- CBS radio broadcasts the debut of "Our Secret Weapon."
Dmitri Shostakovich's 7th Symphony, dedicated to city of Leningrad is performed in Leningrad during seige by Nazi forces. Performed by starving musicians and broadcast to German forces by loudspeaker.
Mahatma Gandhi and 50 others arrested in Bombay after passing of a "quit India" motion and campaign by the All-India Congress
- Vice-Adm Mikawa lands at Guadalcanal, Solomon Island
- David Steinberg, Canadian comedian and director (End), born in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada
- Miguel Littín, Chilean film director (Promised Land, Alsino & Condor), born in Palmilla, Chile
- Tommie Agee, American baseball player (d. 2001)
- Edith Stein, German philosopher and Discalced Carmelite nun (St. Teresa Benedicta of the Cross), dies at 50