- Dedan Kimathi, a Kenyan freedom fighter is executed by the British colonial government.
- Marita Koch, German DR, 400m sprinter (Oly-gold-1980)
- Vanna White, [Rosich], N Myrtle Beach SC, TV host (Wheel of Fortune)
- Dedan Kimathi, Kenyan freedom fighter, dies by execution at 36
- Henry N Russell, co-author (temperature-luminosity graph), dies
Joseph Hamilton, American Physician who was a pioneer of using radioactive isotopes in disease treatment and diagnosis, dies of radiation induced leukemia at 49