On This Day in History: April 15
April 15 is the 105th day of the year (106th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. 260 days remain until the end of the year.
Lottery News On This Day
- Coronavirus severely hurting Massachusetts Lottery sales. The Massachusetts State Lottery is taking a big hit as the COVID-19 state of emergency temporarily shutters many stores that sell tickets, Treasurer Deborah Goldberg told lawmakers Tuesday.
- Colorado man who unwittingly split a $4.8M jackpot with scammer is fighting the Colorado Lottery. A man who split a winning $4.8 million Colorado Lotto jackpot with two brothers who were eventually convicted of rigging the numbers says he is owed the full amount because he had played the game fairly.
- Michigan Lottery teams with PayPal for online payments. The Michigan Lottery is teaming with PayPal to offer players a new way to fund their online accounts.
- Michigan man arrested for impersonating lottery worker, stealing tickets. Lake Orion police have arrested a suspected thief who they say posed as a lottery agent at several Oakland and Macomb county CVS stores in order to steal Michigan Lottery scratch-off tickets.
- Northstar fights to keep Illinois lottery documents secret. The company hired to run the Illinois Lottery continued its fight to keep some documents under wraps, arguing their release would violate its contract with the state and expose company secrets to competitors.
- Three largest online poker sites shut down by FBI. The founders of the three largest online poker sites were indicted by the FBI on Friday in what could serve as a death blow to the thriving industry.
- Powerball lottery jackpot rises to $212M. The multi-state Powerball lottery drawing happened last night once again without any jackpot winners, causing the new jackpot for Saturday's drawing to grow to an estimated $215 million, with a cash option of $101.9 million.
- Pa. Lottery to pull the plug on Super 7. Pennsylvania Lottery officials announced the final drawing for Super 7 will be later this month, but it doesn't seem like players will miss the game.
- Nevada woman hits $33 million jackpot at casino. A woman who had planned to spend a quiet Easter at home is $33 million richer after hitting the second largest Megabucks jackpot in history at a Nevada casino.
- Florida Lotto fever peaks with tonight's $64 million drawing. Lotto fever heated up Friday in Southwest Florida and the rest of the state as people lined up to take their shot at instant millions.
- Illinois Senate approves Internet lottery ticket sales trial. Illinois gamblers would be able to buy lottery tickets by computer in a program the Senate approved Thursday.
- $165,000 Cash 5 lottery ticket sold in Bayonne, NJ. New Jersey lottery players, check your numbers: a lottery ticket worth about $165,000 was sold in a Bayonne convenience store.
- Georgia Lottery has best quarter ever. The Georgia Lottery had its strongest ticket sales ever during the past quarter, relieving concerns from state officials that slow sales would prove costly to the HOPE scholarship program.
- Interim Virginia Lottery director appointed. The Virginia governor has promoted a Virginia Lottery administrator as its interim executive director.
- Mass. lawmakers to challenge lottery horse-race game. Key Massachusetts state lawmakers signaled yesterday that they intend to rein in the Massachusetts Lottery's plans to launch a virtual horse-racing game on Keno-style monitors later this year.
- Powerball Jackpot Soars to $75 Million. Because no one correctly matched all six numbers in Wednesday's Powerball drawing, the jackpot grew to an estimated $75 million, with a cash option of $41.7 million.
- The Two Titans of the Lottery Industry. For investors, the curious thing about the lottery business is that once you peel back the glossy governmental layer, it's virtually a duopoly. Practically all of the games in this country are managed directly or indirectly by just two companies: Rhode Island-based GTech Holdings and New York-based Scientific Games.
