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* January – The state of emergency is lifted in Kenya, officially ending the Mau Mau Uprising.
* January 1
– Cameroon gains its independence.
– Somalia gains its independence.
* January 2 – U.S. Senator John F. Kennedy (D-MA) announces his candidacy for the Democratic presidential
* January 9–11 – Aswan High Dam construction begins in Egypt.
* January 10 – British Prime Minister Harold Macmillan makes the Wind of Change speech for the first time (see
* January 14 – Thern Reserve Bank and Commonwealth Bank are created in Australia.
* January 19 – The Treaty of Mutual Cooperation and Security between the United States and Japan is signed in
* January 21 – A mine collapses at Coalbrook, South Africa, killing 500.
* January 22
- In France, President Charles de Gaulle fires Jacques Massu, commander-in-chief for the French troops in Algeria.
- Jacques Piccard and Don Walsh descend into the Marianas Trench in the bathyscaphe Trieste, reaching the depth
of 10,916 meters and become the first humans to reach the lowest spot on Earth.
* January 24 – A major insurrection occurs in Algiers against French colonial policy.
* January 25 – In Washington, DC, the National Association of Broadcasters reacts to the payola scandal by
threatening fines for any disc jockeys who accepted money for playing particular records.
* January 30 – The African National Party is founded in Chad, through the merger of traditionalist parties.
* February 1 – In Greensboro, North Carolina, four black students from North Carolina Agricultural and Technical
State University begin a sit-in at a segregated Woolworth's lunch counter. Although they are refused service, they
are allowed to stay at the counter. The event triggers many similar nonviolent protests throughout the Southern
United States, and 6 months later the original 4 protesters are served lunch at the same counter.
* February 3 – Prime Minister of the United Kingdom Harold Macmillan makes the Wind of Change speech to the
South African Parliament in Cape Town (although he had first made the speech, to little publicity, in Accra, Gold
Coast – now Ghana – on January 10).
* February 5 – The CERN particle accelerator is inaugurated in Geneva, Switzerland.
* February 9
- Joanne Woodward receives the first star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
- Adolph Coors III, chairman of the board of the Coors Brewing Company, is kidnapped and captors demand
$500,000. Coors is later found dead and Joseph Corbett, Jr. is indicted.
* February 10 – A conference about the independence of the Belgian Congo begins in Brussels.
* February 11
- The airship ZPG-3W is destroyed in a storm in Massachusetts.
- Twelve Indian soldiers die in clashes with Chinese troops at their common border.
* February 13 – France tests its first atomic bomb in the Sahara.
* February 18 – The 1960 Winter Olympics open in Squaw Valley, California.
* February 29 – An earthquake completely destroys Agadir, Morocco.
* March 3 – Elvis Presley returns home from Germany, after being away on duty for 2 years.
* March 6
- Vietnam War: The United States announces that 3,500 American soldiers will be sent to Vietnam.
- The Canton of Geneva in Switzerland gives women the right to vote.
* March 17 – Northwest Airlines Flight 710 crashes near Tell City, Indiana, killing all 63 on board.
* March 21 – The Sharpeville massacre in South Africa results in more than 69 dead, 300 injured.
* March 22 – Arthur Leonard Schawlow & Charles Hard Townes receive the first patent for a laser.
* March 23 – Nikita Khrushchev meets Charles De Gaulle in Paris.
* March 25 – Tom Pillibi by Jacqueline Boyer (music by André Popp, text by Pierre Cour) wins the Eurovision Song
Contest 1960 for France.
* April 1
- Tuanku Abdul Rahman ibni Almarhum Tuanku Muhammad, 1st Yang di-Pertuan Agong of Malaysia, dies in office. He
is replaced by Hisamuddin Alam Shah ibni Almarhum Sultan Alaeddin Sulaiman Shah, Sultan of Selangor.
- The United States launches the first weather satellite, TIROS-1.
* April 4
- The first 3 female priests are ordained in Sweden.
