• Michael Jackson’s Thriller was named best album and Michael Jackson’s “Billie Jean” was named best single in the Pazz & Jop Music Critic’s poll.
  • Glenn Close wins the Obie Award for best performance for her role in The Singular Life of Albert Nobbs and John Malkovich wins for True West, for which Gary Sinise wins best direction.
  • J. Hoberman joins the Voice as a staff writer and in 1988 becomes senior film critic.
  • The Gay Men’s Health Crisis funds litigation for the first AIDS discrimination suit by Lambda Legal Defense and Education Fund.
  • The New York State Department of Health AIDS Institute is established to enhance the quality of life for HIV-positive people by improving prevention and health care services through performance measurement and science-based initiatives.
  • The Village Voice mourns the passing of Joe Flaherty, a staff writer from 1967 to 1977.
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