Top 25 Lottery Jackpots On This Day
- 1.$331 Million
Apr 16, 2002
- 2.$265 Million
Apr 18, 2006
- 3.$212 Million
Apr 17, 2010
- 4.$205 Million
Apr 16, 2016
- 5.€130.2 Million
Apr 17, 2018
- 6.$159 Million
Apr 17, 2020
- 7.$157 Million
Apr 16, 2019
- 8.€136.73 Million
Apr 16, 2019
- 9.$144 Million
Apr 15, 2005
- 10.$131 Million
Apr 18, 2012
- 11.$122 Million
Apr 18, 2018
- 11.$122 Million
Apr 16, 2010
- 13.$118 Million
Apr 17, 2019
- 14.$110 Million
Apr 16, 2014
- 15.$109 Million
Apr 17, 2009
- 16.€90 Million
Apr 17, 2020
- 17.$91 Million
Apr 16, 2008
- 18.€57 Million
Apr 18, 2008
- 19.$80 Million
Apr 17, 2013
- 19.$80 Million
Apr 15, 2016
- 21.€70.56 Million
Apr 16, 2016
- 22.$78 Million
Apr 17, 2010
- 23.€58 Million
Apr 17, 2009
- 24.$75 Million
Apr 17, 2004
- 25.$74 Million
Apr 16, 2013
Lottery Post Member Birthdays On This Day
Friday, Apr 15, 1983
37 years old
Friday, Apr 15, 1966
54 years old
Friday, Apr 15, 1966
54 years old
Sunday, Apr 15, 1962
58 years old
Sunday, Apr 15, 1962
58 years old
Friday, Apr 15, 1960
60 years old
Sunday, Apr 15, 1951
69 years old
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Worldwide Events On This Day
- The cathedral of Notre-Dame de Paris in France is seriously damaged by a large fire.
- In the worst massacre of the South Sudanese Civil War, at least 200 civilians were gunned down after seeking refuge in houses of worship as well as hospitals.
- Two bombs explode near the finish line at the Boston Marathon in Boston, Massachusetts, killing three people and injuring 264 others.
- A wave of bombings across Iraq kills at least 75 people.
- Marrakesh Agreement relating to foundation of World Trade Organization is adopted.
- Hillsborough disaster: A human crush occurs at Hillsborough Stadium, home of Sheffield Wednesday, in the FA Cup Semi-final, resulting in the deaths of 96 Liverpool fans.
- Upon Hu Yaobang's death, the Tiananmen Square protests of 1989 begin in China.
- The United States launches Operation El Dorado Canyon, its bombing raids against Libyan targets in response to a bombing in West Germany that killed two U.S. servicemen.
- During the Cambodian Civil War, massacre of the Vietnamese minority results in 800 bodies flowing down the Mekong river into South Vietnam.
- The EC-121 shootdown incident: North Korea shoots down a United States Navy aircraft over the Sea of Japan, killing all 31 on board.
- At Shaw University in Raleigh, North Carolina, Ella Baker leads a conference that results in the creation of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee, one of the principal organizations of the civil rights movement in the 1960s.
- McDonald's restaurant dates its founding to the opening of a franchised restaurant by Ray Kroc, in Des Plaines, Illinois.
- First flight of the Boeing B-52 Stratofortress.
- Jackie Robinson debuts for the Brooklyn Dodgers, breaking baseball's color line.
- Bergen-Belsen concentration camp is liberated.
- The George Cross is awarded "to the island fortress of Malta: Its people and defenders" by King George VI.
- In the Belfast Blitz, two-hundred bombers of the German Luftwaffe attack Belfast, killing around one thousand people.
- First day of the Arab revolt in Mandatory Palestine.
- Rand McNally publishes its first road atlas.
- Insulin becomes generally available for use by people with diabetes.
- U.S. Senator John B. Kendrick of Wyoming introduces a resolution calling for an investigation of a secret land deal, which leads to the discovery of the Teapot Dome scandal.
- Two security guards are murdered during a robbery in South Braintree, Massachusetts. Anarchists Sacco and Vanzetti would be convicted of and executed for the crime, amid much controversy.
- The British passenger liner RMS Titanic sinks in the North Atlantic at 2:20 a.m., two hours and forty minutes after hitting an iceberg. Only 710 of 2,227 passengers and crew on board survive.
