On This Day in History: December 5
December 5 is the 339th day of the year (340th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. 26 days remain until the end of the year.
Lottery News On This Day
- Nearly $9 million of Mississippi Lottery tickets sold in first 6 days. The Mississippi Lottery sold nearly $9 million in tickets during its first six days of operation.
- US woman convicted in Jamaican lottery scam to remain jailed. A federal judge in North Dakota on Monday ordered a Rhode Island woman convicted of funnelling lottery scam money between the US and Jamaica to remain jailed pending a February sentencing hearing, where she could face a stiffer sentence than the alleged mastermind.
- Mom finds late son's name on lottery ticket, wins $10,000. A Connecticut woman is $10,000 richer after winning on a lottery ticket that she said was a tribute to her late son.
- Woman finds $1 million lottery ticket in husband's backpack. A woman who found a $1 million winning Virginia Lottery ticket in her husband's backpack said he told her he had thought the ticket was a prank.
- Washington man wins lottery, then leaves ticket at gas station. A Pasco, Washington, man is making plans for his new restaurant after winning $180,000 in the Hit 5 lottery game.
- Ontario Lottery awards man half of $6.1M lottery prize with remainder in legal limbo. An Ontario man who parted ways with his live-in girlfriend after winning the lottery has been awarded half of the disputed $6.1-million Lotto 6/49 prize. But the other half is subject to dispute.
- Wyoming Lottery adds multi-state Lucky for Life game. WyoLotto officials on Monday celebrated the launch of the Lucky for Life game.
- Washington woman wins $90 million Powerball jackpot on first try. A Washington state woman on Thursday claimed a $90 million Powerball lottery jackpot after buying a ticket for the first time, and said she would quit her job at plane maker Boeing Co and buy a new Subaru.
- Lottery tracks down $50 million winner who lost ticket. An unbelievable set of circumstances have come together for Kathryn Jones, who won $50 million from an unclaimed Lotto Max prize drawn a year ago -- a win for which she lost the ticket and never checked the numbers.
- N.C. Lottery rolls out online ticket sales. The North Carolina Lottery expands its reach to the Internet Thursday, where players can buy tickets only for three jackpot games: Powerball, Mega Millions and Carolina Cash 5.
- Powerball lottery winners award $1 million in grants. Three Connecticut men who claimed a $254 million Powerball jackpot last week made good on their statement that they would be immediately donating a sizeable amount to charity.
- $50M lottery winners share wealth. A Manitoba couple who won a CA$50 million (US$46.7 million) lottery jackpot in the Nov. 6 Canada Lotto Max drawing are sharing the wealth with their Sagkeeng First Nation community.
- Florida woman loses $40,000 in lottery ticket scam. A South Florida elderly woman was scammed out of thousands of dollars in an alleged lottery ticket scam, police said.
- Massachusetts Lottery expecting sales to decline by $200M. With the economy struggling and people pinching pennies, the Massachusetts State Lottery has increased its estimate of an expected decline in ticket sales.
- Indiana prosecutor wins $50,000 lottery prize. Wells County Prosecutor Michael Lautzenheiser of Bluffton won $50,000 in Wednesday night's Powerball drawing, the Hoosier Lottery said Thursday.
- Delware Lottery renews contract with Scientific Games. Scientific Games will continue to provide cooperative services to the Delaware Lottery for at least another three years under terms of an agreement announced today.
- Illegal deals of Minn. Lottery revealed in court documents. Authorities investigating former Minnesota lottery director George Andersen suspected he was involved in bribery, conspiracy and conflicts of interest, court documents show.
- Tenn. Lottery leaders offer look at future. North Carolina Lottery Commissioners visited the offices of the Tennessee Lottery -- the model that they intend to copy.
- State, gambling foes argue about California joining Mega Millions. Arguments were heard Friday for a lawsuit filed by the California Coalition Against Gambling Expansion accusing the California Lottery Commission of overstepping its authority when it voted 3-0 last February to join Mega Millions without first getting approval from the legislature.
