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
- Australian student in his 20s to retire after winning $20 million lottery jackpot. A Brisbane university student says he's "never going to work again" after winning the entire Division 1 Australian Powerball prize on last week.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- $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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.$352 Million
Dec 25, 2020
- 2.$341 Million
Dec 26, 2020
- 3.$337 Million
Dec 27, 2017
- 4.$321 Million
Dec 25, 2018
- 5.$314.9 Million
Dec 25, 2002
- 6.$294 Million
Dec 26, 2018
- 7.$277 Million
Dec 26, 2017
- 8.$255 Million
Dec 26, 2015
- 9.$206 Million
Dec 27, 2011
- 10.$183 Million
Dec 25, 2019
- 11.$168 Million
Dec 24, 2010
- 12.$156 Million
Dec 26, 2014
- 13.$137 Million
Dec 24, 2003
- 14.$128.8 Million
Dec 24, 2011
- 15.$125 Million
Dec 26, 2003
- 16.€109 Million
Dec 25, 2018
- 17.$122 Million
Dec 26, 2009
- 18.$104 Million
Dec 25, 2015
- 19.$100 Million
Dec 24, 2014
- 20.€81.88 Million
Dec 24, 2020
- 21.€72 Million
Dec 24, 2013
- 22.€90 Million
Dec 30, 2016
- 23.€81.56 Million
Dec 24, 2018
- 24.€77.43 Million
Dec 28, 2017
- 25.€75 Million
Dec 30, 2005
Lottery Post Member Birthdays On This Day
Sunday, Dec 24, 1989
31 years old
Thursday, Dec 24, 1981
39 years old
Thursday, Dec 24, 1981
39 years old
Wednesday, Dec 24, 1975
45 years old
Monday, Dec 24, 1973
47 years old
Sunday, Dec 24, 1972
48 years old
Wednesday, Dec 24, 1969
51 years old
Sunday, Dec 24, 1967
53 years old
Friday, Dec 24, 1965
55 years old
Saturday, Dec 24, 1938
82 years old
(year not provided)
(year not provided)
Worldwide Events On This Day
- A helicopter crash kills Martha Érika Alonso, first female Governor of Puebla, Mexico, and her husband Rafael Moreno Valle Rosas, former governor.
- The Lord's Resistance Army, a Ugandan rebel group, begins a series of attacks against civilians in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, massacring more than 400.
- Chad-Sudan relations: Chad declares a state of war against Sudan following a December 18 attack on Adré, which left about 100 people dead.
- 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.
- 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).
- The Sid El-Antri massacre in Algeria kills between 50 and 100 people.
- 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.
- 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".
- Cyclone Tracy devastates Darwin, Australia.
- District of Columbia Home Rule Act is passed, allowing residents of Washington, D.C. to elect their own local government.
- LANSA Flight 508 is struck by lighting and crashes in the Puerto Inca District in the Department of Huánuco in Peru, killing 91.
- Nigerian troops capture Umuahia, the Biafran capital.
- 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.
- A Canadair CL-44 chartered by the United States military crashes into a small village in South Vietnam, killing 129.
- 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.
- Flying Tiger Line Flight 282 crashes after takeoff from San Francisco International Airport, killing three.
- 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.
- First flight of Britain's Handley Page Victor strategic bomber.
- Libya becomes independent. Idris I is proclaimed King of Libya.
- Five of nine children become missing after their home in Fayetteville, West Virginia, is burned down.
- World War II: U.S. General Dwight D. Eisenhower is named Supreme Allied Commander for the Invasion of Normandy.
- World War II: French monarchist, Fernand Bonnier de La Chapelle, assassinates Vichy French Admiral François Darlan in Algiers, Algeria.
- World War II: Kuching is conquered by Japanese forces.
- World War II: Benghazi is conquered by the British Eighth Army.
- World War II: Pope Pius XII makes a Christmas Eve appeal for peace.
- Assassination attempt on Argentine President Hipólito Yrigoyen.
- A four alarm fire breaks out in the West Wing of the White House in Washington, D.C.
- Albania becomes a republic.
