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On This Day in History:  December 23

December 23 is the 357th day of the year (358th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. 8 days remain until the end of the year.

Lottery News On This Day

2019
Winners across Spain celebrate results of 2019 El Gordo Christmas lottery. In this year's El Gordo drawing in Spain, the top prize number was called just eight minutes after the draw began.
2018
$2.7 billion El Gordo Christmas 2018 lottery drawing held in Spain. Those holding ticket number 03347 struck it rich Saturday when they won the top prize in Spain's famous Christmas lottery.
2018
Man finds $86 million lottery ticket in his car. A builder who stockpiled lottery tickets in his van discovered he had won £76 million in the multi-country EuroMillions game six weeks after the winning draw.
2016
Spain's El Gordo lottery sparks celebrations across Madrid. Workers at a home for the elderly were among those celebrating Thursday in Madrid, Spain, after all the tickets with the top prize-winning number in Spain's €2.3 billion (US$2.4 billion) Christmas lottery were sold in one city neighborhood.
2015
MUSL CHIEF OUSTED OVER JACKPOT-RIGGING SCANDAL. A prominent lottery official who has run the Powerball game since its inception was quietly removed from his 28-year post leading the Multi-State Lottery Association after a jackpot-fixing scandal inside his organization got bigger, according to a document obtained by The Associated Press.
2015
Kansas lottery players questioning game's integrity. Lottery players are now questioning the integrity of the game after learning that rigged lottery tickets were sold in Kansas.
2015
Maine gives names of Hot Lotto winners to Iowa team looking into rigging scheme. Investigators want to know if any jackpot recipients in Maine are tied to a convicted cheater and gaming official who visited the state in 2014.
2015
S.C. Lottery assures public no computerized drawings used in state. Other states may be tainted by an alleged lottery scam involving rigged winning numbers, but not South Carolina, says S.C. Education Lottery executive director Paula Harper Bethea.
2013
Minnesota Lottery to offer online 'scratch-off' tickets. The Minnesota State Lottery soon will give consumers the same chance at a jackpot from the comfort of home, allowing them to scratch off tickets with a mouse and a cursor, not a coin.
2011
Spanish Christmas lottery pays out billions. Days before Christmas, a tiny town of 2,000 in cash-strapped Spain found itself richer by €720 million (US$940 million) Thursday after scooping the top prize in the nation's famed Christmas lottery.
2011
Missouri lottery winner wins again. A 66-year-old Missouri man has won his second multi-million dollar Missouri Lottery prize this year.
2010
States look for winning formulas to spur lottery sales. With state budgets in crisis and lottery-financed programs like prekindergarten being considered for cuts, the pressure is on to make lottery tickets more attractive to casual scratchers and people who may have never dropped a dollar on a chance before.
2010
Audit finds 'ticket cashers' remain problem for Mass Lottery. The Massachusetts State Lottery continues to have a widespread problem with "ticket-cashers'' who claim prizes valued at millions of dollars, apparently allowing the actual winners to avoid taxes on their winnings, the state auditor said yesterday.
2009
No $200M lottery jackpot for Christmas. One ticket bought in Suffolk County, New York, matched all six numbers in the Tuesday Mega Millions drawing to win a $162 million jackpot.
2008
Piqua lottery winners sued by co-workers. Four Piqua residents are suing their city co-workers who won the $207 million Mega Millions lottery earlier this month, claiming the winners didn't keep their word about sharing any winnings with all regular players.
2008
Winners share $3 billion in Spain's El Gordo lottery. Economic woes eased for thousands in Spain on Monday as the Christmas lottery -- billed among the world's richest -- dished out some €2.32 billion (US$3.23 billion) in prizes.
2006
Tiny village hits El Gordo lottery jackpot. A remote Spanish farming village today became several million dollars richer after each of its 25 inhabitants won a share of the top prize in the world's biggest lottery, El Gordo.
2005
Computerized lottery drawing glitch picks same numbers for 3 days. A computerized drawing system glitch caused the Kansas Lottery's Pick 3 game to draw identical numbers in the same order three days straight, from Dec. 16 through Sunday.
2004
Mother Sues Rhode Island Lottery for Child Support Funds. A Cranston, Rhode Island mother who is owed approximately $40,000 in child support is suing the state Lottery Commission because prize money wasn't withheld when the father of her son cashed in.
