On This Day in History: January 12
January 12 is the 12th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. 353 days remain until the end of the year (354 in leap years).
Lottery News On This Day
- Australian woman sues lottery after losing a seven-year-old ticket she claims is a winner. An Australian woman is suing The Lott for $2 million (US$1.55 million) after she supposedly lost a winning lottery ticket for a drawing that took place seven years ago, proving just why it is so important that players hang onto and keep track of their physical tickets.
- Mega Millions ticket-buying frenzy forces new jackpot estimate. Across the United States, Mega Millions lottery tickets are being sold at such a rapid pace that lottery officials were forced to raise the jackpot estimate for the second time in two days.
- 20-year-old Florida man claims $451M Mega Millions jackpot. A 20-year-old Florida man has come forward with the lone winning $451 million Mega Millions jackpot ticket from the January 5th drawing.
- Maryland man collects fourth major lottery prize. A Maryland man who collected a $1 million lottery jackpot is no stranger to lottery headquarters — this was his fourth major win.
- Oregon man finds $1 million lottery ticket 8 days before it expired. An Oregon man recently discovered a year-old winning lotto ticket in his home office that he was cleaning, according to the Oregon Lottery.
- $1.5 BILLION: Wednesday Powerball record jackpot still rising. Officials at the Multi-State Lottery Association (MUSL) decided Tuesday morning to raise Wednesday's Powerball jackpot to one-and-a-half billion dollars.
- WATCH: Buddhist monk fights back after getting robbed buying lottery tickets. Police are searching for a man who was caught on video robbing a Buddhist monk as he bought lottery tickets in a Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, convenience store.
- Powerball fever: Players snatch up tickets. Talk to some of the countless folks buzzing about the lottery game known as Powerball, and they will tell you winning is all about feeling lucky, along with the escapist pleasure of dreaming how to spend $1 billion and who to share it with.
- Canadians need to be creative about buying, redeeming Powerball lottery tickets. With Canadians in a frenzy to get a piece of the U.S. Powerball draw, consumer advocates say people should exercise caution before forking out cash for tickets.
- Retired NY principal claims $326M lottery jackpot. A retired Sullivan County, New York, school principal drew the sole winning ticket from a $326 million Mega Millions game two months ago, making him the biggest winner in state lottery history, officials said Monday.
- Deal reached to privatize the Pa. Lottery. The Corbett administration announced late Friday that it would award to a British firm a contract to privatize the management of the Pennsylvania Lottery.
- Psychic quits job after winning the lottery. A well-known UK psychic who won around £730,000 (US$1.2 million) in a three-person pool, has decided to retire after 40 years of predicting the future for people.
- Idaho woman claims 2nd half of $380M Mega Millions jackpot. A 29-year-old mother of two and former bank worker from northern Idaho has claimed the remaining half of a $380 million Mega Millions jackpot, lottery officials and others said Wednesday.
- Two $1M Pennsylvania Lottery raffle jackpots claimed. Two of the four top-prize winners from the Pennsylvania Lottery's Jan. 3 Millionaire Raffle drawing have come forward to claim their $1 million prizes.
- Many states' lottery sales are rising in recession. More than half of all states with lotteries have reported rising sales over the past six months, and some researchers say financial insecurity might be driving people to risk more of their money than usual on $1 and $5 instant scratch-offs and other daily games in hopes of a big payoff.
- Tenn. lawmakers trying to force lottery to switch back to real draws. The Tennessee state legislature may force the state lottery to return to using numbered balls to select winners for the Cash 3 and Cash 4 games.
- Jack Whittaker: un-luckiest lottery winner ever. A man infamous for his numerous problems ever since winning a record Powerball lottery jackpot says he can't pay a settlement to a casino worker because thieves cleaned out his bank accounts.
- Powerball lottery sales, starting this morning, going smoothly. Oklahoma joined 27 states, the District of Columbia and the U.S. Virgin Islands today in what has become one of the most popular lottery games in the world, because of the size of its jackpots -- the jackpot hit an all-time high of $340 million in early November.
- Kentucky lottery winner donates entire prize to college. Benedict College gets a big financial boost, courtesy of a Kentucky lottery winner who knows the South Carolina school quite well.
- N.C. Lottery opens period for advertising bids. The North Carolina Education Lottery opened the bidding Wednesday for its advertising contract.
- Lottery winner pleads innocent to ID theft, fraud charges. A woman accused of using a stolen credit card to purchase a $1 million lottery ticket pleaded innocent this week to charges of identity theft and fraud.
