On This Day in History: August 12
August 12 is the 224th day of the year (225th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. 141 days remain until the end of the year.
Lottery News On This Day
- Powerball winning ticket sold in Saturday's $245.6 million drawing. A single ticket sold in New York state won Saturday's Powerball jackpot worth $245.6 million, lottery officials announced early Sunday.
- $393 million Mega Millions jackpot won on ticket sold in Illinois. One winning ticket sold in Illinois beat the odds and matched all the numbers drawn in Friday's Mega Millions drawing to win a massive $393 million jackpot.
- Illinois woman wins $15 million on instant lottery ticket. A Hanover Park, Illinois, woman recently won $15 million playing a World Class Millions Illinois Lottery ticket, according to an Illinois Lottery news release.
- Irish Lottery winner giving away $44 million fortune. A Northern Ireland woman who won €34 million (US$45.4 million) in the EuroMillions lottery is giving away a whopping €33 million (US$44.1 million).
- Iowa Lottery chief addresses online ticket sales. Terry Rich, president and chief executive officer of the Iowa Lottery, on Monday said the Iowa Lottery is educating itself for a coming time when Iowa Lottery players likely will be able to purchase tickets for lotto games like Powerball and Mega Millions via phone, tablet or computer.
- Texas Lottery to launch new game after AG gives OK. The Texas Lottery Commission is moving forward with next year's launch of an unusual new game after getting a favorable ruling on its legality from Attorney General Greg Abbott.
- 'All or Nothing' coming to North Carolina Lottery. The North Carolina Education Lottery is starting next month its first numbers game in more than four years.
- Lottery winner stays grounded after $220 million jackpot. In 2005, Brad Duke of Star, Idaho, hit a huge Powerball jackpot of $220 million, and in the ensuing years managed to stay grounded despite his sudden tremendous wealth.
- Doorman who won $5 million lottery pot is battling lung cancer. New York City's most famous doorman for winning a $5 million lottery jackpot has been battling lung cancer for the past six months, and is taking another gamble by forgoing surgery.
- $305 MILLION: Powerball lottery jackpot in rare territory. For only the 15th time in the history of United States lotteries, a lottery jackpot run-up has crossed into $300 million+ territory.
- $228.9M Powerball lottery ticket sold in Minnesota. The prize has yet to be claimed for a winning Powerball ticket worth $228.9 million bought in Dakota County in Minnesota.
- Unemployed man wins £4.5M Ireland lottery jackpot. Northern Ireland's new Lottery millionaire Seamus Duffy, unemployed and father-of-six, revealed that he was feeling lucky in the run up to hitting the £4.5 million (US$7.4 million) jackpot.
- Powerball multi-state lottery game to change rules. Powerball, arguably the world's best known jackpot lottery game, will be making changes to the game with the addition of Florida in January.
- Atlantic Lottery adds new ticket security measures. The Atlantic Lottery Corp. is introducing more measures aimed at tightening the security of lottery ticket validation, the corporation said this week.
- Local Iowa police report surge in lottery scam letters. At least three Marshalltown, Iowa, residents have been targeted by a bogus check scam in the last two weeks, according to Marshalltown Police Chief Lon Walker.
- S.C. man wins major Powerball prize for second time. South Carolina's first Powerball million-dollar winner scored a another major prize Tuesday when he learned his quick pick ticket matched the first five numbers.
- Acting director named for New York Lottery. A former deputy director of the New York Lottery has been named acting director of the organization.
- New Mexico Lottery still looking for $93 million Powerball winner. No one came forward to claim a $93.4 million Powerball lottery jackpot sold in the Albuquerque area by the time Lottery claims offices closed for the weekend late Friday afternoon.
- $45 million N.Y. Lotto winner living life to the fullest. Six years ago New Yorker John Falcon won $45 million, and he went from living in a modest tenement apartment to living in the Trump Tower.
- D.C. Lottery to change lottery lineup. According to the D.C. Lottery Board, changes are coming to two of its games, in addition to the August Powerball changes.
- Buyer of 10 millionth N.D. lottery ticket to win $10,000. The North Dakota Lottery says whoever buys the ten millionth ticket sold will win the ten-grand.
- Oklahoma Lottery chooses Scientific Games. The Oklahoma Lottery Commission selected Scientific Games Corp. Tuesday to provide lottery terminals and scratch-off tickets.
- N.C. lottery's fate could come down to one key vote. The proposal for a North Carolina lottery -- which seemed headed for passage a month ago -- is in jeopardy.
