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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

2020
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.
2020
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.
2019
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.
2017
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.
2017
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.
2016
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.
2015
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.
2014
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.
2013
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.
2012
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.
2012
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.
2012
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.
2009
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.
2009
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.
2009
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.
2008
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.
2007
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.
2007
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.
2007
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.
2007
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.
2006
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.
2006
Mega Millions jackpot increased to $265 million. The jackpot in the multi-state Mega Millions lottery game has grown to $265 million.
2006
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.
2006
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.
2005
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.
2005
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.
2005
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
Multi-State
Mega Millions
Draw Date
Apr 18, 2006
2.$227 Million
Multi-State
Powerball
Draw Date
Apr 20, 2016
3.$212 Million
Multi-State
Powerball
Draw Date
Apr 17, 2010
4.$175 Million
Multi-State
Mega Millions
Draw Date
Apr 19, 2019
5.$168 Million
Multi-State
Mega Millions
Draw Date
Apr 19, 2005
6.€130.2 Million
US$161.06 Million
Draw Date
Apr 17, 2018
7.$159 Million
Multi-State
Mega Millions
Draw Date
Apr 17, 2020
8.€137.89 Million
US$155.08 Million
Draw Date
Apr 18, 2019
9.$143 Million
Multi-State
Mega Millions
Draw Date
Apr 20, 2010
10.$131 Million
Multi-State
Powerball
Draw Date
Apr 18, 2012
11.$128 Million
Multi-State
Powerball
Draw Date
Apr 19, 2014
12.$122 Million
Multi-State
Powerball
Draw Date
Apr 18, 2018
13.$118 Million
Multi-State
Powerball
Draw Date
Apr 17, 2019
14.$109 Million
Multi-State
Mega Millions
Draw Date
Apr 17, 2009
15.$105 Million
Multi-State
Powerball
Draw Date
Apr 19, 2008
16.€90 Million
US$99.23 Million
Multi-Country
EuroJackpot
Draw Date
Apr 17, 2020
17.€57 Million
US$90.09 Million
Multi-Country
Euro Millions
Draw Date
Apr 18, 2008
18.$89 Million
Multi-State
Mega Millions
Draw Date
Apr 19, 2016
19.$83 Million
Multi-State
Mega Millions
Draw Date
Apr 19, 2013
20.$82 Million
Florida
Lotto
Draw Date
Apr 19, 2006
21.€71.51 Million
US$81.2 Million
Draw Date
Apr 19, 2016
22.$80 Million
Multi-State
Powerball
Draw Date
Apr 19, 2000
22.$80 Million
Multi-State
Powerball
Draw Date
Apr 17, 2013
22.$80 Million
Multi-State
Powerball
Draw Date
Apr 19, 2017
25.$78 Million
Draw Date
Apr 17, 2010

Lottery Post Member Birthdays On This Day

1984
Tuesday, Apr 17, 1984
36 years old
1965
Saturday, Apr 17, 1965
55 years old
1964
Friday, Apr 17, 1964
56 years old
1961
Monday, Apr 17, 1961
59 years old
1961
Monday, Apr 17, 1961
59 years old
1956
Tuesday, Apr 17, 1956
64 years old
1940
Wednesday, Apr 17, 1940
80 years old
1937
Saturday, Apr 17, 1937
83 years old
(year not provided)
(year not provided)
(year not provided)

Worldwide Events On This Day

2019
A tourist bus overturned on the Portuguese island of Madeira, killing 29 passengers mostly German tourists.
2014
NASA's Kepler space telescope confirms the discovery of the first Earth-size planet in the habitable zone of another star.
2013
An explosion at a fertilizer plant in the city of West, Texas, kills 15 people and injures 160 others.
2006
A Palestinian suicide bomber detonates an explosive device in a Tel Aviv restaurant, killing 11 people and injuring 70.
1982
Patriation of the Canadian constitution in Ottawa by Proclamation of Elizabeth II, Queen of Canada.