- California man loses $9,000 in lottery scam. Sunnyvale police are looking for two men suspected of concocting a lottery scam to steal thousands of dollars from a Sunnyvale man.
- Ousted Tenn. Lottery official got high marks on job evaluation. A high-ranking Tennessee Lottery official forced out of his position amid allegations of workplace harassment received high marks on his job performance and a merit-based raise, according to lottery records.
- Three states replacing Lotto South game. Like a tired mule whose best days are behind him, Lotto South is being retired and a fresh workhorse brought in to pick up the production.
- Largest Lotto South winner ignored wife to play lottery. Last Saturday, William Griffin won the largest Lotto South payout in history.
- Mega Millions jackpot increases to $111 million. The multistate Mega Millions lottery jackpot has grown to $111 million for Friday's game after there was no big winner in the latest drawing.
- Unclaimed $14 M In Jeopardy Of Disappearing. Someone out there has won $14 million in the Illinois Lottery and has yet to claim the money. If the winner does not come forward in the next three weeks, that fortune is gone forever.
- 111 on 1-11 means one big loss for Ohio Lottery. The Ohio Lottery Pick 3 Numbers day drawing was 111 on Tuesday, forcing the lottery to pay out more than $3.9 million to winners despite only $427,094.50 in sales.
- Lottery winner evaded taxes, fined $375,000. The winner of a CDN$12.5 million lottery prize who runs a benefit plan consulting firm is a little less rich today after admitting he fabricated expense claims and service invoices involving his business.
- Oregon school backers, retailers spar over lottery profits. Bar and tavern owners are squaring off with school advocates over the surge of new revenue that's expected to come from the Oregon Lottery's expansion into electronic slot machines.
- New York Lotto Rolls to $35 Million. There were no tickets matching all six numbers in Saturday's New York Lotto drawing, sending the jackpot to $35 million for the Wednesday drawing.
- Powerball Jackpot Reaches $29 Million. Because no ticket correctly matched all six numbers in Saturday's Powerball drawing, the jackpot grew to an estimated $29 million, with a cash option of $15.7 million.
- Mega Millions jackpot increases to $26 million. The jackpot in the multistate Mega Millions lottery drawing has reached $26 million.
- Florida Lotto jackpot hits $21 million. No ticket matched all six Florida Lotto numbers Saturday night, increasing the jackpot to $21 million.
- Tenn. lottery could net $70 million more than expected. The Tennessee lottery could make at least $70 million more than what is needed to fund college scholarships this year, and Gov. Phil Bredesen wants to budget most of the extra for prekindergarten programs.
- Pennsylvania Lottery Announces Retirement of Super 6 Lotto. Pennsylvania Lottery officials today announced the last Super 6 Lotto drawing will take place on Tuesday, January 27, 2004.
Top 25 Lottery Jackpots On This Day
- 1.$1.59 Billion
Jan 13, 2016
- 2.$625 Million
Jan 12, 2021
- 3.$556.7 Million
Jan 13, 2021
- 4.$296 Million
Jan 15, 2020
- 5.$246 Million
Jan 13, 2015
- 6.$176 Million
Jan 14, 2015
- 7.$155 Million
Jan 13, 2007
- 8.$146 Million
Jan 14, 2009
- 9.$137 Million
Jan 13, 2017
- 10.€103 Million
Jan 13, 2006
- 11.$121 Million
Jan 14, 2017
- 12.$111 Million
Jan 14, 2005
- 13.€90.51 Million
Jan 12, 2021
- 14.€90 Million
Jan 15, 2021
- 15.€84.71 Million
Jan 13, 2018
- 16.€89.88 Million
Jan 12, 2019
- 17.€90 Million
Jan 14, 2020
- 18.$96 Million
Jan 12, 2019
- 19.$93 Million
Jan 15, 2014
- 20.$91 Million
Jan 14, 2020
- 21.€58 Million
Jan 15, 2010
- 22.$83 Million
Jan 12, 2008
- 23.$81 Million
Jan 12, 2005
- 24.€55 Million
Jan 18, 2008
- 25.$80 Million
Jan 12, 2013
Lottery Post Member Birthdays On This Day
Monday, Jan 12, 1987
34 years old
Tuesday, Jan 12, 1982
39 years old
Tuesday, Jan 12, 1982
39 years old
Saturday, Jan 12, 1980
41 years old
Thursday, Jan 12, 1978
43 years old
Wednesday, Jan 12, 1977
44 years old
Sunday, Jan 12, 1975
46 years old
Sunday, Jan 12, 1975
46 years old
Wednesday, Jan 12, 1972
49 years old
Tuesday, Jan 12, 1971
50 years old
Friday, Jan 12, 1968
53 years old
Thursday, Jan 12, 1967
54 years old
Wednesday, Jan 12, 1966
55 years old
Thursday, Jan 12, 1961
60 years old
Thursday, Jan 12, 1961
60 years old
Monday, Jan 12, 1959
62 years old
Monday, Jan 12, 1948
73 years old
(year not provided)
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Worldwide Events On This Day
- Taal Volcano in the Philippines erupts, and kills 39 people.
