On This Day in History: April 26
April 26 is the 116th day of the year (117th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. 249 days remain until the end of the year.
Lottery News On This Day
- Virginia Lottery announces new Pick 3 and Pick 4 feature. One week from now, players will have the opportunity to try out the Virginia Lottery's new Pick 3 and Pick 4 Fireball feature.
- North Carolina Lottery adds Cash 5 Double Play feature. Saunday marked the release of the North Carolina Lottery's Cash 5 Double Play add-on feature, which gives players the chance to win a prize twice in one night for an extra $1 per play.
- Multi-state Lucky for Life lottery game starting daily drawings in July. This morning, the state lotteries participating in the multi-state Lucky for Life lottery game announced that players will get daily opportunities to win $1,000 a day for life starting this summer.
- North Carolina grandfather gives lottery winnings to granddaughter. A North Carolina woman will be 'lucky for life' and be able to pay for college, thanks to her grandfather.
- Tennessee man hits $2 million lottery, says 'I'm still a redneck'. Timothy Seratt has lived paycheck to paycheck his whole life, but after winning $2 million dollars in the Tennessee Lottery this week, he said he'd like to invest and not just "blow of all it".
- UK Lottery refuses to pay out £4 million win on suspicions ticket was bought with stolen bank card. UK Lottery officials have refused to pay out a £4 million (US$5.2 million) jackpot to two players who they suspect had purchased the winning ticket with a stolen debit card.
- Texas Lottery to add new Fireball feature to Pick 3 and Daily 4. Texas Lottery players will soon have more chances to win when they play Pick 3 and Daily 4 by purchasing Fireball, a new add-on feature for both daily draw games.
- Alabama Senate passes lottery bill. Without a vote to spare, a plan to let Alabama voters have their say on a state lottery for the first time in 20 years stayed alive today.
- Your dog could be a Tennessee Lottery scratch-off star. The Tennessee Lottery is conducting a "Dog Days of Summer" photo contest through May 7 in search of the next "Tennessee Pup Star."
- N.C. man sentenced in Jamaica-based lottery scheme. A 25-year-old man from Charlotte, North Carolina, was sentenced on Monday to two years in federal prison for his role in a Jamaica-based lottery fraud scheme.
- $1.6 million lottery payout means 'mortgage-burning party' for N.C. man. A Liberty, North Carolina, man says he plans to pay off the mortgage on his home after his "Millionaire Bucks" win.
- Court rules grandmother, 90, will receive $1.85 instead of $41M jackpot. A 90-year-old grandmother will not receive the $41 million jackpot she thought she won at an Iowa slot machine after the state supreme court ruled her wining pull was caused by a software error.
- £36 million EuroMillions lottery jackpot claimed in UK. A United Kingdom ticket-holder has come forward to claim Friday night's EuroMillions jackpot of more than £36 million (US$54.7 million).
- Ohio Lottery considering offering a $50 instant ticket. A $50 instant lottery ticket may be in the future, say Ohio Lottery officials buoyed by the success of the agency's first $30 instant ticket.
- Prosecution calling last witnesses for $5M lottery theft trial. Prosecutor Beth Van Doren has called 11 out of 15 potential witnesses to the stand in the Onondaga County Court trial of two brothers accused of stealing a winning $5 million lottery ticket.
- Lottery leaders convene in D.C. to discuss future of games. This week leaders from nearly every U.S. and Canadian lottery met in Washington, D.C. at the annual La Fleur's Lottery Symposium to discuss the future of government lotteries, especially with regard to Internet sales and play.
- New Maryland Lottery Director appointed. Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley Friday announced the appointment of Stephen L. Martino as director of the Maryland State Lottery Agency.
- Kansas Lottery is first in the world to offer electronic PushPlay. The Kansas Lottery is the first lottery in the world to offer its players a next generation lottery product called PushPlay.
- A Nevada Lottery? The Line Forms in California. Despite being surrounded by the world's most famous casinos as well as slot machines in almost every corner convenience store, Nevadans love playing the numbers. But the state is one of just seven that still prohibit lotteries.
