- Lee Calhoun leads an American trifecta in the men's 110m hurdles at the Melbourne Olympics; hurdles Olympic record 13.5s to beat team mates Jack Davis and Joel Shankle
- Leonid Spirin leads a Soviet Union 1-2-3 to win the men's 20 kilometre walk gold medal in 1:31:27.4 at the Melbourne Olympics; beats team mates Antanas Mikėnas and Bruno Junk
- Photography begins on "... & God Created Women"
- Shirley Strickland de la Hunty of Australia retains her 80m hurdles Olympic title in OR 10.7s beating German Gisela Birkemeyer by just 0.2s at the Melbourne Games
- Soviet runner Vladimir Kuts wraps up the Olympic middle distance double by winning the 5,000m gold medal at the Melbourne Games; runs Olympic records in both 5k and 10,000m events
- Kristine Arnold, American singer (Sweethearts of Rodeo-Midnight Girl), born in Torrance, California
- Lucy Gutteridge, actress (Top Secret, Trouble With Spies)