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Events of 1993
- January 5 – $7.4
million USD is stolen from Brinks Armored Car
Depot in Rochester, New
York in the 5th largest robbery in U.S. history.
Four men, Samuel Millar, Father Patrick Moloney, former Rochester
Police officer Thomas O'Connor, and Charles McCormick, all of whom
have ties to the Provisional Irish Republican
Army, are accused.
- January 5 – M/V Braer, a Liberian oil tanker,
runs aground off the Scottish island of Mainland, causing a massive oil spill.
- January 6 – Douglas Hurd is the first high-ranking British
official to visit Argentina since the Falklands
- January 6–20 – The Bombay Riots
take place in the city now known as Mumbai.
- January 7 – The
Fourth Republic of Ghana is
inaugurated, with Jerry Rawlings as
- January 14 – The
Polish ferry M/S Jan
Heweliusz sinks off
the coast of Rügen in the
Sea, killing 54 people.
- January 15 –
Salvatore Riina, the Mafia boss known as 'The Beast', is arrested in
Palermo, Sicily after 23 years as a
- January 19 –
IBM announces a
$4.97 billion loss for 1992, the largest
single-year corporate loss in United States history to date.
- January 19 –
Iraq disarmament crisis:
Iraq refuses to allow UNSCOM inspectors to use its own
aircraft to fly into Iraq, and begins military operations in the
demilitarized zone between Iraq and Kuwait, and the
northern Iraqi no-fly
zones. U.S. forces fire approximately 40 Tomahawk
cruise missiles at Baghdad factories linked to Iraq's illegal nuclear weapons
program. Iraq then informs UNSCOM that it will be able to
resume its flights.
- January 20 – Bill Clinton succeeds George H.W. Bush as the 42nd President of the United
- January 24 – In
protest the murder of journalist Uğur
- January 25 –
Mir Aimal Kasi fires a rifle and
kills 2 employees outside CIA headquarters in
- January 25 – Social democrat Poul Nyrup Rasmussen succeeds conservative Poul Schlüter as Prime Minister of Denmark.
- January 26 – Václav Havel is elected President of the
- January 31 – Super Bowl XXVII: The Buffalo Bills become the first team to lose 3
consecutive Super Bowls as they are
defeated by the Dallas Cowboys,
- February 4 –
Members of the right-wing Austrian FPÖ split to form the
Liberal Forum in protest against the
increasing nationalistic bent of the party.
- February 5 –
Belgium becomes a federal
state rather than a kingdom.
- February 8 – General Motors Corporation sues
NBC, after Dateline
NBC allegedly rigged 2 crashes showing that some GM
pickups can easily catch fire if hit in certain places. NBC settles
the lawsuit the following day.
- February 10 – Lien Chan is named by Lee
Teng-Hui to succeed Hau Pei-tsun as
Premier of the Republic
- February 10 – Mani Pulite scandal: Italian legislator Claudio Martelli resigns, followed by
various politicians over the next 2 weeks.
- February 11 – Janet Reno is selected by President Clinton as
of the United States.
- February 14 – Glafkos Klerides defeats incumbent George Vasiliou in the Cypriot presidential
- February 14 – Albert Zafy defeats Didier Ratsiraka in the Madagascar
- February 17 – A
ferry sinks in Haiti, killing
approximately 1,215 out of 1,500 passengers.
- February 22 – UN Security Council
Resolution 808 is voted on, deciding that "an international
tribunal shall be established" to prosecute violations of
international law in Yugoslavia. The
tribunal will is established on May 25 by
- February 24 – Prime Minister of Canada Brian Mulroney resigns amidst political and
economic turmoil. Kim Campbell, his
successor, becomes Canada's first female Prime Minister.
- February 26 –
Center bombing: In New York
City, a van bomb parked below the North Tower of the
Center explodes, killing 6 and injuring over
- February 28 –
Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms agents raid the Branch Davidian compound in Waco, Texas, with a warrant to arrest leader David Koresh on federal firearms
violations. Four agents and 5 Davidians die in the raid and
a 51-day standoff begins.
- March 4 – Authorities announce the
capture of suspected World Trade Center bombing conspirator
- March 5 – A Macedonian Palair Flight 301, a F-100 on a flight to Zurich, crashes shortly after take-off from Skopje killing 83
of the 97 on board.
- March 9 – Rodney King testifies at the federal trial of 4
California police officers accused of violating his civil rights when they beat him during an
- March 11 – Janet
Reno is confirmed by the United
States Senate and sworn in the next day, becoming the first
female Attorney General of the United States.