- Ten people are killed and 15 wounded in a bombing near the Blue Mosque in Istanbul.
- Government raids kill 143 Boko Haram fighters in Kolofata, Cameroon.
- Violent protests occur in Bucharest, Romania, as two-day-old demonstrations continue against President Traian Băsescu's economic austerity measures. Clashes are reported in numerous Romanian cities between protesters and law enforcement officers.
- An earthquake in Haiti occurs, killing between 220,000 and 300,000 people and destroying much of the capital Port-au-Prince.
- Comet C/2006 P1 (McNaught), the largest comet every measured, is at its zenith, visible during the day.
- A stampede during the Stoning of the Devil ritual on the last day at the Hajj in Mina, Saudi Arabia, kills at least 362 Muslim pilgrims.
- Deep Impact launches from Cape Canaveral on a Delta II rocket.
- The world's largest ocean liner, RMS Queen Mary 2, makes its maiden voyage.
- Downtown Disney opens to the public as part of the Disneyland Resort in Anaheim, California.
- Nineteen European nations agree to forbid human cloning.
- Space Shuttle program: Atlantis launches from the Kennedy Space Center on mission STS-81 to the Russian space station Mir, carrying astronaut Jerry M. Linenger for a four month stay on board the station, replacing astronaut John E. Blaha.
- Persian Gulf War: An act of the U.S. Congress authorizes the use of American military force to drive Iraq out of Kuwait.
- A seven-day pogrom breaks out against the Armenian civilian population of Baku, Azerbaijan, during which Armenians were beaten, tortured, murdered, and expelled from the city.
- Space Shuttle program: Congressman Bill Nelson lifts off from Kennedy Space Center aboard Columbia on mission STS-61-C as a payload specialist.
- The United Nations Security Council votes 11-1 to allow the Palestine Liberation Organization to participate in a Security Council debate (without voting rights).
- The Harrisburg Seven: Rev. Philip Berrigan and five other activists are indicted on charges of conspiring to kidnap Henry Kissinger and of plotting to blow up the heating tunnels of federal buildings in Washington, D.C.
- Biafra capitulates, ending the Nigerian Civil War.
- The New York Jets of the American Football League defeat the Baltimore Colts of the National Football League to win Super Bowl III in what is considered to be one of the greatest upsets in sports history.
- Dr. James Bedford becomes the first person to be cryonically preserved with intent of future resuscitation.
- Lyndon B. Johnson states that the United States should stay in South Vietnam until Communist aggression there is ended.
- Rebels in Zanzibar begin a revolt known as the Zanzibar Revolution and proclaim a republic.
- Vietnam War: Operation Chopper, the first American combat mission in the war, takes place.
- World War II: The Red Army begins the Vistula-Oder Offensive.
- World War II: United States President Franklin D. Roosevelt creates the National War Labor Board.
- Hattie Caraway becomes the first woman elected to the United States Senate.
- The Minnie Pit Disaster coal mining accident occurs in Halmer End, Staffordshire, in which 155 men and boys die.
- Both Oswald Boelcke and Max Immelmann, for achieving eight aerial victories each over Allied aircraft, receive the German Empire's highest military award, the Pour le Mérite as the first German aviators to earn it.
- The United States House of Representatives rejects a proposal to require states to give women the right to vote.
- The University of the Philippines College of Law is formally established; three future Philippine presidents are among the first enrollees.
- The National Trust is founded in the United Kingdom.
- Yohannes IV is crowned Emperor of Ethiopia in Axum, the first imperial coronation in that city in over 200 years.
- The Royal Aeronautical Society is formed in London.
- The Palermo rising takes place in Sicily against the Bourbon Kingdom of the Two Sicilies.
- John Rennie's scheme to defend St Mary's Church, Reculver, founded in 669, from coastal erosion is abandoned in favour of demolition, despite the church being an exemplar of Anglo-Saxon architecture and sculpture.
