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Events of 1997
- January 9 –
Yachtsman Tony Bullimore is found
alive, 5 days after his boat capsized in the Southern Ocean.
- January 17 – A
Delta II rocket carrying a military
GPS payload explodes, shortly after liftoff from
- January 18 – In
northwest Rwanda, Hutu militia members kill 3 Spanish aid workers, 3
soldiers, and seriously wound another.
- January 19 –
Yasser Arafat returns to Hebron after more
than 30 years, and joins celebrations over the handover of the last
- January 20 – U.S. President Bill Clinton is inaugurated for his second
- January 22 – Madeleine Albright becomes the first
female Secretary of State, after confirmation by the United States Senate.
- January 23 – Mir Aimal Kasi is sentenced to death for a
1993 assault rifle attack outside CIA
headquarters that killed 2 and wounded 3.
- January 26 –
Super Bowl XXXI: The Green Bay Packers win the NFL Championship for the first time since
1967, defeating the New England Patriots 35–21 at the
Superdome in New
- January 27 – It is
revealed that French museums had nearly 2,000 pieces of art that had been
stolen by Nazis.
- February 4 – On
their way to Lebanon, 2 Israeli
troop-transport helicopters collide,
- February 4 – After
at first contesting the results, Serbian President
recognizes opposition victories in the November 1996
- February 4 –
British Home Secretary Michael Howard informs Moors Murderer Myra
Hindley that she will never be released from prison. Mr.
Howard has made the decision in agreement with a recommendation
made by his predecessor David Waddington in
- February 5 – The
so-called "Big Three" banks in Switzerland announce the creation of a $71 million fund to aid
Holocaust survivors and their
- February 5 – Morgan Stanley and Dean Witter Reynolds investment banks
announce a $10 billion merger.
- February 10 – The United States Army suspends Gene C. McKinney, Sergeant Major of the Army, its
top-ranking enlisted soldier, after
hearing allegations of sexual misconduct.
- February 10 –
Sandline affair: Australian newspapers publish stories that the
government of Papua New
Guinea has brought mercenaries onto Bougainville
- February 13 – STS-82: Tune-up and repair work on the Hubble Space Telescope is started by
astronauts from Space Shuttle Discovery.
- February 13 – The Dow Jones Industrial Average
closes above 7,000 for the
first time, gaining 60.81 to 7,022.44.
- February 22 – In
Scotland, scientists announce that an adult sheep named Dolly had
been successfully cloned, and was born in
- February 23 – A
small fire occurs on the Russian space station Mir.
- February 27 –
Divorce becomes legal in the Republic of
- February 28 – The
Hollywood shootout takes place between 2 heavily armed bank robbers
and Los Angeles Police
Osaka Dome during the evening.
- March 4 – U.S. President Bill Clinton bars federal funding for any
research on human cloning.
- March 6 – President of Guyana Cheddi Jagan dies in office.
- March 6 – Pablo Picasso's Tête de Femme is
stolen from a London gallery
(recovered a week later).
- March 6 – In Sri Lanka, Tamil Tigers overrun a
military base and kill more than
- March 9 – Rapper The Notorious B.I.G. is killed in a
- March 11 – An explosion at the
Tokaimura nuclear waste reprocessing
plant in Japan exposes 35 workers to low-level radioactive contamination, in the
worst nuclear accident in Japan's
- March 13 – India's
Missionaries of Charity chooses Sister
Nirmala to succeed Mother Teresa
as its leader.
- March 13 – The
Congress of the People's Republic of China creates a new
Chongqing Municipality, out of part of Sichuan.
- March 13 – The Phoenix Lights are seen over Phoenix,
- March 16 – Sandline affair: On Bougainville Island,
soldiers of commander Jerry Singirok
arrest Tim Spicer and his mercenaries of the Sandline International.
- March 18 – The tail
of a Russian An-24 charter plane breaks off
while en-route to Turkey, causing the
plane to crash, killing all 50 on board, and resulting in the
grounding of all An-24s.
- March 21 – In
Zaire, Etienne Tshiksekedi is appointed prime minister;
he ejects supporters of Mobutu Sese
Seko from his cabinet.
- March 21 – Mercenaries of Sandline
International withdraw from Papua New Guinea.
- March 22 – Tara Lipinski, 14, becomes the youngest
women's world figure skating
- March 22 – The Comet Hale-Bopp makes its closest approach
- March 24 – The
69th Academy Awards, hosted by
Billy Crystal, are held at the
Auditorium in Los Angeles, California, with The
English Patient winning Best Picture.
