- The Bombay Municipal Corporation formally takes over the Bombay Electric Supply and Transport (BEST)
Thor Heyerdahl and his crew of the Kon-Tiki crash into a reef in the Tuamotu Islands, French Polynesia after 101 days crossing the Pacific Ocean
- Ann Beattie, American novelist and short story writer (Chilly Scenes of Winter), born in Washington D.C.
- Kerry Melville Reid, Australian tennis player (Australian Open 1977), born in Mosman, New South Wales
- Mosibudi Mangena, South African black leader (On Your Own)