On This Day in History: August 31
August 31 is the 243rd day of the year (244th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. 122 days remain until the end of the year.
Lottery News On This Day
- Texas Lotto jackpot grows to largest in a decade. The Texas Lottery's premier in-state jackpot game, Lotto Texas, has now gone 65 drawings without a top prize winner, generating a jackpot that is the largest the game has seen in more than a decade.
- With Mississippi in the lottery game, the pressure is now on Alabama. When Mississippi starts their state lottery, Alabamians can head, north, south, east or west to buy a lottery ticket — but they still can't buy one in their own state.
- Scammers using social media accounts claiming to be lottery winner Mavis Wanczyk. Police are again warning people about multiple fake social media accounts created by scammers pretending to be the Massachusetts Powerball winner.
- Lawyers contact N.H. Lottery about $487 million jackpot. July's half-billion dollar Powerball jackpot winner in New Hampshire has yet to come forward, but the New Hampshire Lottery said it has heard several times from lawyers who may represent the lucky ticket-holder.
- CT Lottery chief departs after nine years. Anne M. Noble, president and CEO of the Connecticut Lottery Corp. for the last nine years, resigned Tuesday, saying, "I've really done what I set out to do when I was hired by this board in 2008."
- Mass. postal worker wins $4 million one day after getting married. A Massachusetts postal worker and his new bride are having the best week ever. Thursday, they tied the knot, and Friday, they claimed a $4 million lottery prize.
- Calif. man buys scratch game with $20 bill he found, wins $1 million. A man who won $1 million from the California Lottery on Wednesday in Millbrae paid for the winning Scratcher ticket using a $20 bill he found on the ground.
- Michigan railroad engineer claims $337M Powerball lottery jackpot. A 44-year-old Michigan railroad engineer said he quit his job and told familly members to do the same when he learned he had won the third-largest winner's share ever for a U.S. lottery drawing.
- $80,000 lottery ticket dropped in church collection plate. An anonymous lottery winner placed a winning ticket worth $80,000 in the collection plate at Cathedral of Prayer Church in Columbus, donating every penny of the cash earnings to the church.
- Doctor who won lottery still wants 'to help people'. Jackson Memorial Hospital doctor Shirley Press's actual experience winning the lottery was a lot different than she had mused over the years.
- Tenn. Lottery says duplicate numbers drawn were legit; can we be sure?. The Tennessee Lottery's Cash 3 game had the exact same winning number in both the midday and evening drawings Thursday, which comes on the heels of weeks of flawed drawings, in which no doubles or triples had a chance of winning.
- Lucky couple wins second NY Lotto jackpot. A former Bronx, New York, couple has won the New York Lottery's 6-number Lotto game for the second time in 11 years, twice overcoming odds of more than 22 million to 1.
- Charges against wife of Powerball lottery winner dropped. A judge on Wednesday dismissed a felony charge against the wife of Powerball jackpot winner David Edwards.
- $131 million lottery jackpot awaits Mega Millions hopefuls. The jackpot in the multi-state Mega Millions lottery grew to $131 million today, when no tickets sold for Tuesday's $111 million drawing drawing matched all five numbers plus the Mega Ball number.
- N.C. Governor Signs Historic Lottery Bill. A jubilant North Carolina Governor Mike Easley waited just a day after the state Senate approved the lottery bill to sign it into law. His signature capped two decades of effort to bring a lottery to North Carolina, previously the only state on the East Coast without a game.
- Toronto couple claims $26.8 million lottery win. A Toronto couple has claimed the third-largest jackpot in Canadian lottery history -- almost $27 million.
- $40 Million Man's payments end. For the first time in 20 years, Michael Wittkowski and family won't be receiving their big fat annual check courtesy of the Illinois State Lottery.
- 80-year-old claims a piece of Calif. lottery jackpot. Walter F. Tracey slept in until about 1 p.m. Sunday, then got a surprising jolt. The 80-year-old World War II Navy pilot checked the newspaper, and there it was in black and white: He had the winning numbers for the $100 million SuperLotto Plus jackpot.
