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On This Day in History:  December 13

December 13 is the 347th day of the year (348th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. 18 days remain until the end of the year.

Lottery News On This Day

2018
Iowa Lottery seeks to allow use of electronic cash and games. The Iowa Lottery will ask state lawmakers in January to allow them to modernize their operations making it easier for customers to purchase and play lottery products electronically.
2017
$14.25 million Texas Lottery jackpot claimed two days before expiration. A $14.25 million Texas Lottery ticket that was bought in Abilene over the summer has been claimed just two days before it was set to expire.
2016
Illinois lawmakers call for investigation into lottery. State lawmakers from both political parties are calling for an investigation of how the Illinois Lottery managed scratch-off games in response to a report showing the lottery didn't award many of the biggest prizes in the biggest games.
2015
Iraqi's Oregon jackpot raises questions on lottery sales. When a man from Baghdad showed up unannounced this month in a state office building in Salem, Ore., with a piece of paper in his hand that he said was worth $6.4 million, it raised a series of questions about the arrangement of the ticket purchase that officials are still grappling with.
2013
$425 MILLION: Mega Millions jackpot raised on huge sales. The Mega Millions jackpot has grown to an estimated $425 million, prompting a rush of ticket-buying by people betting their luck will hold out when the second-largest drawing on record takes place on Friday the 13th.
2013
Widow and daughter will split estate of poisoned $1 million lotto winner. The estate of a Chicago man who was poisoned to death right after he won $1 million on a scratch-off lottery ticket will be split between his widow and his daughter from a previous marriage, ending a fight in court.
2010
Ontario lottery players finally get their share of jackpot. Four lottery players who believed that they'd been duped out of his share of a $24,520,300 Lotto 6/49 jackpot on Jan. 16, 2008 won a settlement of approximately $4 million from the Ontario Lottery Gaming Corp. (OLGC).
2008
Ohio lottery player wins $207M Mega Millions jackpot. A single winner has taken the $207 million jackpot from the latest drawing of the multi-state Mega Millions lottery.
2007
Lucky stone comes through for Ohio lottery winner. Rick Jesionowski of Cleveland hit the lottery twice last year, hauling in $2,500, then $10,000. He hit again this month for $2 million.
2007
Small-town store sells 2 big Powerball tickets. A convenience store in the tiny eastern Oklahoma town of Watts is becoming a Powerball powerhouse of sorts, with two tickets sold weeks apart worth a total of $800,000.
2007
$250,000 winning lottery ticket sold in Massachusetts expires. Massachusetts Lottery officials announced yesterday a $250,000 Mega Millions ticket sold at a market in Revere won't be honored because the winner waited too long to claim the prize — if he ever even realizes he won.
2007
$50,000 Indiana lottery ticket expires soon. Hoosier Lottery officials say a $50,000 prize will expire in less than two weeks if no one brings in the winning ticket.
2005
Stolen lottery ticket trial underway in Chicago. The trial began Monday for a woman accused of stealing a winning Mega Millions lottery ticket from her co-workers.
2005
King King Millions lottery winner is 47-year-old mom. One Glen Head, New York woman had a reason to "go ape" yesterday as she came forward to collect a King Kong-size lottery check for $55 million.
2005
Group Expected To File Lawsuit To Stop N.C. Lottery. A lawsuit challenging how the lottery was created could be filed by the end of the week.
2005
N.C. lottery director names security office director. A forensic document examiner for the State Bureau of Investigation has been named director of the security office for the N.C. Education Lottery at an annual salary of $92,000.

