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On This Day in History:  January 1

January 1 is the 1st day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. 364 days remain until the end of the year (365 in leap years).

Lottery News On This Day

2020
Happy New Year!. We wish you a happy, successful, and lucky 2020!
2019
Swiss lotto draw chaos denies jackpot winner million. A Swiss man won a million and then lost it on Saturday, when a televised Swiss lotto draw went chaotically wrong.
2019
South Dakota lottery player starts off 2019 with massive lifetime win. The South Dakota Lottery's latest big winner will ring in the new year with the prize of $1,000 a day for the rest of his or her life.
2019
Happy New Year!. The Lottery Post staff wishes you a happy, successful, and lucky 2019!
2018
Multi-state lottery games start 2018 with a combined $783 million mega jackpot. 2018 started with near-record cold sweeping across much of the USA, but the nation's two biggest multi-state games couldn't be hotter.
2018
Happy New Year!. The Lottery Post staff wishes you a happy, successful, and lucky 2018!
2017
Happy New Year!. Best wishes for a happy, successful, and lucky 2017!
2016
Happy New Year!. We wish you a happy, successful, and lucky 2016!
2015
Happy New Year!. Best wishes for a happy, successful, and lucky 2015!
2014
Happy New Year!. The Lottery Post staff wishes you a happy, successful, and lucky 2014!
2013
Happy New Year!. The Lottery Post staff wishes you a happy, successful, and lucky 2013!
2012
Minnesota Lottery draws winning numbers in raffle. The Minnesota Lottery selected the winning numbers Sunday for its special New Year's Day "Millionaire Raffle" drawing.
2012
Connecticut Lottery draws $1M Super Draw raffle. The Connecticut Lottery today held the state's third Super Draw raffle drawing, creating one new millionaire and several winners of other cash prizes.
2012
Montana Lottery holds New Year's raffle drawing. The Montana Lottery held its annual New Year's Day raffle drawing today, creating one new millionaire and several more winners of lower prizes.
2012
Virginia Lottery New Year's raffle creates 3 millionaires. The Virginia Lottery's annual holiday raffle game, New Year's Millionaire Raffle, was drawn Sunday, and made three instant millionaires.
2012
Massachusetts Lottery conducts $10M Raffle draw. The Massachusetts Lottery today conducted the state's second massive raffle drawing -- it's first in more than four years -- awarding a $7 million prize, a $1 million prize, and many more other cash prizes.
2012
Happy New Year!. The Lottery Post staff wishes you a happy, successful, and lucky 2012!
2011
Ohio Lottery kicks off 2011 with raffle draw. For four lucky Ohio lottery players, 2011 will begin with a windfall of one million dollars.
2011
Colorado Lottery raffle drawing is state's first. The Colorado Lottery held its first-ever raffle drawing today, creating two millionaires and several more happy, lucky lottery winners.
2011
Virginia Lottery raffle creates 3 millionaires. The Virginia Lottery's annual holiday raffle game, New Year's Millionaire Raffle, was drawn Saturday, and made three instant millionaires.
2011
Montana Lottery holds New Year's raffle drawing. The Montana Lottery held its annual New Year's Day raffle drawing today, creating one new millionaire and several more winners of lower prizes.
2011
$290 MILLION: Mega Millions lottery rocket-ride. The Mega Millions rocket ride continues after Friday night's New Year's Eve mega-draw did not produce a jackpot winner.
2011
Happy New Year!. The Lottery Post staff wishes you a happy, successful, and lucky 2011!
2010
Montana Lottery holds New Year's raffle drawing. The Montana Lottery held its annual New Year's Day raffle drawing today, creating one new millionaire and several more winners of lower prizes. (See the included video report of last year's big winner.)
2010
Virginia Lottery's New Year's raffle winning numbers. The Virginia Lottery's latest raffle-style game, New Year's Millionaire Raffle, was drawn Friday, and made three instant millionaires.
2010
Happy New Year!. The Lottery Post staff wishes you a happy, successful, and lucky 2010!
2009
Alaska lottery fundraiser hits the jackpot. With a half-million-dollar payoff as the lure, a lottery of unprecedented scale in Alaska has proven immensely popular, with tickets selling out in shops across the state as the initially scheduled drawing time approached Wednesday evening, according to organizers.
2009
Minnesota Lottery draws winning numbers in raffle. The Minnesota Lottery selected the winning numbers Thursday for its special "Millionaire Raffle" drawing.
2009
Rhode Island Lottery celebrates first raffle drawing. Rhode Island didn't have any trouble selling out its first-ever raffle game, which was drawn on New Year's Eve.
2009
Happy New Year!. The Lottery Post staff wishes you a happy, successful, and lucky 2009!
2009
Virginia Lottery's New Year's raffle winning numbers. The Virginia Lottery's latest raffle-style game, New Year's Millionaire Raffle, was drawn Wednesday, and made four instant millionaires.
2008
New Year's Eve lottery raffles from around the USA. In addition to celebrating the new year last night, lottery players from around the United States were checking their raffle tickets to see if they would start 2008 as a new millionaire.