1978
Mir Akbar Khyber is assassinated, provoking a communist coup d'état in Afghanistan.
1975
The Cambodian Civil War ends. The Khmer Rouge captures the capital Phnom Penh and Cambodian government forces surrender.
1971
The People's Republic of Bangladesh is formed.
1970
Apollo program: The ill-fated Apollo 13 spacecraft returns to Earth safely.
1969
Sirhan Sirhan is convicted of assassinating Robert F. Kennedy.
1969
Communist Party of Czechoslovakia chairman Alexander Dubček is deposed.
1961
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.
1951
The Peak District becomes the United Kingdom's first National Park.
1949
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.
1946
The last French troops are withdrawn from Syria.
1945
World War II: Montese, Italy, is liberated from Nazi forces.
1944
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.
1942
French prisoner of war General Henri Giraud escapes from his castle prison in Königstein Fortress.
1941
World War II: The Kingdom of Yugoslavia surrenders to Germany.
1912
Russian troops open fire on striking goldfield workers in northeast Siberia, killing at least 150.
1907
The Ellis Island immigration center processes 11,747 people, more than on any other day.
1905
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.
1895
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.
1876
Catalpa rescue: The rescue of six Fenian prisoners from Fremantle Prison in Western Australia.
1869
President Benito Juarez declares Morelos a state of Mexico.
1864
American Civil War: The Battle of Plymouth begins: Confederate forces attack Plymouth, North Carolina.
1863
American Civil War: Grierson's Raid begins: Troops under Union Army Colonel Benjamin Grierson attack central Mississippi.
1861
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.
1797
Sir Ralph Abercromby attacks San Juan, Puerto Rico, in what would be one of the largest invasions of the Spanish territories in the Americas.
1797
Citizens of Verona begin an unsuccessful eight-day rebellion against the French occupying forces.
1524
Giovanni da Verrazzano reaches New York harbor.
1521
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.
1492
Spain and Christopher Columbus sign the Capitulations of Santa Fe for his voyage to Asia to acquire spices.
1362
Kaunas Castle falls to the Teutonic Order after a month-long siege.
1349
The rule of the Bavand dynasty in Mazandaran is brought to an end by the murder of Hasan II.
1080
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

1996
Lorna Fitzgerald, British actress
1992
Lachlan Maranta, Australian rugby league footballer
1990
Jonathan Brown, Welsh footballer
1989
Paraskevi Papachristou, Greek triple jumper
1989
Avi Kaplan, singer and songwriter
1988
Takahiro Moriuchi, Japanese singer-songwriter
1986
Romain Grosjean, French race car driver
1985
Rooney Mara, American actress
1985
Luke Mitchell, Australian actor and model
1985
Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, French tennis player
1984
Pablo Sebastián Álvarez, Argentinian footballer
1984
Jed Lowrie, American baseball player
1984
Raffaele Palladino, Italian footballer
1983
Stanislav Chistov, Russian ice hockey player
1983
Roberto Jiménez, Peruvian footballer
1983
Andrea Marcato, Italian rugby player
1982
Brad Boyes, Canadian ice hockey player
1982
Chuck Kobasew, Canadian ice hockey player
1981
Jenny Meadows, English runner
1981
Hanna Pakarinen, Finnish singer-songwriter
1981
Ryan Raburn, American baseball player
1981
Chris Thompson, English runner
1981
Zhang Yaokun, Chinese footballer
1980