Top 25 Lottery Jackpots On This Day

1.$425 Million
Multi-State
Mega Millions
Draw Date
Dec 13, 2013
2.$340 Million
Multi-State
Mega Millions
Draw Date
Dec 13, 2019
3.$291 Million
Multi-State
Mega Millions
Draw Date
Dec 15, 2020
4.$287 Million
Multi-State
Powerball
Draw Date
Dec 16, 2020
5.$262 Million
Multi-State
Mega Millions
Draw Date
Dec 14, 2018
6.$246 Million
Multi-State
Powerball
Draw Date
Dec 15, 2018
7.$229 Million
Multi-State
Powerball
Draw Date
Dec 13, 2017
8.$208 Million
Multi-State
Mega Millions
Draw Date
Dec 15, 2017
9.$180 Million
Multi-State
Powerball
Draw Date
Dec 16, 2015
10.$150 Million
Multi-State
Powerball
Draw Date
Dec 14, 2019
11.€126 Million
US$148.33 Million
Multi-Country
Euro Millions
Draw Date
Dec 15, 2017
12.$137 Million
Multi-State
Mega Millions
Draw Date
Dec 14, 2007
13.$129 Million
Multi-State
Powerball
Draw Date
Dec 14, 2002
14.$118 Million
Multi-State
Mega Millions
Draw Date
Dec 15, 2009
15.$116 Million
Multi-State
Mega Millions
Draw Date
Dec 13, 2011
16.$113 Million
Multi-State
Mega Millions
Draw Date
Dec 16, 2014
17.$112 Million
Multi-State
Powerball
Draw Date
Dec 14, 2005
18.$104 Million
Multi-State
Mega Millions
Draw Date
Dec 14, 2010
19.$100 Million
Multi-State
Powerball
Draw Date
Dec 14, 2016
19.$100 Million
Florida
Lotto
Draw Date
Dec 14, 2002
21.€76 Million
US$99.77 Million
Multi-Country
Euro Millions
Draw Date
Dec 14, 2012
22.€85 Million
US$96.09 Million
Multi-Country
Euro Millions
Draw Date
Dec 14, 2018
23.€77.02 Million
US$93.61 Million
Draw Date
Dec 15, 2020
24.$88 Million
Multi-State
Powerball
Draw Date
Dec 13, 2003
25.€75.84 Million
US$86.19 Million
Draw Date
Dec 13, 2018

Lottery Post Member Birthdays On This Day

1985
Friday, Dec 13, 1985
35 years old
1984
Thursday, Dec 13, 1984
36 years old
1982
Monday, Dec 13, 1982
38 years old
1975
Saturday, Dec 13, 1975
45 years old
1973
Thursday, Dec 13, 1973
47 years old
1967
Wednesday, Dec 13, 1967
53 years old
1966
Tuesday, Dec 13, 1966
54 years old
1965
Monday, Dec 13, 1965
55 years old
1965
Monday, Dec 13, 1965
55 years old
1965
Monday, Dec 13, 1965
55 years old
1958
Saturday, Dec 13, 1958
62 years old
1956
Thursday, Dec 13, 1956
64 years old
1953
Sunday, Dec 13, 1953
67 years old
1952
Saturday, Dec 13, 1952
68 years old
(year not provided)
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Worldwide Events On This Day

