On This Day in History: April 17
April 17 is the 107th day of the year (108th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. 258 days remain until the end of the year.
Lottery News On This Day
- Coronavirus impacting North Carolina lottery sales. The North Carolina Education Lottery has increased sales — which climbed to $2.6 billion in 2018, according to the North American Association of State and Provincial Lotteries — every year since it was established in 2005. Then COVID-19 hit.
- Maine lottery sales drop during coronavirus pandemic. Fewer people are going outside because of the COVID-19 coronavirus outbreak, which is impacting the number of lottery tickets people are buying.
- NC man 'counting his blessings' after winning lottery ticket almost blew away. A North Carolina man is "counting his blessings" after beating the almost 1-in-a-million odds to win a lottery prize, according to the NC Education Lottery.
- Arkansas lottery players now can buy tickets with debit cards. Starting this summer, retailers selling tickets for the Arkansas Scholarship Lottery will be authorized to accept payment by debit cards, thanks to a new law that zipped through the Legislature in 23 days with little fanfare.
- Bill allowing Oklahoma Lottery to increase prizes heads to the Senate floor. A bill moving through the Oklahoma statehouse would allow the state's lottery to increase prizes in hopes of generating more dollars for schools and boost the payout to education by about $100 million over the next five years.
- Chinese media reports plans to restart online lottery sales. Chinese media is reporting that the government plans to restart its online lottery operations after ordering their suspension over a year ago.
- Michigan man multiplies winnings to $5 million. Adding the $1 Megaplier option to a Mega Millions play turned a $1-million prize into $5 million for a Michigan man.
- Iowa Lottery no longer sharing Illinois Lottery drawings. Beginning Wednesday, April 16, Iowa Lottery players finally got their own Pick 3 and Pick 4 lottery numbers.
- Online lottery plans criticized by some West Michigan lawmakers. Lounging on the couch at home playing Keno and buying lottery tickets on your iPhone or computer doesn't sit well with some West Michigan lawmakers.
- Lottery winner who kept cashing welfare checks charged with fraud. A Michigan lottery winner was charged with fraud Tuesday for collecting food stamps and public health insurance despite pocketing a $735,000 jackpot.
- Illinois Mega Millions winner to come forward. The final winner of the record $656 million Mega Millions jackpot will accept a check for $218.6 million on Wednesday in the southern Illinois town of Red Bud where the winning ticket was purchased, the Illinois Lottery said Monday.
- Some Baptists want Texas Lottery Commission shut down. As lawmakers look at whether the Texas Lottery Commission is operating effectively, influential Baptists are suggesting the lottery shouldn't merely be tweaked. They want it abolished.
- Nevada Assembly passes lottery bill. The Nevada Assembly voted Wednesday for a lottery in the nation's No. 1 gambling state, despite arguments that it would compete with slot machines and other games of chance.
- N.Y. looks to join Powerball lottery. The New York Lottery is seeking to enter the 32 jurisdictions currently selling the Powerball lottery as a way to increase state revenue and stop jackpot seekers from heading to other states to play.
- Colorado Lottery reviewing partnership with Mega Millions. The Colorado Lottery, along with other members of the Multi State Lottery Association (MUSL), is reviewing the option of selling tickets for the multi-state Mega Millions lottery game.
- Man dons disguise to claim lottery jackpot. A New York lottery winner said he disguised himself with a marker-drawn beard when he accepted his prize to protect his new fortune from thieves.
- Ohio Lottery to begin Sunday draws in May. For the first time in its 33-year history, the Ohio Lottery plans to hold Sunday drawings, as well as adding a new Pick 10 game.
- Vancouver lottery winner loses in divorce case. A $10 million lottery windfall brought an estranged Vancouver couple back together, but eight years later, the marriage wound up in divorce court with a $2.2 million bank account issue in dispute.
