On This Day in History: January 31
January 31 is the 31st day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. 334 days remain until the end of the year (335 in leap years).
Lottery News On This Day
- Identical winning numbers crop up in hundreds of U.S. lotteries. Are the drawings really random?. America's popular and lucrative lottery drawings, in which computers randomly select numbers that turn a lucky few into instant millionaires, may not be as random as they seem.
- Georgia bill would allow lottery winners to remain anonymous — for a price. The Georgia Senate's higher education committee voted in favor Tuesday of allowing a bill to move forward that would allow lottery winners to remain anonymous — but they would have to pay for that privacy.
- $4.5 million Hoosier Lotto winning ticket set to expire. A lottery ticket worth $4.5 million bought at an Indianapolis grocery store last August is set to expire in two weeks.
- Pa. Lottery drawings go on Thursday despite machine malfunctions. Technical difficulties wreaked havoc with Thursday evening's Pennsylvania Lottery drawings, forcing the Pick 4 and Pick 5 drawings to occur after the telecast ended.
- Wyoming Lottery unveils logo. Meet YoLo the Jackalope, the face of the Wyoming Lottery Corporation.
- 6 South Floridians become lottery millionaires in January. South Floridians racked up twice as many millionaires this January as can normally be counted on in the southern part of the Sunshine State.
- NC lottery bill won't ban welfare recipient sales. A key North Carolina House leader says a bill he's drawing up about the North Carolina state lottery won't include a provision prohibiting ticket sales to people receiving public assistance or who are in bankruptcy.
- 2010 Lottery Results Almanac Published. The latest edition of Lottery Post's highly-regarded lottery results reference book officially went on sale today.
- Mega Millions, Powerball lottery ticket cross-sales begins today. Today marks the first time both of the USA's huge multi-state lottery games can be purchased within the same state.
- Company running most lottery games worldwide has history of scandal. The company behind the more than 16,000 machines that spit out New York Lottery tickets has been linked to scandals across the country and around the globe.
- Successful lottery winners don't change too much. Financial planners say the most common mistake made by lottery winners is not understanding their financial limitations.
- Nationwide, lotteries struggle to stay competitive. Lotteries across the country are struggling to remain competitive, retaining their players while increasing their bottom lines.
- N.Y. Lottery: We've got a game for you. Whether you're looking for instant gratification or prefer to dream big with millions in the bank, the New York Lottery has a game for you.
- Lottery tickets prove a popular gift. More and more people are giving lottery tickets as holiday gifts, using tickets as raffle prizes, or buying in bulk with co-workers to improve their odds for big winnings.
- Meet Yolanda Vega, the lottery queen. One of the most famous names in New York started out as a bookkeeper in Brooklyn. Little did Yolanda Antequera know that one day, she would be introducing herself nightly as "Yolannnn daVegaaaa," the most well-known spokeswoman for the New York Lottery.
- Lottery foes try to restrict gambling, with little success. Some New York lawmakers want the state to tell lottery-ticket buyers how slim the odds are of winning, and raise the gambling age from 18 to 21 to try to discourage gambling sprees.
- Nationwide, lotteries pay for far more than education. Revenues generated by state lotteries across the United States are used toward a variety of good causes, not just education.
- Lottery Post member turns up the heat on the Hoosier Lottery. Lottery Post member Jim Grimes, a retired Noble County engineer, helped spark an investigation that led to three indictments in an alleged million-dollar scam.
- Ex-lottery employee claims bias complaint led to firing. A former Texas Lottery employee who was fired in June shortly after receiving an excellent performance evaluation has sued the $3.5 billion agency, claiming she was fired because she complained about "national origin discrimination."
- N.C. Lottery accepts bids for $8 million ad contract. Four North Carolina agencies submitted proposals for the advertising contract on the state's new $8 million lottery account, the lottery said.
- Penn. woman Loses $20,000 In Jamaican Lottery Scam. A Bethlehem woman was defrauded of nearly $20,000 throughout January after she was led to believe she'd won the Jamaican lottery.
