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On This Day in History:  February 2

February 2 is the 33rd day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. 332 days remain until the end of the year (333 in leap years).

Lottery News On This Day

2020
Alabama reporter documents experience buying Mississippi lottery tickets. It was a historic day in Mississippi Thursday. It became the 45th state to start selling lottery tickets. But in true Mississippi style, things didn't quite go to plan. Some people might say it was a little cattywampus.
2018
NH Powerball lottery winner sues for anonymity. A New Hampshire woman who hit this month's $560 million Powerball jackpot asked a judge Monday to keep her identity secret.
2016
Florida lottery winner back in court for retrial. A retired Florida school teacher is back in court this week, fighting to keep her $1 million dollar lottery win.
2015
Powerball heats up with $317 million jackpot. Big multi-state lottery jackpots may have been missing somewhat in 2014, but just a month into 2015 lottery players are already seeing a second massive grand prize looming.
2014
Newest Pa. lottery scratch-off sports $30 pricetag. The Pennsylvania Lottery earlier this week launched its most expensive instant lottery ticket, a $30 scratch-off that offers a top prize of $3 million.
2014
Lottery expansion could still be a big winner for Penn. Gov.. Efforts by Gov. Tom Corbett's administration to privatize the management of the Pennsylvania Lottery is on the back burner, but the idea of expanding lottery games to include keno remains very much in the picture.
2013
2012 Lottery Results Almanac Published. The latest edition of Lottery Post's highly-regarded lottery results reference book officially went on sale Tuesday.
2012
Entire town, except one guy, wins $950M lottery. All but one household in Sodeto, Spain, held at least a piece of a winning ticket in the Spanish El Gordo lottery's huge first prize, $950 million -- the biggest ever.
2012
$200 MILLION: New Powerball delivers huge lottery jackpot. There was no jackpot winner in the Wednesday night drawing of the multi-state Powerball game, causing the grand prize to increase to an estimated $200 million for Saturday's drawing.
2011
Statistician cracks secret code behind lottery tickets. A statistician used techniques for scoping out potential gold mines and determining the how much gold they might contain to potentially crack the code for finding winning scratch-off lottery tickets.
2009
Arkansas lottery bill nearly ready for review. When lawmakers finally get their hands on the bill to create the Arkansas lottery, they may want to find a comfortable chair -- because it's going to be over 100 pages long.
2007
Texas Gov. proposes selling the lottery. Texas Gov. Rick Perry said Thursday that his State of the State address on Tuesday would include a plan to fully privatize the Texas Lottery by selling it to private interests.
2006
Euro Millions Lottery Sparks Buying Frenzy With $224 Million Top Prize. EuroMillions, the lottery held in nine European countries, is about to eclipse Powerball in the U.S. as the world's single biggest cash prize.
2005
VA Lottery Director wants to be college president. Virginia Lottery Director Penelope Ward Kyle assured Radford University faculty Tuesday that she wouldn't institute radical changes if she succeeded Douglas Covington as president.
2005
Mississippi Lottery Bill Killed. A proposed Mississippi state lottery is among dozens of bills that died under the first major deadline of the 2005 legislative session.
2005
Georgia Lottery Unveils New Game. The Georgia Lottery Corporation (GLC) yesterday announced the launch of $100 million Cash Spectacular, a new instant game with 10 $1 million top prizes and the highest payout percentage in GLC history.
2005
$14 million Illinois lottery jackpot expires. A $14 million Illinois Lottery jackpot went unclaimed Monday, making it the largest pot in the state's history where no one came forward to say, "I won the lotto!"
2005
California Lottery to consider multi-state game. In the California Lottery commission meeting next week, lottery staffers will present a report to the commission about the potential for California to join a multi-state lottery game.
2004
Powerball Jackpot Grows To $85 Million. Because no one correctly matched all six numbers in Saturday's Powerball drawing the jackpot grew to an estimated $85 million, with a cash option of $46 million.
2004
One $10 million jackpot winner in Hoosier Lotto. One of the tickets sold for Saturday night's Hoosier Lotto game matched all six numbers drawn and won the $10 million jackpot.
2004
GTECH Moves Jobs From Ohio To Rhode Island. GTECH, one of the largest suppliers in the lottery industry, will eliminate 130 jobs in Ohio, moving those job functions to Rhode Island.
2004
Convenience store's lucky streak continues. A convenience store where three winning lottery tickets were sold in less than six months is credited with the sale that netted the latest $70 million Lotto Texas jackpot.
