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Sugar Babies - The Burlesque Musical, starring Ann Miller and Mickey Rooney, is presented at The Mark Hellinger Theatre, Broadway, New York City, USA, during a run of 1208 performances.
The musical 42nd Street is presented at The Winter Garden Theatre, Broadway, New York City, USA. It will subsequently move to the Majestic Theatre and then to The St. James Theatre, before finally closing in 1989, having racked up a total of 3,486 performances.
Bob Marley, suffering from terminal cancer, is undergoing treatment at the Issels Clinic in the Bavarian Alps, Germany, Europe. He will remain at the clinic until May 1981.
The Stray Cats play at the University, Leeds, England, UK, Europe.
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When Black Flag play at The Peppermint Lounge, New York City, USA, the audience includes Georgetown teenager Henry Garfield, later to find fame as Henry Rollins.
New Order enter the UK singles chart with Ceremony.
R.E.M. play a second night at Tyrone's, Athens, Georgia, USA.
Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons play at The Apollo, Victoria, London, England, UK, Europe.
Bleeding ulcers cause severely alcoholic Eric Clapton to be hospitalised in St Paul, Minnesota, USA, forcing him to cancel all the remaining dates of his massive tour of the USA in support of the album Another Ticket.
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Roxy Music reach No1 in the UK singles chart with Jealous Guy.
Dolly Parton reaches No1 in the Billboard Top 40 Singles chart in the USA with 9 To 5.
Status Quo play the last of four nights at Hammersmith Odeon, London, England, UK, Europe.