January - The start of the Siege of Khost, which lasted until April 11, 1991.
April 1 - The siege of Aleppo begins in 1980 and lasted until February 1981.
Siege of the Iranian embassy between April 30 and May 5.
November 6 - The start of the Siege of Abadan, which lasted until September 27, 1981.
April 19 - Morocco participates in Eurovision.
May 18 - Gwangju Uprising; Students in the Korean city of Gwangju demonstrate for democratic reforms.
September 12 - Military coup in Turkey led by Kenan Evren.
September 22 - War breaks out between Iraq and Iran.
October 10 - Two successive earthquakes hit the wilaya of Chlef, Algeria, with a magnitude of 7.3 and 6.3 Richter scale respectively. These earthquakes resulted in the death of more than 3,000 citizens and the destruction of the city's infrastructure. The Algerian government declared the wilaya a disaster area.
January 13 - Maria de Viota, Spanish Formula 1 driver (b.
January 16 - Amira Muhammad Ali, German-Egyptian politician
January 21 – Nana Mizuki, Japanese voice actress
January 25 - Michelle McCool, American wrestler
January 26 - Sanae Kobayashi, Japanese voice actress
February 6 - Mamiko Noto, Japanese voice actress
February 17 - Aya Endo, Japanese voice actress
February 20 – Yuichi Nakamura, Japanese voice actor
February 28 - Pavel Schnoble, Czech tennis player (b.
March 14 - Hassan Al-Masry, Lebanese actor and voice actor.
March 31 - Miya Sakamoto, Japanese voice actress
April 11 - Fares Abbad, Yemeni Quran reciter (b.
April 13 - Colin Clinkenbeard, American voice actress
May 8 - Takanori Hoshino, Japanese voice actor
July 25 - Diams, French and Greek-Cypriot rapper (b.
July 29 - Sami Yusuf, British vocalist
August 20 - Jenny Esper, Syrian actress and model (b.
September 12 – Hiroyuki Sawano, Japanese composer (b.
September 12 - Yao Ming, Chinese basketball player
October 11 - Tomokazu Sugita, Japanese voice actor
November 22 - Sheikh Dr. Yasser bin Rashid Al-Dosari, imam of the Grand Mosque in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.
December 8 - Mohamed Al-Shalhoub, footballer, plays for Al-Hilal Club.
December 17 - Dale Thayer, American baseball player
January 14 - Tadao Nagahama, Japanese writer and director
April 9 - Muhammad Baqir al-Sadr, an Iraqi Shiite religious authority, thinker and Islamic philosopher, and founder of the Dawa Party in Iraq.
April 12 - Musa Kazem Bey - Iraqi military commander, minister and politician.
July 27 - Mohammad Reza Pahlavi in Egypt.
August 31 - Mohamed Al-Faham - former Sheikh of Al-Azhar.November