- Three tickets split $100 million California lottery jackpot. California Lottery officials announced Sunday that two of the three winning tickets in Saturday's $100 million Super Lotto Plus jackpot were purchased in the Bay Area, with the thrid being sold in Huntington Beach.
- Lucky lottery store in N.H. does it again. The winning Powerball ticket, worth an estimated $135.6 million, was sold at a convenience store that is building a reputation as the place to buy lottery tickets.
- Schwarzenegger spars with Davis on gaming. Two days before Labor Day -- the traditional kickoff of campaign season -- the gloves started to come off in California's untraditional recall election as actor Arnold Schwarzenegger accused Gov. Gray Davis of pandering to Indian gaming interests.
- $135.6 Million Powerball Jackpot Won In New Hampshire. One lucky Powerball ticket sold in New Hampshire is worth $135.6 million this morning.
Top 25 Lottery Jackpots On This Day
- 1.$330 Million
Aug 31, 2007
- 2.€156 Million
Sep 1, 2020
- 3.€114 Million
Sep 5, 2008
- 4.€114 Million
Sep 2, 2011
- 5.$154 Million
Aug 31, 2016
- 6.$152 Million
Aug 31, 2018
- 7.€132.26 Million
Sep 1, 2016
- 8.$142 Million
Aug 31, 2013
- 9.€127 Million
Sep 3, 2019
- 10.$131 Million
Sep 2, 2005
- 11.$127 Million
Sep 3, 2019
- 12.$120 Million
Sep 2, 2015
- 13.$115 Million
Aug 31, 2001
- 14.$100 Million
Sep 3, 2014
- 15.$93 Million
Sep 1, 2007
- 16.$92 Million
Sep 2, 2016
- 17.$90 Million
Sep 1, 2018
- 18.$89 Million
Sep 2, 2006
- 19.$85 Million
Sep 3, 2013
- 20.$83 Million
Sep 1, 2006
- 20.$83 Million
Aug 31, 2012
- 22.$81 Million
Sep 3, 2008
- 23.$80 Million
Sep 1, 2012
- 24.$78 Million
Sep 1, 2020
- 25.$75 Million
Aug 31, 2011
Lottery Post Member Birthdays On This Day
Thursday, Aug 31, 1978
42 years old
Tuesday, Aug 31, 1976
44 years old
Saturday, Aug 31, 1974
46 years old
Friday, Aug 31, 1962
58 years old
Friday, Aug 31, 1962
58 years old
Wednesday, Aug 31, 1960
60 years old
Monday, Aug 31, 1959
61 years old
Saturday, Aug 31, 1957
63 years old
Friday, Aug 31, 1956
64 years old
Monday, Aug 31, 1953
67 years old
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Worldwide Events On This Day
- Brazil's President Dilma Rousseff is impeached and removed from office.
- Edvard Munch's famous painting The Scream, stolen on August 22, 2004, is recovered in a raid by Norwegian police.
- The 2005 Al-Aaimmah bridge stampede in Baghdad kills 953 people.
- The first of a series of bombings in Moscow kills one person and wounds 40 others.
- A LAPA Boeing 737-200 crashes during takeoff from Jorge Newbury Airport in Buenos Aires, killing 65, including two on the ground.
- Diana, Princess of Wales, her companion Dodi Fayed and driver Henri Paul die in a car crash in Paris.
- Saddam Hussein's troops seized Irbil after the Kurdish Masoud Barzani appealed for help to defeat his Kurdish rival PUK.
- Russia completes removing its troops from Estonia.
- Russia completes removing its troops from Lithuania.
- Kyrgyzstan declares its independence from the Soviet Union.
- Thai Airways Flight 365 crashes into the ocean near Ko Phuket, Thailand, killing all 83 aboard.