- Michigan Lottery commissioner to resign. Michigan Lottery commissioner Gary Peters will step down Aug. 10 to take a public policy spot at Central Michigan University, state officials announced Monday.
- Tennessee couple wins Powerball lottery 10x promotion. A Murfreesboro, Tennessee, couple struck it rich over the weekend from a Powerball promotion that turned a $200,000 second-prize win into a $2 million jackpot.
- Pick 4 lottery player wins $500,000. A Silver Spring, Maryland, man won $500,000 in Wednesday evening's Maryland Pick 4 drawing playing twenty tickets.
- Mega Millions jackpot increased to $265 million. The jackpot in the multi-state Mega Millions lottery game has grown to $265 million.
- Obituary: Richard Paulson, 62, Washington Lottery Spokesman. In his 13 years as spokesman for Washington's state lottery, Richard Paulson met a lot of newly minted millionaires.
- Tenn. Lottery transfers nearly $80 million to education. The Tennessee Lottery is giving the state $79.6 million for education today, a record for a single quarter since the lottery began more than two years ago, lottery officials announced.
- Michigan man scratches $1 million lottery prize. A Michigan man, who opted to remain anonymous, scratched his way to the top prize of $1 million in the Millionaire's Casino Instant game.
- Illinois lottery glitch gives players extra chance. Technical difficulties with the Illinois State Lottery's Friday broadcast could turn into a nice payoff for some Pick Four ticket holders.
- Tennessee Cash 4 Lottery Game Starts Today. The Tennessee Lottery announced that its newest game called Cash 4 goes on sale today, and the first drawing will be held on Monday.
Top 25 Lottery Jackpots On This Day
- 1.$265 Million
Apr 18, 2006
- 2.$227 Million
Apr 20, 2016
- 3.$212 Million
Apr 17, 2010
- 4.$175 Million
Apr 19, 2019
- 5.$168 Million
Apr 19, 2005
- 6.€130.2 Million
Apr 17, 2018
- 7.$159 Million
Apr 17, 2020
- 8.€137.89 Million
Apr 18, 2019
- 9.$143 Million
Apr 20, 2010
- 10.$131 Million
Apr 18, 2012
- 11.$128 Million
Apr 19, 2014
- 12.$122 Million
Apr 18, 2018
- 13.$118 Million
Apr 17, 2019
- 14.$109 Million
Apr 17, 2009
- 15.$105 Million
Apr 19, 2008
- 16.€90 Million
Apr 17, 2020
- 17.€57 Million
Apr 18, 2008
- 18.$89 Million
Apr 19, 2016
- 19.$83 Million
Apr 19, 2013
- 20.$82 Million
Apr 19, 2006
- 21.€71.51 Million
Apr 19, 2016
- 22.$80 Million
Apr 19, 2000
- 22.$80 Million
Apr 17, 2013
- 22.$80 Million
Apr 19, 2017
- 25.$78 Million
Apr 17, 2010
Lottery Post Member Birthdays On This Day
Tuesday, Apr 17, 1984
36 years old
Saturday, Apr 17, 1965
55 years old
Friday, Apr 17, 1964
56 years old
Monday, Apr 17, 1961
59 years old
Monday, Apr 17, 1961
59 years old
Tuesday, Apr 17, 1956
64 years old
Wednesday, Apr 17, 1940
80 years old
Saturday, Apr 17, 1937
83 years old
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Worldwide Events On This Day
- A tourist bus overturned on the Portuguese island of Madeira, killing 29 passengers mostly German tourists.
- NASA's Kepler space telescope confirms the discovery of the first Earth-size planet in the habitable zone of another star.
- An explosion at a fertilizer plant in the city of West, Texas, kills 15 people and injures 160 others.
- A Palestinian suicide bomber detonates an explosive device in a Tel Aviv restaurant, killing 11 people and injuring 70.
- Patriation of the Canadian constitution in Ottawa by Proclamation of Elizabeth II, Queen of Canada.
