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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

2019
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.
2018
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.
2018
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.
2017
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.
2017
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.
2017
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.
2016
Wyoming Lottery adds multi-state Lucky for Life game. WyoLotto officials on Monday celebrated the launch of the Lucky for Life game.
2014
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.
2013
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.
2013
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.
2011
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.
2009
$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.
2008
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.
2008
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.
2008
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.
2005
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.
2005
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.
2005
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.
2005
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.
2005
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.
2005
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.
2003
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
Multi-State
Mega Millions
Draw Date
Dec 6, 2013
2.$285 Million
Multi-State
Mega Millions
Draw Date
Dec 6, 2019
3.$226 Million
Multi-State
Mega Millions
Draw Date
Dec 7, 2018
4.$200 Million
Multi-State
Powerball
Draw Date
Dec 5, 2018
5.$193 Million
Multi-State
Powerball
Draw Date
Dec 6, 2017
6.$171 Million
Multi-State
Powerball
Draw Date
Dec 8, 2004
7.$160 Million
Multi-State
Mega Millions
Draw Date
Dec 5, 2017
8.$146 Million
Multi-State
Mega Millions
Draw Date
Dec 5, 2008
9.$130 Million
Multi-State
Powerball
Draw Date
Dec 7, 2019
10.$127 Million
Multi-State
Powerball
Draw Date
Dec 5, 2015
11.€97 Million
US$114.82 Million
Multi-Country
Euro Millions
Draw Date
Dec 5, 2017
12.$100 Million
Multi-State
Powerball
Draw Date
Dec 7, 2013
13.$96 Million
Multi-State
Mega Millions
Draw Date
Dec 7, 2007
14.$90 Million
Multi-State
Powerball
Draw Date
Dec 7, 2002
15.$87 Million
Multi-State
Powerball
Draw Date
Dec 7, 2005
15.$87 Million
Multi-State
Mega Millions
Draw Date
Dec 6, 2011
17.€73.12 Million
US$83.1 Million
Draw Date
Dec 6, 2018
18.$83 Million
Multi-State
Mega Millions
Draw Date
Dec 8, 2009
19.€67.61 Million
US$80.04 Million
Draw Date
Dec 5, 2017
20.$80 Million
Multi-State
Mega Millions
Draw Date
Dec 5, 2014
21.€70 Million
US$79.7 Million
Multi-Country
Euro Millions
Draw Date
Dec 7, 2018
22.$74 Million
Multi-State
Mega Millions
Draw Date
Dec 7, 2010
23.€58.69 Million
US$72.28 Million
Multi-Country
EuroJackpot
Draw Date
Dec 5, 2014
24.€54 Million
US$69.82 Million
Multi-Country
Euro Millions
Draw Date
Dec 7, 2012
25.$67 Million
Multi-State
Powerball
Draw Date
Dec 7, 2016

Lottery Post Member Birthdays On This Day

1985
Thursday, Dec 5, 1985
34 years old
1982
Sunday, Dec 5, 1982
37 years old
1982
Sunday, Dec 5, 1982
37 years old
1977
Monday, Dec 5, 1977
42 years old
1974
Thursday, Dec 5, 1974
45 years old
1973
Wednesday, Dec 5, 1973
46 years old
1972
Tuesday, Dec 5, 1972
47 years old
1972
Tuesday, Dec 5, 1972
47 years old
1971
Sunday, Dec 5, 1971
48 years old
1968
Thursday, Dec 5, 1968
51 years old
1968
Thursday, Dec 5, 1968
51 years old
1962
Wednesday, Dec 5, 1962
57 years old
1961
Tuesday, Dec 5, 1961
58 years old
1951
Wednesday, Dec 5, 1951
68 years old
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Worldwide Events On This Day

2017
The International Olympic Committee bans Russia from competing at the 2018 Winter Olympics for doping at the 2014 Winter Olympics.
2014
Exploration Flight Test 1, the first flight test of Orion is launched.
2013
Militants attack a Defense Ministry compound in Sana'a, Yemen, killing at least 56 people and injuring 200 others.
2006
Commodore Frank Bainimarama overthrows the government in Fiji.
2005
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.
2004
The Civil Partnership Act comes into effect in the United Kingdom, and the first civil partnership is registered there.
