On This Day in History

April 18

April 18 is the 108th day of the year (109th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. 257 days remain until the end of the year.

Lottery News On This Day

2019
Long-lost $50,000 lottery ticket found one day before expiration. A Missouri couple found a lottery ticket in their glove compartment and discovered it was a $50,000 winner just one day before it would have expired.
2019
Arizona becomes latest state to shield lottery winners' names. Arizona joined a growing number of states allowing winners of big lottery jackpots to stay anonymous Wednesday after Republican Gov. Doug Ducey signed legislation letting winners of jackpots of $100,000 or more request that their names not be made public.
2018
Man didn't realize he won nearly $2 million lottery until 5 months later. One Colorado man didn't realize he won nearly $2 million after a drawing until he checked his ticket — five months later.
2016
Psychic's numbers win lottery jackpot for Florida man. A 60-year-old St. Petersburg man is more than $500,000 richer courtesy of five lucky numbers suggested by a psychic more than 20 years ago.
2013
NJ Democrats want Justice Department to review lottery privatization plan. Unhappy with the state's decision to push ahead with its plan to partially privatize the New Jersey Lottery, a group of Garden State lawmakers have decided to make a federal case of the conflict.
2012
Retired Illinois couple share $656M lottery jackpot. A retired computer systems designer and his wife, a computer programmer, have claimed the final share of the March 30 $656 million Mega Millions lottery drawing.
2011
Army veteran returning to Afghanistan wins $250,000. An Army veteran from Fayetteville, Georgia, won a quarter million dollars in the Georgia Lottery days before his return to Afghanistan.
2008
Stolen lottery ticket wins suspect a trip to jail. On Tuesday morning, three Orangeburg, South Carolina, police officers stopped a man accused of trying to cash in a stolen lottery ticket at the Corner Pantry store.
2007
N.C. couple's winning lottery ticket purchased in S.C.. Dick Sandlin along with his wife, Colleen, arrived at the South Carolina Lottery's Columbia Claims Center 13 days after learning they held the winning $15 million Powerball jackpot ticket.
2005
N.C. Senate begins work on lottery bill. The newly appointed North Carolina Senate Select Committee on the Lottery this week will begin looking at the lottery bill passed by the House and will start crafting a bill for the Senate, the committee chairman said.
2005
GTECH gets Pennsylvania Lottery deal. GTECH Corp., the world's largest online lottery operator, said Monday it will provide lottery-ticket vending machines to the Pennsylvania Lottery, in a deal valued at about $22 million.
2005
Lottery industry firms eye N.C. prize. The biggest players in the $46.5 billion U.S. lottery management industry are casting their eyes toward North Carolina, wondering whether the only state on the Eastern Seaboard without a lottery is about to pull the trigger.
2005
Virginia provides reference for N.C. lottery decision. North Carolina examines the ups and downs of the Virginia lottery as the Senate debates whether to go forward with a lottery or not.
2005
S.C. concerned about potential impact of N.C. lottery. With North Carolina moving closer to establishing a state lottery, many South Carolina residents are concerned about the impact on sales for its lottery and how that might affect scholarships.

