- Japan's biggest heist, the still-unsolved "300 million yen robbery", occurs in Tokyo.
- George Forrest, Northern Irish MP (b. 1921)
- Karl Barth, Swiss theologist/minister (Kirchliche Dogma), dies at 82
Thomas Merton, French-American Catholic writer and Trappist monk (7 Story Mountain), accidentally electrocuted by an electric fan at 53