On This Day in History: December 4
December 4 is the 338th day of the year (339th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. 27 days remain until the end of the year.
Lottery News On This Day
- State auditor general to audit Pennsylvania Lottery, with special focus on high-frequency winners. State Auditor General Eugene DePasquale announced a new performance audit of the Pennsylvania Lottery Wednesday, with a special emphasis on studying the state-run gaming franchise's protections against being ripped off by players or retailers who are intentionally gaming the system.
- Michigan woman learns she won $5M lottery prize while scrolling Facebook. A woman from Grand Rapids, Michigan, says she had no idea she'd won a $5 million Lotto 47 prize until she was on Facebook the night after the drawing.
- Will NC Lottery players move online and hurt retail stores?. The N.C. Retail Merchants Association wants legislators to put the brakes on a proposal to offer online instant lottery games, arguing the move could harm stores that sell lottery tickets.
- Jamaican court goes easy on lottery scammers. There are reports of disquiet among Jamaican law enforcement officials over news that 15 men who pleaded guilty to lottery scam-related charges in the Hanover Circuit Court were sentenced to fines totaling $367,000.
- Faulty $50 Wisonsin lottery ticket causing a flap. A Milwaukee woman spent $5 on a ticket that appears to be a $50 winner, but the ticket never paid out, despite extraordinary efforts by Wisconsin Lottery staff to validate it.
- First NJ Lottery Cash4Life top prize winners celebrate their win at retailer. New Jersey's first Cash4Life Top Prize winners, Joseph Ianiro and John Opaluch from Hasbrouck Heights, celebrated their win from the Nov. 13 drawing at the retail location from which the winning ticket was purchased.
- $291 MILLION: Mega Millions lottery jackpot enters top 25 list. Lottery players across the United States will be lining up at lottery retailers for their chance to win Friday's massive $291 million Mega Millions jackpot, after nobody won Tuesday's $257 million grand prize.
- N.D. Lottery wrestles with credit card buying options. The North Dakota Lottery's recently announced holiday sale of ticket subscriptions highlights a quirk in its operations. Gamblers are barred from using a credit card to buy tickets, but they may use plastic to play one of the lottery's four games dozens of times over an extended period.
- Some people think $20 is too much for lottery ticket. The New Jersey Lottery recently introduced "Million Dollar New Year" that offers players the best-ever odds at winning a million dollars, but some people don't like the $20 price tag.
- Newspaper takes a hard look at the N.J. Lottery. The first in a three-part series examining the financial asepcts of the New Jersey Lottery, this first installment looks at those who are buying and winning the most.
- Powerball Jackpot Reaches $66 Million. Because no one correctly matched all six numbers in Wednesday's Powerball drawing the jackpot grew to an estimated $66 million, with a cash option of $35.8 million.
- Texas Lotto Sales Keeping Pace. As Texas players are buying their first tickets for Mega Millions, they're also sticking by Lotto Texas, the first big jackpot game in the Lone Star State.
- Colorado Lottery to hire new Director from within. The Colorado Lottery's search for a new director will be an in-house effort among state employees.
- Texas Mega Millions sales off to a good start. If the lines Wednesday at the "luckiest store in Texas" were any indication, lottery players were ready for the state's first day of ticket sales in the multistate Mega Millions game.
- Lottery law firm pick didn't meet bid requirement. The Tennessee lottery hired a Memphis law firm to help handle legal issues for the games even though board members knew it didn't meet a bid requirement of being in business for three years.