- At the 32nd Academy Awards ceremony, Ben-Hur wins a record number of Oscars, including Best Picture.
- Elvis Presley's song "Are You Lonesome Tonight?" has been recorded for the first time
* April 12 – Eric Peugeot, youngest son of the founder of Peugeot, is kidnapped in Paris (he is released April 15 in
exchange for $300,000 ransom).
* April 13
- United States launches navigation satellite Transit I-b.
- The Blue Streak missile is cancelled.
* April 16 – Gunman David Pratt attacks South African Prime Minister Henrik Verwoerd in Johannesburg, wounding
* April 17 – Russwood Park, a baseball stadium in Memphis, Tennessee, burns to the ground from a fire shortly after
a Chicago White Sox vs Cleveland Indians game.
* April 19 – April Revolution: South Korean students hold a nationwide pro-democracy protest against president
Syngman Rhee, eventually leading him to resign.
* April 21 – In Brazil, the country's capital (Federal District) is shifted from the city of Rio de Janeiro to Brasília. The
city of Rio de Janeiro becomes Guanabara State.
* April 27 – Togo gains independence from French-administered U.N. trusteeship.
* May 1
- A Soviet missile shoots down an American Lockheed U2 spy plane; the pilot Francis Gary Powers is captured.
- In India, May 1 is declared as 'Maharashtra Divas', i.e., Maharashtra Day (also celebrated as 'Kaamgaar Divas', i.e.,
* May 3
– European Free Trade Association (EFTA) established.
– The Fantasticks, the world's longest-running musical, opens at New York City's Sullivan Street Playhouse where it
would play for 42 years.
* May 4 – West German refugee minister Theodor Oberländer is fired because of his Nazi past.
* May 6 – President Dwight Eisenhower signs the Civil Rights Act of 1960 into law.
* May 9 – The U.S. Food and Drug Administration announces that it will approve birth control as an additional
indication for Searle's Enovid, making it the world's first approved oral contraceptive pill.
* May 10 – The nuclear submarine USS Triton, under the command of Captain Edward L. Beach, Jr., completes the
first underwater circumnavigation of the Earth.
* May 11 – In Buenos Aires, 4 Mossad agents abduct fugitive Nazi Adolf Eichmann, who was using the alias "Ricardo
* May 13 – A Swiss/Austrian expedition makes the first ascent of Dhaulagiri, the world's 7th highest mountain.
* May 14 – The Kenyan African National Congress Party is founded in Kenya, when 3 political parties join forces.
* May 15 – Sputnik 4 is launched into Earth orbit.
* May 16
- Nikita Khrushchev demands an apology from U.S. President Dwight D. Eisenhower for U-2 spy plane flights over
the Soviet Union, thus ending the 1960 Paris summit.
- Theodore Maiman operates the first laser.
* May 20 – In Japan, police carry away Socialist members of the Diet; Parliament then approves a security treaty
with the United States.
* May 22 – Great Chilean Earthquake: Chile's subduction fault ruptures from Talcahuano to Taitao Peninsula,
causing a tsunami and one of the greatest earthquakes on record. Seismographs in Valdivia crash.
* May 23 – Prime Minister of Israel David Ben-Gurion announces that Nazi war criminal Adolf Eichmann has been
* May 27 – In Turkey, a bloodless military coup d'état removes President Celal Bayar and installs General Cemal
Gürsel as head of state.
* May 30 - Cemal Gürsel forms the new government of Turkey (24rd government, composed mostly of technocrats)
* June 1 – New Zealand's first television transmission occurs when a switch is flicked in Shortland Street, Auckland.
* June 4 – The Lake Bodom murders occur in Finland.
* June 7 – U.S. Senator John F. Kennedy wins the California Democratic primary.
* June 9 – Typhoon Mary kills 1,600 people in the Fukien province of China.
* June 15
- Violent demonstrations at Tokyo University result in 182 arrests, 589 injuries.
