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1963 ( MCMLXIII) was a common year starting on Tuesday of the Gregorian calendar, the 1963rd year of the Common Era (CE) and (AD) designations, the 963rd year of the Anno Domini 2nd millennium, the 63rd year of the 20th century, and the 4th year of the 1960s decade.
January 2 – Vietnam War – Battle of Ap Bac: The Viet Cong win their first major victory. 
January 8 – Leonardo da Vinci's is exhibited in the United States for the first time, at the Mona Lisa National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C. 
January 9 – A total penumbral lunar eclipse is visible in Americas, Europe, Africa, and Asia, and is the 56th lunar eclipse of Lunar Saros 114. Gamma has a value of -1.01282. It occurs on the night between Wednesday, January 9 and Thursday, January 10, 1963.
January 13 – 1963 Togolese coup d'état: A military coup Togo results in the installation of coup leader Emmanuel Bodjollé as president. 
George Wallace becomes governor of Alabama. In his inaugural speech, he defiantly proclaims "segregation now, segregation tomorrow, and segregation forever!"   The steam locomotive (British Railways No. 60103) makes its last scheduled run, before going into the hands of Flying Scotsman Alan Pegler for preservation.
January 17 – A last quarter moon occurs between the penumbral lunar eclipse and the annular solar eclipse, only 12 hours, 29 minutes after apogee.
January 18 - Hugh Gaitskell, leader of the U.K.'s Labour Party, dies and is replaced by acting leader George Brown.
January 22 – France and West Germany sign the Élysée Treaty.
January 25 – A large annular solar eclipse covered 99.5% of the Sun and a narrow path at most 19.6 km (12.2 mi). It was visible in Chile, Argentina, South Africa, Madagascar, and was the 26th solar eclipse of Solar Saros 140. Gamma had a value of -0.48984.
January 26 – The Australia Day shootings rock Perth; 2 people are shot dead and 3 others injured by Eric Edgar Cooke.
January 28 – Black student Harvey Gantt enters Clemson University in South Carolina, the last U.S. state to hold out against racial desegregation. January 29 – French President Charles de Gaulle vetoes the United Kingdom's entry into the European Common Market.
March – The divorce case of
The Duke and Duchess of Argyll causes scandal in the United Kingdom.
March 4 – In Paris, six people are sentenced to death for conspiring to assassinate President Charles de Gaulle. De Gaulle pardons five, but the other conspirator, Jean Bastien-Thiry, is executed by firing squad several days later.
March 5 – In Camden, Tennessee, country music superstar Patsy Cline (Virginia Patterson Hensley) is killed in a plane crash along with fellow performers Hawkshaw Hawkins, Cowboy Copas and Cline's manager and pilot Randy Hughes, while returning from a benefit performance in Kansas City, Kansas, for country radio disc jockey "Cactus" Jack Call.
March 6 – The first frost-free day in the U.K. after many months of one of the coldest recorded winters in history.
March 17 – Mount Agung erupts on Bali, killing approximately 1,500.
March 18 – : The Gideon v. Wainwright Supreme Court of the United States rules that state courts are required to provide counsel in criminal cases for defendants who cannot afford to pay their own attorneys.
March 21 – The Alcatraz Federal Penitentiary on Alcatraz Island in San Francisco Bay closes; the last 27 prisoners are transferred elsewhere at the order of United States Attorney General Robert F. Kennedy.
March 22 – The Beatles release their first album, , in the United Kingdom. Please Please Me
March 23 – Dansevise by Grethe & Jørgen Ingmann (music by Otto Francker, text by Sejr Volmer-Sørensen) wins the Eurovision Song Contest 1963 for Denmark.
March 27 – In Britain, Dr. Richard Beeching issues a report, The Reshaping of British Railways, calling for huge cuts to the country's rail network. 
March 30 – Indigenous Australians are legally allowed to drink alcohol in New South Wales.  March 31 – The 1962-63 New York City newspaper strike ends after 114 days.
April 1 – The long-running soap opera debuts on General Hospital ABC Television in the United States.