Top 25 Lottery Jackpots On This Day
- 1.$297 Million
Dec 6, 2013
- 2.$285 Million
Dec 6, 2019
- 3.$208 Million
Dec 4, 2018
- 4.$200 Million
Dec 5, 2018
- 5.$193 Million
Dec 6, 2017
- 6.$160 Million
Dec 5, 2017
- 7.$146 Million
Dec 5, 2008
- 8.$145 Million
Dec 4, 2004
- 9.$127 Million
Dec 5, 2015
- 10.$120 Million
Dec 4, 2019
- 11.€97 Million
Dec 5, 2017
- 12.$87 Million
Dec 7, 2005
- 12.$87 Million
Dec 6, 2011
- 14.$82 Million
Dec 4, 2007
- 15.€72.14 Million
Dec 4, 2018
- 16.$81 Million
Dec 4, 2013
- 17.€67.61 Million
Dec 5, 2017
- 18.$80 Million
Dec 4, 2002
- 18.$80 Million
Dec 5, 2014
- 20.$74 Million
Dec 7, 2010
- 21.€58.69 Million
Dec 5, 2014
- 22.$69 Million
Dec 4, 2009
- 23.$67 Million
Dec 7, 2016
- 24.$66 Million
Dec 6, 2003
- 25.€57 Million
Dec 4, 2018
Lottery Post Member Birthdays On This Day
Tuesday, Dec 4, 1984
35 years old
Tuesday, Dec 4, 1984
35 years old
Sunday, Dec 4, 1983
36 years old
Friday, Dec 4, 1981
38 years old
Friday, Dec 4, 1981
38 years old
Saturday, Dec 4, 1976
43 years old
Wednesday, Dec 4, 1974
45 years old
Monday, Dec 4, 1972
47 years old
Saturday, Dec 4, 1971
48 years old
Friday, Dec 4, 1970
49 years old
Monday, Dec 4, 1967
52 years old
Monday, Dec 4, 1967
52 years old
Sunday, Dec 4, 1966
53 years old
Saturday, Dec 4, 1965
54 years old
Friday, Dec 4, 1964
55 years old
Wednesday, Dec 4, 1963
56 years old
Monday, Dec 4, 1961
58 years old
Sunday, Dec 4, 1960
59 years old
Saturday, Dec 4, 1954
65 years old
Friday, Dec 4, 1953
66 years old
Tuesday, Dec 4, 1951
68 years old
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Worldwide Events On This Day
- The Pontiac Silverdome in Pontiac, Michigan has been imploded, after a day of failure to be imploded. It is about 30 miles from Detroit, Michigan. It first opened on August 23, 1975.
- The Thomas Fire started near Santa Paula and became the largest wildfire in modern California history after burning 440 square miles (281,893 acres; 114,078 ha) in Ventura and Santa Barbara Counties.
- A firebomb is thrown into a restaurant in the Egyptian capital of Cairo, killing 17 people.
- Islamic insurgents kill three state police at a traffic circle before taking an empty school and a "press house" in Grozny. Ten state forces die with 28 injured in gun battles ending with ten insurgents killed.
- Six black youths assault a white teenager in Jena, Louisiana.
- Tens of thousands of people in Hong Kong protest for democracy and call on the government to allow universal and equal suffrage.
- The Unity Module, the second module of the International Space Station, is launched.
- Somali Civil War: President George H. W. Bush orders 28,000 U.S. troops to Somalia in Northeast Africa.
- Terry A. Anderson is released after seven years in captivity as a hostage in Beirut; he is the last and longest-held American hostage in Lebanon.
- Pan American World Airways ceases its operations after 64 years.
- Sri Lankan Civil War: Sri Lankan Army soldiers kill 107-150 civilians in Mannar.
- The People's Republic of China adopts its current constitution.
- South Africa grants independence to the Ciskei "homeland" (not recognized by any government outside South Africa).
- The Hastie fire in Hull kills three schoolboys and eventually leads police to arrest Bruce George Peter Lee.
- Following the murder of Mayor George Moscone, Dianne Feinstein becomes San Francisco's first female mayor.
- Jean-Bédel Bokassa, president of the Central African Republic, crowns himself Emperor Bokassa I of the Central African Empire.
- Malaysian Airline System Flight 653 is hijacked and crashes in Tanjong Kupang, Johor, killing 100.
- The Indian Navy attacks the Pakistan Navy and Karachi.
- The PNB Ghazi, a submarine belonging to the Pakistan Navy, sinks during the course of the Indo-Pakistani Naval War of 1971.
- Black Panther Party members Fred Hampton and Mark Clark are shot and killed during a raid by 14 Chicago police officers.
- Vietnam War: U.S. and South Vietnamese forces engage Viet Cong troops in the Mekong Delta.
- The Grateful Dead's first concert performance under this new name.
- Launch of Gemini 7 with crew members Frank Borman and Jim Lovell. The Gemini 7 spacecraft was the passive target for the first crewed space rendezvous performed by the crew of Gemini 6A.
