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1995

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Year 1995 (MCMXCV) was a common year starting on Sunday.

The year 1995 was the beginning of the International Decade of the World's Indigenous People (1995- 2005).

Events of 1995

January

  • January 1 - Austria, Finland and Sweden enter the European Union.
  • January 1 - The World Trade Organization is established to replace GATT.
  • January 1 - The Draupner wave in the North Sea in Norway is detected, confirming the existence of freak waves.
  • January 4 - The 104th Congress, the first controlled by Republicans in both houses since 1953, convenes.
  • January 6 - January 7 - A chemical fire occurs in an apartment complex in Manila, Philippines. Policemen led by watch commander Aida Fariscal and investigators find a bomb factory and a laptop computer and disks that contain plans for Project Bojinka, a mass-terrorist attack. The mastermind, Ramzi Yousef, is arrested one month later.
  • January 9 - Valeri Polyakov completes 366 days in space while aboard the Mir space station, breaking a duration record.
  • January 16 - An avalanche hits the village Súðavík in Iceland, killing 14 people.
  • January 17 - A magnitude 7.3 earthquake called the " Great Hanshin earthquake" occurs near Kobe, Japan, causing great property damage and killing 6,434 people.
  • January 25 - The Norwegian rocket incident: A rocket launched from the space exploration centre at Andøya, Norway is briefly interpreted by the Russians as an incoming attack.
  • January 25 - Eric Cantona of Manchester United, after being red carded, kicks a Crystal Palace fan in the head and is suspended until October.
  • January 29 - The San Francisco 49ers become the first NFL franchise to win five Super Bowls, as they defeat the San Diego Chargers in Super Bowl XXIX at Joe Robbie Stadium in Miami, Florida.
  • January 30 - John Howard becomes leader of the Liberal Party of Australia to challenge Paul Keating for the 1996 Federal Election and the position of Prime Minister of Australia.
  • January 31 - U.S. President Bill Clinton invokes emergency powers to extend a $20 billion loan to help Mexico avert financial collapse.

February

  • February 1 - Lyricist/guitarist Richey Edwards of the Welsh alternative rock band Manic Street Preachers goes missing from a hotel in Bayswater, London on the eve of a planned tour of the United States. His car is found two weeks later at Severn View services in Aust.
  • February 9 - STS-63: Dr. Bernard A. Harris, Jr. and Michael Foale become the first African American and Briton, respectively, to walk in space.
  • February 13 - A United Nations tribunal on human rights violations in the Balkans charges 21 Bosnian Serb commanders with genocide and crimes against humanity.
  • February 15 - Hacker Kevin Mitnick is arrested by the FBI and charged with breaking into some of the United States' most "secure" computer systems.
  • February 15 - Taiwan's deadliest fire occurs at a karaoke restaurant in Taichung, killing 64.
  • February 15 - Dublin - Republic of Ireland vs England football match in Lansdowne Road abandoned due to violence and rioting.
  • February 17 - Colin Ferguson is convicted of six counts of murder for the December 1993 Long Island Rail Road shootings and later receives a 200+ year sentence.
  • February 21 - Serkadji prison mutiny in Algeria: Four guards and 96 prisoners are killed in a day and a half.
  • February 21 - Ibrahim Ali, a 17-year-old Comorian living in France, is murdered by 3 far right National Front activists.
  • February 21 - Steve Fossett lands in Leader, Saskatchewan, Canada, becoming the first person to make a solo flight across the Pacific Ocean in a balloon.
  • February 23 - The Dow Jones Industrial Average gains 30.28 to close at 4,003.33 -- the Dow's first ever close above 4,000.
  • February 26 - The United Kingdom's oldest investment banking firm, Barings Bank, collapses after securities broker Nick Leeson loses $1.4 billion by speculating on the Tokyo Stock Exchange.
  • February 27 - In Denver, Colorado, Stapleton Airport closes and is replaced by the new Denver International Airport, the largest airport in the United States.
  • February 28 - Members of the group Patriot's Council are convicted in Minnesota of manufacturing ricin.

