Death of Joseph Heller, American novelist and playwright (Catch-22)
Clapham Junction rail crash kills 35 and injures hundreds after two collisions of three commuter trains
Death of Tallulah Bankhead, American actress .
DuPont began producing nylon commercially at its new plant in Seaford, Delaware, USA
Marconi sends 1st transatlantic wireless message
Spain declares war on Britain
Henry VIII excommunicated by Pope Paul III