"The Day the Music Died" plane crash kills musicians Buddy Holly, Richie Valens, J. P. Richardson and pilot near Clear Lake Iowa.
- American Airlines Electra crashes in NY's East River, killing 65
- Loi Tolhurst, rocker (Cure-Hell's Kitchen)
- Molly Killingbeck, Jamaica, 4X400m relayer (Olympic silver 1984)
- Thomas Calabro, American actor (Michael Mancini-Melrose Place), born in Brooklyn, New York
- Yasuharu Konishi, Japanese musician (Pizzicato Five)
- Ritchie Valens, American rock vocalist (Donna, La Bamba), dies in plane crash at 17
- The Big Bopper [Jiles Perry Richardson], American musician, dies in plane crash at 28