On This Day in History: December 17
December 17 is the 351st day of the year (352nd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. 14 days remain until the end of the year.
Lottery News On This Day
- Misprinted Kentucky Lottery tickets lead players to mistakenly believe they won. Quite a few Kentucky Lottery players thought they had won big time when they saw matching symbols printed on their Tic Tac Cash Fast Play tickets, but that joy quickly dissipated when they found out that those symbols were not indicators of winning the lottery at all, rather they were a result of a software error.
- Dad and his daughter got millions from IRS after claiming to win lottery, authorities say. A Florida father and daughter claimed the government owed them $175 million in tax refunds on their lottery winnings. The IRS paid them $3.4 million before the agency realized the pair had never purchased a winning ticket, prosecutors say.
- Class action over 'mesmerizing' video lottery terminals in Canada moves forward. An intriguing court case that alleges Crown-owned video lottery terminals are inherently deceptive and violate the Criminal Code has reached a critical milestone in Newfoundland and Labrador.
- Lottery is building a better Nebraska. It's been 25 years since Nebraskans began putting a dollar on a dream by purchasing state lottery tickets. A lot has changed since then.
- The legendary luck of this Spanish lottery shop keeps El Gordo players coming back. Less than two weeks before Christmas, the line to buy a ticket for Spain's biggest lottery at Doña Manolita, which some consider the country's luckiest ticket vendor, was roughly 100 people long on a chilly Tuesday evening.
- $63 million California Lottery ticket expires soon. A $63 million Super Lotto prize may become the largest unclaimed prize in California, but many prizes big and small go unclaimed every year, a spokesperson for the California Lottery Commission said Saturday.
- MEGA MILLIONS JACKPOT SOARS TO $636 MILLION. Certainly the state lotteries expected the multi-state Mega Millions October rules changes to increase jackpots, but it's fair to say the first jackpot run under the new rules exceeded their wildest expectations.
- Four years after drawing fiasco, Tenn. Lottery settles with tech firms. The Tennessee Education Lottery Corp. has received nearly $1 million from a pair of technology companies it blamed for software glitches that resulted in the sale of about $2 million worth of unwinnable tickets in 2007.
- Man wins $100,000 in one Pick 4 drawing. A North Carolina man had a good feeling that 3851 would come out in the Virginia Pick 4 drawing -- and he was right.
- $207M Mega Millions lottery winners happy, but waiting. A city streets department employee from Piqua, Ohio, confirmed he is one of the winners of a $207 million Mega Millions jackpot and said that all but one of the winning ticket holders are also city employees.
- Virginia man wins 11 times in one lottery drawing. James Peterson of Hampton, Virginia, doesn't make it a habit to buy so many tickets when he plays the Virginia Lottery's Cash 5 game, but he made an exception last Saturday.
- Avid S.C. lottery player wins $1,000,025. A South Carolina man is a millionaire after buying a $10 scratch-off lottery ticket in Rock Hill.
- Most lottery players never see big payoff. A media story makes the case that most lottery players will not win the big prize.
- UPS Employees Charged in Stolen Lottery Ticket Investigation. New Mexico Lottery security agents have identified 12 Albuquerque-area men and women allegedly involved in the theft and receipt of 24 packs of Lottery tickets, stolen while in transit at an area United Parcel Service shipping hub.
- Two win biggest lottery jackpot ever in Germany. Two people from the western German state of North Rhine-Westfalia got the winning numbers to share the biggest lottery jackpot ever in Germany - _26.7 million (US$35.5 million), lottery officials announced.
- Lawsuit acuses Texas of misusing lottery funds. A lawsuit filed by a watchdog group seeks to block the State of Texas from making more payments to a Las Vegas law firm hired a year ago to draft legislation to legalize video slot machines.
- GTECH to earn $85M from Missouri lottery contract. GTECH Holdings Corporation announced Thursday that its wholly-owned subsidiary, GTECH Corporation, was chosen by the State of Missouri to provide a new online lottery central system, terminals, and ongoing services under a proposed seven-year integrated services contract.
