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- January 25 - Columbia Mall Zumiez shooting
- February 20 to March 26 - Crimea is invaded and annexed by Russia on the orders of Vladimir Putin, beginning the Russo-Ukrainian War.
- February 23 - Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych is ousted from office in the aftermath of the Euromaiden protests.
- April 7 - The Donetsk People's Republic is declared. Beginning of the War in Donbass.
- April 13 - Overland Park Jewish Community Center shooting
- April 14 - 276 schoolgirls are abducted by Boko Haram.
- May 13 - Former Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert is sentenced to 6 years in prison for bribery.
- May 16 - Beginning of the Second Libyan Civil War.
- May 21 - The Metro attack is perpetrated in Taipei by Cheng Chieh.
- May 22 - The National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO), lead by Prayuth Chan-o-cha, seizes power in Thailand as part of a coup d'état.
- May 23 - Isla Vista shootings
- May 26 - Narendra Modi is elected Prime Minister of India.
- May 31 - The Slender Man stabbing: Morgan Geyser and Anissa Weier lure their best friend, 12-year old Payton Leutner, into the woods of Waukesha, Wisconsin and stab her 19 times. Leutner manages to survive the attack.
- June 2 - The Palestinian Unity Government is established by Hamas and Fatah in an attempt to foster peace between the two organizations.
- June 8 - Abdel Fattah el-Sisi is elected President of Egypt.
- June 29 - The Islamic State declares itself to be a worldwide caliphate, claiming global authority over all Muslims worldwide. Their leader, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, is formally recognized as Caliph.
- June 30 - The Free Sunnis of Baalbek Brigade pledges allegiance to Islamic State.
- July 17 - Eric Garner dies after being choked by police officer Daniel Pantaleo.
- August 7 - The Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia find Nuon Chea, right-hand man of former dictator Pol Pot, guilty of crimes against humanity committed during the Khmer Rouge regime and sentence him to life in prison.
- August 28 - Recep Tayyip Erdoğan is elected President of Turkey.
- September 16 - Beginning of the Yemeni Civil War.
- October 24 - Marysville Pilchuck High School shooting
- October 31 - Blaise Compaoré steps down as President of Burkina Faso.
- December 4 - Yaser Abdel Said is placed on the FBI's Ten Most Wanted Fugitives List.
- December 5 - Keith Farnham pleads guilty to possession of child pornography.
- December 23 - Luka Magnotta is sentenced to life in prison for his role in the murder of Jun Lin.
- July 19 - Hayden Umbenhower
- November 8 - Mariah Woods
- January 11 - Ariel Sharon
- January 25 - Darion Aguilar
- March 10 - Theresa Riggi
- March 19 - Fred Phelps
- March 31 - Charles Keating, Jr.
- April 3 - Tommy Lynn Sells
- May 23 - Elliot Rodger
- May 25 - Wojciech Jaruzelski
- August 21 - Robert Hansen
- September 1 - Mukhtar Abu Zubair
- September 12 - Ian Paisley
- October 24 - Jaylen Fryberg
- December 16 - Man Haron Monis
- July 13 - Conrad Roy
- July 17 - Eric Garner
- October 11 - Jennifer Laude
- November 22 - Tamir Rice