On This Day in History: December 15
December 15 is the 349th day of the year (350th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. 16 days remain until the end of the year.
Lottery News On This Day
- Michigan Lottery retailer sells two jackpot-winning tickets on same day. A lucky Meijer store in Holland, Michigan, sold two jackpot-winning lottery tickets on Saturday worth a combined $2.4 million, according to the Michigan Lottery.
- Keno in New Hampshire starts today. The popular "quick-draw" style Keno lottery game can be officially played in New Hampshire, as of Friday, Dec. 15, 2017.
- How lottery winners spend their money. Lottery winners: What separates the ones who live happily ever after from the ones who, five years later, wind up drunk, broke, in jail or hounded by the IRS?
- Arkansas Lottery begins Cash 3 game. Arkansas Lottery retailers can now sell tickets for Cash 3, a game that allows players to pick three numbers in hopes of matching them to numbers selected by a random number generator at the lottery's headquarters in Little Rock.
- Oklahoma Lottery Commission could be appointed by end of month. The first step toward having a state lottery, the appointment of a seven member Oklahoma Lottery Commission, could be in place by the end of the month, according to Gov. Brad Henry.
- S.C. Lottery scratch games sold after top prize won. The South Carolina Education Lottery offers some scratch lottery games for sale, even after the top prize has been won.
- Mega Millions jackpot increases to $25 million. The jackpot in the multi-state Mega Millions lottery grew to $25 million dollars after none of the tickets sold for last night's $17 million dollar drawing matched all five lotto numbers and the Mega Ball.
- Tennessee lottery surplus has state officials scrambling. Tennesseans are playing the lottery, but not as many students as expected are taking advantage of college scholarships - and state officials have not decided what to do with the surplus.
- $100 Million Powerball Jackpot. Because no one correctly matched all six numbers in Saturday's Powerball drawing, the jackpot grew to an estimated $100 million, with a cash option of $53.6 million - currently the largest lottery jackpot in the world.
- Mega Millions jackpot increases to $71 million. The jackpot in the multistate Mega Millions lottery drawing has reached $71 million, the highest Mega Millions jackpot in almost 3 months.
- Pensacola Quick Pick hits jackpot. A new millionaire bought Saturday's winning Florida Lotto ticket at a Pensacola gas station.
- Lottery clock at 58 days. With thousands of dollars in incentive bonuses for Tennessee lottery employees tied to starting the lottery by Feb 10, work is moving swiftly across the state.
- Three tickets share $40 million Florida Lotto jackpot. Three tickets matched all six Florida Lotto numbers to share a jackpot of $40 million, lottery officials said Sunday.
- Lotto winner again sold in Royal Palm. For the second time in four months, a winning ticket in a Florida Lotto drawing was purchased in Royal Palm Beach.
- Lottery winner files $6.3 million complaint against stockbroker. A multimillion dollar lottery winner filed a $6.3 million complaint against her stockbroker in Rochester, claiming he lost most of her savings.
Top 25 Lottery Jackpots On This Day
- 1.$636 Million
Dec 17, 2013
- 2.$372 Million
Dec 17, 2019
- 3.$291 Million
Dec 15, 2020
- 4.$287 Million
Dec 16, 2020
- 5.$284 Million
Dec 18, 2018
- 6.$250 Million
Dec 16, 2017
- 7.$246 Million
Dec 15, 2018
- 8.$208 Million
Dec 15, 2017
- 9.$180 Million
Dec 16, 2015
- 10.$163.3 Million
Dec 18, 2002
- 11.$163 Million
Dec 18, 2007
- 12.$160 Million
Dec 18, 2019
- 13.€126 Million
Dec 15, 2017
- 14.$135 Million
Dec 16, 2011
- 15.$123 Million
Dec 17, 2010
- 16.$121.6 Million
Dec 17, 2016
- 17.$118 Million
Dec 15, 2009
- 18.$113 Million
Dec 16, 2014
- 19.€85 Million
Dec 18, 2012
- 20.€91 Million
Dec 18, 2018
- 21.$100 Million
Dec 17, 2003
- 22.€77.02 Million
Dec 15, 2020
- 23.$91 Million
Dec 17, 2011
- 24.€76.98 Million
Dec 15, 2018
- 25.€72.82 Million
Dec 16, 2017
Lottery Post Member Birthdays On This Day
Wednesday, Dec 15, 1976
44 years old
Friday, Dec 15, 1972
48 years old
Tuesday, Dec 15, 1970
50 years old
Wednesday, Dec 15, 1965
55 years old
Sunday, Dec 15, 1957
63 years old
Saturday, Dec 15, 1956
64 years old
Saturday, Dec 15, 1951
69 years old
Monday, Dec 15, 1930
90 years old
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Worldwide Events On This Day
- A 6.5Mw earthquake strikes the Indonesian island of Java in the city of Tasikmalaya, resulting in four deaths.
