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was a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar, the 1977th year of the Common Era (CE) and Anno Domini (AD) designations, the 977th year of the 2nd millennium, the 77th year of the 20th century, and the 8th year of the 1970s decade.
January 20: Jimmy Carter
, 39th President of the United States
- March 4 – The 1977 Vrancea earthquake in the Vrancea Mountains of Romania kills 1,500.
- March 5 – Formula One driver Tom Pryce dies after colliding with a track marshal at the South African Grand Prix in Kyalami.
- March 8 – The Australian parliament is opened by Elizabeth II, Queen of Australia.
- March 9 – Hanafi Siege: Approximately a dozen armed Hanafi Movement members take over 3 buildings in Washington, D.C., killing 1 person and taking more than 130 hostages (the hostage situation ends 2 days later).
- March 10 – The rings of Uranus are discovered.
- March 12 – The Centenary Test between Australia and England begins at the Melbourne Cricket Ground.
- March 15 – Tenor Luciano Pavarotti and the PBS opera series Live from the Met both make their American television debuts. Pavarotti stars in a complete production of Puccini's La Boheme.
- March 18 – United States lifts ban on travel by U.S. citizens to Cambodia, Cuba, North Korea, and Vietnam.
- March 19 – Results of elections to the Indian Parliament are declared. Indira Gandhi's Congress Party is routed by the opposition parties later to form the Janata Party.
- March 21 – Prime Minister Indira Gandhi withdraws the state of emergency which was implemented on June 25, 1975.
- March 26 – Focus on the Family is founded by Dr. James Dobson.
- March 27 – Tenerife disaster: A collision between KLM and Pan Am Boeing 747s at Tenerife, Canary Islands, kills 583 people. This becomes the deadliest accident in aviation history.
- May 1 – The Taksim Square massacre in Istanbul results in 34 deaths, hundreds of injuries.
- May 3 – The light aircraft carrier HMS Invincible is launched at Barrow-in-Furness by Elizabeth II.
- May 8 – Suzanne Lacy's extended performance piece about rape, Three Weeks in May begins in Los Angeles and continues until May 24.
- May 12 – Portugal and Israel establish diplomatic relations.
- May 14
- The 1977 IAS Cargo Boeing 707 airplane crash in Lusaka, Zambia kills all six on board.
- In Milan, Italy, during a far-left demonstration, a hooded person shoots at the police, killing a policeman, Antonio Custra. The scene is photographed and the picture of the hooded man shooting in the middle of the street appears in many magazines around the world.
- May 16 – A 20-passenger S-61L topples sideways at takeoff from the roof of the Pan Am Building in Midtown Manhattan. Four passengers are killed by the turning rotors and a woman at street level is fatally struck by a fallen blade.
- May 17
- May 23
- May 25 – George Lucas's Star Wars opens in cinemas and becomes the highest-grossing film of its time. It also makes sci-fi films very popular.
- May 26 – George Willig climbs the South Tower of the World Trade Center.
- May 27
- May 28 – The Beverly Hills Supper Club in Southgate, Kentucky, is engulfed in fire; 165 are killed inside.
- May 29 – Indianapolis 500: A. J. Foyt becomes the first driver to win the race four times.
- June 5
- June 6–9 – Jubilee celebrations are held in the United Kingdom to celebrate 25 years of Elizabeth II's reign.
- June 7 – After campaigning by Anita Bryant and her "Save Our Children" crusade, Miami-Dade County, Florida voters overwhelmingly vote to repeal the county's "gay rights" ordinance.
- June 10
- June 12 – The Supremes perform their final concert together at Drury Lane, London, and then disband permanently.
- June 15 – Spain has its first democratic elections, after 41 years under the Franco regime.
- June 16 – The Oracle Corporation is incorporated in Redwood Shores, California as Software Development Laboratories by Larry Ellison, Bob Miner, and Ed Oates.
- June 20
- June 21 – Bülent Ecevit, of CHP forms the new government of Turkey (40th government since the founding of the Turkish republic, but fails to receive the vote of confidence).
- June 25
- June 26
- June 27 – Djibouti receives its independence from France.
- June 30
- July 1
- CKO (a Canadian all news radio network, defunct since 1989) begins broadcasting.
- The East African Community is dissolved.
- The Championships, Wimbledon (tennis) – Virginia Wade wins the women's singles title in the centenary year of the tournament, Wade's first and only Wimbledon title and her third and final Grand Slam title overall; she remains the last British woman to win the singles title at Wimbledon.
