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On This Day in History:  January 22

January 22 is the 22nd day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. 343 days remain until the end of the year (344 in leap years).

Lottery News On This Day

2020
NJ Lottery winners can now stay anonymous. Lottery winners in New Jersey will have the option to remain anonymous under a new law Gov. Phil Murphy signed Tuesday.
2018
Chinese man lives rough for 10 years to 'crack lottery code'. A man has been living rough under a road bridge in southwest China for 10 years, saying he will not go home until he has cracked how to win the lottery and written books about it, according to a newspaper report.
2016
More state lotteries adding "win for life" games. In the past year a new multi-state lottery game concept where the top prize pays out over the lifetime of the winner has swept across the United States.
2015
Lucky for Life multi-state lottery game set to expand next week. New England's multi-state Lucky for Life lottery game is set to expand into an additional ten states plus the District of Columbia starting next week.
2014
Kentucky man arrested for cashing stolen lottery ticket. Louisville Metro Police arrested a man who admitted to cashing in a stolen lottery ticket.
2014
Tennessee Lottery celebrates 10 years, unveils new logo. The Tennessee Lottery celebrated 10 years in business in the Volunteer State by unveiling a new logo and announcing another record quarter.
2013
Elderly woman tells lottery scam artist to get a job and quit bothering her. Scam artists have been targeting a small community in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, and police are warning residents to be aware.
2013
Lottery winner's body reburied after autopsy. The body of a West Rogers Park, Illinois, man who died of cyanide poisoning last summer after winning a million-dollar lottery was laid to rest again Monday, three days after his remains were exhumed for an autopsy as part of a homicide investigation.
2011
$190M Idaho lottery winner sorts out her new life. Holly Lahti burst into the spotlight a week ago in a feel-good story about a single mother who won a $190 million Mega Millions jackpot. Now, after stories of her troubled past were splashed in the news media, she is working to sort out her new life blessed with wealth.
2010
Lottery winner lost money after investing funds. A Towson University student who hit it big on a Maryland Lottery scratch-off ticket said he's found out that a seven-figure prize is not necessarily a ticket to early retirement.
2009
Lottery retailers busted in raid. Owners and clerks of several mini marts today in Fresno, California, were taken away in handcuffs after undercover investigators say the suspects cheated would-be customers by lying about winning tickets.
2005
New Delaware Lotto Game to be Launched Amid Concerns Over Drawings. While the Delaware Lottery is launching its new Multi-Win Lotto on Thursday, lawmakers will be continuing work on a measure stipulating that the lottery must convert back to mechanical drawing machines and live television broadcasts.
2005
Nevada lawmakers propose lottery to fund education. Top Nevada Democratic lawmakers said Friday they're betting the time is right for the nation's No. 1 gambling state to create a lottery to solve what they called a "crisis" in education funding.

Top 25 Lottery Jackpots On This Day

1.$343 Million
Multi-State
Powerball
Draw Date
Jan 22, 2020
2.$240 Million
Multi-State
Powerball
Draw Date
Jan 24, 2007
3.$230 Million
Multi-State
Powerball
Draw Date
Jan 24, 2015
4.€146 Million
US$178.86 Million
Multi-Country
Euro Millions
Draw Date
Jan 27, 2006
5.$177 Million
Multi-State
Mega Millions
Draw Date
Jan 24, 2017
6.$170 Million
Multi-State
Powerball
Draw Date
Jan 25, 2017
7.$144 Million
Multi-State
Powerball
Draw Date
Jan 23, 2019
8.$131 Million
Multi-State
Powerball
Draw Date
Jan 22, 2014
9.$130 Million
Multi-State
Mega Millions
Draw Date
Jan 24, 2020
10.$120 Million
Multi-State
Powerball
Draw Date
Jan 25, 2012
11.$118 Million
Multi-State
Powerball
Draw Date
Jan 22, 2011
12.$115 Million
Multi-State
Powerball
Draw Date
Jan 25, 2006
13.€104 Million
US$112.46 Million
Multi-Country
Euro Millions