- Aeroméxico Flight 498 collides with a Piper PA-28 Cherokee over Cerritos, California, killing 67 in the air and 15 on the ground.
- The Soviet passenger liner Admiral Nakhimov sinks in the Black Sea after colliding with the bulk carrier Pyotr Vasev, killing 423.
- Crown Colony of North Borneo (now Sabah) achieves self governance.
- Trinidad and Tobago becomes independent.
- A parcel bomb sent by Ngô Đình Nhu, younger brother and chief adviser of South Vietnamese President Ngô Đình Diệm, fails to kill King Norodom Sihanouk of Cambodia.
- The Federation of Malaya (now Malaysia) gains its independence from the United Kingdom.
- The retreat of the Democratic Army of Greece in Albania after its defeat on Gramos mountain marks the end of the Greek Civil War.
- USS Harmon, the first U.S. Navy ship to be named after a black person, is commissioned.
- World War II: Serbian paramilitary forces defeat Germans in the Battle of Loznica.
- Pennsylvania Central Airlines Trip 19 crashes near Lovettsville, Virginia. The CAB investigation of the accident is the first investigation to be conducted under the Bureau of Air Commerce act of 1938.
- Nazi Germany mounts a false flag attack on the Gleiwitz radio station, creating an excuse to attack Poland the following day, thus starting World War II in Europe.
- Radio Prague, now the official international broadcasting station of the Czech Republic, goes on the air.
- In an attempt to stay out of the growing tensions concerning Germany and Japan, the United States passes the first of its Neutrality Acts.
- Polish-Soviet War: A decisive Polish victory in the Battle of Komarów.
- The first radio news program is broadcast by 8MK in Detroit.
- World War I: Start of the Battle of Mont Saint-Quentin, a successful assault by the Australian Corps during the Hundred Days Offensive.
- Russia and the United Kingdom sign the Anglo-Russian Convention, by which the UK recognizes Russian preeminence in northern Persia, while Russia recognizes British preeminence in southeastern Persia and Afghanistan. Both powers pledge not to interfere in Tibet.
- Thomas Edison patents the Kinetoscope, the first movie projector.
- German Count Ferdinand von Zeppelin patents his navigable balloon.
- Mary Ann Nichols is murdered. She is the first of Jack the Ripper's confirmed victims.
- The 7.0 Mw Charleston earthquake affects southeastern South Carolina with a maximum Mercalli intensity of X (Extreme); 60 people killed with damage estimated at $5-6 million.
- Ottoman Sultan Murad V is deposed and succeeded by his brother Abdul Hamid II.
- During the American Civil War, Union forces led by General William T. Sherman launch an assault on Atlanta.
- At the final stage of the Peninsular War, British-Portuguese troops capture the town of Donostia (now San Sebastián), resulting in a rampage and eventual destruction of the town. Elsewhere, Spanish troops repel a French attack in the Battle of San Marcial.
- Irish Rebellion of 1798: Irish rebels, with French assistance, establish the short-lived Republic of Connacht.
- War of the First Coalition: The British capture Trincomalee (present-day Sri Lanka) from the Dutch in order to keep it out of French hands.
- William Livingston, the first Governor of New Jersey, begins serving his first term.
- King Henry V of England dies of dysentery while in France. His son, Henry VI becomes King of England at the age of 9 months.
- King Haakon V of Norway moves the capital from Bergen to Oslo.
- Al-Kamil becomes sultan of the Ayyubid dynasty.
- Abdication of Byzantine Emperor Michael VI Bringas after just one year.
- After a sudden illness a few days previously, Byzantine Empress Theodora dies childless, thus ending the Macedonian dynasty.
