On This Day in History: February 20
February 20 is the 51st day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. 314 days remain until the end of the year (315 in leap years).
Lottery News On This Day
- Thief yanks entire lottery ticket displays from two California businesses. A lightning quick lottery ticket thief tried his luck twice, yanking California Lottery Scratchers display cases from counters in bold heists that were caught on camera at two San Gabriel Valley businesses.
- 7-Eleven stores to begin selling Oklahoma lottery tickets. If you're hoping to strike it rich, you will soon have another option to try your luck with the Oklahoma Lottery.
- Long Island co-workers claim $437 million Mega Millions jackpot. A group of Long Island area co-workers have claimed the $437 million Mega Millions jackpot for the January 1 drawing, the largest jackpot in New York Lottery history.
- Police help 100-year-old man after thief steals lottery ticket. When a 100-year-old Massachusetts man was robbed of his winning scratch-off lottery ticket, a local police officer stepped up to help.
- California lottery ticket wins $425 million Powerball jackpot. One winning Powerball lottery ticket that hit a $425.3 million jackpot Wednesday night was sold in Milpitas, California, according to lottery officials.
- Statisticians search for how to beat the lottery. A Virginia Commonwealth University Statistical Sciences professor believes with a database of enough winning numbers, there is at least the "possibility" of seeing patterns develop.
- Pa. Gov. expects protracted legal fight on privatization. The Corbett administration on Tuesday cited the potential for a prolonged appeal of the attorney general's rejection of a Pennsylvania Lottery management contract as it returned a $50 million security payment to a British company.
- Powerball lottery jackpot jumps to $155 million. The multi-state Powerball lottery drawing took place last night once again without any jackpot winners, causing the new jackpot for Wednesday's drawing to grow to an estimated $155 million, with a cash option of $75.9 million.
- $2.5M Indiana lottery ticket found in the nick of time. On Friday, Eric White and his wife, Lori, cashed in, beating the odds by finding and turning in the winning Hoosier Lotto ticket from the Aug. 19 drawing after officials extended the redemption deadline to Feb. 22 because of a date calculation error.
- $270 Million: Mega Millions lottery jackpot raised again. The jackpot in the multi-state Mega Millions lottery game was increased to a whopping $270 million Wednesday, when all the tickets sold for the Tuesday night drawing failed to win the top prize.
- In Canada, betting on hockey is no gamble. In Canada, the NHL gambling scandal is playing like the O.J. trial: Publicly, people insist they are sick of the coverage, but secretly they can't get enough.
- N.C. lottery is quickly piling up a lot of dirty laundry. An editorial describing the questionable ethics surrounding the inception of the North Carolina Lottery, and the controversies it continues to generate.
- Once again, U.S. tries to shut down Internet gambling. Legislation focused on cracking down on the thriving business of online gambling was introduced in Congress this week to tighten existing laws that outlaw the practice in the U.S.
- Record Powerball lottery won by one Nebraskan. Someone, somewhere in Nebraska held the only winning ticket for the record $365 million Powerball jackpot, but likely wasn't in a rush to come forward, lottery officials said Sunday.
- 'Amazing' Mega Millions Sales Pushes Jackpot to $230 Million. Sales for tonight's Mega Millions drawing are so brisk that the estimated jackpot has been revised upward to $230 million.
- Mega Millions drawings won't go home until someone wins. Tonight's $222 million Mega Millions drawing will be broadcast live from Times Square in New York City, and Mega Millions drawings will continue to originate from Times Square until the Mega Millions jackpot is won, according to Michigan Lottery officials.
- $222M Mega Millions lottery jackpot has Jerseyans dreaming. A surge of ticket buying has swelled the jackpot in the multistate Mega Millions lottery game to at least $222 million -- a figure that could go even higher before Friday night's drawing.
- Illinois officials expect huge lottery ticket sales. With tickets sales today expected to approach $1 million an hour for tonight's record $222 million jackpot, Illinois lottery officials are smiling.
- Georgia benefits from huge Mega Millions jackpot. Georgia lottery players and residents of 10 other states will compete Friday night to win the Mega Millions jackpot, which stands at $222 million - the largest payday in the game's history.
- Large lottery jackpots mean more big bucks for Ohio. Ohio lottery officials hit the jackpot yesterday, as Mega Millions fever brought in about $148,000 an hour for the state.