Fabián Vargas, Colombian footballer
1980
Curtis Woodhouse, English footballer, boxer, and manager
1979
Eric Brewer, Canadian ice hockey player
1979
Marija Šestak, Serbian-Slovenian triple jumper
1978
Monika Bergmann-Schmuderer, German skier
1978
Lindsay Hartley, American actress
1978
Jason White, Scottish rugby player
1977
Chad Hedrick, American speed skater
1977
Phil Jamieson, Australian singer-songwriter and guitarist
1977
Frederik Magle, Danish composer, organist, and pianist
1976
Maurice Wignall, Jamaican hurdler and long jumper
1975
Heidi Alexander, English politician
1975
Travis Roy, American ice hockey player
1974
Mikael Åkerfeldt, Swedish singer-songwriter, guitarist, and producer
1974
Victoria Beckham, English singer and fashion designer
1973
Katrin Koov, Estonian architect
1973
Brett Maher, Australian basketball player and sportscaster
1973
Theo Ratliff, American basketball player
1972
Gary Bennett, American baseball player
1972
Tony Boselli, American football player and sportscaster
1972
Jennifer Garner, American actress
1972
Muttiah Muralitharan, Sri Lankan cricketer
1972
Yuichi Nishimura, Japanese footballer and referee
1972
Terran Sandwith, Canadian ice hockey player
1971
Claire Sweeney, English actress
1970
Redman, American rapper, producer, and actor
1968
Julie Fagerholt, Danish fashion designer
1968
Phil Henderson, American basketball player and coach (d. 2013)
1968
Eric Lamaze, Canadian jockey
1968
Roger Twose, New Zealand cricketer
1968
Richie Woodhall, English boxer and trainer
1967
Kimberly Elise, American actress
1967
Marquis Grissom, American baseball player and coach
1967
Ian Jones, New Zealand rugby player
1967
Barnaby Joyce, Australian politician, 17th Deputy Prime Minister of Australia
1967
Liz Phair, American singer-songwriter and guitarist
1966
Vikram, Indian actor and singer
1964
Ken Daneyko, Canadian ice hockey player and sportscaster
1964
Maynard James Keenan, American singer-songwriter and producer
1964
Rachel Notley, Canadian politician
1964
Lela Rochon, American actress
1962
Paul Nicholls, English jockey and trainer
1961
Frank J. Christensen, American labor union leader
1961
Norman Cowans, Jamaican-English cricketer
1961
Boomer Esiason, American football player and sportscaster
1961
Bella Freud, English fashion designer
1960
Vladimir Polyakov, Russian pole vaulter
1959
Sean Bean, English actor
1959
Jimmy Mann, Canadian ice hockey player
1959
Li Meisu, Chinese shot putter
1958
Laslo Babits, Canadian javelin thrower (d. 2013)
1957
Teri Austin, Canadian actress
1957
Afrika Bambaataa, American disc jockey
1957
Nick Hornby, English novelist, essayist, lyricist, and screenwriter
1957
Julia Macur, English lawyer and judge
1957
Frank McDonough, British historian
1956
Colin Tyre, Lord Tyre, Scottish lawyer and judge
1955
Todd Lickliter, American basketball player and coach
1955
Pete Shelley, English singer-songwriter and guitarist (d. 2018)
1955
Mike Stroud, English physician and explorer
1954
Riccardo Patrese, Italian race car driver
1954
Roddy Piper, Canadian professional wrestler and actor (d. 2015)
1954
Michael Sembello, American singer-songwriter and guitarist
1952
Joe Alaskey, American voice actor (d. 2016)
1952
Pierre Guité, Canadian ice hockey player
1952
John McColl, English general and politician, Lieutenant Governor of Jersey
1952
Željko Ražnatović, Serbian commander (d. 2000)
1952
John Robertson, Scottish businessman and politician
1951
Olivia Hussey, Argentinian-English actress
1951
Börje Salming, Swedish ice hockey player and businessman
1948
