On This Day in History: April 1
April 1 is the 91st day of the year (92nd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. 274 days remain until the end of the year.
Lottery News On This Day
- Ireland Lottery releasing €16 million in unclaimed funds to help battle against COVID-19. Unclaimed Ireland Lottery funds of €16 million (US$17.5 million) are being rapidly released to help battle coronavirus.
- Florida Lottery will go offline for systems upgrade on April 15. Florida Lottery officials say they don't anticipate problems as a multimillion-dollar upgrade of a vending system goes into place this month.
- Washington Lotto ticket generated with two identical quick picks. Mitch Tracy beat the odds with a recent lottery ticket, but it didn't turn him into a millionaire.
- MUSL seeks to dismiss lawsuit over rigged jackpot. A group of state lotteries has asked a judge to dismiss a lawsuit filed by a jackpot winner who argues he was shortchanged by millions of dollars because the prior drawing was rigged by one of its employees.
- Texas couple both dead after argument over $500 lottery ticket win. A winning scratch-off lottery ticket worth $500 prompted an argument between a couple in their Fort Worth, Texas, home that ended with both dying of gunshot wounds, officials said on Tuesday.
- Canada lotteries hold nationwide raffle draw. Lottery players across Canada this morning are checking their Millionaire Life raffle tickets to see if they will be set for life, or perhaps win a new set of wheels.
- Lottery winner gives away millions. Cynthia Stafford, an active practitioner of?visualization and meditation techniques, won a $112 million lottery jackpot, and then set out to help others.
- Mega Millions lottery jackpot leaps to $138 million. The jackpot in the multi-state Mega Millions lottery has grown to $138 million, the largest Mega Millions jackpot in a month.
- Store owners sell themselves $25.5 million Powerball lottery ticket. The Hubbard family is not only the first to buy a ticket in Tennessee and win the Powerball lottery jackpot, but also were rewarded for selling themselves the ticket.
- Fortune cookie fuels record Powerball wins. A record 110 players won $500,000 and $100,000 prizes in Wednesday's Powerball drawing, most of whom apparently used the numbers included in a fortune-cookie message.
- Record Mega Millions lottery jackpot claimed by retired truck driver. Retired truck driver J.R. Triplett is on Easy Street: He stepped forward Thursday to claim a $239 million Mega Millions lottery prize, the second-biggest undivided jackpot in U.S. history.
- Virginia hoping the joke's not on them. Virginia Lottery officials said yesterday that they believe that the winner of last month's $239 million prize has finally, through a lawyer, come forward and is expected to provide the winning Mega Millions ticket for confirmation today. On the other hand, maybe someone is playing the ultimate April Fools' joke.
Top 25 Lottery Jackpots On This Day
- 1.$187 Million
Apr 2, 2011
- 2.$170 Million
Apr 1, 2020
- 3.$160 Million
Apr 2, 1999
- 4.$152 Million
Apr 1, 2006
- 5.€122.93 Million
Apr 3, 2018
- 6.€129.21 Million
Apr 2, 2019
- 7.$138 Million
Apr 4, 2006
- 8.$135 Million
Apr 2, 2016
- 8.$135 Million
Apr 1, 2008
- 10.$121 Million
Apr 3, 2020
- 11.$109 Million
Apr 1, 2009
- 12.$103 Million
Apr 3, 2010
- 13.€90 Million
Apr 3, 2020
- 14.CA$125 Million
Apr 2, 2004
- 15.$92 Million
Apr 2, 2002
- 16.$88 Million
Apr 3, 2007
- 16.$88 Million
Apr 2, 2019
- 18.€67 Million
Apr 3, 2018
- 19.€57.28 Million
Apr 4, 2014
- 20.$77 Million
Apr 4, 1997
- 21.€72 Million
Apr 7, 2017
- 22.$75 Million
Apr 2, 2004
- 22.$75 Million
Apr 1, 2005
- 24.€64.76 Million
Apr 2, 2016
- 25.€68 Million
Apr 4, 2017
Lottery Post Member Birthdays On This Day
Sunday, Apr 1, 1990
30 years old
Tuesday, Apr 1, 1986
34 years old
Tuesday, Apr 1, 1986
34 years old
Tuesday, Apr 1, 1986
34 years old
Wednesday, Apr 1, 1981
39 years old
Friday, Apr 1, 1977
43 years old
Tuesday, Apr 1, 1975
45 years old
Sunday, Apr 1, 1973
47 years old
Sunday, Apr 1, 1973
47 years old
Wednesday, Apr 1, 1970
50 years old
Monday, Apr 1, 1968
52 years old
Friday, Apr 1, 1960
60 years old
Friday, Apr 1, 1960
60 years old
Tuesday, Apr 1, 1958
62 years old
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Worldwide Events On This Day
- Nagorno-Karabakh clashes: The Four Day War or April War, began along the Nagorno-Karabakh line of contact on April 1.