- Gabriele D'Annunzio surrendered the Italian Regency of Carnaro in the city of Fiume to Italian armed forces.
- World War I: The "Christmas truce" begins.
- The Italian Hall disaster in Calumet, Michigan results in the deaths of 73 Christmas party participants (including 59 children) when someone falsely yells "fire".
- Radio: Reginald Fessenden transmits the first radio broadcast; consisting of a poetry reading, a violin solo, and a speech.
- The opera Aida premieres in Cairo, Egypt.
- The Greek Presidential Guard is established as the royal escort by King George I.
- Jonathan Shank and Barry Ownby form The Ku Klux Klan.
- The Library of Congress in Washington, D.C., burns.
- British acquired Labuan from the Sultanate of Brunei for Great Britain.
- The Eggnog Riot at the United States Military Academy begins that night, wrapping up the following morning.
- The first performance of "Silent Night" takes place in the church of St. Nikolaus in Oberndorf, Austria.
- Representatives of the United Kingdom and the United States sign the Treaty of Ghent, ending the War of 1812.
- The Plot of the rue Saint-Nicaise fails to kill Napoleon Bonaparte.
- Kiritimati, also called Christmas Island, is discovered by James Cook.
- 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.
- A joint Venetian-Spanish fleet captures the Castle of St. George on the island of Cephalonia.
- Pope Boniface VIII is elected, replacing St. Celestine V, who had resigned.
- The capital of the crusader County of Edessa falls to Imad ad-Din Zengi, the atabeg of Mosul and Aleppo.
- Emperor Leo V is assassinated in the Hagia Sophia at Constantinople and is succeeded by Michael II.
- Tang dynasty poet Du Fu departs for Chengdu, where he is hosted by fellow poet Pei Di.
- Pope John IV is elected, several months after his predecessor's death.
- Chinese emperor Xiao Yan names Xiao Tong his heir designate.
Births On This Day
- Fa'amanu Brown, New Zealand rugby league player
- Miguel Castro, Dominican baseball player
- Matt Frawley, Australian rugby league player
- Lara Michel, Swiss tennis player
- Louis Tomlinson, English singer-songwriter
- Brigetta Barrett, American high jumper
- Marcus Jordan, American basketball player
- Ryo Miyake, Japanese fencer
- Stefanos Athanasiadis, Greek footballer
- Emre Özkan, Turkish footballer
- Simon Zenke, Nigerian footballer
- Jane Summersett, American ice dancer
- Tim Elliott, American mixed martial artist
- Kyrylo Fesenko, Ukrainian basketball player
- Alexey Dmitriev, German ice hockey player
- David Ragan, American race car driver
- Isaac De Gois, Australian rugby league player
- Dima Bilan, Russian singer-songwriter and actor
- Stephen Appiah, Ghanaian footballer
- Tomas Kalnoky, Czech-American singer-songwriter and guitarist
- Maarja Liis-Ilus, Estonian pop musician
- Chris Hero, American wrestler and trainer
- Yıldıray Baştürk, German-Turkish footballer
- Warren Tredrea, Australian footballer and sportscaster
- Michael Raymond-James, American actor
- Linda Ferga, French hurdler
- Thure Lindhardt, Danish actor
- Paal Nilssen-Love, Norwegian drummer and composer
- Marcelo Salas, Chilean footballer
- Ryan Seacrest, American radio host and television personality, and producer
- J.D. Walsh, American actor, director, and producer
- Liu Dong, Chinese-Spanish runner
- Paul Foot, English comedian
- Stephenie Meyer, American author and film producer
- Ali Salem Tamek, Moroccan activist
- Álvaro Mesén, Costa Rican footballer
- Klaus Schnellenkamp, Chilean businessman and author
- Geoff Allott, New Zealand cricketer
- Sascha Fischer, German rugby player
- Ricky Martin, Puerto Rican-American singer-songwriter and actor
- Adam Haslett, American author and academic
