- 60 year old St Anthony's Hospital n Effingham, Illinois, catches fire, 77 people killed
- Fireside Theater debuts on US television.
- John Berg, American actor (Star Trek: Nemesis), born in Wichita Falls, Texas (d. 2007)
- Judith Arlene Resnik, ast (STS 41D, 51L-Chal disaster), born in Akron, Ohio
Day of the Week: Tuesday
How Long Ago? 74 years, 5 months and 28 days
Leap Year: No