- The Chicago, Rock Island and Pacific railroad operates its final train after being ordered to liquidate its assets due to bankruptcy and debt owed to creditors.
- Chien-Ming Wang, Taiwanese baseball player
- Jenny Smith, Western Australia, gymnast (Olympics 1996)
- Maaya Sakamoto, Japanese voice actor
Jesse Owens, American track and field star who spoiled Hitler's 1936 Olympics with 4 gold medals, dies of lung cancer at 66
- Vladimír Holan, Czech poet (b. 1905)