April 3 – Southern Christian Leadership Conference volunteers kick off the Birmingham campaign ( Birmingham, Alabama) against racial segregation in the United States with a sit-in.
April 7 – Yugoslavia is proclaimed to be a socialist republic, and Josip Broz Tito is named President for Life.
April 8 – The 35th Academy Awards ceremony is held. wins Lawrence of Arabia Best Picture.
April 9 – British statesman Sir Winston Churchill becomes an honorary citizen of the United States.
April 10 – The U.S. nuclear submarine sinks 220 mi (190 nmi; 350 km) east of Thresher Cape Cod; all 129 aboard (112 crewmen plus yard personnel) die.
April 11 – Pope John XXIII issues his final encyclical, , entitled Pacem in terris On Establishing Universal Peace in Truth, Justice, Charity and Liberty, the first papal encyclical addressed to "all men of good will", rather than to Roman Catholics only. 
Martin Luther King Jr., Ralph Abernathy, Fred Shuttlesworth and others are arrested in a Birmingham, Alabama protest for "parading without a permit". The Soviet nuclear powered submarine collides with the Finnish merchant vessel M/S K-33 Finnclipper in the Danish Straits. Although severely damaged, both vessels make it to port.
April 14 – The Institute of Mental Health (Belgrade) is established.
April 15 – 70,000 marchers arrive in London from Aldermaston, to demonstrate against nuclear weapons.
April 16 – Martin Luther King, Jr. issues his " Letter from Birmingham Jail".
April 20 – In Quebec, Canada, members of the terrorist group Front de libération du Québec bomb a Canadian Army recruitment center, killing night watchman Wilfred V. O'Neill.
April 21– 23 – The first election of the Supreme Institution of the Bahá'í Faith (known as the Universal House of Justice, whose seat is at the Bahá'í World Centre on Mount Carmel in Haifa, Israel) is held.
April 22 – Lester Bowles Pearson becomes the 14th Prime Minister of Canada.
April 28 – 1963 general election is held in Italy. April 29 – Buddy Rogers (wrestler) becomes the first WWWF Champion.
Thousands of black people, many of them children, are arrested while protesting segregation in
Birmingham, Alabama. Public Safety Commissioner Eugene "Bull" Connor later unleashes fire hoses and police dogs on the demonstrators. Berthold Seliger launches near Cuxhaven a 3-stage rocket with a maximum flight altitude of more than 62 miles (the only sounding rocket developed in Germany).
May 4 – The Le Monde Theater fire in Dioirbel, Senegal kills 64.
smallpox outbreak hits Stockholm, Sweden, lasting until July. Alois Hudal, a titular bishop in the Roman Catholic religion who fell out with the Vatican over his support of Nazi doctrine and his assistance in helping murderers evade the law, dies.
May 14 – Kuwait becomes the 111th member of the United Nations.
May 15 – Project Mercury: NASA launches Gordon Cooper on Mercury-Atlas 9, the last mission (on June 12 NASA Administrator James E. Webb tells Congress the program is complete).
May 22 – A.C. Milan beats Benfica 2-1 at Wembley Stadium, London and wins the 1962-63 European Cup (football).
May 23 – Fidel Castro visits the Soviet Union.
May 25 – The Organisation of African Unity is established in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. May 27 – is singer-songwriter The Freewheelin' Bob Dylan Bob Dylan's second studio album, and most influential, opening with the song " Blowin' in the Wind", released by Columbia Records in the United States.
August 5 – The United States, United Kingdom and Soviet Union sign the Partial Nuclear Test Ban Treaty. 
August 8 – The Great Train Robbery takes place in Buckinghamshire, England.
August 14 – A huge devastating forest fire hit around Paraná State, Brazil. According to government official documents figured report, two million hectares (4.94 million acres) were lost to burn, 110 persons were perish. 
August 15 – : President Trois Glorieuses Fulbert Youlou is overthrown in the Republic of Congo after a three-day uprising in the capital, Brazzaville.
August 18 – American civil rights movement: James Meredith becomes the first black person to graduate from the University of Mississippi. 
