A Look Back At The Year 1981
3 January – Princess Alice, Countess of Athlone, daughter of Prince Leopold, Duke of Albany, and last surviving grandchild of Queen Victoria, dies at Kensington Palace aged 97.
4 January – British Leyland workers vote to accept a peace formula in the Longbridge plant strike.
Peter Sutcliffe, a 34-year-old lorry driver from Bradford arrested on 2 January in Sheffield, is charged with being the notorious serial killer known as the “Yorkshire Ripper”, who is believed to have murdered thirteen women and attacked seven others across northern England since 1975.
BBC Two’s The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy television adaptation begins airing; it subsequently receives a Royal Television Society award as “Most Original Programme” of the year.
Cabinet re-shuffle: Norman St John-Stevas is replaced as Leader of the House of Commons by Francis Pym; Angus Maude and Reg Prentice also both leave the Cabinet.
7 January – A parcel bomb addressed to the Prime Minister is intercepted at the sorting office.
A terrorist bomb attack takes place on the RAF base at Uxbridge
The report of the Royal Commission on criminal procedure is published.
9 January – The funeral of Princess Alice, Countess of Athlone, takes place at St George’s Chapel, Windsor Castle, before her burial at Frogmore.
13 January – The prison officers’ overtime ban ends.
14 January – The British Nationality Bill is published.
15 January – Two soldiers are found guilty of murder in Northern Ireland.
Northern Ireland civil rights campaigner and former Westminster MP Bernadette McAliskey is shot at her home in County Tyrone.
Inflation has fallen to 16.1%.
78% of British Steel Corporation workers vote in favour of the chairman’s “survival” plan.
18 January – Ten people are killed in the New Cross house fire. On 25 January, another victim dies in hospital.
Sir Norman Stronge and his son, both former Stormont MPs, are killed by the Provisional Irish Republican Army (IRA).
Two divers trapped below the North Sea are brought to safety to the surface.
22 January – Australian newspaper owner Rupert Murdoch agrees to buy The Times provided an agreement can be reached with the unions.
24 January – A Labour Party conference at Wembley votes for election of the party leader by electoral college with 40% votes for unions, 30% Labour MPs and 30% constituencies.
25 January – The Limehouse Declaration: four right-wing Labour MPs, Shirley Williams, Roy Jenkins, William Rodgers and David Owen (the “Gang of Four”), announce plans to form a separate political party – the Social Democratic Party (SDP). On 26 January, nine more Labour MPs declare their support for the new party.
26 January – Sir Keith Joseph, Secretary of State for Industry, announces further financial support for British Leyland.
27 January – Bill Rodgers resigns from the Shadow Cabinet following his defection to the newly formed SDP. He is replaced by Tony Benn.
Sir Hugh Fraser is removed as Chairman of the House of Fraser.
Fresh damage is caused in cells at HM Prison Maze in Northern Ireland.
29 January – The UK Government welcomes plans by the Japanese car firm Nissan to build Datsun cars in Britain.
30 January – David Owen tells his constituency party that he will not stand again as Labour candidate.
2 February – The report on the Brixton prison escape is released and the Governor is transferred to an administrative post.
4 February – Margaret Thatcher announces that the Government will sell half of its shares in British Aerospace.
5 February – Actor Lord Olivier, cancer researcher Sir Peter Medawar and humanitarian Leonard Cheshire are admitted into the Order of Merit as announced in the New Year Honours list.
The Liverpool-registered coal ship Nellie M is bombed and sunk by an IRA unit driving a hijacked pilot boat in Lough Foyle.
The Government drops two controversial clauses of the Nationality Bill.
Ian Paisley parades 500 men on a remote mountainside in the middle of the night in a show of strength.
The Canadian Minister warns British MPs against delaying changes in the Canadian constitution.
9 February – Shirley Williams resigns from Labour’s national executive committee.
11 February – Closure of the Talbot car plant in Linwood, Scotland, is announced.
Purchase of The Times and The Sunday Times from The Thomson Corporation by Rupert Murdoch’s News International is confirmed. Murdoch also announces that an agreement with the unions has been reached about manning levels and new technology.
Ian Paisley is suspended from the House of Commons for four days after calling the Northern Ireland Secretary a liar.
The National Union of Students calls off a 5-week strike.
13 February – The National Coal Board announces widespread pit closures.
15 February – The first Sunday games of the Football League take place.
16 February – Two are jailed in connection with the death of industrialist Thomas Niedermayer.
17 February – Princess Anne is elected Chancellor of London University.
The Government withdraws plans to close 23 mines after negotiations with the National Union of Mineworkers.
Harold Evans is appointed editor of The Times
Four more MPs announce their intention to leave the Labour Party.
Peter Sutcliffe is charged with the murder of thirteen women in the north of England.
21 February – 30,000 people march in an unemployment protest in Glasgow.
24 February – The engagement of 32-year-old Charles, Prince of Wales, and 19-year-old Lady Diana Spencer is officially announced.
Margaret Thatcher arrives in Washington, D.C. for a four-day visit to U.S. President Ronald Reagan.
The Observer is taken over by “Tiny” Rowland, head of Lonrho.
The English cricket team withdraws from the Second Test after the Guyanan government serves a deportation order on Robin Jackman.
Margaret Thatcher and Ronald Reagan met in Washington – El Salvador dominated the first day of their talks.
Three British missionaries released from Iran land in Athens.
Sir Harold Wilson, former Prime Minister (1964–70, 1974–76) announces his retirement from Parliament at the next general election.
The Archbishop of Canterbury advises the church to see homosexuality as a handicap not a sin.
The Observer takeover is referred to the Monopolies Commission.
3 March – Homebase opens its first DIY and garden centre superstore, at Croydon, Surrey.
5 March – The ZX81, a pioneering British home computer, is launched by Sinclair Research, going on to sell over 1.5 million units worldwide.
John Lambe, a 37-year-old lorry driver, is sentenced to life imprisonment for the rape of twelve women in the space of less than four years.
Thousands of civil servants hold a one-day strike over pay.
17 March – The Conservative Government’s budget is met with uproar due to further public spending cuts.
Home Secretary William Whitelaw allows Wolverhampton council to place a fourteen-day ban on political marches in the West Midlands town, which has a growing problem of militant race riots and was faced with the threat of a National Front march in two days time.
After seven years and the longest time playing the title role, Tom Baker leaves Doctor Who and is replaced by Peter Davison in the final episode of Logopolis.
Unemployment now stands at 2,400,000 or 10% of the workforce.
Motorcycle racer Mike Hailwood, known as ‘Mike the Bike’ and fourteen times winner of the Isle of Man TT, is seriously injured in a car crash at Tanworth-in-Arden in Warwickshire; he dies of his injuries two days later.
22 March – It is reported that a minority of Conservative MPs are planning to challenge the leadership of Margaret Thatcher in an attempt to reverse the party’s declining popularity and fight off the challenge from Labour and the SDP.
23 March – The Government imposes a ban on animal transportation on the Isle of Wight and southern Hampshire after an outbreak of foot and mouth disease in cattle.
24 March – Barbados police rescue Great Train Robber Ronnie Biggs after his kidnapping in Brazil.
26 March – Social Democratic Party formed by the so-called “Gang of Four”: Shirley Williams, William Rodgers, Roy Jenkins, and David Owen, who have all defected from the Labour Party.
