W h a t h a p p e n e d i n 1 9 8 0
* January 1 – Changes to the Swedish Act of Succession make Victoria of Sweden Crown Princess and therefore
next in line to the throne, ahead of her younger brother.
* January 4 – U.S. President Jimmy Carter proclaims a grain embargo against the USSR with the support of the
* January 6
- Global Positioning System time epoch begins at 00:00 UTC.
- The president of Sicily, Piersanti Mattarella, is killed by the Mafia.
* January 7 – U.S. President Jimmy Carter signs legislation approving $1.5 billion in loan guarantees to bail out the
* January 9 – In Saudi Arabia, 63 Muslim fanatics are beheaded for their part in the siege of the Great Mosque in
Mecca in November, 1979.
* January 11 – Nigel Short, 14, becomes the youngest chess player to be awarded the degree of International
* January 21
- The London Gold Fixing hits its highest price ever (adjusted for inflation), at US$850 a troy ounce.[clarification
- The MS Athina B is beached at Brighton, becoming a temporary tourist attraction.
- At least 200 people were killed when the Corralejas Bullring collapsed at Sincelejo, Colombia.
* January 22 – Andrei Sakharov, Soviet scientist and human rights activist, is arrested in Moscow.
* January 24 – The Chicago, Rock Island and Pacific railroad is ordered liquidated due to bankruptcy, and debt owed
* January 26 – Israel and Egypt establish diplomatic relations.
* January 27 – Canadian caper: Six United States diplomats, posing as Canadians, manage to escape from Tehran,
Iran as they board a flight to Zürich, Switzerland.
* January 31 – The Spanish Embassy in Guatemala is invaded and set on fire, killing 36 people. It is called "Spain's
own Tehran", similar to the 1979–80 Iran American U.S. Embassy Hostages of Americans.
* February 2 – Abscam: FBI personnel target members of the Congress of the United States in a sting operation.
* February 2–3 – The New Mexico State Penitentiary Riot takes place; 33 inmates are killed and more than 100
* February 4 – Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini names Abolhassan Banisadr as president of Iran.
* February 13 – The 1980 Winter Olympics open in Lake Placid, New York.
* February 15 – In Vanuatu, followers of John Frum's cargo cult on the island of Tanna declare secession as the
nation of Tafea.
* February 16 – A total solar eclipse seen in North Africa and West Asia.
* February 19 – Bon Scott of AC/DC dies of alcohol poisoning.
* February 22 – The United States Olympic Hockey Team defeats the Soviet Union in the semifinals of the Winter
Olympics, in the Miracle on Ice.
* February 23 – Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini states that Iran's parliament will decide the fate of the American
* February 25 – A coup in Suriname ousts the government of Henck Arron; leaders Desi Bouterse and Roy Horb
replace it with a National Military Council.
* February 27 – M-19 guerrillas begin the Dominican embassy siege in Colombia, holding 60 people hostage,
including 14 ambassadors.
* March 1 – The Voyager 1 probe confirms the existence of Janus, a moon of Saturn.
* March 3 – Pierre Trudeau returns to office as Prime Minister of Canada.
* March 4 – Robert Mugabe is elected Prime Minister of Zimbabwe.
* March 8 – The first rock music festival kicks off in the Soviet Union.
* March 14 – In Poland, a plane crashes during an emergency landing near Warsaw, killing a 14-man American
boxing team and 73 others.
* March 18 – Fifty people are killed at the Plesetsk Cosmodrome in Russia, when a Vostok-2M rocket explodes on its
launch pad during a fueling operation.
* March 20 – The Mi Amigo, the ship that housed pirate radio station Radio Caroline, sinks (Radio Caroline returns
aboard a new ship in 1983).
* March 21
- U.S. President Jimmy Carter announces that the United States will boycott the 1980 Summer Olympics in Moscow.
- Mafioso Angelo Bruno is assassinated in Philadelphia.
* March 22 – The Georgia Guidestones are erected in Elbert County, Georgia.
