A bloodless coup d'état in Brazil ousts Washington Luís Pereira de Sousa, the last President of the First Republic. Getúlio Vargas then installed as "provisional president."
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- Raj Bagri, Indies/British merchant in metal
- Sultan Ahmad Shah, King of Malaysia
- Renaat Verheijen, Flemish actor/director (Dr Faustus), dies at 26