- March 12 – 1993 Bombay bombings: Several bombs
explode in Bombay, India, killing
257 and injuring hundreds more.
- March 12 – North Korea nuclear weapons
Korea announces that it plans to withdraw from the
Treaty and refuses to allow inspectors access to nuclear
- March 13–14 – The Great
Blizzard of 1993 strikes the eastern U.S., bringing record
snowfall and other severe weather all the way from Cuba to Quebec; it
reportedly kills 184.
- March 13 – Australian federal election,
1993: The Australian Labor Party stays in power despite poor
- March 17 – The
PKK announces a unilateral ceasefire in Iraq.
- March 20 – Warrington
bomb attacks: An IRA bomb explodes in
Warrington Town Centre and kills 2 children, Jonathan Ball and
- March 22 – The
Intel Corporation ships the first Pentium chips.
- March 24 – The
Israeli Knesset elects Ezer Weizman as
President of Israel.
- March 24 – South Africa officially abandons its nuclear
weapons programme. President de Klerk announces that the country's
6 warheads had already been dismantled in 1990.
- March 27 – Jiang
Zemin becomes President of the
People's Republic of China.
- March 27 – Following
a rash of integrist murders, Algeria breaks diplomatic relations with Iran, accusing
the country of interfering in its interior affairs.
- March 27 – Mahamane Ousmane is elected president of
- March 28 – French legislative election,
1993: Gaullists win a majority and
Édouard Balladur becomes
- March 29 – The
65th Academy Awards, hosted by
Billy Crystal, are held at the
Chandler Pavilion in Los Angeles, California, with Unforgiven
- April – The Kuwaiti government claims to
uncover an Iraqi assassination plot against former U.S. President
George H.W. Bush shortly after his visit to Kuwait. Two
Iraqi nationals confess to driving a car-bomb into Kuwait on behalf
of the Iraqi Intelligence
- April 1 – The
Vatican orders the moving of the Carmelite convent at
- April 6 – A nuclear accident occurs at Tomsk 7 in Russia.
- April 8 – The
Macedonia is admitted to the United
- April 9 – The rock band Nirvana plays a
benefit concert for the Bosnian rape victims at San Francisco's Cow
- April 10 – African National Congress activist
Chris Hani is assassinated in South Africa.
- April 16 – Bosnian War: Srebrenica falls.
- April 17 – Laurence Powell and Stacey Koon are found guilty in the second
Rodney King trial.
- April 19 – A
stand-off at the
Branch Davidian compound near Waco, Texas, ends with a
fire that kills 76 people, including David
- April 22 – In
DC, the Holocaust
Memorial Museum is dedicated.
- April 22 –
18-year-old student Stephen
Lawrence is stabbed to death in London, England; the attack is believed to have been racially
- April 23 – The World Health Organization declares
tuberculosis a Global Emergency.
- April 23 – Eritreans vote overwhelmingly for independence from Ethiopia in a United
- April 26 – Oscar Luigi Scalfaro appoints Carlo Azeglio Ciampi Prime Minister of Italy.
- April 27 – Yemeni parliamentary
election, 1993: The General People's Congress wins a
plurality of 121 seats.
- April 27 – All
members of the Zambia
national football team die in a plane crash off Libreville,
Gabon in route to Dakar, Senegal.
- April 28 – An executive order requires
the United States Air Force
to allow women to fly war planes.
- April 30 – The
World Wide Web is born at CERN.
- April 30 – Tennis
star Monica Seles is stabbed in the
back by an obsessed fan of rival Steffi
Graf at a tournament in Hamburg, Germany.
- June 1 – Large
protests erupt against Slobodan Milošević's regime in
Belgrade; opposition leader Vuk Drašković and his wife Danica
- June 1 – President of Guatemala Jorge Serrano Elías is forced to
flee the country after an attempted self-coup.
- June 1 – Burundian presidential
election, 1993: The first multiparty elections in Burundi since
the country's independence lead to the election of Melchior Ndadaye, leader of the Front for Democracy in
Burundi. The next day's legislative election
sees his party win with an overwhelming majority.
- June 5 – The National Assembly of
Venezuela designates Ramón José Velásquez as
successor of suspended President Carlos Andrés Pérez.
- June 5 – 24 Pakistani troops in the UN
forces are killed in Mogadishu, Somalia.
- June 5 – Minnesota v. Dickerson: The United
States Supreme Court rules that the seizure of evidence during a
pat-down search is unconstitutional.
- June 6 – Following the Revolutionary Nationalist
Movement's victory, Gonzalo Sánchez de Lozada
becomes president of Bolivia.