- The organizational meeting leading to the creation of the Wernerian Natural History Society, a former Scottish learned society, is held in Edinburgh.
- Federalist Thomas Pinckney appointed first U.S. minister to Britain.
- The city of Belém, Brazil is founded on the Amazon River delta, by Portuguese captain Francisco Caldeira Castelo Branco.
- Bayinnaung, who would go on to assemble the largest empire in the history of Southeast Asia, is crowned King of Burma.
- Gustav I of Sweden is crowned King of Sweden, having already reigned since his election in June 1523.
- Byzantine Emperor Zeno is forced to flee his capital at Constantinople, and his general, Basiliscus gains control of the empire.
Births On This Day
- Ella Henderson, English singer and songwriter
- Sarah Mehain, Canadian Paralympic swimmer
- Alessio Romagnoli, Italian footballer
- Zayn Malik, English singer-songwriter
- Simone Pecorini, Italian footballer
- Do Kyungsoo, South Korean singer
- Ishak Belfodil, Algerian footballer
- Samuele Longo, Italian footballer
- Pixie Lott, English singer-songwriter, dancer, and actress
- Matt Srama, Australian rugby league player
- Thiemo-Jérôme Kialka, German footballer
- Axel Witsel, Belgian footballer
- Claude Giroux, Canadian ice hockey player
- Naya Rivera, American actress and singer (d. 2020)
- Salvatore Sirigu, Italian footballer
- Kehoma Brenner, German rugby player
- Miguel Ángel Nieto, Spanish footballer
- Artem Milevskyi, Ukrainian footballer
- Issa Rae, American actress, writer, director, producer and web series creator
- Borja Valero, Spanish footballer
- Daniel Sepulveda, American football player
- Jonathan Zydko, French footballer
- Paul-Henri Mathieu, French tennis player
- Hans Van Alphen, Belgian decathlete
- Dean Whitehead, English footballer
- Dontrelle Willis, American baseball player
- Amerie, American singer-songwriter, producer, and actress
- João Paulo Daniel, Brazilian footballer
- Dan Klecko, American football player
- Angus Macdonald, New Zealand rugby player
- Luis Ernesto Pérez, Mexican footballer
- Bobby Crosby, American baseball player
- Marián Hossa, Slovak ice hockey player
- Lee Bo-young, South Korean actress and model
- Grzegorz Rasiak, Polish footballer
- David Zabriskie, American cyclist
- Luis Ayala, Mexican baseball player
- Maurizio Zaffiri, Italian rugby player
- Yoandy Garlobo, Cuban baseball player
- Jason Freese, American saxophonist, songwriter, and producer
- Jocelyn Thibault, Canadian ice hockey player and coach
- Melanie C, English singer-songwriter and actress
- Tor Arne Hetland, Norwegian skier
- Brian Culbertson, American pianist and producer
- Hande Yener, Turkish singer-songwriter, producer, and actress
- Toto Wolff, Austrian investor
- Priyanka Gandhi, Indian politician
- Espen Knutsen, Norwegian ice hockey player and coach
- Paul Wilson, Australian cricketer and umpire
- Scott Burrell, American basketball player and coach
- Peter Madsen, Danish engineer, entrepreneur, and convicted murderer
- Raekwon, American rapper
- Zack de la Rocha, American singer-songwriter
- David Mitchell, English novelist
- Margaret Nagle, American screenwriter and producer
- Junichi Masuda, Japanese director, producer, and composer
- Heather Mills, English businesswoman, activist and model
- Mauro Silva, Brazilian footballer
- Vendela Kirsebom, Norwegian-Swedish model and actress
- Olivier Martinez, French actor
- Craig Parry, Australian golfer
- Rob Zombie, American singer-songwriter, producer, actor, and director
- Jeff Bezos, American computer scientist and businessman, founded Amazon.com
- François Girard, Canadian director and screenwriter
- Nando Reis, Brazilian singer-songwriter, guitarist, and producer
- Joe Quesada, American author and illustrator
- Richie Richardson, Antiguan cricketer
- Luna Vachon, American-Canadian wrestler and manager (d. 2010)
- Simon Russell Beale, Malaysia-born English actor and historian
- Oliver Platt, Canadian-American actor
- Dominique Wilkins, French-American basketball player and manager
- B. Brian Blair, American wrestler and politician
- Per Gessle, Swedish singer-songwriter, guitarist, and producer
- Christiane Amanpour, English-born Iranian-American journalist
- Curt Fraser, American-Canadian ice hockey player and coach
- John Lasseter, American animator, director, and producer
- Jeremy Sams, English director, playwright, and composer
