Death of Iris Murdoch, Irish-born British writer and philosopher
Death of Halldór Laxness, Icelandic writer and Nobel Prize winner .
Women’s ice hockey was included in the Olympics for the first time. In the first game Finland beat Sweden 6–0.
Champion racehorse Shergar was kidnapped in Ireland and a £2m ransom demanded
Israeli Defence Minister Ariel Sharon was removed from office following a tribunal into the 1982 massacre of hundreds of people in two refugee.
The last issue of the Saturday Evening Post was published in the USA
Death of Mabel Constanduros who created the Buggins family for radio (1925-48), initially playing all six roles herself.
Birth of Joseph Alois Schumpeter, Austrian economist .
Birth of Patrick J. Hurley, American Secretary of War .
The Northern Pacific Railroad across the USA was completed .
Birth of Dmitri Mendeleyev, Russian chemist who developed the periodic table of the elements and predicted elements undiscovered at that time
Execution of Mary, Queen of Scots, at Fotheringay Castle, near Peterborough