- June 6 – Mongolia holds its first direct presidential elections.
- June 8 – In Paris, Christian
Didier breaks into the home of René
Bousquet, banker and former Vichy
France administrator, and shoots him dead.
- June 8 – The
PKK-declared ceasefire ends in Iraq.
- June 9 – The Montreal Canadiens win their 24th
Stanley Cup, defeating the Los Angeles Kings in the Finals.
- June 14 – Tansu Çiller becomes the first female
Prime Minister of
- June 14 –
Multipartyists win a referendum on the future of the one-party
system in Malawi.
- June 18 – Iraq disarmament crisis: Iraq
refuses to allow UNSCOM weapons inspectors to install
remote-controlled monitoring cameras at 2 missile engine test
- June 20 – A 7.5 earthquake hits Japan,
killing 385 people.
- June 20 – John
Paxson's 3-point shot in Game 6 of the NBA Finals helps the
Chicago Bulls secure a 99–98 win over
the Phoenix Suns, and their third
- June 22 – Japan's New Party Sakigake breaks away from the
- June 23 – In Manassas,
Virginia, Lorena Bobbitt cuts
off the penis of her husband John Wayne Bobbitt.
- June 24 – A Unabomber
bomb injures computer scientist David
Gelernter at Yale
- June 24 – Andrew
Wiles wins worldwide fame after presenting his solution for
Fermat's Last Theorem, a
problem that has been unsolved for more than 3 centuries.
- June 25 – Kim
Campbell becomes the 19th, and first female, Prime Minister of Canada.
- June 25 – Zoran Lilić succeeds Dobrica Ćosić as President of Yugoslavia.
- June 25 – The
litas is introduced in Lithuania.
- June 25 – Jacques Attali resigns as President of the
for Reconstruction and Development.
- June 26–28 – Typhoon
Koryn causes important damages in the Philippines, China and
- June 27 – U.S. President Bill Clinton orders a cruise missile attack on
Iraqi intelligence headquarters in the Al-Mansur District of Baghdad, in response to the attempted assassination of
former U.S. President George
H. W. Bush during his visit to Kuwait in
- June 27 – In Bad
Kleinen, Germany, GSG 9 troopers arrest
terrorists Birgit Hogefeld and
- July 2 – An integrist
mob sets fire to the hotel where The Satanic Verses translator
Aziz Nesin resides in Sivas, Turkey, killing
- July 5 – Iraq disarmament crisis: UN
inspection teams leave Iraq. Iraq then agrees to UNSCOM demands and
the inspection teams return.
- July 7–9 – The 19th G7 summit
is held in Tokyo,
- July 7 – Hurricane Calvin lands in Mexico. It
is the second Pacific hurricane on record to land in Mexico in
July, and kills 34.
- July 12 – A magnitude 7.8 earthquake off Hokkaidō, Japan launches a
devastating tsunami that kills 202 on the
small island of Okushiri,
- July 16–17 – In Estonia, the majority Russian cities of
Narva and Sillamäe organize illegal referendums on "territorial
autonomy" to protest new citizenship laws.
- July 19 – Japanese general election,
1993: The loss of majority of the Liberal Democratic Party
results in a coalition taking power.
- July 19 – U.S. President Bill Clinton
announces his 'Don't ask, don't
tell' policy regarding gays in the American military.
- July 20 – White House deputy counsel Vince
Foster commits suicide in Virginia.
- July 23 – Candelária massacre: Brazilian police officers kill 8 street kids in Rio de
- July 26 – Miguel Indurain wins the 1993 Tour de France.
- July 26 – Asiana Airlines Flight 733
crashes into Mt. Ungeo in Haenam, South Korea; 68 die.
- July 27 – Windows NT 3.1, the first version of Microsoft's line of Windows
NT operating systems, is released to manufacturing.
- July 29 – The
Supreme Court acquits accused Nazi death camp
guard John Demjanjuk of all charges
and he is set free.
- September 6 – Canadian software
specialist Peter de Jager publishes in Computerworld U.S. weekly magazine an article
Doomsday 2000, which is the
first known reference to Y2K – the 2000 Year
- September 13 – Norwegian parliamentary
election, 1993: The Labour Party wins a plurality of the seats,
and Prime Minister Gro Harlem
Brundtland retains office.
- September 13 –
PLO leader Yasser
Arafat and Israeli prime minister Yitzhak
Rabin shake hands in Washington D.C., after signing a peace accord.
15–21 – Hurricane Gert crosses from the
Atlantic to the Pacific Ocean through Central
America and Mexico.
- September 17 –
Russian troops withdraw from Poland.
