On This Day in History: January 26
January 26 is the 26th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. 339 days remain until the end of the year (340 in leap years).
Lottery News On This Day
- Dozens of lottery players across the USA hit it big in Powerball. In an unusual Powerball drawing Saturday, dozens of players won huge prizes, including a New Jersey player who won the $23.2 million jackpot.
- Lottery Post can now 'speak' lottery results. Speednet Group, a leading lottery technology company, today announced a new voice synthesis feature for the Lottery Post website that can speak the winning numbers at the tap of a button.
- New Jersey store clerk accused of stealing $1M lottery ticket. A New Jersey convenience store worker stole a customer's $1 million-winning lottery ticket and tried to pass it off as his own, authorities say.
- Powerball sales drop busts NJ Lottery's 7-year winning streak. Lottery sales in New Jersey fell for the first in seven years in 2017 led by a sharp by decline in revenue from Powerball tickets, though scratch-off games remain the state's biggest money maker, according to the New Jersey Lottery's annual report.
- Man wins lottery on his birthday thanks to mom's advice. A Delta Air Lines ramp agent took his mom's advice and bought a scratch-off lottery ticket on his 28th birthday — and it turned out to be a $5 million winner.
- Bad dad accused of stealing lottery tickets with son. A central Florida father and son are accused of stealing $300 worth of scratch-off lottery tickets.
- Hawaii lawmaker introduces bill to create state lottery. It doesn't have a hearing scheduled yet, but there is now a bill to create a state lottery in Hawaii.
- Massachusetts man buys lottery tickets to break $100 bill, wins $10 million. A Massachusetts man who bought two lotto tickets so he could break a $100 bill to buy lunch was left stunned after he ended up scooping an astonishing $10 million in prize money.
- Proposal to ban welfare recipients from playing lottery. North Carolina lawmakers are drafting legislation that would ban people on welfare or those who are in bankruptcy from buying lottery tickets.
- Three women vying for ownership of $1 million lottery ticket. A winning $1 million lottery ticket picked out of a gas station trash can has become the subject of a three-way legal battle in Arkansas.
- Lawyer gives up $14 million Iowa lottery ticket claim. Strangest winner story ever: A lawyer sacrificed a $14 million jackpot payout in order to prevent lottery from learning the winner's true identity.
- N.M. Lottery dog contest has entrants howling over voting cheats. The New Mexico was forced to put their Lucky Dog Photo Contest on a leash yesterday when it was determined that some entrants were piling on extra votes.
- Lottery winner charged in tax conspiracy. Federal prosecutors in Delaware are charging a Wilmington resident and a convenience-store operator with conspiring to hide a $532,000 lottery win to avoid federal taxes.
- Louisiana Lottery celebrates 20 years of winning numbers. After being approved by voters by a seven-to-three margin in 1990 and subsequently launching its first scratch-off game in 1991, the Louisiana Lottery Corporation will celebrate its 20th anniversary in 2011 with a host of player promotions and games.
- Lottery ticket fetched from drawer wins $250,000. A Baltimore, Maryland, man who wanted a break from Sunday's NFL playoff games decided to dig up some old lottery tickets -- and one of them happened to be worth $250,000.
- N.M. family claims $3.5M Hot Lotto jackpot. A retired couple from Ruidoso, New Mexico, and their two daughters from Austin, Texas claimed a $3.54 million Hot Lotto jackpot Monday.
- $254 million Powerball lottery ticket richest ever in Missouri. The winner of the largest lottery jackpot ever sold in Missouri -- worth more than a quarter of a billion dollars -- bought the ticket at a suburban St. Louis grocery store, state lottery officials said Thursday.
- Oregon Lottery trying to shut down 'casino delis'. Across Oregon, delis that seem to specialize in lottery more than lunch pose a dilemma.
- Britons go lotto loopy for £100m Euro Millions draw. If one lucky player wins the Euro Millions jackpot tomorrow they will instantly become Britain's 458th richest person, alongside Sharon and Ozzy Osbourne.
- Ohio couple hits lottery jackpot. Even before they won a $1 million prize in the Ohio Lottery, Gregory and Shelley West, of Marietta, were winners to their next door neighbor, Edee Starcher.
- Woman finds lottery fortune in fortune cookie. Alberta's newest millionaire credits a Chinese fortune cookie for her good fortune.
