- 64th Venice Film Festival: "Lust, Caution" directed by Ang Lee wins Golden Lion
- A United States Air Force nuclear weapons incident takes place at Minot Air Force Base and Barksdale Air Force Base.
- Alfred Peet, Dutch-American entrepreneur and the founder of Peet's Coffee & Tea (b. 1920)
- Banarsi Das Gupta, Indian 4th Chief Minister of Haryana (1975-77), dies at 89
- James Muir Cameron Fletcher, New Zealand industrialist (b. 1914)
- Pierre Messmer, French politician and Prime Minister (b. 1916)
- Richard Jewell, central figure in the 1996 Centennial Olympic Park bombing (b. 1962)