- Gunman Man Haron Monis takes 18 hostages inside a café in Martin Place for 16 hours in Sydney. Monis and two hostages are killed when police raid the café the following morning.
- The South Sudanese Civil War begins when opposition leaders Dr. Riek Machar, Pagan Amum and Rebecca Nyandeng vote to boycott the meeting of the National Liberation Council at Nyakuron.
- A boat carrying 90 asylum seekers crashes into rocks off the coast of Christmas Island, Australia, killing 48 people.
- Introduction of the Lockheed Martin F-22 Raptor into USAF active service.
- The Leaning Tower of Pisa reopens after 11 years and $27,000,000 spent to stabilize it, without fixing its famous lean.
- The third reactor at the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant is shut down.
- Tajikistan Airlines Flight 3183 crashes in the desert near Sharjah, United Arab Emirates, killing 85.
- The Troubles: The Downing Street Declaration is issued by British Prime Minister John Major and Irish Taoiseach Albert Reynolds.
- Second Optional Protocol to the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights relating the abolition of capital punishment is adopted.
- A suicide car bombing targeting the Iraqi embassy in Beirut, Lebanon, levels the embassy and kills 61 people, including Iraq's ambassador to Lebanon. The attack is considered the first modern suicide bombing.
- U.S. President Jimmy Carter announces that the United States will recognize the People's Republic of China and sever diplomatic relations with the Republic of China (Taiwan).
- John Paul Getty III, grandson of American billionaire J. Paul Getty, is found alive near Naples, Italy, after being kidnapped by an Italian gang on July 10.
- The American Psychiatric Association votes 13-0 to remove homosexuality from its official list of psychiatric disorders, the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders.
- Soviet spacecraft Venera 7 successfully lands on Venus. It is the first successful soft landing on another planet.
- Project Gemini: Gemini 6A, crewed by Wally Schirra and Thomas Stafford, is launched from Cape Kennedy, Florida. Four orbits later, it achieves the first space rendezvous, with Gemini 7.
- Adolf Eichmann is sentenced to death after being found guilty by an Israeli court of 15 criminal charges, including charges of crimes against humanity, crimes against the Jewish people, and membership of an outlawed organization.
- Richard Pavlick is arrested for plotting to assassinate U.S. President-Elect John F. Kennedy.
- King Mahendra of Nepal suspends the country's constitution, dissolves parliament, dismisses the cabinet, and imposes direct rule.
- Occupation of Japan/Shinto Directive: General Douglas MacArthur orders that Shinto be abolished as the state religion of Japan.
- World War II: a single-engine UC-64A Norseman aeroplane carrying United States Army Air Forces Major Glenn Miller is lost in a flight over the English Channel.
- World War II: The Battle of Arawe begins during the New Britain campaign.
- World War II: The Battle of Mount Austen, the Galloping Horse, and the Sea Horse begins during the Guadalcanal Campaign.
- The Holocaust in Ukraine: German troops murder over 15,000 Jews at Drobytsky Yar, a ravine southeast of the city of Kharkiv.
- Gone with the Wind (highest inflation adjusted grossing film) receives its premiere at Loew's Grand Theatre in Atlanta, Georgia, United States.
- World War I: An armistice between Russia and the Central Powers is signed.
- World War I: The Serbian Army recaptures Belgrade from the invading Austro-Hungarian Army.
- A gas explosion at Mitsubishi Hōjō coal mine, in Kyushu, Japan, kills 687.
