The White House admitted that first lady Nancy Reagan had used astrological advice when scheduling her husband’s activities.
The Times begins to print news on its front page in place of classified advertisements
The Festival of Britain opens
Birth of James Brown, American singer ‘The Godfather of Soul’.
The Great General Strike Begins
Birth of Edgar Lustgarten author and broadcaster, who for two decades from 1952 presented popular crime dramas on the wireless, voicing all the characters himself.
The first ever duel was fought from two hot-air balloons over Paris. One of the participants, Monsieur Le Pique, was shot dead.