- After protests against the burning of the Quran turn violent, a mob attacks a United Nations compound in Mazar-i-Sharif, Afghanistan, resulting in the deaths of thirteen people, including eight foreign workers.
- Serious Organised Crime Agency (SOCA) of the Government of the United Kingdom is enforced, but later merged into National Crime Agency on 7 October 2013.
- Google announces Gmail to the public.
- An EP-3E United States Navy surveillance aircraft collides with a Chinese People's Liberation Army Shenyang J-8 fighter jet. The Navy crew makes an emergency landing in Hainan, China and is detained.
- Former President of Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Slobodan Milošević surrenders to police special forces, to be tried on war crimes charges.
- Same-sex marriage becomes legal in the Netherlands, the first contemporary country to allow it.
- Nunavut is established as a Canadian territory carved out of the eastern part of the Northwest Territories.
- Comet Hale-Bopp is seen passing at perihelion.
- The government of Nova Scotia amalgamated the City of Halifax and the over 200 communities around the area to create the Halifax Regional Municipality.
- Margaret Thatcher's new local government tax, the Community Charge (commonly known as the "poll tax"), is introduced in Scotland.
- Communist Party of Nepal (Mashal) cadres attack a number of police stations in Kathmandu, seeking to incite a popular rebellion.
- Iran becomes an Islamic republic by a 99% vote, officially overthrowing the Shah.
- The Philippine College of Commerce, through a presidential decree, becomes the Polytechnic University of the Philippines.
- Apple Inc. is formed by Steve Jobs, Steve Wozniak, and Ronald Wayne in Cupertino, California, USA.
- The Local Government Act 1972 of England and Wales comes into effect.
- Project Tiger, a tiger conservation project, is launched in the Jim Corbett National Park, India.
- Bangladesh Liberation War: The Pakistan Army massacre over 1,000 people in Keraniganj Upazila, Bangladesh.
- President Richard Nixon signs the Public Health Cigarette Smoking Act into law, requiring the Surgeon General's warnings on tobacco products and banning cigarette advertising on television and radio in the United States, effective 1 January 1971.
- The first of over 670,000 AMC Gremlins were released into North America to compete with foreign imported cars.
- The Hawker Siddeley Harrier, the first operational fighter aircraft with Vertical/Short Takeoff and Landing capabilities, entered service with the Royal Air Force.
- General Hospital premieres on ABC television network in USA.
- The TIROS-1 satellite transmits the first television picture from space.
- The EOKA rebellion against the British Empire begins in Cyprus, with the goal of unifying with Greece.
- United States President Dwight D. Eisenhower authorizes the creation of the United States Air Force Academy in Colorado.
- Chinese Civil War: The Chinese Communist Party holds unsuccessful peace talks with the Nationalist Party in Beijing, after three years of fighting.
- The Government of Canada repeals Japanese-Canadian internment after seven years.