- Wisconsin Megabucks lottery winners come forward. Brian Schultz of Oak Creek, Wisconsin, and his two sons, Todd and Matthew, have finally come forward and are splitting an $11.1 million Megabucks lottery jackpot from the Christmas Eve drawing, lottery officials announced Tuesday.
- NJ Teachers just miss $130M Mega Millions lottery jackpot. A group of 82 teachers and staff members at School 10 in Paterson, New Jersey came within one number of winning the $130 million jackpot in last week's Mega Millions game.
- Hopes for N.C. lottery still alive. The $1.2 billion revenue shortfall legislators expected to greet them as the General Assembly opened Tuesday may be enough to bring the lottery to North Carolina, area legislators said.
- Seven Days Left Until $14 Million Illinois Lottery Jackpot Expires. A $14 million Illinois Lottery jackpot will expire at midnight on January 31, 2005 if no winner steps forward with the winning ticket.
- Lottery benefits Kentucky students but not its schools. The third story in a four-part series on the Kentucky lottery and its local and state impact.
- Group finds winning lottery ticket a month after the drawing. A lottery pool of shop workers who play the UK Lotto spoke today of their delight at discovering that an unchecked lottery ticket left in their office was worth £5 million (US$9.4 million).
- Final Penn. Super 6 Lotto Drawing Tomorrow. If no one wins the jackpot prize on January 27, the cash value of the jackpot will be shared proportionately by second-, third- and fourth-tier winners.
- Powerball Rolls Again; Jackpot Soars to $64 Million. Because no one correctly matched all six numbers in Saturday's Powerball drawing the jackpot grew to an estimated $64 million, with a cash option of $35.3 million.
- Missouri Lottery celebrates 18 years. After 18 years, $7 billion in sales and with more than $2.1 billion in proceeds, the Missouri Lottery is still going strong.
- Muskegon resident wins Michigan Lottery's '$2,000,000 Fortune'. William Schad of Muskegon, Michigan became the Michigan Lottery's newest millionaire on Friday, January 16, 2004 while participating in a mid-court drawing at halftime during the Detroit Pistons vs. Washington Wizards NBA basketball game.
- 'Hula time' for $400,000 Texas Two Step winner. Khon C. Tran of Austin is taking his family for a vacation to Hawaii later this year. He'll pay for it with some of the $400,000 he won playing the Texas Two Step game from the Texas Lottery.
- Ticket bought in Va. hits $13 million Lotto South jackpot. One ticket matched all six numbers in Saturday's $13 million Lotto South drawing, the Virginia Lottery said.
- Florida Lotto winner bought ticket near Delray. The sole winning ticket from Saturday's $3 million Florida Lotto jackpot was sold at the Farm Food Store on Jog Road south of Atlantic Avenue in suburban Delray Beach, lottery officials said.
- Easley continues quest for N.C. lottery. Gov. Mike Easley provides insight into his on-going quest to bring a state lottery to North Carolina.
- Mississippi Residents Flock to Tennessee for Lottery Tickets. Mississippians have treked across the state line to buy Tennessee lottery tickets since Tuesday, the first day of the Tennessee lottery. Almost everyone who has played has reported winning a free ticket or at least a couple of dollars.
- Powerball Record-Holder Arrested for Drunk Driving. Jack Whittaker, who hit the $314.9 million Powerball jackpot on Christmas 2002, was charged Sunday with drunk driving - just weeks after being charged with trying to assault a bar manager.
