- February 17 Denise Richards
- March 31 Ewan McGregor
- August 12 Pete Sampras
- September 18 Lance Armstrong
- October 25 Pedro Martinez
- October 29 Winona Ryder
- November 25 Christina Applegate
- December 24 Ricky Martin
- January 25 - Idi Amin overthrows Milton Obote in a coup in Uganda
- February 11 - US, UK, USSR, others sign Seabed Treaty outlawing nuclear weapons.
- April 20 - United State Supreme Court rules unanimously that busing of students may be ordered to achieve racial desegregation.
- May 3 - Anti-war militants attempt to disrupt government business in Washington, D.C.; police and military units arrest as many as 12,000, most of whom are later released.
- May 31 The birth of a new country, Bangladesh. It is out of territory formerly part of Pakistan
- June - The Pentagon Papers are published
- October 25 - The United Nations admits Communist China and expels Nationalist China.
- December 3 Indian-Pakistan War
- Don't Make A Wave Committee changes its name into Greenpeace
- Intel introduces the microprocessor for micro-computers. The 4004 chip
- Twenty-sixth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution lowers voting age to 18.
Arts and Entertainment]]
- A Clockwork Orange by Stanley Kubrick
- The French Connection by William Friedkin
- Dirty Harry by Don Siegel
- Physics - Dennis Gabor
- Chemistry - Gerhard Herzberg
- Medicine - Earl W Sutherland, Jr
- Literature - Pablo Neruda
- Peace - Willy Brandt
- Economics - Simon Kuznets