- Cold War: Communist forces respond to the introduction of the Deutsche Mark by attempting to force the western powers to withdraw from Berlin.
- Faroe Islands gain autonomy from Denmark.
- The only mutiny in the history of the Royal New Zealand Navy begins.
- The 8.6 Mw Aleutian Islands earthquake shakes the Aleutian Islands with a maximum Mercalli intensity of VI (Strong). A destructive tsunami reaches the Hawaiian Islands resulting in dozens of deaths, mostly in Hilo, Hawaii.
- World War II: The Tenth United States Army attacks the Thirty-Second Japanese Army on Okinawa.
- Navigation errors lead to an accidental American bombing of the Swiss city of Schaffhausen.
- Fântâna Albă massacre: Between 200 and 2,000 Romanian civilians are killed by Soviet Border Troops.
- A military coup in Iraq overthrows the regime of 'Abd al-Ilah and installs Rashid Ali al-Gaylani as Prime Minister.
- Spanish Civil War: Generalísimo Francisco Franco of the Spanish State announces the end of the Spanish Civil War, when the last of the Republican forces surrender.
- Aden becomes a British crown colony.
- The Royal New Zealand Air Force is formed as an independent service.
- Spanish Civil War: Jaén, Spain is bombed by German fascist forces, supporting Francoist Nationalists.
- India's central banking institution, The Reserve Bank of India is formed.
- The recently elected Nazis under Julius Streicher organize a one-day boycott of all Jewish-owned businesses in Germany, ushering in a series of anti-Semitic acts.
- English cricketer Wally Hammond set a record for the highest individual Test innings of 336 not out, during a Test match against New Zealand.
- Adolf Hitler is sentenced to five years imprisonment for his participation in the "Beer Hall Putsch" but spends only nine months in jail.
- The Royal Canadian Air Force is formed.
- The Royal Air Force is created by the merger of the Royal Flying Corps and the Royal Naval Air Service.
- The Territorial Force (renamed Territorial Army in 1920) is formed as a volunteer reserve component of the British Army.
- The rank of Chief Petty Officer in the United States Navy is established.
- The Wrigley Company is founded in Chicago, Illinois.
- The University of Northern Colorado was established, as the Colorado State Normal School.
- The White Star steamer RMS Atlantic sinks off Nova Scotia, killing 547 in one of the worst marine disasters of the 19th century.
- The 3rd Duke of Buckingham opened the Brill Tramway, a short railway line to transport goods between his lands and the national rail network.
- Singapore becomes a British crown colony.
- American Civil War: Union troops led by Philip Sheridan decisively defeat Confederate troops led by George Pickett, cutting the Army of Northern Virginia's last supply line.
- Charles Dickens' novel Hard Times begins serialisation in his magazine Household Words.
- The Convention of 1833, a political gathering of settlers in Mexican Texas to help draft a series of petitions to the Mexican government, begins in San Felipe de Austin
- Samuel Morey received a patent for a compressionless "Gas or Vapor Engine".
- In New York City, the United States House of Representatives achieves its first quorum and elects Frederick Muhlenberg of Pennsylvania as its first Speaker.
- A combined Spanish and Portuguese fleet of 52 ships commences the recapture of Bahia from the Dutch during the Dutch-Portuguese War.
- In the Eighty Years' War, the Watergeuzen capture Brielle from the Seventeen Provinces, gaining the first foothold on land for what would become the Dutch Republic.
- Potosí, Bolivia, is founded after the discovery of huge silver deposits in the area.
- Niels Ebbesen kills Gerhard III, Count of Holstein-Rendsburg in his bedroom, ending the 1332-1340 interregnum in Denmark.
- Berwick-upon-Tweed is captured by Scotland from England.
- Robert Winchelsey leaves England for Rome, to be consecrated as Archbishop of Canterbury.
- Richard Marshal, 3rd Earl of Pembroke, was defeated by knights loyal to King Henry III of England in the Battle of the Curragh in Ireland.
