On This Day in History: August 17
August 17 is the 229th day of the year (230th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. 136 days remain until the end of the year.
Lottery News On This Day
- Connecticut Lottery's Fast Play instant game crashes lottery terminals. The Connecticut Lottery's newest game is attracting so many players that lottery terminals are slowing or shutting down.
- Police break up scratch-off lottery ticket burglary ring. Authorities have arrested three San Jose, California, men and are seeking at least one other suspected of breaking into Bay Area businesses to steal lottery scratch-off tickets.
- Pennsylvania Lottery is now offering simulated sports games, much to casinos' dismay. The Pennsylvania Lottery on Tuesday rolled out the latest addition to its line-up with the introduction of a simulated sports games that may appeal to football and auto racing fans.
- $510 MILLION: Powerball lottery jackpot soars into top 10. August has been a hot month for lottery jackpot chasers, with both Mega Millions and Powerball simultaneously reaching massive levels. Even though Mega Millions has been won, Powerball continues to roll, now surpassing the half-billion dollar mark.
- Alabama lottery debate: Senators try to reach compromise on 2 proposals. Alabama senators on Wednesday remained divided on lottery proposals as they tried to strike compromise on gambling that has so far been elusive.
- Idaho woman claims second big lotto prize. For the second time in just three months, Misty Adams collected a big check from the Idaho Lottery.
- Maryland lottery players winning big with Pick 4. Maryland lottery players are winning Pick 4 in such great numbers that it's hurting the Lottery's bottom line.
- Florida Lotto reaches its largest jackpot in 12 years. The jackpot in this weekend's Florida Lotto game is reaching its highest level in 12 years.
- Unclaimed $1 million lottery ticket to expire. Check your pockets, look under your couch, search your car, claim your million dollar grand prize before it's too late.
- N.H. Lottery cancels proposed online game. The New Hampshire Lottery Commission announced Tuesday it is abandoning a proposed new online, interactive game and shifting its focus to the state's current games, especially instant scratch tickets.
- Powerball lottery winners give back. Powerball winners Steve and Carolyn West and Frances Chaney created foundations to help children, veterans and the poor.
- Indiana Lottery Million Dollar Raffle results. The Hoosier Lottery's latest raffle-style game, Million Dollar Raffle, was drawn Thursday, awarding millions of dollars in prizes.
- More offshore gambling arrests. The U.S. attorney's office reported Wednesday that four men have been indicted in connection with an ongoing investigation into a gambling and money laundering scheme that allegedly involves facilitating illegal betting through a Costa Rica-based Web site.
- Mega Millions lottery jackpot increases to $72 million. The jackpot in the multi-state Mega Millions lottery grew to $72 million Wednesday.
- While N.C. lottery bill sits, backers and critics wait. North Carolinians will have to wait at least a week before they find out if the legislature will approve a state lottery, because lawmakers have taken this week off while some of their fellows have traveled to Seattle for a legislative conference.
- French family win lottery twice with same numbers. In a feat that will have statisticians shaking their heads, a French family have twice won a national lottery -- using the same numbers each time.
- Texas Lottery May Eliminate Lotto Bonus Number. In an effort in increase sales, the Texas Lottery Commission is considering the elimination of the new five numbers and bonus ball matrix and return to a 'pick six of fifty' (6/50) format for the Lotto game, which is the flagship of the Texas Lottery.
- Redundant Mega Millions lottery bill passes Calif. Senate Committee. A Senate committee, on a bipartisan vote, approved a measure Tuesday to legalize California's participation in Mega Millions lotto -- without the testimony of lottery officials who maintain the multi-state game is already legal.
- Tennessee unveils new lottery game. The Tennessee Lottery Monday unveiled its newest computerized game, "Lotto 5," set to launch August 29.
- Decision on Tenn. lottery bonuses up in the air. A pending decision on whether to continue salary bonuses for Tennessee lottery CEO Rebecca Paul and her employees will be based on business principles rather than politician opinions, a key lottery board member said Monday.