- Mir Akbar Khyber is assassinated, provoking a communist coup d'état in Afghanistan.
- The Cambodian Civil War ends. The Khmer Rouge captures the capital Phnom Penh and Cambodian government forces surrender.
- The People's Republic of Bangladesh is formed.
- Apollo program: The ill-fated Apollo 13 spacecraft returns to Earth safely.
- Sirhan Sirhan is convicted of assassinating Robert F. Kennedy.
- Communist Party of Czechoslovakia chairman Alexander Dubček is deposed.
- Bay of Pigs Invasion: A group of Cuban exiles financed and trained by the CIA lands at the Bay of Pigs in Cuba with the aim of ousting Fidel Castro.
- The Peak District becomes the United Kingdom's first National Park.
- At midnight 26 Irish counties officially leave the British Commonwealth. A 21-gun salute on O'Connell Bridge, Dublin, ushers in the Republic of Ireland.
- The last French troops are withdrawn from Syria.
- World War II: Montese, Italy, is liberated from Nazi forces.
- Forces of the Communist-controlled Greek People's Liberation Army attack the smaller National and Social Liberation resistance group, which surrenders. Its leader Dimitrios Psarros is murdered.
- French prisoner of war General Henri Giraud escapes from his castle prison in Königstein Fortress.
- World War II: The Kingdom of Yugoslavia surrenders to Germany.
- Russian troops open fire on striking goldfield workers in northeast Siberia, killing at least 150.
- The Ellis Island immigration center processes 11,747 people, more than on any other day.
- The Supreme Court of the United States decides Lochner v. New York, which holds that the "right to free contract" is implicit in the due process clause of the Fourteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution.
- The Treaty of Shimonoseki between China and Japan is signed. This marks the end of the First Sino-Japanese War, and the defeated Qing Empire is forced to renounce its claims on Korea and to concede the southern portion of the Fengtien province, Taiwan and the Pescadores Islands to Japan.
- Catalpa rescue: The rescue of six Fenian prisoners from Fremantle Prison in Western Australia.
- President Benito Juarez declares Morelos a state of Mexico.
- American Civil War: The Battle of Plymouth begins: Confederate forces attack Plymouth, North Carolina.
- American Civil War: Grierson's Raid begins: Troops under Union Army Colonel Benjamin Grierson attack central Mississippi.
- The state of Virginia's secession convention votes to secede from the United States, later becoming the eighth state to join the Confederate States of America.
- Sir Ralph Abercromby attacks San Juan, Puerto Rico, in what would be one of the largest invasions of the Spanish territories in the Americas.
- Citizens of Verona begin an unsuccessful eight-day rebellion against the French occupying forces.
- Giovanni da Verrazzano reaches New York harbor.
- Trial of Martin Luther over his teachings begins during the assembly of the Diet of Worms. Initially intimidated, he asks for time to reflect before answering and is given a stay of one day.
- Spain and Christopher Columbus sign the Capitulations of Santa Fe for his voyage to Asia to acquire spices.
- Kaunas Castle falls to the Teutonic Order after a month-long siege.
- The rule of the Bavand dynasty in Mazandaran is brought to an end by the murder of Hasan II.
- Harald III of Denmark dies and is succeeded by Canute IV, who would later be the first Dane to be canonized.
