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1960 (MCMLX) was a leap year starting on Friday (dominical letter CB) of the Gregorian calendar, the 1960th year of the Common Era (CE) and Anno Domini (AD) designations, the 960th year of the 2nd millennium, the 60th year of the 20th century, and the 1st year of the 1960s decade. It is also known as the "Year of Africa" because of major events—particularly the independence of seventeen African nations—that focused global attention on the continent and intensified feelings of Pan-Africanism.
- January – The state of emergency is lifted in Kenya, officially ending the Mau Mau Uprising.
- January 1 – Cameroon gains its independence from French-administered U.N. trusteeship.
- January 2 – U.S. Senator John F. Kennedy (D-MA) announces his candidacy for the Democratic presidential nomination.
- January 6 – The Associations Law comes into force in Iraq, allowing registration of political parties.
- January 9–11 – Aswan High Dam construction begins in Egypt.
- January 10 – British Prime Minister Harold Macmillan makes the Wind of Change speech for the first time (see February 3).
- January 14 – The Reserve Bank and Commonwealth Bank are created in Australia.
- January 15 – The first televised anime, Three Tales, debuts on NHK.
- January 19 – The Treaty of Mutual Cooperation and Security between the United States and Japan is signed in Washington, D.C.
- January 21 – A coal mine collapses at Coalbrook, South Africa, killing 435 miners.
- January 22
- January 24 – A major insurrection occurs in Algiers against French colonial policy.
- January 25 – In Washington, D.C., the National Association of Broadcasters reacts to the payola scandal by threatening fines for any disc jockeys who accepted money for playing particular records.
- January 28 – The National Football League announces expansion teams for Dallas to start in the 1960 NFL season, and Minneapolis–St. Paul for the 1961 NFL season.
- January 30 – The African National Party is founded in Chad, through the merger of traditionalist parties.
- February 3 – Prime Minister of the United Kingdom Harold Macmillan makes the Wind of Change speech to the South African Parliament in Cape Town (although he had first made the speech, to little publicity, in Accra, Gold Coast — now Ghana — on January 10).
- February 5 – The first CERN particle accelerator becomes operational in Geneva, Switzerland.
- February 9
- February 10 – A conference about the proposed independence of the Belgian Congo begins in Brussels, Belgium.
- February 11
- February 13 – France tests its first atomic bomb in the Sahara Desert of Algeria.
- February 18 – The 1960 Winter Olympics begin at the Squaw Valley Ski Resort, in Placer County, California.
- February 26 – A New York-bound Alitalia airliner crashes into a cemetery at Shannon, Ireland, shortly after takeoff, killing 34 of the 52 persons on board.
- February 29 – The 1960 Agadir earthquake completely destroys the town of Agadir, Morocco.
- March 2 - Lucille Ball files for divorce from husband Desi Arnaz after 19 years of marriage. The divorce ends the I Love Lucy franchise.
- March 3 - Elvis Presley returns home from Germany, after being away on military duty for 2 years.
- March 5
- March 6
- March 17 – Northwest Orient Airlines Flight 710 crashes near Tell City, Indiana, killing all 63 on board.
- March 21 – The Sharpeville massacre in South Africa results in more than 69 dead, 300 injured.
- Ayrton Senna - Brazilian racing driver who won three Formula One world championships in 1988, 1990 and 1991 is Born: March 21, 1960, São Paulo, São Paulo, Brazil
- March 22 – Arthur Leonard Schawlow and Charles Hard Townes receive the first patent for a laser.
- March 23 – Soviet premier Nikita Khrushchev meets French president Charles de Gaulle in Paris.
- March 29 – "Tom Pillibi" by Jacqueline Boyer (music by André Popp, text by Pierre Cour) wins the Eurovision Song Contest 1960 for France.
- April 1
- April 4
- April 9 – Gunman David Pratt shoots South African Prime Minister Hendrik Verwoerd in Johannesburg, wounding him seriously.
- April 12 – Eric Peugeot, the youngest son of the founder of the Peugeot Corporation, is kidnapped in Paris. Then, he is released on April 15 in exchange for $300,000 in ransom.
- April 13
- April 19 – April Revolution: South Korean students hold a nationwide pro-democracy protest against President Syngman Rhee, eventually leading him to resign from that office.
- April 21 – In Brazil, the country's capital (Federal District) is relocated from the city of Rio de Janeiro to the new city, Brasília, in the highlands. The actual city of Rio de Janeiro becomes the State of Guanabara.
