On This Day in History: December 22
December 22 is the 356th day of the year (357th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. 9 days remain until the end of the year.
Lottery News On This Day
- El Gordo awards over €2.4 billion in famous Christmas raffle. The Spanish Lottery has released the winning numbers for "El Gordo" (The Fat One), the most well-known, largest raffle in history, measured by prize payout. In 2020, the Christmas raffle is handing out over €2.4 billion (US$ 2.9 billion) in prizes. That's €28 million (US$34 million) more than last year.
- El Gordo holds annual Christmas drawing, awarding billions. People lucky enough to hold tickets with the number 71198 were blessed with thousands of euros in prize money in Spain's bumper Christmas lottery Friday.
- Accused lottery rigger Eddie Tipton facing new Wisconsin charges. A former Iowa lottery security official accused of rigging drawings to win prize money in several states is facing new felony charges in Wisconsin.
- Beach town hits jackpot in Spain's El Gordo lottery. With wide smiles, elated lottery winners popped corks on bottles of sparkling wine Tuesday in in the southern beach city of Roquetas de Mar, where tickets bearing the top prize number in Spain's Christmas lottery were sold.
- S.C. Lottery to honor two winning sets of Pick 3 numbers. The South Carolina Education Lottery says it will honor two sets of winning numbers for Friday night's Pick 3 drawing.
- Spaniards celebrate 'El Gordo' victories in world's biggest lottery. Thousands of Spaniards including humble restaurant workers and care home residents celebrated wins in the world's biggest lottery draw on Monday, scooping up shares in over 2.2 billion euros (US$2.7 billion) in prizes doled out across the country.
- Spain holds annual Christmas El Gordo lottery draw. The winners of Spain's cherished Christmas lottery -- the world's richest -- celebrated around the country Sunday, a moment of joy and relief after another year of a brutal financial crisis.
- Kentucky Pick 4 lottery players beat the house. Kentucky Lottery chief financial officer Howard Kline said the payoff to Pick 4 players in November turned out to be far more than was taken in on the game.
- $77M Powerball lottery ticket to expire Monday. A Powerball lottery ticket worth $77 million from the June 29, 2011 drawing will expire on Monday, unless the winner claims the massive jackpot before then.
- Mega Millions: $168M Christmas Eve lottery jackpot. Lottery players across the United States are buying their Mega Millions tickets in preparation for Friday's massive $168 million Christmas Eve drawing.
- Multi-state jackpots could bring holiday cheer. Just in time for the holidays, the nation's two multi-state lottery games have jackpots that have grown to thresholds that usually produce frenzied buying.
- Powerball Jackpot Rolls To $137 Million. No tickets correctly matched all six numbers in Saturday's Powerball drawing, pushing the jackpot to an estimated $137 million, with a cash option of $74.4 million. That's currently the largest lottery jackpot in the world.
- Spend a lott this Christmas. 'Tis the season to splash out and be jolly...and three lucky ladies won't be worrying about the bills when they start rolling in after Christmas.
- Other vendors could have saved Tenn. lottery $23M. While Tennessee's lottery won uncommonly good rates from two companies vying to sell lottery tickets here next year, those rates were not the lowest offered. Indeed, they were the highest.
- One ticket wins $6 million Florida Lotto jackpot. One ticket matched all six Florida Lotto numbers to win a jackpot of $6 million, lottery officials said Sunday.
- Orgeon lottery gears up to sell new contract. Oregon State Lottery officials will launch two weeks of public forums in March to talk to retailers about compensation rates and other issues as the agency prepares a new six-year contract.
- Ex-lawmaker, lottery leader dies. Tributes poured in Friday for E.D. "Debbs" Potts, a former lawmaker, president of the Oregon Senate, and until this month, the only chairman of the Oregon Lottery Commission.
- Santa comes early for LeBlanc family. A check for almost $65,000 is one way to guarantee a merry Christmas.