2004
El Gordo lottery drawing awards $2.42 billion in prizes. A town called "Luck" lived up to its name on Wednesday, turning up the winning ticket in Spain's Christmas lottery, featuring one of the world's biggest prizes known as El Gordo (The Fat One).
2003
Lottery 'winner' sues for $63M. A Brooklyn man has filed suit against New York Lottery, claiming he won last year's Mega Millions drawing on Christmas Eve.
2003
$100 million jackpot boosts demand for lottery tickets. State lottery officials expect 3 million tickets to be sold in Texas for tonight's $100 million Mega Millions jackpot.
2003
N.J. Lottery announces online lottery game. New Jersey plans to take the lottery to the Internet next year with a new game called Cyber Slingo.
2003
Spain Holds $2.2B Christmas Lottery. The world's richest lottery spread $2.2 billion in Christmas cheer Monday throughout Spain, including to a village whose name means luck.
2003
Colorado appoints new lottery chief. An official with the Colorado Department of Public Safety's criminal justice division has been tapped to lead the Colorado Lottery, an agency under investigation and, auditors say, fraught with mismanagement.

Top 25 Lottery Jackpots On This Day

1.$321 Million
Multi-State
Mega Millions
Draw Date
Dec 25, 2018
2.$314.9 Million
Multi-State
Powerball
Draw Date
Dec 25, 2002
3.$300 Million
Multi-State
Powerball
Draw Date
Dec 23, 2017
4.$294 Million
Multi-State
Powerball
Draw Date
Dec 26, 2018
5.$277 Million
Multi-State
Mega Millions
Draw Date
Dec 26, 2017
6.$227 Million
Multi-State
Powerball
Draw Date
Dec 23, 2015
7.$183 Million
Multi-State
Powerball
Draw Date
Dec 25, 2019
8.$173 Million
Multi-State
Mega Millions
Draw Date
Dec 23, 2011
9.$168 Million
Multi-State
Mega Millions
Draw Date
Dec 24, 2010
10.$142 Million
Multi-State
Mega Millions
Draw Date
Dec 23, 2014
11.$137 Million
Multi-State
Powerball
Draw Date
Dec 24, 2003
12.$128.8 Million
Multi-State
Powerball
Draw Date
Dec 24, 2011
13.€109 Million
US$124.31 Million
Multi-Country
Euro Millions
Draw Date
Dec 25, 2018
14.$106 Million
Multi-State
Powerball
Draw Date
Dec 23, 2009
15.$104 Million
Multi-State
Mega Millions
Draw Date
Dec 25, 2015
16.$100 Million
Multi-State
Powerball
Draw Date
Dec 24, 2014
16.$100 Million
Multi-State
Mega Millions
Draw Date
Dec 23, 2003
18.€72 Million
US$98.46 Million
Multi-Country
Euro Millions
Draw Date
Dec 24, 2013
19.€81.56 Million
US$93.03 Million
Draw Date
Dec 24, 2018
20.€76.14 Million
US$90.32 Million
Draw Date
Dec 23, 2017
21.€67 Million
US$88.03 Million
Multi-Country
Euro Millions
Draw Date
Dec 29, 2006
22.€81 Million
US$84.64 Million
Multi-Country
EuroJackpot
Draw Date
Dec 23, 2016
23.$76 Million
Multi-State
Mega Millions
Draw Date
Dec 23, 2016
24.€64 Million
US$75.92 Million
Multi-Country
Euro Millions
Draw Date
Dec 23, 2005
25.$74 Million
Multi-State
Powerball
Draw Date
Dec 25, 2013

Lottery Post Member Birthdays On This Day

1991
Monday, Dec 23, 1991
28 years old
1989
Saturday, Dec 23, 1989
30 years old
1988
Friday, Dec 23, 1988
31 years old
1987
Wednesday, Dec 23, 1987
32 years old
1986
Tuesday, Dec 23, 1986
33 years old
1974
Monday, Dec 23, 1974
45 years old
1973
Sunday, Dec 23, 1973
46 years old
1957
Monday, Dec 23, 1957
62 years old
1957
Monday, Dec 23, 1957
62 years old
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Worldwide Events On This Day

2015
A bomb explodes at Istanbul's Sabiha Gökçen Airport, killing one airport cleaner. The Kurdistan Freedom Hawks claim responsibility for the attack four days later.