- Amaury Nolasco, Puerto Rican-American actor
- Brad Anderson, American wrestler
- Milan Blagojevic, Australian footballer and manager
- Pernille Fischer Christensen, Danish director and screenwriter
- Taro Goto, Japanese soccer player
- Leavander Johnson, American boxer (d. 2005)
- Ryuji Kato, Japanese soccer player
- Nick Love, English director and screenwriter
- Clinton McKinnon, American saxophonist and keyboard player
- Ed Miliband, English academic and politician, Minister for the Cabinet Office
- Mark Millar, Scottish author
- Luis Musrri, Chilean footballer and manager
- Oleg Skripochka, Russian astronaut and engineer
- Gintaras Staučė, Lithuanian footballer and manager
- Michael Zucchet, American economist and politician
- Doyle Bramhall II, American singer-songwriter and guitarist
- Marleen Renders, Belgian runner
- Mikhail Shchennikov, Russian race walker
- Pernilla Wahlgren, Swedish singer and actress
- Diedrich Bader, American actor
- Millard Powers, American bass player, songwriter, and producer
- Mark Valley, American actor
- Caroline Aherne, English actress, producer, and screenwriter (d. 2016)
- Jay Bilas, American basketball player and sportscaster
- Timo Jutila, Finnish ice hockey player and sportscaster
- Mary Ramsey, American singer-songwriter and violinist
- Neil Turbin, American singer-songwriter
- Kate Spade, American fashion designer (d. 2018)
- Ilham Aliyev, Azerbaijani businessman and politician, 4th President of Azerbaijan
- Mary Barra, American businesswoman, current CEO and chairwoman of General Motors
- Eriko Kitagawa, Japanese director and screenwriter
- Darren Wharton, English singer-songwriter and keyboard player
- Wade Williams, American actor
- Jay Wright, American basketball player and coach
- Glenn McQueen, Canadian-American animator (d. 2002)
- Carol Vorderman, English television host
- Chris Blackhurst, English journalist
- Lee Daniels, American director and producer
- Munetaka Higuchi, Japanese drummer and producer (d. 2008)
- Paul Pressey, American basketball player and coach
- Gene Sperling, American economist
- Diane Tell, Canadian singer-songwriter and guitarist
- Hamid Karzai, Afghan politician, 12th President of Afghanistan
- Anil Kapoor, Indian actor and producer.
- Shim Hwa-jin, South Korean academic and educator
- Scott Fischer, American mountaineer and guide (d. 1996)
- Clarence Gilyard, American actor and educator
- Yves Debay, Congolese-French commander and journalist (d. 2013)
- José María Figueres, Costa Rican businessman and politician, President of Costa Rica
- Helen Jones, English lawyer and politician
- Timothy Carhart, American actor
- Michael Ray, American jazz musician
- John D'Acquisto, American baseball player
- Nick Kent, English-French journalist and author
- Dana Gioia, American poet and critic
- Hiroshi Ikushima, Japanese businessman and academic
- Libby Larsen, American composer
- Tommy Turtle, British soldier
- Warwick Brown, Australian race car driver
- Randy Neugebauer, American accountant and politician
- Stan Bowles, English footballer and sportscaster
- Frank Oliver, New Zealand rugby player and coach
- Kevin Sheedy, Australian footballer and coach
- Jan Akkerman, Dutch rock guitarist and songwriter
- Jeff Sessions, American lawyer and politician, 44th Attorney General of Alabama and 84th Attorney General of the United States
- Lemmy, English hard rock singer-songwriter and bass player (d. 2015)
- Steve Smith, Canadian-American actor and comedian
- Barry Elliott, English actor and screenwriter (d. 2018)
- Mike Curb, American businessman and politician, 42nd Lieutenant Governor of California
- Oswald Gracias, Indian cardinal