Top 25 Lottery Jackpots On This Day
- 1.$394 Million
Jan 29, 2020
- 2.$261 Million
Jan 28, 2015
- 3.$191 Million
Jan 27, 2017
- 4.$187 Million
Jan 28, 2017
- 5.€146 Million
Jan 27, 2006
- 6.$171 Million
Jan 29, 2014
- 7.$161 Million
Jan 26, 2019
- 8.$146 Million
Jan 28, 2012
- 9.$141 Million
Jan 28, 2020
- 10.$135 Million
Jan 28, 2006
- 11.$130 Million
Jan 26, 2013
- 12.€115 Million
Jan 26, 2016
- 13.$121 Million
Jan 26, 2010
- 14.€97.1 Million
Jan 26, 2021
- 15.€90.93 Million
Jan 27, 2018
- 16.$112 Million
Jan 27, 2018
- 17.€90 Million
Jan 26, 2018
- 18.€96.41 Million
Jan 26, 2019
- 19.$109 Million
Jan 29, 2019
- 20.€85.08 Million
Jan 26, 2018
- 21.€84 Million
Jan 29, 2019
- 22.$95 Million
Jan 26, 2002
- 23.€84 Million
Jan 31, 2020
- 24.$86 Million
Jan 29, 2003
- 25.€79.93 Million
Jan 26, 2017
Lottery Post Member Birthdays On This Day
Thursday, Jan 26, 1989
32 years old
Friday, Jan 26, 1979
42 years old
Wednesday, Jan 26, 1977
44 years old
Saturday, Jan 26, 1974
47 years old
Friday, Jan 26, 1973
48 years old
Wednesday, Jan 26, 1966
55 years old
Saturday, Jan 26, 1963
58 years old
Friday, Jan 26, 1951
70 years old
Friday, Jan 26, 1945
76 years old
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Worldwide Events On This Day
- A Sikorsky S-76B flying from John Wayne Airport to Camarillo Airport crashes in Calabasas, 30 miles west of Los Angeles, killing all nine people on board, including former five-time NBA champion Kobe Bryant and his daughter Gianna Bryant.
- An aircraft crashes at Los Llanos Air Base in Albacete, Spain, killing 11 people and injuring 21 others.
- Rioting breaks out in Antananarivo, Madagascar, sparking a political crisis that will result in the replacement of President Marc Ravalomanana with Andry Rajoelina.
- Nadya Suleman gives birth to the world's first surviving octuplets.
- The 7.7 Gujarat earthquake shakes Western India with a maximum Mercalli intensity of X (Extreme), leaving 13,805-20,023 dead and about 166,800 injured.
- Lewinsky scandal: On American television, U.S. President Bill Clinton denies having had "sexual relations" with former White House intern Monica Lewinsky.
- Boris Yeltsin announces that Russia will stop targeting United States cities with nuclear weapons.
- Mohamed Siad Barre is removed from power in Somalia, ending centralized government, and is succeeded by Ali Mahdi.
- The Ugandan government of Tito Okello is overthrown by the National Resistance Army, led by Yoweri Museveni.
- Egypt-Israel relations are formally established.
- Turkish Airlines Flight 301 crashes during takeoff from Izmir Cumaovası Airport (now İzmir Adnan Menderes Airport), killing 66 of the 73 people on board the Fokker F28 Fellowship.
- JAT Fight 367 is destroyed by a terrorist bomb, killing 27 of the 28 people on board the DC-9. Flight attendant Vesna Vulović survives with critical injuries.
- Hindi becomes the official language of India.
- Ranger 3 is launched to study the Moon. The space probe later misses the moon by 22,000 miles (35,400 km).
- John F. Kennedy appoints Janet G. Travell to be the first woman Physician to the President.
- Soviet Union cedes Porkkala back to Finland.
- Black Saturday in Egypt: rioters burn Cairo's central business district, targeting British and upper-class Egyptian businesses.
- The Constitution of India comes into force, forming a republic. Rajendra Prasad is sworn in as the first President of India. Observed as Republic Day in India.
- The Hale telescope at Palomar Observatory sees first light under the direction of Edwin Hubble, becoming the largest aperture optical telescope (until BTA-6 is built in 1976).
- World War II: The Red Army begins encircling the German Fourth Army near Heiligenbeil in East Prussia, which will end in destruction of the 4th Army two months later.
- World War II: Audie Murphy displays valor and bravery in action for which he will later be awarded the Medal of Honor.
- World War II: The first United States forces arrive in Europe, landing in Northern Ireland.
- Spanish Civil War: Catalonia Offensive: Troops loyal to nationalist General Francisco Franco and aided by Italy take Barcelona.
- The Apollo Theater reopens in Harlem, New York City.
- German-Polish Non-Aggression Pact is signed.
- The Indian National Congress declares 26 January as Independence Day or as the day for Poorna Swaraj ("Complete Independence") which occurred 17 years later.
- The first demonstration of the television by John Logie Baird.
- Former Ford Motor Company executive Henry Leland launches the Lincoln Motor Company, which he later sold to his former employer.
- Finnish Civil War: A group of Red Guards hangs a red lantern atop the tower of Helsinki Workers' Hall to symbolically mark the start of the war.
