- Azerbaijan Airlines Flight 217 from Baku, Azerbaijan, to Aktau, Kazakhstan crashes shortly after takeoff killing 23 people.
- Chad declares a state of war against Sudan following a December 18 attack on Adré, which left about 100 people dead.
- "Are You Being Served?" actor John Inman (70) weds Ron Lynch at Westminster Register Office
- Soccer star player Kaka (23) weds Brazilian singer Caroline Celico (18) at Igreja Renascer em Cristo in Sao Paulo, Brazil
- Lajos Baróti, Hungarian footballer and coach (b. 1914)
- Norman D. Vaughan, American polar explorer and dogsled driver (b. 1905)