- September 19 – Polish parliamentary
election, 1993: A coalition of the Democratic Left Alliance and the
Polish People's Party lead by
Waldemar Pawlak comes into
- September 22 –
Bayou Canot train disaster: A bridge collpases as the Sunset Limited crosses it, killing
- September 23 –
The International Olympic
Committee selects Sydney, Australia to host the
- September 24 –
The Cambodian monarchy is restored, with
Norodom Sihanouk as
- September 26 –
The first mission in Biosphere 2 ends after 2 years.
- September 26 –
PoSAT-1 (the first Portuguese satellite) is launched on board French rocket
- September 27 – War in Abkhazia – Fall of Sukhumi: Eduard Shevardnadze accuses Russia of
- September 30 –
An earthquake centered in Killari, Maharashtra, India kills over
- October 2–5 – The Russian constitutional
crisis of 1993 culminates with Russian military and security
forces clearing the White House of Russia Parliament building by force, squashing a mass
uprising against President Boris
- October 3 – A large
scale battle erupts between U.S. forces and local militia in
Somalia; 18 Americans and over 1,000 Somalis are
- October 5 –
China performs a nuclear
test, ending a worldwide de facto moratorium.
- October 5 – The papal encyclical Veritatis Splendor is
- October 8 – David Miscavige announces the IRS has
granted full tax exemption to the Church of Scientology
International and affiliated churches and organizations, ending the
Church's 40-year battle with the IRS and resulting in religious
recognition in the United States.
- October 10 – 292
are killed when the South
Korean ferry Seohae capsizes off Pusan, South Korea.
11–28 – The UNMIH is prevented from entering Haiti. On
October 18, economic sanctions (abolished
in August) are reinstated.
- October 13 – Greek legislative election,
1993: Andreas Papandreou
begins his second term as Prime
Minister of Greece.
- October 13 – The
fifth summit of the Francophonie opens
- October 19 – Benazir Bhutto becomes the first elected
woman to lead a post-colonial Muslim state, in Pakistan.
- October 21 – A
coup in Burundi results in the death of president Melchior Ndadaye
and sparks the Burundi Civil
- October 25 – Canadian federal election,
1993: Jean Chrétien and his
Liberal Party defeat the
Conservative Party, which falls to an historic low of 2
- November 1 – The Maastricht Treaty takes effect, formally
establishing the European Union.
- November 5 – The
Parliament of the United
Kingdom passes the Railways Act, setting out the procedures for
privatisation of British
- November 9 –
Bosnian Croat forces destroy the
most, or Old Bridge of Mostar, Bosnia and Herzegovina, by tank fire.
- November 11 – Microsoft releases Windows
3.11 for Workgroups to manufacturing.
- November 11 – Sri Lankan civil war – Battle of Pooneryn: Over 400 Sri Lankan
military are killed.
- November 12 –
London Convention: Marine dumping of radioactive waste is outlawed.
- November 18 – In a status referendum, Puerto Rico residents vote with a slim margin to
maintain Commonwealth status.
17–22 – The North American Free Trade
Agreement (NAFTA)passes the legislative houses in the United States, Canada and Mexico.
- November 18 – In South Africa, 21 political parties approve a
- November 18 – The
first meeting of the Asia-Pacific Economic
Cooperation opens in Seattle.
- November 20 –
Savings and loan crisis: The
United States Senate Ethics
Committee issues a stern censure of California senator Alan Cranston
for his dealings with savings-and-loan executive Charles Keating.
- November 20 – An
Avioimpex Yakovlev Yak-42D crashes
into Mount Trojani near Ohrid, Macedonia. The aircraft was on a flight from Geneva, Switzerland to Skopje, but had been diverted to Ohrid due to poor
weather conditions at the Skopje airport. All 8 crew members
and 115 of the 116 passengers are killed.
- November 28 – The Observer reveals that a channel of
communications has existed between the IRA and the British government, despite the
government's persistent denials.
- December 1 – A
train crash at Tattenham Corner railway
station lead to the introduction of the current drugs and
alcohol policy for railways in the UK.
- December 2 –
STS-61: NASA launches
the Space Shuttle Endeavour on a
mission to repair an optical flaw in the Hubble Space Telescope.
- December 2 –
War on Drugs: Colombian drug lord Pablo Escobar, head of the Medellín Cartel, is gunned down in
Medellín when police try to arrest him.
- December 2 – The September 6 merger between Renault and Volvo fails; Volvo
CEO Pehr G. Gyllenhammar resigns.
