"Hancock's Half Hour" premieres as a TV show starring Tony Hancock and Sid James, written by Ray Galton and Alan Simpson
- Douglas Moore/John Latouche' opera "Ballad of Baby Doe," premieres
- Fritz Moravec reaches the peak of Gasherbrum II (8,035 m).
- Bill Lagattuta, American news correspondent (CBS, 48 Hours, Eye to Eye), born in NYC, New York
- Gottfried Benn, German poet and essayist, dies at 70