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1997 (MCMXCVII) was a common year starting on Wednesday (dominical letter E) of the Gregorian calendar, the 1997th year of the Common Era (CE) and Anno Domini (AD) designations, the 997th year of the 2nd millennium, the 97th year of the 20th century, and the 8th year of the 1990s decade.
- March 4 – U.S. President Bill Clinton bans federal funding for any research on human cloning.
- March 6
- March 13
- March 16 – Sandline affair: On Bougainville Island, soldiers of commander Jerry Singirok arrest Tim Spicer and his mercenaries of the Sandline International.
- March 18 – The tail of a Russian An-24 charter plane breaks off while en route to Turkey, causing the plane to crash, killing all 50 on board, and resulting in the grounding of all An-24s.
- March 21
- In Zaire, Etienne Tshiksekedi is appointed prime minister; he ejects supporters of Mobutu Sese Seko from his cabinet.
- Mercenaries of Sandline International withdraw from Papua New Guinea.
- March 22
- March 23 – The British detective drama show, Midsomer Murders broadcasts on ITV.
- March 24 – The 69th Academy Awards, hosted by Billy Crystal, are held at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles, with The English Patient winning Best Picture.
- March 26
- In San Diego, 39 Heaven's Gate cultists commit mass suicide at their compound.
- Julius Chan resigns as prime minister of Papua New Guinea, ending the Sandline affair.
- March 31 - The children's television series Teletubbies premieres on BBC2.
- April 1
- Comet Hale–Bopp meets or exceeds most predictions when it passes perihelion.
- The popular television series (based on the video games of the same name), Pokémon premieres on TV Tokyo.
- April 3 – The Thalit massacre in Algeria: All but one of the 53 inhabitants of Thalit are killed by guerrillas.
- April 11 – Fire damages the Turin Cathedral in Italy.
- April 14
- Fire breaks out in a pilgrim camp on the Plain of Mena, 7 miles (11 km) from Mecca; 343 die.
- Former S.S. Captain Erich Priebke is retried; on July 22 he is sentenced to 5 years in prison.
- April 16 – Houston socialite Doris Angleton is murdered in her River Oaks home. Her brother-in-law, Roger Angleton, later admits to the crime in his suicide note.
- April 18 – The Red River of the North breaks through dikes and floods Grand Forks, North Dakota, and East Grand Forks, Minnesota, causing US$2 billion in damage.
- April 21 – A Pegasus rocket carries the remains of 24 people into earth orbit, in the first space burial.
- April 22
- Haouch Khemisti massacre: 93 villagers are killed in Algeria.
- A 126-day hostage crisis at the residence of the Japanese ambassador in Lima, Peru, ends after government commandos storm and capture the building, rescuing 71 hostages. One hostage dies of a heart attack, 2 soldiers are killed by rebel fire, and all 14 Túpac Amaru rebels are slain.
- France supports the new transitional government in Zaire, withdrawing its support of Mobutu Sese Seko.
- April 23 – 42 villagers are killed in the Omaria massacre in Algeria.
- April 27 – Andrew Cunanan murders Jeffrey Trail, beginning a murder spree that lasts until July and ends with the murder of fashion designer Gianni Versace.
- April 29
- May 2 – The Labour Party of the United Kingdom returns to power for the first time in 18 years, with Tony Blair becoming Prime Minister, in a landslide majority in the 1997 general election.
- May 3 – Katrina and the Waves win the Eurovision Song Contest 1997 for the UK with "Love Shine a Light", the most successful Eurovision entry ever.
- May 8 – Playhouse Disney launches.
- May 10 – An earthquake near Ardekul, in northeastern Iran, kills at least 2,400.
- May 11 – IBM's Deep Blue defeats Garry Kasparov in the last game of the rematch, the first time a computer beats a chess World champion in a match.
- May 12 – The Russian-Chechen Peace Treaty is signed.
- May 14 – The Star Alliance is formed between Air Canada, Lufthansa, Scandinavian Airlines System, Thai Airways International and United Airlines.
- May 15 – The United States government acknowledges existence of the "Secret War" in Laos (1953–1975) during the Vietnam War, and dedicates the Laos Memorial in honor of Hmong and other "Secret War" veterans.
- May 16
- May 17 – Troops of Laurent Kabila march into Kinshasa.
- May 22 – Kelly Flinn, the U.S. Air Force's first female bomber pilot certified for combat, accepts a general discharge in order to avoid a court-martial.