2008
Happy New Year 2008!. To all our loyal members and visitors who have helped Lottery Post to become the world's largest and most popular lottery community, we wish you a happy, prosperous, and lucky 2008!
2007
Winning numbers chosen in Delaware Lottery's first raffle. The winning numbers for the Delaware Lottery's first-ever raffle were selected yesterday, Dec. 31, 2006.
2007
Florida Lottery Holiday Millionaire Raffle Results. The Florida Lottery selected the winning numbers Monday for its special "Holiday Millionaire Raffle" drawing.
2007
Happy New Year 2007!. To all our loyal members and visitors who have helped us to become the Internet's largest and most popular lottery community, we wish you a happy, prosperous, and lucky 2006!
2007
Penn. Lottery Millionaire Raffle results drawn. The Pennsylvania Lottery selected the winning numbers Saturday for its special "Millionaire Raffle" drawing.
2006
Happy New Year 2006!. We wish you a happy, prosperous, and lucky 2006!
2005
Happy New Year 2005. To all our loyal members and visitors who have helped us to become the Internet's most active lottery community, we wish you a happy, prosperous, and lucky 2005!
2004
Happy New Year!. Best wishes for luck and prosperity in 2004!
2004
$221.5 million Powerball prize split between two tickets. Two winning tickets, one purchased in Pennsylvania and the other in South Carolina, will split the Powerball New Year's Eve jackpot worth $221.5 million.

Top 25 Lottery Jackpots On This Day

1.$460.9 Million
Multi-State
Powerball
Draw Date
Jan 3, 2018
2.$425 Million
Multi-State
Mega Millions
Draw Date
Jan 1, 2019
3.$380 Million
Multi-State
Mega Millions
Draw Date
Jan 4, 2011
4.$361 Million
Multi-State
Mega Millions
Draw Date
Jan 2, 2018
5.$355.8 Million
Multi-State
Powerball
Draw Date
Jan 2, 2016
6.$220 Million
Multi-State
Powerball
Draw Date
Jan 1, 2020
7.$188 Million
Multi-State
Mega Millions
Draw Date
Jan 2, 2015
8.€112 Million
US$152.49 Million
Multi-Country
Euro Millions
Draw Date
Jan 3, 2014
9.€128 Million
US$147.05 Million
Multi-Country
Euro Millions
Draw Date
Jan 1, 2019
10.$131 Million
Multi-State
Powerball
Draw Date
Jan 3, 2015
11.$130 Million
Multi-State
Mega Millions
Draw Date
Jan 1, 2016
12.€88 Million
US$106.5 Million
Multi-Country
Euro Millions
Draw Date
Jan 6, 2006
13.$105 Million
Multi-State
Mega Millions
Draw Date
Jan 3, 2017
14.€78 Million
US$102.47 Million
Multi-Country
Euro Millions
Draw Date
Jan 5, 2007
15.$100 Million
Multi-State
Powerball
Draw Date
Jan 3, 2007
16.€84.96 Million
US$96.72 Million
Draw Date
Jan 3, 2019
17.€79.76 Million
US$96.11 Million
Draw Date
Jan 2, 2018
18.€90 Million
US$95.01 Million
Multi-Country
EuroJackpot
Draw Date
Jan 6, 2017
19.$90 Million
Multi-State
Powerball
Draw Date
Jan 3, 2009
20.$84 Million
Multi-State
Mega Millions
Draw Date
Jan 2, 2007
21.$81 Million
California
SuperLotto Plus
Draw Date
Jan 3, 2004
22.$80 Million
Multi-State
Powerball
Draw Date
Jan 4, 2017
23.€58 Million
US$75.59 Million
Multi-Country
Euro Millions
Draw Date
Jan 3, 2012
24.€69.69 Million
US$72.57 Million
Draw Date
Jan 3, 2017
25.£47.41 Million
US$70.04 Million
United Kingdom
Lotto
Draw Date
Jan 2, 2016

Lottery Post Member Birthdays On This Day

1992
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1990
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1990
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1989
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1988
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1987
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1985
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1984
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1983
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1982
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1978
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1976
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1973
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1972
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1971
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Worldwide Events On This Day

2017
An attack on a nightclub in Istanbul, Turkey, during New Year's celebrations, kills at least 39 people and injures more than 60 others.
2015
The Eurasian Economic Union comes into effect, creating a political and economic union between Russia, Belarus, Armenia, Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan.
2013
At least 60 people are killed and 200 injured in a stampede after celebrations at Félix Houphouët-Boigny Stadium in Abidjan, Ivory Coast.
2011
A bomb explodes as Coptic Christians in Alexandria, Egypt, leave a new year service, killing 23 people.
2011
Estonia officially adopts the Euro currency and becomes the 17th Eurozone country.
2010
A suicide car bomber detonates at a volleyball tournament in Lakki Marwat, Pakistan, killing 105 and injuring 100 more.
2009
Sixty-six people die in a nightclub fire in Bangkok, Thailand.
2007
Bulgaria and Romania join the EU.
2007
Adam Air Flight 574 breaks apart in mid-air and crashes near the Makassar Strait, Indonesia killing all 102 people on board.