2004
2 tickets split $7 million Florida Lotto prize. Winning tickets for Saturday's $7 million Florida Lotto drawing were sold in Pensacola and Fort Lauderdale.

Top 25 Lottery Jackpots On This Day

1.$324.7 Million
Multi-State
Powerball
Draw Date
Feb 4, 2015
2.$229 Million
Multi-State
Powerball
Draw Date
Feb 4, 2017
3.€183 Million
US$220.88 Million
Multi-Country
Euro Millions
Draw Date
Feb 3, 2006
4.$219.6 Million
Multi-State
Powerball
Draw Date
Feb 5, 2014
5.$200 Million
Multi-State
Powerball
Draw Date
Feb 4, 2012
6.$191 Million
Multi-State
Powerball
Draw Date
Feb 2, 2019
7.€130 Million
US$188.4 Million
Multi-Country
Euro Millions
Draw Date
Feb 8, 2008
8.$180 Million
Multi-State
Powerball
Draw Date
Feb 4, 2006
9.$176 Million
Multi-State
Powerball
Draw Date
Feb 2, 2013
10.$168 Million
Multi-State
Mega Millions
Draw Date
Feb 4, 2020
11.€128 Million
US$146.07 Million
Multi-Country
Euro Millions
Draw Date
Feb 5, 2019
12.$145 Million
Multi-State
Powerball
Draw Date
Feb 3, 2018
13.$139 Million
Multi-State
Mega Millions
Draw Date
Feb 5, 2019
14.€100 Million
US$136.73 Million
Multi-Country
Euro Millions
Draw Date
Feb 5, 2010
15.€108 Million
US$134.67 Million
Multi-Country
Euro Millions
Draw Date
Feb 2, 2018
16.€94.26 Million
US$117.44 Million
Draw Date
Feb 3, 2018
17.$115 Million
Multi-State
Powerball
Draw Date
Feb 3, 2010
18.€99.68 Million
US$114.19 Million
Draw Date
Feb 2, 2019
19.€90 Million
US$112.22 Million
Multi-Country
EuroJackpot
Draw Date
Feb 2, 2018
20.$112 Million
Multi-State
Powerball
Draw Date
Feb 3, 2016
21.$104 Million
Multi-State
Mega Millions
Draw Date
Feb 2, 2018
22.$102 Million
Multi-State
Mega Millions
Draw Date
Feb 5, 2008
23.€90 Million
US$99.23 Million
Multi-Country
EuroJackpot
Draw Date
Feb 7, 2020
24.$94 Million
Multi-State
Mega Millions
Draw Date
Feb 4, 2014
25.$90 Million
Multi-State
Mega Millions
Draw Date
Feb 4, 2003

Lottery Post Member Birthdays On This Day

2002
Saturday, Feb 2, 2002
18 years old
1987
Monday, Feb 2, 1987
33 years old
1982
Tuesday, Feb 2, 1982
38 years old
1975
Sunday, Feb 2, 1975
45 years old
1970
Monday, Feb 2, 1970
50 years old
1970
Monday, Feb 2, 1970
50 years old
1965
Tuesday, Feb 2, 1965
55 years old
1965
Tuesday, Feb 2, 1965
55 years old
1959
Monday, Feb 2, 1959
61 years old
1958
Sunday, Feb 2, 1958
62 years old
1958
Sunday, Feb 2, 1958
62 years old
1953
Monday, Feb 2, 1953
67 years old
1950
Thursday, Feb 2, 1950
70 years old
1948
Monday, Feb 2, 1948
72 years old
1946
Saturday, Feb 2, 1946
74 years old
1943
Tuesday, Feb 2, 1943
77 years old
1932
Tuesday, Feb 2, 1932
88 years old
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Worldwide Events On This Day

2012
The ferry MV Rabaul Queen sinks off the coast of Papua New Guinea near the Finschhafen District, with an estimated 146-165 dead.
2007
Police officer Filippo Raciti is killed when a clash breaks out in the Sicily derby between Catania and Palermo, in the Serie A, the top flight of Italian football. This event led to major changes in stadium regulations in Italy.
2005
The Government of Canada introduces the Civil Marriage Act. This legislation would become law on July 20, 2005, legalizing same-sex marriage.
2004
Swiss tennis player Roger Federer becomes the No. 1 ranked men's singles player, a position he will hold for a record 237 weeks.
