On This Day in History: January 17
January 17 is the 17th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. 348 days remain until the end of the year (349 in leap years).
Lottery News On This Day
- $730 MILLION: Powerball lottery jackpot skyrockets. For the first time ever, both the Powerball and Mega Millions multi-state lottery jackpots are simultaneously above $700 million, creating a total of $1.58 billion in jackpot prize money combined.
- Oregon man claims $8M lottery jackpot after accidentally putting winning ticket through the wash. Laundry day got very exciting for an Oregon man who accidentally washed his wallet, with a Megabucks ticket worth $8.4 million inside. Fortunately, it survived, even though two less-valuable tickets didn't.
- CT Lottery all-in on sports betting in state. The Connecticut Lottery is making a big push to include sports betting across the state.
- Oklahoma Lottery boosts sales with bigger prizes. Oklahomans spent 40 percent more on lottery tickets and scratch-offs since July 1 than they did during the same time period last year, a boost that has been attributed to changes that include larger payouts.
- N.C. woman hits Cash 5 jackpot for second time. A North Carolina woman plans to live debt-free this year, after she won a Cash 5 jackpot in the state lottery on Thursday, her second Cash 5 win over the years.
- Minnesota woman beats deadline, claims $50K lottery prize. With barely a day to spare, a southern Minnesota woman showed up at the state's lottery headquarters in Roseville and claimed her $50,000 prize.
- Phony Powerball tickets flood social media in wake of $1.6 billion jackpot. Thanks to photo editing software and the biggest jackpot in U.S. lottery history, claims of people winning the lottery on social media soared this week, and even managed to trick some in the media.
- Dog wins $3 million Florida Lottery prize. A lucky dog from Ocoee has won a $3 million prize in the Florida Lottery's $600,000,000 Gold Rush scratch-off game.
- Iowa Lottery security chief to grill NY lawyer over Hot Lotto ticket. The Iowa Lottery's security chief says it will likely take "several...days" of face-to-face meetings with a New York attorney and others to get all the questions answered about a winning "Hot Lotto" ticket.
- NY lawyer in lottery mystery travels to Iowa this week. A New York attorney who signed a winning Lottery ticket turned in minutes before the deadline says he'll be in Iowa this week to explain the mysterious circumstances behind the jackpot.
- Vermont Lottery offers new self-service machines. Playing the Vermont Lottery does not get much easier, as new vending machines offer quick access to lottery tickets.
- Convenience stores worried about online lottery plan. Illinois convenience stores are bracing for a financial hit as sales of Illinois lottery tickets are set to go online later this year.
- Record $150 million Euro Millions lottery drawing Friday. Fortune-hunters are set to propel the Euro Millions jackpot to a record £85 million (US$150 million), experts said yesterday.
- Lottery millionaire Bud Post dies. William J. "Bud" Post, the Venango County man who won millions in the Pennsylvania Lottery and then endured a fortune's worth of troubles, has died.
- Lottery winners challenge IRS, tax court rulings. Because lottery winner Benjamin Y. Lelina sold the rights to the balance of his winnings, he could lose $45,000 to Uncle Sam.
- Tennessee businesses banking on lottery. Tennessee's lottery can't come soon enough for many retailers, who believe the state and its businesses have lost money by watching and waiting while neighboring states make money off lotteries of their own.
Top 25 Lottery Jackpots On This Day
- 1.$865 Million
Jan 19, 2021
- 2.$731.1 Million
Jan 20, 2021
- 3.$321 Million
Jan 18, 2020
- 4.$194 Million
Jan 17, 2015
- 5.$180 Million
Jan 17, 2007
- 6.$165 Million
Jan 17, 2009
- 7.€125 Million
Jan 20, 2006
- 8.$150 Million
Jan 17, 2017
- 9.$135 Million
Jan 18, 2017
- 10.$130 Million
Jan 18, 2005
- 11.$129 Million
Jan 19, 2019
- 12.€93.65 Million
Jan 19, 2021
- 13.$113 Million
Jan 18, 2014
- 14.€100 Million
Jan 17, 2020
- 15.€86.47 Million
Jan 18, 2018
- 16.€91.97 Million
Jan 17, 2019
- 17.$103 Million
Jan 17, 2020
- 18.$100 Million
Jan 19, 2013
- 19.€89 Million
Jan 19, 2016
- 20.$96 Million
Jan 19, 2011
- 21.€74 Million
Jan 19, 2018
- 22.$87 Million
Jan 18, 2006
- 23.$86 Million
Jan 19, 2010
- 24.€67 Million
Jan 19, 2018
- 25.€67 Million
Jan 19, 2021
Lottery Post Member Birthdays On This Day
Thursday, Jan 17, 1991
30 years old
Monday, Jan 17, 1983
38 years old
Sunday, Jan 17, 1982
39 years old
Wednesday, Jan 17, 1979
42 years old
Monday, Jan 17, 1977
44 years old
Wednesday, Jan 17, 1968
53 years old
Tuesday, Jan 17, 1961
60 years old
Tuesday, Jan 17, 1956
65 years old
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Worldwide Events On This Day
- Rioting begins between Muslim and Christian groups in Jos, Nigeria, results in at least 200 deaths.