Jan Hammer, Czech pianist, composer, and producer
1948
Alice Harden, American educator and politician (d. 2012)
1948
Pekka Vasala, Finnish runner
1947
Nigel Emslie, Lord Emslie, Scottish lawyer and judge
1947
Richard Field, English lawyer and judge
1947
Sherrie Levine, American photographer
1947
Tsutomu Wakamatsu, Japanese baseball player, coach, and manager
1946
Clare Francis, English sailor and author
1943
Richard Allen Epstein, American lawyer, author, and academic
1942
Buster Williams, American jazz bassist
1941
Lagle Parek, Estonian architect and politician, Estonian Minister of the Interior
1940
Eric Dancer, English businessman and politician, Lord Lieutenant of Devon
1940
Billy Fury, English singer-songwriter (d. 1983)
1940
John McCririck, English journalist
1940
Chuck Menville, American animator and screenwriter (d. 1992)
1940
Anja Silja, German soprano and actress
1940
Agostino Vallini, Italian cardinal and vicar general of Rome
1939
Robert Miller, American art dealer (d. 2011)
1938
Ben Barnes, American businessman and politician, 36th Lieutenant Governor of Texas
1938
Doug Lewis, Canadian lawyer and politician, 41st Canadian Minister of Justice
1938
Ronald H. Miller, American theologian, author, and academic (d. 2011)
1938
Kerry Wendell Thornley, American theorist and author (d. 1988)
1937
Ronald Hamowy, Canadian historian and academic (d. 2012)
1937
Ferdinand Piëch, Austrian-German engineer and businessman
1935
Bud Paxson, American broadcaster, founded Home Shopping Network and Pax TV (d. 2015)
1934
Don Kirshner, American songwriter and producer (d. 2011)
1934
Peter Morris, Australian-English surgeon and academic
1931
John Barrett, English tennis player and sportscaster
1931
Malcolm Browne, American journalist and photographer (d. 2012)
1930
Chris Barber, English trombonist and bandleader
1929
James Last, German-American bassist, composer, and bandleader (d. 2015)
1928
Victor Lownes, American businessman (d. 2017)
1928
Cynthia Ozick, American short story writer, novelist, and essayist
1928
Heinz Putzl, Austrian fencer
1928
Fabien Roy, Canadian accountant and politician
1927
Margot Honecker, East German politician and First Lady (d. 2016)
1926
Joan Lorring, British actress (d. 2014)
1926
Gerry McNeil, Canadian ice hockey player and manager (d. 2004)
1925
René Moawad, Lebanese lawyer and politician, 13th President of Lebanon (d. 1989)
1924
Kenneth Norman Jones, Australian public servant
1924
Donald Richie, American-Japanese author and critic (d. 2013)
1923
Lindsay Anderson, English actor, director, and screenwriter (d. 1994)
1923
Solly Hemus, American baseball player, coach, and manager (d. 2017)
1923
Neville McNamara, Australian air marshal (d. 2014)
1923
Gianni Raimondi, Italian lyric tenor (d. 2008)
1923
Harry Reasoner, American soldier and journalist (d. 1991)
1920
Edmonde Charles-Roux, French journalist and author (d. 2016)
1919
Gilles Lamontagne, Canadian lieutenant and politician, 24th Lieutenant Governor of Quebec (d. 2016)
1919
Chavela Vargas, Costa Rican-Mexican singer-songwriter and actress (d. 2012)
1918
William Holden, American actor (d. 1981)
1916
Win Maung, 3rd President of Union of Myanmar (d. 1989)
1916
A. Thiagarajah, Sri Lankan educator and politician (d. 1981)
1916
Sirimavo Bandaranaike , Prime Minister of Sri Lanka , world's first female prime minister (d.2000)
1915
Martin Clemens, Scottish soldier (d. 2009)
1915
Joe Foss, American general and politician, 20th Governor of South Dakota (d. 2003)
1915
Regina Ghazaryan, Armenian painter (d. 1999)
1914
George Davis, American art director (d. 1984)
1914