- April 27 – Togo gains independence from France, with the French-administered United Nations Trust Territory being terminated.
Francis Gary Powers wearing special pressure suit for stratospheric flying
- May 1
- May 3
- May 4
- May 6 – United States President Dwight D. Eisenhower signs the Civil Rights Act of 1960 into law.
- May 9 – The U.S. Food and Drug Administration announces that it will approve birth control as an additional indication for Searle's Enovid, making it the world's first approved oral contraceptive pill.
- May 10 – The U.S. nuclear-powered submarine USS Triton, under the command of Captain Edward L. Beach Jr., completes the first underwater circumnavigation of the Earth (codenamed Operation Sandblast).
- May 11 – In Buenos Aires, four Mossad agents abduct the fugitive Nazi criminal against humanity, Adolf Eichmann, in order that he can be taken to Israel and put on trial. (Eichmann is later convicted and executed).
- May 13 – A joint Swiss and Austrian expedition makes the first ascent of the Asian mountain, Dhaulagiri, the world's 7th highest mountain.
- May 14 – The Kenyan African National Congress Party is founded in Kenya, when 3 political parties join forces.
- May 15 – The satellite Sputnik 4 is launched into orbit by the Soviet Union.
- May 16
- May 18 - Real Madrid beats Eintracht Frankfurt 7-3 at Hampden Park, Glasgow and wins the 1959–60 European Cup (football).
- May 20 – In Japan, police carry away socialist members of the Diet of Japan. The Diet next approves a mutual security treaty with the United States.
- May 22 – The Great Chilean earthquake: Chile's subduction fault ruptures from Talcahuano to Taitao Peninsula, causing the most powerful earthquake on record (with a magnitude of 9.5) and a tsunami. Because of its power, the seismographs in the city of Valdivia are overloaded and malfunction through the entire earthquake.
- May 23 – Prime Minister of Israel David Ben-Gurion announces that Nazi war criminal Adolf Eichmann has been captured.
- May 27 – In Turkey, a bloodless military coup d'état removes President Celâl Bayar and installs General Cemal Gürsel the as head of state.
- May 30 – Cemal Gürsel forms the new government of Turkey (its 24th government, composed mostly of so-called "technocrats").
- July 1
- July 4 – Following the admission of the State of Hawaii as the 50th state in August 1959, the new 50-star Flag of the United States is first officially flown over Philadelphia.
- July 10 – The Soviet Union national football team defeats the Yugoslavian national football team 2–1 in Paris to win the first European Soccer Championship.
- July 11
- July 12 – Chin Peng is exiled from Malaysia to Thailand and the Malayan state of emergency is lifted.
- July 13 – U.S. Senator John F. Kennedy is nominated for President of the United States at the 1960 Democratic National Convention in Los Angeles.
- July 14 – The United Nations Security Council decides to send troops to Katanga to oversee the withdrawal of Belgian troops.
- July 20 – Ceylon elects Mrs. Sirimavo Bandaranaike as its Prime Minister, the world's first elected female head of government. She takes office the following day.
- July 21 – Francis Chichester, English navigator and yachtsman, arrives at New York City aboard his yacht, Gypsy Moth II, crossing the Atlantic Ocean solo in a new record of just forty days.
- July 25 – The Woolworth Company's lunch counter in Greensboro, North Carolina, the location of a sit-in that had sparked demonstrations by Negroes across the Southern United States, serves a meal to its first black customer.
- July 25–July 28 – In Chicago, the 1960 Republican National Convention nominates Vice President Richard Nixon as its candidate for President of the United States, and Henry Cabot Lodge Jr., as its candidate to become the new Vice-President.
- August 1 – Dahomey, now known as Benin, becomes independent from France.
- August 3 – Niger becomes independent from France.
- August 5 – Upper Volta, now known as Burkina Faso, becomes independent from France.
- August 6
- August 7 – The Ivory Coast becomes independent from France.
- August 7 - The world's first standard gauge passenger preserved railway, The Bluebell Railway, opens to the public.
- August 11 – Chad becomes independent from France.
- August 13 – Ubangi-Shari becomes independent from France, as the "Central African Republic". It later becomes the "Central African Empire" for some years.
- August 15 – Middle Congo becomes independent from France, as Republic of Congo (Congo-Brazzaville).