2007
An agreement is made for the Kingdom of Nepal to be abolished and the country to become a federal republic with the Prime Minister becoming head of state.
2003
PetroChina Chuandongbei natural gas field explosion, Guoqiao, Kai County, Chongqing, China, killing at least 234.
2002
A U.S. MQ-1 Predator is shot down by an Iraqi MiG-25 in the first combat engagement between a drone and conventional aircraft.
1990
History of Slovenia: In a referendum, 88.5% of Slovenia's overall electorate vote for independence from Yugoslavia.
1986
Voyager, piloted by Dick Rutan and Jeana Yeager, lands at Edwards Air Force Base in California becoming the first aircraft to fly non-stop around the world without aerial or ground refueling.
1979
Soviet-Afghan War: Soviet Union forces occupy Kabul, the Afghan capital.
1972
A 6.5 magnitude earthquake strikes the Nicaraguan capital of Managua killing more than 10,000.
1972
The 16 survivors of the Andes flight disaster are rescued after 73 days, having reportedly survived by cannibalism.
1970
The North Tower of the World Trade Center in Manhattan, New York, New York is topped out at 1,368 feet (417 m), making it the tallest building in the world.
1970
The Democratic Republic of the Congo officially becomes a one-party state.
1968
The 82 sailors from the USS Pueblo are released after eleven months of internment in North Korea.
1954
First successful kidney transplant is performed by J. Hartwell Harrison and Joseph Murray.
1948
Seven Japanese military and political leaders convicted of war crimes by the International Military Tribunal for the Far East are executed by Allied occupation authorities at Sugamo Prison in Tokyo, Japan.
1947
The transistor is first demonstrated at Bell Laboratories.
1941
World War II: After 15 days of fighting, the Imperial Japanese Army occupies Wake Island.
1936
Colombia becomes a signatory to the Buenos Aires copyright treaty.
1919
Sex Disqualification (Removal) Act 1919 becomes law in the United Kingdom.
1916
World War I: Battle of Magdhaba: Allied forces defeat Turkish forces in the Sinai Peninsula.
1914
World War I: Australian and New Zealand troops arrive in Cairo, Egypt.
1913
The Federal Reserve Act is signed into law by President Woodrow Wilson, creating the Federal Reserve System.
1893
The opera Hansel and Gretel by Engelbert Humperdinck is first performed.
1876
First day of the Constantinople Conference which resulted in agreement for political reforms in the Balkans.
1815
The novel Emma by Jane Austen is first published.
1793
The Battle of Savenay: A decisive defeat of the royalist counter-revolutionaries in War in the Vendée during the French Revolution.
1783
George Washington resigns as commander-in-chief of the Continental Army at the Maryland State House in Annapolis, Maryland.
1688
As part of the Glorious Revolution, King James II of England flees from England to Paris, France after being deposed in favor of his nephew, William of Orange and his daughter Mary.
1572
Theologian Johann Sylvan is executed in Heidelberg for his heretical Antitrinitarian beliefs.
962
Arab-Byzantine wars: Under the future Emperor Nicephorus Phocas, Byzantine troops storm the city of Aleppo.
679
King Dagobert II is murdered while hunting.
583
Maya queen Yohl Ik'nal is crowned ruler of Palenque.
562
Hagia Sophia in Constantinople reopened with a rebuilt dome after a series of earthquakes caused the original to collapse.
558
Chlothar I is crowned King of the Franks.
484
Huneric dies and is succeeded by his nephew Gunthamund, who becomes king of the Vandals. During his reign Christians are protected from persecution.

