Death of Benjamin Spock, American paediatrician and writer .
Death of Rebecca West, British novelist .
Death of Lester Young (also known as Prez), American jazz saxophonist
Clothes rationing ended in Britain
The American Legion was founded in Paris
Selfridges department store opened in Oxford Street, London
Rolls-Royce Ltd registered
Death of Sir Henry Besssemer, English engineer who invented the Bessemer Process for mass producing steel.
Death of Sir Joseph Bazalgette, British engineer who built the London sewage system, which dramatically reduced the mortality rate as well as making the city smell better.
First cricket Test Match begins (between Australia and England in Melbourne) – Australia won by 45 runs
Birth of Liberty Hyde Bailey, American botanist and horticulturist .