August 21 – Xá L?i Pagoda raids: The Army of the Republic of Vietnam Special Forces loyal to Ngô ?ình Nhu, brother of President Ngô ?ình Di?m, vandalise Buddhist pagodas across South Vietnam, arresting thousands and leaving an estimated hundreds dead. In the wake of the raids, the Kennedy administration by Cable 243 orders the United States Embassy, Saigon to explore alternative leadership in the country, opening the way towards a coup against Di?m.
August 22 – American test pilot Joe Walker again achieves a sub-orbital spaceflight according to international standards, this time by piloting the X-15 to an altitude of 67.0 miles (107.8 kilometers).
August 24 – First games played in the Bundesliga, the primary professional Association football league in West Germany, replacing the Oberliga. August 28 – Martin Luther King Jr. delivers his " I Have a Dream" speech on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial to an audience of at least 250,000, during the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom. It is, at that point, the single largest protest in American history.
October 1 – U.S. President John F. Kennedy toasts Emperor Haile Selassie at a luncheon in Rockville, Maryland.
October 3 – 1963 Honduran coup d'état: A violent coup in Honduras pre-empts the October 13 election, ends a period of reform under President Ramón Villeda Morales and begins two decades of military rule under General Oswaldo López Arellano.
October 4 – Hurricane Flora, one of the worst Atlantic storms in history, hits Hispaniola and Cuba, killing nearly 7,000 people.
October 7 – Buddhist crisis: Amid worsening relations, outspoken South Vietnamese First Lady Madame Ngo Dinh Nhu arrived in the US for a speaking tour, continuing a flurry of attacks on the Kennedy administration. 
October 8 – Sam Cooke and his band are arrested after trying to register at a "whites only" motel in Louisiana. In the months following, he records the song " A Change Is Gonna Come".
October 9 – In northeast Italy, over 2,000 people are killed when a large landslide behind the Vajont Dam causes a giant wave of water to overtop it.
October 10 – Partial Nuclear Test Ban Treaty, signed on August 5, takes effect. 
October 14 – A revolution starts in Radfan, South Yemen, against British colonial rule.
October 16 – Ludwig Erhard replaces Konrad Adenauer as Chancellor of West Germany. 
October 19 – Alec Douglas-Home succeeds Harold Macmillan as Prime Minister of the United Kingdom.
October 24 – Fire at the Soviet Union's Baikonur Cosmodrome in an R-9 Desna underground missile silo; seven people are killed. 
October 28 – Demolition of the 1910 Pennsylvania Station begins in New York City, continuing until 1966.
October 30 – The car manufacturing firm Lamborghini is founded in Italy. October 31 – 74 die in a gas explosion during a Holiday on Ice show at the Indiana State Fair Coliseum in Indianapolis.
Assassination of John F. Kennedy: In a motorcade in Dallas, Texas, U.S. President John F. Kennedy is fatally shot by Lee Harvey Oswald, and Governor of Texas John Connally is seriously wounded at 12:30 CST. Upon Kennedy's death, Vice President Lyndon B. Johnson becomes the 36th President of the United States. A few hours later, President Johnson is sworn in aboard Air Force One, as Kennedy's body is flown back to Washington, D.C. Stores and businesses shut down for the next four days, in tribute. English-born writer
Aldous Huxley, author of , dies of cancer in the United States. Brave New World Irish-born theologian and writer
C. S. Lewis, author of works including , The Chronicles of Narnia and The Screwtape Letters , dies of Mere Christianity renal failure at his home in Oxford (England).
Phil Spector's is released. A Christmas Gift for You from Phil Spector The Beatles' second UK album, , is released. With the Beatles
Lee Harvey Oswald, assassin of John F. Kennedy, is shot dead by Jack Ruby in Dallas, an event seen on live national television. Vietnam War: New U.S. President Lyndon B. Johnson confirms that the United States intends to continue supporting South Vietnam militarily and economically.
November 25 – State funeral of John F. Kennedy: President Kennedy is buried at Arlington National Cemetery. Schools around the nation cancel classes that day; millions watch the funeral on live international television. Lee Harvey Oswald's funeral takes place on the same day. 