- N.C. Lottery Commission Awards Vendor Contracts. The North Carolina Education Lottery Commission awarded contracts for both instant-win tickets and lotto-style games to GTECH Holdings Corp. on Monday. The deals were estimated to be worth $19.2 million in the first year alone.
- Record lottery winner's wealth cost him dearly. When West Virginian Jack Whittaker won a $314 million Powerball jackpot on Christmas Day 2002, his life would be changed forever -- in both good and bad ways.
- Mega Millions lottery jackpot increases to $25 million. The jackpot in the multistate Mega Millions lottery drawing grew to $25 million Friday.
- $3.8 million Michigan lottery ticket unclaimed after 9 months. Michigan lottery officials are concerned that a $3.8 million winning lottery ticket purchased at Tania's Pizza and party store in Royal Oak on April 9 soon may become a loser.
- $70 million Texas Lotto ticket sold in Houston. One ticket matching all 5 numbers and the bonus ball was sold for the Saturday Texas Lotto drawing worth $70 million.
- Colorado lottery official retires amid controversy. George Turner, one of the most powerful bureaucrats at the Colorado Department of Revenue, who for years oversaw the state's lottery and casino industry, abruptly retired a week after facing questions about whether he had offered immunity from prosecution to three gambling regulators who worked under him.
- Mega Millions jackpot increases to $85 million. The jackpot in the multi-state Mega Millions lottery drawing grew to $85 million Saturday.
Top 25 Lottery Jackpots On This Day
- 1.$285.8 Million
Jan 31, 2015
- 2.€183 Million
Feb 3, 2006
- 3.$206 Million
Feb 1, 2017
- 4.$194 Million
Feb 1, 2014
- 5.$191 Million
Feb 2, 2019
- 6.$176 Million
Feb 2, 2013
- 7.$170 Million
Feb 1, 2012
- 8.$156 Million
Feb 1, 2006
- 9.$155 Million
Jan 31, 2020
- 10.€120 Million
Feb 1, 2019
- 11.€100 Million
Feb 5, 2010
- 12.€108 Million
Feb 2, 2018
- 13.$127 Million
Jan 31, 2018
- 14.$125 Million
Feb 1, 2019
- 15.€100.6 Million
Feb 2, 2021
- 16.€93.05 Million
Feb 1, 2018
- 17.$115 Million
Feb 3, 2010
- 18.€98.49 Million
Jan 31, 2019
- 19.€90 Million
Feb 2, 2018
- 20.$112 Million
Feb 3, 2016
- 21.$104 Million
Feb 2, 2018
- 22.$100 Million
Feb 1, 2003
- 23.€71 Million
Jan 31, 2014
- 24.€84 Million
Jan 31, 2020
- 25.$91 Million
Feb 1, 2011
Lottery Post Member Birthdays On This Day
Saturday, Jan 31, 1987
34 years old
Monday, Jan 31, 1977
44 years old
Wednesday, Jan 31, 1973
48 years old
Sunday, Jan 31, 1971
50 years old
Tuesday, Jan 31, 1967
54 years old
Sunday, Jan 31, 1965
56 years old
Tuesday, Jan 31, 1961
60 years old
Tuesday, Jan 31, 1961
60 years old
Thursday, Jan 31, 1957
64 years old
Tuesday, Jan 31, 1956
65 years old
Tuesday, Jan 31, 1950
71 years old
Sunday, Jan 31, 1937
84 years old
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Worldwide Events On This Day
- The United Kingdom's membership within the European Union ceases in accordance with Article 50, after 47 years of being a member state.
- Abdullah of Pahang is sworn in as the 16th Yang di-Pertuan Agong of Malaysia.
- Both a blue moon and a total lunar eclipse occur.
- In Kenya, at least 113 people are killed and over 200 injured following an oil spillage ignition in Molo, days after a massive fire at a Nakumatt supermarket in Nairobi killed at least 25 people.
