• Andrew Sarris is a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize for Criticism.
  • Prince tops Pazz & Jop Music Critic’s poll. His album, Sign o’ the Times, was named best album and “Sign o’ the Times” was named best single.
  • Morgan Freeman wins the Obie Award for best performance for his role in Driving Miss Daisy.
  • New York City Mayor Ed Koch announces that as many as 40 percent of the apartments that New York City plans to build or renovate as part of its housing program will be reserved for residents of nearby neighborhoods. As Mayor, Koch started a city-financed housing program to combat the slashing of federally-funded housing programs under the Reagan presidency.
  • The Village Voice mourns the passing of Ellen Frankfort, a former columnist.
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