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On This Day in History:  December 2

December 2 is the 336th day of the year (337th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. 29 days remain until the end of the year.

Lottery News On This Day

2017
Florida Lottery shuts down popular lottery store. A popular store for Florida lottery players to buy their tickets has been shut down for undisclosed violations to their retailer contract.
2016
Infamous lottery winner's house burns. Firefighters from all over Bland County converged on Deer Run Estates in Rocky Gap, West Virginia, on Friday morning to battle a blaze at lottery winner Jack Whittaker's house.
2016
Alabama gambling council hears from state lottery executives. Louisiana Lottery President Rose Hudson and New Hampshire Lottery Executive Director Charlie McIntyre spoke to Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley's advisory council on gaming yesterday.
2015
Calif. man wins $10M lottery prize right after winning $1K. Just moments after winning $1,000 on a California Lottery scratch-off ticket, a Modesto man learned that he was the winner of a $10 million prize.
2014
Man to donate $14 million casino jackpot to church. A Las Vegas man who put $20 into a slot machine hit a jackpot Sunday afternoon worth $14 million, and he's donating it all to his church.
2012
Georgia construction worker collects $50M Mega Millions win. A 55-year-old Thomasville construction worker is getting ready to build a new life after winning a $50 million Mega Millions lottery jackpot.
2010
Powerball lottery spreads the wealth in Wednesday's drawing. In Wednesday evening's Powerball multi-state lottery drawing, 34 players hit the Match-5 $200,000 prize level, including nine winners who also purchased Power Play and will walk away with $1 million, and one player won the entire jackpot of $95.3 million.
2010
Nigerian lottery scammer sentenced to 14 years. A Nigerian man has been sentenced to 14 years in prison and must pay restitution to 52 people he duped out of more than $2.7 million with bogus lottery companies that he operated out of London.
2009
Missouri Lottery honors 'Clinic Gals'. "The Clinic Gals" of Dexter, Missouri, have been named the December Lottery Team of the Month, earning the group of Powerball-playing co-workers and friends a prize package of Lottery merchandise.
2009
State senator wants to repeal Arkansas Lottery. A state senator who wants to abolish Arkansas' new lottery is scheduled to present her case Wednesday to a legislative panel.
2005
44 hospital workers split Florida Lotto jackpot. A fortunate group of 44 hospital workers struck it big in the Florida Lottery, claiming a lump-sum prize of $5.9 million, which breaks down to nearly $134,000 per person.
2005
Michigan Mega Millions lottery winners claim prize. A pair of lucky Michigan Mega Millions lottery winners picked up their winnings in Lansing early Thursday.
2005
Connecticut woman steals lottery winnings from purse. A 40-year-old Bridgeport, Connecticut, woman was charged Tuesday with stealing a woman's lottery ticket winnings at Shaw's Supermarket in Fairfield, police said.
2005
Elderly Lottery Winner Donates All Money To Charity. Local media reports that A 71-year-old man in China's Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region who won a lottery jackpot of 5RMB million (US$620,000) has donated all of the money to charity.
2005
N.C. Lottery panel trip may violate open meeting law. The North Carolina State Lottery Commission's planned trip to Tennessee appears to violate open meetings laws, some lawyers argue, although the commission chairman disagrees.
2003
$4 million winner lays low after jackpot. Edward Davis of Ashland, Massachusetts has been lying low since hitting a $4 million Lottery jackpot Friday, but he bought a round of drinks for everyone at the American Legion James O. Carey Post No. 77, where he scored his winning ticket.
2003
Mega wait almost over for lottery's Mega Millions. Lottery players in Texas are anxiously awaiting Mega Millions tickets to go on sale Wednesday.
2003
Company picked to operate North Dakota state lottery. Scientific Games International, which sells Powerball lottery tickets in Montana, Iowa and four other states, has been chosen to provide equipment for North Dakota's entry into the game next year.
2003
Instant ticket grand-prize lottery game still under wraps. Tennessee lottery officials planning an instant ticket grand-prize game, probably as early as February, are still being mum about the details.
2003
Colorado lottery audit unveils woes. State auditors released a report Monday on the Colorado Lottery, finding that its sales may be hitting a ceiling and that profits that should be going to parks and open space are being eaten up by increased prizes used to try to attract more players.

