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- February 4 - Beginning of the Angolan War of Independence.
- February 26 - Hassan II is crowned King of Morocco.
- April 17 to 20 - The Bay of Pigs invasion: the United States invades Cuba in an attempt to depose Fidel Castro. The invasion fails abysmally when Cuba learns of it ahead of time.
- May 16 - The Supreme Council for National Reconstruction comes to power in South Korea after staging a successful coup.
- May 30 - Rafael Trujillo is assassinated when his blue 1957 Chevrolet Bel Air is ambushed on a road outside the Dominican capital.
- July 19 - The Sandinista National Liberation Front is founded.
- September 1 - Beginning of the Eritrean War of Independence.
- September 28 - Syria withdraws from the United Arab Republic.
- January 13 - Julie Schenecker & Jeremy Bamber
- February 7 - Allen West
- April 13 - Robert William Fisher
- April 15 - Jesse Timmendequas
- May 30 - David Mack
- July 3 - Westley Allan Dodd
- July 24 - Joseph Kony
- August 13 - Cary Stayner
- November 25 - Buford Furrow
- December 1 - Armin Meiwes
- December 6 - Jennifer San Marco
- December 24 - Ilham Aliyev
- Unknown - Musa Hilal
- July 24 - Michael Donald
- January 17 - Patrice Lumumba