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- February 27 - Colombian Army general Crispiniano Quiñones Quiñones is assassinated in La Vega, Colombia by members of FARC.
- February 29 - 6-year old Dedric Owens shoots and kills his classmate Kayla Rolland, making him to be the youngest school shooter.
- April 18 - 10 year old, Candace Newmaker dies of Suffocation, after a attachment therapy went wrong, the preparators were charged the year later
- April 22 - Paul Kagame is sworn in as President of Rwanda following the resignation of his predecessor Pasteur Bizimungu.
- May 17 - Foday Sankoh is indicted by the Special Court for Sierra Leone for war crimes and crimes against humanity committed during the Sierra Leone Civil War.
- June 30 - David Copeland is sentenced to six consecutive life terms in prison for his role in the 1999 London nail bombings.
- July 17 - Bashar al-Assad is sworn in as President of Syria after the death of his father, Hafez al-Assad.
- September 28 - Beginning of the Second Intifada.
- September 30 - The Democratic Forces for the Liberation of Rwanda is founded.
- October 7 - Slobodan Milošević resigns from the presidency of the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia.
- October 7 - Hezbollah launches a raid against Israeli military personnel stationed on the Lebanon-Golan Heights border. Three soldiers were kidnapped and later killed.
- October 12 - The USS Cole is bombed by Al-Qaeda while refueling in Yemen's Aden harbor.
- November 22 - Alberto Fujimori flees to Japan to avoid being prosecuted for corruption and human rights violations; he is impeached in absentia by the Peruvian Congress.
- December 14 - Toni Lawrence is released from prison.
- Unknown - Chan Man-lok and his accomplices are given life in prison for the murder of Fan Man-yee.
- May 2 - Vladislav Roslyakov
- June 9 - Lamar Cruz
- June 16 - Tay-K
- June 29 - Paul Bryant Sr. (also known as GeminiOfficial)
- September 21 - Devon Erikson
- October 12 - Dimitrios Pagourtzis
- Janruary 1 - Kieth Absalon
- February 25 - Daniel Benoit
- May 26 - Kian delos Santos
- October 27 - Daunte Wright
- November 30 - Mary Yates (5th child and only daughter of Andrea Yates)
- March 1 - Odell Barnes Jr.
- March 13 - Ayhan Kartal
- March 15 - Timothy Gribble
- March 16 - Herta Bothe
- April 2 - Tommaso Buscetta
- April 19 - Robert Glen Coe
- April 29 - Phạm Văn Đồng
- May 2 - Christina Marie Riggs
- June 10 - Hafez al-Assad
- August - Augustin Bizimana
- September 19 - Pastor Milciades Coronel
- September 26 - Aleksandras Lileikis
- February 25 - Victoria Climbié
- February 27 - Crispiniano Quiñones Quiñones
- February 29 - John Price
- February 29 - Kayla Rolland
- April 18 - Candace Newmaker
- August 3 - Iriana DeJesus