- 'Team effort' leads to winning lottery ticket. Adam and Mandy Clark discovered they had an unplanned $350,000 tax bill on April 15, and they're thrilled.
- Lottery Post member asks "Mr. Lotto". A Lottery Post member asks columnist "Mr. Lotto" about the mysterious green ball, the 21st number drawn, in New York's Quick Draw game.
- $19M N.J. Lottery jackpot goes unclaimed. The State of New Jersey became $10.8 million richer yesterday when no one came forward to redeem a lottery ticket worth that much from a Pick 6 drawing a year ago.
- Lottery scammer busted by Border Patrol. A woman accused in Illinois and Florida scams and featured on the TV show "America's Most Wanted" was arrested in El Paso, Texas, a report said Wednesday.
- Mega Millions lottery jackpot raised to $30 million. The jackpot for Friday's Mega Millions lottery drawing has grown to $30 million.
- Oregon Gov. signs bill sending lottery funds to schools. At Roosevelt Elementary School in Medford, Oregon, Gov. Ted Kulongoski was joined Tuesday by students, teachers, education leaders and legislators for the signing of House Bill 3510, which dedicates an additional $42.2 million in state lottery money to all 198 Oregon school districts for the 2006-07 school year.
- Lotto Scam Clears One Woman's Bank Account. A North Carolina woman is out almost five thousand dollars because of a lottery scam targeting local residents.
- One lottery ticket wins $37.5 million Illinois Lotto jackpot. A single player has won the $37.5 million grand prize from the latest drawing of the Illinois State Lottery's Lotto game.
- $1.2 million Washington lottery jackpot goes unclaimed. Would-be millionaires searched for stray Washington Lotto tickets in hopes that one held the winning combination for a $1.2 million jackpot that had to be claimed by 5 p.m. yesterday.
- Texas closer to selling lottery tickets online. Texas would become the first state to sell lottery tickets online under legislation has received approval by a state legislative panel.
- New York Lotto jackpot reaches one-year high. The Wednesday $37 million New York Lotto jackpot is the highest lottery prize in the Empire state in more than a year.
- Powerball lottery jackpot zooms to $120 million. Because no one correctly matched all six numbers in Saturday's Powerball drawing the jackpot grew to an estimated $120 million, with a cash option of $63.4 million.
- Florida Lotto jackpot rolls over to $15 million. No tickets matched all six Florida Lotto numbers, creating a $15 million jackpot for the next drawing, lottery officials said Sunday.
- Tenn. lottery scholarship standards under scrutiny. Some Tennessee students who qualify for the first lottery scholarships this fall may be slipping through a window that won't be open long.
- E-mail lottery scams arise again. A fool and his money are soon parted, especially if the fool believes everything in his e-mail box.
- East San Jose ticket wins $24 million SuperLotto jackpot. The winning ticket in Saturday's SuperLotto Plus, worth $24 million, was sold at an East San Jose 7-Eleven, California Lottery officials announced Sunday.