28 March – Enoch Powell, Ulster Unionist MP (formerly a Conservative until 1974) warns of “racial civil war” in Britain.
29 March – The first London Marathon is held.
30 March – Academy Award-winning film Chariots of Fire released.
2 April – The effects of the recession continue to claim jobs as Midland Red, the iconic Birmingham-based bus operator, closes down its headquarters in the city with the loss of some 170 jobs.
Bucks Fizz representing the United Kingdom win the Eurovision Song Contest with the song Making Your Mind Up.
Susan Brown, a 23-year-old Biology student at Oxford University, becomes the first female cox in a winning Boat Race crew.
Bob Champion, a 32-year-old cancer survivor, is the popular winner of the Grand National with his horse Aldaniti.
5 April – The 1981 UK Census is conducted.
10 April – Bobby Sands, an IRA member on hunger strike in the Maze prison, Northern Ireland, is elected MP for Fermanagh and South Tyrone in a by election.
11 April – More than 300 people (most of them police officers) are injured and extensive damage is caused to property in the Brixton riot.
Home Secretary William Whitelaw announces a public inquiry, to be conducted by Lord Scarman, into the disturbances in Brixton.
Enoch Powell warns that Britain “has seen nothing yet” with regards to racial unrest.
Further rioting breaks out in Brixton.
23-year old Steve Davis wins the World Snooker Championship for the first time.
More than 100 people are arrested and 15 police officers are injured in clashes with black youths in the Finsbury Park, Forest Green and Ealing areas of London.
21 April – The county administrative headquarters of Northumberland move from Newcastle upon Tyne to Morpeth.
23 April – Unemployment passes the 2,500,000 mark for the first time in nearly 50 years.
29 April – Peter Sutcliffe admits to the manslaughter of 13 women on the grounds of diminished responsibility, but the judge rules that a jury should rule on Sutcliffe’s state of mind before deciding whether to accept his plea or find him guilty of murder.
May – Peugeot closes the Talbot car plant at Linwood, Scotland, which was opened by the Rootes Group 18 years ago as Scotland’s only car factory. The closure of the factory also results in the end of the last remaining Rootes-developed product, the Avenger, after 11 years, as well as the four-year-old Sunbeam supermini. There are no plans to replace the Avenger, but a French-built small car based on the Peugeot 104 will replace the Sunbeam in the next few months.
Bobby Sands, a 27-year-old republican, dies in Northern Ireland’s Maze Prison after a 66-day hunger strike.
The trial of Peter Sutcliffe begins at the Old Bailey; he stands charged with 13 murders and seven attempted murders dating back to 1975.
7 May – Ken Livingstone becomes leader of the GLC after Labour wins the GLC elections.
9 May – The 100th FA Cup final ends with a 1–1 draw between Manchester City and Tottenham Hotspur at Wembley Stadium.
11 May – The first performance of the Andrew Lloyd Webber musical Cats takes place at the New London Theatre.
12 May – Francis Hughes (aged 25) becomes the second IRA hunger striker to die in Northern Ireland.
13 May – An inquest returns an open verdict on the thirteen people who died as a result of their injuries in the New Cross fire.
14 May – Tottenham Hotspur win the FA Cup for the sixth time in their history with a 3–2 win over Manchester City in the final replay at Wembley.
The inquiry into the Brixton riots opens.
the Queen’s second grandchild, a girl, is born to The Princess Anne and her husband Capt Mark Phillips.
19 May – Peter Sutcliffe is found guilty of being the Yorkshire Ripper after admitting 13 charges of murder and a further seven of attempted murder. He will be sentenced later this week.
21 May – The IRA hunger strike death toll reaches four with the deaths of Raymond McCreesh and Patrick O’Hara.
22 May – Peter Sutcliffe is sentenced to life imprisonment with a recommendation that he should serve at least 30 years before parole can be considered.
27 May – Liverpool F.C. win the European Cup for the third time by defeating Real Madrid of Spain 1–0 in the final at Parc des Princes, Paris, France. Alan Kennedy scores the only goal of the game. Although they have yet to equal Spanish side Real Madrid’s record of six European Cups, they are the first British side to win the trophy three times.
30 May – More than 100,000 people from across Britain march to Trafalgar Square in London for the TUC’s March For Jobs.
3 June – Shergar wins the Epsom Derby.
9 June – King Khaled of Saudi Arabia arrives in Britain on a state visit.
11 June – Britain’s first Urban Enterprise Zone is created in Lower Swansea Valley, Wales.
13 June – Marcus Sarjeant fires six blank cartridges at the Queen as she enters Horse Guards Parade.
13–14 June – More than 80 arrests are made during clashes between white power skinheads and black people in Coventry, where the National Front is planning a march later this month, on the same day as an anti-racist concert by The Specials.
15 June – Lord Scarman opens an enquiry into the Brixton riots.
16 June – Liberal Party and SDP form an electoral pact – the SDP-Liberal Alliance.
Rioting breaks out in Peckham, South London.
HMS Ark Royal is launched.
21 June – A fire at Goodge Street tube station kills one person and injures 16.
23 June – Unemployment reaches 2,680,977 (one in nine of the workforce), and Margaret Thatcher is warned that a further rise is likely.
2 July – Four members of an Asian Muslim family (three of them children) are killed by arson at their home in Walthamstow, London; the attack is believed to have been racially motivated.
3 July – Hundreds of Asians and skinheads riot in Southall, London, following disturbances at the Hamborough Tavern public house, which is severely damaged by fire.
5 July – Toxteth riots break out in Liverpool and first use is made of CS gas by British police. Less serious riots occur in the Handsworth district of Birmingham as well as Wolverhampton city centre, parts of Coventry, Leicester and Derby, and also in the Buckinghamshire town High Wycombe.
7 July – 43 people are charged with theft and violent disorder following a riot in Wood Green, North London.
Joe McDonnell becomes the fifth IRA hunger striker to die.
Inner-city rioting continues when a riot in Moss Side, Manchester, sees more than 1,000 people besiege the local police station. However, the worst rioting in Toxteth has now ended.
British Leyland ends production of the Austin Maxi, one of its longest-running cars, after 12 years.
9 July – Rioting breaks out in Woolwich, London.
Rioting breaks out in London, Birmingham, Leeds, Leicester, Ellesmere Port, Luton, Sheffield, Portsmouth, Preston, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, Derby, Southampton, Nottingham, High Wycombe, Bedford, Edinburgh, Wolverhampton, Stockport, Blackburn, Huddersfield, Reading, Chester and Aldershot.
Two days of rioting in Moss Side, Manchester, draw to a close, during which there has been extensive looting of shops. Princess Road, the main road through the area, will be closed for several days while adjacent buildings and gas mains damaged by rioting and arson are made safe.
11 July – A further wave of rioting breaks out in Bradford, West Yorkshire.
The IRA hunger strike death toll reaches six when Martin Hurson dies.
Margaret Thatcher announces that police will be able to use rubber bullets, water cannons and armoured vehicles against urban rioters. Labour leader Michael Foot blames the recent wave of rioting on the Conservative government’s economic policies, which have seen unemployment rise by more than 70% in the last two years.
15 July – Police clash with black youths in Brixton once again, this time after police raid properties in search of petrol bombs which are never found.
16 July – Labour narrowly hang on to the Warrington seat in a by-election, fighting off a strong challenge from Roy Jenkins for the Social Democratic Party.
17 July – Official opening of the Humber Bridge by the Queen.
20 July – Michael Heseltine tours Merseyside to examine the problems in the area, which has been particularly badly hit by the current recession.