* March 24
- The Australia Olympic Committee announces it will send an Olympic delegation to Moscow, despite objections by
Prime Minister Malcolm Fraser.
- Archbishop Óscar Romero is killed by gunmen while celebrating Mass in San Salvador. At his funeral 6 days later,
42 people are killed amid gunfire and bombs.
* March 26 – A mine lift cage at the Vaal Reef gold mine in South Africa falls 1.2 miles, killing 23.
* March 27
- The Norwegian oil platform Alexander L. Kielland collapses in the North Sea, killing 123 of its crew of 212.
- The Silver Thursday market crash occurs.
* March 28 – Talpiot Tomb is found in Jerusalem.
* March 31 – Chicago, Rock Island and Pacific Railroad operates its final train.
* April 1
- The Southern African Development Coordination Conference (SADCC) is formed in Lusaka, Zambia.
- The Mariel boatlift from Cuba begins.
- New York City's Transport Works Union Local 100 goes on strike, which continues for 11 days.
* April 2 – The St. Pauls riot breaks out in Bristol.
* April 7 – The United States severs diplomatic relations with Iran and imposes economic sanctions, following the
taking of American hostages on November 4, 1979.
* April 10 – Spain and the United Kingdom agree to reopen the border between Gibraltar and Spain, closed since
* April 12
- Samuel Kanyon Doe takes over Liberia in a coup d'état, ending over 130 years of democratic presidential
succession in that country.
- Terry Fox begins his Marathon of Hope from St. Johns, Newfoundland, Canada.
* April 14 – Iron Maiden's debut self titled album Iron Maiden is released.
* April 18 – Zimbabwe gains independence from the United Kingdom; Robert Mugabe becomes Prime Minister.
* April 21 – Rosie Ruiz wins the Boston Marathon, but is later exposed as a fraud and stripped of her award.
* April 24 – Pennsylvania Lottery Scandal: the Pennsylvania Lottery is rigged by 6 men including the host of the live
TV drawing, Nick Perry.
* April 24–25 – Operation Eagle Claw, a commando mission in Iran to rescue American embassy hostages, is
aborted after mechanical problems ground the rescue helicopters. Eight United States troops are killed in a mid-air
collision during the failed operation.
* April 25 – Dan-Air Flight 1008 crashes in Tenerife, killing all 146 occupants and marking the worst air disaster
involving a British-registered aircraft in terms of loss of life.
* April 26 – Louise and Charmian Faulkner disappear from outside their flat in St Kilda, Victoria, Australia.
* April 27 – The Dominican embassy siege ends with all hostages released and the guerrillas flying to Cuba.
* April 30
- Iranian Embassy Siege: Six Iranian-born terrorists take over the Iranian embassy in London, UK. SAS retakes the
Embassy on May 5; 1 terrorist survives.
- Queen Juliana of the Netherlands abdicates, and her daughter Beatrix accedes to the throne.
* May 4 – Yugoslav President Tito dies. The funeral ceremony later becomes the world's biggest diplomatic meeting
and media event ever, with more than 140 state delegations in Belgrade from all over the world (only the funeral of
Pope John Paul II in April 2005 will have more news coverage and a higher number of delegations).
* May 7 – Paul Geidel, convicted of second-degree murder in 1911, is released from prison in Beacon, New York,
after 68 years and 245 days (the longest-ever time served by an inmate).
* May 9
- In Florida, the Liberian freighter Summit Venture hits the Sunshine Skyway Bridge over Tampa Bay, sending 35
people (most of whom were in a bus) to a watery death as a 1,400-foot section of the bridge collapses.
- The Norco shootout takes place in California.
- James Alexander George Smith "Jags" McCartney the Turks and Caicos Islands’ first Chief Minister, is killed in a
plane crash over New Jersey.
* May 11 – Mobster Henry Hill is arrested for drug possession.
* May 17
- A Miami, Florida court acquits 4 white police officers of killing Arthur McDuffie, a black insurance executive,
provoking 3 days of race riots.
