- Hurricane Dean makes its first landfall in Costa Maya, Mexico with winds at 165 mph. Dean is the first storm since Hurricane Andrew to make landfall as a Category 5.
- Caroline Aigle, French first woman fighter pilot in the French Air Force aged 25, dies of cancer at 32
- Elizabeth P. Hoisington, American Brigadier General (one of the first two women to attain the rank of brigadier general), dies at 88
- Siobhan Dowd, British/Irish writer (b. 1960)