Births On This Day
- Prince Gabriel, Duke of Dalarna
- Alex Harris, Scottish footballer
- Can Aktav, Turkish football player
- Pablo Marí, Spanish football player
- Ilnur Alshin, Russian football player
- Anna Karnaukh, Russian water polo player
- Holly Earl, British actress
- Tyler Randell, Australian rugby league player
- António Félix da Costa, Portuguese race car driver
- Cédric Soares, Portuguese footballer
- Tadeja Majerič, Slovenian tennis player
- Dezmon Briscoe, American football player
- Trent Hodkinson, Australian rugby league player
- David Ospina, Colombian footballer
- Xavi Annunziata, Spanish footballer
- Petros Kravaritis, Greek footballer
- Ondřej Pavelec, Czech ice hockey player
- Rolando, Portuguese footballer
- Andrew Foster, Australian footballer
- Mabel Matiz, Turkish singer
- Matti Breschel, Danish cyclist
- Ryan Kesler, American ice hockey player
- Ted Ligety, American skier
- Charl Schwartzel, South African golfer
- Deniz Aydoğdu, German-Turkish footballer
- Milan Biševac, Serbian footballer
- Larry Fitzgerald, American football player
- Ian Crocker, American swimmer
- Chris Duhon, American basketball player
- Lien Huyghebaert, Belgian sprinter
- Christopher Katongo, Zambian footballer
- Josh Kroeger, American baseball player
- Alexei Mikhnov, Ukrainian-Russian ice hockey player
- Pepe Reina, Spanish footballer
- Michele Rugolo, Italian race car driver
- G. Willow Wilson, American journalist and author
- Ahmad Al Harthy, Omani race car driver
- Dwayne Peel, Welsh rugby player
- Steve Saviano, American ice hockey player
- Joe Budden, American rapper
- Clay Hensley, American baseball player
- Mark Johnston, Canadian swimmer
- Simon Neil, Scottish singer-songwriter, guitarist, and producer
- Yuvan Shankar Raja, Indian singer-songwriter and producer
- Ramón Santiago, Dominican baseball player
- Mickie James, American wrestler
- Philippe Christanval, French footballer
- Ido Pariente, Israeli mixed martial artist and trainer
- Craig Stapleton, Australian rugby league player
- Sandis Valters, Latvian basketball player
- Morten Qvenild, Norwegian pianist and composer
- Jeff Hardy, American wrestler and singer
- Ian Harte, Irish footballer
- Craig Nicholls, Australian singer-songwriter and guitarist
- Arzu Yanardağ, Turkish actress and model
- Vincent Delerm, French singer-songwriter and pianist
- Roque Júnior, Brazilian footballer and manager
- Radek Martínek, Czech ice hockey player
- Craig Cumming, New Zealand cricketer and sportscaster
- John Grahame, American ice hockey player and coach
- Andriy Medvedev, Ukrainian-Monégasque tennis player
- Scott Niedermayer, Canadian ice hockey player and coach
- Kirstie Allsopp, British TV presenter
- Pádraig Harrington, Irish golfer
- Vadim Repin, Belgian-Russian violinist
- Chris Tucker, American comedian and actor
- Debbie Gibson, American singer-songwriter, producer, and actress
- Nikola Gruevski, Macedonian economist and politician, 6th Prime Minister of the Republic of Macedonia
- Greg Mulholland, English politician
- Queen Rania of Jordan
- Arie van Lent, Dutch-German footballer and manager
- Zack Ward, Canadian actor and producer
- Nathalie Bouvier, French skier
- Jonathan LaPaglia, Australian actor and physician
- Javagal Srinath, Indian cricketer and referee
- Valdon Dowiyogo, Nauruan politician
- Hideo Nomo, Japanese-American baseball player
- Jolene Watanabe, American tennis player
- Gene Hoglan, American drummer
- Anita Moen, Norwegian skier
- Lyuboslav Penev, Bulgarian footballer and manager
- Zsolt Borkai, Hungarian gymnast and politician