Top 25 Lottery Jackpots On This Day

1.$266 Million
Multi-State
Mega Millions
Draw Date
Dec 3, 2019
2.$257 Million
Multi-State
Mega Millions
Draw Date
Dec 3, 2013
3.$208 Million
Multi-State
Mega Millions
Draw Date
Dec 4, 2018
4.$200 Million
Multi-State
Powerball
Draw Date
Dec 5, 2018
5.$177 Million
Multi-State
Powerball
Draw Date
Dec 2, 2017
6.$160 Million
Multi-State
Mega Millions
Draw Date
Dec 5, 2017
7.$145 Million
Multi-State
Powerball
Draw Date
Dec 4, 2004
8.$128 Million
Multi-State
Mega Millions
Draw Date
Dec 2, 2008
9.$120 Million
Multi-State
Powerball
Draw Date
Dec 4, 2019
10.€97 Million
US$114.82 Million
Multi-Country
Euro Millions
Draw Date
Dec 5, 2017
11.$110 Million
Multi-State
Powerball
Draw Date
Dec 2, 2015
12.€72 Million
US$89.65 Million
Multi-Country
Euro Millions
Draw Date
Dec 2, 2014
13.$82 Million
Multi-State
Mega Millions
Draw Date
Dec 4, 2007
14.€72.14 Million
US$81.96 Million
Draw Date
Dec 4, 2018
15.$81 Million
Multi-State
Powerball
Draw Date
Dec 4, 2013
16.$80 Million
Multi-State
Powerball
Draw Date
Dec 4, 2002
17.€66.57 Million
US$79.19 Million
Draw Date
Dec 2, 2017
18.$75 Million
Multi-State
Powerball
Draw Date
Dec 3, 2005
18.$75 Million
Multi-State
Mega Millions
Draw Date
Dec 2, 2011
20.€58.69 Million
US$72.28 Million
Multi-Country
EuroJackpot
Draw Date
Dec 5, 2014
21.$70 Million
Multi-State
Mega Millions
Draw Date
Dec 2, 2014
22.$69 Million
Multi-State
Mega Millions
Draw Date
Dec 4, 2009
23.€57 Million
US$64.76 Million
Multi-Country
Euro Millions
Draw Date
Dec 4, 2018
24.$62 Million
Multi-State
Mega Millions
Draw Date
Dec 3, 2010
25.€56.3 Million
US$60.06 Million
Draw Date
Dec 3, 2016

Lottery Post Member Birthdays On This Day

1980
Tuesday, Dec 2, 1980
39 years old
1979
Sunday, Dec 2, 1979
40 years old
1979
Sunday, Dec 2, 1979
40 years old
1978
Saturday, Dec 2, 1978
41 years old
1971
Thursday, Dec 2, 1971
48 years old
1966
Friday, Dec 2, 1966
53 years old
1965
Thursday, Dec 2, 1965
54 years old
1961
Saturday, Dec 2, 1961
58 years old
1953
Wednesday, Dec 2, 1953
66 years old
(year not provided)
(year not provided)

Worldwide Events On This Day

2016
Thirty-six people die in a fire at a converted Oakland, California, warehouse serving as an artist collective.
2015
San Bernardino attack: Syed Rizwan Farook and Tashfeen Malik kill 14 people and wound 22 at the Inland Regional Center in San Bernardino, California.
2001
Enron files for Chapter 11 bankruptcy.
1999
The United Kingdom devolves political power in Northern Ireland to the Northern Ireland Executive following the Good Friday Agreement.
1993
Colombian drug lord Pablo Escobar is shot and killed in Medellín.
1993
Space Shuttle program: STS-61: NASA launches the Space Shuttle Endeavour on a mission to repair the Hubble Space Telescope.
1991
Canada and Poland become the first nations to recognize the independence of Ukraine from the Soviet Union.
1989
The Communist insurgency in Malaysia was ended by peace agreement signed and ratified by the Malayan Communist Party (MCP) - Malaysian and Thai governments.
1988
Benazir Bhutto is sworn in as Prime Minister of Pakistan, becoming the first woman to head the government of an Islam-dominated state.
1982
At the University of Utah, Barney Clark becomes the first person to receive a permanent artificial heart.
1980
Salvadoran Civil War: Four American missionaries are raped and murdered by a death squad.
1976
Fidel Castro becomes President of Cuba, replacing Osvaldo Dorticós Torrado.