- August 16
- Joseph Kittinger parachutes from a balloon over New Mexico at an altitude of about 102,800 feet (31,333 meters). Kittinger sets world records for: high-altitude jump; free-fall by falling 16.0 miles (25.7 kilometers) before opening his parachute; and the fastest speed attained by a human being without mechanical or chemical assistance, about 982 k.p.h (614 m.p.h.). (Kittinger survives more or less uninjured, and he is still alive in Florida as of 2013 . Felix Baumgartner breaks his record in 2012.)
- The Mediterranean island of Cyprus receives its independence from the United Kingdom.
- August 17
- The newly named Beatles begin a 48-night residency at the Indra club in Hamburg, West Germany.
- Gabon becomes independent from France.
- The trial of the American U-2 pilot Francis Gary Powers begins in Moscow.
- August 19
- Cold War: In Moscow, American U-2 pilot Francis Gary Powers is sentenced to 10 years in prison for espionage.
- Sputnik program: The Soviet Union launches the satellite Sputnik 5, with the dogs Belka and Strelka (the Russian for "Squirrel" and "Little Arrow"), 40 mice, two rats and a variety of plants. This satellite returns to earth the next day and all animals are recovered safely.
- August 20 – Senegal breaks away from the Mali Federation, declaring its independence.
- August 25
- August 29 – Hurricane Donna kills 50 people in Florida and New England.
- The African and Malagasy Organisation for Economic Cooperation (OAMCE) (Organisation Africain et Malagache de Coopération Économique) is established.
- Édith Piaf's recording of "Non, je ne regrette rien" is released in France.
- December 1
- December 2
- December 4 – The admission of Mauritania to the United Nations is vetoed by the Soviet Union.
- December 5
- December 7 – The United Nations Security Council is called into session by the Soviet Union in order to consider Soviet demands for the Security Council to seek the immediate release of former Congolese Premier Patrice Lumumba.
- December 8 – For the first time, Mary Martin's Peter Pan is presented as a stand-alone two-hour special on NBC instead of as part of an anthology series. This version, rather than being presented live, is shown on videotape, enabling NBC to repeat it as often as they wish without having to restage it. Although nearly all of the adult actors repeat their original Broadway roles, all of the original children have, ironically, outgrown their roles and are replaced by new actors.
- December 9
- French President Charles de Gaulle's visit to Algeria is bloodied by European and Muslim rioters in Algeria's largest cities. These riots cause 127 deaths.
- The classic British TV series Coronation Street premieres. Planned as a 13-part drama, it becomes such a success among viewers it continues to be shown five times per week through 2012.
- December 11 – MGM's The Wizard of Oz is rerun on CBS only a year after its previous telecast, thus beginning the tradition of annual telecasts of the film.
- December 12 – The Supreme Court of the United States upholds a lower Federal Court ruling that the State of Louisiana's racial segregation laws are unconstitutional, and overturns them.
- December 13
- 1960 Ethiopian coup attempt: While Emperor Haile Selassie of Ethiopia visits Brazil, his Kebur Zabagna (Imperial Bodyguard) leads a military coup against his rule, proclaiming that the emperor's son, Crown Prince Asfaw Wossen Taffari, is the new emperor.
- The countries of El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, and Nicaragua announce the formation of the Central American Common Market.
- The U.S. Navy's Commander Leroy Heath (pilot) and Lieutenant Larry Monroe (bombardier/navigator) establish a world flight-altitude record of 91,450 feet (27,874 m), with payload, in an A-5 Vigilante bomber carrying 1,000 kg (2,200 lb), and better the previous world record by over four miles (6 km).
- December 14
- December 15
- December 16
- December 17 – Troops loyal to Emperor Haile Selassie in Ethiopia overcome the coup that began on December 13, returning the reins to the Emperor upon his return from a trip to Brazil. The Emperor absolves his own son of any guilt.
- December 19 – Fire sweeps through the USS Constellation, to become the U.S. Navy's largest aircraft carrier, while she is under construction at the Brooklyn Navy Yard; killing 50 workers and injuring 150.
- December 27 – France sets off its third A-bomb test at its nuclear weapons testing range near Reggane, Algeria.
- December 31 – Last day on which the farthing, a coin first minted in England in the 13th century, is legal tender in the United Kingdom.