- The Million Dollar Quartet (Elvis Presley, Jerry Lee Lewis, Carl Perkins, and Johnny Cash) get together at Sun Studio for the first and last time.
- The first Burger King is opened in Miami, Florida.
- Sir Duncan George Stewart was fatally stabbed by Rosli Dhobi, a member leader of the Rukun 13, in Sibu, Sarawak, Malaysia during the British crown colony era in that state.
- By a vote of 65-7, the United States Senate approves United States participation in the United Nations. (The UN had been established on October 24, 1945.)
- World War II: In Yugoslavia, resistance leader Marshal Josip Broz Tito proclaims a provisional democratic Yugoslav government in-exile.
- World War II: U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt closes down the Works Progress Administration, because of the high levels of wartime employment in the United States.
- World War II: Carlson's patrol during the Guadalcanal Campaign ends.
- World War II: HMS Nelson is struck by a mine (laid by U-31) off the Scottish coast and is laid up for repairs until August 1940.
- U.S. President Woodrow Wilson sails for the World War I peace talks in Versailles, becoming the first US president to travel to Europe while in office.
- In Canadian football, the First Grey Cup game is played. The University of Toronto Varsity Blues defeat the Toronto Parkdale Canoe Club, 26-6.
- The Montreal Canadiens ice hockey club, the oldest surviving professional hockey franchise in the world, is founded as a charter member of the National Hockey Association.
- Alpha Phi Alpha the first black intercollegiate Greek lettered fraternity was founded at Cornell University in Ithaca, New York.
- First Matabele War: A patrol of 34 British South Africa Company soldiers is ambushed and annihilated by more than 3,000 Matabele warriors on the Shangani River in Matabeleland.
- The first edition of the Los Angeles Times is published.
- Notorious New York City politician Boss Tweed escapes from prison; he is later recaptured in Spain.
- The crewless American ship Mary Celeste is found by the Canadian brig Dei Gratia. The ship had been abandoned for nine days but was only slightly damaged.
- Former Minnesota farmer Oliver Hudson Kelley founds the Order of the Patrons of Husbandry (better known today as the Grange).
- North Carolina ratifies 13th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, followed soon by Georgia, and U.S. slaves were legally free within 2 weeks
- American Civil War: Sherman's March to the Sea: At Waynesboro, Georgia, forces under Union General Judson Kilpatrick prevent troops led by Confederate General Joseph Wheeler from interfering with Union General William T. Sherman's campaign destroying a wide swath of the South on his march to the Atlantic Ocean from Atlanta.
- The 109 Electors of the several states of the Confederate States of America unanimously elect Jefferson Davis as President and Alexander H. Stephens as Vice President.
- In the face of fierce local opposition, British Governor-General Lord William Bentinck issues a regulation declaring that anyone who abets suttee in Bengal is guilty of culpable homicide.
- The first edition of The Observer, the world's first Sunday newspaper, is published.
- Mission Santa Barbara is dedicated (on the feast day of Saint Barbara).
- At Fraunces Tavern in New York City, U.S. General George Washington bids farewell to his officers.
- Charles Edward Stuart's army reaches Derby, its furthest point during the Second Jacobite Rising.
- Battle of Lund: A Danish army under the command of King Christian V engages the Swedish army commanded by Field Marshal Simon Grundel-Helmfelt.
- Thirty-eight colonists arrive at Berkeley Hundred, Virginia. The group's charter proclaims that the day "be yearly and perpetually kept holy as a day of thanksgiving to Almighty God."
- The final session of the Council of Trent is held. (It had opened on December 13, 1545.)
- Kings Louis IX of France and Henry III of England agree to the Treaty of Paris, in which Henry renounces his claims to French-controlled territory on continental Europe (including Normandy) in exchange for Louis withdrawing his support for English rebels.
- The Kingdom of Jerusalem captures Sidon.
- Austrasian king Carloman I dies, leaving his brother Charlemagne king of the now complete Frankish Kingdom.
