- Hakuun Yasutani Roshi, founder of Sanbo Kyodan, receives dharma
U.S. President Franklin Roosevelt, in an attempt to check inflation, freezes wages and prices, prohibits workers from changing jobs unless the war effort would be aided thereby, and bars rate increases to common carriers and public utilities.
- James Herbert, horror writer (The Rats), born in London, England (d. 2013)
- Michael Bennett, aids victim/choreographer (Chorus Line)
- Tony Banks, English politician (Labour)
- William Garth Morrison, Chief scout
- Paul Colin, Belgian journalist/collaborator, executed