- Five charged in Pennsylvania lottery ticket thefts. A mother and daughter and three other employees of a Scranton, Pennsylvania convenience market stole more than $62,000 last year by taking thousands of instant lottery tickets and cashing in winners, a Lackawanna County detective charged Thursday.
- Weekly $15 Service Fee Surprises Some Tennessee Lottery Vendors. A small group of Tennessee Lottery retailers were not informed they'd have to pay a weekly $15 service charge, and some in Knox County aren't happy about it.
- Minnesota Lottery audit finds high costs, no crime. The Minnesota State Lottery spends more money and provides less to the state than comparable lotteries and should revisit its ties to the St. Paul-based marketing company Media Rare Inc., auditors reported Thursday.
Top 25 Lottery Jackpots On This Day
- 1.$435.3 Million
Feb 22, 2017
- 2.$282 Million
Feb 20, 2019
- 3.$275 Million
Feb 22, 2008
- 4.€210 Million
Feb 23, 2021
- 5.$246 Million
Feb 21, 2018
- 6.$239 Million
Feb 20, 2004
- 7.$224 Million
Feb 22, 2019
- 8.$212 Million
Feb 20, 2016
- 9.€160 Million
Feb 20, 2018
- 10.$185 Million
Feb 20, 2018
- 11.$175 Million
Feb 21, 2006
- 12.$172 Million
Feb 21, 2014
- 13.$155 Million
Feb 23, 2011
- 14.$150 Million
Feb 20, 2007
- 15.€110.3 Million
Feb 20, 2021
- 16.€102.03 Million
Feb 20, 2018
- 17.$125 Million
Feb 21, 2009
- 18.€108.55 Million
Feb 21, 2019
- 19.$120 Million
Feb 20, 2009
- 20.$114 Million
Feb 23, 2016
- 21.$100 Million
Feb 20, 2008
- 21.$100 Million
Feb 20, 2015
- 23.€91.58 Million
Feb 21, 2017
- 24.$93 Million
Feb 21, 2001
- 25.$83 Million
Feb 23, 2010
Lottery Post Member Birthdays On This Day
Friday, Feb 20, 1987
34 years old
Wednesday, Feb 20, 1985
36 years old
Wednesday, Feb 20, 1985
36 years old
Monday, Feb 20, 1984
37 years old
Friday, Feb 20, 1981
40 years old
Monday, Feb 20, 1978
43 years old
Monday, Feb 20, 1978
43 years old
Monday, Feb 20, 1978
43 years old
Thursday, Feb 20, 1969
52 years old
Tuesday, Feb 20, 1962
59 years old
Monday, Feb 20, 1956
65 years old
Tuesday, Feb 20, 1951
70 years old
Wednesday, Feb 20, 1935
86 years old
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Worldwide Events On This Day
- Six people are killed and two injured in multiple shooting incidents in Kalamazoo County, Michigan.
- Two trains collide in the Swiss town of Rafz resulting in as many as 49 people injured and Swiss Federal Railways cancelling some services.
- Dozens of Euromaidan anti-government protesters died in Ukraine's capital Kyiv, many reportedly killed by snipers.
- In Madeira Island, Portugal, heavy rain causes floods and mudslides, resulting in at least 43 deaths, in the worst disaster in the history of the archipelago.
- Two Tamil Tigers aircraft packed with C4 explosives en route to the national airforce headquarters are shot down by the Sri Lankan military before reaching their target, in a kamikaze style attack.
- Spain becomes the first country to vote in a referendum on ratification of the proposed Constitution of the European Union, passing it by a substantial margin, but on a low turnout.
- During a Great White concert in West Warwick, Rhode Island, a pyrotechnics display sets the Station nightclub ablaze, killing 100 and injuring over 200 others.
- American figure skater Tara Lipinski, at the age of 15, becomes the youngest Olympic figure skating gold-medalist at the 1998 Winter Olympics in Nagano, Japan.
- In the Albanian capital Tirana, a gigantic statue of Albania's long-time leader, Enver Hoxha, is brought down by mobs of angry protesters.
- The Nagorno-Karabakh Autonomous Oblast votes to secede from Azerbaijan and join Armenia, triggering the First Nagorno-Karabakh War.