- Internal conflict in Peru: On the eve of presidential elections, Maoist guerrilla group Shining Path attacks a polling
location in the town of Chuschi, Ayacucho.
* May 18
- Mount St. Helens erupts in Washington, killing 57 and causing US$3 billion in damage.
- Ian Curtis, singer/songwriter of acclaimed post punk band Joy Division, is found hanged.
* May 18–27 – Gwangju Massacre: Students in Gwangju, South Korea begin demonstrations, calling for democratic
* May 20 – 1980 Quebec referendum: Voters in Quebec reject by a vote of 60% a proposal to seek independence
* May 21 – Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back is released.
* May 22 – Pac-Man (the best-selling arcade game of all time) is released.
* May 24
- The International Court of Justice calls for the release of U.S. Embassy hostages in Tehran.
- The New York Islanders win their first Stanley Cup, from a goal by Bobby Nystrom in overtime of game six of the
Stanley Cup playoffs's final round.
* May 25 – Indianapolis 500: Johnny Rutherford wins for a third time in car owner Jim Hall's revolutionary ground
effect Chaparral car; the victory is Hall's second as an owner.
* May 26
- John Frum supporters in Vanuatu storm government offices on the island of Tanna. Vanuatu government troops
land the next day and drive them away.
- In South Korea, military government forces and pro-democracy protesters clash; 2,000 protesters die.
- Vernon Jordan is shot and critically injured in an assassination attempt in Fort Wayne, Indiana by Joseph Paul
Franklin (the first major news story for CNN).
* June 1 – The Cable News Network (CNN) is officially launched.
* June 3 – A series of deadly tornadoes strikes Grand Island, Nebraska, causing over $300m in damage, killing 5
people and injuring over 250.
* June 9 – In Los Angeles, comedian Richard Pryor is badly burned trying to freebase cocaine.
* June 10 – Apartheid: The African National Congress in South Africa publishes a statement by their imprisoned
leader Nelson Mandela.
* June 10 – A Unabomber bomb injures United Airlines president Percy Wood in Lake Forest, Illinois.
* June 20 – Augusta AVA becomes the first federally recognized American Viticultural Area.
* June 23 – September 6 – The 1980 United States heat wave claims 1,700 lives.
* June 25 – A Muslim Brotherhood assassination attempt against Syrian president Hafez al-Assad fails. Assad
retaliates by sending the army against them.
* June 26 – Aerolinee Itavia Flight 870 crashes into the sea near Palermo after an explosion occurs in the air; 81
people die. A bomb or a missile is suspected to be the cause of the accident but no culprits are ever found.
* June 27 – U.S. President Jimmy Carter signs Proclamation 4771, requiring 18- to 25-year-old males to register for
a peacetime military draft, in response to the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan.
* June 29 – Vigdis Finnbogadottir is elected president of Iceland.
* July 8 – A wave of strikes begins in Lublin, Poland
* July 9 – Pope John Paul II visits Brazil; 7 people are crushed to death in a crowd meeting him.
* July 15 – A severe and destructive thunderstorm strikes 4 counties in western Wisconsin, including the city of Eau
Claire. It causes over $250m in damage, and 1 person is killed.
* July 16 – Former California Governor and actor Ronald Reagan is nominated for U.S. President, at the Republican
National Convention in Detroit, Michigan. Influenced by the Religious Right, the convention also drops its long
standing support for the Equal Rights Amendment, dismaying moderate Republicans.
* July 19 – Former Turkish Prime Minister Nihat Erim is killed by 2 gunmen in Istanbul, Turkey.
* July 19 – August 3 – The 1980 Summer Olympics are held in Moscow, Soviet Union.
* July 25 – The album Back in Black is released by the Australian band AC/DC.
* July 27 – Mohammad Reza Pahlavi, deposed shah of Iran, dies in Cairo.
* July 30
- Vanuatu gains independence.