- N.C. lottery vote today or Saturday. Backers of a North Carolina lottery spent Thursday trying to get a few senators to change their "no" votes to "yes."
- Powerball Lottery Jackpot Approaches $100 Million Mark. Because no one correctly matched all six numbers in Wednesday's Powerball drawing the jackpot grew to an estimated $97 million, with a cash option of $52.5 million.
- Store clerk tells how she found winning ticket. Battling the sniffs and coughs of a summer cold, Julie Prive, 27-year-old mother of two, stood before a jury in Barnstable County, Massachusetts Superior Court yesterday and recalled the evening in May 2002 when she had believed her life had changed forever.
- Savannah family wins $50 million Mega Millions prize. A Savannah, Georgia family turned in a winning ticket on Monday for a Mega Millions jackpot worth $50 million.
- As lottery trial ends, foes see liars everywhere. A court battle over a $25 million New Jersey Mega Millions lottery jackpot concluded yesterday with stinging accusations of betrayal and dishonesty.
- Judge to decide ownership of $25 million lottery ticket. A Superior Court judge is scheduled to rule Wednesday on who owns a disputed New Jersey Mega Millions lottery ticket worth $25 million.
- Big games enter lottery's big picture. A giant jackpot lottery - such as Powerball or Mega Millions - is likely to become part of Tennessee's buffet of games, but the heads of lotteries in Tennessee and Georgia say a possible partnership won't affect which game Tennesseans play.
- Hitting the jackpot. A southeast Missouri couple plans to use their $4.3 million in lottery winnings to get out of debt. John Gibson bought three dollars worth of tickets earlier this month from the Country Mart grocery store in Jackson, where he lives with his wife, Beverly. He let the computer pick the winning combination, and took an unsual combination of half lump sum cash, and half annuity payments.
Top 25 Lottery Jackpots On This Day
- 1.$371.1 Million
Aug 12, 2017
- 2.$337 Million
Aug 15, 2012
- 3.€209.16 Million
Aug 13, 2019
- 4.$186 Million
Aug 12, 2009
- 5.$181 Million
Aug 15, 2007
- 6.$169 Million
Aug 12, 2020
- 7.$146 Million
Aug 14, 2009
- 8.$138 Million
Aug 14, 2019
- 9.€123.02 Million
Aug 13, 2016
- 10.$128 Million
Aug 12, 2014
- 11.$122 Million
Aug 14, 2007
- 12.€90 Million
Aug 14, 2018
- 13.$100 Million
Aug 15, 2001
- 14.$97 Million
Aug 14, 2004
- 15.€85 Million
Aug 14, 2020
- 16.€75 Million
Aug 13, 2019
- 17.€75 Million
Aug 16, 2019
- 18.$82 Million
Aug 13, 2016
- 19.€57 Million
Aug 14, 2009
- 20.€54 Million
Aug 15, 2008
- 21.€59 Million
Aug 13, 2013
- 22.$75 Million
Aug 13, 2010
- 22.$75 Million
Aug 14, 2018
- 24.$70 Million
Aug 14, 2019
- 25.€46 Million
Aug 12, 2011
Lottery Post Member Birthdays On This Day
Saturday, Aug 12, 1995
25 years old
Saturday, Aug 12, 1989
31 years old
Friday, Aug 12, 1988
32 years old
Tuesday, Aug 12, 1986
34 years old
Monday, Aug 12, 1985
35 years old
Thursday, Aug 12, 1982
38 years old
Tuesday, Aug 12, 1980
40 years old
Tuesday, Aug 12, 1980
40 years old
Sunday, Aug 12, 1979
41 years old
Friday, Aug 12, 1977
43 years old
Monday, Aug 12, 1974
46 years old
Sunday, Aug 12, 1973
47 years old
Thursday, Aug 12, 1971
49 years old
Monday, Aug 12, 1968
52 years old
Thursday, Aug 12, 1965
55 years old
Thursday, Aug 12, 1965
55 years old
Thursday, Aug 12, 1965
55 years old
Monday, Aug 12, 1963
57 years old
Saturday, Aug 12, 1961
59 years old
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Worldwide Events On This Day
- Thirty-nine civilians, including a dozen children, are killed in an explosion at a weapons depot in a rebel-held town in northwest Syria.
- At least two massive explosions kill 173 people and injure nearly 800 more in Tianjin, China.
- The Russian Navy submarine Kursk explodes and sinks in the Barents Sea during a military exercise, killing her entire 118-man crew.
- Major League Baseball players go on strike, forcing the cancellation of the 1994 World Series.