- The Soviet Union launches its Mir spacecraft. Remaining in orbit for 15 years, it is occupied for ten of those years.
- An earthquake cracks open the Sinila volcanic crater on the Dieng Plateau, releasing poisonous H2S gas and killing 149 villagers in the Indonesian province of Central Java.
- The United States Emergency Broadcast System is accidentally activated in an erroneous national alert.
- The China Academy of Space Technology, China's main arm for the research, development, and creation of space satellites, is established in Beijing.
- Ranger 8 crashes into the Moon after a successful mission of photographing possible landing sites for the Apollo program astronauts.
- Mercury program: While aboard Friendship 7, John Glenn becomes the first American to orbit the earth, making three orbits in four hours, 55 minutes.
- The Avro Arrow program to design and manufacture supersonic jet fighters in Canada is cancelled by the Diefenbaker government amid much political debate.
- The United States Merchant Marine Academy becomes a permanent Service Academy.
- Emmett Ashford becomes the first African-American umpire in organized baseball by being authorized to be a substitute umpire in the Southwestern International League.
- World War II: The "Big Week" began with American bomber raids on German aircraft manufacturing centers.
- World War II: The United States takes Eniwetok Atoll.
- American movie studio executives agree to allow the Office of War Information to censor movies.
- The Saturday Evening Post publishes the first of Norman Rockwell's Four Freedoms in support of United States President Franklin Roosevelt's 1941 State of the Union address theme of Four Freedoms.
- Lieutenant Edward O'Hare becomes America's first World War II flying ace.
- Caroline Mikkelsen becomes the first woman to set foot in Antarctica.
- The U.S. Congress approves the Blaine Act to repeal federal Prohibition in the United States, sending the Twenty-first Amendment to the United States Constitution to state ratifying conventions for approval.
- Adolf Hitler secretly meets with German industrialists to arrange for financing of the Nazi Party's upcoming election campaign.
- The U.S. Congress approves the construction of the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge by the state of California.
- An anarchist uprising in Encarnación briefly transforms the city into a revolutionary commune.
- An earthquake kills between 114 and 130 in Georgia and heavily damages the town of Gori.
- King O'Malley drives in the first survey peg to mark commencement of work on the construction of Canberra.
- Publication of the Futurist Manifesto in the French journal Le Figaro.
- The legislature of Hawaii Territory convenes for the first time.
- Tchaikovsky's ballet Swan Lake receives its premiere at the Bolshoi Theatre in Moscow.
- The Metropolitan Museum of Art opens in New York City.
- End of the Uruguayan War, with a peace agreement between President Tomás Villalba and rebel leader Venancio Flores, setting the scene for the destructive War of the Triple Alliance.
- American Civil War: Battle of Olustee: The largest battle fought in Florida during the war.
- Polish insurgents lead an uprising in Kraków to incite a fight for national independence.
- The 1835 Concepción earthquake destroys Concepción, Chile.
- Rossini's opera The Barber of Seville premieres at the Teatro Argentina in Rome.
- Manuel Belgrano defeats the royalist army of Pío de Tristán during the Battle of Salta.
- Louis-Alexandre Berthier removes Pope Pius VI from power.
- The Postal Service Act, establishing the United States Post Office Department, is signed by United States President George Washington.
- René-Robert Cavelier establishes Fort St. Louis at Matagorda Bay thus forming the basis for France's claim to Texas.
- Edward VI of England is crowned King of England at Westminster Abbey.
- Orkney and Shetland are pawned by Norway to Scotland in lieu of a dowry for Margaret of Denmark.
- The Milanese army and the St. George's (San Giorgio) Mercenaries of Lodrisio Visconti clash in the Battle of Parabiago; Visconti is defeated.