Top 25 Lottery Jackpots On This Day
- 1.$297 Million
Apr 27, 2021
- 2.$282 Million
Apr 27, 2016
- 3.$212 Million
Apr 26, 2019
- 4.$191 Million
Apr 27, 2010
- 5.$186 Million
Apr 28, 2020
- 6.$181 Million
Apr 28, 2009
- 7.$177 Million
Apr 28, 2018
- 8.€143.72 Million
Apr 27, 2021
- 9.$166 Million
Apr 27, 2019
- 10.€142.21 Million
Apr 27, 2019
- 11.$144 Million
Apr 26, 2008
- 12.$140 Million
Apr 27, 2013
- 13.€98 Million
May 1, 2009
- 14.$120 Million
Apr 28, 2004
- 15.$116.9 Million
Apr 28, 2021
- 16.$111 Million
Apr 27, 2018
- 17.$110 Million
Apr 28, 2000
- 18.$108 Million
Apr 26, 2016
- 19.€75 Million
Apr 29, 2014
- 20.$103 Million
Apr 26, 2013
- 21.$100 Million
Apr 26, 2017
- 22.€90 Million
May 1, 2020
- 23.$88 Million
Apr 27, 2012
- 24.$85 Million
Apr 29, 2008
- 24.$85 Million
Apr 28, 2015
Lottery Post Member Birthdays On This Day
Wednesday, Apr 26, 1995
26 years old
Wednesday, Apr 26, 1989
32 years old
Monday, Apr 26, 1982
39 years old
Thursday, Apr 26, 1979
42 years old
Wednesday, Apr 26, 1978
43 years old
Monday, Apr 26, 1976
45 years old
Monday, Apr 26, 1976
45 years old
Monday, Apr 26, 1965
56 years old
Sunday, Apr 26, 1964
57 years old
Thursday, Apr 26, 1962
59 years old
Saturday, Apr 26, 1958
63 years old
Friday, Apr 26, 1957
64 years old
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Worldwide Events On This Day
- Marvel Studios' blockbuster film, Avengers: Endgame, is released, becoming the highest-grossing film of all time, surpassing the previous box office record of Avatar.
- American comedian Bill Cosby is found guilty of sexual assault.
- Under international pressure, Syria withdraws the last of its 14,000 troop military garrison in Lebanon, ending its 29-year military domination of that country (Syrian occupation of Lebanon).
- Robert Steinhäuser kills 16 at Gutenberg-Gymnasium in Erfurt, Germany before dying of a self-inflicted gunshot.
- China Airlines Flight 140 crashes at Nagoya Airport in Japan, killing 264 of the 271 people on board.
- Fifty-five tornadoes break out in the central United States. Before the outbreak's end, Andover, Kansas, would record the year's only F5 tornado.
- The deadliest known tornado strikes Central Bangladesh, killing upwards of 1,300, injuring 12,000, and leaving as many as 80,000 homeless.
- People's Daily publishes the April 26 Editorial which inflames the nascent Tiananmen Square protests.
- A nuclear reactor accident occurs at the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant in the Ukrainian Soviet Socialist Republic in the Soviet Union, creating the world's worst nuclear disaster.
- Fifty-seven people are killed by former police officer Woo Bum-kon in a shooting spree in South Gyeongsang Province, South Korea.
- Dr. Michael R. Harrison of the University of California, San Francisco Medical Center performs the world's first human open fetal surgery.
- The Convention Establishing the World Intellectual Property Organization enters into force.
- The magnitude 5.1 Tashkent earthquake affects the largest city in Soviet Central Asia with a maximum MSK intensity of VII (Very strong). Tashkent is mostly destroyed and 15-200 are killed.
- A new government is formed in the Republic of the Congo, led by Ambroise Noumazalaye.
- Tanganyika and Zanzibar merge to form Tanzania.
- In Libya, amendments to the constitution transform Libya (United Kingdom of Libya) into one national unity (Kingdom of Libya) and allows for female participation in elections.
- NASA's Ranger 4 spacecraft crashes into the Moon.
- Forced out by the April Revolution, President of South Korea Syngman Rhee resigns after 12 years of dictatorial rule.
- Final run of the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad's Royal Blue from Washington, D.C., to New York City after 68 years, the first U.S. passenger train to use electric locomotives.
- SS Ideal X, the world's first successful container ship, leaves Port Newark, New Jersey, for Houston, Texas.
- The Geneva Conference, an effort to restore peace in Indochina and Korea, begins.
- World War II: Battle of Bautzen: Last successful German tank-offensive of the war and last noteworthy victory of the Wehrmacht.
- World War II: Filipino troops of the 66th Infantry Regiment, Philippine Commonwealth Army, USAFIP-NL and the American troops of the 33rd and 37th Infantry Division, United States Army are liberated in Baguio and they fight against the Japanese forces under General Tomoyuki Yamashita.