- December 5 – Rafael Caldera Rodríguez is
elected President of Venezuela for the second time, succeeding
interim president Ramón José
- December 7 – Colin Ferguson opens fire with his Ruger
9 mm pistol on a Long Island
Rail Road train, killing 16 and injuring 29.
- December 7 – The
32-member Transitional Executive Committee holds its first meeting
Town, marking the first meeting of an official
government body in South Africa with
- December 7 – President of Côte d'Ivoire
Houphouët-Boigny dies at 83, the oldest African head of state.
He is succeeded 3 days later by Henri Konan Bédié.
- December 10 – id Software releases Doom, a seminal first-person shooter that uses advanced
3D graphics for computer
- December 11 – Chilean presidential
election, 1993: Eduardo Frei
Ruiz-Tagle is elected with 58% of the vote.
- December 11 – A variety of Soviet space program paraphernalia are
put to auction in Sotheby's New York, and
sell for a total of US$6.8M. One of the items is
Lunokhod 1 and its spacecraft Luna 17; they sell for $68,500.
- December 12 – Péter Boross becomes Prime Minister of Hungary
following the death of József
- December 13 –
Canadian Prime Minister
Kim Campbell resigns as head of the
Conservative Party, to
be succeeded by Jean
- December 13 – The
Majilis of Kazakhstan approves the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty, and
agrees to dismantle the more than 100 missiles left on its
territory by the fall of the USSR.
- December 15 –
Declaration: The United Kingdom commits itself to the search
for an answer to the problems of Northern Ireland.
- December 15 – The Uruguay Round of General Agreement on
Tariffs and Trade (GATT) talks reach a successful conclusion
after 7 years.
- December 16 –
Brazil's Supreme Court
rules that former President Fernando Collor de Mello may not
hold elected office again until 2000 due to
- December 18 –
Omar Bongo is re-elected as President of Gabon in the country's first multiparty elections.
- December 20 – The United Nations General
Assembly votes unanimously to
appoint a UN High Commissioner for Human
- December 20 – The first corrected
images from the Hubble Telescope
- December 22 – The interim South
African constitution is approved by Parliament 237–45.
- December 29 –
Argentina passes a measure allowing President Carlos Saul
Menem and all future presidents to run for a second
term. It also shortens presidential terms to 4 years and
removes the requirement for the president to be Roman Catholic.
- December 30 –
Israel and the Vatican
establish diplomatic relations.
- December 30 –
The Congress Party gains a
parliamentary majority in India after the
defection of 10 Janata Dal party
The following are references to year 1993 in fiction:
- January 4 – Scott Redding, English Grand Prix motorcycle
- January 9 – Ashley Argota, American actress
- January 12 – Aika Mitsui, Japanese singer
- January 18 – Morgan York, American actress
- January 19 – Gus
Lewis, English actor
- January 26 – Cameron Bright, Canadian actor
- February 7 – David Dorfman, American actor
- February 9 – Parimarjan Negi, Chess prodigy from
- February 12 – Jennifer Stone, American actress
- February 14 – Martín Galván, Mexican
- February 16 – Mike Weinberg, American actor
- February 17 – Marc Márquez, Spanish Grand Prix
- February 19 – Victoria Justice, American actress
- February 20 – Oliver Smith, UK
- February 23 – Kasumi Ishikawa, Japanese table tennis
- February 26 – Taylor Dooley, American actress
- March 4 – Yves Michel-Beneche, American actor
- March 17 – Julia Winter, English actress
- March 21 – Bobby Preston, American actor
- March 28 – Naoki Takeshi, Japanese actor
- April 1 – Keito
Okamoto, Japanese Singer/Actor
- April 3 – Dakoda
Dowd, American golfer
- April 14 – Vivien Cardone, American actress
- April 14 – Graham Phillips, American actor
- April 15 – Madeleine Martin, American television
- April 16 – Mirai Nagasu, Japanese-American figure
- April 23 – Akrit Jaswal, child physician
- May 9 – Ryosuke
Yamada, Japanese Singer/Actor
- May 10 – Mirai
Shida, Japanese actress
- May 13 – Alexander Montagu,
Viscount Mandeville, British noble
- May 13 – Debby
Ryan, American actress
- May 14 – Miranda Cosgrove, American actress
- May 20 – Caroline Zhang, American figure skater
