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- January 16 - Eric Rudolph bombs an abortion clinic in Sandy Springs, Georgia. No one is hurt in the attack.
- February 23 - Empire State Building mass shooting
- March 9 - American rapper The Notorious B.I.G. is assassinated by a mysterious assailant in a drive-by shooting in Los Angeles, California.
- March 26 - The Heaven's Gate cult commits ritual mass suicide.
- April 6 - Lillelid murders
- April 18 - The United Self-Defense Forces of Colombia are founded.
- May 16 - End of the First Congo War. Laurent-Désiré Kabila declares himself President of the Democratic Republic of the Congo.
- May 25 - Johnny Paul Koroma seizes power in Sierra Leone with help from the Revolutionary United Front.
- June 12 - Pol Pot is placed under house arrest.
- June 27 - End of the Tajikistani Civil War.
- July 23 - Slobodan Milošević is elected President of the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia.
- August 2 - Charles Taylor is elected President of Liberia. End of the First Liberian Civil War.
- August 6 - Former dictator Hugo Banzer is elected the constitutional president of Bolivia.
- October 1 - Luke Woodham kills his mother before committing a shooting at Pearl High School in Pearl, Mississippi, killing two students and wounding seven others.
- October 8 - Kim Jong-il is named General Secretary of the Workers' Party of Korea and Supreme Leader of North Korea three years after the death of his father Kim Il-sung.
- November 19 - James Patterson Smith is sentenced to life in prison for the gruesome torture and murder of Kelly Anne Bates.
- December 16 - Earl Bramblett is found guilty of the murders of Blaine, Teresa, Winter, and Anah Hodges and is sentenced to death.
- Unknown - The National Party is dissolved.
- April 11 - Ethan Couch
- April 26 - James Alex Fields Jr.
- June 17 - Jake Patterson
- July 27 - Zachary Davis
- June 29 - Jack Grummett (also known as JackG)
- August 23 - Alexander Whipple
- April 13 - Christine Dacera
- May 4 - Juliana McCourt (9/11 Victim)
- July 28 - Anthony Williams (Murder Victim of YNW Melly)
- September 13 - Paul Yates (3rd child of Andrea Yates)
- September 29 - Beau Schenecker
- October 24 - Hamza Ali Al-Khateeb
- January 31 - Alexander Solonik
- February 19 - Deng Xiaoping
- February 23 - Ali Hassan Abu Kamal
- March 26 - Marshall Applewhite
- April 4 - Alparslan Türkeş
- April 13 - Bryant Bowles
- May 4 - Varnado Simpson
- May 22 - Genildo Ferreira de França
- June 6 - Henry Francis Hayes
- June 15 - Son Sen
- July 4 - Amado Carrillo Fuentes
- July 24 - Andrew Cunanan
- July 30 - Bảo Đại
- August 22 - Brendan Smyth
- September 7 - Mobutu Sese Seko
- September 17 - Benjamin Atkins
- October 4 - Otto Ernst Remer
- November 25 - Hastings Banda
- March 9 - The Notorious B.I.G.
- April 6 - Vidar, Delfina, and Tabitha Lillelid
- May 4 - Lee Miglin
- July 15 - Gianni Versace
- July 16 - Marijoy & Jacqueline Chiong
- October 1 - Mary Ann Woodham
- October 26 - Brandon Armstrong, Austin, Brigham, & Matthew Eubanks
- November 5 - Justin Dalton & Shelby Alexis Riggs