Mac Raboy, American illustrator (d. 1967)
1912
Marta Eggerth, Jewish-Hungarian-American actress and singer (d. 2013)
1911
Hervé Bazin, French author and poet (d. 1996)
1911
Lester Rodney, American soldier and journalist (d. 2009)
1910
Evangelos Averoff, Greek historian and politician, Greek Minister of Defence (d. 1990)
1910
Ivan Goff, Australian screenwriter and producer (d. 1999)
1910
Helenio Herrera, French footballer and manager (d. 1997)
1909
Alain Poher, French politician, President of France (d. 1996)
1906
Sidney Garfield, American physician, co-founded Kaiser Permanente (d. 1984)
1905
Louis Jean Heydt, American journalist and actor (d. 1960)
1905
Arthur Lake, American actor (d. 1987)
1903
Nicolas Nabokov, Russian-American composer and educator (d. 1978)
1903
Gregor Piatigorsky, Ukrainian-American cellist and educator (d. 1976)
1903
Morgan Taylor, American hurdler and coach (d. 1975)
1899
Aleksander Klumberg, Estonian decathlete and coach (d. 1958)
1897
Nisargadatta Maharaj, Indian philosopher and educator (d. 1981)
1897
Thornton Wilder, American novelist and playwright (d. 1975)
1897
Edouard Wyss-Dunant, Swiss physician and mountaineer (d. 1983)
1896
Señor Wences, Spanish-American ventriloquist (d. 1999)
1895
Robert Dean Frisbie, American soldier and author (d. 1948)
1891
George Adamski, Polish-American ufologist and author (d. 1965)
1888
Herms Niel, German soldier, trombonist, and composer (d. 1954)
1882
Artur Schnabel, Jewish-Polish pianist and composer (d. 1951)
1879
Henri Tauzin, French hurdler (d. 1918)
1878
Emil Fuchs, German-American lawyer and businessman (d. 1961)
1878
Demetrios Petrokokkinos, Greek tennis player (d. 1942)
1877
Matsudaira Tsuneo, Japanese diplomat (d. 1949)
1875
Aleksander Tõnisson, Estonian general and politician, 5th Estonian Minister of War (d. 1941)
1866
Ernest Starling, English physiologist and academic (d. 1927)
1865
Ursula Ledóchowska, Polish-Austrian nun and saint, founded the Congregation of the Ursulines of the Agonizing Heart of Jesus (d. 1939)
1863
Augustus Edward Hough Love, English mathematician and theorist (d. 1940)
1852
Cap Anson, American baseball player and manager (d. 1922)
1849
William R. Day, American jurist and politician, 36th United States Secretary of State (d. 1923)
1842
Maurice Rouvier, French businessman and politician, 53rd Prime Minister of France (d. 1911)
1837
J. P. Morgan, American banker and financier, founded J.P. Morgan & Co. (d. 1913)
1833
Jean-Baptiste Accolay, Belgian violinist, composer, and conductor (d. 1900)
1820
Alexander Cartwright, American firefighter and inventor of baseball (d. 1892)
1816
Thomas Hazlehurst, English architect and philanthropist (d. 1876)
1814
Josif Pančić, Serbian botanist and academic (d. 1888)
1798
Étienne Bobillier, French mathematician and academic (d. 1840)
1794
Carl Friedrich Philipp von Martius, German botanist and explorer (d. 1868)
1766
Collin McKinney, American surveyor, merchant, and politician (d. 1861)
1756
Dheeran Chinnamalai, Indian commander (d. 1805)
1750
François de Neufchâteau, French academic and politician, French Minister of the Interior (d. 1828)
1741
Samuel Chase, American lawyer and jurist (d. 1811)
1734
Taksin, King of Thailand (d. 1782)
1710
Henry Erskine, 10th Earl of Buchan, Scottish politician (d. 1767)
1683
Johann David Heinichen, German composer and theorist (d. 1729)
1676
Frederick I of Sweden (d. 1751)
1635
Edward Stillingfleet, British theologian and scholar (d. 1699)
1620
Marguerite Bourgeoys, French-Canadian nun and saint, founded the Congregation of Notre Dame of Montreal (d. 1700)