25 July – Around 1,000 motorcyclists clash with police in Keswick, Cumbria.
British Telecommunications Act separates British Telecom from the Royal Mail with effect from 1 October.
The two-month-old daughter of The Princess Anne and her husband Capt Mark Phillips is christened Zara Anne Elizabeth.
28 July – Margaret Thatcher blames IRA leaders for the recent IRA hunger striker deaths.
29 July – The wedding of Charles, Prince of Wales, and Lady Diana Spencer takes place at St Paul’s Cathedral. More than 30 million viewers watch the wedding on television – the second highest television audience of all time in Britain.
Unknown date – Japanese carmaker Suzuki follows up the British success of its motorcycles by importing passenger cars to Britain for the first time, with first imported model being the Suzuki Alto, a small hatchback available with three or five doors and marketed as a competitor for the Mini and Citroen 2CV.
1 August – Kevin Lynch becomes the seventh IRA hunger striker to die.
2 August – Within 24 hours of Kevin Lynch’s death, Kieran Doherty becomes the eighth IRA hunger striker to die.
8 August – The IRA hunger strike claims its ninth hunger striker so far (and its third in a week) with the death of Thomas McElwee.
9 August – Broadmoor Hospital falls under heavy criticism after the escape of a second prisoner in three weeks. The latest absconder is 32-year-old Alan Reeve, a convicted double murderer.
17 August – An inquiry opens in the Moss Side riots.
The tenth IRA hunger striker, Michael Devine, dies in prison.
Inflation has fallen to 10.9% – the lowest under this government.
Minimum Lending Rate ceases to be set by the Bank of England.
24 August – Mark David Chapman is sentenced to 25 years to life in prison for killing John Lennon.
25 August – Britain’s largest Enterprise Zone is launched on deindustrialised land on Tyneside.
26 August – General Motors launches the MK2 Vauxhall Cavalier, available for the first time with front-wheel drive and a hatchback.
27 August – Moira Stuart, 29, is appointed the BBC’s first black newsreader.
September – Greenham Common Women’s Peace Camp set up.
1 September – Filling stations start selling motor fuel by the litre.
Sixteen Islington Labour councillors join the SDP following the defection of Labour MP Michael O’Halloran.
First episode of television sitcom Only Fools and Horses broadcast on BBC One.
10 September – Another Enterprise Zone is launched, the latest being in Wakefield, West Yorkshire.
14 September – Cecil Parkinson is appointed chairman of the Conservative Party.
16 September – Postman Pat was first broadcast on BBC One
17 September – A team of divers begins removing gold ingots worth £40 million from the wreck of HMS Edinburgh, sunk off the coast of Norway in 1942.
18 September – David Steel tells delegates at the Liberal Party conference to “go back to your constituencies and prepare for government”, hopes of which are boosted by the fact that most opinion polls now show the SDP-Liberal Alliance in the lead.
21 September – Belize is granted independence
25 September – Ford announces that its best-selling Cortina nameplate will be discontinued next year, and its replacement will be called the Sierra.
29 September – Football mourns the legendary former Liverpool manager Bill Shankly, who dies today at the age of 67 after suffering a heart attack.
1 October – Bryan Robson, 24-year-old midfielder, becomes Britain’s most expensive footballer in a £1.5million move from West Bromwich Albion to Manchester United.
3 October – Hunger strikes at the Maze Prison in Northern Ireland end after seven months. The final six hunger strikers have been without food for between 13 and 55 days.
5 October – Depeche Mode release their début album Speak and Spell.
7 October – British Leyland launches the Triumph Acclaim, a four-door medium-sized saloon built in collaboration with Japanese car and motorcycle giant Honda at the Cowley plant in Oxford. It is based on the Japanese Honda Ballade (not available in Britain), has front-wheel drive, is powered by a 1.3 litre 70 bhp petrol engine, and is between the Ford Escort and Ford Cortina in terms of size.
10 October – Chelsea Barracks bombed by the Provisional Irish Republican Army, killing two people.
12 October – British Leyland announces the closure of three factories – a move which will cost nearly 3,000 people their jobs.
12 October–22 December – Original run of Granada Television serial Brideshead Revisited.
13 October – Opinion polls show that Margaret Thatcher is still unpopular as Conservative leader due to her anti-inflationary economic measures, which have now come under fire from her predecessor Edward Heath.
15 October – Norman Tebbit tells fellow Conservative MPs: “I grew up in the thirties with an unemployed father. He didn’t riot. He got on his bike and looked for work and he kept looking until he found it”.
19 October – British Telecom announces that the telegram will be discontinued next year after 139 years in use.
22 October – The case of Dudgeon v United Kingdom is decided by the European Court of Human Rights, which rules that the continued existence of laws in Northern Ireland criminalising consensual gay sex is in contravention of the European Convention on Human Rights.
23 October – The Liberal-SDP Alliance tops a MORI poll on 40%, putting them ahead of Labour on 31% and the Conservatives on 27%.
24 October – CND anti-nuclear march in London attracts over 250,000 people.
26 October – Rock band Queen release their Greatest Hits compilation album; it becomes the all-time best-selling album in the United Kingdom.
30 October – Nicholas Reed, chief of the Euthanasia charity Exit, is jailed for two-and-a-half years for aiding and abetting suicides.
1 November – British Leyland’s 58,000-strong workforce begins a strike over pay.
2 November – The TV licence increases in price from £34 to £46 for a colour TV, and £12 to £15 for black and white.
13 November – The Queen opens the final phase of the Telford Shopping Centre, nearly a decade after development began on the first phase of what is now one of the largest indoor shopping centres in Europe in the Shropshire new town.
16 November – Production of the Vauxhall Astra commences in Britain at the Ellesmere Port plant in Cheshire. The Astra was launched two years ago but until now has been produced solely at the Opel plant in West Germany.
18 November – The England national football team beats Hungary 1–0 at Wembley Stadium to qualify for the World Cup in Spain next summer, with the only goal being scored by Ipswich Town striker Paul Mariner It is the first time they have qualified for the tournament since 1970.
25 November – A report into the Brixton Riots, which scarred inner-city London earlier this year, points the finger of blame at the social and economic problems which have been plaguing Brixton and many other inner-city areas across England.
26 November – Shirley Williams wins the Crosby by-election for the SDP, overturning a Conservative majority of nearly 20,000 votes.
Severe snow storms hit the UK as temperatures plummet to the lowest in any December on record since 1874 and the heaviest snow falls since 1878. The snow storms continue in waves until 26/27 December.
Arthur Scargill becomes leader of the National Union of Mineworkers.
9 December – Michael Heseltine announces a £95 million aid package for the inner cities.
11 December – Seer Green rail crash: a train crash in Seer Green near Gerrards Cross, Buckinghamshire kills four people and seriously injures five others. A combination of the severe blizzards and human error is attributed to the crash.
12 December – The first case of AIDS in the UK is diagnosed.
19 December – An opinion poll shows that Margaret Thatcher is now the most unpopular postwar British prime minister and that the SDP-Liberal Alliance has the support of up to 50% of the electorate.
20 December – Penlee lifeboat disaster: The crew of the MV Union Star and the life-boat Solomon Browne sent to rescue them are all killed in heavy seas off Cornwall; some of the bodies are never found.
Inflation has fallen to 11.9%, the second lowest annual level since 1973, but has been largely achieved by the mass closure of heavy industry facilities that have contributed to the highest postwar levels of unemployment.