2004
In a vote of confidence, General Pervez Musharraf wins 658 out of 1,170 votes in the Electoral College of Pakistan, and according to Article 41(8) of the Constitution of Pakistan, is "deemed to be elected" to the office of President until October 2007.
1999
Euro currency is introduced in 11 member nations of the European Union (with the exception of the United Kingdom, Denmark, Greece and Sweden; Greece later adopts the euro).
1998
Following a currency reform, Russia begins to circulate new rubles to stem inflation and promote confidence.
1995
The World Trade Organization comes into being.
1995
The Draupner wave in the North Sea in Norway is detected, confirming the existence of freak waves.
1995
Austria, Finland and Sweden join the EU.
1994
The Zapatista Army of National Liberation initiates twelve days of armed conflict in the Mexican state of Chiapas.
1994
The North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) comes into effect.
1993
Dissolution of Czechoslovakia: Czechoslovakia is divided into the Czech Republic and Slovak Republic.
1990
David Dinkins is sworn in as New York City's first black mayor.
1989
The Montreal Protocol comes into force, stopping the use of chemicals contributing to ozone depletion.
1988
The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America comes into existence, creating the largest Lutheran denomination in the United States.
1987
The Isleta Pueblo tribe elect Verna Williamson to be their first female governor.
1985
The first British mobile phone call is made by Michael Harrison to his father Sir Ernest Harrison, chairman of Vodafone.
1984
The original American Telephone & Telegraph Company is divested of its 22 Bell System companies as a result of the settlement of the 1974 United States Department of Justice antitrust suit against AT&T.
1984
Brunei becomes independent of the United Kingdom.
1983
The ARPANET officially changes to using the Internet Protocol, creating the Internet.
1982
Peruvian Javier Pérez de Cuéllar becomes the first Latin American to hold the title of Secretary-General of the United Nations.
1981
Greece is admitted into the European Community.
1979
Formal diplomatic relations are established between the People's Republic of China and the United States.
1978
Air India Flight 855, a Boeing 747, crashes into the sea, due to instrument failure, spatial disorientation, and pilot error, off the coast of Bombay, India, killing all 213 people on board.
1973
Denmark, Ireland and the United Kingdom are admitted into the European Economic Community.
1971
Cigarette advertisements are banned on American television.
1970
The defined beginning of Unix time, at 00:00:00.
1965
The People's Democratic Party of Afghanistan is founded in Kabul, Afghanistan.
1964
The Federation of Rhodesia and Nyasaland is divided into the independent republics of Zambia and Malawi, and the British-controlled Rhodesia.
1962
Western Samoa achieves independence from New Zealand; its name is changed to the Independent State of Western Samoa.
1960
Cameroon achieves independence from France and the United Kingdom.
1959
Cuban Revolution: Fulgencio Batista, dictator of Cuba, is overthrown by Fidel Castro's forces.
1958
European Economic Community is established.
1957
George Town, Penang, is made a city by a royal charter of Queen Elizabeth II of the United Kingdom.
1956
Sudan achieves independence from Egypt and the United Kingdom.
1949
United Nations cease-fire takes effect in Kashmir from one minute before midnight. War between India and Pakistan stops accordingly.
1948
The British railway network is nationalized to form British Railways.
1947
Cold War: The American and British occupation zones in Germany, after World War II, merge to form the Bizone, which later (with the French zone) became part of West Germany.
1947
The Canadian Citizenship Act 1946 comes into effect, converting British subjects into Canadian citizens. Prime Minister William Lyon Mackenzie King becomes the first Canadian citizen.
1945
World War II: In retaliation for the Malmedy massacre, U.S. troops kill 60 German POWs at Chenogne.
1945
World War II: The German Luftwaffe launches Operation Bodenplatte, a massive, but failed attempt to knock out Allied air power in northern Europe in a single blow.
1942
The Declaration by United Nations is signed by twenty-six nations.
1934
Alcatraz Island in San Francisco Bay becomes a United States federal prison.
1934
A "Law for the Prevention of Genetically Diseased Offspring" comes into effect in Nazi Germany.
1932
The United States Post Office Department issues a set of 12 stamps commemorating the 200th anniversary of George Washington's birth.
1929
The former municipalities of Point Grey, British Columbia and South Vancouver, British Columbia are amalgamated into Vancouver.
1928
Boris Bazhanov defects through Iran. He is the only assistant of Joseph Stalin's secretariat to have defected from the Eastern Bloc.
1927
New Mexican oil legislation goes into effect, leading to the formal outbreak of the Cristero War.
1923
Britain's Railways are grouped into the Big Four: LNER, GWR, SR, and LMS.
1914
The SPT Airboat Line becomes the world's first scheduled airline to use a winged aircraft.
1912
The Republic of China is established.
1910
Captain David Beatty is promoted to Rear admiral, and becomes the youngest admiral in the Royal Navy (except for Royal family members) since Horatio Nelson.
1902
The first American college football bowl game, the Rose Bowl between Michigan and Stanford, is held in Pasadena, California.
1901
Nigeria becomes a British protectorate.
