- Assassination of French left-wing militant Pierre Goldman.
- Coup in Central African Rep: David Dacko overthrows emperor Bokassa I
- Jose E dod Santos becomes president of Angola
- Lee Iacocca is elected president of the Chrysler Corporation.
- NASA launches HEAO 3
- The Punjab wing of the Unity Centre of Communist Revolutionaries of India (Marxist-Leninist) formally splits and constitutes a parallel UCCRI(ML).
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