Draw Date
Jan 22, 2016
14.$110 Million
Multi-State
Powerball
Draw Date
Jan 23, 2013
15.€88.74 Million
US$108.94 Million
Draw Date
Jan 23, 2018
16.€73 Million
US$107.34 Million
Multi-Country
Euro Millions
Draw Date
Jan 25, 2008
17.€94.24 Million
US$107.05 Million
Draw Date
Jan 22, 2019
18.€85.08 Million
US$105.81 Million
Multi-Country
EuroJackpot
Draw Date
Jan 26, 2018
19.$105 Million
Multi-State
Mega Millions
Draw Date
Jan 22, 2010
20.€81 Million
US$99.44 Million
Multi-Country
Euro Millions
Draw Date
Jan 23, 2018
21.€88 Million
US$94.51 Million
Multi-Country
Euro Millions
Draw Date
Jan 24, 2017
22.$92 Million
Multi-State
Powerball
Draw Date
Jan 24, 2018
23.$89.4 Million
Multi-State
Powerball
Draw Date
Jan 24, 1996
24.€78.95 Million
US$84.8 Million
Draw Date
Jan 24, 2017
25.$82 Million
Multi-State
Mega Millions
Draw Date
Jan 22, 2019

Lottery Post Member Birthdays On This Day

1982
Friday, Jan 22, 1982
38 years old
1980
Tuesday, Jan 22, 1980
40 years old
1979
Monday, Jan 22, 1979
41 years old
1978
Sunday, Jan 22, 1978
42 years old
1977
Saturday, Jan 22, 1977
43 years old
1970
Thursday, Jan 22, 1970
50 years old
1969
Wednesday, Jan 22, 1969
51 years old
1968
Monday, Jan 22, 1968
52 years old
1957
Tuesday, Jan 22, 1957
63 years old
1950
Sunday, Jan 22, 1950
70 years old
1948
Thursday, Jan 22, 1948
72 years old
1943
Friday, Jan 22, 1943
77 years old
(year not provided)
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Worldwide Events On This Day

2015
An explosion near a civilian trolley-bus in Donetsk kills at least thirteen people.
2007
At least 88 people are killed when two car bombs explode in the Bab Al-Sharqi market in central Baghdad, Iraq.
2006
Evo Morales is inaugurated as President of Bolivia, becoming the country's first indigenous president.
2002
Kmart becomes the largest retailer in United States history to file for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection.
1999
Australian missionary Graham Staines and his two sons are burned alive by radical Hindus while sleeping in their car in Eastern India.
1995
Israeli-Palestinian conflict: Beit Lid massacre: In central Israel, near Netanya, two Gazans blow themselves up at a military transit point, killing 19 Israelis.
1992
Rebel forces occupy Zaire's national radio station in Kinshasa and broadcast a demand for the government's resignation.
1992
Space Shuttle program: Dr. Roberta Bondar becomes the first Canadian woman and the first neurologist in space.
1987
Philippine security forces open fire on a crowd of 10,000-15,000 demonstrators at Malacañang Palace, Manila, killing 13.
1984
The Apple Macintosh, the first consumer computer to popularize the computer mouse and the graphical user interface, is introduced during a Super Bowl XVIII television commercial.
1973
The Supreme Court of the United States delivers its decisions in Roe v. Wade and Doe v. Bolton, legalizing elective abortion in all fifty states.
1973
The crew of Apollo 17 addresses a joint session of Congress after the completion of the final Apollo moon landing mission.
1973
A chartered Boeing 707 explodes in flames upon landing at Kano Airport, Nigeria, killing 176.
1973
In a bout for the world heavyweight boxing championship in Kingston, Jamaica, challenger George Foreman knocks down champion Joe Frazier six times in the first two rounds before the fight is stopped by referee Arthur Mercante.
1971
The Singapore Declaration, one of the two most important documents to the uncodified constitution of the Commonwealth of Nations, is issued.
1970
The Boeing 747, the world's first "jumbo jet", enters commercial service for launch customer Pan American Airways with its maiden voyage from John F. Kennedy International Airport to London Heathrow Airport.
1968
Apollo 5 lifts off carrying the first Lunar module into space.
1968
Operation Igloo White, a US electronic surveillance system to stop communist infiltration into South Vietnam begins installation.
1963
The Élysée Treaty of cooperation between France and Germany is signed by Charles de Gaulle and Konrad Adenauer.
1957
Israel withdraws from the Sinai Peninsula.
1957
The New York City "Mad Bomber", George P. Metesky, is arrested in Waterbury, Connecticut and charged with planting more than 30 bombs.