In spite of the continuing rise in employment, the British economy improves from 4% contraction last year to 0.8% overall growth this year.
First Urban Development Corporations set up in London Docklands and Merseyside.
First purpose-built Hindu temple in the British Isles formally opens in Slough.
The London department store Whiteleys closes, after 107 years in business.
Last manufacture of coal gas, at Millport, Isle of Cumbrae.
Perrier Comedy Awards first presented to the best shows on the Edinburgh Festival Fringe.
Suzuki, the Japanese manufacturer famous for producing motorcycles, imports passenger cars to the United Kingdom for the first time. The first model sold in Britain is the entry-level Alto, with the SJ four-wheel drive set to go on sale in 1982.
In spite of the continued rise in unemployment, the British economy improved with 1.8% overall growth for the year compared to 3% overall contraction in 1980.
New car sales in the United Kingdom fall to just over 1.4 million. The Ford Cortina enjoys its 10th year as Britain’s best selling car since 1967, while the new front-wheel drive Ford Escort is close behind in second place. British Leyland’s new Metro is Britain’s fourth most popular new car with nearly 100,000 sales. The Datsun Cherry, eighth in the sales charts, is the most popular foreign car in Britain this year.
Alasdair Gray’s novel Lanark: A Life in Four Books.
Terry Pratchett’s novel Strata.
Salman Rushdie’s novel Midnight’s Children.
D. M. Thomas’ novel The White Hotel.
6 January – Andrew Britton, novelist (died 2008)
25 January – Alex Partridge, rower
29 January – Rachna Khatau, actress
13 January – Peter Crouch, footballer
9 February – Tom Hiddleston, actor
16 February – Alison Rowatt, Scottish field hockey midfielder
17 February – Andrew Stephenson, politician
27 March – Terry McFlynn, Northern Irish footballer
1 April – Hannah Spearritt, singer (S Club 7)
10 April – Liz McClarnon, singer (Atomic Kitten)
13 May – Luciana Berger, Labour MP
15 May – Zara Phillips, equestrienne, daughter of Anne, Princess Royal
Joseph Morgan, actor
Jim Sturgess, actor
20 May – Sean Conlon, musician (5ive)
22 May – Sara Pascoe, writer and comedian
29 May – Rochelle Clark, English rugby union player
9 June – Helen Don-Duncan, English backstroke swimmer
11 June – Alistair McGregor, Scottish field hockey goalkeeper
25 June – Sheridan Smith, actress
28 June – Joanne Ellis, field hockey midfielder
7 September – Natalie McGarry, SNP Member of Parliament convicted of embezzlement
11 September – Mark Rhodes, singer, runner up from Pop Idol (series 2) and TV host
15 September – Richard Alexander, English field hockey defender
16 September – David Mitchell, Scottish field hockey defender
23 September – Helen Richardson, field hockey defender
29 September – Suzanne Shaw, actress and singer (Hear’Say)
10 October – Stinson Hunter, filmmaker, journalist
25 October – Shaun Wright-Phillips, footballer
13 November – Tom Ferrier, racing driver
20 November – Andrea Riseborough, actress
26 November – Natasha Bedingfield, singer
27 November – Gary Lucy, actor and model
21 December – Sajid Mahmood, English cricketer
Undated – Sunjeev Sahota, novelist
3 January – Princess Alice, Countess of Athlone, member of the royal family (born 1883)
6 January – A. J. Cronin, Scottish novelist (born 1896)
11 February – Franz Sondheimer, German-born British-Israeli chemist (born 1926)
6 March – George Geary, English cricketer (born 1893)
11 March – Sir Maurice Oldfield, intelligence chief (born 1915)
Sir Claude Auchinleck, field marshal (born 1884; died in Morocco)
Mike Hailwood, motorcycle racer (car crash) (born 1940)
31 March – Enid Bagnold, author and playwright (born 1889)
16 April – George Cambridge, 2nd Marquess of Cambridge, member of the royal family (born 1895)
5 May – Bobby Sands MP, volunteer in the Provisional Irish Republican Army (born 1954; died in 1981 Irish hunger strike)
9 May – Ralph Allen, footballer (born 1906)
28 May – John Bryan Ward-Perkins, archaeologist (born 1912)
17 June – General Sir Richard O’Connor, soldier (born 1889)
26 August – Peter Eckersley, television producer (born 1936)
7 September – Kathleen Guthrie, artist (born 1905)
8 September – Bill Shankly, Scottish-born football manager (born 1913)
11 September – Harold Bennett, actor (born 1898)
14 September – Mary Potter, painter (born 1900)
23 September – Sam Costa, crooner, radio actor and disc jockey (born 1910)
22 November – Sir Hans Adolf Krebs, German-born British physician and biochemist and Nobel laureate (born 1900)
9 February – Phil Collins releases his first solo album (although he will not leave the band Genesis until 1995)
14 February – Billy Idol leaves Generation X to begin a solo career
4 April – Bucks Fizz win the Eurovision Song Contest with “Making Your Mind Up”
7 April – Former Who manager Kit Lambert dies after falling down a flight of stairs in his mother’s home in London.
17 April – Eric Clapton is released from St. Paul’s Hospital in Minnesota following a month-long treatment for bleeding ulcers.
18 April – Yes announce that they are breaking up. (They would however reunite frequently in years to come).
25 April – Paul McCartney’s band, Wings, breaks up officially
2 May – Working as a local wedding singer 12 months previously, Scottish vocalist Sheena Easton hits No.1 in the US with “Morning Train (9 to 5)”
11 May – The musical Cats begins its 8,949 performance run on London’s West End.
August – the success of Stars On 45 leads to a short-lived medley craze. The most successful imitator of the Stars On 45 format is, rather unexpectedly, the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra whose “Hooked On Classics (Parts 1&2)” reaches number two in the charts.
14 September – Emma Kirkby and Gothic Voices record the album A Feather on the Breath of God in St Jude-on-the-Hill, Hampstead Garden Suburb, London.
Take a look back at the year 1974
1974 (MCMLXXIV) was a common year starting on Tuesday of the Gregorian calendar, the 1974th year of the Common Era (CE) and Anno Domini (AD) designations, the 974th year of the 2nd millennium, the 74th year of the 20th century, and the 5th year of the 1970s decade.
January 11 – David, Elizabeth, Emma, Grant, Jason and Nicolette Rosenkowitz are born in Cape Town, the first recorded sextuplets in the world where all six babies survive.
January 15 – Happy Days, a sitcom about life in the 1950s, debuts on ABC.
January 17 – Two commercial divers, Pier Skipness and Robert John Smyth, die from rapid decompression and drowning in the Norwegian Sector of the North Sea after their diving bell abruptly surfaces from a depth of 320 feet (98 m).
January 20 – The General Dynamics F-16 Fighting Falcon makes its first flight at Edwards Air Force Base, California.
January 26 – Bülent Ecevit of CHP forms the new government of Turkey (37th government, partner MSP).
Fire breaks out in the Joelma Building in São Paulo, Brazil; 177 die, 293 are injured, 11 die later of their injuries.
Kuala Lumpur, the capital of Malaysia, is declared a Federal Territory.
February 4 – Heiress Patty Hearst is kidnapped outside her Berkeley, California apartment by the Symbionese Liberation Army.
February 8 – After a record 84 days in orbit, the crew of Skylab 4 returns to Earth.
