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On This Day in History:  December 24

December 24 is the 358th day of the year (359th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. 7 days remain until the end of the year.

Lottery News On This Day

2015
Keno players cash in on lottery glitch in Delaware. The luck has run out for some lottery winners in Delaware after state officials realized that a glitch meant the exact same winning numbers were drawn for six Keno games.
2015
Iowa man denied $100,000 lottery win because he's underage. A Des Moines, Iowa, man is facing a charge of underage gambling after he collected a $100,000 Iowa Lottery prize this summer.
2015
New Oregon law allows lottery prize garnishments for overpayments. A new Oregon law, effective Jan. 1, authorizes the state Department of Human Services and the Oregon Health Authority to garnish Oregon Lottery prize payments greater than $600 to recover overpayments of public assistance, medical assistance and supplemental nutrition assistance.
2015
African migrants win big in Spain Christmas lottery. About 35 African migrants, including at least one rescued at sea from an overcrowded wooden boat, are among the top prize winners of Spain's Christmas lottery, according to the owner of the lottery agency that sold more than 1,000 tickets that shelled out 400,000 euros (US$438,000) each.
2013
Wyoming Lottery might launch ticket sales by April. With the passage of the Wyoming Lottery bill in February, lawmakers and lottery officials are hoping to steer the lost revenues into the coffers of the Cowboy State when tickets begin to be sold in mid-2014.
2012
El Gordo jackpot brings lottery joy to thousands in Spain. Spaniards facing yet another year of economic misery found relief in the world's biggest lottery payout on Saturday, the traditional Christmas Gordo, or Fat One, which spread €2.52 billion (US$3.3 billion) in prize money around the country.
2012
Cashier's mistake makes N.H. family lottery winners. A Hillsborough family is the newest New Hampshire Tri-State Megabucks winner, and it was all because of a mistake.
2011
$206 MILLION: Mega Million lottery jackpot soars. Last-minute shoppers can potentially give the gift of a $206 million jackpot this Christmas, because the Mega Millions multi-state lottery game did not produce a winner Friday night.
2010
Christmastime battle over lottery jackpot. A group of friends hit the Florida Lotto jackpot, but one single dollar has led to a fight over $16 million.
2009
El Gordo lottery awards more than $3 billion. Spain's Christmas lottery showered hundreds of thousand of euros in prize money on the country's capital Tuesday.
2008
Indiana Powerball lottery winners likely to remain anonymous. Hoosier Lottery officials say the identities of people who split the Nov. 22 Powerball jackpot may never be made public.
2004
Record Powerball winner's wealth may have contributed to kin's death. Seventeen-year-old Brandi Bragg was laid to rest today, almost two years to the day after her doting grandfather came into the great wealth that some say was Brandi's misfortune.
2003
Mega Millions Jackpot Surges to $125 Million. No Mega Millions tickets matched all six numbers in last night's drawing, increasing the estimated jackpot for the Friday, December 26, 2003 drawing is $125 million, with a cash option of $73 million.
2003
Powerball sales brisk for tonight's $137 million drawing. Visions of money stacks are dancing in the heads of Powerball players who recall the $314 million Christmas Day jackpot won by a West Virginia man last year.
2003
Des Moines Cop Could Be Lottery Winner. Several officers at the Des Moines Police Department said that patrol officer Daniel Good is the person who bought a Hot Lotto ticket worth $1.65 million.
2003
Michigan Lottery Drawing to Name Five Finalists For $2,000,000. Five lucky Michigan Lottery players will be one step closer to becoming an instant multi-millionaire when the Michigan Lottery conducts a drawing to select the finalists for the "$2,000,000 Fortune" instant game.
2003
Lottery, legislators tug at unclaimed jackpots. The largest jackpot left on the table in Florida history is inspiring a flood of legislation requiring that such dollars go directly to education not back into future prizes or promotions as current law allows. The Florida Lottery warns such a move could backfire, reducing payouts and, in turn, the volume of ticket sales.