- Massachusetts Lottery fires official. The chief of the Springfield office of the state Lottery has been terminated from his $71,000-a-year job, highlighting the Lottery's lagging record on minority hiring.
- N.J. Lottery scratch games called 'paper slot machines'. The second of three articles examining the New Jersey Lottery. In this installment, scratch games are investigated.
- New lottery has Huntsville residents buying, playing. Mega Millions, a massive game that is also played by residents in 10 other states, was introduced to Texans on Wednesday amid busy ticket sales.
Top 25 Lottery Jackpots On This Day
- 1.$297 Million
Dec 6, 2013
- 2.$285 Million
Dec 6, 2019
- 3.$226 Million
Dec 7, 2018
- 4.$200 Million
Dec 5, 2018
- 5.$193 Million
Dec 6, 2017
- 6.$171 Million
Dec 8, 2004
- 7.$160 Million
Dec 5, 2017
- 8.$146 Million
Dec 5, 2008
- 9.$130 Million
Dec 7, 2019
- 10.$127 Million
Dec 5, 2015
- 11.€97 Million
Dec 5, 2017
- 12.$100 Million
Dec 7, 2013
- 13.$96 Million
Dec 7, 2007
- 14.$90 Million
Dec 7, 2002
- 15.$87 Million
Dec 7, 2005
- 15.$87 Million
Dec 6, 2011
- 17.€73.12 Million
Dec 6, 2018
- 18.$83 Million
Dec 8, 2009
- 19.€67.61 Million
Dec 5, 2017
- 20.$80 Million
Dec 5, 2014
- 21.€70 Million
Dec 7, 2018
- 22.$74 Million
Dec 7, 2010
- 23.€58.69 Million
Dec 5, 2014
- 24.€54 Million
Dec 7, 2012
- 25.$67 Million
Dec 7, 2016
Lottery Post Member Birthdays On This Day
Thursday, Dec 5, 1985
34 years old
Sunday, Dec 5, 1982
37 years old
Sunday, Dec 5, 1982
37 years old
Monday, Dec 5, 1977
42 years old
Thursday, Dec 5, 1974
45 years old
Wednesday, Dec 5, 1973
46 years old
Tuesday, Dec 5, 1972
47 years old
Tuesday, Dec 5, 1972
47 years old
Sunday, Dec 5, 1971
48 years old
Thursday, Dec 5, 1968
51 years old
Thursday, Dec 5, 1968
51 years old
Wednesday, Dec 5, 1962
57 years old
Tuesday, Dec 5, 1961
58 years old
Wednesday, Dec 5, 1951
68 years old
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Worldwide Events On This Day
- The International Olympic Committee bans Russia from competing at the 2018 Winter Olympics for doping at the 2014 Winter Olympics.
- Exploration Flight Test 1, the first flight test of Orion is launched.
- Militants attack a Defense Ministry compound in Sana'a, Yemen, killing at least 56 people and injuring 200 others.
- Commodore Frank Bainimarama overthrows the government in Fiji.
- The 6.8 Mw Lake Tanganyika earthquake shakes the eastern provinces of the Democratic Republic of the Congo with a maximum Mercalli intensity of X (Extreme), killing six people.
- The Civil Partnership Act comes into effect in the United Kingdom, and the first civil partnership is registered there.
- Helen Clark is sworn in as Prime Minister of New Zealand, the second woman to hold the post and the first to be elected to the role.
- Sri Lankan Civil War: Sri Lanka's government announces the conquest of the Tamil stronghold of Jaffna.
- Leonid Kravchuk is elected the first president of Ukraine.
- Dissolution of the Military Junta in Argentina.
- Egypt breaks diplomatic relations with Syria, Libya, Algeria, Iraq and South Yemen. The move is in retaliation for the Declaration of Tripoli against Egypt.
- Battle of Gazipur: Pakistani forces stand defeated as India cedes Gazipur to Bangladesh.
- Vietnam War: For his heroism in battle earlier in the year, Captain Roger Donlon is awarded the first Medal of Honor of the war.