- Triangle Fraternity is founded at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
- Philippine-American War: Filipino guerrillas launch a surprise attack on U.S. infantry and begin a four-day siege of Catubig, Philippines.
- Closing ceremony of the Games of the I Olympiad in Athens, Greece.
- The General Electric Company is formed.
- President Abraham Lincoln dies after being shot the previous evening by actor John Wilkes Booth. Vice President Andrew Johnson becomes President upon Lincoln's death.
- President Abraham Lincoln calls for 75,000 Volunteers to quell the insurrection that soon became the American Civil War.
- Thomas Hopkins Gallaudet and Laurent Clerc founded the American School for the Deaf, the first American school for deaf students, in Hartford, Connecticut.
- Preliminary articles of peace ending the American Revolutionary War (or American War of Independence) are ratified.
- Samuel Johnson's A Dictionary of the English Language is published in London.
- Serse, an Italian opera by George Frideric Handel receives its premiere performance in London, England.
- Foundation of the Kingdom of Corsica.
- The Pocotaligo Massacre triggers the start of the Yamasee War in colonial South Carolina.
- Irish Confederate Wars: A Confederate Irish militia is routed in the Battle of Kilrush when it attempts to halt the progress of a Royalist Army.
- Battle of Rain: Swedes under Gustavus Adolphus defeat the Holy Roman Empire during the Thirty Years' War.
- Battle of Formigny: Toward the end of the Hundred Years' War, the French attack and nearly annihilate English forces, ending English domination in Northern France.
- Timur defeats Tokhtamysh of the Golden Horde at the Battle of the Terek River. The Golden Horde capital city, Sarai, is razed to the ground and Timur installs a puppet ruler on the throne.
- Bari, the last Byzantine possession in southern Italy, is surrendered to Robert Guiscard.
- The Lateran Council condemned the Council of Hieria and anathematized its iconoclastic rulings.
Births On This Day
- Denis Shapovalov, Canadian tennis player
- Maisie Williams, English actress
- Daiki Arioka, Japanese idol, singer, and actor
- Javier Fernández López, Spanish figure skater
- Emma Watson, English actress
- Blake Ayshford, Australian rugby league player
- Steven Defour, Belgian footballer
- Chris Tillman, American baseball pitcher
- Tom Heaton, English footballer
- Sylvain Marveaux, French footballer
- Ryan Hamilton, Canadian ice hockey player
- Antonio Cromartie, American football player
- Cam Janssen, American ice hockey player
- Daniel Paille, Canadian ice hockey player
- Alice Braga, Brazilian actress
- Matt Cardle, English singer-songwriter and guitarist
- Dudu Cearense, Brazilian footballer
- Andreas Fransson, Swedish skier (d. 2014)
- Ilya Kovalchuk, Russian ice hockey player
- Martin Pedersen, Danish cyclist
- Michael Aubrey, American baseball player
- Anthony Green, American singer-songwriter
- Seth Rogen, Canadian-American actor, director, producer, and screenwriter
- Andrés D'Alessandro, Argentinian footballer
- Patrick Carney, American drummer, musician, and producer (The Black Keys)
- James Foster, English cricketer
- Raül López, Spanish basketball player
- Willie Mason, New Zealand-Australian rugby league player
- Aida Mollenkamp, American chef and author
- Billy Yates, American football player
- Milton Bradley, American baseball player
- Tim Corcoran, American baseball player
- Luis Fonsi, Puerto Rican-American singer-songwriter and dancer
- Chris Stapleton, American country singer-songwriter and guitarist
- Sudarsan Pattnaik, Indian sculptor
- Brian Pothier, American ice hockey player