- July 5 – General Muhammad Zia-ul-Haq overthrows Zulfikar Ali Bhutto, the first elected Prime Minister of Pakistan.
- July 10 – A temperature of 48.0 °C (118.4 °F), a record for continental Europe, is recorded in Greece.
- July 13
- July 15 – Anti-drug campaigner Donald Mackay disappears near Griffith, New South Wales (presumed murdered).
- July 19–20 – Flooding in Johnstown, Pennsylvania, caused by massive rainfall, kills over 75 people and causes billions in damage.
- July 21–24 – The Libyan–Egyptian War, sparked by a Libyan raid on Sallum, begins.
- July 21 – Süleyman Demirel, of AP forms the new government of Turkey (41st government a three-party coalition, so-called second national front (Turkish: Milliyetçi cephe)).
- July 22 – The purged Chinese Communist leader Deng Xiaoping is restored to power nine months after the "Gang of Four" was expelled from power in a coup d'état.
- July 24 – Led Zeppelin presents its last American concert in Oakland, California, at the Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum. A brawl erupts between Led Zeppelin's crew and the staff of the promoter Bill Graham, resulting in criminal assault charges for several members of the Led Zeppelin group including the drummer John Bonham.
- July 27 – The Soviet Politburo orders Boris Yeltsin to demolish the Ipatiev House, where Tsar Nicholas II of Russia and his family were shot in 1918. Yeltsin eventually calls this a barbarian act.
- July 28
- July 30 – Left-wing German terrorists Susanne Albrecht, Brigitte Mohnhaupt and Christian Klar assassinate Jürgen Ponto, chairman of the Dresdner Bank in Oberursel, West Germany.
- August 3
- August 4 – U.S. President Jimmy Carter signs legislation creating the United States Department of Energy.
- August 7 – Mount Usu volcano in Japan erupts.
- August 9 – The military-controlled government of Uruguay announces that it will return the nation to civilian rule through general elections in 1981 for a President and Congress.
- August 10 – David Berkowitz is captured in Yonkers, New York, after over a year of murders in New York City as the "Son of Sam".
- August 12 – The NASA Space Shuttle, named Enterprise, makes its first test free-flight from the back of a Boeing 747 Shuttle Carrier Aircraft.
- August 15
- August 16
- August 17
- The Soviet icebreaker Arktika becomes the first surface ship to reach the North Pole.
- New York City ban on Concorde test flights is overturned.
- August 19 – Groucho Marx, comedic legend, star of stage and screen, dies of pneumonia at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, at the age of 86 (born 1890).
- August 20 – Voyager program: The United States launches the Voyager 2 spacecraft.
- August 21 – Actor/dancer Danny Lockin is murdered by a man he met in a Garden Grove, California, bar just hours after taping a winning skit on The Gong Show.
- August 26 – The National Assembly of Quebec passes the Charter of the French Language (Law 101, La charte de la langue française) making French the official language of the Canadian province of Quebec.
- October 1 – Energy Research and Development Administration combined with the Federal Energy Administration to form United States Department of Energy.
- October 7
- The Soviet Union adopts its third Constitution after a prolonged campaign by Brezhnev Supporters to have it passed before the Supreme Soviet dissolves for the end of the parliamentary session.
- Pelé plays his final professional football game as a member of the New York Cosmos.
- October 13 – German Autumn: Four Palestinians hijack Lufthansa Flight 181 to Somalia and demand the release of 11 Red Army Faction members.
- October 14 – Anita Bryant is hit with pies by four gay rights activists during a press conference in Des Moines, Iowa.
- October 15 – World's End Murders: Christine Eadie and Helen Scott, both 17, disappear after leaving the World's End pub in Edinburgh, Scotland. Their bodies are found tied and strangled in the countryside the next day. In 2014, serial killer Angus Sinclair is convicted of the crime.
- October 17–18 – German Autumn: GSG 9 troopers storm the hijacked Lufthansa passenger plane in Mogadishu, Somalia; three of the four hijackers die.
- October 18
- October 19 – German Autumn: Kidnapped industrialist Hanns Martin Schleyer is found murdered in Mulhouse, France.
- October 20 – Three members of the rock band Lynyrd Skynyrd die in a charter plane crash outside Gillsburg, Mississippi, three days after the release of their fifth studio album Street Survivors.
- October 21 – The European Patent Institute is founded.
- October 23 – The president of Catalonia, Josep Tarradellas, returns to Barcelona from exile and the autonomous government of Catalonia, the Generalitat, is restored.