Top 25 Lottery Jackpots On This Day
- 1.$541.9 Million
Aug 19, 2017
- 2.$259.9 Million
Aug 19, 2009
- 3.€147.81 Million
Aug 22, 2009
- 4.$210 Million
Aug 18, 2007
- 5.$170 Million
Aug 18, 2009
- 6.$160 Million
Aug 19, 2014
- 7.$149 Million
Aug 17, 2019
- 8.$148 Million
Aug 17, 2007
- 9.€124.93 Million
Aug 18, 2016
- 10.$128 Million
Aug 18, 2001
- 11.€99 Million
Aug 17, 2018
- 12.€79 Million
Aug 20, 2013
- 13.€74 Million
Aug 21, 2009
- 14.€95 Million
Aug 18, 2020
- 15.€69 Million
Aug 22, 2008
- 16.€91 Million
Aug 20, 2019
- 17.€90 Million
Aug 23, 2019
- 18.$94 Million
Aug 17, 2016
- 19.€65 Million
Aug 19, 2011
- 20.$88 Million
Aug 17, 2018
- 21.$86 Million
Aug 17, 2010
- 22.$85 Million
Aug 20, 2003
- 23.$81 Million
Aug 19, 2008
- 24.$80 Million
Aug 19, 2015
- 25.$79 Million
Aug 20, 2019
Lottery Post Member Birthdays On This Day
Thursday, Aug 17, 1995
25 years old
Monday, Aug 17, 1987
33 years old
Saturday, Aug 17, 1985
35 years old
Tuesday, Aug 17, 1976
44 years old
Saturday, Aug 17, 1974
46 years old
Saturday, Aug 17, 1974
46 years old
Sunday, Aug 17, 1969
51 years old
Friday, Aug 17, 1962
58 years old
Thursday, Aug 17, 1961
59 years old
Wednesday, Aug 17, 1949
71 years old
Thursday, Aug 17, 1944
76 years old
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Worldwide Events On This Day
- A bomb explodes at a wedding in Kabul killing 63 people and leaving 182 injured.
- Barcelona attacks: A van is driven into pedestrians in La Rambla, killing 14 and injuring at least 100.
- A bomb explodes near the Erawan Shrine in Bangkok, Thailand, killing at least 19 people and injuring 123 others.
- An accident at the Sayano-Shushenskaya Dam in Khakassia, Russia, kills 75 and shuts down the hydroelectric power station, leading to widespread power failure in the local area.
- American swimmer Michael Phelps becomes the first person to win eight gold medals at one Olympic Games.
- The first forced evacuation of settlers, as part of Israeli disengagement from Gaza, starts.
- Over 500 bombs are set off by terrorists at 300 locations in 63 out of the 64 districts of Bangladesh.
- The National Assembly of Serbia unanimously adopts new state symbols for Serbia: Bože pravde becomes the new anthem and the coat of arms is adopted for the whole country.
- The 7.6 Mw İzmit earthquake shakes northwestern Turkey with a maximum Mercalli intensity of IX (Violent), leaving 17,118-17,127 dead and 43,953-50,000 injured.
- Lewinsky scandal: US President Bill Clinton admits in taped testimony that he had an "improper physical relationship" with White House intern Monica Lewinsky; later that same day he admits before the nation that he "misled people" about the relationship.
- Strathfield massacre: In Sydney, New South Wales, Australia, taxi driver Wade Frankum shoots seven people and injures six others before turning the gun on himself.
- President of Pakistan Muhammad Zia-ul-Haq and U.S. Ambassador Arnold Raphel are killed in a plane crash.
- Double Eagle II becomes first balloon to cross the Atlantic Ocean when it lands in Miserey, France near Paris, 137 hours after leaving Presque Isle, Maine.
- The Soviet icebreaker Arktika becomes the first surface ship to reach the North Pole.
- Venera program: Venera 7 launched. It will later become the first spacecraft to successfully transmit data from the surface of another planet (Venus).
- Category 5 Hurricane Camille hits the U.S. Gulf Coast, killing 256 and causing $1.42 billion in damage.
- Peter Fechter is shot and bleeds to death while trying to cross the new Berlin Wall.
- Quake Lake is formed by the magnitude 7.5 1959 Hebgen Lake earthquake near Hebgen Lake in Montana.