- Global Pyramid Lottery Sceme Indicted Again. On the heels of several indictments and guilty pleadings worldwide, World Games Inc. (WGI) is once again the target of law enforcement.
- Mega Millions jackpot increases to $85 million. The jackpot in the multi-state Mega Millions lottery drawing grew to $85 million Wednesday.
- Colorado lottery woes will be fixed, says state revenue director. Colorado Revenue Director M. Michael Cooke on Tuesday pledged to fix Lottery management problems found by state auditors.
- You've won the lottery! Now what?. Believe it or not, jackpot winners face both a pile of cash and a mountain of problematic decisions. Here's a practical to-do list. Keep it handy for the next time you strike it rich.
- Profit Soars at Lottery Operator Gtech. Gtech Holdings Corp., the world's largest operator of lottery systems, posted a 40 percent jump in profit for its latest quarter, beating Wall Street estimates.
- Kentucky Couple Fighting Medical Problems Wins Lottery Jackpot. A couple battling multiple sclerosis and diabetes claimed a $21 million dollar Lotto South jackpot today and immediately pledged part of their winnings to medical research.
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.$304 Million
Dec 19, 2020
- 5.$284 Million
Dec 18, 2018
- 6.$269 Million
Dec 20, 2017
- 7.$262 Million
Dec 19, 2018
- 8.$223 Million
Dec 19, 2017
- 9.$202 Million
Dec 19, 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.$152 Million
Dec 20, 2011
- 15.$140 Million
Dec 18, 2009
- 16.$125 Million
Dec 19, 2014
- 17.$123 Million
Dec 17, 2010
- 18.$121.6 Million
Dec 17, 2016
- 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.$92 Million
Dec 19, 2009
- 24.$91 Million
Dec 17, 2011
- 25.€83 Million
Dec 18, 2015
Lottery Post Member Birthdays On This Day
Thursday, Dec 17, 1987
33 years old
Tuesday, Dec 17, 1985
35 years old
Saturday, Dec 17, 1983
37 years old
Monday, Dec 17, 1979
41 years old
Sunday, Dec 17, 1978
42 years old
Wednesday, Dec 17, 1975
45 years old
Thursday, Dec 17, 1953
67 years old
Monday, Dec 17, 1951
69 years old
Saturday, Dec 17, 1949
71 years old
(year not provided)
Worldwide Events On This Day
- The United States and Cuba re-establish diplomatic relations after severing them in 1961.
- Mohamed Bouazizi sets himself on fire. This act became the catalyst for the Tunisian Revolution and the wider Arab Spring.
- MV Danny F II sinks off the coast of Lebanon, resulting in the deaths of 44 people and over 28,000 animals.
- Anti-World Trade Organization protesters riot in Wan Chai, Hong Kong.
- Jigme Singye Wangchuck abdicates the throne as King of Bhutan.
- The Soham murder trial ends at the Old Bailey in London, with Ian Huntley found guilty of two counts of murder. His girlfriend, Maxine Carr, is found guilty of perverting the course of justice.
- SpaceShipOne, piloted by Brian Binnie, makes its first powered and first supersonic flight.
- Sex work rights activists establish December 17 (or "D17") as International Day to End Violence Against Sex Workers to memorialize victims of a serial killer who targeted prostitutes, and highlight State violence against sex workers by police and others
- Second Congo War: The Congolese parties of the Inter Congolese Dialogue sign a peace accord which makes provision for transitional governance and legislative and presidential elections within two years.
- Romanian Revolution: Protests continue in Timișoara, Romania, with rioters breaking into the Romanian Communist Party's District Committee building and attempting to set it on fire.
- Fernando Collor de Mello defeats Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva in the second round of the Brazilian presidential election, becoming the first democratically elected President in almost 30 years.
- The Simpsons premieres on television with the episode "Simpsons Roasting on an Open Fire".
- Provisional IRA members detonate a car bomb at Harrods Department Store in London. Three police officers and three civilians are killed.
- American Brigadier General James L. Dozier is abducted by the Red Brigades in Verona, Italy.