- Robert II of France is married to Rozala of Italy. The marriage is arranged by his father, King Hugh Capet.
- The daughter of Emperor Xiaoming of Northern Wei was made the "Emperor" as a male heir of the late emperor by Empress Dowager Hu. Deposed and replaced by Yuan Zhao the next day, she was the first female monarch in the History of China, but is not widely recognised.
- Byzantine Emperor Justin I names his nephew Justinian I as co-ruler and successor to the throne.
- Majorian is acclaimed emperor by the Roman army after defeating 900 Alemanni near Lake Maggiore (Italy).
- Crown Prince Jin Chengdi, age 4, succeeds his father Jin Mingdi as emperor of the Eastern Jin dynasty.
- Emperor Diocletian elevates his general Maximian to co-emperor with the rank of Augustus and gives him control over the Western regions of the Roman Empire.
Births On This Day
- Álex Palou, Spanish racing driver
- Asa Butterfield, English actor
- Logan Paul, American Youtuber and actor
- Deng Linlin, Chinese gymnast
- Julia Fischer, German discus thrower
- Jan Blokhuijsen, Dutch speed skater
- David N'Gog, French footballer
- Christian Vietoris, German racing driver
- Brook Lopez, American basketball player
- Robin Lopez, American basketball player
- Gianluca Musacci, Italian footballer
- Oliver Turvey, English racing driver
- Hillary Scott, American country singer-songwriter
- Daniel Murphy, American baseball player
- Beth Tweddle, English gymnast
- Gilberto Macena, Brazilian footballer
- Ólafur Ingi Skúlason, Icelandic footballer
- Sean Taylor, American football player (d. 2007)
- Taran Killam, American actor, voice artist, comedian, and writer
- Andreas Thorkildsen, Norwegian javelin thrower
- Antonis Fotsis, Greek basketball player
- Bjørn Einar Romøren, Norwegian ski jumper
- Dennis Kruppke, German footballer
- Randy Orton, American wrestler
- Bijou Phillips, American actress and model
- Ruth Beitia, Spanish high jumper
- Antonio de Nigris, Mexican footballer (d. 2009)
- Mirka Federer, Slovak-Swiss tennis player
- Anamaria Marinca, Romanian-English actress
- Etan Thomas, American basketball player
- Vitor Belfort, Brazilian-American boxer and mixed martial artist
- Haimar Zubeldia, Spanish cyclist
- Hazem El Masri, Lebanese-Australian rugby league player and educator
- David Gilliland, American race car driver
- David Oyelowo, English actor
- Clarence Seedorf, Dutch-Brazilian footballer and manager
- Yuka Yoshida, Japanese tennis player
- John Butler, American-Australian singer-songwriter and producer
- Magdalena Maleeva, Bulgarian tennis player
- Hugo Ibarra, Argentinian footballer and manager
- Christian Finnegan, American comedian and actor
- Stephen Fleming, New Zealand cricketer and coach
- Rachel Maddow, American journalist and author
- Darren McCarty, Canadian ice hockey player and sportscaster
- Jesse Tobias, American guitarist and songwriter
- Sonia Bisset, Cuban javelin thrower
- Shinji Nakano, Japanese racing driver
- Brad Meltzer, American author, screenwriter, and producer
- Lev Lobodin, Ukrainian-Russian decathlete
- Andrew Vlahov, Australian basketball player
- Dean Windass, English footballer and manager
- Mike Baird, Australian politician, 44th Premier of New South Wales
- Andreas Schnaas, German actor and director
- Alexander Stubb, Finnish academic and politician, 43rd Prime Minister of Finland
- Nicola Roxon, Australian lawyer and politician, 34th Attorney-General for Australia
