Jerzy Giedroyc interviewed by French weekly Le Point about the August events in Poland. Father Józef Sadzik, director of the Centre du Dialogue in Paris, dies on 26 August.
Strike in the Gdańsk shipyard. Gdańsk Social Accords are signed between the Inter-factory Strike Committee and the communist authorities. The Independent Self-governing Trade Union “Solidarity” comes into being.
Czesław Miłosz is awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature. The Literary Institute begins an edition of his Collected Works. Israel and Egypt establish diplomatic relations. John Lennon is murdered.