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
- 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.
- $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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Missouri lottery winner wins again. A 66-year-old Missouri man has won his second multi-million dollar Missouri Lottery prize this year.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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).
- 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.
- $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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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
Dec 25, 2018
- 2.$314.9 Million
Dec 25, 2002
- 3.$300 Million
Dec 23, 2017
- 4.$294 Million
Dec 26, 2018
- 5.$277 Million
Dec 26, 2017
- 6.$227 Million
Dec 23, 2015
- 7.$183 Million
Dec 25, 2019
- 8.$173 Million
Dec 23, 2011
- 9.$168 Million
Dec 24, 2010
- 10.$142 Million
Dec 23, 2014
- 11.$137 Million
Dec 24, 2003
- 12.$128.8 Million
Dec 24, 2011
- 13.€109 Million
Dec 25, 2018
- 14.$106 Million
Dec 23, 2009
- 15.$104 Million
Dec 25, 2015
- 16.$100 Million
Dec 24, 2014
- 16.$100 Million
Dec 23, 2003
- 18.€72 Million
Dec 24, 2013
- 19.€81.56 Million
Dec 24, 2018
- 20.€76.14 Million
Dec 23, 2017
- 21.€67 Million
Dec 29, 2006
- 22.€81 Million
Dec 23, 2016
- 23.$76 Million
Dec 23, 2016
- 24.€64 Million
Dec 23, 2005
- 25.$74 Million
Dec 25, 2013
Lottery Post Member Birthdays On This Day
Monday, Dec 23, 1991
28 years old
Saturday, Dec 23, 1989
30 years old
Friday, Dec 23, 1988
31 years old
Wednesday, Dec 23, 1987
32 years old
Tuesday, Dec 23, 1986
33 years old
Monday, Dec 23, 1974
45 years old
Sunday, Dec 23, 1973
46 years old
Monday, Dec 23, 1957
62 years old
Monday, Dec 23, 1957
62 years old
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Worldwide Events On This Day
- 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.
- 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.
- PetroChina Chuandongbei natural gas field explosion, Guoqiao, Kai County, Chongqing, China, killing at least 234.
- 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.
- History of Slovenia: In a referendum, 88.5% of Slovenia's overall electorate vote for independence from Yugoslavia.
- 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.
- Soviet-Afghan War: Soviet Union forces occupy Kabul, the Afghan capital.
- A 6.5 magnitude earthquake strikes the Nicaraguan capital of Managua killing more than 10,000.
- The 16 survivors of the Andes flight disaster are rescued after 73 days, having reportedly survived by cannibalism.
- 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.
- The Democratic Republic of the Congo officially becomes a one-party state.
- The 82 sailors from the USS Pueblo are released after eleven months of internment in North Korea.
- First successful kidney transplant is performed by J. Hartwell Harrison and Joseph Murray.
- 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.
- The transistor is first demonstrated at Bell Laboratories.
- World War II: After 15 days of fighting, the Imperial Japanese Army occupies Wake Island.
- Colombia becomes a signatory to the Buenos Aires copyright treaty.
- Sex Disqualification (Removal) Act 1919 becomes law in the United Kingdom.
- World War I: Battle of Magdhaba: Allied forces defeat Turkish forces in the Sinai Peninsula.
- World War I: Australian and New Zealand troops arrive in Cairo, Egypt.
- The Federal Reserve Act is signed into law by President Woodrow Wilson, creating the Federal Reserve System.
- The opera Hansel and Gretel by Engelbert Humperdinck is first performed.
- First day of the Constantinople Conference which resulted in agreement for political reforms in the Balkans.
- The novel Emma by Jane Austen is first published.
- The Battle of Savenay: A decisive defeat of the royalist counter-revolutionaries in War in the Vendée during the French Revolution.
- George Washington resigns as commander-in-chief of the Continental Army at the Maryland State House in Annapolis, Maryland.
- 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.
- Theologian Johann Sylvan is executed in Heidelberg for his heretical Antitrinitarian beliefs.
- Arab-Byzantine wars: Under the future Emperor Nicephorus Phocas, Byzantine troops storm the city of Aleppo.
- King Dagobert II is murdered while hunting.
- Maya queen Yohl Ik'nal is crowned ruler of Palenque.
