- Two FBI agents and a member of the American Indian Movement are killed in a shootout on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota; Leonard Peltier is later convicted of the murders in a controversial trial.
- U.S. Supreme Court's rules unanimously in "O'Connor v. Donaldson" that non-dangerous people can't be confined to psychiatric facilities without adequate treatment if able to live viably in outside society
- KJ-52 [Jonah Kirsten Sorrentino], American hip hop artist, born in Tampa, Florida
- Terry Skiverton, English football player (Yeovil Town), born in Mile End, England
Cher divorces Sonny Bono
- St. Josemaría Escrivá, Spanish Catholic priest (b. 1902)