- The Rocky Mountain National Park is established by an act of the U.S. Congress.
- Glenn Curtiss flies the first successful American seaplane.
- The world's largest diamond ever, the Cullinan weighing 3,106.75 carats (0.621350 kg), is found at the Premier Mine near Pretoria in South Africa.
- Troops loyal to The Mahdi conquer Khartoum, killing the Governor-General Charles George Gordon.
- Reconstruction Era: Virginia rejoins the Union.
- American Civil War: General Ambrose Burnside is relieved of command of the Army of the Potomac after the disastrous Fredericksburg campaign. He is replaced by Joseph Hooker.
- American Civil War: Governor of Massachusetts John Albion Andrew receives permission from the Secretary of War to raise a militia organization for men of African descent.
- American Civil War: The state of Louisiana secedes from the Union.
- First Battle of Seattle: Marines from the USS Decatur drive off American Indian attackers after all-day battle with settlers.
- Point No Point Treaty is signed in Washington Territory.
- James Bremer takes formal possession of Hong Kong Island at what is now Possession Point, establishing British Hong Kong.
- Tennessee enacts the first prohibition law in the United States.
- Michigan is admitted as the 26th U.S. state.
- The Rum Rebellion is the only successful (albeit short-lived) armed takeover of the government in New South Wales.
- The British First Fleet, led by Arthur Phillip, sails into Port Jackson (Sydney Harbour) to establish Sydney, the first permanent European settlement on Australia. Commemorated as Australia Day.
- Stanislaus I of Poland abdicates his throne.
- The 8.7-9.2 Cascadia earthquake takes place off the west coast of North America, as evidenced by Japanese records.
- For the first time, the Ottoman Empire permanently cedes territory to the Christian powers.
- Battle of Talikota, fought between the Vijayanagara Empire and the Deccan sultanates, leads to the subjugation, and eventual destruction of the last Hindu kingdom in India, and the consolidation of Islamic rule over much of the Indian subcontinent.
- The Council of Trent establishes an official distinction between Roman Catholicism and Protestantism.
- The Grand Duchy of Lithuania defeats the Tsardom of Russia in the Battle of Ula during the Livonian War.
- The 6.4-7.1 Lisbon earthquake kills about thirty thousand people.
- Vicente Yáñez Pinzón becomes the first European to set foot on Brazil.
- The co-emperors Stephen and Constantine are overthrown and forced to become monks by Constantine VII, who becomes sole emperor of the Byzantine Empire.
- The Rashidun Caliphate is effectively ended with the assassination of Ali, the last caliph.
Births On This Day
- YaYa Gosselin, American actress
- The Suleman octuplets: Noah, Maliyah, Isiah, Nariyah, Jonah, Makai, Josiah and Jeremiah Solomon
- Latalia Bevan, Welsh artistic gymnast
- Gedion Zelalem, German-born American soccer player
- Sione Katoa, New Zealand rugby league player
- Lana Clelland, Scottish footballer
- Florian Thauvin, French footballer
- Sasha Banks, American professional wrestler
- Tom Meechan, English footballer
- Sergio Pérez, Mexican race car driver
- Peter Sagan, Slovak professional cyclist
- Nina Zander, German tennis player
- MarShon Brooks, American basketball player
- Emily Hughes, American figure skater
- Dimitrios Chondrokoukis, Greek high jumper
- Sebastian Giovinco, Italian footballer
- Gerald Green, American basketball player
- Kim Jae-joong, South Korean singer, songwriter, actor, director and designer.