- Lloyd J. Old discovered the first linkage between the major histocompatibility complex (MHC) and disease—mouse leukemia—opening the way for the recognition of the importance of the MHC in the immune response.
- Subscriber Trunk Dialling (STD) is inaugurated in the United Kingdom by Queen Elizabeth II when she speaks to the Lord Provost in a call from Bristol to Edinburgh.
- The Preston By-pass, the UK's first stretch of motorway, opens to traffic for the first time. (It is now part of the M6 and M55 motorways.)
- The American Federation of Labor and the Congress of Industrial Organizations merge and form the AFL-CIO.
- E. D. Nixon and Rosa Parks lead the Montgomery Bus Boycott.
- Great Smog: A cold fog descends upon London, combining with air pollution and killing at least 12,000 in the weeks and months that follow.
- World War II: Flight 19, a group of TBF Avengers, disappears in the Bermuda Triangle, in one of the most famous aviation mysteries in history.
- World War II: Allied air forces begin attacking Germany's secret weapons bases in Operation Crossbow.
- World War II: In the Battle of Moscow, Georgy Zhukov launches a massive Soviet counter-attack against the German army.
- World War II: Great Britain declares war on Finland, Hungary and Romania.
- The Soviet Union adopts a new constitution and the Kirghiz Soviet Socialist Republic is established as a full Union Republic of the USSR.
- Mary McLeod Bethune founds the National Council of Negro Women in New York City.
- Abyssinia Crisis: Italian troops attack Wal Wal in Abyssinia, taking four days to capture the city.
- The Twenty-first Amendment to the United States Constitution is ratified.
- Cathedral of Christ the Saviour in Moscow was destroyed on orders from Joseph Stalin.
- Chincha Islands War: Peru allies with Chile against Spain.
- California Gold Rush: In a message to the United States Congress, U.S. President James K. Polk confirms that large amounts of gold had been discovered in California.
- Jefferson Davis is elected to the U.S. Senate.
- Former U.S. President John Quincy Adams takes his seat in the House of Representatives.
- At Fort Ticonderoga, Henry Knox begins his historic transport of artillery to Cambridge, Massachusetts.
- In London, auctioneer James Christie holds his first sale.
- Seven Years' War: Battle of Leuthen: Frederick II of Prussia leads Prussian forces to a decisive victory over Austrian forces under Prince Charles Alexander of Lorraine.
- Charles IX becomes king of France.
- King Manuel I of Portugal issues a decree ordering the expulsion of "heretics" from the country.
- Christopher Columbus becomes the first European to set foot on the island of Hispaniola (now Haiti and the Dominican Republic).
- Pope Innocent VIII issues the Summis desiderantes affectibus, a papal bull that deputizes Heinrich Kramer and Jacob Sprenger as inquisitors to root out alleged witchcraft in Germany.
- Emir Edigu of Golden Horde reaches Moscow.
- Ramon Berenguer II, Count of Barcelona is assassinated.
- Fourth Council of Toledo takes place.
- 63 BC
- Cicero gives the fourth and final of the Catiline Orations.
