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
- 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.
- $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.
- 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.
- 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.
- $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.
- 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.
- 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).
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- $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 â€” if he ever even realizes he won.
- $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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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
Dec 13, 2013
- 2.$340 Million
Dec 13, 2019
- 3.$291 Million
Dec 15, 2020
- 4.$287 Million
Dec 16, 2020
- 5.$262 Million
Dec 14, 2018
- 6.$246 Million
Dec 15, 2018
- 7.$229 Million
Dec 13, 2017
- 8.$208 Million
Dec 15, 2017
- 9.$180 Million
Dec 16, 2015
- 10.$150 Million
Dec 14, 2019
- 11.€126 Million
Dec 15, 2017
- 12.$137 Million
Dec 14, 2007
- 13.$129 Million
Dec 14, 2002
- 14.$118 Million
Dec 15, 2009
- 15.$116 Million
Dec 13, 2011
- 16.$113 Million
Dec 16, 2014
- 17.$112 Million
Dec 14, 2005
- 18.$104 Million
Dec 14, 2010
- 19.$100 Million
Dec 14, 2016
- 19.$100 Million
Dec 14, 2002
- 21.€76 Million
Dec 14, 2012
- 22.€85 Million
Dec 14, 2018
- 23.€77.02 Million
Dec 15, 2020
- 24.$88 Million
Dec 13, 2003
- 25.€75.84 Million
Dec 13, 2018
Lottery Post Member Birthdays On This Day
Friday, Dec 13, 1985
35 years old
Thursday, Dec 13, 1984
36 years old
Monday, Dec 13, 1982
38 years old
Saturday, Dec 13, 1975
45 years old
Thursday, Dec 13, 1973
47 years old
Wednesday, Dec 13, 1967
53 years old
Tuesday, Dec 13, 1966
54 years old
Monday, Dec 13, 1965
55 years old
Monday, Dec 13, 1965
55 years old
Monday, Dec 13, 1965
55 years old
Saturday, Dec 13, 1958
62 years old
Thursday, Dec 13, 1956
64 years old
Sunday, Dec 13, 1953
67 years old
Saturday, Dec 13, 1952
68 years old
(year not provided)
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Worldwide Events On This Day
- 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.
- Iraq War: Operation Red Dawn: Former Iraqi President Saddam Hussein is captured near his home town of Tikrit.
- 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.
- Sansad Bhavan, the building housing the Indian Parliament, is attacked by terrorists. Twelve people are killed, including the terrorists.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- General Wojciech Jaruzelski declares martial law in Poland, largely due to the actions by Solidarity.
- 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.
- Malta becomes a republic within the Commonwealth of Nations.
- 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.
- 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.
- Brazilian President Artur da Costa e Silva issues AI-5 (Institutional Act No. 5), enabling government by decree and suspending habeas corpus.
- Constantine II of Greece attempts an unsuccessful counter-coup against the Regime of the Colonels.
- NASA launches Relay 1, the first active repeater communications satellite in orbit.
- 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.
- Archbishop Makarios III becomes the first President of Cyprus.
- The Knesset votes to move the capital of Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.
- World War II: The Massacre of Kalavryta by German occupying forces in Greece.
- 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.
- The Holocaust: The Neuengamme concentration camp opens in the Bergedorf district of Hamburg, Germany.
- 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.
- A Fenian bomb explodes in Clerkenwell, London, killing six.
- American Civil War: At the Battle of Fredericksburg, Confederate General Robert E. Lee defeats Union Major General Ambrose Burnside.
- Cyril VI of Constantinople resigns from his position as Ecumenical Patriarch.
- 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.
- The English transport ship Duke William sinks in the North Atlantic, killing over 360 people.
- English Civil War: The Battle of Alton takes place in Hampshire.
- Abel Tasman is the first recorded European to sight New Zealand.
- 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.
- Sir Francis Drake sets sail from Plymouth, England, on his round-the-world voyage.
- The Council of Trent begins as the embodiment of the Counter-Reformation.
- Saint Celestine V resigns the papacy after only five months to return to his previous life as an ascetic hermit.
