- 63,500,000 shares traded on NY stock exchange (record)
- 82nd Boston Marathon: US double; Bill Rodgers wins his 2nd men's title in 2:10:13; Gayle Barron women's champion in 2:44:52
- Pulitzer prize awarded to Carl Sagan for "Dragons of Eden"
- Bilal Abdul-samad, American rocker (Boys), born in Carson, California
- Jason White, Scottish rugby player, born in Edinburgh, Scotland