"21" 2nd studio album by Adele is released (Grammy Award for Album of the Year 2012, Brit Award for British Album of the Year, 2011 Billboard Album of the Year)
- At least 35 died and 180 injured in a bombing at Moscow's Domodedovo airport.
- Bernd Eichinger, German film producer and director (b. 1949)
- Pandit Bhimsen Joshi, Indian classical singer (khayal form of singing, bhajans, abhangs), dies at 88