November 30 – 1963 Australian federal election: Robert Menzies' Liberal/ Country Coalition Government is re-elected with an increased majority to an unprecedented eighth term in office, defeating the Labor Party led by Arthur Calwell. (This would be the final lower house election won by Menzies, who would retire from office during the term as the longest-serving Prime Minister in Australian history; he would be replaced by Harold Holt.)
December 1 - Wendell Scott becomes the first African-American driver to win a NASCAR race at Speedway Park
December 3 – The Warren Commission begins its investigation into the assassination of John F. Kennedy.
December 4 – The second period of the Second Vatican Council closes.
December 5 – The Seliger Forschungs-und-Entwicklungsgesellschaft mbH demonstrates rockets for military use to military representatives of non-NATO-countries near Cuxhaven. Although these rockets land via parachute at the end of their flight and no allied laws are violated, the Soviet Union protests this action.
December 7 – Tony Verna, a CBS-TV director, debuts an improved version of instant replay during his direction of a live televised sporting event, the Army-Navy Game of college football played in Philadelphia. This instance is notable as it was the first instant replay system to use videotape instead of film.
Zanzibar gains independence from the United Kingdom, as a constitutional monarchy under Sultan Jamshid bin Abdullah. In the United States, the
X-20 Dyna-Soar spaceplane program is cancelled. Chuck Yeager narrowly escapes death while testing an NF-104A rocket-augmented aerospace trainer when his aircraft goes out of control at 108,700 feet (nearly 21 miles up) and crashes. He parachutes to safety at 8,500 feet after vainly battling to gain control of the powerless, rapidly falling craft. In this incident he becomes the first pilot to make an emergency ejection in the full pressure suit needed for high altitude flights.
December 12 – Kenya gains independence from the United Kingdom, with Jomo Kenyatta as prime minister.
December 20 – The Frankfurt Auschwitz Trials begin.
December 21 – Cyprus Emergency: Inter-communal fighting erupts between Greek and Turkish Cypriots.
December 22 – The cruise ship TSMS burns 180 miles (290 km) north of Lakonia Madeira, with the loss of 128 lives.
December 26 – The Beatles' " I Want to Hold Your Hand" and " I Saw Her Standing There" are released in the United States, marking the beginning of Beatlemania on an international level. December 31 – Federation of Rhodesia and Nyasaland dissolves.
January 3 – New Jack, American professional wrestler (d. 2021) 
January 5 – Jiang Wen, Chinese actor, film director and screenwriter
January 7 – Rand Paul, American politician and physician 
January 10 – Kira Ivanova, Soviet Russian figure skater (d. 2001)
January 14 – Steven Soderbergh, American film director 
January 15 – Bruce Schneier, American cryptographer, cyber security expert, and writer
January 16 – James May, English motoring journalist and television show host
January 17 – Kai Hansen, German power metal guitarist and singer
January 21 – Hakeem Olajuwon, Nigerian basketball player 
January 23 – Gail O'Grady, American actress
January 25 – Fernando Haddad, Brazilian academic and politician January 26
February 2 – Eva Cassidy, American vocalist (d. 1996)
February 3 – Gretel Killeen, Australian journalist
February 4 – Pirmin Zurbriggen, Swiss alpine skier
February 12 – John Michael Higgins, American actor and voice actor 
February 15 – Shoucheng Zhang, Chinese-American physicist (d. 2018)
February 16 – Claudio Amendola, Italian actor, television presenter and director
February 18 – Rob Andrew, English rugby union player
February 19 – Seal, English singer
February 20 – Charles Barkley, American basketball player 