Births On This Day
- Lorna Fitzgerald, British actress
- Lachlan Maranta, Australian rugby league footballer
- Jonathan Brown, Welsh footballer
- Paraskevi Papachristou, Greek triple jumper
- Avi Kaplan, singer and songwriter
- Takahiro Moriuchi, Japanese singer-songwriter
- Romain Grosjean, French race car driver
- Rooney Mara, American actress
- Luke Mitchell, Australian actor and model
- Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, French tennis player
- Pablo Sebastián Álvarez, Argentinian footballer
- Jed Lowrie, American baseball player
- Raffaele Palladino, Italian footballer
- Stanislav Chistov, Russian ice hockey player
- Roberto Jiménez, Peruvian footballer
- Andrea Marcato, Italian rugby player
- Brad Boyes, Canadian ice hockey player
- Chuck Kobasew, Canadian ice hockey player
- Jenny Meadows, English runner
- Hanna Pakarinen, Finnish singer-songwriter
- Ryan Raburn, American baseball player
- Chris Thompson, English runner
- Zhang Yaokun, Chinese footballer
- Fabián Vargas, Colombian footballer
- Curtis Woodhouse, English footballer, boxer, and manager
- Eric Brewer, Canadian ice hockey player
- Marija Šestak, Serbian-Slovenian triple jumper
- Monika Bergmann-Schmuderer, German skier
- Lindsay Hartley, American actress
- Jason White, Scottish rugby player
- Chad Hedrick, American speed skater
- Phil Jamieson, Australian singer-songwriter and guitarist
- Frederik Magle, Danish composer, organist, and pianist
- Maurice Wignall, Jamaican hurdler and long jumper
- Heidi Alexander, English politician
- Travis Roy, American ice hockey player
- Mikael Åkerfeldt, Swedish singer-songwriter, guitarist, and producer
- Victoria Beckham, English singer and fashion designer
- Katrin Koov, Estonian architect
- Brett Maher, Australian basketball player and sportscaster
- Theo Ratliff, American basketball player
- Gary Bennett, American baseball player
- Tony Boselli, American football player and sportscaster
- Jennifer Garner, American actress
- Muttiah Muralitharan, Sri Lankan cricketer
- Yuichi Nishimura, Japanese footballer and referee
- Terran Sandwith, Canadian ice hockey player
- Claire Sweeney, English actress
- Redman, American rapper, producer, and actor
- Julie Fagerholt, Danish fashion designer
- Phil Henderson, American basketball player and coach (d. 2013)
- Eric Lamaze, Canadian jockey
- Roger Twose, New Zealand cricketer
- Richie Woodhall, English boxer and trainer
- Kimberly Elise, American actress
- Marquis Grissom, American baseball player and coach
- Ian Jones, New Zealand rugby player
- Barnaby Joyce, Australian politician, 17th Deputy Prime Minister of Australia
- Liz Phair, American singer-songwriter and guitarist
- Vikram, Indian actor and singer
- Ken Daneyko, Canadian ice hockey player and sportscaster
- Maynard James Keenan, American singer-songwriter and producer
- Rachel Notley, Canadian politician
- Lela Rochon, American actress
- Paul Nicholls, English jockey and trainer
- Frank J. Christensen, American labor union leader
- Norman Cowans, Jamaican-English cricketer
- Boomer Esiason, American football player and sportscaster
- Bella Freud, English fashion designer
- Vladimir Polyakov, Russian pole vaulter
- Sean Bean, English actor
- Jimmy Mann, Canadian ice hockey player
- Li Meisu, Chinese shot putter
- Laslo Babits, Canadian javelin thrower (d. 2013)
- Teri Austin, Canadian actress
- Afrika Bambaataa, American disc jockey
- Nick Hornby, English novelist, essayist, lyricist, and screenwriter
- Julia Macur, English lawyer and judge
- Frank McDonough, British historian
- Colin Tyre, Lord Tyre, Scottish lawyer and judge