- Mustapha Yatabaré, French-Malian footballer
- Heather Stanning, English rower
- Ryan Hoffman, Australian rugby league player
- Iain Turner, Scottish footballer
- Luo Xuejuan, Chinese swimmer
- Petri Oravainen, Finnish footballer
- Eric Werner, American ice hockey player
- Reggie Hodges, American football player
- José de Jesús Corona, Mexican footballer
- Gustavo Dudamel, Venezuelan violinist, composer, and conductor
- Juan José Haedo, Argentinian cyclist
- Colin O'Donoghue, Irish actor
- Corina Morariu, American tennis player and sportscaster
- Vince Carter, American basketball player
- Justin Gimelstob, American tennis player and coach
- Larissa Lowing, Canadian artistic gymnast
- Melvil Poupaud, French actor, director, and screenwriter
- Brendan Rodgers, Northern Irish footballer and manager
- Mayu Shinjo, Japanese author and illustrator
- Kirk Franklin, American singer-songwriter and producer
- George Dikeoulakos, Greek-Romanian basketball player and coach
- Jupiter Apple, Brazilian singer-songwriter, film director, and actor (d. 2015)
- Anatoly Komm, Russian chef and businessman
- Col Needham, English businessman, co-founded Internet Movie Database
- Kazushige Nagashima, Japanese baseball player and sportscaster
- Thomas Östros, Swedish businessman and politician
- Natalia Yurchenko, Russian gymnast and coach
- Adam Crozier, Scottish businessman
- José Mourinho, Portuguese footballer and manager
- Simon O'Donnell, Australian footballer, cricketer, and sportscaster
- Tony Parks, English footballer and manager
- Andrew Ridgeley, English singer-songwriter and guitarist
- Guo Jian, Chinese-Australian painter, sculptor, and photographer
- Tim May, Australian cricketer
- Oscar Ruggeri, Argentinian footballer and manager
- Wayne Gretzky, Canadian ice hockey player and coach
- Tom Keifer, American singer-songwriter and guitarist
- Anita Baker, American singer-songwriter
- Ellen DeGeneres, American comedian, actress, and talk show host
- Road Warrior Hawk, American wrestler (d. 2003)
- Eddie Van Halen, Dutch-American guitarist, songwriter, and producer (d. 2020)
- Kim Hughes, Australian cricketer
- Alik L. Alik, Micronesian politician, 7th Vice President of the Federated States of Micronesia
- Anders Fogh Rasmussen, Danish politician and diplomat, 39th Prime Minister of Denmark
- Lucinda Williams, American singer-songwriter and guitarist
- David Briggs, Australian guitarist, songwriter, and producer
- Andy Hummel, American singer-songwriter and bass player (d. 2010)
- Anne Mills, English economist and academic
- Jörg Haider, Austrian lawyer and politician, Governor of Carinthia (d. 2008)
- Jonathan Carroll, American author
- David Strathairn, American actor
- Alda Facio, Costa Rican jurist, writer and teacher
- Patrick Dewaere, French actor and composer (d. 1982)
- Les Ebdon, English chemist and academic
- Redmond Morris, 4th Baron Killanin, Irish director, producer, and production manager
- Michel Sardou, French singer-songwriter and actor
- Christopher Hampton, Portuguese-English director, screenwriter, and playwright
- Gene Siskel, American journalist and film critic (d. 1999)
- Susan Friedlander, American mathematician
- Jacqueline du Pré, English cellist (d. 1987)
- David Purley, English race car driver (d. 1985)
- Angela Davis, American activist, academic, and author
- Jerry Sandusky, American football coach and criminal
- César Gutiérrez, Venezuelan baseball player and manager (d. 2005)
- Jack Warner, Trinidadian businessman and politician
- Séamus Hegarty, Irish bishop
- Frank Large, English footballer and cricketer (d. 2003)
- Henry Jaglom, English-American director and screenwriter
- Joseph Saidu Momoh, Sierra Leonean soldier and politician, 2nd President of Sierra Leone (d. 2003)
- Sal Buscema, American illustrator
- Corrado Augias, Italian journalist and politician
- Henry Jordan, American football player (d. 1977)
- Paula Rego, Portuguese-born British visual artist
- Roger Landry, Canadian businessman and publisher (d. 2020)
