- Mar 6 Boxing legend Cassius Clay joins the Nation of Islam and changes his name to "Muhammad Ali", calling his former title a "slave name"
- Jul 14 51st Tour de France: Jacques Anquetil of France wins 4th consecutive Tour and is first to claim 5 titles
- Jan 1 Alf Hall, South African cricket fast bowler (7 Tests, 40 wickets), dies at 67
- Jan 12 C R Browne, cricket leg-spinner (WI in 4 Tests, 6 wkts), dies
- Jan 15 George Duncan, Scottish golfer, course designer (British Open 1920), dies at 80
- Jan 19 Joe Weatherly, American auto racer (NASCAR Sprint Cup champion 1962-63), dies of head injuries in race crash at 41
- Jan 19 Firmin Lambot, Belgian cyclist who twice won the Tour de France (1919, 1922), dies at 77
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