Births On This Day
- Olivia Rodrigo, American actress and singer
- Kyle Turner, Australian rugby league player
- Hidilyn Diaz, Filipino weightlifter
- Giovanni Kyeremateng, Italian footballer
- Angelique van der Meet, Dutch tennis player
- Antonio Pedroza, English-Mexican footballer
- Jocelyn Rae, English-Scottish tennis player
- Ciro Immobile, Italian footballer
- Daly Cherry-Evans, Australian rugby league player
- Kealoha Pilares, American football player
- Ki Bo-bae, South Korean archer
- Rihanna, Barbadian-American singer-songwriter and actress
- Jiah Khan, Indian singer and actress (d. 2013)
- Luke Burgess, English rugby league player
- Miles Teller, American actor
- Ryan Sweeney, American baseball player
- Julia Volkova, Russian singer and actress
- TJ Kirk, American YouTube personality and podcast host
- Brian McCann, American baseball player
- Trevor Noah, South African comedian, actor, and television host
- Ramzee Robinson, American football player
- Jose Morales, Puerto Rican-American baseball player
- Justin Verlander, American baseball player
- Jason Hirsh, American baseball player
- Tony Hibbert, English footballer
- Fred Jackson, American football player
- Imanol Harinordoquy, French rugby player
- Luis Gabriel Rey, Colombian footballer
- Lauren Ambrose, American actress and producer
- Stephon Marbury, American basketball player
- Gail Kim, Canadian professional wrestler
- Liván Hernández, Cuban baseball player
- Brian Littrell, American singer-songwriter and actor
- Niclas Wallin, Swedish ice hockey player
- Karim Bagheri, Iranian footballer and manager
- Neil Primrose, Scottish drummer
- Calpernia Addams, American actress, author, and activist
- Jari Litmanen, Finnish footballer
- Joost van der Westhuizen, South African rugby player (d. 2017)
- Kjell Ove Hauge, Norwegian school principal and track and field athlete
- Siniša Mihajlović, Serbian footballer and manager
- Danis Tanović, Bosnian director and screenwriter
- Paul Accola, Swiss alpine skier
- Kurt Cobain, American singer-songwriter and guitarist (d. 1994)
- David Herman, American comedian and actor
- Andrew Shue, American actor and activist, founded Do Something
- Lili Taylor, American actress
- Tom Waddle, American football player and sportscaster
- Cindy Crawford, American model and businesswoman
- Willie Garson, American actor and director
- Tom Harris, Scottish journalist and politician
- Jeff Maggert, American golfer
- French Stewart, American actor
- Charles Barkley, American basketball player and sportscaster
- Ian Brown, English singer-songwriter and musician
- Joakim Nystrom, Swedish tennis player
- Mariliza Xenogiannakopoulou, Greek lawyer and politician, Greek Minister of Health
- Cui Yongyuan, Chinese former anchor
- Dwayne McDuffie, American author, screenwriter, and producer, co-founded Milestone Media (d. 2011)
- Steve Lundquist, American swimmer
- Joel Hodgson, American comedian, actor, and screenwriter
- Cándido Muatetema Rivas, Equatoguinean politician and diplomat, Prime Minister of Equatorial Guinea (d. 2014)
- Scott Brayton, American race car driver (d. 1996)
- David Corn, American journalist and author
- Bill Gullickson, American baseball player
- Glen Hanlon, Canadian ice hockey player and coach
- Jon Brant, American bass player
- Anthony Head, English actor
- Patty Hearst, American actress and author
- Poison Ivy, American singer-songwriter, guitarist, and producer
- Edward Albert, American actor (d. 2006)
- Gordon Brown, Scottish historian and politician, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom
- Randy California, American singer-songwriter and guitarist (d. 1997)
- Phil Neal, English footballer and manager
- Walter Becker, American singer-songwriter, guitarist, and producer (d. 2017)
- Peter Marinello, Scottish footballer
- Tony Wilson, English journalist and businessman (d. 2007)
- Eddie Hemmings, English cricketer
- Ivana Trump, Czech-American socialite and model
- Pierre Bouchard, Canadian ice hockey player and sportscaster