- Pioneer 0, America's first attempt at lunar orbit, is launched using the first Thor-Able rocket and fails. Notable as one of the first attempted launches beyond Earth orbit by any country.
- Hurricane Diane made landfall near Wilmington, North Carolina, and it went on to cause major floods and kill more than 184 people.
- First meeting of Narcotics Anonymous takes place, in Southern California.
- The Radcliffe Line, the border between the Dominions of India and Pakistan, is revealed.
- Sukarno and Mohammad Hatta proclaim the independence of Indonesia, igniting the Indonesian National Revolution against the Dutch Empire.
- The novella Animal Farm by George Orwell is first published.
- World War II: The U.S. Eighth Air Force suffers the loss of 60 bombers on the Schweinfurt-Regensburg mission.
- World War II: The U.S. Seventh Army under General George S. Patton arrives in Messina, Italy, followed several hours later by the British 8th Army under Field Marshal Bernard Montgomery, thus completing the Allied conquest of Sicily.
- World War II: First Québec Conference of Winston Churchill, Franklin D. Roosevelt, and William Lyon Mackenzie King begins.
- World War II: The Royal Air Force begins Operation Hydra, the first air raid of the Operation Crossbow strategic bombing campaign against Germany's V-weapon program.
- World War II: U.S. Marines raid the Japanese-held Pacific island of Makin.
- Bolshevik revolutionary leader Moisei Uritsky is assassinated.
- World War I: Romania signs a secret treaty with the Entente Powers. According to the treaty, Romania agreed to join the war on the Allied side.
- Jewish American Leo Frank is lynched in Marietta, Georgia after a 13-year-old girl is murdered.
- A Category 4 hurricane hits Galveston, Texas with winds at 135 miles per hour (217 km/h).
- World War I: Battle of Stallupönen: The German army of General Hermann von François defeats the Russian force commanded by Paul von Rennenkampf near modern-day Nesterov, Russia.
- Bridget Driscoll became the first recorded case of a pedestrian killed in a collision with a motor car in the United Kingdom.
- The first public performance of the Dominican Republic's national anthem, Himno Nacional.
- The Grand Duchy of Baden announces her withdrawal from the German Confederation and signs a treaty of peace and alliance with Prussia.
- American Civil War: Battle of Gainesville: Confederate forces defeat Union troops near Gainesville, Florida.
- American Civil War: In Charleston, South Carolina, Union batteries and ships bombard Confederate-held Fort Sumter.
- American Indian Wars: The Dakota War of 1862 begins in Minnesota as Dakota warriors attack white settlements along the Minnesota River.
- American Civil War: Major General J. E. B. Stuart is assigned command of all the cavalry of the Confederate Army of Northern Virginia.
- British parliament accepts registration of births, marriages and deaths.
- Dutch King William I and Pope Leo XII sign concord.
- Robert Fulton's North River Steamboat leaves New York City for Albany, New York, on the Hudson River, inaugurating the first commercial steamboat service in the world.
- The Vietnamese Catholics report a Marian apparition in Quảng Trị, an event which is called Our Lady of La Vang.
- Classical composer Luigi Boccherini receives a pay rise of 12000 reals from his employer, the Infante Luis, Count of Chinchón.
- Pope Benedict XIV, previously known as Prospero Lambertini, succeeds Clement XII as the 247th Pope.
- Ioan Giurgiu Patachi becomes Bishop of Făgăraș and is festively installed in his position at the St. Nicolas Cathedral in Făgăraș, after being formally confirmed earlier by Pope Clement XI.
- Austro-Turkish War of 1716-18: The month-long Siege of Belgrade ends with Prince Eugene of Savoy's Austrian troops capturing the city from the Ottoman Empire.
- Action of 17 August 1712 New Deep naval battle between Denmark and Sweden.
- A magnitude 8.0 earthquake causes 8,000 deaths in Anatolia, Ottoman Empire.
- Islands Voyage: Robert Devereux, 2nd Earl of Essex, and Sir Walter Raleigh set sail on an expedition to the Azores.