- Jason Bonsignore, Canadian ice hockey player and coach
- Darius Regelskis, Lithuanian footballer
- Kęstutis Šeštokas, Lithuanian basketball player
- Steve Williams, English rower
- Sarah Teichmann, German-American biophysicist and immunologist
- Kim Min-kyo, South Korean actor and director
- Danny Pino, American actor and screenwriter
- Mike Quinn, American football player
- Douglas Spain, American actor, director, and producer
- Tim Thomas, American ice hockey player
- Arturo Gatti, Italian-Canadian boxer (d. 2009)
- Lou Romano, American animator and voice actor
- Philippe Carbonneau, French rugby player
- Finidi George, Nigerian footballer
- Jason Sehorn, American football player
- Josia Thugwane, South African runner
- Karl Turner, English lawyer and politician
- Chris Huffins, American decathlete and coach
- Jeromy Burnitz, American baseball player
- Kaisa Roose, Estonian pianist and conductor
- Jimmy Waite, Canadian-German ice hockey player and coach
- Ben Clarke, English rugby player and coach
- Brahim Lahlafi, Moroccan-French runner
- Ed O'Brien, English guitarist
- Frankie Poullain, Scottish bass player and songwriter
- Dara Torres, American swimmer and journalist
- Samantha Fox, English singer-songwriter and actress
- Mott Green, American businessman (d. 2013)
- Linda Perry, American singer-songwriter, musician and record producer (4 Non Blondes)
- Kevin Stevens, American ice hockey player
- Andre Joubert, South African rugby player
- Lee Kernaghan, Australian singer-songwriter and guitarist
- Alex Crawford, Nigerian-South African journalist
- Manzoor Elahi, Pakistani cricketer
- Manoj Prabhakar, Indian cricketer and sportscaster
- Nawal El Moutawakel, Moroccan athlete and politician
- Tom Kane, American voice actor
- Neil Carmichael, English academic and politician
- Carol W. Greider, American molecular biologist
- Dawn Wright, American geographer and oceanographer
- Pierre Aubry, Canadian ice hockey player
- Susanne Bier, Danish director and screenwriter
- Pedro Delgado, Spanish cyclist and sportscaster
- Tony Jones, English snooker player
- Fruit Chan, Chinese director, producer, and screenwriter
- Kevin Lowe, Canadian ice hockey player, coach, and manager
- Emma Thompson, English actress, comedian, author, activist and screenwriter
- Keith Acton, Canadian ice hockey player and coach
- John Bracewell, New Zealand cricketer
- Memos Ioannou, Greek basketball player and coach
- Benjamin Zephaniah, English actor, author, poet, and playwright
- Evelyn Ashford, American runner and coach
- Michael Cooper, American basketball player and coach
- Dodi Fayed, Egyptian film producer (d. 1997)
- Joice Mujuru, Zimbabwean politician
- Kym Gyngell, Australian actor, comedian, and screenwriter
- Brian Muir, English sculptor and set designer
- Avital Ronell, Czech-American philosopher and academic
- Heloise, American journalist and author
- John L. Phillips, American captain and astronaut
- Stuart Prebble, English journalist and producer
- Marsha Ivins, American engineer and astronaut
- Josiane Balasko, French actress, director, and screenwriter
- Amy Wright, American actress
- Karel Kroupa, Czech football player
- Alla Pugacheva, Russian singer-songwriter and actress
- Craig Zadan, American director, producer, and screenwriter (d. 2018)
- Christopher Brown, English historian, curator, and academic
- Michael Kamen, American composer and conductor (d. 2003)
- Phil Mogg, English singer-songwriter and musician (UFO)
- Linda Bloodworth-Thomason, American screenwriter and producer
- Martin Broughton, English businessman
- Lois Chiles, American model and actress
