On This Day in History: December 16
December 16 is the 350th day of the year (351st in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. 15 days remain until the end of the year.
Lottery News On This Day
- NJ Lottery rounds off 50th Anniversary celebration. Today marks the New Jersey Lottery's 50th year in operation, and to round off the year-long celebration, it will be hosting a Facebook Live event where 50 players will have the chance to receive $500 in scratch-off tickets.
- WVa board admonishes former lottery director for moonlighting. West Virginia's Lawyer Disciplinary Board has admonished a former state lottery director who moonlighted at his old law firm.
- Some on welfare bet big on Maine lottery in pursuit of life-changing win. Maine residents on public assistance have spent hundreds of millions of dollars on lottery tickets, according to an estimate based on the $22.4 million in large prizes they collected between 2010 and 2014, including eight jackpots worth at least $500,000 each.
- N.C. man wins $4M lottery, joins friend in 'the millionaires' club'. A lumber yard supervisor from Rutherfordton, North Carolina, is the first player in the state to win $4 million instantly playing the $200 Million Blowout game.
- Players seek $250 million from Texas Lottery contractor. More than 500 players of a lottery scratch-off card filed suit against the game's developer seeking about $250 million in contested prize money.
- New Ireland Lottery operator expected to raise prices. Ireland's National Lottery is expected to raise ticket prices next year as part of a shake-up of the business aimed at halting several years of declining sales.
- 101-year-old wins $50,000 Arizona Lottery prize. Christmas came a few weeks early for 101-year-old Lily Camacho, who won the grand prize of $50,000 in the Arizona Lottery's Money Tree game.
- $586 MILLION: Mega Millions jackpot climbs toward a new record. As tickets for the multi-state Mega Millions jackpot pump out of lottery machines across the United States, the question on lottery players minds is just how high will the jackpot go before the drawing on Tuesday night.
- Kentucky store clerk wins $200,000 from duplicate lottery ticket. A store clerk accidentally generated two identical lottery tickets, both of which turned out to be $200,000 winners.
- Washington Gov. proposes privatizing state's lottery. Washington Gov. Chris Gregoire on Thursday floated the idea of privatizing the state lottery system as a way to bring in more money for education.
- After spat, wife gets winning lottery ticket. A Massapequa Park, New York, woman is $3 million richer after winning the jackpot in the New York State Lottery's Triple Million scratch-off game.
- N.C. Lottery making changes to counter weak sales. North Carolina lottery commissioners estimated Wednesday the program will earn $40 million less than expected in the current year because of weak ticket sales -- another financial blow for a state education system already bracing for budget cuts.
- N.M. teacher claims lottery prize 2 hours before it expires. At 2:30 p.m. today, Albuquerque teacher Chris Daskalos came forward with a $10,000-winning Powerball ticket two hours before it was scheduled to expire.
- Fla. woman faces eviction after lottery-winning husband disappears. Two years after discovering her husband hid the fact he won the Florida Lottery, Donna Campbell is being evicted.
- Georgia Lottery winner roundup (Dec. 2007). Some of the big wins Georgia Lottery players have claimed in the past month.
- 'Infrequent buyer' claims $34M Powerball lottery jackpot. An inquisitive local press in Kentucky obtained the most recent Kentucky Powerball jackpot winner's name through an open records request, even though the man requested anonymity.
- Wyoming voters to have no say on Powerball. Voters won't be given a say next year on whether Wyoming should join the multi-state Powerball lottery.
- SoCal man sues to get share of $315 million lottery jackpot. A medical lab technician has sued seven co-workers who shared a $315 million Mega Millions multi-state lottery jackpot, claiming he deserves a share of the money.
- Audit: S.C. lottery leaders paid more than those in other states. Top South Carolina lottery officials are being paid more than those in many other states, according to an audit released Thursday.
- $113 million Powerball winner may be a regular player. The identity of the buyer of the largest winning Powerball ticket in Iowa history is still a mystery. Iowa Lottery spokeswoman Mary Neubauer says they know one of the 609 Powerball tickets sold at a northwest Des Moines Dahl's supermarket won the $113 million jackpot.
- Group sues to stop N.C. lottery. North Carolina's state lottery would be declared illegal and work on the game would stop if a lawsuit filed in Wake County Superior Court on Thursday is successful.