- Canada, Mexico and the United States announce completion of negotiations for the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA).
- Sue, the largest and most complete Tyrannosaurus rex skeleton found to date, is discovered by Sue Hendrickson in South Dakota.
- Japan Airlines Flight 123 crashes into Osutaka ridge in Gunma Prefecture, Japan, killing 520, to become the worst single-plane air disaster.
- The IBM Personal Computer is released.
- The first free flight of the Space Shuttle Enterprise.
- The Sri Lanka Riots: Targeting the minority Sri Lankan Tamils, begin, less than a month after the United National Party came to power. Over 300 Tamils are killed.
- Between 1,000 and 3,500 Palestinians are killed in the Tel al-Zaatar massacre, one of the bloodiest events of the Lebanese Civil War.
- Violence erupts after the Apprentice Boys of Derry march in Derry, Northern Ireland, resulting in a three-day communal riot known as the Battle of the Bogside.
- South Africa is banned from the Olympic Games due to the country's racist policies.
- Echo 1A, NASA's first successful communications satellite, is launched.
- First thermonuclear bomb test: The Soviet atomic bomb project continues with the detonation of "RDS-6s" (Joe 4) using a "layered" scheme.
- The 7.2 Ms Ionian earthquake shakes the southern Ionian Islands with a maximum Mercalli intensity of X (Extreme). Between 445 and 800 people are killed.
- The Night of the Murdered Poets: Thirteen prominent Jewish intellectuals are murdered in Moscow, Russia, Soviet Union.
- Korean War: Bloody Gulch massacre: 75 American POWs are massacred by North Korean Army.
- Babrra massacre: About 600 unarmed members of the Khudai Khidmatgar movement are shot dead on the orders of the Chief Minister of the North-West Frontier Province, Abdul Qayyum Khan Kashmiri, on Babrra ground in the Hashtnagar region of Charsadda District, North-West Frontier Province (now Khyber Pakhtunkhwa), Pakistan.
- Waffen-SS troops massacre 560 people in Sant'Anna di Stazzema.
- Nazi German troops end the week-long Wola massacre, during which time at least 40,000 people are killed indiscriminately or in mass executions.
- Alençon is liberated by General Philippe Leclerc de Hauteclocque, the first city in France to be liberated from the Nazis by French forces.
- World War I: The United Kingdom declares war on Austria-Hungary; the countries of the British Empire follow suit.
- World War I: The Battle of Halen a.k.a. Battle of the Silver Helmets a clash between large Belgian and German cavalry formations at Halen, Belgium.
- The Hawaiian flag is lowered from ʻIolani Palace in an elaborate annexation ceremony and replaced with the flag of the United States to signify the transfer of sovereignty from the Republic of Hawaii to the United States.
- The last quagga dies at the Natura Artis Magistra, a zoo in Amsterdam, Netherlands.
- Joseph Lister, British surgeon and scientist, performs 1st antiseptic surgery.
- Isaac Singer is granted a patent for his sewing machine.
- French intervention forces William I of the Netherlands to abandon his attempt to suppress the Belgian Revolution.
- Santiago de Liniers, 1st Count of Buenos Aires re-takes the city of Buenos Aires, Argentina after the first British invasion.
- The Rhône and Loire départments are created when the former département of Rhône-et-Loire is split into two.
- Treaty of Allahabad is signed. The Treaty marks the political and constitutional involvement and the beginning of Company rule in India.
- Battle of Mohács: Charles of Lorraine defeats the Ottoman Empire.
- Praying Indian John Alderman shoots and kills Metacomet, the Wampanoag war chief, ending King Philip's War.
- Charles de La Vieuville is arrested and replaced by Cardinal Richelieu as the French king's chief advisor.
- First engagement of the Battle of Zonchio between Venetian and Ottoman fleets.
- Christopher Columbus arrives in the Canary Islands on his first voyage to the New World.
- The Treaty of Nöteborg between Sweden and Novgorod Republic is signed, regulating the border between the two countries for the first time.
- Battle of Harim: Nur ad-Din Zangi defeats the Crusader armies of the County of Tripoli and the Principality of Antioch.
- Battle of Didgori: The Georgian army under King David IV wins a decisive victory over the famous Seljuk commander Ilghazi.
- First Crusade: Battle of Ascalon Crusaders under the command of Godfrey of Bouillon defeat Fatimid forces led by Al-Afdal Shahanshah. This is considered the last engagement of the First Crusade.