- October 26
- October 27 – British punk band Sex Pistols release Never Mind the Bollocks, Here's the Sex Pistols on the Virgin Records label. Despite refusal by major retailers in the UK to stock it, it debuts at number one on the UK Album Charts the week after its release.
- October 28
- December – the Colombo Plan for Co-operative Economic and Social Development in Asia and the Pacific (CESDAP) is implemented.
- December 1
- December 4
- December 6 – South Africa grants independence to Bophuthatswana, although it is not recognized by any other country.
- December 10 – Australian federal election, 1977: Malcolm Fraser's Liberal/National Country Coalition Government is re-elected with a slightly reduced majority, defeating the Labor Party led by former Prime Minister Gough Whitlam. Consequently, Whitlam resigned as ALP leader after holding the job for nearly 11 years; he would be replaced by former Treasurer Bill Hayden.
- December 11 – after losing 26 games, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers of the US National Football League record their very first win; against the New Orleans Saints.
- December 13 – a chartered Douglas DC-3 aircraft carrying the University of Evansville basketball team to Nashville, Tennessee, crashes in rain and dense fog about 90 seconds after takeoff from Evansville Regional Airport; 29 people die in the crash, including 14 members of the team and head coach Bob Watson.
- December 16
- December 18 – SA de Transport Aérien Flight 730, an international charter service from Zurich to Funchal Airport (Madeira), hits the sea during a landing attempt. Many of the 36 who die drown, trapped inside the sinking aircraft. Twenty-one people survive with the help of rescuers and by swimming to the shore.
- December 20 – Djibouti and Vietnam join the United Nations.
- December 22 – A grain elevator explodes in Westwego, Louisiana, killing 36.
- January 1
- January 2
- January 3
- January 5 – Matej Ferjan, Slovenian motorcycle speedway (d. 2011)
- January 9 – Scoonie Penn, American basketball player
- January 11
- January 12 – Piolo Pascual, Filipino actor
- January 13
- January 14
- January 15 – Giorgia Meloni, Italian politician
- January 17 – Leigh Whannell, Australian actor and writer
- January 19 – Taliesin Jaffe, American voice actor and actor
- January 20 – Melody, Belgian singer
- January 22 – Hidetoshi Nakata, Japanese footballer
- January 23 – Kamal Heer, Punjabi singer and musician
- January 24 – Johann Urb, American actor
- January 25
- January 26
- January 28
- January 29
- January 31
- April 1 – Paul Kalanithi, Indian-American neurosurgeon and writer (d. 2015)
- April 2
- April 4
- April 5 – Daniel Majstorović, Swedish soccer player
- April 8 – Mehran Ghassemi, Iranian journalist (d. 2008)
- April 9 – Gerard Way, American musician and comic book writer
- April 10 – Stephanie Sheh, American voice actress
- April 11 – DJ Fresh, English DJ and music producer
- April 12
- April 14
- April 15
- April 16
- April 17 – Frederik Magle, Danish composer, concert organist, and pianist
- April 19 – Bryan Spears, American film and television producer
- April 21 – Jamie Salé, Canadian figure skater
- April 22
- April 23
- Arash, Iranian-Swedish singer, entertainer and producer
- John Cena, American professional WWE wrestler, actor and rapper
- Eric Edelstein, American actor and voice actor
- Andruw Jones, Antillean baseball player
- John Oliver, British comedian and television personality
- Kal Penn, American actor, producer, and former civil servant
- April 24
- April 25 – Manolo Cardona, Colombian actor
- April 26
- April 27 – Dai Fujikura, Japanese composer
- April 30
- June 1
- June 2
- June 3 – Travis Hafner, American baseball player
- June 5 – Nourhanne, Lebanese singer
- June 7 – Chen Luyun, Chinese basketball (d. 2015)
- June 8 – Kanye West, American rapper and record producer
- June 9 – Peja Stojaković, Serbian basketball player
- June 10
- June 11
- June 12
- June 14 – Chris McAlister, American football player
- June 16 – Kerry Wood, American baseball player
- June 18 – Majed Moqed, Saudi Arabian terrorist (d. 2001)
- June 19