2000
First digital cinema projection in Europe (Paris) realized by Philippe Binant with the DLP CINEMA technology developed by Texas Instruments.
1990
Apartheid: F. W. de Klerk announces the unbanning of the African National Congress and promises to release Nelson Mandela.
1989
Soviet-Afghan War: The last Soviet armoured column leaves Kabul.
1987
After the 1986 People Power Revolution, the Philippines enacts a new constitution.
1982
Hama massacre: The government of Syria attacks the town of Hama.
1980
Reports surface that the FBI is targeting allegedly corrupt Congressmen in the Abscam operation.
1971
Idi Amin replaces President Milton Obote as leader of Uganda.
1971
The international Ramsar Convention for the conservation and sustainable utilization of wetlands is signed in Ramsar, Mazandaran, Iran.
1966
Pakistan suggests a six-point agenda with Kashmir after the Indo-Pakistani War of 1965.
1959
Nine experienced ski hikers in the northern Ural Mountains in the Soviet Union die under mysterious circumstances.
1943
World War II: The Battle of Stalingrad comes to an end when Soviet troops accept the surrender of the last German troops in the city.
1942
The Osvald Group is responsible for the first, active event of anti-Nazi resistance in Norway, to protest the inauguration of Vidkun Quisling.
1935
Leonarde Keeler administers polygraph tests to two murder suspects, the first time polygraph evidence was admitted in U.S. courts.
1934
The Export-Import Bank of the United States is incorporated.
1925
Serum run to Nome: Dog sleds reach Nome, Alaska with diphtheria serum, inspiring the Iditarod race.
1922
Ulysses by James Joyce is published.
1920
The Tartu Peace Treaty is signed between Estonia and Russia.
1920
France occupies Memel.
1913
Grand Central Terminal is opened in New York City.
1909
The Paris Film Congress opens. An attempt by European producers to form an equivalent to the MPCC cartel in the United States.
1901
Funeral of Queen Victoria.
1899
The Australian Premiers' Conference held in Melbourne decides to locate Australia's capital city, Canberra, between Sydney and Melbourne.
1887
In Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania the first Groundhog Day is observed.
1876
The National League of Professional Baseball Clubs of Major League Baseball is formed.
1868
Pro-Imperial forces captured Osaka Castle from the Tokugawa shogunate and burned it to the ground.
1850
Brigham Young declares war on Timpanogos in the Battle at Fort Utah.
1848
Mexican-American War: The Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo is signed.
1709
Alexander Selkirk is rescued after being shipwrecked on a desert island, inspiring Daniel Defoe's adventure book Robinson Crusoe.
1653
New Amsterdam (later renamed The City of New York) is incorporated.
1645
Battle of Inverlochy.
1536
Spaniard Pedro de Mendoza founds Buenos Aires, Argentina.
1461
Wars of the Roses: The Battle of Mortimer's Cross is fought in Herefordshire, England.
1438
Nine leaders of the Transylvanian peasant revolt are executed at Torda.
1207
Terra Mariana, eventually comprising present-day Latvia and Estonia, is established.
1141
The Battle of Lincoln, at which Stephen, King of England is defeated and captured by the allies of Empress Matilda.
1032
Conrad II, Holy Roman Emperor becomes king of Burgundy.
962
Translatio imperii: Pope John XII crowns Otto I, Holy Roman Emperor, the first Holy Roman Emperor in nearly 40 years.
880
Battle of Lüneburg Heath: King Louis III is defeated by the Norse Great Heathen Army at Lüneburg Heath in Saxony.
506
Alaric II, eighth king of the Visigoths promulgates the Breviary of Alaric (Breviarium Alaricianum or Lex Romana Visigothorum), a collection of "Roman law".

