- 37th Emmy Awards: Cagney & Lacey, Cosby Show & Tyne Daly win
- Billy Martin's right arm is broken by pitcher Ed Whitson
- Earthquake strikes Mexico, 2,000 killed
French Prime Minister Laurent Fabius appears on TV to confess "Agents of the DGSE sank this boat [Rainbow Warrior]. They acted on orders.”
- Rock and country musicians participate in FarmAid in Champaign, Illinois
- St Louis Cardinals set an unusual streak record by winning 9 of 10 games, each pitched by a different man
- The Plaza Accord was signed in New York City.
- Val Skinner wins LPGA Konica San Jose Golf Classic