Top 25 Lottery Jackpots On This Day

1.$352.5 Million
Multi-State
Powerball
Draw Date
Apr 18, 2022
2.$265 Million
Multi-State
Mega Millions
Draw Date
Apr 18, 2006
3.$258.5 Million
Multi-State
Powerball
Draw Date
Apr 21, 2010
4.$257 Million
Multi-State
Mega Millions
Draw Date
Apr 20, 2021
5.$227 Million
Multi-State
Powerball
Draw Date
Apr 20, 2016
6.€189.72 Million
US$204.76 Million
Draw Date
Apr 19, 2022
7.$175 Million
Multi-State
Mega Millions
Draw Date
Apr 19, 2019
8.$168 Million
Multi-State
Mega Millions
Draw Date
Apr 19, 2005
9.€139.9 Million
US$166.48 Million
Draw Date
Apr 20, 2021
10.$164 Million
Multi-State
Mega Millions
Draw Date
Apr 21, 2020
11.€130 Million
US$159.91 Million
Multi-Country
Euro Millions
Draw Date
Apr 20, 2018
12.€137.89 Million
US$155.08 Million
Draw Date
Apr 18, 2019
13.$143 Million
Multi-State
Mega Millions
Draw Date
Apr 20, 2010
14.$136 Million
Multi-State
Powerball
Draw Date
Apr 20, 2019
15.$131 Million
Multi-State
Powerball
Draw Date
Apr 18, 2012
16.$130 Million
Multi-State
Mega Millions
Draw Date
Apr 21, 2009
17.$128 Million
Multi-State
Powerball
Draw Date
Apr 19, 2014
18.$122 Million
Multi-State
Powerball
Draw Date
Apr 18, 2018
19.€109 Million
US$117.64 Million
Multi-Country
Euro Millions
Draw Date
Apr 19, 2022
20.$105 Million
Multi-State
Powerball
Draw Date
Apr 19, 2008
21.€75 Million
US$99.27 Million
Multi-Country
Euro Millions
Draw Date
Apr 24, 2009
22.€90 Million
US$99.23 Million
Multi-Country
EuroJackpot
Draw Date
Apr 24, 2020
23.$95 Million
Multi-State
Powerball
Draw Date
Apr 20, 2013
24.$90.4 Million
Multi-State
Powerball
Draw Date
Apr 21, 2021
25.€57 Million
US$90.09 Million
Multi-Country
Euro Millions
Draw Date
Apr 18, 2008

Lottery Post Member Birthdays On This Day

1996
Thursday, Apr 18, 1996
26 years old
1984
Wednesday, Apr 18, 1984
38 years old
1982
Sunday, Apr 18, 1982
40 years old
1981
Saturday, Apr 18, 1981
41 years old
1979
Wednesday, Apr 18, 1979
43 years old
1973
Wednesday, Apr 18, 1973
49 years old
1966
Monday, Apr 18, 1966
56 years old