Births On This Day

1995
Paul Digby, English footballer
1995
Aleksander Jagiełło, Polish footballer
1995
Arfa Karim, Pakstani student and computer prodigy (d. 2012)
1993
Ravel Morrison, English footballer
1991
Nathan Delfouneso, English footballer
1991
Gregory Mertens, Belgian footballer (d. 2015)
1989
Harrison Smith, American football player
1987
Anthony Fainga'a, Australian rugby player
1987
Saia Fainga'a, Australian rugby player
1987
Mimi Page, American singer-songwriter and composer
1987
Gerard Piqué, Spanish footballer
1987
Javon Ringer, American football player
1986
Gemma Arterton, English actress and singer
1985
Silvestre Varela, Portuguese footballer
1984
Rudi Wulf, New Zealand rugby player
1983
Ronny Cedeño, Venezuelan baseball player
1983
Carolina Klüft, Swedish heptathlete and jumper
1983
Jordin Tootoo, Canadian ice hockey player
1983
Vladimir Voskoboinikov, Estonian footballer
1982
Sergio Castaño Ortega, Spanish footballer
1982
Kelly Mazzante, American basketball player
1982
Kan Mi-youn, South Korean singer, model, and host
1980
Angela Finger-Erben, German journalist
1980
Oleguer Presas, Spanish footballer
1979
Urmo Aava, Estonian race car driver
1979
Klaus Mainzer, German rugby player
1978
Eden Espinosa, American actress and singer
1978
Annabel Ellwood, Australian tennis player
1978
Barry Ferguson, Scottish footballer and manager
1977
Shakira, Colombian singer-songwriter, producer, and actress
1977
Libor Sionko, Czech footballer
1976
Ryan Farquhar, Northern Irish motorcycle racer
1976
James Hickman, English swimmer
1976
Ana Roces, Filipino actress
1975
Todd Bertuzzi, Canadian ice hockey player
1975
Donald Driver, American football player
1975
Ieroklis Stoltidis, Greek footballer
1973
Andrei Luzgin, Estonian tennis player and coach
1973
Marissa Jaret Winokur, American actress and singer
1972
Melvin Mora, Venezuelan baseball player
1971
Isaac Kungwane, South African footballer and sportscaster (d. 2014)
1971
Jason Taylor, Australian rugby league player and coach
1971
Hwang Seok-jeong, South Korean actress
1970
Jennifer Westfeldt, American actress and singer
1969
Valeri Karpin, Estonian-Russian footballer and manager
1968
Sean Elliott, American basketball player and sportscaster
1968
Scott Erickson, American baseball player and coach
1967
Artūrs Irbe, Latvian ice hockey player and coach
1967
Laurent Nkunda, Congolese general
1966
Andrei Chesnokov, Russian tennis player and coach
1966
Robert DeLeo, American bass player, songwriter, and producer
1966
Michael Misick, Caicos Islander politician, Premier of the Turks and Caicos Islands
1965
Carl Airey, English footballer
1963
Eva Cassidy, American singer and guitarist (d. 1996)
1963
Kjell Dahlin, Swedish ice hockey player
1963
Andrej Kiska, Slovak entrepreneur and philanthropist, President of Slovakia
1962
Philippe Claudel, French author, director, and screenwriter
1962
Kate Raison, Australian actress
1961
Abraham Iyambo, Namibian politician (d. 2013)
1955
Leszek Engelking, Polish poet and author
1955
Kim Zimmer, American actress
1954
Christie Brinkley, American actress, model, and businesswoman
1954
John Tudor, American baseball player
1953
Jerry Sisk, Jr., American gemologist, co-founded Jewelry Television (d. 2013)
1952
John Cornyn, American lawyer and politician, 49th Attorney General of Texas
1952
Rick Dufay, French-American guitarist and songwriter
1952
Park Geun-hye, South Korean politician, 11th President of South Korea
1952
Ralph Merkle, American computer scientist and academic
1951
Vangelis Alexandris, Greek basketball player and coach
1950
Libby Purves, British journalist and author
1950
Genichiro Tenryu, Japanese wrestler
1949
Duncan Bannatyne, Scottish businessman and philanthropist
1949
Yasuko Namba, Japanese mountaineer (d. 1996)
1949
Brent Spiner, American actor
1949
Ross Valory, American rock bass player and songwriter
1948
Ina Garten, American chef and author
1948
Al McKay, American guitarist, songwriter, and producer
1948
Roger Williamson, English race car driver (d. 1973)
1947
Farrah Fawcett, American actress and producer (d. 2009)
1946
John Armitt, English engineer and businessman
1946
Alpha Oumar Konaré, Malian academic and politician, 3rd President of Mali
1945
John Eatwell, Baron Eatwell, English economist and academic
1944
Andrew Davis, English organist and conductor
1944
Ursula Oppens, American pianist and educator
1942
