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- February 28 - End of the Muslim Brotherhood's insurgency in Syria.
- March 23 - Efraín Ríos Montt becomes President of Guatemala after seizing power in a military coup.
- April 2 to June 14 - The Falklands War is fought.
- April 7 - The British National Party is founded by John Tyndall.
- April 26 to 27 - Woo Bum Kon perpetrates the Uiryeong Massacre when he kills 56 people and wounds 35 others in several villages before committing suicide in Uiryeong County, South Gyeongsang Province, South Korea.
- May 2 - The Revolutionary Government Junta of El Salvador is dissolved.
- June 18 - Leopoldo Galtieri is removed as President of Argentina.
- August 20 - Carl Robert Brown goes on a shooting rampage in a welding shop located in Miami, Florida, killing 8 people. He was later shot and killed by police officers while attempting to flee the scene of the attack.
- September 16 to 18 - The Sabra and Shatila massacre occurs in West Beirut, Lebanon, carried out by pro-Israel militias. Between 460 and 3,500 civilians are killed. Defense Minister Ariel Sharon takes personal responsibility for the massacre.
- November 7 - Kenan Evren is elected President of Turkey, restoring democratic elections after 2 years of military rule.
- November 12 - Yuri Andropov, former chairman of the KGB, is named the new General Secretary of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union after the death of Leonid Brezhnev.
- February 13 - Eric Justin Toth
- June 21 - Jussie Smollett
- July 24 - Luka Magnotta
- August 13 - Jon Venables
- August 23 - Robert Thompson
- August 30 - Kip Kinkel
- September 22 - Seth Ator
- November 8 - Lynndie England
- December 2 - Charlie Green
- December 17 - DaddyOFive
- March 3 - Corey DePooter
- May 5 - Kyle Velasquez
- September 1 - John Tomlin
- November 22 - Winter Hodges
- April 15 - Muhammad abd-al-Salam Faraj and Khalid Islambouli
- April 27 - Woo Bum Kon
- August 20 - Carl Robert Brown
- August 22 - Jonas Deksnys
- October 4 - Ahmed Hassan al-Bakr
- November 10 - Leonid Brezhnev
- December 16 - Orville Hubbard
- April 3 - Stephanie Roper
- July 17 - Krista Harrison