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- January 4 - Ariel Sharon, Prime Minister of Israel, suffers a stroke that leaves him in a permanent comatose state. Ehud Olmert is named acting prime minister.
- January 25 - Hamas wins the Palestinian legislative election, taking 74 out of 132 seats.
- Janaury 30 - Goleta postal facility shootings
- March 29 - Charles Taylor is captured while trying to sneak into Cameroon. He is subsequently extradited to Sierra Leone.
- April 28 - Hope Rippey is released from prison.
- June 6 - The Islamic Courts Union is founded to serve a rival administration to the Transitional Federal Government of Somalia.
- June 7 - Al-Qaeda in Iraq leader Abu Musab al-Zarqawi is killed near Baqubah while attending a meeting in an isolated safehouse when two United States Air Force F-16 jets dropped guided bombs on the safe-house, killing him and five other people.
- July 14 - Peace talks between Uganda and the Lord's Resistance Army begin at a summit in Juba, South Sudan.
- July 28 - Alan García is elected President of Peru for the second time.
- August 5 - The United Self-Defense Forces of Colombia are dissolved.
- September 13 - Dawson College shooting
- September - Mark Foley is embroiled in a scandal involving inappropriate text messages sent to teenage boys.
- October 2 - West Nickel Mines School shooting
- December 3 - Frank Bainimarama leads a successful coup and manages to seize power in Fiji.
- December 11 - The International Conference to Review the Global Vision of the Holocaust is held in Tehran, Iran.
- December 21 - Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedow is named President of Turkmenistan following the death of Saparmurat Niyazov.
- December 30 - Saddam Hussein is found guilty of genocide and mass murder and is hanged by the Iraqi Special Tribunal. Izzat Ibrahim al-Douri, his former closest advisor, is subsequently named the new Regional Secretary of the Iraqi Ba'ath Party.
- March 1 - Peter Connelly
- January 17 - Clarence Ray Allen
- January 23 - Samuel Koster
- January 30 - Jennifer San Marco
- March 5 - Richard Kuklinski
- March 11 - Slobodan Milošević
- March 25 - Kyle Aaron Huff
- March 28 - Jerry Brudos
- May 15 - Bobby Jack Fowler
- June 7 - Abu Musab al-Zarqawi
- June 27 - Ángel Maturino Reséndiz
- July 10 - Shamil Basayev
- July 21 - Ta Mok
- August 16 - Alfredo Stroessner
- September 13 - Kimveer Gill
- October 2 - Charles Carl Roberts
- October 25 - Danny Rolling
- October 31 - P. W. Botha
- November 5 - Samuel Bowers
- November 20 - Sebastian Bosse
- December 10 - Augusto Pinochet
- December 21 - Saparmurat Niyazov
- December 30 - Saddam Hussein
- September 22 - Cassie Jo Stoddart
- October 17 - Megan Meier