- "Happy New Year" opens at Morosco Theater NYC for 17 performances
- "Reggae" opens at Biltmore Theater NYC for 21 performances
- Elevator in Vaal Reefs gold mine, South Africa plunges more than 1900m killing all 23 miners aboard
- Mount St Helens becomes active after 123 years
- The Norwegian oil platform Alexander Kielland collapses in the North Sea, killing 123 of its crew of 212.
Day of the Week: Thursday