"Helter Skelter", detailing Charles Manson's cult "family", their capture, trial, conviction and aftermath, premieres on CBS
- Conrail takes over operations from six bankrupt railroads in the northeastern U.S..
- Jovian-Plutonian gravitational effect is first reported by the astronomer Patrick Moore.
- Clarence Seedorf, Surinam/Dutch soccer player (Ajax, Real Madrid)
- David Oyelowo, English Nigerian actor (Spooks, Lincoln), born in Oxford, England
- Freddie Lennon, father of John Lennon (Beatles), dies at 63
- Max Ernst, German-French surrealist painter and sculptor (founded surrealism), dies at 85
- Miroslav Ponc, composer, dies at 73
- S Constantine Timoshenko, Russian marshal, dies at 75