- Todd Lickliter, American basketball player and coach
- Pete Shelley, English singer-songwriter and guitarist (d. 2018)
- Mike Stroud, English physician and explorer
- Riccardo Patrese, Italian race car driver
- Roddy Piper, Canadian professional wrestler and actor (d. 2015)
- Michael Sembello, American singer-songwriter and guitarist
- Joe Alaskey, American voice actor (d. 2016)
- Pierre Guité, Canadian ice hockey player
- John McColl, English general and politician, Lieutenant Governor of Jersey
- Željko Ražnatović, Serbian commander (d. 2000)
- John Robertson, Scottish businessman and politician
- Olivia Hussey, Argentinian-English actress
- Börje Salming, Swedish ice hockey player and businessman
- Jan Hammer, Czech pianist, composer, and producer
- Alice Harden, American educator and politician (d. 2012)
- Pekka Vasala, Finnish runner
- Nigel Emslie, Lord Emslie, Scottish lawyer and judge
- Richard Field, English lawyer and judge
- Sherrie Levine, American photographer
- Tsutomu Wakamatsu, Japanese baseball player, coach, and manager
- Clare Francis, English sailor and author
- Richard Allen Epstein, American lawyer, author, and academic
- Buster Williams, American jazz bassist
- Lagle Parek, Estonian architect and politician, Estonian Minister of the Interior
- Eric Dancer, English businessman and politician, Lord Lieutenant of Devon
- Billy Fury, English singer-songwriter (d. 1983)
- John McCririck, English journalist
- Chuck Menville, American animator and screenwriter (d. 1992)
- Anja Silja, German soprano and actress
- Agostino Vallini, Italian cardinal and vicar general of Rome
- Robert Miller, American art dealer (d. 2011)
- Ben Barnes, American businessman and politician, 36th Lieutenant Governor of Texas
- Doug Lewis, Canadian lawyer and politician, 41st Canadian Minister of Justice
- Ronald H. Miller, American theologian, author, and academic (d. 2011)
- Kerry Wendell Thornley, American theorist and author (d. 1988)
- Ronald Hamowy, Canadian historian and academic (d. 2012)
- Ferdinand Piëch, Austrian-German engineer and businessman
- Bud Paxson, American broadcaster, founded Home Shopping Network and Pax TV (d. 2015)
- Don Kirshner, American songwriter and producer (d. 2011)
- Peter Morris, Australian-English surgeon and academic
- John Barrett, English tennis player and sportscaster
- Malcolm Browne, American journalist and photographer (d. 2012)
- Chris Barber, English trombonist and bandleader
- James Last, German-American bassist, composer, and bandleader (d. 2015)
- Victor Lownes, American businessman (d. 2017)
- Cynthia Ozick, American short story writer, novelist, and essayist
- Heinz Putzl, Austrian fencer
- Fabien Roy, Canadian accountant and politician
- Margot Honecker, East German politician and First Lady (d. 2016)
- Joan Lorring, British actress (d. 2014)
- Gerry McNeil, Canadian ice hockey player and manager (d. 2004)
- René Moawad, Lebanese lawyer and politician, 13th President of Lebanon (d. 1989)
- Kenneth Norman Jones, Australian public servant
- Donald Richie, American-Japanese author and critic (d. 2013)
- Lindsay Anderson, English actor, director, and screenwriter (d. 1994)
- Solly Hemus, American baseball player, coach, and manager (d. 2017)
- Neville McNamara, Australian air marshal (d. 2014)
- Gianni Raimondi, Italian lyric tenor (d. 2008)
- Harry Reasoner, American soldier and journalist (d. 1991)
- Edmonde Charles-Roux, French journalist and author (d. 2016)
- Gilles Lamontagne, Canadian lieutenant and politician, 24th Lieutenant Governor of Quebec (d. 2016)