Births On This Day
- Tristan Charpentier, French racing driver
- Matthijs de Ligt, Dutch footballer
- Stefanos Tsitsipas, Greek tennis player
- Julio Urías, Mexican baseball player
- Ewa Farna, Czech singer-songwriter
- Luna, South Korean singer, actress and presenter
- Cara Delevingne, English model and actress
- Isabella Escobar, Guatemalan tennis player
- Jacob Loko, Australian rugby player
- Teo Gheorghiu, Swiss pianist and actor
- Jesinta Campbell, Australian model
- Sam Hoare, Australian rugby league player
- Mario Balotelli, Italian footballer
- Marvin Zeegelaar, Dutch footballer
- Martin Zurawsky, German footballer
- Tom Cleverley, English footballer
- Hong Jeong-ho, South Korean footballer
- Sunye, South Korean singer
- Tyson Fury, English boxer
- Matt Gillett, Australian rugby league player
- Vanessa Watts, West Indian cricketer
- Andrei Agius, Maltese footballer
- Kyle Arrington, American football player
- Danny Graham, English footballer
- Franck Moutsinga, German rugby player
- Bryan Pata, American football player (d. 2006)
- Klaas-Jan Huntelaar, Dutch footballer
- Kléber Giacomance de Souza Freitas, Brazilian footballer
- Manoa Vosawai, Italian rugby player
- Boban Grnčarov, Macedonian footballer
- Alexandros Tzorvas, Greek footballer
- Tony Capaldi, Norwegian-Northern Irish footballer
- Djibril Cissé, French footballer
- Javier Chevantón, Uruguayan footballer
- Maggie Lawson, American actress
- Dominique Swain, American actress
- Matt Thiessen, Canadian-American singer-songwriter and guitarist
- D. J. Houlton, American baseball player
- Ian Hutchinson, English motorcycle racer
- Cindy Klassen, Canadian speed skater
- Austra Skujytė, Lithuanian pentathlete
- Chris Chambers, American football player
- Hayley Wickenheiser, Canadian ice hockey player
- Plaxico Burress, American football player
- Jesper Grønkjær, Danish footballer
- Park Yong-ha, South Korean actor (d. 2010)
- Pedro Collins, Barbadian cricketer
- Mikko Lindström, Finnish guitarist
- Henry Tuilagi, Samoan rugby player
- Antoine Walker, American basketball player
- Casey Affleck, American actor
- Matt Clement, American baseball player and coach
- Karl Stefanovic, Australian television host
- Jonathan Coachman, American basketball player, wrestler, and sportscaster
- Mark Iuliano, Italian footballer and manager
- Todd Marchant, American ice hockey player and coach
- Demir Demirkan, Turkish singer-songwriter and producer
- Mark Kinsella, Irish footballer and manager
- Takanohana Kōji, Japanese sumo wrestler, the 65th Yokozuna
- Gyanendra Pandey, Indian cricketer
- Michael Ian Black, American comedian, actor, director, producer, and screenwriter
- Rebecca Gayheart, American actress
- Pete Sampras, American tennis player
- Aleksandar Đurić, Bosnian footballer
- Charles Mesure, English-Australian actor and screenwriter
- Toby Perkins, English businessman and politician
- Jim Schlossnagle, American baseball player and coach
- Anthony Swofford, American soldier and author
- Aga Muhlach, Filipino actor and politician
- Stuart Williams, Nevisian cricketer
- Tanita Tikaram, British pop/folk singer-songwriter
- Thorsten Boer, German footballer and manager
- Andy Hui, Hong Kong singer-songwriter and actor
- Andrey Plotnikov, Russian race walker
- Regilio Tuur, Dutch boxer
- Tobias Ellwood, American-English captain and politician
- Peter Krause, American actor
- Txiki Begiristain, Spanish footballer
- Michael Hagan, Australian rugby league player and coach
- Kōji Kitao, Japanese sumo wrestler, the 60th Yokozuna
- Campbell Newman, Australian politician, 38th Premier of Queensland
- Sir Mix-a-Lot, American rapper, producer, and actor
- Roy Hay, English guitarist, keyboard player, and composer
- Mark Priest, New Zealand cricketer
- Laurent Fignon, French cyclist and sportscaster (d. 2010)
- Greg Thomas, Welsh-English cricketer
- Kerry Boustead, Australian rugby league player
- Jürgen Dehmel, German bass player and songwriter
- Friedhelm Schütte, German footballer
- Amanda Redman, English actress
- Lee Freedman, Australian horse trainer