1975
Laotian Civil War: The Pathet Lao seizes the Laotian capital of Vientiane, forces the abdication of King Sisavang Vatthana, and proclaims the Lao People's Democratic Republic.
1971
Abu Dhabi, Ajman, Fujairah, Sharjah, Dubai, and Umm al-Quwain form the United Arab Emirates.
1970
The United States Environmental Protection Agency begins operations.
1962
Vietnam War: After a trip to Vietnam at the request of U.S. President John F. Kennedy, U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mike Mansfield becomes the first American official to comment adversely on the war's progress.
1961
In a nationally broadcast speech, Cuban leader Fidel Castro declares that he is a Marxist-Leninist and that Cuba is going to adopt Communism.
1957
United Nations Security Council Resolution 126 relating to Kashmir conflict is adopted.
1956
The Granma reaches the shores of Cuba's Oriente Province. Fidel Castro, Che Guevara and 80 other members of the 26th of July Movement disembark to initiate the Cuban Revolution.
1954
Cold War: The United States Senate votes 65 to 22 to censure Joseph McCarthy for "conduct that tends to bring the Senate into dishonor and disrepute".
1954
The Sino-American Mutual Defense Treaty, between the United States and Taiwan, is signed in Washington, D.C.
1950
Korean War: Battle of the Ch'ongch'on River ended, with decisive Chinese victory, UN forces were completely expelled from North Korea.
1949
Convention for the Suppression of the Traffic in Persons and of the Exploitation of the Prostitution of Others is adopted.
1947
Jerusalem Riots of 1947: Riots break out in Jerusalem in response to the United Nations Partition Plan for Palestine.
1943
World War II: A Luftwaffe bombing raid on the harbour of Bari, Italy, sinks numerous cargo and transport ships, including the American SS John Harvey, which is carrying a stockpile of World War I-era mustard gas.
1942
World War II: During the Manhattan Project, a team led by Enrico Fermi initiates the first artificial self-sustaining nuclear chain reaction.
1939
New York City's LaGuardia Airport opens.
1930
Great Depression: In a State of the Union message, U.S. President Herbert Hoover proposes a $150 million (equivalent to $2,250,000,000 in 2018) public works program to help generate jobs and stimulate the economy.
1927
Following 19 years of Ford Model T production, the Ford Motor Company unveils the Ford Model A as its new automobile.
1917
World War I: Russia and the Central Powers sign an armistice at Brest-Litovsk, and peace talks leading to the Treaty of Brest-Litovsk begin.
1908
Puyi becomes Emperor of China at the age of two.
1899
Philippine-American War: The Battle of Tirad Pass, termed "The Filipino Thermopylae", is fought.
1867
At Tremont Temple in Boston, British author Charles Dickens gives his first public reading in the United States.
1865
Alabama ratifies 13th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, followed by North Carolina then Georgia, and U.S. slaves were legally free within two weeks
1859
Militant abolitionist leader John Brown is hanged for his October 16 raid on Harpers Ferry, West Virginia.
1852
Louis-Napoléon Bonaparte becomes Emperor of the French as Napoleon III.
1851
French President Louis-Napoléon Bonaparte overthrows the Second Republic.
1848
Franz Joseph I becomes Emperor of Austria.
1845
Manifest destiny: In a State of the Union message, U.S. President James K. Polk proposes that the United States should aggressively expand into the West.
1823
Monroe Doctrine: In a State of the Union message, U.S. President James Monroe proclaims American neutrality in future European conflicts, and warns European powers not to interfere in the Americas.
1805
War of the Third Coalition: Battle of Austerlitz: French troops under Napoleon Bonaparte decisively defeat a joint Russo-Austrian force.
1804
At Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris, Napoleon Bonaparte crowns himself Emperor of the French.
1763
Dedication of the Touro Synagogue, in Newport, Rhode Island, the first synagogue in what will become the United States.
1697
St Paul's Cathedral is consecrated in London.
1409
The University of Leipzig opens.