- In the Netherlands, a Scottish court convicts Libyan Abdelbaset al-Megrahi and acquits another Libyan citizen for their part in the bombing of Pan Am Flight 103 over Lockerbie, Scotland in 1988.
- Alaska Airlines Flight 261 crash: An MD-83, experiencing horizontal stabilizer problems, crashes in the Pacific Ocean off the coast of Point Mugu, California, killing all 88 aboard.
- An explosives-filled truck rams into the gates of the Central Bank of Sri Lanka in Colombo, killing at least 86 people and injuring 1,400.
- Doug Williams becomes the first African-American quarterback to play in a Super Bowl and leads the Washington Redskins to victory in Super Bowl XXII.
- The Crown of St. Stephen (also known as the Holy Crown of Hungary) goes on public display after being returned to Hungary from the United States, where it was held after World War II.
- HEOS 2] launch: A ESA spacecraft whose primary goals were to study interplanetary space and the high-latitude magnetosphere. The mission lasted 2 years, 6 months, and 6 days.
- Apollo program: Apollo 14: Astronauts Alan Shepard, Stuart Roosa, and Edgar Mitchell, aboard a Saturn V, lift off for a mission to the Fra Mauro Highlands on the Moon.
- The Winter Soldier Investigation, organized by the Vietnam Veterans Against the War to publicize war crimes and atrocities by Americans and allies in Vietnam, begins in Detroit.
- Vietnam War: Viet Cong guerrillas attack the United States embassy in Saigon, and other attacks, in the early morning hours, later grouped together as the Tet Offensive.
- Nauru gains independence from Australia.
- The Soviet Union launches the unmanned Luna 9 spacecraft as part of the Luna program.
- Project Mercury: Mercury-Redstone 2: The chimpanzee Ham travels into outer space.
- Cold War: Space Race: The first successful American satellite detects the Van Allen radiation belt.
- Eight people (five total crew from two aircraft and three on the ground) in Pacoima, California are killed following the mid-air collision between a Douglas DC-7 airliner and a Northrop F-89 Scorpion fighter jet.
- A North Sea flood causes over 1,800 deaths in the Netherlands and over 300 in the United Kingdom.
- United Nations Security Council Resolution 90 relating to the Korean War is adopted.
- President Truman orders the development of thermonuclear weapons.
- These Are My Children, the first television daytime soap opera, is broadcast by the NBC station in Chicago.
- Cold War: Yugoslavia's new constitution, modeling that of the Soviet Union, establishes six constituent republics (Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Macedonia, Montenegro, Serbia and Slovenia).
- The Democratic Republic of Vietnam introduces the đồng to replace the French Indochinese piastre at par.
- US Army private Eddie Slovik is executed for desertion, the first such execution of an American soldier since the Civil War.
- World War II: About 3,000 inmates from the Stutthof concentration camp are forcibly marched into the Baltic Sea at Palmnicken (now Yantarny, Russia) and executed.
- World War II: The end of fighting in the Battle of Hill 170 during the Burma Campaign, in which the British 3 Commando Brigade repulsed a Japanese counterattack on their positions and precipitated a general retirement from the Arakan Peninsula.
- World War II: American forces land on Kwajalein Atoll and other islands in the Japanese-held Marshall Islands.
- World War II: During the Anzio campaign, the 1st Ranger Battalion (Darby's Rangers) is destroyed behind enemy lines in a heavily outnumbered encounter at Battle of Cisterna, Italy.
- World War II: German Field Marshal Friedrich Paulus surrenders to the Soviets at Stalingrad, followed two days later by the remainder of his Sixth Army, ending one of the war's fiercest battles.
- World War II: Allied forces are defeated by the Japanese at the Battle of Malaya and retreat to Singapore.
- Leon Trotsky is exiled to Alma-Ata.
- The Battle of George Square takes place in Glasgow, Scotland, during a campaign for shorter working hours.
- A series of accidental collisions on a misty Scottish night leads to the loss of two Royal Navy submarines with over a hundred lives, and damage to another five British warships.