- Eighty Years' War: Siege of Antwerp: Antwerp is captured by Spanish forces under Alexander Farnese, Duke of Parma, who orders Protestants to leave the city and as a result over half of the 100,000 inhabitants flee to the northern provinces.
- A first group of colonists sent by Sir Walter Raleigh under the charge of Ralph Lane lands in the New World to create Roanoke Colony on Roanoke Island, off the coast of present-day North Carolina.
- The Catholic Church is overthrown and Protestantism is established as the national religion in Scotland.
- Battle of Sampford Courtenay: The Prayer Book Rebellion is quashed in England.
- Cesare Borgia, son of Pope Alexander VI, becomes the first person in history to resign the cardinalate; later that same day, King Louis XII of France names him Duke of Valentinois.
- Hundred Years' War: Battle of Verneuil: An English force under John, Duke of Bedford defeats a larger French army under Jean II, Duke of Alençon, John Stewart, and Earl Archibald of Douglas.
- Karl Topia, the ruler of Princedom of Albania forges an alliance with the Republic of Venice, committing to participate in all wars of the Republic and receiving coastal protection against the Ottomans in return.
- Georgenberg Pact: Ottokar IV, Duke of Styria and Leopold V, Duke of Austria sign a heritage agreement in which Ottokar gives his duchy to Leopold and to his son Frederick under the stipulation that Austria and Styria would henceforth remain undivided.
- Byzantine-Bulgarian wars: Battle of the Gates of Trajan: The Bulgarians under the Comitopuli Samuel and Aron defeat the Byzantine forces at the Gate of Trajan, with Byzantine Emperor Basil II barely escaping.
- Pope Leo II begins his pontificate.
- (or 310) Pope Eusebius is banished by the Emperor Maxentius to Sicily, where he dies, perhaps from a hunger strike.
Births On This Day
- Lil Pump, American rapper and songwriter
- Jake Virtanen, Canadian ice hockey player
- Gracie Gold, American figure skater
- Dallin Watene-Zelezniak, New Zealand rugby league player
- Phoebe Bridgers, American singer/songwriter
- Ederson Moraes, Brazilian footballer
- Sarah Sjöström, Swedish swimmer
- Alex Elisala, New Zealand-Australian rugby player (d. 2013)
- Chanel Mata'utia, Australian rugby league player
- Paige, English wrestler
- Rachel Corsie, Scottish footballer
- Natalie Sandtorv, Norwegian singer-songwriter
- Jihadi John, Kuwaiti-British member of ISIS (d. 2015)
- Erika Toda, Japanese actress
- Rudy Gay, American basketball player
- Tyrus Thomas, American basketball player
- Yū Aoi, Japanese actress and model
- Dee Brown, American basketball player
- Oksana Domnina, Russian ice dancer
- Liam Heath, British sprint canoeist
- Garrett Wolfe, American football player
- Dustin Pedroia, American baseball player
- Phil Jagielka, English footballer
- Cheerleader Melissa, American wrestler and manager
- Mark Salling, American actor and musician (d. 2018)
- Keith Dabengwa, Zimbabwean cricketer
- Daniel Güiza, Spanish footballer
- Jan Kromkamp, Dutch footballer
- Lene Marlin, Norwegian singer-songwriter
- Antwaan Randle El, American football player and journalist
- Nathan Deakes, Australian race walker
- William Gallas, French footballer
- Thierry Henry, French footballer
- Mike Lewis, Welsh guitarist
- Tarja Turunen, Finnish singer-songwriter and producer
- Eric Boulton, Canadian ice hockey player
- Geertjan Lassche, Dutch journalist and director
- Serhiy Zakarlyuka, Ukrainian footballer and manager (d. 2014)
- Johannes Maria Staud, Austrian composer
- Habibul Bashar, Bangladeshi cricketer
- Uhm Jung-hwa, South Korean singer and actress
- Jorge Posada, Puerto Rican-American baseball player
- Shaun Rehn, Australian footballer and coach
- Jim Courier, American tennis player and sportscaster
- Andrus Kivirähk, Estonian author
- Øyvind Leonhardsen, Norwegian footballer and coach
- Christian Laettner, American basketball player and coach
- Donnie Wahlberg, American singer-songwriter, actor and producer
