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1996 (MCMXCVI) was a leap year starting on Monday (dominical letter GF) of the Gregorian calendar, the 1996th year of the Common Era (CE) and Anno Domini (AD) designations, the 996th year of the 2nd millennium, the 96th year of the 20th century, and the 7th year of the 1990s decade.
1996 was designated as:
- International Year for the Eradication of Poverty
- January 1 – Fahd of Saudi Arabia temporarily gives power to Crown Prince Abdullah, his legal successor, due to illness.
- January 3 – Motorola introduces the Motorola StarTAC Wearable Cellular Telephone, the world's smallest and lightest mobile phone to date.
- January 4 – Hosni Mubarak, the president of Egypt, appoints a new government in response to accusations of corruption in the parliamentary elections in late 1995.
- January 5 – Hamas operative Yahya Ayyash is assassinated by an Israeli Shabak-planted, bomb-laden cell phone.
- January 7 – One of the worst blizzards in American history hits the eastern states, killing more than 150 people. Philadelphia receives a record 30.7 inches (78 cm) of snowfall, New York City's public schools close for the first time in 18 years and the federal government in Washington, D.C. is closed for days.
- January 8 – A Zairean cargo plane crashes into a crowded market in the center of the capital Kinshasa, killing 300.
- January 9–January 20 – Serious fighting breaks out between Russian soldiers and rebel fighters in Chechnya.
- January 11 – Ryutaro Hashimoto, leader of the Liberal Democratic Party, becomes Prime Minister of Japan.
- January 13 – Italy's prime minister, Lamberto Dini, resigns after the failure of all-party talks to confirm him. New talks are initiated by president Oscar Luigi Scalfaro to form a new government.
- January 14 – Jorge Sampaio is elected president of Portugal.
- January 15 – Amber Hagerman, a 9-year-old American child victim and namesake for the AMBER Alert system, is murdered in Arlington, Texas.
- January 16 – President of Sierra Leone Valentine Strasser is deposed by the chief of defence, Julius Maada Bio. Bio promises to restore power following elections scheduled for February.
- January 19
- The North Cape oil spill occurs as an engine fire forces the tugboat Scandia ashore on Moonstone Beach in South Kingstown, Rhode Island. The North Cape Barge is pulled along with it and leaks 820,000 gallons of home heating oil.
- An Indonesian ferry sinks off the northern tip of Sumatra, drowning more than 100 people.
- January 20 – Yasser Arafat is re-elected president of the Palestinian Authority.
- February 4 – The 6.6 Mw earthquake near Lijiang in southwest China kills up to 322 people, injures 17,000, and leaves three-hundred thousand homeless.
- February 6 – Birgenair Flight 301, on an unauthorised charter flight from the Caribbean to Germany, crashes into the Atlantic Ocean off the coast of the Dominican Republic, killing all 189 passengers and crew.
- February 7 – René Préval succeeds Jean-Bertrand Aristide as president of Haiti, in the first peaceful handover of power since the nation achieved independence.
- February 8 – An IRA ceasefire ends with the Docklands bombing in London's Canary Wharf District, killing 2 and causing over £85 million worth of damage.
- February 9 – The element copernicium is created by fusing a 208Pb nucleus with a 70Zn nucleus, forming 278Cn. Given the placeholder name "ununbium", the element is not named until 2010.
- February 10
- February 14 – Violent clashes erupt between Filipino soldiers and Vietnamese boat people, as the Philippines government attempts to forcibly repatriate hundreds of Vietnamese asylum seekers.
- February 15
- In southwest Wales, the oil tanker Sea Empress runs aground, spilling 73,000 tonnes (72,000 long tons; 80,000 short tons) of crude oil, killing many birds.
- The U.S. Embassy in Athens, Greece, comes under mortar fire.
- A Long March 3 rocket at the Xichang Satellite Launch Center in China crashes into a rural village after liftoff, killing as many as 50.
- Begum Khaleda Zia is reelected as prime minister of Bangladesh. The country's second democratic election is marred by low voter turnout, due to several boycotts and pre-election violence, which result in at least 13 deaths.
- The UK government publishes the Scott Report.
- March 1 – Iraq disarmament crisis: Iraqi forces refuse UNSCOM inspection teams access to 5 sites designated for inspection. The teams enter the sites only after delays of up to 17 hours.