Top 25 Lottery Jackpots On This Day

1.$337 Million
Multi-State
Powerball
Draw Date
Dec 27, 2017
2.$321 Million
Multi-State
Mega Millions
Draw Date
Dec 25, 2018
3.$314.9 Million
Multi-State
Powerball
Draw Date
Dec 25, 2002
4.$294 Million
Multi-State
Powerball
Draw Date
Dec 26, 2018
5.$277 Million
Multi-State
Mega Millions
Draw Date
Dec 26, 2017
6.$255 Million
Multi-State
Powerball
Draw Date
Dec 26, 2015
7.$206 Million
Multi-State
Mega Millions
Draw Date
Dec 27, 2011
8.$183 Million
Multi-State
Powerball
Draw Date
Dec 25, 2019
9.$168 Million
Multi-State
Mega Millions
Draw Date
Dec 24, 2010
10.$156 Million
Multi-State
Mega Millions
Draw Date
Dec 26, 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.$125 Million
Multi-State
Mega Millions
Draw Date
Dec 26, 2003
14.€109 Million
US$124.31 Million
Multi-Country
Euro Millions
Draw Date
Dec 25, 2018
15.$122 Million
Multi-State
Powerball
Draw Date
Dec 26, 2009
16.$104 Million
Multi-State
Mega Millions
Draw Date
Dec 25, 2015
17.$100 Million
Multi-State
Powerball
Draw Date
Dec 24, 2014
18.€72 Million
US$98.46 Million
Multi-Country
Euro Millions
Draw Date
Dec 24, 2013
19.€90 Million
US$94.81 Million
Multi-Country
EuroJackpot
Draw Date
Dec 30, 2016
20.€81.56 Million
US$93.03 Million
Draw Date
Dec 24, 2018
21.€77.43 Million
US$92.45 Million
Draw Date
Dec 28, 2017
22.€75 Million
US$89.05 Million
Multi-Country
Euro Millions
Draw Date
Dec 30, 2005
23.€67 Million
US$88.03 Million
Multi-Country
Euro Millions
Draw Date
Dec 29, 2006
24.$85 Million
Multi-State
Mega Millions
Draw Date
Dec 27, 2016
25.$75 Million
Multi-State
Powerball
Draw Date
Dec 27, 2006

Lottery Post Member Birthdays On This Day

1981
Thursday, Dec 24, 1981
38 years old
1981
Thursday, Dec 24, 1981
38 years old
1975
Wednesday, Dec 24, 1975
44 years old
1973
Monday, Dec 24, 1973
46 years old
1969
Wednesday, Dec 24, 1969
50 years old
1967
Sunday, Dec 24, 1967
52 years old
1965
Friday, Dec 24, 1965
54 years old
1938
Saturday, Dec 24, 1938
81 years old
(year not provided)
(year not provided)

Worldwide Events On This Day

2008
Lord's Resistance Army, a Ugandan rebel group, begins a series of attacks on Democratic Republic of the Congo, massacring more than 400.
2005
Chad-Sudan relations: Chad declares a state of war against Sudan following a December 18 attack on Adré, which left about 100 people dead.
2003
The Spanish police thwart an attempt by ETA to detonate 50 kg of explosives at 3:55 p.m. inside Madrid's busy Chamartín Station.
1999
Indian Airlines Flight 814 is hijacked in Indian airspace between Kathmandu, Nepal, and Delhi, India. The aircraft landed at Kandahar in Afghanistan. The incident ended on December 31 with the release of 190 survivors (one passenger is killed).
1997
The Sid El-Antri massacre in Algeria kills between 50 and 100 people.
1994
Air France Flight 8969 is hijacked on the ground at Houari Boumediene Airport, Algiers, Algeria. Over the course of three days three passengers are killed, as are all four terrorists.
1980
Witnesses report the first of several sightings of unexplained lights near RAF Woodbridge, in Rendlesham Forest, Suffolk, England, United Kingdom, an incident called "Britain's Roswell".
1974
Cyclone Tracy devastates Darwin, Australia.
1973
District of Columbia Home Rule Act is passed, allowing residents of Washington, D.C. to elect their own local government.
1969
Nigerian troops capture Umuahia, the Biafran capital.
1968
Apollo program: The crew of Apollo 8 enters into orbit around the Moon, becoming the first humans to do so. They performed ten lunar orbits and broadcast live TV pictures.
1966
A Canadair CL-44 chartered by the United States military crashes into a small village in South Vietnam, killing 129.
1964
Vietnam War: Viet Cong operatives bomb the Brinks Hotel in Saigon, South Vietnam to demonstrate they can strike an American installation in the heavily guarded capital.
1953
Tangiwai disaster: In New Zealand's North Island, at Tangiwai, a railway bridge is damaged by a lahar and collapses beneath a passenger train, killing 151 people.
1952
First flight of Britain's Handley Page Victor strategic bomber.
1951
Libya becomes independent from Italy. Idris I is proclaimed King of Libya.