- Bruce Greenwood, Canadian actor and producer
- Sidath Wettimuny, Sri Lankan cricketer
- Rob Borbidge, Australian politician, 35th Premier of Queensland
- Leung Chun-ying, Hong Kong businessman and politician, 3rd Chief Executive of Hong Kong
- Ibolya Dávid, Hungarian lawyer and politician, Minister of Justice of Hungary
- François Hollande, French lawyer and politician, 24th President of France
- Sam J. Jones, American actor
- Pat Metheny, American jazz guitarist and composer
- Daniel Biles, American associate justice of the Kansas Supreme Court
- Sitaram Yechury, Indian politician and leader of CPI(M)
- Klaus Toppmöller, German football manager and former player
- Jim Beaver, American actor, director, and screenwriter
- August "Kid Creole" Darnell, American musician, bandleader, singer-songwriter, and record producer
- George McGinnis, American basketball player
- Panagiotis Chinofotis, Greek admiral and politician
- Mark Knopfler, Scottish-English singer-songwriter, guitarist, and producer
- Lou Martin, Northern Irish pianist, songwriter, and producer (d. 2012)
- Alex Naumik, Lithuanian-Norwegian singer-songwriter and producer (d. 2013)
- Rick Ridgeway, American mountaineer and photographer
- Siddaramaiah, Indian lawyer and politician, 22nd Chief Minister of Karnataka
- Graham J. Zellick, English academic and jurist
- John Nathan-Turner, English author and television director, producer, and writer (d. 2002)
- Terry Nutkins, English television host and author (d. 2012)
- Dorothy E. Denning, American computer scientist and academic
- Ron Mael, American keyboard player and songwriter
- Javeed Alam, Indian academician
- Hans-Wilhelm Müller-Wohlfahrt, German physician and author
- L. M. Kit Carson, American actor, producer, and screenwriter (d. 2014)
- Réjean Ducharme, Canadian author and playwright (d. 2017)
- Dana Ivey, American actress
- Eddie Barlow, South African cricketer and coach (d. 2005)
- John Waller, English historical European martial arts (HEMA) revival pioneer and fight director (d. 2018)
- George Hamilton, American actor
- Pam Kilborn, Australian track and field athlete
- David King, South African chemist and academic
- Sushil Koirala, Nepalese politician, 37th Prime Minister of Nepal (d. 2016)
- Roy Romanow, Canadian lawyer and politician, 12th Premier of Saskatchewan
- S. Jayakumar, Singaporean politician, 4th Senior Minister of Singapore
- Jean-Paul L'Allier, Canadian journalist and politician, 38th Mayor of Quebec City (d. 2016)
- Walter Dean Myers, American author and poet (d. 2014)
- Kjell Grede, Swedish director and screenwriter (d. 2017)
- John Cazale, American actor (d. 1978)
- Robin Nicholson, English metallurgist and academic
- Parnelli Jones, American race car driver and businessman
- Frederic Lindsay, Scottish author and educator (d. 2013)
- Dallin H. Oaks, American lawyer, jurist, and religious leader
- Charlie O'Donnell, American radio and television announcer (d. 2010)
- Sirikit, Queen mother of Thailand
- William Goldman, American author, playwright, and screenwriter (d. 2018)
- George Soros, Hungarian-American businessman and investor, founded the Soros Fund Management
- Kanagaratnam Sriskandan, Sri Lankan engineer and civil servant (d. 2010)
- Jacques Tits, Belgian-French mathematician and academic
- Buck Owens, American singer-songwriter and guitarist (d. 2006)
- Charles Blackman, Australian painter and illustrator (d. 2018)
- Bob Buhl, American baseball player (d. 2001)
- Dan Curtis, American director and producer (d. 2006)
- Porter Wagoner, American singer-songwriter and guitarist (d. 2007)
- Douglas Croft, American child actor (d. 1963)
- John Derek, American actor, director, and cinematographer (d. 1998)
- Joe Jones, American R&B singer-songwriter and producer (d. 2005)
- Dale Bumpers, American soldier, lawyer, and politician, 38th Governor of Arkansas (d. 2016)
- Guillermo Cano Isaza, Colombian journalist (d. 1986)
- Donald Justice, American poet and writing teacher (d. 2004)
- Norris McWhirter, Scottish publisher and activist co-founded the Guinness World Records (d. 2004)
