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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

2018
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.
2018
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.
2017
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.
2016
$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.
2016
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.
2016
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.
2016
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.
2015
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.
2013
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.
2013
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.
2011
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.
2009
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.
2009
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.
2008
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.
2007
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.
2006
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.
2006
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.
2006
N.C. Lottery opens period for advertising bids. The North Carolina Education Lottery opened the bidding Wednesday for its advertising contract.
2006
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.
2006
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.
2006
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.
2006
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.
2006
Largest Lotto South winner ignored wife to play lottery. Last Saturday, William Griffin won the largest Lotto South payout in history.
2005
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.
2005
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.
2005
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.
2005
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.
2005
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.
2004
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.
2004
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.
2004
Mega Millions jackpot increases to $26 million. The jackpot in the multistate Mega Millions lottery drawing has reached $26 million.
2004
Florida Lotto jackpot hits $21 million. No ticket matched all six Florida Lotto numbers Saturday night, increasing the jackpot to $21 million.
2004
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.
2004
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
Multi-State
Powerball
Draw Date
Jan 13, 2016
2.$296 Million
Multi-State
Powerball
Draw Date
Jan 15, 2020
3.$246 Million
Multi-State
Mega Millions
Draw Date
Jan 13, 2015
4.$176 Million
Multi-State
Powerball
Draw Date
Jan 14, 2015
5.$155 Million
Multi-State
Powerball
Draw Date
Jan 13, 2007
6.$146 Million
Multi-State
Powerball
Draw Date
Jan 14, 2009
7.$137 Million
Multi-State
Mega Millions
Draw Date
Jan 13, 2017
8.€103 Million
US$124.76 Million
Multi-Country
Euro Millions
Draw Date
Jan 13, 2006
9.$121 Million
Multi-State
Powerball
Draw Date
Jan 14, 2017
10.$111 Million
Multi-State
Mega Millions
Draw Date
Jan 14, 2005
11.€84.71 Million
US$103.36 Million
Draw Date
Jan 13, 2018
12.€89.88 Million
US$103.07 Million
Draw Date
Jan 12, 2019
13.€90 Million
US$99.23 Million
Multi-Country
Euro Millions
Draw Date
Jan 14, 2020
14.$96 Million
Multi-State
Powerball
Draw Date
Jan 12, 2019
15.$93 Million
Multi-State
Powerball
Draw Date
Jan 15, 2014
16.$91 Million
Multi-State
Mega Millions
Draw Date
Jan 14, 2020
17.€58 Million
US$83.45 Million
Multi-Country
Euro Millions
Draw Date
Jan 15, 2010
18.$83 Million
Multi-State
Powerball
Draw Date
Jan 12, 2008
19.$81 Million
California
SuperLotto Plus
Draw Date
Jan 12, 2005
20.€55 Million
US$80.48 Million
Multi-Country
Euro Millions
Draw Date
Jan 18, 2008
21.$80 Million
Multi-State
Powerball
Draw Date
Jan 12, 2013
22.€73.71 Million
US$78.36 Million
Draw Date
Jan 12, 2017
23.$76 Million
Multi-State
Powerball
Draw Date
Jan 14, 2006
24.€69 Million
US$74.87 Million
Multi-Country
Euro Millions
Draw Date
Jan 12, 2016
25.$71 Million
California
SuperLotto Plus
Draw Date
Jan 14, 2006

Lottery Post Member Birthdays On This Day

1987
Monday, Jan 12, 1987
33 years old
1982
Tuesday, Jan 12, 1982
38 years old
1980
Saturday, Jan 12, 1980
40 years old
1978
Thursday, Jan 12, 1978
42 years old
1977
Wednesday, Jan 12, 1977
43 years old
1975
Sunday, Jan 12, 1975
45 years old
1975
Sunday, Jan 12, 1975
45 years old
1972
Wednesday, Jan 12, 1972
48 years old
1971
Tuesday, Jan 12, 1971
49 years old
1968
Friday, Jan 12, 1968
52 years old
1967
Thursday, Jan 12, 1967
53 years old
1966
Wednesday, Jan 12, 1966
54 years old
1961
Thursday, Jan 12, 1961
59 years old
1961
Thursday, Jan 12, 1961
59 years old
1959
Monday, Jan 12, 1959
61 years old
1948
Monday, Jan 12, 1948
72 years old
(year not provided)
(year not provided)

Worldwide Events On This Day

2016
Ten people are killed and 15 wounded in a bombing near the Blue Mosque in Istanbul.