1244
Pope Innocent IV arrives at Lyon for the First Council of Lyon

Births On This Day

1998
Juice Wrld, American rapper
1995
Uladzislau Hancharou, Belarusian trampolinist
1995
Joe Stimson, Australian rugby league player
1994
Fumika Shimizu, Japanese actress and model
1994
Cauley Woodrow, English footballer
1993
Haruka Ishida, Japanese singer and actress
1993
Kostas Stafylidis, Greek footballer
1992
Gary Sánchez, Dominican baseball player
1991
Chloé Dufour-Lapointe, Canadian skier
1991
Charlie Puth, American singer-songwriter and pianist
1990
Emmanuel Agyemang-Badu, Ghanaian footballer
1990
Jamille Matt, Jamaican footballer
1990
Gastón Ramírez, Uruguayan footballer
1990
Fausto Rossi, Italian footballer
1990
Hikaru Yaotome, Japanese idol, singer, model and actor
1989
Etta Bond, English singer-songwriter
1989
Cassie Steele, Canadian singer-songwriter and actress
1988
Alfred Enoch, English actor
1988
Fuse ODG, English recording artist
1988
Stephen McGinn, Scottish footballer
1986
Edson Décimo Alves Araújo, Brazilian footballer (d. 2014)
1986
Veronika Kapshay, Ukrainian tennis player
1986
Claudiu Keșerü, Romanian footballer
1986
Adam le Fondre, English footballer
1986
Song Ha-yoon, South Korean actress
1986
Tal Wilkenfeld, Australian bass player and composer
1985
Amaury Leveaux, French swimmer
1985
Dorell Wright, American basketball player
1984
Péter Máté, Hungarian footballer
1983
Chris Burke, Scottish footballer
1983
Daniela Ruah, Portuguese-American actress
1983
Bibiana Candelas, Mexican volleyball player
1983
Jaime Durán, Mexican footballer
1983
Jana Kramer, American actress and singer
1983
Aaron Rodgers, American football player
1983
Daniela Ruah, Portuguese-American actress
1982
Christos Karipidis, Greek footballer
1982
Matt Ware, American football player
1981
Maria Ferekidi, Greek canoe racer
1981
Eric Jungmann, American actor
1981
Danijel Pranjić, Croatian footballer
1981
Britney Spears, American singer-songwriter, dancer, and actress
1980
Adam Kreek, Canadian rower
1980
Darryn Randall, South African cricketer (d. 2013)
1979
Yvonne Catterfeld, German singer-songwriter and actress
1979
Michael McIndoe, Scottish footballer
1979
Abdul Razzaq, Pakistani cricketer
1978
Jarron Collins, American basketball player and coach
1978
Jason Collins, American basketball player
1978
Nelly Furtado, Canadian singer-songwriter, producer, and actress
1978
Luigi Malafronte, Italian footballer
1978
Peter Moylan, Australian baseball player
1978
Maëlle Ricker, Canadian snowboarder
1978
David Rivas, Spanish footballer
1978
Andrew Ryan, Australian rugby league player and sportscaster
1978
Christopher Wolstenholme, English singer-songwriter and bass player
1977
Siyabonga Nomvethe, South African footballer
1976
Eddy Garabito, Dominican baseball player
1976
Masafumi Gotoh, Japanese singer-songwriter, guitarist, and producer
1975
Mark Kotsay, American baseball player
1973
Graham Kavanagh, Irish footballer and manager
1973
Lee Steele, English footballer
1973
Monica Seles, Serbian-American tennis player
1973
Jan Ullrich, German cyclist
1972
Sergejs Žoltoks, Latvian ice hockey player (d. 2004)
1971
Wilson Jermaine Heredia, American actor and singer
1971
Rachel McQuillan, Australian tennis player
1971
Jüri Reinvere, Estonian-German composer and poet
1971
Francesco Toldo, Italian footballer
1971
Mine Yoshizaki, Japanese illustrator
1970
Maksim Tarasov, Russian pole vaulter
1970
Treach, American rapper (Naughty By Nature) and actor
1969
Yang Hyun-suk, South Korean singer-songwriter and producer
1969
Pavel Loskutov, Estonian runner
1969
Ulrika Bergquist, Swedish journalist
1969
Tanya Plibersek, Australian journalist and politician, 45th Australian Minister of Health
1969
Chris Kiwomya, English footballer
1968
David Batty, English footballer
1968
Darryl Kile, American baseball player (d. 2002)
1968
Lucy Liu, American actress and producer