Worldwide Events On This Day

2019
A redacted version of the Mueller report is released to the United States Congress and the public.
2018
King Mswati III of Swaziland announces that his country's name will change to Eswatini.
1988
The United States launches Operation Praying Mantis against Iranian naval forces in the largest naval battle since World War II.
1980
The Republic of Zimbabwe (formerly Rhodesia) comes into being, with Canaan Banana as the country's first President. The Zimbabwean dollar replaces the Rhodesian dollar as the official currency.
1955
Twenty-nine nations meet at Bandung, Indonesia, for the first Asian-African Conference.
1954
Gamal Abdel Nasser seizes power in Egypt.
1949
The Republic of Ireland Act comes into effect.
1946
The International Court of Justice holds its inaugural meeting in The Hague, Netherlands.
1945
Over 1,000 bombers attack the small island of Heligoland, Germany.
1945
Italian resistance movement: In Turin, despite the harsh repressive measures adopted by Nazi-fascists, a great pre-insurrectional strike begins.
1943
World War II: Operation Vengeance, Admiral Isoroku Yamamoto is killed when his aircraft is shot down by U.S. fighters over Bougainville Island.
1942
World War II: The Doolittle Raid on Japan: Tokyo, Yokohama, Kobe and Nagoya are bombed.
1942
Pierre Laval becomes Prime Minister of Vichy France.
1939
Robert Menzies, who became Australia's longest-serving prime minister, is elected as leader of the United Australia Party after the death of Prime Minister Joseph Lyons.
1930
The British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) announced that "there is no news" in their evening report.
1917
The II Italian Corps in France leaves from Italy for the western front. It will distinguish itself during the Third Battle of the Aisne and the Second Battle of the Marne, in Bligny and on the sector Courmas - Bois du Petit Champ, where it will considerably contribute to stop the German offensive on Eparnay, aimed to outflank Reims.
1916
White war on the Italian front (World War I): during a mine warfare in high altitude on the Dolomites, the Italian troops conquer the Col di Lana held by the Austrian army.
1915
French pilot Roland Garros is shot down and glides to a landing on the German side of the lines during World War I.
1912
The Cunard liner RMS Carpathia brings 705 survivors from the RMS Titanic to New York City.
1909
Joan of Arc is beatified in Rome.
1906
An earthquake and fire destroy much of San Francisco, California.
1902
The 7.5 Mw Guatemala earthquake shakes Guatemala with a maximum Mercalli intensity of VIII (Severe), killing between 800 and 2,000.
1899
The St. Andrew's Ambulance Association is granted a royal charter by Queen Victoria.
1897
The Greco-Turkish War is declared between Greece and the Ottoman Empire.
1864
Battle of Dybbøl: A Prussian-Austrian army defeats Denmark and gains control of Schleswig. Denmark surrenders the province in the following peace settlement.
1857
"The Spirits Book" by Allan Kardec is published, marking the birth of Spiritualism in France.
1847
American victory at the battle of Cerro Gordo opens the way for invasion of Mexico.
1831
The University of Alabama is founded in Tuscaloosa, Alabama.
1783
Three-Fifths Compromise: The first instance of black slaves in the United States of America being counted as three fifths of persons (for the purpose of taxation), in a resolution of the Congress of the Confederation. This was later adopted in the 1787 Constitution.
1775
American Revolution: The British advancement by sea begins; Paul Revere and other riders warn the countryside of the troop movements.
1738
Real Academia de la Historia ("Royal Academy of History") is founded in Madrid.
1689
Bostonians rise up in rebellion against Sir Edmund Andros.
1521
Trial of Martin Luther begins its second day during the assembly of the Diet of Worms. He refuses to recant his teachings despite the risk of excommunication.
1518
Bona Sforza is crowned as queen consort of Poland.
1506
The cornerstone of the current St. Peter's Basilica is laid.
1428
Peace of Ferrara between Republic of Venice, Duchy of Milan, Republic of Florence and House of Gonzaga: ending of the second campaign of the Wars in Lombardy fought until the Treaty of Lodi in 1454, which will then guarantee the conditions for the development of the Italian Renaissance.
796
King Æthelred I of Northumbria is murdered in Corbridge by a group led by his ealdormen, Ealdred and Wada. The patrician Osbald is crowned, but abdicates within 27 days.

