- "Saratina!" closes at Cort Theater NYC after 597 performances
- Journalist petition Chinese government for freedom of press
- NY Mets Kevin Elster, errors after 88 errorless games at shortstop
- NY Mets Rick Cerone, errors after 159 errorless games as catcher
- VP Quayle says in United Negro College Fund speech: "What a waste it is to lose one's mind" instead of "a mind is terrible thing to waste"
- Keith Whitley, American country music singer (Don't Close Your Eyes), dies of alcohol poisoning at 33