- March 2
- March 3 – José María Aznar, leader of the Popular Party, is elected prime minister of Spain, replacing Felipe González.
- March 3–March 4 – Two more suicide bombs explode in Israel, killing 32. The Yahya Ayyash Units admit responsibility, and Palestinian president Yasser Arafat condemns the killings in a televised address. Israel warns of retaliation.
- March 6
- Mesut Yılmaz, of ANAP forms the new government of Turkey (53rd government).
- A boat carrying market traders capsizes outside Freetown harbour, in Sierra Leone, killing at least 86.
- Chechen rebels attack the Russian government headquarters in Grozny; 70 Russian soldiers and policemen and 130 Chechen fighters are killed.
- March 8 – The People's Republic of China begins surface-to-surface missile testing and military exercises off Taiwanese coastal areas. The United States government condemns the act as provocation, and the Taiwanese government warns of retaliation.
- March 9 – Jorge Sampaio is the new Portuguese president.
- March 11 – John Howard is sworn in as the new Prime Minister of Australia.
- March 13 – Dunblane massacre: Unemployed former shopkeeper Thomas Hamilton walks into the Dunblane Primary School in Scotland and opens fire, killing 16 infant school pupils and one teacher before fatally shooting himself.
- March 14 – An international peace summit is held in Egypt, in response to escalating terrorist attacks in the Middle East.
- March 16 – Robert Mugabe is reelected president of Zimbabwe, although only 32 percent of the electorate actually voted.
- March 17 – Sri Lanka wins the Cricket World Cup by beating Australia in a disappointing final.
- March 18 – The Ozone Disco Club fire in Quezon City, Philippines kills 163.
- March 20 – The British government announces that Bovine spongiform encephalopathy has been likely transmitted to people.
- March 22 – Sweden`s Finance Minister Göran Persson becomes his homeland`s new Prime Minister.
- March 23 – The Republic of China (Taiwan) holds its first direct elections for president; Lee Teng-hui is re-elected.
- March 24
- March 25
- March 26 – The International Monetary Fund approves a $10.2 billion loan to Russia for economic reform.
- March 28
- Fire breaks out at the Pasar Anyar shopping centre in Bogor, West Java. The first death toll estimate is 78 until rescuers notice that 68 of them are mannequins.
- Three British soldiers are found guilty of the manslaughter of Danish tour guide Louise Jensen in Cyprus. Allan Ford, Justin Fowler and Geoffrey Pernell receive life sentences for the September, 1994 rape/murder.
- May – Iraq disarmament crisis: UNSCOM supervises the destruction of Al-Hakam, Iraq's main production facility of biological warfare agents.
- May 4 – A Sudanese Federal Airlines jet crashes on a domestic flight in a severe dust storm, while making an emergency landing 325 kilometres northeast of Khartoum, killing all 53 passengers and crew.
- May 8 – The Keck II telescope is dedicated in Hawaii.
- May 9
- May 10
- May 11 – After takeoff from Miami, a fire started by improperly handled oxygen canisters in the cargo hold of Atlanta-bound ValuJet Flight 592, causes the Douglas DC-9 to crash in the Florida Everglades, killing all 110 on board.
- May 13 – Severe thunderstorms and a tornado in Bangladesh kill 600.
- May 15 – Nine hostages held by the Free Papua Organization in Irian Jaya are rescued after an operation by the Indonesian military; 2 other hostages are later found dead.
- May 17–28 – Atal Bihari Vajpayee, leader of the Bharatiya Janata Party, is elected the new prime minister of India, replacing P. V. Narasimha Rao of the Indian National Congress. However, the party does not receive an overall majority and Vajpayee resigns 13 days later rather than face a no confidence vote, and is replaced by the United Front, led Deve Gowda.
- May 18 – The X Prize Foundation launches the $10 million Ansari X Prize, which is won in 2004, by Burt Rutan's SpaceShipOne.
- May 20 – Gay rights – Romer v. Evans: The Supreme Court of the United States rules against a law that prevents any city, town or county in the state of Colorado from taking any legislative, executive, or judicial action to protect the rights of homosexuals.
- May 21
- May 23
- May 27 – First Chechnya War: Russian President Boris Yeltsin meets with Chechnyan rebels for the first time and negotiates a cease-fire in the war.