- May 23 – Mohammad Khatami wins the 1997 Iranian presidential election and becomes the first Iranian Reformist president.
- May 25
- May 27 – The second-deadliest tornado of the 1990s hits in Jarrell, Texas, killing 27 people.
- May 31 – The 13-kilometer Confederation Bridge, the world's longest bridge spanning ice-covered waters, opens between Prince Edward Island and New Brunswick, Canada.
- June 1
- June 2 – In Denver, Colorado, Timothy McVeigh is convicted on 15 counts of murder and conspiracy for his role in the 1995 Oklahoma City bombing.
- June 6 – In Lacey Township, New Jersey, high school senior Melissa Drexler kills her newborn baby in a toilet.
- June 7 – A computer user known as "_eci" publishes his Microsoft C source code on a Windows 95 and Windows NT exploit, which later becomes WinNuke. The source code gets wide distribution across the internet, and Microsoft is forced to release a security patch.
- June 8 – A United States Coast Guard helicopter crashes near Humboldt Bay, California; all 4 crewmembers perish.
- June 10 – Khmer Rouge leader Pol Pot orders the killing of his defense chief, Son Sen, and 11 of Sen's family members, before Pol Pot flees his northern stronghold (the news does not reach outside Cambodia for 3 days).
- June 11 – In the United Kingdom, the House of Commons votes for a total ban on handguns.
- June 12 – The United States Department of the Treasury unveils a new $50 bill, meant to be more difficult to counterfeit.
- June 13 – A jury sentences Timothy McVeigh to death for his part in the 1995 Oklahoma City bombing.
- June 16 – About 50 are killed in the Daïat Labguer (M'sila) massacre in Algeria.
- June 19 – The fast food chain McDonald's wins a partial victory in its libel trial, known as the McLibel case, against two environmental campaigners.
- June 22 – Swedish musician Ted Gärdestad commits suicide by jumping in front of a train (he is found dead later that morning).
- June 25
- June 26 – Bertie Ahern is appointed as the 10th Taoiseach of the Republic of Ireland and Mary Harney is appointed as the 16th, and first female, Tánaiste, after their parties, Fianna Fáil and the Progressive Democrats respectively, win the 1997 General Election.
- June 26 – Bloomsbury Publishing publishes J. K. Rowling's Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone in London.
- June 27 - Walt Disney Feature Animation's thirty-fifth animated feature Hercules is released.
- September 4 – In Lorain, Ohio, the last Ford Thunderbird for 3 years rolls off the assembly line.
- September 5
- September 6
- September 7 – The F-22 Raptor makes its first test flight.
- September 11 – Scotland votes to create its own Parliament after 290 years of union with England.
- September 13 – Iraq disarmament crisis: An Iraqi military officer attacks an UNSCOM weapons inspector on board an UNSCOM helicopter, while the inspector attempts to take photographs of unauthorized movement of Iraqi vehicles inside a site designated for inspection.
- September 15 – Norwegian parliamentary election, 1997.
- September 17 – Iraq disarmament crisis: While waiting for access to a site, UNSCOM inspectors witness and videotape Iraqi guards moving files, burning documents, and dumping waste cans into a nearby river.
- September 18
- September 19 – 53 are killed in the Guelb El-Kebir massacre in Algeria.
- September 21 – The Islamic Salvation Army, the Islamic Salvation Fronts' armed wing, declares a unilateral ceasefire in Algeria.
- September 25 – Iraq disarmament crisis: UNSCOM inspector Dr. Diane Seaman catches several Iraqi men sneaking out the back door of an inspection site, with log books for the creation of prohibited bacteria and chemicals.
- September 26
- September 27 – The Roman Catholic Diocese of Požega in Croatia is founded.
- October 1 – Luke Woodham walks into Pearl High School in Pearl, Mississippi, and opens fire, killing 2 girls, after killing his mother earlier that morning.
- October 2 – British scientists Moira Bruce and John Collinge, with their colleagues, independently show that the new variant form of the Creutzfeldt–Jakob disease is the same disease as Bovine spongiform encephalopathy.
- October 4
- October 11 – The mixed martial arts organization Pride Fighting Championships holds its inaugural event at the Tokyo Dome in Tokyo, Japan. In the main event Rickson Gracie defeats Nobuhiko Takada by armbar.
- October 12 – 43 are killed at a false roadblock, in the Sidi Daoud massacre in Algeria.