- Thirty passengers are killed in an attack by Palestinian terrorists on Rome's Leonardo da Vinci-Fiumicino Airport.
- Polish protests: In Gdynia, soldiers fire at workers emerging from trains, killing dozens.
- Project Blue Book: The United States Air Force closes its study of UFOs.
- Harold Holt, Prime Minister of Australia, disappears while swimming near Portsea, Victoria, and is presumed drowned.
- Niterói circus fire: Fire breaks out during a performance by the Gran Circus Norte-Americano in the city of Niterói, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, killing more than 500.
- Troops loyal to Emperor Haile Selassie in Ethiopia crush the coup that began December 13, returning power to their leader upon his return from Brazil. Haile Selassie absolves his son of any guilt.
- Munich C-131 crash: Twenty passengers and crew on board as well as 32 people on the ground are killed.
- The United States successfully launches the first Atlas intercontinental ballistic missile at Cape Canaveral, Florida.
- The American Civil Rights Congress delivers "We Charge Genocide" to the United Nations.
- The F-86 Sabre's first mission over Korea.
- The Finnish Security Police is established to remove communist leadership from its predecessor, the State Police.
- First flight of the Boeing B-47 Stratojet strategic bomber.
- Kurdistan flag day, the flag of Kurdistan was raised for the first time in Mahabad in eastern Kurdistan (Iran).
- World War II: Battle of the Bulge: Malmedy massacre: American 285th Field Artillery Observation Battalion POWs are shot by Waffen-SS Kampfgruppe Joachim Peiper.
- All Chinese are again permitted to become citizens of the United States upon the repeal of the Act of 1882 and the introduction of the Magnuson Act.
- World War II: Battle of the River Plate: The Admiral Graf Spee is scuttled by Captain Hans Langsdorff outside Montevideo.
- Otto Hahn discovers the nuclear fission of the heavy element uranium, the scientific and technological basis of nuclear energy.
- First flight of the Douglas DC-3.
- The first NFL Championship Game is played at Wrigley Field in Chicago between the New York Giants and Chicago Bears. The Bears won 23-21.
- Indian revolutionaries Bhagat Singh, Sukhdev Thapar and Shivaram Rajguru assassinate British police officer James Saunders in Lahore, Punjab, to avenge the death of Lala Lajpat Rai at the hands of the police. The three were executed in 1931.
- Indian revolutionary Rajendra Lahiri is hanged in Gonda jail, Uttar Pradesh, India, two days before the scheduled date.
- Antanas Smetona assumes power in Lithuania as the 1926 coup d'état is successful.
- Uruguay becomes a signatory to the Buenos Aires copyright treaty.
- Darwin Rebellion: Up to 1,000 demonstrators march on Government House in Darwin, Northern Territory, Australia.
- Ugyen Wangchuck is crowned first King of Bhutan.
- The Wright brothers make the first controlled powered, heavier-than-air flight in the Wright Flyer at Kitty Hawk, North Carolina.
- Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania's Schenley Park Casino, which was the first multi-purpose arena with the technology to create an artificial ice surface in North America, is destroyed in a fire.
- First issue of Vogue is published.
- First performance of the Unfinished Symphony by Franz Schubert.
- American Civil War: General Ulysses S. Grant issues General Order No. 11, expelling Jews from parts of Tennessee, Mississippi, and Kentucky.
- A fire in the Winter Palace of Saint Petersburg kills 30 guards.
- The second Great Fire of New York destroys 13 acres (53,000 square meters) of New York City's Financial District.
- Simón Bolívar declares the independence of Gran Colombia in Angostura (now Ciudad Bolívar in Venezuela).
- War of 1812: U.S. forces attack a Lenape village in the Battle of the Mississinewa.
- Napoleonic Wars: France issues the Milan Decree, which confirms the Continental System.
- The Aztec calendar stone is discovered at El Zócalo, Mexico City.
- American Revolution: France formally recognizes the United States.
- War of the Quadruple Alliance: Great Britain declares war on Spain.
- Go-Yōzei becomes Emperor of Japan.