- Charles Marowitz, American director, playwright, and critic (d. 2014)
- Huey "Piano" Smith, American pianist and songwriter
- Bob Uecker, American baseball player, sportscaster and actor
- Jules Feiffer, American cartoonist, playwright, screenwriter, and educator
- Roger Vadim, French actor and director (d. 2000)
- José Azcona del Hoyo, Honduran businessman and politician, President of Honduras (d. 2005)
- Bob Nieman, American baseball player and scout (d. 1985)
- Hubert Schieth, German footballer and manager (d. 2013)
- Farman Fatehpuri, Pakistani linguist and scholar (d. 2013)
- Joseph Bacon Fraser, Jr., American architect and businessman, co-founded the Sea Pines Company (d. 2014)
- David Jenkins, English bishop and theologian (d. 2016)
- Joan Leslie, American actress (d. 2015)
- Paul Newman, American actor, activist, director, race car driver, and businessman, co-founded Newman's Own (d. 2008)
- Ben Pucci, American football player and sportscaster (d. 2013)
- Claude Ryan, Canadian journalist and politician (d. 2004)
- Alice Babs, Swedish singer and actress (d. 2014)
- Annette Strauss, American philanthropist and politician, Mayor of Dallas (d. 1998)
- Patrick J. Hannifin, American admiral (d. 2014)
- Anne Jeffreys, American actress and singer (d. 2017)
- Michael Bentine, English actor and screenwriter (d. 1996)
- Seán Flanagan, Irish footballer and politician, 7th Irish Minister for Health (d. 1993)
- Gil Merrick, English footballer (d. 2010)
- Eddie Barclay, French record producer, founded Barclay Records (d. 2005)
- Akio Morita, Japanese businessman, co-founded Sony (d. 1999)
- Hans Holzer, Austrian-American paranormal researcher and author (d. 2009)
- Valentino Mazzola, Italian footballer (d. 1949)
- Bill Nicholson, English footballer and manager (d. 2004)
- Hyun Soong-jong, South Korean politician, 24th Prime Minister of South Korea (d. 2020)
- Nicolae Ceaușescu, Romanian dictator, 1st President of Romania (d. 1989)
- Philip José Farmer, American author (d. 2009)
- Louis Zamperini, American runner and captain (d. 2014)
- William Hopper, American actor (d. 1970)
- Dürrüşehvar Sultan, Imperial Princess of the Ottoman Empire (d. 2006)
- Jimmy Van Heusen, American pianist and composer (d. 1990)
- Polykarp Kusch, German-American physicist and academic, Nobel Prize laureate (d. 1993)
- Norbert Schultze, German composer and conductor (d. 2002)
- Jean Image, Hungarian-French animator, director, and screenwriter (d. 1989)
- Jill Esmond, English actress (d. 1990)
- Rupprecht Geiger, German painter and sculptor (d. 2009)
- Stéphane Grappelli, French violinist (d. 1997)
- Henry Cotton, English golfer (d. 1987)
- Dimitrios Holevas, Greek priest and philologist (d. 2001)
- Charles Lane, American actor and singer (d. 2007)
- Maria von Trapp, Austrian-American singer (d. 1987)
- Ancel Keys, American physiologist and nutritionist (d. 2004)
- Seán MacBride, Irish lawyer and politician, Irish Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade Nobel Prize laureate (d. 1988)
- Menno ter Braak, Dutch author (d. 1940)
- Karl Ristenpart, German conductor (d. 1967)
- Günther Reindorff, Russian-Estonian graphic designer and illustrator (d. 1974)
- Giuseppe Genco Russo, Italian mob boss (d. 1976)
- Bessie Coleman, American pilot (d. 1926)
- Frank Costello, Italian-American mob boss (d. 1973)
- August Froehlich, German priest and martyr (d. 1942)
- Wilder Penfield, American-Canadian neurosurgeon and academic (d. 1976)
- François Faber, French-Luxembourgian cyclist (d. 1915)
- Marc Mitscher, American admiral and pilot (d. 1947)
- Dimitris Pikionis, Greek architect and academic (d. 1968)
- Michael Considine, Irish-Australian politician (d. 1959)
- Harry Ricardo, English engineer and academic (d. 1974)
- Per Thorén, Swedish figure skater (d. 1962)
- Douglas MacArthur, American general, Medal of Honor recipient (d. 1964)
- Dave Nourse, English-South African cricketer and coach (d. 1948)
- Kees van Dongen, Dutch painter (d. 1968)