- May 28 – Albania's general election of May 26 is declared unfair by international monitors, and the ruling Democratic Party under President Sali Berisha is charged by the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe with rigging the elections. Several hundred protestors gather in Tirana to demonstrate against the election result.
- May 30
- May 31 – FIFA decides to give the FIFA World Cup 2002, the first World Cup in Asia, to Japan and South Korea, becoming the first World Cup with co-host countries in the history of the event.
- July 1
- July 2 – In Los Angeles, Lyle and Erik Menendez are sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole.
- July 3 – Boris Yeltsin is reelected as President of Russia after the second round of elections.
- July 5 – Dolly the sheep, the first mammal to be successfully cloned from an adult cell, is born at the Roslin Institute in Midlothian, Scotland.
- July 8 – Martina Hingis becomes the youngest person in history (age 15 years and 282 days) to win at Wimbledon in the Ladies' Doubles event.
- July 10 – Harriet the Spy, the first movie made by Nickelodeon Movies, premieres in theaters.
- July 11 – Arrest warrants are issued for Bosnian Serb war criminals Radovan Karadžić and Ratko Mladić by the Russell Tribunal in The Hague.
- July 12 – Hurricane Bertha: made landfall in North Carolina as a Category 2 storm, causing $270 million in damage ($407 million in present-day terms) to the United States and its possessions and many indirect deaths.
- July 13 – A Republican Sinn Féin bomb explodes outside of a hotel in Enniskillen, Northern Ireland, disrupting a wedding reception and injuring 17 people.
- July 16 – An outbreak of E. coli food poisoning in Japan results in 6,000 children being ill, including two deaths, after a group of school children eat contaminated lunches.
- July 17
- July 18 – Howard Hughes is sentenced to life imprisonment at Chester Crown Court for the rape and murder of 7-year-old Sophie Hook at Llandudno 12 months previously. The trial judge recommends that Hughes, 31, should never be released. However, the Home Secretary set his minimum term at 50 years in 2002, meaning he is eligible for parole in 2046.
- July 19
- July 21 – The Saguenay Flood, one of Canada's most costly natural disasters, is caused by flooding on the Saguenay River in Quebec.
- July 24 – The Dehiwala train bombing kills 56 commuters outside Colombo.
- July 25 – The Tutsi-led Burundian army performs a coup and reinstalls previous president Pierre Buyoya, ousting current president Sylvestre Ntibantunganya.
- July 27 – The Centennial Olympic Park bombing at the 1996 Summer Olympics kills 1 and injures 111.
- July 29 – The child protection portion of the Communications Decency Act (1996) is struck down as too broad by a U.S. federal court.
The electron microscope revealed chain structures in meteorite fragment ALH84001
- August 1
- August 4 – The 1996 Summer Olympics conclude.
- August 6
- August 7 – Heavy rains kill more than 80 campers near Huesca, Spain.
- August 9 – Boris Yeltsin is sworn in at the Kremlin for a second term as President of Russia.
- August 11 – The British rock band Oasis plays the biggest free-standing concert in UK history at Knebworth, Hertfordshire.
- August 13 – Data sent back by the Galileo space probe indicates there may be water on one of Jupiter's moons.
- August 14 – A rocket ignited during a fireworks display in Arequipa, Peru knocks down a high-tension power cable into a dense crowd, electrocuting 35 people.
- August 15 – Bob Dole is nominated for President of the United States, and Jack Kemp for Vice President, at the Republican National Convention in San Diego, California.
- August 16
- Brookfield Zoo, Chicago. After a 3-year-old boy falls into the 20-foot (6.1 m) deep gorilla enclosure, Binti Jua, a female silverback gorilla sits with the injured boy until his rescue. Video of the ape's actions make her world famous.
- After having spent 378 days in a Taliban prison, the crew of Russian Il-76TD manage to overpower their guards, board their aircraft and fly to freedom (see: 1995 Airstan incident).
- August 18 The San Jose Mercury News publishes Gary Webb's three-part series on the Reagan CIA's role in crack cocaine importation to fund the Contras.
- August 20 – A thousands-large protest in Seoul, calling for reunification with North Korea, is broken up by riot police.
- August 21
- August 23 – Osama bin Laden writes "The Declaration of Jihad on the Americans Occupying the Country of the Two Sacred Places," a call for the removal of American military forces from Saudi Arabia.