- The Doomsday Clock is set to five minutes to midnight in response to North Korea's nuclear testing.
- Mount Nyiragongo erupts in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, displacing an estimated 400,000 people.
- Lewinsky scandal: Matt Drudge breaks the story of the Bill Clinton-Monica Lewinsky affair on his Drudge Report website.
- Cape Canaveral Air Force Station: A Delta II carrying the GPS IIR-1 satellite explodes 13 seconds after launch, dropping 250 tons of burning rocket remains around the launch pad.
- The Czech Republic applies for membership of the European Union.
- The 6.9 Mw Great Hanshin earthquake shakes the southern Hyōgo Prefecture with a maximum Shindo of VII, leaving 5,502-6,434 people dead, and 251,301-310,000 displaced.
- The 6.7 Mw Northridge earthquake shakes the Greater Los Angeles Area with a maximum Mercalli intensity of IX (Violent), leaving 57 people dead and more than 8,700 injured.
- During a visit to South Korea, Japanese Prime Minister Kiichi Miyazawa apologizes for forcing Korean women into sexual slavery during World War II.
- Gulf War: Operation Desert Storm begins early in the morning as aircraft strike positions across Iraq, it is also the first major combat sortie for the F-117. LCDR Scott Speicher's F/A-18C Hornet from VFA-81 is shot down by a Mig-25 and is the first American casualty of the War. Iraq fires eight Scud missiles into Israel in an unsuccessful bid to provoke Israeli retaliation.
- Crown prince Harald V of Norway becomes King Harald V, following the death of his father, King Olav V.
- President of the Philippines Ferdinand Marcos lifts martial law eight years and five months after declaring it.
- Capital punishment in the United States resumes after a ten-year hiatus, as convicted murderer Gary Gilmore is executed by firing squad in Utah.
- Black Panther Party members Bunchy Carter and John Huggins are killed during a meeting in Campbell Hall on the campus of UCLA.
- Palomares incident: A B-52 bomber collides with a KC-135 Stratotanker over Spain, killing seven airmen, and dropping three 70-kiloton nuclear bombs near the town of Palomares and another one into the sea.
- U.S. President Dwight D. Eisenhower delivers a televised farewell address to the nation three days before leaving office, in which he warns against the accumulation of power by the "military-industrial complex" as well as the dangers of massive spending, especially deficit spending.
- Former Congolese Prime Minister Patrice Lumumba is murdered in circumstances suggesting the support and complicity of the governments of Belgium and the United States.
- The Great Brink's Robbery: Eleven thieves steal more than $2 million from an armored car company's offices in Boston.
- United Nations Security Council Resolution 79 relating to arms control is adopted.
- The Renville Agreement between the Netherlands and Indonesia is ratified.
- The UN Security Council holds its first session.
- World War II: The Vistula-Oder Offensive forces German troops out of Warsaw.
- The SS-Totenkopfverbände begin the evacuation of the Auschwitz concentration camp as Soviet forces close in.
- Swedish diplomat Raoul Wallenberg is taken into Soviet custody while in Hungary; he is never publicly seen again.
- World War II: Allied forces launch the first of four assaults on Monte Cassino with the intention of breaking through the Winter Line and seizing Rome, an effort that would ultimately take four months and cost 105,000 Allied casualties.
- World War II: Greek submarine Papanikolis captures the 200-ton sailing vessel Agios Stefanos and mans her with part of her crew.
- Franco-Thai War: Vichy French forces inflict a decisive defeat over the Royal Thai Navy.