- World War I: Kaiser Wilhelm II orders the resumption of unrestricted submarine warfare.
- World War I: Germany is the first to make large-scale use of poison gas in warfare in the Battle of Bolimów against Russia.
- Datu Muhammad Salleh is killed in Kampung Teboh, Tambunan, ending the Mat Salleh Rebellion.
- History of Portugal: The first attempt at a Portuguese republican revolution breaks out in the northern city of Porto.
- American Civil War: The United States Congress passes the Thirteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution, abolishing slavery, and submits it to the states for ratification.
- American Civil War: Confederate General Robert E. Lee becomes general-in-chief of all Confederate armies.
- Alvan Graham Clark discovers the white dwarf star Sirius B, a companion of Sirius, through an 18.5-inch (47 cm) telescope now located at Northwestern University.
- John C. Frémont is court-martialed for mutiny and disobeying orders.
- After the Milwaukee Bridge War, the United States towns of Juneautown and Kilbourntown unify to create the City of Milwaukee.
- Gervasio Antonio de Posadas becomes Supreme Director of the United Provinces of the Río de la Plata (present-day Argentina).
- The first venereal diseases clinic opens at London Lock Hospital.
- Gunpowder Plot: Four of the conspirators, including Guy Fawkes, are executed for treason by hanging, drawing and quartering, for plotting against Parliament and King James.
- Eighty Years' War and Anglo-Spanish War: The Battle of Gembloux is a victory for Spanish forces led by Don John of Austria over a rebel army of Dutch, Flemish, English, Scottish, German, French and Walloons.
- The Treaty of Lyon ends the Italian War, confirming French domination of northern Italy, while Spain receives the Kingdom of Naples.
- The Battle of Lena takes place between King Sverker II of Sweden and his rival, Prince Eric, whose victory puts him on the throne as King Eric X of Sweden.
- Pope Sylvester I is consecrated, as successor to the late Pope Miltiades.
Births On This Day
- Kenneth Zohore, Danish footballer
- Jacopo Fortunato, Italian footballer
- Jacob Markström, Swedish ice hockey player
- Kota Yabu, Japanese idol, singer-songwriter, model, actor
- Brett Pitman, English footballer
- Taijo Teniste, Estonian footballer
- Marcus Mumford, American-English singer-songwriter
- Walter Dix, American sprinter
- Megan Ellison, American film producer, founded Annapurna Pictures
- George Elokobi, Cameroonian footballer
- Yves Ma-Kalambay, Belgian footballer
- Pauline Parmentier, French tennis player
- Adam Federici, Australian footballer
- Mario Williams, American football player
- Vernon Davis, American football player
- Josh Johnson, Canadian-American baseball player
- Jeremy Wariner, American runner
- Alessandro Zanni, Italian rugby player
- James Sutton, English actor
- Fabio Quagliarella, Italian footballer
- Maret Ani, Estonian tennis player
- Yuniesky Betancourt, Cuban baseball player
- Andreas Görlitz, German footballer
- Salvatore Masiello, Italian footballer
- Allan McGregor, Scottish footballer
- Jānis Sprukts, Latvian ice hockey player
- Yukimi Nagano, Swedish singer-songwriter
- Brad Thompson, American baseball player
- Julio Arca, Argentinian footballer
- Mark Cameron, Australian cricketer
- Gemma Collins, English media personality and businesswoman
- Justin Timberlake, American singer-songwriter, dancer, and actor
- James Adomian, American comedian, actor, and screenwriter
- Gary Doherty, Irish footballer
- Shim Yi-young, South Korean actress
- Daniel Tammet, English author and educator
- Fabián Caballero, Argentinian footballer and manager
- Suchitra Singh, Indian cricketer
- Kerry Washington, American actress
- Traianos Dellas, Greek footballer and manager
- Buddy Rice, American race car driver
- Paul Scheer, American comedian, actor, producer, and screenwriter
- Fred Coleman, American football player and coach
- Preity Zinta, Indian actress, producer, and television host
- Othella Harrington, American basketball player and coach
- Ariel Pestano, Cuban baseball player
- Portia de Rossi, Australian-American actress
- Patricia Velásquez, Venezuelan model and actress
- Minnie Driver, English singer-songwriter and actress
- Danny Michel, Canadian singer-songwriter and producer
- Dov Charney, Canadian-American fashion designer and businessman, founded American Apparel
- Daniel Moder, American cinematographer
- John Collins, Scottish footballer and manager
- Matt King, English actor, producer, and screenwriter
- Ulrica Messing, Swedish politician, 2nd Swedish Minister for Infrastructure
- Patrick Stevens, Belgian sprinter
- Fat Mike, American singer-songwriter, bass player, and producer
- Umar Alisha, Indian journalist and philanthropist
- Thant Myint-U, Myanmar historian, diplomat, conservationist, and former presidential advisor.
