On This Day in History: December 6
December 6 is the 340th day of the year (341st in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. 25 days remain until the end of the year.
Lottery News On This Day
- Oregon man wins $118K playing Keno while waiting to cash $1,750 lottery ticket. While waiting at a lottery payment center to cash in a winning lottery ticket worth $1,750, an Oregon man played again, winning more than $118,000.
- Winning N.J. lottery ticket worth $1 million expires Friday. Two weeks after putting out a call for the holder of a soon-to-expire unclaimed $1 million ticket to step forward, New Jersey Lottery officials made one last plea Tuesday morning.
- NJ lottery winners still receiving welfare, food stamps, audit says. An audit sniffing out fraud in New Jersey's Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program detected 66 lottery winners who were all welfare and food stamps beneficiaries who had each won more than $10,000.
- Hoosier Lottery adds Sunday midday drawings. Indiana's Hoosier Lottery will add consistency to certain daily draw games beginning Dec. 7 with the addition of Sunday midday drawings for its Daily 3, Daily 4 and Quick Draw games.
- NJ Lottery investigating retailer lottery ticket 'discounting' practices. The New Jersey Lottery is investigating claims that since 2009 half of the 20 most frequent prizewinners are either licensed lottery retailers or family members of store operators.
- $297 MILLION: Mega Millions jackpot raised again before tonight's drawing. Across the United States, tickets for tonight's Mega Millions multi-state lottery drawing are being sold at a higher-than-expected rate, prompting the state lotteries to raise the official jackpot estimate to $297 million.
- West Virginia Lottery move delayed. It's going to be at least another year before the West Virginia Lottery moves out of leased space in Charleston to a 13-story building it purchased earlier this year on the other side of town.
- $170 MILLION: Mega Millions lottery jackpot raised. Lottery jackpot hunters will have a big target next Tuesday, when a $170 million jackpot is up from grabs in the multi-state Mega Millions lottery game.
- NC lottery to begin Pick 3 midday game in spring. The North Carolina Education Lottery wants to begin a midday numbers drawing early this spring.
- N.C. lottery sales up, but misses projections. North Carolina lottery ticket sales fell short of projections in the past few months, but officials say conditions are improving.
- Lottery juggling whether to ban smoking at ticket outlets. The Texas Lottery Commission is considering a ban on selling tickets in stores that allow smoking after a recent attorney general's opinion suggested the practice could open the state to civil rights lawsuits.
- Newspaper criticizes Georgia Lottery bonuses. Atlanta Journal Constitution editorial writer Maureen Downey criticizes the Georgia Lottery structure and board for allowing employee bonuses to skyrocket.
- Georgia Lottery Chairman defends bonuses. Tony Campbell, Board Chairman of the Georgia Lottery Corporation, defends the Georgia Lottery employee bonuses, saying they are good business practice and well-deserved.
- Some lottery winners missing their jackpots. More than a half-billion dollars in lottery prizes went uncollected last year, including dozens of jackpots worth $1 million or greater and hundreds worth $100,000 or more.
- Georgia Lottery's Millionaire Raffle tickets going fast. Raffle games have become the hottest lottery item of the holiday season, and the Georgia Lottery's Millionaire Raffle game is no exception.
- $5 lottery purchase yields $16.5 million for Ohio man. An Ohio man drove for three days with the winning $40 million dollar Mega Millions ticket tucked in the armrest of his car before realizing Monday it was worth more than $16 million after taxes.
- Backlash in Calif. over sale of lottery operator GTECH. As the new 2007-08 Legislature convened Monday, the backlash over an Italian firm's quiet takeover of California's lotto contractor grew when a second legislative committee said it would investigate.
- Michigan man gets taken by lottery scheme. An 86-year-old Ann Arbor man was bilked out of $3,150 after he received a letter from Canada claiming he won a lottery and needed to pay the taxes, Ann Arbor police said.
- Lottery Players Robbed At S.C. Store. Half a dozen people playing the lottery were forced to lie on the floor late Monday while two men held guns on them at the Lotto Supercenter on U.S. 21 in York County, North Carolina.
- Lottery 'joke' wins man fine, year probation. A Pennsylvania man said he thought it would be funny to fake a $853,496 winning Powerball ticket and leave it underneath a newspaper in the break room at the Roadway Express terminal in Middlesex Twp. It was a bad joke.