- Israel's Knesset passes the Jerusalem Law.
* August 2 – A terrorist bombing at the railway station in Bologna, Italy kills 85 people and wounds more than 200.
* August 7–31 – Lech Wałęsa leads the first of many strikes at the Gdańsk Shipyard.
* August 10 – Hurricane Allen (category 3) pounds southeastern Texas.
* August 14 – U.S. President Jimmy Carter defeats Senator Edward Kennedy to win renomination, at the 1980
Democratic National Convention in New York City.
* August 17 – In Australia, baby Azaria Chamberlain disappears from a campsite at Ayers Rock (Uluru), reportedly
taken by a dingo.
* August 19 – In one of aviation's worst disasters, 301 persons are killed when Saudia Flight 163 catches fire in
Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.
* August 31 – Victory of the strike in Gdańsk Shipyard, Poland. Gdańsk Agreement is signed, opening a way to start
the first in the communist block free organization not controlled by regime "Solidarność" i.e. Solidarity.
* September 2 – Ford Europe launches the Escort MK3, which ditches the traditional rear-wheel drive saloon in
favour of a more practical and modern front-wheel drive hatchback.
* September 5 – The St. Gotthard Tunnel opens in Switzerland as the world's longest highway tunnel at 10.14 miles
(16.32 km), stretching from Goschenen to Airolo.
* September 12 – Kenan Evren stages a military coup in Turkey. It stops political gang violence, but begins stronger
state violence leading to the execution of many young activists.
* September 17
- After weeks of strikes at the Lenin Shipyard in Gdańsk, Poland, the nationwide independent trade union Solidarity
- Former Nicaraguan President Anastasio Somoza Debayle is killed in Asunción, Paraguay.
* September 19 – The Robert Redford-directed film Ordinary People, based on the novel by Judith Guest, premieres.
Redford's directorial debut later wins him his first Oscar, and wins three other Academy Awards, and five Golden
* September 21 – Bülent Ulusu, ex admiral, forms the new government of Turkey (44th government, composed
mostly of technocrats)
* September 22
- The command council of Iraq orders its army to "deliver its fatal blow on Iranian military targets," initiating the
- Youth riots in the capital of the Soviet Republic of Estonia are quickly forced down.
* September 26 – The Mariel Boatlift officially ends.
* September 29 – The Washington Post publishes Janet Cooke's story of Jimmy, an 8-year-old heroin addict (later
proven to be fabricated).
* September 30 – Digital Equipment Corporation, Intel and Xerox introduce the DIX standard for Ethernet, which is
the first implementation outside of Xerox, and the first to support 10 Mbit/s speeds.
* October 1 – Associated Newspapers announces that The Evening News will close and merge with the Evening
* October 5 – British Leyland launches its new Metro, a three-door entry-level hatchback which is designed as the
eventual replacement for the Mini. It gives BL a long-awaited modern competitor for the likes of the Ford Fiesta and
* October 10
- El Asnam, Algeria is destroyed by an earthquake, which claims more than 2,600 lives. After the quake, El Asnam is
rebuilt and changes its name to the city of Chlef.
- British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher delivers her famous 'The lady's not for turning' speech.
* October 14 – The Staggers Rail Act is enacted, deregulating American railroads.
* October 15
- James Callaghan announces his resignation as Leader of the British Labour Party.
- James Hoskins forces his way into WCPO's television studio in Cincinnati, holding 9 employees hostage for several
hours before releasing them and taking his own life.
* October 18 – The Fraser Government is re-elected for a third consecutive term in Australia with a reduced majority.
* October 21 – World Series: The Philadelphia Phillies beat the Kansas City Royals 4–2 in game 6.
* October 22 – The Thomson Corporation says that The Times and all associated supplements will close in March
1981 if no buyer can be found.
* October 25 – Proceedings on the Hague Convention on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction conclude
at The Hague.
* October 27 – Six Provisional Irish Republican Army prisoners in Maze prison refuse food and demand status as
political prisoners; the hunger strike lasts until December.