- BC Ferries, the second largest ferry operator in the world, starts service between Tsawwassen and Swartz Bay.
* June 19 – The Associated Broadcasting Company is founded in the Philippines.
* June 20 – The Mali Federation between Senegal and the Sudanese Republic (now Mali) gains independence from
* June 23 – Japanese prime minister Nobusuke Kishi announces his resignation.
* June 24
- Joseph Kasavubu is elected the first president of independent Congo.
- Avro 748 makes its first flight at Woodford, UK.
* June 26 – British Somaliland gains independence from the United Kingdom; 5 days later it unites with the former
Italian Somaliland to create the modern Somali Republic.
* June 28 – The University of Novi Sad is founded in Yugoslavia.
* June 29 – The Kanlaon Broadcasting System (KBS), the fourth TV station in the Philippines, is launched.
* June 30
- Belgian Congo gains independence from Belgium; civil war follows.
- Public demonstrations by democratic and left forces, against Italian government support of the post-fascist Italian
Social Movement, are heavily suppressed by police.
* July 1
- Ghana becomes a republic and Kwame Nkrumah becomes its first President as Queen Elizabeth II of the United
Kingdom ceases to be the head of state.
- A Soviet MiG fighter north of Murmansk in the Barents Sea shoots down a 6-man RB-47. Two United States Air
Force officers survive and are imprisoned in Moscow's dreaded Lubyanka prison.
- Italian Somaliland gains its independence from Italy, 5 days after British Somaliland.
* July 4 – Following the admission of Hawaii as the 50th U.S. state the previous year, the 50-star flag of the United
States debuts in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
* July 10 – The Soviet Union beats Yugoslavia 2–1 to win the first European Football Championship.
* July 11
- Moise Tshombe declares the Congolese province of Katanga independent; he receives Belgian help.
- Harper Lee releases her critically acclaimed novel To Kill a Mockingbird.
* July 12 – Orlyonok, the main Young Pioneer camp of the Russian SFSR, is founded.
* July 13 – U.S. Senator John F. Kennedy is nominated for President at the Democratic National Convention in Los
* July 14 – The United Nations decides to send troops to Katanga to oversee Belgian troop withdrawal.
* July 20 – Sri Lanka (then Ceylon) elects Sirimavo Bandaranaike Prime Minister, the world's first elected female
head of government.
* July 21 – Francis Chichester, English navigator and yachtsman, arrives in New York aboard Gypsy Moth II, having
made a record solo Atlantic crossing in 40 days.
* July 25 - The Woolworth's counter in Greensboro, North Carolina, the subject of a sit-in which sparked sit-ins and
pickets across the southern United States in February 1960, serves its first black customer.
* July 25–28 – In Chicago, the Republican National Convention nominates U.S. Vice President Richard M. Nixon for
President and Henry Cabot Lodge, Jr. for Vice President.
* July 27 – The OECD is founded in Paris.
* August 1 – Benin becomes independent from France, under the name Dahomey.
* August 5 – Burkina Faso (Upper Volta) declares independence from France.
* August 6
- Cuban Revolution: In response to a United States embargo against Cuba, Fidel Castro nationalizes American and
foreign-owned property in the nation.
- In the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Albert Kalonji declares the independence of the Autonomous State of
* August 7 – Côte d'Ivoire becomes independent.
* August 11 – Chad becomes independent.
* August 13 – Central African Republic becomes independent.
* August 15 – Congo-Brazzaville becomes independent.
* August 16
- Joseph Kittinger parachutes from a balloon over New Mexico at 102,800 feet (31,333 m). He sets unbeaten (as of
2005) world records for: high-altitude jump; free-fall by falling 16 miles (25.7 km) before opening his parachute; and
fastest speed by a human without motorized assistance, 982 km/h (614 mi/h).
- Cyprus gains its independence from the United Kingdom.