Births On This Day
- Danny Levi, New Zealand rugby league player
- Anthony Martial, French footballer
- Kaetlyn Osmond, Canadian figure skater
- Ondrej Duda, Slovak footballer
- Grant Ward, English footballer
- Ross Barkley, English footballer
- Ilja Antonov, Estonian footballer
- Jacopo Sala, Italian footballer
- Montee Ball, American football player
- Joanna Rowsell, English cyclist
- Tommy Fraser, English footballer
- LeGarrette Blount, American football player
- James Hinchcliffe, Canadian race car driver
- Justin Smoak, American baseball player
- Shikhar Dhawan, Indian cricketer
- Frankie Muniz, American actor, drummer, and race car driver
- Nico Verdonck, Belgian race car driver
- Danny Wicks, Australian rugby league player
- Cooper Cronk, Australian rugby league player
- Eddy Curry, American basketball player
- Trai Essex, American football player
- Keri Hilson, American singer-songwriter and actress
- Ibrahim Maalouf, Lebanese-French trumpet player and composer
- Jessica Paré, Canadian actress
- Matteo Ferrari, Italian footballer
- Niklas Hagman, Finnish ice hockey player
- Gareth McAuley, Northern Irish footballer
- Nick Stahl, American actor and producer
- Neil Druckmann, American video game designer and author
- Olli Jokinen, Finnish ice hockey player
- Marcelo Zalayeta, Uruguayan footballer
- Peter van der Vlag, Dutch footballer
- Amy Acker, American actress
- Xavier Garbajosa, French rugby player
- Sachiko Kokubu, Japanese actress and model
- Rachel Komisarz, American swimmer and coach
- Ronnie O'Sullivan, English snooker player and radio host
- Paula Patton, American actress
- Charlie Batch, American football player and sportscaster
- Ravish Kumar, Indian journalist and author
- Brian Lewis, American sprinter
- Argo Arbeiter, Estonian footballer
- Andrei Krasnopjorov, Estonian footballer
- Mikelangelo Loconte, Italian singer-songwriter, producer, and actor
- Luboš Motl, Czech physicist and academic
- Shalom Harlow, Canadian model
- Cliff Floyd, American baseball player and sportscaster
- Mike Mahoney, American baseball player
- Duane Ross, American hurdler and coach
- Karl-Theodor zu Guttenberg, German businessman and politician, German Federal Minister of Defence
- Ashia Hansen, American-English triple jumper
- Gabriel Hjertstedt, Swedish golfer
- Kevin Haller, Canadian ice hockey player
- Michel'le, American singer-songwriter
- Eric Etebari, American actor, director, and producer
- Morgan J. Freeman, American director, producer, and screenwriter
- Sajid Javid, English banker and politician, Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport
- Lewis Pugh, English swimmer and lawyer
- Ramón Ramírez, Mexican footballer
- Margaret Cho, American comedian, actress, producer, and screenwriter
- Lisa Marie, American model and actress
- Lydia Millet, American novelist
- Falilat Ogunkoya, Nigerian sprinter
- Dynamite Kid, English wrestler (d. 2018)
- Gary Allan, American singer-songwriter and guitarist
- Manish Malhotra, Indian fashion designer
- John Rzeznik, American singer-songwriter, guitarist, and producer
- Wayne Smith, Jamaican rapper (d. 2014)
- Valeriy Spitsyn, Russian race walker
- Martin Vinnicombe, Australian cyclist
- Doctor Dré, American television and radio host
- Carrie Hamilton, American actress and playwright (d. 2002)
- Alberto Nisman, Argentinian lawyer (d. 2015)
- Michael “Eddie the Eagle” Edwards, British Olympic ski jumper
- José Cura, Argentinian tenor, conductor, and director
- Pablo Morales, American swimmer and coach
- Nivek Ogre, Canadian singer-songwriter
- Fred Rutten, Dutch footballer and manager
- Ralf Dujmovits, German mountaineer
- Laura Flanders, British journalist
- Frans Adelaar, Dutch footballer and manager
- Osvaldo Golijov, Argentinian-American composer and educator
- Jack Russell, American singer-songwriter and producer