Graham Nash, English-American singer-songwriter and guitarist
1940
Alan Caddy, English guitarist and producer (d. 2000)
1940
Thomas M. Disch, American author and poet (d. 2008)
1940
Wayne Fontes, American football player and coach
1940
David Jason, English actor, director, and producer
1939
Jackie Burroughs, English-born Canadian actress (d. 2010)
1939
Mary-Dell Chilton, American chemist and inventor and one of the founders of modern plant biotechnology
1939
Dale T. Mortensen, American economist and academic, Nobel Prize laureate (d. 2014)
1938
Norman Fowler, English journalist and politician, Secretary of State for Transport
1938
Gene MacLellan, Canadian singer-songwriter (d. 1995)
1937
Don Buford, American baseball player and coach
1937
Eric Arturo Delvalle, Panamanian lawyer and politician, President of Panama (d. 2015)
1937
Anthony Haden-Guest, British journalist, poet, and critic
1937
Tom Smothers, American comedian, actor, and activist
1936
Metin Oktay, Turkish footballer and manager (d. 1991)
1935
Pete Brown, American golfer (d. 2015)
1935
Evgeny Velikhov, Russian physicist and academic
1933
M'el Dowd, American actress and singer (d. 2012)
1933
Tony Jay, English-American actor (d. 2006)
1933
Orlando "Cachaíto" López, Cuban bassist and composer (d. 2009)
1933
Than Shwe, Burmese general and politician, 8th Prime Minister of Burma
1932
Arthur Lyman, American jazz vibraphone and marimba player (d. 2002)
1932
Robert Mandan, American actor (d. 2018)
1931
Dries van Agt, Dutch politician, diplomat and jurist, Prime Minister of the Netherlands
1931
Les Dawson, English comedian and author (d. 1993)
1931
John Paul Harney, Canadian educator and politician
1931
Judith Viorst, American journalist and author
1929
George Band, English engineer and mountaineer (d. 2011)
1929
Věra Chytilová, Czech actress, director, and screenwriter (d. 2014)
1929
John Henry Holland, American computer scientist and academic (d. 2015)
1928
Ciriaco De Mita, 47th Prime minister of Italy
1928
Jay Handlan, American basketball player and engineer (d. 2013)
1927
Stan Getz, American saxophonist (d. 1991)
1927
Doris Sams, American baseball player (d. 2012)
1926
Valéry Giscard d'Estaing, French academic and politician, 20th President of France
1925
Elaine Stritch, American actress and singer (d. 2014)
1924
Sonny Stitt, American saxophonist and composer (d. 1982)
1923
Jean Babilée, French dancer and choreographer (d. 2014)
1923
James Dickey, American poet and novelist (d. 1997)
1923
Svetozar Gligorić, Serbian and Yugoslav chess grandmaster (d.2012)
1923
Bonita Granville, American actress and producer (d. 1988)
1923
Red Schoendienst, American baseball player, coach, and manager (d. 2018)
1923
Liz Smith, American journalist and author (d. 2017)
1922
Kunwar Digvijay Singh, Indian field hockey (d. 1978)
1922
Robert Chef d'Hôtel, French athlete
1922
James L. Usry, American politician, first African-American mayor of Atlantic City, New Jersey (d. 2002)
1922
Stoyanka Mutafova, Bulgarian actress
1920
George Hardwick, English footballer and coach (d. 2004)
1920
John Russell, American Olympic equestrian
1919
Georg Gawliczek, German footballer and manager (d. 1999)
1917
Đỗ Mười, Vietnamese politician, 5th Prime Minister of Vietnam (d. 2018)
1915
Abba Eban, South African-Israeli politician and diplomat, 1st Israel Ambassador to the United Nations (d. 2002)
1915
Stan Leonard, Canadian golfer (d. 2005)
1915
Khushwant Singh, Indian journalist and author (d. 2014)
1914
Eric Kierans, Canadian economist and politician, 1st Canadian Minister of Communications (d. 2004)
1912
Burton Lane, American songwriter and composer (d. 1997)
1911
Jack Pizzey, Australian politician, 29th Premier of Queensland (d. 1968)
1908
Wes Ferrell, American baseball player and manager (d. 1976)
1905
Ayn Rand, Russian-born American novelist and philosopher (d. 1982)
1902
Newbold Morris, American lawyer and politician (d. 1966)
1902
John Tonkin, Australian politician, 20th Premier of Western Australia (d. 1995)
1901
Jascha Heifetz, Lithuanian-born American violinist and educator (d. 1987)
1900
Anni Frind, German lyric soprano (d. 1987)
1900
Willie Kamm, American baseball player and manager (d. 1988)
1900
Elena Sánchez Valenzuela, Mexican silent film star, journalist, and suffragette (d. 1950)
1897
Howard Deering Johnson, American businessman, founded Howard Johnson's (d. 1972)
1897
Gertrude Blanch, Russian-American mathematician (d. 1996)