- John Cady, American golfer (d. 1933)
- József Pusztai, Slovene-Hungarian poet and journalist (d. 1934)
- Louis Anquetin, French painter (d. 1932)
- 12th Dalai Lama (d. 1875)
- Pierre Savorgnan de Brazza, Italian-French explorer (d. 1905)
- François Coppée, French poet and author (d. 1908)
- George Shiras, Jr., American lawyer and jurist (d. 1924)
- Emil Czyrniański, Polish chemist (d. 1888)
- Juan Pablo Duarte, Dominican philosopher and poet (d. 1876)
- Ludwig Achim von Arnim, German poet and author (d. 1831)
- Charles XIV John of Sweden (d. 1844)
- Alexander Carlyle, Scottish minister and author (d. 1805)
- George Germain, 1st Viscount Sackville, English general and politician, Secretary of State for the Colonies (d. 1785)
- Claude Adrien Helvétius, French philosopher (d. 1771)
- Jean-Baptiste Pigalle, French sculptor and educator (d. 1785)
- William Hayes, English organist, composer, and conductor (d. 1777)
- William Wake, Archbishop of Canterbury (d. 1737)
- George William, Duke of Brunswick-Lüneburg (d. 1705)
- Antonio Maria Abbatini, Italian composer (d. 1679)
- Giovanni Lanfranco, Italian painter (d. 1647)
- Jakob Ebert, German theologian (d. 1614)
- Florent Chrestien, French poet and translator (d. 1596)
- Emperor Go-Nara of Japan (d. 1557)
- Guillaume Budé, French scholar (d. 1540)
- Henry Beaufort, 3rd Duke of Somerset, Lancastrian military commander (d. 1464)
- Lady Zhen, wife of Cao Pi (d. 221)
Deaths On This Day
- John Altobelli, American college baseball coach (b. 1963)
- Kobe Bryant, American basketball player (b. 1978)
- Mike Connors, American actor (b. 1925)
- Tam Dalyell, Scottish politician (b. 1932)
- Lindy Delapenha, Jamaican footballer and sports journalist (b. 1927)
- Barbara Hale, American actress (b. 1922)
- Sahabzada Yaqub Khan, Pakistani politician and diplomat, 14th Pakistani Minister of Foreign Affairs (b. 1920)
- Abe Vigoda, American actor (b. 1921)
- Cleven "Goodie" Goudeau, American art director and cartoonist (b. 1932)
- Tom Uren, Australian soldier and politician (b. 1921)
- Tom Gola, American basketball player, coach, and politician (b. 1933)
- Paula Gruden, Slovenian-Australian poet and translator (b. 1921)
- José Emilio Pacheco, Mexican poet and author (b. 1939)
- Ralph T. Troy, American banker and politician (b. 1935)
- Christine M. Jones, American educator and politician (b. 1929)
- Stefan Kudelski, Polish-Swiss engineer, invented the Nagra (b. 1929)
- Padma Kant Shukla, Indian physicist and academic (b. 1950)
- Shōtarō Yasuoka, Japanese author (b. 1920)
- Roberto Mieres, Argentinian race car driver (b. 1924)
- David Kato Kisule, Ugandan teacher and LGBT rights activist, considered a father of Uganda's gay rights movement (b. 1964)
- Charlie Louvin, American singer-songwriter and guitarist (b. 1927)
- Louis Auchincloss, American novelist and essayist (b. 1917)
- Viktor Schreckengost, American sculptor and designer (b. 1906)
- Gump Worsley, Canadian ice hockey player (b. 1929)
- Khan Abdul Wali Khan, Pakistani politician (b. 1917)
- Fred Haas, American golfer (b. 1916)
- Valeriy Brumel, Russian high jumper (b. 1942)
- Hugh Trevor-Roper, English historian and academic (b. 1917)
- George Younger, 4th Viscount Younger of Leckie, Scottish banker and politician, Secretary of State for Scotland (b. 1931)
- Al McGuire, American basketball player and coach (b. 1928)
- Don Budge, American tennis player and coach (b. 1915)
- Kathleen Hale, English author and illustrator (b. 1898)
- A. E. van Vogt, Canadian-American author (b. 1912)
- Jeane Dixon, American astrologer and psychic (b. 1904)
- Georg Alexander, Duke of Mecklenburg (b. 1921)
- Harold Brodkey, American author and academic (b. 1930)
- Frank Howard, American football player and coach (b. 1909)
- Henry Lewis, American bassist and conductor (b. 1932)
- Jan Gies, Dutch businessman and humanitarian (b. 1905)
- Robert Jacobsen, Danish sculptor and painter (b. 1912)
- Jeanne Sauvé, Canadian journalist and politician, Governor General of Canada (b. 1922)