- Struggling family wins $77,777 jackpot. After experiencing a very harsh year in which her husband lost his job and they lost their home because they could not make the mortgage payments, Patricia Fields said she feels winning the lottery is a blessing from God.
- Vendor defends perks for Colorado lottery workers. The company that makes scratch-game tickets for the Colorado Lottery defended Friday its purchase of trips and entertainment for Lottery employees.
Top 25 Lottery Jackpots On This Day
- 1.$330 Million
Dec 22, 2020
- 2.$321 Million
Dec 23, 2020
- 2.$321 Million
Dec 25, 2018
- 4.$314.9 Million
Dec 25, 2002
- 5.$300 Million
Dec 23, 2017
- 6.$281 Million
Dec 22, 2018
- 7.$253 Million
Dec 22, 2017
- 8.$227 Million
Dec 23, 2015
- 9.$183 Million
Dec 25, 2019
- 10.$173 Million
Dec 23, 2011
- 11.$168 Million
Dec 24, 2010
- 12.$162 Million
Dec 22, 2009
- 13.$142 Million
Dec 23, 2014
- 14.$137 Million
Dec 24, 2003
- 15.$128.8 Million
Dec 24, 2011
- 16.€109 Million
Dec 25, 2018
- 17.$106 Million
Dec 23, 2009
- 18.$100 Million
Dec 24, 2014
- 18.$100 Million
Dec 23, 2003
- 20.€80.76 Million
Dec 22, 2020
- 21.€72 Million
Dec 24, 2013
- 22.$94 Million
Dec 22, 2015
- 23.€80.46 Million
Dec 22, 2018
- 24.€76.14 Million
Dec 23, 2017
- 25.$89.5 Million
Dec 22, 1993
Lottery Post Member Birthdays On This Day
Sunday, Dec 22, 1991
29 years old
Sunday, Dec 22, 1985
35 years old
Monday, Dec 22, 1969
51 years old
Friday, Dec 22, 1967
53 years old
Thursday, Dec 22, 1966
54 years old
Tuesday, Dec 22, 1964
56 years old
Friday, Dec 22, 1961
59 years old
Monday, Dec 22, 1958
62 years old
Thursday, Dec 22, 1955
65 years old
Thursday, Dec 22, 1949
71 years old
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Worldwide Events On This Day
- A tsunami caused by an eruption of Anak Krakatau in Indonesia kills at least 430 people and injures almost a thousand more.
- United Nations Security Council Resolution 2397 against North Korea is unanimously approved.
- A study finds the VSV-EBOV vaccine against the Ebola virus between 70 and 100% effective, thus making it the first proven vaccine against the disease.
- Bashir Ahmad Bilour of Awami National Party and eight others are killed in a Pakistan Taliban bomber suicide attack in Dhaki Nalbandi area near Qissa Khwani Bazaar.
- The repeal of the Don't ask, don't tell policy, the 17-year-old policy banning homosexuals serving openly in the United States military, is signed into law by President Barack Obama.
- An ash dike ruptured at a solid waste containment area in Roane County, Tennessee, releasing 1.1 billion US gallons (4,200,000 m) of coal fly ash slurry.
- Burhanuddin Rabbani, political leader of the Northern Alliance, hands over power in Afghanistan to the interim government headed by President Hamid Karzai.
- Richard Reid attempts to destroy a passenger airliner by igniting explosives hidden in his shoes aboard American Airlines Flight 63.
- Just after taking off from London Stansted Airport, Korean Air Cargo Flight 8509 crashes into Hatfield Forest near Great Hallingbury, killing all four people on board.
- Acteal massacre: Attendees at a prayer meeting of Roman Catholic activists for indigenous causes in the small village of Acteal in the Mexican state of Chiapas are massacred by paramilitary forces.
- Hussein Farrah Aidid relinquishes the disputed title of President of Somalia by signing the Cairo Declaration, in Cairo, Egypt. It is the first major step towards reconciliation in Somalia since 1991.
- Airborne Express Flight 827 crashes near Narrows, Virginia, killing all six people on board.
