Shetlopedia - The Shetland Encyclopaedia
- The Shetland Fish Producers' Organisation Ltd. was set up.
- The Shetland Racing Pigeon Club held their first race across water, from Orkney. The race which was won by Leslie Irvine, flying a blue cheq cock, took 12 hours.
A Bell 206L-1 'Long Ranger II' helicopter, the Spirit of Texas,Reg. N3911Z, landed at Sumburgh Airport, from Reykjavik, accompanied by a Hercules transport aircraft, during a 'round the world' flight attempt. The pilots, Captain Henry R.(Ross) Perot and Captain Jarvis W. (Jay) Coburn, continued their flight, (which took 29 days, 3 hours, 8 minutes, and 13 seconds), to become the first to fly a helicopter around the world. The helicopter is now on display in the National Air and Space Museum in Washington DC.
The British registered wooden hulled motor fishing vessel Morning Star (1982) sank approx 1 mile NW of the Muckle Holm Lighthouse, Yell Sound while being towed to shore after fire broke out in the engine room at sea.
Danish fishing vessel N. P. Jensen sank approx 31 miles ENE of Sumburgh Head.
Thomas (Tom) Henderson, first curator of Shetland Museum died.
- Operation of scheduled air services, at Sumburgh Airport, was moved from the Virkie Terminal, to the Wilsness Terminal.