- Part of Khabarovsk becomes a Jewish Autnomous Region
- Princess Juliana of the Netherlands opens Juliana Canal between Maastricht and Maasbracht
- Pulitzer prize awarded to Sidney Kingsley for his play "Men in White"
- World's largest pearl (6.4 kg) found at Palawan, Philippines
- Heinz Marti, Swiss composer, born in Bern
- Edward Naylor, English composer, dies at 67