1945
Five of nine children become missing after their home in Fayetteville, West Virginia, is burned down.
1943
World War II: U.S. General Dwight D. Eisenhower is named Supreme Allied Commander for the Invasion of Normandy.
1942
World War II: French monarchist, Fernand Bonnier de La Chapelle, assassinates Vichy French Admiral François Darlan in Algiers, Algeria.
1941
World War II: Kuching is conquered by Japanese forces.
1941
World War II: Benghazi is conquered by British forces.
1939
World War II: Pope Pius XII makes a Christmas Eve appeal for peace.
1929
Assassination attempt on Argentine President Hipólito Yrigoyen.
1924
Albania becomes a republic.
1914
World War I: The "Christmas truce" begins.
1913
The Italian Hall disaster in Calumet, Michigan results in the deaths of 73 Christmas party participants (including 59 children) when someone falsely yells "fire".
1911
Lackawanna Cut-Off railway line opens in New Jersey and Pennsylvania.
1906
Radio: Reginald Fessenden transmits the first radio broadcast; consisting of a poetry reading, a violin solo, and a speech.
1871
The Opera Aida opens in Cairo, Egypt.
1868
The Greek Presidential Guard is established as the royal escort by King George I.
1865
Jonathan Shank and Barry Ownby form The Ku Klux Klan.
1851
The Library of Congress in Washington, D.C., burns.
1846
British acquired Labuan from the Sultanate of Brunei for Great Britain.
1826
The Eggnog Riot at the United States Military Academy begins that night, wrapping up the following morning.
1818
The first performance of "Silent Night" takes place in the church of St. Nikolaus in Oberndorf, Austria.
1814
Representatives of Britain and the United States sign the Treaty of Ghent, ending the War of 1812.
1800
The Plot of the rue Saint-Nicaise fails to kill Napoleon Bonaparte.
1777
Kiritimati, also called Christmas Island, is discovered by James Cook.
1737
The Marathas defeat the combined forces of the Mughal Empire, Rajputs of Jaipur, Nizam of Hyderabad, Nawab of Awadh and Nawab of Bengal in the Battle of Bhopal.
1500
A joint Venetian-Spanish fleet captures the Castle of St. George on the island of Cephalonia.
1294
Pope Boniface VIII is elected, replacing St. Celestine V, who had resigned.
1144
The capital of the crusader County of Edessa falls to Imad ad-Din Zengi, the atabeg of Mosul and Aleppo.
820
Emperor Leo V is assassinated in the Hagia Sophia at Constantinople and is succeeded by Michael II.
759
Tang dynasty poet Du Fu departs for Chengdu, where he is hosted by fellow poet Pei Di.
640
Pope John IV is elected.
502
Chinese emperor Xiao Yan names Xiao Tong his heir designate.

Births On This Day

1994
Fa'amanu Brown, New Zealand rugby league player
1994
Miguel Castro, Dominican baseball player
1994
Matt Frawley, Australian rugby league player
1991
Lara Michel, Swiss tennis player
1991
Wasim Tareen, Pakistani footballer
1991
Louis Tomlinson, English singer-songwriter
1990
Brigetta Barrett, American high jumper
1990
Marcus Jordan, American basketball player
1990
Ryo Miyake, Japanese fencer
1988
Stefanos Athanasiadis, Greek footballer
1988
Emre Özkan, Turkish footballer
1988
Simon Zenke, Nigerian footballer
1987
Jane Summersett, American ice dancer
1986
Tim Elliott, American mixed martial artist
1986
Kyrylo Fesenko, Ukrainian basketball player
1985
Alexey Dmitriev, German ice hockey player
1985
David Ragan, American race car driver
1984
Isaac De Gois, Australian rugby league player
1981
Dima Bilan, Russian singer-songwriter and actor
1980
Maarja Liis-Ilus, Estonian pop musician
