S RMS Queen Elizabeth is launched at the John Brown and Company yard in Clydebank, Scotland. She was the largest passenger liner ever built and named to honor Queen Elizabeth, a consort of King George VI of England and mother to Queen Elizabeth II.
Typhoon Vera with winds over 160 miles an hour struck the main Japanese island of Honshu, killing nearly 5,000 people.
Hurricane Gloria forces the New York Stock Exchange to close its doors for the day.
Chinese astronaut, Zhai Zhigang, became the first person from China to walk in space
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