- Cologne War: Forces under Ernest of Bavaria defeat troops under Gebhard Truchsess von Waldburg at the Siege of Godesberg.
- Pope Paul III excommunicates Henry VIII of England.
- Sultan Nasir-u Din Mehmud's armies in Delhi are defeated by Timur.
- Assassination of William I of Normandy.
- Romanos I Lekapenos is crowned co-emperor of the underage Constantine VII.
- Siege of Rome: The Ostrogoths under king Totila plunder the city, by bribing the Byzantine garrison.
- 497 BC
- The first Saturnalia festival was celebrated in ancient Rome.
Births On This Day
- Mirei Sasaki, Japanese idol
- Jasmine Armfield, English actress
- Martin Ødegaard, Norwegian footballer
- Naiktha Bains, British-Australian tennis player
- Shoma Uno, Japanese figure skater
- Elizaveta Tuktamysheva, Russian figure skater
- Lloyd Perrett, New Zealand rugby league player
- Nat Wolff, American singer-songwriter, keyboard player and actor
- Patricia Kú Flores, Peruvian tennis player
- Joshua Ingram, Canadian drummer and percussionist
- Quinton de Kock, South African cricketer
- James Hurst, American football player
- Jordan Rankin, Australian rugby league player
- Atsedu Tsegay, Ethiopian runner
- Liisa Ehrberg, Estonian cyclist
- Grethe Grünberg, Estonian ice dancer
- Kris Joseph, Canadian basketball player
- David Rudisha, Kenyan runner
- Craig Sutherland, Scottish footballer
- Maryna Arzamasova, Belorussian middle-distance runner
- Bo Guagua, Chinese businessman
- Chelsea Manning, American soldier and intelligence analyst
- Emma Bell, American actress
- Frank Winterstein, Australian-Samoan rugby league player
- Łukasz Broź, Polish footballer
- Craig Reid, English footballer
- Greg James, English radio presenter and comedian
- Luis Maria Alfageme, Argentinian footballer
- Julian Bennett, English footballer
- Andrew Davies, English footballer
- Mikky Ekko, American singer-songwriter and producer
- Shannon Woodward, American actress
- Erik Christensen, Canadian ice hockey player
- Haron Keitany, Kenyan runner
- Sébastien Ogier, French race car driver
- Josh Barfield, American baseball player
- Lorenzo Cittadini, Italian rugby player
- Craig Kielburger, Canadian activist and author
- Stéphane Lasme, Gabonese basketball player
- Ryan Moats, American football player
- Onur Özsu, Turkish singer-songwriter
- Jerry Hsu, American skateboarder and photographer
- Tim Wiese, German footballer
- Ryan Hunter-Reay, American race car driver
- Alexandra Papageorgiou, Greek hammer thrower
- Eli Pariser, American activist and author
- Matt Murley, American ice hockey player
- Paul Smith, English footballer
- Alex Cintrón, Puerto Rican-American baseball player and sportscaster
- Manny Pacquiao, Filipino boxer and politician
- Neil Sanderson, Canadian drummer and songwriter
- Chase Utley, American baseball player
- Riteish Deshmukh, Indian film actor, producer and architect
- Arnaud Clément, French tennis player
- Samuel Påhlsson, Swedish ice hockey player
- Katheryn Winnick, Canadian actress
- Maria Brink, American singer and songwriter
- Éric Bédard, Canadian speed skater and coach
- Nir Davidovich, Israeli footballer and manager
- Patrick Müller, Swiss footballer
- Andrew Simpson, English sailor (d. 2013)
- Takeo Spikes, American football player and sportscaster
- Nick Dinsmore, American wrestler and trainer
- Susanthika Jayasinghe, Sri Lankan sprinter
- Milla Jovovich, Ukrainian-American actress
- Charl Langeveldt, South African cricketer
- Sarah Paulson, American actress
- Giovanni Ribisi, American actor
- Eddie Fisher, American drummer
- Konstadinos Gatsioudis, Greek javelin thrower
- Rian Johnson, American director, producer, and screenwriter
