- "Doctor Who" returns to BBC TV after 16 years with the debut of Christopher Eccleston as the Ninth Doctor and Billie Piper as Rose
- The Taiwanese government calls on 1 million Taiwanese to demonstrate in Taipei, in opposition to the Anti-Secession Law of the People's Republic of China. Around 200,000 to 300,000 attend the walk.
- Gérard Filion, Quebec businessman and journalist (b. 1909)
James Callaghan, British Prime Minister (Labour: 1976-79), dies of lobar pneumonia, cardiac failure and kidney failure at 92
- Marius Russo, American baseball player (New York Yankees), dies at 90
- Paul Hester, Australian drummer (Split Enz and Crowded House) (b. 1959)