- Nikolai Noskov, Russian rock singer and singer-songwriter
- Tom Ardolino, American rock drummer (d. 2012)
- Howard Stern, American radio host, actor, and author
- Martin Kylhammar, Swedish professor of culture and society
- Mary Harron, Canadian director and screenwriter
- Phil Perry, American singer-songwriter and producer
- Ricky Van Shelton, American country singer-songwriter and guitarist
- John Walker, New Zealand runner and politician
- Walter Mosley, American novelist
- Kirstie Alley, American actress and producer
- Chris Bell, American singer-songwriter and guitarist (d. 1978)
- Rush Limbaugh, American talk show host and author (d. 2021)
- Drew Pearson, American football player and sportscaster
- Sheila Jackson Lee, American lawyer, judge, and politician
- Göran Lindblad, Swedish dentist and politician
- Bob McEwen, American businessman and politician
- Dorrit Moussaieff, Israeli-Icelandic jewelry designer and businesswoman, 5th First Lady of Iceland
- Kentarō Haneda, Japanese pianist and composer (d. 2007)
- Ottmar Hitzfeld, German footballer and manager
- Hamadi Jebali, Tunisian engineer, journalist, and politician, 19th Prime Minister of Tunisia
- Haruki Murakami, Japanese novelist, short-story writer, and essayist
- Kenny Allen, English footballer
- Anthony Andrews, English actor and producer
- Gordon Campbell, Canadian educator and politician, 34th Premier of British Columbia
- Brendan Foster, English runner and sportscaster
- William Nicholson, English author and screenwriter
- Richard Carwardine, English historian and academic
- Tom Dempsey, American football player and educator (d. 2020)
- Sally Hamwee, Baroness Hamwee, English politician
- Hazel Cosgrove, Lady Cosgrove, Scottish lawyer and judge
- George Duke, American keyboard player, composer, and educator (d. 2013)
- Maggie Bell, Scottish singer-songwriter
- Hans Henning Atrott, German author and theorist
- Joe Frazier, American boxer (d. 2011)
- Cynthia Robinson, American R&B trumpet player and singer (d 2015)
- Bernardine Dohrn, American domestic terrorist, political activist and academic
- Long John Baldry, English-Canadian singer-songwriter and voice actor (d. 2005)
- Fiona Caldicott, English psychiatrist and psychotherapist
- Chet Jastremski, American swimmer and physician (d. 2014)
- Bob Hewitt, Australian-South African tennis player
- Ronald Shannon Jackson, American drummer and composer (d. 2013)
- Dick Motz, New Zealand cricketer (d. 2007)
- Qazi Hussain Ahmad, Pakistani scholar and politician (d. 2013)
- Shirley Eaton, English actress
- Jennifer Hilton, Baroness Hilton of Eggardon, English police officer and politician
- Raimonds Pauls, Latvian pianist and composer
- Brajanath Ratha, Indian poet and activist (d. 2014)
- Mufti Mohammad Sayeed, Indian lawyer and politician, Indian Minister of Home Affairs (d. 2016)
- Teresa del Conde, Mexican historian and critic (d. 2017)
- Kreskin, American mentalist
- Alan Sharp, Scottish-American author and screenwriter (d. 2013)
- Mick Sullivan, English rugby player and coach (d. 2016)
- Pavlos Matesis, Greek author and playwright (d. 2013)
- Des O'Connor, Comedian Singer & TV Presenter (d. 2020)
- Tim Horton, Canadian ice hockey player and businessman, founded Tim Hortons (d. 1974)
- Jennifer Johnston, Irish author and playwright
- Glenn Yarbrough, American singer and actor (d. 2016)
- Alasdair MacIntyre, Scottish-American philosopher and academic
- Jaakko Hintikka, Finnish philosopher and logician (d. 2015)
- Ruth Brown, American R&B singer-songwriter and actress (d. 2006)
- Morton Feldman, American composer and academic (d. 1987)
- Ray Price, American singer-songwriter and guitarist (d. 2013)
- Bill Burrud, American television host, producer, and actor (d. 1990)
- Olivier Gendebien, Belgian racing driver and businessman (d. 1998)
- Ira Hayes, American marine who raised the U.S. flag on Iwo Jima (d. 1955)
- Tadeusz Żychiewicz, Polish journalist and historian (d. 1994)
- James Farmer, American activist and politician, co-founded Congress of Racial Equality (d. 1999)
- Jerzy Zubrzycki, Polish-Australian sociologist and academic (d. 2009)
- Walter Hendl, American pianist, composer, and conductor (d. 2007)
- Jimmy Skinner, Canadian ice hockey player and coach (d. 2007)
- Ruth R. Benerito, American chemist and inventor (d. 2013)
