- Congress passes Marshall Aid Act to rehabilitate war-torn Europe
Al Gore, American Vice President (1993-2001) and Democratic Senator (Tenn, 1985-92), born in Washington, D.C.
- David Eisenhower, author and grandson of President Eisenhower (married Julie Nixon), born in West Point, New York
- Gustaaf Van Cauter, Belgian cyclist
- Rhea Perlman, actress (Zena-Taxi, Carla-Cheers), born in Brooklyn, New York
- Thijs van Leer, Dutch singer/flutist (Focus, Introspection)
- Egon E Kisch, Czech writer/journalist (Raging Reporter), dies at 62