Chemists Archer John Porter Martin and James Lovelock give the first demonstration of gas chromatography at a meeting of the Biochemical Society. The technique is rapidly adopted by the petrochemical industry.
- Elodie Lauten [Genevieve Schecroun], French-American composer (The Death of Don Juan), born in Paris (d. 2014)
- Isaac Curtis, NFL wide receiver (Cincinnati Bengals)
- Tom Petty, American classic rock singer (Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers), born in Gainesville, Florida (d. 2017)
- Henry L. Stimson, American statesman (46th United States Secretary of State), dies at 83
Day of the Week: Friday
How Long Ago? 70 years, 3 months and 8 days
Leap Year: No