- February 11 - Heinz Eric Roemheld, composer.
- February 11 - Henry Hathaway actor/director.
- February 11 - Ulysses Simpson Kay, composer.
- October 11 - Orson Welles, movie director
- February 11 - [[[Wasim Akram]] takes 10 wickets in his 2nd Test Cricket match, but New Zealand still wins.
- First syndication of Calvin and Hobbes by Bill Watterson
- GNU Manifesto first written by Richard Stallman
- Physics - Klaus von Klitzing
- Chemistry - Herbert A Hauptman, Jerome Karle
- Medicine - Michael S Brown, Joseph L Goldstein
- Literature -Claude Simon
- Peace- International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War
- Economics - Franco Modigliani