- Ethel Mermans debuts on Broadway in "Girl Crazy"
- George Gershwin/Walter Donaldsons musical premieres in NYC
Mobutu Sese Seko, Dictator and President of Zaire (1965-97), born in Lisala, Democratic Republic of the Congo (d. 1997)
- Robert Parker, US saxophonist/soul singer (Barefootin')
- Sam[uel] van Houten, lib minister (Child labor laws), dies