Real Madrid CF made it four European Cups in succession, defeating the side they faced in the competition’s first showpiece, Stade de Reims Champagne, in the final.
• Alfredo Di Stéfano, recipient two years earlier, comes out on top in the Ballon d'Or voting.
• France are crowned outright winners of rugby union's Five Nations Championship for the first time.
• Hawaii and Alaska become the 49th and 50th states of the United States.
• Fidel Castro, who remains in office until 2008, becomes the Prime Minister of Cuba.