President Carter authorized the use of government land for the Viet Nam War Memorial.
U.S. Senator Harrison Williams and seven members of congress were among 31 public officials implicated in Operation Abscam, an FBI corruption investigation.
Secretary of State Cyrus Vance resigned in opposition to a failed mission to rescue American hostages from Iran.
The doctor of the late Elvis Presley was indicted on charges of over-prescribing medication to Presley and Jerry Lee Lewis.
Mt. St. Helens in southwest Washington erupted, killing 62 and spreading thick ash over an area of 250 square miles. A geologist who barely escaped after monitoring the eruption said the blast was hundreds of times more powerful than the nuclear bomb dropped on Hiroshima. The eruption toppled trees and stripped them of their bark in a national forest 20 miles from the explosion.
14 died in race riots in Miami following the acquittal of four white police officers in the beating death of a black man.
Ronald Reagan was nominated as the Republican candidate for U.S. President. Reagan and running mate George Bush soundly defeated Jimmy Carter and Walter Mondale in the November election.
John Lennon was murdered by a deranged fan outside his apartment building on New York's Central Park West.
Richard Burton returned to Broadway for a 56-performance revival of Camelot.
Popular movies included Best Picture-winner Ordinary People, The Empire Strikes Back, Raging Bull, Superman II and Coal Miner's Daughter.
Dallas was the top TV show. Hill Street Blues debuted on NBC.
Hit tunes included Funkytown by Lipps, Inc., Call Me by Blondie, (Just Like) Starting Over by John Lennon, It's Still Rock & Roll To Me by Billy Joel and Sailing by newcomer Christopher Cross, who snagged Grammys for Record Of The Year, Album Of The Year and Song Of The Year.