- Japanese scientist achieve -271.8°C, coldest temperature ever recorded
Show trial of Romanian Commuinst dicator Nicolae Ceaușescu and his wife Elena on charges of genocide and personal enrichment. The couple are found guilty and executed by firing squad the same day.
- Barrel Regtien, student leader, dies
- Billy Martin, American MLB player and manager (NY Yankees), killed in a car accident at 61
- Elena Ceausescu, wife of Romania's Communist dictator Nicolae, executed at 73
- Ton Regtien, Dutch student leader, dies at 51