- August 26
- August 28 – Their Royal Highnesses, the Prince and Princess of Wales, are formally divorced at the High Court of Justice in London. Her Royal Highness The Princess of Wales is restyled Diana, Princess of Wales, due to the Queen's letters patent issued a week earlier.
- August 29
- August 30 – The attempted raising of a 15-tonne section of the RMS Titanic fails, as 1,700 spectators, including survivors of the wreck, watch.
- August 31
- September 2 – A permanent peace agreement is signed at the Malacañan Palace between the Government of the Philippines and the Moro National Liberation Front.
- September 3 – The U.S. launches Operation Desert Strike against Iraq in reaction to the attack on Arbil.
- September 4 – The Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia attack a military base in Guaviare, Colombia, starting 3 weeks of guerrilla warfare that will claim the lives of at least 130 Colombians.
- September 5 – Hurricane Fran makes landfall near Cape Fear, North Carolina as a Category 3 storm with 115 mph (185 km/h) sustained winds. Fran caused over $3 billion in damages ($4.53 billion in present-day terms) and killed 27 people, mainly in North Carolina. The name "Fran" was retired due to the extensive damage.
- September 10 – Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty (CTBT) signed (it will be ratified 180 days after ratification by 44 Annex 2 countries).
- September 11 – Union Pacific finalizes its purchase of Southern Pacific that was effectively started almost a century before in 1901.
- September 12 - Ricardo López (stalker) sends a package, containing an acid bomb, to Icelandic singer Björk with the intention to kill or disfigure her, and then commits suicide. The package is intercepted by the Scotland Yard four days later, before doing any harm.
- September 13 – Alija Izetbegović is elected president of Bosnia and Herzegovina in the country's first election since the Bosnian War.
- September 18 – A North Korean Sang-O class submarine runs aground in South Korea. The crew are described as spies by the South Korean government and killed by the South Korean military.
- September 19 – The scoreboard at Buffalo's $127.5 million HSBC Arena falls to the ice just hours before a National Hockey League game; no one is injured.
- September 20 – Leader of Pakistani opposition party Pakistan Peoples Party Murtaza Bhutto is killed during a gun battle with police.
- September 20 – Tiger Cave Kiln discovered at Hangzhou in the Chinese province of Zhejiang.
- September 22 – The Panhellenic Socialist Movement under the leadership of Costas Simitis succeeds in the 1996 Greek legislative election.
- September 24 – U.S. President Bill Clinton signs the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty at the United Nations.
- September 25 – The last of the Magdalene asylums is closed in Ireland.
- September 27 – In Afghanistan, the Taliban capture the capital city of Kabul, after driving out President Burhanuddin Rabbani and executing former leader Mohammad Najibullah.
- September 30 – The United States Congress passes an amendment that bars anyone convicted of even misdemeanor level domestic violence from obtaining and possessing firearms.
- December 2
- December 5 – Federal Reserve Board Chairman Alan Greenspan gives a speech in which he suggests that "irrational exuberance" may have "unduly escalated asset values".
- December 9 – Jerry Rawlings is reelected president of Ghana.
- December 11 – Tung Chee-hwa is appointed to become the new leader of Hong Kong after it reverts to Chinese rule in 1997.
- December 12 – Uday Hussein is seriously injured in an assassination attempt.
- December 13 – Kofi Annan is elected by the United Nations Security Council the next Secretary-General of the United Nations.
- December 17 – The Túpac Amaru Revolutionary Movement takes 72 hostages in the Japanese Embassy in Lima, Peru.
- December 18 – The loi Carrez, or Carrez law governing property transactions, is enacted in France
- December 20 – Steve Jobs' company NeXT is bought by Apple Computer, the company co-founded by Jobs.
- December 25 – Six-year-old JonBenét Ramsey is murdered in the basement of her parents' home in Boulder, Colorado.
- December 26 – The largest strike in South Korean history begins.
- December 27 – Taliban forces retake the strategic Bagram Air Base, which solidifies their buffer zone around Kabul.
- December 29 – Guatemala and the leaders of the Guatemalan National Revolutionary Unity sign a peace accord that ends the 36-year Guatemalan Civil War.
- December 30
- In the Indian state of Assam, a passenger train is bombed by Bodo separatists, killing 26.
- Proposed budget cuts by Benjamin Netanyahu spark protests from 250,000 workers, who shut down services across Israel.