- Florida lottery raffle tickets being illegally re-sold. Now that tickets for the Florida Lottery's Holiday Millionaire Raffle game are sold out, the $20 slips of paper are in extremely high demand, fetching hundreds of dollars per ticket on an online auction site.
- Lottery number strategies subject of newspaper investigation. The final installment in a three-part look at the New Jersey Lottery compares number-picking strategies to pure luck.
- Powerball Jackpot 10th Largest Ever at $171 Million. Because no one correctly matched all six numbers in Saturday's Powerball drawing the jackpot grew to an estimated $171 million, with a cash option of $93.3 million.
- Alaska man wins lottery for-life prize. An Alaska resident has won an Oregon Lottery game worth $52,000 per year for life -- a prize that went unclaimed for more than a month.
- One winner in $5 million Lotto South drawing. There was one big winner in Saturday's $5 million Lotto South drawing, Virginia Lottery officials said Sunday.
- Winning Mega Millions ticket sold in Paterson, NJ. New Jersey lottery officials are waiting for the winner of the $24 million Mega Millions jackpot to claim their prize, officials said yesterday.
- Mega Millions jackpot winner headed to divorce court. The wife of Mega Millionaire Juan Rodriguez has filed for divorce, demanding her slice of the $149 million jackpot - even before the check has been cut to her hubby.
- Record Powerball winner arrested. A West Virginia man who won a record $315 million in the Powerball lottery was arrested on charges of drunken driving and carrying a pistol, authorities said.
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.$217 Million
Dec 8, 2018
- 5.$193 Million
Dec 6, 2017
- 6.$176 Million
Dec 8, 2017
- 7.$171 Million
Dec 8, 2004
- 8.$170 Million
Dec 9, 2008
- 9.$145 Million
Dec 9, 2015
- 10.$130 Million
Dec 7, 2019
- 11.€106 Million
Dec 8, 2017
- 12.$100 Million
Dec 7, 2013
- 13.$96 Million
Dec 7, 2007
- 14.$91 Million
Dec 9, 2014
- 15.$90 Million
Dec 7, 2002
- 16.$87 Million
Dec 7, 2005
- 16.$87 Million
Dec 6, 2011
- 18.€73.12 Million
Dec 6, 2018
- 19.$83 Million
Dec 8, 2009
- 20.€68.59 Million
Dec 7, 2017
- 21.€70 Million
Dec 7, 2018
- 22.$74 Million
Dec 7, 2010
- 23.€54 Million
Dec 7, 2012
- 24.$67 Million
Dec 7, 2016
- 25.$66 Million
Dec 6, 2003
Lottery Post Member Birthdays On This Day
Friday, Dec 6, 1991
28 years old
Thursday, Dec 6, 1990
29 years old
Saturday, Dec 6, 1986
33 years old
Thursday, Dec 6, 1984
35 years old
Sunday, Dec 6, 1981
38 years old
Monday, Dec 6, 1976
43 years old
Sunday, Dec 6, 1970
49 years old
Wednesday, Dec 6, 1967
52 years old
Monday, Dec 6, 1954
65 years old
Saturday, Dec 6, 1947
72 years old
Sunday, Dec 6, 1942
77 years old
(year not provided)
(year not provided)
Worldwide Events On This Day
- Donald Trump's administration officially announces the recognition of Jerusalem as capital of Israel.
- Venezuelan elections are held. For the first time in 17 years the United Socialist Party of Venezuela loses its majority in parliament.
- NASA reveals photographs taken by Mars Global Surveyor suggesting the presence of liquid water on Mars.
- An Iranian Air Force C-130 military transport aircraft crashes into a ten-floor apartment building in a residential area of Tehran, killing all 84 on board and 44 more on the ground.
- in Venezuela, Hugo Chávez is victorious in presidential elections.
- A Russian Antonov An-124 Ruslan cargo plane crashes into an apartment complex near Irkutsk, Siberia, killing 67.
- The Babri Masjid in Ayodhya, India, is demolished, leading to widespread riots causing the death of over 1,500 people.