1980
Stephen Appiah, Ghanaian footballer
1980
Tomas Kalnoky, Czech-American singer-songwriter and guitarist
1979
Chris Hero, American wrestler and trainer
1978
Yıldıray Baştürk, German-Turkish footballer
1978
Warren Tredrea, Australian footballer and sportscaster
1977
Michael Raymond-James, American actor
1976
Linda Ferga, French hurdler
1974
Thure Lindhardt, Danish actor
1974
Paal Nilssen-Love, Norwegian drummer and composer
1974
Marcelo Salas, Chilean footballer
1974
Ryan Seacrest, American radio host and television personality, and producer
1974
J.D. Walsh, American actor, director, and producer
1973
Liu Dong, Chinese-Spanish runner
1973
Paul Foot, English comedian
1973
Stephenie Meyer, American author and film producer
1973
Ali Salem Tamek, Moroccan activist
1972
Álvaro Mesén, Costa Rican footballer
1972
Klaus Schnellenkamp, Chilean businessman and author
1971
Geoff Allott, New Zealand cricketer
1971
Sascha Fischer, German rugby player
1971
Ricky Martin, Puerto Rican-American singer-songwriter and actor
1970
Adam Haslett, American author and academic
1970
Amaury Nolasco, Puerto Rican-American actor
1969
Brad Anderson, American wrestler
1969
Milan Blagojevic, Australian footballer and manager
1969
Pernille Fischer Christensen, Danish director and screenwriter
1969
Taro Goto, Japanese soccer player
1969
Leavander Johnson, American boxer (d. 2005)
1969
Ryuji Kato, Japanese soccer player
1969
Nick Love, English director and screenwriter
1969
Clinton McKinnon, American saxophonist and keyboard player
1969
Ed Miliband, English academic and politician, Minister for the Cabinet Office
1969
Mark Millar, Scottish author
1969
Luis Musrri, Chilean footballer and manager
1969
Oleg Skripochka, Russian astronaut and engineer
1969
Gintaras Staučė, Lithuanian footballer and manager
1969
Michael Zucchet, American economist and politician
1968
Doyle Bramhall II, American singer-songwriter and guitarist
1968
Marleen Renders, Belgian runner
1967
Mikhail Shchennikov, Russian race walker
1967
Pernilla Wahlgren, Swedish singer and actress
1966
Diedrich Bader, American actor
1965
Millard Powers, American bass player, songwriter, and producer
1965
William Branham, American minister
1964
Mark Valley, American actor
1963
Caroline Aherne, English actress, producer, and screenwriter (d. 2016)
1963
Jay Bilas, American basketball player and sportscaster
1963
Timo Jutila, Finnish ice hockey player and sportscaster
1963
Mary Ramsey, American singer-songwriter and violinist
1963
Neil Turbin, American singer-songwriter
1962
Kate Spade, American fashion designer, co-founded Kate Spade New York (d. 2018)
1961
Ilham Aliyev, Azerbaijani businessman and politician, 4th President of Azerbaijan
1961
Mary Barra, American businesswoman, current CEO and chairwoman of General Motors
1961
Eriko Kitagawa, Japanese director and screenwriter
1961
Darren Wharton, English singer-songwriter and keyboard player
1961
Wade Williams, American actor
1961
Jay Wright, American basketball player and coach
1960
Glenn McQueen, Canadian-American animator (d. 2002)
1960
Carol Vorderman, English television host
1959
Chris Blackhurst, English journalist
1959
Lee Daniels, American director and producer
1958
Munetaka Higuchi, Japanese drummer and producer (d. 2008)
1958
Paul Pressey, American basketball player and coach
1958
Gene Sperling, American economist
1958
Diane Tell, Canadian singer-songwriter and guitarist
1957
Hamid Karzai, Afghan politician, 12th President of Afghanistan
1956
Anil Kapoor, Indian actor and producer.
