Teams from the Republic of Ireland, Northern Ireland and East Germany competed in the European Champion Clubs' Cup for the first time.
• Two goals from a 17-year-old Pelé help Brazil to win 5-2 against hosts Sweden in the FIFA World Cup final.
• The Baltimore Colts beat the New York Giants 23–17 in the "greatest game ever played".
• The Lego company patent their design of Lego bricks, still compatible with those produced today.
• NASA, or the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, is formed in the United States.