- Lech Wałęsa is elected President of Poland.
- Final independence of Marshall Islands and Federated States of Micronesia after termination of trusteeship.
- Communist President of Romania Nicolae Ceaușescu is overthrown by Ion Iliescu after days of bloody confrontations. The deposed dictator and his wife Elena flee Bucharest in a helicopter as protesters erupt in cheers.
- Berlin's Brandenburg Gate re-opens after nearly 30 years, effectively ending the division of East and West Germany.
- In Zimbabwe, the political parties ZANU and ZAPU reach an agreement that ends the violence in the Matabeleland region known as the Gukurahundi.
- "Subway vigilante" Bernhard Goetz shoots four would-be muggers on a 2 express train in Manhattan section of New York, United States.
- The pivotal Third Plenum of the 11th National Congress of the Communist Party of China is held in Beijing, with Deng Xiaoping reversing Mao-era policies to pursue a program for Chinese economic reform.
- Grande Comore, Anjouan and Mohéli vote to become the independent nation of Comoros. Mayotte remains under French administration.
- The house of former British Prime Minister Edward Heath is attacked by members of the Provisional IRA.
- Cultural Revolution: People's Daily posted the instructions of Mao Zedong that "The intellectual youth must go to the country, and will be educated from living in rural poverty."
- In the United Kingdom, a 70 mph speed limit is applied to all rural roads including motorways for the first time.
- The first test flight of the SR-71 (Blackbird) takes place at Air Force Plant 42 in Palmdale, California, United States.
- The cruise ship Lakonia burns 180 miles (290 km) north of Madeira, Portugal with the loss of 128 lives.
- Sjafruddin Prawiranegara established the Emergency Government of the Republic of Indonesia (Pemerintah Darurat Republik Indonesia, PDRI) in West Sumatra.
- World War II: Battle of the Bulge: German troops demand the surrender of United States troops at Bastogne, Belgium, prompting the famous one word reply by General Anthony McAuliffe: "Nuts!"
- World War II: The Vietnam People's Army is formed to resist Japanese occupation of Indochina, now Vietnam.
- World War II: Adolf Hitler signs the order to develop the V-2 rocket as a weapon.
- World War II: Himara is captured by the Greek army.
- Indian Muslims observe a "Day of Deliverance" to celebrate the resignations of members of the Indian National Congress over their not having been consulted over the decision to enter World War II with the United Kingdom.
- The Lincoln Tunnel opens to traffic in New York City.
- Opening of Visva-Bharati College, also known as Santiniketan College, now Visva Bharati University, India.
- The GOELRO economic development plan is adopted by the 8th Congress of Soviets of the Russian SFSR.
- An Mw 7.9 earthquake strikes Xinjiang, China, killing at least 280.
- The Dreyfus affair begins in France, when Alfred Dreyfus is wrongly convicted of treason.
- Asteroid 323 Brucia becomes the first asteroid discovered using photography.
- Cornwallis Valley Railway begins operation between Kentville and Kingsport, Nova Scotia.
- The Christmas Meeting of 1888, considered to be the official start of the Faroese independence movement.
- Itō Hirobumi, a samurai, becomes the first Prime Minister of Japan.
- American Civil War: Savannah, Georgia, falls to the forces of General Sherman.
- India's first freight train is operated in Roorkee, to transport material for the construction of the Ganges Canal.
- Ludwig van Beethoven conducts and performs in concert at the Theater an der Wien, Vienna, with the premiere of his Fifth Symphony, Sixth Symphony, Fourth Piano Concerto (performed by Beethoven himself) and Choral Fantasy (with Beethoven at the piano).
- The Embargo Act, forbidding trade with all foreign countries, is passed by the U.S. Congress, at the urging of President Thomas Jefferson.
- The Turkish fortress of Izmail is stormed and captured by Alexander Suvorov and his Russian armies.
- Nguyễn Huệ proclaims himself Emperor Quang Trung, in effect abolishing on his own the Lê dynasty.
