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- January - End of the Mau Mau Uprising.
- March 21 - The Sharpeville Massacre takes place.
- April 9 - South African Prime Minister Hendrik Verwoerd survives an assassination attempt in Johannesburg, after being shot three times by anti-Apartheid activist David Pratt.
- April 26 - Syngman Rhee resigns as President of South Korea.
- May 11 - Adolf Eichmann, a Nazi war criminal and a major perpetrator of the Holocaust, is captured in Brazil by the Israeli Mossad.
- July 5 - Beginning of the Congo Crisis.
- July 12 - Communist Party of Malaya leader Chin Peng is exiled to Thailand. End of the Malayan Emergency.
- December 20 - The Việt Cộng is established to forment insurgency in South Vietnam.
- January 26 - Rick Ross
- February 22 - Charles Cullen
- February 29 - Richard Ramirez
- March 17 - Cameron Thor
- March 23 - Apirat Kongsompong & Colin Pitchfork
- April 25 - Art Schlichter
- April 30 - David Miscavige
- May 4 - Stephanie Lazarus
- May 18 - Michael Robert Ryan
- May 21 - Jeffrey Dahmer
- July 11 - Ariel Castro
- July 29 - Brian Peck
- August 31 - Hassan Nasrallah
- September 19 - Yolanda Saldívar & Michael Skakel
- September 30 - George Sodini
- October 16 - Alexander Solonik & Sandra Ávila Beltrán
- December 4 - Cesar Barone
- December 24 - Charles Ng
- December 31 - John Allen Muhammed
- Unknown - Robert Kajuga
- February 28 - Dorothy Stratten
- March 30 - Nancy Argentino
- June 28 - Daniel Brandhorst (9/11 Victim)
- August 16 - Martha Moxley
- September 6 - Nancy Lanza