- Alcohol Prohibition begins in the United States as the Volstead Act goes into effect.
- Finnish Civil War: The first serious battles take place between the Red Guards and the White Guard.
- The United States pays Denmark $25 million for the Virgin Islands.
- Russia defeats Ottoman Turkey in the Battle of Sarikamish during the Caucasus Campaign of World War I.
- British polar explorer Captain Robert Falcon Scott reaches the South Pole, one month after Roald Amundsen.
- Anton Chekhov's The Cherry Orchard receives its premiere performance at the Moscow Art Theatre.
- El Yunque National Forest in Puerto Rico becomes part of the United States National Forest System as the Luquillo Forest Reserve.
- The United States takes possession of Wake Island in the Pacific Ocean.
- Lorrin A. Thurston, along with the Citizens' Committee of Public Safety, led the Overthrow of the Kingdom of Hawaii and the government of Queen Liliʻuokalani.
- A British force defeats a large Dervish army at the Battle of Abu Klea in the Sudan.
- A group of Modoc warriors defeats the United States Army in the First Battle of the Stronghold, part of the Modoc War.
- The United Kingdom signs the Sand River Convention with the South African Republic.
- Mexican War of Independence: In the Battle of Calderón Bridge, a heavily outnumbered Spanish force of 6,000 troops defeats nearly 100,000 Mexican revolutionaries.
- Maltese patriot Dun Mikiel Xerri, along with a number of other patriots, is executed.
- American Revolutionary War: Battle of Cowpens: Continental troops under Brigadier General Daniel Morgan defeat British forces under Lieutenant Colonel Banastre Tarleton at the battle in South Carolina.
- Captain James Cook leads the first expedition to sail south of the Antarctic Circle.
- England's Long Parliament passes the "Vote of No Addresses", breaking off negotiations with King Charles I and thereby setting the scene for the second phase of the English Civil War.
- Emperor Susenyos I of Ethiopia surprises an Oromo army at Ebenat; his army reportedly kills 12,000 Oromo at the cost of 400 of his men.
- During the French Wars of Religion, Henry IV of France declares war on Spain.
- France grants religious toleration to the Huguenots in the Edict of Saint-Germain.
- Giovanni da Verrazzano sets sail westward from Madeira to find a sea route to the Pacific Ocean.
- Pope Gregory XI reaches Rome, after deciding to move the Papacy back to Rome from Avignon.
- Saint Marcellus' flood kills at least 25,000 people on the shores of the North Sea.
- 38 BC
- Octavian divorces his wife Scribonia and marries Livia Drusilla, ending the fragile peace between the Second Triumvirate and Sextus Pompey.
Births On This Day
- Devlin DeFrancesco, Canadian race car driver
- Jeff Reine-Adelaide, French footballer
- Sophie Molineux, Australian cricketer
- Terutsuyoshi Shoki, Japanese sumo wrestler
- Indya Moore, American actor and model
- Mark Steketee, Australian cricketer
- Frankie Cocozza, British singer
- Trevor Bauer, American baseball player
- Esapekka Lappi, Finnish Rally Driver
- Slade Griffin, Australian rugby league player
- Alise Post, American BMX rider
- Santiago Tréllez, Colombian footballer
- Taylor Jordan, American baseball player
- Kelly Marie Tran, American actress
- Andrea Antonelli, Italian motorcycle racer (d. 2013)
- Will Genia, Australian rugby player
- Héctor Moreno, Mexican footballer
- Cody Decker, American baseball player
- Pablo Barrientos, Argentinian footballer
- Betsy Ruth, American wrestler and manager
- Simone Simons, Dutch singer-songwriter
- Calvin Harris, Scottish singer-songwriter, DJ, and producer
- Álvaro Arbeloa, Spanish footballer
- Johannes Herber, German basketball player
- Rick Kelly, Australian race car driver
- Marcelo Garcia, Brazilian martial artist
- Dwyane Wade, American basketball player
- Amanda Wilkinson, Canadian singer
- Warren Feeney, Northern Irish footballer and manager