February 12 – The first episode of children’s television series Bagpuss airs in Britain.
February 17 – Zamalek disaster: a soccer stampede occurs in Cairo, killing 49.
March 3 – Turkish Airlines Flight 981 travelling from Paris to London crashes in a wood near Paris, killing all 346 aboard. This becomes the deadliest single aircraft accident with no survivors.
Following a hung parliament in the United Kingdom general election, Conservative prime minister Edward Heath resigns and is succeeded by Labour’s Harold Wilson, who previously led the country from 1964 to 1970.
People magazine’s first issue released in the U.S. with Mia Farrow on the cover.
Charles de Gaulle Airport opens in Paris, France.
Queen releases Queen II with the single Seven Seas of Rhye.
The final episode of the American television series The Brady Bunch airs.
End of five-month oil embargo by most OPEC nations against the United States, Europe and Japan which had caused the 1973 oil crisis.
After 23 consecutive years on television, Lucille Ball airs the finale of Here’s Lucy.
March 26 – A group of peasant women in Chamoli district, Uttarakhand, India, use their bodies to surround trees in order to prevent loggers from felling them, giving rise to the Chipko movement.
The Terracotta Army of Qin Shi Huang is discovered at Xi’an, China.
Launch of the Volkswagen Golf in West Germany, a modern front-wheel drive hatchback which is expected to replace the iconic Volkswagen Beetle, holder of the world record for the car with the most units produced.
April – The world population reaches 4 billion people estimated by the United States Census Bureau.
April 2 – French president Georges Pompidou, dies of cancer at 63. Alain Poher succeeds him immediately; Valéry Giscard d’Estaing wins the presidential contest in May 1974.
April 3–4 – An enormous tornado outbreak strikes the central parts of the United States, killing around 319 people. Known as the “1974 Super Outbreak”, the event was the largest of its kind until the 2011 Super Outbreak.
April 4 – Hank Aaron ties Babe Ruth for the all-time home run record with his 714th at Riverfront Stadium in Cincinnati.
April 5 – Stephen King publishes Carrie, his first novel.
Swedish pop group ABBA’s song Waterloo wins the 1974 Eurovision Song Contest in Brighton, England, UK.
California Jam is held at the Ontario Motor Speedway in Ontario, California, attracting 250,000 fans.
April 8 – Hank Aaron became the all-time MLB home run leader with his 715th at Atlanta in front of a national television audience.
April 11 – The Kiryat Shmona massacre takes place in Israel.
April 15 – As “Tania”, Patty Hearst is photographed wielding an M1 carbine while robbing the Sunset District branch of the Hibernia Bank in San Francisco.
April 24 – Guillaume Affair: exposure of an East German spy Günter Guillaume within the West German government, leading to the resignation of West German Chancellor Willy Brandt.
April 25 – Carnation Revolution: A left-wing military coup in Portugal restores democracy, ending 41 years of the Estado Novo dictatorship in the country. Portuguese Prime Minister Marcelo Caetano flees to Brazil and is granted political asylum by Brazilian President Ernesto Geisel.
An all-female Japanese team summits Manaslu in Nepal, becoming the first women to climb an 8,000 metres (26,000 ft) peak.
The Expo ’74 world’s fair opens in Spokane, Washington.
May 6 – Willy Brandt West Germany’s chancellor resigns; replaced by Helmut Schmidt.
May 17 – Dublin and Monaghan bombings: The Ulster Volunteer Force (UVF), explode four car bombs in Dublin and Monaghan in the Republic of Ireland. The attacks kill 33 civilians and wound almost 300, the highest number of casualties in any single day during “The Troubles”.
A massive, two-hour shootout between the Los Angeles Police Department and members of the Symbionese Liberation Army leaves six SLA members, including SLA leader Donald DeFreeze, dead.
1974 Australian federal election: Gough Whitlam’s Labor Government is re-elected with a reduced majority, defeating the Liberal/Country Coalition led by Billy Snedden. Whitlam consequently becomes the first Labor Prime Minister to be re-elected in his own right. The Democratic Labor Party meanwhile lost all five of their Senate seats, effectively wiping them out as a political force.
Nuclear weapons testing: Under Project Smiling Buddha, India successfully detonates its first nuclear weapon, becoming the 6th nation to do so.
The Warsaw radio mast is completed, the second tallest structure ever built (it collapses on August 8, 1991).
Heaven’s Gate, an American millenarian New Age religious group, is founded by Marshall Applewhite and Bonnie Nettles.
May 19 – The Philadelphia Flyers defeat the Boston Bruins to become the first team from the 1967 NHL expansion class to win the Stanley Cup in the North American National Hockey League.
May 24 Duke Ellington, American composer, bandleader, pianist dies at the age of 75.
Johnny Rutherford wins the first of three Indianapolis 500s
NASA’s ATS-6 satellite is launched.
Main article: June 1974
June 4 – The Cleveland Indians stage an ill-advised Ten Cent Beer Night for a game against the Texas Rangers at Cleveland Municipal Stadium. Cleveland forfeits after alcohol-fueled mayhem and violence spreads from the stands onto the field.
June 13 – The 1974 FIFA World Cup begins in West Germany.
June 14 – The Annual Jackson, Dorian Festival of DOING IT LIVE begins
June 17 – A bomb explodes in Westminster Hall, the oldest part of the British Houses of Parliament. The hall’s annex, housing offices and a canteen, is destroyed by the bombing, attributed by police to the Provisional wing of the Irish Republican Army.
June 26 – The Universal Product Code is scanned for the first time, to sell a package of Wrigley’s chewing gum at the Marsh Supermarket in Troy, Ohio.
Isabel Perón is sworn in as the first female President of Argentina, replacing her sick husband Juan Perón, who dies 2 days later.
America Sings attraction opens to the public for the first time at Disneyland in Anaheim, California.
Main article: July 1974
July 7 – West Germany beats the Netherlands 2–1 to win the 1974 FIFA World Cup. The West German football team are awarded the new FIFA World Cup Trophy.
July 8 – Two weeks after the attraction’s opening, an 18-year-old employee is crushed to her death while working on America Sings at Disneyland. This is the first casualty to occur to an employee at a Disney Park.
The Greek military junta sponsors a coup d’état in Cyprus, replacing President Makarios III with Nikos Sampson.
News anchor Christine Chubbuck commits suicide during a live broadcast on WXLT-TV in Sarasota, Florida.
July 16 – Elmer Wayne Henley is sentenced to life imprisonment for assisting Dean Corll in murdering 28 Texas boys from 1970 to 1973.
July 19 – Railcar explosion in Decatur, Illinois. A tanker car collides with a Norfolk & Western boxcar. Seven people are killed, 349 are injured and $18 million in property damage.
July 20 – The Turkish invasion of Cyprus occurs.
July 23 – The Greek military junta is replaced by a civilian government, the metapolitefsi.
August 9: Gerald Ford becomes the 38th President of the United States
August 4 – A bomb explodes in a train between Italy and West Germany, killing 12 and wounding 48. Italian neo-fascists take responsibility.
August 7 – Philippe Petit crosses between Twin Towers of the World Trade Center in New York City high-wire walking.
August 9 – Watergate scandal: U.S. President Richard Nixon announces his resignation on August 8, effective at noon on August 9. Vice President Gerald Ford is sworn in as the 38th President of the United States upon Nixon’s resignation.
Turkey invades Cyprus for the second time, occupying 37% of the island’s territory.