- Dexter Fletcher, English actor and director
- Giorgos Gasparis, Greek basketball player and coach
- Ofra Harnoy, Israeli-Canadian cellist
- Peter Sagal, American author and radio host
- Martha MacCallum, American journalist
- Dawn Prince-Hughes, American scientist
- Craig Coleman, Australian rugby league player and coach
- Gwen Graham, American lawyer and politician
- Elizabeth Barker, Baroness Barker, English politician
- Fatou Bensouda, Gambian lawyer and judge
- Lloyd Cole, English singer-songwriter and guitarist
- Akbar Ganji, Iranian journalist and author
- Grant Morrison, Scottish author and screenwriter
- Željko Šturanović, Montenegrin politician, 31st Prime Minister of Montenegro (d. 2014)
- Anthony LaPaglia, Australian actor and producer
- Kelly Lynch, American model and actress
- Armin Reichel, German footballer and manager
- Shirley Babashoff, American swimmer
- Guido van Rossum, Dutch programmer, creator of the Python programming language
- John Lydon, English singer-songwriter
- Virginia Ruzici, Romanian tennis player and manager
- Faoud Bacchus, Guyanese cricketer
- Adrian Vandenberg, Dutch guitarist and songwriter
- Harry Wayne Casey, American singer-songwriter, pianist, and producer
- Denise Fleming, American author and illustrator
- Alexander Korzhakov, Russian general and bodyguard
- Janice Rebibo, American-Israeli author and poet (d. 2015)
- Johan Derksen, Dutch footballer and journalist
- Norris Church Mailer, American model and educator (d. 2010)
- Ken Wilber, American sociologist, philosopher, and author
- Volkmar Groß, German footballer (d. 2014)
- Muneo Suzuki, Japanese politician
- Nolan Ryan, American baseball player
- Matt Minglewood, Canadian singer-songwriter and guitarist
- Glynn Turman, American actor
- Terry Kath, American guitarist and singer-songwriter (d. 1978)
- Medin Zhega, Albanian footballer and manager (d. 2012)
- Rynn Berry, American historian and author (d. 2014)
- Brenda Hale, Baroness Hale of Richmond, English lawyer, judge, and academic
- Joseph Kosuth, American sculptor and theorist
- John Inverarity, Australian cricketer and coach
- Peter McRobbie, Scottish-born American character actor
- Daniela Bianchi, Italian actress
- Derek Jarman, English director, stage designer, and author (d. 1994)
- Dick Gephardt, American lawyer and politician
- Gerald McDermott, American author and illustrator (d. 2012)
- Jessica Walter, American actress (d. 2021)
- Kitch Christie, South African rugby player and coach (d. 1998)
- Stuart Margolin, American actor and director
- Beatrix of the Netherlands
- Lynn Carlin, American actress
- James G. Watt, American lawyer and politician, 43rd United States Secretary of the Interior
- Regimantas Adomaitis, Lithuanian actor
- Andrée Boucher, Canadian educator and politician, 39th Mayor of Quebec City (d. 2007)
- Philip Glass, American composer
- Suzanne Pleshette, American actress (d. 2008)
- Can Bartu, Turkish former basketball and football player
- Kenzaburō Ōe, Japanese author and academic, Nobel Prize laureate
- Ernesto Brambilla, Italian motorcycle racer and race car driver (d. 2020)
- Gene DeWeese, American author (d. 2012)
- James Franciscus, American actor and producer (d. 1991)
- Bob Turner, Canadian ice hockey player and coach (d. 2005)
- Camille Henry, Canadian ice hockey player and coach (d. 1997)