- José Ferrer, Puerto Rican-American actor (b. 1912)
- Bob Gerard, English race car driver and businessman (b. 1914)
- Lewis Mumford, American sociologist and historian (b. 1895)
- Kenny Clarke, American jazz drummer and bandleader (b. 1914)
- Bear Bryant, American football player and coach (b. 1913)
- Simon Kapwepwe, Zambian politician, 2nd Vice President of Zambia (b. 1922)
- Nelson Rockefeller, American businessman and politician, 41st Vice President of the United States (b. 1908)
- Filopimin Finos, Greek production manager and producer, founded Finos Film (b. 1908)
- João Branco Núncio, Portuguese bullfighter (b. 1901)
- Donald Sheldon, American bush pilot (b. 1921)
- Edward G. Robinson, Romanian-American actor (b. 1893)
- Merrill C. Meigs, American publisher (b. 1883)
- Lucky Luciano, Italian-American mob boss (b. 1897)
- Helene Costello, American actress (b. 1906)
- Athanase David, Canadian lawyer and politician (b. 1882)
- Khorloogiin Choibalsan, Mongolian general and politician, 12th Prime Minister of Mongolia (b. 1895)
- Kâzım Karabekir, Turkish general and politician, 5th Speaker of the Grand National Assembly of Turkey (b. 1882)
- Fred Conrad Koch, American biochemist and endocrinologist (born 1876)
- John Lomax, American musicologist and academic (b. 1867)
- Grace Moore, American soprano and actress (b. 1898)
- Oskar Kallas, Estonian linguist and diplomat (b. 1868)
- Adriaan van Maanen, Dutch-American astronomer and academic (b. 1884)
- Harry H. Laughlin, American sociologist and eugenicist (b. 1880)
- Nikolai Vavilov, Russian botanist and geneticist (b. 1887)
- Felix Hausdorff, German mathematician and academic (b. 1868)
- William Wrigley, Jr., American businessman, founded the Wrigley Company (b. 1861)
- Jeanne Hébuterne, French painter and author (b. 1898) *1926 - John Flannagan, American priest and academic (b. 1860)
- Whitaker Wright, English businessman (b. 1846)
- Arthur Cayley, English mathematician and academic (b. 1825)
- Abner Doubleday, American general (b. 1819)
- Nicolaus Otto, German engineer, invented the Internal combustion engine (b. 1833)
- Anandi Gopal Joshi, One of the first female Indian physicians (b. 1865)
- David Rice Atchison, American general and politician (b. 1807)
- Edward Davy, English-Australian physician and engineer (b. 1806)
- Charles George Gordon, English general and politician (b. 1833)
- Victor de Broglie, French politician, 9th Prime Minister of France (b. 1785)
- Duncan Gordon Boyes, English soldier; Victoria Cross recipient (b. 1846)
- Wilhelmine Schröder-Devrient, opera singer (b. 1804)
- Gérard de Nerval, French poet and translator (b. 1808)
- Thomas Lovell Beddoes, English poet, playwright, and physician (b. 1803)
- Sangolli Rayanna, Indian soldier (b. 1798)
- Anton Delvig, Russian poet and journalist (b. 1798)
- Filippo Castagna, Maltese politician (b. 1765)
- Théodore Géricault, French painter and lithographer (b. 1791)
- Edward Jenner, English physician and immunologist (b. 1749)
- Manuel do Cenáculo, Portuguese prelate and antiquarian (b. 1724)
- Gabriel Christie, Scottish general (b. 1722)
- Johann Christoph Friedrich Bach, German harpsichord player and composer (b. 1732)
- Thomas Hudson, English painter (b. 1701)
- Albert Schultens, Dutch philologist and academic (b. 1686)
- Ludwig Andreas von Khevenhüller, Austrian field marshal (b. 1683)
- Georg Mohr, Danish mathematician and theorist (b. 1640)
- Lawrence Hyde, English lawyer (b. 1562)
- Jean Hotman, Marquis de Villers-St-Paul, French diplomat (b. 1552)
- Henry Briggs, English mathematician and astronomer (b. 1556)
- Amar Singh I, ruler of Mewar (b. 1559)
- Lady Catherine Grey, Countess of Hertford (b. 1540)
- Nicholas Wotton, English courtier and diplomat (b. 1497)
- Adolph IX, Count of Holstein-Kiel (b.c 1327)
- Ismat ad-Din Khatun, wife of Saladin
- Eadgyth, Queen consort of Germany (b.c 910)
- Luo Yin, Chinese statesman and poet
- John of Dailam, Syrian monk and saint (b. 660)