- Matthew Taylor, English businessman and politician
- Lee Chapman, English footballer
- Oleksandr Yaroslavsky, Ukrainian businessman
- Raquel Argandoña, Chilean model, actress, and politician
- Klaus Allofs, German footballer and manager
- Adam Thorpe, French-English author, poet, and playwright
- Krystian Zimerman, Polish virtuoso pianist
- Miyuki Kawanaka, Japanese singer
- Juha Tiainen, Finnish hammer thrower (d. 2003)
- Hanif Kureishi, English author and playwright
- Gary Roenicke, American baseball player and scout
- Gwen Lister, South African-Namibian journalist, publisher, and activist
- Link Byfield, Canadian journalist and author (d. 2015)
- Anne-Mie van Kerckhoven, Belgian painter and illustrator
- John Altman, English composer and conductor
- David Manning, English civil servant and diplomat, British Ambassador to the United States
- Denise Drysdale, Australian television host and actress
- Rudy Fernandez, Filipino triathlete
- Bruce Golding, Jamaican lawyer and politician, 8th Prime Minister of Jamaica
- Tony Gregory, Irish activist and politician (d. 2009)
- Jim Messina, American singer-songwriter, guitarist, and producer
- Jim Plunkett, American football player and radio host
- Kim Simmonds, Welsh blues-rock singer-songwriter, guitarist, and producer (Savoy Brown)
- Don Touhig, Welsh journalist and politician
- José Carreras, Spanish tenor and actor
- Andy Kim, Canadian pop singer-songwriter
- Sarel van der Merwe, South African race car driver
- Serge Chapleau, Canadian cartoonist
- Moshe Katsav, Iranian-Israeli educator and politician, 8th President of Israel
- Jeroen Krabbé, Dutch actor, director, and producer
- Eva Joly, Norwegian-French judge and politician
- Andrew Yeom Soo-jung, South Korean cardinal
- Bryan Murray, Canadian ice hockey coach (d. 2017)
- Tony Crafter, Australian cricket umpire
- Boris Ignatyev, Russian footballer and manager
- Peter Pohl, Swedish author, director, and screenwriter
- Frank Wilson, American singer-songwriter and producer (d. 2012)
- J. J. Cale, American singer-songwriter and guitarist (d. 2013)
- James Lee Burke, American journalist, author, and academic
- Calvin Trillin, American novelist, humorist, and journalist
- Yury Vlasov, Ukrainian-Russian weightlifter and politician
- Joan Didion, American novelist and screenwriter
- Gennadiy Agapov, Russian race walker (d. 1999)
- Harry Holgate, Australian politician, 36th Premier of Tasmania (d. 1997)
- Alf Dubs, Baron Dubs, British politician
- Sheldon Lee Glashow, American physicist and academic, Nobel Prize laureate
- Jim Hurtubise, American race car driver (d. 1989)
- Little Richard, American singer-songwriter, pianist, and actor
- Nadira, Indian actress (d. 2006)
- Ladislav Novák, Czech footballer and manager (d. 2011)
- Yi-Fu Tuan, Chinese-American geographer
- Madis Kõiv, Estonian physicist, philosopher, and author (d. 2014)
- Bhumibol Adulyadej, Thai king (d. 2016)
- W.D. Amaradeva, Sri Lankan musician and composer (d. 2016)
- Adetowun Ogunsheye, first female Nigerian professor and university dean
- Anastasio Somoza Debayle, Nicaraguan politician, 73rd President of Nicaragua (d. 1980)
- Robert Sobukwe, South African banker and politician (d. 1978)
- Casey Ribicoff, American philanthropist (d. 2011)
- Don Robertson, American songwriter and pianist (d. 2015)
- Alvy Moore, American actor and producer (d. 1997)
- Alun Gwynne Jones, Baron Chalfont, English historian and politician
- Ken Downing, English race car driver (d. 2004)
- Hilary Koprowski, Polish-American virologist and immunologist, created the world's first effective live polio vaccine (d. 2013)
- Walt McPherson, American basketball player and coach (d. 2013)
- Hans Hellmut Kirst, German lieutenant and author (d. 1989)
- Esther Borja, Cuban soprano and actress (d. 2013)