2007
The Treaty of Lisbon is signed by the EU member states to amend both the Treaty of Rome and the Maastricht Treaty which together form the constitutional basis of the EU. The Treaty of Lisbon is effective from 1 December 2009.
2003
Iraq War: Operation Red Dawn: Former Iraqi President Saddam Hussein is captured near his home town of Tikrit.
2002
European Union enlargement: The EU announces that Cyprus, the Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Poland, Slovakia, and Slovenia will become members on May 1, 2004.
2001
Sansad Bhavan, the building housing the Indian Parliament, is attacked by terrorists. Twelve people are killed, including the terrorists.
1989
The Troubles: Attack on Derryard checkpoint: The Provisional Irish Republican Army launches an attack on a British Army temporary vehicle checkpoint near Rosslea, Northern Ireland. Two British soldiers are killed and two others are wounded.
1988
PLO Chairman Yasser Arafat gives a speech at a UN General Assembly meeting in Geneva, Switzerland, after United States authorities refused to grant him a visa to visit UN headquarters in New York.
1982
The 6.0 Ms North Yemen earthquake shakes southwestern Yemen with a maximum Mercalli intensity of VIII (Severe), killing 2,800, and injuring 1,500.
1981
General Wojciech Jaruzelski declares martial law in Poland, largely due to the actions by Solidarity.
1977
Air Indiana Flight 216 crashes near Evansville Regional Airport, killing 29, including the University of Evansville basketball team, support staff, and boosters of the team.
1974
Malta becomes a republic within the Commonwealth of Nations.
1974
In the Vietnam War, the North Vietnamese forces launch their 1975 Spring Offensive (to 30 April 1975), which results in the final capitulation of South Vietnam.
1972
Apollo program: Eugene Cernan and Harrison Schmitt begin the third and final extra-vehicular activity (EVA) or "Moonwalk" of Apollo 17. To date they are the last humans to set foot on the Moon.
1968
Brazilian President Artur da Costa e Silva issues AI-5 (Institutional Act No. 5), enabling government by decree and suspending habeas corpus.
1967
Constantine II of Greece attempts an unsuccessful counter-coup against the Regime of the Colonels.
1962
NASA launches Relay 1, the first active repeater communications satellite in orbit.
1960
While Emperor Haile Selassie of Ethiopia visits Brazil, his Imperial Bodyguard seizes the capital and proclaims him deposed and his son, Crown Prince Asfa Wossen, Emperor.
1959
Archbishop Makarios III becomes the first President of Cyprus.
1949
The Knesset votes to move the capital of Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.
1943
World War II: The Massacre of Kalavryta by German occupying forces in Greece.
1939
The Battle of the River Plate is fought off the coast of Uruguay; the first naval battle of World War II. The Kriegsmarine's Deutschland-class cruiser (pocket battleship) Admiral Graf Spee engages with three Royal Navy cruisers: HMS Ajax, HMNZS Achilles and HMS Exeter.
1938
The Holocaust: The Neuengamme concentration camp opens in the Bergedorf district of Hamburg, Germany.
1937
Second Sino-Japanese War: Battle of Nanking: The city of Nanjing, defended by the National Revolutionary Army under the command of General Tang Shengzhi, falls to the Japanese. This is followed by the Nanking Massacre, in which Japanese troops rape and slaughter hundreds of thousands of civilians.
1867
A Fenian bomb explodes in Clerkenwell, London, killing six.
1862
American Civil War: At the Battle of Fredericksburg, Confederate General Robert E. Lee defeats Union Major General Ambrose Burnside.
1818
Cyril VI of Constantinople resigns from his position as Ecumenical Patriarch.
1769
Dartmouth College is founded by the Reverend Eleazar Wheelock, with a royal charter from King George III, on land donated by Royal governor John Wentworth.
1758
The English transport ship Duke William sinks in the North Atlantic, killing over 360 people.
1643
English Civil War: The Battle of Alton takes place in Hampshire.
1642
Abel Tasman is the first recorded European to sight New Zealand.
1636
The Massachusetts Bay Colony organizes three militia regiments to defend the colony against the Pequot Indians. This organization is recognized today as the founding of the National Guard of the United States.
1577
Sir Francis Drake sets sail from Plymouth, England, on his round-the-world voyage.
1545
The Council of Trent begins as the embodiment of the Counter-Reformation.
1294
Saint Celestine V resigns the papacy after only five months to return to his previous life as an ascetic hermit.

