- Benjamin O. Davis Jr. becomes the first African-American general in the United States Air Force.
- WISN TV channel 12 in Milwaukee, WI (ABC) begins broadcasting
- Chris Tavaré, British cricketer (England opener & occasional scorer of runs), born in Orpington, Kent
- Jan Duursema, American comic book artist (Star Wars comics), born in New Jersey
- Franco Alfano, Italian opera composer (Puccini's Turandot), dies at 78
- Frank Druce, English cricket batsman (5 Tests; Surrey), dies at 79
- Sydney Horler, English detective writer (Checkmate), dies at 66