- Mexico declares war on Nazi-Germany & Japan
- The Steel Workers Organizing Committee disbands, and a new trade union, the United Steelworkers, is formed.
- Barbara Parkins, actress (Betty-Peyton Place, Asylum), born in Vancouver, British Columbia
- Calvin Simon, US rock vocalist (Funkadelic-1 Nation Under a Groove)
- Malika A Sabirova, Russian dancer
- Pallo Jordan, South African ANC member/heads (Radio Freedom)
Ted Kaczynski, American serial killer and terrorist known as the "Unabomber", born in Evergreen Park, Illinois