- October 15
- October 16 – The first color photograph appears on the front page of The New York Times.
- October 17 – The remains of Che Guevara are laid to rest with full military honours in a specially built mausoleum in the city of Santa Clara, Cuba, where he had won the decisive battle of the Cuban Revolution 39 years before.
- October 27 – In the U.S., the Dow Jones Industrial Average drops -554.26 points (-7.18%), closing at 7,161.14.
- October 28 – In the U.S., the Dow Jones Industrial Average gains a record 337.17 points (+4.71%), closing at 7,498.32. One billion shares are traded on the New York Stock Exchange for the first time ever.
- October 29 – Iraq disarmament crisis: Iraq says it will begin shooting down Lockheed U-2 surveillance planes being used by UNSCOM inspectors.
- October 30 – In Newton, Massachusetts, British au pair Louise Woodward is found guilty of the baby-shaking death of 8-month-old Matthew Eappen.
- December 1 – In the Indian state of Bihar, Ranvir Sena attacks the CPI(ML) Party Unity stronghold Lakshmanpur-Bathe, killing 63 lower caste people.
- December 3 – In Ottawa, Canada, representatives from 121 countries sign a treaty prohibiting the manufacture and deployment of anti-personnel land mines. However, the United States, the People's Republic of China, Russia, South Korea and 32 other nations do not sign and/or ratify the treaty.
- December 8 – Myra Hindley, one of the Moors murderers, arrives at the High Court of Justice, to contest a recent Home Secretary's decision that she should remain in prison until she dies.
- December 10 – The capital of Kazakhstan is moved from Almaty to Astana.
- December 11 – The Kyoto Protocol is adopted by a United Nations committee.
- December 12
- December 16 – "Dennō Senshi Porygon", an episode of the Pokémon TV series, is aired in Japan, inducing seizures in hundreds of Japanese children.
- December 18 – Myra Hindley loses her High Court appeal against the government's decision to keep her behind bars for the rest of her life.
- December 19
- December 21 – Brazil beats Australia 6–0 in the Confederations Cup final.
- December 24 – 50–100 villagers are killed in the Sid El-Antri massacre in Algeria.
- December 27 – Ulster loyalist paramilitary leader Billy Wright is assassinated in Northern Ireland, inside Long Kesh prison.
- December 29 – Hong Kong begins to kill all the chickens within its territory (1.25 million) to stop the spread of a potentially deadly influenza strain.
- December 30 – Wilaya of Relizane massacres of December 30, 1997: In the worst incident in Algeria's insurgency, 400 are killed from four villages in the wilaya of Relizane.
- The Toyota Prius, the first hybrid vehicle to go into full production, is unveiled in Japan on October 24, and goes on sale in Japan on December 9. It comes to U.S. showrooms on July 11, 2000.
- January 1 – Quique Fornos, Spanish footballer
- January 3 – Joe Morrell, Welsh footballer
- January 4
- January 5 – Hilary Palma, Peruvian volleyball player
- January 6 – Vasileios Charalampopoulos, Greek basketball player
- January 7 – Isaiah Brown, English footballer
- January 8
- January 11 – Cody Simpson, Australian singer-songwriter
- January 13
- January 14
- January 17
- January 18 – Amber Lily, American singer
- January 20 – Rheed McCracken, Australian wheelchair racer
- January 21 – Yang Yang, Chinese paralympic swimmer
- January 23
- January 24 – Dylan Riley Snyder, American actor
- January 26 – Gedion Zelalem, German-American footballer
- January 29 – Melissa Juratowitch, Australian model
- January 30
- January 31
- March 2
- March 3
- March 6 – Daniel De Silva, Australian footballer
- March 8
- March 9
- March 10
- March 11 – Lina Qostal, Moroccan tennis player
- March 12 – Allan Saint-Maximin, French footballer
- March 14
- March 16 – Tyrel Jackson Williams, American actor
- March 17 – Katie Ledecky, American swimmer
- March 18 – Ciara Bravo, American actress, voice artist, singer, and comedian