1956
Shim Hwa-jin, South Korean academic and educator
1955
Scott Fischer, American mountaineer and guide (d. 1996)
1955
Clarence Gilyard, American actor and educator
1954
Yves Debay, Congolese-French commander and journalist (d. 2013)
1954
José María Figueres, Costa Rican businessman and politician, President of Costa Rica
1954
Helen Jones, English lawyer and politician
1954
Dale Brown Emeagwali, American microbiologist and cancer researcher
1953
Timothy Carhart, American actor
1952
Michael Ray, American jazz musician
1951
John D'Acquisto, American baseball player
1951
Nick Kent, English-French journalist and author
1950
Dana Gioia, American poet and critic
1950
Hiroshi Ikushima, Japanese businessman and academic
1950
Libby Larsen, American composer
1949
Warwick Brown, Australian race car driver
1949
Randy Neugebauer, American accountant and politician
1948
Stan Bowles, English footballer and sportscaster
1948
Frank Oliver, New Zealand rugby player and coach
1947
Kevin Sheedy, Australian footballer and coach
1946
Jan Akkerman, Dutch rock guitarist and songwriter
1946
Jeff Sessions, American captain, lawyer, and politician, 44th Attorney General of Alabama and 84th Attorney General of the United States
1945
Lemmy, English hard rock singer-songwriter and bass player (d. 2015)
1945
Steve Smith, Canadian-American actor and comedian
1944
Barry Elliott, English actor and screenwriter (d. 2018)
1944
Mike Curb, American businessman and politician, 42nd Lieutenant Governor of California
1944
Oswald Gracias, Indian cardinal
1944
Daniel Johnson, Jr., Canadian lawyer and politician, 25th Premier of Quebec
1944
Erhard Keller, German speed skater
1944
Bob Shaw, Australian golfer
1944
Woody Shaw, American trumpeter (d. 1989)
1943
Tarja Halonen, Finnish lawyer and politician, 11th President of Finland
1943
Suzy Menkes, English journalist and critic
1942
Indra Bania, Indian actor, director, and playwright (d. 2015)
1942
Jonathan Borofsky, American sculptor and painter
1942
Đoàn Viết Hoạt, Vietnamese journalist, educator, and activist
1941
Mike Hazlewood, English singer-songwriter (d. 2001)
1940
Janet Carroll, American actress and singer (d. 2012)
1938
Bobby Henrich, American baseball player
1938
Valentim Loureiro, Portuguese soldier and politician
1937
Félix Miélli Venerando, Brazilian footballer and manager (d. 2012)
1937
John Taylor, Baron Kilclooney, Northern Irish politician, Irish Minister of Home Affairs
1936
Ivan Lawrence, English lawyer and politician
1934
John Critchinson, English pianist and composer (d. 2017)
1934
Stjepan Mesić, Croatian lawyer and politician, 2nd President of Croatia
1934
Alex Hutchinson, Australian jazz musician
1932
Colin Cowdrey, Indian-English cricketer (d. 2000)
1932
On Kawara, Japanese-American painter (d. 2014)
1931
Ray Bryant, American pianist and composer (d. 2011)
1931
Mauricio Kagel, Argentinian-German composer and scholar (d. 2008)
1930
Robert Joffrey, American dancer and choreographer (d. 1988)
1930
John J. Kelley, American runner (d. 2011)
1929
Lennart Skoglund, Swedish footballer (d. 1975)
1929
Philip Ziegler, English historian and author
1928
Lev Vlassenko, Georgian-Australian pianist and educator (d. 1996)
1927
Mary Higgins Clark, American author
1924
Lee Dorsey, American singer-songwriter (d. 1986)
1924
Abdirizak Haji Hussein, Somalian soldier and politician, 4th Prime Minister of Somalia (d. 2014)
1924
Mohammed Rafi, Indian singer (d. 1980)
1924
Norman Rossington, English actor (d. 1999)
1923
George Patton IV, American general (d. 2004)
1923
William C. Schneider, American aerospace engineer (d. 1999)
1922
Ava Gardner, American actress (d. 1990)
1921
Bill Dudley, American football player (d. 2010)
1920
Franco Lucentini, Italian author and screenwriter (d. 2002)
1920
Yevgeniya Rudneva, Ukrainian-Russian lieutenant and navigator (d. 1944)
1919
Qateel Shifai, Pakistani poet and songwriter (d. 2001)
1919
Pierre Soulages, French artist
1914
Ralph Marterie, Italian-American trumpet player and bandleader (d. 1978)
1914
Herbert Reinecker, German author and screenwriter (d. 2007)
1913
Ad Reinhardt, American painter and academic (d. 1967)