- Yugoslav Wars: In Croatia, forces of the Serb-dominated Yugoslav People's Army (JNA) bombard Dubrovnik after laying siege to the city for seven months.
- The École Polytechnique massacre (or Montreal Massacre): Marc Lépine, an anti-feminist gunman, murders 14 young women at the École Polytechnique in Montreal.
- The Troubles: The Irish National Liberation Army bombs a pub frequented by British soldiers in Ballykelly, Northern Ireland, killing eleven soldiers and six civilians.
- Spain ratifies the Spanish Constitution of 1978 in a referendum.
- South Africa grants independence to Bophuthatswana, although it is not recognized by any other country.
- The Troubles: Fleeing from the police, a Provisional IRA unit takes a British couple hostage in their flat on Balcombe Street, London, beginning a six-day siege.
- The Twenty-fifth Amendment: The United States House of Representatives votes 387-35 to confirm Gerald Ford as Vice President of the United States. (On November 27, the Senate confirmed him 92-3.)
- Pakistan severs diplomatic relations with India, initiating the Indo-Pakistani War of 1971.
- Altamont Free Concert: At a free concert performed by the Rolling Stones, eighteen-year old Meredith Hunter is stabbed to death by Hells Angels security guards.
- Adrian Kantrowitz performs the first human heart transplant in the United States.
- Project Vanguard: A launchpad explosion of Vanguard TV3 thwarts the first United States attempt to launch a satellite into Earth orbit.
- A violent water polo match between Hungary and the USSR takes place during the 1956 Summer Olympics in Melbourne, against the backdrop of the Hungarian Revolution of 1956.
- Vladimir Nabokov completes his controversial novel Lolita.
- The Everglades National Park in Florida is dedicated.
- World War II: The United Kingdom and Canada declare war on Finland in support of the Soviet Union during the Continuation War. Camp X opens in Canada to begin training Allied Secret Agents for the War.
- U.S. federal judge John M. Woolsey rules that James Joyce's novel Ulysses is not obscene.
- The government of Colombia sends military forces to suppress a month-long strike by United Fruit Company workers, resulting in an unknown number of deaths.
- One year to the day after the signing of the Anglo-Irish Treaty, the Irish Free State comes into existence.
- The Anglo-Irish Treaty is signed in London by British and Irish representatives.
- Finland declares independence from Soviet Russia.
- Halifax Explosion: A munitions explosion near Halifax, Nova Scotia kills more than 1,900 people in the largest artificial explosion up to that time.
- World War I: USS Jacob Jones is the first American destroyer to be sunk by enemy action when it is torpedoed by German submarine SM U-53.
- World War I: The Central Powers capture Bucharest.
- The Nefertiti Bust is discovered.
- A coal mine explosion at Monongah, West Virginia, kills 362 workers.
- Theodore Roosevelt articulated his "Corollary" to the Monroe Doctrine, stating that the U.S. would intervene in the Western Hemisphere should Latin American governments prove incapable or unstable.
- London becomes the world's first city to host licensed taxicabs.
- The Washington Monument in Washington, D.C., is completed.
- The first edition of The Washington Post is published.
- Georgia ratifies 13th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution
- American and Californio forces clash at the Battle of San Pasqual
- The U.S. Congress moves from New York City to Philadelphia.
- Charles Edward Stuart's army begins retreat during the second Jacobite Rising.
- Battle of Chamkaur: During the Mughal-Sikh Wars, an outnumbered Sikh Khalsa defeats a Mughal army.
- Colonel Thomas Pride of the New Model Army purges the Long Parliament of MPs sympathetic to King Charles I of England, in order for the King's trial to go ahead; came to be known as "Pride's Purge".
- The city of Quito in Ecuador is founded by Spanish settlers led by Sebastián de Belalcázar.
- Mongol invasion of Rus': Kiev under Daniel of Galicia and Voivode Dmytro falls to the Mongols under Batu Khan.
- Béla I is crowned king of Hungary.
- Pope Leo VIII is appointed to the office of Protonotary and begins his papacy as antipope of Rome.
