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- January 23 - 24-year old African-American man Willie Edwards is abducted and murdered in Montgomery County, Alabama by the Ku Klux Klan.
- February 11 - William Unek goes on a second killing spree in Malampaka, Tanzania, killing a total of 36 people. He would later be killed by police after being cornered in a house in the village.
- March 14 - President Sukarno declares martial law in Indonesia.
- May 10 - Gustavo Rojas Pinilla is ousted as President of Colombia.
- June - Parmehutu is founded.
- September 4 - Governor Orval Faubus of Arkansas calls out the National Guard of the United States to prevent African-American students from enrolling in Little Rock Central High School.
- October 22 - François Duvalier is elected President of Haiti.
- November 14 - Vito Genovese declares himself capo de tutti capi of the American Mafia.
- Unknown - SAVAK is founded.
- Unknown - The Mexican Mafia is founded.
- January 6 - Freddie Lee Glenn
- January 12 - Augustin Ngirabatware
- January 25 - Luis Garavito
- January 27 - Yaser Abdel Said
- February 15 - Nathaniel Bar-Jonah
- February 20 - Giovanni Brusca
- March 10 - Osama bin Laden
- March 11 - Qasem Soleimani
- April 4 - Joaquín Guzmán Loera
- May 26 - Mary Bell
- June 29 - Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedow
- August 11 - Ian Stuart Donaldson
- October 18 - Laurie Dann
- October 23 - Paul Kagame
- October 31 - Shirley Phelps-Roper
- November 27 - Derrick Bird
- December 17 - Juana Barraza
- December 25 - Hassan Ngeze
- February 7 - Sheri Rasmussen
- January 11 - Jack Gilbert Graham
- February 21 - William Unek
- March 30 - Max Amann
- May 2 - Joseph McCarthy
- August 9 - Carl Clauberg
- October 25 - Albert Anastasia
- January 23 - Willie Edwards