- Georgios Papandreou becomes head of the Greek government-in-exile based in Egypt.
- Heinrich Kreipe is captured by Allied commandos in occupied Crete.
- The Easter Riots break out in Uppsala, Sweden.
- Benxihu Colliery accident in Manchukuo leaves 1549 Chinese miners dead.
- Spanish Civil War: Guernica, Spain, is bombed by German Luftwaffe.
- The Gestapo, the official secret police force of Nazi Germany, is established.
- Paul von Hindenburg defeats Wilhelm Marx in the second round of the German presidential election to become the first directly elected head of state of the Weimar Republic.
- The Duke of York weds Lady Elizabeth Bowes-Lyon at Westminster Abbey.
- Atlético Madrid Association football club is founded
- American Civil War: Confederate General Joseph E. Johnston surrenders his army to General William Tecumseh Sherman at the Bennett Place near Durham, North Carolina. Also the date of Confederate Memorial Day for two states.
- Union cavalry troopers corner and shoot dead John Wilkes Booth, assassin of President Abraham Lincoln, in Virginia.
- First Barbary War: United States Marines captured Derne under the command of First Lieutenant Presley O'Bannon.
- Thousands of meteor fragments fall from the skies of L'Aigle, France; the event convinces European scientists that meteors exist.
- Napoleon Bonaparte signs a general amnesty to allow all but about one thousand of the most notorious émigrés of the French Revolution to return to France.
- Battle of Beaumont during the Flanders Campaign of the War of the First Coalition.
- Sybil Ludington, aged 16, rode 40 miles (64 km) to alert American colonial forces to the approach of the British regular forces
- A massive earthquake devastates the Iranian city of Tabriz.
- English colonists make landfall at Cape Henry, Virginia.
- Playwright William Shakespeare is baptized in Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire, England (date of actual birth is unknown).
- The Pazzi family attack Lorenzo de' Medici and kill his brother Giuliano during High Mass in Florence Cathedral.
- Francesco Petrarca (Petrarch) ascends Mont Ventoux.
Births On This Day
- Meagan Best, Barbadian squash player
- Daniil Kvyat, Russian racing driver
- Aaron Judge, American baseball player
- Lazaros Fotias, Greek footballer
- Peter Handscomb, Australian cricketer
- Isaac Liu, New Zealand rugby league player
- Ignacio Lores Varela, Uruguayan footballer
- Srdjan Pejicic, Canadian/Bosnian basketball player
- Wojciech Pszczolarski, Polish bicycle racer
- Mitch Rein, Australian rugby league player
- Nevin Spence, Northern Irish rugby player (d. 2012)
- Melvin Ingram, American football player
- Ben Spina, Australian rugby league player
- Manuel Viniegra, Mexican footballer
- Gareth Evans, English footballer
- Jorge Andújar Moreno, Spanish footballer
- Lior Refaelov, Israeli footballer
- Yuliya Zaripova, Russian runner
- John Isner, American tennis player
- Andrea Koch Benvenuto, Chilean tennis player
- José María López, Argentinian racing driver
- Jessica Lynch, American soldier
- Novlene Williams-Mills, Jamaican sprinter
- Caro Emerald, Dutch pop and jazz singer
- Ms. Dynamite, English rapper and producer
- Sandra Schmitt, German skier (d. 2000)
- Jordana Brewster, Panamanian-American actress
- Marlon King, English footballer
- Anna Mucha, Polish actress and journalist
- Channing Tatum, American actor and producer
- Stana Katic, Canadian actress
- Peter Madsen, Danish footballer
- Samantha Cristoforetti, Italian astronaut
- Kosuke Fukudome, Japanese baseball player
- Roxana Saberi, American journalist and author