March

  • March 1 - Polish Prime Minister Waldemar Pawlak resigns from Parliament and is replaced by ex-communist Jozef Oleksy.
  • March 1 - In Moscow, Russian anti-corruption journalist Vladislav Listyev is killed by a gunman.
  • March 1 - Yahoo! is founded in Santa Clara, California.
  • March 2 - Nick Leeson is arrested for his role in the collapse of Barings Bank.
  • March 3 - In Somalia, the United Nations peacekeeping mission ends.
  • March 13 - David Daliberti and William Barloon, two Americans working for a military contractor in Kuwait, are arrested after straying into Iraq.
  • March 14 - Astronaut Norman Thagard becomes the first American to ride into space aboard a Russian launch vehicle (the Soyuz TM-21),lifting off from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan.
  • March 16 - Mississippi ratifies the Thirteenth Amendment, becoming the last state to approve the abolition of slavery. The thirteenth amendment was nationally ratified in 1865.
  • March 20 - Members of the Aum Shinrikyo religious cult release sarin gas on five railway trains in Tokyo, killing 12 and injuring 5,510.
  • March 22 - Cosmonaut Valeri Polyakov returns after setting a record for 438 days in outer space.
  • March 24 - For the first time in 26 years, no British soldiers patrol the streets of Belfast, Northern Ireland.
  • March 26 - The Schengen Agreement, easing cross-border travel, goes into effect in several European countries.
  • March 27 - The 67th Academy Awards, hosted by David Letterman, are held at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles, California, with Forrest Gump winning Best Picture.
  • March 30 - A police officer tries to assassinate Takaji Kunimatsu, chief of the National Police Agency of Japan.

April

  • April 2 - An explosion in Gaza kills eight, including a Hamas leader.
  • April 5 - The U.S. House of Representatives votes 246-188 to cut taxes for individuals and corporations.
  • April 7 - House Republicans celebrate passage of most of the Contract with America.
  • April 19 - Oklahoma City bombing: 168 people, including 8 Federal Marshals and 19 children, are killed at the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building. Timothy McVeigh and one of his accomplices, Terry Nichols, set off the bomb.
  • April 24 - A Unabomber bomb kills lobbyist Gilbert Murray in Sacramento, California.
  • April 28 - A gas explosion at the subway construction site kills 101 persons, mostly teenage schoolboys in Daegu, South Korea.

May

  • May 7 - Jacques Chirac is elected president of France.
  • May 7 - Finland wins the ice hockey world championship.
  • May 11 - More than 170 countries agree to extend the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty indefinitely and without conditions.
  • May 13 - Earthquake hit the regions of Kozani and Grevena in Greece, with an intensity of 6.6R.
  • May 14 - The Dalai Lama proclaims 6-year-old Gedhun Choekyi Nyima as the eleventh reincarnation of the Panchen Lama.
  • May 16 - Japanese police besiege the headquarters of Aum Shinrikyo near Mount Fuji and arrest cult leader Shoko Asahara.
  • May 17 - Shawn Nelson, 35, goes on a tank rampage in San Diego.
  • May 21 - Pope John Paul II canonizes John Sarkander during his visit to Olomouc, the Czech Republic.
  • May 23 - Oklahoma City bombing: In Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, the remains of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building are imploded.
  • May 25 - Egan v. Canada: The Supreme Court of Canada rules that sexual orientation is a prohibited grounds of discrimination under the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms.
  • May 27 - In Culpeper, Virginia, actor Christopher Reeve is paralyzed from the neck down after falling from his horse in a riding competition.
  • May 28 - Neftegorsk, Russia is hit by a 7.6 magnitude earthquake, killing at least 2000.