Greece withdraws its forces from NATO’s military command structure, as a result of the Turkish invasion of Cyprus.
August 30 – An express train bound for Germany from Belgrade derails in Zagreb, Yugoslavia (now Croatia), killing more than 150 passengers.
TWA Flight 841 crashes into the Ionian Sea 18 minutes after take off from Athens, after a bomb explodes in the cargo hold, and kills 88 people.
President Gerald Ford pardons former president Richard Nixon.
September 10 – The Portuguese military junta grants independence to Guinea-Bissau.
September 12 – Emperor Haile Selassie of Ethiopia is deposed by the Derg, bringing an end to the Solomonic dynasty’s rule since 1270. The Ethiopian Civil War begins.
September 12 – African Youth Amílcar Cabral is founded in Guinea-Bissau.
September 13 – Japanese Red Army members seize the French Embassy in The Hague, Netherlands.
September 20 – The Kootenai War is declared, and 10-cent tolls are charged on U.S. Highway 95.
September 23 – Ceefax (one of the first public service information systems) is started by the BBC.
October 11 – The UK Labour government of Harold Wilson wins the second general election of the year, forming a three-seat majority. Wilson, who has led the party for a total of 11 years, has now won four of the five general elections he has contested.
October 26 – Fuerzas Armadas de Liberación Nacional Puertorriqueña (FALN) sets off 5 bombs in Manhattan, with their largest bomb set off in the Financial District.
October 30 – The Rumble in the Jungle takes place in Kinshasa, Zaire, where Muhammad Ali knocks out George Foreman in eight rounds to regain the Heavyweight title, which had been stripped from him seven years earlier.
The World Tourism Organization (WTO or WToO) is established.
The German electronic band Kraftwerk releases their studio album Autobahn.
November 5 – The Democratic Party makes big gains nationwide in House, Senate and Gubernatorial elections.
Ronald DeFeo Jr., murders his entire family in their home in Amityville on Long Island, an event that inspires the story of The Amityville Horror.
McDonald’s open their first UK restaurant in Woolwich, South East London.
November 16 – Arecibo message: The radio telescope at the Arecibo Observatory on Puerto Rico sends an interstellar radio message towards Messier 13, the Great Globular Cluster in Hercules. The message will reach its destination around the year 27,000.
November 18 – The International Energy Agency is founded.
November 21 – Birmingham pub bombings: In Birmingham, England, two pubs are bombed, killing 21 people in an attack widely believed at the time to be linked to the Provisional Irish Republican Army. The Birmingham Six are later sentenced to life in prison for this, but their convictions are quashed after a lengthy campaign.
November 22 – The United Nations General Assembly grants the Palestine Liberation Organization observer status.
November 24 – A skeleton from the hominid species Australopithecus afarensis is discovered and named Lucy.
November 26 – Anneline Kriel is crowned as Miss World 1974, the second South African to hold the title after Penny Coelen in 1958, when Helen Morgan resigns four days after winning the 24th Miss World pageant.
November 28 – In a rare (and final) public performance, former Beatle John Lennon joins Elton John on stage at Madison Square Garden in New York City.
Main article: December 1974
December 1 – A Boeing 727 carrying TWA Flight 514 crashes 40 kilometres (25 mi) northwest of Dulles International Airport during bad weather, killing all 92 people on board.
December 9 – The Paris summit, reuniting the European Communities’ heads of state and government, commences.
December 13 – Malta becomes a republic.
December 17 – The World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) becomes a specialized agency of the United Nations.
December 24–25 – Darwin, Australia is almost completely destroyed by Cyclone Tracy.
Rubik’s Cube puzzle is invented by Hungarian architecture professor Ernő Rubik.
Dungeons & Dragons fantasy tabletop role-playing game, designed by Gary Gygax and Dave Arneson, is first released, in the United States.
PepsiCo becomes the first American company to sell products in the Soviet Union.
January 1 – Reem Maged, Egyptian journalist
January 3 – Alessandro Petacchi, Italian road cyclist
Farhan Akhtar, Indian film director, screenwriter, actor, singer, producer, and television host
MF Doom, English recording artist and producer
January 10 – Hrithik Roshan, Indian actor
Melanie Chisholm, English singer-songwriter (Spice Girls)
Tor Arne Hetland, Norwegian cross-country skier
January 13 – Kaili Vernoff, American actress
January 14 – Kevin Durand, Canadian-American actor and singer
January 16 – Kate Moss, English model
Derrick Mason, American football player
Keith Robinson, American actor and R&B singer
Gustavo Kupinski, Argentine guitarist (d. 2011)
Maulik Pancholy, American actor
January 19 – Éva Novodomszky, Hungarian journalist and presenter
January 20 – Rae Carruth, American football player
January 21 – Maxwell Atoms, American animator
January 22 – Joseph Muscat, 13th Prime Minister of Malta
Scott Doran, Irish Gaelic footballer (d. 2018)
Tiffani Thiessen, American actress
January 24 – Ed Helms, American actor and stand-up comedian
January 27 – Ole Einar Bjørndalen, Norwegian biathlete
January 28 – Kari Traa, Norwegian freestyle skier
Michael Andersen, Danish basketball player
Kōji Wada, Japanese rock singer (d. 2016)
Christian Bale, English actor
Olivia Colman, English actress
January 31 – Anna Silk, Canadian actress
Ayanna Pressley, American politician
Miriam Yeung, Hong Kong actress and singer
Urmila Matondkar, Indian actress
Shahab Hosseini, Iranian actor and film director
February 6 – Aljo Bendijo, Filipino journalist, broadcaster, TV/radio host
Cheryl Cosim, Filipino journalist, news anchor, TV host
J Dilla, American record producer and rapper (d. 2006)
Steve Nash, Canadian basketball player
Nujabes, Japanese record producer and DJ (d. 2010)
Seth Green, American actor and comedian
Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo, French musician and record producer
Kimbo Slice, Bahamian-born American boxer and mixed martial artist (d. 2016)
Elizabeth Banks, American actress and film director
Ivri Lider, Israeli singer
February 12 – Naseem Hamed, British boxer
February 13 – Robbie Williams, British singer
Philippe Léonard, Belgian footballer
Valentina Vezzali, Italian fencer
Miranda July, American author, director, actor, musician and spoken-word artist
Mr Lordi, Finnish singer
Alexander Wurz, Austrian racing driver
Gina Lynn, American porn actress
February 16 – Mahershala Ali, American actor and rapper
February 17 – Jerry O’Connell, American actor
February 18 – Jillian Michaels, American personal trainer, businesswoman, author and TV personality
February 19 – Lezley Zen, American porn actress
February 22 – James Blunt, English singer
February 24 – Bonnie Somerville, American actress
Divya Bharti, Indian film actress (d. 1993)
Chad Hugo, American musician and producer
Dominic Raab, British politician, Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs
