- The last flight of the US aircraft Lockheed SR-71 "Blackbird"
- "Pretty in Pink" actor Andrew McCarthy (36) weds Carol Schneider
- Akhtar Hameed Khan, pioneer of Microcredit in developing countries (b. 1914)
- Milt [Bags] Jackson, American jazz vibraphonist (Modern Jazz Quartet), dies of cancer at 76
- Morris West, Australian novelist (Shoes of the Fisherman), dies at 83