Former Grasshopper Club Zürich striker Claudio Sulser became the first and to date only player of Swiss nationality to finish as the competition's leading marksman with 11 goals.
• Hamburger SV forward Kevin Keegan is voted FIFA Ballon d'Or winner for the second successive year.
• Tracy Austin becomes the youngest US Open champion at 16 years and eight months.
• Margaret Thatcher becomes the first, and so far only, female Prime Minister of the United Kingdom.
• Smallpox becomes the first and to date only human disease driven to extinction.