 11 – Ernesto Hoost, Dutch kickboxer
- July 12 – Mama Kandeh, Gambian politician
- July 15
- July 16
- July 17
- Ken Evraire, Canadian television journalist, host and former professional football league player with Hamilton Tiger Cats
- Martin Kelly (Heavenly), British musician, music manager, record label boss, music publisher and author
- Craig Morgan, American country music artist
- Santiago Segura, Spanish actor, screenwriter, producer and director
- Rosa Gumataotao Rios, 43rd Treasurer of the United States
- Alex Winter, American actor
- Muhamad Radhi Mat Din, Malaysian coach and footballer
- July 18
- July 19
- July 20 – Laurent Lucas, French actor
- July 21 – Guðni Bergsson, Icelandic footballer
- July 22 – Shawn Michaels, American professional wrestler
- July 23
- July 24
- July 25 – Illeana Douglas, American actress and producer
- July 26
- July 27
- July 31 – J. K. Rowling, English author
- September 1 – Craig McLachlan, Australian actor and singer
- September 2 – Lennox Lewis, British boxer
- September 3
- September 4 – Bowie Lam, Hong Kong actor and singer
- September 7 – Jörg Pilawa, German television presenter
- September 8
- September 9
- September 10 – Marco Pastors, Dutch politician
- September 11
- September 12 – Einstein Kristiansen, Norwegian cartoonist, designer and TV host
- September 13 – Lammin Sullay, Sierra Leonean-born Finnish writer and journalist (d. 2004)
- September 14
- September 15 – Fernanda Torres, Brazilian actress
- September 16 – Katy Kurtzman, American actress, director and producer
- September 17 – Kyle Chandler, American actor
- September 19
- September 20 – Robert Rusler, American actor
- September 21
- September 25
- September 26
- September 27
- September 28 – Scott Fellows, American animator
- September 30 – Kathleen Madigan, American comedian
- October 1
- October 2 – Gerardo Reyero, Mexican voice actor
- October 3 – Jan-Ove Waldner, Swedish table tennis player
- October 4
- October 5
- October 7 – Kumiko Watanabe, Japanese voice actress
- October 9 – Dionicio Cerón, Mexican long-distance runner
- October 10 – Chris Penn, American actor (d. 2006)
- October 11
- October 13
- October 14
- October 15 – Stephen Tompkinson, English actor
- October 16
- October 17 – Aravinda de Silva, Sri Lankan cricketer
- October 18
- October 19 – Ty Pennington, American television presenter
- October 20 – Mikhail Shtalenkov, Russian ice hockey player
- October 26
- October 29 – Christy Clark, Canadian politician
- November 1 – Mia Korf, American actress
- November 2 – Shah Rukh Khan, Indian actor, film/television producer and television presenter
- November 3 – Ann Scott, French novelist
- November 4
- November 5 – Agnese Nano, Italian actress
- November 6 – Greg Graffin, American rock singer (Bad Religion)
- November 7
- November 9 – Bryn Terfel, Welsh baritone
- November 10 – Eddie Irvine, Northern Irish racecar driver
- November 13 – Rick Roberts, Canadian actor
- November 16 – Walter Stern, English music video and film director
- November 19
- November 20
- November 21
- November 22 – Mads Mikkelsen, Danish actor
- November 23
- November 24 – Shirley Henderson, Scottish actress
- November 25 – Cris Carter, American football player
- November 26 – Scott Adsit, American actor
- November 28 – Peter Beagrie, English footballer
- November 30
- January 4 – T. S. Eliot, American-British poet, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1888)
- January 7 – Ludwig Hirschfeld Mack, German-Australian artist (b. 1883)
- January 10
- January 12 – Lorraine Hansberry, American writer (b. 1930)
- January 14 – Jeanette MacDonald, American actress and singer (b. 1903)
- January 20 – Alan Freed, American disc jockey (b. 1922)
- January 24 – Winston Churchill, British politician and statesman, 2-time Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, leader of the World War II, recipient of the Nobel Prize in Literature (b. 1874)
- January 27
- January 28
- January 29 – John Larkin, American actor (b. 1912)
- January 31 – Konstantin Muraviev, 31st Prime Minister of Bulgaria (b. 1893)
- February 4 – J. B. Danquah, Ghanaian scholar and opposition leader (b. 1895)
- February 5 – Irving Bacon, American actor (b. 1893)
- February 6 – Frederick, Prince of Hohenzollern (b. 1891)
- February 7 – Nance O'Neil, American stage & film actress, friend of Lizzie Borden (b. 1874)
- February 9
- February 10 – Arthur C. Davis, American admiral (b. 1893)
- February 11 – Loyal Blaine Aldrich, American astronomer (b. 1884)
- February 13
- February 15 – Nat King Cole, American singer and musician (b. 1919)
- February 19
- February 20 – Théophile Marie Brébant, French army officer (b. 1889)
- February 21
- February 22 – Felix Frankfurter, U.S. Supreme Court Justice (b. 1882)
- February 23 – Stan Laurel, British actor (b. 1890)
- February 24 – Takeo Itō, Japanese general (b. 1889)
- February 28 – Adolf Schärf, Austrian politician, 6th President of Austria (b. 1890)