Births On This Day
- Hellen Obiri, Kenyan runner; twice world champion in the 5000 metres event
- Taylor Swift, American singer-songwriter, record producer and actress
- Rickie Fowler, American Ryder Cup golfer on the PGA Tour; three-time runner-up in major tournaments
- Santi Cazorla, Spanish international footballer with 81 caps
- Hanna-Maria Seppälä, Finnish freestyle swimmer; 2003 world champion in the 100 m freestyle
- Amy Lee, American singer, songwriter and pianist; co-founder and lead vocalist of Evanescence
- Jamie Foxx, American actor, singer, songwriter, producer, and comedian
- Richard Dent, American pro football player (NFL); MVP of Super Bowl XX; elected to Hall of Fame in 2011
- Jeff Baxter, American guitarist, songwriter, and producer
- Lillian Board, British athlete; European champion at 400m and 800m (d. 1970)
- Howard Brenton, English playwright and screenwriter
- Sanjaya Lall, Indian economist and academic (d. 2005)
- Gus Johnson, American basketball player; elected to Hall of Fame in 2010 (d. 1987)
- Prince Karim al-Husayn Shāh, Aga Khan IV, Swiss humanitarian and religious leader
- Türkan Saylan, Turkish physician and academic (d. 2009)
- Richard D. Zanuck, American film producer (d. 2012)
- Antoinette Rodez Schiesler, American chemist (d. 1996)
- Christopher Plummer, Canadian actor and producer (d. 2021)
- James Wright, American poet and academic (d. 1980)
- Dick Van Dyke, American actor, singer, and dancer
- Philip Warren Anderson, American physicist and academic, Nobel Prize laureate (d. 2020)
- Turgut Demirağ, Turkish film producer, director and screenwriter (d. 1987)
- George P. Shultz, American economist and politician, 60th United States Secretary of State (d. 2021)
- Hans-Joachim Marseille, German captain and pilot (d. 1942)
- Leonard Weisgard, American author and illustrator (d. 2000)
- B. J. Vorster, South African lawyer and politician, 4th State President of South Africa (d. 1983)
- Alan Bullock, English historian and author (d. 2004)
- Larry Noble, English comedian and actor (d. 1993)
- Archie Moore, American boxer and actor; world light-heavyweight champion (d. 1998)
- Arnold Brown, English-Canadian missionary, 11th General of The Salvation Army (d. 2002)
- Luiz Gonzaga, Brazilian singer-songwriter and accordion player (d. 1989)
- Trygve Haavelmo, Norwegian economist and mathematician, Nobel Prize laureate (d. 1999)
- Kenneth Patchen, American poet and painter (d. 1972)
- Plinio Corrêa de Oliveira, Brazilian historian and activist (d. 1995)
- Van Heflin, American film actor (d. 1971)
- Elizabeth Alexander, British geologist, academic, and physicist (d. 1958)
- Princess Marina of Greece and Denmark (d. 1968)
- Laurens van der Post, South African-English soldier and author (d. 1996)
- Ann Barzel, American writer and dance critic (d. 2007)
- Ella Baker, American activist (d. 1986)
- Carlos Montoya, Spanish guitarist and composer (d. 1993)
- Panagiotis Kanellopoulos, Greek philosopher and politician, 138th Prime Minister of Greece (d. 1986)
- Talcott Parsons, American sociologist and academic (d. 1979)
- Olev Roomet, Estonian singer, violinist, and bagpipe player (d. 1987)
- Jonel Perlea, Romanian-American conductor and educator (d. 1970)
- Albert Aalbers, Dutch architect, designed the Savoy Homann Bidakara Hotel (d. 1961)
- Drew Pearson, American journalist and author (d. 1969)
- George Pólya, Hungarian-American mathematician and academic (d. 1985)
- Alvin C. York, American colonel, Medal of Honor recipient (d. 1964)
- Annie Dale Biddle Andrews, American mathematician (d. 1940)
- Aimilios Veakis, Greek actor, director, and playwright (d. 1951)
- Belle da Costa Greene, American librarian and bibliographer (d. 1950)
