NBA Draft: St. Vincent–St. Mary HS (Akron, Ohio) small forward LeBron James first pick by Cleveland Cavaliers
- The U.S. Supreme Court rules in Lawrence v. Texas that gender-based sodomy laws are unconstitutional.
- Denver Randleman, U.S. Army Seargent (b. 1920)
- Marc-Vivien Foé, Cameroon soccer midfielder (collapsed during international match, died), dies of heart failure at 28
- Sir Dennis Thatcher MBE, husband of Margaret Thatcher (b. 1915)
- Strom Thurmond, U.S. Senator (Sen-D/R-SC), dies at 100