- 43rd Daytona 500: Michael Waltrip wins (161.783 MPH)
- Crash during Daytona 500 race on last lap claims life of Dale Earnhardt
FBI agent Robert Hanssen is arrested for spying for the Soviet Union. He was ultimately convicted and sentenced to life in prison.
- Comedian Kathy Griffin (37) weds computer administrator Matthew Moline (32) at the 360 Degree Restaurant in Hollywood
- Balthus, Polish-born painter (b. 1908)
- Dale Earnhardt, American race car driver dies in car crash at Daytona 500 race (b. 1951)
- Eddie Mathews, American hall of fame third baseman (Milwaukee Brave) who hit 512 home runs, dies at 69