Births On This Day
- Angelīna Kučvaļska, Latvian figure skater
- Davide Calabria, Italian football player
- Giannis Antetokounmpo, Greek basketball player
- Jasprit Bumrah, Indian cricketer
- Pedro Rafael Amado Mendes, Portuguese footballer
- Tautau Moga, Australian-Samoan rugby league player
- Britt Assombalonga, Congolese footballer
- Johnny Manziel, American football player
- Coco Vandeweghe, American tennis player
- Tamira Paszek, Austrian tennis player
- Felix Schiller, German footballer
- Adam Eaton, American baseball player
- Sandra Nurmsalu, Estonian singer and violinist
- Nils Petersen, German footballer
- Nobunaga Shimazaki, Japanese voice actor
- Sean Edwards, English race car driver (d. 2013)
- Matt Niskanen, American ice hockey player
- Shannon Bobbitt, American basketball player
- Aristeidis Grigoriadis, Greek swimmer
- Rudra Pratap Singh, Indian cricketer
- Syndric Steptoe, American football player
- Nora Kirkpatrick, American actress and musician
- Princess Sofia, Duchess of Värmland
- Robbie Gould, American football player
- Ryan Carnes, American actor and producer
- Alberto Contador, Spanish cyclist
- Sean Ervine, Zimbabwean cricketer
- Aaron Sandilands, Australian footballer
- Susie Wolff, Scottish race car driver
- Federico Balzaretti, Italian footballer
- Danielle Downey, American golfer and coach (d. 2014)
- Steve Lovell, English footballer
- Carlos Takam, Cameroonian-French boxer
- Tim Cahill, Australian footballer
- Chris Başak, American baseball player
- Darrell Jackson, American football player
- Ramiro Pez, Argentine rugby player
- Kevin Cash, American baseball player and coach
- Andrew Flintoff, English cricketer, coach, and sportscaster
- Paul McVeigh, Irish footballer
- Noel Clarke, English actor, director, and screenwriter
- Adrian García Arias, Mexican footballer
- Jens Pulver, American mixed martial artist and boxer
- Nick Stajduhar, Canadian ice hockey player
- Ewan Birney, Director of the European Bioinformatics Institute in Cambridge, UK
- Heather Mizeur, American lawyer and politician
- Rick Short, American baseball player
- Craig Brewer, American director, producer, and screenwriter
- Richard Krajicek, Dutch tennis player
- Naozumi Takahashi, Japanese singer and voice actor
- Carole Thate, Dutch field hockey player
- Ulf Ekberg, Swedish singer-songwriter, keyboard player, and producer
- Adrian Fenty, American lawyer and politician, 6th Mayor of the District of Columbia
- Mark Reckless, English politician
- Jeff Rouse, American swimmer
- Steven Drozd, American musician and actor
- Torri Higginson, Canadian actress
- Akihiro Yano, Japanese baseball player
- Judd Apatow, American director, producer, and screenwriter
- Arnaldo Mesa, Cuban boxer (d. 2012)
- Helen Greiner, American businesswoman and engineer
- Natascha Badmann, Swiss triathlete
- Per-Ulrik Johansson, Swedish golfer
- Gordon Durie, Scottish footballer and manager
- Mall Nukke, Estonian painter
- Ulrich Thomsen, Danish actor and producer
- Ben Watt, English singer-songwriter, musician, author, DJ, and radio presenter
- David Lovering, American drummer
- Jonathan Melvoin, American musician (d. 1996)
- Manuel Reuter, German race car driver
- Masahiko Katsuya, Japanese journalist and photographer (d. 2018)
- Stephen Hepburn, English politician
- Satoru Iwata, Japanese game programmer and businessman (d. 2015)
- Stephen Muggleton, English computer scientist and engineer
- Deborah Estrin, American computer scientist and academic
- Nick Park, English animator, director, producer, and screenwriter
- Adrian Borland, English singer-songwriter, guitarist, and producer (d. 1999)
- Peter Buck, American guitarist, songwriter, and producer
- Hans Kammerlander, Italian mountaineer and guide
- Randy Rhoads, American guitarist, songwriter, and producer (d. 1982)
- Anne Begg, Scottish educator and politician