- March 26 – In
California, 39 Heaven's
Gate cultists commit mass suicide at their
- March 26 – Julius Chan resigns as prime minister of Papua
New Guinea, ending the Sandline affair.
- April 3 – The
Thalit massacre in Algeria: All but one of the 53 inhabitants of Thalit are
killed by guerrillas.
- April 11 – Fire
damages the Turin Cathedral in Italy.
- April 14 – Fire
breaks out in a pilgrim camp on the Plain of Mena, from Mecca; 343
- April 14 – Former SS Captain Erich Priebke is retried; on July 22 he is sentenced to 5 years in prison.
- April 16 – Houston,
Texas socialite Doris
Angleton is murdered in her River Oaks home. Roger
Angleton later admits to the crime in his suicide note.
being found innocent of the crime by a Texas jury, he is
later arrested by the United States Department of Justice on
- April 18 – The
Red River of
the North breaks through dikes and floods Grand Forks,
North Dakota and East Grand Forks, Minnesota, causing US$ 2 billion in damage.
- April 21 – A Pegasus rocket carries the
remains of 24 people into earth orbit, in the first space burial.
- April 22 – Haouch Khemisti massacre: 93
villagers are killed in Algeria.
- April 22 – A 126-day
hostage crisis at the residence of the Japanese ambassador in
Peru ends after government commandos storm and capture
the building, rescuing 71 hostages. One hostage dies of a
heart attack, 2 soldiers are
killed by rebel fire, and all 14 Tupac
Amaru rebels are slain.
- April 22 – France supports the
new transitional government
in Zaire, withdrawing its support of Mobutu Sese Seko.
- April 23 – 42 villagers are killed in
the Omaria massacre in Algeria.
- April 27 – Andrew Cunanan murders Jeffrey Trail,
beginning a murder spree that lasts until July
and ends with the murder of fashion designer Gianni Versace.
- April 29 – Two
trains crash at Hunan, China; 126 are
- May 1 – Tasmania becomes the last state in Australia to decriminalize homosexuality.
- May 1 – United Kingdom general
election, 1997: The United Kingdom's Labour Party
ends 18 years of Conservative rule by winning the
historic general election with a landslide majority.
- May 2 – Tony
Blair is appointed Prime Minister of the
United Kingdom by Elizabeth II.
- May 3 – Katrina and the Waves win the Eurovision Song Contest 1997
for the UK with
Love Shine a Light, the
most successful Eurovision entry ever.
- May 10 – An earthquake near Ardekul, in northeastern Iran, kills at
- May 11 – IBM's Deep Blue defeats Garry Kasparov in the last game of
the rematch, the first time a computer beats a chess World champion in a match.
- May 12 – The Russian-Chechen Peace Treaty is signed.
- May 14 – The Star Alliance is formed between Air Canada, Lufthansa, Scandinavian Airlines System,
International and United
- May 15 – The United States government acknowledges existence of the "Secret War" in Laos, and dedicates the
Laos Memorial in honor of Hmong and other "Secret War"
- May 16 – Mobutu Sese
Seko leaves Kinshasa, eventually settling in Morocco.
- May 16 – U.S. President Bill Clinton issues a formal apology to the
surviving victims of the Tuskegee
Study of Untreated Syphilis in the Negro Male and their
- May 17 – Troops of
Laurent Kabila march into Kinshasa.
- May 22 – Kelly
Flinn, the U.S. Air Force's first female bomber pilot certified for
combat, accepts a general
discharge in order to avoid a court
- May 25 – Strom
Thurmond becomes the longest-serving member in the history of
the United States Senate (41
years and 10 months).
- May 25 – A military
coup in Sierra Leone replaces President Ahmad Tejan Kabbah with Major Johnny Paul Koromah.
- May 27 – The second-deadliest tornado of
the 1990s hits in Jarrell,
Texas, killing 27 people.
- May 31 – The
13-kilometer Confederation Bridge, the world's longest bridge spanning ice covered
waters, opens between Prince Edward Island and New
- June 1 – Iraq disarmament crisis: Iraqi military
escorts on board an UNSCOM helicopter try to
physically prevent the UNSCOM pilot from flying the helicopter in
the direction of its planned destination, threatening the safety of
the aircraft and their crews.
- June 1 – Hugo Banzer wins the Presidential elections in Bolivia.
- June 2 – In Denver, Colorado, Timothy McVeigh is
convicted on 15 counts of murder and conspiracy for his role in the
- June 6 – In Lacey
Jersey, high school senior Melissa Drexler kills her newborn baby in a
- June 7 – A computer user known as "_eci"
publishes his Microsoft C source code on
a Windows 95 and Windows NT exploit, which later becomes WinNuke. The source code gets wide distribution
across the internet, and Microsoft is forced to release a security
- June 7 – The Detroit Red Wings win their first Stanley Cup championship in 42 years, defeating
the Philadelphia Flyers 4 games
to 0. Red Wings goaltender Mike
Vernon is awarded the Conn Smythe
Trophy as playoff MVP.
