On This Day in History: December 12
December 12 is the 346th day of the year (347th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. 19 days remain until the end of the year.
Lottery News On This Day
- Alabama lawmakers provide insight into upcoming push for state lottery. One of the most influential men in Alabama politics said he expects a statewide lottery and gaming bill to be considered when the Alabama Legislature convenes March 5.
- Michigan lawmaker pushes bill to deduct cash from paycheck for lotto game. Instead of recommending his constituents invest some of each paycheck in a 401K, one Michigan legislator introduced a bill that would take a portion of each paycheck to play a lottery game.
- Florida lottery winner accused of grand theft. The man who claimed a half-million dollar Florida Lottery prize a few days ago was determining Friday how much money he would need to post bail after police took him into custody on a warrant.
- States pull the plug on Monopoly Millionaires' Club. The states involved in the Monopoly Millionaires' Club lottery game have decided to halt tickets sales for the game as of Dec. 26.
- Lotto-winning coworkers' advice for $400M Mega Millions jackpot. The winner of a $1 million Powerball prize with nine of her coworkers at a Staten Island, N.Y., nursing home, has very simple advice for those eyeing this Friday's $400 million Mega Millions jackpot.
- Idaho $1M Powerball ticket to expire Friday. Time is quickly running out for the holder of an unclaimed $1 million Powerball ticket that was sold last summer.
- Mass. Treasurer pushing for Internet lottery sales. Massachusetts State Treasurer Steven Grossman is gearing up to ask state lawmakers for permission to create and test what he hopes will be a first wave of Internet lottery games in Massachusetts.
- DC lottery contract is the subject of a federal probe with numerous officials under scrutiny. A federal grand jury is investigating the awarding of the $38 million contract to run the District of Columbia lottery, a process that raises further questions about corruption in a city government already beleaguered by criminal prosecutions.
- Retailer perspective: Selling a $254M lottery ticket. As exciting and frenzied events can be surrounding a lottery winner, the lottery retailers who sold the ticket for the gigantic prize can go on a ride of their own.
- State lotteries get creative to drive higher sales. Lottery income decreased nationwide in 2009 for the first time in more than a decade, prompting many of the 43 states that operate lotteries to redouble their efforts to win back players.
- $100,000 Virginia lottery prize expires today. A lucky winner stands to net $207 million in Friday's Mega Millions lottery draw, but someone in Hampton, Virginia, faces losing $100,000.
- Hollywood stuntman in Harry Potter film celebrates magic $10.5M lottery win. A stuntman who has rubbed shoulders with some of Hollywood's leading stars was celebrating today after scooping a £7 million (US$10.5 million) lottery windfall.
- Cool $207 million up for grabs in lottery. Need some extra spending money this holiday season? Would $207 million be enough? That's the jackpot for Friday night's Mega Millions drawing, if a single ticket matches all six numbers in the multi-state lottery.
- Calif. Lottery misprint leaves 'winners' with nothing. California Lottery officials blame a misprint, an error, to explain why some folks got a free game ticket instead of thousands of dollars in cash.
- Lottery Event of the Year Happens in 10 Days. It is awaited with all the excitement and ritual proper to the season, and now it is only ten days away. Spain's Christmas lottery is worth a record US$2.14 billion to the winners this year, including US$465 million for "El Gordo" ("The Fat One").
- Punter wins $30 million jackpot. A punter from the NSW far north coast is $30 million (US$22.3 million) richer after winning the entire first division in last night's Australian Powerball - the equal-biggest lottery win in Australia.
- $40 Million Florida Lotto Jackpot. The Florida Lotto Jackpot has rolled over seven times to an estimated $40 million, the 28th highest Jackpot in Florida Lotto history.
- Lottery authorizations puzzle officer. A Metro Vice sergeant wants to know how two brothers convicted of gambling charges could be lucky enough to be among the first independent retailers authorized by Tennessee to sell lottery tickets.
- Elderly woman loses $20,000 in lottery swindle. Police have issued a fraud alert after an 87-year-old Oakville woman was cheated out of more than $20,000.