- Hagia Sophia in Constantinople reopened with a rebuilt dome after a series of earthquakes caused the original to collapse.
- Chlothar I is crowned King of the Franks.
- 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
- Finn Wolfhard, Canadian actor
- Luka Jović, Serbian footballer
- Bartosz Kapustka, Polish footballer
- Jeff Schlupp, German footballer
- Liis Koger, Estonian painter and poet
- Mallory Hagan, Miss America 2013
- Tommaso Bellazzini, Italian footballer
- Owen Franks, New Zealand rugby player
- Thomas Bourgin, French motorcycle racer (d. 2013)
- Beau Champion, Australian rugby league player
- Balázs Dzsudzsák, Hungarian footballer
- T. J. Oshie, American ice hockey player
- Harry Judd, English drummer and songwriter
- Dudu Aharon, Israeli singer-songwriter
- Josh Satin, American baseball player
- Sebastian Werle, German rugby player
- Michael Chopra, English footballer
- Lisa Dobriskey, English runner
- Hanley Ramírez, Dominican baseball player
- Brad Nelson, American baseball player
- Thomas Rohregger, Austrian cyclist
- Maritza Correia, Puerto Rican-American swimmer
- Yuriorkis Gamboa, Cuban boxer
- Hiro Fujiwara, Japanese manga artist
- Agnes Milowka, Polish-Australian diver, explorer, photographer, and author (d. 2011)
- Mario Santana, Argentinian footballer
- Cody Ross, American baseball player
- Abraham Chebii, Kenyan runner
- Scott Gomez, American ice hockey player
- Megan Mayhew Bergman, American author and educator
- Kenny Miller, Scottish footballer
- Yukifumi Murakami, Japanese javelin thrower
- Esthero, Canadian-American singer-songwriter and producer
- Andra Davis, American football player
- Víctor Martínez, Venezuelan baseball player
- Estella Warren, Canadian swimmer, model, and actress
- Matt Baker, English television presenter
- Alge Crumpler, American football player
- Tore Johansen, Norwegian trumpeter and composer
- Jari Mäenpää, Finnish singer-songwriter and guitarist
- Paul Shirley, American basketball player and blogger
- Joanna Hayes, American hurdler and coach
- Brad Lidge, American baseball player
- Dimitris Mavrogenidis, Uzbek-Greek footballer and manager
- Jamie Noble, American wrestler and producer
- Vadim Sharifijanov, Russian ice hockey player
- Lady Starlight, American singer-songwriter
- Agustín Delgado, Ecuadorian footballer and politician
- Mieszko Talarczyk, Polish-Swedish singer-songwriter, guitarist, and producer (d. 2004)
- Christian Potenza, Canadian actor, voice actor and singer
- Brendan Reilly, British high jumper
- Morgan, Italian singer-songwriter and composer
- Chris Cook, American race car driver
- Corey Haim, Canadian actor (d. 2010)
- Jo Johnson, English banker, journalist, and politician
- Michalis Klokidis, Greek footballer
- Tara Palmer-Tomkinson, English model, actress, and author (d. 2017)
- Wim Vansevenant, Belgian cyclist
- Masayoshi Yamazaki, Japanese singer-songwriter
- Catriona LeMay Doan, Canadian speed skater and sportscaster
- Raymont Harris, American football player
- Karine Polwart, Scottish singer-songwriter and guitarist
- Greg Biffle, American race car driver
- Martha Byrne, American actress and singer
- Rob Pelinka, American sports agent
- Rodney Culver, American football player (d. 1996)
- Karyn Bryant, American journalist, actress, producer, and screenwriter
- Barry Kooser, American painter and animator
- Manuel Rivera-Ortiz, Puerto Rican-American photographer
- René Tretschok, German footballer and manager
- Carla Bruni, Italian-French singer-songwriter and model
- Tim Fountain, English author and playwright
- Otis Grant, Jamaican-Canadian boxer, coach, and manager
- Badi Assad, Brazilian singer-songwriter and guitarist
- Eddie Vedder, American singer-songwriter and guitarist