1947
KTLA, the first commercial television station west of the Mississippi River, begins operation in Hollywood.
1946
In Iran, Qazi Muhammad declares the independent people's Republic of Mahabad at Chahar Cheragh Square in the Kurdish city of Mahabad; he becomes the new president and Haji Baba Sheikh becomes the prime minister.
1946
Creation of the Central Intelligence Group, forerunner of the Central Intelligence Agency.
1944
World War II: The Allies commence Operation Shingle, an assault on Anzio and Nettuno, Italy.
1943
World War II: Australian and American forces defeat Japanese army and navy units in the bitterly-fought Battle of Buna-Gona.
1941
World War II: British and Commonwealth troops capture Tobruk from Italian forces during Operation Compass.
1927
Teddy Wakelam gives the first live radio commentary of a football match anywhere in the world, between Arsenal F.C. and Sheffield United at Highbury.
1924
Ramsay MacDonald becomes the first Labour Prime Minister of the United Kingdom.
1919
Act Zluky is signed, unifying the Ukrainian People's Republic and the West Ukrainian National Republic.
1917
World War I: President Woodrow Wilson of the still-neutral United States calls for "peace without victory" in Europe.
1915
Over 600 people are killed in Guadalajara, Mexico, when a train plunges off the tracks into a deep canyon.
1906
SS Valencia runs aground on rocks on Vancouver Island, British Columbia, killing more than 130.
1905
Bloody Sunday in Saint Petersburg, beginning of the 1905 revolution.
1901
Edward VII is proclaimed King after the death of his mother, Queen Victoria.
1890
The United Mine Workers of America is founded in Columbus, Ohio.
1889
Columbia Phonograph is formed in Washington, D.C.
1879
The Battle of Isandlwana during the Anglo-Zulu War results in a British defeat.
1879
The Battle of Rorke's Drift, also during the Anglo-Zulu War and just some 15km away from Isandlwana, results in a British victory.
1863
The January Uprising breaks out in Poland, Lithuania and Belarus. The aim of the national movement is to regain Polish-Lithuanian-Ruthenian Commonwealth from occupation by Russia.
1849
Second Anglo-Sikh War: The Siege of Multan ends after nine months when the last Sikh defenders of Multan, Punjab, surrender.
1824
The Ashantis defeat British forces in the Gold Coast.
1808
The Portuguese royal family arrives in Brazil after fleeing the French army's invasion of Portugal two months earlier.
1689
The Convention Parliament convenes to determine whether James II and VII, the last Roman Catholic monarch of England, Ireland and Scotland, had vacated the thrones of England and Ireland when he fled to France in 1688.
1555
The Ava Kingdom falls to the Taungoo Dynasty in what is now Myanmar.
1517
The Ottoman Empire under Selim I defeats the Mamluk Sultanate and captures present-day Egypt at the Battle of Ridaniya.
1506
The first contingent of 150 Swiss Guards arrives at the Vatican.
871
Battle of Basing: The West Saxons led by King Æthelred I are defeated by the Danelaw Vikings at Basing.
613
Eight-month-old Constantine is crowned as co-emperor (Caesar) by his father Heraclius at Constantinople.