- Rick Buckler, English drummer, songwriter, and producer
- Graeme Hughes, Australian cricketer, rugby league player, and sportscaster
- Tony Woodcock, English footballer
- Steven Wright, American actor, comedian, and screenwriter
- Chris Stamey, American singer-songwriter, musician, and music producer
- Sue Carroll, English journalist (d. 2011)
- Gary Goodman, Australian cricketer and coach
- Geoff Hoon, English academic and politician, Minister of State for Europe
- Tom Hulce, American actor
- Masami Kurumada, Japanese author and illustrator
- Dwight Stones, American high jumper and sportscaster
- Gary Ward, American baseball player and coach
- Chuck Baker, American baseball player
- Nicolas Bréhal, French author and critic
- Joe Harris, American football player
- Craig Newmark, American computer programmer and entrepreneur; founded Craigslist
- Charles Salvador, English boxer and criminal
- Shio Satō, Japanese illustrator (d. 2010)
- Jeff Schneider, American baseball player
- David L. Spector, American biologist and academic
- Wendy Ellis Somes, English ballerina and producer
- Maurice Hope, Caribbean-English boxer
- Guy Drut, French hurdler and politician
- Joe Hisaishi, Japanese pianist, composer, and conductor
- Helen Liddell, Baroness Liddell of Coatdyke, Scottish journalist and politician, Secretary of State for Scotland
- Linda Barnes, American author, playwright, and educator
- Linda Creed, American singer-songwriter (d. 1986)
- Doug Marlette, American author and cartoonist (d. 2007)
- Peter Willey, English cricketer and umpire
- Jean-Paul Ngoupandé, Central African politician, Prime Minister of the Central African Republic (d. 2014)
- Don Nickles, American businessman and politician
- Keke Rosberg, Finnish race car driver
- JoBeth Williams, American actress
- Lawrence Cannon, Canadian businessman and politician, 9th Canadian Minister of Foreign Affairs
- Henk van Woerden, Dutch-South African painter and author (d. 2005)
- Miroslav Vitouš, Czech-American bassist and songwriter
- Frankie Beverly, American soul/funk singer-songwriter, musician, and producer (Maze)
- Willy van der Kuijlen, Dutch footballer and manager
- Larry Bowa, American baseball player and manager
- Dan Harrington, American lawyer and poker player
- Shekhar Kapur, Indian director, producer, and screenwriter
- Jonathan King, English singer-songwriter, record producer, music entrepreneur, television/radio presenter, and convicted sex offender
- Ron Kenoly, American Christian worship leader singer and songwriter
- Mike Smith, English singer-songwriter, keyboard player, and producer (d. 2008)
- Keith West, English rock singer-songwriter and music producer
- Peter Handke, Austrian author and playwright
- Robb Royer, American guitarist, keyboard player, and songwriter
- Helen Cornelius, American country singer-songwriter and actress
- Richard Speck, American murderer (d. 1991)
- Bruce Nauman, American sculptor and illustrator
- Bill Thomas, American academic and politician
- Lawrence Bergman, Canadian lawyer and politician
- Richard Edlund, American visual effects designer and cinematographer
- Franco Carraro, Italian politician and sports administrator
- Patrick Bauchau, Belgian-American actor
- Alberto Spencer, Ecuadorian-American soccer player (d. 2006)
- Bill Ashton, English saxophonist and composer
- David Ossman, American writer and comedian
- Kenneth Copeland, American evangelist and author
- Jean Lapointe, Canadian actor, singer, and politician
- Nick Bockwinkel, American wrestler, sportscaster, and actor (d. 2015)
- Henryk Górecki, Polish composer and academic (d. 2010)
- Donald J. Kutyna, American general
- Kamleshwar, Indian author, screenwriter, and critic (d. 2007)
- Zeki Müren, Turkish singer-songwriter and actor (d. 1996)
- Daniel Lisulo, Zambian banker and politician, 3rd Prime Minister of Zambia (d. 2000)
