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1969 (MCMLXIX) was a common year starting on Wednesday (dominical letter E) of the Gregorian calendar, the 1969th year of the Common Era (CE) and Anno Domini (AD) designations, the 969th year of the 2nd millennium, the 69th year of the 20th century, and the 10th and last year of the 1960s decade. The year is associated with the first manned landing on the Moon (Apollo 11).
- January 2
- January 4 – The Government of Spain hands over Ifni to Morocco.
- January 5 – The Soviet Union launches Venera 5 toward Venus.
- January 6 – The final passenger train traverses the Waverley Line, which subsequently closes to passengers.
- January 10 – the Soviet Union launches Venera 6 toward Venus.
- January 12
- January 14
- January 15 – The Soviet Union launches Soyuz 5, which docks with Soyuz 4 for a transfer of crew.
- January 16 – Student Jan Palach sets himself on fire in Prague's Wenceslas Square to protest the Soviet invasion of Czechoslovakia; 3 days later he dies.
- January 18 – In Washington, D.C., the Smithsonian displays the art of Winslow Homer for 6 weeks.
- January 20
- January 26 – Elvis Presley steps into American Studios in Memphis, Tennessee, recording "Long Black Limousine", thus beginning the recording of what becomes his landmark comeback sessions for the albums From Elvis in Memphis and Back in Memphis. The sessions yield the popular and critically acclaimed singles "Suspicious Minds", "In the Ghetto", and "Kentucky Rain".
- January 27
- Fourteen men, 9 of them Jews, are executed in Baghdad for spying for Israel.
- Reverend Ian Paisley, Northern Irish Unionist leader and founder of the Free Presbyterian Church of Ulster is jailed for three months for illegal assembly.
- The present-day Hetch Hetchy Moccasin Powerhouse, rated at 100,000 KVA, is completed and placed in operation.
- January 28 – A blow-out on Union Oil's Platform spills 80,000 to 100,000 barrels of crude oil into a channel and onto the beaches of Santa Barbara County in Southern California, inspiring Wisconsin Senator Gaylord Nelson to organize the first Earth Day in 1970.
- January 30 – The Beatles give their last public performance, filming several tracks on the roof of Apple Records, London.
- March 2
- March 3
- March 4 - Jim Morrison is arrested in Florida for indecent exposure during a Doors-concert three days earlier.
- March 10
- March 13 – Apollo program: Apollo 9 returns safely to Earth after testing the Lunar Module.
- March 17
- March 18 – Operation Breakfast, the secret bombing of Cambodia, begins.
- March 19
- British paratroopers and Marines land on the island of Anguilla.
- A 385 metres (1,263 ft) tall TV mast at Emley Moor, UK, collapses due to ice build-up.
- March 20 – John Lennon and Yoko Ono are married at Gibraltar, and proceed to their honeymoon "Bed-In" for peace in Amsterdam.
- March 22 – The landmark art exhibition When Attitudes become Form, curated by Harald Szeemann, opens at the Kunsthalle Bern in Bern, Switzerland.
- March 29 – The Eurovision Song Contest 1969 is held in Madrid, and results in four co-winners, with 18 votes each, from Spain, the United Kingdom, the Netherlands, and France.
- March 30 – The body of former United States General and President Dwight D. Eisenhower is brought by caisson to the United States Capitol to lie in state in the Capitol Rotunda; Eisenhower had died two days earlier, after a long illness, in the Walter Reed Army Medical Center, Washington, D.C.
- May 10
- May 13 – May 13 Incident: Race riots occur in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
- May 14 – Colonel Muammar Gaddafi visits Mecca, Saudi Arabia.
- May 15 – An American teenager known as 'Robert R.' dies in St. Louis, Missouri, of a baffling medical condition. In 1984 it will be identified as the first confirmed case of HIV/AIDS in North America.
- May 16 – Venera program: Venera 5, a Soviet spaceprobe, lands on Venus.
- May 17 – Venera program: Soviet probe Venera 6 begins to descend into Venus' atmosphere, sending back atmospheric data before being crushed by pressure.
- May 18 – Apollo program: Apollo 10 (Tom Stafford, Gene Cernan, John Young) is launched, on the full dress-rehearsal for the Moon landing.
- May 20 – United States National Guard helicopters spray skin-stinging powder on anti-war protesters in California.
- May 21 – Rosariazo: Civil unrest breaks out in Rosario, Argentina, following the death of a 15-year-old student.
