*The Chicago Tribune reports the re-opening of The Congress Hotel. "GHOSTS GONE AS CONGRESS HOTEL OPENS - Flavor of Great Past Has Vanished: The Congress hotel, once a famous gathering place of statesmen and opera stars, opened again yesterday after three years. The army occupied it from July 30, 1942, to June 30, 1943. A thoro job of modernization has converted it into an up to date hotel." (Photo: Congress Hotel 1945)
*Clara Peller (1902) is working as a manicurist at a local Chicago beauty salon—a divorced mother of two. (She’ll do the Where’s the Beef commercial in 1984.)
*PRICE CHECK: Man’s haircut is 50 cents. A pair of men's shoes goes for $6.
*The Cubs beat the Reds in a double header 11-5 and 9-1. Phil Cavaretta has six hits—a homer, four doubles and a single, and drives in 8 runs and scores 5.
*The first-place Cubs also win a double header against the Braves at Boston. They are starting to believe this is the year.
In Pop Culture...
*Golfer Byron Nelson records most tournament wins (18) in a season.
*Martha Stewart turns 4 in Jersey City, New Jersey.
*Alan Page (in Canton, Ohio) and Loni Anderson (in St. Paul, Minnesota) are born.