Anthony Eden becomes Prime Minister
The musical South Pacific opened on Broadway, New York
The World Health Organization (WHO) was established .
World War II: Italy invaded Albania. King Zog of Albania abdicated the following day
Birth of Billie Holiday, American jazz singer, possibly the finest exponent of jazz singing there has ever been.
Herbert Asquith became British Prime Minister .
Death or P T Barnum, legendary promoter of circus events who with James A Bailey toured America with The Greatest Show on Earth.
Birth of Walter Camp, American sports writer and football coach who played a leading role in the development of American football
Death of Anton Diabelli, Austrian music publisher, editor and composer .
The first friction matches were sold by John Walker, the inventor, to Mr Hixon a solicitor in Stockton on Tees where John Walker had his shop.
Death of Anne Pedersdotter. burnt alive at the stake in Bergen for witchcraft. Her trial and death has inspired a play, film and opera.