- Philippe Bouvard, French journalist and radio host
- Nikolaus Harnoncourt, German-Austrian cellist and conductor (d. 2016)
- Frank Springer, American author and illustrator (d. 2009)
- Alain Tanner, Swiss director, producer, and screenwriter
- Bobby Van, American actor, dancer, and singer (d. 1980)
- Jim Fuchs, American shot putter and discus thrower (d. 2010)
- Wally Cox, American actor (d. 1973)
- John Brunt, English captain, Victoria Cross recipient (d. 1944)
- Benjamin A. Gilman, American soldier and politician (d. 2016)
- Otto Graham, American football player and coach (d. 2003)
- Piero Piccioni, Italian lawyer, pianist, and composer (d. 2004)
- Dave Brubeck, American pianist and composer (d. 2012)
- Peter Dimmock, English sportscaster and producer (d. 2015)
- George Porter, English chemist and academic, Nobel Prize laureate (d. 2002)
- Skippy Baxter, Canadian-American figure skater and coach (d. 2012)
- Paul de Man, Belgian-born philosopher, literary critic and theorist (d. 1983)
- Tauba Biterman, Polish Holocaust survivor
- Dean Hess, American minister and colonel (d. 2015)
- Kamal Jumblatt, Lebanese lawyer and politician (d. 1977)
- Irv Robbins, Canadian-American businessman, co-founded Baskin-Robbins (d. 2008)
- Yekaterina Budanova, Russian captain and pilot (d. 1943)
- Kristján Eldjárn, Icelandic educator and politician, 3rd President of Iceland (d. 1982)
- Hugo Peretti, American songwriter and producer (d. 1986)
- Cyril Washbrook, English cricketer (d. 1999)
- Karl Haas, German-American pianist, conductor, and radio host (d. 2005)
- Eleanor Holm, American swimmer and actress (d. 2004)
- David M. Potter, American historian, author, and academic (d. 1971)
- Rulon Jeffs, American religious leader (d. 2002)
- Alan McGilvray, Australian cricketer and sportscaster (d. 1996)
- Pierre Graber, Swiss lawyer and politician, 69th President of the Swiss Confederation (d. 2003)
- Baby Face Nelson, American gangster (d. 1934)
- Miklós Szabó, Hungarian runner (d. 2000)
- Herta Freitag, Austrian-American mathematician (d. 2000)
- John Barkley Rosser Sr., American logician (d. 1989)
- Elizabeth Yates, American journalist and author (d. 2001)
- Ève Curie, French-American journalist and pianist (d. 2007)
- Tony Lazzeri, American baseball player and manager (d. 1946)
- Eliot Porter, American photographer and academic (d. 1990)
- Agnes Moorehead, American actress (d. 1974)
- Alfred Eisenstaedt, German-American photographer and journalist (d. 1995)
- John McDonald, Scottish-Australian politician, 37th Premier of Victoria (d. 1977)
- Gunnar Myrdal, Swedish sociologist and economist, Nobel Prize laureate (d. 1987)
- Winifred Lenihan, American actress, writer, and director (d. 1964)
- Ira Gershwin, American songwriter (d. 1983)
- Homer N. Wallin, American admiral (d. 1984)
- Sylvia Townsend Warner, English author and poet (d. 1978)
- Osbert Sitwell, English-Italian captain, poet, and author (d. 1969)
- Dion Fortune, Welsh occultist, psychologist, and author (d. 1946)
- Yoshio Nishina, Japanese physicist and academic (d. 1951)
- Rudolf Schlichter, German painter and illustrator (d. 1955)
- Will Hay, English actor, director, and screenwriter (d. 1949)
- Lynn Fontanne, British actress (d. 1983)
- Joseph Lamb, American pianist and composer (d. 1960)
- Joyce Kilmer, American soldier, author, and poet (d. 1918)
- Cornelia Meigs, American author, playwright, and academic (d. 1973)
- Warren Bardsley, Australian cricketer (d. 1954)
- Elvia Carrillo Puerto, Mexican politician (d. 1968)
- Fred Duesenberg, German-American businessman, co-founded the Duesenberg Automobile & Motors Company (d. 1932)
- Albert Bond Lambert, American golfer and pilot (d. 1946)
- Evelyn Underhill, English mystic and author (d. 1941)
- Arthur Henry Adams, Australian journalist and author (d. 1936)