Births On This Day

1989
Hellen Obiri, Kenyan runner; twice world champion in the 5000 metres event
1989
Taylor Swift, American singer-songwriter, record producer and actress
1988
Rickie Fowler, American Ryder Cup golfer on the PGA Tour; three-time runner-up in major tournaments
1984
Santi Cazorla, Spanish international footballer with 81 caps
1984
Hanna-Maria Seppälä, Finnish freestyle swimmer; 2003 world champion in the 100 m freestyle
1981
Amy Lee, American singer, songwriter and pianist; co-founder and lead vocalist of Evanescence
1967
Jamie Foxx, American actor, singer, songwriter, producer, and comedian
1960
Richard Dent, American pro football player (NFL); MVP of Super Bowl XX; elected to Hall of Fame in 2011
1948
Jeff Baxter, American guitarist, songwriter, and producer
1948
Lillian Board, British athlete; European champion at 400m and 800m (d. 1970)
1942
Howard Brenton, English playwright and screenwriter
1940
Sanjaya Lall, Indian economist and academic (d. 2005)
1938
Gus Johnson, American basketball player; elected to Hall of Fame in 2010 (d. 1987)
1936
Prince Karim al-Husayn Shāh, Aga Khan IV, Swiss humanitarian and religious leader
1935
Türkan Saylan, Turkish physician and academic (d. 2009)
1934
Richard D. Zanuck, American film producer (d. 2012)
1934
Antoinette Rodez Schiesler, American chemist (d. 1996)
1929
Christopher Plummer, Canadian actor and producer (d. 2021)
1927
James Wright, American poet and academic (d. 1980)
1925
Dick Van Dyke, American actor, singer, and dancer
1923
Philip Warren Anderson, American physicist and academic, Nobel Prize laureate (d. 2020)
1921
Turgut Demirağ, Turkish film producer, director and screenwriter (d. 1987)
1920
George P. Shultz, American economist and politician, 60th United States Secretary of State (d. 2021)
1919
Hans-Joachim Marseille, German captain and pilot (d. 1942)
1916
Leonard Weisgard, American author and illustrator (d. 2000)
1915
B. J. Vorster, South African lawyer and politician, 4th State President of South Africa (d. 1983)
1914
Alan Bullock, English historian and author (d. 2004)
1914
Larry Noble, English comedian and actor (d. 1993)
1913
Archie Moore, American boxer and actor; world light-heavyweight champion (d. 1998)
1913
Arnold Brown, English-Canadian missionary, 11th General of The Salvation Army (d. 2002)
1912
Luiz Gonzaga, Brazilian singer-songwriter and accordion player (d. 1989)
1911
Trygve Haavelmo, Norwegian economist and mathematician, Nobel Prize laureate (d. 1999)
1911
Kenneth Patchen, American poet and painter (d. 1972)
1908
Plinio Corrêa de Oliveira, Brazilian historian and activist (d. 1995)
1908
Van Heflin, American film actor (d. 1971)
1908
Elizabeth Alexander, British geologist, academic, and physicist (d. 1958)
1906
Princess Marina of Greece and Denmark (d. 1968)
1906
Laurens van der Post, South African-English soldier and author (d. 1996)
1905
Ann Barzel, American writer and dance critic (d. 2007)
1903
Ella Baker, American activist (d. 1986)
1903