- Sino-Burmese War: The war ends with an uneasy truce.
- Pope Honorius III approves the Dominican Order through the papal bull of confirmation Religiosam vitam.
- Nearly three weeks after the death of King Henry I of England, Stephen of Blois claims the throne and is privately crowned King of England.
- Luoyang, eastern capital of the Tang dynasty, is captured by rebel leader Huang Chao during the reign of Emperor Xizong.
- Damghan earthquake: An earthquake near the Persian city of Damghan kills an estimated 200,000 people, the sixth deadliest earthquake in recorded history.
- Pope Innocent I is elected, the only pope to succeed his father in the office.
- AD 69
- Vespasian is proclaimed Emperor of Rome; his predecessor, Vitellius, attempts to abdicate but is captured and killed at the Gemonian stairs.
Births On This Day
- Joshua Bassett (actor), American actor and singer
- G Hannelius, American actress and singer
- Rúben Lameiras, Portuguese footballer
- Meghan Trainor, American singer-songwriter and producer
- Raphaël Guerreiro, Portuguese footballer
- Michaela Hončová, Slovak tennis player
- Moonbyul from Mamamoo, Korean rapper, vocalist and songwriter
- Jean-Baptiste Maunier, French actor and singer
- Jordin Sparks, American singer-songwriter and actress
- Leigh Halfpenny, Welsh rugby player
- Éder, Bissau-Portuguese footballer
- Johannes Ahun, Estonian windsurfer
- Dennis Armfield, Australian footballer
- Fatih Öztürk, Turkish footballer
- Basshunter, Swedish singer, record producer and DJ
- Ryan Eversley, American race car driver
- Drew Hankinson, American wrestler
- Viola Kibiwot, Kenyan runner
- José Fonte, Portuguese footballer
- Britta Heidemann, German fencer
- Alinne Moraes, Brazilian actress and model
- Marina Kuptsova, Russian high jumper
- Jamie Langfield, Scottish footballer and coach
- Danny Ahn, South Korean singer
- Joy Ali, Fijian boxer (d. 2015)
- Emmanuel Olisadebe, Nigerian-Polish footballer
- Steve Kariya, Canadian ice hockey player and coach
- Katleen De Caluwé, Belgian sprinter
- Jason Lane, American baseball player and coach
- Aya Takano, Japanese author and illustrator
- Sergei Aschwanden, Swiss martial artist
- Dmitri Khokhlov, Russian footballer and manager
- Marcin Mięciel, Polish footballer
- Stanislav Neckář, Czech ice hockey player
- Michael Barron, English footballer, coach, and manager
- Dani García, Spanish footballer
- Kirk Maltby, Canadian ice hockey player and scout
- Vanessa Paradis, French singer-songwriter and actress
- Mark Hill, English musician, producer and songwriter
- Ajeenkya Patil, Indian economist and academic
- Ted Cruz, American lawyer and politician
- Gary Anderson, Scottish darts player
- Myriam Bédard, Canadian biathlete
- Mark Robins, English footballer and manager
- Emre Aracı, Turkish composer, conductor, and historian
- Luis Hernández, Mexican footballer
- Dina Meyer, American actress
- Richey Edwards, Welsh singer-songwriter and guitarist (d. 1995)
- Stéphane Gendron, Canadian lawyer and politician
- Rebecca Harris, English businesswoman and politician
- Paul Morris, Australian race car driver and businessman
- Dan Petrescu, Romanian footballer and manager
- Dmitry Bilozerchev, Russian gymnast and coach
- Marcel Schirmer, German singer-songwriter and bass player
- David Wright, English lawyer and politician
- David S. Goyer, American screenwriter
