- 16 car Federal Express train loses brakes & crashes in Washington, D.C. station
- East Germany purges senior officials, accused of spying for 'imperialistic powers' and plotting against the state
- GDR Min of Foreign affairs Georg Dertingen arrested for "espionage"
- Kent Hovind, American evangelist
- Randy White, American NFL tackle (Dallas Cowboys), born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
- Ta-Tanisha, American actress, born in The Bronx, New York
- Patrick Vretblad, Swedish composer, dies at 76