- Paula Radcliffe, English runner
- Hasan Vural, German-Turkish footballer
- Iván Pedroso, Cuban long jumper and coach
- Alan Khan, South African radio and TV presenter
- Antoine Rigaudeau, French basketball player
- Laurie Holden, American actress and model
- Inna Lasovskaya, Russian triple jumper
- Chuck Liddell, American mixed martial artist and kick-boxer
- Mick Quinn, English singer-songwriter, guitarist and producer
- Claudio Suárez, Mexican footballer
- Paul Tracy, Canadian race car driver and sportscaster
- Vincent Damphousse, Canadian ice hockey player and sportscaster
- Karsten Neitzel, German footballer and manager
- Tracy Byrd, American singer-songwriter and guitarist
- Kristiina Ojuland, Estonian politician, 23rd Estonian Minister of Foreign Affairs
- Craig Berube, Canadian ice hockey player and coach
- Frank Musil, Czech ice hockey player and coach
- Joe Wolf, American basketball player and coach
- Paul Dobson, English footballer
- Galina Malchugina, Russian sprinter
- Rocco Mediate, American golfer and journalist
- Mansoor al-Jamri, Bahraini journalist and author
- Bob Stinson, American songwriter and guitarist (d. 1995)
- Mike Mills, American bass player, songwriter, and producer
- Wendy Hoyte, English sprinter
- Bob Ojeda, American baseball player and coach
- Peter Farrelly, American director, producer, and screenwriter
- Dominic Lawson, English journalist and author
- Totka Petrova, Bulgarian runner
- Brad Davis, American basketball player, coach, and sportscaster
- Sergejus Jovaiša, Lithuanian basketball player
- Bill Pullman, American actor
- Pat Hill, American football player and coach
- Ken Hitchcock, Canadian ice hockey player and coach
- Tatyana Kazankina, Russian runner
- Laurence F. Johnson, American educator and author
- Maurice Peoples, American sprinter and coach
- Sotiris Kaiafas, Cypriot footballer
- Paul Rodgers, English singer-songwriter and producer
- Valery Belousov, Russian ice hockey player and coach (d. 2015)
- Jim Bonfanti, American rock drummer
- Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu, Turkish economist and politician
- Wes Studi, American actor and producer
- Simon Bates, English radio host
- Eugene Levy, Canadian actor, director, and screenwriter
- Ernie Hudson, American actor
- David Mallet, British director
- Chris Matthews, American journalist and author
- Jüri Talvet, Estonian poet and critic
- Jacqueline Wilson, English author and academic
- Jack L. Chalker, American author and educator (d. 2005)
- Carlo M. Croce, Italian-American oncologist and academic
- Bernard Hill, English actor
- Ron Geesin, Scottish pianist and composer
- Muhammadu Buhari, Nigerian general and politician, 7th Head of State of the Federal Republic of Nigeria
- Paul Butterfield, American singer and harmonica player (d. 1987)
- Dave Dee, English singer-songwriter and guitarist (d. 2009)
- Stan Mudenge, Zimbabwean historian and politician, Zimbabwean Minister of Foreign Affairs (d. 2012)
- Kåre Valebrokk, Norwegian journalist (d. 2013)
- María Elena Velasco, Mexican actress, singer, director, and screenwriter (d. 2015)
- James Booker, American pianist (d. 1983)
- Eddie Kendricks, American R&B singer-songwriter (d. 1992)
- Peter Snell, New Zealand runner (d. 2019)
- Brian Hayes, Australian-English radio host
- Art Neville, American singer and keyboard player (d. 2019)
- Kerry Packer, Australian businessman, founded World Series Cricket (d. 2005)
- John Kennedy Toole, American novelist (d. 1969)
- Calvin Waller, American general (d. 1996)
- Pope Francis
- Tommy Steele, English singer, guitarist, and actor