- The London Underground's Great Northern, Piccadilly and Brompton Railway opens.
- The Pushkin House is established in Saint Petersburg, Russia, to preserve the cultural heritage of Alexander Pushkin.
- Italian American food cart vendor Italo Marchiony receives a U.S. patent for inventing a machine that makes ice cream cones.
- British Army forces are defeated at the Battle of Colenso in Natal, South Africa, the third and final battle fought during the Black Week of the Second Boer War.
- Symphony No. 9 ("From the New World" a.k.a. the "New World Symphony") by Antonín Dvořák premieres in a public afternoon rehearsal at Carnegie Hall in New York City, followed by a concert premiere on the evening of December 16.
- Hunkpapa Lakota leader Sitting Bull is killed on Standing Rock Indian Reservation, leading to the Wounded Knee Massacre.
- The short-lived Republic of Ezo is proclaimed in the Ezo area of Japan. It is the first attempt to establish a democracy in Japan.
- American Civil War: The Battle of Nashville begins at Nashville, Tennessee, and ends the following day with the destruction of the Confederate Army of Tennessee as a fighting force by the Union Army of the Cumberland.
- The U.S. Patent Office building in Washington, D.C., nearly burns to the ground, destroying all 9,957 patents issued by the federal government to that date, as well as 7,000 related patent models.
- The United States Bill of Rights becomes law when ratified by the Virginia General Assembly.
- American Revolutionary War: British and French fleets clash in the Battle of St. Lucia.
- Castle Cornet in Guernsey, the last stronghold which had supported the King in the Third English Civil War, surrenders.
- Stephen III of Moldavia defeats Matthias Corvinus of Hungary, with the latter being injured thrice, at the Battle of Baia.
- The Nizari Ismaili garrison of Gerdkuh, Persia surrender after 17 years to the Mongols.
- Mongol forces under Hulagu enter and dismantle the Nizari Ismaili (Assassin) stronghold at Alamut Castle (in present-day Iran) as part of their offensive on Islamic southwest Asia.
- Sicilian Chancellor Stephen du Perche moves the royal court to Messina to prevent a rebellion.
- Jin-Song wars: Military officers conspire against the emperor Wanyan Liang of the Jin dynasty after a military defeat at the Battle of Caishi, and assassinate the emperor at his camp.
- Constantine VIII becomes sole emperor of the Byzantine Empire, 63 years after being crowned co-emperor.
- Pope Sergius I is elected as a compromise between antipopes Paschal and Theodore.
- Vandalic War: Byzantine general Belisarius defeats the Vandals, commanded by King Gelimer, at the Battle of Tricamarum.
Births On This Day
- Amber Joseph, Barbadian cyclist
- Chandler Canterbury, American actor
- Maude Apatow, American actress
- Zach Banks, American race car driver
- Magdalena Fręch, Polish tennis player
- Stefania LaVie Owen, New Zealand-American actress
- Jenifer Brening, German singer
- Oleksandr Zinchenko, Ukrainian footballer
- Daiamami Genki, Japanese sumo wrestler
- Jesse Lingard, English footballer
- Alex Telles, Brazilian footballer
- Conor Daly, American race car driver
- Nichole Bloom, American actress and model
- Emily Head, English actress
- Steven Nzonzi, French footballer
- Josh Norman, American football player
- Kim Junsu, South Korean singer-songwriter and dancer
- Iveta Mazáčová, Czech sprinter
- Keylor Navas, Costa Rican footballer
- Snejana Onopka, Ukrainian model
- Diogo Fernandes, Brazilian footballer
- Martyn Bernard, English high jumper
- Delon Armitage, Trinidadian-English rugby player
- René Duprée, Canadian professional wrestler
- Camilla Luddington, English actress
- Ronnie Radke, American singer-songwriter, guitarist, and producer