- Jim Harbaugh, American football player and coach
- Jess Harnell, American singer-songwriter
- Donna Tartt, American author
- Ante Zelck, German businessman
- Bertrand Gachot, Belgian race car driver
- Stefan Hell, Romanian-German physicist and chemist, Nobel Prize laureate
- Kang Je-gyu, South Korean director, producer, and screenwriter
- Keiji Mutoh, Japanese wrestler and actor
- Ezzat el Kamhawi, Egyptian journalist and author
- Ketan J. Patel, Kenyan-English biologist and academic
- Carol Smillie, Scottish model and actress
- Lorna Tolentino, Filipino actress and producer
- Joan Severance, American actress
- Victoria Williams, American singer-songwriter
- Dan Bigras, Canadian singer-songwriter
- Peter Wynn, Australian rugby league player and businessman
- Michele Alboreto, Italian race car driver (d. 2001)
- Dave Murray, English guitarist and songwriter
- Carol Ann Duffy, Scottish poet and playwright
- Grace Knight, English-Australian singer-songwriter
- Raivo Järvi, Estonian radio host and politician (d. 2012)
- Andres Alver, Estonian architect and academic
- Gerrit W. Gong, American religious leader and academic
- William Kristol, American journalist, publisher, and political activist/pundit
- Muhammad Zafar Iqbal, Bangladeshi author, scientist and activist
- Anthony Phillips, English guitarist and songwriter
- Michael C. Burgess, American obstetrician and politician
- Richard Dannatt, Baron Dannatt, English general
- Vicente del Bosque, Spanish footballer and manager
- Ilchi Lee, South Korean author and educator
- Adrian Belew, American singer-songwriter and guitarist
- Reinhold Weege, American screenwriter and producer (d. 2012)
- David Davis, English politician, Minister of State for Europe
- Jim Ferguson, American guitarist, composer, and journalist
- Jack Ham, American football player and sportscaster
- Rick Wohlhuter, American runner
- Bill Rodgers, American runner
- Robbie Dupree, American singer-songwriter
- Edita Gruberová, Slovak soprano and actress
- Susan Lucci, American actress
- John Sullivan, English screenwriter, producer, and composer (d. 2011)
- Adly Mansour, Egyptian lawyer, judge, and politician, President of Egypt
- Geoffrey Wheatcroft, English journalist and author
- Wesley Clark, American general
- Ron Allen, American baseball player
- Mikhail Leonidovich Gromov, Russian-French mathematician and academic
- Harry Shearer, American actor, voice artist, and comedian
- Queen Silvia of Sweden
- Quentin Bryce, Australian lawyer and politician, 25th Governor-General of Australia
- Peter Davis, English businessman
- Tim Hardin, American folk singer-songwriter and musician (d. 1980)
- Mamnoon Hussain, Pakistani businessman and politician, 12th President of Pakistan
- Jorma Kaukonen, American singer-songwriter and guitarist
- Robert Labine, Canadian politician
- Kevin Longbottom, Australian rugby league player (d. 1986)
- Eugene Record, American soul singer-songwriter (d. 2005)
- Nancy Graves, American sculptor and painter (d. 1995)
- Bob Kahn, American computer scientist and engineer, co-developed the Transmission Control Protocol
- Barney Rosenzweig, American screenwriter and producer
- Nelson Shanks, American painter, historian, and educator (d. 2015)
- Bobby Ross, American football player and coach
- Willie Wood, American football player
- Paul Hornung, American football player and sportscaster
- Johnny Kidd, English rock & roll singer-songwriter (d. 1966)
- Abdul Ghani Minhat, Malaysian footballer and manager (d. 2012)
- Esther Phillips, American R&B singer (d. 1984)
- Akihito, Japanese emperor
- Noella Leduc, American baseball player (d. 2014)
- Richard Clark Barkley, American soldier, academic, and diplomat, United States Ambassador to East Germany (d. 2015)