1901
The British colonies of New South Wales, Queensland, Victoria, South Australia, Tasmania, and Western Australia federate as the Commonwealth of Australia; Edmund Barton is appointed the first Prime Minister.
1899
Spanish rule ends in Cuba.
1898
New York, New York annexes land from surrounding counties, creating the City of Greater New York. The four initial boroughs, Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens, and The Bronx, are joined on January 25 by Staten Island to create the modern city of five boroughs.
1892
Ellis Island begins processing immigrants into the United States.
1890
Eritrea is consolidated into a colony by the Italian government.
1885
Twenty-five nations adopt Sandford Fleming's proposal for standard time (and also, time zones)
1877
Queen Victoria of the United Kingdom is proclaimed Empress of India.
1863
American Civil War: The Emancipation Proclamation takes effect in Confederate territory.
1861
Liberal forces supporting Benito Juárez enter Mexico City.
1860
The first Polish stamp is issued, replacing the Russian stamps previously in use.
1847
The world's first "Mercy" Hospital is founded in Pittsburgh, United States, by a group of Sisters of Mercy from Ireland; the name will go on to grace over 30 major hospitals throughout the world.
1822
The Greek Constitution of 1822 is adopted by the First National Assembly at Epidaurus.
1810
Major-General Lachlan Macquarie officially becomes Governor of New South Wales.
1808
The United States bans the importation of slaves.
1806
The French Republican Calendar is abolished.
1804
French rule ends in Haiti. Haiti becomes the first black republic and second independent country in North America after the United States.
1803
Emperor Gia Long orders all bronze wares of the Tây Sơn dynasty to be collected and melted into nine cannons for the Royal Citadel in Huế, Vietnam.
1801
The legislative union of Kingdom of Great Britain and Kingdom of Ireland is completed, and the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland is proclaimed.
1801
Ceres, the largest and first known object in the Asteroid belt, is discovered by Giuseppe Piazzi.
1788
First edition of The Times of London, previously The Daily Universal Register, is published.
1781
American Revolutionary War: One thousand five hundred soldiers of the 6th Pennsylvania Regiment under General Anthony Wayne's command rebel against the Continental Army's winter camp in Morristown, New Jersey in the Pennsylvania Line Mutiny of 1781.
1776
American Revolutionary War: Norfolk, Virginia is burned by combined Royal Navy and Continental Army action.
1773
The hymn that became known as "Amazing Grace", then titled "1 Chronicles 17:16-17" is first used to accompany a sermon led by John Newton in the town of Olney, Buckinghamshire, England.
1772
The first traveler's cheques, which could be used in 90 European cities, were issued by the London Credit Exchange Company.
1739
Bouvet Island, the world's remotest island is discovered by French explorer Jean-Baptiste Charles Bouvet de Lozier.
1707
John V is proclaimed King of Portugal and the Algarves in Lisbon.
1700
Russia begins using the Anno Domini era instead of the Anno Mundi era of the Byzantine Empire.
1651
Charles II is crowned King of Scotland.
1600
Scotland recognises January 1 as the start of the year, instead of March 25.
1527
Croatian nobles elect Ferdinand I of Austria as King of Croatia in the Parliament on Cetin.
1515
Twenty-year-old Francis, Duke of Brittany, succeeds to the French throne following the death of his father-in-law, Louis XII.
1502
The present-day location of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil is first explored by the Portuguese.
1438
Albert II of Habsburg is crowned King of Hungary.
1259
Michael VIII Palaiologos is proclaimed co-emperor of the Empire of Nicaea with his ward John IV Laskaris.
1068
Romanos IV Diogenes marries Eudokia Makrembolitissa and is crowned Byzantine Emperor.
1001
Grand Prince Stephen I of Hungary is named the first King of Hungary by Pope Sylvester II (probable).
417
Emperor Honorius forces Galla Placidia into marriage to Constantius, his famous general (magister militum) (probable).
404
Saint Telemachus tries to stop a gladiatorial fight in a Roman amphitheatre, and is stoned to death by the crowd. This act impresses the Christian Emperor Honorius, who issues a historic ban on gladiatorial fights.
193
The Senate chooses Pertinax against his will to succeed Commodus as Roman emperor.
42 BC
The Roman Senate posthumously deifies Julius Caesar.
45 BC
The Julian calendar takes effect as the civil calendar of the Roman Empire, establishing January 1 as the new date of the new year.
153 BC
For the first time, Roman consuls begin their year in office on January 1.