1968
Nate Mendel, American singer-songwriter and bass player
1968
Rena Sofer, American actress
1967
Mary Creagh, English scholar and politician, Shadow Secretary of State for Transport
1966
Philippe Etchebest, French chef and television host
1966
Jinsei Shinzaki, Japanese wrestler and promoter, co-founded Sendai Girls' Pro Wrestling
1965
Shane Flanagan, Australian rugby league player and coach
1963
Brendan Coyle, English actor
1963
Ann Patchett, American author
1963
Rich Sutter, Canadian ice hockey player and scout
1963
Ron Sutter, Canadian ice hockey player and coach
1962
John Dyegh, Nigerian businessman and politician
1960
Peter Blakeley, Australian singer-songwriter and guitarist
1960
Razzle, English rock drummer (Hanoi Rocks) (d. 1984)
1960
Rick Savage, English singer-songwriter and bass player
1959
Kelefa Diallo, Guinean general (d. 2013)
1958
Andrew George, English politician
1958
Vladimir Parfenovich, Belarusian canoe racer and politician
1958
George Saunders, American short story writer and essayist
1957
Dagfinn Høybråten, Norwegian political scientist and politician, Norwegian Minister of Health
1956
Steven Bauer, Cuban-American actor and producer
1954
Dan Butler, American actor, director, and screenwriter
1952
Carol Shea-Porter, American social worker, academic, and politician
1950
John Wesley Ryles, American country music singer-songwriter and guitarist
1950
Amin Saikal, Afghan-Australian political scientist and academic
1950
Benjamin Stora, Algerian-French historian and author
1950
Paul Watson, Canadian activist, founded the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society
1948
Elizabeth Berg, American nurse and author
1948
T. Coraghessan Boyle, American novelist and short story writer
1948
Patricia Hewitt, Australian-English educator and politician, Secretary of State for Health
1948
Toninho Horta, Brazilian guitarist and composer
1948
Antonín Panenka, Czech footballer
1947
Isaac Bitton, Moroccan-French drummer and songwriter
1947
Tommy Jenkins, English footballer and manager
1947
Ivan Atanassov Petrov, Bulgarian neurologist and author
1946
John Banks, New Zealand businessman and politician, 38th Mayor of Auckland City
1946
Pedro Borbón, Dominican-American baseball player (d. 2012)
1946
David Macaulay, English-American author and illustrator
1946
Gianni Versace, Italian fashion designer, founded Versace (d. 1997)
1945
Penelope Spheeris, American director, producer, and screenwriter
1945
Alan Thomson, Australian cricketer
1944
Ibrahim Rugova, Kosovan journalist and politician, 1st President of Kosovo (d. 2006)
1944
Dionysis Savvopoulos, Greek singer-songwriter
1944
Botho Strauß, German author and playwright
1943
Wayne Allard, American veterinarian and politician
1942
Anna G. Jónasdóttir, Icelandic political scientist and academic
1941
Mike England, Welsh footballer and manager
1941
Tom McGuinness, English guitarist, songwriter, author, and producer
1940
Willie Brown, American football player, coach, and manager
1939
Yael Dayan, Israeli journalist, author, and politician
1939
Francis Fox, Canadian lawyer and politician, 48th Secretary of State for Canada
1939
Harry Reid, American lawyer and politician, 25th Lieutenant Governor of Nevada
1937
Manohar Joshi, Indian lawyer and politician, 15th Chief Minister of Maharashtra
1935
David Hackett Fischer, American historian, author, and academic
1934
Tarcisio Bertone, Italian cardinal
1934
Andre Rodgers, Bahamian baseball player (d. 2004)
1933
Peter Robin Harding, English marshal and pilot
1933
Mike Larrabee, American sprinter and educator (d. 2003)
1931
Nigel Calder, English journalist, author, and screenwriter (d. 2014)
1931
Masaaki Hatsumi, Japanese martial artist and educator, founded Bujinkan
1931
Wynton Kelly, American pianist and composer (d. 1971)
1931
Edwin Meese, American colonel, lawyer, and politician, 75th United States Attorney General