- June 8 – A United States Coast Guard
helicopter crashes near Humboldt Bay, California; all 4 crewmembers perish.
- June 10 – Khmer Rouge leader Pol
Pot orders the killing of his defense chief, Son Sen, and 11 of Sen's family members, before Pol
Pot flees his northern stronghold (the news does not reach outside
Cambodia for 3 days).
- June 11 – In the
Kingdom, the House of
Commons votes for a total ban on handguns.
- June 12 – The
United States Department of the
Treasury unveils a new $50
bill, meant to be more difficult to counterfeit.
- June 13 – A jury sentences Timothy McVeigh to death for his part in the 1995 Oklahoma
- June 16 – About 50 are killed in the
Dairat Labguer massacre in
- June 19 – The fast food chain McDonald's wins a partial victory in its libel
trial, known as the McLibel case,
against 2 environmental campaigners.
- June 22 – Swedish musician Ted Gärdestad commits suicide by jumping
in front of a train. He is found dead later the morning.
- June 25 – An unmanned Progress spacecraft collides with the
Russian space station Mir.
- June 26 – Bertie Ahern is appointed as the 10th Taoiseach of the Republic of Ireland and Mary Harney is
appointed as the 16th, and first female, Tánaiste, after their parties, Fianna Fáil and the Progressive Democrats respectively,
win the 1997 General
- June 30 – Bloomsbury Publishing published
JK Rowling's Harry Potter and the
- July 1 – The United
Kingdom hands sovereignty
Kong to the People's Republic of China.
- July 4 – NASA's Pathfinder space probe lands on the surface
- July 5 – In Cambodia, Hun Sen of the Cambodian People's Party overthrows
Norodom Ranariddh in a coup.
- July 7 – The Great
Flood begins in southern Poland.
- July 8 – Mayo Clinic researchers warn that the dieting drug "fen-phen" can
cause severe heart and lung damage.
- July 8 – NATO invites
Republic, Hungary, and Poland to join
the alliance in 1999.
- July 10 – In London, scientists
report their DNA analysis findings from a
Neanderthal skeleton, which support the
out of Africa theory of
human evolution, placing an "African
Eve" at 100,000 to 200,000 years ago.
- July 10 – Miguel Ángel Blanco is kidnapped in
Ermua, Spain and murdered by the ETA.
- July 11 – Thailand's worst hotel fire at Pattaya kills 90.
- July 13 – The remains
of Che Guevara are returned to Cuba for
burial, alongside some of his comrades.
- July 15 – Spree killer Andrew
Cunanan shoots fashion designer Gianni Versace to death outside Versace's
- July 16 – The Dow Jones Industrial
Average gains 63.17 to close at 8,038.88. It is the Dow's first
close above 8,000. The Dow has doubled its value in 30
- July 17 – The F.W. Woolworth Company closes after 117
years in business.
- July 21 – The fully
Constitution (aka "Old Ironsides")
celebrates her 200th birthday by setting sail for the first time in
- July 23 – Digital Equipment Corporation
files antitrust charges against
- July 25 – K.R. Narayanan is
sworn in as India's 10th
president and the first member of the Dalit caste to hold this
- July 27 – About 50 are killed in the
Si Zerrouk massacre in
- July 30 – 18 people
are killed in the Thredbo
landslide in the Snowy Mountains resort in Australia. Stuart Diver is the only
- August 1 – Boeing
and McDonnell Douglas complete a
- August 1- Steve Jobs returns to Apple
Computer, Inc at Macworld in Boston.
- August 2 –
Australian ski instructor Stuart Diver
is rescued as the sole survivor from the Thredbo landslide in New South
Wales, in which 18 die.
- August 3 – Between 40–76 villagers are
killed in the Oued
El-Had and Mezouara massacre in Algeria.
- August 4 – 185,000
Teamsters Union United
Parcel Service drivers walk off the job.
- August 6 – Microsoft buys a $150 million share of financially
- August 6 – Korean Air
Flight 801 crash lands west of Guam
International Airport, resulting in the deaths of 228 people.
- August 13 – In
Horizonte, Brazil, Cruzeiro wins the Sporting
Cristal of Peru by 1–0
and are Copa
Libertadores de América champions for the second
- August 20 – Over 60 are killed, 15
kidnapped in the Souhane massacre
in Algeria; .