2015
Government raids kill 143 Boko Haram fighters in Kolofata, Cameroon.
2012
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.
2010
An earthquake in Haiti occurs, killing over 100,000 people and destroying much of the capital Port-au-Prince.
2006
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.
2005
Deep Impact launches from Cape Canaveral on a Delta II rocket.
2004
The world's largest ocean liner, RMS Queen Mary 2, makes its maiden voyage.
2001
Downtown Disney opens to the public as part of the Disneyland Resort in Anaheim, California.
1998
Nineteen European nations agree to forbid human cloning.
1991
Persian Gulf War: An act of the U.S. Congress authorizes the use of American military force to drive Iraq out of Kuwait.
1990
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.
1986
Space Shuttle program: Congressman Bill Nelson lifts off from Kennedy Space Center aboard Columbia on mission STS-61-C as a payload specialist.
1976
The United Nations Security Council votes 11-1 to allow the Palestine Liberation Organization to participate in a Security Council debate (without voting rights).
1971
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.
1970
Biafra capitulates, ending the Nigerian Civil War.
1969
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.
1967
Dr. James Bedford becomes the first person to be cryonically preserved with intent of future resuscitation.
1966
Lyndon B. Johnson states that the United States should stay in South Vietnam until Communist aggression there is ended.
1964
Rebels in Zanzibar begin a revolt known as the Zanzibar Revolution and proclaim a republic.
1962
Vietnam War: Operation Chopper, the first American combat mission in the war, takes place.
1945
World War II: The Red Army begins the Vistula-Oder Offensive.
1942
World War II: United States President Franklin D. Roosevelt creates the National War Labor Board.
1932
Hattie Caraway becomes the first woman elected to the United States Senate.
1921
Acting to restore confidence in baseball after the Black Sox Scandal, Judge Kenesaw Mountain Landis is elected as Major League Baseball's first commissioner.
1918
The Minnie Pit Disaster coal mining accident occurs in Halmer End, Staffordshire, in which 155 men and boys die.
1916
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.
1915
The United States House of Representatives rejects a proposal to require states to give women the right to vote.
1911
The University of the Philippines College of Law is formally established; three future Philippine presidents are among the first enrollees.
1908
A long-distance radio message is sent from the Eiffel Tower for the first time.
1895
The National Trust is founded in the United Kingdom.
1872
Yohannes IV is crowned Emperor of Ethiopia in Axum, the first imperial coronation in that city in over 200 years.
1866
The Royal Aeronautical Society is formed in London.
1848
The Palermo rising takes place in Sicily against the Bourbon Kingdom of the Two Sicilies.
1808
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.
1808
The organizational meeting leading to the creation of the Wernerian Natural History Society, a former Scottish learned society, is held in Edinburgh.
1616
The city of Belém, Brazil is founded on the Amazon River delta, by Portuguese captain Francisco Caldeira Castelo Branco.
1554
Bayinnaung, who would go on to assemble the largest empire in the history of Southeast Asia, is crowned King of Burma.
1528
Gustav I of Sweden is crowned King of Sweden, having already reigned since his election in June 1523.