- Trying to Sell California's Lottery. Several California agencies are preparing for the third time in 18 months to compete for the account of the California Lottery Commission.
Top 25 Lottery Jackpots On This Day
- 1.$425 Million
Dec 13, 2013
- 2.$340 Million
Dec 13, 2019
- 3.$262 Million
Dec 14, 2018
- 4.$230 Million
Dec 12, 2018
- 5.$229 Million
Dec 13, 2017
- 6.$207 Million
Dec 12, 2008
- 7.$191 Million
Dec 12, 2017
- 8.$164 Million
Dec 12, 2015
- 9.$150 Million
Dec 14, 2019
- 10.$137 Million
Dec 14, 2007
- 11.€115 Million
Dec 12, 2017
- 12.$129 Million
Dec 14, 2002
- 13.$118 Million
Dec 15, 2009
- 14.$116 Million
Dec 13, 2011
- 15.$112 Million
Dec 14, 2005
- 16.$104 Million
Dec 14, 2010
- 17.$102 Million
Dec 12, 2014
- 18.$100 Million
Dec 14, 2016
- 18.$100 Million
Dec 14, 2002
- 20.€76 Million
Dec 14, 2012
- 21.€85 Million
Dec 14, 2018
- 22.$88 Million
Dec 13, 2003
- 23.€75.84 Million
Dec 13, 2018
- 24.€59 Million
Dec 18, 2009
- 25.€70.7 Million
Dec 12, 2017
Lottery Post Member Birthdays On This Day
Wednesday, Dec 12, 1990
29 years old
Sunday, Dec 12, 1982
37 years old
Sunday, Dec 12, 1982
37 years old
Wednesday, Dec 12, 1979
40 years old
Wednesday, Dec 12, 1973
46 years old
Saturday, Dec 12, 1970
49 years old
Friday, Dec 12, 1969
50 years old
Sunday, Dec 12, 1965
54 years old
Thursday, Dec 12, 1963
56 years old
Wednesday, Dec 12, 1962
57 years old
Wednesday, Dec 12, 1962
57 years old
Tuesday, Dec 12, 1961
58 years old
Monday, Dec 12, 1960
59 years old
Monday, Dec 12, 1960
59 years old
Saturday, Dec 12, 1959
60 years old
Saturday, Dec 12, 1959
60 years old
Friday, Dec 12, 1952
67 years old
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Worldwide Events On This Day
- Paris Agreement relating to United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change is adopted.
- North Korea successfully launches its first satellite, Kwangmyŏngsŏng-3 Unit 2, using an Unha-3 carrier rocket.
- Prime Minister of Vietnam Phan Văn Khải announces the decision on upgrading the Phong Nha-Kẻ Bàng nature reserve to a national park, providing information on projects for the conservation and development of the park and revised maps.
- The United States Supreme Court releases its decision in Bush v. Gore.
- The Russian Federation withdraws from the Treaty on the Creation of the USSR.
- The Clapham Junction rail crash kills thirty-five and injures hundreds after two collisions of three commuter trains—one of the worst train crashes in the United Kingdom.
- Arrow Air Flight 1285, a McDonnell Douglas DC-8, crashes after takeoff in Gander, Newfoundland, killing all 256 people on board, including 236 members of the United States Army's 101st Airborne Division.
- Maaouya Ould Sid'Ahmed Taya becomes the third president of Mauritania after a coup d'état against Mohamed Khouna Ould Haidalla while the latter is attending a summit.
- The Australian Labor government led by Prime Minister Bob Hawke and Treasurer Paul Keating floats the Australian dollar.
- Coup d'état of December Twelfth: South Korean Army Major General Chun Doo-hwan orders the arrest of Army Chief of Staff General Jeong Seung-hwa without authorization from President Choi Kyu-ha, alleging involvement in the assassination of ex-President Park Chung-hee.
- President of Pakistan Muhammad Zia-ul-Haq confers Nishan-e-Imtiaz on Nobel laureate Dr Abdus Salam.