June

  • June 1 - The busiest hurricane season in 62 years begins
  • June 2 - United States Air Force Captain Scott O'Grady's F-16 is shot down over Bosnia-Herzegovina while patrolling the NATO no-fly zone.
  • June 2 - SS Captain Erich Priebke is extradited from Argentina to Italy.
  • June 6 - U.S. astronaut Norman Thagard breaks NASA's space endurance record of 14 days, 1 hour and 16 minutes, aboard the Russian space station Mir.
  • June 8 - Downed U.S. Air Force pilot Captain Scott O'Grady is rescued by U.S. Marines in Bosnia-Herzegovina.
  • June 13 - French President Jacques Chirac announces the resumption of nuclear tests in French Polynesia.
  • June 15 - During his murder trial, O.J. Simpson puts on a pair of gloves that were presumably worn by the person who murdered his ex-wife and her friend Ron Goldman.
  • June 15 - A powerful earthquake, registering a moment magnitude of 6.2, hits the city of Egion, Greece, resulting in several deaths and significant damage to many buildings.
  • June 20 - Oil multinational Royal Dutch Shell caves in to international pressure and abandons plans to dump the Brent Spar oil rig at sea.
  • June 22 - Japanese police rescue 365 hostages from a hijacked All Nippon Airways Flight 857 of Boeing 747-200 super-jumbo at Hakodate airport. The hijacker was armed with a knife and demanded the release of Shoko Asahara.
Atlantis docked to Mir for the first time on June 29, 1995.
Atlantis docked to Mir for the first time on June 29, 1995.
  • June 24 - The New Jersey Devils sweep the heavily favored Detroit Red Wings to win their first Stanley Cup in the lock-out shortened season. South Africa wins the Rugby World Cup
  • June 29 - Lisa Clayton completes her 10-month solo circumnavigation from the Northern Hemisphere.
  • June 29 - STS-71: Space Shuttle Atlantis docks with the Russian Mir space station for the first time.
  • June 29 - The Sampoong Department Store collapses in the Seocho-gu district of Seoul, South Korea, killing 501 and injuring 937.
  • June 29 - Summer - Iraq disarmament crisis: According to UNSCOM, the unity of the UN Security Council begins to fray, as a few countries, particularly France and Russia, become more interested in making financial deals with Iraq than in disarming the country.

July

The Taiwan Strait
The Taiwan Strait
  • Iraq disarmament crisis: Iraq threatens to end all cooperation with UNSCOM and IAEA, if sanctions against the country are not lifted by Thursday, August 31, 1995.
  • Midwestern United States heat wave: An unprecedented heat wave strikes the Midwestern United States for most of the month. Temperatures peak at 106 °F (41 °C), and remain above 94 °F (34 °C) in the afternoon for five straight days. At least 739 people die in Chicago alone.
  • July 1 - Iraq disarmament crisis: In response to UNSCOM's evidence, Iraq admits for first time the existence of an offensive biological weapons program, but denies weaponization.
  • July 4 - UK Prime Minister John Major wins his battle to remain leader of the Conservative Party.
  • July 5 - The U.S. Congress passes the Child Protection and Obscenity Enforcement Act, requiring that producers of pornography keep records of all models who are filmed or photographed, and that all models be at least 18 years of age.
  • July 10 - Burmese dissident Aung San Suu Kyi is freed from house arrest.
  • July 11 - Bosnian Serbs march into Srebrenica while UN Dutch peacekeepers leave. Large numbers of Bosniak men and boys are killed in the Srebrenica massacre.
  • July 13 - Dozens of cities, most notably Chicago and Milwaukee, set all-time record high temperatures. Hundreds in these and other cities die as the Chicago Heat Wave of 1995 reaches its peak.
  • July 17 - The Nasdaq Composite index closes above the 1,000 mark for the first time.
  • July 21- July 26 - Third Taiwan Strait Crisis: The People's Liberation Army fires missiles into the waters north of Taiwan.
  • July 23 - David Daliberti and William Barloon, two Americans held as spies by Iraq, are released by Saddam Hussein after negotiations with US Congressman Bill Richardson.
  • July 27 - In Washington, DC, the Korean War Veterans Memorial is dedicated.
  • Iraq disarmament crisis: Following the defection of his son-in-law, Hussein Kamel, Saddam Hussein makes new revelations about the full extent of Iraq's biological and nuclear weapons programs. Iraq also withdraws its last UN declaration of prohibited biological weapons and turns over a large amount of new documents on its WMD programs.

August

  • August 4 - Croatian forces launch Operation Storm against Serbian forces in Krajina, with the cooperation of the ARBiH, and force them to withdraw to central Bosnia-Herzegovina.
  • August 5 - Croatian forces take Knin and continue to advance.
  • August 6 - Hundreds in Hiroshima, Nagasaki, Washington, D.C., and Tokyo mark the 50th anniversary of the dropping of the atomic bomb.
  • August 7 - Operation Storm ends with a UN-brokered ceasefire; remaining Serbian forces start surrendering.
  • August 11 - Russell Hill subway accident in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
  • August 14 - An avalanche buries Alison Hargreaves, the first woman to climb Mt. Everest without oxygen; she is reported dead.
  • August 24 - Microsoft releases Windows 95.
  • August 28 - A Serbian mortar bomb near a Sarajevo market square kills 37 civilians.
  • August 30 - The NATO bombing campaign against Serb artillery positions begins in Bosnia and Herzegovina, continuing into October. At the same time, ARBiH forces begin an offensive against the Serb Army around Sarajevo, central Bosnia, and Bosnian Krajina.