- May 22 – Apollo program: Apollo 10's lunar module flies to within 15,400 m of the Moon's surface.
- May 25 – Midnight Cowboy, an X-rated, Oscar-winning John Schlesinger film, is released.
- May 26
- The Andean Pact (Andean Group) is established.
- Apollo program: Apollo 10 returns to Earth, after a successful 8-day test of all the components needed for the upcoming first manned Moon landing.
- May 26–June 2 – John Lennon and Yoko Ono conduct their second Bed-In. The follow-up to the Amsterdam event is held at the Queen Elizabeth Hotel in Montreal, Quebec. Lennon composes and records the song Give Peace a Chance during the Bed-In.
- May 29
- May 30 – Riots in Curaçao mark the start of an Afro-Caribbean civil rights movement on the island.
- July 1
- July 3 – Brian Jones, musician and founder of The Rolling Stones, drowns in his swimming pool at his home in Sussex, England.
- July 4 – Michael Mageau and Darlene Ferrin are shot at Blue Rock Springs in California. They are the second (known) victims of the Zodiac Killer. Mageau survives the attack while Ferrin is pronounced dead-on-arrival at Kaiser Foundation Hospital - Richmond.
- July 5 – Tom Mboya, Kenyan Minister of Development, is assassinated.
- July 6 – Francisco Franco orders the closing of the border and communications between Gibraltar and Spain in response to the 1967 Gibraltar sovereignty referendum.
- July 7 – French is made equal to English throughout the Canadian national government.
- July 8 – Vietnam War: The very first U.S. troop withdrawals are made.
- July 10 – Donald Crowhurst's trimaran Teignmouth Electron is found drifting and unoccupied. It is assumed that Crowhurst might have committed suicide.
- July 14
- Football War: After Honduras loses a soccer game against El Salvador, rioting breaks out in Honduras against Salvadoran migrant workers. Of the 300,000 Salvadoran workers in Honduras, tens of thousands are expelled, prompting a brief Salvadoran invasion of Honduras. The OAS works out a cease-fire on July 18, which takes effect on July 20.
- The Act of Free Choice commences in Merauke, West Irian.
- The United States' $500, $1,000, $5,000 and $10,000 bills are officially withdrawn from circulation.
- July 16 – Apollo program: Apollo 11 (Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin, Michael Collins) lifts off toward the first landing on the Moon.
- July 18 – Chappaquiddick incident – Edward M. Kennedy drives off a bridge on his way home from a party on Chappaquiddick Island, Massachusetts. Mary Jo Kopechne, a former campaign aide to his brother, dies in the early morning hours of July 19 in the submerged car.
- July 19
- John Fairfax lands in Hollywood Beach, Florida near Miami and becomes the first person to row across an ocean solo, after 180 days spent at sea on board 25' ocean rowboat 'Britannia' (left Gran Canaria on January 20, 1969).
- July 20 – Apollo program: The lunar module Eagle lands on the lunar surface. An estimated 500 million people worldwide watch in awe as Neil Armstrong takes his historic first steps on the Moon at 10:56 pm ET (02:56 UTC July 21), the largest television audience for a live broadcast at that time.
- July 22 – Spanish dictator and head of state Francisco Franco appoints Prince Juan Carlos his successor.
- July 24
- The Apollo 11 astronauts return from the first successful Moon landing, and are placed in biological isolation for several days, on the chance they may have brought back lunar germs. The airless lunar environment is later determined to preclude microscopic life.
- The Soviet Union returns Gerald Brooke to the United Kingdom in exchange for spies Peter and Helen Kroger (Morris and Lona Cohen).
- July 25 – Vietnam War: U.S. President Richard Nixon declares the Nixon Doctrine, stating that the United States now expects its Asian allies to take care of their own military defense. This starts the "Vietnamization" of the war.
- July 26 – The New York Chapter of the Young Lords is founded.
- July 30 – Vietnam War: U.S. President Richard Nixon makes an unscheduled visit to South Vietnam, meeting with President Nguyễn Văn Thiệu and U.S. military commanders.
- July 31 – The halfpenny ceases to be legal tender in the UK.
- August 4 – Vietnam War: At the apartment of French intermediary Jean Sainteny in Paris, U.S. representative Henry Kissinger and North Vietnamese representative Xuan Thuy begin secret peace negotiations. They eventually fail since both sides cannot agree to any terms.