- The unrecognised state of Zimbabwe-Rhodesia returns to British control and resumes using the name Southern Rhodesia.
- The 8.2 Mw Tumaco earthquake shakes Colombia and Ecuador with a maximum Mercalli intensity of IX (Violent), killing 300-600, and generating a large tsunami.
- Years of Lead: Piazza Fontana bombing: The offices of Banca Nazionale dell'Agricoltura in Piazza Fontana, Milan, are bombed.
- Prime Minister Jomo Kenyatta becomes the first President of the Republic of Kenya.
- Kenya gains its independence from the United Kingdom.
- Beginning of the Irish Republican Army's "Border Campaign".
- United Nations Security Council Resolution 121 relating to acceptance of Japan to United Nations is adopted.
- Paula Ackerman, the first woman appointed to perform rabbinical functions in the United States, leads the congregation in her first services.
- Malayan Emergency: Batang Kali massacre: Fourteen members of the Scots Guards stationed in Malaya allegedly massacre 24 unarmed civilians and set fire to the village.
- A fire at an ice plant in Hudson Heights, Manhattan spreads to an adjacent tenement, killing 37 people.
- United Nations Security Council Resolution 13 relating to acceptance of Siam to United Nations is adopted.
- World War II: German troops begin Operation Winter Storm, an attempt to relieve encircled Axis forces during the Battle of Stalingrad.
- World War II: Fifty-four Japanese A6M Zero fighters raid Batangas Field, Philippines. Jesús Villamor and four Filipino fighter pilots fend them off; César Basa is killed.
- World War II: The United Kingdom declares war on Bulgaria. Hungary and Romania declare war on the United States. India declares war on Japan.
- Adolf Hitler declares the imminent extermination of the Jews at a meeting in the Reich Chancellery.
- World War II: Approximately 70 people are killed in the Marples Hotel, Fitzalan Square, Sheffield, as a result of a German air raid.
- Winter War: Battle of Tolvajärvi: Finnish forces defeat those of the Soviet Union in their first major victory of the conflict.
- HMS Duchess sinks after a collision with HMS Barham off the coast of Scotland with the loss of 124 men.
- Second Sino-Japanese War: USS Panay incident: Japanese aircraft bomb and sink U.S. gunboat USS Panay on the Yangtze river in China.
- Xi'an Incident: The Generalissimo of the Republic of China, Chiang Kai-shek, is kidnapped by Zhang Xueliang.
- Lebensborn Project, a Nazi reproduction program, is founded by Heinrich Himmler.
- The Majlis of Iran votes to crown Reza Khan as the new Shah of Iran, starting the Pahlavi dynasty.
- The Flag of Estonia is raised atop the Pikk Hermann for the first time.
- In Nebraska, Father Edward J. Flanagan founds Boys Town as a farm village for wayward boys.
- President of the Republic of China, Yuan Shikai, announces his intention to reinstate the monarchy and proclaim himself Emperor of China.
- Delhi replaces Calcutta as the capital of India.
- King George V of the United Kingdom and Mary of Teck are enthroned as Emperor and Empress of India.
- Guglielmo Marconi receives the first transatlantic radio signal (the letter "S" [***] in Morse Code), at Signal Hill in St John's, Newfoundland.
- Belo Horizonte, the first planned city in Brazil, is founded.
- Joseph H. Rainey of South Carolina becomes the second black U.S. congressman, the first being Hiram Revels.
- Oaks explosion: The worst mining disaster in England kills 361 miners and rescuers.
- American Civil War: USS Cairo sinks on the Yazoo River, becoming the first armored ship to be sunk by a controlled mine.
- Pennsylvania becomes the second state to ratify the United States Constitution, five days after Delaware became the first.
- American Revolutionary War: Second Battle of Ushant: A British fleet led by HMS Victory defeats a French fleet.
- The Order of the Dragon, a monarchical chivalric order, is created by Sigismund of Luxembourg, then king of Hungary.
- Mary of Enghien sells the lordship of Argos and Nauplia to the Republic of Venice.
