On This Day in History: January 7
January 7 is the 7th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. 358 days remain until the end of the year (359 in leap years).
Lottery News On This Day
- Mississippi men tried cashing in lottery ticket after gluing on the winning numbers, officials say. Two men in Mississippi wanted to claim a $100,000 lottery prizes so bad, they glued the winning numbers onto a losing ticket, authorities said.
- Texas Lottery generated more than $100 million in one week from scratch-off ticket sales. The Texas Lottery has, for the first time in its history, sold more than $100 million in scratch ticket sales in just one week. From Dec. 23, 2018 to Dec. 29, 2018, scratch ticket sales totaled $100,776,586, shattering the old record of $99,679,358 achieved in March of 2018.
- One lottery ticket from New Hampshire wins $559.7 million Powerball jackpot. One Powerball ticket holder in New Hampshire is the winner of the $559.7 million jackpot prize, the 8th-largest in US lottery history.
- $700 MILLION: Powerball lottery jackpot raised just hours after initial estimate. Less than 12 hours after the initial estimate for Saturday's Powerball jackpot was set early this morning, the already record-breaking grand prize has now increased to an estimated $700 million.
- $675 MILLION: POWERBALL SETS ALL-TIME LOTTERY JACKPOT RECORD. It's been four years since the last lottery jackpot record was broken, but Wednesday night it finally happened again.
- Player sues Oregon Lottery, charging video poker game rigged. The Oregon State Lottery's rigged video poker games have cost players $134 million, a man claims in a class action lawsuit.
- Michigan Lottery pays out $7.4 million in Daily 4 drawing of 1-0-0-1. On Tuesday evening, the Michigan Lottery drew the numbers 1-0-0-1 in the Daily 4 drawing, resulting in more than $7.4 million in prizes.
- Spain's El Niño lottery spreads $663M in winnings. A lottery on Tuesday spread €560 million (US$663 million) among jubilant ticket holders throughout Spain, which is struggling to emerge from a financial crisis that has left it saddled with high unemployment.
- Lottery winner's death was blamed on natural causes — until a relative raised questions. A month after winning one million dollars, a Chicago man died, and now Chicago police and county prosecutors are investigating his death as a homicide.
- Pa. couple claims $128 million Powerball jackpot. An excited Pennsylvania couple arrived at Maryland Lottery Headquarters Friday, accompanied by legal counsel, to claim their $128.8 million Powerball prize.
- N.Y. couple wins $162M lottery jackpot - but owes $1M. A Long Island couple will step forward Thursday to claim a $162 million jackpot, but Suffolk County already has their hands in winners' pockets.
- Relative gives lottery ticket gift worth $1 million. A Pittsburgh pharmacist has learned the $20 Pennsylvania lottery ticket he gave to relatives for Christmas has paid off big -- $1 million.
- Record lottery winner accused of making death threats. The winner of the largest single lottery jackpot in U.S. history has been accused of threatening to kill the manager of a bar.
- Trading clerk surrenders to face charges of stealing lottery ticket. The trading clerk at the center of a $175,000 Mega Millions lottery ticket dispute in Chicago surrendered to police Tuesday on felony theft charges.
- Police Officer Wins $1.65 Million Playing Hot Lotto. A Des Moines police officer is starting the new year with a bigger paycheck after claiming a Hot Lotto jackpot worth more than $1.6 million.