- Urszula Włodarczyk, Polish heptathlete and triple jumper
- Simon Kirby, English businessman and politician
- Mike Jackson, American baseball player
- Giuseppe Bergomi, Italian footballer and coach
- Russell Lewis, British television writer and former child actor
- Brian McMillan, South African cricketer and educator
- Luna H. Mitani, Japanese-American painter and illustrator
- Ralph Fiennes, English actor
- Andrew Fastow, American businessman
- Yuri Malenchenko, Russian colonel, pilot, and astronaut
- Jean-Michel Basquiat, American painter and poet (d. 1988)
- Mark Brydon, English guitarist, songwriter, and producer
- Luther Campbell, American rapper and actor
- Bernd Schuster, German footballer and manager
- Frank Gambale, Australian guitarist, songwriter, and producer
- David Heavener, American singer-songwriter, producer, actor, and director
- Stephen Conway, English bishop
- Carole James, English-Canadian educator and politician
- Peter Mortimer, Australian rugby league player
- Jane Lighting, English businesswoman
- Galina Murašova, Lithuanian discus thrower
- Lonnie Smith, American baseball player
- Thomas C. Südhof, German-American biochemist and academic, Nobel Prize laureate
- Hideshi Matsuda, Japanese race car driver
- Derick Parry, Nevisian cricketer
- Ian Turnbull, Canadian ice hockey player
- Tom Underwood, American baseball player (d. 2010)
- Sandra Kalniete, Latvian politician and diplomat, Latvian Minister of Foreign Affairs
- Lasse Bengtsson, Swedish journalist
- Charles de Lint, Dutch-Canadian author and critic
- Gerald Grosvenor, 6th Duke of Westminster, Anglo-Irish Territorial Army general, landowner, businessman, philanthropist, and hereditary peer (d. 2016)
- Jan Stephenson, Australian golfer
- Maurice Gibb, Manx-English singer-songwriter and producer (d. 2003)
- Robin Gibb, Manx-English singer-songwriter and producer (d. 2012)
- Ray Guy, American football player
- Steve Garvey, American baseball player and sportscaster
- Don Kardong, American runner, journalist, and author
- Rick Nielsen, American singer-songwriter and guitarist
- Chris Old, English cricketer and coach
- Lynne Thigpen, American actress and singer (d. 2003)
- Brian Daley, American author and screenwriter (d. 1996)
- Dilip Doshi, Indian cricketer
- Roger Carr, English businessman
- C. Eugene Steuerle, American economist and author
- Frances Lannon, English historian and academic
- Sam Newman, Australian footballer and sportscaster
- Diane Sawyer, American journalist
- Mary Archer, English chemist and academic
- Steve Carlton, American baseball player
- Barry Jenkins, English drummer
- Stefan Janos, Slovak-Swiss physicist and academic
- Paul Wolfowitz, American banker and politician, 25th United States Deputy Secretary of Defense
- Jerry Koosman, American baseball player
- Dick Parry, English saxophonist
- Luis Francisco Cuéllar, Colombian rancher and politician (d. 2009)
- Mike Molloy, English journalist, author, and illustrator
- Matty Alou, Dominican-American baseball player and scout (d. 2011)
- Lucien Bouchard, Canadian lawyer and politician, 27th Premier of Quebec
- Red Steagall, American singer-songwriter, guitarist, actor, and poet
- Charlotte Lamb, English author (d. 2000)
- Eduard Uspensky, Russian author, poet, and playwright (d. 2018)
- Ken Whitmore, English author and playwright
- James Burke, Irish historian and author
