The Justice Department launched an investigation of the Reagan presidential campaign's alleged 1980 theft of briefing books from President Jimmy Carter's staff.
Elizabeth Dole replaced Drew Lewis as Secretary Of Transportation.
General Motors announced a partnership with rival Toyota to produce fuel-efficient cars for the U.S. market.
President Reagan challenged the country's weapons engineers to create a Star Wars system which would ward off nuclear attack with armed satellites.
A federal disaster area was declared when dangerous amounts of dioxin were found in the soil at Times Beach, Missouri.
California's strongest earthquake in 12 years caused massive destruction in Coalinga and western Fresno county, an area not usually affected by temblors.
The United American Bank Of Knoxville failed, forcing the FDIC to pay off $760,000,000 to depositors.
250,000 participated in a 20th anniversary recreation of Martin Luther King, Jr.'s civil rights March On Washington.
William Clark replaced Interior Secretary James Watt after Watt joked about minorities at a press briefing.
241 U.S. Navy and Marines personnel were killed in a suicide bombing attack in Beirut. Seven Americans were killed in embassy bomb attacks in Kuwait.
U.S. forces invaded Grenada to guard evacuations of U.S. citizens after a Marxist takeover.
As a crew member of the space shuttle Challenger, Sally Ride became America's first woman in space.
Hit films included Flashdance, Return Of The Jedi, The Big Chill, Risky Business, The Right Stuff and Sudden Impact.
120 million watched as M*A*S*H ended its CBS-TV run with a two-hour special.
Chart-topping songs included Sweet Dreams by the Eurythmics, Come On Eileen by Dexy's Midnight Runners, Total Eclipse Of The Heart by Bonnie Tyler and Down Under by Men At Work. Michael Jackson was awarded Grammys for Album Of The Year for Thriller, Record Of The Year for Beat It and Best Male Vocal for the song Thriller.