Births On This Day

1981
Audrey Tang, Taiwanese computer scientist and academic
1973
Haile Gebrselassie, Ethiopian runner
1972
Rosa Clemente, American journalist and activist
1972
Eli Roth, American actor, director, producer, and screenwriter
1971
David Tennant, Scottish actor
1970
Saad Hariri, Saudi Arabian-Lebanese businessman and politician, 33rd Prime Minister of Lebanon
1969
Keith DeCandido, American author
1964
Niall Ferguson, Scottish historian and academic
1963
Conan O'Brien, American television host, comedian, and podcaster
1963
Eric McCormack, Canadian-American actor
1961
Jane Leeves, English actress and dancer
1961
John Podhoretz, American journalist and author
1960
Yelena Zhupiyeva-Vyazova, Ukrainian runner
1959
Susan Faludi, American journalist, author and feminist
1958
Gabi Delgado-López, Spanish-German singer, co-founder of D.A.F. (d. 2020)
1958
Malcolm Marshall, Barbadian cricketer and coach (d. 1999)
1956
Eric Roberts, American actor
1954
Robert Greenberg, American pianist and composer
1953
Rick Moranis, Canadian-American actor, comedian, singer and screenwriter
1950
Grigory Sokolov, Russian pianist and composer
1948
Régis Wargnier, French director, producer, and screenwriter
1947
Moses Blah, Liberian general and politician, 23rd President of Liberia (d. 2013)
1947
Jerzy Stuhr, Polish actor, director, and screenwriter
1947
James Woods, American actor and producer
1946
Hayley Mills, English actress
1945
Bernard Arcand, Canadian anthropologist and author (d. 2009)
1944
Kathy Acker, American author and poet (d. 1997)
1944
Philip Jackson, Scottish sculptor and photographer
1942
Michael Beloff, English lawyer and academic
1942
Robert Christgau, American journalist and critic
1942
Jochen Rindt, German-Austrian racing driver (d. 1970)
1941
Michael D. Higgins, Irish sociologist and politician, 9th President of Ireland
1940
Joseph L. Goldstein, American biochemist and geneticist, Nobel Prize laureate
1940
Mike Vickers, English guitarist, saxophonist, and songwriter
1939
Glen Hardin, American pianist and arranger
1939
Thomas J. Moyer, American lawyer and judge (d. 2010)
1937
Keiko Abe, Japanese marimba player and composer
1937
Jan Kaplický, Czech architect, designed the Selfridges Building (d. 2009)
1936
Roger Graef, American-English criminologist, director, and producer
1936
Vladimir Hütt, Estonian physicist and philosopher (d. 1997)
1935
Costas Ferris, Egyptian-Greek actor, director, producer, and screenwriter
1934
James Drury, American actor (d. 2020)
1934
George Shirley, African-American tenor and educator
1931
Bill Miles, American director and producer (d. 2013)
1930
Clive Revill, New Zealand actor and singer
1929
Peter Hordern, English soldier and politician
1928
Karl Josef Becker, German cardinal and theologian (d. 2015)
1928
Otto Piene, German sculptor and academic (d. 2014)
1927
Samuel P. Huntington, American political scientist, author, and academic (d. 2008)
1927
Tadeusz Mazowiecki, Polish journalist and politician, Prime Minister of Poland (d. 2013)
1926
Doug Insole, English cricketer (d. 2017)
1925
Marcus Schmuck, Austrian mountaineer and author (d. 2005)
1924
Clarence "Gatemouth" Brown, American singer-songwriter and guitarist (d. 2005)
1922
Barbara Hale, American actress (d. 2017)
1921
Jean Richard, French actor and singer (d. 2001)
1920
John F. Wiley, American football player and coach (d. 2013)
1919
Virginia O'Brien, American actress and singer (d. 2001)
1919
Esther Afua Ocloo, Ghanaian entrepreneur and pioneer of microlending (d. 2002)
1918
Gabriel Axel, Danish-French actor, director, and producer (d. 2014)
1918
André Bazin, French critic and theorist (d. 1958)