- Charlie Cox, English actor
- Borja García, Spanish race car driver
- Tatiana Perebiynis, Ukrainian tennis player
- Michelle Dockery, English actress
- Brendan Fletcher, Canadian actor and screenwriter
- Andy González, Puerto Rican-American baseball player
- Thomas Herrion, American football player (d. 2005)
- Roman Pavlyuchenko, Russian footballer
- Élodie Gossuin, French beauty pageant titleholder and model
- Sergio Pizzorno, English singer-songwriter and guitarist
- Manuel Wilhelm, German rugby player
- Adam Brody, American actor
- Eric Young, Canadian-American wrestler
- Ned Brower, American drummer
- Mark Jansen, Dutch guitarist and songwriter
- Jerome McDougle, American football player
- Mehmet Aurélio, Brazilian-Turkish footballer and manager
- Geoff Stults, American actor and producer
- Baichung Bhutia, Indian footballer and manager
- Kim Eagles, Canadian sport shooter
- Aaron Miles, American baseball player and coach
- Todd Tichenor, American baseball player and umpire
- Samira Saraya, Palestinian actor, filmmaker, poet and rapper
- Garath Archer, English rugby player
- P. J. Byrne, American actor
- Surya Bonaly, French figure skater
- Ryoo Seung-wan, South Korean actor, director, and screenwriter
- Rodney Harrison, American football player and sportscaster
- Stuart Townsend, Irish actor
- Alexandra Tydings, American actress, director, writer and producer
- Clint Lowery, American singer-songwriter, guitarist, and producer
- Frankie Dettori, Italian jockey
- Lawrence Funderburke, American basketball player
- Michael Shanks, Canadian actor, screenwriter and director
- Ralph Ineson, English actor
- Chantal Petitclerc, Canadian wheelchair racer and senator
- Adam Setliff, American discus thrower and lawyer
- Garrett Wang, American actor
- David Howells, English footballer and coach
- Mo Vaughn, American baseball player
- Carl Hooper, Guyanese cricketer and coach
- Molly Price, American actress
- Paul Kaye, British actor
- Ellie Cornell, American actress and producer
- Norman J. Grossfeld, American screenwriter and producer
- Helen Slater, American actress
- David Wingate, American basketball player
- Tim Gaines, American bass player
- Simon Hodgkinson, English rugby player and coach
- Karin Resetarits, Austrian journalist and politician
- Walter Werzowa, Austrian composer and producer
- Greg Matthews, Australian cricketer
- Alan Whetton, New Zealand rugby player
- Gary Whetton, New Zealand rugby player
- Carlo J. Caparas, Filipino director and producer
- Richard Kastle, American classical pianist
- Mario Marois, Canadian ice hockey player and sportscaster
- Mike McAlary, American journalist and author (d. 1998)
- Laura Molina, American singer, guitarist, actress, and painter
- Tim Reynolds, German-American singer-songwriter and guitarist
- John Lee Hancock, American screenwriter, film director, and producer
- Tony Leon, South African lawyer and politician
- Hector Sants, English banker
- Paul Simonon, English singer-songwriter and bass player
- Alex Cox, English film director, screenwriter, nonfiction author, broadcaster and sometime actor
- Oliver Heald, English lawyer and politician, Solicitor General for England and Wales
- Mark Warner, American businessman and politician, 69th Governor of Virginia
- John R. Allen, American general and diplomat
- J. M. DeMatteis, American author
- Robert Charles Wilson, American-Canadian author
- Rudi Protrudi, American singer-songwriter and producer
- Allan Simonsen, Danish footballer and manager
- Julie Taymor, American director, producer, and screenwriter
- George Donikian, Australian journalist
- Joe Jordan, Scottish footballer and manager
- Tim Webster, Australian journalist and sportscaster
- Melanie Chartoff, American actress and comedian
