Stephen Jay Gould and Richard Lewontin publish influential paper (cited more than 4,000 times) "The Spandrels of San Marco and the panglossian paradigm", introducing idea of "spandrels" into evolutionary biology
- Two RAF Hawker Siddeley Harrier jump-jets from RAF Wittering collide over Wisbech in Cambridgeshire. Both pilots ejected safely, but three people were killed and several people injured when one of the aircraft destroyed two houses and a bungalow.
- Chris Gayle, Jamaican West Indies cricketer
- Jaymee Ong, Chinese-Australian model
- Julian Gray, English footballer
- Richard Dunne, Irish footballer
- John McQuade, actor (Charlie Wild Private Detective), dies at 73