- Failed coup by South African mercenaries in Seychelles
Pope John Paul II names Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger "Prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith"
- Rollie Fingers is 1st relief pitcher to win AL MVP
- Jared Jeffries, American basketball player
- Mauricio Rua, Brazilian Mixed Martial Artist
- Xabi Alonso, Spanish soccer midfielder (114 caps; Real Sociedad, Liverpool, Real Madrid, Bayern Munich), born in Tolosa, Spain
- Jack Albertson, American actor (Chico and the Man, Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory), dies from colon cancerr at 74
- Morris Kirksey, American 4 X 100m (Olympic gold 1920), dies at 86