- Brian Langford, English cricketer (d. 2013)
- Cal Ripken Sr., American baseball player, coach, and manager (d. 1999)
- Irving Petlin, American painter and academic (d. 2018)
- Ray Wilson, English footballer and manager (d. 2018)
- John Bond, English footballer and manager (d. 2012)
- Gerald Finnerman, American director and cinematographer (d. 2011)
- Dave Madden, Canadian-American actor (d. 2014)
- James McGaugh, American neurobiologist and psychologist
- Bob Guccione, American photographer and publisher, founded Penthouse (d. 2010)
- Armin Mueller-Stahl, German actor and painter
- Dorothy Rowe, Australian psychologist and author (d. 2019)
- William Safire, American journalist and author (d. 2009)
- Marilyn Beck, American journalist (d. 2014)
- Eli Beeding, American captain and pilot (d. 2013)
- Doyle Conner, American farmer and politician, 7th Florida Commissioner of Agriculture (d. 2012)
- Richard Long, American actor and director (d. 1974)
- Edward Meneeley, American painter and sculptor (d. 2012)
- Ray Jablonski, American baseball player (d. 1985)
- John Hans Krebs, American lawyer and politician (d. 2014)
- Stephen Lewis, English actor, director, screenwriter, and playwright (d. 2015)
- Jaroslav Pelikan, American historian and scholar (d. 2006)
- Alan Voorhees, American engineer and academic (d. 2005)
- Lore Berger, German-Swiss author and translator (d. 1943)
- Kenneth E. Iverson, Canadian computer scientist, developed the APL programming language (d. 2004)
- Kenneth Dike, Nigerian historian, author, and academic (d. 1983)
- Penelope Fitzgerald, English author and poet (d. 2000)
- Mushtaq Ali, Indian cricketer (d. 2005)
- Fernando Alonso, Cuban ballet dancer, co-founded the Cuban National Ballet (d. 2013)
- Burt Baskin, American businessman, co-founded Baskin-Robbins (d. 1967)
- Edward Short, Baron Glenamara, English captain and politician, Lord President of the Council (d. 2012)
- Eknath Easwaran, Indian-American educator and author (d. 1999)
- Sy Oliver, American singer-songwriter and trumpet player (d. 1988)
- Willard Libby, American chemist and academic, Nobel Prize laureate (d. 1980)
- Fernando Lopes-Graça, Portuguese composer and conductor (d. 1994)
- Russell C. Newhouse, American pilot and engineer (d. 1998)
- Simo Häyhä, Finnish soldier and sniper (d. 2002)
- Mohammad Hidayatullah, 11th Chief Justice of India, and politician, 6th Vice President of India (d. 1992)
- Erico Verissimo, Brazilian author and translator (d. 1975)
- Paul Cadmus, American painter and illustrator (d. 1999)
- Erskine Caldwell, American novelist and short story writer (d. 1987)
- Ray Noble, English bandleader, composer, and actor (d. 1978)
- Mary Cartwright, English mathematician and academic, one of the first people to analyze a dynamical system with chaos (d. 1998)
- Loren Murchison, American sprinter (d. 1979)
- Gerald Patterson, Australian tennis player (d. 1967)
- Arthur Fiedler, American conductor (d. 1979)
- Patrick Flynn, Irish-American runner and soldier (d. 1969)
- Wim Schermerhorn, Dutch cartographer, engineer, and politician, Prime Minister of the Netherlands (d. 1977)
- Charles C. Banks, English captain and pilot (d. 1971)
- Erwin Piscator, German director and producer (d. 1966)
- Sam Barry, American basketball player and coach (d. 1950)
- Prince Joachim of Prussia (d. 1920)
- Josef Lada, Czech painter and illustrator (d. 1957)
- Alison Uttley, English children's book writer (d. 1976)
- Aubrey Faulkner, South African-English cricketer and coach (d. 1930)
- William Lyon Mackenzie King, Canadian economist and politician, 10th Prime Minister of Canada (d. 1950)