- David Omand, English civil servant and academic
- Cristina Husmark Pehrsson, Swedish nurse and politician, Swedish Minister for Social Security
- Woolly Wolstenholme, English singer and keyboard player (d. 2010)
- John Lloyd, Scottish journalist and author
- Pete Rouse, American politician, White House Chief of Staff
- Dzhokhar Dudayev, Russian-Chechen general and politician, 1st President of the Chechen Republic of Ichkeria (d. 1996)
- Dave Edmunds, Welsh singer, guitarist, and producer
- Pınar Kür, Turkish author, playwright, and academic
- Robert Lefkowitz, American physician and biochemist, Nobel Prize laureate
- Veronica Linklater, Baroness Linklater, English politician
- Hugh Thompson, Jr., American soldier and pilot (d. 2006)
- Francis X. DiLorenzo, American bishop (d. 2017)
- Walt Hazzard, American basketball player and coach (d. 2011)
- Kenneth Lay, American businessman (d. 2006)
- Tim Lankester, English economist and academic
- Howard Berman, American lawyer and politician
- Jeffrey Archer, English author, playwright, and politician
- Penelope Coelen, South African actress, model, beauty queen and 1958 Miss World
- Willie Davis, American baseball player and actor (d. 2010)
- Robert Lacroix, Canadian economist and academic
- Marty Wilde, English singer-songwriter and actor
- Desiré Ecaré, Ivorian filmmaker (d. 2009)
- Claudia Cardinale, Italian actress
- Hso Khan Pha, Burmese-Canadian geologist and politician (d. 2016)
- Bob Luman, American singer-songwriter and guitarist (d. 1978)
- Raymond Poulidor, French cyclist
- Stavros Paravas, Greek actor and producer (d. 2008)
- Roy Clark, American musician and television personality (d. 2018)
- David Hamilton, English-French photographer and director (d. 2016)
- Elizabeth Montgomery, American actress and producer (d. 1995)
- Kenneth Bloomfield, Northern Irish civil servant
- Tomas Tranströmer, Swedish poet, translator, and psychologist Nobel Prize laureate (d. 2015)
- Georges Descrières, French actor (d. 2013)
- Vigdís Finnbogadóttir, Icelandic educator and politician, 4th President of Iceland
- Gérald Beaudoin, Canadian lawyer and politician (d. 2008)
- Adrian Cadbury, English rower and businessman (d. 2015)
- Robert Mills, American physicist and academic (d. 1999)
- M. Canagaratnam, Sri Lankan politician (d. 1980)
- Rikki Fulton, Scottish comedian (d. 2004)
- Neville Marriner, English violinist and conductor (d. 2016)
- Artur Alliksaar, Estonian poet and author (d. 1966)
- Robert DePugh, American activist, founded the Minutemen (an anti-Communist organization) (d. 2009)
- Michael Ansara, Syrian-American actor (d. 2013)
- Hasrat Jaipuri, Indian poet and songwriter (d. 1999)
- Harold Washington, American lawyer and politician, 51st Mayor of Chicago (d. 1987)
- Graham Whitehead, English racing driver (d. 1981)
- Georgy Beregovoy, Ukrainian-Russian general, pilot, and astronaut (d. 1995)
- Angelo DiGeorge, American physician and endocrinologist (d. 2009)
- Godfrey Stafford, English-South African physicist and academic (d. 2013)
- Thomas Szasz, Hungarian-American psychiatrist and academic (d. 2012)
- Richard von Weizsäcker, German soldier and politician, 6th President of Germany (d. 2015)
- Alberto Breccia, Uruguayan-Argentinian author and illustrator (d. 1993)
- Hans Billian, German film director, screenwriter, and actor (d. 2007)
- Hans Conried, American actor (d. 1982)
- James Kee, American lawyer and politician (d. 1989)
- Alfred S. Bloomingdale, American businessman (d. 1982)
- Helene Hanff, American author and screenwriter (d. 1997)
- Elizabeth Catlett, African-American sculptor and illustrator (d. 2012)
- William Congdon, American-Italian painter and sculptor (d. 1998)