Births On This Day

2002
Finn Wolfhard, Canadian actor
1997
Luka Jović, Serbian footballer
1996
Bartosz Kapustka, Polish footballer
1992
Jeff Schlupp, German footballer
1989
Liis Koger, Estonian painter and poet
1988
Mallory Hagan, Miss America 2013
1987
Tommaso Bellazzini, Italian footballer
1987
Owen Franks, New Zealand rugby player
1986
Thomas Bourgin, French motorcycle racer (d. 2013)
1986
Beau Champion, Australian rugby league player
1986
Balázs Dzsudzsák, Hungarian footballer
1986
T. J. Oshie, American ice hockey player
1985
Harry Judd, English drummer and songwriter
1984
Dudu Aharon, Israeli singer-songwriter
1984
Josh Satin, American baseball player
1984
Sebastian Werle, German rugby player
1983
Michael Chopra, English footballer
1983
Lisa Dobriskey, English runner
1983
Hanley Ramírez, Dominican baseball player
1982
Brad Nelson, American baseball player
1982
Thomas Rohregger, Austrian cyclist
1981
Maritza Correia, Puerto Rican-American swimmer
1981
Yuriorkis Gamboa, Cuban boxer
1981
Hiro Fujiwara, Japanese manga artist
1981
Agnes Milowka, Polish-Australian diver, explorer, photographer, and author (d. 2011)
1981
Mario Santana, Argentinian footballer
1980
Cody Ross, American baseball player
1979
Abraham Chebii, Kenyan runner
1979
Scott Gomez, American ice hockey player
1979
Megan Mayhew Bergman, American author and educator
1979
Kenny Miller, Scottish footballer
1979
Yukifumi Murakami, Japanese javelin thrower
1978
Esthero, Canadian-American singer-songwriter and producer
1978
Andra Davis, American football player
1978
Víctor Martínez, Venezuelan baseball player
1978
Estella Warren, Canadian swimmer, model, and actress
1977
Matt Baker, English television presenter
1977
Alge Crumpler, American football player
1977
Tore Johansen, Norwegian trumpeter and composer
1977
Jari Mäenpää, Finnish singer-songwriter and guitarist
1977
Paul Shirley, American basketball player and blogger
1976
Joanna Hayes, American hurdler and coach
1976
Brad Lidge, American baseball player
1976
Dimitris Mavrogenidis, Uzbek-Greek footballer and manager
1976
Jamie Noble, American wrestler and producer
1975
Vadim Sharifijanov, Russian ice hockey player
1975
Lady Starlight, American singer-songwriter
1974
Agustín Delgado, Ecuadorian footballer and politician
1974
Mieszko Talarczyk, Polish-Swedish singer-songwriter, guitarist, and producer (d. 2004)
1972
Christian Potenza, Canadian actor, voice actor and singer
1972
Brendan Reilly, British high jumper
1972
Morgan, Italian singer-songwriter and composer
1971
Chris Cook, American race car driver
1971
Corey Haim, Canadian actor (d. 2010)
1971
Jo Johnson, English banker, journalist, and politician
1971
Michalis Klokidis, Greek footballer
1971
Tara Palmer-Tomkinson, English model, actress, and author (d. 2017)
1971
Wim Vansevenant, Belgian cyclist
1971
Masayoshi Yamazaki, Japanese singer-songwriter
1970
Catriona LeMay Doan, Canadian speed skater and sportscaster
1970
Raymont Harris, American football player
1970
Karine Polwart, Scottish singer-songwriter and guitarist
1969
Greg Biffle, American race car driver
1969
Martha Byrne, American actress and singer
1969
Rob Pelinka, American sports agent
1969
Rodney Culver, American football player (d. 1996)
1968
Karyn Bryant, American journalist, actress, producer, and screenwriter
1968
Barry Kooser, American painter and animator
1968
Manuel Rivera-Ortiz, Puerto Rican-American photographer
1968
René Tretschok, German footballer and manager
1967
Carla Bruni, Italian-French singer-songwriter and model
1967
Tim Fountain, English author and playwright
1967
Otis Grant, Jamaican-Canadian boxer, coach, and manager
1966
Badi Assad, Brazilian singer-songwriter and guitarist
1964
Eddie Vedder, American singer-songwriter and guitarist
1963
Jim Harbaugh, American football player and coach
1963
Jess Harnell, American singer-songwriter
1963
Donna Tartt, American author
