Suicide bombers exploded 4 bombs on London transport killing 52 passengers
Four terrorists explode bombs on London Transport system
A jury in Miami, Florida found the tobacco industry liable for making a defective product that causes emphysema, lung cancer and other illnesses. (The jury later awarded $144.8 billion damages to 500,000 Florida smokers)
Death of Dame Flora Robson, renowned British stage and film actress
American schoolgirl Samantha Smith flew to the USSR, having been invited by Secretary General Yuri Andropov after he had received a letter from her.
The Solomon Islands became independent, ending 80 years of British rule .
The Official Languages Act was adopted in Canada, giving French and English equal status throughout the federal government
Venus occulted the star Regulus, a rare event that allowed astronomers to determine the diameter of Venus and the structure of its atmosphere
US President Dwight D. Eisenhower signed the Alaska Statehood Act. (Alaska officially became the 49th US State on 3rd Jan 1959).
Edward I dies – succeeded by his son, Edward II