- Kelvin Mercer, American rapper, songwriter and producer
- Andriy Kuzmenko, Ukrainian singer-songwriter (d. 2015)
- Ed McCaffrey, American football player and sportscaster
- Helen McCrory, English actress (d. 2021)
- Michael Preetz, German footballer and manager
- Jüri Luik, Estonian politician and diplomat, 18th Estonian Minister of Defense
- Rodney Mullen, American skateboarder and stuntman
- Don Sweeney, Canadian ice hockey player and manager
- Steve Gorman, American drummer
- Dottie Pepper, American golfer
- Colin James, Canadian singer-songwriter, guitarist, and producer
- Maria McKee, American singer-songwriter
- Dave Penney, English footballer and manager
- Jon Gruden, American football player, coach, and sportscaster
- Gilby Clarke, American singer-songwriter, guitarist, and producer
- Dan Dakich, American basketball player, coach, and sportscaster
- Stephan Eicher, Swiss singer-songwriter
- Sean Penn, American actor, director, and political activist
- Jonathan Franzen, American novelist and essayist
- Jacek Kazimierski, Polish footballer
- Eric Schlosser, American journalist and author
- Belinda Carlisle, American singer-songwriter
- Fred Goodwin, Scottish banker and accountant
- Maurizio Sandro Sala, Brazilian race car driver
- Ken Kwapis, American director and screenwriter
- Laurence Overmire, American poet, author, and actor
- Robin Cousins, British competitive figure skater
- Gail Berman, American businessman, co-founded BermanBraun
- Álvaro Pino, Spanish cyclist
- Colin Moulding, English singer-songwriter and bassist
- Eric Johnson, American singer-songwriter, guitarist, and producer
- Andrés Pastrana Arango, Colombian lawyer and politician, 38th President of Colombia
- Mick Malthouse, Australian footballer and coach
- Herta Müller, Romanian-German poet and author, Nobel Prize laureate
- Korrie Layun Rampan, Indonesian author, poet, and critic (d. 2015)
- Kevin Rowland, English singer-songwriter and guitarist
- Aleksandr Maksimenkov, Russian footballer and coach (d. 2012)
- Nelson Piquet, Brazilian race car driver and businessman
- Mario Theissen, German engineer and businessman
- Guillermo Vilas, Argentinian tennis player
- Richard Hunt, American Muppet performer (d. 1992)
- Norm Coleman, American lawyer and politician, 52nd Mayor of St. Paul
- Sue Draheim, American fiddler and composer (d. 2013)
- Julian Fellowes, English actor, director, screenwriter, and politician
- Sib Hashian, American rock drummer (d. 2017)
- Alexander Ivashkin, Russian-English cellist and conductor (d. 2014)
- Mohamed Abdelaziz, President of the Sahrawi Arab Democratic Republic (1976-2016) (d. 2016)
- Gary Talley, American guitarist, singer-songwriter, and author
- Hugh Baiocchi, South African golfer
- Martha Coolidge, American director, producer, and screenwriter
- Patrick Manning, Trinidadian-Tobagonian politician, 4th Prime Minister of Trinidad and Tobago (d. 2016)
- Rachel Pollack, American author, poet, and educator
- Larry Ellison, American businessman, co-founded the Oracle Corporation
- Jean-Bernard Pommier, French pianist and conductor
- Edward Cowie, English composer, painter, and author
- Robert De Niro, American actor, entrepreneur, director, and producer
- John Humphrys, Welsh journalist and author
- Dave "Snaker" Ray, American singer-songwriter and guitarist (d. 2002)
- Shane Porteous, Australian actor, animator, and screenwriter
- Lothar Bisky, German businessman and politician (d. 2013)
- Jean Pierre Lefebvre, Canadian director and screenwriter
- Eduardo Mignogna, Argentinian director and screenwriter (d. 2006)
- Barry Sheerman, English academic and politician
- Luther Allison, American blues guitarist and singer (d. 1997)
- Theodoros Pangalos, Greek lawyer and politician, Deputy Prime Minister of Greece
- Seamus Mallon, Irish educator and politician, Deputy First Minister of Northern Ireland (d. 2020)
- Margaret Heafield Hamilton, American computer scientist, systems engineer, and business owner.