Births On This Day

1998
Silento, American rapper, singer and songwriter
1996
Joshua Ho-Sang, Canadian ice hockey player
1993
Rio Haryanto, Indonesian race car driver
1991
Marcus Canty, American singer and dancer
1991
Stefan Kolb, German footballer
1991
Alex MacDowall, English race car driver
1990
Alizé Cornet, French tennis player
1990
Dean Whare, New Zealand rugby league player
1990
Logic, American rapper
1990
Phil Wang, British-Malaysian comedian
1989
Theo Robinson, English-Jamaican footballer
1988
Asher Allen, American football player
1988
Greg Oden, American basketball player
1988
Marcel Schmelzer, German footballer
1987
Astrid Jacobsen, Norwegian skier
1987
Shane Long, Irish footballer
1987
Ray Rice, American football player
1986
Maher Magri, Tunisian footballer
1986
Matt Simon, Australian footballer
1985
Fotios Papoulis, Greek footballer
1984
Ben Eager, Canadian ice hockey player
1984
Ubaldo Jiménez, Dominican baseball player
1984
Leon Powe, American basketball player
1984
Maceo Rigters, Dutch footballer
1983
Shaun Cody, American football player
1982
Fabricio Coloccini, Argentinian footballer
1981
Willa Ford, American singer-songwriter, producer, and actress
1981
Beverley Mitchell, American actress
1981
Ben Moody, American singer-songwriter, guitarist, producer, and actor
1981
Ibrahima Sonko, French footballer
1981
Guy Wilks, English race car driver
1980
Jonathan Woodgate, English footballer
1979
Aidan Burley, New Zealand-English politician
1979
Carlos Ruiz, Panamanian baseball player
1979
Chor Boogie, American artist
1978
Chone Figgins, American baseball player
1977
Mario Domm, Mexican singer-songwriter, pianist, and producer
1977
Anna Linkova, Russian tennis player
1977
Hidetoshi Nakata, Japanese footballer
1977
Luciano Andrade Rissutt, Brazilian footballer
1976
Jimmy Anderson, American baseball player and coach
1976
James Dearth, American football player
1974
Cameron McConville, Australian race car driver and sportscaster
1974
Joseph Muscat, Maltese journalist and politician, 13th Prime Minister of Malta
1973
Rogério Ceni, Brazilian footballer
1972
Terry Hill, Australian rugby league player and coach
1971
Stan Collymore, English footballer and sportscaster
1970
Jason Lowrie, New Zealand rugby league player and coach
1970
Abraham Olano, Spanish cyclist
1969
Olivia d'Abo, English-American singer-songwriter and actress
1969
Keith Gordon, American baseball player and coach
1968
Guy Fieri, American chef, author, and television host
1968
Heath, Japanese singer-songwriter and bass player
1968
Frank Leboeuf, French footballer, sportscaster, and actor
1968
Mauricio Serna, Colombian footballer
1967
Nick Gillingham, English swimmer
1966
Craig Salvatori, Australian rugby league player and coach
1965
Steven Adler, American rock drummer
1965
DJ Jazzy Jeff, American DJ and producer
1965
Diane Lane, American actress
1965
Andrew Roachford, English singer-songwriter and keyboard player
1964
Nigel Benn, English-Australian boxer
1964
Stojko Vranković, Croatian basketball player
1962
Jimmy Herring, American guitarist
1962
Huw Irranca-Davies, Welsh lawyer and politician
1962
Mizan Zainal Abidin of Terengganu, Yang di-Pertuan Agong of Malaysia
1961
Quintin Dailey, American basketball player (d. 2010)
1961
Daniel Johnston, American musician
1960
Michael Hutchence, Australian singer-songwriter (d. 1997)
1959
Linda Blair, American actress
1958
Nikos Anastopoulos, Greek footballer and manager
1958
Filiz Koçali, Turkish journalist and politician
1957
Mike Bossy, Canadian ice hockey player and sportscaster
1957
Brian Dayett, American baseball player and manager
1957
Godfrey Thoma, Nauruan politician
1957
Francis Wheen, English journalist and author
1956
Steve Riley, American drummer
1955
Thomas David Jones, American captain, pilot, and astronaut
1955
Timothy R. Ferguson, American politician
1953
Winfried Berkemeier, German footballer and manager
1953
Myung-whun Chung, South Korean pianist and conductor