- Tom Welling, American actor
- Luigi Panarelli, Italian footballer
- Václav Varaďa, Czech ice hockey player
- Joey Jordison, American musician, songwriter, record producer
- Rahul Verma, Indian social worker and activist
- Geoff Blum, American baseball player and sportscaster
- Jules Naudet, French-American director and producer
- Chris Perry, English footballer
- Óscar, Spanish footballer and coach
- Jason Bargwanna, Australian racing driver
- Kiko, Spanish footballer
- Natrone Means, American football player and coach
- Avi Nimni, Israeli footballer and manager
- Naoki Tanaka, Japanese comedian and actor
- Jay DeMarcus, American bass player, songwriter, and producer
- Dean Austin, English footballer and manager
- Melania Trump, Slovene-American model; 47th First Lady of the United States
- Kristen R. Ghodsee, American ethnographer and academic
- Tionne "T-Boz" Watkins, American singer-songwriter, dancer, and actress
- Glenn Thomas Jacobs, American professional wrestler, actor, businessman and politician
- Marianne Jean-Baptiste, English actress and singer-songwriter
- Toomas Tõniste, Estonian sailor and politician
- Susannah Harker, English actress
- Kevin James, American actor and comedian
- Jet Li, Chinese-Singaporean martial artist, actor, and producer
- Colin Scotts, Australian-American football player
- Cornelia Ullrich, German hurdler
- Bill Wennington, Canadian basketball player
- Colin Anderson, English footballer
- Debra Wilson, American actress and comedian
- Joan Chen, Chinese-American actress, director, producer, and screenwriter
- Chris Mars, American artist
- Steve Lombardozzi, American baseball player and coach
- Roger Taylor, English drummer
- John Corabi, American singer-songwriter and guitarist
- John Crichton-Stuart, 7th Marquess of Bute, Scottish racing driver (d. 2021)
- Giancarlo Esposito, American actor, director, and producer
- Georgios Kostikos, Greek footballer, coach, and manager
- Koo Stark, American actress and photographer
- Kurt Bodewig, German politician
- Tatyana Fomina, Estonian chess player
- Alan Hinkes, English mountaineer and explorer
- John Battle, English politician
- Carlos Bianchi, Argentinian footballer and manager
- Jerry Blackwell, American wrestler (d. 1995)
- Ralph Coates, English international footballer (d. 2010)
- Marilyn Nelson, American poet and author
- Alberto Quintano, Chilean footballer
- Howard Davies, English director and producer (d. 2016)
- Dick Johnson, Australian racing driver
- Sylvain Simard, Canadian academic and politician
- Richard Bradshaw, English conductor (d. 2007)
- Gary Wright, American singer-songwriter, keyboard player, and producer
- Peter Zumthor, Swiss architect and academic, designed the Therme Vals
- Svyatoslav Belza, Russian journalist, author, and critic (d. 2014)
- Sharon Carstairs, Canadian lawyer and politician, Leader of the Government in the Senate
- Michael Kergin, Canadian diplomat, Canadian Ambassador to the United States
- Bobby Rydell, American singer and actor
- Jadwiga Staniszkis, Polish sociologist, political scientist, and academic
- Claudine Auger, French model and actress (d. 2019)
- Molvi Iftikhar Hussain Ansari, Indian cleric and politician (d. 2014)
- Giorgio Moroder, Italian singer-songwriter and producer
- Cliff Watson, English rugby league player (d. 2018)
- Duane Eddy, American singer-songwriter, guitarist, and actor
- Maurice Williams, American doo-wop/R&B singer-songwriter
- Jean-Pierre Beltoise, French racing driver and motorcycle racer (d. 2015)
- Patricia Reilly Giff, American author and educator