- Maksim Chmerkovskiy, Ukrainian-American dancer and choreographer
- Zooey Deschanel, American singer-songwriter and actress
- Modestas Stonys, Lithuanian footballer
- Lisa Llorens, Australian Paralympian
- Ricky Wilson, English singer-songwriter
- Freddy Rodriguez, American actor
- Yang Chen, Chinese footballer and manager
- Vesko Kountchev, Bulgarian viola player, composer, and producer
- Derrick Mason, American football player
- Cuauhtémoc Blanco, Mexican footballer and actor
- Chris Bowen, Australian politician, 37th Treasurer of Australia
- Liz Ellis, Australian netball player and sportscaster
- Aaron Ward, Canadian ice hockey player and sportscaster
- Giorgos Balogiannis, Greek basketball player
- Richard Burns, English race car driver (d. 2005)
- Kid Rock, American singer-songwriter, producer, and actor
- Sylvie Testud, French actress, director, and screenwriter
- Cássio Alves de Barros, Brazilian footballer
- Jeremy Roenick, American ice hockey player and actor
- Genndy Tartakovsky, Russian-American animator, director, and producer
- Naveen Andrews, English actor
- Lukas Moodysson, Swedish director, screenwriter, and author
- Tiësto, Dutch DJ and producer
- Rowan Pelling, English journalist and author
- Ilja Leonard Pfeijffer, Dutch author, poet, and scholar
- Richard Hawley, English singer-songwriter, guitarist, and producer
- Trish Johnson, English golfer
- Joshua Malina, American actor
- Sylvain Turgeon, Canadian ice hockey player
- Michelle Obama, American lawyer and activist, 46th First Lady of the United States
- John Schuster, Samoan-New Zealand rugby player
- Kai Hansen, German singer-songwriter, guitarist, and producer
- Colin Gordon, English footballer, agent, manager and chief executive
- Jun Azumi, Japanese broadcaster and politician, 46th Japanese Minister of Finance
- Jim Carrey, Canadian-American actor and producer
- Sebastian Junger, American journalist and author
- Brian Helgeland, American director, producer, and screenwriter
- John Crawford, American singer-songwriter and guitarist
- Chili Davis, Jamaican-American baseball player and coach
- Susanna Hoffs, American singer-songwriter, guitarist, and actress
- Tony Kouzarides, English biologist, cancer researcher
- Steve Harvey, American actor, comedian, television personality and game show host
- Ann Nocenti, American journalist and author
- Damian Green, English journalist and politician
- Paul Young, English singer-songwriter and guitarist
- Steve Earle, American singer-songwriter, musician, record producer, author and actor
- Pietro Parolin, Italian cardinal
- Steve Javie, American basketball player and referee
- Robert F. Kennedy, Jr., American lawyer, radio host, activist, and environmentalist
- Jeff Berlin, American bass player and educator
- Carlos Johnson, American singer and guitarist
- Tom Deitz, American author (d. 2009)
- Darrell Porter, American baseball player and sportscaster (d. 2002)
- Ryuichi Sakamoto, Japanese pianist, composer, and producer
- Luis López Nieves, Puerto Rican-American author and academic
- Anita Borg, American computer scientist and academic (d. 2003)
- Gyude Bryant, Liberian businessman and politician (d. 2014)
- Augustin Dumay, French violinist and conductor
- Andy Kaufman, American actor and comedian (d. 1984)
- Mick Taylor, English singer-songwriter and guitarist
- Davíð Oddsson, Icelandic politician, 21st Prime Minister of Iceland
- Javed Akhtar, Indian poet, playwright, and composer
- Anne Cutler, Australian psychologist and academic
- Ann Oakley, English sociologist, author, and academic
- Chris Montez, American singer-songwriter and guitarist
- René Préval, Haitian agronomist and politician, 52nd President of Haiti (d. 2017)
- Muhammad Ali, American boxer and activist (d. 2016)
- Ita Buttrose, Australian journalist and author
- Ulf Hoelscher, German violinist and educator
- Nigel McCulloch, English bishop
- István Horthy, Jr., Hungarian physicist and architect