1953
Jim Jarmusch, American director and screenwriter
1952
Ramón Avilés, Puerto Rican-American baseball player
1951
Ondrej Nepela, Slovak figure skater and coach (d. 1989)
1951
Leon Roberts, American baseball player and manager
1950
Paul Bew, Northern Irish historian and academic
1949
Mike Caldwell, American baseball player and coach
1949
J.P. Pennington, American country-rock singer-songwriter and guitarist
1949
Steve Perry, American singer-songwriter and producer
1948
Gilbert Levine, American conductor and academic
1947
Vladimir Oravsky, Czech-Swedish author and director
1946
Malcolm McLaren, English singer-songwriter and manager (d. 2010)
1946
Serge Savard, Canadian ice hockey player and manager
1945
Jophery Brown, American baseball player, actor, and stuntman (d. 2014)
1945
Jean-Pierre Nicolas, French race car driver and manager
1945
Christoph Schönborn, Austrian cardinal
1945
Alojz Uran, Slovenian archbishop
1944
Khosrow Golsorkhi, Iranian journalist, poet, and activist (d. 1974)
1944
Uto Ughi, Italian violinist and conductor
1943
Michael Spicer, English journalist and politician
1942
Mimis Domazos, Greek footballer
1941
Jaan Kaplinski, Estonian poet, philosopher, and critic
1940
John Hurt, English actor (d. 2017)
1940
George Seifert, American football player and coach
1940
Gillian Shephard, English educator and politician, Secretary of State for Education
1939
Jørgen Garde, Danish admiral (d. 1996)
1939
Alfredo Palacio, Ecuadoran physician and politician, President of Ecuador
1939
Luigi Simoni, Italian footballer and manager
1939
J. C. Tremblay, Canadian ice hockey player and scout (d. 1994)
1938
Peter Beard, Australian photographer and author
1938
Joe Esposito, American author (d. 2016)
1938
Altair Gomes de Figueiredo, Brazilian footballer
1937
Edén Pastora, Nicaraguan politician
1937
Joseph Wambaugh, American police officer and author
1936
Ong Teng Cheong, Singaporean architect and politician, 5th President of Singapore (d. 2002)
1936
Alan J. Heeger, American physicist and chemist, Nobel Prize laureate
1935
Alexander Men, Russian priest and scholar (d. 1990)
1934
Vijay Anand, Indian actor, director, producer, and screenwriter (d. 2004)
1934
Bill Bixby, American actor and director (d. 1993)
1934
Graham Kerr, English chef and author
1933
Yuri Chesnokov, Russian volleyball player and coach (d. 2010)
1932
Berthold Grünfeld, Norwegian psychiatrist and academic (d. 2007)
1932
Piper Laurie, American actress
1931
Sam Cooke, American singer-songwriter (d. 1964)
1931
Galina Zybina, Russian shot putter and javelin thrower
1930
Mariví Bilbao, Spanish actress (d. 2013)
1930
Éamon de Buitléar, Irish accordion player and director (d. 2013)
1929
Petr Eben, Czech composer, organist and choirmaster (d. 2007)
1928
Yoshihiko Amino, Japanese historian, author, and academic (d. 2004)
1927
Lou Creekmur, American football player and sportscaster (d. 2009)
1927
Joe Perry, American footballer (d. 2011)
1925
Johnny Bucha, American baseball player (d. 1996)
1925
Bobby Young, American baseball player (d. 1985)
1924
J. J. Johnson, American trombonist and composer (d. 2001)
1924
Ján Chryzostom Korec, Slovak cardinal (d. 2015)
1924
Charles Lisanby, American production designer and art director (d. 2013)
1923
Diana Douglas, British-American actress (d. 2015)
1922
Howard Moss, American poet, playwright and critic (d. 1987)
1920
Irving Kristol, American journalist, author, and academic, founded The National Interest (d. 2009)
1920
Alf Ramsey, English footballer and coach (d. 1999)
1919
Diomedes Olivo, Dominican baseball player and scout (d. 1977)
1918
Elmer Lach, Canadian ice hockey player and coach (d. 2015)
1916
Bill Durnan, Canadian ice hockey player and coach (d. 1972)
1916
Henri Dutilleux, French pianist, composer, and educator (d. 2013)
1916
Harilal Upadhyay, Indian author, poet, and astrologist (d. 1994)
1915
Heinrich Albertz, German theologian and politician, Mayor of Berlin (d. 1993)