- Mary Wilson, Baroness Wilson of Rievaulx, British poet and Spouse of the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom (d. 2018)
- P. W. Botha, South African politician, 8th Prime Minister of South Africa (d. 2006)
- Paul Jarrico, American screenwriter and producer (d. 1997)
- Joseph-Aurèle Plourde, Canadian archbishop and academic (d. 2013)
- Mieko Kamiya, Japanese psychiatrist and psychologist (d. 1979)
- Richard Kuremaa, Estonian footballer (d. 1991)
- Patsy Kelly, American actress and comedian (d. 1981)
- Luise Rainer, German-English actress (d. 2014)
- Jean Delannoy, French actor, director, and screenwriter (d. 2008)
- Clement Hurd, American illustrator (d. 1988)
- Sergei Korolev, Russian colonel and engineer (d. 1966)
- Emmanuel Levinas, Lithuanian-French historian, philosopher, and academic (d. 1995)
- Nihal Atsız, Turkish author, poet, and philosopher (d. 1975)
- James Bennett Griffin, American archaeologist and academic (d. 1997)
- Tex Ritter, American actor and singer (d. 1974)
- Mississippi Fred McDowell, American singer-songwriter and guitarist (d. 1972)
- Igor Kurchatov, Russian physicist and academic (d. 1960)
- Andrew J. Transue, American politician and attorney (Morissette v. United States) (d. 1995)
- Karl Künstler, German SS officer (d. 1945)
- Pierre Bernac, French opera singer and educator (d. 1979)
- Paul Hermann Müller, Swiss chemist and academic, Nobel Prize laureate (d. 1965)
- Uberto De Morpurgo, Italian tennis player (d. 1961)
- David Wechsler, Romanian-American psychologist and author (d. 1981)
- Leo Aryeh Mayer, Polish-Israeli scholar and academic (d. 1959)
- Georges Carpentier, French boxer and actor (d. 1975)
- Hermann Göring, German commander, pilot, and politician, Minister President of Prussia (d. 1946)
- Alfred Rosenberg, Estonian-German architect and politician, Reich Minister for the Occupied Eastern Territories (d. 1946)
- Mikhail Gurevich, Russian engineer and businessman, co-founded the Russian Aircraft Corporation (d. 1976)
- Johannes Vares, Estonian poet, physician, and politician (d. 1946)
- Mirza Basheer-ud-Din Mahmood Ahmad, Indian-Pakistani spiritual leader (d. 1965)
- Thomas Ashe, Irish Republican died while on Hunger Strike (d. 1917)
- Texas Guinan, American entertainer and bootlegger (d. 1933)
- Milton Sills, American actor and screenwriter (d. 1930)
- Ray Harroun, American race car driver and engineer (d. 1968)
- Anton Uesson, Estonian engineer and politician, 17th Mayor of Tallinn (d. 1942)
- Ferenc Molnár, Hungarian-American author and playwright (d. 1952)
- Frank J. Corr, American lawyer and politician, 45th Mayor of Chicago (d. 1934)
- Fevzi Çakmak, Turkish field marshal and politician, Prime Minister of the Turkish Provisional Government (d. 1950)
- Jack London, American novelist and journalist (d. 1916)
- Ermanno Wolf-Ferrari, Italian composer and educator (d. 1948)
- Laura Adams Armer, American author and photographer (d. 1963)
- Spyridon Louis, Greek runner (d. 1940)
- Bhagwan Das, Indian philosopher, academic, and politician (d. 1958)
- Swami Vivekananda, Indian monk and philosopher (d. 1902)
- John Singer Sargent, American painter and academic (d. 1925)
- Gregorio Ricci-Curbastro, Italian mathematician (d. 1925)
- Jean Béraud, Russian-French painter and academic (d. 1935)
- Adolf Jensen, German pianist and composer (d. 1879)
- Étienne Lenoir, Belgian engineer, designed the internal combustion engine (d. 1900)
- Priscilla Susan Bury, British botanist (d. 1872)
- Gideon Brecher, Austrian physician and author (d. 1873)
- Johan August Arfwedson, Swedish chemist and academic (d. 1841)
- Sir Robert Inglis, 2nd Baronet, English politician (d. 1855)
- Mikhail Speransky, Russian academic and politician (d. 1839)
- Ferdinand I of the Two Sicilies (d. 1825)
- Johann Heinrich Pestalozzi, Swiss philosopher and educator (d. 1827)
- Edmund Burke, Irish philosopher, academic, and politician (d. 1797)
- Frances Brooke, English author and playwright (d. 1789)
- Samuel Langdon, American minister, theologian, and academic (d. 1797)
- Duke Ferdinand of Brunswick-Wolfenbüttel, Prussian field marshal (d. 1792)
- Antonio de Ulloa, Spanish general and politician, 1st Spanish Governor of Louisiana (d. 1795)
- Jacques Duphly, French organist and composer (d. 1789)
- Gaetano Latilla, Italian composer (d. 1788)
- Godscall Paleologue, possibly last member of the Palaiologos dynasty (d. ????)