Births On This Day
- Diogo Jota, Portuguese professional footballer
- Sebastián Vegas, Chilean footballer
- Sheryl Sheinafia, Indonesian singer-songwriter and actress
- Ivan Belikov, Russian footballer
- Peta Hiku, New Zealand rugby league player
- Jean-Claude Iranzi, Rwandan footballer
- Kim Seok-Jin, South Korean singer, songwriter and actor
- Lukman Haruna, Nigerian footballer
- Blake Leary, Australian rugby league player
- Igor Sjunin, Estonian triple jumper
- Andriy Pylyavskyi, Ukrainian footballer
- Yeng Constantino, Filipina singer and songwriter
- Orlando Brown, American actor and rapper
- Kaija Udras, Estonian skier
- Martell Webster, American basketball player
- Andrew Brackman, American baseball player
- Stephen Dawson, Irish footballer
- Carlos Gómez, Dominican baseball player
- Marco Giambruno, Italian footballer
- Anna Petrakova, Russian basketball player
- Joe Thomas, American football player
- Jimmy Bartel, Australian footballer
- Nathan Douglas, English triple jumper
- Waldo Ponce, Chilean footballer
- Ho-Pin Tung, Dutch-Chinese race car driver
- Nick Vujicic, Australian evangelist
- Brian Vandborg, Danish cyclist
- Rick Victor, Canadian wrestler and manager
- Ysabella Brave, American singer-songwriter
- Jay DeMerit, American soccer player
- Jaclyn Victor, Malaysian singer and actress
- Ajit Agarkar, Indian cricketer
- Darvis Patton, American sprinter
- Morten Veland, Norwegian guitarist and songwriter
- Kristina Groves, Canadian speed skater
- Tadahito Iguchi, Japanese baseball player
- Tyra Banks, American model, actress, and producer
- Frank Boeijen, Dutch keyboard player
- Mina Caputo, American singer-songwriter and keyboard player
- Michael Jackson, English footballer and manager
- Steven Menzies, Australian rugby league player
- Kate Rusby, English singer-songwriter and guitarist
- Jassen Cullimore, Canadian ice hockey player
- Yūko Miyamura, Japanese voice actress and singer
- Shannon Briggs, American boxer and actor
- Dionne Farris, American singer-songwriter, producer and actress
- Jay Z, American rapper, producer, and actor, co-founded Roc-A-Fella Records
- Plum Sykes, English journalist and author
- Tahir Dawar, Pakistani police officer and Pashto poet (d. 2018)
- Guillermo Amor, Spanish footballer and manager
- Fred Armisen, American actor and musician
- Andy Hess, American bass player
- Suzanne Malveaux, American journalist
- Suzette M. Malveaux, American lawyer and academic
- Álex de la Iglesia, Spanish director, producer, and screenwriter
- Shaun Hollamby, English race car driver and businessman
- Ulf Kirsten, German footballer and manager
- Scott Hastings, Scottish rugby player and sportscaster
- Marisa Tomei, American actress
- Sergey Bubka, Ukrainian pole vaulter
- Nigel Heslop, English rugby player
- Vinnie Dombroski, American singer-songwriter and musician (Sponge)
- Gary Freeman, New Zealand rugby league player, coach, and sportscaster
- Nixon Kiprotich, Kenyan runner
- Kevin Richardson, English footballer and manager
- Frank Reich, American football player and coach
- David Green, Nicaraguan-American baseball player
- Glynis Nunn, Australian heptathlete and hurler
- Raul Boesel, Brazilian race car driver and radio host
- Eric S. Raymond, American computer programmer and author
- Nia Griffith, Welsh educator and politician, Shadow Secretary of State for Wales
- Bernard King, American basketball player and sportscaster
- Philip Hammond, English businessman and politician, Chancellor of the Exchequer
- Dave Taylor, Canadian-American ice hockey player and manager
- Cassandra Wilson, American singer-songwriter and producer
- Rick Middleton, Canadian ice hockey player and sportscaster
- Jean-Marie Pfaff, Belgian footballer and manager
- Gary Rossington, American guitarist
- Patricia Wettig, American actress and playwright
- Bjørn Kjellemyr, Norwegian bassist and composer