- March 19
- March 20 – Bobby Cheng, Australian chess champion
- March 21 – Martina Stoessel, Argentine actress, singer, dancer and model
- March 22
- March 23 – Aidan Davis, English street dancer
- March 24 – George Thomas, Welsh footballer
- March 27
- March 29
- April 1
- April 4 – Josefine Ridell, Swedish singer
- April 6 – Pavel Zacha, Czech ice hockey player
- April 7
- April 8
- April 9 – Michael Špaček, Czech ice hockey player
- April 10– Alla Sosnitskaya, Russian artistic gymnast
- April 11
- April 12
- April 15
- April 16 – Raghav Sood, Indian computer programmer
- April 19 – Alejandra Orozco, Mexican diver
- April 20 – Alexander Zverev, German tennis player
- April 21 – Akanksha Sharma, Indian singer
- April 23
- April 24
- April 25 – Benjamín Inostroza, Chilean footballer
- April 27 – Livio Loi, Belgian motorcycle racer
- April 29 – Ekaterina Baturina, Russian artistic gymnast
- April 30 – Ian Thomas, Belgian musician
- May 1 – Ariel Gade, American actress
- May 2 – BamBam (singer), a member of South Korean boy group Got7
- May 3 – Ivana Jorović, Serbian tennis player
- May 4 – Gary Lavery, Northern Irish footballer
- May 7
- May 9 – Zane Huett, American actor
- May 10 – Enes Ünal, Turkish footballer
- May 11 – Olivia Tjandramulia, Australian tennis player
- May 12
- May 16 – Cloe and Holly Mackie, English actresses
- May 17 – Ayron Verkindere, Belgian footballer
- May 19 – Oliver Kylington, Swedish ice hockey player
- May 21 – Viktoria Petryk, Ukrainian singer-songwriter
- May 23 – Joe Gomez, English footballer
- May 24 – Putri Ayu Silaen, Indonesian singer
- May 26 – Julian Zhi Jie Yee, Malaysian figure skater
- May 27 – Kenneth Weishuhn, American gay bullying victim (d. 2012)
- May 28 – Maguilaura Frias, Peruvian volleyball player
- May 30 – Jake Short, American actor
- May 31 – Inês Murta, Portuguese tennis player
- July 1 – Grigoriy Oparin, Russian chess Grandmaster
- July 2 – İbrahim Halil Keser, Turkish footballer
- July 3
- July 4 – Jason Spevack, Canadian actor
- July 5
- July 7 – Erina Ikuta, Japanese singer
- July 8 – Bryce Love, American sprinter
- July 10 – Rena Kato, Japanese singer
- July 12 – Malala Yousafzai, Pakistani activist and Nobel Peace Prize laureate
- July 13 – Leo Howard, American actor and martial artist
- July 15 – Phathana Inthavong, Laotian swimmer
- July 17
- July 18
- July 19 – Kang Young-seo, South Korean alpine skier
- July 22 – Fergus Riordan, British actor
- July 24 – Andreas Varady, Slovak jazz guitarist
- July 25
- July 27 – Craig Wighton, Scottish footballer
- July 28 – Bilal Ould-Chikh, Dutch footballer
- July 30 – Steven Purugganan, American sport stacker
- July 31 – Barbie Forteza, Filipina actress
- August 2
- August 3 – Daniel Crowley, English footballer
- August 4
- August 5
- August 6 – Sander Svendsen, Norwegian footballer
- August 10 – Kylie Jenner, American model and television personality
- August 13 – Yeo Jin-goo, South Korean actor
- August 14 – Łukasz Pawlikowski, Polish cellist
- August 16 – Greyson Chance, American singer, songwriter and actor
- August 19
- August 22 – Neil O'Brien, Irish actor
- August 24 – Betül Taygar, Turkish ice hockey player
- August 26 – Lisa, French singer
- October 2 – Justina Sharp, American fashion blogger
- October 3 – Jin Boyang, Chinese figure skater
- October 4 – Seamus O'Connor, Irish snowboarder
- October 6 – Chih-I Tsao, Taiwanese figure skater
- October 7 – Kira Kosarin, American actress
- October 8 – Bella Thorne, American actress
- October 11 – Tathoi Deb, Indian actress
- October 15 – Adora Svitak, American child prodigy
- October 23
- October 24
- October 27 – Li Meiyi, Chinese pair skater
- October 28 – Sierra McCormick, American actress
- October 31 – Sydney Park, American actress and comedian
- November 1 – Alex Wolff, American singer-songwriter, musician, and actor
- November 3 – Lázaro Martínez, Cuban triple jumper
- November 4
- November 6 – Hero Fiennes-Tiffin, English actor