- William S. Hart, American actor, director, producer, and screenwriter (d. 1946)
- Charles Martin Hall, American chemist and engineer (d. 1914)
- Hans Molisch, Czech-Austrian botanist and academic (d. 1937)
- Haraprasad Shastri, Indian historian and scholar (d. 1931)
- August von Mackensen, German field marshal (d. 1945)
- Frédéric Bazille, French painter and soldier (d. 1870)
- Wilhelm Rudolph Fittig, German chemist (d. 1910)
- John S. Mosby, American colonel (d. 1916)
- William Arnott, Australian biscuit manufacturer and founder of Arnott's Biscuits (d. 1901)
- Max Müller, German-English philologist and orientalist (d. 1900)
- Robert Spear Hudson, English businessman and philanthropist (d. 1884)
- Richard Hanson, English-Australian politician, 4th Premier of South Australia (d. 1876)
- Jean Eugène Robert-Houdin, French magician (d. 1861)
- Maria Josepha Amalia of Saxony (d. 1829)
- William II of the Netherlands (d. 1849)
- Joseph Louis Gay-Lussac, French physicist and chemist (d. 1850)
- Gabriel Duvall, American jurist and politician (d. 1844)
- Guillaume-Chrétien de Lamoignon de Malesherbes, French minister and politician (d. 1794)
- James Elphinston, Scottish philologist and linguist (d. 1809)
- Marie Adélaïde of Savoy (d. 1712)
- Johann Christoph Bach, German organist and composer (d. 1703)
- Claude Fleury, French historian and author (d. 1723)
- Edmund Andros, English courtier and politician, 4th Colonial Governor of New York (d. 1714)
- George Monck, 1st Duke of Albemarle, English general and politician, Lord Lieutenant of Ireland (d. 1670)
- William Cavendish, 1st Duke of Newcastle (d. 1676)
- Niccolò Zucchi, Italian astronomer and physicist (d. 1670)
- Janus Dousa, Dutch historian and noble (d. 1604)
- Barbara Radziwiłł, queen of Poland (d. 1551)
- Baldassare Castiglione, Italian courtier, diplomat, and author (d. 1529)
- Henry VI of England (d. 1471)
- Ferdinand IV of Castile (d. 1312)
- Hasan al-Askari, Arabian 11th of the Twelve Imams (d. 874)
Deaths On This Day
- Johnny Hallyday, French singer and actor (b. 1943)
- Peter Vaughan, British actor (b.1923)
- Ko Chun-hsiung, Taiwanese actor, director, and politician (b. 1945)
- Liu Juying, Chinese general and politician (b. 1917)
- Nicholas Smith, British actor (b. 1934)
- Ralph H. Baer, German-American video game designer, created the Magnavox Odyssey (b. 1922)
- Jimmy Del Ray, American wrestler and manager (b. 1962)
- Fred Hawkins, American golfer (b. 1923)
- Luke Somers, English-American photographer and journalist (b. 1981)
- Jean-Pierre Desthuilliers, French poet and critic (b. 1939)
- Stan Tracey, English pianist and composer (b. 1926)
- M. K. Turk, American basketball player and coach (b. 1942)
- Miguel Abia Biteo Boricó, Equatoguinean engineer and politician, Prime Minister of Equatorial Guinea (b. 1961)
- Jan Carew, Guyanese author, poet, and playwright (b. 1920)
- Jeffrey Koo Sr., Taiwanese banker and businessman (b. 1933)
- Huw Lloyd-Langton, English guitarist (b. 1951)
- Pedro Vaz, Uruguayan lawyer and politician, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Uruguay (b. 1963)
- Dobie Gray, American singer-songwriter and producer (b. 1940)
- Mark Dailey, American-Canadian journalist and actor (b. 1953)
- John Feeney, New Zealand director and producer (b. 1922)
- Charly Gaul, Luxembourger cyclist (b. 1932)
- Devan Nair, Malaysian-Singaporean union leader and politician, 3rd President of Singapore (b. 1923)
- Danny Williams, South African singer (b. 1942)
- William P. Yarborough, American general (b. 1912)
- Carlos Manuel Arana Osorio, Guatemalan general and politician, President of Guatemala (b. 1918)
- Philip Berrigan, American priest and activist (b. 1923)
- Peter Blake, New Zealand sailor and environmentalist (b. 1948)
- Charles McClendon, American football player and coach (b. 1923)