- August 26 – 60–100 are killed in the
Beni-Ali massacre in Algeria;
- August 26 – The
International Commission on Decommissioning is set up in
Ireland, as part of a peace process.
- August 29 – Over 98 (and possibly up
to 400) are killed in the Rais
massacre in Algeria.
- August 31 –
Diana, Princess of Wales,
is taken to hospital after a car accident shortly after midnight,
in the Pont de l'Alma road tunnel in Paris.
She is pronounced dead at 04:00 a.m
- September 4 – In
Ohio, the last Ford
Thunderbird for 3 years rolls off the assembly line.
- September 5 – Over 87 are killed in
the Beni-Messous massacre in
- September 5 – The
Committee picks Athens, Greece to be the host city for the 2004 Summer Olympics.
- September 5 –
Mother Theresa of
Calcutta dies of heart failure in Kolkata, India.
- September 6 – The
funeral of Diana,
Princess of Wales takes place at Westminster Abbey, watched by over 2 billion people
- September 6 – A Jean Michel Jarre Oxygene in
Moscow concert, celebrating the city's 850th anniversary, draws
3.5 million people.
- September 7 – The F-22 Raptor makes its first test flight.
- September 11 –
Scotland votes to create its own Parliament after 290 years
of union with England.
- September 13 – Iraq disarmament crisis: An Iraqi
military officer attacks an UNSCOM weapons inspector on board an
UNSCOM helicopter, while the inspector attempts to take photographs
of unauthorized movement of Iraqi vehicles inside a site designated
- September 15 – Norwegian parliamentary
- September 17 – Iraq disarmament
crisis: While waiting for access to a site, UNSCOM inspectors
witness and videotape Iraqi guards moving files, burning documents,
and dumping waste cans into a nearby river.
- September 18 –
Wales votes in
favour of devolution and the formation of
a National Assembly.
- September 19 – 53 are killed in the
Guelb El-Kebir massacre in
- September 21 – The Islamic Salvation Army, the Islamic Salvation Fronts' armed
wing, declares a unilateral ceasefire in Algeria.
- September 22 – Over 200 villagers
are killed in the Bentalha
massacre in Algeria.
- September 25 – Iraq disarmament
crisis: UNSCOM inspector Dr. Diane Seaman catches several Iraqi men
sneaking out the back door of an inspection site, with log books
for the creation of prohibited bacteria and chemicals.
- September 26 –
An air crash in Indonesia (likely caused by smoke rising from numerous
forest fires in the area) kills 235 people (see Garuda Indonesia Flight
- September 26 –
An earthquake strikes the Italian regions of Umbria and
Marche, causing part of the Basilica
of St. Francis at Assisi to collapse.
- September 27 –
The Catholic diocese of Požega,
Croatia is founded.
- October 1 –
Luke Woodham walks into Pearl High
School in Pearl,
Mississippi and opens fire, killing 2 girls, after killing his
mother earlier that morning.
- October 2 –
British scientists Moira Bruce and John Collinge, with
their colleagues, independently show that the new variant form of
disease is the same disease as Bovine spongiform
- October 4 – One
million men gather for Promise
Keepers' "Stand in the Gap" event in Washington, DC.
- October 4 –
Loomis Fargo Bank Robbery:
The second largest cash robbery in U.S.
history ($17.3 million, mostly in small bills) occurs at the
North Carolina office of Wells
Fargo. An FBI
investigation eventually results in 24 convictions and the recovery
of approximately 95% of the stolen cash.
- October 11 – The mixed martial arts organization PRIDE Fighting Championships
holds its inaugural event at the Tokyo Dome in Tokyo, Japan. In the
main event Rickson Gracie defeats
Nobuhiko Takada by armbar.
- October 12 – 43 are killed at a false
roadblock, in the Sidi Daoud
massacre in Algeria.
- October 15 – Andy Green sets the first supersonic land speed record for the ThrustSSC team, led by Richard Noble of the UK. ThrustSSC goes
through the flying mile course at Black Rock Desert, Nevada at an
average speed of 1,227.985 km/h (763.035 mph).
- October 15 –
NASA launches the Cassini-Huygens probe to Saturn.
- October 16 – The first color
photograph appears on the front page of the New York Times.
- October 17 – The
remains of Che Guevara are laid to rest
with full military honours in a specially built mausoleum in the
city of Santa Clara, Cuba, where he
had won the decisive battle of the Cuban Revolution 39 years
- October 26 –
Michael Schumacher commits the
infamous Dry Sac corner incident at the Circuito
Permanente de Jerez track, an act for which he is disqualified from the
1997 season by the FIA and crucified in the press.