- Scientific Games to be allowed to bid on N.C. Lottery deal. Barring a Georgia lottery operator that had inside influence on the writing of North Carolina's state lottery law from running the game would leave only one bidder for the lucrative contract, the lottery commission chairman said Thursday.
- Heflin won't take Texas Lottery director job. Former state Rep. Talmadge Heflin ended his flirtation with becoming director of the Texas lottery Thursday and decided instead to file for the House district in Houston that he lost by a scant 16 votes in 2004.
- Fort Lauderdale trucker hits the jackpot. Florida's newest millionaire is a Fort Lauderdale truck driver, a habitual lottery player whose stepdaughter figures the $1 million in winnings may just get him even.
- Paul pitches retirement plan for lottery staff, but board balks. Tennessee lottery officials yesterday introduced the idea of a retirement program for the 38 employees they've hired this year.
- Jamaica scales back lottery tax plan. The Jamaica givernment yesterday announced a $15,000 threshold on lottery winnings, before the 15 per cent tax is applied.
Top 25 Lottery Jackpots On This Day
- 1.$636 Million
Dec 17, 2013
- 2.$372 Million
Dec 17, 2019
- 3.$310 Million
Dec 18, 2020
- 4.$287 Million
Dec 16, 2020
- 5.$284 Million
Dec 18, 2018
- 6.$262 Million
Dec 19, 2018
- 7.$250 Million
Dec 16, 2017
- 8.$223 Million
Dec 19, 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.€135 Million
Dec 19, 2017
- 14.$140 Million
Dec 18, 2009
- 15.$135 Million
Dec 16, 2011
- 16.$123 Million
Dec 17, 2010
- 17.$121.6 Million
Dec 17, 2016
- 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.€78.04 Million
Dec 17, 2020
- 23.$91 Million
Dec 17, 2011
- 24.€83 Million
Dec 18, 2015
- 25.€78.03 Million
Dec 18, 2018
Lottery Post Member Birthdays On This Day
Wednesday, Dec 16, 1987
33 years old
Sunday, Dec 16, 1984
36 years old
Tuesday, Dec 16, 1980
40 years old
Friday, Dec 16, 1977
43 years old
Sunday, Dec 16, 1973
47 years old
Saturday, Dec 16, 1967
53 years old
Friday, Dec 16, 1966
54 years old
Friday, Dec 16, 1966
54 years old
Friday, Dec 16, 1966
54 years old
Monday, Dec 16, 1957
63 years old
Monday, Dec 16, 1957
63 years old
Thursday, Dec 16, 1954
66 years old
Friday, Dec 16, 1949
71 years old
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Worldwide Events On This Day
- Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan militants attack an Army Public School in Peshawar, Pakistan, killing 150 people, 132 of them schoolchildren.
- A bus falls from an elevated highway in the Philippines capital Manila killing at least 18 people with 20 injured.
- Kazakhstan declares independence from the Soviet Union.
- Romanian Revolution: Protests break out in Timișoara, Romania, in response to an attempt by the government to evict dissident Hungarian pastor László Tőkés.
- U.S. Appeals Court Judge Robert Smith Vance is assassinated by a mail bomb sent by Walter Leroy Moody, Jr.
- Paul Castellano and Thomas Bilotti are shot dead on the orders of John Gotti, who assumes leadership of New York's Gambino crime family.
- Libya joins four other OPEC nations in raising crude oil prices, which has an immediate, dramatic effect on the United States.
- Cleveland, Ohio becomes the first major American city to default on its financial obligations since the Great Depression.
- Bangladesh Liberation War and Indo-Pakistani War of 1971: The ceasefire of the Pakistan Army brings an end to both conflicts. This is commemorated annually as Victory Day in Bangladesh, and as Vijay Diwas in India.
- The United Kingdom recognizes Bahrain's independence, which is commemorated annually as Bahrain's National Day.
- Second Vatican Council: Official revocation of the Edict of Expulsion of Jews from Spain.
- Vietnam War: General William Westmoreland sends U.S. Secretary of Defense Robert McNamara a request for 243,000 more men by the end of 1966.