1598
Giovanni Battista Riccioli, Italian priest and astronomer (d. 1671)
1586
John Ford, English poet and playwright (d. 1639)
1573
Maximilian I, Elector of Bavaria (d. 1651)
1497
Pedro de Valdivia, Spanish conquistador, conquered northern Chile (d. 1553)
1277
Michael IX Palaiologos, Byzantine emperor (d. 1320)
44
Pope Evaristus (d. 107)

Deaths On This Day

2018
Barbara Bush, former First Lady of the United States (b. 1925)
2018
Carl Kasell, American radio personality (b. 1934)
2016
Doris Roberts, American actress (b. 1925)
2015
Francis George, American cardinal (b. 1937)
2015
Robert P. Griffin, American soldier, lawyer, and politician (b. 1923)
2015
Scotty Probasco, American businessman and philanthropist (b. 1928)
2015
Jeremiah J. Rodell, American general (b. 1921)
2015
A. Alfred Taubman, American businessman and philanthropist (b. 1924)
2014
Cheo Feliciano, Puerto Rican singer and composer of salsa and bolero music. (b. 1935)
2014
Gabriel García Márquez, Colombian journalist and author, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1927)
2014
Bernat Klein, Serbian-Scottish fashion designer and painter (b. 1922)
2014
Wojciech Leśnikowski, Polish-American architect and academic (b. 1938)
2014
Karpal Singh, Malaysian lawyer and politician (b. 1940)
2013
Carlos Graça, São Toméan politician, Prime Minister of São Tomé and Príncipe (b. 1931)
2013
Bi Kidude, Tanzanian Taarab singer (b. ≈1910)
2013
Yngve Moe, Norwegian bass player and songwriter (b. 1957)
2013
V. S. Ramadevi, Indian politician, 13th Governor of Karnataka (b. 1934)
2012
Leila Berg, English journalist and author (b. 1917)
2012
J. Quinn Brisben, American educator and politician (b. 1934)
2012
Dimitris Mitropanos, Greek singer (b. 1948)
2012
Nityananda Mohapatra, Indian journalist, poet, and politician (b. 1912)
2012
Jonathan V. Plaut, American rabbi and author (b. 1942)
2012
Stanley Rogers Resor, American soldier, lawyer, and politician, 9th United States Secretary of the Army (b. 1917)
2011
Eric Gross, Austrian-Australian pianist and composer (b. 1926)
2011
Michael Sarrazin, Canadian actor (b. 1940)
2011
Robert Vickrey, American artist and author (b. 1926)
2008
Aimé Césaire, Caribbean-French poet and politician (b. 1913)
2008
Danny Federici, American organist and accordion player (b. 1950)
2007
Kitty Carlisle, American actress, singer, socialite and game show panelist (b. 1910)
2006
Jean Bernard, French physician and haematologist (b. 1907)
2006
Scott Brazil, American director and producer (b. 1955)
2006
Henderson Forsythe, American actor (b. 1917)
2004
Edmond Pidoux, Swiss author and poet (b. 1908)
2003
Robert Atkins, American physician and cardiologist, created the Atkins diet (b. 1930)
2003
H. B. Bailey, American race car driver (b. 1936)
2003
John Paul Getty, Jr., American-English philanthropist (b. 1932)
2003
Earl King, American blues singer, guitarist and songwriter (b. 1934)
2003
Yiannis Latsis, Greek businessman (b. 1910)
1998
Linda McCartney, American photographer, activist, and musician (b. 1941)
1997
Chaim Herzog, Israeli general, lawyer, and politician, 6th President of Israel (b. 1918)
1996
Piet Hein, Danish poet and mathematician (b. 1905)
1995
Frank E. Resnik, American sergeant and businessman (b. 1928)
1994
Roger Wolcott Sperry, American psychologist and biologist, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1913)
1993
Turgut Özal, Turkish engineer and politician, 8th president of Turkey (b. 1927)
1990
Ralph Abernathy, American minister and activist (b. 1936)
1988
Louise Nevelson, Ukrainian-American sculptor and educator (b. 1900)
