Six astronauts became the first visitors to enter the new international space station. (The first resident crew entered in November 2000).
South African President Nelson Mandela signed a new democratic constitution, formally ending white-minority rule
South African Anglican bishop Desmond Tutu was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize at a ceremony in Oslo, Norway
Polish Solidarity leader Lech Walesa’s wife Danuta accepted his Nobel Peace Prize on his behalf.
Argentina returned to democracy after seven years of military rule .
Menachem Begin, Prime Minister of Israel and Anwar al-Sadat, President of Egypt were jointly awarded the Nobel Peace Prize.
The ‘300 million yen robbery’, the biggest robbery in Japanese history, occurred in Tokyo (remains unsolved).
The first domestic passenger jet flight in the USA took place, flying from New York City to Miami.
The United Nations General Assembly adopted its Universal Declaration on Human Rights.
Death of Damon Runyon, American writer
Death of Charles Rennie Mackintosh, British architect and designer .
Birth of Hermes Pan, American dancer and choreographer, noted for his work with Fred Astaire in choreographing movie dance sequences
Birth of Olivier Messiaen, French composer, organist and ornithologist .
Rudyard Kipling awarded Nobel prize for Literature.
Llewellyn, last native Prince of Wales, killed