- June 20 – Aaron Moule, Australian rugby league player
- June 21 – Jochen Hecht, German ice hockey player
- June 22
- June 23
- June 24 – Mal Michael, Papua New Guinean footballer
- June 25
- June 26
- June 27
- June 28 – Harun Tekin, Turkish rock vocalist and guitarist (Mor ve Ötesi)
- June 29
- August 2 – Edward Furlong, American actor
- August 3 – Tom Brady, American football player and entrepreneur
- August 7 – Charlotte Ronson and Samantha Ronson, British designer and DJ, respectively (twin sisters)
- August 8
- August 9 – Chamique Holdsclaw, American basketball player
- August 11 – Pablo Lucio Vasquez, American murderer, execution by lethal injection (d. 2016)
- August 12
- August 13
- August 15
- August 16 – Tamer Hosny, Egyptian singer-songwriter and actor
- August 17
- August 18 – Lukáš Bauer, Czech cross-country skier
- August 19 – Callum Blue, English actor
- August 20
- August 22 – JP Auclair, Canadian freeskiier. (d. 2004)
- August 23
- August 24
- August 25
- August 26 – Morris Peterson, American basketball player
- August 29 – Martha Ehlin, Swedish sports teacher (d. 2016)
- August 30
- August 31
- September 1
- September 2
- September 4
- September 6 – Kiyoshi Hikawa, Japanese enka singer
- September 7 – Molly Holly, American professional wrestler
- September 9 – Soulja Slim, American rapper (d. 2003)
- September 11
- September 12
- September 13 – Fiona Apple, American singer
- September 15
- September 18 – Kieran West, British Olympic oarsman
- September 19 – Ryan Dusick, American musician (former Maroon 5)
- September 20 – Namie Amuro, Japanese singer
- September 21 – Hank Fraley, American football player
- September 22 – Paul Sculthorpe, English rugby league player
- September 23
- September 24
- September 25
- September 26 – Sirena Irwin, American actress and voice actress
- September 27
- September 28
- September 29
- September 30 – Roy Carroll, Irish footballer
- November 1 – Alistair Griffin, British singer and songwriter
- November 2 – Randy Harrison, American actor
- November 3 – Greg Plitt, American fitness model, actor and former Army Ranger (d. 2015)
- November 4 – Larry Bigbie, American baseball player
- November 6
- November 8
- November 10
- November 11
- November 13
- November 15 – Sean Murray, American actor
- November 16
- November 17 – Ryk Neethling, South African swimmer
- November 18
- November 19
- November 20
- November 21 – Jonas Jennings, American football player
- November 22 – Michael Preston, English footballer
- November 23
- November 24 – Colin Hanks, American actor
- November 27 – Mika Tan, Asian-American adult film actress
- November 28 – DeMya Walker, American basketball player
- November 29 – Chadwick Boseman, American actor
- November 30 – Nelsan Ellis, American film and television actor and playwright (d. 2017)
- December 3
- December 6
- December 7
- December 8
- December 10 – Emmanuelle Chriqui, Canadian actress
- December 11 – Peter Stringer, Irish rugby union player
- December 12 – Adam Saitiev, Chechen wrestler and Olympic gold medalist
- December 14
- December 16
- December 20 – Sonja Aldén, Swedish pop singer
- December 21
- December 23
- December 24 – Domingo Vega, also known as Américo, Chilean singer
- December 25 – Uhm Ji-won, South Korean actress
- December 27
- December 29
- December 30
- December 31
- Donald Trump Jr., American business heir
- Psy, South Korean singer, songwriter, rapper, dancer, and record producer
- January 1
- January 2 – Erroll Garner, American musician (b. 1921)
- January 3
- January 4 – Ibrahim Biçakçiu, Albanian landowner and collaborator, 19th Prime Minister of Albania, leader of the World War II (b. 1905)
- January 5
- January 6 – William Gropper, American artist (b. 1897)
- January 11
- January 12 – Henri-Georges Clouzot, French film director (b. 1907)
- January 13 – Henri Langlois, French film historian (b. 1914)
- January 14
- January 16 – Daniel V. Gallery, American admiral and author (b. 1901)
- January 17 – Gary Gilmore, American murderer (executed) (b. 1940)
- January 18
- January 19 – Yvonne Printemps, French singer and actress (b. 1895)
- January 20 – Dimitrios Kiousopoulos, Prime Minister of Greece (b. 1892)