1963
Ante Zelck, German businessman
1962
Bertrand Gachot, Belgian race car driver
1962
Stefan Hell, Romanian-German physicist and chemist, Nobel Prize laureate
1962
Kang Je-gyu, South Korean director, producer, and screenwriter
1962
Keiji Mutoh, Japanese wrestler and actor
1961
Ezzat el Kamhawi, Egyptian journalist and author
1961
Ketan J. Patel, Kenyan-English biologist and academic
1961
Carol Smillie, Scottish model and actress
1961
Lorna Tolentino, Filipino actress and producer
1958
Joan Severance, American actress
1958
Victoria Williams, American singer-songwriter
1957
Dan Bigras, Canadian singer-songwriter
1957
Peter Wynn, Australian rugby league player and businessman
1956
Michele Alboreto, Italian race car driver (d. 2001)
1956
Dave Murray, English guitarist and songwriter
1955
Carol Ann Duffy, Scottish poet and playwright
1955
Grace Knight, English-Australian singer-songwriter
1954
Raivo Järvi, Estonian radio host and politician (d. 2012)
1953
Andres Alver, Estonian architect and academic
1953
Gerrit W. Gong, American religious leader and academic
1952
William Kristol, American journalist, publisher, and political activist/pundit
1952
Muhammad Zafar Iqbal, Bangladeshi author, scientist and activist
1951
Anthony Phillips, English guitarist and songwriter
1950
Michael C. Burgess, American obstetrician and politician
1950
Richard Dannatt, Baron Dannatt, English general
1950
Vicente del Bosque, Spanish footballer and manager
1950
Ilchi Lee, South Korean author and educator
1949
Adrian Belew, American singer-songwriter and guitarist
1949
Reinhold Weege, American screenwriter and producer (d. 2012)
1948
David Davis, English politician, Minister of State for Europe
1948
Jim Ferguson, American guitarist, composer, and journalist
1948
Jack Ham, American football player and sportscaster
1948
Rick Wohlhuter, American runner
1947
Bill Rodgers, American runner
1946
Robbie Dupree, American singer-songwriter
1946
Edita Gruberová, Slovak soprano and actress
1946
Susan Lucci, American actress
1946
John Sullivan, English screenwriter, producer, and composer (d. 2011)
1945
Adly Mansour, Egyptian lawyer, judge, and politician, President of Egypt
1945
Geoffrey Wheatcroft, English journalist and author
1944
Wesley Clark, American general
1943
Ron Allen, American baseball player
1943
Mikhail Leonidovich Gromov, Russian-French mathematician and academic
1943
Harry Shearer, American actor, voice artist, and comedian
1943
Queen Silvia of Sweden
1942
Quentin Bryce, Australian lawyer and politician, 25th Governor-General of Australia
1941
Peter Davis, English businessman
1941
Tim Hardin, American folk singer-songwriter and musician (d. 1980)
1940
Mamnoon Hussain, Pakistani businessman and politician, 12th President of Pakistan
1940
Jorma Kaukonen, American singer-songwriter and guitarist
1940
Robert Labine, Canadian politician
1940
Kevin Longbottom, Australian rugby league player (d. 1986)
1940
Eugene Record, American soul singer-songwriter (d. 2005)
1939
Nancy Graves, American sculptor and painter (d. 1995)
1938
Bob Kahn, American computer scientist and engineer, co-developed the Transmission Control Protocol
1937
Barney Rosenzweig, American screenwriter and producer
1937
Nelson Shanks, American painter, historian, and educator (d. 2015)
1936
Bobby Ross, American football player and coach
1936
Willie Wood, American football player
1935
Paul Hornung, American football player and sportscaster
1935
Johnny Kidd, English rock & roll singer-songwriter (d. 1966)
1935
Abdul Ghani Minhat, Malaysian footballer and manager (d. 2012)
1935
Esther Phillips, American R&B singer (d. 1984)
1933
Akihito, Japanese emperor
1933
Noella Leduc, American baseball player (d. 2014)
1932
Richard Clark Barkley, American soldier, academic, and diplomat, United States Ambassador to East Germany (d. 2015)
1929
Chet Baker, American jazz trumpet player, flugelhorn player, and singer (d. 1988)