1999
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.
1995
Sri Lankan Civil War: Sri Lanka's government announces the conquest of the Tamil stronghold of Jaffna.
1991
Leonid Kravchuk is elected the first president of Ukraine.
1983
Dissolution of the Military Junta in Argentina.
1977
Egypt breaks diplomatic relations with Syria, Libya, Algeria, Iraq and South Yemen. The move is in retaliation for the Declaration of Tripoli against Egypt.
1971
Battle of Gazipur: Pakistani forces stand defeated as India cedes Gazipur to Bangladesh.
1964
Vietnam War: For his heroism in battle earlier in the year, Captain Roger Donlon is awarded the first Medal of Honor of the war.
1964
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.
1958
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.
1958
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.)
1955
The American Federation of Labor and the Congress of Industrial Organizations merge and form the AFL-CIO.
1955
E. D. Nixon and Rosa Parks lead the Montgomery Bus Boycott.
1952
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.
1945
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.
1943
World War II: Allied air forces begin attacking Germany's secret weapons bases in Operation Crossbow.
1941
World War II: In the Battle of Moscow, Georgy Zhukov launches a massive Soviet counter-attack against the German army.
1941
World War II: Great Britain declares war on Finland, Hungary and Romania.
1936
The Soviet Union adopts a new constitution and the Kirghiz Soviet Socialist Republic is established as a full Union Republic of the USSR.
1935
Mary McLeod Bethune founds the National Council of Negro Women in New York City.
1934
Abyssinia Crisis: Italian troops attack Wal Wal in Abyssinia, taking four days to capture the city.
1933
The Twenty-first Amendment to the United States Constitution is ratified.
1931
Cathedral of Christ the Saviour in Moscow was destroyed on orders from Joseph Stalin.
1865
Chincha Islands War: Peru allies with Chile against Spain.
1848
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.
1847
Jefferson Davis is elected to the U.S. Senate.
1831
Former U.S. President John Quincy Adams takes his seat in the House of Representatives.
1775
At Fort Ticonderoga, Henry Knox begins his historic transport of artillery to Cambridge, Massachusetts.
1766
In London, auctioneer James Christie holds his first sale.
1757
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.
1560
Charles IX becomes king of France.
1496
King Manuel I of Portugal issues a decree ordering the expulsion of "heretics" from the country.
1492
Christopher Columbus becomes the first European to set foot on the island of Hispaniola (now Haiti and the Dominican Republic).
1484
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.
1408
Emir Edigu of Golden Horde reaches Moscow.
1082
Ramon Berenguer II, Count of Barcelona is assassinated.
633
Fourth Council of Toledo takes place.
63 BC
Cicero gives the fourth and final of the Catiline Orations.

Births On This Day

1995
Danny Levi, New Zealand rugby league player
1995
Anthony Martial, French footballer
1995
Kaetlyn Osmond, Canadian figure skater
1994
Ondrej Duda, Slovak footballer
1994
Grant Ward, English footballer
1993
Ross Barkley, English footballer
1992
Ilja Antonov, Estonian footballer
1991
Jacopo Sala, Italian footballer
1990
Montee Ball, American football player
1988
Joanna Rowsell, English cyclist
1987
Tommy Fraser, English footballer
1986
LeGarrette Blount, American football player
1986
James Hinchcliffe, Canadian race car driver
1986
Justin Smoak, American baseball player
1985
Shikhar Dhawan, Indian cricketer
1985
Frankie Muniz, American actor, drummer, and race car driver
1985
Nico Verdonck, Belgian race car driver
1985
Danny Wicks, Australian rugby league player
1983
Cooper Cronk, Australian rugby league player