- Kim Il-sung, North Korean general and politician, 1st Supreme Leader of North Korea (d. 1994)
- Sulo Bärlund, Finnish shot putter (d. 1986)
- Miguel Najdorf, Polish-Argentinian chess player and theoretician (d. 1997)
- eden ahbez, Scottish-American songwriter and recording artist (d. 1995)
- Lita Grey, American actress (d. 1995)
- Nikolaas Tinbergen, Dutch-English ethologist and ornithologist, Nobel Prize laureate (d. 1988)
- Arshile Gorky, Armenian-American painter and illustrator (d. 1948)
- John Williams, English-American actor (d. 1983)
- Fernando Pessa, Portuguese journalist (d. 2002)
- Joe Davis, English snooker player (d. 1978)
- Ajoy Mukherjee, Indian politician, Chief Minister of West Bengal (d. 1986)
- René Pleven, French businessman and politician, Prime Minister of France (d. 1993)
- Harry Edward, Guyanese-English sprinter (d. 1973)
- Nikolay Semyonov, Russian physicist and chemist, Nobel Prize laureate (d. 1986)
- Clark McConachy, New Zealand snooker player (d. 1980)
- Abigail Mejia, Dominican feminist activist, nationalist, literary critic and educator (d. 1941)
- Nikita Khrushchev, Russian general and politician, 7th Premier of the Soviet Union (d. 1971)
- Bessie Smith, African-American singer and actress (d. 1937)
- Theo Osterkamp, German general and pilot (d. 1975)
- Corrie ten Boom, Dutch-American clocksmith, Nazi resister, and author (d. 1983)
- Percy Shaw, English businessman, invented the cat's eye (d. 1976)
- Thomas Hart Benton, American painter and educator (d. 1975)
- A. Philip Randolph, American activist (d. 1979)
- Maximilian Kronberger, German poet and author (d. 1904)
- William Forgan Smith, Scottish-Australian politician, 24th Premier of Queensland (d. 1953)
- Nikolay Gumilyov, Russian poet and critic (d. 1921)
- Tadeusz Kutrzeba, Polish general (d. 1947)
- Stanley Bruce, Australian captain and politician, 8th Prime Minister of Australia (d. 1967)
- Melville Henry Cane, American lawyer and poet (d. 1980)
- Robert Walser, Swiss author and playwright (d. 1956)
- Georg Kolbe, German sculptor (d. 1947)
- James J. Jeffries, American boxer and promoter (d. 1953)
- George Harrison Shull, American botanist and geneticist (d. 1954)
- Johannes Stark, German physicist and academic, Nobel Prize laureate (d. 1957)
- Bliss Carman, Canadian-British poet and playwright (d. 1929)
- Émile Durkheim, French sociologist, psychologist, and philosopher (d. 1917)
- Jean Moréas, Greek poet and critic (d. 1910)
- Henry James, American novelist, short story writer, and critic (d. 1916)
- Joseph E. Seagram, Canadian businessman and politician, founded the Seagram Company Ltd (d. 1919)
- Wilhelm Busch, German poet, painter, and illustrator (d. 1908)
- Jean Danjou, French captain (d. 1863)
- William Crowther, Dutch-Australian politician, 14th Premier of Tasmania (d. 1885)
- Hermann Grassmann, German linguist and mathematician (d. 1877)
- William Champ, English-Australian politician, 1st Premier of Tasmania (d. 1892)
- James Clark Ross, English captain and explorer (d. 1862)
- Friedrich Georg Wilhelm von Struve, German astronomer and academic (d. 1864)
- Étienne Geoffroy Saint-Hilaire, French biologist and zoologist (d. 1844)
- Nicolas Chopin, French-Polish educator (d. 1844)
- Charles Willson Peale, American painter and soldier (d. 1827)
- William Cullen, Scottish physician and chemist (d. 1790)
- Leonhard Euler, Swiss mathematician and physicist (d. 1783)
- Johann Friedrich Fasch, German violinist and composer (d. 1758)
- Catherine I of Russia (d. 1727)
- Christian V of Denmark (d. 1699)
- Suleiman II, Ottoman sultan (d. 1691)
- Robert Sibbald, Scottish physician and geographer (d. 1722)
