- 7.1 magnitude Earthquake destroys Quetta in modern-day Pakistan: 40,000 dead.
French Championship Women's Tennis: Cilly Aussem of Germany beats England's Betty Nuthall 8-6, 6-1 for the first of 2 major titles in 1931
- French Championships Men's Tennis: Jean Borotra wins his only home title; beats fellow Frenchman Christian Boussus 2-6, 6-4, 7-5, 6-4
- Huby Heard, singer-songwriter (The God Squad), born in Hamilton, Ohio (d. 2004)
- John Schrieffer, US physicist (Nobel 1972)
- Shirley Verrett, mezzo-soprano (Cassandra-Les Troyens), born in New Orleans, Louisiana
- Steve Horn, (Rep-R-California)
- Felix-Raymond-Marie Rouleau, French Canadian cardinal, archbishop of Quebec (b. 1866)