1982
Eddy Curry, American basketball player
1982
Trai Essex, American football player
1982
Keri Hilson, American singer-songwriter and actress
1980
Ibrahim Maalouf, Lebanese-French trumpet player and composer
1980
Jessica Paré, Canadian actress
1979
Matteo Ferrari, Italian footballer
1979
Niklas Hagman, Finnish ice hockey player
1979
Gareth McAuley, Northern Irish footballer
1979
Nick Stahl, American actor and producer
1978
Neil Druckmann, American video game designer and author
1978
Olli Jokinen, Finnish ice hockey player
1978
Marcelo Zalayeta, Uruguayan footballer
1977
Peter van der Vlag, Dutch footballer
1976
Amy Acker, American actress
1976
Xavier Garbajosa, French rugby player
1976
Sachiko Kokubu, Japanese actress and model
1976
Rachel Komisarz, American swimmer and coach
1975
Ronnie O'Sullivan, English snooker player and radio host
1975
Paula Patton, American actress
1974
Charlie Batch, American football player and sportscaster
1974
Ravish Kumar, Indian journalist and author
1974
Brian Lewis, American sprinter
1973
Argo Arbeiter, Estonian footballer
1973
Andrei Krasnopjorov, Estonian footballer
1973
Mikelangelo Loconte, Italian singer-songwriter, producer, and actor
1973
Luboš Motl, Czech physicist and academic
1973
Shalom Harlow, Canadian model
1972
Cliff Floyd, American baseball player and sportscaster
1972
Mike Mahoney, American baseball player
1972
Duane Ross, American hurdler and coach
1971
Karl-Theodor zu Guttenberg, German businessman and politician, German Federal Minister of Defence
1971
Ashia Hansen, American-English triple jumper
1971
Gabriel Hjertstedt, Swedish golfer
1970
Kevin Haller, Canadian ice hockey player
1970
Michel'le, American singer-songwriter
1969
Eric Etebari, American actor, director, and producer
1969
Morgan J. Freeman, American director, producer, and screenwriter
1969
Sajid Javid, English banker and politician, Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport
1969
Lewis Pugh, English swimmer and lawyer
1969
Ramón Ramírez, Mexican footballer
1968
Margaret Cho, American comedian, actress, producer, and screenwriter
1968
Lisa Marie, American model and actress
1968
Lydia Millet, American novelist
1968
Falilat Ogunkoya, Nigerian sprinter
1968
Dynamite Kid, English wrestler (d. 2018)
1967
Gary Allan, American singer-songwriter and guitarist
1965
Manish Malhotra, Indian fashion designer
1965
John Rzeznik, American singer-songwriter, guitarist, and producer
1965
Wayne Smith, Jamaican rapper (d. 2014)
1965
Valeriy Spitsyn, Russian race walker
1964
Martin Vinnicombe, Australian cyclist
1963
Doctor Dré, American television and radio host
1963
Carrie Hamilton, American actress and playwright (d. 2002)
1963
Alberto Nisman, Argentinian lawyer (d. 2015)
1963
Michael “Eddie the Eagle” Edwards, British Olympic ski jumper
1962
José Cura, Argentinian tenor, conductor, and director
1962
Pablo Morales, American swimmer and coach
1962
Nivek Ogre, Canadian singer-songwriter
1962
Fred Rutten, Dutch footballer and manager
1961
Ralf Dujmovits, German mountaineer
1961
Laura Flanders, British journalist
1960
Frans Adelaar, Dutch footballer and manager
1960
Osvaldo Golijov, Argentinian-American composer and educator
1960
Jack Russell, American singer-songwriter and producer
1960
Matthew Taylor, English businessman and politician
1959
Lee Chapman, English footballer
1959
Oleksandr Yaroslavsky, Ukrainian businessman
1957
Raquel Argandoña, Chilean model, actress, and politician
1956
Klaus Allofs, German footballer and manager
1956
Adam Thorpe, French-English author, poet, and playwright
1956
Krystian Zimerman, Polish virtuoso pianist
1955
Miyuki Kawanaka, Japanese singer
1955
Juha Tiainen, Finnish hammer thrower (d. 2003)
1954
Hanif Kureishi, English author and playwright
1954
Gary Roenicke, American baseball player and scout
1953