1896
Kazimierz Kuratowski, Polish mathematician and logician (d. 1980)
1895
George Halas, American football player and coach (d. 1983)
1895
Robert Philipp, American painter (d. 1981)
1893
Cornelius Lanczos, Hungarian mathematician and physicist (d. 1974)
1893
Damdin Sükhbaatar, Mongolian soldier and politician (d. 1924)
1892
Tochigiyama Moriya, Japanese sumo wrestler, the 27th Yokozuna (d. 1959)
1890
Charles Correll, American actor and screenwriter (d. 1972)
1889
Jean de Lattre de Tassigny, French general (d. 1952)
1887
Ernst Hanfstaengl, German businessman (d. 1975)
1886
William Rose Benét, American poet and author (d. 1950)
1883
Johnston McCulley, American author and screenwriter, created Zorro (d. 1958)
1883
Julia Nava de Ruisánchez, Mexican activist and writer (d. 1964)
1882
James Joyce, Irish novelist, short story writer, and poet (d. 1941)
1881
Orval Overall, American baseball player and manager (d. 1947)
1877
Frank L. Packard, Canadian author (d. 1942)
1875
Fritz Kreisler, Austrian-American violinist and composer (d. 1962)
1873
Leo Fall, Austrian composer (d. 1925)
1873
Konstantin von Neurath, German politician and diplomat, 13th German Minister of Foreign Affairs (d. 1956)
1866
Enrique Simonet, Spanish painter and academic (d. 1927)
1862
Cornelius McKane, American physician, educator, and hospital founder (d. 1912)
1861
Solomon R. Guggenheim, American businessman and philanthropist, founded the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum (d. 1949)
1860
Curtis Guild, Jr., American journalist and politician, 43rd Governor of Massachusetts (d. 1915)
1856
Frederick William Vanderbilt, American railway magnate (d. 1938)
1856
Makar Yekmalyan, Armenian composer (d. 1905)
1851
José Guadalupe Posada, Mexican illustrator and engraver (d. 1913)
1849
Pavol Országh Hviezdoslav, Slovak poet and playwright (d. 1921)
1842
Julian Sochocki, Polish-Russian mathematician and academic (d. 1927)
1841
François-Alphonse Forel, Swiss limnologist and hydrologist (d. 1912)
1829
Alfred Brehm, German zoologist and illustrator (d. 1884)
1829
William Stanley, English engineer and philanthropist (d. 1909)
1803
Albert Sidney Johnston, American general (d. 1862)
1802
Jean-Baptiste Boussingault, French chemist and academic (d. 1887)
1786
Jacques Philippe Marie Binet, French mathematician, physicist, and astronomer (d. 1856)
1782
Henri de Rigny, French admiral and politician, French Minister of War (d. 1835)
1754
Charles Maurice de Talleyrand-Périgord, French general and politician, Prime Minister of France (d. 1838)
1717
Ernst Gideon von Laudon, Austrian field marshal (d. 1790)
1714
Gottfried August Homilius, German organist and composer (d. 1785)
1711
Wenzel Anton, Prince of Kaunitz-Rietberg (d. 1794)
1700
Johann Christoph Gottsched, German author and critic (d. 1766)
1695
William Borlase, English geologist and archaeologist (d. 1772)
1669
Louis Marchand, French organist and composer (d. 1732)
1651
William Phips, Royal governor of the Province of Massachusetts Bay (d. 1695)
1650
Pope Benedict XIII (d. 1730)
1650
Nell Gwyn, English actress, mistress of King Charles II of England (d. 1687)
1621
Johannes Schefferus, Swedish author and hymn-writer (d. 1679)
1613
Noël Chabanel, French missionary and saint (d. 1649)
1611
Ulrik of Denmark, Danish prince-bishop (d. 1633)
1600
Gabriel Naudé, French librarian and scholar (d. 1653)
1588
Georg II of Fleckenstein-Dagstuhl, German nobleman (d. 1644)
1585
Judith Quiney, William Shakespeare's youngest daughter (d. 1662)
1585
Hamnet Shakespeare, William Shakespeare's only son (d. 1596)
1576
Alix Le Clerc, French Canoness Regular and foundress (d. 1622)
1551
Nicolaus Reimers, German astronomer (d. 1600)
1536
Piotr Skarga, Polish writer (d. 1612)
1522
Lodovico Ferrari, Italian mathematician and academic (d. 1565)
1509
John of Leiden, Dutch Anabaptist leader (d. 1536)
1506
René de Birague, Italian-French cardinal and politician (d. 1583)
1502
Damião de Góis, Portuguese philosopher and historian (d. 1574)
1494
Bona Sforza, queen of Sigismund I of Poland (d. 1557)
1467
Columba of Rieti, Italian Dominican sister (d. 1501)
1457
Peter Martyr d'Anghiera, Italian-Spanish historian and author (d. 1526)
1455
John, King of Denmark (d. 1513)
1443
Elisabeth of Bavaria, Electress of Saxony (d. 1486)
1426
Eleanor of Navarre, Queen regnant of Navarre (d. 1479)
1282
Maud Chaworth, Countess of Leicester (d. 1322).
