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- July 21: The U.S. Senate Committee on Naval Affairs officially renounces the tactics used in the Newport investigation.
- The central limit theorem is proven — no one tells Alan Turing.
- Ma Rainey is arrested for “running an indecent party” — a lesbian orgy. Bessie Smith pays her bail.
- Ma Rainey records and releases “Prove It On Me Blues” — a scandalous song about lesbianism. This is also Ma Rainey’s final year recording for Paramount Records.