Births On This Day

1995
Alessio Romagnoli, Italian footballer
1993
Zayn Malik, English singer-songwriter
1993
Simone Pecorini, Italian footballer
1993
Do Kyungsoo, South Korean singer and member of boy band EXO
1992
Ishak Belfodil, Algerian footballer
1992
Samuele Longo, Italian footballer
1991
Pixie Lott, English singer-songwriter, dancer, and actress
1991
Matt Srama, Australian rugby league player
1989
Thiemo-Jérôme Kialka, German footballer
1989
Axel Witsel, Belgian footballer
1988
Claude Giroux, Canadian ice hockey player
1987
Naya Rivera, American actress and singer
1987
Salvatore Sirigu, Italian footballer
1986
Kehoma Brenner, German rugby player
1986
Miguel Ángel Nieto, Spanish footballer
1985
Artem Milevskiy, Ukrainian footballer
1985
Issa Rae, American actress, writer, director, producer and web series creator
1985
Borja Valero, Spanish footballer
1984
Daniel Sepulveda, American football player
1984
Jonathan Zydko, French footballer
1982
Paul-Henri Mathieu, French tennis player
1982
Hans Van Alphen, Belgian decathlete
1982
Dean Whitehead, English footballer
1982
Dontrelle Willis, American baseball player
1981
Amerie, American singer-songwriter, producer, and actress
1981
João Paulo Daniel, Brazilian footballer
1981
Dan Klecko, American football player
1981
Angus Macdonald, New Zealand rugby player
1981
Luis Ernesto Pérez, Mexican footballer
1980
Bobby Crosby, American baseball player
1979
Marián Hossa, Slovak ice hockey player
1979
Lee Bo-young, South Korean actress and model
1979
Grzegorz Rasiak, Polish footballer
1979
David Zabriskie, American cyclist
1978
Luis Ayala, Mexican baseball player
1978
Maurizio Zaffiri, Italian rugby player
1977
Yoandy Garlobo, Cuban baseball player
1975
Jason Freese, American saxophonist, songwriter, and producer
1975
Jocelyn Thibault, Canadian ice hockey player and coach
1974
Melanie C, English singer-songwriter and actress
1974
Tor Arne Hetland, Norwegian skier
1973
Brian Culbertson, American pianist and producer
1973
Hande Yener, Turkish singer-songwriter, producer, and actress
1972
Priyanka Gandhi, Indian politician
1972
Espen Knutsen, Norwegian ice hockey player and coach
1972
Paul Wilson, Australian cricketer and umpire
1971
Scott Burrell, American basketball player and coach
1970
Zack de la Rocha, American singer-songwriter
1969
David Mitchell, English novelist
1969
Margaret Nagle, American screenwriter and producer
1968
Junichi Masuda, Japanese director, producer, and composer
1968
Heather Mills, English businesswoman, activist and model
1968
Mauro Silva, Brazilian footballer
1967
Vendela Kirsebom, Norwegian-Swedish model and actress
1966
Olivier Martinez, French actor
1966
Craig Parry, Australian golfer
1965
Raekwon, American rapper
1965
Rob Zombie, American singer-songwriter, producer, actor, and director
1964
Jeff Bezos, American computer scientist and businessman, founded Amazon.com
1963
François Girard, Canadian director and screenwriter
1963
Nando Reis, Brazilian singer-songwriter, guitarist, and producer
1962
Joe Quesada, American author and illustrator
1962
Richie Richardson, Antiguan cricketer
1962
Luna Vachon, American-Canadian wrestler and manager (d. 2010)
1961
Simon Russell Beale, Malaysia-born English actor and historian
1960
Oliver Platt, Canadian-American actor
1960
Dominique Wilkins, French-American basketball player and manager
1959
B. Brian Blair, American wrestler and politician
1959
Per Gessle, Swedish singer-songwriter, guitarist, and producer
1958
Christiane Amanpour, English-born Iranian-American journalist
1958
Curt Fraser, American-Canadian ice hockey player and coach
1957
John Lasseter, American animator, director, and producer
1957
Jeremy Sams, English director, playwright, and composer
1956
Nikolai Noskov, Russian rock singer and singer-songwriter
1955
Tom Ardolino, American rock drummer (NRBQ) (d. 2012)
1954
Howard Stern, American radio host, actor, and author
1954
Martin Kylhammar, Swedish professor of culture and society
1953
Mary Harron, Canadian director and screenwriter
1952
Phil Perry, American singer-songwriter and producer
1952