- Francesco Maria Brancaccio, Catholic cardinal (d. 1675)
- Claudius Salmasius, French author and scholar (d. 1653)
- Guru Arjan Dev, fifth Sikh leader (d. 1606)
- Pietro Cataldi, Italian mathematician and astronomer (d. 1626)
- Guru Nanak, the first Sikh guru (d. 1539)
- Leonardo da Vinci, Italian painter, sculptor, and architect (d. 1519)
- John Paston, English noble (d. 1479)
- Henry IV of England (d. 1413)
- Frederick IV, Duke of Lorraine (d. 1329)
- 68 BC
- Gaius Maecenas, Roman politician (d. 8 BC)
Deaths On This Day
- R. Lee Ermey, American actor (b. 1944)
- Vittorio Taviani, Italian film director and screenwriter (b. 1929)
- Clifton James, American actor (b. 1920)
- Emma Morano, Italian supercentenarian, last person verified born in the 1800s (b. 1899)
- Jonathan Crombie, Canadian-American actor and screenwriter (b. 1966)
- Surya Bahadur Thapa, Nepalese politician, 24th Prime Minister of Nepal (b. 1928)
- John Houbolt, American engineer and academic (b. 1919)
- Eliseo Verón, Argentinian sociologist and academic (b. 1935)
- Benjamin Fain, Ukrainian-Israeli physicist and academic (b. 1930)
- Richard LeParmentier, American-English actor and screenwriter (b. 1946)
- Jean-François Paillard, French conductor (b. 1928)
- Paul Bogart, American director and producer (b. 1919)
- Dwayne Schintzius, American basketball player (b. 1968)
- Vittorio Arrigoni, Italian journalist, author, and activist (b. 1975)
- Jack Herer, American author and activist (b. 1939)
- Michael Pataki, American actor and director (b. 1938)
- Clement Freud, German-English journalist, academic, and politician (b. 1924)
- László Tisza, Hungarian-American physicist and academic (b. 1907)
- Salih Neftçi, Turkish economist and author (b. 1947)
- Krister Stendahl, Swedish bishop, theologian, and scholar (b. 1921)
- Brant Parker, American illustrator (b. 1920)
- Mitsuteru Yokoyama, Japanese illustrator (b. 1934)
- Damon Knight, American author and critic (b. 1922)
- Byron White, American football player, lawyer, and jurist, 4th United States Deputy Attorney General (b. 1917)
- Joey Ramone, American singer-songwriter (b. 1951)
- Edward Gorey, American poet and illustrator (b. 1925)
- Harvey Postlethwaite, English engineer (b. 1944)
- William Congdon, American-Italian painter and sculptor (b. 1912)
- Pol Pot, Cambodian general and politician, 29th Prime Minister of Cambodia (b. 1925)
- Leslie Charteris, English author and screenwriter (b. 1907)
- John Tuzo Wilson, Canadian geophysicist and geologist (b. 1908)
- Greta Garbo, Swedish-American actress (b. 1905)
- Hu Yaobang, Chinese soldier and politician, former General Secretary of the Communist Party of China (b. 1915)
- Kenneth Williams, English actor and screenwriter (b. 1926)
- Jean Genet, French novelist, poet, and playwright (b. 1910)
- Tommy Cooper, Welsh comedian and magician (b. 1921)
- Arthur Lowe, English actor (b. 1915)
- Raymond Bailey, American actor and soldier (b. 1904)
- Jean-Paul Sartre, French philosopher and author, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1905)
- David Brand, Australian politician, 19th Premier of Western Australia (b. 1912)
- Gurgen Boryan, Armenian poet and playwright (b. 1915)
- Friedebert Tuglas, Estonian author and critic (b. 1886)
- Totò, Italian comedian (b. 1898)
- Habibullah Bahar Chowdhury, Bengali politician, writer, journalist, first health minister of East Pakistan
- Edward Greeves, Jr., Australian footballer (b. 1903)
- Clara Blandick, American actress (b. 1880)
- Arsenio Lacson, Filipino journalist and politician, Mayor of Manila (b. 1912)
- Wallace Beery, American actor, director, and screenwriter (b. 1885)