- Héctor Elizondo, American actor and director
- Paulo Rocha, Portuguese director and screenwriter (d. 2012)
- David Pearson, American race car driver (d. 2018)
- John Hartle, English motorcycle racer (d. 1968)
- Phil Woosnam, Welsh soccer player and manager (d. 2013)
- Gisela Birkemeyer, German hurdler and coach
- Carlos Graça, São Toméan lawyer and politician, Prime Minister of São Tomé and Príncipe (d. 2013)
- Ardalion Ignatyev, Russian sprinter and educator (d. 1998)
- Wazir Mohammad, Indian-Pakistani cricketer
- Fredrik Barth, German-Norwegian anthropologist and academic (d. 2016)
- Alcides Ghiggia, Italian-Uruguayan footballer and manager (d. 2015)
- Roberta Leigh (Rita Shulman Lewin), British writer, artist and TV producer (d. 2014)
- Lewis Glucksman, American businessman and philanthropist (d. 2006)
- Lefter Küçükandonyadis, Turkish footballer and manager (d. 2012)
- Frank Corsaro, American actor and director (d. 2017)
- Peregrine Worsthorne, English journalist and author (d. 2020)
- Ruth Roman, American actress (d. 1999)
- Jim Wright, American soldier, lawyer, and politician, 56th Speaker of the United States House of Representatives (d. 2015)
- Dimitri Fampas, Greek guitarist and composer (d. 1996)
- Hawkshaw Hawkins, American singer-songwriter and guitarist (d. 1963)
- Gene Rayburn, American game show host and actor (d. 1999)
- Barbara Billingsley, American actress (d. 2010)
- Phillip Glasier, English author and academic (d. 2000)
- Giorgio Oberweger, Italian discus thrower and hurdler (d. 1998)
- Elias Degiannis, Greek commander (d. 1943)
- Lady Bird Johnson, American beautification activist; 38th First Lady of the United States (d. 2007)
- Danny O'Dea, English actor (d. 2003)
- Patricia Hayes, English actress (d. 1998)
- Giacomo Manzù, Italian sculptor and academic (d. 1991)
- Peggy Ashcroft, English actress (d. 1991)
- Pierre Brasseur, French-Italian actor and screenwriter (d. 1972)
- Pierre Levegh, French ice hockey player and race car driver (d. 1955)
- Kenneth Rexroth, American poet, translator, and academic (d. 1982)
- Haldan Keffer Hartline, American physiologist and academic, Nobel Prize laureate (d. 1983)
- Andre Kostelanetz, Russian-American conductor and composer (d. 1980)
- Marc Allégret, French director and screenwriter (d. 1973)
- Gustaf Gründgens, German actor and director (d. 1963)
- Vladimir Fock, Russian physicist and mathematician (d. 1974)
- Herman Potočnik, Croatian-Austrian engineer (d. 1929)
- George Hutson, English runner and soldier (d. 1914)
- J. Arthur Rank, 1st Baron Rank, English businessman, founded Rank Organisation (d. 1972)
- Srinivasa Ramanujan, Indian mathematician and theorist (d. 1920)
- Deems Taylor, American conductor and critic (d. 1966)
- St. Elmo Brady, African American chemist and educator (d. 1966)
- Marcus Hurley, American cyclist (d. 1941)
- Edgard Varèse, French-American composer (d. 1965)
- Myer Prinstein, Polish-American jumper (d. 1925)
- Filippo Tommaso Marinetti, Egyptian-Italian poet and composer (d. 1944)
- Franz Schmidt, Austrian cellist, pianist, and composer (d. 1939)
- Camille Guérin, French veterinarian and bacteriologist (d. 1961)
- Dmitri Egorov, Russian mathematician and academic (d. 1931)
- Edwin Arlington Robinson, American poet and playwright (d. 1935)
- Jaan Tõnisson, Estonian journalist, lawyer, and politician, 2nd Prime Minister of Estonia (d. 1941?)