- A United Airlines Douglas DC-8 and a TWA Lockheed Super Constellation collide over Staten Island, New York and crash, killing all 128 people aboard both aircraft and six more on the ground.
- Korean War: In response to China's Second Phase Offensive, U.S. President Harry S. Truman declares a limited state of emergency.
- William Shockley, John Bardeen and Walter Brattain build the first practical point-contact transistor.
- World War II: The Battle of the Bulge begins with the surprise offensive of three German armies through the Ardennes forest.
- The Holocaust: Schutzstaffel chief Heinrich Himmler orders that Roma candidates for extermination be deported to Auschwitz.
- Adolf Hitler institutes the Cross of Honour of the German Mother.
- Theodore Cole and Ralph Roe attempt to escape from the American federal prison on Alcatraz Island in San Francisco Bay; neither is ever seen again.
- Bank robber Herman Lamm and members of his crew are killed by a 200-strong posse, following a botched bank robbery, in Clinton, Indiana.
- President of Poland Gabriel Narutowicz is assassinated by Eligiusz Niewiadomski at the Zachęta Gallery in Warsaw.
- The Haiyuan earthquake of 8.5Mw , rocks the Gansu province in China, killing an estimated 200,000.
- Vincas Mickevičius-Kapsukas declares the formation of the Lithuanian Soviet Socialist Republic; it is dissolved in 1919.
- World War I: Admiral Franz von Hipper commands a raid on Scarborough, Hartlepool and Whitby.
- First Balkan War: The Royal Hellenic Navy defeats the Ottoman Navy at the Battle of Elli.
- The American Great White Fleet begins its circumnavigation of the world.
- Taj Mahal Palace & Tower hotel in Bombay first opens its doors to guests.
- Tonkin Campaign: French forces capture the Sơn Tây citadel.
- Wales and England contest the first Home Nations (now Six Nations) rugby union match.
- Outbreak of the First Boer War between the Boer South African Republic and the British Empire.
- American Civil War: Battle of Nashville: The Union's Army of the Cumberland routs and destroys the Confederacy's Army of Tennessee, ending its effectiveness as a combat unit.
- American Civil War: Joseph E. Johnston replaces Braxton Bragg as commander of the Confederate Army of Tennessee.
- The Charlotte Jane and the Randolph bring the first of the Canterbury Pilgrims to Lyttelton, New Zealand.
- The discovery of octonions by John T. Graves, who denoted them with a boldface O, was announced to his mathematician friend William Hamilton, discoverer of quaternions, in a letter on this date.
- Great Trek: Battle of Blood River: Voortrekkers led by Andries Pretorius and Sarel Cilliers defeat Zulu impis, led by Dambuza (Nzobo) and Ndlela kaSompisi in what is today KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa.
- Benjamin W. Edwards rides into Mexican-controlled Nacogdoches, Texas, and declares himself ruler of the Republic of Fredonia.
- The first two in a series of four severe earthquakes occur in the vicinity of New Madrid, Missouri.
- British East India Company: Muharram Rebellion: Hada and Mada Miah lead the first anti-British uprising in the subcontinent against Robert Lindsay and his contingents in Sylhet Shahi Eidgah.
- Virginia becomes the first state to ratify the Articles of Confederation. class="external autonumber" href="https://2001-2009.state.gov/r/pa/ho/time/ar/91719.htm">
- American Revolution: Boston Tea Party: Members of the Sons of Liberty disguised as Mohawk Indians dump hundreds of crates of tea into Boston harbor as a protest against the Tea Act.
- Seven Years' War: After a four-month siege, the Russians under Pyotr Rumyantsev take the Prussian fortress of Kołobrzeg.
- Convention Parliament: The Declaration of Right is embodied in the Bill of Rights.
- English Interregnum: The Protectorate: Oliver Cromwell becomes Lord Protector of the Commonwealth of England, Scotland and Ireland.
- Seven-Year War: Battle of Noryang: The final battle of the Seven-Year War is fought between the China and the Korean allied forces and Japanese navies, resulting in a decisive allied forces victory.
- An earthquake with an estimated magnitude of 8.5Mw strikes Valdivia, Chile.
- Vasco da Gama passes the Great Fish River, where Bartolomeu Dias had previously turned back to Portugal.
- Hundred Years' War: Henry VI of England is crowned King of France at Notre Dame in Paris.