- Morton Mower, American cardiologist and inventor
- Miron Babiak, Polish sea captain (d. 2013)
- Ernie Banks, American baseball player and coach (d. 2015)
- Christopher Chataway, English runner, journalist, and politician (d. 2014)
- Joakim Bonnier, Swedish race car driver (d. 1972)
- Al De Lory, American composer, conductor, and producer (d. 2012)
- Rudolf Mössbauer, German physicist and academic, Nobel Prize laureate (d. 2011)
- Jean Simmons, English-American actress (d. 2010)
- Irma Wyman, American computer scientist and engineer (d. 2015)
- Norm Prescott, American animator, producer, and composer, co-founded Filmation Studios (d. 2005)
- Tom Alston, American baseball player (d. 1993)
- Chuck Willis, American singer-songwriter (d. 1958)
- Benjamin Hooks, American minister, lawyer, and activist (d. 2010)
- Norman Mailer, American journalist and author (d. 2007)
- Joanne Dru, American actress (d. 1996)
- John Agar, American actor (d. 2002)
- Carol Channing, American actress, singer, and dancer (d. 2019)
- E. Fay Jones, American architect, designed the Thorncrown Chapel (d. 2004)
- Mario Lanza, American tenor and actor (d. 1959)
- Stewart Udall, American soldier, lawyer, and politician, 37th United States Secretary of the Interior (d. 2010)
- Bert Williams, English footballer (d. 2004)
- Jackie Robinson, American baseball player and sportscaster (d. 1972)
- Fred Bassetti, American architect and academic, founded Bassetti Architects (d. 2013)
- Frank Parker, American tennis player (d. 1997)
- Bobby Hackett, American trumpet player and cornet player (d. 1976)
- Alan Lomax, American historian, author, and scholar (d. 2002)
- Thomas Merton, American monk and author (d. 1968)
- Garry Moore, American comedian and game show host (d. 1993)
- Jersey Joe Walcott, American boxer and police officer (d. 1994)
- Don Hutson, American football player and coach (d. 1997)
- Miron Grindea, Romanian-English journalist (d. 1995)
- John O'Hara, American author, playwright, and screenwriter (d. 1970)
- Nat Bailey, Canadian businessman, founded White Spot (d. 1978)
- Tallulah Bankhead, American actress (d. 1968)
- Alva Myrdal, Swedish sociologist and politician, Nobel Prize laureate (d. 1986)
- Julian Steward, American anthropologist (d. 1972)
- Betty Parsons, American artist, art dealer and collector (d. 1982)
- Sofya Yanovskaya, Russian mathematician and historian (d. 1966)
- Isham Jones, American saxophonist, composer, and bandleader (d. 1956)
- Eddie Cantor, American singer-songwriter, actor, and dancer (d. 1964)
- Frank Foster, English cricketer (d. 1958)
- Theodor Heuss, German journalist and politician, 1st President of the Federal Republic of Germany (d. 1963)
- Mammad Amin Rasulzade, Azerbaijani scholar and politician, 1st President of The Democratic Republic of Azerbaijan (d. 1955)
- Irving Langmuir, American chemist and physicist, Nobel Prize laureate (d. 1957)
- Zane Grey, American author (d. 1939)
- Theodore William Richards, American chemist and academic, Nobel Prize laureate (d. 1928)
- Henri Desgrange, French cyclist and journalist (d. 1940)
- Shastriji Maharaj, Indian spiritual leader, founded BAPS (d. 1951)
- David Emmanuel, Romanian mathematician and academic (d. 1941)
- Lunalilo of Hawaii (d. 1874)
- William B. Washburn, American politician, 28th Governor of Massachusetts (d. 1887)