- Ross McWhirter, Scottish publisher and activist, co-founded the Guinness World Records (d. 1975)
- George Wetherill, American physicist and academic (d. 2006)
- Derek Shackleton, English cricketer, coach, and umpire (d. 2007)
- Muhammad Zia-ul-Haq, Pakistani general and politician, 6th President of Pakistan (d. 1988)
- John Holt, Jamaican cricketer (d. 1997)
- Fulton Mackay, Scottish actor and playwright (d. 1987)
- Miloš Jakeš, Czech communist politician (d. 2020)
- Charles Gibson, American ethnohistorian (d. 1985)
- Percy Mayfield, American R&B singer-songwriter (d. 1984)
- Margaret Burbidge, English-American astrophysicist and academic (d. 2020)
- Vikram Sarabhai, Indian physicist and academic (d. 1971)
- Sid Bernstein, American record producer (d. 2013)
- Guy Gibson, Anglo-Indian commander and pilot, Victoria Cross recipient (d. 1944)
- Oliver Crawford, American screenwriter and author (d. 2008)
- Ioan Dicezare, Romanian general and pilot (d. 2012)
- Edward Pinkowski, American writer, journalist and Polonia historian (d. 2020)
- Michael Kidd, American dancer and choreographer (d. 2007)
- Gerd Buchdahl, German-English philosopher and author (d. 2001)
- Ruth Lowe, Canadian pianist and songwriter (d. 1981)
- Richard L. Bare, American director, producer, and screenwriter (d. 2015)
- Samuel Fuller, American actor, director, and screenwriter (d. 1997)
- Cantinflas, Mexican actor, screenwriter, and producer (d. 1993)
- Yusof bin Ishak, Singaporean journalist and politician, 1st President of Singapore (d. 1970)
- Jane Wyatt, American actress (d. 2006)
- Bruce Matthews, Canadian general and businessman (d. 1991)
- Gladys Bentley, American blues singer (d. 1960)
- Joe Besser, American actor (d. 1988)
- Boy Charlton, Australian swimmer (d. 1975)
- Benjamin Sheares, Singaporean physician and politician, 2nd President of Singapore (d. 1981)
- Harry Hopman, Australian tennis player and coach (d. 1985)
- Tedd Pierce, American animator, producer, and screenwriter (d. 1972)
- Idel Jakobson, Latvian-Estonian NKVD officer (d. 1997)
- Tamás Lossonczy, Hungarian painter (d. 2009)
- Alexei Nikolaevich, Tsarevich of Russia (d. 1918)
- Mohammad Hatta, Indonesian politician, 1st Vice President of Indonesia (d. 1980)
- Ben Sealey, Trinidadian cricketer (d. 1963)
- Maurice Fernandes, Guyanese cricketer (d. 1981)
- Alfred Lunt, American actor and director (d. 1977)
- C. E. M. Joad, English philosopher and academic (d. 1953)
- John McDermott, American golfer (d. 1971)
- Zerna Sharp, American author and educator (d. 1981)
- Erwin Schrödinger, Austrian physicist and academic, Nobel Prize laureate (d. 1961)
- Jean Cabannes, French physicist and academic (d. 1959)
- Keith Murdoch, Australian journalist (d. 1952)
- Juhan Simm, Estonian composer and conductor (d. 1959)
- Martha Hedman, Swedish-American actress and playwright (d. 1974)
- Marion Lorne, American actress (d. 1968)
- Cecil B. DeMille, American director and producer (d. 1959)
- Radclyffe Hall, English poet, author, and activist (d. 1943)
- Christy Mathewson, American baseball player and manager (d. 1925)
- Albert Bartha, Hungarian general and politician, Hungarian Minister of Defence (d. 1960)
- Mary Roberts Rinehart, American author and playwright (d. 1958)
- Gustavs Zemgals, Latvian politician, 2nd President of Latvia (d. 1939)
- Henry Reuterdahl, Swedish-American artist (d. 1925)
- Edith Hamilton, German-American author and educator (d. 1963)
- Jacinto Benavente, Spanish playwright, Nobel Prize laureate (d. 1954)
- Henrik Sillem, Dutch target shooter, mountaineer, and jurist (d. 1907)
- Klara Hitler, Austrian mother of Adolf Hitler (d. 1907)
- Katharine Lee Bates, American poet and author (d. 1929)
- Ernestine von Kirchsberg, Austrian painter and educator (d. 1924)
- Diamond Jim Brady, American businessman and philanthropist (d. 1917)
- Michael J. McGivney, American priest and founder of the Knights of Columbus (d. 1890)
- Helena Blavatsky, Russian theosophist and scholar (d. 1891)
- Robert Southey, English poet and author (d. 1843)
- Karl Faber, Prussian historian and academic (d. 1853)