1918
Shinobu Hashimoto, Japanese director, producer, and screenwriter (d. 2018)
1918
Clifton Hillegass, American publisher, founded CliffsNotes (d. 2001)
1918
Tony Mottola, American guitarist and composer (d. 2004)
1916
Carl Burgos, American illustrator (d. 1984)
1915
Joy Davidman, Polish-Ukrainian Jewish American poet and author (d. 1960)
1914
Claire Martin, Canadian author (d. 2014)
1911
Maurice Goldhaber, Ukrainian Jewish-American physicist and academic (d. 2011)
1907
Miklós Rózsa, Hungarian-American composer and conductor (d. 1995)
1905
Sydney Halter, Canadian lawyer and businessman (d. 1990)
1905
George H. Hitchings, American physician and pharmacologist, Nobel Prize laureate (d. 1998)
1904
Pigmeat Markham, African-American comedian, singer, and dancer (d. 1981)
1902
Waldemar Hammenhög, Swedish author (d. 1972)
1902
Giuseppe Pella, Italian politician, 32nd Prime Minister of Italy (d. 1981)
1901
Al Lewis, American songwriter (d. 1967)
1901
László Németh, Hungarian dentist, author, and playwright (d. 1975)
1900
Bertha Isaacs, Bahamian teacher, tennis player, politician and women's rights activist (d. 1997)
1898
Patrick Hennessy, Irish soldier and businessman (d. 1981)
1897
Ardito Desio, Italian geologist and cartographer (d. 2001)
1892
Eugene Houdry, French-American mechanical engineer and inventor (d. 1962)
1889
Jessie Street, Australian activist (d. 1970)
1884
Jaan Anvelt, Estonian educator and politician (d. 1937)
1883
Aleksanteri Aava, Finnish poet (d. 1956)
1882
Isaac Babalola Akinyele, Nigerian ruler (d. 1964)
1882
Leopold Stokowski, English conductor (d. 1977)
1880
Sam Crawford, American baseball player, coach, and umpire (d. 1968)
1879
Korneli Kekelidze, Georgian philologist and scholar (d. 1962)
1877
Vicente Sotto, Filipino lawyer and politician (d. 1950)
1874
Ivana Brlić-Mažuranić, Croatian author and poet (d. 1938)
1864
Richard Harding Davis, American journalist and author (d. 1916)
1863
Count Leopold Berchtold, Austrian-Hungarian politician and diplomat, Joint Foreign Minister of Austria-Hungary (d. 1942)
1863
Linton Hope, English sailor and architect (d. 1920)
1863
Siegfried Bettmann, founder of the Triumph Motorcycle Company and Mayor of Coventry (d. 1955)
1858
Dhondo Keshav Karve, Indian educator and activist, Bharat Ratna Awardee (d. 1962)
1858
Alexander Shirvanzade, Armenian playwright and author (d. 1935)
1857
Clarence Darrow, American lawyer (d. 1938)
1854
Ludwig Levy, German architect (d. 1907)
1838
Paul-Émile Lecoq de Boisbaudran, French chemist and academic (d. 1912)
1819
Carlos Manuel de Céspedes, Cuban lawyer and activist (d. 1874)
1819
Franz von Suppé, Austrian composer and conductor (d. 1895)
1813
James McCune Smith, African-American physician, apothecary, abolitionist, and author (d. 1865)
1794
William Debenham, English founder of Debenhams (d. 1863)
1772
David Ricardo, British economist and politician (d. 1823)
1771
Karl Philipp, Prince of Schwarzenberg (d. 1820)
1759
Jacques Widerkehr, French cellist and composer (d. 1823)
1740
Sir Francis Baring, 1st Baronet, English banker and politician (d. 1810)
1666
Jean-Féry Rebel, French violinist and composer (d. 1747)
1605
Giacomo Carissimi, Italian priest and composer (d. 1674)
1590
Ahmed I, Ottoman Emperor (d. 1617)
1580
Thomas Middleton, English Jacobean playwright and poet (d. 1627)
1534
William Harrison, English clergyman (d. 1593)
1503
Henry II of Navarre, (d. 1555)
1480
Lucrezia Borgia, daughter of Pope Alexander VI
1446
Ippolita Maria Sforza, Italian noble (d. 1484)
812
Al-Wathiq, Abbasid caliph (d. 847)
588
K'an II, Mayan ruler (d. 658)
359
Gratian, Roman emperor (d. 383)