- Susan Gritton, English soprano and actress
- Raymond P. Hammond, American poet and critic
- Reb Beach, American guitarist
- Rituparno Ghosh, Indian actor, director, and screenwriter (d. 2013)
- Sonny Silooy, Dutch footballer and manager
- Dee Bradley Baker, American voice actor
- Kieran Crowley, New Zealand rugby player
- Magnus Ilmjärv, Estonian historian and author
- Vali Ionescu, Romanian long jumper
- Chris Whitley, American singer-songwriter and guitarist (d. 2005)
- Hassan Nasrallah, Lebanese politician, 3rd Secretary-General of Hezbollah
- Ralph Krueger, Canadian ice hockey player and coach
- Jessica Upshaw, American lawyer and politician (d. 2013)
- Serge Blanco, Venezuelan-French rugby player and businessman
- Stephen Cottrell, English bishop
- Colm O'Rourke, Irish footballer and sportscaster
- Gina Schock, American rock drummer (The Go-Go's)
- Glenn Tilbrook, English singer-songwriter and guitarist
- Mária Balážová, Slovak painter and illustrator
- Masashi Tashiro, Japanese singer, actor, and director
- Tsai Ing-wen, Taiwanese politician and the President of the Republic of China
- Aleksander Krupa, Polish-American actor
- Julie Maxton, Scottish lawyer and academic
- Edwin Moses, American hurdler
- Anthony Thistlethwaite, English saxophonist and bass player
- Gary Webb, American journalist and author (d. 2004)
- Julie Brown, American actress and screenwriter
- Miguel Ángel Guerra, Argentinian race car driver
- György Károly, Hungarian poet and author
- Pavel Vinogradov, Russian astronaut and engineer
- Kim Kashkashian, American viola player and educator
- Herbert Reul, German politician
- Grant Batty, New Zealand rugby player
- Sirje Tamul, Estonian historian, author, and academic
- Richard Gere, American actor and producer
- Hugh David Politzer, American physicist and academic, Nobel Prize laureate
- Rick Roberts, American country-rock singer-songwriter and guitarist
- Harald Ertl, Austrian race car driver and journalist (d. 1982)
- Lowell Ganz, American screenwriter and producer
- Ken McMullen, English director, producer, and screenwriter
- Holger Osieck, German footballer and manager
- Rudolf Schenker, German guitarist and songwriter
- Luca Cordero di Montezemolo, Italian businessman
- Yumiko Ōshima, Japanese author and illustrator
- Somchai Wongsawat, Thai lawyer and politician, 26th Prime Minister of Thailand
- Ann Coffey, Scottish social worker and politician
- Jerome Corsi, American theorist and author
- Tom Coughlin, American football player and coach
- Van Morrison, Northern Irish singer-songwriter
- Itzhak Perlman, Israeli-American violinist and conductor
- Bob Welch, American singer and guitarist (d. 2012)
- Roger Dean, English illustrator and publisher
- Liz Forgan, English journalist
- Christine King, English historian and academic
- Clive Lloyd, Guyanese cricketer
- Leonid Ivashov, Russian general
- Isao Aoki, Japanese golfer
- William DeWitt, Jr., American businessman
- Emmanuel Nunes, Portuguese-French composer and educator (d. 2012)
- Robbie Basho, American guitarist, pianist, and composer (d. 1986)
- Wilton Felder, American saxophonist and bass player (d. 2015)
- Larry Hankin, American actor, director, and producer
- Roger Newman, English-American actor and screenwriter (d. 2010)
- Jack Thompson, Australian actor
- Jerry Allison, American drummer and songwriter
- Martin Bell, English journalist and politician
- Warren Berlinger, American actor
- Bobby Parker, American singer-songwriter and guitarist (d. 2013)
- Vladimir Orlov, Russian journalist and author (d. 2014)