February 21 – William Baldwin, American actor, producer and writer 
February 22 – Vijay Singh, Fijian golfer
February 23 – Reza Abdoh, Iranian-American director and playwright (d. 1995) February 27 – Virginie Boutaud, Brazilian singer and actress ( Metrô, Virginie & Fruto Proibido)
March 3 – Martín Fiz, Spanish long-distance runner
March 4 – Jason Newsted, American bassist
March 8 – Juan Gilberto Funes, Argentine footballer (d. 1992)
March 13 – Fito Páez, Argentine musician
March 15 – Bret Michaels, American rock singer ( Poison)
March 16 – Kevin Smith, New Zealand actor (d. 2002)
March 17 – Alex Fong, Hong Kong actor
March 20 – Kathy Ireland, American model and actress
March 21 – Ronald Koeman, Dutch football player and manager
March 23 – Jose Miguel Gonzalez Martin del Campo, Spanish football player
March 25 – Andrew O'Connor, English actor, comedian, magician, television presenter and executive producer
March 26 – Natsuhiko Kyogoku, Japanese writer
March 30 – Panagiotis Tsalouchidis, Greek footballer March 31 – Stephen Tataw, Cameroonian footballer (d. 2020)
April 3 – Sarah Woodward, English actress
April 10 – Doris Leuthard, Swiss politician and lawyer
April 13 – Garry Kasparov, Russian chess player 
April 16 – Jimmy Osmond, American singer 
April 21 – Roy Dupuis, Canadian actor
April 22 – Blanca Fernández Ochoa, Spanish ski racer (d. 2019)
April 23 – Mohammad Ali Ramazani Dastak, Iranian politician (d. 2020)
April 26 – Jet Li, Chinese martial artist and actor 
April 27– Russell T Davies, Welsh television producer and writer 
April 28 – Beate Grimsrud, Norwegian novelist and playwright (d. 2020) April 29 – Mike Babcock, Canadian ice hockey coach
May 2 – Yoram Yosefsberg, Israeli actor and voice actor
May 5 – James LaBrie, Canadian vocalist ( Dream Theater)
May 8 – Anthony Field, Australian musician, actor, songwriter and producer ( The Wiggles)
May 9 – Gary Daniels, British martial artist and actor
Rich Moore, American film and television animation director, screenwriter and voice actor
Lisa Nowak, American naval flight officer and NASA astronaut A. Raja, Indian politician
May 16 – Mercedes Echerer, Austrian actress and politician
May 21 – Kevin Shields, Irish-American singer ( My Bloody Valentine)
May 29 – Débora Bloch, Brazilian actress May 31 – Viktor Orbán, Prime Minister of Hungary 
June 1 – David Westhead, English actor and producer
June 2 – Bernard Cazeneuve, Prime Minister of France
June 3 – Alessandra Karpoff, Italian voice actress
June 4 – Sean Fitzpatrick, New Zealand rugby union player
June 5 – Joe Rudán, Hungarian heavy metal singer
June 6 – Jason Isaacs, British actor
June 9 – Johnny Depp, American actor and film director 
June 10 – Jeanne Tripplehorn, American actress
June 11 – Chic Charnley, Scottish footballer
June 12 – Warwick Capper, Australian rules footballer
June 13 – Bettina Bunge, German tennis player
June 14 – Rambo Amadeus, Montenegrin singer-songwriter
June 17 – Greg Kinnear, American actor
June 19 – Laura Ingraham, American television host 
June 28 – Wisit Sasanatieng, Thai film director and screenwriter June 29
July 2 – Faiq Al Sheikh Ali, Iraqi lawyer and politician
July 3 – Zainudin Nordin, Singaporean politician
July 6 – Sorin Matei, Romanian high jumper
July 9 – Marc Mero, American amateur boxer and professional wrestler
July 14 – Wouter Bos, Dutch politician
July 18 – Martín Torrijos, President of Panama
July 21 – Giant Silva, Brazilian national basketball player, mixed martial artist and professional wrestler
July 24 – Karl Malone, American professional basketball player 
July 27 – Donnie Yen, Hong Kong actor and martial artist
July 28 – Beverley Craven, British singer-songwriter
August 4 – Keith Ellison, American politician and lawyer
August 6 – Kevin Mitnick, American computer hacker
