German/Swiss novelist Hermann Hesse wins the Nobel Prize in Literature "for his inspired writings which, while growing in boldness and penetration, exemplify the classical humanitarian ideals and high qualities of style"
- Ace Kefford, English bassist (The Move), born in Birmingham, England
- Gloria Loring, American actress/singer (Days of our Life), born in NYC, New York
- Thomas Lux, American poet (Split Horizon), born in Northampton, Massachusetts (d. 2017)
- Walter "Clyde" Orange, Florida, rocker (Commodores-Too Hot to Trot)
Walter Johnson, American Baseball Hall of Fame pitcher (3-time Triple Crown: Washington Senators), dies of a brain tumour at 59