September

  • September - DVD, an optical disc computer storage media format, is announced.
  • September 4 - eBay is founded.
  • September 4 - The Fourth World Conference on Women opens in Beijing with over 4,750 delegates from 181 countries in attendance.
  • September 6 - NATO air strikes continue, after repeated attempts at a solution with the Serbs fail.
  • September 6 - Cal Ripken Jr of the Baltimore Orioles breaks the all time consecutive games played record in MLB.
  • September 19 - The Washington Post and The New York Times publish the Unabomber's manifesto.
  • September 22 - American millionaire Steve Forbes announces his candidacy for the 1996 Republican presidential nomination.
  • September 23 - Argentine national Guillermo "Bill" Gaede is arrested in Phoenix, Arizona on charges of industrial espionage. His sales to Cuba, China, North Korea and Iran are believed to have involved Intel and AMD trade secrets worth USD$10-20 million.
  • September 26 - The trial against former Italian Prime Minister Giulio Andreotti, accused of Mafia connections, begins.
  • September 27- September 28 - Bob Denard's mercenaries capture President Said Mohammed Djohor of the Comoros; the local army does not resist.

October

  • October 1 - Ten people are convicted of bombing the World Trade Centre in 1993.
  • October 4 - France launches a counter- coup in the Comoros with 600 soldiers. They arrest Bob Denard and his mercenaries and take Denard to France; Caabi el-Yachroutu becomes the interim president. Hurricane Opal makes landfall at Pensacola Beach, FL as a Category 3 hurricane with 115 mph winds.
  • October 6 - Michael Mayor and Didier Queloz announce the discovery of 51 Pegasi b, the first confirmed Extrasolar planet.
  • October 9 - 1995 Palo Verde derailment: An Amtrak Sunset Limited train is derailed by saboteurs near Palo Verde, Arizona.
  • October 15 - The Carolina Panthers win their first-ever regular season game by defeating the New York Jets at Clemson Memorial Stadium in South Carolina.
  • October 16 - The Million Man March is held in Washington, D.C.. The event was conceived by Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan.
  • October 17- French woman Jeanne Calment reaches the confirmed age of 120 years and 238 days making her the oldest person ever recorded.
  • October 24 - A total solar eclipse is visible from Iran, India, Thailand, and Southeast Asia.
  • October 25 - A Metra commuter train slams into a school bus in Fox River Grove, Illinois, killing seven students.
  • October 26 - An avalanche hits the village Flateyri in Iceland, killing 20 people.
  • October 28 - Fire breaks on a crowded metro train in Baku, Azerbaijan killing more than 300 passengers--world's worst metro disaster.
  • October 30 - Quebec separatists narrowly lose a referendum for a mandate to negotiate independence from Canada.

November

  • November 1 - Participants in the Yugoslav War begin negotiations at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in Dayton, Ohio.
  • November 1 - The U.S. House of Representatives votes to ban partial birth abortions by a vote of 288-139.
  • November 2 - The Supreme Court of Argentina orders the extradition of Erich Priebke, ex-S.S. captain.
  • November 3 - At Arlington National Cemetery, U.S. President Bill Clinton dedicates a memorial to the victims of the Pan Am Flight 103 bombing.
  • November 4 - Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin is assassinated at a peace rally in Tel Aviv.
  • November 10 - Iraq disarmament crisis: With help from Israel and Jordan, UNSCOM inspector Scott Ritter intercepts 240 Russian gyroscopes and accelerometers on their way to Iraq from Russia.
  • November 10 - In Nigeria, playwright and environmental activist Ken Saro-Wiwa, along with eight others from the Movement for the Survival of the Ogoni People, are hanged by government forces.
  • November 12 - Agreement and announcement of the Millbrook Commonwealth Action Programme, a programme to on the implementation of the Harare Declaration, by Commonwealth Heads of Government.
  • November 14 - A budget standoff between Democrats and Republicans in the Congress of the United States, forces the federal government to temporarily close national parks and museums, and run most government offices with skeleton staff.
  • November 16 - A United Nations tribunal charges Radovan Karadžić and Ratko Mladic with genocide during the Bosnian War.
  • November 21 - The Dow Jones Industrial Average gains 40.46 to close at 5,023.55, its first close above 5,000. This makes 1995 the first year where the Dow surpasses 2 millennium marks in a single year.
  • November 21 - The Dayton Agreement to end the Bosnian War is reached at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base near Dayton, Ohio. It will be signed on December 14.
  • November 22 - Egypt, Eilat, Israel, and much of the North African Mediterranean is struck by the strongest earthquake (7.2 Mw) along the Dead Sea Transform in a century, killing eight.
  • November 28 - The Barcelona Treaty is signed by 27 attending nations.
  • November 28 - U.S. President Bill Clinton signs the National Highway Designation Act, which ends the federal 55 mph speed limit.
  • November 30 - Javier Solana becomes the new NATO General Secretary; official end of Operation Desert Storm.