1929
Dick Weber, American professional bowler (d. 2005)
1926
Robert Bly, American poet and essayist
1926
Harold Dorman, American rock & roll singer-songwriter (d. 1988)
1925
Duncan Hallas, English author and politician (d. 2002)
1925
Rayner Unwin, English publisher (d. 2000)
1924
Bob Kurland, American basketball player and politician (d. 2013)
1923
Onofre Marimón, Argentinian race car driver (d. 1954)
1923
Günther Schifter, Austrian journalist and radio host (d. 2008)
1923
James Stockdale, American admiral and pilot, Medal of Honor recipient (d. 2005)
1922
Micheline Ostermeyer, French discus thrower, shot putter, and pianist (d. 2001)
1921
Guy Beaulne, Canadian actor and director (d. 2001)
1919
Kenneth M. Taylor, American general and pilot (d. 2006)
1918
José Greco, Italian-American dancer and choreographer (d. 2000)
1918
Helmut Schmidt, German soldier, economist, and politician, 5th Chancellor of Germany (d. 2015)
1916
Dino Risi, Italian director and screenwriter (d. 2008)
1912
Anna J. Harrison, American organic chemist and academic (d. 1998)
1912
Woodrow Borah, American historian of Spanish America (d. 1999)
1911
James Gregory, American actor (d. 2002)
1911
Niels Kaj Jerne, English-Danish physician and immunologist, Nobel Prize laureate (d. 1994)
1910
Kurt Meyer, German general (d. 1961)
1908
Yousuf Karsh, Armenian-Canadian photographer (d. 2002)
1907
Manuel Lopes, Cape Verdean author and poet (d. 2005)
1907
James Roosevelt, American general and politician (d. 1991)
1907
Avraham Stern, Polish Zionist leader (d. 1942)
1902
Norman Maclean, American author and academic (d. 1990)
1902
Charan Singh, Indian lawyer and politician, 5th Prime Minister of India (d. 1987)
1900
Merle Barwis, American-Canadian supercentenarian (d. 2014)
1900
Marie Bell, French actress and stage director (d. 1985)
1900
Otto Soglow, American cartoonist (d. 1975)
1896
Giuseppe Tomasi di Lampedusa, Italian lieutenant and author (d. 1957)
1895
Nola Luxford, New Zealand-American actress and broadcaster (d. 1994)
1894
Arthur Gilligan, English cricketer (d. 1976)
1885
Pierre Brissaud, French illustrator, painter, and engraver (d. 1964)
1878
Stephen Timoshenko, Ukrainian-American engineer and academic (d. 1972)
1870
John Marin, American architect and painter (d. 1953)
1867
Madam C. J. Walker, American businesswoman and philanthropist, founded the Madame C.J. Walker Manufacturing Company (d. 1919)
1854
Henry B. Guppy, English botanist and author (d. 1926)
1843
Richard Conner, American sergeant, Medal of Honor recipient (d. 1924)
1839
János Murkovics, Slovene-Hungarian author and educator (d. 1917)
1828
Mathilde Wesendonck, German poet and author (d. 1902)
1822
Wilhelm Bauer, German engineer (d. 1875)
1819
Jan Jakob Lodewijk ten Kate, Dutch pastor and poet (d. 1889)
1812
Samuel Smiles, Scottish-English author (d. 1904)
1812
Henri-Alexandre Wallon, French historian and statesman (d. 1904)
1810
Edward Blyth, English zoologist (d. 1873)
1810
Karl Richard Lepsius, German Egyptologist (d. 1884)
1805
Joseph Smith, American religious leader, 1st President of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (d. 1844)
1804
Charles Augustin Sainte-Beuve, French author, critic, and academic (d. 1869)
1804
Anthony Mary Claret, Spanish Roman Catholic archbishop and missionary (d. 1870)
1793
Dost Mohammad Khan, emir of Afghanistan (d. 1863)
1790
Jean-François Champollion, French philologist, orientalist, and scholar (d. 1832)
1777
Alexander I of Russia (d. 1825)
1766
Wilhelm Hisinger, Swedish physicist and chemist (d. 1852)
1758
Nathan Wilson, American soldier and politician (d. 1834)
1750
Frederick Augustus I of Saxony (d. 1827)
1745
John Jay, American jurist and politician, 1st Chief Justice of the United States (d. 1829)
1732
Richard Arkwright, English businessman and inventor, invented the Water frame and Spinning frame (d. 1792)