1930
Gary Becker, American economist and academic, Nobel Prize laureate (d. 2014)
1930
David Piper, English race car driver
1929
Dan Jenkins, American journalist and author
1929
Leon Litwack, American historian and author
1928
Guy Bourdin, French photographer (d. 1991)
1925
Julie Harris, American actress (d. 2013)
1924
Jonathan Frid, Canadian actor (d. 2012)
1924
Alexander Haig, American general and politician, 59th United States Secretary of State (d. 2010)
1924
Else Marie Pade, Danish composer (d. 2016)
1924
Vilgot Sjöman, Swedish actor, director, producer, and screenwriter (d. 2006)
1923
Maria Callas, American-Greek soprano and actress (d. 1977)
1922
Iakovos Kambanelis, Greek author, poet, and screenwriter (d. 2011)
1921
Carlo Furno, Italian cardinal (d. 2015)
1917
Sylvia Syms, American singer (d. 1992)
1916
Howard Finster, American minister and painter (d. 2001)
1915
Takahito, Prince Mikasa of Japan (d. 2016)
1914
Bill Erwin, American actor (d. 2010)
1914
Adolph Green, American playwright and composer (d. 2002)
1913
Marc Platt, American actor, singer, and dancer (d. 2014)
1912
George Emmett, English cricketer and coach (d. 1976)
1910
Russell Lynes, American photographer, historian, and author (d. 1991)
1910
Taisto Mäki, Finnish runner (d. 1979)
1909
Arvo Askola, Finnish runner (d. 1975)
1909
Walenty Kłyszejko, Estonian-Polish basketball player and coach (d. 1987)
1909
Joseph P. Lash, American activist and author (d. 1987)
1906
Peter Carl Goldmark, Hungarian-American engineer (d. 1977)
1901
Raimundo Orsi, Argentinian-Italian footballer (d. 1986)
1900
Elisa Godínez Gómez de Batista, First Lady of Cuba from 1940 to 1944 (d. 1993)
1900
Herta Hammerbacher, German landscape architect and professor (d. 1985)
1899
John Barbirolli, English cellist and conductor (d. 1970)
1899
John Cobb, English race car driver and pilot (d. 1952)
1899
Ray Morehart, American baseball player (d. 1989)
1898
Indra Lal Roy, Indian lieutenant and first Indian fighter aircraft pilot (d. 1918)
1897
Ivan Bagramyan, Russian general (d. 1982)
1895
Harriet Cohen, English pianist (d. 1967)
1894
Warren William, American actor (d. 1948)
1891
Otto Dix, German painter and illustrator (d. 1969)
1891
Charles H. Wesley, American historian and author (d. 1987)
1885
George Minot, American physician and academic, Nobel Prize laureate (d. 1950)
1884
Erima Harvey Northcroft, New Zealand soldier, lawyer, and judge (d. 1953)
1884
Yahya Kemal Beyatlı, Turkish poet and author (d. 1958)
1876
Yusuf Akçura, Tatar-Turkish activist and ideologue of Turanism (d. 1935)
1866
Harry Burleigh, American singer-songwriter (d. 1949)
1863
Charles Edward Ringling, American businessman, co-founded the Ringling Brothers Circus (d. 1926)
1860
Charles Studd, England cricketer and missionary (d. 1931)
1859
Georges Seurat, French painter (d. 1891)
1847
Deacon White, American baseball player and manager (d. 1939)
1846
Pierre Waldeck-Rousseau, French lawyer and politician, 68th Prime Minister of France (d. 1904)
1827
William Burges, English architect and designer (d. 1881)
1825
Pedro II of Brazil (d. 1891)
1817
Heinrich von Sybel, German historian, academic, and politician (d. 1895)
1811
Jean-Charles Chapais, Canadian farmer and politician, 1st Canadian Minister of Agriculture (d. 1885)
1810
Henry Yesler, American businessman and politician, 7th Mayor of Seattle (d. 1892)
1760
John Breckinridge, American soldier, lawyer, and politician, 5th United States Attorney General (d. 1806)
1760
Joseph Graetz, German organist, composer, and educator (d. 1826)
1759
James Edward Smith, English botanist and mycologist, founded the Linnean Society (d. 1828)
1754
William Cooper, American judge and politician, founded Cooperstown, New York (d. 1809)
1738
Richard Montgomery, Irish-American general (d. 1775)
1703
Ferdinand Konščak, Croatian missionary and explorer (d. 1759)
