- 10 die as fire erupts at Holiday Inn in Rochester, NY
- 1st lesbian theme TV movie - "A Question of Love"
- CFL Grey Cup, CNE Stadium, Toronto: Edmonton Eskimos first of 5 straight titles; beat Montreal Alouettes, 20-13
- Christina Crawford autobiography "Mommie Dearest" reaches best-seller status
- Matthew Taylor, American bassist (Motion City Soundtrack), born in Richmond, Virginia
- Frank Rosolino, American jazz trombonist (The Frank Rosolino Sextet), kills himself after shooting his sons at 52