- Ford Madox Ford, English novelist, poet, and critic (d. 1939)
- Kazys Grinius, Lithuanian physician and politician, 3rd President of Lithuania (d. 1950)
- Paul César Helleu, French painter and illustrator (d. 1927)
- Pierre Paul Émile Roux, French physician and immunologist, co-founded the Pasteur Institute (d. 1933)
- Émile Faguet, French author and critic (d. 1916)
- Sophus Lie, Norwegian mathematician and academic (d. 1899)
- Nozu Michitsura, Japanese field marshal (d. 1908)
- Alexander Emanuel Agassiz, Swiss-American ichthyologist and engineer (d. 1910)
- Jules de Goncourt, French author and critic (d. 1870)
- Alexander Wassilko von Serecki, Austrian lawyer and politician (d. 1893)
- Vilhelm Petersen, Danish painter (d. 1880)
- John Greenleaf Whittier, American poet and activist (d. 1892)
- Joseph Henry, American physicist and engineer (d. 1878)
- Thomas Chandler Haliburton, Canadian judge and politician (d. 1865)
- Humphry Davy, English chemist and physicist (d. 1829)
- Domenico Cimarosa, Italian composer and educator (d. 1801)
- Maria I of Portugal (d. 1816)
- Émilie du Châtelet, French mathematician and physicist (d. 1749)
- Charles-Louis Mion, French composer and educator (d. 1775)
- Thomas Tickell, English poet (d. 1740)
- Anthony Wood, English historian and author (d. 1695)
- Prince Rupert of the Rhine (d. 1682)
- Roger L'Estrange, English pamphleteer and author (d. 1704)
- Abdul Rahim Khan-I-Khana, Pakistani-Indian poet (d. 1627)
- Ernest of Bavaria, Roman Catholic bishop (d. 1612)
- Emperor Go-Uda of Japan (d. 1324)
- Kujō Yoritsugu, Japanese shōgun (d. 1256)
Deaths On This Day
- Jeremy Bullock, English actor (b. 1945)
- Benjamin A. Gilman, American soldier and politician (b. 1922)
- Henry Heimlich, American doctor (b. 1920)
- Gordon Hunt, American voice director (b. 1929)
- Hal Brown, American baseball player and manager (b. 1924)
- Osamu Hayaishi, American-Japanese biochemist and academic (b. 1920)
- Michael Wyschogrod, German-American philosopher and theologian (b. 1928)
- Dieter Grau, German-American scientist and engineer (b. 1913)
- Richard C. Hottelet, American journalist (b. 1917)
- Oleh Lysheha, Ukrainian poet and playwright (b. 1949)
- Lowell Steward, American captain (b. 1919)
- Ivan Vekić, Croatian colonel, lawyer, and politician, Croatian Minister of the Interior (b. 1938)
- Fred Bruemmer, Latvian-Canadian photographer (b. 1929)
- Ricardo María Carles Gordó, Spanish cardinal (b. 1926)
- Richard Heffner, American historian and television host (b. 1925)
- Tetsurō Kashibuchi, Japanese drummer, songwriter, and producer (b. 1950)
- Janet Rowley, American geneticist and biologist (b. 1925)
- Conny van Rietschoten, Dutch sailor (b. 1926)
- Richard Adams, Filipino-American activist (b. 1947)
- James Gower, American priest and activist, co-founded the College of the Atlantic (b. 1922)
- Daniel Inouye, American captain and politician (b. 1924)
- Laurier LaPierre, Canadian historian, journalist, and politician (b. 1929)
- Frank Pastore, American baseball player and radio host (b. 1957)
- Eva Ekvall, Venezuelan journalist and author, Miss Venezuela 2000 (b. 1983)
- Kim Jong-il, North Korean commander and politician, 2nd Supreme Leader of North Korea (b. 1941)
- Captain Beefheart, American singer-songwriter (b. 1941)
- Walt Dropo, American basketball and baseball player (b. 1923)
- Ralph Coates, English footballer (b. 1946)
- Chris Henry, American football player (b. 1983)
- Jennifer Jones, American actress (b. 1919)
- Alaina Reed Hall, American actress (b. 1946)
- Sammy Baugh, American football player and coach (b. 1914)
- Freddy Breck, German singer-songwriter, producer, and journalist (b. 1942)
