A Saddam Hussein defence team lawyer in Iraq, Saadoun Janabi, is kidnapped, murdered.
Ben S. Bernanke, 51, is the new US Federal Reserve chairman. He succeeds Alan Greenspan, who steps down after steering the economy for 18 years.
Myanmar’s pro-democracy icon Aung San Suu Kyi, in her fight against the junta, completes 10 years in detention.
Shirley Horn, 71, jazz pianist and vocalist, and a master interpreter of American standards, dies. She started her career opening for Miles Davis.
Lech Kaczynski, 56, of the conservative Law and Justice Party is Poland’s new president.
Delhi Metro Rail Corpn chief E. Sreedharan, 73, is to stay on for three more years.