- Jennifer O'Neill, American model and actress
- Peter Osgood, English footballer (d. 2006)
- Peter Strauss, American actor and producer
- Brenda Blethyn, English actress
- Sandy Duncan, American actress, singer, and dancer
- J. Geils, American singer-songwriter and guitarist (d. 2017)
- Alan Hull, English singer-songwriter and guitarist (d. 1995)
- Robert de Cotret, Canadian economist and politician, 56th Secretary of State for Canada (d. 1999)
- Lew Soloff, American trumpet player, composer, and actor (d. 2015)
- Willem van Hanegem, Dutch footballer and coach
- Antonio Inoki, Japanese wrestler, mixed martial artist, and politician
- Mike Leigh, English director and screenwriter
- Phil Esposito, Canadian ice hockey player, coach, and manager
- Mitch McConnell, American lawyer and politician
- Claude Miller, French director, producer, and screenwriter (d. 2012)
- Lim Kit Siang, Malaysian lawyer and politician
- Buffy Sainte-Marie, Canadian singer-songwriter and producer
- Jimmy Greaves, English international footballer and TV pundit
- Robert Huber, German biochemist and academic, Nobel Prize laureate
- Roger Penske, American race car driver and businessman
- Nancy Wilson, American singer and actress (d. 2018)
- Marj Dusay, American actress (d. 2020)
- Larry Hovis, American actor and singer (d. 2003)
- Shigeo Nagashima, Japanese baseball player and coach
- Ellen Gilchrist, American novelist, short story writer, and poet
- Bobby Unser, American race car driver
- Adrian Cristobal, Filipino journalist and author (d. 2007)
- John Milnor, American mathematician and academic
- Amanda Blake, American actress (d. 1989)
- Jean Kennedy Smith, American diplomat, 25th United States Ambassador to Ireland (d. 2020)
- Roy Cohn, American lawyer and political activist (d. 1986)
- Ibrahim Ferrer, Cuban singer and musician (d. 2005)
- Sidney Poitier, Bahamian-American actor, director, and diplomat
- Matthew Bucksbaum, American businessman and philanthropist, co-founded General Growth Properties (d. 2013)
- Gillian Lynne, English ballerina, choreographer, and director (d. 2018)
- Richard Matheson, American author and screenwriter (d. 2013)
- Bob Richards, American Olympic track and field athlete
- María de la Purísima Salvat Romero, Spanish Roman Catholic nun; later canonized (d. 1998)
- Robert Altman, American director and screenwriter (d. 2006)
- Tochinishiki Kiyotaka, Japanese sumo wrestler, the 44th Yokozuna (d. 1990)
- Gloria Vanderbilt, American actress, fashion designer, and socialite (d. 2019)
- Victor G. Atiyeh, American businessman and politician, 32nd Governor of Oregon (d. 2014)
- Forbes Burnham, Guyanese lawyer and politician, 2nd President of Guyana (d. 1985)
- Rena Vlahopoulou, Greek actress (d. 2004)
- Buddy Rogers, American wrestler (d. 1992)
- Karl Albrecht, German businessman, co-founded Aldi (d. 2014)
- James O'Meara, English soldier and pilot (d. 1974)
- Leonore Annenberg, American businesswoman and diplomat (d. 2009)
- Jean Erdman, American dancer and choreographer (d. 2020)
- John Charles Daly, South African-American journalist and game show host (d. 1991)
- Tommy Henrich, American baseball player and sportscaster (d. 2009)
- Pierre Boulle, French soldier and author (d. 1994)
- Johnny Checketts, New Zealand flying ace of the Second World War (d. 2006)
- Gale Gordon, American actor (d. 1995)
- Alexei Kosygin, Russian soldier and politician, 8th Premier of the Soviet Union (d. 1980)
- Ansel Adams, American photographer and environmentalist (d. 1984)
- René Dubos, French-American biologist and author (d. 1982)
- Louis Kahn, American architect, designed the Salk Institute, the Kimbell Art Museum and the Bangladesh Parliament Building (d. 1974)
- Muhammad Naguib, Egyptian general and politician, 1st President of Egypt (d. 1984)
- Ramakrishna Ranga Rao of Bobbili, Indian lawyer and politician, 6th Chief Minister of Madras Presidency (d. 1978)
- Cornelius Vanderbilt Whitney, American businessman and philanthropist (d. 1992)