1910
Ellen Braumüller, German javelin thrower and triathlete (d. 1991)
1910
Fritz Leiber, American author and poet (d. 1992)
1910
Max Miedinger, Swiss typeface designer, created Helvetica (d. 1980)
1907
I. F. Stone, American journalist and author (d. 1989)
1906
Franz Waxman, German-American composer and conductor (d. 1967)
1905
Howard Hughes, American businessman, engineer, and pilot (d. 1976)
1904
Joseph M. Juran, Romanian-American engineer and businessman (d. 2008)
1903
Joseph Cornell, American sculptor and director (d. 1972)
1903
Ernst Krenkel, Polish-Russian geographer and explorer (d. 1971)
1903
Ava Helen Pauling, American humanitarian and activist (d. 1981)
1900
Joey Smallwood, Canadian journalist and politician, 1st Premier of Newfoundland (d. 1991)
1900
Hawayo Takata, Japanese-American teacher and master practitioner of Reiki (d. 1980)
1898
Baby Dodds, American drummer (d. 1959)
1897
Ville Pörhölä, Finnish shot putter and discus thrower (d. 1964)
1897
Väinö Sipilä, Finnish runner (d. 1987)
1895
E. Roland Harriman, American financier and philanthropist (d. 1978)
1895
Noel Streatfeild, English author (d. 1986)
1895
Marguerite Williams, American geologist (d. 1991)
1894
Georges Guynemer, French captain and pilot (d. 1917)
1894
Jack Thayer, American businessman (d. 1945)
1893
Harry Warren, American pianist and composer (d. 1981)
1892
Ruth Chatterton, American actress (d. 1961)
1891
Feodor Stepanovich Rojankovsky, Russian illustrator and painter (d. 1970)
1887
Louis Jouvet, French actor and producer (d. 1951)
1886
Michael Curtiz, Hungarian-American actor, director, and producer (d. 1962)
1885
Paul Manship, American sculptor (d. 1966)
1883
Stefan Jaracz, Polish actor and producer (d. 1945)
1882
Hans Rebane, Estonian journalist and politician, 8th Estonian Minister of Foreign Affairs (d. 1961)
1881
Charles Wakefield Cadman, American composer and critic (d. 1946)
1880
Johnny Gruelle, American author and illustrator (d. 1939)
1879
Émile Nelligan, Canadian poet (d. 1941)
1879
Alexandrine of Mecklenburg-Schwerin (d. 1952)
1877
Sigrid Schauman, Finnish painter and critic (d. 1979)
1875
Émile Wegelin, French rower (d. 1962)
1872
Frederick Semple, American golfer and tennis player (d. 1927)
1869
Henriette Roland Holst, Dutch poet, playwright, and politician (d. 1952)
1868
Charles Harvey Bollman, American naturalist (d. 1889)
1868
Emanuel Lasker, German chess player, mathematician, and philosopher (d. 1941)
1867
Tevfik Fikret, Turkish poet and educator (d. 1915)
1865
Szymon Askenazy, Polish historian, educator, and diplomat, founded the Askenazy school (d. 1935)
1845
George I of Greece (d. 1913)
1843
Lydia Koidula, Estonian poet and playwright (d. 1886)
1837
Empress Elisabeth of Austria (d. 1898)
1827
Alexander von Oettingen, German theologian and statistician (d. 1905)
1822
Matthew Arnold, English poet and critic (d. 1888)
1818
James Prescott Joule, English physicist and brewer (d. 1889)
1812
Karl Eduard Zachariae von Lingenthal, German lawyer and jurist (d. 1894)
1810
Wilhelm Marstrand, Danish painter and illustrator (d. 1873)
1809
Kit Carson, American general (d. 1868)
1798
Adam Mickiewicz, Polish poet and playwright (d. 1855)
1761
Selim III, Ottoman sultan (d. 1808)
1761
Jean-Louis Pons, French astronomer (d. 1831)
1754
George Crabbe, English priest, surgeon, and poet (d. 1832)
1731
Julie Bondeli, Swiss salonist and lady of letters (d. 1778)
1726
Johann Hartmann, Danish composer (d. 1793)
1698
William Warburton, English bishop (d. 1779)
1679
Domenico Sarro, Italian composer and educator (d. 1744)
1635
Mariana of Austria (d. 1696)
1625
Johann Rudolph Ahle, German organist, composer, and theorist (d. 1673)
1597
Honoré II, Prince of Monaco (d. 1662)
1596
Leonaert Bramer, Dutch painter (d. 1674)
1588
Constance of Austria (d. 1631)
1549
Kaspar Ulenberg, German theologian (d. 1617)
1537
Willem IV van den Bergh, Stadtholder of Guelders and Zutphen (d. 1586)
1520
Martha Leijonhufvud, Swedish noble (d. 1584)
1508
Pietro Carnesecchi, Italian scholar (d. 1567)
1475
Thomas Murner, German poet and translator (d. 1537)
1474
Bartolomeo degli Organi, Italian musician (d. 1539)
