Death of Bill Reid, Canadian artist .
Death of Hans von Ohain, German engineer, pioneer of jet propulsion .
A Marxist coup took place in Grenada while Prime Minister Edward Gairy was out of the country attending a United Nations meeting
Death of Kitty Genovese. Her murder, during which many neighbours heard her screams but did nothing, shone a spotlight on the psychological phenomenon known as the bystander effect or Genovese Syndrome.
Death of John Middleton Murry, British journalist, writer and critic
Death of Angela Brazil, British writer of childrens stories about girls' schools
Birth of Walter Annenberg, American publisher, philanthropist and diplomat.
The siege of Khartoum, Sudan began
The USA adopted Standard Time, based on Greenwich Mean Time (GMT)
King Gustav IV Adolf of Sweden was seized and imprisoned by a group of army officers who were infuriated by his inept and erratic leadership
Death of King Christian VII of Denmark .
The first institution for higher education in the US was given the name Harvard University in honour of John Harvard who had died in 1638 and left his library and half his estate to the college.
Battle of Badr, one of the most important of the battles of Destiny when the forces of Islam defeated the pagan army of the Quraish of Mecca.