Carlos Montoya, Spanish guitarist and composer (d. 1993)
1902
Panagiotis Kanellopoulos, Greek philosopher and politician, 138th Prime Minister of Greece (d. 1986)
1902
Talcott Parsons, American sociologist and academic (d. 1979)
1901
Olev Roomet, Estonian singer, violinist, and bagpipe player (d. 1987)
1900
Jonel Perlea, Romanian-American conductor and educator (d. 1970)
1897
Albert Aalbers, Dutch architect, designed the Savoy Homann Bidakara Hotel (d. 1961)
1897
Drew Pearson, American journalist and author (d. 1969)
1887
George Pólya, Hungarian-American mathematician and academic (d. 1985)
1887
Alvin C. York, American colonel, Medal of Honor recipient (d. 1964)
1885
Annie Dale Biddle Andrews, American mathematician (d. 1940)
1884
Aimilios Veakis, Greek actor, director, and playwright (d. 1951)
1883
Belle da Costa Greene, American librarian and bibliographer (d. 1950)
1882
Jane Edna Hunter, African-American social worker (d. 1971)
1874
Josef Lhévinne, Russian pianist and educator (d. 1944)
1871
Emily Carr, Canadian painter and author (d. 1945)
1870
Edward LeSaint, American actor and director (d. 1940)
1867
Kristian Birkeland, Norwegian physicist and author (d. 1917)
1864
Emil Seidel, American woodcarver and politician, 36th Mayor of Milwaukee (d. 1947)
1860
Lucien Guitry, French actor (d. 1925)
1856
Svetozar Boroević, Croatian-Austrian field marshal (d. 1920)
1854
Herman Bavinck, Dutch philosopher, theologian, and academic (d. 1921)
1836
Franz von Lenbach, German painter and academic (d. 1904)
1830
Mathilde Fibiger, Danish feminist, novelist and telegraphist (d. 1892)
1818
Mary Todd Lincoln, 16th First Lady of the United States (d. 1882)
1816
Werner von Siemens, German engineer and businessman, founded Siemens (d. 1892)
1814
Ana Néri, Brazilian nurse and philanthropist (d. 1880)
1804
Joseph Howe, Canadian journalist and politician, 5th Premier of Nova Scotia (d. 1873)
1797
Heinrich Heine, German journalist, poet, and critic (d. 1856)
1784
Archduke Louis of Austria (d. 1864)
1780
Johann Wolfgang Döbereiner, German chemist, invented the Döbereiner's lamp (d. 1849)
1769
James Scarlett Abinger, English judge (d. 1844)
1724
Franz Aepinus, German astronomer and philosopher (d. 1802)
1720
Carlo Gozzi, Italian playwright (d. 1804)
1678
Yongzheng Emperor of China (d. 1735)
1662
Francesco Bianchini, Italian astronomer and philosopher (d. 1729)
1640
Robert Plot, English chemist and academic (d. 1696)
1585
William Drummond of Hawthornden, Scottish poet (d. 1649)
1560
Maximilien de Béthune, Duke of Sully, 2nd Prime Minister of France (d. 1641)
1553
Henry IV of France (d. 1610)
1533
Eric XIV of Sweden (d. 1577)
1521
Pope Sixtus V (d. 1590)
1499
Justus Menius, German Lutheran pastor (d. 1558)
1491
Martín de Azpilcueta, Spanish theologian and economist (d. 1586)
1484
Paul Speratus, German Lutheran (d. 1551)
1476
Lucy Brocadelli, Dominican tertiary and stigmatic (d. 1544)
1363
Jean Gerson, chancellor of the University of Paris (d. 1429)
1272
King Frederick III of Sicily (d. 1337)

