- 28 refugees escape from East to West Germany
- Brian Epstein signs management contract with the Beatles
Jackie Robinson is 1st African American elected to Baseball's Hall of Fame. Bob Feller is also elected.
- Sultan Zarawani, cricketer (United Arab Emirates capt 1996 World Cup)
- Stanley Lord, captain of the SS Californian the night of the Titanic disaster (b. 1877)
- Tom Shirley, actor/TV announcer (They're Off), dies at 62