- Sonny Boy Williamson II, American singer-songwriter and harmonica player (d. 1965)
- Kate Simon, American travel writer (d. 1990)
- Władysław Szpilman, Polish pianist and composer (d. 2000)
- Abraham Polonsky, American director and screenwriter (d. 1999)
- Lin Biao, Chinese general and politician, 2nd Vice Premier of the People's Republic of China (d. 1971)
- Giuseppe Occhialini, Italian-French physicist and academic (d. 1993)
- Gus Mancuso, American baseball player, coach, and sportscaster (d. 1984)
- Otto Preminger, Austrian-American actor, director, and producer (d. 1986)
- Francisco Javier Arana, Guatemalan Army colonel and briefly Guatemalan head of state (d.1949)
- Johannes Heesters, Dutch-German actor and singer (d. 2011)
- C. F. Powell, English-Italian physicist and academic, Nobel Prize laureate (d. 1969)
- Emeric Pressburger, Hungarian-English director, producer, and screenwriter (d. 1988)
- Strom Thurmond, American educator, general, and politician, 103rd Governor of South Carolina (d. 2003)
- Walt Disney, American animator, director, producer, and screenwriter, co-founded The Walt Disney Company (d. 1966)
- Milton H. Erickson, American psychiatrist and author (d. 1980)
- Werner Heisenberg, German physicist and academic, Nobel Prize laureate (d. 1976)
- Jimmy Dimmock, English footballer (d. 1972)
- Josh Malihabadi, Indian-Pakistani poet and translator (d. 1982)
- Grace Moore, American soprano and actress (d. 1947)
- Nunnally Johnson, American director, producer, and screenwriter (d. 1977)
- Gershom Scholem, German-Israeli philosopher and historian (d. 1982)
- Ann Nolan Clark, American historian, author, and educator (d. 1995)
- Carl Ferdinand Cori, Czech-American biochemist and pharmacologist, Nobel Prize laureate (d. 1984)
- Elbert Frank Cox, American mathematician and academic (d. 1969)
- Charles Robberts Swart, South African lawyer and politician, 1st State President of South Africa (d. 1982)
- Paul Kogerman, Estonian chemist and academic (d. 1951)
- David Bomberg, English painter, illustrator, and academic (d. 1957)
- Fritz Lang, Austrian-American director, producer, and screenwriter (d. 1976)
- Rose Wilder Lane, American journalist and author (d. 1968)
- Pieter Oud, Dutch historian, academic, and politician, Minister of Finance of the Netherlands (d. 1968)
- Nikolai Uglanov, Soviet politician (d. 1937)
- René Cresté, French actor and director (d. 1922)
- Clyde Vernon Cessna, American pilot and businessman, founded the Cessna Aircraft Corporation (d. 1954)
- Arthur Currie, Canadian general (d. 1933)
- Harry Nelson Pillsbury, American chess player (d. 1906)
- Vítězslav Novák, Czech composer and educator (d. 1949)
- Ellis Parker Butler, American author and poet (d. 1937)
- Arnold Sommerfeld, German physicist and academic (d. 1951)
- Antti Aarne, Finnish author and academic (d. 1925)
- Józef Piłsudski, Polish field marshal and politician, 15th Prime Minister of Poland (d. 1935)
- John Beresford, Irish polo player (d. 1944)
- Traian Demetrescu, Romanian poet and author (d. 1896)
- Paul Painlevé, French mathematician and politician, 84th Prime Minister of France (d. 1933)
- John Henry Leech, English entomologist (d. 1900)
- Konstantin Korovin, Russian-French painter and set designer (d. 1939)
- John Jellicoe, 1st Earl Jellicoe, English admiral and politician, 2nd Governor-General of New Zealand (d. 1935)
- Clinton Hart Merriam, American zoologist, ornithologist, entomologist, and ethnographer (d. 1942)
- Eduard Seler, German anthropologist, ethnohistorian, linguist, and academic (d. 1922)
- Marcus Daly, Irish-American businessman (d. 1900)
- George Armstrong Custer, American general (d. 1876)
- Christina Rossetti, English poet and author (d. 1894)
- Henri-Gustave Joly de Lotbinière, French-Canadian lawyer and politician, 4th Premier of Quebec (d. 1908)