- Chris Evans, English radio and television host
- Mehmet Özdilek, Turkish footballer and manager
- Jane Adams, American film, television, and stage actress
- Mark Jackson, American basketball player and coach
- Erik Breukink, Dutch cyclist and manager
- Kevin Duckworth, American basketball player (d. 2008)
- John Morris, English cricketer
- José Rodrigues dos Santos, Portuguese journalist, author, and educator
- Teodoro de Villa Diaz, Filipino guitarist and songwriter (d. 1988)
- Aprille Ericsson-Jackson, American aerospace engineer
- Mark Shulman, American author
- Chris Grayling, English journalist and politician, Lord High Chancellor of Great Britain
- Samboy Lim, Filipino basketball player and manager
- Phillip Schofield, English television host
- Susan Boyle, Scottish singer
- Sergio Scariolo, Italian professional basketball head coach
- Mark White, English singer-songwriter and guitarist
- Helmuth Duckadam, Romanian footballer
- D. Boon, American singer and musician (d. 1985)
- David Gower, English cricketer and sportscaster
- Don Hasselbeck, American football player and sportscaster
- Humayun Akhtar Khan, Pakistani politician, 5th Commerce Minister of Pakistan
- Terry Nichols, American criminal
- Jeff Porcaro, American drummer, songwriter, and producer (d. 1992)
- Barry Sonnenfeld, American cinematographer, director, and producer
- Alberto Zaccheroni, Italian footballer and manager
- Annette O'Toole, American actress
- Bernard Stiegler, French philosopher and academic
- John Abizaid, American general
- Frederic Schwartz, American architect, co-designed Empty Sky (d. 2014)
- Samuel Alito, American lawyer and jurist
- Loris Kessel, Swiss racing driver (d. 2010)
- Daniel Paillé, Canadian academic and politician
- Gérard Mestrallet, French businessman
- Paul Manafort, American Lobbyist
- Sammy Nelson, Northern Irish footballer and coach
- Gil Scott-Heron, American singer-songwriter and author (d. 2011)
- Jimmy Cliff, Jamaican singer and musician
- Javier Irureta, Spanish footballer and manager
- Alain Connes, French mathematician and academic
- Philippe Kirsch, Canadian lawyer and judge
- Francine Prose, American novelist, short story writer, and critic
- Norm Van Lier, American basketball player, coach, and sportscaster (d. 2009)
- Nikitas Kaklamanis, Greek academic and politician, Greek Minister of Health and Social Security
- Ronnie Lane, English bass player, songwriter, and producer (d. 1997)
- Arrigo Sacchi, Italian footballer, coach, and manager
- Dafydd Wigley, Welsh academic and politician
- Samuel R. Delany, American author and critic
- Richard D. Wolff, American economist and academic
- Gideon Gadot, Israeli journalist and politician (d. 2012)
- Ajit Wadekar, Indian cricketer, coach, and manager (d. 2018)
- Wangari Maathai, Kenyan environmentalist and politician, Nobel Prize laureate (d. 2011)
- Ali MacGraw, American model and actress
- Phil Niekro, American baseball player and manager
- Peter Collinson, English-American director and producer (d. 1980)
- Jean-Pascal Delamuraz, Swiss politician, 80th President of the Swiss Confederation (d. 1998)
- Tarun Gogoi, Indian politician, 14th Chief Minister of Assam
- Abdul Qadeer Khan, Indian-Pakistani physicist, chemist, and engineer
- Larry McDonald, American physician and politician (d. 1983)
- Vladimir Posner, French-American journalist and radio host
- Claude Cohen-Tannoudji, Algerian-French physicist and academic, Nobel Prize laureate