- August 5 – Mariner program: Mariner 7 makes its closest fly-by of Mars (3,524 kilometers) and proto-punk band The Stooges releases their homonym debut album.
- August 8
- August 9
- The Haunted Mansion attraction opens at Disneyland California. Later versions open in Florida, Tokyo and Paris.
- Followers of Charles Manson murder Sharon Tate, (who was 8 months pregnant), and her friends: Folgers coffee heiress Abigail Folger, Wojciech Frykowski, and Hollywood hairstylist Jay Sebring at the home of Tate and her husband, Roman Polanski, in Los Angeles. Also killed is Steven Parent, leaving from a visit to the Polanski's caretaker. More than 100 stab wounds are found on the victims, except for Parent, who had been shot almost as soon as the Manson Family entered the property.
- August 10 – The Manson Family kills Leno and Rosemary LaBianca, wealthy Los Angeles businessman and his wife.
- August 12 – Violence erupts after the Apprentice Boys of Derry march in Derry, Northern Ireland, resulting in a three-day communal riot known as the Battle of the Bogside.
- August 13 – Serious border clashes occur between the Soviet Union and the People's Republic of China.
- August 14 – British troops are deployed in Northern Ireland following the three-day Battle of the Bogside.
- August 15 – Captain D's is founded as "Mr. D’s Seafood and Hamburgers" by Ray Danner with its first location opening in Donelson, Tennessee.
- August 15–August 18 – The Woodstock Festival is held in upstate New York, featuring some of the top rock musicians of the era.
- August 17 – Category 5 Hurricane Camille, the most powerful tropical cyclonic system at landfall in history, hits the Mississippi coast, killing 248 people and causing US$1.5 billion in damage (1969 dollars).
- August 20 – Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument is established in Florissant, CO, USA
- August 21
- September 1 – A coup in Libya ousts King Idris, and brings Colonel Muammar Gaddafi to power.
- September 2
- September 5 – Lieutenant William Calley is charged with 6 counts of premeditated murder, for the 1968 My Lai Massacre deaths of 109 Vietnamese civilians in My Lai, Vietnam.
- September 9 – Allegheny Airlines Flight 853 DC-9 collides in flight with a Piper PA-28, and crashes near Fairland, Indiana, killing all 83 persons in both aircraft.
- September 13 – The first-ever episode of Scooby-Doo, Where Are You! is broadcast on CBS: "What a Night for a Knight".
- September 20 – The very last theatrical Warner Bros. cartoon is released: the Merrie Melodies short Injun Trouble.
- September 22 – San Francisco Giant Willie Mays becomes the first player since Babe Ruth to hit 600 career home runs.
- September 22 – September 25 – An Islamic conference in Rabat, Morocco, following the al-Aqsa Mosque fire (August 21), condemns the Israeli claim of ownership of Jerusalem.
- September 23
- September 24 – The Chicago Eight trial begins in Chicago, Illinois.
- September 25 – The Organisation of the Islamic Conference is founded.
- September 26
- The Beatles release their Abbey Road album, receiving critical praise and enormous commercial success.
- The Brady Bunch is broadcast for the first time on ABC.
- September 28 – The Social Democrats and the Free Democrats receive a majority of votes in the German parliamentary elections, and decide to form a common government.
- November 3
- Vietnam War: U.S. President Richard Nixon addresses the nation on television and radio, asking the "silent majority" to join him in solidarity with the Vietnam War effort, and to support his policies. Vice President Spiro Agnew denounces the President's critics as 'an effete corps of impudent snobs' and 'nattering nabobs of negativism'.
- Süleyman Demirel of AP forms the new government of Turkey (31st government).
- November 9 – A group of American Indians, led by Richard Oakes, seizes Alcatraz Island for 19 months, inspiring a wave of renewed Indian pride and government reform.
- November 10 – Sesame Street is broadcast for the first time, on the National Educational Television (NET) network.
- November 12 – Vietnam War – My Lai Massacre: Independent investigative journalist Seymour Hersh breaks the My Lai story.
- November 14 – Apollo program: NASA launches Apollo 12 (Pete Conrad, Richard Gordon, Alan Bean), the second manned mission to the Moon.
- November 15
- November 17 – Cold War: Negotiators from the Soviet Union and the United States meet in Helsinki, to begin the SALT I negotiations aimed at limiting the number of strategic weapons on both sides.
- November 19
- November 20
- November 21
- November 24 – Apollo program: The Apollo 12 spacecraft splashes down safely in the Pacific Ocean, ending the second manned mission to the Moon.