* October 30 – El Salvador and Honduras sign a peace treaty to put the border dispute fought over in 1969's
Football War before the International Court of Justice.
* October 31
- The Polish government recognizes Solidarity.
- Reza Pahlavi, eldest son of the shah of Iran, proclaims himself the rightful successor to the Peacock Throne.
* November – Duration of the CESDAP plan extended indefinitely.
* November 4 – United States presidential election, 1980: Republican challenger and former Governor Ronald
Reagan of California defeats incumbent Democratic President Jimmy Carter, exactly 1 year after the beginning of the
Iran hostage crisis.
* November 10 – November 12 – Voyager program: The NASA space probe Voyager I makes its closest approach to
Saturn, when it flies within 77,000 miles of the planet's cloud-tops and sends the first high resolution images of the
world back to scientists on Earth.
* November 20
- The Gang of Four trial begins in China.
- A Texaco oil rig breaks through to a mine under Lake Peigneur.
* November 21
- A fire at the MGM Grand Hotel and Casino on the Las Vegas Strip kills 85 people.
- A then-record number of viewers (for an entertainment program) tune into the U.S. TV soap opera Dallas to learn
who shot lead character J.R. Ewing. The "Who shot J.R.?" event is a international obsession.
* November 23 – Italy Earthquake of 1980: a magnitude 7 earthquake in southern Italy kills approximately 4,800
people and leaves 300,000 homeless.
* December 2 – American missionary Jean Donovan and three Roman Catholic nuns are murdered by a military
death squad in El Salvador while volunteering to do charity work during the country's civil war.
* December 8 – John Lennon, an English musician and peace activist, is murdered in New York City.
* December 11 – CERCLA is enacted by the U.S. Congress.
* December 15 – The Academia de la Llingua Asturiana (Academy of the Asturian Language) is created.
* December 16 – During a summit on the island of Bali, OPEC decides to raise the price of petroleum by 10%.
* Lawrence Klein is awarded the Bank of Sweden Prize in Economic Sciences in Memory of Alfred Nobel.
* The Right Livelihood Award is founded by Jakob von Uexkull. Hassan Fathy and Plenty International / Stephen
Gaskin are its first winners.
B i r t h s
* January 1
- Elin Nordegren, Swedish model
- Mark Nichols, Canadian curler
* January 8
- Adam Goodes, Australian rules footballer
- Rachel Nichols, American actress
* January 9 – Sergio García, Spanish golfer
* January 11 – Lovieanne Jung, American softball player
* January 13 – LaKisha Jones, American singer
* January 14
- Ossama Haidar, Lebanese footballer
- Hiroshi Tamaki, Japanese actor, model, and singer
- Cory Gibbs, American footballer
- Sosuke Sumitani, Japanese announcer
* January 16
- Albert Pujols, Dominican Major League Baseball player
- Michelle Wild, Hungarian actress
* January 17
- Maksim Chmerkovskiy, Ukrainian dance champion, choreographer, and instructor
- Zooey Deschanel, American actress
* January 18 – Julius Peppers, American football player
* January 19 – Arvydas Macijauskas, Lithuanian basketball player
* January 20 – Jenson Button, British racecar driver
* January 21 – Kevin McKenna, Canadian footballer
* January 22 – Jake Grove, American football player
* January 24 – Nyncke Beekhuyzen, Dutch actress
* January 25
- Christian Olsson, Swedish athlete
- Xavi, Spanish footballer
- Michelle McCool, American professional wrestler
* January 27 – Marat Safin, Russian tennis player
* January 28 – Nick Carter, American pop singer (Backstreet Boys)
* January 29 – Yael Bar-Zohar, Israeli actress and model
