- Liechtenstein prince Hans-Adam II disbands parliament
Single "I'd Do Anything for Love (But I Won't Do That)" sung by Meat Loaf and composed by Jim Steinman is released. Goes on to be No. 1 in 28 countries.
- Frits Noske, Dutch musicologist (Tie Musikwerk), dies at 72
- Herman Meyer, Germanist (Deutsche Dichtung), dies at 82