- World population: 3,021,475,001
- Africa: 277,398,000
- Asia: 1,701,336,000
- Europe: 604,401,000
- Latin America: 218,300,000
- North America: 204,152,000
- Oceania: 15,888,000
- January 2 – Naoki Urasawa, Japanese manga author and artist
- January 4
- January 6
- January 7 – Mohammad Javad Zarif, Iranian politician, diplomat
- January 10
- January 12
- January 13 – Kevin Anderson, American actor
- January 18 – Mark Rylance, English actor, theatre director and playwright
- January 20 – Will Wright, American computer game designer
- January 21
- January 22 – Michael Hutchence, Australian rock musician (INXS) (d. 1997)
- January 23 – Patrick de Gayardon, French skydiver and skysurfing pioneer (d. 1998)
- January 24
- January 26 - Charlie Gillingham, American keyboardist
- January 28 – Robert von Dassanowsky, American cultural historian, writer and producer
- January 29
- January 30 – Alex Titomirov, Russian-American businessman
- February 2 – Jari Porttila, Finnish sports journalist
- February 3
- February 7
- February 8
- February 9 - Frederik Ndoci, Albanian singer, songwriter, poet, writer, actor and international Recording artist
- February 13
- February 14 – Jim Kelly, American football player
- February 16 – Cherie Chung, Hong Kong actress
- February 18
- February 19 – Prince Andrew, Duke of York, British prince and second son of Elizabeth II and The Duke of Edinburgh
- February 20
- February 21
- February 22 - George Washington, President of the United States of America
- February 23 – Naruhito, Crown Prince of Japan
- February 27 – Andrés Gómez, Ecuadorian tennis player
- February 28
- February 29 – Richard Ramirez, American serial killer (d. 2013)
- March 2
- March 4
- March 7
- March 8
- March 10 – Anne MacKenzie, Scottish broadcaster
- March 12 – Minoru Niihara, Japanese singer (Loudness)
- March 13
- March 14 – Kirby Puckett, American baseball player (d. 2006)
- March 16 – Jenny Eclair, British comedian, actress and novelist
- March 18 – Richard Biggs, American actor (d. 2004)
- March 19 – Simo Aalto, Finnish magician
- March 20
- March 21
- March 23 – Nicol Stephen, Scottish politician
- March 24
- March 26 – Marcus Allen, American football player
- March 27
- March 29 – Hiromi Tsuru, Japanese voice actress
- April 1 – Michael Praed, British actor
- April 2 – Linford Christie, British athlete
- April 3 – Elizabeth Gracen, American beauty queen, actress and model
- April 4 – Hugo Weaving, Australian actor
- April 10 – Fabio Golfetti, Brazilian musician and record producer (Violeta de Outono, Gong)
- April 11 – Jeremy Clarkson, English journalist and television show host
- April 13 – Rudi Völler, German footballer and manager
- April 14 – Brad Garrett, American actor, comedian and voice actor
- April 14 – Myoma Myint Kywe, Burmese Writer and Historian
- April 15 – Susanne Bier, Danish film director
- April 16
- April 18
- April 19 – Frank Viola, American baseball player
- April 20 – John Altenburgh, American blues and jazz musician
- April 22 – Tatiana Thumbtzen, American actress, model and dancer
- April 23
- April 25 – Michael Lohan, American television personality; father of Lindsay Lohan
- April 28
- May 2 – Gjorge Ivanov, President of Macedonia
- May 3 – Amy Steel, American film actress
- May 4
- May 6 – John Flansburgh, American singer-songwriter
- May 7 – Adam Bernstein, American music video/television director
- May 8 – Eric Brittingham, American rock bassist
- May 9 – Tony Gwynn, American baseball player (d. 2014)
- May 10 – Bono, Irish rock singer (U2)
- May 14
- May 15 – Julian Jarrold, English film and television director and producer
- May 16 – Landon Deireragea, Nauruan politician
- May 17 – John Payne, British voice actor
- May 18
- May 19 – Yazz, British pop singer
- May 20
- May 21 – Jeffrey Dahmer, American serial killer (d. 1994)
- May 22 – Hideaki Anno, Japanese director
- May 23 – Linden Ashby, American actor
- May 24
- May 25 – Amy Klobuchar, American politician
- May 26 – Rob Murphy, American baseball player
- May 29
- May 31
- June – Lindsey Coulson, English television actress