- October 26 – 1997 World Series: The Florida Marlins defeat the Cleveland Indians.
- October 27 – Stock markets around the world crash because of a global
economic crisis scare. The Dow Jones Industrial Average
follows suit and plummets 554.26, or 7.18%, to 7,161.15. The points
loss exceeds the loss from Black
Monday. Officials at the New York
Stock Exchange for the first time invoke the "circuit breaker"
rule to stop trading.
- October 28 – In the U.S., the Dow
Jones Industrial Average gains a record 337.17 points, closing at
7,498.32. One billion shares are traded on the New York Stock
Exchange for the first time ever.
- October 29 – Iraq disarmament crisis:
Iraq says it will begin shooting down Lockheed U-2 surveillance planes being used by
- October 30 – In
Massachusetts, British au pair Louise
Woodward is found guilty of the baby-shaking death of 8-month-old Matthew
- October 30 – After suffering a
brain aneurysm onstage, R.E.M.'s drummer Bill Berry
announces that he will leave the band.
- December 3 – In
Ottawa, Canada, representatives from 121 countries sign a
treaty prohibiting the manufacture and
deployment of anti-personnel land
mines. However, the United States, the People's Republic of China, and Russia do not
sign the treaty.
- December 8 –
Myra Hindley, one of the Moors murderers, arrives at the High
Court of Justice, to contest a recent Home
Secretary's decision that she should remain in prison until she
- December 11 – The Kyoto Protocol is adopted by a United Nations
- December 12 –
Demonstrations occur in the state capitals of Australia against the
WTO and IMF.
- December 16 – "Dennō Senshi Porygon", an episode
of the Pokémon TV series, is
aired in Japan, inducing seizures in hundreds of Japanese
- December 17 –
The Ukrainian aircraft VK-42 crashes into a
mountain in Greece, killing 62 passengers.
- December 18 – Myra Hindley loses her High Court appeal
against the government's decision to keep her behind bars for the
rest of her life.
- December 19 –
Janet Jagan the former wife of Cheddi Jagan took office in Guyana.
- December 19 – James Cameron's Titanic, the highest-grossing film
of all time, premiers in the US.
- December 24 – 50–100 villagers are
killed in the Sid El-Antri
massacre in Algeria.
- December 27 –
Ulster loyalist paramilitary leader Billy Wright is assassinated in
Ireland, inside Long Kesh prison.
- December 29 –
Kong begins to kill all the chickens within its territory (1.25 million) to stop
the spread of a potentially deadly influenza strain.
- December 30 –
of Relizane massacres of December 30, 1997: In the worst
incident in Algeria's insurgency, 400 are killed from four villages
in the wilaya of Relizane.
- The Toyota Prius, the first hybrid
vehicle to go into full production, is unveiled in Japan in
October, and goes on sale in Japan in December. It comes to U.S.
showrooms in July 2000.
- In the book 2001: A Space
Odyssey, the computer HAL 9000 was
activated on January 17.
- In the 1965 TV series, Lost in Space, the spacecraft Jupiter II is launched on October 16, 1997.
- The 1984 film The
Terminator and its sequel, Terminator 2: Judgment Day,
both referenced the year 1997 as the time in which the fictional
computer entity Skynet would launch a nuclear attack on mankind on
- The 1987 NES RPG-game, Crystalis, references October 1, 1997 as the
day when a terrible war takes place and the whole human kind goes
back in time, therefore, strange animals populate in cities and a
few build a tower that goes high into the sky.
- John Carpenter's 1981 film
Escape from New York
is set in 1997 of a United States so crime-ridden that Manhattan
Island in New York City has become a maximum security prison.
- The events of Alan Moore and David Lloyd's V
for Vendetta supposedly begin on November 5, 1997.
1990 film Predator 2 takes place
in 1997 Los
manga and anime
InuYasha takes place in 1997 in
- January 13 – Marius Borg Høiby, son of Crown
Princess Mette-Marit of Norway
- January 14 – Nastya and Masha
Tolmacheva (The Tolmachevy
Twins), Russian singers
- January 24 – Jonah Bobo, American actor
- February 10 – Chloe Moretz, American actress
- March 3 – Maria Francisca Isabel
de Bragança, daughter of Duarte Pio, Duke of
- March 27 – Princess Aisha of Jordan
- March 27 – Princess Sara of Jordan
- April 1 – Asa
Butterfield, British actor
- April 14 – Abigail Breslin, American actress
- May 1 – Ariel
Gade, American actress
- May 1 – Miles
Ocampo, Filipina actress
- June 20 – Maria
Lark, Russian-born American actress
- July 15 – Prince Lukás of Bulgaria
- August 25 – Holly Gibbs, English actress
- September 2 – Nikki Taylor Melton, American
- September 8 – Kimberlea Berg, English actress
- October 8 – Connor Carmody, American actor
- October 8 – Bella Thorne, American actress/model
- October 12 – Prince Boris of Bulgaria, second in
line to the Bulgarian throne,
- October 31 – Sydney Park, American actress and
- November 1 – Alexander Draper Wolff, American actor and
- November 13 – Brent Kinsman, American actor
- November 13 – Shane Kinsman, American Actor
- November 19 – McCaughey septuplets, the world's first
set of septuplets to survive infancy
- January 1 – Ivan Graziani, Italian singer-songwriter (b.