August 9 – Whitney Houston, American singer (d. 2012) 
August 14 – Emmanuelle Béart, French actress 
August 16 – Christine Cavanaugh, American actress and voice actress (d. 2014)
August 17 – James Whitbourn, British composer
August 18 – Heino Ferch, German actor
August 22 – Tori Amos, American singer 
August 24 – Hideo Kojima, Japanese director, screenwriter, video game designer and video game producer
August 25 – Miro Cerar, 10th Prime Minister of Slovenia
August 31 – Todd Carty, Irish actor
September 1 – Carola Smit, Dutch musician
September 2 - Tio Pakusadewo, Indonesian actor
September 8 – Li Ning, Chinese gymnast
September 9 – Markus Wasmeier, German alpine-skier
September 11 – Gabriela Goldsmith, Mexican actress
September 12 – Michael McElhatton, Irish actor and writer
September 14 – Robert Herjavec, Canadian businessman, investor and television personality
September 17 – Masahiro Chono, Japanese professional wrestler
September 25 – Tate Donovan, American actor and director September 29
October 4 – Marcelo Buquet, Uruguayan-Mexican actor and former model
October 6 – Elisabeth Shue, American actress
October 11 – Ronny Rosenthal, Israeli footballer 
October 14 – Alan McDonald, Northern Irish footballer
October 21 – Marisa Orth, Brazilian actress, singer and TV host
October 22 – Brian Boitano, American figure skater
October 23 – Wilson Yip, Hong Kong actor and director
October 25 – John Levén, Swedish bassist ( Europe)
October 26 – Tom Cavanagh, Canadian actor and director
October 28 – Lauren Holly, American actress October 31
November 4 – Lena Zavaroni, Scottish entertainer (d. 1999)
November 7 – John Barnes, Jamaican-born English footballer
November 8 – Paul Butcher, American football linebacker
November 11 – Billy Gunn, American professional wrestler 
November 15 – Benny Elias, Australian rugby league player
November 20 – Ming-Na Wen, Macanese-American actress
November 21 – Nicollette Sheridan, English actress
November 25 – Holly Cole, Canadian jazz singer
November 27 – Dave Prichard, American guitarist (d. 1990) November 28 – Matt Parkinson, Australian comedian, actor, radio presenter, and game show personality
January 5 – Erik Strandmark, Swedish film actor (b. 1919)
January 6 – Frank Tuttle, American film director (b. 1892)
January 7 – Erik Lundqvist, Swedish athlete (b. 1908)
January 8 – Kay Sage, American poet (b. 1898)
January 9 – Enea Bossi, Sr., Italian-born American aerospace engineer and aviation pioneer (b. 1888)
January 10 – Franz Planer, European film cinematographer (b. 1894)
January 11 – Arthur Nock, English classicist, theologian and Harvard University professor (b. 1902)
January 14 – Gustav Regler, German Socialist novelist (b. 1898)
January 15 – Cesare Fantoni, Italian actor and voice actor (b. 1905)
January 20 – Fyodor Terentyev, Soviet Olympic cross-country skier (b. 1925)
January 21 – Al St. John, American actor (b. 1893)
January 25 – Marion Sunshine, American actress (b. 1894)
January 26 – Ole Olsen, American actor (b. 1892)
February 2 – William Gaxton, American vaudeville, film and theatre performer (b. 1893)
February 9 – Abd al-Karim Qasim, Iraqi general, 24th Prime Minister of Iraq (executed) (b. 1914)
February 11 – Sylvia Plath, American poet and novelist (b. 1932) 
February 19 – Benny Moré, Cuban singer (b. 1919)
February 22 – Arthur Guy Empey, American soldier (in British service), author, screenwriter and actor (b. 1883)
February 24 – Herbert Asbury, American journalist and writer (b. 1889)
February 25 – Melville J. Herskovits, American anthropologist (b. 1895) February 28
March 1 – Irish Meusel, American baseball player (b. 1893)
March 4 – William Carlos Williams, American writer (b. 1883)
March 6 – Robert E. Cornish, scientist (b. 1903)
March 7 – Joachim Holst-Jensen, Norwegian film actor (b. 1880)