- Elizabeth Cabot Agassiz, American philosopher and academic, co-founded Radcliffe College (d. 1907)
- Afanasy Fet, Russian poet and author (d. 1892)
- Fyodor Tyutchev, Russian poet and diplomat (d. 1873)
- George Shepherd, English illustrator and painter (d. 1862)
- Martin Van Buren, American lawyer and politician, 8th President of the United States (d. 1862)
- Giuseppe de Majo, Italian organist and composer (d. 1771)
- Francesco Geminiani, Italian violinist and composer (d. 1762)
- Francesco Scarlatti, Italian violinist and composer (d. 1741)
- Robert Harley, 1st Earl of Oxford and Earl Mortimer, English lawyer and politician, Secretary of State for the Northern Department (d. 1724)
- Henry Lawes, English composer (d. 1662)
- Anne Cecil, Countess of Oxford, English countess (d. 1588)
- Ubbo Emmius, Dutch historian and geographer (d. 1625)
- Fausto Sozzini, Italian theologian and author (d. 1604)
- Ashikaga Yoshiaki, Japanese shōgun (d. 1597)
- Nicolas Cleynaerts, Flemish philologist and lexicographer (d. 1542)
- Willibald Pirckheimer, German lawyer and author (d. 1530)
- Pope Julius II (d. 1513)
- Zbigniew Oleśnicki, Polish cardinal and statesman (d. 1455)
- Jianwen Emperor of China (d. 1402)
- Zhu Wen, Chinese emperor (d. 912)
Deaths On This Day
- Dynamite Kid, English wrestler (b. 1968)
- Michael I of Romania, fifth and last king of Romania (b. 1921)
- August Ames, Canadian American pornographic actress (b. 1994)
- Jayalalithaa, Indian politician, chief minister of Tamil Nadu (b. 1948)
- Vic Eliason, American clergyman and radio host, founded VCY America (b. 1936)
- Tibor Rubin, Hungarian-American soldier, Medal of Honor recipient (b. 1929)
- Chuck Williams, American businessman and author, founded Williams-Sonoma, Inc. (b. 1915)
- Ernest C. Brace, American captain and pilot (b. 1931)
- Fabiola, Queen of Belgium (b. 1928)
- Talât Sait Halman, Turkish poet, translator, and historian (b. 1931)
- Jackie Healy-Rae, Irish hurdler and politician (b. 1931)
- Silvio Zavala, Mexican historian and author (b. 1909)
- Fred Bassetti, American architect and academic, founded Bassetti Architects (b. 1917)
- William B. Edmondson, American lawyer and diplomat, United States Ambassador to South Africa (b. 1927)
- Nelson Mandela, South African lawyer and politician, 1st President of South Africa, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1918)
- Dave Brubeck, American pianist and composer (b. 1920)
- Elisabeth Murdoch, Australian philanthropist (b. 1909)
- Oscar Niemeyer, Brazilian architect, designed the United Nations Headquarters and Cathedral of Brasília (b. 1907)
- Ignatius IV of Antioch, Syrian patriarch (b. 1920)
- Peter Gethin, English race car driver (b. 1940)
- Gennady Logofet, Russian footballer and manager (b. 1942)
- Alan Armer, American director, producer, and screenwriter (b. 1922)
- Don Meredith, American football player, sportscaster, and actor (b. 1938)
- William Lederer, American soldier and author (b. 1912)
- Patriarch Alexy II of Moscow (b. 1929)
- George Brecht, American chemist and composer (b. 1926)
- Nina Foch, Dutch-American actress (b. 1924)
- Beverly Garland, American actress and businesswoman (b. 1926)
- Anca Parghel, Romanian singer-songwriter and pianist (b. 1957)
- Andrew Imbrie, American composer and academic (b. 1921)
- George Paraskevaides, Greek-Cypriot businessman and philanthropist, co-founded Joannou & Paraskevaides (b. 1916)
- Karlheinz Stockhausen, German composer and academic (b. 1928)
- David Bronstein, Ukrainian-Belarusian chess player and theoretician (b. 1924)
- Edward L. Masry, American lawyer and politician (b. 1932)
- Roone Arledge, American sportscaster and producer (b. 1931)
- Ne Win, Burmese general and politician, 4th President of Burma (b. 1911)
- Franco Rasetti, Italian-American physicist and academic (b. 1901)
