The four two-legged quarter-finals produced 34 goals between them, including a 6-5 aggregate victory for Manchester United FC against Athletic Club.
• Alfredo Di Stéfano scoops the Ballon d'Or after helping Real Madrid CF to European glory.
• Juan Manuel Fangio becomes the first man to win the Formula One World Drivers' Championship five times.
• The Soviet Union launches Sputnik 1, the first ever Earth satellite to be sent into space.
• John Lennon and Paul McCartney of The Beatles meet for the first time at a garden fete in Liverpool.