- Eldridge Cleaver, American activist and author (d. 1998)
- Bryan Organ, English painter
- Frank Robinson, American baseball player and manager
- Allan Fotheringham, Canadian journalist
- Roy Castle, English dancer, singer, comedian, actor, television presenter and musician (d. 1994)
- Jean Béliveau, Canadian ice hockey player (d. 2014)
- Noble Willingham, American actor (d. 2004)
- Big Tiny Little, American pianist (d. 2010)
- James Coburn, American actor (d. 2002)
- Jaime Sin, Filipino cardinal (d. 2005)
- Moran Campbell, English-Canadian physician and academic, invented the venturi mask (d. 2004)
- Maurice Pialat, French actor and director (d. 2003)
- John Davidson, American physician and politician (d. 2012)
- Buddy Hackett, American actor and singer (d. 2003)
- Herbert Wise, Austrian-English director and producer (d. 2015)
- Otis G. Pike, American judge and politician (d. 2014)
- Raymond Williams, Welsh author and academic (d. 1988)
- Amrita Preetam, Indian poet and author (d. 2005)
- Ana María González, Mexican singer and voice actress (d. 1983)
- Alan Jay Lerner, American songwriter and composer (d. 1986)
- Danny Litwhiler, American baseball player and coach (d. 2011)
- Daniel Schorr, American journalist and author (d. 2010)
- John S. Wold, American geologist and politician (d. 2017)
- Pete Newell, American basketball player and coach (d. 2008)
- Richard Basehart, American actor (d. 1984)
- Helen Levitt, American photographer and cinematographer (d. 2009)
- Bernard Lovell, English physicist and astronomer (d. 2012)
- Edward Brongersma, Dutch journalist and politician (d. 1998)
- Arsenio Rodríguez, Cuban-American tres player, composer, and bandleader (d. 1970)
- Ferenc Fejtő, Hungarian-French journalist and political scientist (d. 2008)
- William Saroyan, American novelist, playwright, and short story writer (d. 1981)
- Valter Biiber, Estonian footballer (d. 1977)
- Augustus F. Hawkins, American lawyer and politician (d. 2007)
- Ramon Magsaysay, Filipino captain, engineer, and politician, 7th President of the Philippines (d. 1957)
- William Shawn, American journalist (d. 1992)
- Altiero Spinelli, Italian theorist and politician (d. 1986)
- Robert Bacher, American physicist and academic (d. 2004)
- Sanford Meisner, American actor and educator (d. 1997)
- Arthur Godfrey, American radio and television host (d. 1983)
- Vladimir Jankélévitch, French musicologist and philosopher (d. 1985)
- Géza Révész, Hungarian general and politician, Hungarian Minister of Defence (d. 1977)
- Gino Lucetti, Italian anarchist, attempted assassin of Benito Mussolini (d. 1943)
- Fredric March, American lieutenant, actor, and singer (d. 1975)
- Brian Edmund Baker, English Air Marshal (d. 1979)
- Félix-Antoine Savard, Canadian priest and author (d. 1982)
- Albert Facey, Australian soldier and author (d. 1982)
- Lily Laskine, French harp player (d. 1988)
- August Alle, Estonian poet and author (d. 1952)
- DuBose Heyward, American author and playwright (d. 1940)
- George Sarton, Belgian-American historian of science (d. 1956)
- Wilhelmina, queen of the Netherlands (d. 1962)
- Alma Mahler, Austrian-American composer and author (d. 1964)
- Taishō, emperor of Japan (d. 1926)
- Frank Jarvis, American sprinter and lawyer (d. 1933)
- James E. Ferguson, American banker and politician, 26th Governor of Texas (d. 1944)
- Maria Montessori, Italian physician and educator (d. 1952)
- Georg von Hertling, German academic and politician, 7th Chancellor of the German Empire (d. 1919)
- Josephine St. Pierre Ruffin, American journalist, publisher, and activist (d. 1924)
