The U.S. Post Office announced that in a poll people preferred the "young Elvis" stamp to the "old Elvis" stamp.
Poland holds the first free elections after World War II. The landslide victory of the Polish trade union, “Solidarity”, marked the beginning of the Autumn of Nations, a wave of revolutions resulting in the fall of communism.
The first Pulitzer Prize is awarded. Every year, the prestigious award honors outstanding journalistic achievements. It was established with money bequeathed to Columbia University by publisher Joseph Pulitzer.