• Actor Paul Newman hold press conference to refute charges in a Voice story that his film Fort Apache, the Bronx is racist.
  • The Clash’s London Calling was named best album and Kurtis Blow’s “The Breaks” was named best single in the Pazz & Jop Music Critic’s poll.
  • Morgan Freeman wins the Obie Award for best performance for his roles in Mother Courage and Coriolanus. Dianne West wins for The Art of Dining.
  • Jimmy Carter and Walter Mondale accept the Presidential and Vice Presidential nominations at the Democratic National Convention at Madison Square Garden. Carter and Mondale lose to Ronald Reagan and George H. W. Bush in the general election.
  • John Lennon, 40, is murdered by a deranged fan in front of his home at The Dakota on 1 West 72nd St. A massive vigil is held in his memory at Central Park, and later, a Central Park garden named Strawberry Fields is dedicated in his memory.
  • Fame, a movie about students at New York’s famous high school for performing arts and their struggles to succeed, is released by director Alan Parker. The movie spawns a television series, chart-topping song, and hit Broadway musical.
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