Births On This Day

1989
Jason Pierre-Paul, American football player
1987
Meryl Davis, American ice dancer
1986
Pablo Cuevas, Uruguayan tennis player
1986
Ramses Barden, American football player
1985
Steven Davis, Northern Irish footballer
1985
Tiago Splitter, Brazilian basketball player
1983
Melaine Walker, Jamaican hurdler
1983
Park Sung-hyun, South Korean archer
1982
David Nalbandian, Argentinian tennis player
1982
Egidio Arévalo Ríos, Uruguayan footballer
1981
Zsolt Baumgartner, Hungarian racing driver
1979
Vidya Balan, Indian actress
1976
Chai Jing, Chinese former reporter and host
1975
Becky Kellar-Duke, Canadian ice hockey player
1975
Chris Anstey, Australian basketball player and coach
1975
Fernando Tatís, Dominican baseball player
1975
Joe Cannon, American soccer player and sportscaster
1974
Christian Paradis, Canadian lawyer and politician, 9th Canadian Minister of Industry
1972
Lilian Thuram, French footballer
1971
Bobby Holík, Czech-American ice hockey player and coach
1971
Jyotiraditya Madhavrao Scindia, Indian politician
1971
Sammie Henson, American wrestler and coach
1968
Davor Šuker, Croatian footballer
1966
Anna Burke, Australian businesswoman and politician, 28th Speaker of the Australian House of Representatives
1966
Ivica Dačić, Serbian journalist and politician, 95th Prime Minister of Serbia
1966
Tihomir Orešković, Croatian-Canadian businessman, 11th Prime Minister of Croatia
1964
Dedee Pfeiffer, American actress
1963
Jean-Marc Gounon, French racing driver
1962
Anton Muscatelli, Italian-Scottish economist and academic
1959
Abdul Ahad Mohmand, Afghan colonel, pilot, and astronaut
1959
Azali Assoumani, Comorian colonel and politician, President of the Comoros
1959
Panagiotis Giannakis, Greek basketball player and coach
1958
Grandmaster Flash, Barbadian rapper and DJ
1957
Evangelos Venizelos, Greek lawyer and politician, Deputy Prime Minister of Greece
1956
Sergei Avdeyev, Russian engineer and astronaut
1956
Christine Lagarde, French lawyer and politician; Managing Director, International Monetary Fund
1955
LaMarr Hoyt, American baseball player
1955
Mary Beard, English classicist, academic and presenter
1954
Bob Menendez, American lawyer and politician
1954
Dennis O'Driscoll, Irish poet and critic (d. 2012)
1954
Yannis Papathanasiou, Greek engineer and politician, Greek Minister of Finance
1953
Gary Johnson, American businessman and politician, 29th Governor of New Mexico
1952
Shaji N. Karun, Indian director and cinematographer
1949
Borys Tarasyuk, Ukrainian politician and diplomat
1948
Devlet Bahçeli, Turkish economist, academic, and politician, 57th Deputy Prime Minister of Turkey
1948
Dick Quax, New Zealand runner and politician (d. 2018)
1948
Pavel Grachev, Russian general and politician, 1st Russian Minister of Defence (d. 2012)
1947
Jon Corzine, American sergeant and politician, 54th Governor of New Jersey
1946
Claude Steele, American social psychologist and academic
1946
Rivellino, Brazilian footballer and manager
1945
Jacky Ickx, Belgian racing driver
1945
Victor Ashe, American politician and former United States Ambassador to Poland
1944
Mati Unt, Estonian author, playwright, and director (d. 2005)
1944
Omar al-Bashir, Sudanese field marshal and politician, 7th President of Sudan
1944
Teresa Torańska, Polish journalist and author (d. 2013)
1944
Zafarullah Khan Jamali, Pakistani field hockey player and politician, 13th Prime Minister of Pakistan
1943
Don Novello, American comedian (Father Guido Sarducci), screenwriter and producer
1943
Tony Knowles, American soldier and politician, 7th Governor of Alaska
1943
Vladimir Šeks, Croatian lawyer and politician, 16th Speaker of the Croatian Parliament
1942
Alassane Ouattara, Ivorian economist and politician, President of the Ivory Coast (doubtful)
1942
Anthony Hamilton-Smith, 3rd Baron Colwyn, English dentist and politician
1942
Country Joe McDonald, American singer-songwriter and guitarist
1942
Dennis Archer, American lawyer and politician, 67th Mayor of Detroit
1942
Gennadi Sarafanov, Russian pilot and cosmonaut (d. 2005)
1941
Younoussi Touré, Malian politician, Prime Minister of Mali
1939
Michèle Mercier, French actress
1939
Phil Read, English motorcycle racer and businessman
1939
Senfronia Thompson, American politician
1936
James Sinegal, American businessman, co-founded Costco
1935
Om Prakash Chautala, Indian politician
1934
Alan Berg, American lawyer and radio host (d. 1984)
1934
Lakhdar Brahimi, Algerian politician, Algerian Minister of Foreign Affairs
1933
James Hormel, American philanthropist and diplomat
1933
Joe Orton, English dramatist (d. 1967)
1932