1713
Maruyama Gondazaemon, Japanese sumo wrestler, the 3rd Yokozuna (d. 1749)
1690
Pamheiba, Indian emperor (d. 1751)
1689
Joseph Bodin de Boismortier, French composer (d. 1755)
1621
Heneage Finch, 1st Earl of Nottingham, English lawyer and politician, Lord Chancellor of England (d. 1682)
1621
Edmund Berry Godfrey, English lawyer and judge (d. 1678)
1613
Carl Gustaf Wrangel, Swedish field marshal and politician, Lord High Constable of Sweden (d. 1676)
1605
Tianqi Emperor, Chinese emperor (d. 1627)
1597
Martin Opitz, German poet and composer (d. 1639)
1582
Severo Bonini, Italian organist and composer (d. 1663)
1573
Giovanni Battista Crespi, Italian painter, sculptor and architect (d. 1632)
1544
Anna of Saxony, only child and heiress of Maurice, Elector of Saxony (d. 1577)
1525
John Albert I, duke of Mecklenburg (d. 1576)
1513
Thomas Smith, English scholar and diplomat (d. 1577)
1173
Louis I, duke of Bavaria (d. 1231)
968
Zhen Zong, emperor of the Song Dynasty (d. 1022)

Deaths On This Day

2017
Maurice Hayes, Irish educator and politician (b. 1927)
2015
Alfred G. Gilman, American pharmacologist and biochemist, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1941)
2015
Don Howe, English footballer and manager (b. 1935)
2015
Jean-Marie Pelt, French biologist, pharmacist, and academic (b. 1933)
2015
Bülent Ulusu, Turkish admiral and politician, 18th Prime Minister of Turkey (b. 1923)
2014
Edward Greenspan, Canadian lawyer and author (b. 1944)
2014
Robert V. Hogg, American statistician and academic (b. 1924)
2014
Jeremy Lloyd, English actor and screenwriter (b. 1930)
2013
Chryssa, Greek-American sculptor (b. 1933)
2013
Mikhail Kalashnikov, Russian general and weapons designer, designed the AK-47 rifle (b. 1919)
2013
Yusef Lateef, American saxophonist, composer, and educator (b. 1920)
2013
Ricky Lawson, American drummer and composer (b. 1954)
2013
José Ortiz, Spanish illustrator (b. 1932)
2013
G. S. Shivarudrappa, Indian poet and educator (b. 1926)
2013
Kerimbubu Shopokova, Kyrgyzstani collective farm worker of the Soviet era (b. 1917)
2013
Robert W. Wilson, American philanthropist and art collector (b. 1928)
2012
Jean Harris, American educator and murderer (b. 1923)
2012
Eduardo Maiorino, Brazilian mixed martial artist and kick-boxer (b. 1979)
2012
Capital STEEZ, American rapper (b. 1993)
2011
Aydın Menderes, Turkish economist and politician (b. 1946)
2010
Fred Hargesheimer, American soldier and pilot (b. 1916)
2010
K. Karunakaran, Indian lawyer and politician, 7th Chief Minister of Kerala (b. 1918)
2009
Robert L. Howard, American colonel, Medal of Honor recipient (b. 1939)
2009
Ngapoi Ngawang Jigme, Tibetan general and politician (b. 1910)
2009
Edward Schillebeeckx, Belgian theologian and academic (b. 1914)
2007
William Francis Ganong, Jr., American physiologist and academic (b. 1924)
2007
Michael Kidd, American dancer and choreographer (b. 1915)
2007
Oscar Peterson, Canadian pianist and composer (b. 1925)
2006
Charlie Drake, English actor (b. 1925)
2006
Timothy J. Tobias, American pianist and composer (b. 1952)
2006
Johnny Vincent, English footballer (b. 1947)
2005
Lajos Baróti, Hungarian footballer and manager (b. 1914)
2004
P. V. Narasimha Rao, Indian lawyer and politician, 9th Prime Minister of India (b. 1921)
2001
Bola Ige, Nigerian lawyer and politician, 3rd Governor of Oyo State (b. 1930)
2000
Billy Barty, American actor (b. 1924)
2000
Victor Borge, Danish-American comedian, pianist, and conductor (b. 1909)
2000
Noor Jehan, Pakistani singer and actress (b. 1926)
1998
Joe Orlando, Italian-American author and illustrator (b. 1927)
1995
Patric Knowles, English actor (b. 1911)
1994
Sebastian Shaw, English actor, director, and playwright (b. 1905)
1992
Vincent Fourcade, French interior designer (b. 1934)
1984
Joan Lindsay, Australian author and playwright (b. 1896)
1983
Colin Middleton, Irish painter and illustrator (b. 1910)
