- African National Congress (ANC) opens office in Amsterdam
Supreme Leader of Iran, Ayatollah Khomeini issues a fatwa calling for the death of Salman Rushdie and his publishers due to his novel "Satanic Verses". A bounty is also placed on his head.
- The first of 24 satellites of the Global Positioning System are placed into orbit.
- Union Carbide agrees to pay $470 mill damages for Bhopol disaster
- World's 1st satellite Skyphone opens
- James Bond, American ornithologist (b. 1900)