Giuseppe Patanè, Italian conductor (d. 1989)
1930
Frederick Wiseman, American director and producer
1930
Gaafar Nimeiry, Egyptian-Sudanese politician, 4th President of the Sudan (d. 2009)
1929
Larry L. King, American journalist, author, and playwright (d. 2012)
1928
Ernest Tidyman, American author and screenwriter (d. 1984)
1928
Gerhard Weinberg, German-American historian, author, and academic
1927
Doak Walker, American football player and businessman (d. 1998)
1927
James Reeb, American clergyman and political activist (d. 1965)
1927
Maurice Béjart, French-Swiss dancer, choreographer, and director (d. 2007)
1927
Vernon L. Smith, American economist and academic, Nobel Prize laureate
1926
Kazys Petkevičius, Lithuanian basketball player and coach (d. 2008)
1925
Matthew Beard, American child actor (d. 1981)
1925
Paul Bomani, Tanzanian politician and diplomat, 1st Tanzanian Minister of Finance (d. 2005)
1924
Francisco Macías Nguema, Equatorial Guinean politician, 1st President of the Republic of Equatorial Guinea (d. 1979)
1923
Valentina Cortese, Italian actress
1923
Milt Jackson, American jazz vibraphonist and composer (d. 1999)
1922
Ernest Hollings, American soldier and politician, 106th Governor of South Carolina (d. 2019)
1921
César Baldaccini, French sculptor and academic (d. 1998)
1921
Ismail al-Faruqi, Palestinian-American philosopher and academic (d. 1986)
1921
Regina Bianchi, Italian actress (d. 2013)
1920
Osvaldo Cavandoli, Italian cartoonist (d. 2007)
1919
Carole Landis, American actress (d. 1948)
1919
J. D. Salinger, American soldier and author (d. 2010)
1919
Rocky Graziano, American boxer and actor (d. 1990)
1918
Patrick Anthony Porteous, Scottish colonel, Victoria Cross recipient (d. 2000)
1918
Willy den Ouden, Dutch swimmer (d. 1997)
1917
Shannon Bolin, American actress and singer (d. 2016)
1914
Noor Inayat Khan, British SOE agent (d. 1944)
1912
Boris Vladimirovich Gnedenko, Russian mathematician and historian (d. 1995)
1912
Kim Philby, British spy (d. 1988)
1912
Nikiforos Vrettakos, Greek poet and academic (d. 1991)
1911
Audrey Wurdemann, American poet and author (d. 1960)
1911
Basil Dearden, English director, producer, and screenwriter (d. 1971)
1911
Hank Greenberg, American baseball player (d. 1986)
1911
Roman Totenberg, Polish-American violinist and educator (d. 2012)
1909
Dana Andrews, American actor (d. 1992)
1909
Stepan Bandera, Ukrainian soldier and politician (d. 1959)
1907
Kinue Hitomi, Japanese sprinter and long jumper (d. 1931)
1906
Manuel Silos, Filipino filmmaker and actor
1905
Stanisław Mazur, Ukrainian-Polish mathematician and theorist (d. 1981)
1904
Fazal Ilahi Chaudhry, Pakistani lawyer and politician, 5th President of Pakistan (d. 1982)
1902
Buster Nupen, Norwegian-South African cricketer and lawyer (d. 1977)
1902
Hans von Dohnányi, German jurist and political dissident (d. 1945)
1900
Chiune Sugihara, Japanese soldier and diplomat (d. 1986)
1900
Xavier Cugat, Spanish-American singer-songwriter and actor (d. 1990)
1895
J. Edgar Hoover, American law enforcement official; 1st Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (d. 1972)
1894
Satyendra Nath Bose, Indian physicist and mathematician (d. 1974)
1894
Edward Joseph Hunkeler, American clergyman (d. 1970)
1893
Mordechai Frizis, Greek colonel (d. 1940)
1892
Mahadev Desai, Indian author and activist (d. 1942)
1892
Manuel Roxas, Filipino lawyer and politician, 5th President of the Philippines (d. 1948)
1891
Sampurnanand, Indian educator and politician, 3rd Governor of Rajasthan (d. 1969)
1890
Anton Melik, Slovenian geographer and academic (d. 1966)
1889
Charles Bickford, American actor (d. 1967)
1888
Georgios Stanotas, Greek general (d. 1965)
1888
John Garand, Canadian-American engineer, designed the M1 Garand rifle (d. 1974)
1887
Wilhelm Canaris, German admiral (d. 1945)
1884
Chikuhei Nakajima, Japanese lieutenant, engineer, and politician, founded Nakajima Aircraft Company (d. 1949)
1884
Konstantinos Tsaldaris, Egyptian-Greek politician, Prime Minister of Greece (d. 1970)
1883
William J. Donovan, American general, lawyer, and politician (d. 1959)
1879
E. M. Forster, English author and playwright (d. 1970)
1879
William Fox, Hungarian-American screenwriter and producer, founded the Fox Film Corporation and Fox Theatres (d. 1952)
1878
Agner Krarup Erlang, Danish mathematician, statistician, and engineer (d. 1929)
1877
Alexander von Staël-Holstein, German sinologist and orientalist (d. 1937)
1874
Frank Knox, American publisher and politician, 46th United States Secretary of the Navy (d. 1944)
1874
Gustave Whitehead, German-American pilot and engineer (d. 1927)
1867
