June 3 - A blowout at the Ixtoc I oil well in the southern Gulf of Mexico causes at least 600,000 tons (176,400,000 gallons) of oil to be spilled into the waters, the worst oil spill to date. Some estimate the spill to be 428 million gallons, making it the largest unintentional oil spill ever.
August 9 - Raymond Washington, known for founding the Crips, today one of the largest, most notorious gangs in the United States, was shot and killed five months following his arrest for quadruple murder. (His killers have not yet been identified.)
November 9 - The Carl Bridgewater murder trial ends with all four men found guilty. James Robinson, 45, and 25-year-old Vincent Hickey are sentenced to life imprisonment with a recommended 25-year minimum for murder. 18-year-old Michael Hickey is also found guilty of murder and sentenced to indefinite detention. Patrick Molloy, 53, is found guilty on a lesser charge of manslaughter and sentenced to 12 years in prison.
November 20 - A group of terrorists of around 200 militants occupyMecca's Grand Mosque. They are driven out by French commandos (allowed into the city under these special circumstances despite their being non-Muslims) after bloody fighting that leaves 250 people dead and 600 wounded.
The Vauxhall Viva finishes production after 16 years and is replaced by the all-new Astra, which follows the current European trend of abandoning rear-wheel drive saloons for front-wheel drive hatchbacks on the small family car market.