- Jane Edna Hunter, African-American social worker (d. 1971)
- Josef Lhévinne, Russian pianist and educator (d. 1944)
- Emily Carr, Canadian painter and author (d. 1945)
- Edward LeSaint, American actor and director (d. 1940)
- Kristian Birkeland, Norwegian physicist and author (d. 1917)
- Emil Seidel, American woodcarver and politician, 36th Mayor of Milwaukee (d. 1947)
- Lucien Guitry, French actor (d. 1925)
- Svetozar Boroević, Croatian-Austrian field marshal (d. 1920)
- Herman Bavinck, Dutch philosopher, theologian, and academic (d. 1921)
- Franz von Lenbach, German painter and academic (d. 1904)
- Mathilde Fibiger, Danish feminist, novelist and telegraphist (d. 1892)
- Mary Todd Lincoln, 16th First Lady of the United States (d. 1882)
- Werner von Siemens, German engineer and businessman, founded Siemens (d. 1892)
- Ana Néri, Brazilian nurse and philanthropist (d. 1880)
- Joseph Howe, Canadian journalist and politician, 5th Premier of Nova Scotia (d. 1873)
- Heinrich Heine, German journalist, poet, and critic (d. 1856)
- Archduke Louis of Austria (d. 1864)
- Johann Wolfgang Döbereiner, German chemist, invented the Döbereiner's lamp (d. 1849)
- James Scarlett Abinger, English judge (d. 1844)
- Franz Aepinus, German astronomer and philosopher (d. 1802)
- Carlo Gozzi, Italian playwright (d. 1804)
- Yongzheng Emperor of China (d. 1735)
- Francesco Bianchini, Italian astronomer and philosopher (d. 1729)
- Robert Plot, English chemist and academic (d. 1696)
- William Drummond of Hawthornden, Scottish poet (d. 1649)
- Maximilien de Béthune, Duke of Sully, 2nd Prime Minister of France (d. 1641)
- Henry IV of France (d. 1610)
- Eric XIV of Sweden (d. 1577)
- Pope Sixtus V (d. 1590)
- Justus Menius, German Lutheran pastor (d. 1558)
- Martín de Azpilcueta, Spanish theologian and economist (d. 1586)
- Paul Speratus, German Lutheran (d. 1551)
- Lucy Brocadelli, Dominican tertiary and stigmatic (d. 1544)
- Jean Gerson, chancellor of the University of Paris (d. 1429)
- King Frederick III of Sicily (d. 1337)
Deaths On This Day
- Noah Klieger, Holocaust survivor who became an award-winning Israeli journalist (b. 1926)
- Lamar Hunt, American businessman, co-founded the American Football League and World Championship Tennis (b. 1932)
- David Wheeler, English computer scientist and academic (b. 1927)
- Zal Yanovsky, Canadian singer-songwriter and guitarist who founded The Lovin' Spoonful (b. 1944)
- Lew Grade, Ukrainian-born British impresario and media proprietor (b. 1906)
- Richard Thomas, Royal Naval Officer (b. 1922)
- Wade Watts, civil rights activist (b. 1919)
- Don E. Fehrenbacher, American historian, author, and academic (b. 1920)
- Edward Blishen, English author and educator (b. 1920)
- Ann Nolan Clark, American author and educator (b. 1896)
- Vanessa Duriès, French author (b. 1972)
- K. C. Irving, Canadian businessman (b. 1899)
- Cornelius Vanderbilt Whitney, American businessman and philanthropist (b. 1899)
- Heather Angel, British-American actress (b. 1909)
- Ella Baker, American activist (b. 1903)
- Smita Patil, Indian actress and journalist (b. 1955)
- Alexander Schmemann, Estonian-American priest and theologian (b. 1921)
- Nichita Stănescu, Romanian poet and critic (b. 1933)
- Jon Hall, American actor and director (b. 1915)
- Behçet Necatigil, Turkish author, poet and translator (b. 1916)
- Oguz Atay, Turkish engineer and author (b. 1934)
- Cyril Delevanti, English-American actor (b. 1889)
- Yakup Kadri Karaosmanoglu, Egyptian-Turkish journalist, author, and politician (b. 1889)
- Henry Green, English author (b. 1905)
- Raymond A. Spruance, American admiral and diplomat, United States Ambassador to the Philippines (b. 1886)