1987
Cecil Harmsworth King, English publisher (b. 1901)
1987
Dick Shawn, American actor (b. 1923)
1984
Claude Provost, Canadian-American ice hockey player (b. 1933)
1983
Felix Pappalardi, American singer-songwriter, bass player, and producer (b. 1939)
1977
William Conway, Irish cardinal (b. 1913)
1976
Henrik Dam, Danish biochemist and physiologist, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1895)
1975
Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan, Indian philosopher and politician, 2nd President of India (b. 1888)
1967
Red Allen, American singer and trumpet player (b. 1908)
1961
Elda Anderson, American physicist and health researcher (b. 1899)
1960
Eddie Cochran, American singer-songwriter and guitarist (b. 1938)
1954
Lucrețiu Pătrășcanu, Romanian lawyer and politician, Romanian Minister of Justice (b. 1900)
1948
Suzuki Kantarō, Japanese admiral and politician, 42nd Prime Minister of Japan (b. 1868)
1946
Juan Bautista Sacasa, Nicaraguan medical doctor, politician and 20th President of Nicaragua (b. 1874)
1944
J. T. Hearne, English cricketer and coach (b. 1867)
1944
Dimitrios Psarros, Greek lieutenant, founded the National and Social Liberation (b. 1893)
1942
Jean Baptiste Perrin, French-American physicist and chemist, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1870)
1936
Charles Ruijs de Beerenbrouck, Dutch lawyer and politician, 28th Prime Minister of the Netherlands (b. 1873)
1933
Kote Marjanishvili, Georgian director and playwright (b. 1872)
1930
Alexander Golovin, Russian painter and stage designer (b. 1863)
1923
Laurence Ginnell, Irish lawyer and politician (b. 1852)
1921
Manwel Dimech, Maltese journalist, author, and philosopher (b. 1860)
1892
Alexander Mackenzie, Scottish-Canadian journalist and politician, 2nd Prime Minister of Canada (b. 1822)
1888
E. G. Squier, American archaeologist and journalist (b. 1821)
1882
George Jennings, English engineer and plumber, invented the Flush toilet (b. 1810)
1843
Samuel Morey, American engineer (b. 1762)
1840
Hannah Webster Foster, American journalist and author (b. 1758)
1799
Richard Jupp, English surveyor and architect (b. 1728)
1790
Benjamin Franklin, American inventor, publisher, and politician, 6th President of Pennsylvania (b. 1706)
1764
Johann Mattheson, German lexicographer and composer (b. 1681)
1713
David Hollatz, Polish pastor and theologian (b. 1648)
1711
Joseph I, Holy Roman Emperor (b. 1678)
1696
Marie de Rabutin-Chantal, marquise de Sévigné, French author (b. 1626)
1695
Juana Inés de la Cruz, Mexican poet and scholar (b. 1651)
1680
Kateri Tekakwitha, Mohawk-born Native American saint (b. 1656)
1669
Antonio Bertali, Italian violinist and composer (b. 1605)
1574
Joachim Camerarius, German scholar and translator (b. 1500)
1539
George, Duke of Saxony (b. 1471)
1427
John IV, Duke of Brabant (b. 1403)
1355
Marin Falier, Doge of Venice (b. 1285)
1344
Constantine II, King of Armenia
1331
Robert de Vere, 6th Earl of Oxford, English nobleman (b. 1257)
1321
Infanta Branca of Portugal, daughter of King Afonso III of Portugal (b. 1259)
1298
Árni Þorláksson, Icelandic bishop (b. 1237)
1111
Robert of Molesme, Christian saint and abbot (b. 1027)
1080
Harald III of Denmark (b. 1041)
1071
Manuel Komnenos, Byzantine military commander (b. c. 1045)
858
Benedict III, pope of the Catholic Church
818
Bernard of Italy, Frankish king (b. 797)
744
Al-Walid II, Umayyad caliph (b. 706)
648
Xiao, empress of the Sui Dynasty
617
Donnán of Eigg, Irish priest and saint
485
Proclus, Greek mathematician and philosopher (b. 412)