- Dan Flavin, American sculptor and educator (d. 1996)
- Debbie Reynolds, Scottish-Irish American actress, singer, and dancer (d. 2016)
- George Baker, Bulgarian-English actor and screenwriter (d. 2011)
- Rolf Hochhuth, German author and playwright
- Grace Lee Whitney, American actress and singer (d. 2015)
- Jonathan Haze, American actor, producer, screenwriter, and production manager
- Milan Kundera, Czech-born novelist, poet, and playwright
- Payut Ngaokrachang, Thai animator and director (d. 2010)
- Jane Powell, American actress, singer, and dancer
- Walter Bahr, American soccer player, coach, and manager (d. 2018)
- Amos Milburn, American R&B singer-songwriter and pianist (d. 1980)
- Ferenc Puskás, Hungarian footballer and manager (d. 2006)
- Anne McCaffrey, American-Irish author (d. 2011)
- Brendan Byrne, American lieutenant, judge, and politician, 47th Governor of New Jersey (d. 2018)
- Duke Jordan, American pianist and composer (d. 2006)
- William Manchester, American historian and author (d. 2004)
- William Bergsma, American composer and educator (d. 1994)
- Arthur "Guitar Boogie" Smith, American guitarist, fiddler, and composer (d. 2014)
- Toshiro Mifune, Japanese actor (d. 1997)
- Joseph Murray, American surgeon and soldier, Nobel Prize laureate (d. 2012)
- Sydney Newman, Canadian screenwriter and producer, co-created Doctor Who (d. 1997)
- Melville Shavelson, American director, producer, and screenwriter (d. 2007)
- Sheila May Edmonds, British mathematician (d. 2002)
- O. W. Fischer, Austrian-Swiss actor and director (d. 2004)
- Memos Makris, Greek sculptor (d. 1993)
- Augusta Braxton Baker, African American librarian (d. 1998)
- Harry Carney, American saxophonist and clarinet player (d. 1974)
- Bob Van Osdel, American high jumper and soldier (d. 1987)
- Abner Biberman, American actor, director, and screenwriter (d. 1977)
- Eddy Duchin, American pianist and bandleader (d. 1951)
- Abraham Maslow, American psychologist and academic (d. 1970)
- Harlow Rothert, American shot putter, lawyer, and academic (d. 1997)
- Shivakumara Swami, Indian religious leader and philanthropist (d. 2019)
- Alexander Sergeyevich Yakovlev, Russian engineer, founded the Yakovlev Design Bureau (d. 1989)
- Gaston Eyskens, Belgian economist and politician, 47th Prime Minister of Belgium (d. 1988)
- Paul Hasluck, Australian historian, poet, and politician, 17th Governor-General of Australia (d. 1993)
- Whittaker Chambers, American journalist and spy (d. 1961)
- Stefanie Clausen, Danish Olympic diver (d. 1981)
- Gustavs Celmiņš, Latvian academic and politician (d. 1968)
- William James Sidis, Ukrainian-Russian Jewish American mathematician, anthropologist, and historian (d. 1944)
- Alberta Hunter, African-American singer-songwriter and nurse (d. 1984)
- Cicely Courtneidge, Australian-English actress (d. 1980)
- K. B. Hedgewar, Indian physician and activist (d. 1940)
- Wallace Beery, American actor (d. 1949)
- Clementine Churchill, English wife of Winston Churchill (d. 1977)
- Lon Chaney, American actor, director, and screenwriter (d. 1930)
- Edvard Drabløs, Norwegian actor and director (d. 1976)
- Laurette Taylor, Irish-American actress (d. 1946)
- Octavian Goga, Romanian Prime Minister (d. 1938)
- Stanislaus Zbyszko, Polish wrestler and strongman (d. 1967)
- C. Ganesha Iyer, Ceylon Tamil philologist (d. 1958)
- Edgar Wallace, English journalist, author, and playwright (d. 1932)
- Ernest Barnes, English mathematician and theologian (d. 1953)
