- An assassination attempt is made on the US President Ronald Reagan. John Hinckley, Jr. attempted to shoot Reagan outside the Hilton Hotel in Washington D.C., at around 2.27 PM local time, just after the president had addressed the Building and Construction Workers Union of the AFL-CIO. Reagan was subjected to an emergency thoracotomy lasting 105 minutes. Two of his aides were also injured.
- Chariots of Fire directed by Hugh Hudson and starring Ben Cross and Ian Charleson premieres at a Royal Command Film Performance in London. (featured on Film 81 BBC One 11.00 pm )
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