American gubernatorial recall election is held in California. Governor Gray Davis is recalled and Arnold Schwarzenegger becomes governor.
- Gray Davis is recalled as Governor of California, three years before the official end of his office term. Film star Arnold Schwarzenegger is elected Governor.
- Arthur Berger, American composer (b. 1912)
- Izzy Asper, Canadian tax lawyer (b. 1932)
- Wally George, American conservative TV commentator (b. 1931)