- Chavela Vargas, Costa Rican-Mexican singer-songwriter and actress (d. 2012)
- William Holden, American actor (d. 1981)
- Win Maung, 3rd President of Union of Myanmar (d. 1989)
- A. Thiagarajah, Sri Lankan educator and politician (d. 1981)
- Sirimavo Bandaranaike , Prime Minister of Sri Lanka , world's first female prime minister (d.2000)
- Martin Clemens, Scottish soldier (d. 2009)
- Joe Foss, American general and politician, 20th Governor of South Dakota (d. 2003)
- Regina Ghazaryan, Armenian painter (d. 1999)
- George Davis, American art director (d. 1984)
- Mac Raboy, American illustrator (d. 1967)
- Marta Eggerth, Jewish-Hungarian-American actress and singer (d. 2013)
- Hervé Bazin, French author and poet (d. 1996)
- Lester Rodney, American soldier and journalist (d. 2009)
- Evangelos Averoff, Greek historian and politician, Greek Minister of Defence (d. 1990)
- Ivan Goff, Australian screenwriter and producer (d. 1999)
- Helenio Herrera, French footballer and manager (d. 1997)
- Alain Poher, French politician, President of France (d. 1996)
- Sidney Garfield, American physician, co-founded Kaiser Permanente (d. 1984)
- Louis Jean Heydt, American journalist and actor (d. 1960)
- Arthur Lake, American actor (d. 1987)
- Nicolas Nabokov, Russian-American composer and educator (d. 1978)
- Gregor Piatigorsky, Ukrainian-American cellist and educator (d. 1976)
- Morgan Taylor, American hurdler and coach (d. 1975)
- Aleksander Klumberg, Estonian decathlete and coach (d. 1958)
- Nisargadatta Maharaj, Indian philosopher and educator (d. 1981)
- Thornton Wilder, American novelist and playwright (d. 1975)
- Edouard Wyss-Dunant, Swiss physician and mountaineer (d. 1983)
- Señor Wences, Spanish-American ventriloquist (d. 1999)
- Robert Dean Frisbie, American soldier and author (d. 1948)
- George Adamski, Polish-American ufologist and author (d. 1965)
- Herms Niel, German soldier, trombonist, and composer (d. 1954)
- Artur Schnabel, Jewish-Polish pianist and composer (d. 1951)
- Henri Tauzin, French hurdler (d. 1918)
- Emil Fuchs, German-American lawyer and businessman (d. 1961)
- Demetrios Petrokokkinos, Greek tennis player (d. 1942)
- Matsudaira Tsuneo, Japanese diplomat (d. 1949)
- Aleksander Tõnisson, Estonian general and politician, 5th Estonian Minister of War (d. 1941)
- Ernest Starling, English physiologist and academic (d. 1927)
- Ursula Ledóchowska, Polish-Austrian nun and saint, founded the Congregation of the Ursulines of the Agonizing Heart of Jesus (d. 1939)
- Augustus Edward Hough Love, English mathematician and theorist (d. 1940)
- Cap Anson, American baseball player and manager (d. 1922)
- William R. Day, American jurist and politician, 36th United States Secretary of State (d. 1923)
- Maurice Rouvier, French businessman and politician, 53rd Prime Minister of France (d. 1911)
- J. P. Morgan, American banker and financier, founded J.P. Morgan & Co. (d. 1913)
- Jean-Baptiste Accolay, Belgian violinist, composer, and conductor (d. 1900)
- Alexander Cartwright, American firefighter and inventor of baseball (d. 1892)
- Thomas Hazlehurst, English architect and philanthropist (d. 1876)
- Josif Pančić, Serbian botanist and academic (d. 1888)
- Étienne Bobillier, French mathematician and academic (d. 1840)
- Carl Friedrich Philipp von Martius, German botanist and explorer (d. 1868)
- Collin McKinney, American surveyor, merchant, and politician (d. 1861)
- Dheeran Chinnamalai, Indian commander (d. 1805)
- François de Neufchâteau, French academic and politician, French Minister of the Interior (d. 1828)
- Samuel Chase, American lawyer and jurist (d. 1811)
