- Challenger moves to Vandenberg AFB for mating of STS 51-L mission
John Gotti assumes leadership of New York's Gambino crime family after ordering the executions of Paul Castellano and Thomas Bilotti
- Keita Tachibana, member of Japanese boy band w-inds.
- Dick Pollard, cricketer (England fast-medium bowler 1946-48), dies
- Merv Waite, cricketer (2 Tests for Aust 1938, 1 wkt avg 190), dies
- Paul Castellano, Organized-crime chief, shot dead at a NYC restaurant
- Thomas Bilotti, American mafioso (b. 1940)