- Daytime fireball & meteorite fall seen in eastern Siberia
French fashion designer Christian Dior presents his first influential collection, named the "New Look"
- Record 100.5-kg sailfish caught, C W Stewart, Galapagos Islands
- Guus Willemse, Dutch bassist/singer (Solution)
- Jarnail Singh Bhindranwale, Indian leader of Damdami Taksal (d. 1984)
- Sidney Toler, American actor, director and playwright (Madame X, Meeting at Midnight), dies at 72