Gwen Lister, South African-Namibian journalist, publisher, and activist
1951
Link Byfield, Canadian journalist and author (d. 2015)
1951
Anne-Mie van Kerckhoven, Belgian painter and illustrator
1949
John Altman, English composer and conductor
1949
David Manning, English civil servant and diplomat, British Ambassador to the United States
1948
Denise Drysdale, Australian television host and actress
1947
Rudy Fernandez, Filipino triathlete
1947
Bruce Golding, Jamaican lawyer and politician, 8th Prime Minister of Jamaica
1947
Tony Gregory, Irish activist and politician (d. 2009)
1947
Jim Messina, American singer-songwriter, guitarist, and producer
1947
Jim Plunkett, American football player and radio host
1947
Kim Simmonds, Welsh blues-rock singer-songwriter, guitarist, and producer (Savoy Brown)
1947
Don Touhig, Welsh journalist and politician
1946
José Carreras, Spanish tenor and actor
1946
Andy Kim, Canadian pop singer-songwriter
1946
Sarel van der Merwe, South African race car driver
1945
Serge Chapleau, Canadian cartoonist
1945
Moshe Katsav, Iranian-Israeli educator and politician, 8th President of Israel
1944
Jeroen Krabbé, Dutch actor, director, and producer
1943
Eva Joly, Norwegian-French judge and politician
1943
Andrew Yeom Soo-jung, South Korean cardinal
1942
Bryan Murray, Canadian ice hockey coach (d. 2017)
1940
Tony Crafter, Australian cricket umpire
1940
Boris Ignatyev, Russian footballer and manager
1940
Peter Pohl, Swedish author, director, and screenwriter
1940
Frank Wilson, American singer-songwriter and producer (d. 2012)
1938
J. J. Cale, American singer-songwriter and guitarist (d. 2013)
1936
James Lee Burke, American journalist, author, and academic
1935
Calvin Trillin, American novelist, humorist, and journalist
1935
Yury Vlasov, Ukrainian-Russian weightlifter and politician
1934
Joan Didion, American novelist and screenwriter
1933
Gennadiy Agapov, Russian race walker (d. 1999)
1933
Harry Holgate, Australian politician, 36th Premier of Tasmania (d. 1997)
1932
Alf Dubs, Baron Dubs, British politician
1932
Sheldon Lee Glashow, American physicist and academic, Nobel Prize laureate
1932
Jim Hurtubise, American race car driver (d. 1989)
1932
Little Richard, American singer-songwriter, pianist, and actor
1932
Nadira, Indian actress (d. 2006)
1931
Ladislav Novák, Czech footballer and manager (d. 2011)
1930
Yi-Fu Tuan, Chinese-American geographer
1929
Madis Kõiv, Estonian physicist, philosopher, and author (d. 2014)
1927
Bhumibol Adulyadej, Thai king (d. 2016)
1927
W.D. Amaradeva, Sri Lankan musician and composer (d. 2016)
1926
Adetowun Ogunsheye, first female Nigerian professor and university dean
1925
Anastasio Somoza Debayle, Nicaraguan politician, 73rd President of Nicaragua (d. 1980)
1924
Robert Sobukwe, South African banker and politician (d. 1978)
1922
Casey Ribicoff, American philanthropist (d. 2011)
1922
Don Robertson, American songwriter and pianist (d. 2015)
1921
Alvy Moore, American actor and producer (d. 1997)
1919
Alun Gwynne Jones, Baron Chalfont, English historian and politician
1917
Ken Downing, English race car driver (d. 2004)
1916
Hilary Koprowski, Polish-American virologist and immunologist, created the world's first effective live polio vaccine (d. 2013)
1916
Walt McPherson, American basketball player and coach (d. 2013)
1914
Hans Hellmut Kirst, German lieutenant and author (d. 1989)
1913
Esther Borja, Cuban soprano and actress (d. 2013)
1912
Sonny Boy Williamson II, American singer-songwriter and harmonica player (d. 1965)
1912
Kate Simon, American travel writer (d. 1990)
1911
Władysław Szpilman, Polish pianist and composer (d. 2000)
1910
Abraham Polonsky, American director and screenwriter (d. 1999)
1907
Lin Biao, Chinese general and politician, 2nd Vice Premier of the People's Republic of China (d. 1971)
1907
Giuseppe Occhialini, Italian-French physicist and academic (d. 1993)