Ricky Van Shelton, American country singer-songwriter and guitarist
1952
John Walker, New Zealand runner and politician
1952
Walter Mosley, American novelist
1951
Kirstie Alley, American actress and producer
1951
Chris Bell, American singer-songwriter and guitarist (d. 1978)
1951
Rush Limbaugh, American talk show host and author
1951
Drew Pearson, American football player and sportscaster
1950
Sheila Jackson Lee, American lawyer, judge, and politician
1950
Göran Lindblad, Swedish dentist and politician
1950
Bob McEwen, American businessman and politician
1950
Dorrit Moussaieff, Israeli-Icelandic jewelry designer and businesswoman, 5th First Lady of Iceland
1949
Kentarō Haneda, Japanese pianist and composer (d. 2007)
1949
Ottmar Hitzfeld, German footballer and manager
1949
Hamadi Jebali, Tunisian engineer, journalist, and politician, 19th Prime Minister of Tunisia
1949
Haruki Murakami, Japanese novelist, short-story writer, and essayist
1948
Kenny Allen, English footballer
1948
Anthony Andrews, English actor and producer
1948
Gordon Campbell, Canadian educator and politician, 34th Premier of British Columbia
1948
Brendan Foster, English runner and sportscaster
1948
William Nicholson, English author and screenwriter
1947
Richard Carwardine, English historian and academic
1947
Tom Dempsey, American football player and educator
1947
Sally Hamwee, Baroness Hamwee, English politician
1946
Hazel Cosgrove, Lady Cosgrove, Scottish lawyer and judge
1946
George Duke, American keyboard player, composer, and educator (d. 2013)
1945
Maggie Bell, Scottish singer-songwriter
1944
Hans Henning Atrott, German author and theorist
1944
Joe Frazier, American boxer (d. 2011)
1944
Cynthia Robinson, American R&B trumpet player and singer (d 2015)
1942
Bernardine Dohrn, American domestic terrorist, political activist and academic
1941
Long John Baldry, English-Canadian singer-songwriter and voice actor (d. 2005)
1941
Fiona Caldicott, English psychiatrist and psychotherapist
1941
Chet Jastremski, American swimmer and physician (d. 2014)
1940
Bob Hewitt, Australian-South African tennis player
1940
Ronald Shannon Jackson, American drummer and composer (d. 2013)
1940
Dick Motz, New Zealand cricketer (d. 2007)
1939
William Lee Golden, American singer-songwriter and painter
1939
Jacques Hamelink, Dutch poet, novelist and literary critic
1939
Jim Palosaari, American evangelist (d. 2011)
1938
Qazi Hussain Ahmad, Pakistani scholar and politician (d. 2013)
1937
Shirley Eaton, English actress
1936
Jennifer Hilton, Baroness Hilton of Eggardon, English police officer and politician
1936
Raimonds Pauls, Latvian pianist and composer
1936
Brajanath Ratha, Indian poet and activist (d. 2014)
1936
Mufti Mohammad Sayeed, Indian lawyer and politician, Indian Minister of Home Affairs (d. 2016)
1935
Teresa del Conde, Mexican historian and critic (d. 2017)
1935
Kreskin, American mentalist
1934
Alan Sharp, Scottish-American author and screenwriter (d. 2013)
1934
Mick Sullivan, English rugby player and coach (d. 2016)
1933
Michael Aspel, English television host
1933
Pavlos Matesis, Greek author and playwright (d. 2013)
1932
Des O'Connor, English comedian, singer, and television host
1930
Tim Horton, Canadian ice hockey player and businessman, founded Tim Hortons (d. 1974)
1930
Jennifer Johnston, Irish author and playwright
1930
Glenn Yarbrough, American singer and actor (d. 2016)
1929
Alasdair MacIntyre, Scottish-American philosopher and academic
1929
Jaakko Hintikka, Finnish philosopher and logician (d. 2015)
1928
Ruth Brown, American R&B singer-songwriter and actress (d. 2006)
1928
Lloyd Ruby, American race car driver (d. 2009)
1926
Morton Feldman, American composer and academic (d. 1987)
1926
Ray Price, American singer-songwriter and guitarist (d. 2013)
1925
Bill Burrud, American television host, producer, and actor (d. 1990)
1924
Olivier Gendebien, Belgian race car driver and businessman (d. 1998)
1924
Chris Chase, American model, actress, and journalist (d. 2013)
1923
Vic Allen, English sociologist, economist, and historian (d. 2014)
1923
Ira Hayes, American marine who raised the U.S. flag on Iwo Jima (d. 1955)