- Carol Burnett, American actress, singer, and producer
- Filiberto Ojeda Ríos, Puerto Rican-American general (d. 2005)
- Arno Allan Penzias, German-American physicist and academic, Nobel Prize laureate
- Israr Ahmed, Indian-Pakistani theologian, philosopher, and scholar (d. 2010)
- Shirley Cawley, English long jumper
- Frank D'Rone, American singer and guitarist (d. 2013)
- Francis Lai, French accordion player and composer (d. 2018)
- Michael Smith, English-Canadian biochemist and geneticist, Nobel Prize laureate (d. 2000)
- Paul Almond, Canadian director, producer, and screenwriter (d. 2015)
- Bernie Brillstein, American talent agent and producer (d. 2008)
- John Cain Jr., Australian politician, 41st Premier of Victoria (d. 2019)
- Roger Moens, Belgian runner and sportscaster
- Richard Mitchell, American author and educator (d. 2002)
- Jack Douglas, English actor (d. 2008)
- Harry Gallatin, American basketball player and coach (d. 2015)
- Granny Hamner, American baseball player (d. 1993)
- Michael Mathias Prechtl, German soldier and illustrator (d. 2003)
- Vladimir Boltyansky, Russian mathematician, educator and author (d. 2019)
- Gerard Cafesjian, American businessman and philanthropist (d. 2013)
- Michele Ferrero, Italian entrepreneur (d. 2015)
- Frank Hahn, British economist (d. 2013)
- Browning Ross, American runner and soldier (d. 1998)
- J. C. Holt, English historian and academic (d. 2014)
- Jeanne Sauvé, Canadian journalist and politician, Governor General of Canada (d. 1993)
- Margaret Scott, South African-Australian ballerina and choreographer (d. 2019)
- Jimmy Giuffre, American clarinet player, saxophonist, and composer (d. 2008)
- Fanny Blankers-Koen, Dutch sprinter and long jumper (d. 2004)
- Sal Maglie, American baseball player and coach (d. 1992)
- I. M. Pei, Chinese-American architect, designed the National Gallery of Art and Bank of China Tower (d. 2019)
- Virgil Trucks, American baseball player and coach (d. 2013)
- Eyvind Earle, American artist, author, and illustrator (d. 2000)
- Ken Wallis, English commander, engineer, and pilot (d. 2013)
- Morris West, Australian author and playwright (d. 1999)
- Bernard Malamud, Jewish American novelist and short story writer (d. 1986)
- James Rouse, American real estate developer (d. 1996)
- A. E. van Vogt, Canadian-American author (d. 2000)
- Paul Verner, German soldier and politician (d. 1986)
- Tomoyuki Tanaka, Japanese screenwriter and producer (d. 1997)
- Marianne Hoppe, German actress (d. 2002)
- Ilias Tsirimokos, Greek politician, Prime Minister of Greece (d. 1968)
- Jean Vigo, French director and screenwriter (d. 1934)
- Paul-Émile Léger, Canadian cardinal (d. 1991)
- Xenophon Zolotas, Greek economist and politician, 177th Prime Minister of Greece (d. 2004)
- Eva Aschoff, German bookbinder and calligrapher (d. 1969)
- Charles Francis Richter, American seismologist and physicist (d. 1985)
- Hack Wilson, American baseball player (d. 1948)
- Oscar Rabin, Latvian-English saxophonist and bandleader (d. 1958)
- Vicente Aleixandre, Spanish poet and author, Nobel Prize laureate (d. 1984)
- John Grierson, Scottish director and producer (d. 1972)
- Eddie Eagan, American boxer and bobsledder (d. 1967)
- Douglas Sirk, German-American director and screenwriter (d. 1987)
- Ruut Tarmo, Estonian actor and director (d. 1967)
- Ernst Udet, German colonel and pilot (d. 1941)
- Rudolf Hess, Egyptian-German politician (d. 1987)
- Anita Loos, American author, playwright, and screenwriter (d. 1981)
- Ludwig Wittgenstein, Austrian-English philosopher and academic (d. 1951)
- Ma Rainey, American singer (d. 1939)