- An Lushan revolts against Chancellor Yang Guozhong at Yanjing, initiating the An Lushan Rebellion during the Tang dynasty of China.
- Pepin of Herstal, mayor of the Merovingian palace, dies at Jupille (modern Belgium). He is succeeded by his infant grandson Theudoald while his wife Plectrude holds actual power in the Frankish Kingdom.
Births On This Day
- Mira Antonitsch, Austrian tennis player
- Zara Larsson, Swedish singer and songwriter
- Joel Adams, Australian pop/soul singer-songwriter
- Elliot Lee, English footballer
- Nicola Murru, Italian footballer
- José Rodríguez Martínez, Spanish footballer
- Ulrikke Eikeri, Norwegian tennis player
- Anamul Haque, Bangladeshi cricketer
- Moe Miura, Japanese model, actress, and singer
- Pietro Perdichizzi, Belgian footballer
- Tom Rogic, Australian footballer
- Craig Goodwin, Australian footballer
- Mirei Kiritani, Japanese model, actress, and journalist
- Mats Hummels, German footballer
- Anna Popplewell, English actress
- Mame Biram Diouf, Senegalese footballer
- Beau Dowler, Australian footballer
- Hallee Hirsh, American actress
- Alcides Escobar, Venezuelan baseball player
- Zoltán Kovács, Hungarian footballer (d. 2013)
- Pärt Uusberg, Estonian actor, composer, and conductor.
- Stanislav Manolev, Bulgarian footballer
- James Nash, English race car driver
- Theo James, English actor
- Kelenna Azubuike, American basketball player
- Frankie Ballard, American singer-songwriter and guitarist
- Antrel Rolle, American football player
- Anna Sedokova, Ukrainian singer, actress and television presenter
- Stanislav Šesták, Slovak footballer
- Krysten Ritter, American actress, musician, and model
- Gareth Williams, Scottish footballer
- Danish Kaneria, Pakistani cricketer
- Trevor Immelman, South African golfer
- Daniel Narcisse, French handball player
- Mihai Trăistariu, Romanian singer-songwriter
- Jessie Ward, American wrestler and producer
- John Morris, Canadian curler and firefighter
- Gunter Van Handenhoven, Belgian footballer and manager
- Éric Bélanger, Canadian ice hockey player
- Sylvain Distin, French footballer
- Jen Golbeck, American computer scientist and academic
- Valentin Bădoi, Romanian footballer and manager
- Kaba Diawara, French-Guinean footballer
- Benjamin Kowalewicz, Canadian singer-songwriter and guitarist
- Paul Maynard, English politician
- Themba Mnguni, South African footballer
- Scott Storch, American songwriter and producer, founded Storch Music Company
- Charles Gipson, American baseball player
- Paul Leyden, Australian actor, director, producer, and screenwriter
- Travis Morrison, American singer-songwriter
- Seyhan Kurt, French-Turkish poet and sociologist
- Michael McCary, American R&B singer
- Valerie Chow, Canadian-Hong Kong actress and publicist
- Simon Grayson, English footballer and manager
- Adam Riess, American astrophysicist, astronomer, and academic Nobel Prize laureate
- Michelle Smith, Irish swimmer
- Dmitri Tymoczko, American composer and theorist
- Craig White, English cricketer and coach
- Kent Hehr, Canadian politician
- Wendy Doolan, Australian golfer
- Lalah Hathaway, American singer-songwriter, pianist, and producer
- Greg Kovacs, Canadian bodybuilder (d. 2013)
- Donovan Bailey, Canadian sprinter and sportscaster
- Indrek Kaseorg, Estonian decathlete
- Miranda Otto, Australian actress
- Paul McGinley, Irish golfer
- Clifford Robinson, American basketball player (d. 2020)
- Dennis Wise, English footballer and manager
- Chris Jones, American baseball player and manager
- Melanie Sloan, American lawyer and activist
- Heike Drechsler, German sprinter and long jumper
- John Kirwan, New Zealand rugby player and coach
- Georgie Parker, Australian actress
- Billy Ripken, American baseball player and sportscaster