- First Crusade: Siege of Ma'arrat al-Numan: Crusaders breach the town's walls and massacre about 20,000 inhabitants. After finding themselves with insufficient food, they reportedly resort to cannibalism.
- King Carloman II dies after a hunting accident. He is succeeded by his cousin, emperor Charles the Fat, who for the last time reunites the Frankish Empire.
- Battle of Nineveh: A Byzantine army under Emperor Heraclius defeats Emperor Khosrau II's Persian forces, commanded by General Rhahzadh.
Births On This Day
- Otto Warmbier, American student imprisoned in North Korea (d. 2017)
- Zeli Ismail, English footballer
- Joseph Leilua, Australian-Samoan rugby league player
- Nixon Chepseba, Kenyan runner
- Victor Moses, Nigerian footballer
- Seungri, South Korean singer-songwriter
- Isaac John, New Zealand rugby league player
- Tony Williams, Australian-Tongan rugby league player
- Marte Eberson, Norwegian keyboard player and composer
- Daddy Birori, Rwandan footballer
- Përparim Hetemaj, Finnish footballer
- Nina Kolarič, Slovenian long jumper
- T. J. Ward, American football player
- Pat Calathes, Greek-American basketball player
- Giannis Zaradoukas, Greek footballer
- Daniel Agger, Danish footballer
- Dmitry Tursunov, Russian tennis player
- Jeret Peterson, American skier (d. 2011)
- Pedro Ríos, Spanish footballer
- Yuvraj Singh, Indian cricketer
- Stephen Warnock, English footballer
- Dejene Berhanu, Ethiopian runner (d. 2010)
- Dorin Goian, Romanian footballer
- Berkant Göktan, Turkish-German footballer
- Nate Clements, American football player
- John Salmons, American basketball player
- Gbenga Akinnagbe, American actor and screenwriter
- Shin Seung-hwan, South Korean actor
- Yoel Hernández, Cuban hurdler
- Dean Macey, English decathlete and bobsledder
- Colin White, Canadian ice hockey player
- Dan Hawkins, English guitarist, songwriter, and producer
- Brent Johnson, Canadian football player
- Mayim Bialik, American actress
- Craig Moore, Australian footballer and manager
- Bernard Lagat, Kenyan-American runner
- Nolberto Solano, Peruvian footballer and manager
- Tony Hsieh, American businessman, founded LinkExchange
- Nicky Eaden, English footballer and coach
- Craig Field, Australian rugby league player
- Wilson Kipketer, Kenyan-Danish runner
- Georgios Theodoridis, Greek sprinter
- Hank Williams III, American singer-songwriter and guitarist
- Sammy Korir, Kenyan runner
- Tahir Bilgic, Turkish-Australian comedian and actor
- Jennifer Connelly, American actress
- Regina Hall, American actress
- Sophie Kinsella, English author and educator
- Wilfred Kirochi, Kenyan runner
- Fiona May, English-Italian long jumper
- Michael Möllenbeck, German discus thrower
- Rory Kennedy, American director and producer
- Sašo Udovič, Slovenian footballer
- Laurie Williams, Jamaican cricketer (d. 2002)
- Yuzo Koshiro, Japanese composer and producer
- John Randle, American football player
- Royce Gracie, Brazilian-American mixed martial artist and actor
- Ian Paisley, Jr., Northern Irish politician
- Will Carling, English rugby player
- Reeta Chakrabarti, English journalist
- Haywood Jeffires, American football player and coach
- Eduardo Castro Luque, Mexican businessman and politician (d. 2012)
- Tracy Austin, American tennis player and sportscaster
- Arturo Barrios, Mexican-American runner
- Peter Bergen, American-English journalist and author
- Mike Golic, American football player and radio host
- Ulrike Tillmann, German mathematician and academic
- Andrey Perlov, Russian race walker
- Martina Hellmann, German discus thrower