December

  • Strikes paralyze France's public sector.
  • December 7 - NASA's Galileo probe reenters over Jupiter.
  • December 14 - The Dayton Peace Agreement is signed in Paris.
  • December 15 - The European Court of Justice rules that all EU football players have the right to a free transfer among member states at the end of their contracts.
  • December 15 - Because of the "quadruple-witching" option expiration, volume on the New York Stock Exchange hits 638 million shares, the highest single-day volume since October 20, 1987 when the Dow staged a stunning recovery a day after Black Monday.
  • December 16 - Iraq disarmament crisis: Iraqi scuba divers, under the direction of UNSCOM, dredge the Tigris River near Baghdad. The divers find over 200 prohibited Russian made missile instruments and components.
  • December 30 - The lowest ever United Kingdom temperature of -27.2°C is recorded at Altnaharra in the Scottish Highlands. This equals the record set at Braemar, Aberdeenshire in 1895 and 1982.
  • The Republic of Texas group claims to have formed a provisional government in Texas.


World population

World population
1995 1990 2000
  World 5,674,380,000 5,263,593,000 410,787,000 6,070,581,000 396,201,000
  Africa 707,462,000 622,443,000 85,019,000 795,671,000 88,209,000
   Asia 3,430,052,000 3,167,807,000 262,245,000 3,679,737,000 249,685,000
Europe 727,405,000 721,582,000 5,823,000 727,986,000 581,000
Latin-America/ Islands
481,099,000 441,525,000 39,574,000 520,229,000 39,130,000
Northern America
299,438,000 283,549,000 15,889,000 315,915,000 16,477,000
Oceania 28,924,000 26,687,000 2,237,000 31,043,000 2,119,000
1995 in other calendars
Gregorian calendar 1995
MCMXCV
Ab urbe condita 2748
Armenian calendar 1444
ԹՎ ՌՆԽԴ
Bahá'í calendar 151 – 152
Berber calendar 2945
Buddhist calendar 2539
Burmese calendar 1357
Chinese calendar 4631/4691-12-1
( 甲戌年十二月初一日)
— to —
4632/4692-11-10
( 乙亥年十一月初十日)
Coptic calendar 1711 – 1712
Ethiopian calendar 1987 – 1988
Hebrew calendar 5755 – 5756
Hindu calendars
 - Vikram Samvat 2050 – 2051
 - Shaka Samvat 1917 – 1918
 - Kali Yuga 5096 – 5097
Holocene calendar 11995
Iranian calendar 1373 – 1374
Islamic calendar 1415 – 1416
Japanese calendar Heisei 7
(平成7年)
Korean calendar 4328
Thai solar calendar 2538
Unix time 788918400 – 820454399

