- Last East Limburg coal mine closes in Gent Belgium
New York Islanders celebrate defenseman Denis Potvin's 1,000 points and 1,000 NHL games at tribute night at Nassau Coliseum
- Pulitzer prize awarded to Toni Morrison for "Beloved"
- Talib Rasul Hakim, composer, dies at 48
- William McMahon, 20th Prime Minister of Australia (b. 1908)