- May 25 – The Dilley sextuplets
- June 7 – Jordan
Fry, American actor
- June 15 – Kanna
Arihara, Japanese singer
- June 22 – Ingmar
Lazar, French classical pianist
- July 11 – Rebecca Bross, American artistic gymnast
- July 26 – Taylor Momsen, American actress
- July 28 – Hannah Lochner, Canadian actress
- July 29 – Ang
Ching Hui, Singaporean actress
- August 2 – Paul
Raymond, Australian dancer
- August 3 – Paula Riemann, German actress
- August 3 – Yurina Kumai, Japanese singer
- August 5 – Suzuka Ohgo, Japanese child actress
- August 10 – Yuto Nakajima, Japanese singer and actor
- August 11 – Alyson Stoner, American actress and
- August 12 – Ewa
Farna, Polish singer
- August 17 – Sarah Sjöström, Swedish
- August 26 – Keke Palmer, American actress and singer
- August 29 – Lucas Cruikshank, American actor
- August 31 – Daniel Jimenez, American Musician
- September 1 – Ilona Mitrecey, French singer
- September 4 – Mark Vincent, Australian tenor
- September 5 – Gage Golightly, American actress
- September 9 – Charlie Stewart, American actor
- October 2 – Tara Lynne Barr, American actress
- October 8 – Angus T. Jones,
- October 28 – Elliot John Crosby, English tenpin
- November 9 – Maya Ritter, Canadian actress
- November 30 – Yuri Chinen, Japanese singer and actor
- December 6 – Elián González, Cuban refugee
- December 8 – AnnaSophia Robb, American actress
- December 10 – Rachel Trachtenburg, American
- December 10 – Lochlan Denholm, Australian stage actor
- December 15 – Matthew Koon, English stage actor
- December 22 – Aliana Lohan, American actress and singer
- December 22 – Mark Klein, American singer
- January 6 – Dizzy Gillespie, American jazz trumpeter,
bandleader, and composer (b. 1917)
- January 6 – Richard Mortensen, Danish painter (b.
- January 6 – Rudolf Nureyev, Russian dancer (b. 1938)
- January 15 – Sammy Cahn, American lyricist (b. 1913)
- January 16 – Glenn Corbett, American actor (b. 1930)
- January 18 – Eleanor Burford (Jean Plaidy, Elbur Ford,
Kathleen Kellow, Ellalice Tate, Anna Percival, Victoria Holt,
Philippa Carr), English writer (b. 1906)
- January 20 – Kōbō Abe, Japanese author (b. 1924)
- January 20 – Audrey Hepburn, Belgian born British-Dutch
actress (b. 1929)
- January 21 – Charlie Gehringer, American baseball
player (b. 1903)
- January 24 – Thurgood Marshall, American jurist, First
African-American on the Supreme Court (b. 1908)
- January 26 – Robert Jacobsen Danish artist (b. 1912)
- January 26 – Jeanne Sauvé, Canadian Governor General
- January 27 – André the Giant, French professional
wrestler (b. 1946)
- February 5 – Hans Jonas, German philosopher (b. 1903)
- February 5 – Tip Tipping, British actor and stuntman
(parachuting accident) (b. 1958)
- February 5 – Joseph L. Mankiewicz, American screenwriter and
producer (b. 1909)
- February 6 – Arthur Ashe, American tennis player and activist
- February 8 – Roland Mousnier, French historian (b.
- February 9 – Kate Wilkinson, American stage and television
actress (b. 1916)
- February 11 – Robert W. Holley, American biochemist, Nobel Prize laureate
- February 18 – Kerry Von Erich, American professional
wrestler (b. 1960)
- February 20 – Ferruccio Lamborghini, Italian
automobile manufacturer (b. 1916)
- February 21 – Inge Lehmann, Danish seismologist (b. 1888)
- February 21 – Dick White, British intelligence officer (b.
- February 23 – Phillip Terry, American actor (b. 1909)
- February 23 – Robert Triffin, Belgian economist (b.
- February 24 – Bobby Moore, English footballer (b. 1941)
- February 25 – Eddie Constantine, American-born French
singer and actor (b. 1917)
- February 26 – Beaumont Newhall, American curator (b.
- February 27 – Lillian Gish, American actress (b. 1893)
- February 28 – Ruby Keeler, American actress (b. 1909)
- March 3 – Albert
Sabin, American biologist, developer of the oral polio vaccine
- March 5 – Cyril
Collard, French filmmaker (b. 1957)
- March 8 – Billy Eckstine, American musician (b.
- March 11 – Dino
Bravo, Italan-Canadian pro wrestler (b. 1949)
- March 16 – Ralph
Fults, last of America's depression-era outlaws. (b. 1910)
- March 17 – Helen
Hayes, American actress (b. 1900)
- March 20 – Polykarp Kusch, German-born physicist,
Nobel Prize laureate (b.