- Jasper Conran, English fashion designer
- Alexander Crutchfield, American businessman, financier and investor
- Sheila E., American singer-songwriter, drummer, and actress
- Johan van der Velde, Dutch cyclist
- Gianna Angelopoulos-Daskalaki, Greek businesswoman
- Eddy Schepers, Belgian cyclist
- Stephen Smith, Australian lawyer and politician, 53rd Australian Minister of Defence
- Martin Ferguson, Australian lawyer and politician
- Bruce Kulick, American guitarist and songwriter
- Rafael Septién, Mexican-American football player
- Herb Dhaliwal, Indian-Canadian businessman and politician, 3rd Canadian Minister of Natural Resources
- Sarah Douglas, English actress
- Cathy Rigby, American gymnast
- Rehman Malik, Pakistani politician, Pakistani Minister of Interior
- Pedro Ferriz de Con, Mexican journalist
- Heiner Flassbeck, German economist and academic
- Gorman Thomas, American baseball player
- Rajinikanth, Indian actor
- Billy Smith, Canadian ice hockey player, coach, and manager
- Gopinath Munde, Indian lawyer and politician, 3rd Deputy Chief Minister of Maharashtra (d. 2014)
- Bill Nighy, English actor
- Marc Ravalomanana, Malagasy businessman and politician, President of Madagascar
- Colin Todd, English football player and coach
- Will Alsop, English architect and academic
- Wings Hauser, American actor, director, and screenwriter
- Chris Mullin, English journalist and politician
- Emerson Fittipaldi, Brazilian race car driver
- Portia Simpson-Miller, Jamaican politician, 7th Prime Minister of Jamaica
- Tony Williams, American drummer, composer, and producer (d. 1997)
- Jean Doré, Canadian lawyer and politician, 39th Mayor of Montreal (d. 2015)
- Cara Duff-MacCormick, Canadian actress
- Rob Tyner, American singer-songwriter and bass player (d. 1991)
- Vassilis Alexakis, Greek-French author and translator
- Dickey Betts, American singer-songwriter and guitarist
- Sadeq Tabatabaei, Iranian journalist and politician (d. 2015)
- Grover Washington, Jr., American singer-songwriter, saxophonist, and producer (d. 1999)
- Morris Sadek, Egyptian-American lawyer and activist
- Brough Scott, English jockey and journalist
- Sharad Pawar, Indian politician, Indian Minister of Agriculture
- Dionne Warwick, American singer and television personality
- Terry Kirkman, American singer-songwriter and musician
- Connie Francis, American singer and actress
- Michael Jeffery, Australian general and politician, 24th Governor-General of Australia
- Philip Ledger, English pianist, composer, and academic (d. 2012)
- Buford Pusser, American police officer (d. 1974)
- Iolanda Balaș, Romanian high jumper and educator (d. 2016)
- Denise Coffey, English actress and director
- John Wise, Canadian farmer and politician, 23rd Minister of Agriculture (d. 2013)
- Miguel de la Madrid, Mexican lawyer and politician, 52nd President of Mexico (d. 2012)
- Manu Dibango, Cameroonian saxophonist and vibraphone player
- Christa Stubnick, German sprinter
- Bob Pettit, American basketball player and coach
- Baya, Algerian artist (d. 1998)
- Silvio Santos, Brazilian television host and businessman, founded Sistema Brasileiro de Televisão
- Toshiko Akiyoshi, Japanese pianist and composer
- John Osborne, English playwright and screenwriter (d. 1994)
- Chinghiz Aitmatov, Kyrgyzstani diplomat and author (d. 2008)
- Lionel Blair, English actor
- Helen Frankenthaler, American painter and academic (d. 2011)
- Robert Noyce, American inventor and businessman, co-founded the Intel Corporation (d. 1990)
- Ted Kennedy, Canadian ice hockey player (d. 2009)
