- Estonians starts armed resistance against Soviet occupation
- Finland invades Karelia
- Michael Gerasimov opens grave of Tamerlan "Lenk"
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- The Lithuanian 1941 independence begins.
- Various Communist and Socialist French Resistance movements merge to one group
- Ed Bradley, Journalist and CBS news correspondent (60 Minutes), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
- Michael Lerner, actor (8 Men Out, Harlem Nights), born in Brooklyn, New York