- March 20 – Paul László, Hungarian-born architect
- March 24 – John
Hersey, American writer and journalist (b. 1914)
- March 27 – Kate
Reid, Canadian actress (b. 1930)
- March 30 – Richard Diebenkorn, American painter (b.
- March 31 – Brandon Lee, American actor (b. 1965)
- March 31 – Mitchell Parish, American lyricist (b.
- March 31 – Chichay, Filipino actress (b. 1918)
- April 1 – Infante Juan, Count of
Barcelona (b. 1913)
- April 2 – Eugenie Leontovich, Russian-born actress
- April 3 – Pinky
Lee, American comedian (b. 1907)
- April 8 – Marian Anderson, American contralto (b.
- April 10 – Donald Broadbent, British psychologist (b.
- April 13 – Wallace Stegner, American writer (b.
- April 15 – Robert Westall, British author (b. 1929)
- April 17 – Turgut Özal, Turkish president and prime
minister (b. 1927)
- April 20 – Cantinflas, Mexican comedian (b. 1911)
- April 23 – César Chávez, Mexican-American civil
rights activist (b. 1927)
- April 29 – Héctor Lavoe, Puerto Rican salsa singer
- April 29 – Mick
Ronson, English rock guitarist (b. 1946)
- May 1 – Pierre Bérégovoy, Prime Minister of France (b.
- May 6 – Ann Todd,
English actress (b. 1909)
- May 7 – Mary
Philbin, American actress (b. 1903)
- May 8 – Avram
Davidson, American writer (b. 1923)
- May 8 – Alwin
Nikolais, American choreographer (b. 1912)
- May 14 – William Randolph Hearst, Jr.,
American businessman (b. 1908)
- May 22 – Mieczysław Horszowski, Polish
pianist (b. 1892)
- May 30 – Sun Ra,
American jazz musician (b. 1914 or 1915)
- June 1 – Melchior Ndadaye, Burundian president (b.
- June 2 – Tahar
Djaout, Algerian writer (b. 1954)
- June 5 – Conway
Twitty, American musician (b. 1933)
- June 6 – James
Bridges, American screenwriter and director (b. 1936)
- June 7 – Drazen Petrovic, Croatian basketball Player
- June 9 – Alexis
Smith, Canadian actress (b. 1921)
- June 11 – Ray
Sharkey, American actor (b. 1952)
- June 13 – Deke
Slayton, American astronaut (b. 1924)
- June 13 – Gérard Côté, Canadian marathon
runner (b. 1913)
- June 15 – John
Connally, American politician (b. 1917)
- June 15 – James
Hunt, British race car driver (b. 1947)
- June 16 – Nicanor Zabaleta, Spanish harpist (b.
- June 19 – William Golding, English writer, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1911)
- June 19 – Szymon Goldberg, Polish-born violinist (b.
- June 22 – Pat
Nixon, First Lady of
the United States (b. 1912)
- June 24 – Archie Williams, American athlete (b.
- June 26 – Roy
Campanella, American baseball player (b. 1921)
- June 28 – GG
Allin, American punk singer (b. 1956)
- June 30 – George "Spanky" McFarland, American actor
- July 2 – Fred
Gwynne, American actor and comedian (b. 1926)
- July 2 – Masuji
Ibuse, Japanese writer (b. 1898)
- July 3 – Don
Drysdale, American baseball player (b. 1936)
- July 3 – Curly Joe DeRita, American comedian (b.
- July 4 – Anne Shirley, American actress (b.
- July 13 – Davey
Allison, American stock car driver (b. 1961)
- July 14 – Léo Ferré, French poet and
singer-songwriter (b. 1916)
- July 15 – David
Brian, American actor (b. 1914)
- July 18 – Jean
Negulesco, Romanian-born film director (b. 1900)
- July 23 – James Jordan, father of basketball
superstar, Michael Jordan (b.
- July 24 – Rene Requiestas, Filipino comedian (b.
- July 25 – Nan
Grey, American actress (b. 1918)
- July 25 – Cecilia Parker, American actress (b. 1914)
- July 26 – Matthew Ridgway, United States Army General
- July 31 – Baudouin of Belgium, King of Belgium (b.
- August 3 – James Donald, Scottish actor (b. 1917)
- August 3 – Theodore A. Parker III, American ornithologist
- August 5 – Eugen Suchoň, Slovak composer (b. 1908)
- August 7 – Christopher Gillis, American dancer and
choreographer (b. 1951)
- August 10 – Øystein Aarseth, Norwegian black metal
musician (b. 1968)
- August 10 – Irene Sharaff, American costume designer (b.
