Grand Rapids native Roger B. Chaffee dies in fire in an Apollo spacecraft. Record snow for the month of October falls in a single day. Total in Grand Rapids is 8.4 inches.

Prior to the torch lighting and campaign kickoff, former Olympic champion Bob Richards addresses 1,000 campaign workers in the Civic Auditorium. A special 8-page section in the Press highlights the benefits that derive from United Fund contributions and cites Kent County as "a Wonderland of Compassion."