- November 25 – John Lennon returns his MBE medal to protest the British government's involvement in the Nigerian Civil War.
- January 2
- January 3 – Michael Schumacher, German race car driver
- January 5 – Marilyn Manson, American rock musician
- January 6 – Norman Reedus, American actor
- January 8 – Jeff Abercrombie, American rock musician (Fuel)
- January 11 – Kyōko Hikami, Japanese voice actress
- January 13 – Stephen Hendry, British snooker player
- January 14
- January 15 – Meret Becker, German actress and musician
- January 16
- January 17
- January 18 – Dave Bautista, American actor, professional mixed martial artist and professional wrestler
- January 19 – Junior Seau, American NFL player (d. 2012)
- January 20 – Patrick K. Kroupa, American writer, hacker
- January 27
- January 28 – Kathryn Morris, American actress
- January 29 – Hyde, Japanese rock musician, singer and guitarist
- March 1
- March 4
- March 7 – Todd Williams, American long-distance runner
- March 10 – Paget Brewster, American actress
- March 11
- March 12
- March 13 – Susanna Mälkki, Finnish conductor
- March 15
- March 16 – Markus Lanz, German-Italian television presenter
- March 17 – Alexander McQueen, British fashion designer (d. 2010)
- March 18 – Vassily Ivanchuk, Ukrainian chess grandmaster
- March 19
- March 20 – Kenneth Keith Kallenbach, American comedian (d. 2008)
- March 21
- March 24 – Stephan Eberharter, Austrian alpine skier
- March 25 – Jeffrey Walker, English musician
- March 27 – Pauley Perrette, American actress
- March 28
- March 29 – Chiaki Ishikawa, Japanese singer (See-Saw)
- March 31 – Samantha Brown, American television host
- April 1 – Fadl Shaker, Lebanese singer
- April 2 – Ajay Devgn, Bollywood actor
- April 3 – Lance Storm, Canadian professional wrestler
- April 6
- April 9 – Debbie Schlussel, political commentator and film critic
- April 10 – Billy Jayne, American actor
- April 11
- April 12 – Michael Jackson, former NFL wide receiver
- April 17 – Henry Ian Cusick, Peruvian actor
- April 19
- April 20 – Marietta Slomka, German journalist
- April 21 – Toby Stephens, English actor
- April 22 – Dion Dublin, English footballer
- April 25
- May 1 – Wes Anderson, American director, producer, screenwriter and actor
- May 2 – Brian Lara, West Indian cricketer
- May 3 – Daryl F. Mallett, American author and actor
- May 4
- May 5 – Hideki Irabu, Japanese baseball player (d. 2011)
- May 6 – Jim Magilton, Northern Irish footballer
- May 7 – Eagle Eye Cherry, Swedish-born musician
- May 9 – Amber, Dutch musician
- May 10 – Dennis Bergkamp, Dutch soccer player
- May 12 – Kevin Nalty, American YouTube comedian
- May 13
- May 14
- May 15
- May 16
- May 18 – Martika, American singer
- May 21 – Georgiy R. Gongadze, Ukrainian journalist (d. 2000)
- May 25
- May 26
- May 28 – Rob Ford, Canadian politician
- July 3 – Gedeon Burkhard, German actor
- July 4 – Jordan Sonnenblick, American teacher and novelist
- July 5 – John LeClair, American hockey player
- July 7
- July 8 – Sugizo, Japanese guitarist and singer
- July 10
- July 11 – David Tao, Taiwanese singer-songwriter
- July 13 – Ken Jeong, American actor, comedian and physician
- July 16 – Sahra Wagenknecht, German politician
- July 18 – Masanori Murakawa, Japanese wrestler
- July 20 – Josh Holloway, American actor
- July 21
- July 22 – Despina Vandi, Greek singer
- July 24 – Jennifer Lopez, American actress and singer
- July 26 – Tanni Grey-Thompson, born Carys Grey, British Paralympian
- July 27
- July 28
- July 29 – Timothy Omundson, American actor
- July 30
- July 31 – Antonio Conte, Italian football player and manager
- August 2
- August 4 – Max Cavalera, Brazilian musician and singer (Soulfly)
- August 5 – Graham Elwood, American comedian and game show host
- August 6 – Elliott Smith, American musician (d. 2003)
- August 8
- August 9 – Troy Percival, American baseball player
- August 10 – Brian Drummond, Canadian voice actor
- August 11
- August 12 – Tanita Tikaram, German-born British singer-songwriter