- Daniel Johnson, Jr., Canadian lawyer and politician, 25th Premier of Quebec
- Erhard Keller, German speed skater
- Bob Shaw, Australian golfer
- Woody Shaw, American trumpeter (d. 1989)
- Tarja Halonen, Finnish lawyer and politician, 11th President of Finland
- Suzy Menkes, English journalist and critic
- Indra Bania, Indian actor, director, and playwright (d. 2015)
- Jonathan Borofsky, American sculptor and painter
- Đoàn Viết Hoạt, Vietnamese journalist, educator, and activist
- Mike Hazlewood, English singer-songwriter (d. 2001)
- Janet Carroll, American actress and singer (d. 2012)
- Anthony Fauci, American physician, Director of National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases
- Bobby Henrich, American baseball player
- Valentim Loureiro, Portuguese soldier and politician
- Félix Miélli Venerando, Brazilian footballer and manager (d. 2012)
- John Taylor, Baron Kilclooney, Northern Irish politician, Irish Minister of Home Affairs
- Ivan Lawrence, English lawyer and politician
- John Critchinson, English pianist and composer (d. 2017)
- Stjepan Mesić, Croatian lawyer and politician, 2nd President of Croatia
- Alex Hutchinson, Australian jazz musician
- Colin Cowdrey, Indian-English cricketer (d. 2000)
- On Kawara, Japanese-American painter (d. 2014)
- Ray Bryant, American pianist and composer (d. 2011)
- Mauricio Kagel, Argentinian-German composer and scholar (d. 2008)
- Robert Joffrey, American dancer and choreographer (d. 1988)
- John J. Kelley, American runner (d. 2011)
- Lennart Skoglund, Swedish footballer (d. 1975)
- Philip Ziegler, English historian and author
- Lev Vlassenko, Georgian-Australian pianist and educator (d. 1996)
- Mary Higgins Clark, American author (d. 2020)
- Lee Dorsey, American singer-songwriter (d. 1986)
- Abdirizak Haji Hussein, Somalian soldier and politician, 4th Prime Minister of Somalia (d. 2014)
- Mohammed Rafi, Indian singer (d. 1980)
- Norman Rossington, English actor (d. 1999)
- George Patton IV, American general (d. 2004)
- William C. Schneider, American aerospace engineer (d. 1999)
- Ava Gardner, American actress (d. 1990)
- Bill Dudley, American football player (d. 2010)
- Franco Lucentini, Italian author and screenwriter (d. 2002)
- Yevgeniya Rudneva, Ukrainian-Russian lieutenant and navigator (d. 1944)
- Qateel Shifai, Pakistani poet and songwriter (d. 2001)
- Pierre Soulages, French artist
- Dave Bartholomew, American bandleader, composer and arranger (d. 2019)
- Ralph Marterie, Italian-American trumpet player and bandleader (d. 1978)
- Herbert Reinecker, German author and screenwriter (d. 2007)
- Ad Reinhardt, American painter and academic (d. 1967)
- Ellen Braumüller, German javelin thrower and triathlete (d. 1991)
- Fritz Leiber, American author and poet (d. 1992)
- Max Miedinger, Swiss typeface designer, created Helvetica (d. 1980)
- I. F. Stone, American journalist and author (d. 1989)
- Franz Waxman, German-American composer and conductor (d. 1967)
- Howard Hughes, American businessman, engineer, and pilot (d. 1976)
- Joseph M. Juran, Romanian-American engineer and businessman (d. 2008)
- Joseph Cornell, American sculptor and director (d. 1972)
- Ernst Krenkel, Polish-Russian geographer and explorer (d. 1971)
- Ava Helen Pauling, American humanitarian and activist (d. 1981)
- Joey Smallwood, Canadian journalist and politician, 1st Premier of Newfoundland (d. 1991)
- Hawayo Takata, Japanese-American teacher and master practitioner of Reiki (d. 1980)
- Baby Dodds, American drummer (d. 1959)
- Ville Pörhölä, Finnish shot putter and discus thrower (d. 1964)
- Väinö Sipilä, Finnish runner (d. 1987)
- E. Roland Harriman, American financier and philanthropist (d. 1978)