1694
William Shirley, English-American lawyer and politician, Governor of the Province of Massachusetts Bay (d. 1771)
1629
William Egon of Fürstenberg, Catholic cardinal (d. 1704)
1599
Thomas Bruce, 1st Earl of Elgin, Scottish nobleman (d. 1663)
1578
Agostino Agazzari, Italian composer and theorist (d. 1641)
1501
Queen Munjeong, Korean queen (d. 1565)
503
Emperor Jianwen of Liang, emperor of the Chinese Liang dynasty (d. 551)

Deaths On This Day

2015
Sandy Berger, American lawyer and politician, 19th United States National Security Advisor (b. 1945)
2015
Will McMillan, American actor, director, and producer (b. 1944)
2015
George T. Sakato, American soldier, Medal of Honor recipient (b. 1921)
2014
A. R. Antulay, Indian lawyer and politician, 8th Chief Minister of Maharashtra (b. 1929)
2014
Jean Béliveau, Canadian ice hockey player (b. 1931)
2014
Josie Cichockyj, English basketball player and coach (b. 1964)
2014
Bobby Keys, American saxophonist (b. 1943)
2014
Don Laws, American figure skater and coach (b. 1929)
2013
William Allain, American soldier and politician, 58th Governor of Mississippi (b. 1928)
2013
Jean-Claude Beton, Algerian-French engineer and businessman, founded Orangina (b. 1925)
2013
Marcelo Déda, Brazilian lawyer and politician (b. 1960)
2013
Junior Murvin, Jamaican singer-songwriter (b. 1946)
2012
Tom Hendry, Canadian playwright, co-founded the Manitoba Theatre Centre (b. 1929)
2012
Ehsan Naraghi, Iranian sociologist and author (b. 1926)
2009
Foge Fazio, American football player and coach (b. 1938)
2009
Eric Woolfson, Scottish singer-songwriter, pianist, and producer (b. 1945)
2008
Odetta, American singer-songwriter, guitarist, and actress (b. 1930)
2008
Henry Molaison, American memory disorder patient (b. 1926)
2008
Edward Samuel Rogers, Canadian lawyer and businessman (b. 1933)
2007
Jennifer Alexander, Canadian-American ballerina and actress (b. 1972)
2007
Elizabeth Hardwick, American literary critic, novelist, and short story writer (b. 1916)
2006
Mariska Veres, Dutch singer (b. 1947)
2005
William P. Lawrence, American admiral and pilot (b. 1930)
2005
Van Tuong Nguyen, Australian convicted drug trafficker (b. 1980)
2004
Alicia Markova, English ballerina and choreographer (b. 1910)
2004
Mona Van Duyn, American poet and academic (b. 1921)
2003
Alan Davidson, British soldier, historian, and author (b. 1924)
2002
Ivan Illich, Austrian priest and philosopher (b. 1926)
2002
Arno Peters, German cartographer and historian (b. 1916)
2000
Gail Fisher, American actress (b. 1935)
1999
Charlie Byrd, American guitarist (b. 1925)
1997
Shirley Crabtree, English wrestler (b. 1930)
1997
Michael Hedges, American singer-songwriter and guitarist (b. 1953)
1995
Robertson Davies, Canadian author, playwright, and critic (b. 1913)
1995
Roxie Roker, American actress (b. 1929)
1995
Mária Telkes, Hungarian-American biophysicist and chemist (b. 1900)
1993
Pablo Escobar, Colombian drug lord
1990
Aaron Copland, American composer and conductor (b. 1900)
1990
Robert Cummings, American actor, director, and producer (b. 1908)
1988
Karl-Heinz Bürger, German colonel (b. 1904)
1988
Tata Giacobetti, Italian singer-songwriter (b. 1922)
1987
Luis Federico Leloir, French-Argentinian physician and biochemist, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1906)
1987
Yakov Borisovich Zel'dovich, Belarusian physicist, astronomer, and cosmologist (b. 1914)
1986
Desi Arnaz, Cuban-American actor, singer, businessman, and television producer (b. 1917)
1986
John Curtis Gowan, American psychologist and academic (b. 1912)
1985
Philip Larkin, English poet, author, and librarian (b. 1922)
1983
Fifi D'Orsay, Canadian-American actress and singer (b. 1904)
1982
Marty Feldman, English actor and comedian (b. 1933)
1982
Giovanni Ferrari, Italian footballer and manager (b. 1907)
1981