- Chet Baker, American jazz trumpet player, flugelhorn player, and singer (d. 1988)
- Dick Weber, American professional bowler (d. 2005)
- Robert Bly, American poet and essayist
- Harold Dorman, American rock & roll singer-songwriter (d. 1988)
- Duncan Hallas, English author and politician (d. 2002)
- Rayner Unwin, English publisher (d. 2000)
- Bob Kurland, American basketball player and politician (d. 2013)
- Onofre Marimón, Argentinian race car driver (d. 1954)
- Günther Schifter, Austrian journalist and radio host (d. 2008)
- James Stockdale, American admiral and pilot, Medal of Honor recipient (d. 2005)
- Micheline Ostermeyer, French discus thrower, shot putter, and pianist (d. 2001)
- Guy Beaulne, Canadian actor and director (d. 2001)
- Kenneth M. Taylor, American general and pilot (d. 2006)
- José Greco, Italian-American dancer and choreographer (d. 2000)
- Helmut Schmidt, German soldier, economist, and politician, 5th Chancellor of Germany (d. 2015)
- Dino Risi, Italian director and screenwriter (d. 2008)
- Anna J. Harrison, American organic chemist and academic (d. 1998)
- Woodrow Borah, American historian of Spanish America (d. 1999)
- James Gregory, American actor (d. 2002)
- Niels Kaj Jerne, English-Danish physician and immunologist, Nobel Prize laureate (d. 1994)
- Kurt Meyer, German general (d. 1961)
- Yousuf Karsh, Armenian-Canadian photographer (d. 2002)
- Manuel Lopes, Cape Verdean author and poet (d. 2005)
- James Roosevelt, American general and politician (d. 1991)
- Avraham Stern, Polish Zionist leader (d. 1942)
- Norman Maclean, American author and academic (d. 1990)
- Charan Singh, Indian lawyer and politician, 5th Prime Minister of India (d. 1987)
- Merle Barwis, American-Canadian supercentenarian (d. 2014)
- Marie Bell, French actress and stage director (d. 1985)
- Otto Soglow, American cartoonist (d. 1975)
- Giuseppe Tomasi di Lampedusa, Italian lieutenant and author (d. 1957)
- Nola Luxford, New Zealand-American actress and broadcaster (d. 1994)
- Arthur Gilligan, English cricketer (d. 1976)
- Pierre Brissaud, French illustrator, painter, and engraver (d. 1964)
- Stephen Timoshenko, Ukrainian-American engineer and academic (d. 1972)
- John Marin, American architect and painter (d. 1953)
- Madam C. J. Walker, American businesswoman and philanthropist, founded the Madame C.J. Walker Manufacturing Company (d. 1919)
- Henry B. Guppy, English botanist and author (d. 1926)
- Richard Conner, American sergeant, Medal of Honor recipient (d. 1924)
- János Murkovics, Slovene-Hungarian author and educator (d. 1917)
- Mathilde Wesendonck, German poet and author (d. 1902)
- Wilhelm Bauer, German engineer (d. 1875)
- Jan Jakob Lodewijk ten Kate, Dutch pastor and poet (d. 1889)
- Samuel Smiles, Scottish-English author (d. 1904)
- Henri-Alexandre Wallon, French historian and statesman (d. 1904)
- Edward Blyth, English zoologist (d. 1873)
- Karl Richard Lepsius, German Egyptologist (d. 1884)
- Joseph Smith, American religious leader, 1st President of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (d. 1844)
- Charles Augustin Sainte-Beuve, French author, critic, and academic (d. 1869)
- Anthony Mary Claret, Spanish Roman Catholic archbishop and missionary (d. 1870)
- Dost Mohammad Khan, emir of Afghanistan (d. 1863)
- Jean-François Champollion, French philologist, orientalist, and scholar (d. 1832)
- Alexander I of Russia (d. 1825)
- Wilhelm Hisinger, Swedish physicist and chemist (d. 1852)
- Nathan Wilson, American soldier and politician (d. 1834)
- Frederick Augustus I of Saxony (d. 1827)
- John Jay, American jurist and politician, 1st Chief Justice of the United States (d. 1829)