- Todd Glass, American comedian
- Benjamin Bratt, American actor and producer
- Cathy Johnston-Forbes, American golfer
- James Mangold, American director, producer, and screenwriter
- Maruschka Detmers, Dutch-French actress
- William Perry, American football player and wrestler
- André Andersen, Russian-Danish keyboard player, songwriter, and producer
- Shane Black, American actor, director, and screenwriter
- Bill Hicks, American comedian and musician (d. 1994)
- LaChanze, American actress, singer, and dancer
- Jon Tenney, American actor and director
- Pat Van Den Hauwe, Belgian footballer and manager
- H. D. Kumaraswamy, Indian social worker and politician, 18th Chief Minister of Karnataka
- Alexander Lebedev, Russian businessman and politician
- Steve Mattsson, American author and illustrator
- Bart Oates, American football player and lawyer
- Antonio Vega, Spanish singer-songwriter and guitarist (d. 2009)
- Lizzy Mercier Descloux, French musician, singer-songwriter, composer, actress, writer and painter (d. 2004)
- Xander Berkeley, American actor and producer
- Carol Browner, American lawyer and environmentalist, 8th Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency
- Prince Lorenz of Belgium, Archduke of Austria-Este
- Chiharu Matsuyama, Japanese singer-songwriter
- Rebecca Forstadt, American voice actress and screenwriter
- Joel Garner, Barbadian cricketer and manager
- Francesco Graziani, Italian footballer and manager
- Sally Emerson, English author and poet
- Mike Flanagan, American baseball player, coach, and sportscaster (d. 2011)
- Robben Ford, American guitarist and songwriter
- Mark Heard, American singer-songwriter, guitarist, and producer (d. 1992)
- Aykut Barka, Turkish scientist (d. 2002)
- Claudia Cohen, American journalist (d. 2007)
- Roy Schuiten, Dutch cyclist and manager (d. 2006)
- Billy Gibbons, American singer-songwriter, guitarist, and producer
- Heather Hallett, English lawyer and judge
- Ben Cross, English actor (d. 2020)
- Vincent Matthews, American sprinter
- Martyn Poliakoff, English chemist and academic
- Trevor Żahra, Maltese novelist, poet and illustrator
- Benny Andersson, Swedish singer-songwriter, pianist, and producer
- Charles Dennis, Canadian actor, director, producer, and screenwriter
- Trevor Pinnock, English harpsichord player and conductor
- Tom Stern, American cinematographer
- Tony Hicks, English singer and guitarist
- Jeff Kanew, American director and screenwriter
- Don Meyer, American basketball player and coach (d. 2014)
- Steven Bochco, American television writer and producer (d. 2018)
- Patti Deutsch, American actress and comedian (d. 2017)
- Donald Carcieri, American educator and politician, 73rd Governor of Rhode Island
- Lesley Stahl, American journalist and actress
- Roger Neil Wheeler, English general
- Philip Langridge, English tenor (d. 2010)
- Gordon Miller, English high jumper
- Frank Deford, American journalist and author (d. 2017)
- Liv Ullmann, Norwegian actress, director, and screenwriter
- Joyce Bulifant, American actress
- Edward Ruscha, American painter and photographer
- Morris Dees, American lawyer and activist, co-founded the Southern Poverty Law Center
- Quentin Blake, English author and illustrator
- Grace Alele-Williams, Nigerian mathematician and academic
- Lin Zhao, Chinese dissident and Christian executed during the Cultural Revolution (d. 1968)
- Bill Brittain, American author (d. 2011)
- Sam Most, American flute player and saxophonist (d. 2013)
- Bill Young, American sergeant and politician (d. 2013)
- Nicholas Courtney, Egyptian-English actor (d. 2011)
- Terry Carter, American actor, director, and producer
- Philip K. Dick, American philosopher and author (d. 1982)
- Peter Dickinson, Rhodesian-English author and poet (d. 2015)
