- First US astronaut, Navy Cmdr. Alan B. Shepard, Jr., rockets 116.5 miles up in 302-mile trip.
- Ben E. King has a hit with "Stand By Me".
- "West Side Story" is released and goes on to win 10 Academy Awards including Best Picture.
- Famous Births ... Eddie Murphy, Melissa Etheridge, Diana, Princess of Wales.
- Deaths ... Carl Jung, Ernest Hemingway, Ty Cobb.
- Mickey Mantle becomes the highest paid player in Major League Baseball by signing a contract that will pay him $75,000 per season.
- Average Cost of a new car is $2,850.00
- Super Typhoon Nancy was a powerful tropical cyclone with possibly the strongest winds ever measured in a tropical cyclone. Nancy caused extensive damage and at least 173 deaths and thousands of injuries in Japan and elsewhere.
- Soviet cosmonaut, Yuri Gagarin is the first human in space.
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