March 20 – Manuel Arteaga y Betancourt, Cuban Roman Catholic cardinal (b. 1879)
March 21 – Felice Minotti, Italian film actor (b. 1887)
March 23 – Thoralf Skolem, Norwegian mathematician (b. 1887)
March 25 – Felix Adler, American screenwriter (b. 1884)
March 26 – Jean Bruce, French writer (b. 1921)
March 27 – Harry Piel, German actor, film director, screenwriter and film producer (b. 1892)
April 1 – Agnes Mowinckel, Norwegian actress and stage producer (b. 1875)
April 3 – Alma Richards, American Olympic gold medalist (b. 1890)
April 7 – Amedeo Maiuri, Neapolitan archaeologist (b. 1886)
April 11 – Nando Bruno, Italian film actor (b. 1895)
April 25 – Christopher Hassall, English actor, dramatist, librettist, lyricist and poet (b. 1912)
April 26 – Roland Pertwee, English playwright, screenwriter, director and actor (b. 1885)
April 27 – Kenneth Macgowan, American film producer (b. 1888) April 30
May 1 – Lope K. Santos, Filipino writer, Father of Philippine National Language and Grammar (b. 1879)
May 2 – Van Wyck Brooks, American literary critic and writer (b. 1886)
May 5 – Mohamed Khemisti, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Algeria (assassinated) (b. 1930)
May 6 – Monty Woolley, American actor (b. 1888)
May 11 – Herbert Spencer Gasser, American physiologist, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1888)
May 16 – Oleg Penkovsky, Soviet military officer & spy (b. 1919)
May 18 – Ernie Davis, American football player, first African-American to win the Heisman Trophy (b. 1939)
May 24 – Elmore James, American blues guitarist (b. 1918)
May 25 – Mehdi Frashëri, Albanian politician, 15th Prime Minister of Albania (b. 1872)
May 29 – Netta Muskett, British novelist (b. 1887) May 31 – Edith Hamilton, German-born author (b. 1867)
August 1 – Theodore Roethke, American poet (b. 1908)
August 4 – Tom Keene, American actor (b. 1896)
August 10 – Estes Kefauver, American politician (b. 1903)
August 11 – Clem Bevans, American actor (b. 1879)
August 17 – Richard Barthelmess, American actor (b. 1895)
August 20 – Joan Voûte, Dutch astronomer (b. 1879)
August 22 – William Morris, 1st Viscount Nuffield, British businessman and philanthropist (b. 1877)
August 23 – Larry Keating, American actor (b. 1896)
August 24 – James Kirkwood, Sr., American film director (b. 1875)
August 30 – Guy Burgess, British spy, one of the Cambridge Five (b. 1911) August 31 – Georges Braque, French painter (b. 1882)
October 7 – Gustaf Gründgens, German actor (b. 1899)
October 9 – Friedrich, Hereditary Prince of Anhalt (b. 1938)
October 10 – Édith Piaf, French singer and actress (b. 1915)
October 11 – Jean Cocteau, French writer (b. 1889)
October 15 – Alan Goodrich Kirk, American admiral (b. 1888)
October 20 – Diana Churchill, daughter of Winston Churchill (b. 1909)
October 21 – Jean Decoux, French admiral, Governor-General of French Indochina (1940-1945) (b. 1884)
October 28 – Jack E. Bairstow, American politician and lawyer (b. 1902)
October 29 – Adolphe Menjou, American actor (b. 1890)
October 30 – Domhnall Ua Buachalla, Irish politician (b. 1866) October 31 – Henry Daniell, English actor (b. 1894)
November 4 – Pascual Ortiz Rubio, Mexican political and substitute President of Mexico 1930-1932 (b. 1877)
November 5 – Luis Cernuda, Spanish poet (b. 1902)
November 15 – Fritz Reiner, Hungarian conductor (b. 1888)
November 16 – Albert H. Pearson, American politician (b. 1920)
November 19 – Carmen Amaya, Spanish dancer (b. 1918)
November 21 – Robert Stroud, American prisoner, known as the " Birdman of Alcatraz" (b. 1890)
November 23 – John Baumgarten, American businessman and politician (b. 1902)
November 24 – Lee Harvey Oswald, American assassin of President John F. Kennedy (murdered) (b. 1939) 
November 28 – Ernesto Lecuona, Cuban composer (b. 1896) November 30
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