- March 5 – Salvador Castaneda Castro, 31st President of El Salvador (b. 1888)
- March 6 – Margaret Dumont, American actress (b. 1889)
- March 7 – Louise Mountbatten, Queen of Sweden and second wife of King Gustaf VI Adolf (b. 1889)
- March 8 – Francesco Carnelutti, Italian jurist and lawyer (b. 1879)
- March 13
- March 17
- March 18
- March 19 – Gheorghe Gheorghiu-Dej, Romanian communist leader, 47th Prime Minister of Romania (b. 1901)
- March 22 – Fidel Dávila, Spanish general and minister (b. 1878)
- March 23 – Mae Murray, American actress (b. 1889)
- March 28
- March 30 – Philip Showalter Hench, American physician, recipient of the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine (b. 1896)
- April 3
- April 6 – William M. Branham, American Christian minister (b. 1909)
- April 8 – Lars Hanson, Swedish actor (b. 1886)
- April 10 – Linda Darnell, American actress (b. 1923)
- April 14 – Perry Smith (b. 1928) and Dick Hickock (b. 1931), American murderers of the Clutters in 1959 (executed)
- April 16 – Sydney Chaplin, American actor (b. 1885)
- April 18 – Guillermo González Camarena, Mexican inventor (b. 1917)
- April 19 – George Davis, Dutch-American actor (b. 1889)
- April 21 – Edward Victor Appleton, English physicist, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1892)
- April 23 – George Adamski, Polish-American UFO writer (b. 1891)
- April 24
- April 27 – Edward R. Murrow, American journalist (b. 1908)
- April 30 – Helen Chandler, American actress (b. 1906)
- May 1 – Spike Jones, American musician and bandleader (b. 1911)
- May 7 – Charles Sheeler, American photographer (b. 1883)
- May 9 – Leopold Figl, 14th Chancellor of Austria and acting President of Austria (b. 1902)
- May 10 – Hubertus van Mook, Acting Governor-General of the Dutch East Indies from 1942 to 1948 (b. 1894)
- May 13 – Ignacio Barraquer, Spanish ophthalmologist (b. 1884)
- May 14 – Frances Perkins, First woman appointed as a United States Presidential cabinet member (Labor) (b. 1880)
- May 15 – Yisrael Bar-Yehuda, Zionist activist and Israel politician (b. 1895)
- May 16 – Maria Dąbrowska, Polish writer (b. 1886)
- May 18 – Eli Cohen, Israeli spy (b. 1924)
- May 22
- May 23
- May 25 – Sonny Boy Williamson, American blues musician (b. 1899)
- June 1 – Curly Lambeau, American football coach (Green Bay Packers) and a member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame (b. 1898)
- June 5
- June 7 – Judy Holliday, American actress (b. 1921)
- June 11 – José Mendes Cabeçadas, Portuguese navy officer, 94th Prime Minister of Portugal and 9th President of Portugal (b. 1883)
- June 13 – Martin Buber, Austrian-Israeli philosopher (b. 1878)
- June 14 – H. V. Kaltenborn, American radio commentator (b. 1878)
- June 15
- June 20 – Bernard Baruch, American financier and presidential adviser (b. 1870)
- June 22
- June 23 – Mary Boland, American actress (b. 1880)
- June 24 – Kenneth Macdonald Beaumont, English legal pioneer (b. 1884)
- June 25 – Burr Shafer, American cartoonist (b. 1899)
- June 26 – Reginald Beckwith, English actor (b. 1908)
- June 28 – Red Nichols, American jazz cornettist (b. 1905)
- June 30 – Bessie Barriscale, American actress (b. 1884)
- August 1 – John Miller, American Olympic rower - Men's eights (b. 1903)
- August 6
- August 8 – Shirley Jackson, American author (b. 1916)
- August 9 – Creighton Hale, American actor (b. 1882)
- August 12 – William Mortensen, American art photographer (b. 1897)
- August 13 – Hayato Ikeda, Japanese politician, 38th Prime Minister of Japan (b. 1899)
- August 17 – Guillermo Fernández-Shaw, Spanish poet and journalist (b. 1893)
- August 25
- August 26 – Maria Corsini, Italian Roman Catholic laywoman and blessed (b. 1884)
- August 27 – Le Corbusier, Swiss architect (b. 1887)
- August 28
- August 29 – Paul Waner, American baseball player (Pittsburgh Pirates) and a member of the MLB Hall of Fame (b. 1903)
- October 1
- October 3 – Zachary Scott, American actor (b. 1914)
- October 6 – Edward Evans, Murder victim (b. 1948)
- October 11
- October 12 – Samir Al-Rifai, 6-time Prime Minister of Jordan (b. 1901)
- October 13 – Paul Hermann Müller, Swiss chemist, recipient of the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine (b. 1899)
- October 14 – Randall Jarrell, American poet (b. 1914)
- October 15 – Abraham Fraenkel, Israeli mathematician and recipient of the Israel Prize (b. 1891)
- October 17 – John Barton King, American cricketer (b. 1873)
- October 18
- October 19 – Tom Kennedy, American actor (b. 1885)
- October 21 – Marie McDonald, American actress (b. 1923)
- October 22 – Paul Tillich, German American Christian existentialist philosopher and theologian (b. 1886)
- October 24 – Hans Meerwein, German chemist (b. 1879)
- October 26 – Sylvia Likens, American murder victim (b. 1949)
- October 29
- October 30 – Arthur M. Schlesinger, Sr., American historian (b. 1888)
- October 31 – Rita Johnson, American actress (b. 1913)