- Noel Streatfeild, English author (d. 1986)
- Marguerite Williams, American geologist (d. 1991)
- Georges Guynemer, French captain and pilot (d. 1917)
- Jack Thayer, American businessman (d. 1945)
- Harry Warren, American pianist and composer (d. 1981)
- Ruth Chatterton, American actress (d. 1961)
- Feodor Stepanovich Rojankovsky, Russian illustrator and painter (d. 1970)
- Louis Jouvet, French actor and producer (d. 1951)
- Michael Curtiz, Hungarian-American actor, director, and producer (d. 1962)
- Paul Manship, American sculptor (d. 1966)
- Stefan Jaracz, Polish actor and producer (d. 1945)
- Hans Rebane, Estonian journalist and politician, 8th Estonian Minister of Foreign Affairs (d. 1961)
- Georges Legagneux, French aviator (d. 1914)
- Charles Wakefield Cadman, American composer and critic (d. 1946)
- Johnny Gruelle, American author and illustrator (d. 1939)
- Émile Nelligan, Canadian poet (d. 1941)
- Alexandrine of Mecklenburg-Schwerin (d. 1952)
- Sigrid Schauman, Finnish painter and critic (d. 1979)
- Émile Wegelin, French rower (d. 1962)
- Frederick Semple, American golfer and tennis player (d. 1927)
- Henriette Roland Holst, Dutch poet, playwright, and politician (d. 1952)
- Charles Harvey Bollman, American naturalist (d. 1889)
- Emanuel Lasker, German chess player, mathematician, and philosopher (d. 1941)
- Tevfik Fikret, Turkish poet and educator (d. 1915)
- Szymon Askenazy, Polish historian, educator, and diplomat, founded the Askenazy school (d. 1935)
- George I of Greece (d. 1913)
- Lydia Koidula, Estonian poet and playwright (d. 1886)
- Empress Elisabeth of Austria (d. 1898)
- Alexander von Oettingen, German theologian and statistician (d. 1905)
- Matthew Arnold, English poet and critic (d. 1888)
- James Prescott Joule, English physicist and brewer (d. 1889)
- Karl Eduard Zachariae von Lingenthal, German lawyer and jurist (d. 1894)
- Wilhelm Marstrand, Danish painter and illustrator (d. 1873)
- Kit Carson, American general (d. 1868)
- Adam Mickiewicz, Polish poet and playwright (d. 1855)
- Selim III, Ottoman sultan (d. 1808)
- Jean-Louis Pons, French astronomer (d. 1831)
- George Crabbe, English priest, surgeon, and poet (d. 1832)
- Julie Bondeli, Swiss salonist and lady of letters (d. 1778)
- Johann Hartmann, Danish composer (d. 1793)
- William Warburton, English bishop (d. 1779)
- Domenico Sarro, Italian composer and educator (d. 1744)
- Mariana of Austria (d. 1696)
- Johann Rudolph Ahle, German organist, composer, and theorist (d. 1673)
- Honoré II, Prince of Monaco (d. 1662)
- Leonaert Bramer, Dutch painter (d. 1674)
- Constance of Austria (d. 1631)
- Kaspar Ulenberg, German theologian (d. 1617)
- Willem IV van den Bergh, Stadtholder of Guelders and Zutphen (d. 1586)
- Martha Leijonhufvud, Swedish noble (d. 1584)
- Pietro Carnesecchi, Italian scholar (d. 1567)
- Thomas Murner, German poet and translator (d. 1537)
- Bartolomeo degli Organi, Italian musician (d. 1539)
- John V, Duke of Brittany (d. 1442)
- John, King of England (d. 1216)
- 3 BC
- Galba, Roman emperor (d. 69)
Deaths On This Day
- Martha Érika Alonso, first female Governor of Puebla, Mexico, and her husband Rafael Moreno Valle Rosas, former governor; helicopter crash (Alonso b. 1973, Valle b. 1968)
- Jerry Kindall, American baseball player and coach (b. 1935)
- Heather Menzies, Canadian-American model and actress (b. 1949)
- Rick Parfitt, British musician (b. 1948)
- Liz Smith, English actress (b. 1921)
- Richard Adams, English author (b. 1920)
- Ben Xi, Chinese singer (b.1994)
- Turid Birkeland, Norwegian businesswoman and politician, Norwegian Minister of Culture (b. 1962)
- Letty Jimenez Magsanoc, Filipino journalist (b. 1941)
