- "Pirates of Penzance" opens at Uris Theater NYC for 772 performances
- India all out 63 in one-day international v Australia
Isabel Allende begins a letter to her dying grandfather that will become her first novel "The House of the Spirits"
- Reds become last team to sign a free agent (Larry Biitner)
- Jeff Francis, Canadian baseball player, born in Vancouver, Canada
- Xie Xingfang, Chinese badminton player, born in Guangzhou, China
- Matthew Beard, entertainer, dies
- Woody Chamblis, actor (Mr Lathrop-Gunsmoke), dies at 66