Liverpool FC beat VfL Borussia Mönchengladbach in the European Cup final to start a six-season period of dominance for English clubs in the competition.
• Allan Simonsen becomes the first and so far only Dane to win the Ballon d'Or prize.
• The United States win the Ryder Cup in the last edition to feature a side exclusively from the British Isles.
• Star Wars, which is created by George Lucas and goes on to spawn an extensive franchise, opens in cinemas.
• Spain has its first democratic elections, after 41 years under the Franco regime.