- Amilcare Ponchielli, Italian composer and educator (d. 1886)
- Galusha A. Grow, American lawyer and politician, 28th Speaker of the United States House of Representatives (d. 1907)
- Hermann von Helmholtz, German physician and physicist (d. 1894)
- Husein Gradaščević, Ottoman general (d. 1834)
- Agnes Bulmer, English poet and author (d. 1836)
- Henry Joy McCracken, Irish businessman and activist, founded the Society of United Irishmen (d. 1798)
- Jean-Étienne Despréaux, French ballet dancer, choreographer, composer, and playwright (d. 1820)
- Jean-Paul-Égide Martini, French composer and educator (d. 1816)
- George Hervey, 2nd Earl of Bristol, English soldier and politician, Lord Lieutenant of Ireland (d. 1775)
- Guillaume Amontons, French physicist and instrument maker (d. 1705)
- Ferdinando Carlo Gonzaga, Italian nobleman (d. 1708)
- Jahangir, Mughal emperor (d. 1627)
- Isabella de' Medici, Italian princess (d. 1576)
- Zhang Zong, Chinese emperor (d. 1208)
- Jeongjong II, Korean ruler (d. 1046)
- Commodus, Roman emperor (d. 192)
- AD 12
- Caligula, Roman emperor (d. 41)
Deaths On This Day
- Carole Shelley, British-American actress (b. 1939)
- Richard Anderson, American actor (b. 1926)
- Edward Douglas-Scott-Montagu, 3rd Baron Montagu of Beaulieu, English politician, founded the National Motor Museum (b. 1926)
- Tom Scott, American football player (b. 1930)
- Bapu, Indian director and screenwriter (b. 1933)
- Ștefan Andrei, Romanian politician, 87th Romanian Minister of Foreign Affairs (b. 1931)
- Stan Goldberg, American illustrator (b. 1932)
- Carol Vadnais, Canadian ice hockey player and coach (b. 1945)
- Alan Carrington, English chemist and academic (b. 1934)
- David Frost, English journalist and game show host (b. 1939)
- Jimmy Greenhalgh, English footballer and manager (b. 1923)
- Jan Camiel Willems, Belgian mathematician and theorist (b. 1939)
- Max Bygraves, English actor (b. 1922)
- Joe Lewis, American martial artist and actor (b. 1944)
- Carlo Maria Martini, Italian cardinal (b. 1927)
- Kashiram Rana, Indian lawyer and politician (b. 1938)
- John C. Shabaz, American judge and politician (b. 1931)
- Sergey Sokolov, Russian commander and politician, 6th Minister of Defence for The Soviet Union (b. 1911)
- Wade Belak, Canadian ice hockey player (b. 1976)
- Laurent Fignon, French cyclist (b. 1960)
- Ken Campbell, English actor and screenwriter (b. 1941)
- Ike Pappas, American journalist (b. 1933)
- Victor Yates, New Zealand rugby player (b. 1939)
- Gay Brewer, American golfer (b. 1932)
- Jean Jacques Paradis, Canadian general (b. 1928)
- Sulev Vahtre, Estonian historian and academic (b. 1926)
- Mohamed Abdelwahab, Egyptian footballer (b. 1983)
- Tom Delaney, English race car driver and businessman (b. 1911)
- Joseph Rotblat, Polish-English physicist and academic, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1908)
- Lionel Hampton, American pianist, composer, and bandleader (b. 1908)
- Farhad Mehrad, Persian singer-songwriter, guitarist, and pianist (b. 1944)
- George Porter, English chemist and academic, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1920)
- Lucille Fletcher, American screenwriter (b. 1912)
- Dolores Moore, American baseball player and educator (b. 1932)
- Dodi Fayed, Egyptian film producer (b. 1955)
- Diana, Princess of Wales (b. 1961)
- Cliff Lumsdon, Canadian swimmer and coach (b. 1931)
- Nathaniel Clifton, American basketball player and coach (b. 1922)
- Elizabeth Coatsworth, American author and poet (b. 1893)
- Urho Kekkonen, Finnish journalist, lawyer, and politician, 8th President of Finland (b. 1900)