- Prince Karl of Bavaria (d. 1927)
- Sergei Rachmaninoff, Russian pianist, composer, and conductor (d. 1943)
- F. Melius Christiansen, Norwegian-American violinist and conductor (d. 1955)
- Edmond Rostand, French poet and playwright (d. 1918)
- Walter Mead, English cricketer (d. 1954)
- William Blomfield, New Zealand cartoonist and politician (d. 1938)
- Ferruccio Busoni, Italian pianist, composer, and conductor (d. 1924)
- Ève Lavallière, French actress (d. 1929)
- Richard Adolf Zsigmondy, Austrian-German chemist and academic, Nobel Prize laureate (d. 1929)
- Edwin Austin Abbey, American painter and illustrator (d. 1911)
- James Fisk, American businessman (d. 1872)
- Louis-Zéphirin Moreau, Canadian bishop (d. 1901)
- Simon Bolivar Buckner, American general and politician, 30th Governor of Kentucky (d. 1891)
- Otto von Bismarck, German lawyer and politician, 1st Chancellor of the German Empire (d. 1898)
- Edward Clark, American lawyer and politician, 8th Governor of Texas (d. 1880)
- William Mulready, Irish genre painter (d. 1863)
- Sophie Germain, French mathematician, physicist, and philosopher (d. 1831)
- Luigi Schiavonetti, Italian engraver and etcher (d. 1810)
- Jean Anthelme Brillat-Savarin, French lawyer and politician (d. 1826)
- Joseph de Maistre, French philosopher, lawyer, and diplomat (d. 1821)
- George Dance the Younger, English architect and surveyor (d. 1825)
- Pieter Hellendaal, Dutch-English organist, violinist, and composer (d. 1799)
- Antoine François Prévost, French novelist and translator (d. 1763)
- John Wilmot, 2nd Earl of Rochester, English poet and courtier (d. 1680)
- Georg Mohr, Danish mathematician and academic (d. 1697)
- Jean-Henri d'Anglebert, French organist and composer (d. 1691)
- Charles de Saint-Évremond, French soldier and critic (d. 1703)
- William Harvey, English physician and academic (d. 1657)
- François de Bonne, Duke of Lesdiguières (d. 1626)
- Blanche of France, Duchess of Orléans (d. 1382)
- Louis IV, Holy Roman Emperor (d. 1347)
- Emperor Go-Saga of Japan (d. 1272)
Deaths On This Day
- Vonda N. McIntyre, American science fiction author (b.1948)
- Steven Bochco, American television writer and producer (b. 1943)
- Yevgeny Yevtushenko, Soviet and Russian poet and writer (b. 1932)
- Nicolae Rainea, Romanian footballer and referee (b. 1933)
- King Fleming, American pianist and bandleader (b. 1922)
- Jacques Le Goff, French historian and author (b. 1924)
- Rolf Rendtorff, German theologian and academic (b. 1925)
- Moses Blah, Liberian general and politician, 23rd President of Liberia (b. 1947)
- Karen Muir, South African swimmer and physician (b. 1952)
- Lionel Bowen, Australian soldier, lawyer, and politician, Deputy Prime Minister of Australia (b. 1922)
- Giorgio Chinaglia, Italian-American soccer player and radio host (b. 1947)
- Miguel de la Madrid, Mexican banker, academic, and politician, 52nd President of Mexico (b. 1934)
- John Forsythe, American actor (b. 1918)
- Tzannis Tzannetakis, Greek soldier and politician, 175th Prime Minister of Greece (b. 1927)
- In Tam, Cambodian general and politician, 26th Prime Minister of Cambodia (b. 1916)
- Paul Bomani, Tanzanian politician and diplomat, 1st Tanzanian Minister of Finance (b 1925)
- Robert Coldwell Wood, American political scientist and academic (b. 1923)
- Ioannis Kyrastas, Greek footballer and manager (b. 1952)
- Carrie Snodgress, American actress (b. 1945)