* August 17
- The newly named Beatles begin a 48-night residency at the Indra Club in Hamburg, West Germany.
- Gabon gains independence from France.
- The trial of U-2 pilot Francis Gary Powers begins in Moscow.
* August 19
- Cold War: In Moscow, downed American U-2 pilot Francis Gary Powers is sentenced to 10 years imprisonment by
the Soviet Union for espionage.
- Sputnik program: The Soviet Union launches Sputnik 5, with the dogs Belka and Strelka (Russian for "Squirrel" and
"Little Arrow"), 40 mice, 2 rats and a variety of plants. The spacecraft returns to earth the next day and all animals
are recovered safely.
* August 20 – Senegal breaks away from the Mali Federation, declaring independence.
* August 25
- The 1960 Summer Olympics open in Rome.
- The USS Seadragon (SSN-584) surfaces at the North Pole, where the crew plays softball.
* August 29 – Hurricane Donna kills 50 in Florida and New England.
* September 1
- Sultan Hisamuddin Alam Shah, Sultan of Selangor and 2nd Yang di-Pertuan Agong of Malaysia, dies in office. He is
replaced by Tuanku Syed Putra, Raja of Perlis.
- Disgruntled railroad workers effectively halt operations of the Pennsylvania Railroad, marking the first shutdown in
the company's history (the event lasts 2 days).
* September 2 – The first elections of the Parliament of the Central Tibetan Administration are held. The Tibetan
community observes this date as Democracy Day.
* September 5
- 1960 Summer Olympics: Cassius Clay wins the gold medal in heavyweight boxing.
- Congo president Joseph Kasavubu fires Patrice Lumumba's government and places him under house arrest.
* September 6 - Mitchell and Martin, American cryptologists, announce defection to Soviet Union at Moscow press
* September 8 – In Huntsville, Alabama, U.S. President Dwight D. Eisenhower formally dedicates the Marshall Space
Flight Center (activated by NASA on July 1).
* September 14
- Colonel Joseph Mobutu takes power in Congo in a military coup.
- Iran, Iraq, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia and Venezuela form OPEC.
* September 22 – Mali, sole remaining member of the Mali Federation following the withdrawal of Senegal a month
earlier, declares full independence as the Republic of Mali.
* September 26 – The 2 leading U.S. presidential candidates, Richard M. Nixon and John F. Kennedy, participate in
the first televised presidential debate.
* October 1 – Nigeria gains independence; Nnamdi Azikiwe is the first native Governor General.
* October 3 – Jânio Quadros is elected president of Brazil for a 5-year term.
* October 5 – White South Africans vote to make the country a republic.
* October 7 – Nigeria becomes the 99th Member of the United Nations.
* October 12
- Cold War: Nikita Khrushchev pounds his shoe on a table at a United Nations General Assembly meeting, to protest
at the discussion of Soviet Union policy toward Eastern Europe.
- Otoya Yamaguchi assassinates Inejiro Asanuma, chairman of the Japanese Socialist Party.
* October 14 – U.S. presidential candidate John F. Kennedy first suggests the idea for the Peace Corps.
* October 24
- A rocket explodes in the Baikonur Space Center during fueling, killing 91.
- Zambia gains independence from the United Kingdom
* October 26 – Robert F. Kennedy calls Coretta Scott King, wife of Dr. Martin Luther King, and secures his release
from jail on a traffic violation in Atlanta, Georgia.
* October 29 – In Louisville, Kentucky, Cassius Clay (later Muhammad Ali) wins his first professional fight.
* October 30 – Michael Woodruff performs the first successful kidney transplant in the United Kingdom, at the
Edinburgh Royal Infirmary.
* November 2 – Penguin Books is found not guilty of obscenity in the Lady Chatterley's Lover case.
* November 5 – Joe Grech, Maltese Singer, wins the 1st. Malta Song Festival (b. 1934)
* November 8 – United States presidential election, 1960: In a close race, John F. Kennedy is elected over Richard
M. Nixon, becoming (at 43) the youngest man elected President.
* November 13 – Sammy Davis, Jr. marries Swedish actress May Britt.