- December 31
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- January 1 – Andreas Pereira, Brazilian footballer
- January 2
- January 5 – Tyler Ulis, American basketball player
- January 6 – Kishan Shrikanth, Indian actor and director
- January 7 – Fu Yuanhui, Chinese swimmer
- January 10 – Anna Sztankovics, Hungarian swimmer
- January 11 – Leroy Sané, German footballer
- January 12 – Ella Henderson, British singer
- January 13
- January 15 – Dove Cameron, American actress
- January 16 – Anastasia Grishina, Russian artistic gymnast
- January 22 – Joshua Ho-Sang, Canadian ice hockey player
- January 23 – Chachi Gonzales, American dancer
- January 26
- January 31 – Joel Courtney, American actor
- March 1 – Ye Shiwen, Chinese swimmer
- March 4 – Timo Baumgartl, German footballer
- March 5
- March 6
- March 8 – Emil Imre, Romanian-born Hungarian short track speed skater
- March 9 – Giorgio Minisini, Italian synchronized swimmer
- March 16 – Anna Ovcharova, Russian/Swiss figure skater
- March 18 – Madeline Carroll, American actress
- March 19 – Feodosiy Efremenkov, Russian figure skater
- March 23 – Lauri Kivari, Finnish freestyle skier
- March 26 – Kathryn Bernardo, Filipina actress
- March 27 – Rosabell Laurenti Sellers, Italian-American actress
- March 28 – Xie Siyi, Chinese diver
- May 2 – Julian Brandt, German footballer
- May 3
- May 4 – Arielle Gold, American snowboarder
- May 5 – Britney Simpson, American figure skater
- May 6 – Dominic Scott Kay, American actor
- May 9 – Mary Mouser, American actress
- May 10 – Tyus Jones, American basketball player
- May 14 – Martin Garrix, Dutch DJ, composer, musician and producer
- May 15 – Birdy, English singer and songwriter
- May 17 – Ryan Ochoa, American actor
- May 19 – Lakshmi Menon, Indian film actress
- May 18 – Yuki Kadono, Japanese snowborder
- May 23 – Katharina Althaus, German ski jumper
- June 1 – Tom Holland, English actor
- June 3 – Han Tianyu, Chinese short track speed skater
- June 4 – Ruby Harrold, English artistic gymnast
- June 10 – Julian De La Celle, American actor
- June 11 – Hakeeb Adelakun, English footballer
- June 12 – Anna Margaret Collins, American singer, songwriter and actress
- June 13
- June 16 – Lily Zhang, American table tennis player
- June 18 – Alen Halilović, Croatian footballer
- June 19 – Larisa Iordache, Romanian artistic gymnast
- June 20 – Sam Bennett, Canadian ice hockey player
- June 22 – Kong Sangjeong, South Korean short track speed skater
- June 28 – Donna Vekić, Croatian tennis player
- August 1 – Cymphonique Miller, American actress and singer
- August 2 – Simone Manuel, American swimmer
- August 5 – Francesca Deagostini, Italian artistic gymnast
- August 7 – Liam James, Canadian actor
- August 10 – Jacob Latimore, American singer, actor and dancer
- August 13 – Antonia Lottner, German tennis player
- August 14 – Neal Maupay, French footballer
- August 22 – Jessica-Jane Applegate, British Paralympic swimmer
- August 24 – Kenzo Shirai, Japanese gymnast
- August 27
- August 30
- November 3 – Aria Wallace, American actress
- November 4
- November 7 – Lorde, New Zealand singer-songwriter
- November 9 – Nguyễn Thị Ánh Viên, Vietnamese swimmer
- November 11
- November 13 – Hiba Nawab, Indian television actress
- November 14 – Borna Ćorić, Croatian tennis player
- November 17 – Ruth Jebet, Kenyan-born Bahraini long-distance runner
- November 18 – Noah Ringer, American actor
- November 19 – Liliána Szilágyi, Hungarian swimmer
- November 22 – Madison Davenport, American actress and singer
- November 23
- November 26 – Louane Emera, French singer and actress
- March 2 – Lyle Talbot, American actor (b. 1902)
- March 3 – Marguerite Duras, French author and director (b. 1914)
- March 4 – Minnie Pearl, American comedian (b. 1912)
- March 5 – Whit Bissell, American actor (b. 1909)
- March 9 – George Burns, American actor and singer (b. 1896)