Mary Ackworth Evershed, English astronomer and scholar (d. 1949)
1864
Alfred Stieglitz, American photographer and curator (d. 1946)
1864
Qi Baishi, Chinese painter (d. 1957)
1863
Pierre de Coubertin, French historian and educator, founded the International Olympic Committee (d. 1937)
1860
Michele Lega, Italian cardinal (d. 1935)
1859
Michael Joseph Owens, American inventor (d. 1923)
1859
Thibaw Min, Burmese king (d. 1916)
1857
Tim Keefe, American baseball player (d. 1933)
1854
James George Frazer, Scottish anthropologist and academic (d. 1941)
1854
Thomas Waddell, Irish-Australian politician, 15th Premier of New South Wales (d. 1940)
1852
Eugène-Anatole Demarçay, French chemist and academic (d. 1904)
1848
John W. Goff, Irish-American lawyer and politician (d. 1924)
1839
Ouida, English-Italian author and activist (d. 1908)
1834
Ludovic Halévy, French author and playwright (d. 1908)
1833
Robert Lawson, Scottish-New Zealand architect, designed the Otago Boys' High School and Knox Church (d. 1902)
1823
Sándor Petőfi, Hungarian poet and activist (d. 1849)
1819
Arthur Hugh Clough, English-Italian poet and academic (d. 1861)
1819
George Foster Shepley, American general (d. 1878)
1818
William Gamble, Irish-born American general (d. 1866)
1814
Hong Xiuquan, Chinese rebellion leader and king (d. 1864)
1813
George Bliss, American politician (d. 1868)
1809
Achille Guenée, French lawyer and entomologist (d. 1880)
1806
Lionel Kieseritzky, Estonian-French chess player (d. 1853)
1803
Edward Dickinson, American politician and father of poet Emily Dickinson (d. 1874)
1779
William Clowes, English publisher (d. 1847)
1774
André Marie Constant Duméril, French zoologist and academic (d. 1860)
1769
Marie-Louise Lachapelle, French obstetrician (d. 1821)
1768
Maria Edgeworth, Anglo-Irish author (d. 1849)
1752
Betsy Ross, American seamstress, credited with designing the Flag of the United States (d. 1836)
1745
Anthony Wayne, American general and politician (d. 1796)
1735
Paul Revere, American silversmith and engraver (d. 1818)
1714
Giovanni Battista Mancini, Italian soprano and author (d. 1800)
1714
Kristijonas Donelaitis, Lithuanian pastor and poet (d. 1780)
1711
Baron Franz von der Trenck, Austrian soldier (d. 1749)
1704
Soame Jenyns, English author, poet, and politician (d. 1787)
1684
Arnold Drakenborch, Dutch scholar and author (d. 1748)
1655
Christian Thomasius, German jurist and philosopher (d. 1728)
1628
Christoph Bernhard, German composer and theorist (d. 1692)
1600
Friedrich Spanheim, Dutch theologian and academic (d. 1649)
1557
Stephen Bocskay, Prince of Transylvania (d. 1606)
1511
Henry, Duke of Cornwall, first-born child of Henry VIII of England (d. 1511)
1484
Huldrych Zwingli, Swiss pastor and theologian (d. 1531)
1467
Sigismund I the Old, Polish king (d. 1548)
1449
Lorenzo de' Medici, Italian politician (d. 1492)
1431
Pope Alexander VI (d. 1503)

Deaths On This Day

2019
Pegi Young, American singer, songwriter, environmentalist, educator and philanthropist (b. 1952)
2018
Robert Mann, American violinist (b. 1920)
2017
Derek Parfit, British philosopher (b. 1942)
2017
Tony Atkinson, British economist (b. 1944)
2017
Yvon Dupuis, Canadian politician (b. 1926)
2016
Dale Bumpers, American soldier, lawyer, and politician, 38th Governor of Arkansas (b. 1925)
2016
Fazu Aliyeva, Russian poet and journalist (b. 1932)
2016
Vilmos Zsigmond, Hungarian-American cinematographer and producer (b. 1930)
2015
Boris Morukov, Russian physician and astronaut (b. 1950)
2015
Donna Douglas, American actress (b. 1932)
2015
Mario Cuomo, American lawyer and politician, 52nd Governor of New York (b. 1932)
2015
Omar Karami, Lebanese lawyer and politician, 58th Prime Minister of Lebanon (b. 1934)
2014
Higashifushimi Kunihide, Japanese monk and educator (b. 1910)
2014
Juanita Moore, American actress (b. 1914)
2014
William Mgimwa, Tanzanian banker and politician, 13th Tanzanian Minister of Finance (b. 1950)
2013
Christopher Martin-Jenkins, English journalist (b. 1945)
2013
Patti Page, American singer and actress (b. 1927)
2012
Kiro Gligorov, Bulgarian-Macedonian lawyer and politician, 1st President of the Republic of Macedonia (b. 1917)
2012
Nay Win Maung, Burmese physician, businessman, and activist (b. 1962)
2012
Tommy Mont, American football player and coach (b. 1922)
2010
Lhasa de Sela, American-Mexican singer-songwriter (b. 1972)
2009
Claiborne Pell, American politician (b. 1918)
2008
Pratap Chandra Chunder, Indian educator and politician
2007
Roland Levinsky, South African-English biochemist and academic (b. 1943)
2007
Tillie Olsen, American short story writer (b. 1912)
2006