- Taksin, King of Thailand (d. 1782)
- Henry Erskine, 10th Earl of Buchan, Scottish politician (d. 1767)
- Johann David Heinichen, German composer and theorist (d. 1729)
- Frederick I of Sweden (d. 1751)
- Edward Stillingfleet, British theologian and scholar (d. 1699)
- Marguerite Bourgeoys, French-Canadian nun and saint, founded the Congregation of Notre Dame of Montreal (d. 1700)
- Giovanni Battista Riccioli, Italian priest and astronomer (d. 1671)
- John Ford, English poet and playwright (d. 1639)
- Maximilian I, Elector of Bavaria (d. 1651)
- Pedro de Valdivia, Spanish conquistador, conquered northern Chile (d. 1553)
- Michael IX Palaiologos, Byzantine emperor (d. 1320)
- Pope Evaristus (d. 107)
Deaths On This Day
- Barbara Bush, former First Lady of the United States (b. 1925)
- Carl Kasell, American radio personality (b. 1934)
- Doris Roberts, American actress (b. 1925)
- Francis George, American cardinal (b. 1937)
- Robert P. Griffin, American soldier, lawyer, and politician (b. 1923)
- Scotty Probasco, American businessman and philanthropist (b. 1928)
- Jeremiah J. Rodell, American general (b. 1921)
- A. Alfred Taubman, American businessman and philanthropist (b. 1924)
- Cheo Feliciano, Puerto Rican singer and composer of salsa and bolero music. (b. 1935)
- Gabriel García Márquez, Colombian journalist and author, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1927)
- Bernat Klein, Serbian-Scottish fashion designer and painter (b. 1922)
- Wojciech Leśnikowski, Polish-American architect and academic (b. 1938)
- Karpal Singh, Malaysian lawyer and politician (b. 1940)
- Carlos Graça, São Toméan politician, Prime Minister of São Tomé and Príncipe (b. 1931)
- Bi Kidude, Tanzanian Taarab singer (b. ≈1910)
- Yngve Moe, Norwegian bass player and songwriter (b. 1957)
- V. S. Ramadevi, Indian politician, 13th Governor of Karnataka (b. 1934)
- Leila Berg, English journalist and author (b. 1917)
- J. Quinn Brisben, American educator and politician (b. 1934)
- Dimitris Mitropanos, Greek singer (b. 1948)
- Nityananda Mohapatra, Indian journalist, poet, and politician (b. 1912)
- Jonathan V. Plaut, American rabbi and author (b. 1942)
- Stanley Rogers Resor, American soldier, lawyer, and politician, 9th United States Secretary of the Army (b. 1917)
- Eric Gross, Austrian-Australian pianist and composer (b. 1926)
- Michael Sarrazin, Canadian actor (b. 1940)
- Robert Vickrey, American artist and author (b. 1926)
- Aimé Césaire, Caribbean-French poet and politician (b. 1913)
- Danny Federici, American organist and accordion player (b. 1950)
- Kitty Carlisle, American actress, singer, socialite and game show panelist (b. 1910)
- Jean Bernard, French physician and haematologist (b. 1907)
- Scott Brazil, American director and producer (b. 1955)
- Henderson Forsythe, American actor (b. 1917)
- Edmond Pidoux, Swiss author and poet (b. 1908)
- Robert Atkins, American physician and cardiologist, created the Atkins diet (b. 1930)
- H. B. Bailey, American race car driver (b. 1936)
- John Paul Getty, Jr., American-English philanthropist (b. 1932)
- Earl King, American blues singer, guitarist and songwriter (b. 1934)
- Yiannis Latsis, Greek businessman (b. 1910)
- Linda McCartney, American photographer, activist, and musician (b. 1941)
- Chaim Herzog, Israeli general, lawyer, and politician, 6th President of Israel (b. 1918)
- Piet Hein, Danish poet and mathematician (b. 1905)
- Frank E. Resnik, American sergeant and businessman (b. 1928)
- Roger Wolcott Sperry, American psychologist and biologist, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1913)
