- A chartered Antonov An-26 explodes after takeoff in Northern Angola killing 50
- A Singapore Airlines Boeing 747-400 operating as Flight 006 collides with construction equipment upon takeoff in Taipei, Taiwan killing 79 passengers and four crew members
- The last Multics (Multiplexed Information and Computing Service) machine was shut down.
- Willow Smith, American actress, singer and dancer, born in Los Angeles, California
- Ring Lardner, Jr., American screenwriter (b. 1915)
- Watanabe Kazuki Japanese musician (Raphael) (b. 1981)