- January 31 - Jackie Robinson, baseball player
- February 11 - Gretchen Fraser, slalom skier.
- February 11 - Eddie Robinson, football coach.
- October 11 - Art Blakey, jazz drummer
- Mikhail Kalashnikov - Soviet inventor
- February 11 - Friedrich Ebert (SPD), is elected President of Germany.
- The Black Sox scandal -- Seven members of the Chicago White Sox take bribes to throw the World Series against the Cincinnati Reds
- The islands of Åland vote for a return to Swedish rule in a referendum.