1905
Gus Mancuso, American baseball player, coach, and sportscaster (d. 1984)
1905
Otto Preminger, Austrian-American actor, director, and producer (d. 1986)
1905
Francisco Javier Arana, Guatemalan Army colonel and briefly Guatemalan head of state (d.1949)
1903
Johannes Heesters, Dutch-German actor and singer (d. 2011)
1903
C. F. Powell, English-Italian physicist and academic, Nobel Prize laureate (d. 1969)
1902
Emeric Pressburger, Hungarian-English director, producer, and screenwriter (d. 1988)
1902
Strom Thurmond, American educator, general, and politician, 103rd Governor of South Carolina (d. 2003)
1901
Walt Disney, American animator, director, producer, and screenwriter, co-founded The Walt Disney Company (d. 1966)
1901
Milton H. Erickson, American psychiatrist and author (d. 1980)
1901
Werner Heisenberg, German physicist and academic, Nobel Prize laureate (d. 1976)
1900
Jimmy Dimmock, English footballer (d. 1972)
1898
Josh Malihabadi, Indian-Pakistani poet and translator (d. 1982)
1898
Grace Moore, American soprano and actress (d. 1947)
1897
Nunnally Johnson, American director, producer, and screenwriter (d. 1977)
1897
Gershom Scholem, German-Israeli philosopher and historian (d. 1982)
1896
Ann Nolan Clark, American historian, author, and educator (d. 1995)
1896
Carl Ferdinand Cori, Czech-American biochemist and pharmacologist, Nobel Prize laureate (d. 1984)
1895
Elbert Frank Cox, American mathematician and academic (d. 1969)
1894
Charles Robberts Swart, South African lawyer and politician, 1st State President of South Africa (d. 1982)
1891
Paul Kogerman, Estonian chemist and academic (d. 1951)
1890
David Bomberg, English painter, illustrator, and academic (d. 1957)
1890
Fritz Lang, Austrian-American director, producer, and screenwriter (d. 1976)
1886
Rose Wilder Lane, American journalist and author (d. 1968)
1886
Pieter Oud, Dutch historian, academic, and politician, Minister of Finance of the Netherlands (d. 1968)
1886
Nikolai Uglanov, Soviet politician (d. 1937)
1881
René Cresté, French actor and director (d. 1922)
1879
Clyde Vernon Cessna, American pilot and businessman, founded the Cessna Aircraft Corporation (d. 1954)
1875
Arthur Currie, Canadian general (d. 1933)
1872
Harry Nelson Pillsbury, American chess player (d. 1906)
1870
Vítězslav Novák, Czech composer and educator (d. 1949)
1869
Ellis Parker Butler, American author and poet (d. 1937)
1868
Arnold Sommerfeld, German physicist and academic (d. 1951)
1867
Antti Aarne, Finnish author and academic (d. 1925)
1867
Józef Piłsudski, Polish field marshal and politician, 15th Prime Minister of Poland (d. 1935)
1866
John Beresford, Irish polo player (d. 1944)
1866
Traian Demetrescu, Romanian poet and author (d. 1896)
1863
Paul Painlevé, French mathematician and politician, 84th Prime Minister of France (d. 1933)
1862
John Henry Leech, English entomologist (d. 1900)
1861
Konstantin Korovin, Russian-French painter and set designer (d. 1939)
1859
John Jellicoe, 1st Earl Jellicoe, English admiral and politician, 2nd Governor-General of New Zealand (d. 1935)
1855
Clinton Hart Merriam, American zoologist, ornithologist, entomologist, and ethnographer (d. 1942)
1849
Eduard Seler, German anthropologist, ethnohistorian, linguist, and academic (d. 1922)
1841
Marcus Daly, Irish-American businessman (d. 1900)
1839
George Armstrong Custer, American general (d. 1876)
1830
Christina Rossetti, English poet and author (d. 1894)
1829
Henri-Gustave Joly de Lotbinière, French-Canadian lawyer and politician, 4th Premier of Quebec (d. 1908)
1822
Elizabeth Cabot Agassiz, American philosopher and academic, co-founded Radcliffe College (d. 1907)
1820
Afanasy Fet, Russian poet and author (d. 1892)
1803
Fyodor Tyutchev, Russian poet and diplomat (d. 1873)
1784
George Shepherd, English illustrator and painter (d. 1862)
1782