- Werner Klemperer, German-American actor (b. 1920)
- Aziz Mian, Pakistani singer-songwriter and poet (b. 1942)
- César Baldaccini, French sculptor and educator (b. 1921)
- Willy den Ouden, Dutch swimmer (b. 1918)
- Pete Rozelle, American businessman (b. 1926)
- Heinz Baas, German footballer and manager (b. 1922)
- Gian Maria Volonté, Italian actor and director (b. 1933)
- Don Ameche, American actor (b. 1908)
- Mimi Smith, English nurse (b. 1906)
- Richard Stone, English economist and statistician, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1913)
- Pavlos Sidiropoulos, Greek singer-songwriter and guitarist (b. 1948)
- Tunku Abdul Rahman, Malaysian lawyer and politician, 1st Prime Minister of Malaysia (b. 1903)
- Frances Bavier, American actress (b. 1902)
- Sammy Fain, American pianist and composer (b. 1902)
- John Payne, American actor, singer, and producer (b. 1912)
- Roy Orbison, American singer-songwriter and guitarist (b. 1936)
- Burr Tillstrom, American actor and puppeteer (b. 1917)
- Burleigh Grimes, American baseball player and manager (b. 1893)
- Lucienne Boyer, French singer and actress (b. 1903)
- Gul Khan Nasir, Pakistani poet, historian, and politician (b. 1914)
- Jean-Marie Seroney, Kenyan activist and politician (b. 1927)
- Charles Deutsch, French engineer and businessman, co-founded DB (b. 1911)
- João Goulart, Brazilian lawyer and politician, 24th President of Brazil (b. 1918)
- Nikolay Kuznetsov, Soviet naval officer (b. 1904)
- Janet Munro, English actress and singer (b. 1934)
- Evert van Linge, Dutch footballer and architect (b. 1895)
- Frantz Fanon, Martinique-French psychiatrist and author (b. 1925)
- B. R. Ambedkar, Indian economist and politician, 1st Indian Minister of Justice (b. 1891)
- Honus Wagner, American baseball player and manager (b. 1874)
- Harold Ross, American journalist and publisher, founded The New Yorker (b. 1892)
- Edmund Dwyer-Gray, Irish-Australian politician, 29th Premier of Tasmania (b. 1870)
- Gene Stratton-Porter, American author and screenwriter (b. 1863)
- Said Halim Pasha, Ottoman politician, 280th Grand Vizier of the Ottoman Empire (b. 1865)
- Alexander Dianin, Russian chemist (b. 1851)
- Werner von Siemens, German engineer and businessman, founded the Siemens Company (b. 1816)
- Jefferson Davis, American general and politician, President of the Confederate States of America (b. 1808)
- Alfred Escher, Swiss businessman and politician, founded Credit Suisse (b. 1819)
- Anthony Trollope, English novelist, essayist, and short story writer (b. 1815)
- Erastus Brigham Bigelow, American businessman (b. 1814)
- Theodoros Vryzakis, Greek painter and educator (b. 1814)
- August Schleicher, German linguist and academic (b. 1821)
- Jean Pierre Flourens, French physiologist and academic (b. 1794)
- William John Swainson, English ornithologist and entomologist (b. 1789)
- Jonathan Shipley, English bishop (b. 1714)
- Jean-Baptiste-Siméon Chardin, French painter (b. 1699)
- Giovanni Battista Morgagni, Italian anatomist and pathologist (b. 1682)
- Lady Grizel Baillie, Scottish poet and songwriter (b. 1665)
- Nicholas Rowe, English poet and playwright (b. 1674)
- Benedictus Buns, Dutch priest and composer (b. 1642)
- Eleonora Gonzaga, Queen consort of Ferdinand III (b. 1630)
- John Lightfoot, English priest, scholar, and academic (b. 1602)
- Baltasar Gracián, Spanish priest and author (b. 1601)
- Jacques Davy Duperron, French cardinal (b. 1556)
- Ahmad Ibn al-Qadi, Moroccan writer, judge and mathematician (b. 1552)
- Jan van Scorel, Dutch painter (b. 1495)
- Pope Clement VI (b. 1291)
- Roger Bigod, 5th Earl of Norfolk (b. 1270)
- Maximus, Metropolitan of Kiev
- Afonso I of Portugal (b. 1109)
- Muhammad al-Nafs al-Zakiyya, Arab rebel leader (b. 710)
- Prince Toneri of Japan (b. 676)
- Saint Nicholas, Greek bishop and saint (b. 270)