American inventor Ray Kurzweil and the National Federation of the Blind unveil the Kurzweil Reading Machine, the first omni-font optical character recognition system
- Future undisputed world middleweight boxing champion Marvin Hagler suffers his first career loss in a controversial 10-round majority decision to Bobby Watts at the Philadelphia Spectrum
- Sarah Caldwell is 1st woman to conduct at NYC Metropolitan Opera House as she led orchestra in a performance of "La Traviata"
- Gary Brent, cricketer (Zimbabwe ODI pace bowler 1996)
- Michael Peña, American actor
- Vaclav Batlik, American canoeist (alt-Olympics 1996), born in Costa Mesa, California
- Margaret Leighton, British actress (The Go-Between, The Night of the Iguana), dies of multiple sclerosis at 53