- 8th American Comedy Award: Carrot Top
ANC chief Nelson Mandela rejects demand by white right-wingers for separate homeland in South Africa
- Charles Taylor resigns as President of Liberia
- David Platt appointed captain of English football team
- The United States Supreme Court rules in Campbell v. Acuff-Rose Music, Inc.that parodies of an original work are generally covered by the doctrine of fair use.
- US Navy issues 1st permanent order assigning women on combat ship