1208
James I of Aragon (d. 1276)
450
Justin I, Byzantine emperor (d. 527)

Deaths On This Day

2016
Bob Elliott, American comedian, actor, and screenwriter (b. 1923)
2015
Joseph Alfidi, American pianist, composer, and conductor (b. 1949)
2015
Dave Bergman, American baseball player (b. 1953)
2015
Molade Okoya-Thomas, Nigerian businessman and philanthropist (b. 1935)
2014
Gerd Albrecht, German conductor (b. 1935)
2014
Nicholas Brooks, English historian (b. 1941)
2014
Eduardo Coutinho, Brazilian actor, director, producer, and screenwriter (b. 1933)
2014
Philip Seymour Hoffman, American actor, director, and producer (b. 1967)
2013
Abraham Iyambo, Namibian politician (b. 1961)
2013
John Kerr, American actor and lawyer (b. 1931)
2013
Chris Kyle, American soldier and sniper (b. 1974)
2013
Lino Oviedo, Paraguayan general and politician (b. 1943)
2013
Pepper Paire, American baseball player (b. 1924)
2012
Frederick William Danker, American lexicographer and scholar (b. 1920)
2012
George Esper, American journalist and academic (b. 1932)
2012
Dorothy Gilman, American author (b. 1923)
2012
James F. Lloyd, American pilot and politician (b. 1922)
2011
Edward Amy, Canadian general (b. 1918)
2011
Margaret John, Welsh actress (b. 1926)
2008
Barry Morse, Canadian actor, director, and screenwriter (b. 1918)
2005
Max Schmeling, German boxer (b. 1905)
2004
Bernard McEveety, American director and producer (b. 1924)
2003
Lou Harrison, American composer and educator (b. 1917)
1999
David McComb, Australian singer-songwriter and guitarist (b. 1962)
1998
Haroun Tazieff, German-French geologist and cinematographer (b. 1914)
1997
Sanford Meisner, American actor and coach (b. 1904)
1996
Gene Kelly, American actor, singer, dancer, and director (b. 1912)
1995
Fred Perry, English-Australian tennis player (b. 1909)
1995
Donald Pleasence, English-French actor (b. 1919)
1993
François Reichenbach, French director and screenwriter (b. 1921)
1992
Bert Parks, American actor, singer, television personality; Miss America telecast presenter (b. 1914)
1990
Joe Erskine, Welsh boxer (b. 1934)
1989
Ondrej Nepela, Slovak figure skater and coach (b. 1951)
1989
Arnold Nordmeyer, New Zealand minister and politician, 30th New Zealand Minister of Finance (b. 1901)
1988
Marcel Bozzuffi, French actor, director, and screenwriter (b. 1929)
1987
Carlos José Castilho, Brazilian footballer and manager (b. 1927)
1987
Alistair MacLean, Scottish novelist and screenwriter (b. 1922)
1980
William Howard Stein, American biochemist and academic, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1911)
1979
Jim Burke, Australian cricketer (b. 1930)
1979
Sid Vicious, English singer and bass player (b. 1957)
1975
Gustave Lanctot, Canadian historian and academic (b. 1883)
1974
Imre Lakatos, Hungarian-English mathematician and philosopher (b. 1922)
1973
Hendrik Elias, Belgian academic and politician, 9th Mayor of Ghent (b. 1902)
1972
Natalie Clifford Barney, American author, poet, and playwright (b. 1876)
1970
Bertrand Russell, English mathematician and philosopher, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1872)
1969
Boris Karloff, English actor (b. 1887)
1968
Tullio Serafin, Italian conductor and director (b. 1878)
1962
Shlomo Hestrin, Canadian-Israeli biochemist and academic (b. 1914)
1957
Grigory Landsberg, Russian physicist and academic (b. 1890)
1956
Charley Grapewin, American actor (b. 1869)
1956
