- Mildred Gillars (Axis Sally), an American broadcaster employed by the Third Reich in Nazi Germany to proliferate propaganda during World War II, pleads not guilty to eight chargs of treason in Washington, D.C.
- The Honda Motor Company is founded.
- Yanks, Boston & Cleveland are tied for 1st place in AL (91-56)
- Bernadette Hingley, British priest
- Gordon Clapp, actor (Greg Medavoy-NYPD Blue), born in North Conway, New Hampshire
- Heinz Chur, German composer
Phil Hartman, Canadian-American actor (SNL, Peewee's Playhouse), born in Brantford, Ontario (d. 1998)
- Warren William [Krech], American actor (The Wolf Man, Cleopatra), dies of multiple myeloma at 53