- Jeff Bridges, American actor
- Jock Stirrup, Baron Stirrup, English air marshal and politician
- Southside Johnny, American singer-songwriter
- Jane Lubchenco, American ecologist, academic, and diplomat
- Karina, Spanish singer/actress
- Roberta Bondar, Canadian neurologist, academic, and astronaut
- Chris Hillman, American singer-songwriter and guitarist
- Anna McGarrigle, Canadian musician and singer-songwriter
- François Migault, French race car driver (d. 2012)
- Dennis Wilson, American singer-songwriter, producer, and drummer (d. 1983)
- Bob Mosley, American singer-songwriter and bass player
- Marty Riessen, American tennis player and coach
- Gerd Achterberg, German footballer and manager
- Gary Gilmore, American murderer (d. 1977)
- Stephen W. Bosworth, American academic and diplomat, United States Ambassador to South Korea (d. 2016)
- Joan Brady, American-British author
- Freddy Cannon, American singer and guitarist
- Andre Marrou, American lawyer and politician
- Yvonne Minton, Australian-English soprano and actress
- Max Baer, Jr., American actor, director, and producer
- John Giorno, American poet and performance artist
- Paul O'Neill, American businessman and politician, 72nd United States Secretary of the Treasury
- Bill Collins, Australian film critic and author
- Victor French, American actor and director (d. 1989)
- Wink Martindale, American game show host and producer
- Horst Buchholz, German actor (d. 2003)
- Roh Tae-woo, South Korean general and politician, 6th President of South Korea
- Alex Delvecchio, Canadian ice hockey player, coach, and manager
- Wally George, American radio and television host (d. 2003)
- Ronnie Corbett, Scottish actor and screenwriter (d. 2016)
- Jim Hall, American guitarist and composer (d. 2013)
- Şakir Eczacıbaşı, Turkish pharmacist, photographer, and businessman (d. 2010)
- Albert Bandura, Canadian-American psychologist and academic
- John C. Portman, Jr., American architect, designed the Renaissance Center and Tomorrow Square (d. 2017)
- Charles Keating, American lawyer and financier (d. 2014)
- Eagle Keys, American-Canadian football player and coach (d. 2012)
- John Krish, English director and screenwriter (d. 2016)
- Deanna Durbin, Canadian actress and singer (d. 2013)
- Nadir Afonso, Portuguese painter and architect (d. 2013)
- Michael Bates, English actor (d. 1978)
- Jeanne Manford, American educator and activist, co-founded PFLAG (d. 2013)
- I. K. Gujral, Indian poet and politician, 12th Prime Minister of India (d. 2012)
- Ely Jacques Kahn, Jr., American journalist and author (d. 1994)
- Eddie Heywood, American pianist and composer (d. 1989)
- Rudolf Hausner, Austrian painter and sculptor (d. 1995)
- Claude Renoir, French cinematographer (d. 1993)
- Mark Robson, Canadian-American director and producer (d. 1978)
- Pappy Boyington, American colonel and pilot, Medal of Honor recipient (d. 1988)
- Alex North, American composer and conductor (d. 1991)
- R. Venkataraman, Indian lawyer and politician, 6th President of India (d. 2009)
- Alfred Hershey, American bacteriologist and geneticist, Nobel Prize laureate (d. 1997)
- Albert Norden, German journalist and politician (d. 1982)
- Cornell Woolrich, American author (d. 1968)
- Karl-Günther Heimsoth, German physician and politician (d. 1934)
- Charlie Spencer, English footballer and manager (d. 1953)
- Robert Redfield, American anthropologist of Mexico (d. 1958)
- Feng Youlan, Chinese philosopher and academic (d. 1990)
- Herbert Read, English poet and critic (d. 1968)
- Francisco Franco, Spanish general and dictator, Prime Minister of Spain (d. 1975)
- Liu Bocheng, Chinese commander and politician (d. 1986)
- R. C. Majumdar, Indian historian (d. 1980)
- Katharine Susannah Prichard, Australian author and playwright (d. 1969)
- Constance Davey, Australian psychologist (d. 1963)