- March 10 – Ross Hunter, American film producer (b. 1926)
- March 11 – Vince Edwards, American actor (b. 1928)
- March 13 – Krzysztof Kieślowski, Polish film director (b. 1941)
- March 15 – Olga Rudge, American violinist (b. 1895)
- March 17
- March 18 – Odysseas Elytis, Greek writer, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1911)
- March 19 –
- March 25 – John Snagge, British radio personality (b. 1904)
- March 26
- March 29 – Frank Daniel, Czech-born writer, director, producer, teacher (b. 1926)
- March 31 – Jeffrey Lee Pierce, American musician (b. 1958)
- April 3
- April 4 – Barney Ewell, American athlete (b. 1918)
- April 6
- April 7– Colleen Clifford, British-born Australian actress (b. 1898)
- April 8
- April 11 – Jessica Dubroff plane crash while attempting to be the youngest person to fly across the United States (b. 1988)
- April 12 – Fred Alexander (historian), Australian historian (b. 1899)
- April 16 – Lucille Bremer, American actress and dancer (b. 1917)
- April 18 – Ronald Davies, American judge (b. 1904)
- April 20 – Christopher Robin Milne, English author and bookseller (b. 1920)
- April 21 – Dzhokhar Dudayev, Soviet-born Chechen politician and President of Ichkeria (1991–1996) (b. 1944)
- April 22 – Erma Bombeck, American humorist and writer (b. 1927)
- April 23 – P. L. Travers, Australian-born British actress, journalist, novelist and writer (b. 1899)
- April 25 – Saul Bass, American graphic designer (b. 1920)
- April 26
- April 28 – T. H. Clark, Canadian geologist (b. 1893)
- May 2 – Queen Mother Moore, African-American civil rights leader and a black nationalist (b. 1898)
- May 3 – Jack Weston, American actor (b. 1924)
- May 11
- May 15
- May 17 – Scott Brayton, American race car driver (b. 1959)
- May 19 – John Beradino, American baseball player and actor (b. 1917)
- May 20 – Jon Pertwee, British actor (b. 1919)
- May 21
- May 22 – Seymour H. Knox III, hockey team owner (b. 1926)
- May 24
- May 25 – Bradley Nowell, American musician (b. 1968)
- May 29 – Tamara Toumanova, Russian dancer and actress (b. 1919)
- May 31 – Timothy Leary, American writer, psychologist, and advocate of psychedelic drug research and use (b. 1920)
- July 1
- July 3 – Raaj Kumar, Indian film actor (b. 1926)
- July 5 – Erik Wickberg, Salvation Army general (b. 1904)
- July 9 – Eno Raud, Estonian children's writer (b. 1928)
- July 12
- July 13 – Pandro S. Berman, American film producer (b. 1905)
- July 14 – Jeff Krosnoff, American race car driver (b. 1964)
- July 15 – Dana Hill, American actress (b. 1964)
- July 16 – John Panozzo, American drummer (b. 1948)
- July 17 – Paul Touvier, French collaborator with the Nazis in Occupied France during World War II, first Frenchman convicted of crimes against humanity (b. 1915)
- July 20
- July 21 – Herb Edelman, American actor (b. 1933)
- July 22 – Jessica Mitford, Anglo-American author, journalist and political campaigner (b. 1917)
- July 23 – Aliki Vougiouklaki, Greek actress (b. 1933)
- July 25 – Howard Vernom, Swiss actor (b. 1914)
- July 28 – Roger Tory Peterson, American naturalist and artist (b. 1908)
- July 30
- August 1 – Tadeusz Reichstein, Polish-born chemist, recipient of the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine (b. 1897)
- August 2 – Obdulio Varela, Uruguayan footballer (b. 1917)
- August 8 – Nevill Francis Mott, English physicist, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1905)
- August 11
- August 12 – Viktor Hambardzumyan, Soviet Armenian scientist (b. 1908)
- August 13 – David Tudor, American pianist and composer (b. 1926)
- August 14 – Camilla Horn, German actress (b. 1903)
- August 18 – Geoffrey Dearmer, British poet (b. 1893)
- August 20 – Rio Reiser, German rock musician and singer (b. 1950)
- August 27 – Greg Morris, American actor (b. 1933)
- September 1
- September 5 – Isabel Wood Holt, wife of former Governor of West Virginia Homer A. Holt (b. 1899)