- November 7 – Martina Piemonte, Italian footballer
- November 9 – Matthew Fisher, English cricketer
- November 10 – Khalil Madovi, English rapper and actor
- November 13 – Brent and Shane Kinsman, American actors
- November 17 – James Whitley, British paralympic skier
- November 19
- Kenny, Alexis, Natalie, Kelsey, Nathan, Brandon and Joel McCaughey, American citizens, first set of septuplets to survive infancy
- Maud Chifamba, Zimbabwean citizen, youngest university student in Africa
- Rachel Parsons, American ice dancer
- November 23 – Akari Takeuchi, Japanese singer
- November 27 – Song Yoo-geun, South Korean child prodigy, youngest university student in the country
- November 28 – Thor Salden, Belgian singer
- November 29
- November 30 – Liu Huixia, Chinese diver
- December 3 – Hayley Okines, English progeria activist (d. 2015)
- December 4 – Ruru Madrid, Filipino actor
- December 8 – Ilaria Käslin, Swiss artistic gymnast
- December 11 – Ben Cook, American actor
- December 15
- December 16 – Zara Larsson, Swedish singer
- December 17 – Shoma Uno, Japanese figure skater
- December 18 – Jeremy Fernandez, American singer
- December 20 – Suzuka Nakamoto, Japanese singer
- December 24 – Oreoluwa Cherebin, Grenadian swimmer
- December 27
- December 30 – Anastasiya Malyavina, Ukrainian swimmer
Main article: Deaths in 1997
- January 1 – Townes Van Zandt, American folk singer (b. 1944)
- January 4 – Harry Helmsley, American real estate mogul (b. 1909)
- January 5 – Burton Lane, American composer and lyricist (b. 1912)
- January 6 – Catherine Scorsese, Italian-American actress (b. 1912)
- January 8 – Melvin Calvin, American chemist (b. 1911)
- January 9 – Jesse White, American actor (b. 1917)
- January 10
- January 12
- January 17 – Clyde Tombaugh, American astronomer (b. 1906)
- January 18 – Paul Tsongas, U.S. Senator from Massachusetts and one-time candidate for the Democratic presidential nomination (b. 1941)
- January 19
- January 20
- Curt Flood, American baseball player (b. 1938)
- Edith Brown, one of the last remaining and oldest survivors of the sinking of the RMS Titanic in April 1912 (b. 1896)
- January 21
- January 22 – Billy Mackenzie, Scottish singer (b. 1957)
- January 23 – Richard Berry African-American singer and composer (b. 1935)
- January 24 - Gengan Tonaki Japan's oldest living man (b. 1884)
- January 25 – Jeane Dixon, American astrologer (b. 1904)
- January 27 – Cecil Arthur Lewis MC, British fighter pilot who flew in World War I and last surviving World War I ace (b. 1898)
- January 30 – Charles Hargens, American painter. (b. 1893)
- January 31 – Johnny Klein, American drummer (b. 1918)
- February 1
- February 2 – Chico Science, Brazilian musician (b. 1967)
- February 5 – Pamela Harriman, U.S. Ambassador to France (b. 1920)
- February 9 – Brian Connolly, Scottish musician (b. 1945)
- February 11 – Don Porter, American actor (b. 1912)
- February 12 – James Cossins, English actor (b. 1933)
- February 13 – John Ries Bartels, United States federal judge (b. 1897)
- February 15 – Luras,Giovanni Giua Italian engineer and officer (b. 1895)
- February 16 – Ethel Owen, American actress (b. 1893)
- February 17
- February 19 – Deng Xiaoping, leader of the People's Republic of China (b. 1904)
- February 23 – Tony Williams, American musician (b. 1945)
- February 24 – Isabelle Lucas, Canadian-born British actress (b. 1927)
- February 26 – David Doyle, American actor (b. 1929)
- April 1 – Jolie Gabor, Hungarian socialite (b. 1896)
- April 4 – Leo Picard, Israeli geologist and an expert in the field of hydrology (b. 1900)
- April 5
- April 8 – Laura Nyro, American singer and composer (b. 1947)
- April 7
- April 12 – George Wald, American scientist, recipient of the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine (b. 1906)
- April 13
- Dorothy Frooks, American author, publisher, military figure and actress. (b. 1896)
- Rodolfo Oroz, Chilean writer, professor, and philologist,won the Chilean National Prize for Literature in 1978. (b. 1895)