1922
Tadeusz Żychiewicz, Polish journalist and historian (d. 1994)
1920
James Farmer, American activist and politician, co-founded Congress of Racial Equality (d. 1999)
1920
Jerzy Zubrzycki, Polish-Australian sociologist and academic (d. 2009)
1917
Walter Hendl, American pianist, composer, and conductor (d. 2007)
1917
Jimmy Skinner, Canadian ice hockey player and coach (d. 2007)
1916
Ruth R. Benerito, American chemist and inventor (d. 2013)
1916
Mary Wilson, Baroness Wilson of Rievaulx, British poet and Spouse of the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom (d. 2018)
1916
P. W. Botha, South African politician, 8th Prime Minister of South Africa (d. 2006)
1915
Paul Jarrico, American screenwriter and producer (d. 1997)
1915
Joseph-Aurèle Plourde, Canadian archbishop and academic (d. 2013)
1914
Mieko Kamiya, Japanese psychiatrist and psychologist (d. 1979)
1912
Richard Kuremaa, Estonian footballer (d. 1991)
1910
Patsy Kelly, American actress and comedian (d. 1981)
1910
Luise Rainer, German-English actress (d. 2014)
1908
Jean Delannoy, French actor, director, and screenwriter (d. 2008)
1908
Clement Hurd, American illustrator (d. 1988)
1907
Sergei Korolev, Russian colonel and engineer (d. 1966)
1906
Emmanuel Levinas, Lithuanian-French historian, philosopher, and academic (d. 1995)
1905
Nihal Atsız, Turkish author, poet, and philosopher (d. 1975)
1905
James Bennett Griffin, American archaeologist and academic (d. 1997)
1905
Tex Ritter, American actor and singer (d. 1974)
1904
Mississippi Fred McDowell, American singer-songwriter and guitarist (d. 1972)
1903
Igor Kurchatov, Russian physicist and academic (d. 1960)
1901
Karl Künstler, German SS officer (d. 1945)
1899
Pierre Bernac, French opera singer and educator (d. 1979)
1899
Paul Hermann Müller, Swiss chemist and academic, Nobel Prize laureate (d. 1965)
1896
David Wechsler, Romanian-American psychologist and author (d. 1981)
1895
Leo Aryeh Mayer, Polish-Israeli scholar and academic (d. 1959)
1894
Georges Carpentier, French boxer and actor (d. 1975)
1893
Hermann Göring, German commander, pilot, and politician, Minister President of Prussia (d. 1946)
1893
Alfred Rosenberg, Estonian-German architect and politician, Reich Minister for the Occupied Eastern Territories (d. 1946)
1892
Mikhail Gurevich, Russian engineer and businessman, co-founded the Russian Aircraft Corporation (d. 1976)
1890
Johannes Vares, Estonian poet, physician, and politician (d. 1946)
1889
Mirza Basheer-ud-Din Mahmood Ahmad, Indian-Pakistani spiritual leader (d. 1965)
1884
Texas Guinan, Canadian-American entertainer and bootlegger (d. 1933)
1882
Milton Sills, American actor and screenwriter (d. 1930)
1879
Ray Harroun, American race car driver and engineer (d. 1968)
1879
Anton Uesson, Estonian engineer and politician, 17th Mayor of Tallinn (d. 1942)
1878
Ferenc Molnár, Hungarian-American author and playwright (d. 1952)
1877
Frank J. Corr, American lawyer and politician, 45th Mayor of Chicago (d. 1934)
1876
Fevzi Çakmak, Turkish field marshal and politician, Prime Minister of the Turkish Provisional Government (d. 1950)
1876
Jack London, American novelist and journalist (d. 1916)
1876
Ermanno Wolf-Ferrari, Italian composer and educator (d. 1948)
1874
Laura Adams Armer, American author and photographer (d. 1963)
1873
Spyridon Louis, Greek runner (d. 1940)
1869
Bhagwan Das, Indian philosopher, academic, and politician (d. 1958)
1863
Swami Vivekananda, Indian monk and philosopher (d. 1902)
1856
John Singer Sargent, American painter and academic (d. 1925)
1853
Gregorio Ricci-Curbastro, Italian mathematician (d. 1925)
1849
Jean Béraud, Russian-French painter and academic (d. 1935)
1837
Adolf Jensen, German pianist and composer (d. 1879)
1822
Étienne Lenoir, Belgian engineer, designed the internal combustion engine (d. 1900)
1799
Priscilla Susan Bury, British botanist (d. 1872)
1797
Gideon Brecher, Austrian physician and author (d. 1873)
1792
Johan August Arfwedson, Swedish chemist and academic (d. 1841)
1786
Sir Robert Inglis, 2nd Baronet, English politician (d. 1855)
1772
Mikhail Speransky, Russian academic and politician (d. 1839)