* January 30 – Wilmer Valderrama, Venezuelan/Colombian-American comedian
* February 2 – Zhang Jingchu, Chinese actress
* February 5
- Jo Swinson, British MP
- Robin Vik, Czech tennis player
* February 6
- Kim Poirier, Canadian actress
- Luke Ravenstahl, American mayor of Pittsburgh
* February 8 – Yang Wei, Chinese gymnast
* February 10
- César Izturis, Venezuelan Major League Baseball player
- Steve Tully, English footballer
* February 11 – Matthew Lawrence, American actor (Boy Meets World)
* February 12
- Juan Carlos Ferrero, Spanish tennis player
- Christina Ricci, American actress
* February 14 – Michelle Ye, Hong Kong actress
* February 15 – Conor Oberst, American singer/songwriter
* February 16 – Ashley Lelie, American football player
* February 17 – Jason Ritter, American actor
* February 18 – Regina Spektor, Russian-born American singer-songwriter
* February 19
- Mike Miller, American basketball player
- Ma Lin, Chinese table-tennis player
* February 20
- Imanol Harinordoquy, French rugby player
- Artur Boruc, Polish football (soccer) goalkeeper
* February 21
- Brad Fast, Canadian ice hockey player
- Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck, King of Bhutan
* February 24 – Emma Johnson, Australian swimmer
* February 26 – Júlio César da Silva e Souza, Brazilian footballer
* February 27 – Chelsea Clinton, daughter of former U.S. President Bill Clinton and U.S. Senator Hillary Rodham
* February 28
- Tayshaun Prince, American basketball player
- Piotr Giza, Polish footballer
* February 29 – Simon Gagné, Canadian hockey player
* March 2
- Chris Barker, English footballer
- Lance Cade, American professional wrestler (d. 2010)
* March 4
- Jung Da Bin, Korean actress (d. 2007)
- Omar Bravo, Mexican footballer
- Jack Hannahan, American baseball infielder
* March 7 – Laura Prepon, American actress
* March 14 – Aaron Brown, English footballer
* March 16 – Todd Heap, American football player
* March 18 – Alexei Yagudin, Russian figure skater
* March 19
- Agnes Pihlava, Finnish pop singer
- Johan Olsson, Swedish cross country skier
* March 20 – Jamal Crawford, American basketball player
* March 21
- Marit Bjørgen, Norwegian cross-country skier
- Ronaldinho, Brazilian footballer
- Deryck Whibley, Canadian singer, songwriter, and musician (Sum 41)
* March 30 – Yalin, Turkish pop singer and songwriter
* March 31 – Chien-Ming Wang, Taiwanese Major League Baseball player
* April 1
- Bijou Phillips, American actress and socialite
- Randy Orton, American professional wrestler
- Yūko Takeuchi, Japanese actress
* April 4 – Björn Wirdheim, Swedish race car driver
* April 8 – Ben Freeman, British actor
* April 10
- Sean Avery, Canadian ice hockey player
- Kasey Kahne, American race car driver
* April 11 – Mark Teixeira, American baseball player
* April 12 – Brian McFadden, Irish rock singer (Westlife)
* April 16 – Paul London, American professional wrestler
* April 17
- Brenda Villa, American water polo player
- Lee Hyun-il, South Korean badminton player
* April 20 – Jasmin Wagner, German singer
* April 21
- Tony Romo, American football player
- Vincent Lecavalier, Canadian hockey player
* April 22 – Nicolas Douchez, French footballer
* April 24
- Austin Nichols, American actor
- Karen Asrian, Armenian chess Grandmaster (d. 2008)
* April 25 – Kazuhito Tadano, Japanese baseball player
* April 26
- Jordana Brewster, American actress
- Stana Katic, American film actress
- Marlon King, Jamaican footballer
- Channing Tatum, American actor and model
* April 27 – Zayed Khan, Indian actor
* April 28 – Josh Howard, American Basketball player
* April 30 – Luis Scola, Argentine basketball player