- Ante Ciliga, Croatian politician, writer and publisher (d. 1992)
- Ivan Albright, American painter (d. 1983)
- Louis Zborowski, English race car driver and engineer (d. 1924)
- Elizabeth Holloway Marston, American psychologist and author (d. 1993)
- Hulusi Behçet, Turkish dermatologist and physician (d. 1948)
- Georges Bernanos, French soldier and author (d. 1948)
- Vincent Massey, Canadian lawyer and politician, 18th Governor General of Canada (d. 1967)
- Elie Nadelman, Polish-American sculptor (d. 1946)
- Jacques d'Adelswärd-Fersen, French author and poet (d. 1923)
- Hod Stuart, Canadian ice hockey player (d. 1907)
- Mary Garden, Scottish-American soprano and actress (d. 1967)
- Jay Johnson Morrow, American engineer and politician, 3rd Governor of the Panama Canal Zone (d. 1937)
- Louise, Princess Royal of England (d. 1931)
- Carl Westman, Swedish architect, designed the Stockholm Court House and Röhsska Museum (d. 1936)
- A. P. Lucas, English cricketer (d. 1923)
- E. H. Harriman, American businessman and philanthropist (d. 1909)
- Ludwig Boltzmann, Austrian physicist and philosopher (d. 1906)
- Joshua Slocum, Canadian sailor and adventurer (d. 1909)
- Benjamin Waugh, English activist, founded the NSPCC (d. 1908)
- Alfred Escher, Swiss businessman and politician (d. 1882)
- Charles Auguste de Bériot, Belgian violinist and composer (d. 1870)
- William Carleton, Irish author (d. 1869)
- Eliza Courtney, French daughter of Georgiana, Duchess of Devonshire (d. 1859)
- Judith Montefiore, British linguist, travel writer, philanthropist (d. 1862)
- Vicente Sebastián Pintado, Spanish cartographer, engineer, military officer and land surveyor of Spanish Louisiana and Spanish West Florida (d. 1829)
- Johann Christian Reil, German physician, physiologist, and anatomist (d. 1813)
- Angelica Schuyler Church, American socialite, sister-in-law to Alexander Hamilton (d. 1814)
- Louis-Alexandre Berthier, French general and politician, French Minister of Defence (d. 1815)
- Johann Heinrich Voss, German poet, translator, and academic (d. 1826)
- Luther Martin, American politician (d. 1826)
- Henry James Pye, English poet and politician (d. 1813)
- William Prescott, American colonel (d. 1795)
- Nicolas Chédeville, French musette player and composer (d. 1782)
- Jan de Baen, Dutch painter (d. 1702)
- Thomas Osborne, 1st Duke of Leeds, English politician, Treasurer of the Navy (d. 1712)
- Arthur Capell, 1st Baron Capell of Hadham (d. 1649)
- Sengoku Hidehisa, Daimyō (d. 1614)
- Francesco Maria II della Rovere, Duke of Urbino, last Duke of Urbino (d. 1631)
- Jan Blahoslav, Czech writer (d. 1571)
- Thomas Cajetan, Italian philosopher (d. 1534)
- Eleanor of Aragon, queen of John I of Castile (d. 1382)
Deaths On This Day
- Joaquim Pina Moura, Portuguese Minister of Economy and Treasury and MP (b. 1952)
- Vitaly Churkin, Ambassador of the Russian Federation to the United Nations (b. 1952)
- Mildred Dresselhaus, American physicist (b. 1930)
- Steve Hewlett, British journalist (b. 1958)
- Fernando Cardenal, Nicaraguan priest and politician (b. 1934)
- Govind Pansare, Indian author and activist (b. 1933)
- Henry Segerstrom, American businessman and philanthropist (b. 1923)
- John C. Willke, American physician, author, and activist (b. 1925)
- Rafael Addiego Bruno, Uruguayan jurist and politician, President of Uruguay (b. 1923)
- Walter D. Ehlers, American lieutenant, Medal of Honor recipient (b. 1921)
- Garrick Utley, American journalist (b. 1939)
- Kenji Eno, Japanese game designer and composer (b. 1970)
- David S. McKay, American biochemist and geologist (b. 1936)
- Antonio Roma, Argentinian footballer (b. 1932)
- Knut Torbjørn Eggen, Norwegian footballer and manager (b. 1960)
- Katie Hall, American educator and politician (b. 1938)
- Alexander Haig, American general and politician, 59th United States Secretary of State (b. 1924)
- Larry H. Miller, American businessman and philanthropist (b. 1944)
- Emily Perry, English actress and dancer (b. 1907)