- Sylvester James Gates, American theoretical physicist and professor
- Don Johnson, American actor
- Brian Roper, English economist and academic
- Cassandra Harris, Australian actress (d. 1991)
- Charlie Scott, American basketball player
- Carmine Appice, American drummer and songwriter
- Art Howe, American baseball player and manager
- Genny Lim, American writer
- Heather Booth, American civil rights activist, feminist, and political strategist
- Ivor Crewe, English political scientist and academic
- Jim Leyland, American baseball player and manager
- Chico Mendes, Brazilian trade union leader and activist (d. 1988)
- Lucien den Arend, Dutch sculptor
- Kathleen Blanco, American educator and politician, 54th Governor of Louisiana (d. 2019)
- Nick Buoniconti, American football player and sportscaster (d. 2019)
- Cindy Birdsong, American singer-songwriter
- Michael Bogdanov, Welsh director and screenwriter (d. 2017)
- Billy Shaw, American football player
- Joe D'Amato, Italian director and producer (d. 1999)
- Bapu, Indian director and screenwriter (d. 2014)
- Tim Conway, American comedian, actor, producer, and screenwriter (d. 2019)
- Donald Woods, South African journalist and activist (d. 2001)
- Jesse Belvin, American singer-songwriter and pianist (d. 1960)
- John Meurig Thomas, Welsh chemist and academic (d. 2020)
- Klaus Rifbjerg, Danish author and poet (d. 2015)
- Edna O'Brien, Irish novelist, playwright, poet and short story writer
- Ernest Ashworth, American singer-songwriter (d. 2009)
- Ida Haendel, Polish-English violinist and educator (d. 2020)
- Friedensreich Hundertwasser, Austrian-New Zealand painter and architect (d. 2000)
- Bitt Pitt, Australian race car driver (d. 2017)
- Kasey Rogers, American actress and author (d. 2006)
- Frank W. J. Olver, English-American mathematician and academic (d. 2013)
- Ruhi Sarıalp, Turkish triple jumper and educator (d. 2001)
- Pierre Cossette, American producer and manager (d. 2009)
- Freeman Dyson, English-American physicist and mathematician (d. 2020)
- Uziel Gal, German-Israeli engineer, designed the Uzi gun (d. 2002)
- Valentin Varennikov, Russian general and politician (d. 2009)
- Alan Freed, American radio host (d. 1965)
- Gamal al-Banna, Egyptian author and scholar (d. 2013)
- Kurt Schaffenberger, German-American sergeant and illustrator (d. 2002)
- Max Yasgur, American dairy farmer and host of the Woodstock Music & Art Fair (d. 1973)
- Jeff Chandler, American actor (d. 1961)
- Chihiro Iwasaki, Japanese painter and illustrator (d. 1974)
- Shan-ul-Haq Haqqee, Indian-Pakistani linguist and lexicographer (d. 2005)
- Miguel Arraes, Brazilian lawyer and politician, Governor of Pernambuco (d. 2005)
- Buddy Cole, American pianist and conductor (d. 1964)
- Maurice Wilkins, New Zealand-English physicist and biologist, Nobel Prize laureate (d. 2004)
- Eila Campbell, English geographer and cartographer (d. 1994)
- Roger Gaudry, Canadian chemist and businessman (d. 2001)
- Muriel Rukeyser, American poet, academic, and activist (d. 1980)
- Nicholas P. Dallis, American psychiatrist and illustrator (d. 1991)
- Stan Kenton, American pianist and composer (d. 1979)
- John Hammond, American record producer and critic (d. 1987)
- Sattar Bahlulzade, Azerbaijani-Russian painter (d. 1974)
- Eliza Atkins Gleason, American librarian (d. 2009)
- Swami Ranganathananda, Indian monk, scholar, and author (d. 2005)
- Gordon Douglas, American actor, director, and screenwriter (d. 1993)
- Oscar Niemeyer, Brazilian architect, designed the United Nations Headquarters and the Cathedral of Brasília (d. 2012)
- Tamanishiki San'emon, Japanese sumo wrestler, the 32nd Yokozuna (d. 1938)
- Robert F. Bradford, American lawyer and politician, 57th Governor of Massachusetts (d. 1983)
- Harold Abrahams, English sprinter, lawyer, and journalist (d. 1978)