- Turgut Özal, Turkish engineer and politician, 8th president of Turkey (b. 1927)
- Ralph Abernathy, American minister and activist (b. 1936)
- Louise Nevelson, Ukrainian-American sculptor and educator (b. 1900)
- Cecil Harmsworth King, English publisher (b. 1901)
- Dick Shawn, American actor (b. 1923)
- Claude Provost, Canadian-American ice hockey player (b. 1933)
- Felix Pappalardi, American singer-songwriter, bass player, and producer (b. 1939)
- William Conway, Irish cardinal (b. 1913)
- Henrik Dam, Danish biochemist and physiologist, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1895)
- Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan, Indian philosopher and politician, 2nd President of India (b. 1888)
- Red Allen, American singer and trumpet player (b. 1908)
- Elda Anderson, American physicist and health researcher (b. 1899)
- Eddie Cochran, American singer-songwriter and guitarist (b. 1938)
- Lucrețiu Pătrășcanu, Romanian lawyer and politician, Romanian Minister of Justice (b. 1900)
- Suzuki Kantarō, Japanese admiral and politician, 42nd Prime Minister of Japan (b. 1868)
- Juan Bautista Sacasa, Nicaraguan medical doctor, politician and 20th President of Nicaragua (b. 1874)
- J. T. Hearne, English cricketer and coach (b. 1867)
- Dimitrios Psarros, Greek lieutenant, founded the National and Social Liberation (b. 1893)
- Jean Baptiste Perrin, French-American physicist and chemist, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1870)
- Charles Ruijs de Beerenbrouck, Dutch lawyer and politician, 28th Prime Minister of the Netherlands (b. 1873)
- Kote Marjanishvili, Georgian director and playwright (b. 1872)
- Alexander Golovin, Russian painter and stage designer (b. 1863)
- Laurence Ginnell, Irish lawyer and politician (b. 1852)
- Manwel Dimech, Maltese journalist, author, and philosopher (b. 1860)
- Alexander Mackenzie, Scottish-Canadian journalist and politician, 2nd Prime Minister of Canada (b. 1822)
- E. G. Squier, American archaeologist and journalist (b. 1821)
- George Jennings, English engineer and plumber, invented the Flush toilet (b. 1810)
- Samuel Morey, American engineer (b. 1762)
- Hannah Webster Foster, American journalist and author (b. 1758)
- Richard Jupp, English surveyor and architect (b. 1728)
- Benjamin Franklin, American inventor, publisher, and politician, 6th President of Pennsylvania (b. 1706)
- Johann Mattheson, German lexicographer and composer (b. 1681)
- David Hollatz, Polish pastor and theologian (b. 1648)
- Joseph I, Holy Roman Emperor (b. 1678)
- Marie de Rabutin-Chantal, marquise de Sévigné, French author (b. 1626)
- Juana Inés de la Cruz, Mexican poet and scholar (b. 1651)
- Kateri Tekakwitha, Mohawk-born Native American saint (b. 1656)
- Antonio Bertali, Italian violinist and composer (b. 1605)
- Joachim Camerarius, German scholar and translator (b. 1500)
- George, Duke of Saxony (b. 1471)
- John IV, Duke of Brabant (b. 1403)
- Marin Falier, Doge of Venice (b. 1285)
- Constantine II, King of Armenia
- Robert de Vere, 6th Earl of Oxford, English nobleman (b. 1257)
- Infanta Branca of Portugal, daughter of King Afonso III of Portugal (b. 1259)
- Árni Þorláksson, Icelandic bishop (b. 1237)
- Robert of Molesme, Christian saint and abbot (b. 1027)
- Harald III of Denmark (b. 1041)
- Manuel Komnenos, Byzantine military commander (b. c. 1045)
- Benedict III, pope of the Catholic Church
- Bernard of Italy, Frankish king (b. 797)
- Al-Walid II, Umayyad caliph (b. 706)
- Xiao, empress of the Sui Dynasty
- Donnán of Eigg, Irish priest and saint
- Proclus, Greek mathematician and philosopher (b. 412)