- Henry Moore, English sculptor and illustrator (b. 1898)
- Frank Macfarlane Burnet, Australian virologist and academic, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1899)
- Audrey Wagner, American baseball player, obstetrician, and gynecologist (b. 1927)
- Sally Rand, American actress and dancer (b. 1904)
- Tiger Smith, English cricketer and coach (b. 1886)
- John Wrathall, Rhodesian accountant and politician, 2nd President of Rhodesia (b. 1913)
- William Pershing Benedict, American soldier and pilot (b. 1918)
- Norman Kirk, New Zealand engineer and politician, 29th Prime Minister of New Zealand (b. 1923)
- John Ford, American actor, director, producer, and screenwriter (b. 1894)
- Rocky Marciano, American boxer (b. 1923)
- John Hartle, English motorcycle racer (b. 1933)
- Ilya Ehrenburg, Russian journalist and author (b. 1891)
- E. E. Smith, American engineer and author (b. 1890)
- Georges Braque, French painter and sculptor (b. 1882)
- Elsa Barker, American author and poet (b. 1869)
- Henri Bourassa, Canadian publisher and politician (b. 1868)
- Paul Demel, Czech actor (b. 1903)
- Andrei Zhdanov, Russian civil servant and politician (b. 1896)
- Thomas Bavin, New Zealand-Australian politician, 24th Premier of New South Wales (b. 1874)
- Marina Tsvetaeva, Russian poet and author (b. 1892)
- Georges Gauthier, Canadian archbishop (b. 1871)
- Andranik, Armenian general (b. 1865)
- Todor Aleksandrov, Bulgarian soldier (b. 1881)
- Wilhelm Wundt, German physician, psychologist, and philosopher (b. 1832)
- Jean, duc Decazes, French sailor (b. 1864)
- Emīls Dārziņš, Latvian composer, conductor, and music critic (b. 1875)
- Leslie Green, English architect (b. 1875)
- Robert Torrens, Irish-Australian politician, 3rd Premier of South Australia (b. 1814)
- Mary Ward, Irish astronomer and entomologist (b. 1827)
- Charles Baudelaire, French poet and critic (b. 1821)
- Robert Calder, Scottish admiral (b. 1745)
- Sir John Duckworth, 1st Baronet, English admiral and politician, 39th Commodore Governor of Newfoundland (b. 1747)
- Arthur Phillip, English admiral and politician, 1st Governor of New South Wales (b. 1738)
- Louis Antoine de Bougainville, French admiral and explorer (b. 1729)
- Nicolas-Henri Jardin, French architect and academic, designed the Bernstorff Palace and Marienlyst Castle (b. 1720)
- François-André Danican Philidor, French-English chess player and composer (b. 1726)
- William Borlase, English geologist and historian (b. 1695)
- Johann Gottlieb Heineccius, German academic and jurist (b. 1681)
- Gottfried Finger, Czech-German viol player and composer (b. 1660)
- John Bunyan, English preacher, theologian, and author (b. 1628)
- Ole Worm, Danish physician and historian (b. 1588)
- Francesco Bracciolini, Italian poet (b. 1566)
- Matthias Grünewald, German artist (b. 1470)
- Thomas Wode, Lord Chief Justice of the Common Pleas
- Isabella of Navarre, Countess of Armagnac (b. 1395)
- Henry V of England (b. 1386)
- Ralph de Stafford, 1st Earl of Stafford, English soldier (b. 1301)
- Henry II of Jerusalem (b. 1271)
- Konrad von Würzburg, German poet
- Emperor Go-Horikawa of Japan (b. 1212)
- Sancho III of Castile (b. 1134)
- Theodora, Empress of the Eastern Roman Empire (b. 981)
- Kunigunde of Altdorf, Frankish noblewoman (b. c. 1020)
- Han Xizai, Chinese official (b. 902)
- Ahmad ibn Muhammad al-Ta'i, Muslim governor
- Ōtomo no Tabito, Japanese poet (b. 665)
- Aidan of Lindisfarne, Irish bishop and saint
- John Scholasticus, Byzantine patriarch and saint
- Liu Cong, emperor of the Xiongnu state