1389
John V, Duke of Brittany (d. 1442)
1166
John, King of England (d. 1216)
3 BC
Galba, Roman emperor (d. 69)

Deaths On This Day

2017
Jerry Kindall, American baseball player and coach (b. 1935)
2017
Heather Menzies, Canadian-American model and actress (b. 1949)
2016
Rick Parfitt, British musician (b. 1948)
2016
Liz Smith, English actress (b. 1921)
2016
Richard Adams, English author (b. 1920)
2016
Ben Xi, Chinese singer (b.1994)
2015
Turid Birkeland, Norwegian businesswoman and politician, Norwegian Minister of Culture (b. 1962)
2015
Letty Jimenez Magsanoc, Filipino journalist (b. 1941)
2015
Adriana Olguín, Chilean lawyer and politician, Chilean Minister of Justice (b. 1911)
2014
Buddy DeFranco, American clarinet player (b. 1923)
2014
Edward Greenspan, Canadian lawyer and author (b. 1944)
2014
Herbert Harris, American lawyer and politician (b. 1926)
2014
Krzysztof Krauze, Polish director and screenwriter (b. 1953)
2013
Frédéric Back, German-Canadian director, animator, and screenwriter (b. 1924)
2013
Ian Barbour, Chinese-American author and scholar (b. 1923)
2013
John M. Goldman, English haematologist and oncologist (b. 1938)
2013
Allan McKeown, English-American screenwriter and producer (b. 1946)
2012
Richard Rodney Bennett, English-American composer and academic (b. 1936)
2012
Charles Durning, American soldier and actor (b. 1923)
2012
Jack Klugman, American actor (b. 1922)
2012
Dennis O'Driscoll, Irish poet and critic (b. 1954)
2011
Johannes Heesters, Dutch-German entertainer (b. 1903)
2010
Elisabeth Beresford, French-English journalist and author (b. 1926)
2010
Frans de Munck, Dutch footballer and manager (b. 1922)
2010
Orestes Quércia, Brazilian journalist, lawyer, and politician, 28th Governor of São Paulo State (b. 1938)
2010
Eino Tamberg, Estonian composer and educator (b. 1930)
2009
Marcus Bakker, Dutch journalist and politician (b. 1923)
2009
Rafael Caldera, Venezuelan lawyer and politician, 65th President of Venezuela (b. 1916)
2009
George Michael, American sportscaster (b. 1939)
2009
Gero von Wilpert, German author and academic (b. 1933)
2008
Ralph Harris, British journalist (b. 1921)
2008
Harold Pinter, English playwright, screenwriter, director, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1930)
2007
Nicholas Pumfrey, English lawyer and judge (b. 1951)
2007
George Warrington, American businessman (b. 1952)
2006
Braguinha, Brazilian singer-songwriter and producer (b. 1907)
2006
Kenneth Sivertsen, Norwegian guitarist and composer (b. 1961)
2006
Frank Stanton, American businessman (b. 1908)
2004
Johnny Oates, American baseball player, coach, and manager (b. 1946)
2002
Kjell Aukrust, Norwegian author and poet (b. 1920)
2002
Jake Thackray, English singer-songwriter and guitarist (b. 1938)
2000
John Cooper, English businessman, co-founded the Cooper Car Company (b. 1923)
1999
Bill Bowerman, American runner, coach, and businessman, co-founded Nike, Inc. (b. 1911)
1999
Maurice Couve de Murville, French soldier and politician, 152nd Prime Minister of France (b. 1907)
1999
João Figueiredo, Brazilian general and politician, 30th President of Brazil (b. 1918)
1999
William C. Schneider, American aerospace engineer (d. 1999)
1998
Syl Apps, Canadian ice hockey player and pole vaulter (b. 1915)
1997
James Komack, American actor, director, producer, and screenwriter (b. 1930)
1997
Toshiro Mifune, Chinese-Japanese actor and producer (b. 1920)
1997
Pierre Péladeau, Canadian businessman, founded Quebecor (b. 1925)
1994
John Boswell, American historian, author, and academic (b. 1947)
1994
Rossano Brazzi, Italian actor (b. 1916)
1993
Norman Vincent Peale, American minister and author (b. 1898)
1992
Bobby LaKind, American singer-songwriter and conga player (b. 1945)
1992
James Mathews, Australian rugby league player (b. 1968)
1992
Peyo, Belgian cartoonist, created The Smurfs (b. 1928)
1991
Virginia Sorensen, American author (b. 1912)
1990
Thorbjørn Egner, Norwegian playwright and songwriter (b. 1922)
1988
Jainendra Kumar, Indian author (b. 1905)
1987
Joop den Uyl, Dutch journalist, economist, and politician, 45th Prime Minister of the Netherlands (b. 1919)