- January 1 – Townes Van Zandt, American folk singer (b.
- January 4 – Harry Helmsley, American real estate mogul
- January 5 – Burton Lane, American composer and lyricist (b.
- January 6 – Catherine Scorsese, Italian-American
actress (b. 1912)
- January 9 – Jesse White, American actor (b. 1917)
- January 10 – Sheldon Leonard, American producer, actor,
director (b. 1907)
- January 10 – Alexander R. Todd, Baron Todd, Scottish
chemist, Nobel Prize
laureate (b. 1907)
- January 12 – Charles Brenton Huggins,
Canadian-born cancer researcher, recipient of the Nobel Prize in Physiology
or Medicine (b. 1901)
- January 16 – Ennis Cosby, comedian Bill Cosby's son (b.
- January 17 – Clyde Tombaugh, American astronomer (b.
- January 18 – Paul Tsongas, U.S. Senator from
(Massachusetts) and one-time candidate for the Democratic
presidential nomination (b. 1941)
- January 19 – James Dickey, American poet and novelist (b.
- January 20 – Curt Flood, American baseball player (b. 1938)
- January 21 – Colonel Tom Parker, Dutch-born celebrity
manager (b. 1909)
- January 22 – Billy Mackenzie, Scottish singer (b.
- January 23 – Richard Berry African-American singer and
composer (b. 1935)
- January 25 – Jeane Dixon, American astrologer (b. 1904)
- January 27 – Cecil Arthur Lewis MC, British fighter
pilot who flew in World War I and last surviving World War I ace
- January 31 – Johnny Klein, American drummer (b. 1918)
- February 1 – Herb Caen, American newspaper columnist (b.
- February 1 – Marjorie Reynolds, American actress (b.
- February 2 – Chico Science, Brazilian musician (b. 1967)
- February 5 – Pamela Harriman, U.S. Ambassador to France
- February 11 – Don Porter, American actor (b. 1912)
- February 17 –
Zein Isa, Palestinian militant imprisoned
in the United
States for the honor killing
of his daughter
- February 19 – Deng Xiaoping, leader of the People's Republic
of China (b. 1904)
- February 23 – Tony Williams, American musician (b. 1945)
- February 26 – David Doyle, American actor (b. 1929)
- February 28 –
Eugene Phillips, Jr. and Emil Dechebal Matasareanu, shooters in the North
- March 4 – Robert H. Dicke, American experimental physicist (b.
- March 4 – Carey
Loftin, American actor and stuntman (b. 1914)
- March 6 – Cheddi
Jagan, President of Guyana
- March 7 – Edward Mills Purcell, American
physicist, Nobel Prize
laureate (b. 1912)
- March 7 – Martin Kippenberger, German artist (b.
- March 9 – The Notorious B.I.G., American rapper
- March 9 – Terry
Nation, Welsh screenwriter (b. 1930)
- March 10 – La
Vern Baker, American singer (b. 1929)
- March 14 – Fred Zinnemann, Austrian-born director (b.
- March 15 – Gail
Davis, American actress (b. 1925)
- March 17 – Jermaine Stewart, American singer (b.
- March 19 – Willem de Kooning, Dutch artist (b.
- March 20 – Tony
Zale, American boxer (b. 1913)
- March 21 – W.V. Awdry, British
children's writer (b. 1911)
- April 1 – Jolie
Gabor, Hungarian socialite (b. 1896)
- April 5 – Allen Ginsberg, American poet (b. 1926)
- April 8 – Laura
Nyro, American singer and composer (b. 1947)
- April 7 – Witto
Aloma, Cuban baseball player (b. 1923)
- April 7 – Georgi Shonin, Russian cosmonaut (b. 1935)
- April 11 – Wang
Xiaobo, Chinese writer(b. 1952)
- April 12 – George Wald, American scientist, recipient of
the Nobel Prize in
Physiology or Medicine (b. 1903)
- April 15 – Mildred Cleghorn, Chairwoman of the Fort
Sill Apache tribe (b. 1910)
- April 16 – Doris Angleton, American socialite (b.
