- "The Body Bag Game" - after Eagles coach Buddy Ryan threatens beating Redskins so badly "they'll have to be carted off in body bags" the Eagles defense score 3 touchdowns winning 28–14, knocking 8 Redskins out of the game
Crown Prince Akihito is formally installed as Emperor Akihito of Japan, becoming the 125th Japanese monarch.
- Dave Willock, American actor (Queen of Outer Space), dies at 81
- Eve Arden, American actress (Our Miss Brooks), dies at 82
- Nico Haak, Dutch singer (Foxy Foxtrot), dies
- Rifaat El-Maghub, Egyptian MP leader, murdered
- Yannis Ritsos, Greek poet and political activist, dies at 81