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- April 12 - Benito Mussolini survives an assassination attempt by bomb in Milan, which kills 17 people.
- August 14 to October 18 - The Coniston Massacre takes place.
- October 1 - Joseph Stalin launches the Soviet Union's first five-year plan.
- October 10 - Chiang Kai-shek reunifies China under the rule of the Kuomintang, and is named Chairman of the National Government of the Republic of China.
- Unknown - The Muslim Brotherhood is founded by Hassan al-Banna.
- February 26 - Ariel Sharon
- March 10 - James Earl Ray
- March 12 - Leonas Bartosevicius
- June 14 - Che Guevara
- June 17 - Juan María Bordaberry
- June 28 - Cyril Smith
- July 13 - Tommaso Buscetta
- Unknown - Theodore Sindikubwabo
- January 13 - Earle Nelson
- March 6 - Josephine Jewell Dodge
- October 19 - William Hickman
- November 6 - Arnold Rothstein
- June 3 - Grace Budd