Faisal became Prime Minister of Saudi Arabia with full executive powers (Note: he became King in 1964).
The BBC began broadcasting the news in Morse code to the French Resistance
Prohibition: US President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed a measure legalising wine and beer containing up to 3.2% alcohol.
Birth of Louis L’Amour, American writer of Western fiction .
English Football League formed
Abraham Lincoln announced he would issue an emancipation proclamation on January 1st 1863 freeing all slaves in the Confederate territories.
Death of Thomas Hilliker, a 19 year old apprentice, executed for allegedly setting fire to Littleton Mill, Semington. Convicted on the evidence of someone who claimed to recognise his voice and despite someone coming forward with an alibi.
The British Parliament passed the Stamp Act levying taxes on the American colonies and thereby triggering the War of Independence.