- Curt Gowdy, American sportscaster (b. 1919)
- Lucjan Wolanowski, Polish journalist and author (b. 1920)
- Sandra Dee, American actress (b. 1942)
- Josef Holeček, Czechoslovakian canoeist (b. 1921)
- John Raitt, American actor and singer (b. 1917)
- Hunter S. Thompson, American journalist and author (b. 1937)
- Mushaf Ali Mir, Pakistani air marshal (b. 1947)
- Maurice Blanchot, French philosopher and author (b. 1907)
- Orville Freeman, American soldier, lawyer, and politician, 29th Governor of Minnesota (b. 1918)
- Rosemary DeCamp, American actress (b. 1910)
- Donella Meadows, American environmentalist, author, and academic (b. 1941)
- Anatoly Sobchak, Russian lawyer and politician, 1st Governor of Saint Petersburg (b. 1937)
- Sarah Kane, English playwright (b. 1971)
- Gene Siskel, American journalist and critic (b. 1946)
- Solomon Asch, American psychologist and academic (b. 1907)
- Audrey Munson, American model (b. 1891)
- Toru Takemitsu, Japanese pianist, guitarist, and composer (b. 1930)
- Ferruccio Lamborghini, Italian businessman, founded Lamborghini (b. 1916)
- Ernest L. Massad, American general (b. 1908)
- A. J. Casson, Canadian painter (b. 1898)
- Dick York, American actor (b. 1928)
- Wayne Boring, American illustrator (b. 1905)
- Nicolas de Gunzburg, French-American banker and publisher (b. 1904)
- René Cassin, French lawyer and judge, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1887)
- Kathryn Kuhlman, healing evangelist, known for belief in Holy Spirit (b. 1907)
- Maria Goeppert-Mayer, German-American physicist and academic, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1906)
- Walter Winchell, American journalist and actor (b. 1897)
- Ernest Ansermet, Swiss conductor (b. 1883)
- Anthony Asquith, English director and screenwriter (b. 1902)
- Chester W. Nimitz, American admiral (b. 1885)
- Jacob Gade, Danish violinist and composer(b. 1879)
- Percy Grainger, Australian-American pianist and composer (b. 1882)
- Sadri Maksudi Arsal, Turkish scholar and politician (b. 1878)
- Max Schreck, German actor (b. 1879)
- Takiji Kobayashi, Japanese writer (b. 1903)
- Jacinta Marto, Portuguese saint (b. 1910)
- Robert Peary, American admiral and explorer (b. 1856)
- Klas Pontus Arnoldson, Swedish journalist and politician, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1844)
- Boutros Ghali, Egyptian educator and politician, 9th Prime Minister of Egypt (b. 1846)
- Henri Moissan, French chemist and academic, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1852)
- Washakie, American tribal leader (b. 1798)
- Frederick Douglass, American author and activist (b. c. 1818)
- P. G. T. Beauregard, American general (b. 1818)
- Paul Kane, Irish-Canadian painter (b. 1810)
- William Wallace Lincoln, American son of Abraham Lincoln (b. 1850)
- Valentín Canalizo, Mexican general and politician. 14th President (1843-1844) (b. 1794)
- Andreas Hofer, Tyrolean rebel leader (b. 1767)
- Lachlan McIntosh, Scottish-American general and politician (b. 1725)
- Joseph II, Holy Roman Emperor (b. 1741)
- Laura Bassi, Italian physicist and scholar (b. 1711)
- Charles Emmanuel III of Sardinia (b. 1701)
- Jean-Jacques d'Ortous de Mairan, French geophysicist and astronomer (b. 1678)
- Tobias Mayer, German astronomer and academic (b. 1723)
- John Dowland, English lute player and composer (b. 1563)
- Philip William, Prince of Orange (b. 1554)
- Nicholas Bacon, English politician (b. 1509)
- Tecun Uman, Mayan ruler (b. 1500)
- King John of Denmark, Norway, and Sweden (b. 1455)
- Lazar Branković, Despot of Serbia
- Pope Martin V (b. 1368)
- Henry Percy, 1st Earl of Northumberland, English politician, Earl Marshal of the United Kingdom (b. 1342)
- Al-Musta'sim, Iraqi caliph (b. 1213)
- Tancred, King of Sicily (b. 1138)
- Conan IV, Duke of Brittany (b. 1138)
- Saint Wulfric of Haselbury (b. c. 1080)
- Yaroslav the Wise, grand prince of Veliky Novgorod and Kyiv (b. 978)
- Theodora, Byzantine empress
- Leo of Catania, saint and bishop of Catania (b. 709)