- Thalidomide withdrawn.
- Bill Gates born whose charitable foundation founded on his Microsoft fortune, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation was by 2006 the wealthiest dedicated to making charitable grants for health-associated causes, funding for example over 90% of the worldwide programme to eradicate polio.
- Sax created first polio vaccine ? did Bill get it
- Paracetamol first marketed.
- Ubiquinones and Coenzyme Q10 discovered.
- Cytochrome p450 system discovered by Axelrod and Brodie et al.
- Zollinger-Ellison syndrome described
- Association of Asbestos with malignancy proved