- January 7 - Nicolas Cage, actor
- July 24 - Barry Bonds, baseball player
- November 11 - Calista Flockhart (actress: Ally McBeal)
- February 11 - The Beatles have their 1st live appearance in US in the Washington DC Coliseum.
- February 11 - Greeks & Turks begin fighting in Limassol, Cyprus.
- February 11 - Taiwan drops diplomatic relations with France.
- April 7 - IBM announces the System/360.
- Summer Olympic Games in Tokyo, Japan.
- John George Kemeny and Thomas Eugene Kurtz create BASIC (Beginners' All-purpose Symbolic Instruction Code), an easy to learn, high level computer language that has popped up on just about every computer and even games console out there