1982
Jack Webb, American actor, director, producer, and screenwriter (b. 1920)
1979
Peggy Guggenheim, American-Italian art collector (b. 1898)
1973
Charles Atlas, Italian-American bodybuilder and model (b. 1892)
1973
Irna Phillips, American screenwriter, created Guiding Light and As the World Turns (b. 1901)
1972
Andrei Tupolev, Russian engineer, designed the Tupolev Tu-95 and Tupolev Tu-104 (b. 1888)
1970
Charles Ruggles, American actor (b. 1886)
1970
Aleksander Warma, Estonian lieutenant and politician, Prime Minister of Estonia in exile (b. 1890)
1961
Carolyn Sherwin Bailey, American author (b. 1875)
1961
Kurt Meyer, German general (b. 1910)
1954
René Iché, French soldier and sculptor (b. 1897)
1953
Lavrentiy Beria, Georgian-Russian general and politician, Russian Minister of Internal Affairs (b. 1899)
1950
Vincenzo Tommasini, Italian composer (b. 1878)
1948
Akira Mutō, Japanese general (b. 1883)
1948
Hideki Tojo, Japanese general and politician, 40th Prime Minister of Japan (b. 1884)
1948
Seishirō Itagaki, Japanese general (b. 1885)
1948
Heitarō Kimura, Japanese general (b. 1888)
1948
Iwane Matsui, Japanese general (b. 1878)
1948
Kenji Doihara, Japanese general (b. 1883)
1948
Kōki Hirota, Japanese diplomat and politician, 32nd Prime Minister of Japan (b. 1878)
1946
John A. Sampson, American gynecologist and academic (b. 1873)
1939
Anthony Fokker, Indonesia-born Dutch pilot and engineer, designed the Fokker Dr.I and Fokker D.VII (b. 1890)
1931
Wilson Bentley, American meteorologist and photographer (b. 1865)
1930
Mustafa Fehmi Kubilay, Turkish lieutenant and educator (b. 1906)
1926
Swami Shraddhanand, Indian monk, missionary, and educator (b. 1856)
1912
Otto Schoetensack, German anthropologist and academic (b. 1850)
1906
Mdungazwe Ngungunyane Nxumalo, last emperor of the Gaza Empire (b. c.1850)
1902
Frederick Temple, English archbishop and academic (b. 1821)
1889
Constance Naden, English poet and philosopher (b. 1858)
1884
John Chisum, American businessman and poker player (b. 1824)
1834
Thomas Robert Malthus, English economist and demographer (b. 1766)
1805
Pehr Osbeck, Swedish explorer and author (b. 1723)
1795
Henry Clinton, English general and politician (b. 1730)
1789
Charles-Michel de l'Épée, French priest and educator (b. 1712)
1779
Augustus Hervey, 3rd Earl of Bristol, English admiral and politician, Chief Secretary for Ireland (b. 1724)
1771
Marie-Marguerite d'Youville, Canadian nun and saint, founded Grey Nuns (b. 1701)
1763
Antoine François Prévost, French novelist and translator (b. 1697)
1761
Alastair Ruadh MacDonnell, Scottish spy (b. 1725)
1722
Pierre Varignon, French mathematician and academic (b. 1654)
1675
Caesar, duc de Choiseul, French general and diplomat (b. 1602)
1652
John Cotton, English minister and theologian (b. 1585)
1646
François Maynard, French poet and academic (b. 1582)
1631
Michael Drayton, English poet and playwright (b. 1563)
1588
Henry I, duke of Guise (b. 1550)
1575
Akiyama Nobutomo, Japanese samurai (b. 1531)
1568
Roger Ascham, English scholar and academic (b. 1515)
1556
Nicholas Udall, English cleric, playwright, and educator (b. 1504)
1392
Isabella of Castile, duchess of York (b. 1355)
1384
Thomas Preljubović, ruler of Epirus
1383
Beatrice of Bourbon, Queen of Bohemia (b. 1320)
1304
Matilda of Habsburg, duchess regent of Bavaria (b. 1253)
1230
Berengaria of Navarre, queen of England (b. 1165)
1193
Thorlak, patron saint of Iceland (b. 1133)
1172
Ugo Ventimiglia, Italian cardinal
940
Ar-Radi, Abbasid caliph (b. 909)
918
Conrad I, king of East Francia (b. 890)
910
Naum of Preslav, Bulgarian missionary and scholar
889
Solomon II, bishop of Constance
761
Gaubald, Frankish bishop (b. 700)
679
Dagobert II, Frankish king (b. 650)
668
Mor Gabriel, Turkish bishop and saint (b. 594)
484
Huneric, Vandal king
423
Ming Yuan Di, ruler of Northern Wei (b. 392)