Cassius Clay [Muhammad Ali] beats 3-time European champion Zbigniew Pietrzykowski of Poland in a unanimous points decision to win Olympic light heavyweight boxing gold medal in Rome
- Future world middleweight boxing champion Nino Benvenuti of Italy beats Yuri Radonyak of the Soviet Union to win welterweight gold medal at the Rome Olympics
- President Kasavubu fires premier Patrice Lumumba of Congo
- The poet Léopold Sédar Senghor is elected as the first President of Senegal.
- Rob Stull, American pentathlete (Olympic-92), born in Fort Lauderdale, Florida
- Willie Gault, American NFL receiver (Chicago Bears, LA Raiders), born in Griffin, Georgia