- Dattu Phadkar, Indian cricketer (d. 1985)
- Vladimir Shainsky, Ukrainian-Russian pianist and composer (d. 2017)
- Ahmad Shamloo, Iranian journalist and poet (d. 2000)
- Ed Koch, American lawyer, judge, and politician, 105th Mayor of New York City (d. 2013)
- Bob Barker, American game show host and producer
- Bob Dorough, American musician, composer, and producer (d. 2018)
- Christian Dotremont, Belgian painter and poet (d. 1979)
- Josef Doležal, Czech race walker (d. 1999)
- Fred Kida, American illustrator (d. 2014)
- Olivia Barclay, English astrologer and author (d. 2001)
- Dan DeCarlo, American soldier and illustrator (d. 2001)
- Joe Williams, American singer and pianist (d. 1999)
- Frank Sinatra, American singer, actor, and producer (d. 1998)
- Patrick O'Brian, English author and translator (d. 2000)
- Henry Armstrong, American boxer (d. 1988)
- Boun Oum, Laotian politician, 5th Prime Minister of Laos (d. 1980)
- Hans Keilson, German-Dutch psychologist, author, and poet (d. 2011)
- Karen Morley, American actress and political activist (d. 2003)
- Gustav Ernesaks, Estonian composer and conductor (d. 1993)
- Roy Douglas, English pianist and composer (d. 2015)
- Manès Sperber, Austrian-French psychologist and author (d. 1984)
- Vasily Grossman, Russian journalist and author (d. 1964)
- Nicolas de Gunzburg, French-American banker and journalist (d. 1981)
- Yasujirō Ozu, Japanese director and screenwriter (d. 1963)
- Harald Kaarmann, Estonian footballer (d. 1942)
- Sammy Davis, Sr., American actor and dancer (d. 1988)
- Edward G. Robinson, American actor (d. 1973)
- Milko Kos, Slovenian historian and academic (d. 1972)
- Kurt Atterberg, Swedish composer and engineer (d. 1974)
- Zinaida Serebriakova, Ukrainian-French painter (d. 1967)
- Edmond Hogan, Australian politician, 30th Premier of Victoria (d. 1964)
- Ioannis Demestichas, Greek admiral and politician (d. 1960)
- Harry Warner, Polish-American businessman, co-founded Warner Bros (d. 1958)
- Alvin Kraenzlein, American hurdler and runner (d. 1928)
- Gerd von Rundstedt, German field marshal (d. 1953)
- Walter Benona Sharp, American businessman, co-founded Hughes Tool Company (d. 1912)
- Alfred Werner, Swiss chemist and academic, Nobel Prize laureate (d. 1919)
- Paul Elmer More, American journalist, author, and critic (d. 1937)
- Edvard Munch, Norwegian painter and illustrator (d. 1944)
- J. Bruce Ismay, English businessman (d. 1937)
- Henry Moret, French painter (d. 1913)
- William Kissam Vanderbilt, American businessman and horse breeder (d. 1920)
- Bruce Price, American architect, designed the American Surety Building and Bank of the Metropolis (d. 1903)
- Adolf Bötticher, German journalist and historian (d. 1901)
- Joseph Orville Shelby, Confederate general (d. 1897)
- Gustave Flaubert, French novelist (d. 1880)
- Juan Prim, 1st Marquis of los Castillejos, Spanish general and politician, Prime Minister of Spain (d. 1870)
- John Sandfield Macdonald, Canadian lawyer and politician, 1st Premier of Ontario (d. 1872)
- Stand Watie, American general (d. 1871)
- Henry Wells, American businessman, co-founded Wells Fargo and American Express (d. 1878)
- Karl Bryullov, Russian painter (d. 1852)
- Alexander Ypsilantis, Greek-Russian general and politician, Military ruler of Moldavia (d. 1828)
- William L. Marcy, American lawyer, judge, and politician, 21st United States Secretary of State (d. 1857)
- Madeleine Sophie Barat, French nun and saint, founded the Society of the Sacred Heart (d. 1865)
- Nikolay Karamzin, Russian poet and historian (d. 1826)