Sébastien Loeb, French rally driver
Mikee Cojuangco-Jaworski, Filipino actress and equestrienne
February 27 – Hiroyasu Shimizu, Japanese speed skater
March 1 – Mark-Paul Gosselaar, American actor
March 3 – David Faustino, American actor
Karol Kučera, Slovak tennis player
Ariel Ortega, Argentine football player
Jens Jeremies, German footballer
Matt Lucas, English comedian
Eva Mendes, American actress and model
Barbara Schöneberger, German actress, singer, and TV host
Hiten Tejwani, Indian model and actor
Anthony Carelli, Canadian professional wrestler
Cooper Manning, television host
Jenna Fischer, American actress
Antonio de la Rúa, Argentine lawyer
Danny Corkill, American child actor
Cesar Velasco Broca, Spanish actor
Hekiru Shiina, Japanese voice actress and singer
Jama Williamson, American actress
March 14 – Grace Park, Canadian actress
March 15 – Percy Montgomery, South African rugby union player
March 20 – Carsten Ramelow, German footballer
March 21 – Ted Kravitz, British presenter and reporter
Marcus Camby, American basketball player
Kidada Jones, American actress
Bassem Youssef, Egyptian journalist
March 24 – Alyson Hannigan, American actress
March 25 – Lark Voorhies, American actress and singer
Daisuke Kishio, Japanese voice actor
Scott Mills, British radio DJ and television presenter
March 29 – Miguel Gómez, Colombian photographer
Ronnie Kerr, American actor
Miho Komatsu, Japanese pop singer and songwriter
Natali, Russian singer, composer and songwriter
Jani Sievinen, Finnish swimmer
April 1 – Marcos Balter, Brazilian composer
April 2 – Håkan Hellström, Swedish musician
April 8 – Chris Kyle, American sniper (d. 2013)
April 9 – Jenna Jameson, American pornographic actress
Tricia Helfer, Canadian actress and model
Alexander Kuoppala, Finnish guitarist
April 12 – Marley Shelton, American actress
April 13 – Marta Jandová, Czech musician and actress
Gabriela Duarte, Brazilian actress
Danny Pino, Cuban American actor
Tim Thomas, American ice hockey goaltender
April 16 – Xu Jinglei, Chinese actress and director
Mikael Åkerfeldt, Swedish musician (Opeth)
Victoria Beckham, English singer and fashion designer
Lorraine Pilkington, Irish actress
Edgar Wright, English film director
April 20 – Tina Cousins, English singer
April 21 – Faust, Norwegian drummer
April 22 – Shavo Odadjian, Armenian-born rock bassist
April 23 – Barry Watson, American actor
April 24 – Jennifer Paz, Filipino actress
April 28 – Penélope Cruz, Spanish actress and model
April 29 – Anggun, Indonesian-French singer-songwriter
Kellie Crawford, Australian singer and actress
Lornah Kiplagat, Kenyan-Dutch runner
Matt Berry, English actor and singer
Horacio Carbonari, Argentinian footballer and manager
Garðar Thór Cortes, Icelandic tenor and actor
Andy Johnson, English-Welsh footballer
Janek Meet, Estonian footballer
Peter Everitt, Australian footballer and radio host
Princess Haya bint Al Hussein of Jordan
Miguel Cairo, Venezuelan baseball player and coach
Tony McCoy, Irish jockey and sportscaster
Bernard Barmasai, Kenyan runner
Daniela Bártová, Czech pole vaulter and gymnast
Faruk Namdar, German-Turkish footballer
Patrick Tang, Hong Kong actor and singer
Lawrence Johnson, American pole vaulter
Breckin Meyer, American actor
Ian Pearce, English footballer and manager
Marge Kõrkjas, Estonian swimmer
Korey Stringer, American football player (d. 2001)
Jon Tickle, English television host
Liu Fang, Chinese pipa player
Sylvain Wiltord, French footballer
May 11 – Adam Kaufman, American actor
May 14 – Chantal Kreviazuk, Canadian singer-songwriter
Laura Pausini, Italian singer
Adam Richman, American actor and television personality
Sonny Sandoval, American vocalist
May 17 – Andrea Corr, Irish singer
Mikael Stanne, Swedish singer
Colette Wong, Singaporean sports anchor
Shiboprosad Mukherjee, Indian film director, writer and actor
May 19 – Nawazuddin Siddiqui, Indian film actor
May 21 – Fairuza Balk, American actress
Sean Gunn, American actor
A. J. Langer, American actress
Henrietta Ónodi, Hungarian artistic gymnast
May 23 – Jewel, American singer
May 23 – Ken Jennings, American writer and game show champion (Jeopardy!)
May 26 – Lars Frölander, Swedish swimmer
May 28 – Misbah-ul-Haq, Pakistani cricketer
May 29 – Steve Cardenas, American martial artist and actor
Big L, American rapper (d. 1999)
CeeLo Green, African-American singer, songwriter, rapper, record producer, and actor
May 31 – Kenan Doğulu, Turkish pop musician
June 1 – Alanis Morissette, Canadian-American singer
June 2 – Gata Kamsky, American chess player
Kelly Jones, Welsh singer-songwriter
Martín Karpan, Argentinian actor
Mahesh Bhupathi, Indian tennis player
Bear Grylls, British survivalist
June 9 – Samoth, Norwegian musician
Katharina Bellowitsch, Austrian radio and TV presenter.
Takahiro Sakurai, Japanese voice actor
Selma, Icelandic singer
Steve-O, American actor
Bumper Robinson, American actor and voice actor
Mustaque Ahmed Ruhi, Bangladeshi member of parliament
Natasha Beaumont, Malaysian actress and model
Patrick Downey, American football player
Craig Lowndes, Australian race car driver
Maggie Siff, American actress
Hitoshi Uematsu, Japanese short track speed skater
Devayani, Indian actress
Donald Faison, American actor
Amber O’Neal, American professional wrestler
B. V. S. Ravi, Indian writer
Tu Tamarua, Cook Islands rugby union flanker
Vijay, Indian actor
Lyndsay Walker, Australian cricketer
Meg-John Barker, English author, academic, activist and psychotherapist
Joel Edgerton, Australian actor
Kim Young-chul, South Korean comedian and singer
Andi Vasluianu, Romanian actor
Magnus Carlsson, Swedish singer
Andrea De Cruz, Singaporean actress
Ruffa Gutierrez, Filipino model, beauty queen and actress
Jeff Cohen, American attorney and former child actor
Karisma Kapoor, Indian actress
Tereza Pergnerová, Czech actress, singer and television presenter
Jason Craig, American artist
Derek Jeter, American baseball player
Ecija Ojdanić, Croatian actress
Nicole Saba, Lebanese singer and actress
Kristofer Steen, Swedish musician
Matt Striker, American professional wrestler and commentator
June 27 – Christopher O’Neill, British-American businessman
Rob Dyrdek, American skateboarder
Nelson Mariano II, Filipino chess Grandmaster
June 29 – Pua Khein-Seng, Malaysian businessman
Kelli Ali, British vocalist
Tony Rock, American actor
Hezekiél Sepeng, South African middle distance athlete
Michael Dante DiMartino
Timmy Hung, Hong Kong actor
Jefferson Pérez, Ecuadorean race walker
Michael Budd, Australian actor
Rocky Gray, American musician
Kiyohiko Shibukawa, Japanese fashion model actor
Moon So-ri, South Korean actress, film director and screenwriter
Taiga Ishikawa, Japanese politician and LGBT activist
Corey Reynolds, American musical theatre, television, and film actor
Marko Milošević, Serbian fugitive and refugee
Kevin Hanchard, Canadian actor
Karole Rocher, French actress
Mick Wingert, American actor and voice actor
July 7 – Jennifer Jones, Canadian curler
Jeanna Friske, Russian singer, actress, model and socialite (d. 2015)
Dragoslav Jevrić, Montenegrin footballer
