- Apartheid: In South Africa, the Truth and Reconciliation Commission presents its report, which condemns both sides for committing atrocities.
- ATSC HDTV broadcasting in the United States is inaugurated with the launch of STS-95 space shuttle mission.
- En route Adana to Ankara, Turkish Airlines flight with crew of 6 and 33 passengers hijacked by Kurdish militant, orders pilot fly to Switzerland. Pilot lands in Ankara tricking hijacker he was landing in Sofia to refuel.
- Hurricane Mitch, the second deadliest Atlantic hurricane in history, made landfall in Honduras.
Space Shuttle Discovery blasts off on STS-95 with 77-year old John Glenn on board, making him the oldest person to go into space.
- Paul Misraki, French songwriter (b. 1908)