* November 14
- Belgium threatens to leave the United Nations over criticism of its Congo policy.
- Nigeria joins United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) as 58th Member Country.
- A collision between 2 trains in Pardubice, Czechoslovakia kills 117 people.
* November 15 – The Polaris missile is test-launched.
* November 22 – The United Nations supports the government of Joseph Kasavubu and Joseph Mobutu in the
* November 24 – Basketball player Wilt Chamberlain grabs 55 rebounds.
* November 28 – Mauritania becomes independent of France.
* November 30 – Production of the DeSoto automobile brand ceases.
* December – African and Malagasy Organisation for Economic Cooperation (OAMCE) (Organisation Africain et
Malagache de Coopération Économique).
* December 1
- Patrice Lumumba, deposed premier of the Congo, is arrested by troops of Colonel Joseph Mobutu.
- 5-ton Soviet spacecraft containing animals, insects and plants is launched into orbit; it burns up upon re-entry.
* December 2
- The Archbishop of Canterbury, the Most Rev. Geoffrey Francis Fisher, talks with Pope John XXIII for about an hour
in the Vatican. It is the first time in more than 500 years that a head of the Anglican Church had visited the Pope.
- U.S. President Dwight D. Eisenhower authorizes the use of $1M for the relief and resettlement of Cuban refugees,
who have been arriving in Florida at the rate of 1,000 a week.
* December 4 – The admission to the United Nations of Mauritania is vetoed by the USSR.
* December 5
- Pierre Lagaillarde, who led 1958 and 1960 insurrections in Algeria, fails to appear in a Paris court. He has
reportedly fled with 4 fellow defendants to Spain en route to Algeria.
- Boynton v. Virginia: The U.S. Supreme Court declares segregation in public transit to be illegal.
* December 7 – The United Nations Security Council is called into session by the Soviet Union, to consider Soviet
demands that the U.N. seek the immediate release of former Congolese Premier Patrice Lumumba.
* December 9
- French President Charles de Gaulle's visit to Algeria is marked by bloody European and Muslim mob riots by in
Algeria's largest cities, resulting in 127 deaths.
- The first episode of the long-running drama Coronation Street airs. It was originally planned to be a 16-part drama
but became such a success that it is still running 5 times or more per week.
* December 12
- The U.S. Supreme Court upholds a Federal Court ruling that Louisiana's segregation laws are unconstitutional.
- The Holy Bible in Spanish (the Reina-Valera 1960 Revision) is published.
* December 13
- While Emperor Haile Selassie I of Ethiopia visits Brazil, his Imperial Bodyguard revolts against his rule, proclaiming
the emperor's son, Crown Prince Asfa Wossen, as Emperor.
- Guatemala, El Salvador, Nicaragua and Honduras found the Central American Common Market.
- Navy Commander Leroy Heath (Pilot) and Lieutenant Larry Monroe (Bombardier/Navigator) establish a world
altitude record of 91,450.8 feet (27,874.2 metres) in an A3J Vigilante carrying a 1,000 kilogram payload, besting the
previous record by over 4 miles.
* December 14
- Antoine Gizenga proclaims in Stanleyville, Congo, that he has assumed the premiership.
- The OECD is formed in Paris.
* December 15
- King Mahendra of Nepal deposes the government and takes power into his own hands.
- King Baudouin of Belgium marries Doña Fabiola de Mora y Aragon.
* December 16
- U.S. Secretary of State Christian Herter announces that the United States will commit 5 atomic submarines and 80
Polaris missiles to NATO by the end of 1963.
- 1960 New York air disaster: United Airlines DC-8 collides with a TWA Lockheed Constellation over Staten Island,
New York City. All 128 passengers and crew on both planes are killed, as are 6 persons on the ground.