- Leslie Cheung, Hong Kong singer-songwriter and actor (b. 1956)
- Simo Häyhä, Finnish soldier and sniper (b. 1905)
- Trịnh Công Sơn, Vietnamese guitarist and composer (b. 1939)
- Jesse Stone, American pianist, songwriter, and producer (b. 1901)
- Rozz Williams, American singer-songwriter and guitarist (b. 1963)
- Makar Honcharenko, Ukrainian footballer and manager (b. 1912)
- H. Adams Carter, American mountaineer, journalist, and educator (b. 1914)
- Francisco Moncion, Dominican American ballet dancer, choreographer, charter member of the New York City Ballet (b. 1918)
- Lucie Rie, Austrian-English potter (b. 1902)
- Robert Doisneau, French photographer (b. 1912)
- Alan Kulwicki, American race car driver (b. 1954)
- Michael Havers, Baron Havers, English lawyer and politician, Lord High Chancellor of Great Britain (b. 1923)
- Martha Graham, American dancer and choreographer (b. 1894)
- Jaime Guzmán, Chilean lawyer and politician (b. 1946)
- Henri Cochet, French tennis player (b. 1901)
- Erik Bruhn, Danish actor, director, and choreographer (b. 1928)
- Marvin Gaye, American singer-songwriter (b. 1939)
- Elizabeth Goudge, English author (b. 1900)
- Eua Sunthornsanan, Thai singer-songwriter and bandleader (b. 1910)
- Max Ernst, German painter and sculptor (b. 1891)
- Lev Landau, Azerbaijani-Russian physicist and academic, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1908)
- Brian O'Nolan, Irish author (b. 1911)
- Helena Rubinstein, Polish-American businesswoman (b. 1870)
- Jussi Kekkonen, Finnish captain and businessman (b. 1910)
- Charles R. Drew, American physician and surgeon (b. 1904)
- Recep Peker, Turkish soldier and politician, 6th Prime Minister of Turkey (b. 1889)
- George II, king of Greece (b. 1890)
- Noah Beery, Sr., American actor (b. 1882)
- Jacob Bolotin, American physician (b. 1888)
- Lloyd Hildebrand, English cyclist (b. 1870)
- Stan Rowley, Australian sprinter (b. 1876)
- Charles I, emperor of Austria (b. 1887)
- Hermann Rorschach, Swiss psychologist and author (b. 1884)
- Walter Simon, German banker and philanthropist (b. 1857)
- Scott Joplin, American pianist and composer (b. 1868)
- Rube Waddell, American baseball player (b. 1876)
- Charles Wells, English founder of Charles Wells Ltd (b. 1842)
- David Wilber, American politician (b. 1820)
- Alexander Mozhaysky, Russian soldier, pilot, and engineer (b. 1825)
- John C.W. Daly, English-Canadian soldier and politician (b. 1796)
- Frederick Denison Maurice, English theologian and academic (b. 1805)
- Giuditta Pasta, Italian soprano (b. 1797)
- Benjamin Pierce, American soldier and politician, 11th Governor of New Hampshire (b. 1757)
- Floyer Sydenham, English scholar and academic (b. 1710)
- Franz Egon of Fürstenberg, Bavarian bishop (b. 1625)
- Cristofano Allori, Italian painter and educator (b. 1577)
- Françoise d'Orléans-Longueville, French princess (b. 1549)
- Alonso Mudarra, Spanish guitarist and composer (b. 1510)
- Sigismund I, king of Poland (b. 1467)
- Francisco de Peñalosa, Spanish composer (b. 1470)
- Zbigniew Oleśnicki, Polish cardinal and statesman (b. 1389)
- Blanche I, queen of Navarre and Sicily (b. 1387)
- Nuno Álvares Pereira, Portuguese general (b. 1360)
- Abaqa Khan, ruler of the Mongol Ilkhanate (b. 1234)
- Amalric II, king of Cyprus and Jerusalem
- Eleanor of Aquitaine, queen of France and England (b. 1122)
- Hugh of Châteauneuf, French bishop (b. 1053)
- Shen Zong, Chinese emperor (b. 1048)
- John XV, pope of the Catholic Church