- Dave Smith, American baseball player and coach (b. 1955)
- Larry Sherry, American baseball player and coach (b. 1935)
- Jack Anderson, American journalist and author (b. 1922)
- Marc Favreau, Canadian actor and poet (b. 1929)
- Haljand Udam, Estonian orientalist and academic (d. 1936)
- Tom Wesselmann, American painter and sculptor (b. 1931)
- Otto Graham, American football player and coach (b. 1921)
- K. W. Devanayagam, Sri Lankan lawyer and politician, 10th Sri Lankan Minister of Justice (b. 1910)
- Rex Allen, American singer-songwriter and actor (b. 1920)
- Grover Washington Jr., American singer-songwriter and saxophonist (b. 1943)
- C. Vann Woodward, American historian and academic (b. 1908)
- Günther Anders, German journalist and philosopher (b. 1902)
- Dana Andrews, American actor (b. 1909)
- Bernardus Johannes Alfrink, Dutch cardinal (b. 1900)
- Linda Wong, American porn actress (b. 1951)
- Marguerite Yourcenar, Belgian-American author and poet (b. 1903)
- Guillermo Cano Isaza, Colombian journalist (b. 1925)
- Homer S. Ferguson, American lawyer, judge, and politician (b. 1889)
- Antiochos Evangelatos, Greek composer and conductor (b. 1903)
- Don Ellis, American trumpet player, composer, and bandleader (b. 1934)
- Oliver Waterman Larkin, American historian, author, and educator (b. 1896)
- Harold Holt, Australian lawyer and politician, 17th Prime Minister of Australia (b. 1908)
- Victor Francis Hess, Austrian-American physicist and academic, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1883)
- Thomas Mitchell, American actor (b. 1892)
- Dorothy L. Sayers, English author, poet, and playwright (b. 1893)
- Eddie Acuff, American actor (b. 1903)
- Christos Tsigiridis, Greek engineer (b. 1877)
- Allen Bathurst, Lord Apsley, English lieutenant and politician (b. 1895)
- Alicia Boole Stott, Anglo-Irish mathematician and academic (b. 1860)
- Lizette Woodworth Reese, American poet (b. 1856)
- 13th Dalai Lama (b. 1876)
- Charles Winckler, Danish discus thrower, shot putter, and tug of war competitor (b. 1867)
- Peter Warlock, Welsh composer and critic (b. 1894)
- Manuel de Oliveira Gomes da Costa, Portuguese general and politician, 10th President of Portugal (b. 1863)
- Frank Rinehart, American photographer (b. 1861)
- Rajendra Lahiri, Indian activist (b. 1892)
- Elizabeth Garrett Anderson, English physician and activist (b. 1836)
- Leopold II of Belgium (b. 1835)
- William Thomson, 1st Baron Kelvin, Irish-Scottish physicist and engineer (b. 1824)
- William Shiels, Irish-Australian politician, 16th Premier of Victoria (b. 1848)
- José María Iglesias, Mexican politician and interim President (1876-1877) (b. 1823)
- Francis Beaufort, Irish hydrographer and officer in the Royal Navy (b. 1774)
- Marie Louise, Duchess of Parma (b. 1791)
- Kaspar Hauser, German feral child (b. 1812?)
- Simón Bolívar, Venezuelan general and politician, 2nd President of Venezuela (b. 1783)
- Richard Lumley, 1st Earl of Scarbrough, English soldier and politician, Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster (b. 1640)
- Nzinga of Ndongo and Matamba (b. 1583)
- Eleonora di Toledo, Grand Duchess of Tuscany (b. 1522)
- Irene di Spilimbergo, Italian Renaissance poet and painter (b. 1538)
- Infanta Isabel, Duchess of Burgundy (b. 1397)
- William Gascoigne, Chief Justice of England
- Rumi, Persian jurist, theologian, and poet (b. 1207)
- Baldwin V, Count of Hainaut (b. 1150)
- Pope Gregory VIII (b. 1100)
- William I, duke of Normandy
- al-Abbas ibn al-Hasan al-Jarjara'i, Abbasid vizier
- Abdallah ibn al-Mu'tazz, Abbasid prince and poet, anti-caliph for one day
- Sturm, abbot of Fulda