- João Donato, Brazilian pianist and composer
- Ron Henry, English footballer (d. 2014)
- Mark Dinning, American pop singer (d. 1986)
- V. S. Naipaul, Trinidadian-English novelist and essayist, Nobel Prize laureate (d. 2018)
- Duke Pearson, American pianist and composer (d. 1980)
- Jean-Jacques Sempé, French cartoonist
- Tony Wrigley, English historian, demographer, and academic
- Harve Bennett, American screenwriter and producer (d. 2015)
- Ted Hughes, English poet and playwright (d. 1998)
- Francis Gary Powers, American captain and pilot (d. 1977)
- T. J. Anderson, American composer, conductor, and educator
- Willem Duys, Dutch tennis player, sportscaster, and producer (d. 2011)
- Sam Butera, American saxophonist and bandleader (d. 2009)
- F. Ray Keyser Jr., American lawyer and politician, 72nd Governor of Vermont (d. 2015)
- Valerie Eliot, English businesswoman (d. 2012)
- Jiang Zemin, Chinese engineer and politician, former General Secretary of the Communist Party of China and 5th President of China
- Evan S. Connell, American novelist, poet, and short story writer (d. 2013)
- Carlos Cruz-Diez, Venezuelan artist (d. 2019)
- Larry Rivers, American painter and sculptor (d. 2002)
- Roy Tattersall, English cricketer (d. 2011)
- Geoffrey Elton, German-English historian and academic (d. 1994)
- Maureen O'Hara, Irish-American actress and singer (d. 2015)
- Lida Moser, American photographer and author (d. 2014)
- Georgia Gibbs, American singer (d. 2006)
- Evelyn Ankers, British-American actress (d. 1985)
- Ike Quebec, American saxophonist and pianist (d. 1963)
- Michael John Wise, English geographer and academic (d. 2015)
- Moses Majekodunmi, Nigerian physician and politician (d. 2012)
- Bill Downs, American journalist (d. 1978)
- Franklin Delano Roosevelt Jr., American lawyer and politician (d. 1988)
- Mark Felt, American lawyer and agent, 2nd Deputy Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (d. 2008)
- Oscar Alfredo Gálvez, Argentinian race car driver (d. 1989)
- Rudy York, American baseball player and manager (d. 1970)
- Mikhail Botvinnik, Russian chess player and engineer (d. 1995)
- Martin Sandberger, German colonel and lawyer (d. 2010)
- Larry Clinton, American trumpet player and bandleader (d. 1985)
- Wilf Copping, English footballer (d. 1980)
- Mary Cain, American journalist and politician (d. 1984)
- Leopold Nowak, Austrian composer and musicologist (d. 1991)
- Vivienne de Watteville, British travel writer and adventurer (d. 1957)
- Pauline A. Young, American teacher, historian, aviator and activist (d. 1991)
- Leslie Groves, American general and engineer (d. 1970)
- Tõnis Kint, Estonian lieutenant and politician, Prime Minister of Estonia in exile (d. 1991)
- Oliver Waterman Larkin, American historian and author (d. 1970)
- William Rootes, 1st Baron Rootes, English businessman, founded Rootes Group (d. 1964)
- John Brahm, German-American director and production manager (d. 1982)
- Mae West, American actress, playwright, and screenwriter (d. 1980)
- Stefan Bastyr, Polish soldier and pilot (d. 1920)
- Harry Hopkins, American politician and diplomat, 8th United States Secretary of Commerce (d. 1946)
- Monty Woolley, American actor, raconteur, and pundit (d. 1963)
- Charles I of Austria (d. 1922)
- Marcus Garvey, Jamaican journalist and activist, founded Black Star Line (d. 1940)
- Percy Sherwell, South African cricketer and tennis player (d. 1948)
- Reggie Duff, Australian cricketer (d. 1911)
- Ralph McKittrick, American golfer and tennis player (d. 1923)
- John A. Sampson, American gynecologist and academic (d. 1946)
