- India takes over administration of 4 French Indian settlements
- KUON TV channel 12 in Lincoln, NB (PBS) begins broadcasting
- Lee Petty with 32 top-10 finishes from 34 races wins NASCAR Grand National Championship by 283 points from Herb Thomas; Petty fails to finish season ending Wilkes 160
- The Front de Libération Nationale fires the first shots of the Algerian War of Independence against France.
Actor John Wayne (47) divorces actress Esperanza Baur due to drunken violence after 7 years of marriage