AC Milan equalled the biggest victory in a European Cup final with 4-0 defeat of FC Steaua Bucureşti at the Camp Nou.
• Marco van Basten leads all-AC Milan top three in the Ballon d'Or voting, finishing ahead of Franco Baresi and Frank Rijkaard.
• Desert Orchid wins the Cheltenham Gold Cup in a race that has since been voted best ever by readers of Racing Post.
• The Cold War comes to an end following the Malta Conference, which precedes the fall of the Berlin Wall.
• The first episode of The Simpsons cartoon, which now has more than 500 shows and counting, is broadcast in December.