- Randall Garrett, American author and poet (d. 1987)
- James McCracken, American tenor and actor (d. 1988)
- A. N. R. Robinson, Trinidadian lawyer and politician, 3rd President of Trinidad and Tobago (d. 2014)
- Jeffrey Stone, American actor and screenwriter (d. 2012)
- Nicolas Sidjakov, Latvian-American illustrator (d. 1993)
- Menahem Pressler, German-American pianist
- Ernst Florian Winter, Austrian-American historian and political scientist (d. 2014)
- Cy Leslie, American record producer, founded Pickwick Records (d. 2008)
- Eulalio González, Mexican singer-songwriter, director, producer, and screenwriter (d. 2003)
- Frederick Rotimi Williams, Nigerian lawyer and politician (d. 2005)
- Nabi Bux Khan Baloch, Pakistani author and scholar (d. 2011)
- Pete T. Cenarrusa, American soldier, pilot, and politician, Secretary of State of Idaho (d. 2013)
- Arthur C. Clarke, British science fiction writer (d. 2008)
- Ruth Johnson Colvin, American author and educator, founded ProLiteracy Worldwide
- O. Winston Link, American photographer (d. 2001)
- George Ignatieff, Russian-Canadian scholar and diplomat, 8th Canadian Ambassador to the United Nations (d. 1989)
- Freddie Brown, Peruvian-English cricketer and sportscaster (d. 1991)
- Remedios Varo, Spanish-Mexican surrealist painter & anarchist (d. 1963)
- Barbara Kent, Canadian-born American film actress (d. 2011)
- Piet Hein, Danish mathematician, author, and poet (d. 1996)
- Hardie Albright, American actor (d. 1975)
- Harold Whitlock, English race walker and coach (d. 1985)
- Rafael Alberti, Spanish poet and playwright (d. 1999)
- Margaret Mead, American anthropologist and author (d. 1978)
- Lucille Lortel, American actress and producer (d. 1999)
- V. S. Pritchett, British writer and literary critic (d. 1997)
- Noël Coward, English actor, playwright, and composer (d. 1973)
- Anna Anderson, an imposter who claimed to be Grand Duchess Anastasia of Russia (d. 1984)
- Marie Hall Ets, American author and illustrator (d. 1984)
- Kim Chwa-chin, South Korean guerrilla leader (d. 1930)
- Alexander I of Yugoslavia (d. 1934)
- Alphonse Juin, Algerian-French general (d. 1967)
- John Gunn, Australian politician, 29th Premier of South Australia (d. 1959)
- Seibo Kitamura, Japanese sculptor (d. 1987)
- Károly Kós, Hungarian-Romanian architect, ethnologist, and politician (d. 1977)
- Max Linder, French actor, director, producer, and screenwriter (d. 1925)
- Jack Hobbs, English cricketer and journalist (d. 1963)
- Zoltán Kodály, Hungarian composer, conductor, and musicologist (d. 1967)
- Walther Meissner, German physicist and engineer (d. 1974)
- Anton Denikin, Russian general (d. 1947)
- Hristo Tatarchev, Bulgarian physician and activist, co-founded the Internal Macedonian Revolutionary Organization (d. 1952)
- Bertha Lamme Feicht, American electrical engineer (d. 1943)
- Amy Carmichael, Irish missionary and humanitarian (d. 1951)
- Wassily Kandinsky, Russian-French painter and theorist (d. 1944)
- Olavo Bilac, Brazilian journalist and poet (d. 1918)
- George Santayana, Spanish philosopher, novelist, and poet (d. 1952)
- Antonio de La Gándara, French painter and illustrator (d. 1917)
- Mary Hartwell Catherwood, American author and poet (d. 1902)
- Ernst von Bergmann, Latvian-German surgeon and academic (d. 1907)
- Léon Walras, French-Swiss economist and theorist (d. 1910)
- Stuart Donaldson, English-Australian politician, 1st Premier of New South Wales (d. 1867)
- Viktor Bunyakovsky, Russian mathematician and academic (d. 1889)
- Leopold I of Belgium (d. 1865)
- Mary Russell Mitford, English author and playwright (d. 1855)
- John Ordronaux, French-American soldier (d. 1841)
- Johann Wilhelm Ritter, German chemist, physicist, and philosopher (d. 1810)