- Harry Barris, American singer-songwriter and pianist (b. 1905)
- Grandma Moses, American painter (b. 1860)
- Dora Marsden, English author and activist (b. 1882)
- Egas Moniz, Portuguese psychiatrist and neurosurgeon, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1874)
- John Raymond Hubbell, American director and composer (b. 1879)
- Abraham Wald, Hungarian mathematician and academic (b. 1902)
- Henry James, American lawyer and author (b. 1879)
- Nicholas Roerich, Russian archaeologist, painter, and philosopher (b. 1874)
- Irma Grese, German concentration camp guard (b. 1923)
- Josef Kramer, German concentration camp commandant (b. 1906)
- Elisabeth Volkenrath, Polish-German concentration camp supervisor (b. 1919)
- Wassily Kandinsky, Russian-French painter and theorist (b. 1866)
- Wlodimir Ledóchowski, Austrian-Polish religious leader, 26th Superior-General of the Society of Jesus (b. 1866)
- Robert Robinson Taylor, American architect (b. 1868)
- Victor Grignard, French chemist and academic, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1871)
- Georgios Jakobides, Greek painter and sculptor (b. 1853)
- Gustave Le Bon, French psychologist, sociologist, and anthropologist (b. 1840)
- Fritz Pregl, Slovenian-Austrian chemist and physician, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1869)
- Mehmet Nadir, Turkish mathematician and academic (b. 1856)
- Samuel Gompers, English-born American labor leader, founded the American Federation of Labor (b. 1850)
- Arthur Wesley Dow, American painter and photographer (b. 1857)
- Hannes Hafstein, Icelandic poet and politician, 1st Prime Minister of Iceland (b. 1861)
- Woldemar Voigt, German physicist and academic (b. 1850)
- Augustus Le Plongeon, French photographer and historian (b. 1825)
- Ányos Jedlik, Hungarian physicist and engineer (b. 1800)
- Georg August Rudolph, German lawyer and politician, 3rd Mayor of Marburg (b. 1816)
- Victor de Laprade, French poet and critic (b. 1812)
- August Šenoa, Croatian author and poet (b. 1838)
- Carl Friedrich Philipp von Martius, German botanist and explorer (b. 1794)
- Christian Friedrich Hebbel, German poet and playwright (b. 1813)
- Thomas Reade Rootes Cobb, American general, lawyer, and politician (b. 1823)
- Johann Centurius Hoffmannsegg, German botanist and entomologist (b. 1766)
- Charles-Joseph, 7th Prince of Ligne, Belgian-Austrian field marshal (b. 1735)
- Samuel Johnson, English poet and lexicographer (b. 1709)
- Pehr Wilhelm Wargentin, Swedish astronomer and demographer (b. 1717)
- Christian Fürchtegott Gellert, German poet and hymn-writer (b. 1715)
- Noël Doiron, Canadian Acadia leader (b. 1684)
- Mahmud I, Ottoman sultan (b. 1696)
- Anthony Collins, English philosopher and author (b. 1676)
- Alexander Selkirk, Scottish sailor (b. 1676)
- Charles de La Fosse, French painter (b. 1640)
- Antonio Grassi, Italian Roman Catholic priest(b. 1592)
- Katarina Stenbock, queen of Gustav I of Sweden (b. 1535)
- Conrad Gessner, Swiss botanist and physician (b. 1516)
- Niccolò Fontana Tartaglia, Italian mathematician and engineer (b. 1499)
- Manuel I of Portugal (b. 1469)
- Johannes Trithemius, German cryptographer and historian (b. 1462)
- Donatello, Italian painter and sculptor (b. 1386)
- Albert I, Duke of Bavaria (b. 1336)
- Bertold of Regensburg, German preacher
- Frederick II, Holy Roman Emperor (b. 1194)
- Maimonides, Spanish rabbi and philosopher (b. 1135)
- Henry IX, Duke of Bavaria (b. 1075)
- Pope Callixtus II (b. 1065)
- Angilbert II, archbishop of Milan
- Pepin I of Aquitaine (b. 797)
- Du Hongjian, Chinese politician (b. 709)
- Childebert I, Frankish king (b. 496)