- June 2 – Kyle Petty, former NASCAR driver and current sports commentator
- June 4
- June 6 – Steve Vai, American guitarist
- June 8 – Diane Meredith Belcher, American concert organist, teacher, and church musician
- June 8 – Mick Hucknall, English rock singer and songwriter (Simply Red)
- June 12 – Corynne Charby, French model, actress and singer
- June 14 – Peter Mitchell, Australian newsreader
- June 16 – Peter Sterling, Australian rugby player
- June 17 – Thomas Haden Church, American actor
- June 21 – Kevin Harlan, American sports announcer
- June 22 – Erin Brockovich, American environmental activist
- June 28 – John Elway, American football player
- June 30 – Tony Bellotto, Brazilian guitarist and writer
- July 1 – Kōji Ishii, Japanese voice actor
- July 3
- July 4
- July 5 – Pruitt Taylor Vince, American actor
- July 7 – Kevin A. Ford, American astronaut
- July 8 – Thilo Martinho, German composer and singer-songwriter
- July 9 – Charles Gavin, Brazilian drummer and producer
- July 13 – Ian Hislop, British journalist and broadcaster
- July 14
- July 15 – Kim Alexis, American model and actress
- July 17
- July 18 – Anne-Marie Johnson, American actress
- July 19
- July 21
- July 30 – Richard Linklater, American director
- July 31 – Dale Hunter, Canadian ice hockey player and coach
- August 1 – Chuck D, African-American rapper (Public Enemy)
- August 4
- August 7 – David Duchovny, American actor
- August 8 – Ulrich Maly, German politician and Mayor of Nuremberg
- August 10
- August 12 – Laurent Fignon, French road bicycle racer (d. 2010)
- August 13
- August 14 – Sarah Brightman, English soprano singer and actress
- August 16
- August 17 – Sean Penn, American actor
- August 19 – Morten Andersen, American football player
- August 23 – Chris Potter, Canadian actor and musician
- August 24 – Cal Ripken Jr., American baseball player
- August 26
- August 30 – Chalino Sánchez, Mexican musician (d. 1992)
- September 1 – Joseph Williams, American singer and film score composer
- September 2 – John S. Hall, American poet and spoken-word artist
- September 4
- September 5 – Karita Mattila, Finnish soprano
- September 6 – Bob Stoops, American football coach
- September 7 – Phillip Rhee, American actor, producer and writer
- September 9
- September 10 – Colin Firth, English actor
- September 11 – Annie Gosfield, American composer
- September 12 – Evan Jenkins, American politician
- September 14
- September 16
- September 17 – Kevin Clash, American actor and puppeteer
- September 19 – Yolanda Saldívar, American murderer of tejano singer Selena
- September 21 – David James Elliott, Canadian actor
- September 22 – Scott Baio, American actor
- September 28 – Jennifer Rush, American singer
- September 29 – Alan McGee, British music industry mogul and musician
- September 30 – Blanche Lincoln, American politician
- October 4
- October 5 – Antônio de Oliveira Filho, Brazilian footballer
- October 6 – Richard Jobson, Scottish rock singer-songwriter, filmmaker, and television presenter (Skids)
- October 7 – Kyosuke Himuro, Japanese singer
- October 9 – Maddie Blaustein, American voice actress (d. 2008)
- October 12 – Alexei Kudrin, Russian Minister of Finance
- October 13 – Joey Belladonna, American heavy metal singer (Anthrax)
- October 17 – Guy Henry, English actor
- October 18
- October 19
- October 24
- October 26 – Jouke de Vries, Dutch–Frisian politician
- October 28 – Landon Curt Noll, American astronomer, cryptographer, and mathematician
- October 29
- October 30 – Diego Maradona, Argentine footballer
- October 31 – Reza Pahlavi, Crown Prince of Iran
- November 1 – Tim Cook, current CEO of Apple, Inc
- November 3
- November 4 – Frl. Menke, German pop singer
- November 5 – Tilda Swinton, British actress
- November 9
- November 10 – Neil Gaiman, English author
- November 11 – Stanley Tucci, American actor and film director
- November 15 – Susanne Lothar, German actress (d. 2012)
- November 17 – Jonathan Ross, English television presenter
- November 18 – Kim Wilde, English singer and gardener
- November 19