1987
M. G. Ramachandran, Sri Lankan-Indian actor, producer, and politician, 5th Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu (b. 1917)
1986
Gardner Fox, American author (b. 1911)
1985
Robert Todd Lincoln Beckwith, American lawyer (b. 1904)
1985
Camille Tourville, Canadian-American wrestler and manager (b. 1927)
1984
Peter Lawford, English-American actor (b. 1923)
1982
Louis Aragon, French author and poet (b. 1897)
1980
Karl Dönitz, German admiral and politician, President of Germany (b. 1891)
1977
Samael Aun Weor, Colombian author and educator (b. 1917)
1975
Bernard Herrmann, American composer and conductor (b. 1911)
1973
Fritz Gause, German historian and author (b. 1893)
1972
Gisela Richter, English-American archaeologist and historian (b. 1882)
1971
Maria Koepcke, German-Peruvian ornithologist and zoologist (b. 1924)
1969
Stanisław Błeszyński, Polish-German entomologist and lepidopterist (b. 1927)
1969
Cortelia Clark, American singer-songwriter and guitarist (b. 1907)
1969
Olivia FitzRoy, English soldier and author (b. 1921)
1969
Alfred B. Skar, Norwegian journalist and politician (b. 1896)
1967
Burt Baskin, American businessman, co-founded Baskin-Robbins (b. 1913)
1965
John Black, English businessman (b. 1895)
1965
William M. Branham, American minister and theologian (b. 1906)
1964
Claudia Jones, Trinidad-British journalist and activist (b. 1915)
1962
Wilhelm Ackermann, German mathematician (b. 1896)
1962
Eveline Adelheid von Maydell, German illustrator (b. 1890)
1961
Robert Hillyer, American poet and academic (b. 1895)
1957
Norma Talmadge, American actress and producer (b. 1893)
1947
Charles Gondouin, French rugby player and tug of war competitor (b. 1875)
1945
Josephine Sabel, American singer and comedian (b. 1866)
1942
François Darlan, French admiral and politician, 122nd Prime Minister of France (b. 1881)
1941
Siegfried Alkan, German composer (b. 1858)
1938
Bruno Taut, German architect and urban planner (b. 1880)
1935
Alban Berg, Austrian composer and educator (b. 1885)
1931
Carlo Fornasini, micropalaeontologist (b. 1854)
1931
Flying Hawk, American warrior, educator and historian (b. 1854)
1926
Wesley Coe, American shot putter, hammer thrower, and discus thrower (b. 1879)
1920
Stephen Mosher Wood, American lieutenant and politician (b. 1832)
1914
John Muir, Scottish-American geologist, botanist, and author, founded Sierra Club (b. 1838)
1898
Charbel Makhluf, Lebanese priest and saint (b. 1828)
1893
B.T. Finniss, Australian politician, 1st Premier of South Australia (b. 1807)
1889
Jan Jakob Lodewijk ten Kate, Dutch pastor and poet (b. 1819)
1879
Anna Bochkoltz, German operatic soprano, voice teacher and composer (b. 1815)
1873
Johns Hopkins, American businessman and philanthropist (b. 1795)
1872
William John Macquorn Rankine, Scottish physicist and engineer (b. 1820)
1868
Adolphe d'Archiac, French paleontologist and geologist (b. 1802)
1865
Charles Lock Eastlake, English painter and historian (b. 1793)
1863
William Makepeace Thackeray, English author and poet (b. 1811)
1844
Friedrich Bernhard Westphal, Danish-German painter (b. 1803)
1813
Empress Go-Sakuramachi of Japan (b. 1740)
1707
Noël Coypel, French painter and educator (b. 1628)
1660
Mary, Princess Royal and Princess of Orange (b. 1631)
1635
Hester Jonas, German nurse (b. 1570)
1541
Andreas Karlstadt, Christian theologian and reformer (born 1486)
1524
Vasco da Gama, Portuguese explorer and politician, Governor of Portuguese India (b. 1469)
1473
John Cantius, Polish scholar and theologian (b. 1390)
1456
Đurađ Branković, Despot of Serbia (b. 1377)
1453
John Dunstaple, English composer (b. 1390)
1449
Walter Bower, Scottish chronicler (b. 1385)
1281
Henry V of Luxembourg (b. 1216)
1263
Hōjō Tokiyori, regent of Japan (b. 1227)
1257
John I, Count of Hainaut (b. 1218)
1193
Roger III of Sicily (b. 1175)
950
Shi Hongzhao, Chinese general
950
Wang Zhang, Chinese official
950
Yang Bin, Chinese chancellor
903
Hedwiga, duchess of Saxony
820
Leo V the Armenian, Byzantine emperor (b. 775)
427
Archbishop Sisinnius I of Constantinople
36
Gongsun Shu, emperor of Chengjia