Movie star Jimmy Stewart is promoted to full colonel, one of the few Americans to rise from private to colonel in four years
- World War II: Last day of V-1 flying bomb attacks on England.
- Julie Goodyear, British actress (Bet Lynch-Coronation Street)
Walt "Clyde" Frazier, NBA guard (NY Knicks), born in Atlanta, Georgia
- Willem Ruis, Dutch TV host (Willem Ruis Show)
- Karl T Sapper, German geographer/geologist (Vulkankunde), dies at 79