* December 17 – Troops loyal to Haile Selassie I in Ethiopia suppress the revolt that began December 13, giving
power back to their leader upon his return from Brazil. Haile Selassie absolves his son of any guilt.
* December 19 – Fire sweeps through the USS Constellation, the largest U.S. aircraft carrier, while it is under
construction at a Brooklyn Navy Yard pier, killing 50 and injuring 150.
* December 20 – Discoverer XIX is launched into polar orbit from Vandenberg Air Force Base, to measure radiation.
* December 27 – France sets off its 3rd nuclear test blast at its atomic proving grounds at Reggane, Algeria.
* The US census lists all people from Latin America as white, including blacks from the Dominican Republic, European
whites from Argentina and Mexicans who resemble Native Americans.
* Beginning in 1959, Argentina suffers economic recession.
B i r t h s
* January 2 – Naoki Urasawa, Japanese manga author and artist
* January 3 – Sandeep Marwah, Indian filmmaker
* January 4 – Michael Stipe, American rock singer (R.E.M.)
* January 6
o Kari Jalonen, Finnish ice hockey player
o Howie Long, American football player
o Miriam O'Callaghan, Irish television current affairs broadcaster
* January 10
o Samira Said, Moroccan singer
o Brian Cowen, Taoiseach of Ireland
* January 12
o Oliver Platt, Canadian actor
o Dominique Wilkins, American basketball player
* January 13
o Kevin Anderson, American actor
o Dolores McNamara, world-record lottery winner
* January 20 – Will Wright, American computer game designer
* January 22 – Michael Hutchence, Australian rock musician (INXS) (d. 1997)
* January 23 – Patrick de Gayardon, French skydiver and skysurfing pioneer (d. 1998)
* January 28 – Robert von Dassanowsky, American cultural historian, writer, and producer
* January 29
o Greg Louganis, American diver
o Gia Carangi, American model (d. 1986)
o Sean Kerly, British field hockey player
* January 30 - Alex Titomirov Russian-american businessman
* February 2 – Jari Porttila, Finnish sports journalist
* February 3
o Kerry Von Erich, American professional wrestler (d. 1993)
o Joachim Loew, German football manager
* February 7 – James Spader, American actor
* February 13
o Pierluigi Collina, Italian football (soccer) referee
o Gary Patterson, American football coach
* February 14 – Jim Kelly, American football player
* February 16 – Cherie Chung, Hong Kong actress
* February 19 – Prince Andrew, Duke of York
* February 21
o Henry G. Brinton, American writer and minister
o Laurent Petitguillaume, French radio and television host
* February 23 – Naruhito, Crown Prince of Japan
* February 27 – Andrés Gómez, Ecuadorian tennis player
* February 28 – Dorothy Stratten, Canadian model and actress (d. 1980)
* February 29 – Richard Ramirez, American serial killer
* March 2 – Hector Calma Filipino basketball player
* March 4
o Mikko Kuustonen, Finnish singer and songwriter
o John Mugabi, Ugandan boxer and world Junior Middleweight champion
* March 7
o Joe Carter, American baseball player
o Ivan Lendl, Czech tennis player
* March 8 – Finn Carter, American actress
* March 10 – Anne MacKenzie, Scottish broadcaster
* March 12 – Minoru Niihara, Japanese singer
* March 13 – Joe Ranft, American animator (d. 2005)
* March 14 – Kirby Puckett, American baseball player (d. 2006)
* March 16 – Jenny Eclair, British comedian, actress and novelist
* March 18 – Richard Biggs, American actor (d. 2004)
* March 20 – Norm Magnusson, American artist
* March 21 – Ayrton Senna, Brazilian race car driver (d. 1994)
* March 23 – Nicol Stephen, Scottish politician
* March 24 – Nena Kerner, German singer
* March 26 – Marcus Allen, American football player
* March 27
o Hans Pflügler, German footballer