- George IV of the United Kingdom (d. 1830)
- Maurice Greene, English organist and composer (d. 1755)
- John Balguy, English philosopher and author (d. 1748)
- Heinrich Ignaz Franz Biber, Bohemian-Austrian violinist and composer (d. 1704)
- Archduchess Isabella Clara of Austria, Austrian archduchess (d. 1685)
- Giovanni Legrenzi, Italian composer (d. 1690)
- Tokugawa Iemitsu, Japanese shōgun (d. 1651)
- Sir William Curtius FRS, German magistrate, English baronet (d. 1678)
- Louise de Marillac, co-founder of the Daughters of Charity (d. 1660)
- Franciscus Sonnius, Dutch counter-Reformation theologian (d. 1576)
- Christian III of Denmark (d. 1559)
- Abraham Zacuto, Jewish astronomer, astrologer, mathematician, rabbi and historian (d. 1515)
Deaths On This Day
- Bill Yeoman, American college football player and coach (b. 1927)
- DJ Arafat, Ivorian DJ and singer (b. 1986)
- Bryan Murray, Canadian ice hockey coach (b. 1942)
- Juan Pedro de Miguel, Spanish handball player (b. 1958)
- Jaakko Hintikka, Finnish philosopher and academic (b. 1929)
- Stephen Lewis, English actor and screenwriter (b. 1926)
- Meshulim Feish Lowy, Hungarian-Canadian rabbi and author (b. 1921)
- John Scott, English organist and conductor (b. 1956)
- Lauren Bacall, American model, actress, and singer (b. 1924)
- Futatsuryū Jun'ichi, Japanese sumo wrestler (b. 1950)
- Kongō Masahiro, Japanese sumo wrestler (b. 1948)
- Tereza de Arriaga, Portuguese painter (b. 1915)
- Hans-Ekkehard Bob, German soldier and pilot (b. 1917)
- Pauline Maier, American historian and academic (b. 1938)
- David McLetchie, Scottish lawyer and politician (b. 1952)
- Vasiliy Mihaylovich Peskov, Russian ecologist and journalist (b. 1930)
- Jimmy Carr, American football player and coach (b. 1933)
- Jerry Grant, American race car driver (b. 1935)
- Joe Kubert, Polish-American illustrator, founded The Kubert School (b. 1926)
- Édgar Morales Pérez, Mexican engineer and politician
- Alf Morris, English politician and activist (b. 1928)
- Robert Robinson, English journalist and author (b. 1927)
- Isaac Bonewits, American Druid, author, and activist; founded Ár nDraíocht Féin (b. 1949)
- Guido de Marco, Maltese lawyer and politician, 6th President of Malta (b. 1931)
- Richie Hayward, American drummer and songwriter (b. 1946)
- André Kim, South Korean fashion designer (b. 1935)
- Les Paul, American guitarist and songwriter (b. 1915)
- Christie Allen, English-Australian singer (b. 1954)
- Helge Hagerup, Norwegian playwright, poet and novelist (b. 1933)
- Merv Griffin, American actor, singer, and producer, created Jeopardy! and Wheel of Fortune (b. 1925)
- Mike Wieringo, American author and illustrator (b. 1963)
- Victoria Gray Adams, American civil rights activist (b. 1926)
- John Loder, English sound engineer and producer, founded Southern Studios (b. 1946)
- Godfrey Hounsfield, English biophysicist and engineer, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1919)
- Enos Slaughter, American baseball player and manager (b. 1916)
- Gennady Lyachin, Russian captain (b. 1955)
- Loretta Young, American actress (b. 1913)
- Jean Drapeau, Canadian lawyer and politician, 37th Mayor of Montreal (b. 1916)
- Jack Delano, American photographer and composer (b. 1914)
- Victor Ambartsumian, Georgian-Armenian astrophysicist and academic (b. 1908)
- Mark Gruenwald, American author and illustrator (b. 1953)
- John Cage, American composer and theorist (b. 1912)
- Dorothy Mackaill, English-American actress (b. 1903)
- William Shockley, American physicist and academic, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1910)
- Jean-Michel Basquiat, American painter (b. 1960)
- Evaline Ness, American author and illustrator (b. 1911)
- Kyu Sakamoto, Japanese singer-songwriter (b. 1941)
- Manfred Winkelhock, German race car driver (b. 1951)
- Ladi Kwali, Nigerian potter (b. 1925)
- Theodor Burchardi, German admiral (b. 1892)
- Henry Fonda, American actor (b. 1905)
- Salvador Sánchez, Mexican boxer (b. 1959)
- Ernst Boris Chain, German-Irish biochemist and academic, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1906)
