- Jackie Wilson, releases his 1st solo single "Reet Petite"
- Juan Manuel Fangio confirms his F1 World Drivers Championship, finishing 2nd in the season ending Italian GP at Monza; takes record 5th title by 15 points from Stirling Moss
- Pope Pius XII encyclical On motion pictures, radio, TV
US National Championship Men's Tennis, Forest Hills, NY: In an all-Australian final Mal Anderson wins his only Grand Slam event; beats Ashley Cooper 10-8, 7-5, 6-4
- US National Championship Women's Tennis, Forest Hills, NY: Althea Gibson beats Louise Brough Clapp 6-3, 6-2 for the first of her 2 home singles crowns
- Heather Thomas, American actress (Jody-Fall Guy, Coed Fever), born in Greenwich, Connecticut