- Charles Sands, American golfer and tennis player (d. 1945)
- Connie Mack, American baseball player and manager (d. 1956)
- Giacomo Puccini, Italian composer and educator (d. 1924)
- Frank B. Kellogg, American lawyer and politician, 45th United States Secretary of State, Nobel Prize laureate (d. 1937)
- Teresa Carreño, Venezuelan-American singer-songwriter and pianist (d. 1917)
- Evgraf Fedorov, Russian mathematician, crystallographer, and mineralogist (d. 1919)
- Sarada Devi, Indian mystic and philosopher (d. 1920)
- Victoriano Huerta, Mexican general and politician, 35th President of Mexico (d. 1916)
- John Nevil Maskelyne, English magician (d. 1917)
- Franz Abt, German composer and conductor (d. 1870)
- Pierre Ossian Bonnet, French mathematician and academic (d. 1892)
- Johan Sebastian Welhaven, Norwegian author, poet, and critic (d. 1873)
- John Obadiah Westwood, English entomologist and archaeologist (d. 1893)
- Nicholas Callan, Irish priest and physicist (d. 1864)
- Johann Friedrich Pfaff, German mathematician and academic (d. 1825)
- Carl Friedrich Abel, German viol player and composer (d. 1787)
- James Oglethorpe, English general and politician, 1st Colonial Governor of Georgia (d. 1785)
- Hermann Samuel Reimarus, German philosopher and academic (d. 1768)
- Guru Gobind Singh, Indian guru and poet (d. 1708)
- Jean Racine, French poet and playwright (d. 1699)
- Tommaso Dingli, Maltese architect and sculptor (d. 1666)
- Étienne Martellange, French architect (d. 1641)
- Cesare Cremonini, Italian philosopher and author (d. 1631)
- Kuroda Yoshitaka, Japanese daimyō (d. 1604)
- Sultan Cem, Ottoman politician (d. 1495)
- Khutughtu Khan Kusala, Mongolian emperor (d. 1329)
- Chagatai Khan, Mongol ruler (d. 1242)
- Emperor Antoku of Japan (d. 1185)
- Roger II of Sicily (d. 1154)
- Gang Gam-chan, Korean official and general (d. 1031)
- Diocletian, Roman emperor (d. 311)
Deaths On This Day
- Leslie West, American singer-songwriter and guitarist (b. 1945)
- Ram Dass, American spiritual teacher and author (b. 1931)
- Simcha Rotem, last survivor of the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising (b. 1924)
- Herman Sikumbang, Indonesian guitarist (b. 1982); casualty during 2018 Sunda Strait tsunami
- Gonzalo Morales Sáurez, Costa Rican painter (b. 1945)
- Chad Robinson, Australian rugby league player (b. 1980)
- Peter Lundblad, Swedish singer-songwriter (b. 1950)
- Freda Meissner-Blau, Australian activist and politician (b. 1927)
- John Robert Beyster, American physicist and academic (b. 1924)
- Christine Cavanaugh, American actress (b. 1963)
- Joe Cocker, English singer-songwriter (b. 1944)
- Bernard Stone, American lawyer and politician (b. 1927)
- Diomedes Díaz, Colombian singer-songwriter (b. 1956)
- Hans Hækkerup, Danish lawyer and politician (b. 1945)
- Oscar Peer, Swiss author, playwright, and philologist (b. 1928)
- Chuck Cherundolo, American football player and coach (b. 1916)
- Ryan Freel, American baseball player (b. 1976)
- Cliff Osmond, American actor, director, producer, and screenwriter (b. 1937)
- Lim Keng Yaik, Malaysian physician and politician (b. 1939)
- Fred Foy, American soldier and announcer (b. 1921)
- Luis Francisco Cuéllar, Colombian rancher and politician (b. 1940)
- Albert Scanlon, English footballer (b. 1935)
- Charles Court, Australian politician, 21st Premier of Western Australia (b. 1911)
- Adrian Cristobal, Filipino journalist and playwright (b. 1932)
- Elena Mukhina, Russian gymnast (b. 1960)
- Galina Ustvolskaya, Russian composer (b. 1919)
- Doug Ault, American baseball player and manager (b. 1950)
- Desmond Hoyte, Guyanese lawyer, politician and President of Guyana (b. 1929)
- Joe Strummer, English singer-songwriter (b. 1952)
- Ovidiu Iacov, Romanian footballer (b. 1981)