- April 15 – Mildred Cleghorn, Chairwoman of the Fort Sill Apache tribe (b. 1910)
- April 16
- April 19 – El Duce, American singer and drummer (b. 1958)
- April 20
- April 21 – Diosdado Macapagal, 9th President of the Philippines (b. 1910)
- April 22
- April 24 – Pat Paulsen, American comedian (b. 1927)
- April 26 – John Beal, American actor (b. 1909)
- April 30 – Henry Picard, American golfer (b. 1906)
- May 1 – Bo Widerberg, Swedish film director (b. 1930)
- May 2 – John Eccles, Australian neurophysiologist, recipient of the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine (b. 1903)
- May 4 – Alvy Moore, American actor (b. 1921)
- May 5 – Walter Gotell, German actor (b. 1924)
- May 11 – Howard Morton, American actor (b. 1925)
- May 14
- May 16 – Giuseppe De Santis, Italian film director (b. 1917)
- May 23 – James Lee Byars, American artist (b. 1932)
- May 24 – Edward Mulhare, Irish actor (b. 1923)
- May 26
- May 29
- May 31 – James Bennett Griffin, American archaeologist (b. 1905)
- June 2 – Helen Jacobs, American tennis champion (b. 1908)
- June 3 – Dennis James, American game show host (b. 1917)
- June 6 – Magda Gabor, American actress (b. 1914)
- June 8 – Reid Shelton, American actor (b. 1924)
- June 12 – Bulat Okudzhava, Soviet non-mainstream singer of Georgian descent (b. 1924)
- June 14
- June 15 – Jaidyn Leskie, Australian murder victim (b. 1996)
- June 22
- June 23
- June 24
- June 25 – Jacques-Yves Cousteau, French explorer (b. 1910)
- June 26 – Israel Kamakawiwoʻole, Hawaiian singer (b. 1959)
- June 28 – Mrs. Miller, American singer (b. 1907)
- June 29 – William Hickey, American actor (b. 1927)
- July 1
- July 2 – James Stewart, American actor (b. 1908)
- July 4
- July 7 – Royston Tickner, English actor (b. 1922)
- July 13 – Alexandra Danilova, Russian dancer (b. 1903)
- July 14 – Sir Garfield Barwick, Australian Chief Justice (b. 1903)
- July 15 – Gianni Versace, Italian fashion designer (b. 1946)
- July 18 – Eugene Merle Shoemaker, American astronomer (b. 1928)
- July 20 – John Akii-Bua Ugandan hurdler (b. 1949)
- July 23 – Chūhei Nambu, Japanese athlete (b. 1904)
- July 24
- July 25 – Ben Hogan, American golf champion (b. 1912)
- July 27 – K'tut Tantri, broadcaster/hotelier, (b. 1899)
- July 30 – Bảo Đại, Emperor of Vietnam (b. 1913)
- August 1
- August 2
- August 4 – Jeanne Calment, French supercentenarian and the oldest living person ever documented in history. (b. 1875)
- August 10 – Conlon Nancarrow, American-born composer (b. 1912)
- August 12 – Luther Allison, American musician (b. 1939)
- August 16 – Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan (Punjabi: نصرت فتح علی خان (Shahmukhi)), Pakistani Qawwali musician (b. 1948)
- August 18 – Harry R. Wellman, University of California president (b. 1899)
- August 21 – Yuri Nikulin, Soviet and Russian actor and clown (b. 1921)
- August 23 – John Kendrew, British molecular biologist, recipient of the Nobel Prize in Chemistry (b. 1917)
- August 24 – Louis Essen, English physicist (b. 1908)
- August 27
- August 28 – Masaru Takumi, Japanese yakuza lord (b. 1936)
- August 31
- October 1 – Jerome H. Lemelson, American inventor (b. 1923)
- October 4
- October 5
- October 6
- October 12 – John Denver, American musician (b. 1943)
- October 13 – Adil Çarçani, Albanian politician, former Prime Minister (b. 1922)
- October 14 – Harold Robbins, American writer (b. 1916)
- October 16
- October 19 – Glen Buxton, American guitarist (b. 1947)
- October 20 – Ron Tarr, English actor (b. 1936)
- October 22 – Leonid Amalrik, Russian animator (b. 1905)
- October 23 – Bert Haanstra, Dutch filmmaker (b. 1916)
- October 24 – Don Messick, American voice actor (b. 1926)
- October 25 – Tina Lattanzi, Italian actress and voice actress (b. 1897)
- October 28 – Paul Jarrico, American screenwriter (b. 1915)
- October 29
- October 30 – Samuel Fuller, American screenwriter and director (b. 1912)