Deaths On This Day

2018
Noah Klieger, Holocaust survivor who became an award-winning Israeli journalist (b. 1926)
2006
Lamar Hunt, American businessman, co-founded the American Football League and World Championship Tennis (b. 1932)
2004
David Wheeler, English computer scientist and academic (b. 1927)
2002
Zal Yanovsky, Canadian singer-songwriter and guitarist who founded The Lovin' Spoonful (b. 1944)
1998
Lew Grade, Ukrainian-born British impresario and media proprietor (b. 1906)
1998
Richard Thomas, Royal Naval Officer (b. 1922)
1998
Wade Watts, civil rights activist (b. 1919)
1997
Don E. Fehrenbacher, American historian, author, and academic (b. 1920)
1996
Edward Blishen, English author and educator (b. 1920)
1995
Ann Nolan Clark, American author and educator (b. 1896)
1993
Vanessa Duriès, French author (b. 1972)
1992
K. C. Irving, Canadian businessman (b. 1899)
1992
Cornelius Vanderbilt Whitney, American businessman and philanthropist (b. 1899)
1986
Heather Angel, British-American actress (b. 1909)
1986
Ella Baker, American activist (b. 1903)
1986
Smita Patil, Indian actress and journalist (b. 1955)
1983
Alexander Schmemann, Estonian-American priest and theologian (b. 1921)
1983
Nichita Stănescu, Romanian poet and critic (b. 1933)
1979
Jon Hall, American actor and director (b. 1915)
1979
Behçet Necatigil, Turkish author, poet and translator (b. 1916)
1977
Oguz Atay, Turkish engineer and author (b. 1934)
1975
Cyril Delevanti, English-American actor (b. 1889)
1974
Yakup Kadri Karaosmanoglu, Egyptian-Turkish journalist, author, and politician (b. 1889)
1973
Henry Green, English author (b. 1905)
1969
Raymond A. Spruance, American admiral and diplomat, United States Ambassador to the Philippines (b. 1886)
1962
Harry Barris, American singer-songwriter and pianist (b. 1905)
1961
Grandma Moses, American painter (b. 1860)
1960
Dora Marsden, English author and activist (b. 1882)
1955
Egas Moniz, Portuguese psychiatrist and neurosurgeon, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1874)
1954
John Raymond Hubbell, American director and composer (b. 1879)
1950
Abraham Wald, Hungarian mathematician and academic (b. 1902)
1947
Henry James, American lawyer and author (b. 1879)
1947
Nicholas Roerich, Russian archaeologist, painter, and philosopher (b. 1874)
1945
Irma Grese, German concentration camp guard (b. 1923)
1945
Josef Kramer, German concentration camp commandant (b. 1906)
1945
Elisabeth Volkenrath, Polish-German concentration camp supervisor (b. 1919)
1944
Wassily Kandinsky, Russian-French painter and theorist (b. 1866)
1942
Wlodimir Ledóchowski, Austrian-Polish religious leader, 26th Superior-General of the Society of Jesus (b. 1866)
1942
Robert Robinson Taylor, American architect (b. 1868)
1935
Victor Grignard, French chemist and academic, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1871)
1932
Georgios Jakobides, Greek painter and sculptor (b. 1853)
1931
Gustave Le Bon, French psychologist, sociologist, and anthropologist (b. 1840)
1930
Fritz Pregl, Slovenian-Austrian chemist and physician, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1869)
1927
Mehmet Nadir, Turkish mathematician and academic (b. 1856)
1924
Samuel Gompers, English-born American labor leader, founded the American Federation of Labor (b. 1850)
1922
Arthur Wesley Dow, American painter and photographer (b. 1857)
1922
Hannes Hafstein, Icelandic poet and politician, 1st Prime Minister of Iceland (b. 1861)
1919
Woldemar Voigt, German physicist and academic (b. 1850)
1908
Augustus Le Plongeon, French photographer and historian (b. 1825)
1895
Ányos Jedlik, Hungarian physicist and engineer (b. 1800)
1893
Georg August Rudolph, German lawyer and politician, 3rd Mayor of Marburg (b. 1816)
1883
Victor de Laprade, French poet and critic (b. 1812)
1881
August Šenoa, Croatian author and poet (b. 1838)
1868
Carl Friedrich Philipp von Martius, German botanist and explorer (b. 1794)
1863
Christian Friedrich Hebbel, German poet and playwright (b. 1813)
1862
Thomas Reade Rootes Cobb, American general, lawyer, and politician (b. 1823)
1849
Johann Centurius Hoffmannsegg, German botanist and entomologist (b. 1766)
1814
Charles-Joseph, 7th Prince of Ligne, Belgian-Austrian field marshal (b. 1735)
1784
Samuel Johnson, English poet and lexicographer (b. 1709)
1783
Pehr Wilhelm Wargentin, Swedish astronomer and demographer (b. 1717)
1769
Christian Fürchtegott Gellert, German poet and hymn-writer (b. 1715)
1758
Noël Doiron, Canadian Acadia leader (b. 1684)
1754
Mahmud I, Ottoman sultan (b. 1696)
1729
Anthony Collins, English philosopher and author (b. 1676)
1721
Alexander Selkirk, Scottish sailor (b. 1676)
1716
Charles de La Fosse, French painter (b. 1640)
1671
Antonio Grassi, Italian Roman Catholic priest(b. 1592)
1621
Katarina Stenbock, queen of Gustav I of Sweden (b. 1535)
1565
Conrad Gessner, Swiss botanist and physician (b. 1516)
1557
Niccolò Fontana Tartaglia, Italian mathematician and engineer (b. 1499)
1521
Manuel I of Portugal (b. 1469)
1516
Johannes Trithemius, German cryptographer and historian (b. 1462)
1466
Donatello, Italian painter and sculptor (b. 1386)
1404
Albert I, Duke of Bavaria (b. 1336)
1272
Bertold of Regensburg, German preacher
1250
Frederick II, Holy Roman Emperor (b. 1194)
1204
Maimonides, Spanish rabbi and philosopher (b. 1135)
1126
Henry IX, Duke of Bavaria (b. 1075)
1124
Pope Callixtus II (b. 1065)
859
Angilbert II, archbishop of Milan
838
Pepin I of Aquitaine (b. 797)
769
Du Hongjian, Chinese politician (b. 709)
558
Childebert I, Frankish king (b. 496)