- Nerses Bedros XIX Tarmouni, Egyptian-Armenian patriarch (d. 2015)
- Kipchoge Keino, Kenyan athlete
- Tabaré Vázquez, Uruguayan physician and politician, 39th President of Uruguay (d. 2020)
- Christodoulos of Athens, Greek archbishop (d. 2008)
- Maury Povich, American talk show host and producer
- John Bellairs, American author and academic (d. 1991)
- Toini Gustafsson, Swedish cross country skier
- Alain Badiou, French philosopher and academic
- John Boyd, English academic and diplomat, British ambassador to Japan (d. 2019)
- A. Thangathurai, Sri Lankan lawyer and politician (d. 1997)
- Ruth Ann Minner, American businesswoman and politician, 72nd Governor of Delaware
- Donald Cammell, Scottish-American director and screenwriter (d. 1996)
- Dalida, Egyptian-French singer and actress (d. 1987)
- Prince Sadruddin Aga Khan, French-Pakistani diplomat, United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (d. 2003)
- Shari Lewis, American actress, puppeteer/ventriloquist, and television host (d. 1998)
- Sheree North, American actress and dancer (d. 2005)
- James Earl Jones, American actor
- Douglas Wilder, American sergeant and politician, 66th Governor of Virginia
- Don Zimmer, American baseball player, coach, and manager (d. 2014)
- Jacques Plante, Canadian-Swiss ice hockey player, coach, and sportscaster (d. 1986)
- Tan Boon Teik, Malaysian-Singaporean lawyer and politician, Attorney-General of Singapore (d. 2012)
- Jean Barraqué, French composer (d. 1973)
- Vidal Sassoon, English-American hairdresser and businessman (d. 2012)
- Thomas Anthony Dooley III, American physician and humanitarian (d. 1961)
- Eartha Kitt, American actress and singer (d. 2008)
- Harlan Mathews, American lawyer and politician (d. 2014)
- E. W. Swackhamer, American director and producer (d. 1994)
- Newton N. Minow, American lawyer and politician
- Moira Shearer, Scottish-English ballerina and actress (d. 2006)
- Clyde Walcott, Barbadian cricketer (d. 2006)
- Gunnar Birkerts, Latvian-American architect (d. 2017)
- Robert Cormier, American author and journalist (d. 2000)
- Abdul Hafeez Kardar, Pakistani cricketer and author (d. 1996)
- Rik De Saedeleer, Belgian footballer and journalist (d. 2013)
- Jewel Plummer Cobb, American biologist, cancer researcher, and academic (d. 2017)
- Rangeya Raghav, Indian author and playwright (d. 1962)
- Luis Echeverría, Mexican academic and politician, 50th President of Mexico
- Nicholas Katzenbach, American soldier, lawyer, and politician, 65th United States Attorney General (d. 2012)
- Betty White, American actress, game show panelist, television personality, and animal rights activist
- Asghar Khan, Pakistani general and politician (d. 2018)
- Jackie Henderson, Scottish footballer (d. 2005)
- Charlie Mitten, English footballer and manager (d. 2002)
- Antonio Prohías, Cuban cartoonist (d. 1998)
- Georges Pichard, French author and illustrator (d. 2003)
- Keith Joseph, English lawyer and politician, Secretary of State for Education (d. 1994)
- George M. Leader, American soldier and politician, 36th Governor of Pennsylvania (d. 2013)
- M. G. Ramachandran, Indian actor, director, and politician, 5th Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu (d. 1987)
- Peter Frelinghuysen Jr., American lieutenant and politician (d. 2011)
- Anacleto Angelini, Italian-Chilean businessman (d. 2007)
- Irving Brecher, American director, producer, and screenwriter (d. 2008)
- Paul Royle, Australian lieutenant and pilot (d. 2015)
- William Stafford, American poet and author (d. 1993)
- Busher Jackson, Canadian ice hockey player (d. 1966)
- John S. McCain Jr., American admiral (d. 1981)
- George Stigler, American economist and academic, Nobel Prize laureate (d. 1991)
- Cus D'Amato, American boxing manager and trainer (d. 1985)
- Henk Badings, Indonesian-Dutch composer and engineer (d. 1987)
- Alfred Wainwright, British fellwalker, guidebook author and illustrator (d. 1991)
- Ray Cunningham, American baseball player (d. 2005)
