- A magnitude-8.0 earthquake strikes just offshore of Hokkaidō, Japan.
- Prince of Venice and Piedmont Emanuele Filiberto (31) weds French actress Clotilde Courau (34) at the Basilica of Santa Maria degli Angeli in Rome
- Anthony Durante, American professional wrestler, dies at 36
- Aquila al-Hashimi, Iraqi politician (b. 1953)
- Edward Said, Palestinian-American literary critic, dies at 67
- Franco Modigliani, Italian economist, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1918)
- George Plimpton, American writer and actor (b. 1927)
- Herb Gardner, American playwright (b. 1934)