- Jane Austen, English novelist (d. 1817)
- François-Adrien Boieldieu, French pianist and composer (d. 1834)
- Ludwig van Beethoven, composer (d. 1827)
- Gebhard Leberecht von Blücher, German field marshal (d. 1819)
- Diego Silang, Filipino revolutionary leader (d. 1763)
- Elizabeth Carter, English poet and scholar (d. 1806)
- Louis Jules Mancini Mazarini, French poet and diplomat (d. 1798)
- George Whitefield, English Anglican priest (d. 1770)
- Mary Somerset, Duchess of Beaufort, British botanist (d. 1715)
- Eberhard III, Duke of Württemberg (d. 1674)
- Jerome Weston, 2nd Earl of Portland, English diplomat (d. 1663)
- Livia della Rovere, Italian noble (d. 1641)
- John Selden, English jurist and scholar (d. 1654)
- Robert Bertie, 1st Earl of Lindsey (d. 1642)
- Hans Bol, Flemish artist (d. 1593)
- Catherine of Aragon, Spanish princess, later queen consort of England (d. 1536)
- Emperor Manuel III of Trebizond (d. 1417)
Deaths On This Day
- Keely Smith, American singer and actress (b. 1928)
- Peter Dickinson, Rhodesian-English author and poet (b. 1927)
- Lizmark, Mexican wrestler (b. 1950)
- George Earl Ortman, American painter and sculptor (b. 1926)
- Martin Brasier, English paleontologist, biologist, and academic (b. 1947)
- Tim Cochran, American mathematician and academic (b. 1955)
- James Flint, English commander (b. 1913)
- Ray Price, American singer-songwriter and guitarist (b. 1926)
- Marta Russell, American journalist, author, and activist (b. 1951)
- Elwood V. Jensen, American biologist and academic (b. 1920)
- Jake Adam York, American poet and academic (b. 1972)
- Robert Easton, American actor and screenwriter (b. 1930)
- Nicol Williamson, Scottish actor (b. 1938)
- Melvin E. Biddle, American soldier, Medal of Honor recipient (b. 1923)
- Ayinde Barrister, Nigerian fuji musician (b. 1948)
- Roy E. Disney, American businessman (b. 1930)
- Yegor Gaidar, Russian economist and politician, Prime Minister of Russia (b. 1956)
- Manto Tshabalala-Msimang, South African physician and politician, 22nd South African Minister of Health (b. 1940)
- Dan Fogelberg, American singer-songwriter and guitarist (b. 1951)
- Don Jardine, Canadian wrestler and trainer (b. 1940)
- Taliep Petersen, South African singer-songwriter and director (b. 1950)
- Pnina Salzman, Israeli pianist and educator (b. 1922)
- Stanford J. Shaw, American historian and academic (b. 1930)
- Kenneth Bulmer, English author (b. 1921)
- Ed Hansen, American director and screenwriter (b. 1937)
- John Spencer, American actor (b. 1946)
- Ted Abernathy, American baseball player (b. 1933)
- Deyda Hydara, Gambian journalist, co-founded The Point (b. 1946)
- Agnes Martin, American painter and educator (b. 1912)
- Robert Stanfield, Canadian economist, lawyer, and politician, 17th Premier of Nova Scotia (b. 1914)
- Gary Stewart, American singer-songwriter (b. 1945)
- Stuart Adamson, English-Scottish singer-songwriter and guitarist (b. 1958)
- Stefan Heym, German-American soldier and author (b. 1913)
- William Gaddis, American author and academic (b. 1922)
- Lillian Disney, American illustrator and philanthropist (b. 1899)
- Quentin Bell, English historian and author (b. 1910)
- Moses Gunn, American actor (b. 1929)
- Kakuei Tanaka, Japanese soldier and politician, 64th Prime Minister of Japan (b. 1918)
- Eszter Tamási, Hungarian actress and journalist (b. 1938)
- Oscar Alfredo Gálvez, Argentinian race car driver (b. 1913)
- Silvana Mangano, Italian actress (b. 1930)
- Aileen Pringle, American actress (b. 1895)
- Lee Van Cleef, American actor (b. 1925)
- Thomas Bilotti, American mobster (b. 1940)
- Paul Castellano, American mobster (b. 1915)
- Karl Deichgräber, German philologist and academic (b. 1903)
- Debs Garms, American baseball player (b. 1907)