- Peggy Gilbert, American saxophonist and bandleader (d. 2007)
- Eduard Oja, Estonian composer, conductor, educator, and critic (d. 1950)
- Guillermo Stábile, Argentinian footballer and manager (d. 1966)
- Jan Zahradníček, Czech poet and translator (d. 1960)
- Hem Vejakorn, Thai painter and illustrator (d. 1969)
- Aron Gurwitsch, Lithuanian-American philosopher and author (d. 1973)
- Al Capone, American mob boss (d. 1947)
- Robert Maynard Hutchins, American philosopher and academic (d. 1977)
- Nevil Shute, English engineer and author (d. 1960)
- Lela Mevorah, Serbian librarian (d. 1972)
- Marcel Petiot, French physician and serial killer (d. 1946)
- Babu Gulabrai, Indian philosopher and author (d. 1963)
- Ola Raknes, Norwegian psychoanalyst and philologist (d. 1975)
- Glenn L. Martin, American pilot and businessman, founded the Glenn L. Martin Company (d. 1955)
- Compton Mackenzie, English-Scottish author, poet, and playwright (d. 1972)
- Noah Beery, Sr., American actor (d. 1946)
- Antoni Łomnicki, Polish mathematician and academic (d. 1941)
- Harry Price, English psychologist and author (d. 1948)
- Mack Sennett, Canadian-American actor, director, and producer (d. 1960)
- Marie Zdeňka Baborová-Čiháková, Czech botanist and zoologist (d. 1937)
- May Gibbs, English-Australian author and illustrator (d. 1969)
- Frank Hague, American lawyer and politician, 30th Mayor of Jersey City (d. 1956)
- Florencio Sánchez, Uruguayan journalist and playwright (d. 1910)
- David Beatty, 1st Earl Beatty, English admiral (d. 1936)
- Nicolae Iorga, Romanian historian and politician, 34th Prime Minister of Romania (d. 1940)
- Carl Laemmle, German-born American film producer, co-founded Universal Studios (d. 1939)
- Sir Alfred Rawlinson, 3rd Baronet, English colonel, pilot, and polo player (d. 1934)
- Sir Charles Fergusson, 7th Baronet, English general and politician, 3rd Governor-General of New Zealand (d. 1951)
- David Lloyd George, Welsh lawyer and politician, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom (d. 1945)
- Konstantin Stanislavski, Russian actor and director (d. 1938)
- Douglas Hyde, Irish academic and politician, 1st President of Ireland (d. 1949)
- Tomás Carrasquilla, Colombian author (d. 1940)
- Wilhelm Kienzl, Austrian pianist, composer, and conductor (d. 1941)
- Eugene Augustin Lauste, French-American engineer (d. 1935)
- Alva Belmont, American suffragist (d. 1933)
- T. Alexander Harrison, American painter and academic (d. 1930)
- A. B. Frost, American author and illustrator (d. 1928)
- Joaquim Arcoverde de Albuquerque Cavalcanti, Brazilian cardinal (d. 1930)
- Alexander Taneyev, Russian pianist and composer (d. 1918)
- August Weismann, German biologist, zoologist, and geneticist (d. 1914)
- Henry Martyn Baird, American historian and academic (d. 1906)
- Lewis A. Grant, American lawyer and general, Medal of Honor recipient (d. 1918)
- Ede Reményi, Hungarian violinist and composer (d. 1898)
- Anne Brontë, English author and poet (d. 1849)
- Ellen Wood, English author (d. 1887)
- Antonio José Martínez, Spanish-American priest, rancher and politician (d. 1867)
- August Neander, German historian and theologian (d. 1850)
- Sir James Hall, 4th Baronet, Scottish geologist and geophysicist (d. 1832)
- François-Joseph Gossec, French composer and conductor (d. 1829)
- Stanisław August Poniatowski, Polish-Lithuanian king (d. 1798)
- Johann Gottfried Müthel, German pianist and composer (d. 1788)
- William Vernon, American businessman (d. 1806)
- John Stanley, English organist and composer (d. 1786)
- Benjamin Franklin, American publisher, inventor, and politician, 6th President of Pennsylvania (d. 1790)
- Archibald Bower, Scottish historian and author (d. 1766)
- Antonio Maria Valsalva, Italian anatomist and physician (d. 1723)
- Antonio Veracini, Italian violinist and composer (d. 1745)
- Jonathan Singletary Dunham, American settler (d. 1724)
- Thomas Fairfax, English general and politician (d. 1671)
