- All 12 passengers and crewmen aboard an American Airlines DC-3 airliner are killed when it is struck by a U.S. Army Air Forces bomber near Palm Springs, California. Amongst the victims is award-winning composer and songwriter Ralph Rainger ("Thanks for the Memory", "Love in Bloom", "Blue Hawaii").
- During WW II, Britain launches major offensive at El Alamein, Egypt
- First ships of invasion fleet to Morocco leave Norfolk
- German units go through Red October-factory in Stalingrad
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