- February 11 - Leslie Nielsen, actor.
- February 11 - Tudor Jarda, composer.
- Thomas Kuhn, philosopher of science
- Jack Kerouac, US author
- Christiaan Barnard, South African surgeon
- February 11 - Gerardus J. P. Bolland, Dutch philosopher.
- August 2 - Alexander Graham Bell, father of the telephone.
- The last emperor of the Ottoman Empire, Mehmed VI (Vahdettin) (1918-1922), is forced from the throne.