- America On Line begins service in Japan
- Fire sweeps through a campsite of Muslims making the Hajj pilgrimage; the official death toll is 343.
- Howard Stern Radio Show premieres in Charlotte NC on WXRC 95.7 FM
The disaster film "Volcano" directed by Mick Jackson starring Tommy Lee Jones and Anne Heche premieres in South Korea
- Sam Moskowitz, American writer and historian of science fiction, dies at 76
- Zdenek Mlynar, Sec of Czech Communist Central Committee (1968), dies