- January 21 – Sandro Penna, Italian poet (b. 1906)
- January 22
- January 23 – Toots Shor, American restaurateur (b. 1903)
- January 24 – Eli Lilly, American pharmaceutical industrialist and philanthropist from Indianapolis (b. 1885)
- January 26 – Dietrich von Hildebrand, German philosopher and theologian (b. 1889)
- January 27
- January 28 – Burt Mustin, American actor (b. 1884)
- January 29
- February 3 – Pauline Starke, American actress (b. 1901)
- February 4 – Brett Halliday, American writer (b. 1904)
- February 5 – Oskar Klein, Swedish theoretical physicist (b. 1894)
- February 6 – George John Park, New Zealand teacher and technical college principal (b. 1880)
- February 8 – Olinda Bozán, Argentinian actress (b. 1894)
- February 9 – Queen Alia, Queen of Jordan (b. 1948)
- February 11
- February 12
- February 13 – Alberto Diena, Italian philatelist (b. 1894)
- February 14 – Bill Tilman, English mountaineer and explorer (b. 1898)
- February 15 – Herman Johannes Lam, Dutch botanist (b. 1892)
- February 16
- February 17 – Mary Anne Reidy, New Zealand civilian and military nurse, community leader (b. 1880)
- February 18
- February 18 – Chandabai, Indian Jain scholar and women's education pioneer (b. 1880)
- February 19 – Anthony Crosland, British author and politician (b. 1918)
- February 20
- February 21 – John Hubley, American animator (b. 1914)
- February 22 – Anthony Nicholls, British actor (b. 1902)
- February 25
- February 26 – Aurel Persu, Romanian engineer and pioneer car designer (b. 1890)
- February 27
- February 28 – Eddie "Rochester" Anderson, African-American actor (The Jack Benny Show) (b. 1905)
- March 1 – Diallo Telli, Guinean diplomat and politician, 1st Secretary General of the Organisation of African Unity (b. 1925)
- March 2
- Eugénie Brazier, French chef considered the mother of modern French cooking (b. 1895)
- Paul Rohmer, Alsacian physician considered the father of modern pædiatrics (b. 1876)
- March 3
- March 4
- March 5 – Tom Pryce, British Formula race car driver (b. 1949)
- March 8 – Henry Hull, American actor (b. 1890)
- March 10
- March 11 – Ulysses S. Grant IV, American geologist and paleontologist (b. 1893)
- March 14
- March 15 – Antonino Rocca, Italian professional wrestler (b. 1921)
- March 16 – Kamal Jumblatt, leader of the Lebanese Druze (assassinated) (b. 1917)
- March 17 – Claude Roger-Marx, French writer, and playwright (b. 1888)
- March 18 – Marien Ngouabi, 3rd President of Congo (assassinated) (b. 1938)
- March 19 – William L. Laurence, Jewish Lithuanian-American journalist (b. 1888)
- March 20 – Charles Lyttelton, 10th Viscount Cobham, English politician, 9th Governor-General of New Zealand (b. 1909)
- March 22
- March 25
- March 26
- March 27 – Diana Hyland, American actress (b. 1936)
- March 28
- March 29
- March 30 – Abdel Halim Hafez, Egyptian singer and actor (b. 1929)
- March 31
- April 2 – He Tianjian, Chinese painter (b. 1891)
- April 2 – John Whitaker, British gymnast (b. 1886)
- April 5 – Carlos Prío Socarrás, 11th President of Cuba (b. 1903)
- April 6
- April 7 – Karl Ritter, German film producer and director (b. 1888)
- April 11 – Jacques Prévert, French poet and screenwriter (b. 1900)
- April 12 – Philip K. Wrigley, American chewing gum manufacturer and Major League Baseball executive (b. 1894)
- April 14 – Francisco Maria da Silva, Portuguese Roman Catholic prelate (b. 1910)
- April 16 – Harwood Sturtevant, Episcopal bishop of the Diocese of Fond du Lac (b. 1888)
- April 17 – William Conway, Northern Irish cardinal (b. 1913)
- April 20
- April 21 – Gummo Marx, American actor and comedian (b. 1892)
- April 23 – Charles D. Herron, general in the United States Army (b. 1877)
- April 26 – Jack Ayre, Canadian pianist (b. 1894)
- April 27 – Stanley Adams, American actor (b. 1915)
- April 28
- April 29 – William Arthur Whitlock, New Zealand journalist (b. 1891)
- May 2 – Nicholas Magallanes, American principal dancer and charter member of the New York City Ballet (b. 1922)
- May 4 – Richard Pike Bissell, English novelist (b. 1913)
- May 5
- May 7 – Prince Xavier of Bourbon-Parma, Spanish Carlist pretender (b. 1889)