- Rosalba Carriera, Italian painter (d. 1757)
- Charles Perrault, French author and academic (d. 1703)
- Jijabai Shahaji Bhosale, mother of Indian king Shivaji (d. 1674)
- François Duquesnoy, Flemish sculptor and educator (d. 1643)
- Jusepe de Ribera, Spanish painter (d. 1652)
- John Winthrop, English lawyer and politician, 2nd Governor of the Massachusetts Bay Colony (d. 1649)
- Jan Baptist van Helmont, Flemish chemist and physician (d. 1644)
- Petrus Scriverius, Dutch historian and scholar (d. 1660)
- Charles Emmanuel I, Duke of Savoy (d. 1630)
- Henry III of Nassau-Breda (d. 1538)
Deaths On This Day
- Sir Roger Scruton, English philosopher and writer (b. 1944)
- Keith Jackson, American sports commentator and journalist (b. 1928)
- William Peter Blatty, American writer and filmmaker (b. 1928)
- Graham Taylor, former Grimsby Town player and former manager of the England football team. (b. 1944)
- Trevor Colbourn, American historian and academic (b. 1927)
- Robert Gover, American journalist and author (b. 1929)
- Carl Long, American baseball player (b. 1935)
- Elena Obraztsova, Russian soprano and actress (b. 1939)
- Inge Vermeulen, Brazilian-Dutch field hockey player (b. 1985)
- Alexandra Bastedo, English actress (b. 1946)
- Connie Binsfeld, American educator and politician, 58th Lieutenant Governor of Michigan (b. 1924)
- George Dement, American soldier, businessman, and politician (b. 1922)
- Precious Bryant, American singer-songwriter and guitarist (b. 1942)
- Flor María Chalbaud, First Lady of Venezuela (b. 1921)
- Eugene Patterson, American journalist and activist (b. 1923)
- Bjørn G. Andersen, Norwegian geologist and academic (b. 1924)
- Glenda Dickerson, American director, choreographer, and educator (b. 1945)
- Bill Janklow, American lawyer and politician, 27th Governor of South Dakota (b. 1939)
- Charles H. Price II, American businessman and diplomat, United States Ambassador to the United Kingdom (b. 1931)
- Jim Stanley, American football player and coach (b. 1935)
- Daniel Bensaïd, French philosopher and author (b. 1946)
- Hasib Sabbagh, Palestinian businessman and philanthropist, co-founded Consolidated Contractors Company (b. 1920)
- Claude Berri, French actor, director, and screenwriter (b. 1934)
- Max Beck, American intersex advocate (b. 1966)
- Alice Coltrane, American pianist and composer (b. 1937)
- James Killen, Australian soldier, lawyer, and politician, 38th Australian Minister for Defence (b. 1925)
- Pablita Velarde, Santa Clara Pueblo (Native American) painter (b. 1918)
- Amrish Puri, Indian actor (b. 1932)
- Olga Ladyzhenskaya, Russian mathematician and academic (b. 1921)
- Dean Amadon, American ornithologist and author (b. 1912)
- Kinji Fukasaku, Japanese actor, director, and screenwriter (b. 1930)
- Leopoldo Galtieri, Argentine general and politician, 44th President of Argentina (b. 1926)
- Maurice Gibb, Manx-Australian singer-songwriter, guitarist, and producer (b. 1949)
- Alan Nunn May, English physicist and spy (b. 1911)
- Cyrus Vance, American lawyer and politician, 57th U.S. Secretary of State (b. 1917)
- Luiz Bonfá, Brazilian guitarist and composer (b. 1922)
- William Redington Hewlett, American engineer and businessman, co-founded Hewlett-Packard (b. 1913)
- Marc Davis, American animator and screenwriter (b. 1913)
- Bobby Phills, American basketball player (b. 1969)
- Doug Wickenheiser, Canadian-American ice hockey player (b. 1961)
- Roger Clark, English racing driver (b. 1939)
- Jean-Edern Hallier, French author (b. 1936)
- Charles Brenton Huggins, Canadian-American physician and physiologist, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1901)