- Betty Smith, American author and playwright (d. 1972)
- Vibert Douglas, Canadian astrophysicist and astronomer (d. 1988)
- Josef Imbach, Swiss sprinter (d. 1964)
- J. Paul Getty, American-English businessman and art collector, founded Getty Oil (d. 1976)
- A.P. Carter, American country singer-songwriter and musician (d. 1960)
- Harry Babcock, American pole vaulter (d. 1965)
- Maxwell Anderson, American journalist and playwright (d. 1959)
- Wanda Krahelska-Filipowicz, Polish politician and resistance fighter (d. 1968)
- Leonid Pitamic, Slovenian lawyer, philosopher, and academic (d. 1971)
- Hans Carossa, German author and poet (d. 1956)
- Emilio Jacinto, Filipino journalist and activist (d. 1899)
- Leon Marchlewski, Polish chemist and academic (d. 1946)
- Arthur Dehon Little, American chemist and engineer (d. 1935)
- Charles Duryea, American engineer and businessman, co-founded the Duryea Motor Wagon Company (d. 1938)
- Pehr Evind Svinhufvud, Finnish lawyer, judge, and politician, 3rd President of Finland (d. 1944)
- Niels Ryberg Finsen, Faroese-Danish physician and educator, Nobel Prize laureate (d. 1904)
- Abner Powell, American baseball player and manager (d. 1953)
- L. L. Zamenhof, Polish linguist and ophthalmologist, created Esperanto (d. 1917)
- Henri Becquerel, French physicist and chemist, Nobel Prize laureate (d. 1908)
- E. W. Bullinger, English minister, scholar, and theologian (d. 1913)
- Gustave Eiffel, French architect and engineer, co-designed the Eiffel Tower (d. 1923)
- Carlos Soublette, Venezuelan general and politician, 11th President of Venezuela (d. 1870)
- Francesco Zahra, Maltese painter (d. 1773)
- Jean-Joseph Fiocco, Flemish violinist and composer (d. 1746)
- Michel Richard Delalande, French organist and composer (d. 1726)
- David Teniers the Younger, Flemish painter (d. 1690)
- Christoph Demantius, German composer, poet, and theorist (d. 1643)
- Albert IV, Duke of Bavaria (d. 1508)
- Prince Munetaka, Japanese shōgun (d. 1274)
- Lucius Verus, Roman emperor (d. 169)
- AD 37
- Nero, Roman emperor (d. 68)
Deaths On This Day
- Saufatu Sopoanga, Tuvaluan politician, 8th Prime Minister of Tuvalu (b. 1952)
- Eryue He, Chinese historical fiction writer (b.1945)
- Girma Wolde-Giorgis, President of Ethiopia (b. 1924)
- Heinz Wolff, scientist and TV presenter (b. 1928)
- Calestous Juma, academic (b. 1953)
- Craig Sager, American sports journalist (b. 1951)
- Harry Zvi Tabor, English-Israeli physicist and engineer (b. 1917)
- Donald Metcalf, Australian physiologist and immunologist (b. 1929)
- Fausto Zapata, Mexican journalist, lawyer, and politician, Governor of San Luis Potosí (b. 1940)
- Harold Camping, American evangelist, author, radio host (b. 1921)
- Joan Fontaine, British-American actress (b. 1917)
- Dyron Nix, American basketball player (b. 1967)
- Owoye Andrew Azazi, Nigerian general (b. 1952)
- Patrick Ibrahim Yakowa, Nigerian politician, 18th Governor of Kaduna State (b. 1948)
- Olga Zubarry, Argentinian actress (b. 1929)
- Bob Brookmeyer, American trombone player and composer (b. 1929)
- Christopher Hitchens, English-American essayist, literary critic, and journalist (b. 1949)
- Blake Edwards, American director, producer, and screenwriter (b. 1922)
- Bob Feller, American baseball player and sportscaster (b. 1918)
- Eugene Victor Wolfenstein, American psychoanalyst and theorist (b. 1940)
- Eliza Atkins Gleason, American librarian (b. 1909)
- Oral Roberts, American evangelist, founded the Oral Roberts Evangelistic Association (b. 1918)
- León Febres Cordero, Ecuadorian engineer and politician, 46th President of Ecuador (b. 1931)
- Julia Carson, American lawyer and politician (b. 1938)
- Clay Regazzoni, Swiss race car driver (b. 1939)