Martin Van Buren, American lawyer and politician, 8th President of the United States (d. 1862)
1697
Giuseppe de Majo, Italian organist and composer (d. 1771)
1687
Francesco Geminiani, Italian violinist and composer (d. 1762)
1666
Francesco Scarlatti, Italian violinist and composer (d. 1741)
1661
Robert Harley, 1st Earl of Oxford and Earl Mortimer, English lawyer and politician, Secretary of State for the Northern Department (d. 1724)
1595
Henry Lawes, English composer (d. 1662)
1556
Anne Cecil, Countess of Oxford, English countess (d. 1588)
1547
Ubbo Emmius, Dutch historian and geographer (d. 1625)
1539
Fausto Sozzini, Italian theologian and author (d. 1604)
1537
Ashikaga Yoshiaki, Japanese shōgun (d. 1597)
1495
Nicolas Cleynaerts, Flemish philologist and lexicographer (d. 1542)
1470
Willibald Pirckheimer, German lawyer and author (d. 1530)
1443
Pope Julius II (d. 1513)
1389
Zbigniew Oleśnicki, Polish cardinal and statesman (d. 1455)
1377
Jianwen Emperor of China (d. 1402)
852
Zhu Wen, Chinese emperor (d. 912)

Deaths On This Day

2018
Dynamite Kid, English wrestler (b. 1968)
2017
Michael I of Romania, fifth and last king of Romania (b. 1921)
2017
August Ames, Canadian American pornographic actress (b. 1994)
2016
Jayalalithaa, Indian politician, chief minister of Tamil Nadu (b. 1948)
2015
Vic Eliason, American clergyman and radio host, founded VCY America (b. 1936)
2015
Tibor Rubin, Hungarian-American soldier, Medal of Honor recipient (b. 1929)
2015
Chuck Williams, American businessman and author, founded Williams-Sonoma, Inc. (b. 1915)
2014
Ernest C. Brace, American captain and pilot (b. 1931)
2014
Fabiola, Queen of Belgium (b. 1928)
2014
Talât Sait Halman, Turkish poet, translator, and historian (b. 1931)
2014
Jackie Healy-Rae, Irish hurdler and politician (b. 1931)
2014
Silvio Zavala, Mexican historian and author (b. 1909)
2013
Fred Bassetti, American architect and academic, founded Bassetti Architects (b. 1917)
2013
William B. Edmondson, American lawyer and diplomat, United States Ambassador to South Africa (b. 1927)
2013
Nelson Mandela, South African lawyer and politician, 1st President of South Africa, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1918)
2012
Dave Brubeck, American pianist and composer (b. 1920)
2012
Elisabeth Murdoch, Australian philanthropist (b. 1909)
2012
Oscar Niemeyer, Brazilian architect, designed the United Nations Headquarters and Cathedral of Brasília (b. 1907)
2012
Ignatius IV of Antioch, Syrian patriarch (b. 1920)
2011
Peter Gethin, English race car driver (b. 1940)
2011
Gennady Logofet, Russian footballer and manager (b. 1942)
2010
Alan Armer, American director, producer, and screenwriter (b. 1922)
2010
Don Meredith, American football player, sportscaster, and actor (b. 1938)
2009
William Lederer, American soldier and author (b. 1912)
2008
Patriarch Alexy II of Moscow (b. 1929)
2008
George Brecht, American chemist and composer (b. 1926)
2008
Nina Foch, Dutch-American actress (b. 1924)
2008
Beverly Garland, American actress and businesswoman (b. 1926)
2008
Anca Parghel, Romanian singer-songwriter and pianist (b. 1957)
2007
Andrew Imbrie, American composer and academic (b. 1921)
2007
George Paraskevaides, Greek-Cypriot businessman and philanthropist, co-founded Joannou & Paraskevaides (b. 1916)
2007
Karlheinz Stockhausen, German composer and academic (b. 1928)
2006
David Bronstein, Ukrainian-Belarusian chess player and theoretician (b. 1924)
2005
Edward L. Masry, American lawyer and politician (b. 1932)
2002
Roone Arledge, American sportscaster and producer (b. 1931)
2002
Ne Win, Burmese general and politician, 4th President of Burma (b. 1911)
2001
Franco Rasetti, Italian-American physicist and academic (b. 1901)
1998
Albert Gore, Sr., American lawyer and politician (b. 1907)
1997
Eugen Cicero, Romanian-German jazz pianist (b. 1940)
1995