- May 9 – James Jones, American writer (b. 1921)
- May 10 – Joan Crawford, American actress (b. 1904)
- May 13 – Otto Deßloch, German World War II Luftwaffe general (b. 1889)
- May 15
- May 16 – Modibo Keïta, 1st President of Mali (b. 1915)
- May 17 – Robert Maynard Hutchins, American educational philosopher, dean of Yale Law School (b. 1899)
- May 18 – Czesław Wycech, Polish activist, politician and historian (b. 1899)
- May 25 – Máire Gill, President of the Irish Camogie Association (b. 1891)
- May 31
- August 2 – Manuel Gonçalves Cerejeira, Portuguese Roman Catholic cardinal (b. 1888)
- August 3 – Alfred Lunt, American actor (b. 1892)
- August 4
- August 5 – Waldo L. Schmitt, American biologist (b. 1887)
- August 6 – Alexander Bustamante, Jamaican politician, 1st Prime Minister of Jamaica (b. 1884)
- August 9 – George Kenney, World War II United States Army Air Forces general (b. 1889)
- August 13 – Henry Williamson, English naturalist, farmer and prolific ruralist (b. 1895)
- August 16 – Elvis Presley, American actor, musician and singer-songwriter (b. 1935)
- August 17 – Delmer Daves, American screenwriter and director (b. 1904)
- August 19
- August 22 – Sebastian Cabot, English actor (b. 1918)
- August 23 – Naum Gabo, prominent Russian sculptor (b. 1890)
- October 2 – Joseph William Woodrough, American federal judge (b. 1873)
- October 3 – Tay Garnett, American film director (b. 1894)
- October 8 – Joe Greenstein, Polish-born American strongman (b. 1893)
- October 10 – Jean Duvieusart, 36th Prime Minister of Belgium (b. 1900)
- October 12 – Dorothy Davenport, American actress (b. 1895)
- October 14 – Bing Crosby, American singer and actor (b. 1903)
- October 15 – Arthur Morris, British Anglican bishop (b. 1898)
- October 17 – Sir Michael Balcon, English film producer (b. 1896)
- October 20 – Three members of American rock group, Lynyrd Skynyrd, killed in plane crash:
- October 22 – Boye Schlytter, Norwegian businessman and mountain climber (b. 1891)
- October 25 – Félix Gouin, French Socialist politician, caretaker head of State as 2nd chairman of the Provisional Government of the French Republic (b. 1884)
- October 27
- October 30
- November 3 – Florence Vidor, American actress (b. 1895)
- November 4 – Betty Balfour, English screen actress (b. 1903)
- November 5
- November 8 – Bucky Harris, American baseball manager and member of the MLB Hall of Fame (b. 1896)
- November 9
- November 10 – Dennis Wheatley, English writer (b. 1897)
- November 11
- November 14
- November 15 – Princess Charlotte of Monaco (b. 1898)
- November 16 – José Acosta, starting pitcher in Major League Baseball (b. 1891)
- November 17 – André Perugia, French shoe designer (b. 1893)
- November 18
- November 21 – Richard Carlson, American actor (b. 1912)
- November 25 – Tommy Prince, Canadian war hero (b. 1915)
- November 28 – Claus von Wagner, German cabarettist and comedian
- November 30 – Terence Rattigan, English playwright (b. 1911)
- December 3 – Jack Beresford, British Olympic rower (b. 1899)
- December 4 – Tom Senier, Irish melodeon (single row diatonic accordion) player (b. 1895)
- December 5
- December 7 – Peter Carl Goldmark, Hungarian-born engineer and developer of the 33rpm record (b. 1906)
- December 10 – Ethel Roosevelt Derby, Youngest daughter of Theodore Roosevelt (b. 1891)
- December 12 – Clementine Churchill, Wife of Winston Churchill (b. 1885)
- December 13 – Sir Charles Petrie, British historian (b. 1895)
- December 15 – Wilfred Kitching, 7th (British) General of The Salvation Army (b. 1893)
- December 16
- Gustaf Aulén, Bishop of Strängnäs in the Church of Sweden (b. 1879)
- Yngve Larsson, Swedish Ph.D., Municipal commissioner (Borgarråd), Member of Parliament and statesman (b. 1881)
- December 18 – Cyril Ritchard, Australian actor and director (b. 1897)
- December 19
- December 22
- December 24 – Juan Velasco Alvarado, 58th President of Peru (b. 1910)
- December 25
- December 26 – Howard Hawks, American film director (b. 1896)
- December 27 – Mildred Bendall, French active force of the avant-garde (b. 1891)
- December 28
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