- August 16 – René Dreyfus French Grand Prix racing
driver (b. 1905)
- August 16 – Stewart Granger, Anglo-American actor (b.
- August 20 – Bernard Delfgaauw, Dutch philosopher (b.
- August 21 – Ichiro Fujiyama, Japanese composer and
singer (b. 1911)
- August 28 – E. P. Thompson, English historian and activist (b.
- August 30 – Richard Jordan, American actor (b. 1937)
- September 4 – Hervé Villechaize, French-born actor
- September 9 – Helen O'Connell, American singer (b.
- September 11 – Erich Leinsdorf, Austrian conductor (b.
- September 12 – Raymond Burr, Canadian actor (b. 1917)
- September 12 – Charles Lamont, Russian-born film director
- September 20 – Erich Hartmann, world's highest-scoring
Fighter Ace (b. 1922)
- September 22 – Maurice Abravanel, Greek-born conductor
- September 22 – Nina Berberova, Russian writer (b. 1901)
- September 27 – Jimmy Doolittle, American general (b.
- September 28 – Alexander A. Drabik, American soldier (b. 1910)
- October 5 – Agnes de Mille, American dancer and
choreographer (b. 1905)
- October 7 – Cyril Cusack, Irish actor (b. 1910)
- October 12 – Leon Ames, American actor (b. 1902)
- October 17 – Criss Oliva, American Musician (b. 1963)
- October 21 – James Leo Herlihy, American novelist and
playwright (b. 1927)
- October 25 – Vincent Price, American actor (b. 1911)
- October 25 – Danny Chan, Hong Konger singer (b. 1958)
- October 26 – Harold Rome, American composer (b. 1908)
- October 31 – Federico Fellini, Italian film director (b.
- October 31 – Paul Grégoire, archbishop of Montreal (b.
- October 31 – River Phoenix, American actor (b. 1970)
- November 1 – Severo Ochoa, Spanish-born biochemist,
recipient of the Nobel Prize in Physiology
or Medicine (b. 1905)
- November 1 – A. N.
Sherwin-White, English historian
of Ancient Rome (b. 1911)
- November 3 – Léon Theremin, inventor of the theremin
- November 12 – H.R. Haldeman,
American political aide and businessman (b. 1926)
- November 12 – Anna Sten, Ukrainian-born actress (b. 1908)
- November 16 – Achille Zavatta, French circus artist (b.
- November 18 – Fritz Feld, German actor (b. 1900)
- November 20 – Emile Ardolino, American film director (b.
- November 21 – Bill Bixby, American actor (b. 1934)
- November 22 – Anthony Burgess, English author (b. 1917)
- November 28 – Kenneth Connor English comedian (b. 1916)
- November 28 – Garry Moore, American television host and
comedian (b. 1915)
- November 29 – J. R. D. Tata, Indian
aviator and businessman (b. 1904)
- December 2 – Pablo Escobar, Colombian drug lord (b.
- December 3 – Lewis Thomas, American physician and essayist
- December 4 – Frank Zappa, American guitarist and composer (b.
- December 5 – Doug Hopkins, American musician (b. 1961)
- December 5 – Alexandre Trauner, Hungarian set designer
- December 6 – Don Ameche, American actor (b. 1908)
- December 7 – Wolfgang Paul, German physicist, Noble Prize laureate (b. 1913)
- December 7 – Félix Houphouët-Boigny,
Ivoirian president (b. 1905)
- December 13 – József Antall, Hungarian Prime Minister
- December 14 – Myrna Loy, American actress (b. 1905)
- December 15 – Evelyn Venable, American actress (b. 1913)
- December 16 – Charles Willard Moore, American
architect (b. 1926)
- December 16 – Kakuei Tanaka, Japanese Prime Minister (b.
- December 17 – Moses Gunn, American actor (b. 1929)
- December 17 – Janet Margolin, American actress (b. 1943)
- December 18 – Charizma, American hip hop
artist (b. 1973)
- December 18 – Sam Wanamaker, American film director and
actor (b. 1919)
- December 22 – Don DeFore, American actor (b. 1917)
- December 22 – Alexander Mackendrick,
British-American film director (b. 1912)
- December 24 – Norman Vincent Peale, American preacher
and writer (b. 1898)
- December 25 – Pierre Victor Auger, French physicist
- December 28 – William L. Shirer, American journalist and historian
- December 31 – Zviad Gamsakhurdia, President of Georgia (b. 1939)
- December 31 – Brandon Teena, American transman (b. 1972)
- Undated – Christian
Metz, French film theorist (b. 1931)