1751
Ferdinand I of the Two Sicilies (d. 1825)
1746
Johann Heinrich Pestalozzi, Swiss philosopher and educator (d. 1827)
1729
Edmund Burke, Irish philosopher, academic, and politician (d. 1797)
1724
Frances Brooke, English author and playwright (d. 1789)
1723
Samuel Langdon, American minister, theologian, and academic (d. 1797)
1721
Duke Ferdinand of Brunswick-Wolfenbüttel, Prussian field marshal (d. 1792)
1716
Antonio de Ulloa, Spanish general and politician, 1st Spanish Governor of Louisiana (d. 1795)
1715
Jacques Duphly, French organist and composer (d. 1789)
1711
Gaetano Latilla, Italian composer (d. 1788)
1673
Rosalba Carriera, Italian painter (d. 1757)
1628
Charles Perrault, French author and academic (d. 1703)
1598
Jijabai Shahaji Bhosale, venerated mother of Indian king Chatrapati Shivaji Maharaj (d. 1674)
1597
François Duquesnoy, Flemish sculptor and educator (d. 1643)
1591
Jusepe de Ribera, Spanish painter (d. 1652)
1588
John Winthrop, English lawyer and politician, 2nd Governor of the Massachusetts Bay Colony (d. 1649)
1577
Jan Baptist van Helmont, Flemish chemist and physician (d. 1644)
1576
Petrus Scriverius, Dutch historian and scholar (d. 1660)
1562
Charles Emmanuel I, Duke of Savoy (d. 1630)
1483
Henry III of Nassau-Breda (d. 1538)

Deaths On This Day

2018
Keith Jackson, American sports commentator and journalist (b. 1928)
2017
William Peter Blatty, American writer and filmmaker (b. 1928)
2017
Graham Taylor, former Grimsby Town player and former manager of the England football team. (b. 1944)
2015
Trevor Colbourn, American historian and academic (b. 1927)
2015
Robert Gover, American journalist and author (b. 1929)
2015
Carl Long, American baseball player (b. 1935)
2015
Elena Obraztsova, Russian soprano and actress (b. 1939)
2015
Inge Vermeulen, Brazilian-Dutch field hockey player (b. 1985)
2014
Alexandra Bastedo, English actress (b. 1946)
2014
Connie Binsfeld, American educator and politician, 58th Lieutenant Governor of Michigan (b. 1924)
2014
George Dement, American soldier, businessman, and politician (b. 1922)
2013
Precious Bryant, American singer-songwriter and guitarist (b. 1942)
2013
Eugene Patterson, American journalist and activist (b. 1923)
2012
Bjørn G. Andersen, Norwegian geologist and academic (b. 1924)
2012
Glenda Dickerson, American director, choreographer, and educator (b. 1945)
2012
Bill Janklow, American lawyer and politician, 27th Governor of South Dakota (b. 1939)
2012
Charles H. Price II, American businessman and diplomat, United States Ambassador to the United Kingdom (b. 1931)
2012
Jim Stanley, American football player and coach (b. 1935)
2010
Daniel Bensaïd, French philosopher and author (b. 1946)
2010
Hasib Sabbagh, Palestinian businessman and philanthropist, co-founded Consolidated Contractors Company (b. 1920)
2009
Claude Berri, French actor, director, and screenwriter (b. 1934)
2009
Russ Conway, Canadian-American actor (b. 1913)
2008
Max Beck, American intersex advocate (b. 1966)
2007
Alice Coltrane, American pianist and composer (b. 1937)
2007
James Killen, Australian soldier, lawyer, and politician, 38th Australian Minister for Defence (b. 1925)
2006
Pablita Velarde, Santa Clara Pueblo (Native American) painter (b. 1918)
2005
Amrish Puri, Indian actor (b. 1932)
2004
Olga Ladyzhenskaya, Russian mathematician and academic (b. 1921)
2003
Dean Amadon, American ornithologist and author (b. 1912)
2003
Kinji Fukasaku, Japanese actor, director, and screenwriter (b. 1930)
2003
Leopoldo Galtieri, Argentine general and politician, 44th President of Argentina (b. 1926)
2003
Maurice Gibb, Manx-Australian singer-songwriter, guitarist, and producer (b. 1949)
2003
Alan Nunn May, English physicist and spy (b. 1911)
2002
Cyrus Vance, American lawyer and politician, 57th U.S. Secretary of State (b. 1917)
2001
Luiz Bonfá, Brazilian guitarist and composer (b. 1922)
2001
William Redington Hewlett, American engineer and businessman, co-founded Hewlett-Packard (b. 1913)
2000
Marc Davis, American animator and screenwriter (b. 1913)
2000
Bobby Phills, American basketball player (b. 1969)