- Erasmus Darwin, English physician and poet (d. 1802)
- Samuel Hood, 1st Viscount Hood, English admiral and politician (d. 1816)
- Lodovico Giustini, Italian pianist and composer (d. 1743)
- Basil of Ostrog, Serbian monk and saint (d. 1671)
- Anne of Denmark (d. 1619)
- Álvaro de Bazán, 1st Marquis of Santa Cruz, Spanish admiral (d. 1588)
- Archduke Albert VI of Austria (d. 1463)
- Albert II, Duke of Austria (d. 1358)
Deaths On This Day
- Ed Lee, American politician and attorney, 43rd Mayor of San Francisco (b. 1952)
- Pat DiNizio, American singer and songwriter (b. 1955)
- Shirley Hazzard, Australian-American novelist, short story writer, and essayist (b. 1931)
- Luis Bermejo, Spanish illustrator (b. 1931)
- Frans Geurtsen, Dutch footballer (b. 1942)
- Sharad Anantrao Joshi, Indian farmer and politician (b. 1935)
- Evelyn S. Lieberman, American politician, White House Deputy Chief of Staff (b. 1944)
- Norman Bridwell, American author and illustrator, created Clifford the Big Red Dog (b. 1928)
- Ivor Grattan-Guinness, English mathematician, historian, and academic (b. 1941)
- Herb Plews, American baseball player (b. 1928)
- Yury Shutov, Russian politician (b. 1946)
- Tom Laughlin, American actor, director, producer, and screenwriter (b. 1931)
- Abdul Quader Molla, Bangladeshi journalist and politician (b. 1948)
- Leo Sachs, German-Israeli biologist and academic (b. 1924)
- Jang Sung-taek, North Korean general and politician (b. 1946)
- Audrey Totter, American actress (b. 1917)
- Joe Allbritton, American banker, publisher, and philanthropist, founded the Allbritton Communications Company (b. 1924)
- Nityanand Swami, Indian lawyer and politician, 1st Chief Minister of Uttarakhand (b. 1927)
- David Tait, English rugby player (b. 1987)
- Tom Walkinshaw, Scottish race car driver, founded Tom Walkinshaw Racing (b. 1946)
- Avery Dulles, American cardinal and theologian (b. 1918)
- Van Johnson, American actor (b. 1916)
- Tassos Papadopoulos, Cypriot lawyer and politician, 5th President of Cyprus (b. 1934)
- François al-Hajj, Lebanese general (b. 1953)
- Ike Turner, American singer-songwriter, guitarist, and producer (b. 1931)
- Paul Arizin, American basketball player (b. 1928)
- Peter Boyle, American actor (b. 1935)
- Kenny Davern, American clarinet player and saxophonist (b. 1935)
- Raymond P. Shafer, American lawyer and politician, 38th Governor of Pennsylvania (b. 1917)
- Alan Shugart, American engineer and businessman, co-founded Seagate Technology (b. 1930)
- Robert Newmyer, American actor and producer (b. 1956)
- Ramanand Sagar, Indian director, producer, and screenwriter (b. 1917)
- Annette Stroyberg, Danish actress (b. 1936)
- Gebran Tueni, Lebanese journalist and politician (b. 1957)
- Heydar Aliyev, Azerbaijani general and politician, 3rd President of Azerbaijan (b. 1923)
- Gangodawila Soma Thero, Sri Lankan monk and educator (b. 1948)
- Dee Brown, American historian and author (b. 1908)
- Ardito Desio, Italian geologist and explorer (b. 1897)
- George Montgomery, American actor, stuntman, director, producer, and screenwriter (b. 1916)
- Ndabaningi Sithole, Zimbabwean militant leader, founded Zimbabwe African National Union (b. 1920)
- Paul Cadmus, American painter and illustrator (b. 1904)
- Joseph Heller, American novelist, short story writer, and playwright(b. 1923)
- Lawton Chiles, American soldier, lawyer, and politician, 41st Governor of Florida (b. 1930)
- Marco Denevi, Argentinian author and screenwriter (b. 1922)
- Mo Udall, American captain and politician (b. 1922)
- Evgenii Landis, Ukrainian-Russian mathematician and academic (b. 1921)
