- Charles Kennedy wins the race to succeed Paddy Ashdown as the leader of the Liberal Democrats, UK
Russian President Boris Yeltsin fires his Prime Minister, Sergei Stepashin, and for the fourth time fires his entire cabinet.
- The Diet of Japan enacts a law establishing the Hinomaru and Kimi Ga Yo as the official national flag and national anthem.
- Fouad Serageddin, Egyptian politician (b. 1910)