- Mahbub Ali Khan, Asaf Jah VI, Indian 6th Nizam of Hyderabad (d. 1911)
- Julia Marlowe, English-American actress (d. 1950)
- Gene Stratton-Porter, American author and photographer (d. 1924)
- William Kidston, Scottish-Australian politician, 17th Premier of Queensland (d. 1919)
- Henry Cadwalader Chapman, American physician and naturalist (d. 1909)
- Wilfrid Scawen Blunt, English poet and activist (d. 1922)
- Jules Bernard Luys, French neurologist and physician (d. 1897)
- Fredrika Bremer, Swedish writer and feminist (d. 1865)
- Davy Crockett, American soldier and politician (d. 1836)
- Princess Victoria of Saxe-Coburg-Saalfeld (d. 1861)
- Louis Desaix, French general (d. 1800)
- Josef Dobrovský, Bohemian philologist and historian (d. 1828)
- Nicola Porpora, Italian composer and educator (d. 1768)
- John III Sobieski, Polish-Lithuanian king (d. 1696)
- Lennart Torstensson, Swedish Field Marshal, Privy Councillour and Governor-General (d. 1651)
- Johann Valentin Andrea, German theologian (d. 1654)
- John Matthew Rispoli, Maltese philosopher (d. 1639)
- Francesco Albani, Italian painter (d. 1660)
- Johann, Prince of Hohenzollern-Sigmaringen, first prince of Hohenzollern-Sigmaringen (d. 1638)
- Alexander Briant, English martyr and saint (d. 1581)
- Philipp II, Count of Hanau-Münzenberg (d. 1529)
- Richard of Shrewsbury, Duke of York (d. 1483)
- Philibert I, Duke of Savoy (d. 1482)
- William IX, Count of Poitiers (d. 1156)
Deaths On This Day
- Arthur Hiller, Canadian actor, director, and producer (b. 1923)
- Yvonne Craig, American ballet dancer and actress (b. 1937)
- Gerhard Mayer-Vorfelder, German businessman (b. 1933)
- László Paskai, Hungarian cardinal (b. 1927)
- Børre Knudsen, Norwegian minister and activist (b. 1937)
- Wolfgang Leonhard, German historian and author (b. 1921)
- Sophie Masloff, American civil servant and politician, 56th Mayor of Pittsburgh (b. 1917)
- Miodrag Pavlović, Serbian poet and critic (b. 1928)
- Pierre Vassiliu, French singer-songwriter (b. 1937)
- Odilia Dank, American educator and politician (b. 1938)
- Jack Harshman, American baseball player (b. 1927)
- John Hollander, American poet and critic (b. 1929)
- Frank Martínez, American painter (b. 1924)
- Gus Winckel, Dutch lieutenant and pilot (b. 1912)
- Aase Bjerkholt, Norwegian politician, Minister of Children, Equality and Social Inclusion (b. 1915)
- Victor Poor, American engineer, developed the Datapoint 2200 (b. 1933)
- Patrick Ricard, French businessman (b. 1945)
- John Lynch-Staunton, Canadian lawyer and politician (b. 1930)
- Francesco Cossiga, Italian lawyer and politician, 8th President of Italy (b. 1928)
- Franco Sensi, Italian businessman and politician (b. 1926)
- Bill Deedes, English journalist and politician (b. 1913)
- Eddie Griffin, American basketball player (b. 1982)
- Shamsur Rahman, Bangladeshi poet and journalist (b. 1929)
- John N. Bahcall, American astrophysicist and academic (b. 1934)
- Thea Astley, Australian author and educator (b. 1925)
- Jack Walker, English businessman (b. 1929)
- Władysław Komar, Polish shot putter and actor (b. 1940)
- Tadeusz Ślusarski, Polish pole vaulter (b. 1950)
- Howard E. Koch, American playwright and screenwriter (b. 1902)
- Ted Whitten, Australian footballer and coach (b. 1933)
- Luigi Chinetti, Italian-American race car driver and businessman (b. 1901)
- Jack Sharkey, American boxer and referee (b. 1902)
- Feng Kang, Chinese mathematician and academic (b. 1920)
- Pearl Bailey, American actress and singer (b. 1918)