- John Williams, English motorcycle racer (b. 1946)
- Walter Rudolf Hess, Swiss physiologist and academic, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1881)
- Karl Ziegler, German chemist and engineer, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1898)
- Esther Forbes, American historian and author (b. 1891)
- Artur Alliksaar, Estonian poet and author (b. 1923)
- Ian Fleming, English spy, journalist, and author (b. 1908)
- Mike O'Neill, Irish-American baseball player and manager (b. 1877)
- Thomas Mann, German author and critic, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1875)
- James B. Sumner, American chemist and academic, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1887)
- David Bergelson, Ukrainian author and playwright (b. 1884)
- Joseph P. Kennedy Jr., American lieutenant and pilot (b. 1915)
- Vittorio Sella, Italian photographer and mountaineer (b. 1859)
- Freeman Freeman-Thomas, 1st Marquess of Willingdon, English soldier and politician, 56th Governor General of Canada (b. 1866)
- Bobby Peel, English cricketer and umpire (b. 1857)
- Nikolai Triik, Estonian painter, illustrator, and academic (b. 1884)
- Friedrich Schottky, German mathematician and academic (b. 1851)
- Hendrik Petrus Berlage, Dutch architect, designed the Beurs van Berlage (b. 1856)
- Leoš Janáček, Czech composer and educator (b. 1854)
- Sándor Bródy, Hungarian journalist and author (b. 1863)
- Arthur Griffith, Irish journalist and politician, 3rd President of Dáil Éireann (b. 1871)
- Pyotr Boborykin, Russian playwright and journalist (b. 1836)
- William Thompson, American archer (b. 1848)
- John Philip Holland, Irish engineer, designed HMS Holland 1 (b. 1840)
- William Renshaw, English tennis player (b. 1861)
- Adolf Erik Nordenskiöld, Finnish-Swedish botanist, geologist, mineralogist, and explorer (b. 1832)
- Wilhelm Steinitz, Austrian chess player and theoretician (b. 1836)
- Thomas Chamberlain, American colonel (b. 1841)
- James Russell Lowell, American poet and critic (b. 1819)
- William Jackson Hooker, English botanist and academic (b. 1785)
- Sakuma Shōzan, Japanese scholar and politician (b. 1811)
- Eliphalet Remington, American inventor and businessman, founded Remington Arms (b. 1793)
- Albert Gallatin, Swiss-American ethnologist, linguist, and politician, 4th United States Secretary of the Treasury (b. 1761)
- George Stephenson, English engineer and academic (b. 1781)
- Charles Sapinaud de La Rairie, French general (b. 1760)
- William Blake, English poet and painter (b. 1757)
- Robert Stewart, Viscount Castlereagh, Irish-English politician, Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs (b. 1769)
- Étienne Louis Geoffroy, French pharmacist and entomologist (b. 1725)
- Mikhail Kamensky, Russian field marshal (b. 1738)
- Peregrine Bertie, 3rd Duke of Ancaster and Kesteven, English general and politician, Lord Lieutenant of Lincolnshire (b. 1714)
- Pope Innocent XI (b. 1611)
- Philippe de Champaigne, Belgian-French painter and educator (b. 1602)
- Johannes Althusius, German jurist and philosopher (b. 1557)
- Giovanni Gabrieli, Italian organist and composer (b. 1557)
- Abu'l-Fazl ibn Mubarak, Mughal vizier and historian (b. 1551)
- Alfonso Ferrabosco the elder, Italian-English composer (b. 1543)
- Thomas Smith, English scholar and diplomat (b. 1513)
- Francisco de Vitoria, Spanish theologian (b. 1492)
- Sixtus IV, pope of the Catholic Church (b. 1414)
- Yongle, emperor of the Ming Empire (b. 1360)
- Demetrius I Starshy, Prince of Trubczewsk (in battle) (b. 1327)
- Prince Moriyoshi, Japanese shōgun (b. 1308)
- Rudolf I, duke of Bavaria (b. 1274)
- Guy de Beauchamp, 10th Earl of Warwick, English nobleman
- Charles Martel, king of Hungary (b. 1271)
- Vladislaus III, duke of Bohemia
- Yuan Zong, emperor of Southern Tang (b. 916)
- Li Gu, chancellor of Later Zhou (b. 903)
- Louis II, Holy Roman Emperor (b. 825)
- Jænberht, archbishop of Canterbury
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- Cleopatra, Egyptian queen (b. 69 BC)