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- June 28 – Archduke Franz Ferdinand of Austria and his wife Countess Sophie were assassinated by Black Hand in Sarajevo. This led to World War I.
- August 2 – According to the NSDAP 25 points manifesto, anyone who was not German-race who did not live in Germany before this date had to leave the country.
- August 31 – Saint Petersburg, Russia is renamed Petrograd by Nicholas II.
- Australian supermarket chain Coles Supermarkets was founded.
- The Iglesia ni Cristo ("Church of Christ") was built in the Philippines.
- The Johann Wolfgang Goethe University in Frankfurt am Main opened
- Construction of the Panama Canal is finished.
- Yuma, Arizona became a city
- February 5 – William S. Burroughs, American writer (d. 1999)
- March 31 – Octavio Paz, Mexican writer, poet and diplomat (d, 1998)
- April 2 – Alec Guinness, English actor (d. 2000)
- May 13 – Joe Louis, American boxer (d. 1981)
- May 29 – Tenzing Norgay, Sherpa climber (d. 1986)
- September 24 – John Kerr, 18th Governor-General of Australia (d. 1991)
- October 16 – Mohammed Zahir Shah, last Shah of Afghanistan (d. 2007)
- October 27- Dylan Thomas, Welsh poet (d. 1953)
- November 25 – Joe DiMaggio, American MLB baseball player (d. 1999)
- December 14 – Karl Carstens, 5th President of West Germany (d. 1992)
- December 20 - Harry F. Byrd, Jr., American politician (d. 2013)
- December 30 – Igor Diakonov, Russian (Soviet) historian and linguist (d. 1999)
- Nancy Drew, Fictional character
- June 14 – Adlai E. Stevenson, Vice President of the United States (b. 1835)
- June 28 – Archduke Franz Ferdinand of Austria (b. 1863), and his wife Countess Sophie
- August 6 – Ellen Louise Wilson, American First Lady, wife of Woodrow Wilson. (b. 1860)