July 11 – Alanas Chošnau, Lithuanian singer and songwriter
Gregory Helms, American professional wrestler
Parvin Dabas, Indian actor, model and director
Sharon den Adel, Dutch singer
Hurricane Helms, American professional wrestler
Ryan Lizza, American journalist
Martina Hill, German actress, comedian and impersonator
David Mitchell, British comedian and actor
July 15 – Maszlee Malik, Malaysian politician
July 16 – Jeremy Enigk, American singer-songwriter
July 18 – Michael Dante DiMartino, American animator
July 19 – Ramin Djawadi, Iranian-German score composer
Doug Ithier, Australian footballer
Simon Rex, American actor, rapper, and VJ
Bonny B., Cambodian bluesman, blues
July 21 – Terry Coldwell, English singer
Franka Potente, German actress
Johnny Strong, American actor and musician
Maurice Greene, American athlete
Kathryn Hahn, American actress
Stephanie March, American actress
Rik Verbrugghe, Belgian road racing cyclist
Eva Aridjis, Mexican-American director and screenwriter
July 25 – Lauren Faust, American animator
July 26 – Daniel Negreanu, Canadian poker player
July 28 – Alexis Tsipras, Greek politician
July 29 – Josh Radnor, American actor
July 30 – Hilary Swank, American actress
July 31 – Emilia Fox, English actress
August 4 – Wasabi Mizuta, Japanese voice actress
August 5 – Kajol, Indian actress
August 6 – Ever Carradine, American actress
Chico Benymon, American actor
Michael Shannon, American actor
August 8 – Brian Harvey, English singer
August 9 – Derek Fisher, American basketball player
August 11 – Chris Messina, American actor and film director
August 12 – Karl Stefanovic, Australian TV host
August 13 – Niklas Sundin, Swedish musician
August 14 – Christopher Gorham, American actor
August 15 – Natasha Henstridge, Canadian actress and model
Didier Cuche, Swiss alpine skier
Krisztina Egerszegi, Hungarian swimmer
Amy Adams, American actress
Misha Collins, American actor
Maxim Vengerov, Russian violinist
Matthew Buckland, South African internet entrepreneur and businessman (d. 2019)
Jenna Leigh Green, American actress and singer
Lee Sheppard, Australian cartoonist
Ray Park, Scottish actor and martial artist
Ovi, Romanian-Norwegian singer-songwriter, producer and musician
Shifty Shellshock, American singer
August 24 – Jennifer Lien, American actress
August 28 – Carsten Jancker, German footballer
August 30 – Rich Cronin, American singer-songwriter (LFO) (d. 2010)
Austin St. John
September 1 – Jhonen Vasquez, American comic book writer and cartoonist
September 3 – Jen Royle, American sports reporter and chef
September 4 – Carmit Bachar, American singer
Tim Henman, English tennis player
Mylene Dizon, Filipino actress and musician
Nina Persson, Swedish singer
Sarah Strange, Canadian actress and voice actress
Chad Coleman, African-American actor
September 7 – Glenn Ljungström, Swedish guitarist
Mirko Filipović, Croatian kickboxer; mixed martial arts fighter
Kerry Harvick, American singer
Ryan Phillippe, American actor
Ben Wallace, American basketball player
Elizabeth Jasicki, British actress
September 12 – Jennifer Nettles, American musician
September 13 – Fiona Avery, comic book and television writer
September 14 – Hicham El Guerrouj, Moroccan athlete
September 15 – Wael Kfoury, Lebanese singer, musician, and songwriter
Rasheed Wallace, American basketball player
Austin St. John, American actor and martial artist
Kelly William Newman, Canadian movie and music expert
Sol Campbell, English footballer
Xzibit, American rapper
Jimmy Fallon, American actor, comedian, and television personality
Victoria Silvstedt, Swedish model
September 22 – Wayne Grayson, American voice actor and director
September 23 – Matt Hardy, American professional wrestler
Niels Brinck, Danish singer and songwriter
Kati Wolf, Hungarian singer
Gary Hall Jr., American swimmer
Joo Jin-mo, South Korean actor
September 28 – Shane Webcke, Australian rugby league player
September 29 – James Lance, English actor
Yul Bürkle, Venezuelan actor and model
Daniel Wu, American-Hong Kong actor, director and producer
Hoàng Xuân Vinh
October 1 – Keith Duffy, Irish singer
October 2 – Rachana Banerjee, Indian film actress
October 3 – Marianne Timmer, Dutch speed skater
October 6 – Hoàng Xuân Vinh, Vietnamese sports shooter
Allison Munn, American actress
Charlotte Perrelli, Swedish singer
Alexander Polinsky, American actor and voice actor
October 8 – Koji Murofushi, Japanese hammer thrower
Dale Earnhardt Jr., American race car driver
Chris Pronger, Canadian hockey player
Jason Arnott, Canadian hockey player
Greg Poehler, American actor
Jessica Drake, American porn actress
Dana Glover, American singer and songwriter
October 15 – Shumon Basar, British writer and editor
Aurela Gaçe, Albanian singer
Paul Kariya, Canadian hockey player
October 17 – Matthew Macfadyen, English actor
Jeremy Scahill, American journalist
Zhou Xun, Chinese actress and singer
Mohammad Sidique Khan, Islamic terrorist who led the 7 July 2005 London bombings (d. 2005)
Brian Limond, Scottish comedian and writer
Bashar Rahal, American actor
October 21 – Lera Auerbach, Russian composer and pianist
Aravind Adiga, Indian-Australian author
Sander Westerveld, Dutch soccer player
October 24 – Catherine Sutherland, Australian actress
Nelly Ciobanu, Moldovan singer
Joaquin Phoenix, American actor born in Puerto Rico
Akashdeep Saigal, Indian television actor and model
Yenny Wahid, Indonesian activist and politician
October 31 – Natasja Saad, Danish rapper and reggae singer (d. 2007)
Nelly, American rapper
Prodigy, American rapper (d. 2017)
Cedric Bixler-Zavala, Mexican-American singer
Louise Nurding, English singer
Carl Steven, American child actor (d. 2011)
Ryan Adams, American singer and songwriter
Jerry Stackhouse, American basketball player
Penelope Heyns, South African swimmer
Masashi Kishimoto, Japanese manga author
Matthew Rhys, Welsh actor
Alessandro Del Piero, Italian football player
Manav Gohil, Indian television actor
Michael Greenspan, Canadian filmmaker and writer
Leonardo DiCaprio, American actor
Jon B., American singer-songwriter
November 13 – Kerim Seiler, Swiss artist and architect
November 15 – Chad Kroeger, Canadian singer
November 16 – Paul Scholes, English football player
November 18 – Petter Solberg, Norwegian rally driver
Drew Ginn, Australian rower
Kurt Krömer, German television presenter, comedian and actor
November 21 – Tiit Sukk, Estonian actor, director and television presenter
November 24 – Stephen Merchant, English comedian and actor
Wendy Houvenaghel, British racing cyclist
Zsófia Polgár, Hungarian-born chess player
Federico Gutiérrez, Colombian politician
November 29 – Ferenc Merkli, Hungarian Slovene priest, writer and translator
November 30 – Wallace Chung, Hong Kong actor and singer
December 1 – Costinha, Portuguese footballer
December 4 – Tadahito Iguchi, Japanese baseball player
Kid Koala, Canadian DJ, turntablist, musician and graphic novelist
Lisa Sheridan, American actress (d. 2019)
December 7 – Nicole Appleton, Canadian singer
December 9 – Luisa Bradshaw-White, English actress
December 10 – Meg White, American drummer
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