* May 2
- Tim Borowski, German footballer
- Zat Knight, English footballer
* May 3 – Marcel Vigneron, American chef
* May 5 – Maia Hirasawa, Swedish pop singer
* May 6
- Taebin, Korean hip-hop artist (1TYM)
- Kelly van der Veer, Dutch reality TV star
- Dimitris Diamantidis, Greek basketball player
* May 7 – Johan Kenkhuis, Dutch swimmer
* May 8 – Benny Yau, Canadian entertainer
* May 9
- Grant Hackett, Australian swimmer
- Norihiro Nishi, Japanese footballer
* May 15 – Josh Beckett, American baseball player
* May 19 – Dean Heffernan, Australian footballer
* May 22 – Lucy Gordon, British actress (d. 2009)
* May 24 – Cecilia Cheung, Hong Kong actress
* May 29 – Michael Stasko, Canadian actor
* May 30 – Steven Gerrard, English footballer
* June 1 – Oliver James, British actor
* June 2 – Lindsey Yamasaki, Japanese-American basketball player
* June 5 – Mike Fisher, Canadian hockey player
* June 7 – Henkka Seppälä, Finnish bassist (Children of Bodom)
* June 10
- Francelino Matuzalem, Brazilian footballer
- Wang Yuegu, Singaporean Olympic table tennis player
* June 13
- Sarah Connor, German singer
- Juan Carlos Navarro, Spanish basketball player
* June 15 – Almudena Cid Spanish rhythmic gymnast
* June 16
- Brad Gushue, Canadian curler
- Joey Yung, Hong Kong singer
* June 17
- Kimeru, Japanese singer
- Venus Williams, American tennis player
- Jeph Jacques, American webcomic writer
* June 19 – Jason White, American football player
* June 22 – Ilya Bryzgalov, Russian ice hockey player
* June 23
- Ramnaresh Sarwan, West Indian cricketer
- Manus Boonjumnong, Thai boxer
* June 24 – Liane Balaban, Canadian actress
* June 25 – Nozomi Takeuchi, Japanese actress
* June 26 – Michael Vick, American football player
* June 29
- Katherine Jenkins, Welsh soprano
- Martin Truex Jr, American race car driver
* July 1 – Patrick Aufiero, American ice hockey player
* July 3 – Roland Mark Schoeman, South African swimmer
* July 5 – Eva Green, French actress and model
* July 6 – Pau Gasol, Spanish basketball player
* July 7 – Michelle Kwan, American figure skater
* July 8
- Robbie Keane, Irish footballer
- Yang Tae-Young, South Korean gymnast
* July 9 – Kathia Rodriguez, Puerto Rican actress
* July 10
- Adam Petty, American race car driver (d. 2000)
- Jessica Simpson, American singer
* July 15
- Jasper Pääkkönen, Finnish actor and film producer
- Reggie Abercrombie, American baseball player
* July 15 – JW-Jones, Canadian blues musician
* July 16
- Adam Scott, Australian golfer
- Svetlana Feofanova, Russian pole-vaulter
* July 18 – Kristen Bell, American actress
* July 20 – Gisele Bündchen, Brazilian supermodel
* July 22
- Dirk Kuyt, Dutch footballer
- Kate Ryan, Belgian singer
* July 23 – Michelle Williams, American singer, actress, (Destiny's Child)
* July 29 – Fernando González, Chilean tennis player
* July 30 – Diam's, French rapper
* August 3 – Dominic Moore, Canadian ice hockey player
* August 5 – Wayne Bridge, English footballer
* August 9
- Charlie David, Canadian actor
- Dominic Tabuna, Nauruan politician
* August 10 – Pua Magasiva, Samoan actor
* August 11 – Monika Pyrek, Polish pole vaulter
* August 12 – Maggie Lawson, American actress
* August 14 – Roy Williams, American football player
* August 16 – Julien Absalon, French mountain biker
* August 18 – Damion Stewart, Jamaican footballer
* August 21 – Jon Lajoie, Canadian comedian
* August 23 – Rex Grossman, American football player
* August 26
- Macaulay Culkin, American actor
- Chris Pine, American actor
* August 27 – Derrick Strait, American football player
* August 28 – Debra Lafave, American teacher