- Joachim Nitsche, German mathematician and academic (b. 1926)
- Gustav Naan, Estonian physicist and philosopher (b. 1919)
- Kumar Gandharva, a Hindustani classical singer (b. 1924)
- Robert Jackson, Australian public servant and diplomat (b. 1911)
- Laurence J. Peter, Canadian-American author and educator (b. 1919)
- Connie Mulder, South African politician (b. 1925)
- Piero Taruffi, Italian racing driver and motorcycle racer (b. 1906)
- Nikolai Podgorny, Ukrainian engineer and politician (b. 1903)
- Henri-Georges Clouzot, French director and screenwriter (b. 1907)
- Agatha Christie, English crime novelist, short story writer, and playwright (b. 1890)
- Princess Patricia of Connaught (b. 1886)
- Roy Franklin Nichols, American historian and academic (b. 1896)
- John Tovey, 1st Baron Tovey, English admiral (b. 1885)
- Burhan Asaf Belge, Turkish diplomat (b. 1887)
- Lorraine Hansberry, American author, playwright, and director (b. 1936)
- Ariadna Tyrkova-Williams, Russian journalist and activist (b. 1869)
- Nevil Shute, English engineer and author (b. 1899)
- Charles Hatfield, American meteorologist (b. 1875)
- Lance C. Wade, American commander and pilot (b. 1915)
- Jan Campert, Dutch journalist and critic (b. 1902)
- Ralph Hitz, Austrian-American hotelier (b. 1891)
- Edward Smith, English lieutenant, Victoria Cross recipient (b. 1898)
- Oscar Florianus Bluemner, German-American painter and illustrator (b. 1867)
- Paul Kochanski, Polish violinist and composer (b. 1887)
- Austin Chapman, Australian businessman and politician, 4th Australian Minister for Defence (b. 1864)
- Gervase Elwes, English tenor and actor (b. 1866)
- Georgios Theotokis, Greek lawyer and politician, 80th Prime Minister of Greece (b. 1844)
- Andreas Papagiannakopoulos, Greek journalist, judge, and politician (b. 1845)
- Hermann Minkowski, Lithuanian-German mathematician and academic (b. 1864)
- Hiram Walker, American businessman, founded Canadian Club (b. 1816)
- James Caulfeild, 3rd Earl of Charlemont, Irish politician, Lord Lieutenant of Tyrone (b. 1820)
- William Reeves, Irish bishop and historian (b. 1815)
- Václav Hanka, Czech philologist and author (b. 1791)
- Ľudovít Štúr, Slovak philologist and politician (b. 1815)
- William Grenville, 1st Baron Grenville, English academic and politician, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom (b. 1759)
- Marie-Antoine Carême, French chef (b. 1784)
- Karl Wilhelm Friedrich Schlegel, German philosopher, poet, and critic (b. 1772)
- Richard Challoner, English bishop (b. 1691)
- François Bigot, French politician (b. 1703)
- Hugh Mercer, Scottish-American general and physician (b. 1726)
- Johann Melchior Molter, German violinist and composer (b. 1696)
- Anne, Princess Royal and Princess of Orange (b. 1709)
- John Eccles, English composer (b. 1668)
- John Horsley, English-Scottish historian and author (b. 1685)
- William Ashhurst, English banker and politician, Lord Mayor of London (b. 1647)
- Marguerite Bourgeoys, French-Canadian nun and saint, founded the Congregation of Notre Dame of Montreal (b. 1620)
- Giacomo Carissimi, Italian priest and composer (b. 1605)
- Pierre de Fermat, French mathematician and lawyer (b. 1601)
- Maximilian I, Holy Roman Emperor (b. 1459)
- Eleanor Maltravers, English noblewoman (b. 1345)
- Marie of Brabant, Queen of France (b. 1256)
- John Dalderby, bishop of Lincoln
- Aelred of Rievaulx, English monk and saint (b. 1110)
- Louis I, Landgrave of Thuringia
- Sang Weihan, Chinese chief of staff (b. 898)
- Ahmad Samani, Samanid emir
- Benedict Biscop, English scholar and saint, founded the Monkwearmouth-Jarrow Abbey (b. 628)