- Adriana Olguín, Chilean lawyer and politician, Chilean Minister of Justice (b. 1911)
- Buddy DeFranco, American clarinet player (b. 1923)
- Edward Greenspan, Canadian lawyer and author (b. 1944)
- Herbert Harris, American lawyer and politician (b. 1926)
- Krzysztof Krauze, Polish director and screenwriter (b. 1953)
- Frédéric Back, German-Canadian director, animator, and screenwriter (b. 1924)
- Ian Barbour, Chinese-American author and scholar (b. 1923)
- John M. Goldman, English haematologist and oncologist (b. 1938)
- Allan McKeown, English-American screenwriter and producer (b. 1946)
- Richard Rodney Bennett, English-American composer and academic (b. 1936)
- Charles Durning, American soldier and actor (b. 1923)
- Jack Klugman, American actor (b. 1922)
- Dennis O'Driscoll, Irish poet and critic (b. 1954)
- Johannes Heesters, Dutch-German entertainer (b. 1903)
- Elisabeth Beresford, French-English journalist and author (b. 1926)
- Frans de Munck, Dutch footballer and manager (b. 1922)
- Orestes Quércia, Brazilian journalist, lawyer, and politician, 28th Governor of São Paulo State (b. 1938)
- Eino Tamberg, Estonian composer and educator (b. 1930)
- Marcus Bakker, Dutch journalist and politician (b. 1923)
- Rafael Caldera, Venezuelan lawyer and politician, 65th President of Venezuela (b. 1916)
- George Michael, American sportscaster (b. 1939)
- Gero von Wilpert, German author and academic (b. 1933)
- Ralph Harris, British journalist (b. 1921)
- Harold Pinter, English playwright, screenwriter, director, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1930)
- Nicholas Pumfrey, English lawyer and judge (b. 1951)
- George Warrington, American businessman (b. 1952)
- Braguinha, Brazilian singer-songwriter and producer (b. 1907)
- Kenneth Sivertsen, Norwegian guitarist and composer (b. 1961)
- Frank Stanton, American businessman (b. 1908)
- Johnny Oates, American baseball player, coach, and manager (b. 1946)
- Kjell Aukrust, Norwegian author and poet (b. 1920)
- Jake Thackray, English singer-songwriter and guitarist (b. 1938)
- John Cooper, English businessman, co-founded the Cooper Car Company (b. 1923)
- Bill Bowerman, American runner, coach, and businessman, co-founded Nike, Inc. (b. 1911)
- Maurice Couve de Murville, French soldier and politician, 152nd Prime Minister of France (b. 1907)
- João Figueiredo, Brazilian general and politician, 30th President of Brazil (b. 1918)
- William C. Schneider, American aerospace engineer (b. 1923)
- Syl Apps, Canadian ice hockey player and pole vaulter (b. 1915)
- James Komack, American actor, director, producer, and screenwriter (b. 1930)
- Toshiro Mifune, Chinese-Japanese actor and producer (b. 1920)
- Pierre Péladeau, Canadian businessman, founded Quebecor (b. 1925)
- John Boswell, American historian, author, and academic (b. 1947)
- Rossano Brazzi, Italian actor (b. 1916)
- Norman Vincent Peale, American minister and author (b. 1898)
- Bobby LaKind, American singer-songwriter and conga player (b. 1945)
- James Mathews, Australian rugby league player (b. 1968)
- Peyo, Belgian cartoonist, created The Smurfs (b. 1928)
- Virginia Sorensen, American author (b. 1912)
- Thorbjørn Egner, Norwegian playwright and songwriter (b. 1922)
- Jainendra Kumar, Indian author (b. 1905)
- Joop den Uyl, Dutch journalist, economist, and politician, 45th Prime Minister of the Netherlands (b. 1919)
- M. G. Ramachandran, Sri Lankan-Indian actor, producer, and politician, 5th Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu (b. 1917)
- Gardner Fox, American author (b. 1911)
- Robert Todd Lincoln Beckwith, American lawyer (b. 1904)
- Camille Tourville, Canadian-American wrestler and manager (b. 1927)
- Peter Lawford, English-American actor (b. 1923)