Wallace Harrison, American architect, co-founded Harrison & Abramovitz (b. 1895)
1980
Chaudhry Muhammad Ali, Indian-Pakistani lawyer and politician, 4th Prime Minister of Pakistan (b. 1905)
1980
Romain Gary, Lithuanian-French author, director, and screenwriter (b. 1914)
1976
Danny Murtaugh, American baseball player and manager (b. 1917)
1974
Max Weber, Swiss lawyer and politician (b. 1897)
1969
José María Arguedas, Peruvian anthropologist, author, and poet (b. 1911)
1969
Kliment Voroshilov, Ukrainian-Russian marshal and politician, 3rd Head of State of The Soviet Union (b. 1881)
1966
L. E. J. Brouwer, Dutch mathematician and philosopher (b. 1881)
1966
Giles Cooper, Irish author, playwright, and screenwriter (b. 1918)
1957
Harrison Ford, American actor (b. 1884)
1957
Manfred Sakel, Ukrainian-American neurophysiologist and psychiatrist (b. 1902)
1953
Reginald Baker, Australian rugby player (b. 1884)
1953
Trần Trọng Kim, Vietnamese historian, scholar, and politician, Prime Minister of Vietnam (b. 1883)
1950
Dinu Lipatti, Romanian pianist and composer (b. 1917)
1944
Josef Lhévinne, Russian pianist and educator (b. 1874)
1944
Filippo Tommaso Marinetti, Egyptian-Italian poet and composer (b. 1876)
1944
Eiji Sawamura, Japanese baseball player and soldier (b. 1917)
1943
Nordahl Grieg, Norwegian journalist and author (b. 1902)
1936
John Ringling, American businessman, co-founded Ringling Brothers Circus (b. 1866)
1931
Vincent d'Indy, French composer and educator (b. 1851)
1927
Paul Heinrich von Groth, German scientist who systematically classified minerals and founded the journal Zeitschrift für Krystallographie und Mineralogie (b. 1843)
1924
Kazimieras Būga, Lithuanian linguist and philologist (b. 1879)
1918
Edmond Rostand, French poet and playwright (b. 1868)
1899
Gregorio del Pilar, Filipino general and politician, 1st Governor of Bulacan (b. 1875)
1892
Jay Gould, American businessman and financier (b. 1836)
1888
Namık Kemal, Turkish journalist, poet, and playwright (b. 1840)
1885
Allen Wright, Principal chief of the Choctaw Nation (1866-1870); proposed the name "Oklahoma", from Choctaw words okra and umma, meaning "Territory of the Red People." (b. 1826)
1881
Jenny von Westphalen, German author (b. 1814)
1859
John Brown, American abolitionist (b. 1800)
1849
Adelaide of Saxe-Meiningen (b. 1792)
1844
Eustachy Erazm Sanguszko, Polish general and politician (b. 1768)
1814
Marquis de Sade, French philosopher, author, and politician (b. 1740)
1774
Johann Friedrich Agricola, German organist and composer (b. 1720)
1748
Charles Seymour, 6th Duke of Somerset, English politician, Lord President of the Council (b. 1662)
1747
Vincent Bourne, English poet and scholar (b. 1695)
1726
Samuel Penhallow, English-American historian and author (b. 1665)
1723
Philippe II, Duke of Orléans (b. 1674)
1719
Pasquier Quesnel, French theologian and author (b. 1634)
1694
Pierre Puget, French painter, sculptor, and architect (b. 1622)
1665
Catherine de Vivonne, marquise de Rambouillet, French author (b. 1588)
1615
Louis des Balbes de Berton de Crillon, French general (b. 1541)
1594
Gerardus Mercator, Flemish mathematician, cartographer, and philosopher (b. 1512)
1547
Hernán Cortés, Spanish general and explorer (b. 1485)
1515
Gonzalo Fernández de Córdoba, Spanish general (b. 1453)
1510
Muhammad Shaybani, Khan of Bukhara (b. 1451)
1469
Piero di Cosimo de' Medici, Italian banker and politician (b. 1416)
1463
Albert VI, Archduke of Austria (b. 1418)
1455
Isabel of Coimbra, queen of Portugal (b. 1432)
1381
John of Ruusbroec, Flemish priest and mystic (b. 1293)
1348
Emperor Hanazono of Japan (b. 1297)
1340
Geoffrey le Scrope, Chief Justice of King Edward III of England
1022
Elvira Menéndez, queen of Alfonso V of Castile (b. 996)
949
Odo of Wetterau, German nobleman
930
Ma Yin, Chinese warlord, king of Chu (Ten Kingdoms) (b. 853)
537
Pope Silverius