- Richard Arkwright, English businessman and inventor, invented the Water frame and Spinning frame (d. 1792)
- Maruyama Gondazaemon, Japanese sumo wrestler, the 3rd Yokozuna (d. 1749)
- Pamheiba, Indian emperor (d. 1751)
- Joseph Bodin de Boismortier, French composer (d. 1755)
- Heneage Finch, 1st Earl of Nottingham, English lawyer and politician, Lord Chancellor of England (d. 1682)
- Edmund Berry Godfrey, English lawyer and judge (d. 1678)
- Carl Gustaf Wrangel, Swedish field marshal and politician, Lord High Constable of Sweden (d. 1676)
- Tianqi Emperor, Chinese emperor (d. 1627)
- Martin Opitz, German poet and composer (d. 1639)
- Severo Bonini, Italian organist and composer (d. 1663)
- Giovanni Battista Crespi, Italian painter, sculptor and architect (d. 1632)
- Anna of Saxony, only child and heiress of Maurice, Elector of Saxony (d. 1577)
- John Albert I, duke of Mecklenburg (d. 1576)
- Thomas Smith, English scholar and diplomat (d. 1577)
- Louis I, duke of Bavaria (d. 1231)
- Zhen Zong, emperor of the Song Dynasty (d. 1022)
Deaths On This Day
- Maurice Hayes, Irish educator and politician (b. 1927)
- Alfred G. Gilman, American pharmacologist and biochemist, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1941)
- Don Howe, English footballer and manager (b. 1935)
- Jean-Marie Pelt, French biologist, pharmacist, and academic (b. 1933)
- Bülent Ulusu, Turkish admiral and politician, 18th Prime Minister of Turkey (b. 1923)
- Edward Greenspan, Canadian lawyer and author (b. 1944)
- Robert V. Hogg, American statistician and academic (b. 1924)
- Jeremy Lloyd, English actor and screenwriter (b. 1930)
- Chryssa, Greek-American sculptor (b. 1933)
- Mikhail Kalashnikov, Russian general and weapons designer, designed the AK-47 rifle (b. 1919)
- Yusef Lateef, American saxophonist, composer, and educator (b. 1920)
- Ricky Lawson, American drummer and composer (b. 1954)
- José Ortiz, Spanish illustrator (b. 1932)
- G. S. Shivarudrappa, Indian poet and educator (b. 1926)
- Kerimbubu Shopokova, Kyrgyzstani collective farm worker of the Soviet era (b. 1917)
- Robert W. Wilson, American philanthropist and art collector (b. 1928)
- Jean Harris, American educator and murderer (b. 1923)
- Eduardo Maiorino, Brazilian mixed martial artist and kick-boxer (b. 1979)
- Capital STEEZ, American rapper (b. 1993)
- Aydın Menderes, Turkish economist and politician (b. 1946)
- Fred Hargesheimer, American soldier and pilot (b. 1916)
- K. Karunakaran, Indian lawyer and politician, 7th Chief Minister of Kerala (b. 1918)
- Robert L. Howard, American colonel, Medal of Honor recipient (b. 1939)
- Ngapoi Ngawang Jigme, Tibetan general and politician (b. 1910)
- Edward Schillebeeckx, Belgian theologian and academic (b. 1914)
- William Francis Ganong, Jr., American physiologist and academic (b. 1924)
- Michael Kidd, American dancer and choreographer (b. 1915)
- Oscar Peterson, Canadian pianist and composer (b. 1925)
- Charlie Drake, English actor (b. 1925)
- Timothy J. Tobias, American pianist and composer (b. 1952)
- Johnny Vincent, English footballer (b. 1947)
- Lajos Baróti, Hungarian footballer and manager (b. 1914)
- P. V. Narasimha Rao, Indian lawyer and politician, 9th Prime Minister of India (b. 1921)
- Bola Ige, Nigerian lawyer and politician, 3rd Governor of Oyo State (b. 1930)
- Billy Barty, American actor (b. 1924)
- Victor Borge, Danish-American comedian, pianist, and conductor (b. 1909)
- Noor Jehan, Pakistani singer and actress (b. 1926)
- Joe Orlando, Italian-American author and illustrator (b. 1927)
- Patric Knowles, English actor (b. 1911)
- Sebastian Shaw, English actor, director, and playwright (b. 1905)
- Vincent Fourcade, French interior designer (b. 1934)
- Joan Lindsay, Australian author and playwright (b. 1896)