- Louis Aragon, French author and poet (b. 1897)
- Karl Dönitz, German admiral and politician, President of Germany (b. 1891)
- Samael Aun Weor, Colombian author and educator (b. 1917)
- Bernard Herrmann, American composer and conductor (b. 1911)
- Fritz Gause, German historian and author (b. 1893)
- Gisela Richter, English-American archaeologist and historian (b. 1882)
- Maria Koepcke, German-Peruvian ornithologist and zoologist (b. 1924)
- Stanisław Błeszyński, Polish-German entomologist and lepidopterist (b. 1927)
- Cortelia Clark, American singer-songwriter and guitarist (b. 1907)
- Olivia FitzRoy, English soldier and author (b. 1921)
- Alfred B. Skar, Norwegian journalist and politician (b. 1896)
- Burt Baskin, American businessman, co-founded Baskin-Robbins (b. 1913)
- John Black, English businessman (b. 1895)
- William M. Branham, American minister and theologian (b. 1906)
- Claudia Jones, Trinidad-British journalist and activist (b. 1915)
- Wilhelm Ackermann, German mathematician (b. 1896)
- Eveline Adelheid von Maydell, German illustrator (b. 1890)
- Robert Hillyer, American poet and academic (b. 1895)
- Norma Talmadge, American actress and producer (b. 1894)
- Charles Gondouin, French rugby player and tug of war competitor (b. 1875)
- Josephine Sabel, American singer and comedian (b. 1866)
- François Darlan, French admiral and politician, 122nd Prime Minister of France (b. 1881)
- Siegfried Alkan, German composer (b. 1858)
- Bruno Taut, German architect and urban planner (b. 1880)
- Alban Berg, Austrian composer and educator (b. 1885)
- Carlo Fornasini, micropalaeontologist (b. 1854)
- Flying Hawk, American warrior, educator and historian (b. 1854)
- Wesley Coe, American shot putter, hammer thrower, and discus thrower (b. 1879)
- Stephen Mosher Wood, American lieutenant and politician (b. 1832)
- John Muir, Scottish-American geologist, botanist, and author, founded Sierra Club (b. 1838)
- Charbel Makhluf, Lebanese priest and saint (b. 1828)
- B. T. Finniss, Australian politician, 1st Premier of South Australia (b. 1807)
- Jan Jakob Lodewijk ten Kate, Dutch pastor and poet (b. 1819)
- Anna Bochkoltz, German operatic soprano, voice teacher and composer (b. 1815)
- Johns Hopkins, American businessman and philanthropist (b. 1795)
- William John Macquorn Rankine, Scottish physicist and engineer (b. 1820)
- Adolphe d'Archiac, French paleontologist and geologist (b. 1802)
- José Mariano Salas, Mexican general and politician. President of Mexico (1846, 1859) and regent of the Second Mexican Empire(b. 1797)
- Charles Lock Eastlake, English painter and historian (b. 1793)
- William Makepeace Thackeray, English author and poet (b. 1811)
- Friedrich Bernhard Westphal, Danish-German painter (b. 1803)
- Empress Go-Sakuramachi of Japan (b. 1740)
- Noël Coypel, French painter and educator (b. 1628)
- Mary, Princess Royal and Princess of Orange (b. 1631)
- Hester Jonas, German nurse (b. 1570)
- Andreas Karlstadt, Christian theologian and reformer (born 1486)
- Vasco da Gama, Portuguese explorer and politician, Governor of Portuguese India (b. 1469)
- John Cantius, Polish scholar and theologian (b. 1390)
- Đurađ Branković, Despot of Serbia (b. 1377)
- John Dunstaple, English composer (b. 1390)
- Walter Bower, Scottish chronicler (b. 1385)
- Henry V of Luxembourg (b. 1216)
- Hōjō Tokiyori, regent of Japan (b. 1227)
- John I, Count of Hainaut (b. 1218)
- Roger III of Sicily (b. 1175)
- Shi Hongzhao, Chinese general
- Wang Zhang, Chinese official
- Yang Bin, Chinese chancellor
- Hedwiga, duchess of Saxony
- Leo V the Armenian, Byzantine emperor (b. 775)
- Archbishop Sisinnius I of Constantinople
- Gongsun Shu, emperor of Chengjia