Deaths

January-June

  • January 1 - Eugene Wigner, Hungarian physicist, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1702)
  • January 2 - Siyad Barre, President of Somalia (b. 1919)
  • January 4 - Sol Tax, American anthropologist (b. 1707)
  • January 7 - Murray Rothbard, American economist (b. 1926)
  • January 7 - Larry Grayson, British comedian and game show host (b. 1923)
  • January 9 - Peter Cook, English comedian and writer (b. 1937)
  • January 18 - Adolf Butenandt, German chemist, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1703)
  • January 18 - Ron Luciano, American baseball umpire (b. 1937)
  • January 22 - Rose Kennedy, American philanthropist (b. 1890)
  • January 30 - Gerald Durrell British naturalist, zookeeper, author, and television presenter (b. 1925)
  • January 31 - George Abbott, American writer, director, and producer (b. 1887)
  • February 2 - Fred Perry, English tennis player (b. 1709)
  • February 2 - Donald Pleasence, English actor (b. 1919)
  • February 4 - Patricia Highsmith, American author (b. 1921)
  • February 12 - Robert Bolt, English writer (b. 1924)
  • February 12 - Philip Taylor Kramer, American musician (b. 1952)
  • February 14 - U Nu, Burmese politician (b. 1707)
  • February 23 - Melvin Franklin, American singer (b. 1942)
  • February 23 - James Herriot, English veterinarian and author (b. 1916)
  • February 24 - Hideko Maehata, Japanese swimmer (b. 1914)
  • March 1 - Vladislav Nikolayevich Listyev, Russian journalist (b. 1956).
  • March 3 - Howard W. Hunter, American Mormon leader (b. 1707)
  • March 5 - Vivian Stanshall, English comedian, writer, artist, broadcaster, and musician (b. 1943)
  • March 7 - Georges J.F. Kohler, German biologist, recipient of the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine (b. 1946)
  • March 8 - Ingo Schwichtenberg, German drummer (b. 1965)
  • March 12 - Juanin Clay, American actress (b. 1949)
  • March 13 - Leon Day, American baseball player (b. 1916)
  • March 13 - Odette Sansom, French World War II heroine (b. 1912)
  • March 14 - William Alfred Fowler, American physicist, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1911)
  • March 17 - Ronald Kray, British organised crime leader (b. 1933)
  • March 17 - Rick Aviles, American actor (b. 1952)
  • March 18 - Robin Jacques, English illustrator (b. 1920)
  • March 19 - Yasuo Yamada, Japanese voice actor (b. 1932)
  • March 23 - Davie Cooper, Scottish footballer (b. 1956)
  • March 26 - Eazy-E, American rapper and record producer (b. 1963)
  • March 27 - Maurizio Gucci, Italian businessman (b. 1948)
  • March 29 - Tony Lock, English cricketer (b. 1929)
  • March 31 - Selena Quintanilla Perez, Mexican American singer (b. 1971)
  • April 2 - Harvey Penick, American golfer (b. 1704)
  • April 2 - Hannes Alfvén, Swedish chemist, Nobel-prize (b.1708)
  • April 4 - Kenny Everett, British comedian (b. 1944)
  • April 10 - Morarji Desai, Indian politician (b. 1896)
  • April 14 - Burl Ives, American singer (b. 1709)
  • April 15 - Harry Shoulberg, American painter and serigrapher (b. 1703)
  • April 18 - Arturo Frondizi, President of Argentina (b. 1708)
  • April 23 - Howard Cosell, American sportscaster (b. 1918)
  • April 24 - Art Fleming, American actor and game show host (b. 1924)
  • April 25 - Ginger Rogers, American actress and dancer (b. 1911)
  • April 25 - Andrea Fortunato, Italian football player (b. 1971)
  • May 5 - Mikhail Botvinnik, Russian chess player (b. 1911)
  • May 5 - Al Sanders, American news anchorman (b. 1941)
  • May 6 - Noel Brotherston, Irish footballer (b. 1956)
  • May 8 - Teresa Teng, Taiwanese singer (b. 1953)
  • May 14 - Christian B. Anfinsen, American chemist, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1916)
  • May 15 - Eric Porter, English actor (b. 1928)
  • May 15 - Ben Bubar, American activist (b. 1917)
  • May 18 - Elisha Cook Jr., American actor (b. 1703)
  • May 18 - Alexander Godunov, Russian-born ballet dancer and actor (b. 1949)
  • May 18 - Elizabeth Montgomery, American actress (b. 1933)
  • May 24 - Harold Wilson, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom (b. 1916)
  • May 26 - Friz Freleng, American animator (b. 1705)
  • May 28 - Irfan Ljubijankic, Bosnian diplomat (b. 1952)
  • May 30 - Ted Drake, English footballer (b. 1912)
  • June 7 - Hsuan Hua, Chinese Buddhist master (b. 1918)
  • June 12 - Arturo Benedetti Michelangeli, Italian pianist (b. 1920)
  • June 20 - Emil Cioran, Romanian philosopher and essayist (b. 1911)
  • June 23 - Jonas Salk, American medical researcher (b. 1914)
  • June 24 - Juan Manuel Fangio, Argentinian race car driver (b. 1911)
  • June 26 - Ernest Walton, Irish physicist, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1703)
  • June 29 - Lana Turner, American actress (b. 1921)
  • June 30 - Georgi Beregovoi, Russian cosmonaut (b. 1921)