Deaths On This Day

2019
Lyra McKee, Irish journalist (b. 1990)
2014
Guru Dhanapal, Indian director and producer (b. 1959)
2014
Sanford Jay Frank, American screenwriter and producer (b. 1954)
2014
Brian Priestman, English conductor and academic (b. 1927)
2013
Goran Švob, Croatian philosopher and author (b. 1947)
2013
Anne Williams, English activist (b. 1951)
2012
Dick Clark, American television host and producer, founded Dick Clark Productions (b. 1929)
2012
René Lépine, Canadian businessman and philanthropist (b. 1929)
2012
Robert O. Ragland, American musician (b. 1931)
2012
K. D. Wentworth, American author (b. 1951)
2008
Germaine Tillion, French ethnologist and anthropologist (b. 1907)
2004
Kamisese Mara, Fijian politician, 2nd President of Fiji (b. 1920)
2002
Thor Heyerdahl, Norwegian ethnographer and explorer (b. 1914)
1995
Arturo Frondizi, Argentinian lawyer and politician, 32nd President of Argentina (b. 1908)
1988
Oktay Rıfat Horozcu, Turkish poet and playwright (b. 1914)
1986
Marcel Dassault, French businessman, founded Dassault Aviation (b. 1892)
1974
Marcel Pagnol, French author, playwright, and director (b. 1895)
1965
Guillermo González Camarena, Mexican engineer (b. 1917)
1964
Ben Hecht, American director, producer, and screenwriter (b. 1894)
1963
Meyer Jacobstein, American academic and politician (b. 1880)
1958
Maurice Gamelin, Belgian-French general (b. 1872)
1955
Albert Einstein, German-American physicist, engineer, and academic (b. 1879)
1951
Óscar Carmona, Portuguese field marshal and politician, 11th President of Portugal (b. 1869)
1947
Jozef Tiso, Slovak priest and politician, President of Slovakia (b. 1887)
1945
John Ambrose Fleming, English physicist and engineer, invented the vacuum tube (b. 1849)
1945
Ernie Pyle, American journalist and soldier (b. 1900)
1943
Isoroku Yamamoto, Japanese admiral (b. 1884)
1942
Aleksander Mitt, Estonian speed skater (b. 1903)
1942
Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney, American heiress, sculptor and art collector, founded the Whitney Museum of American Art (b. 1875)
1938
George Bryant, American archer (b. 1878)
1936
Milton Brown, American singer and bandleader (b. 1903)
1936
Ottorino Respighi, Italian composer and conductor (b. 1879)
1923
Savina Petrilli, Italian religious leader (b. 1851)
1917
Vladimir Serbsky, Russian psychiatrist and academic (b. 1858)
1912
Martha Ripley, American physician (b. 1843)
1906
Luis Martín, Spanish religious leader, 24th Superior-General of the Society of Jesus (b. 1846)
1898
Gustave Moreau, French painter and academic (b. 1826)
1890
Paweł Bryliński, Polish sculptor (b. 1814)
1873
Justus von Liebig, German chemist and academic (b. 1803)
1864
Juris Alunāns, Latvian philologist and linguist (b. 1832)
1859
Tatya Tope, Indian general (b. 1814)
1832
Jeanne-Elisabeth Chaudet, French painter (b. 1761)
1802
Erasmus Darwin, English physician and botanist (b. 1731)
1796
Johan Wilcke, Swedish physicist and academic (b. 1732)
1794
Charles Pratt, 1st Earl Camden, English lawyer, judge, and politician, Lord Chancellor of Great Britain (b. 1714)
1763
Marie-Josephte Corriveau, Canadian murderer (b. 1733)
1742
Arvid Horn, Swedish general and politician (b. 1664)
1732
Louis Feuillée, French astronomer, geographer, and botanist (b. 1660)
1689
George Jeffreys, 1st Baron Jeffreys, Welsh judge and politician, Lord Chancellor of Great Britain (b. 1648)
1674
John Graunt, English demographer and statistician (b. 1620)
1650
Simonds d'Ewes, English lawyer and politician (b. 1602)
1636
Julius Caesar, English judge and politician (b. 1557)
1587
John Foxe, English historian and author (b. 1516)
1567
Wilhelm von Grumbach, German adventurer (b. 1503)
1556
Luigi Alamanni, Italian poet and politician (b. 1495)
1555
Polydore Vergil, English historian (b. 1470)
1552
John Leland, English poet and historian (b. 1502)
1176
Galdino della Sala, Italian archdeacon and saint
1161
Theobald of Bec, French-English archbishop (b. 1090)
963
Stephen Lekapenos, co-emperor of the Byzantine Empire
943
Fujiwara no Atsutada, Japanese nobleman and poet (b. 906)
909
Dionysius II, Syriac Orthodox patriarch of Antioch
850
Perfectus, Spanish monk and martyr
727
Agallianos Kontoskeles, Byzantine commander and rebel leader