- Andrew "Dice" Clay & George Wendt appear in "Trick or Treatment"
- Honda becomes the first Asian automobile company to produce cars in the United States with the opening of their factory in Marysville, Ohio. The Honda Accord is the first car produced there.
MLB owners vote not to renew Commissioner Bowie Kuhn's contract; AL owners vote for Kuhn, 11-3, and NL, 7-5, 2 shy of 3/4 majority required for re-election; eventually replaced by Peter Ueberroth
- Michael Copon, American actor
- James Broderick, American actor and director (Dog Day Afternoon, Family), dies of cancer at 55
- King Vidor, American film director (War & Peace, Stella Dallas), dies of a heart ailment at 88
- Leighton Lucas, composer, dies at 79