- Rodolphe Töpffer, Swiss teacher, author, painter, cartoonist, and caricaturist (d. 1846)
- Franz Schubert, Austrian pianist and composer (d. 1828)
- Magdalena Dobromila Rettigová, Czech cook book author (d. 1845)
- André-Jacques Garnerin, French balloonist and the inventor of the frameless parachute (d. 1823)
- François Devienne, French flute player and composer (d. 1803)
- Gouverneur Morris, American lawyer, politician, and diplomat, United States Ambassador to France (d. 1816)
- Hans Egede, Norwegian missionary and explorer (d. 1758)
- Louis de Montfort, French priest and saint (d. 1716)
- Arnold Geulincx, Flemish philosopher and academic (d. 1669)
- James Stanley, 7th Earl of Derby (d. 1651)
- John Francis Regis, French priest and saint (d. 1640)
- Peter Bulkley, English and later American Puritan (d. 1659)
- Tokugawa Ieyasu, Japanese shōgun (d. 1616)
- Henry, King of Portugal (d. 1580)
Deaths On This Day
- Rasual Butler, American professional basketball player (b. 1979)
- Leah LaBelle, American singer (b. 1986)
- Rob Stewart, Canadian filmmaker (b. 1979)
- Terry Wogan, Irish-British radio and television host (b. 1938)
- Vic Howe, Canadian ice hockey player (b. 1929)
- Udo Lattek, German footballer, coach, and journalist (b. 1935)
- Lizabeth Scott, American actress (b. 1922)
- Richard von Weizsäcker, German captain and politician, 6th President of Germany (b. 1920)
- Francis M. Fesmire, American cardiologist and physician (b. 1959)
- Anna Gordy Gaye, American songwriter and producer, co-founded Anna Records (b. 1922)
- Abdirizak Haji Hussein, Somalian politician, 4th Prime Minister of Somalia (b. 1924)
- Miklós Jancsó, Hungarian director and screenwriter (b. 1921)
- Joseph Willcox Jenkins, American composer, conductor, and educator (b. 1928)
- Christopher Jones, American actor (b. 1941)
- Rubén Bonifaz Nuño, Mexican poet and scholar (b. 1923)
- Hassan Habibi, Iranian lawyer and politician, 1st Vice President of Iran (b. 1937)
- Mani Ram Bagri, Indian lawyer and politician (b. 1920)
- Anthony Bevilacqua, American cardinal (b. 1923)
- Tristram Potter Coffin, American author, scholar, and academic (b. 1922)
- Dorothea Tanning, American painter and sculptor (b. 1910)
- Bartolomeu Anania, Romanian bishop and poet (b. 1921)
- Mark Ryan, English guitarist and playwright (b. 1959)
- František Čapek, Czechoslovakian canoeist (b. 1914)
- Molly Ivins, American journalist and author (b. 1944)
- Adelaide Tambo, South African activist and politician (b. 1929)
- Moira Shearer, Scottish actress and ballerina (b. 1926)
- Eleanor Holm, American swimmer and actress (b. 1913)
- Suraiya, Indian actress and playback singer (b. 1929)
- Gabby Gabreski, American colonel and pilot (b. 1919)
- Gordon R. Dickson, Canadian-American author (b. 1923)
- Gil Kane, Latvian-American author and illustrator (b. 1926)
- Giant Baba, Japanese wrestler and trainer, co-founded All Japan Pro Wrestling (b. 1938)
- Norm Zauchin, American baseball player (b. 1929)
- John Joseph Scanlan, Irish-American bishop (b. 1930)
- George Abbott, American actor, director, and producer (b. 1887)
- Eveline Du Bois-Reymond Marcus, German zoologist and academic (b. 1901)
- Rashad Khalifa, Egyptian-American biochemist and academic (b. 1935)
- William Stephenson, Canadian captain and spy (b. 1896)
- Yves Allégret, French director and screenwriter (b. 1907)
- Reginald Baker, English-Australian film producer (b. 1896)
