Russian troops invaded Chechnya
The Zimbabwe-Rhodesian Parliament dismissed itself and handed power back to Britain until democratic elections could be held. (The country became fully independent as Zimbabwe in April 1980)
End of the IRA Balcombe Street siege
Upper Volta declared its independence from France and became an autonomous republic within the French Community.
King Edward VIII abdicated in order to marry Wallis Simpson
Architects unveiled the design for the Empire State Building
Birth of Elliott Carter, American composer .