* August 29 – Nicholas Tse, Hong Kong singer
* September 2 – Dany Sabourin, French Canadian ice hockey goaltender
* September 3 – Jennie Finch, American softball player
* September 6
- Joseph Yobo, Nigerian footballer
- Samuel Peter, Nigerian boxer & heavyweight champion
- Kerry Katona, English TV presenter and former pop star (Atomic Kitten)
* September 7
- Gabriel Milito, Argentine footballer
- Mark Prior, American baseball player
* September 9 – Michelle Williams, American actress
* September 11 – Mike Comrie, Canadian ice hockey player
* September 12
- Sean Burroughs, American baseball player
- Yao Ming, Chinese basketball player
* September 13
- Ben Savage, American actor (Boy Meets World)
- Daisuke Matsuzaka, Japanese baseball player
* September 15 – Jolin Tsai, Taiwanese singer
* September 19 - Tegan and Sara Quin, Canadian singer/songwriters
* September 21
- Kareena Kapoor, Indian actress
- Autumn Reeser, American actress
* September 24 – Victoria Pendleton, English cyclist
* September 29
- Patrick Agyemang, Ghanaian footballer
- Zachary Levi, American actor
* September 30
- Martina Hingis, Swiss tennis player
- Guillermo Rigondeaux, Cuban boxer
* October 4
- Kristina Lenko, Canadian champion ice skater
- Tomáš Rosický, Czech footballer
- Me'Lisa Barber, American athlete
* October 5 – James Toseland, English motorcycle racer
* October 10 – Sherine, Egyptian singer
* October 12 – Ledley King, English footballer
* October 14 – Terrence McGee, American football player
* October 16
- Sue Bird, American basketball player
- Timana Tahu, Australian Rugby League player
* October 17 – Ekaterina Gamova, Russian volleyball player
* October 18 – Reetinder Sodhi, Indian cricket player
* October 21 – Kim Kardashian, American television personality
* October 24
- Monica Arnold, American singer
- Casey Wilson, American actress and comedienne
* October 28
- Alan Smith, English footballer
- Christy Hemme, American professional wrestler
* November 4 – Sabrina Colie, Jamaican actress
* November 5 – Christoph Metzelder, German footballer
* November 7 – Gervasio Deferr, Spanish gymnast
* November 10 – Calvin Chen, Taiwanese pop singer
* November 11 – Willie Parker, American football player
* November 12 – Ryan Gosling, Canadian actor
* November 13 – Monique Coleman, American actress
* November 16 – Kayte Christensen, American basketball player
* November 17 – Isaac Hanson, American musician
* November 21
- Hank Blalock, American baseball player
- Hiroyuki Tomita, Japanese gymnast
* November 25
- John-Michael Liles, American hockey player
- Nick Swisher, American baseball player
* November 26 – Satoshi Ohno, Japanese singer
* November 28 – Lisa Middelhauve, German singer (Xandria)
* December 1 – Joel A. Sutherland, Canadian author
* December 3
- Anna Chlumsky, American actress
- Jim Sorgi, American football player
* December 5 – Ibrahim Maalouf, Lebanese-born French trumpeter
* December 6
- Steve Lovell, English footballer
- Kei Yasuda, Japanese singer
* December 7 – John Terry, English footballer
* December 9 – Ryder Hesjedal, Canadian professional cyclist
* December 10
- Marina Orlova, internet celebrity
- Sarah Chang, American violinist
* December 13
- Satoshi Tsumabuki, Japanese actor
- Bosco Wong, Hong Kong actor
* December 18 – Christina Aguilera, American singer
* December 19 – Jake Gyllenhaal, American actor
* December 20
- Ashley Cole, English footballer
- Fitz Hall, English footballer
* December 22 – Chris Carmack, American actor
* December 27 – Bernard Berrian, American football player
* December 30 – Eliza Dushku, American actress
* December 31 – Richie McCaw, New Zealand rugby player