- Ğabdulla Tuqay, Russian poet and publicist (d. 1913)
- Eric Campbell, British actor (d. 1917)
- Owen Willans Richardson, English physicist and academic, Nobel Prize laureate (d. 1959)
- Rafael Guízar y Valencia, Mexican bishop and saint (d. 1938)
- James Dooley, Irish-Australian politician, 21st Premier of New South Wales (d. 1950)
- Ernst Felle, German rower (d. 1959)
- Edmund C. Tarbell, American painter and educator (d. 1938)
- Joseph Ward, Australian-New Zealand businessman and politician, 17th Prime Minister of New Zealand (d. 1930)
- Charles Farrar Browne, American author (d. 1867)
- Frederick Law Olmsted, American journalist and designer, co-designed Central Park (d. 1903)
- Charles Goodyear, American banker, lawyer, and politician (d. 1876)
- Ambrose Dudley Mann, American politician and diplomat, 1st United States Assistant Secretary of State (d. 1889)
- Eugène Delacroix, French painter and lithographer (d. 1863)
- Ludwig Uhland, German poet, philologist, and historian (d. 1862)
- John James Audubon, French-American ornithologist and painter (d. 1851)
- Maria Amalia of Naples and Sicily (d. 1866)
- Christian Leopold von Buch, German geologist and paleontologist (d. 1853)
- Esek Hopkins, American commander (d. 1802)
- Thomas Reid, Scottish philosopher and academic (d. 1796)
- Adam Falckenhagen, German lute player and composer (d. 1754)
- Peter II of Portugal (d. 1706)
- William Ashhurst, English banker, Sheriff of London, Lord Mayor of London and politician (d. 1720)
- Marie de' Medici, queen of Henry IV of France (d. 1642)
- Gian Paolo Lomazzo, Italian painter and academic (d. 1600)
- King John II of France (d. 1364)
- Alice de Toeni, Countess of Warwick (d. 1324)
- Al-Hadi, Iranian caliph (d. 786)
- Hisham I of Córdoba (d. 796)
- Marcus Aurelius, Roman emperor (d. 180)
Deaths On This Day
- Jonathan Demme, American filmmaker, producer and screenwriter (b. 1944)
- Harry Wu, Chinese human rights activist (b. 1937)
- Jayne Meadows, American actress (b. 1919)
- Marcel Pronovost, Canadian ice hockey player and coach (b. 1930)
- Gerald Guralnik, American physicist and academic (b. 1936)
- Paul Robeson, Jr., American historian and author (b. 1927)
- DJ Rashad, American electronic musician, producer and DJ (b. 1979)
- Jacqueline Brookes, American actress and educator (b. 1930)
- George Jones, American singer-songwriter and guitarist (b. 1931)
- Terence Spinks, English boxer and trainer (b. 1938)
- Phoebe Snow, American singer-songwriter and guitarist (b. 1950)
- Mariam A. Aleem, Egyptian graphic designer and academic (b. 1930)
- Urs Felber, Swiss engineer and businessman (b. 1942)
- Hans Holzer, Austrian-American paranormal investigator and author (b. 1920)
- Árpád Orbán, Hungarian footballer (b. 1938)
- Jack Valenti, American businessman, created the MPAA film rating system (b. 1921)
- Mason Adams, American actor (b. 1919)
- Elisabeth Domitien, Prime Minister of the Central African Republic (b. 1925)
- Maria Schell, Austrian-Swiss actress (b. 1926)
- Augusto Roa Bastos, Paraguayan journalist, author, and academic (b. 1917)
- Hubert Selby, Jr., American author, poet, and screenwriter (b. 1928)
- Rosemary Brown, Jamaican-Canadian academic and politician (b. 1930)
- Yun Hyon-seok, South Korean poet and author (b. 1984)
- Edward Max Nicholson, Irish environmentalist, co-founded the World Wide Fund for Nature (b. 1904)
- Adrian Borland, English singer-songwriter, guitarist, and producer (b. 1957)
- Jill Dando, English journalist and television personality (b. 1961)
- Stirling Silliphant, American screenwriter and producer (b. 1918)
