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- Death of Sir Winston Churchill, British Prime Minister during the Second World War. Some refer to him as the "man of the century."
- After several clashes between its northern and southern parts, Vietnam lapses into what increasingly looks like all-out war.
- A Soviet cosmonaut completes a space-walk. Shortly thereafter, an American repeats the same feat.
- After six years of work, the Mont Blanc road tunnel is inaugurated. It is the longest in the world.
- At Bonneville, in the State of Utah, Craig Breedlove, establishes a new road speed record of 966.5 km/hour aboard the Spirit of America.