- Erwin von Witzleben, Polish-German field marshal (d. 1944)
- Joe Corbett, American baseball player and coach (d. 1945)
- Rainer Maria Rilke, Austrian-Swiss poet and author (d. 1926)
- Jesse Burkett, American baseball player, coach, and manager (d. 1953)
- Stanley Argyle, Australian politician, 32nd Premier of Victoria (d. 1940)
- Edith Cavell, English nurse, humanitarian, and saint (Anglicanism) (d. 1915)
- Hannes Hafstein, Icelandic poet and politician, 1st Prime Minister of Iceland (d. 1922)
- Franz Xavier Wernz, German religious leader, 25th Superior General of the Society of Jesus (d. 1914)
- Samuel Butler, English author and critic (d. 1902)
- Nikoloz Baratashvili, Georgian poet and author (d. 1845)
- Jules Armand Dufaure, French lawyer and politician, 33rd Prime Minister of France (d. 1881)
- Thomas Carlyle, Scottish-English historian, philosopher, and academic (d. 1881)
- Juliette Récamier, French businesswoman (d. 1849)
- Gasparo Gozzi, Italian playwright and critic (d. 1786)
- John Aislabie, English politician, Chancellor of the Exchequer (d. 1742)
- Michel Pignolet de Montéclair, French composer and educator (d. 1737)
- André Campra, French composer and conductor (d. 1744)
- Daniel Eberlin, German soldier and composer (d. 1715)
- Jean Chapelain, French poet and critic (d. 1674)
- John Cotton, English-American minister and theologian (d. 1652)
- Samuel Argall, English adventurer and naval officer (d. 1626)
- Sister Virginia Maria, Italian nun (d. 1650)
- Heinrich Meibom, German poet and historian (d. 1625)
- Thomas Darcy, 1st Baron Darcy of Chiche (d. 1558)
- Bernard VII, Lord of Lippe (d. 1511)
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- Persius, Roman poet (d. 62)
Deaths On This Day
- Shashi Kapoor, Indian actor (b. 1938)
- Patricia Robins, British writer and WAAF officer (b. 1921).
- Bill Bennett, Canadian lawyer and politician, 27th Premier of British Columbia (b. 1932)
- Robert Loggia, American actor and director (b. 1930)
- Yossi Sarid, Israeli journalist and politician, 15th Israeli Minister of Education (b. 1940)
- Claudia Emerson, American poet and academic (b. 1957)
- V. R. Krishna Iyer, Indian lawyer and judge (b. 1914)
- Vincent L. McKusick, American lawyer and judge (b. 1921)
- Jeremy Thorpe, English lawyer and politician (b. 1929)
- Joana Raspall i Juanola, Spanish author and poet (b. 1913)
- Vasily Belov, Russian author, poet, and playwright (b. 1932)
- Jack Brooks, American colonel, lawyer, and politician (b. 1922)
- Miguel Calero, Colombian footballer and manager (b. 1971)
- Anthony Deane-Drummond, English general (b. 1917)
- Carroll E. Lanier, American sailor and politician (b. 1926)
- Sonia Pierre, Haitian-Dominican activist (b. 1965)
- Sócrates, Brazilian footballer and manager (b. 1954)
- Hubert Sumlin, American singer and guitarist (b. 1931)
- King Curtis Iaukea, American wrestler (b. 1937)
- Liam Clancy, Irish singer, actor, and guitarist (b. 1935)
- Pimp C, American rapper (b. 1973)
- K. Ganeshalingam, Sri Lankan accountant and politician, Mayor of Colombo (b. 1938)
- Ross A. McGinnis, American soldier, Medal of Honor recipient (b. 1987)
- Errol Brathwaite, New Zealand soldier and author (b. 1924)
- Gregg Hoffman, American film producer (b. 1963)
- Elena Souliotis, Greek soprano and actress (b. 1943)
- Iggy Katona, American race car driver (b. 1916)
- Henck Arron, Surinamese banker and politician, 1st Prime Minister of the Republic of Suriname (b. 1936)
- Rose Bird, American academic and judge, 25th Chief Justice of California (b. 1936)
- Margaret Landon, American missionary and author (b. 1903)
- Frank Zappa, American singer-songwriter, guitarist, and producer (b. 1940)
- Henry Clausen, American lawyer and author (b. 1905)
- Osman Achmatowicz, Polish chemist and academic (b. 1899)
- Arnold Lobel, American author and illustrator (b. 1933)