Truxtun Hare, American football player and hammer thrower (b. 1878)
1956
Pyotr Konchalovsky, Russian painter (b. 1876)
1954
Hella Wuolijoki, Estonian-Finnish author and politician (b. 1886)
1952
Callistratus of Georgia, Georgian patriarch (b. 1866)
1950
Constantin Carathéodory, Greek mathematician and academic (b. 1873)
1948
Thomas W. Lamont, American banker and philanthropist (b. 1870)
1948
Bevil Rudd, South African runner and journalist (b. 1894)
1945
Alfred Delp, German priest and philosopher (b. 1907)
1945
Carl Friedrich Goerdeler, German economist and politician (b. 1884)
1945
Johannes Popitz, German lawyer and politician (b. 1884)
1942
Ado Birk, Estonian lawyer and politician, 3rd Prime Minister of Estonia (b. 1883)
1942
Daniil Kharms, Russian poet and playwright (b. 1905)
1939
Bernhard Gregory, Estonian-German chess player (b. 1879)
1932
Agha Petros, Assyrian general and politician (b. 1880)
1926
Vladimir Sukhomlinov, Russian general and politician (b. 1848)
1925
Antti Aarne, Finnish historian and academic (b. 1867)
1925
Jaap Eden, Dutch speed skater and cyclist (b. 1873)
1919
Julius Kuperjanov, Estonian lieutenant (b. 1894)
1918
John L. Sullivan, American boxer (b. 1858)
1913
Gustaf de Laval, Swedish engineer (b. 1845)
1909
Carlo Acton, Italian pianist and composer (b. 1829)
1907
Dmitri Mendeleev, Russian chemist and academic (b. 1834)
1905
Henri Germain, French banker and politician, founded Le Crédit Lyonnais (b. 1824)
1904
Ernest Cashel, American-Canadian criminal (b. 1882)
1904
William Collins Whitney, American financier and politician, 31st United States Secretary of the Navy (b. 1841)
1881
Henry Parker, English-Australian politician, 3rd Premier of New South Wales (b. 1808)
1831
Vincenzo Dimech, Maltese sculptor (b. 1768)
1804
George Walton, American lawyer and politician, Governor of Georgia (b. 1749)
1802
Welbore Ellis, 1st Baron Mendip, English politician, Secretary of State for the Colonies (b. 1713)
1769
Pope Clement XIII (b. 1693)
1768
Robert Smith, English mathematician and theorist (b. 1689)
1723
Antonio Maria Valsalva, Italian anatomist and physician (b. 1666)
1714
John Sharp, English archbishop (b. 1643)
1712
Martin Lister, English physician and geologist (b. 1639)
1704
Guillaume de l'Hôpital, French mathematician and academic (b. 1661)
1688
Abraham Duquesne, French admiral (b. 1610)
1675
Ivan Belostenec, Croatian linguist and lexicographer (b. 1594)
1661
Lucas Holstenius, German geographer and historian (b. 1596)
1660
Gaston, Duke of Orléans (b. 1608)
1660
Govert Flinck, Dutch painter (b. 1615)
1648
George Abbot, English author and politician (b. 1603)
1594
Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina, Italian composer and educator (b. 1525)
1580
Bessho Nagaharu, Japanese daimyō (b. 1558)
1529
Baldassare Castiglione, Italian soldier and diplomat (b. 1478)
1512
Hatuey, Caribbean tribal chief
1461
Owen Tudor, Welsh founder of the Tudor dynasty
1448
Ibn Hajar al-Asqalani, Egyptian jurist and scholar (b. 1372)
1446
Vittorino da Feltre, Italian humanist (b. 1378)
1435
Joan II of Naples, Queen of Naples (b. 1371)
1348
Narymunt, Prince of Pinsk
1347
Thomas Bek, Bishop of Lincoln, was the bishop of Lincoln (b. 1282)
1294
Louis II, Duke of Bavaria (b. 1229)
1250
Eric XI of Sweden (b. 1216)
1237
Joan, Lady of Wales
1218
Konstantin of Rostov (b. 1186)
1124
Bořivoj II, Duke of Bohemia (b. 1064)
880
Bruno, duke of Saxony
619
Laurence of Canterbury, English archbishop and saint