- September 7
- September 8 – Eyre de Lanux, American artist, writer, and art deco designer (b. 1894)
- September 9 – Bill Monroe, American "father of bluegrass" music (b. 1911)
- September 10
- September 11 – Deane Waldo Malott, American academic and administrator (b. 1898)
- September 12 – Ernesto Geisel, Brazilian general and statesman, former President of the Republic (b. 1907)
- September 13 – Tupac Shakur, American rapper and actor also known as "2Pac", "Makaveli" (b. 1971)
- September 14
- September 16 – Gene Nelson, American dance and actor (b. 1920)
- September 17 – Spiro Agnew, American politician, 39th Vice President of the United States (b. 1918)
- September 18 – Annabella, French actress (b. 1907)
- September 20
- September 21
- September 22 – Dorothy Lamour, American actress (b. 1914)
- September 23 - Fujiko F. Fujio, Japanese cartoonist (b. 1933)
- September 26 – Nicu Ceaușescu, son of Romanian leader Nicolae Ceaușescu (b. 1951)
- September 28
- September 29 – Leslie Crowther, British TV comedian and game show host (b. 1933)
- October 1 – Pat McGeown, Provisional Irish Republican Army member (b. 1956)
- October 4 – Silvio Piola, Italian footballer (b. 1913)
- October 5 – Seymour Cray, American computer scientist (b. 1925)
- October 6 – Ted Bessell, American actor (b. 1935)
- October 8 – Mignon G. Eberhart, American author of mystery novels (b. 1899)
- October 11 – Renato Russo, Brazilian singer, leader of Legião Urbana Brazilian rock band. (b. 1960)
- October 12 – René Lacoste, French tennis champion (b. 1904)
- October 13 – Henri Nannen, German journalist (b. 1913)
- October 13 – Beryl Reid, British actress (b. 1919)
- October 14 – Laura La Plante, American actress (b. 1904)
- October 16 – Jason Bernard, American actor (b. 1938)
- October 20 – J. Bracken Lee, American Politician (b. 1899)
- October 24
- October 28 – Morey Amsterdam, American actor and comedian (b. 1908)
- October 30 – Eleanor Lansing Dulles, author, professor, and United States Government employee (b. 1895)
- October 31 – Marcel Carné, French film director (b. 1909)
- November 1 – Junius Richard Jayewardene, former President of Sri Lanka (b. 1906)
- November 2 – Eva Cassidy, American vocalist (b. 1963)
- November 3
- November 5 – Eddie Harris, American Jazz musician (b. 1934)
- November 10
- November 15 – Alger Hiss, American State Department official (b. 1904)
- November 16 – Loretta Alvarez, Pascua Yaqui midwife from the 1920s until the 1970s (b. 1892)
- November 17 – Sven Hörstadius, Swedish embryologist (b. 1898)
- November 18 – Zinovy Gerdt, Russian actor (b. 1916)
- November 20 – Franciszek Strynkiewicz, Polish sculptor (b. 1893)
- November 21
- November 22
- November 26 – Paul Rand, American graphic designer (b. 1914)
- November 27 – Gertrude Blanch, American mathematician (b. 1897)
- November 28 – Don McNeill, American tennis champion (b. 1918)
- November 30 – Tiny Tim, American musician (b. 1932)
- December 3 – Babrak Karmal, President of Afghanistan (b. 1929)
- December 6 – Pete Rozelle, American commissioner of the National Football League (b. 1926)
- December 8 – Howard Rollins, American actor (b. 1950)
- December 9
- December 10 – Faron Young, American singer (b. 1932)
- December 11 – Willie Rushton, English comedian, actor, and cartoonist (b. 1937)
- December 13
- December 16 – Quentin Bell, English biographer and art historian (b. 1910)
- December 17 – Stanko Todorov, Bulgarian communist politician (b. 1920)
- December 18 – Irving Caesar, American lyricist (b. 1895)
- December 19 – Marcello Mastroianni, Italian actor (b. 1924)
- December 20 – Carl Sagan, American astronomer (b. 1934)
- December 21 – Margret Rey, American children's author and illustrator (b. 1906)
- December 29 – Mireille Hartuch, French singer (b. 1906)
- December 30
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