o Renato Russo, Brazilian singer (Legião Urbana) (d. 1996)
* April 1 – Michael Praed, British actor
* April 2 – Linford Christie, British athlete
* April 3 – Elizabeth Gracen, American beauty queen, actress, and model
* April 4 – Hugo Weaving, Australian actor
* April 11 – Jeremy Clarkson, English journalist and television show host
* April 13 – Rudi Voller, German footballer and manager
* April 14 – Brad Garrett, American actor
* April 16
o Pierre Littbarski, German footballer and coach
o Rafael Benítez, Spanish football manager
o Wahab Akbar, Filipino politician (d. 2007)
* April 18 – Neo Rauch, German painter
* April 19 – Frank Viola, American baseball player
* April 23 – Valerie Bertinelli, American actress
* April 25 – Michael Lohan, American stockbroker and reality television star, father of Lindsay Lohan
* April 28
o John Cerutti, American baseball player and announcer (d. 2004)
o Ian Rankin, Scottish crime novelist
* May 4
o Andrew Denton, Australian television presenter and comedian
o Werner Faymann, Chancellor of Austria
* May 6 – Roma Downey, Irish-born actress
* May 10 – Bono, Irish rock singer (U2)
* May 14
o Ronan Tynan, Irish tenor
o "Dr. Death" Steve Williams, American professional wrestler (d. 2009)
* May 15 – Julian Jarrold, English film & television director & producer
* May 16 – Landon Deireragea, Nauruan politician
* May 18
o Jari Kurri, Finnish hockey player
o Yannick Noah, French tennis player
* May 20 – John Billingsley, American actor
* May 21 – Jeffrey Dahmer, American serial killer (d. 1994)
* May 22 – Hideaki Anno, Japanese director
* May 23 – Linden Ashby, American actor
* May 31 – Greg Adams, Canadian ice hockey player
* June 4 – Bradley Walsh, English comedian and actor
* June 6 – Steve Vai, American guitarist
* June 8 – Mick Hucknall, English rock singer and songwriter (Simply Red)
* June 12 – Corynne Charby, French model, actress and singer
* June 14 – Peter Mitchell, Australian news reader
* June 16 – Peter Sterling, Australian rugby player
* June 17 – Michael Monroe, Finnish rock singer (Hanoi Rocks)
* June 18 – Kevin Drinkell, English footballer
* June 21 – Kevin Harlan, American sports announcer
* June 22 - Erin Brockovich, American environmental activist
* June 28 – John Elway, American football player
* June 30 – Tony Bellotto, Brazilian guitarist and writer
* July 3 – Perrine Pelen, French alpine skier
* July 4 – Sid Eudy, American professional wrestler
* July 5 – Pruitt Taylor Vince, American actor
* July 7 – Kevin A. Ford, American astronaut
* July 8 – Thilo Martinho, German composer, singer-songwriter
* July 9 – Charles Gavin, Brazilian drummer and producer
* July 13 – Ian Hislop, British journalist and broadcaster
* July 14
o Kyle Gass, American music singer-song-writer-guitarist/actor
o Jane Lynch, American actress
* July 17
o Robin Shou, Hong Kong actor
o Jan Wouters, Dutch football player and manager
* July 19 – Atom Egoyan, Armenian-Canadian film maker
* July 21
o Ezequiel Viñao, Argentine-born composer
o Fritz Walter, German footballer
* August 1 – Chuck D, American rapper (Public Enemy)
* August 4
o José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero, Prime Minister of Spain
o Dean Malenko, American professional wrestler
* August 7 – David Duchovny, American actor
* August 8 – Ulrich Maly, German politician and Mayor of Nuremberg
* August 10
o Antonio Banderas, Spanish actor
o Todd David Hess, USAF Colonel and surgeon
o Kenny Perry, American golfer
* August 12 – Laurent Fignon, French road bicycle racer
* August 13 – Phil Taylor, English darts player
* August 14 – Sarah Brightman, English soprano singer and actress
* August 17 – Sean Penn, American actor
* August 19 – Morten Andersen, American football player