- Colin Middleton, Irish painter and illustrator (b. 1910)
- Jack Webb, American actor, director, producer, and screenwriter (b. 1920)
- Peggy Guggenheim, American-Italian art collector (b. 1898)
- Charles Atlas, Italian-American bodybuilder and model (b. 1892)
- Irna Phillips, American screenwriter, created Guiding Light and As the World Turns (b. 1901)
- Andrei Tupolev, Russian engineer, designed the Tupolev Tu-95 and Tupolev Tu-104 (b. 1888)
- Charles Ruggles, American actor (b. 1886)
- Aleksander Warma, Estonian lieutenant and politician, Prime Minister of Estonia in exile (b. 1890)
- Carolyn Sherwin Bailey, American author (b. 1875)
- Kurt Meyer, German general (b. 1910)
- René Iché, French soldier and sculptor (b. 1897)
- Lavrentiy Beria, Georgian-Russian general and politician, Russian Minister of Internal Affairs (b. 1899)
- Vincenzo Tommasini, Italian composer (b. 1878)
- Akira Mutō, Japanese general (b. 1883)
- Hideki Tojo, Japanese general and politician, 40th Prime Minister of Japan (b. 1884)
- Seishirō Itagaki, Japanese general (b. 1885)
- Heitarō Kimura, Japanese general (b. 1888)
- Iwane Matsui, Japanese general (b. 1878)
- Kenji Doihara, Japanese general (b. 1883)
- Kōki Hirota, Japanese diplomat and politician, 32nd Prime Minister of Japan (b. 1878)
- John A. Sampson, American gynecologist and academic (b. 1873)
- Anthony Fokker, Indonesia-born Dutch pilot and engineer, designed the Fokker Dr.I and Fokker D.VII (b. 1890)
- Wilson Bentley, American meteorologist and photographer (b. 1865)
- Mustafa Fehmi Kubilay, Turkish lieutenant and educator (b. 1906)
- Swami Shraddhanand, Indian monk, missionary, and educator (b. 1856)
- Otto Schoetensack, German anthropologist and academic (b. 1850)
- Mdungazwe Ngungunyane Nxumalo, last emperor of the Gaza Empire (b. c.1850)
- Frederick Temple, English archbishop and academic (b. 1821)
- Constance Naden, English poet and philosopher (b. 1858)
- John Chisum, American businessman and poker player (b. 1824)
- Thomas Robert Malthus, English economist and demographer (b. 1766)
- Pehr Osbeck, Swedish explorer and author (b. 1723)
- Henry Clinton, English general and politician (b. 1730)
- Charles-Michel de l'Épée, French priest and educator (b. 1712)
- Augustus Hervey, 3rd Earl of Bristol, English admiral and politician, Chief Secretary for Ireland (b. 1724)
- Marie-Marguerite d'Youville, Canadian nun and saint, founded Grey Nuns (b. 1701)
- Antoine François Prévost, French novelist and translator (b. 1697)
- Alastair Ruadh MacDonnell, Scottish spy (b. 1725)
- Pierre Varignon, French mathematician and academic (b. 1654)
- Caesar, duc de Choiseul, French general and diplomat (b. 1602)
- John Cotton, English minister and theologian (b. 1585)
- François Maynard, French poet and academic (b. 1582)
- Michael Drayton, English poet and playwright (b. 1563)
- Henry I, duke of Guise (b. 1550)
- Akiyama Nobutomo, Japanese samurai (b. 1531)
- Roger Ascham, English scholar and academic (b. 1515)
- Nicholas Udall, English cleric, playwright, and educator (b. 1504)
- Isabella of Castile, duchess of York (b. 1355)
- Thomas Preljubović, ruler of Epirus
- Beatrice of Bourbon, Queen of Bohemia (b. 1320)
- Matilda of Habsburg, duchess regent of Bavaria (b. 1253)
- Berengaria of Navarre, queen of England (b. 1165)
- Thorlak, patron saint of Iceland (b. 1133)
- Ugo Ventimiglia, Italian cardinal
- Ar-Radi, Abbasid caliph (b. 909)
- Conrad I, king of East Francia (b. 890)
- Naum of Preslav, Bulgarian missionary and scholar
- Solomon II, bishop of Constance
- Gaubald, Frankish bishop (b. 700)
- Dagobert II, Frankish king (b. 650)
- Mor Gabriel, Turkish bishop and saint (b. 594)
- Huneric, Vandal king
- Ming Yuan Di, ruler of Northern Wei (b. 392)