- Colin Chapman, English engineer and businessman, founded Lotus Cars (b. 1928)
- Colonel Sanders, American businessman, founded KFC (b. 1890)
- Hellmuth Walter, German-American engineer (b. 1900)
- Risto Jarva, Finnish director, producer, and screenwriter (b. 1934)
- Réal Caouette, Canadian journalist and politician (b. 1917)
- Kostas Varnalis, Greek poet and playwright (b. 1884)
- Oscar Lewis, American anthropologist of Latin America (b. 1914)
- Alphonse Castex, French rugby union player (b. 1899)
- Soe Hok Gie, Indonesian activist and academic (b. 1942)
- Futabayama Sadaji, Japanese sumo wrestler, the 35th Yokozuna (b. 1912)
- Muhammad Suheimat, Jordanian general and politician (b. 1916)
- W. Somerset Maugham, British playwright, novelist, and short story writer (b. 1874)
- Hans Rebane, Estonian journalist and politician, 8th Minister of Foreign Affairs (b. 1882)
- Nina Hamnett, Welsh painter and author (b. 1890)
- Robert Henry Best, American journalist (b. 1896)
- Sidney Olcott, Canadian-American actor, director, producer, and screenwriter (b. 1873)
- Giovanni Agnelli, Italian businessman, founded Fiat (b. 1866)
- Fumimaro Konoe, Japanese lawyer and politician, 23rd Prime Minister of Japan (b. 1891)
- Betsie ten Boom, Dutch Holocaust victim (b. 1885)
- George Bambridge, English diplomat (b. 1892)
- Eugène Dubois, Dutch paleoanthropologist (b. 1858)
- Billy Hamilton, American baseball player and manager (b. 1866)
- Frank Eugene, American-German photographer and educator (b. 1865)
- Thelma Todd, American actress and comedian (b. 1905)
- Elinor Wylie, American poet and author (b. 1885)
- Gabriel Narutowicz, Lithuanian-Polish engineer and politician, 1st President of the Republic of Poland (b. 1865)
- Camille Saint-Saëns, French pianist, composer, and conductor (b. 1835)
- Frank Gotch, American wrestler (b. 1878)
- American Horse, American tribal leader and educator (b. 1840)
- Pavel Tretyakov, Russian businessman and art collector (b. 1832)
- Alphonse Daudet, French author, poet, and playwright (b. 1840)
- Henry Yesler, American businessman and politician, 7th Mayor of Seattle (b. 1810)
- Wilhelm Grimm, German anthropologist and author (b. 1786)
- Antoine François, comte de Fourcroy, French chemist and entomologist (b. 1755)
- Saverio Cassar, Gozitan priest and rebel leader (b. 1746)
- Johann Adolph Hasse, German composer and educator (b. 1699)
- Sir William James, 1st Baronet, Welsh-English commander and politician (b. 1720)
- François Quesnay, French economist, physician, and philosopher (b. 1694)
- Leopold II, Prince of Anhalt-Dessau (b. 1700)
- William Petty, English economist and philosopher (b. 1623)
- Nathaniel Fiennes, English soldier and politician (b. 1608)
- Yi Sun-sin, Korean general (b. 1545)
- Allison Balfour, Scottish witch
- Ivan Fyodorov, Russian printer
- Thomas Cheney, English diplomat and Lord Warden of the Cinque Ports
- Afonso de Albuquerque, Portuguese admiral and politician, 3rd Viceroy of Portuguese India (b. 1453)
- Ali Qushji, Uzbek astronomer, mathematician, and physicist (b. 1403)
- John II, duke of Lorraine (b. 1424)
- John FitzAlan, 1st Baron Arundel, English general and politician, Lord Marshall of England (b. 1348)
- Secondotto, marquess of Montferrat (b. 1360)
- Charles, French nobleman (b. 1270)
- Öljaitü, Mongolian ruler (b. 1280)
- Haakon IV, king of Norway (b. 1204)
- Ranulf de Gernon, 4th Earl of Chester, Norman nobleman
- Adelaide of Italy, Holy Roman Empress (b. 931)
- Wei Yifan, chancellor of the Tang dynasty
- John VIII, pope of the Catholic Church
- Ado, archbishop of Vienne
- Eberhard of Friuli, Frankish duke (b. 815)
- Pepin of Herstal, Frankish statesman (b. 635)
- Wu Zetian, Empress of the Zhou dynasty (b. 624)
- Houzhu, emperor of the Chen dynasty (b. 553)