Karen Silkwood killed in car accident while en route to meet with New York Times reporter to talk about radiation exposure at a Kerr=McGee nuclear facility. Her death was deemed suspect since witnesses saw her leaving with a binder of documents that was not found at the scene.
Ron DeFeo, Jr. kills his parents, two brothers and two sisters in their home in Amityville, New York. When subsequent purchasers of the home lasted only 28 days, the house became legendary through several books and movies.
The elegiac Vietnam Veterans War Memorial is dedicated in Washington.