* August 23 – Chris Potter, Canadian actor and musician
* August 24 – Cal Ripken, Jr., American baseball player
* August 26 – Branford Marsalis, American musician
* August 30 – Chalino Sanchez, Mexican musician (d. 1992)
* September 1 – Joseph Williams, American singer and film score composer
* September 2 – John S. Hall, American poet and spoken-word artist
* September 6 – Bob Stoops, American football coach
* September 7 – Phillip Rhee, American actor, producer and writer
* September 9 – Hugh Grant, English actor
* September 10 – Colin Firth, English actor
* September 14 – Callum Keith Rennie, Canadian actor
* September 16
o John Franco, American baseball player
o Yianna Katsoulos, French singer
* September 17 – Kevin Clash, American actor and puppeteer
* September 19 – Yolanda Saldívar, American murderer of tejano singer Selena Quintanilla-Perez
* September 22 – Joan Jett, American rock musician and vocalist
* October 4 – Billy Hatcher, American baseball player
* October 5 – Antonio de Oliveira Filho, Brazilian footballer
* October 6 – Richard Jobson, Scottish rock singer-songwriter, filmmaker, and television presenter (Skids)
* October 7 – Kyosuke Himuro, Japanese singer
* October 9 – Maddie Blaustein, American voice actress (d. 2008)
* October 12 – Alexei Kudrin, Russian Minister of Finance
* October 17 – Guy Henry, English actor
* October 18 – Jean-Claude Van Damme, Belgian actor
* October 24
o Jaime Garzón, Colombian journalist and comedian (d. 1999)
o Dennis Anderson, American monster truck driver (Grave Digger)
* October 26 – Jouke de Vries, Dutch–Frisian politician
* October 28 – Landon Curt Noll, American astronomer, cryptographer, and mathematician
* October 29 – Finola Hughes, British actress
* October 30 – Diego Armando Maradona, Argentine footballer
* October 31 - Reza Pahlavi, Crown Prince of Iran
* November 3 – Karch Kiraly, American volleyball player
* November 3 – Francis Beckwith, American Catholic philosopher
* November 4 – Frl. Menke, German pop singer
* November 5 – Tilda Swinton, British actress
* November 9 – Joëlle Ursull, Guadeloupean singer
* November 10 – Neil Gaiman, English author
* November 11 – Stanley Tucci, American actor and film director
* November 17 – Jonathan Ross, English television presenter
* November 18 – Kim Wilde, English singer and gardener
* November 20 – Marc Labrèche, Canadian actor and television host
* November 25
o Amy Grant, American Christian and pop musician
o John F. Kennedy, Jr., American lawyer and journalist (d. 1999)
* November 26 – Harold Reynolds, American baseball player and broadcaster
* November 27
o Yulia Tymoshenko, Prime Minister of Ukraine
o Tim Pawlenty, American politician
* November 30
o Rich Fields, American television personality
o Gary Lineker, English footballer and sports presenter
* December 3
o Daryl Hannah, American actress
o Julianne Moore, American actress
* December 4 – Glynis Nunn, Australian athlete
* December 5 – Brian Bromberg American jazz bassist and composer
* December 9 - Jeff "Swampy" Marsh American television director, writer, producer, storyboard artist, and actor
* December 10
o Kenneth Branagh, Northern Irish actor and director
o Michael Schoeffling, American actor and model
* December 14 – Bob Paris, American bodybuilder and gay rights advocate
* December 18 – Kazuhide Uekusa, Japanese economist
* December 24 – Carol Vorderman, British television presenter
* December 27
o Maryam d'Abo, British actress
o Fred Hammond, American Gospel musician
* December 28 – John Fitzgerald, Australian tennis player
* December 29 – Dave Pelzer, American author
* December 31
o John Allen Muhammad, American spree killer (d. 2009)
o Steve Bruce, English footballer