- April 16 – Roland Topor, French illustrator (b. 1938)
- April 19 – El
Duce, American singer and drummer (b. 1958)
- April 20 – Jean
Louis, American costume designer (b. 1907)
- April 20 – Henry
Mucci, American Colonel of the 98th Ranger Battalion (b.
- April 22 – Baroness Seear, President of the UK Liberal
Party (b. 1913)
- April 24 – Pat
Paulsen, American comedian (b. 1927)
- April 26 – John Beal, American actor (b. 1909)
- April 30 – Henry Picard, American golfer (b. 1906)
- May 1 – Bo
Widerberg, Swedish film director (b. 1930)
- May 2 – John
Carew Eccles, Australian neurophysiologist, recipient of the
Nobel Prize in
Physiology or Medicine (b. 1903)
- May 4 – Alvy
Moore, American actor (b. 1921)
- May 5 – Walter
Gotell, German actor (b. 1924)
- May 11 – Howard
Morton, American actor (b. 1925)
- May 14 – Harry Blackstone Jr., American magician
- May 14 – Thelma Carpenter, American singer and
actress (b. 1922)
- May 16 – Giuseppe De Santis, Italian film director
- May 22 – Alfred
Hershey, American biochemist, recipient of the Nobel Prize in Physiology
or Medicine (b. 1908)
- May 23 – James
Lee Byars, American artist (b. 1932)
- May 24 – Edward
Mulhare, Irish actor (b. 1923)
- May 29 – Jeff
Buckley, American musician (b. 1966)
- May 29 – George Fenneman, American radio and
television announcer (b. 1919)
- May 31 – James Bennett Griffin, American
archaeologist (b. 1905)
- June 2 – Helen
Jacobs, American tennis champion (b. 1908)
- June 3 – Dennis
James, American game show host (b. 1917)
- June 6 – Magda
Gabor, American actress (b. 1914)
- June 8 – Reid
Shelton, American actor (b. 1924)
- June 9 – Christina Kokubo, American actress (b.
- June 12 – Bulat Okudzhava, Soviet non-mainstream singer of Georgian descent (b. 1924)
- June 14 – Richard Jaeckel, American actor (b. 1926)
- June 22 – Gérard Pelletier, French journalist,
politician and diplomat (b. 1919)
- June 22 – Don
Henderson, British actor (b. 1932)
- June 23 – Betty
Shabazz, American widow of Malcolm X
- June 24 – Don
Hutson, American football player (b. 1913)
- June 24 – Brian
Keith, American actor (b. 1921)
- June 25 – Jacques-Yves Cousteau, French explorer
- June 26 – Israel Kamakawiwo'ole, Hawaiian singer
- June 28 – Mrs.
Miller, American singer (b. 1907)
- June 29 – William Hickey, American actor (b.
- July 1 – Robert
Mitchum, American actor (b. 1917)
- July 2 – James Stewart, American actor (b.
- July 4 – Charles Kuralt, American television reporter
- July 4 – John Zachary Young, British biologist (b.
- July 13 – Alexandra Danilova, Russian dancer (b.
- July 14 – Sir Garfield Barwick, Australian Chief
Justice (b. 1903)
- July 15 – Gianni Versace, Italian fashion designer (b.
- July 18 – Eugene Shoemaker, American astronomer (b.
- July 20 – John
Akii-Bua Ugandan hurdler (b. 1949)
- July 23 – Chuhei
Nambu, Japanese athlete (b. 1904)
- July 24 – William J. Brennan, U.S. Supreme Court Justice (b.
- July 24 – Frank
Parker, American tennis champion (b. 1916)
- July 25 – Ben
Hogan, American golf champion (b. 1912)
- July 30 – Bao
Dai, Emperor of Vietnam (b. 1913)
- August 2 – William S. Burroughs, American author (b. 1914)
- August 2 – Fela
Kuti, Nigerian musician and political activist (b. 1938)
- August 4 – Jeanne Calment, French supercentenarian and
the oldest living person ever documented in history. (b. 1875)
- August 8 – Sviatoslav Richter, Ukrainian pianist (b.
- August 10 – Conlon Nancarrow, American-born composer
- August 12 – Luther Allison, American musician (b.