- August 13 – Midori Ito, Japanese figure skater
- August 15
- August 17 – Donnie Wahlberg, American singer (New Kids on the Block)
- August 18
- August 19
- August 21 – Oliver Geissen, German television presenter
- August 28 – Jack Black, American actor and musician
- August 29
- Lucero, Mexican singer and actress
- Joe Swail, Northern Irish snooker player
- September 2
- September 3 – Robert Karlsson, Swedish golfer
- September 5 – Dweezil Zappa, American actor and musician
- September 7
- September 8 – Gary Speed, Welsh footballer and manager (d. 2011)
- September 9 – Rachel Hunter, New Zealand model and actress
- September 10 – Ai Jing, Chinese singer
- September 11 – Crystal Lewis, American Christian musician
- September 12
- September 13 – Shane Warne, Australian cricketer
- September 14 – Bong Joon-ho, South Korean screenwriter and film director
- September 17 – Ken Doherty, Irish snooker player
- September 19 – Michael Symon, American chef and television personality
- September 23 – Mahir Çağrı, Turkish Internet celebrity
- September 24
- September 25
- September 26
- September 29 – Erika Eleniak, American model and actress
- October 1
- October 2
- October 3
- October 5 – Elizabeth Azcona Bocock, Honduran politician
- October 6 – Ogün Temizkanoğlu, Turkish football player
- October 7
- October 8 – Julia Ann, American porn actress
- October 9
- October 10 – Brett Favre, American football player
- October 12 – Judit Mascó, Spanish model, television host and writer
- October 13
- October 14
- October 17
- October 19, Trey Parker, American voice actor, comedian, screenwriter, composer, director and producer
- October 20
- October 21
- October 24
- October 25
- October 29 – Ha Hee-ra, Korean actress
- October 30
- November 1 - Diane Parish, English actress
- November 2 – Reginald Arvizu (aka Fieldy Snuts), American bassist
- November 3 – Robert Miles, Swiss-Italian record producer and DJ
- November 4
- November 7
- November 8 – Roxana Zal, American actress
- November 9
- November 10
- November 11 – Carson Kressley, American fashion expert
- November 12
- November 13
- November 17
- November 18
- November 19 – Ertuğrul Sağlam, Turkish football coach and former player
- November 20 – Sakura, Japanese musician
- November 21 – Ken Griffey, Jr., American baseball player
- November 23 – Robin Padilla, Filipino actor
- November 24 – David Adeang, Nauruan politician
- November 28 – Lexington Steele, American actor and film director
- November 29
- December 3 – Bill Steer, English musician
- December 4 – Jay-Z, African-American rapper
- December 5 – Alex Kapp Horner, American actress
- December 7 – Suhail A. Khan, American activist
- December 8 – Kerry Earnhardt, American race car driver
- December 9 – Jakob Dylan, American singer-songwriter (The Wallflowers)
- December 11
- December 13 – Hideo Ishikawa, Japanese voice actor
- December 14 – Archie Kao, Chinese-American film and television actor
- December 15 – Rick Law, American illustrator and producer
- December 16 – Michelle Smith, Irish swimmer
- December 17 – Chuck Liddell, American mixed martial arts fighter
- December 18
- December 19
- December 20 – Chisa Yokoyama, Japanese voice actress
- December 21
- December 23
- December 24
- Brad Anderson, American wrestler
- Milan Blagojevic, Australian soccer player
- Pernille Fischer Christensen, Danish film director
- Taro Goto, Japanese soccer player
- Stephen Shaun Griffiths, English serial killer
- Leavander Johnson, American lightweight boxer (d. 2005)
- Ryuji Kato, Japanese soccer player
- Nick Love, English film director and writer
- Miyuki Matsushita, Japanese voice actress
- Clinton McKinnon, American musician
- Sean Cameron Michael, South African actor and singer
- Ed Miliband, English academic and politician, Minister for the Cabinet Office
- Mark Millar, Scottish author
- Luis Musrri, Chilean soccer player
- Mariko Shiga, Japanese voice actress (d. 1989)
- Oleg Skripochka, Russian cosmonaut
- Gintaras Staučė, Lithuanian soccer player