1914
Dimitris Dragatakis, Greek violinist and composer (d. 2001)
1913
Henry Bauchau, Belgian psychoanalyst and author (d. 2012)
1913
William Conway, Irish cardinal (d. 1977)
1913
Carl F. H. Henry, American theologian and publisher (d. 2003)
1911
Bruno Kreisky, Austrian lawyer and politician, 22nd Chancellor of Austria (d. 1990)
1909
Porfirio Rubirosa, Dominican race car driver, polo player, and diplomat (d. 1965)
1909
Ann Sothern, American actress and singer (d. 2001)
1909
U Thant, Burmese educator and diplomat, 3rd United Nations Secretary-General (d. 1974)
1908
Lev Landau, Azerbaijani-Russian physicist and academic, Nobel Prize laureate (d. 1968)
1908
Prince Oana, American baseball player and manager (d. 1976)
1907
Douglas Corrigan, American pilot and engineer (d. 1995)
1907
Dixie Dean, English footballer (d. 1980)
1906
Robert E. Howard, American author and poet (d. 1936)
1905
Willy Hartner, German physicist, historian, and academic (d. 1981)
1904
George Balanchine, Georgian-American dancer, choreographer, and director, co-founded the New York City Ballet (d. 1983)
1904
Arkady Gaidar, Russian journalist and author (d. 1941)
1903
Fritz Houtermans, Polish-German physicist and academic (d. 1966)
1902
Daniel Kinsey, American hurdler, coach, and academic (d. 1970)
1900
Ernst Busch, German actor and singer (d. 1980)
1899
Martti Haavio, Finnish poet and mythologist (d. 1973)
1898
Ross Barnett, American lawyer and politician, 52nd Governor of Mississippi (d. 1987)
1898
Sergei Eisenstein, Russian director and screenwriter (d. 1948)
1898
Denise Legeay, French actress (d. 1968)
1897
Rosa Ponselle, American operatic soprano (d. 1981)
1897
Dilipkumar Roy, a Bengali Indian musician, musicologist, novelist, poet and essayist. (d. 1980)
1893
Conrad Veidt, German-American actor, director, and producer (d. 1943)
1892
Marcel Dassault, French businessman, founded Dassault Aviation (d. 1986)
1891
Antonio Gramsci, Italian philosopher and politician (d. 1937)
1890
Fred M. Vinson, American judge and politician, 13th Chief Justice of the United States (d. 1953)
1889
Henri Pélissier, French cyclist (d. 1935)
1889
Amos Strunk, American baseball player and manager (d. 1979)
1887
Helen Hoyt, American poet and author (d. 1972)
1886
John J. Becker, American pianist, composer, and conductor (d. 1961)
1881
Ira Thomas, American baseball player and manager (d. 1958)
1880
Bill O'Neill, Canadian-American baseball player (d. 1920)
1880
Frigyes Riesz, Hungarian mathematician and academic (d. 1956)
1879
Francis Picabia, French painter and poet (d. 1953)
1877
Tom Jones, American baseball player and manager (d. 1923)
1875
D. W. Griffith, American director, producer, and screenwriter (d. 1948)
1874
Edward Harkness, American philanthropist (d. 1940)
1874
Jay Hughes, American baseball player and coach (d. 1924)
1869
José Vicente de Freitas, Portuguese colonel and politician, 97th Prime Minister of Portugal (d. 1952)
1867
Gisela Januszewska, Jewish-Austrian physician (d. 1943)
1865
Wilbur Scoville, American chemist and pharmacist (d. 1942)
1861
George Fuller, Australian politician, 22nd Premier of New South Wales (d. 1940)
1858
Beatrice Webb, English sociologist and economist (d. 1943)
1849
August Strindberg, Swedish novelist, poet, and playwright (d. 1912)
1840
Ernest Wilberforce, English bishop (d. 1907)
1831
Prince Christian of Schleswig-Holstein (d. 1917)
1828
Dayrolles Eveleigh-de-Moleyns, 4th Baron Ventry, Irish hereditary peer (d. 1914)
1802
Richard Upjohn, English-American architect (d. 1878)
1799
Ludger Duvernay, Canadian journalist, publisher, and politician (d. 1852)
1797
Maria Leopoldina of Austria (d. 1826)
1796
Karl Ernst Claus, Estonian-Russian chemist, botanist, and academic (d. 1864)
1792
Lady Lucy Whitmore, English noblewoman, hymn writer (d. 1840)
1788
Lord Byron, English poet and playwright (d. 1824)
1781
François Habeneck, French violinist and conductor (d. 1849)
1740
