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Typhoon Vera, the strongest typhoon to hit Japan in recorded history, makes landfall, killing 4,580 people and leaving nearly 1.6 million others homeless..
Birthdate of Andrew Bolt, Australian journalist; Trevor Dodds, Namibian golfer; Rich Gedman, American baseball player and coach; and Ilya Kormiltsev, Russian poet and translator (d. 2007).
Death of S. W. R. D. Bandaranaike, Sri Lankan lawyer and politician, 4th Prime Minister of Sri Lanka (b. 1899); Leslie Morshead, Australian general (b. 1889); and Teodor Ussisoo, Estonian furniture designer and educator (b. 1878).
Birthdate of Bill France, Sr., American race car driver, founded NASCAR (d. 1992); and A. P. Hamann, American lieutenant, lawyer, and politician (d. 1977).
Steamship RMS Queen Mary is launched..
Birthdate of Neil Coles, English golfer and architect.
Birthdate of Clodoaldo, Brazilian footballer and manager; Wendy Saddington, Australian singer and journalist (d. 2013); Jane Smiley, American novelist; and Minette Walters, English journalist and author.
Japanese rail ferry Tya Maru sinks during a typhoon in the Tsugaru Strait, Japan, killing 1,172..
Birthdate of Craig Chaquico, American guitarist; Kevin Kennedy, American baseball player, manager, and sportscaster; and Cesar Rosas, Mexican-American singer-songwriter and guitarist.
Death of Ellen Roosevelt, American tennis player (b. 1868).
Birthdate of Carlene Carter, American singer-songwriter and guitarist.
Birthdate of Steve Butler, American race car driver and engineer; Linda Hamilton, American actress; and Mick Imlah, Scottish poet and critic (d. 2009).
Birthdate of Bob Staake, American author and illustrator; Klaus Augenthaler, German footballer and manager; and Michael Dweck, American photographer and director.
Death of Arthur Powell Davies, American minister and author (b. 1902).
Birthdate of Rudi Cerne, German figure skater and journalist; Darby Crash, American singer-songwriter (d. 1980); Robert Kagan, Greek-American historian and author; Kenny Sansom, English footballer; and Richard B. Weldon, Jr., American sailor and politician.
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