- Radola Gajda, Montenegrin-Czech general and politician (b. 1892)
- Hermann Florstedt, German SS officer (b. 1895)
- Nikolai Fyodorovich Vatutin, Russian general (b. 1901)
- Aristarkh Lentulov, Russian painter and set designer (b. 1882)
- Robert Musil, Austrian-Swiss author and playwright (b. 1880)
- César Vallejo, Peruvian journalist, poet, and playwright (b. 1892)
- Gaston Leroux, French journalist and author (b. 1868)
- János Murkovics, Slovene author, poet, and educator (b. 1839)
- Victims of the Titanic disaster: Thomas Andrews, Irish shipbuilder (b. 1873)
- Victims of the Titanic disaster: John Jacob Astor IV, American colonel, businessman, and author (b. 1864)
- Victims of the Titanic disaster: Archibald Butt, American general and journalist (b. 1865)
- Victims of the Titanic disaster: Jacques Futrelle, American journalist and author (b. 1875)
- Victims of the Titanic disaster: Benjamin Guggenheim, American businessman (b. 1865)
- Victims of the Titanic disaster: Henry B. Harris, American producer and manager (b. 1866)
- Victims of the Titanic disaster: Wallace Hartley, English violinist and bandleader (b. 1878)
- Victims of the Titanic disaster: James Paul Moody, English Sixth Officer (b. 1887)
- Victims of the Titanic disaster: William McMaster Murdoch, Scottish First Officer (b. 1873)
- Victims of the Titanic disaster: Jack Phillips, English telegraphist (b. 1887)
- Victims of the Titanic disaster: Edward Smith, English Captain (b. 1850)
- Victims of the Titanic disaster: William Thomas Stead, English journalist (b. 1849)
- Victims of the Titanic disaster: Ida Straus, German-American businesswoman (b. 1849)
- Victims of the Titanic disaster: Isidor Straus, German-American businessman and politician (b. 1845)
- Victims of the Titanic disaster: John Thayer, American cricketer (b. 1862)
- Victims of the Titanic disaster: Henry Tingle Wilde, English chief officer (b. 1872)
- Te Keepa Te Rangihiwinui, New Zealand commander and politician
- Father Damien, Belgian priest and saint (b. 1840)
- Matthew Arnold, English poet and critic (b. 1822)
- Abraham Lincoln, 16th President of the United States (b. 1809)
- Sylvester Jordan, Austrian-German lawyer and politician (b. 1792)
- Arthur Aikin, English chemist and mineralogist (b. 1773)
- Ignacije Szentmartony, Croatian priest, mathematician, and astronomer (b. 1718)
- Giuseppe Bonno, Austrian composer (b. 1711)
- Mikhail Lomonosov, Russian chemist and physicist (b. 1711)
- Peder Horrebow, Danish astronomer and mathematician (b. 1679)
- Archibald Campbell, 3rd Duke of Argyll, Scottish lawyer and politician, Lord President of the Court of Session (b. 1682)
- William Oldys, English historian and author (b. 1696)
- Jacopo Riccati, Italian mathematician and academic (b. 1676)
- Françoise d'Aubigné, Marquise de Maintenon, French wife of Louis XIV of France (b. 1635)
- Simon Dach, German poet and hymnwriter (b. 1605)
- Patriarch Joseph of Moscow, Russian patriarch
- George Calvert, 1st Baron Baltimore, English politician, English Secretary of State (b. 1580)
- Robert Persons, English Jesuit priest, insurrectionist, and author (b. 1546)
- Roxelana, wife of Suleiman the Magnificent (b. c. 1500)
- John IV of Chalon-Arlay, Prince of Orange (b. 1443)
- Filippo Brunelleschi, Italian sculptor and architect (b. 1377)
- Manuel Chrysoloras, Greek philosopher and translator (b. 1355)
- Richard Poore, English ecclesiastic
- Adolf of Altena, German archbishop (b. 1157)
- Richard Fitz Gilbert de Clare (b. 1094)
- Godwin, Earl of Wessex (b. 1001)
- Lin Yanyu, Chinese court official and eunuch
- Liu Bin, emperor of Southern Han (b. 920)
- Suiko, emperor of Japan (b. 554)