Noah Phelps, American soldier, lawyer, and judge (d. 1809)
1733
Philip Carteret, English admiral and explorer (d. 1796)
1729
Gotthold Ephraim Lessing, German philosopher and author (d. 1781)
1690
Nicolas Lancret, French painter (d. 1743)
1654
Richard Blackmore, English physician and poet (d. 1729)
1645
William Kidd, Scottish sailor and pirate hunter (d. 1701)
1592
Pierre Gassendi, French mathematician, astronomer, and philosopher (d. 1655)
1573
John Donne, English poet and cleric in the Church of England, wrote the Holy Sonnets. (d. 1631)
1570
Sir Robert Cotton, 1st Baronet, of Connington, English historian and politician, founded the Cotton library (d. 1631)
1561
Francis Bacon, English philosopher and politician, Attorney General for England and Wales (d. 1626)
1552
Walter Raleigh, English poet, soldier, courtier, and explorer (d. 1618)
1522
Charles II de Valois, Duke of Orléans, (d. 1545)
1440
Ivan III of Russia (d. 1505)
1263
Ibn Taymiyyah, Syrian scholar and theologian (d. 1328)
826
Emperor Montoku of Japan (d. 858)

Deaths On This Day

2018
Ursula K. Le Guin, American sci-fi and fantasy novelist (b. 1929)
2017
Masaya Nakamura, Japanese businessman (b. 1925)
2017
Yordano Ventura, Dominican baseball player (b. 1991)
2016
Homayoun Behzadi, Iranian footballer and coach (b. 1942)
2016
Cecil Parkinson, English politician (b. 1931)
2016
Lois Ramsey, Australian actress (b. 1922)
2016
Kamer Genç, Turkish politician (b. 1940)
2015
Fabrizio de Miranda, Italian engineer and academic, co-designed the Rande Bridge (b. 1926)
2015
Wendell H. Ford, American lieutenant and politician, 53rd Governor of Kentucky (b. 1924)
2015
Margaret Bloy Graham, Canadian author and illustrator (b. 1920)
2014
Maziar Partow, Iranian cinematographer (b. 1933)
2013
Robert Bonnaud, French historian and academic (b. 1929)
2013
Hinton Mitchem, American businessman and politician (b. 1938)
2012
Simon Marsden, English photographer and author (b. 1948)
2012
Joe Paterno, American football player and coach (b. 1926)
2012
Clarence Tillenius, Canadian painter and environmentalist (b. 1913)
2012
Dick Tufeld, American actor, announcer, narrator and voice actor (b. 1926)
2010
Louis R. Harlan, American historian and author (b. 1922)
2010
Jean Simmons, English-American actress (b. 1929)
2009
Billy Werber, American baseball player (b. 1908)
2008
Heath Ledger, Australian actor and director (b. 1979)
2008
Miles Lerman, Polish Holocaust survivor and activist (b. 1920)
2007
Ngô Quang Trưởng, Vietnamese general (b. 1929)
2007
Abbé Pierre, French priest and activist (b. 1912)
2007
Liz Renay, American actress, author and performer (b. 1926)
2006
Aydın Güven Gürkan, Turkish academic and politician, Turkish Minister of Labor and Social Security (b. 1941)
2005
César Gutiérrez, Venezuelan baseball player, coach, and manager (b. 1943)
2005
Carlo Orelli, Italian soldier (b. 1894)
2005
Consuelo Velázquez, Mexican pianist and songwriter (b. 1924)
2004
Billy May, American trumpet player and composer (b. 1916)
2004
Tom Mead, Australian journalist and politician (b. 1918)
2004
Ann Miller, American actress, singer, and dancer (b. 1923)
2003
Bill Mauldin, American soldier and cartoonist (b. 1921)
2001
Tommie Agee, American baseball player (b. 1942)
2001
Roy Brown, American clown and puppeteer (b. 1932)
2000
Craig Claiborne, American journalist, author, and critic (b. 1920)
2000
Anne Hébert, Canadian author and poet (b. 1916)
1999
Graham Staines, Australian-Indian missionary and translator (b. 1941)
1997
Billy Mackenzie, Scottish singer-songwriter (b. 1957)
1996
Israel Eldad, Polish-Israeli philosopher and author (b. 1910)
1994
Jean-Louis Barrault, French actor and director (b. 1910)
1994
Telly Savalas, American actor (b. 1924)
1993
Kōbō Abe, Japanese playwright and photographer (b. 1924)
1991
Robert Choquette, Canadian author, poet and diplomat (b. 1905)
1989
S. Vithiananthan, Sri Lankan author and academic (b. 1924)
1987
