"Double Indemnity" directed by Billy Wilder and starring Fred MacMurray and Barbara Stanwyck is released
- 1st Boeing B-29 arrives in China "over the Hump"
- Tony Visconti, American music producer (David Bowie's Space Oddity), born in Brooklyn, New York
- [Bernard] St Clair Lee [Calhoun], US singer (Rock the Boat)
- William Stephens, U.S. political figure (b. 1859)