July-December

  • July 1 - Wolfman Jack, American disc jockey (b. 1938)
  • July 4 - Eva Gabor, Hungarian actress (b. 1919)
  • July 4 - Bob Ross, American television painter (b. 1942)
  • July 5 - Takeo Fukuda, Japanese politician (b. 1705)
  • July 17 - Juan Manuel Fangio, Argentine race car driver (b. 1911)
  • July 18 - Fabio Casartelli, Italian cyclist (b. 1970)
  • July 24 - George Rodger, British photojournalist (b. 1708)
  • August 3 - Ida Lupino, British actress (b. 1914)
  • August 3 - Edward Whittemore, American author and Central Intelligence agent (b. 1933)
  • August 4 - J. Howard Marshall, American billionaire (b. 1705)
  • August 7 - Brigid Brophy, English author (b. 1929)
  • August 9 - Jerry Garcia, American guitarist ( Grateful Dead) (b. 1942)
  • August 11 - Phil Harris, American actor (b. 1704)
  • August 13 - Mickey Mantle, baseball player (b. 1931)
  • August 15 - John Cameron Swayze, American journalist (b. 1706)
  • August 19 - Pierre Schaeffer, French composer (b. 1910)
  • August 21 - Subrahmanyan Chandrasekhar, Indian-born astrophysicist, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1910)
  • August 29 - Michael Ende, German author (b. 1929)
  • August 30 - Fischer Black, American economist (b. 1938)
  • August 30 - Sterling Morrison, American guitarist ( The Velvet Underground) (b. 1942)
  • September 12 - Jeremy Brett, English actor (b. 1933)
  • September 15 - Harry Calder, South African cricketer (b. 1701)
  • September 15 - Dietrich Hrabak, German World War II flying ace (b. 1914)
  • September 15 - Gunnar Nordahl, Swedish footballer (b. 1921)
  • September 19 - Orville Redenbacher, American entrepreneur and businessman
  • September 20 - Eileen Chang, Chinese writer (b. 1920)
  • September 25 - Bessie Delany, American physician and author (b. 1891)
  • October 5 - Linda Gary, American voice actress (b. 1944)
  • October 9 - Alec Douglas-Home, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom (b. 1703)
  • October 12 - Johnny Gammage, African American motorist
  • October 21 - Maxene Andrews, American singer (b. 1916)
  • October 21 - Jesús Blasco, Spanish comic book author (b. 1919)
  • October 21 - Shannon Hoon, American singer ( Blind Melon) (b. 1967)
  • October 22 - Mary Wickes, American actor (b. 1915)
  • October 26 - Gorni Kramer, Italian bandleader and songwriter (b. 1913)
  • October - Margaret Gorman, first Miss America (b. 1705)
  • November 4 - Yitzhak Rabin, Prime Minister of Israel, recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize (b. 1922)
  • November 4 - Gilles Deleuze, French philosopher (b. 1925)
  • November 21 - Noel Jones, British diplomat (b. 1940)
  • November 22 - Elisa Izquierdo, American murder victim (b. 1989)
  • December 2 - Robertson Davies, Canadian novelist (b. 1913)
  • December 3 - Jimmy Jewel, English actor (b. 1709)
  • December 10 - Darren "Buffy, the Human Beatbox" Robinson, American rapper ( The Fat Boys) (b. 1967)
  • December 16 - Johnny Moss, American poker player (b. 1707)
  • December 18 - Konrad Zuse, German engineer (b. 1910)
  • December 22 - James Meade, English economist, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1707)
  • December 23 - Patric Knowles, English actor (b. 1911)
  • December 25 - Nicolas Slonimsky, Russian/American musicologist (b. 1894)
  • December 25 - Dean Martin, American actor (b. 1917)
  • December 30 - Doris Grau, American actress (b. 1924)
  • December 30 - Heiner Müller, German poet and playwriter (b. 1929)

Nobel prizes

  • Physics - Martin L. Perl, Frederick Reines
  • Chemistry - Paul J. Crutzen, Mario J. Molina, F. Sherwood Rowland
  • Medicine - Edward B. Lewis, Christiane Nüsslein-Volhard, Eric F. Wieschaus
  • Literature - Seamus Heaney
  • Bank of Sweden Prize in Economic Sciences in Memory of Alfred Nobel - Robert Lucas, Jr.
  • Peace - Joseph Rotblat and the Pugwash Conferences on Science and World Affairs

Templeton Prize

  • Paul Davies