- Alvenus tanker at Cameron Louisiana, spills 2.8 million gallons of oil
- Holly Roffey aged 11 days is the youngest ever to receive a heart transplant
- Soap Opera "Santa Barbara" premieres on NBC TV
- Gabrielle Christian, American actress, born in Washington, D.C.
- Kevin Pittsnogle, American basketball player, born in Martinsburg, West Virginia
- Maurice Tremlett, cricketer (England pace bowler 1948-49), dies