The Los Angeles earthquake killed 72 people, injured 11,000, and caused $12.5 billion worth of damage
The US Supreme Court ruled that the private use of video cassette recorders (VCRs) to record TV programmes did not break copyright laws
Breakfast television was launched in the UK .
Senegal and the French Sudan joined to form the Federal State of Mali
Birth of Shari Lewis, American puppeteer and ventriloquist (’Lamb Chop’) .
Cartoon character Popeye the Sailor Man first appeared in Elzie Crisler Segars Thimble Theatre comic strip, syndicated throughout the USA