- Walter Newton Read, American lawyer and second chairman of the New Jersey Casino Control Commission (b. 1918)
- Sebastian Arcos Bergnes, Cuban-American dentist and activist (b. 1931)
- Jack Hamm, American cartoonist and television host (b. 1916)
- Butterfly McQueen, American actress and dancer (b. 1911)
- James Meade, English economist and academic, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1907)
- Don DeFore, American actor (b. 1913)
- Harry Bluestone, English violinist and composer (b. 1907)
- Frederick William Franz, American religious leader (b. 1893)
- Samuel Beckett, Irish author, poet, and playwright, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1906)
- Chico Mendes, Brazilian trade union leader and activist (b. 1944)
- Luca Prodan, Italian-Scottish singer-songwriter and guitarist (b. 1953)
- Mary Burchell, English author and activist (b. 1904)
- David Penhaligon, Cornish Liberal Politician (b. 1944), MP for Truro (1974-1986)
- D. Boon, American singer and musician (b. 1958)
- Darryl F. Zanuck, American director and producer (b. 1902)
- Sterling North, American author and critic (b. 1906)
- Godfried Bomans, Dutch journalist and author (b. 1913)
- Enrique Peñaranda, 45th President of Bolivia (b. 1892)
- Raymond Gram Swing, American journalist (b. 1887)
- Richard Dimbleby, English journalist (b. 1913)
- Ross McLarty, Australian politician, 17th Premier of Western Australia (b. 1891)
- Ninian Comper, Scottish-English architect (b. 1864)
- Gilda Gray, Polish-American actress and dancer (b. 1901)
- Frank George Woollard, English engineer (b. 1883)
- Frederick Freake, English polo player (b. 1876)
- Harry Langdon, American actor, comedian, and vaudevillian (b. 1884)
- Beatrix Potter, English children's book writer and illustrator (b. 1866)
- Franz Boas, German-American anthropologist and linguist (b. 1858)
- Karel Hašler, Czech actor, director, composer, and screenwriter (b. 1879)
- Nathanael West, American author and screenwriter (b. 1903)
- Ma Rainey, American singer (b. 1886)
- Amelie Beese, German pilot and engineer (b. 1886)
- Hermann Weingärtner, German gymnast (b. 1864)
- Aristeidis Moraitinis, Greek lieutenant and pilot (b. 1891)
- Frances Xavier Cabrini, Italian-American nun and saint (b. 1850)
- Rose Talbot Bullard, American medical doctor and professor (b. 1864)
- Richard von Krafft-Ebing, German-Austrian psychiatrist and author (b. 1840)
- Dwight L. Moody, American evangelist and publisher, founded Moody Publishers (b. 1837)
- Paul de Lagarde, German biblical scholar and orientalist (b. 1827)
- George Eliot, English novelist and poet (b. 1819)
- Gustavo Adolfo Bécquer, Spanish journalist, poet, and playwright (b. 1836)
- Jean-Victor Poncelet, French mathematician and engineer (b. 1788)
- Manuel María Lombardini, Mexican general and politician. President (1853) (b. 1802)
- William Hyde Wollaston, English chemist and physicist (b. 1766)
- William Vernon, English-American merchant (b. 1719)
- Percivall Pott, English physician and surgeon (b. 1714)
- John Newbery, English publisher (b. 1713)
- Richard Alleine, English minister and author (b. 1611)
- Guercino, Italian painter (b. 1591)
- André Tacquet, Flemish priest and mathematician (b. 1612)
- Petro Mohyla, Ruthenian metropolitan and saint (b. 1596)
- Maximilien de Béthune, Duke of Sully, 2nd Prime Minister of France (b. 1560)
- Mehmed III, Ottoman sultan (b. 1566)
- François Clouet, French miniaturist (b. c. 1510)
- Alessandro Bonvicino, Italian painter (b. 1498)
- Willibald Pirckheimer, German lawyer and author (b. 1470)
- Antipope John XXIII
- Olaf Magnusson, King of Norway (b. 1099)
- Bretislav II of Bohemia (b. 1060)
- Cynesige, Archbishop of York
- Baha' al-Dawla, Buyid amir of Iraq
- Yuan Qianyao, official of the Chinese Tang Dynasty
- AD 69
- Vitellius, Roman emperor (b. 15)