- Vance Packard, American journalist, author, and critic (b. 1914)
- Stuart Roosa, American colonel, pilot, and astronaut (b. 1933)
- Donna J. Stone, American poet and philanthropist (b. 1933)
- József Antall, Hungarian historian and politician, 35th Prime Minister of Hungary (b. 1932)
- Suzanne Lilar, Belgian author and playwright (b. 1901)
- Enrique Jorrín, Cuban violinist and composer (b. 1926)
- Paul Verner, German politician (b. 1911)
- Anne Baxter, American actress (b. 1923)
- Ian Stewart, Scottish keyboard player and manager (b. 1938)
- Jean Lesage, Canadian lawyer and politician, 19th Premier of Quebec (b. 1912)
- Fay Compton, English actress (b. 1894)
- Jack Cassidy, American actor (b. 1927)
- Richard Baggallay, English colonel and cricketer (b. 1884)
- Yechezkel Kutscher, Israeli philologist and linguist (b. 1909)
- David Sarnoff, Belarusian-American businessman (b. 1891)
- Doris Blackburn, Australian politician (b. 1889)
- George Terwilliger, American director and screenwriter (b. 1882)
- Tallulah Bankhead, American actress (b. 1902)
- Karl Ruberl, Austrian-American swimmer (b. 1880)
- Maithili Sharan Gupt, Indian poet and playwright (b. 1866)
- William Rootes, 1st Baron Rootes, English businessman, founded Rootes Group (b. 1894)
- Yasujirō Ozu, Japanese director and screenwriter (b. 1903)
- Albert Walsh, Canadian lawyer and politician, 1st Lieutenant Governor of Newfoundland (b. 1900)
- Bedřich Hrozný, Czech orientalist and linguist (b. 1879)
- Mildred Bailey, American singer (b. 1907)
- César Basa, Filipino lieutenant and pilot (b. 1915)
- Douglas Fairbanks, Sr., American actor, producer, and screenwriter (b. 1883)
- Thorleif Haug, Norwegian skier (b. 1894)
- Jean Richepin, French author, poet, and playwright (b. 1849)
- Alexander Parvus, Russian-German theorist and politician (b. 1867)
- Raymond Radiguet, French author and poet (b. 1903)
- Henrietta Swan Leavitt, American astronomer and academic (b. 1868)
- Menelik II, Ethiopian emperor (b. 1844)
- John Sparrow David Thompson, Canadian lawyer, judge, and politician, 4th Prime Minister of Canada (b. 1845)
- Robert Browning, English poet and playwright (b. 1812)
- Viktor Bunyakovsky, Ukrainian-Russian mathematician and theorist (b. 1804)
- Jacques Viger, Canadian archeologist and politician, 1st Mayor of Montreal (b. 1787)
- William I of the Netherlands (b. 1772)
- Tekle Giyorgis I, Ethiopian emperor (b. 1751)
- Prince Frederick Adolf of Sweden (b. 1750)
- Meshullam Feivush Heller, Ukrainian author (b. 1742)
- Mikhail Shcherbatov, Russian historian and philosopher (b. 1733)
- John Ponsonby, Irish lawyer and politician (b. 1713)
- Charles Gray, English lawyer and politician (b. 1696)
- Johann Christoph Gottsched, German philosopher, author, and critic (b. 1700)
- Françoise de Graffigny, French lettrist (b. 1695)
- Henry St John, 1st Viscount Bolingbroke, English philosopher and politician, Secretary at War (b. 1678)
- John Pell, English mathematician and linguist (b. 1610)
- Stephen Báthory, Polish king (b. 1533)
- Selim II, Ottoman Sultan (b. 1524)
- Philip II, Metropolitan of Moscow (b. 1507)
- Frederick I, Elector Palatine (b. 1425)
- Joan of Portugal, Queen of Castile (b. 1439)
- Geoffrey, English archbishop and politician, Lord Chancellor of England (b. 1152)
- Maimonides, Egyptian religious scholar, philosopher and physician (b. 1135)
- Kogyo-Daishi, restorer of Shingon Buddhism in Japan (b. 1095)
- Li Song, Chinese official and chancellor
- Guy III, king of Italy and Holy Roman Emperor
- Carloman II, Frankish king (b. 866)