R. Budd Dwyer, American educator and politician, 30th Treasurer of Pennsylvania (b. 1939)
1985
Arthur Bryant, English historian and journalist (b. 1899)
1982
Eduardo Frei Montalva, Chilean lawyer and politician, 28th President of Chile (b. 1911)
1981
Ishtiaq Hussain Qureshi, Pakistani historian and academic (b. 1903)
1980
Yitzhak Baer, German-Israeli historian and academic (b. 1888)
1979
Ali Hassan Salameh, Palestinian rebel leader (b. 1940)
1978
Oliver Leese, English general (b. 1894)
1978
Herbert Sutcliffe, English cricketer and soldier (b. 1894)
1977
Ibrahim bin Abdullah Al Suwaiyel, Saudi Arabian diplomat (b. 1916)
1975
Andrew George Burry, Swiss-American businessman and philanthropist (b. 1873)
1973
Lyndon B. Johnson, American lieutenant and politician, 36th President of the United States (b. 1908)
1971
Harry Frank Guggenheim, American businessman and publisher, co-founded Newsday (b. 1890)
1968
Duke Kahanamoku, American swimmer and water polo player (b. 1890)
1966
Herbert Marshall, English actor (b. 1890)
1964
Marc Blitzstein, American pianist and composer (b. 1905)
1959
Mike Hawthorn, English race car driver (b. 1929)
1957
Ralph Barton Perry, American philosopher and academic (b. 1876)
1951
Lawson Robertson, Scottish-American sprinter and high jumper (b. 1883)
1950
Alan Hale, Sr., American actor and director (b. 1892)
1949
William Thomas Walsh, American author, poet, and playwright (b. 1891)
1945
Else Lasker-Schüler, German poet and playwright (b. 1869)
1931
László Batthyány-Strattmann, Hungarian physician and ophthalmologist (b. 1870)
1930
Stephen Mather, American businessman and conservationist, co-founded the Thorkildsen-Mather Borax Company (b. 1867)
1929
R. C. Lehmann, English journalist, author, and politician (b. 1856)
1927
James Ford Rhodes, American historian and author (b. 1848)
1925
Fanny Bullock Workman, American geographer and mountain climber (b. 1859)
1922
Fredrik Bajer, Danish educator and politician, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1837)
1922
Pope Benedict XV (b. 1854)
1922
Camille Jordan, French mathematician and academic (b. 1838)
1921
George Streeter, American captain and businessman (b. 1837)
1901
Queen Victoria of the United Kingdom (b. 1819)
1901
Emil Erlenmeyer, German chemist and academic (b. 1825)
1900
David Edward Hughes, Welsh-American physicist, co-invented the microphone (b. 1831)
1892
Joseph P. Bradley, American lawyer and jurist (b. 1813)
1879
Anthony Durnford, Irish colonel (b. 1830)
1879
Henry Pulleine, English colonel (b. 1838)
1850
Vincent Pallotti, Italian missionary and saint (b. 1795)
1840
Johann Friedrich Blumenbach, German physician, physiologist, and anthropologist (b. 1752)
1798
Lewis Morris, American judge and politician (b. 1726)
1779
Jeremiah Dixon, English surveyor and astronomer (b. 1733)
1779
Claudius Smith, American guerrilla leader (b. 1736)
1767
Johann Gottlob Lehmann, German meteorologist and geologist (b. 1719)
1763
John Carteret, 2nd Earl Granville, English politician, Lord Lieutenant of Ireland (b. 1690)
1750
Franz Xaver Josef von Unertl, Bavarian politician (b. 1675)
1666
Shah Jahan, Mughal emperor (b. 1592)
1599
Cristofano Malvezzi, Italian organist and composer (b. 1547)
1575
James Hamilton, Duke of Châtellerault (b. 1516)
1560
Wang Zhi, Chinese pirate
1552
Edward Seymour, 1st Duke of Somerset, English general and politician, Lord High Treasurer of England (b. 1500)
1536
Bernhard Knipperdolling, German religious leader (b. 1495)
1536
John of Leiden, Anabaptist leader from the Dutch city of Leiden (b. 1509)
1517
Hadım Sinan Pasha, Ottoman politician, 32nd Grand Vizier of the Ottoman Empire (b. ?)
1341
Louis I, Duke of Bourbon (b. 1279)
1188
Ferdinand II of León (b. 1137)
1170
Wang Chongyang, Chinese Daoist and co-founder of the Quanzhen School (b. 1113)
1051
Ælfric Puttoc, archbishop of York
935
Ma, empress of Southern Han
906
He, empress of the Tang Dynasty
628
Anastasius of Persia, monk
239
Cao Rui, Chinese emperor (b. 205)