- Pedro Calderón de la Barca, Spanish playwright and poet (d. 1681)
- William Backhouse, English alchemist and astrologer (d. 1662)
- Robert Fludd, English physician, astrologer, and mathematician (d. 1637)
- Gaspard Bauhin, Swiss botanist, physician, and academic (d. 1624)
- Henry Grey, 1st Duke of Suffolk, English Duke (d. 1554)
- Pope Pius V (d. 1572)
- Leonhart Fuchs, German physician and botanist (d. 1566)
- George Spalatin, German priest and reformer (d. 1545)
- Guidobaldo da Montefeltro, Italian captain (d. 1508)
- Frederick III, Elector of Saxony (d. 1525)
- Antoine Duprat, French cardinal (d. 1535)
- Antonio del Pollaiolo, Italian artist (d.c. 1498)
- Philip II, Duke of Burgundy (d. 1404)
Deaths On This Day
- Derek Fowlds, British actor (b.1937)
- S. Balakrishnan, Malayalam movie composer (b. 1948)
- Jessica Falkholt, Australian actress (b. 1988)
- Tirrel Burton, American football player and coach (b. 1929)
- Blowfly, American singer-songwriter and producer (b. 1939)
- Melvin Day, New Zealand painter and historian (b. 1923)
- V. Rama Rao, Indian lawyer and politician, 12th Governor of Sikkim (b. 1935)
- Sudhindra Thirtha, Indian religious leader (b. 1926)
- Ken Furphy, English footballer and manager (b. 1931)
- Faten Hamama, Egyptian actress and producer (b. 1931)
- Don Harron, Canadian actor and screenwriter (b. 1924)
- Syedna Mohammed Burhanuddin, Indian spiritual leader, 52nd Da'i al-Mutlaq (b. 1915)
- Francine Lalonde, Canadian educator and politician (b. 1940)
- Alistair McAlpine, Baron McAlpine of West Green, English businessman and politician (b. 1942)
- John J. McGinty III, American captain, Medal of Honor recipient (b. 1940)
- Sunanda Pushkar, Indian-Canadian businesswoman (b. 1962)
- Suchitra Sen, Indian film actress (b. 1931)
- Mehmet Ali Birand, Turkish journalist and author (b. 1941)
- Jakob Arjouni, German author (b. 1964)
- Yves Debay, Belgian journalist (b. 1954)
- John Nkomo, Zimbabwean politician, Vice President of Zimbabwe (b. 1934)
- Lizbeth Webb, English soprano and actress (b. 1926)
- Julius Meimberg, German soldier and pilot (b. 1917)
- Johnny Otis, American singer-songwriter and producer (b. 1921)
- Marty Springstead, American baseball player and umpire (b. 1937)
- Don Kirshner, American songwriter and producer (b. 1934)
- Gaines Adams, American football player (b. 1983)
- Jyoti Basu, Indian politician and 9th Chief Minister of West Bengal (b. 1914)
- Michalis Papakonstantinou, Greek journalist and politician, Foreign Minister of Greece (b. 1919)
- Erich Segal, American author and screenwriter (b. 1937)
- Anders Isaksson, Swedish journalist and historian (b. 1943)
- Bobby Fischer, American chess player and author (b. 1943)
- Ernie Holmes, American football player, wrestler, and actor (b. 1948)
- Art Buchwald, American journalist and author (b. 1925)
- Yevhen Kushnaryov, Ukrainian engineer and politician (b. 1951)
- Pierre Grondin, Canadian surgeon (b. 1925)
- Charlie Bell, Australian businessman (b. 1960)
- Virginia Mayo, American actress, singer, and dancer (b. 1920)
- Albert Schatz, American microbiologist and academic (b. 1920)
- Zhao Ziyang, Chinese politician, 3rd Premier of the People's Republic of China (b. 1919)
- Raymond Bonham Carter, English banker (b. 1929)
- Harry Brecheen, American baseball player and coach (b. 1914)
- Ray Stark, American film producer (b. 1915)
- Noble Willingham, American actor (b. 1931)
- Richard Crenna, American actor and director (b. 1926)
- Camilo José Cela, Spanish author and politician, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1916)
- Roman Personov, Russian physicist and academic (b. 1932)
- Philip Jones, English trumpet player and educator (b. 1928)
- Ion Rațiu, Romanian journalist and politician (b. 1917)
- Bert Kelly, Australian farmer and politician, 20th Australian Minister for the Navy (b. 1912)
- Clyde Tombaugh, American astronomer and academic, discovered Pluto (b. 1906)