- Albert Gore, Sr., American lawyer and politician (b. 1907)
- Eugen Cicero, Romanian-German jazz pianist (b. 1940)
- L. B. Cole, American illustrator and publisher (b. 1918)
- Charles Evans, English mountaineer, surgeon, and educator (b. 1918)
- Gwen Harwood, Australian poet and playwright (b. 1920)
- Clair Cameron Patterson, American scientist (b. 1922)
- Harry Horner, Czech-American director, producer, and production designer (b. 1910)
- Alfonso A. Ossorio, Filipino-American painter and sculptor (b. 1916)
- John Pritchard, English conductor and director (b. 1921)
- Edward Youde, Welsh-Chinese sinologist and diplomat, 26th Governor of Hong Kong (b. 1924)
- Cecil M. Harden, American politician (b. 1894)
- Robert Aldrich, American director, producer, and screenwriter (b. 1918)
- Jesse Pearson, American actor, singer, and screenwriter (b. 1930)
- Katherine Milhous, American author and illustrator (b. 1894)
- Aleksandr Vasilevsky, Russian marshal and politician, Minister of Defence for the Soviet Union (b. 1895)
- Constance McLaughlin Green, American historian and author (b. 1897)
- Robert Watson-Watt, Scottish engineer, invented the radar (b. 1892)
- Claude Dornier, German engineer and businessman, founded Dornier Flugzeugwerke (b. 1884)
- Princess Alice of Battenberg (b. 1885)
- Fred Clark, American actor (b. 1914)
- Joseph Erlanger, American physiologist, neuroscientist, and academic Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1874)
- V. Veerasingam, Sri Lankan educator and politician (b. 1892)
- Karl Amadeus Hartmann, German composer and educator (b. 1905)
- Huseyn Shaheed Suhrawardy, Indian-Pakistani lawyer and politician, 5th Prime Minister of Pakistan (b. 1892)
- Emil Fuchs, German-American lawyer and businessman (b. 1878)
- Glenn L. Martin, American pilot and businessman, founded the Glenn L. Martin Company (b. 1886)
- William Sterling Parsons, American admiral (b. 1901)
- Shoeless Joe Jackson, American baseball player and manager (b. 1887)
- Abanindranath Tagore, Indian painter, author, and academic (b. 1871)
- Louis Dewis, Belgian-French painter and educator (b. 1872)
- Jock Delves Broughton, English captain (b. 1883)
- Amrita Sher-Gil, Hungarian-Pakistani painter (b. 1913)
- Jan Kubelík, Czech violinist and composer (b. 1880)
- Vachel Lindsay, American poet (b. 1879)
- Claude Monet, French painter (b. 1840)
- Władysław Reymont, Polish novelist, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1867)
- Schalk Willem Burger, South African commander, lawyer, and politician, 6th President of the South African Republic (b. 1852)
- Pedro II of Brazil (b. 1825)
- Eliza R. Snow, American poet and songwriter (b. 1804)
- Alexandre Dumas, French novelist and playwright (b. 1802)
- Friedrich Leopold zu Stolberg-Stolberg, German poet and lawyer (b. 1750)
- Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Austrian composer and musician (b. 1756)
- Phillis Wheatley, Senegal-born slave, later American poet (b. 1753)
- James Stirling, Scottish mathematician and surveyor (b. 1692)
- Johann Friedrich Fasch, German violinist and composer (b. 1688)
- Pierre Gaultier de Varennes, sieur de La Vérendrye, Canadian commander and explorer (b. 1685)
- Severo Bonini, Italian organist and composer (b. 1582)
- Jean François Sarrazin, French author and poet (b. 1611)
- Gaspard Bauhin, Swiss botanist and physician (b. 1560)
- Johan Friis, Danish politician (b. 1494)
- Francis II of France (b. 1544)
- John III, Duke of Brabant (b. 1300)
- Joan, Countess of Flanders and Hainault(b. 1199 or 1200)
- Dirk van Are, bishop and lord of Utrecht
- Ramon Berenguer II, Count of Barcelona (b. 1053)
- Ealhswith, queen consort and wife of Alfred the Great, King of Wessex
- Li Ban, emperor of Cheng Han (b. 288)
- 63 BC
- Publius Cornelius Lentulus Sura, Roman politician (b. 114 BC)