- Tatsuzō Ishikawa, Japanese author (b. 1905)
- Ernesto Miranda, American criminal (b. 1941)
- Evert Taube, Swedish author and composer (b. 1890)
- Samuel Goldwyn, Polish-American film producer, co-founded Goldwyn Pictures (b. 1882)
- Ragnar Frisch, Norwegian economist and academic, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1895)
- Viktor Zhirmunsky, Russian historian and linguist (b. 1891)
- Meher Baba, Indian spiritual master (b. 1894)
- Eddie Tolan, American sprinter and educator (b. 1908)
- Arthur Percival, English general (b. 1887)
- Krishna Singh, Indian politician, 1st Chief Minister of Bihar (b. 1887)
- Auguste Herbin, French painter (b. 1882)
- Karl Selter, Estonian politician, 14th Estonian Minister of Foreign Affairs (b. 1898)
- A. A. Milne, English author, poet, and playwright, created Winnie-the-Pooh (b. 1882)
- John Mott, American activist, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1865)
- Edwin Howard Armstrong, American engineer, invented FM radio (b. 1890)
- Vivian Woodward, English captain and footballer (b. 1879)
- Jean Giraudoux, French author and playwright (b. 1882)
- Henry Larkin, American baseball player and manager (b. 1860)
- John Galsworthy, English novelist and playwright, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1867)
- Eligiusz Niewiadomski, Polish painter and critic (b. 1869)
- Timothy Eaton, Canadian businessman, founded Eaton's (b. 1834)
- John Douglas, 9th Marquess of Queensberry, Scottish nobleman (b. 1844)
- Charles Spurgeon, English pastor and author (b. 1834)
- John Bosco, Italian priest and educator, founded the Salesian Society (b. 1815)
- Cilibi Moise, Moldavian-Romanian journalist and author (b. 1812)
- 11th Dalai Lama (b. 1838)
- Henri Gatien Bertrand, French general (b. 1773)
- John Cheyne, English physician and author (b. 1777)
- Alexander Ypsilantis, Greek general (b. 1792)
- José Félix Ribas, Venezuelan soldier (b. 1775)
- Manuel Alberti, Argentinian priest and journalist (b. 1763)
- Mariot Arbuthnot, English admiral and politician, 12th Lieutenant Governor of Nova Scotia (b. 1711)
- Thomas Lewis, Irish-born American lawyer and surveyor (b. 1718)
- Filippo Juvarra, Italian architect and set designer, designed the Basilica of Superga (b. 1678)
- Jacob Roggeveen, Dutch explorer (b. 1659)
- Thomas Grey, 2nd Earl of Stamford, English politician, Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster (b. 1654)
- Jean Mairet, French playwright (b. 1604)
- Johannes Clauberg, German philosopher and theologian (b. 1622)
- Jost Bürgi, Swiss clockmaker and mathematician (b. 1552)
- Claudio Acquaviva, Italian priest, 5th Superior General of the Society of Jesus (b. 1543)
- Guy Fawkes, English conspirator, leader of the Gunpowder Plot (b. 1570)
- Ambrose Rookwood, English Gunpowder Plot conspirator (b. 1578)
- Thomas Wintour, English Gunpowder Plot conspirator (b. 1571)
- Henry, king of Portugal (b. 1512)
- Bairam Khan, Mughalan general (b. 1501)
- Menno Simons, Dutch minister and theologian (b. 1496)
- Xuande, emperor of China (b. 1398)
- Mircea I, prince of Wallachia (b. 1355)
- Sukō, emperor of Japan (b. 1334)
- Theodore II, patriarch of Constantinople
- William V, duke of Aquitaine (b. 969)
- Ryōgen, Japanese monk and abbot (b. 912)
- Hemma of Altdorf, Frankish queen
- Máedóc of Ferns, Irish bishop and saint (b. 550)