Harry Magdoff, American economist and journalist (b. 1913)
2005
Shirley Chisholm, American educator and politician (b. 1924)
2003
Joe Foss, American soldier, pilot, and politician, 20th Governor of South Dakota (b. 1915)
2002
Julia Phillips, American film producer and author (b. 1944)
2001
Ray Walston, American actor (b. 1914)
2000
Betty Archdale, English-Australian cricketer and educator (b. 1907)
1998
Helen Wills, American tennis player and coach (b. 1905)
1997
Townes Van Zandt, American singer-songwriter, guitarist, and producer (b. 1944)
1996
Arleigh Burke, American admiral (b. 1901)
1996
Arthur Rudolph, German-American engineer (b. 1906)
1995
Eugene Wigner, Hungarian-American physicist and mathematician, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1902)
1994
Arthur Porritt, Baron Porritt, New Zealand physician and politician, 11th Governor-General of New Zealand (b. 1900)
1994
Cesar Romero, American actor (b. 1907)
1994
Edward Arthur Thompson, Irish historian and academic (b. 1914)
1992
Grace Hopper, American computer scientist and admiral, co-developed COBOL (b. 1906)
1984
Alexis Korner, French-English singer-songwriter and guitarist (b. 1928)
1982
Victor Buono, American actor (b. 1938)
1981
Hephzibah Menuhin, American-Australian pianist (b. 1920)
1980
Pietro Nenni, Italian journalist and politician, Italian Minister of Foreign Affairs (b. 1891)
1978
Carle Hessay, German-Canadian painter (b. 1911)
1972
Maurice Chevalier, French actor and singer (b. 1888)
1971
Amphilochius of Pochayiv, Ukrainian saint (b. 1894)
1969
Barton MacLane, American actor, playwright and screenwriter (b. 1902)
1966
Vincent Auriol, French journalist and politician, 16th President of the French Republic (b. 1884)
1960
Margaret Sullavan, American actress (b. 1909)
1955
Arthur C. Parker, American archaeologist and historian (b. 1881)
1954
Duff Cooper, English politician and diplomat, Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster (b. 1890)
1954
Leonard Bacon, American poet and critic (b. 1887)
1953
Hank Williams, American singer-songwriter and guitarist (b. 1923)
1944
Edwin Lutyens, English architect, designed the Castle Drogo and Thiepval Memorial (b. 1869)
1944
Charles Turner, Australian cricketer (b. 1862)
1940
Panuganti Lakshminarasimha Rao, Indian author and educator (b. 1865)
1937
Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati, Indian religious leader, founded the Gaudiya Math (b. 1874)
1931
Martinus Beijerinck, Dutch microbiologist and botanist (b. 1851)
1929
Mustafa Necati, Turkish civil servant and politician, Turkish Minister of Environment and Urban Planning (b. 1894)
1921
Theobald von Bethmann-Hollweg, German lawyer and politician, 5th Chancellor of Germany (b. 1856)
1918
William Wilfred Campbell, Canadian poet and author (b. 1858)
1906
Hugh Nelson, Scottish-Australian farmer and politician, 11th Premier of Queensland (b. 1833)
1896
Alfred Ely Beach, American publisher and lawyer, created the Beach Pneumatic Transit (b. 1826)
1894
Heinrich Hertz, German physicist and academic (b. 1857)
1892
Roswell B. Mason, American lawyer and politician, 25th Mayor of Chicago (b. 1805)
1881
Louis Auguste Blanqui, French activist (b. 1805)
1862
Mikhail Ostrogradsky, Ukrainian mathematician and physicist (b. 1801)
1853
Gregory Blaxland, Australian farmer and explorer (b. 1778)
1846
John Torrington, English sailor and explorer (b. 1825)
1817
Martin Heinrich Klaproth, German chemist and academic (b. 1743)
1793
Francesco Guardi, Italian painter and educator (b. 1712)
1789
Fletcher Norton, 1st Baron Grantley, English lawyer and politician, British Speaker of the House of Commons (b. 1716)
1782
Johann Christian Bach, German composer (b. 1735)
1780
Johann Ludwig Krebs, German organist and composer (b. 1713)
1748
Johann Bernoulli, Swiss mathematician and academic (b. 1667)
1716
William Wycherley, English playwright and poet (b. 1641)
1697
Filippo Baldinucci, Florentine historian and author (b. 1625)
1617
Hendrik Goltzius, Dutch painter and illustrator (b. 1558)
1560
Joachim du Bellay, French poet and critic (b. 1522)
1559
Christian III, king of Denmark (b. 1503)
1515
Louis XII, king of France (b. 1462)
1496
Charles d'Orléans, count of Angoulême (b. 1459)
1387
Charles II, king of Navarre (b. 1332)
1204
Haakon III, king of Norway (b. 1182)
1189
Henry of Marcy, Cistercian abbot (b. c. 1136)
1031
William of Volpiano, Italian abbot (b. 962)
951
Ramiro II, king of León and Galicia
898
Odo I, Frankish king (b. 860)
466
Qianfei, Chinese emperor of the Liu Song Dynasty (b. 449)
404
Telemachus, Christian monk and martyr
138
Lucius Aelius, adopted son and intended successor of Hadrian (b. 101)