1999
Doug Wickenheiser, Canadian-American ice hockey player (b. 1961)
1998
Roger Clark, English race car driver (b. 1939)
1997
Jean-Edern Hallier, French author (b. 1936)
1997
Charles Brenton Huggins, Canadian-American physician and physiologist, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1901)
1996
Joachim Nitsche, German mathematician and academic (b. 1926)
1994
Gustav Naan, Estonian physicist and philosopher (b. 1919)
1992
Kumar Gandharva, a Hindustani classical singer (b. 1924)
1991
Robert Jackson, Australian public servant and diplomat (b. 1911)
1990
Laurence J. Peter, Canadian-American author and educator (b. 1919)
1988
Connie Mulder, South African politician (b. 1925)
1988
Piero Taruffi, Italian race car driver and motorcycle racer (b. 1906)
1983
Nikolai Podgorny, Ukrainian engineer and politician (b. 1903)
1977
Henri-Georges Clouzot, French director and screenwriter (b. 1907)
1976
Agatha Christie, English crime novelist, short story writer, and playwright (b. 1890)
1974
Princess Patricia of Connaught (b. 1886)
1973
Roy Franklin Nichols, American historian and academic (b. 1896)
1971
John Tovey, 1st Baron Tovey, English admiral (b. 1885)
1967
Burhan Asaf Belge, Turkish diplomat (b. 1887)
1965
Lorraine Hansberry, American author, playwright, and director (b. 1936)
1962
Ariadna Tyrkova-Williams, Russian journalist and activist (b. 1869)
1960
Nevil Shute, English engineer and author (b. 1899)
1958
Charles Hatfield, American meteorologist (b. 1875)
1944
Lance C. Wade, American commander and pilot (b. 1915)
1943
Jan Campert, Dutch journalist and critic (b. 1902)
1940
Ralph Hitz, Austrian-American hotelier (b. 1891)
1940
Edward Smith, English lieutenant, Victoria Cross recipient (b. 1898)
1938
Oscar Florianus Bluemner, German-American painter and illustrator (b. 1867)
1934
Paul Kochanski, Polish violinist and composer (b. 1887)
1926
Austin Chapman, Australian businessman and politician, 4th Australian Minister for Defence (b. 1864)
1921
Gervase Elwes, English tenor and actor (b. 1866)
1916
Georgios Theotokis, Greek lawyer and politician, 80th Prime Minister of Greece (b. 1844)
1911
Andreas Papagiannakopoulos, Greek journalist, judge, and politician (b. 1845)
1909
Hermann Minkowski, Lithuanian-German mathematician and academic (b. 1864)
1899
Hiram Walker, American businessman, founded Canadian Club (b. 1816)
1892
James Caulfeild, 3rd Earl of Charlemont, Irish politician, Lord Lieutenant of Tyrone (b. 1820)
1892
William Reeves, Irish bishop and historian (b. 1815)
1861
Václav Hanka, Czech philologist and author (b. 1791)
1856
Ľudovít Štúr, Slovak philologist and politician (b. 1815)
1834
William Grenville, 1st Baron Grenville, English academic and politician, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom (b. 1759)
1833
Marie-Antoine Carême, French chef (b. 1784)
1829
Karl Wilhelm Friedrich Schlegel, German philosopher, poet, and critic (b. 1772)
1781
Richard Challoner, English bishop (b. 1691)
1778
François Bigot, French politician (b. 1703)
1777
Hugh Mercer, Scottish-American general and physician (b. 1726)
1765
Johann Melchior Molter, German violinist and composer (b. 1696)
1759
Anne, Princess Royal and Princess of Orange (b. 1709)
1735
John Eccles, English composer (b. 1668)
1732
John Horsley, English-Scottish historian and author (b. 1685)
1720
William Ashhurst, English banker and politician, Lord Mayor of London (b. 1647)
1700
Marguerite Bourgeoys, French-Canadian nun and saint, founded the Congregation of Notre Dame of Montreal (b. 1620)
1674
Giacomo Carissimi, Italian priest and composer (b. 1605)
1665
Pierre de Fermat, French mathematician and lawyer (b. 1601)
1519
Maximilian I, Holy Roman Emperor (b. 1459)
1405
Eleanor Maltravers, English noblewoman (b. 1345)
1321
Marie of Brabant, Queen of France (b. 1256)
1320
John Dalderby, bishop of Lincoln
1167
Aelred of Rievaulx, English monk and saint (b. 1110)
1140
Louis I, Landgrave of Thuringia
947
Sang Weihan, Chinese chief of staff (b. 898)
914
Ahmad Samani, Samanid emir
690
Benedict Biscop, English scholar and saint, founded the Monkwearmouth-Jarrow Abbey (b. 628)