- Rouben Mamoulian, Georgian-American director and screenwriter (b. 1897)
- Jack Mercer, American animator, screenwriter, voice actor, and singer (b. 1910)
- Jeanne Block, American psychologist (b. 1923)
- Francisco de Sá Carneiro, Portuguese lawyer and politician, 111th Prime Minister of Portugal (b. 1934)
- Stanisława Walasiewicz, Polish-American runner (b. 1911)
- Don Warrington, Canadian football player (b. 1948)
- Tommy Bolin, American guitarist and songwriter (b. 1951)
- Benjamin Britten, English pianist, composer, and conductor (b. 1913)
- W. F. McCoy, Irish soldier, lawyer, and politician (b. 1886)
- Hannah Arendt, German-American historian, theorist, and academic (b. 1906)
- Shunryū Suzuki, Japanese-American monk and educator, founded the San Francisco Zen Center (b. 1904)
- Fred Hampton, American Black Panthers activist (b. 1948)
- Bert Lahr, American actor (b. 1895)
- Constance Davey, Australian psychologist (b. 1882)
- József Galamb, Hungarian-American engineer (b. 1881)
- George Shepherd, 1st Baron Shepherd (b. 1881)
- Frank Benford, American physicist and engineer (b. 1883)
- Thomas Hunt Morgan, American geneticist and biologist, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1866)
- Roger Bresnahan, American baseball player and manager (b. 1879)
- Juhan Kukk, Estonian politician, 3rd Head of State of Estonia (b. 1885)
- Fritz Löhner-Beda, Jewish Austrian librettist, lyricist and writer (b. 1883)
- Tamanishiki San'emon, Japanese sumo wrestler, the 32nd Yokozuna (b. 1903)
- Johan Halvorsen, Norwegian violinist, composer, and conductor (b. 1864)
- Charles Richet, French physiologist and academic, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1850)
- Stefan George, German-Swiss poet and translator (b. 1868)
- Ivana Kobilca, Slovenian painter (b. 1861)
- Charles Dow, American journalist and publisher, co-founded the Dow Jones & Company (b. 1851)
- Griffith Rhys Jones, Welsh conductor (b. 1834)
- John Tyndall, Irish-English physicist and chemist (b. 1820)
- William Sturgeon, English physicist, invented the electric motor (b. 1783)
- Gregor MacGregor, Scottish soldier and explorer (b. 1786)
- David Daniel Davis, Welsh-English physician and academic (b. 1777)
- John Leamy, Irish-American merchant (b. 1757)
- Robert Jenkinson, 2nd Earl of Liverpool, English politician, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom (b. 1770)
- Luigi Galvani, Italian physician, physicist, and philosopher (b. 1737)
- John Gay, English poet and playwright (b. 1685)
- Empress Meishō of Japan (b. 1624)
- Thomas Bartholin, Danish physician, mathematician, and theologian (b. 1616)
- Thomas Hobbes, English philosopher and theorist (b. 1588)
- William Drummond of Hawthornden, Scottish poet (b. 1585)
- Cardinal Richelieu, French cardinal and politician, Chief Minister to the French Monarch (b. 1585)
- Nicholas Ferrar, English trader (b. 1592)
- Alexander Hume, Scottish poet (b. 1560)
- Maerten de Vos, Flemish painter and draughtsman (b. 1532)
- John Willock, Scottish minister and reformer (b. 1515)
- Georg Joachim Rheticus, Austrian-Slovak mathematician and cartographer (b. 1514)
- Adolphus VIII, Count of Holstein (b. 1401)
- Charles I, Duke of Bourbon (b. 1401)
- Valentina Visconti, wife of Louis of Valois, Duke of Orléans
- Janisław I, Archbishop of Gniezno
- Henry Burghersh, English bishop and politician, Lord Chancellor of England (b. 1292)
- Pope John XXII (b. 1249)
- Theobald II of Navarre (b. 1238)
- Aymer de Valence, Bishop of Winchester (b. 1222)
- William the Lion, Scottish king (b. 1143)
- Omar Khayyám, Persian poet, astronomer, mathematician, and philosopher (b. 1048)
- Anno II, German archbishop and saint (b. 1010)
- Suairlech ind Eidnén mac Ciaráin, Irish bishop
- Carloman I, Frankish king (b. 751)
- John of Damascus, Syrian priest and saint (b. 676)
- 530 BC
- Cyrus the Great, king of Persia (b. 600 BC)