L. B. Cole, American illustrator and publisher (b. 1918)
1995
Charles Evans, English mountaineer, surgeon, and educator (b. 1918)
1995
Gwen Harwood, Australian poet and playwright (b. 1920)
1995
Clair Cameron Patterson, American scientist (b. 1922)
1994
Harry Horner, Czech-American director, producer, and production designer (b. 1910)
1990
Alfonso A. Ossorio, Filipino-American painter and sculptor (b. 1916)
1989
John Pritchard, English conductor and director (b. 1921)
1986
Edward Youde, Welsh-Chinese sinologist and diplomat, 26th Governor of Hong Kong (b. 1924)
1984
Cecil M. Harden, American politician (b. 1894)
1983
Robert Aldrich, American director, producer, and screenwriter (b. 1918)
1979
Jesse Pearson, American actor, singer, and screenwriter (b. 1930)
1977
Katherine Milhous, American author and illustrator (b. 1894)
1977
Aleksandr Vasilevsky, Russian marshal and politician, Minister of Defence for the Soviet Union (b. 1895)
1975
Constance McLaughlin Green, American historian and author (b. 1897)
1973
Robert Watson-Watt, Scottish engineer, invented the radar (b. 1892)
1969
Claude Dornier, German engineer and businessman, founded Dornier Flugzeugwerke (b. 1884)
1969
Princess Alice of Battenberg (b. 1885)
1968
Fred Clark, American actor (b. 1914)
1965
Joseph Erlanger, American physiologist, neuroscientist, and academic Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1874)
1964
V. Veerasingam, Sri Lankan educator and politician (b. 1892)
1963
Karl Amadeus Hartmann, German composer and educator (b. 1905)
1963
Huseyn Shaheed Suhrawardy, Indian-Pakistani lawyer and politician, 5th Prime Minister of Pakistan (b. 1892)
1961
Emil Fuchs, German-American lawyer and businessman (b. 1878)
1955
Glenn L. Martin, American pilot and businessman, founded the Glenn L. Martin Company (b. 1886)
1953
William Sterling Parsons, American admiral (b. 1901)
1951
Shoeless Joe Jackson, American baseball player and manager (b. 1887)
1951
Abanindranath Tagore, Indian painter, author, and academic (b. 1871)
1946
Louis Dewis, Belgian-French painter and educator (b. 1872)
1942
Jock Delves Broughton, English captain (b. 1883)
1941
Amrita Sher-Gil, Hungarian-Pakistani painter (b. 1913)
1940
Jan Kubelík, Czech violinist and composer (b. 1880)
1931
Vachel Lindsay, American poet (b. 1879)
1926
Claude Monet, French painter (b. 1840)
1925
Władysław Reymont, Polish novelist, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1867)
1918
Schalk Willem Burger, South African commander, lawyer, and politician, 6th President of the South African Republic (b. 1852)
1891
Pedro II of Brazil (b. 1825)
1887
Eliza R. Snow, American poet and songwriter (b. 1804)
1870
Alexandre Dumas, French novelist and playwright (b. 1802)
1819
Friedrich Leopold zu Stolberg-Stolberg, German poet and lawyer (b. 1750)
1791
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Austrian composer and musician (b. 1756)
1784
Phillis Wheatley, Senegal-born slave, later American poet (b. 1753)
1770
James Stirling, Scottish mathematician and surveyor (b. 1692)
1758
Johann Friedrich Fasch, German violinist and composer (b. 1688)
1749
Pierre Gaultier de Varennes, sieur de La Vérendrye, Canadian commander and explorer (b. 1685)
1663
Severo Bonini, Italian organist and composer (b. 1582)
1654
Jean François Sarrazin, French author and poet (b. 1611)
1624
Gaspard Bauhin, Swiss botanist and physician (b. 1560)
1570
Johan Friis, Danish politician (b. 1494)
1560
Francis II of France (b. 1544)
1355
John III, Duke of Brabant (b. 1300)
1244
Joan, Countess of Flanders and Hainault(b. 1199 or 1200)
1212
Dirk van Are, bishop and lord of Utrecht
1082
Ramon Berenguer II, Count of Barcelona (b. 1053)
902
Ealhswith, queen consort and wife of Alfred the Great, King of Wessex
334
Li Ban, emperor of Cheng Han (b. 288)
63 BC
Publius Cornelius Lentulus Sura, Roman politician (b. 114 BC)