"Brief Encounter", based on Noël Coward's one-act play "Still Life", directed by David Lean and starring Celia Johnson and Trevor Howard is released
Charlie "Bird" Parker leads a record date for the Savoy label, marketed as the "greatest Jazz session ever"
- During snow storm, school bus crashes, kills 15 (Washington)
- Björn von Sydow, Swedish politician
- Daniel Davis, Gurdun Ark, actor (Niles-Nanny)
- John McVie, British rock bassist (Fleetwood Mac-Rumours, Tusk)
- Tandy Cronyn, actress (Twisted, Guardian, Age Old Friends)