- Mary Stolz, American journalist and author (b. 1920)
- Heinrich Gross, Austrian physician and psychiatrist (b. 1914)
- Stan Leonard, Canadian golfer (b. 1915)
- William Proxmire, American soldier, journalist, and politician (b. 1915)
- Darrell Russell, American football player (b. 1976)
- Vassal Gadoengin, Nauruan educator and politician, Speaker of the Nauru Parliament (b. 1943)
- Vincent Apap, Maltese sculptor (b. 1909)
- George Fisher, American cartoonist (b. 1923)
- Keith Magnuson, Canadian ice hockey player and coach (b. 1947)
- Haris Brkić, Bosnian-Serbian basketball player (b. 1974)
- William Dale Phillips, American chemist and engineer (b. 1925)
- Vasily Zaytsev, Russian captain (b. 1915)
- Edward Underdown, English actor and jockey (b. 1908)
- Serge Lifar, Russian-French ballet dancer and choreographer (b. 1905)
- Seewoosagur Ramgoolam, Mauritian physician and politician, 1st Prime Minister of Mauritius (b. 1900)
- Jan Peerce, American tenor and actor (b. 1904)
- Peter Gregg, American race car driver (b. 1940)
- Chill Wills, American actor (b. 1903)
- Wilfred Kitching, English 7th General of The Salvation Army (b. 1893)
- Anatole Litvak, Russian-American director, producer, and screenwriter (b. 1902)
- Paul Lévy, French mathematician and theorist (b. 1886)
- Karl Theodor Bleek, German lawyer and politician, 12th Mayor of Marburg (b. 1898)
- Antonio Barrette, Canadian politician, 18th Premier of Quebec (b. 1899)
- Jess Willard, American boxer and actor (b. 1881)
- Keith Arbuthnott, 15th Viscount of Arbuthnott, Indian-Scottish general and politician, Lord Lieutenant of Kincardineshire (b. 1897)
- Walt Disney, American animator, director, producer, and screenwriter, co-founded The Walt Disney Company (b. 1901)
- M. Balasundaram, Sri Lankan journalist, lawyer, and politician (b. 1903)
- Charles Laughton, English-American actor, director, and producer (b. 1899)
- Wolfgang Pauli, Austrian-Swiss physicist and academic, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1900)
- Vallabhbhai Patel, Indian lawyer and politician, 1st Deputy Prime Minister of India (b. 1875)
- Arthur Machen, Welsh journalist and author (b. 1863)
- Crawford Vaughan, Australian politician, 27th Premier of South Australia (b. 1874)
- Glenn Miller, American bandleader and composer (b. 1904)
- Fats Waller, American singer-songwriter and pianist (b. 1904)
- Sitting Bull, Hunkpapa Lakota tribal chief (b. 1831)
- Alfred Bird, English chemist and businessman, invented baking powder (b. 1811)
- Jacques Charles François Sturm, French mathematician and academic (b. 1803)
- Daniel Rutherford, Scottish chemist and physician (b. 1749)
- Shneur Zalman, Russian rabbi, author and founder of Chabad (b. 1745)
- Joseph Martin Kraus, Swedish pianist, violinist, and composer (b. 1756)
- Richard Boyle, 3rd Earl of Burlington, English architect and politician, designed Chiswick House (b. 1694)
- George Hickes, English minister and scholar (b. 1642)
- Gaspar Fagel, Dutch lawyer and politician (b. 1634)
- Louis Victor de Rochechouart de Mortemart, French nobleman (b. 1636)
- Izaak Walton, English author (b. 1593)
- Johannes Vermeer, Dutch painter and educator (b. 1632)
- Margaret Cavendish, Duchess of Newcastle-upon-Tyne, English noblewoman (b. 1623)
- Charles d'Albert, duc de Luynes, French courtier, Constable of France (b. 1578)
- Philips of Marnix, Lord of Saint-Aldegonde, Dutch nobleman (b. 1540)
- Selim II, Ottoman sultan (b. 1524)
- Jöns Bengtsson Oxenstierna, archbishop and regent of Sweden (b. 1417)
- Hasan Kucek, Chopanid prince (b. c. 1319)
- Philip I, Latin emperor (b. 1243)
- Ottokar I, duke of Bohemia (b. 1155)
- Wanyan Liang, Chinese emperor (b. 1122)
- Alp Arslan, Turkish sultan (b. 1029)
- Basil II, Byzantine emperor (b. 958)
- Li Siyuan, Chinese emperor (b. 867)