American figure skater Nancy Kerrigan is attacked and injured by an assailant hired by her rival Tonya Harding’s ex-husband during the U.S. Figure Skating Championships that they were both taking part in.
Construction of the Golden Gate Bridge begins in San Francisco Bay.
The PNS Ghazi, a submarine belonging to the Pakistan Navy, sinks during the course of the Indo-Pakistani Naval War of 1971.
Boko Haram militants destroy the entire town of Baga in north-east Nigeria, starting the Baga massacre and killing as many as 2,000 people
On the orders of the President of Pakistan, Muhammad Zia-ul-Haq, paramilitary forces opened fire on peaceful protesting workers in Multan, Pakistan; it is known as 1978 massacre at Multan Colony Textile Mills
The ARPANET officially changes to using TCP/IP, the Internet Protocol, effectively creating the Internet.
Vietnam War: Operation Linebacker II ends.
Leaders of the Khmer Rouge apologize for the 1970s genocide in Cambodia that claimed over one million lives.
South Australia and Adelaide are founded.