- Empire State Building broadcasts high definition TV-343 lines
George M. Cohan is the first artist to be presented with a US Congressional Gold Medal, by Franklin D. Roosevelt (for raising war morale)
- Pope Pius XI encyclical to US bishops "On motion pictures"
- David Jenkins, American figure skater (Olympic gold 1960)
- Harmon Killebrew, baseball player (Minnesota Twins)
- Kigeli V, last King of Rwanda (1959-61), born in Kamembe, Rwanda (d. 2016)
- Leonard Lee, US vocalist (Shirley & Lee-Let the Good Times Roll)