- "Lucifer's Child" opens at Music Box Theater NYC for 28 performances
- Senator John Heinz of Pennsylvania and six others are killed when a helicopter collides with their plane over an elementary school in Merion, Pennsylvania.
- Edmund Adamkiewicz, German footballer (b. 1920)
- John Heinz, American businessman and Republican politician (Senator from Pennsylvania, 1977-1991), dies in a plane crash at 52
- Luc de Rijck, Belgian soccer player (Turnhout), dies
- Max Frisch, Swiss architect/writer (Stiller, Biedermann), dies at 79