- Chen Yueling, American race walker
- Jonathan Zittrain, American professor
- Michael Zucchet, American economist and politician, Mayor of San Diego
- December 25 – Nicolas Godin, French musician (Air)
- December 28 – Linus Torvalds, Finnish computer programmer
- December 29 – George Fisher, (aka "CorpseGrinder"), American musician
- December 30 – Jason Kay, English singer (Jamiroquai)
- December 31 – Dominik Diamond, Scottish presenter and newspaper columnist
- Daisy and Violet Hilton, English conjoined twin actresses (b. 1908; bodies discovered on January 4, 1969)
- January 1 – Barton MacLane, American actor (b. 1902)
- January 2 – Gilbert Miller(aka Gilbert Heron) American theatrical producer (b. 1884)
- January 3 – Howard McNear, American actor (b. 1905)
- January 4 – William M. Zachacki, Americam politician (b. 1913)
- January 8 – Albert Hill, British athlete (b. 1889)
- January 16 – Vernon Duke, Russian-American songwriter (b. 1903)
- January 19 – Jan Palach, Czech student protester (suicide) (b. 1948)
- January 25 – Irene Castle, English dancer (b. 1893)
- January 27 – Charles Winninger, American actor (b. 1884)
- January 29 – Allen Dulles, American director of the Central Intelligence Agency (b. 1893)
- January 30 – Georges Pire, Belgian monk, recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize (b. 1910)
- January 31 – Meher Baba, Indian spiritual master (b. 1894)
- February 2 – Boris Karloff, English actor (b. 1887)
- February 3 – Eduardo Mondlane, Mozambican FRELIMO leader (assassinated) (b. 1920)
- February 5 – Conrad Hilton, Jr., American heir and socialite (b. 1926)
- February 9 – George "Gabby" Hayes, American actor (b. 1885)
- February 12 – Paltiel Daykan, Russian-born Israeli jurist (b. 1885)
- February 13 – Florence Mary Taylor, Australia's first female architect (b. 1879)
- February 14 – Thelma Ritter, American actress (b. 1902)
- February 15 – Pee Wee Russell, American jazz musician (b. 1906)
- February 20 – Ernest Ansermet, Swiss conductor (b. 1883)
- February 23 – King Saud of Saudi Arabia (b. 1902)
- February 26
- February 27 – John Boles, American actor (b. 1895)
- May 1 – Ella Logan, American actress (b. 1913)
- May 2 – Franz von Papen, Chancellor of Germany (b. 1879)
- May 3
- May 4 – Osbert Sitwell, English writer (b. 1892)
- May 14
- May 15 – Robert R., American HIV/AIDS victim (b. 1953)
- May 19 – Coleman Hawkins, American musician (b. 1904)
- May 20 – Fred Sherman, American actor (b. 1905)
- May 23 – Jimmy McHugh, American composer (b. 1894)
- May 24 – Mitzi Green, American actress (b. 1920)
- May 27 – Jeffrey Hunter, American actor (b. 1926)
- May 28 – Rhys Williams, Welsh actor (b. 1897)
- June 1 – Ivar Ballangrud, Norwegian Olympic speed skater (b. 1904)
- June 2 – Leo Gorcey, American actor (b. 1917)
- June 4 – Rafael Osuna, Mexican tennis champion (b. 1938)
- June 8 – Robert Taylor, American actor (b. 1911)
- June 13 – Martita Hunt, British actress (b. 1899)
- June 16 – Harold Alexander, British WWII Field Marshal (b. 1891)
- June 19 – Natalie Talmadge, American actress (b. 1898)
- June 21 – Maureen Connolly, American tennis player (b. 1934)
- June 22 – Judy Garland, American actress and singer (b. 1922)
- June 24 – Willy Ley, German science writer and space advocate (b. 1906)
- June 29 – Moise Tshombe, Congolese politician (b. 1919)
- December 2 – José María Arguedas, Peruvian novelist, poet, and anthropologist (b. 1911).
- December 3 – Ruth White, American actress (b. 1914)
- December 4
- December 5
- December 7 – Eric Portman, English actor (b. 1901)
- December 12 – Magic Sam, American musician (b. 1937)
- December 13
- December 17 – Artur da Costa e Silva, Brazilian marshal and statesman, 27th President of Brazil (b. 1899)
- December 21 – Georges Catroux, French Army general and colonial governor (b. 1877)
- December 22
- December 24
- December 29 – Ricardo de la Guardia, former President of Panama (b. 1899)
- December 31 – Joseph Yablonski, murdered American labor leader (b. 1910)