- Masutatsu Ōyama, Japanese martial artist, founded Kyokushin kaikan (b. 1923)
- Leo Arnaud, French-American composer and conductor (b. 1904)
- Carmine Coppola, American composer and conductor (b. 1910)
- A. B. Guthrie, Jr., American novelist and historian, (b. 1901)
- Richard Hatfield, Canadian lawyer and politician, 26th Premier of New Brunswick (b. 1931)
- Lucille Ball, American model, actress, comedian, and producer (b. 1911)
- Shankar, Indian composer and conductor (b. 1922)
- John Silkin, English lawyer and politician, Shadow Leader of the House of Commons (b. 1923)
- Broderick Crawford, American actor (b. 1911)
- Bessie Love, American actress (b. 1898)
- Dechko Uzunov, Bulgarian painter (b. 1899)
- Count Basie, American pianist, composer, and bandleader (b. 1904)
- Jim Davis, American actor (b. 1909)
- Cicely Courtneidge, Australian-born British actress, comedian and singer (b. 1893)
- Sidney Franklin, American bullfighter (b. 1903)
- Sid James, South African-English actor (b. 1913)
- Armstrong Sperry, American author and illustrator (b. 1897)
- Irene Ryan, American actress and philanthropist (b. 1902)
- Erik Bergman, Swedish minister and author (b. 1886)
- Gypsy Rose Lee, American actress, striptease dancer, and writer (b. 1911)
- Morihei Ueshiba, Japanese martial artist, founded aikido (b. 1883)
- John Heartfield, German illustrator and photographer (b. 1891)
- E. J. Pratt, Canadian poet and author (b. 1882)
- Gichin Funakoshi, Japanese martial artist, founded Shotokan (b. 1868)
- Edward Arnold, American actor (b. 1890)
- Arnold Sommerfeld, German physicist and academic (b. 1868)
- George Murray Hulbert, American lawyer, judge, and politician (b. 1881)
- James Larkin White, American miner, explorer, and park ranger (b. 1882)
- Sigmund Rascher, German physician (b. 1909)
- Pavlo Skoropadskyi, German-Ukrainian general and politician, Hetman of Ukraine (b. 1871)
- Violette Morris, French footballer, shot putter, and discus thrower (b. 1893)
- Carl Bosch, German chemist and engineer, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1874)
- Arturs Alberings, Latvian politician, former Prime Minister of Latvia (b. 1876)
- William Lockwood, English cricketer (b. 1868)
- Srinivasa Ramanujan, Indian mathematician and theorist (b. 1887)
- John Bunny, American actor (b. 1863)
- Bjørnstjerne Bjørnson, Norwegian-French author, poet, and playwright, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1832)
- Eric Stenbock, Estonian-English author and poet (b. 1860)
- Ludwig Freiherr von und zu der Tann-Rathsamhausen, German general (b. 1815)
- John Wilkes Booth, American actor, assassin of Abraham Lincoln (b. 1838)
- Bernhard Schott, German music publisher (b. 1748)
- Petr Ivanovich Panin, Russian general (b. 1721)
- Nano Nagle, Irish nun and educator, founded the Presentation Sisters (b. 1718)
- John Somers, 1st Baron Somers, English jurist and politician, Lord High Chancellor of Great Britain (b. 1651)
- Magnus Gabriel De la Gardie, Swedish statesman and military man (b. 1622)
- Jean Fernel, French physician (b. 1497)
- Ashikaga Yoshihisa, Japanese shōgun (b. 1465)
- Giuliano de' Medici, Italian ruler (b. 1453)
- Robert Campin, Flemish painter (b. 1378)
- Jeong Mong-ju, Korean civil minister, diplomat and scholar (b. 1338)
- Simon Islip, Archbishop of Canterbury
- Emperor Go-Shirakawa of Japan (b. 1127)
- Adalbero I, bishop of Metz
- Chen Jingxuan, general of the Tang Dynasty
- Pope Stephen II (b. 715)
- Muawiyah I, Umayyad caliph (b. 602)
- Richarius, Frankish monk and saint (b. 560)
- Emperor Xiaowen of Northern Wei (b. 467)