- November 20 – Marc Labrèche, Canadian actor and television host
- November 24 – Amanda Wyss, American actress
- November 25
- November 26 – Harold Reynolds, American baseball player and broadcaster
- November 27
- November 30
- December 1 – Carol Alt, American model and actress
- December 2
- December 3
- December 4 – Glynis Nunn, Australian athlete
- December 5
- December 9
- Steve Doll, American professional wrestler (d. 2009)
- Jeff "Swampy" Marsh, American television director, writer, producer, storyboard artist, and actor
- December 10
- December 17 - Tarako, Japanese voice actress
- December 18 – Kazuhide Uekusa, Japanese economist
- December 19 - Mike Lookinland, former American actor
- December 22 – Mark Brydon, British musician (Moloko)
- December 24
- December 27
- December 28
- December 29 – Dave Pelzer, American author
- December 31
- January 1 – Margaret Sullavan, American actress (b. 1909)
- January 3 – Victor Sjöström, Swedish actor (b. 1879)
- January 4
- January 5 – Donald Knight, English cricketer (b. 1894)
- January 7 – Dorothea Chambers, English tennis champion (b. 1878)
- January 9 – Elsie J. Oxenham, British children's novelist (b. 1880)
- January 10 – Arthur S. Carpender, American admiral (b. 1884)
- January 12 – Nevil Shute, English writer (b. 1899)
- January 17 – Andrew Kennaway Henderson, New Zealand illustrator, cartoonist, and pacifist (b. 1879)
- January 19 – Dadasaheb Torne, Indian filmmaker (b. 1890)
- January 24
- January 25
- January 27 – Osvaldo Aranha, Brazilian politician (b. 1894)
- January 28 – Zora Neale Hurston, American folklorist and author (b. 1891)
- January 30 – J. C. Kumarappa, Indian economist (b. 1892)
- May 2 – Caryl Chessman, American criminal (b. 1921)
- May 3 – Masa Niemi, Finnish actor (b. 1914)
- May 8 – J. H. C. Whitehead, British mathematician (b. 1904)
- May 11 – John D. Rockefeller Jr., American philanthropist (b. 1874)
- May 12 – Prince Aly Khan, Pakistani United Nations ambassador (b. 1911)
- May 14 – Lucrezia Bori, Spanish opera singer (b. 1887)
- May 23 – Georges Claude, French inventor (b. 1870)
- May 24 – Avraham Arnon, Israeli educator and a recipient of the Israel Prize (b. 1887)
- May 27
- May 30 – Boris Pasternak, Russian writer, Nobel Prize laureate (declined) (b. 1890)
- May 31 – Walther Funk, German Nazi politician (b. 1890)
- September 1 – Hisamuddin Alam Shah ibni Almarhum Sultan Alaeddin Sulaiman Shah, King of Malaysia (b. 1898)
- September 4 – Alfred E. Green, American film director (b. 1889)
- September 8
- September 9 – Jussi Björling, Swedish tenor (b. 1911)
- September 11 – Edwin Justus Mayer, American screenwriter (b. 1896)
- September 13 – Leó Weiner, Hungarian composer (b. 1885)
- September 20 – Ida Rubinstein, Russian ballet dancer (b. 1885)
- September 22 – Melanie Klein, Austrian-British psychoanalyst (b. 1882)
- September 23 – Kathlyn Williams, American actress (b. 1879)
- September 24 – Mátyás Seiber, Hungarian composer (b. 1905)
- September 27 – Sylvia Pankhurst, English suffragette (b. 1882)
- November 2
- Dimitri Mitropoulos, Greek conductor, pianist, and composer (b. 1896)
- Otoya Yamaguchi ultranationalist who assassinated Inejiro Asanuma, a politician and head of the Japan Socialist Party (d. 1960)
- November 3 - Bobby Wallace, American baseball player (St. Louis Browns) and a member of the MLB Hall of Fame (b. 1873)
- November 5
- November 6 – Erich Raeder, German World War II naval leader (b. 1876)
- November 7 – A. P. Carter, American singer and songwriter (b. 1891)
- November 12 – Lord Buckley, American monologist (b. 1906)
- November 14 – Walter Catlett, American actor (b. 1889)
- November 16
- November 19 – Phyllis Haver, American actress (b. 1899)
- November 20 – Ya'akov Cohen, Israeli poet (b. 1881)
- November 23 – Allen Hobbs, 32nd Governor of American Samoa (b. 1889)
- November 24 – Grand Duchess Olga Alexandrovna of Russia, sister of Tsar Nicholas II (b. 1882)
- November 25 – Patria (b. 1924), Minerva (b. 1926), and Maria Teresa Mirabal (b. 1935), three Dominican revolutionaries (and their driver, Rufino de la Cruz)
- November 28