- August 16 – Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan, Pakistani
Qwalli artist (b. 1948)
- August 21 – Yuri Nikulin, Russian actor (b. 1921)
- August 23 – John Kendrew, British molecular biologist,
recipient of the Nobel Prize in
Chemistry (b. 1917)
- August 24 – Louis Essen, English physicist (b. 1908)
- August 27 – Sally Blane, American actress (b. 1910)
- August 27 – Brandon Tartikoff, American television
executive (b. 1949)
- August 31 – Diana, Princess of Wales (b.
- August 31 – Dodi Al-Fayed, Egyptian businessman (b.
- September 2 – Rudolph Bing, Austrian opera manager (b.
- September 2 – Viktor Frankl, Austrian neurologist and
psychiatrist (b. 1905)
- September 5 – Georg Solti, Hungarian conductor (b. 1912)
- September 5 – Mother Teresa, Albanian missionary and
humanitarian, recipient of the Nobel
Peace Prize (b. 1910)
- September 7 –
Mobutu Sese Seko, president of
- September 9 – Burgess Meredith, American actor (b.
- September 17 – Red Skelton, American comedian (b. 1913)
- September 18 – Jimmy Witherspoon, American blues singer
- September 19 – Rich Mullins, American musician (b. 1955)
- September 23 – Shirley Clarke, American filmmaker (b.
- September 25 – Jean Françaix, French composer (b.
- September 27 – Walter Trampler, American violist (b.
- September 29 – Roy Lichtenstein, American artist (b.
- October 1 – Jerome H. Lemelson, American inventor (b. 1923)
- October 4 – Gunpei Yokoi, Japanese video game franchise
creator (b. 1941)
- October 5 – Brian Pillman, American professional wrestler
- October 5 – Arthur Tracy, American singer (b. 1899)
- October 6 – Adrienne Hill, British actress (b. 1937)
- October 6 – Johnny Vander Meer, baseball player (b.
- October 12 – John Denver, American musician (b. 1943)
- October 14 – Harold Robbins, American writer (b. 1916)
- October 16 – Audra Lindley, American actress (b. 1918)
- October 16 – James A. Michener, American writer (b. 1907)
- October 19 – Glen Buxton, American guitarist (b. 1947)
- October 22 – Leonid Amalrik, Russian animator (b. 1905)
- October 23 – Bert Haanstra, Dutch filmmaker (b. 1916)
- October 24 – Don Messick, American voice actor (b. 1926)
- October 28 – Paul Jarrico, American screenwriter (b.
- October 29 –
Michalitsianos, Greek-American NASA
astrophysicist (b. 1947)
- October 29 – Anton Szandor LaVey, American founder of
the Church of Satan (b. 1930)
- October 30 – Samuel Fuller, American screenwriter and
director (b. 1912)
- November 4 – Eddie Arcaro, American jockey (b. 1916)
- November 5 – James Robert Baker, American novelist and
screenwriter (b. 1946)
- November 5 – Sir Isaiah Berlin, Russian historian of ideas (b.
- November 11 – William Alland, American actor, writer, and
director (b. 1916)
- November 11 – Rodney Milburn, American athlete (b. 1950)
- November 12 – Carlos Surinach, Spanish composer (b.
- November 15 – Saul Chaplin, American composer (b. 1912)
- November 15 – Douglas MacArthur II, nephew of
World War II General Douglas MacArthur (b. 1909)
- November 17 – John Wimber, American leader of the Vineyard
Movement (b. 1934)
- November 21 – Robert Simpson, English composer
- November 22 – Michael Hutchence, Australian musician (b.
- November 25 – "Barbara" , French singer (b. 1930)
- November 27 – Buck Leonard, American baseball player (b.
- November 29 – Coleman Young, Detroit mayor (b. 1918)
- November 30 – Kathy Acker, American author (b. 1947)
- December 1 – Stephane Grappelli, French violinist (b.
- December 2 – Shirley Crabtree, British wrestler best
known as Big Daddy (b. 1930)
- December 2 – Michael Hedges, American composer and
guitarist (b. 1953)
- December 14 – Stubby Kaye, American actor (b. 1918)
- December 18 – Chris Farley, American actor and comedian (b.
- December 19 – David Schramm, American
astrophysicist (b. 1945)
- December 20 – Juzo Itami, Japanese film director (b. 1933)
- December 20 – Denise Levertov, English-born American poet
- December 21 – Amie Comeaux, American country singer (b.
- December 23 – Stanley Cortez, American cinematographer (b.
- December 24 – Toshirō Mifune, Japanese actor (b.
- December 25 – Denver Pyle, American actor (b. 1920)
- December 27 – Billy Wright, Irish paramilitary
leader (b. 1960)
- December 31 – Billie Dove, American actress (b. 1903)
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