- Muhammad Zia-ul-Haq, Pakistani general and politician, 6th President of Pakistan (b. 1924)
- Franklin Delano Roosevelt Jr., American lawyer and politician (b. 1914)
- Victoria Shaw, Australian-American actress (b. 1935)
- Gary Chester, Italian drummer and educator (b. 1924)
- Rudolf Hess, German soldier and politician (b. 1894)
- Shaike Ophir, Israeli actor and screenwriter (b. 1929)
- Ira Gershwin, American songwriter (b. 1896)
- John C. Allen, American roller coaster designer (b. 1907)
- Vivian Vance, American actress and singer (b. 1909)
- Delmer Daves, American screenwriter, director and producer (b. 1904)
- Conrad Aiken, American novelist, short story writer, critic, and poet (b. 1889)
- Jean Barraqué, French pianist and composer (b. 1928)
- Paul Williams, American singer and choreographer (b. 1939)
- Maedayama Eigorō, Japanese sumo wrestler, the 39th Yokozuna (b. 1914)
- Wilhelm List, German field marshal (b. 1880)
- Rattana Pestonji, Thai director and producer (b. 1908)
- Otto Stern, German physicist and academic, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1888)
- Ken Miles, English race car driver and engineer (b. 1918)
- Arthur Fox, English-American fencer (b. 1878)
- Gregorio Perfecto, Filipino journalist, jurist, and politician (b. 1891)
- Reidar Haaland, Norwegian police officer and soldier (b. 1919)
- Billy Fiske, American soldier and pilot (b. 1911)
- José María of Manila, Spanish-Filipino priest and martyr (b. 1880)
- Adam Gunn, American decathlete (b. 1872)
- Charlotte Perkins Gilman, American sociologist and author (b. 1860)
- Ioan Slavici, Romanian journalist and author (b. 1848)
- Tom Kendall, English-Australian cricketer and journalist (b. 1851)
- Ray Chapman, American baseball player (b. 1891)
- Moisei Uritsky, Russian activist and politician (b. 1873)
- Madan Lal Dhingra, Indian activist (b. 1883)
- Radoje Domanović, Serbian satirist and journalist (b. 1873)
- Hans Gude, Norwegian-German painter and academic (b. 1825)
- Edmond Audran, French organist and composer (b. 1842)
- William Jervois, English engineer and diplomat, 10th Governor of South Australia (b. 1821)
- Wilhelm Bleek, German linguist and anthropologist (b. 1827)
- Perucho Figueredo, Cuban poet and activist (b. 1818)
- Alcée Louis la Branche, American politician and diplomat, 1st United States Ambassador to Texas (b. 1806)
- José de San Martín, Argentinian general and politician, 1st President of Peru (b. 1778)
- Lorenzo Da Ponte, Italian playwright and poet (b. 1749)
- Husein Gradaščević, Ottoman general (b. 1802)
- John Johnson, English architect and surveyor (b. 1732)
- Matthew Boulton, English businessman and engineer, co-founded Boulton and Watt (b. 1728)
- Frederick the Great, Prussian king (b. 1712)
- Jonathan Trumbull, English-American merchant and politician, 16th Governor of Connecticut (b. 1710)
- Vasily Trediakovsky, Russian poet and playwright (b. 1703)
- Joseph Bingham, English scholar and academic (b. 1668)
- Anne Dacier, French scholar and translator (b. 1654)
- Hans Jakob Christoffel von Grimmelshausen, German author (b. 1621)
- Regnier de Graaf, Dutch physician and anatomist (b. 1641)
- Katharina von Zimmern, Swiss sovereign abbess (b. 1478)
- Edmund Dudley, English politician, Speaker of the House of Commons (b. 1462)
- Richard Empson, English statesman
- John Stewart, Earl of Buchan (b. c. 1381)
- Nitta Yoshisada, Japanese samurai (b. 1301)
- Irene of Brunswick (b. 1293)
- Emperor Go-Fukakusa of Japan (b. 1243)
- Eustace IV, Count of Boulogne (b. 1130)
- Li Shouzhen, Chinese general and governor
- Carloman, mayor of the palace of Austrasia