- Barbara Jordan, American lawyer and politician (b. 1936)
- Sylvia Lawler, English geneticist (b. 1922)
- Yevgeni Ivanov, Russian spy (b. 1926)
- Helen Stephens, American runner, shot putter, and discus thrower (b. 1918)
- Albert Hourani, English-Lebanese historian and academic (b. 1915)
- Frank Pullen, English soldier and businessman (b. 1915)
- Olav V of Norway (b. 1903)
- Percy Qoboza, South African journalist and author (b. 1938)
- Hugo Fregonese, Argentinian director and screenwriter (b. 1908)
- Kostas Giannidis, Greek pianist, composer, and conductor (b. 1903)
- Loukas Panourgias, Greek footballer and lawyer (b. 1899)
- Dougal Haston, Scottish mountaineer (b. 1940)
- Gary Gilmore, American murderer (b. 1940)
- Betty Smith, American author and playwright (b. 1896)
- Simon Kovar, Russian-American bassoon player and educator (b. 1890)
- Billy Stewart, American rhythm and blues singer and pianist (b. 1937)
- Patrice Lumumba, Congolese politician, 1st Prime Minister of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (b. 1925)
- Walter Briggs Sr., American businessman (b. 1877)
- Jyoti Prasad Agarwala, Indian poet, playwright, and director (b. 1903)
- Pyotr Krasnov, Russian historian and general (b. 1869)
- Jean-Marie-Rodrigue Villeneuve, Canadian cardinal (b. 1883)
- Walther von Reichenau, German field marshal (b. 1884)
- Mateiu Caragiale, Romanian journalist, author, and poet (b. 1885)
- Louis Comfort Tiffany, American stained glass artist (b. 1848)
- Ahmet Derviş, Turkish general (b. 1881)
- Albert Jacka, Australian captain, Victoria Cross recipient (b. 1893)
- Grand Duke Peter Nikolaevich of Russia (b. 1864)
- Gauhar Jaan, One of the first performers to record music on 78 rpm records in India. (b. 1873)
- Juliette Gordon Low, American founder of the Girl Scouts of the USA (b. 1860)
- Francis Galton, English polymath, anthropologist, and geographer (b. 1822)
- Francis Smith, Australian lawyer, judge, and politician, 4th Premier of Tasmania (b. 1819)
- Ferdinand IV, Grand Duke of Tuscany (b. 1835)
- Ignaz Wechselmann, Hungarian architect and philanthropist (b. 1828)
- Rutherford B. Hayes, American general, lawyer, and politician, 19th President of the United States (b. 1822)
- George Bancroft, American historian and politician, 17th United States Secretary of the Navy (b. 1800)
- Big Bear, Canadian tribal chief (b. 1825)
- William Giblin, Australian lawyer and politician, 13th Premier of Tasmania (b. 1840)
- Hermann Schlegel, German ornithologist and herpetologist (b. 1804)
- Edward Shepherd Creasy, English historian and jurist (b. 1812)
- Alexander Dargomyzhsky, Russian composer (b. 1813)
- Horace Vernet, French painter (b. 1789)
- Lola Montez, Irish actress and dancer (b. 1821)
- Elizabeth Simcoe, English-Canadian painter and author (b. 1762)
- Giovanni Aldini, Italian physicist and academic (b. 1762)
- Juan Crisóstomo Arriaga, Spanish-French composer (b. 1806)
- Tomaso Albinoni, Italian violinist and composer (b. 1671)
- Jean-François Dandrieu, French organist and composer (b. 1682)
- Matthäus Daniel Pöppelmann, German architect (b. 1662)
- Benjamin Church, American colonel (b. 1639)
- John Ray, English botanist and historian (b. 1627)
- Fausto Veranzio, Croatian bishop and lexicographer (b. 1551)
- Feodor I of Russia (b. 1557)
- Qi Jiguang, Chinese general (b. 1528)
- Skanderbeg, Albanian soldier and politician (b. 1405)
- Elisabeth of Lorraine-Vaudémont, French translator (b. 1395)
- Peter I of Cyprus (b. 1328)
- Henry of Asti, Greek patriarch
- Martino Zaccaria, Genoese Lord of Chios
- John of Brittany, Earl of Richmond (b. 1266)
- Saint Roseline, Carthusian nun (b. 1263)
- Albert of Riga, German bishop (b. 1165)
- Thierry, Count of Flanders (b. 1099)
- André de Montbard, fifth Grand Master of the Knights Templar
- Mas'ud I of Ghazni, Sultan of the Ghaznavid Empire (b. 998)
- Joseph of Freising, German bishop
- Sulpitius the Pious, French bishop and saint
- Theodosius I, Roman emperor (b. 347)