Top 25 Lottery Jackpots On This Day
- 1.$949.8 Million
Jan 9, 2016
- 2.$520 Million
Jan 8, 2021
- 3.$489.6 Million
Jan 9, 2021
- 4.$258 Million
Jan 8, 2020
- 5.$221 Million
Jan 9, 2015
- 6.€127 Million
Jan 7, 2014
- 7.$165 Million
Jan 8, 2016
- 8.$146 Million
Jan 7, 2015
- 9.$131 Million
Jan 10, 2007
- 10.$126 Million
Jan 10, 2017
- 11.€103 Million
Jan 13, 2006
- 12.$122 Million
Jan 9, 2007
- 13.€88.18 Million
Jan 7, 2021
- 14.$105 Million
Jan 7, 2009
- 15.€86.99 Million
Jan 7, 2019
- 16.€81.62 Million
Jan 8, 2018
- 17.£66.07 Million
Jan 9, 2016
- 18.$94 Million
Jan 7, 2017
- 19.€74.02 Million
Jan 8, 2021
- 20.€75 Million
Jan 7, 2020
- 21.$82 Million
Jan 9, 2019
- 22.$80 Million
Jan 7, 2005
- 23.€71.75 Million
Jan 7, 2017
- 24.€53 Million
Jan 9, 2009
- 25.$71 Million
Jan 9, 2008
Lottery Post Member Birthdays On This Day
Monday, Jan 7, 1991
30 years old
Sunday, Jan 7, 1990
31 years old
Sunday, Jan 7, 1990
31 years old
Tuesday, Jan 7, 1986
35 years old
Wednesday, Jan 7, 1981
40 years old
Monday, Jan 7, 1980
41 years old
Sunday, Jan 7, 1979
42 years old
Saturday, Jan 7, 1978
43 years old
Wednesday, Jan 7, 1970
51 years old
Tuesday, Jan 7, 1969
52 years old
Thursday, Jan 7, 1965
56 years old
Sunday, Jan 7, 1962
59 years old
Wednesday, Jan 7, 1942
79 years old
(year not provided)
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Worldwide Events On This Day
- The 6.4Mw 2019-20 Puerto Rico earthquakes kill four and injure nine in southern Puerto Rico.
- Two gunmen commit mass murder at the offices of Charlie Hebdo in Paris, shooting twelve people execution style, and wounding eleven others.
- A car bomb explodes outside a police college in the Yemeni capital Sana'a with at least 38 people reported dead and more than 63 injured.
- A hot air balloon crashes near Carterton, New Zealand, killing all 11 people on board.
- The Senate trial in the impeachment of U.S. President Bill Clinton begins.
- A British Aerospace Jetstream 41 operating as United Express Flight 6291 crashes in Gahanna, Ohio, killing five of the eight people on board.
- The Fourth Republic of Ghana is inaugurated with Jerry Rawlings as President.
- Bosnian War: The Bosnian Army executes a surprise attack at the village of Kravica in Srebrenica.
- Roger Lafontant, former leader of the Tonton Macoute in Haiti under François Duvalier, attempts a coup d'état, which ends in his arrest.
- Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency launches Sakigake, Japan's first interplanetary spacecraft and the first deep space probe to be launched by any country other than the United States or the Soviet Union.
- Brunei becomes the sixth member of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN).
- U.S. President Jimmy Carter authorizes legislation giving $1.5 billion in loans to bail out the Chrysler Corporation.
- Third Indochina War: Cambodian-Vietnamese War: Phnom Penh falls to the advancing Vietnamese troops, driving out Pol Pot and the Khmer Rouge.
- In his second shooting spree of the week, Mark Essex fatally shoots seven people and wounds five others at Howard Johnson's Hotel in New Orleans, Louisiana, before being shot to death by police officers.
- Surveyor Program: Surveyor 7, the last spacecraft in the Surveyor series, lifts off from launch complex 36A, Cape Canaveral.
- The United States recognizes the new Cuban government of Fidel Castro.
- Contralto Marian Anderson becomes the first person of color to perform at the Metropolitan Opera in Giuseppe Verdi's Un ballo in maschera.
- Georgetown-IBM experiment: The first public demonstration of a machine translation system is held in New York at the head office of IBM.
- Kentucky Air National Guard pilot Thomas Mantell crashes while in pursuit of a supposed UFO.
- Winter War: Battle of Raate Road: The Finnish 9th Division finally defeat the numerically superior Soviet forces on the Raate-Suomussalmi road.
- Benito Mussolini and French Foreign minister Pierre Laval sign the Franco-Italian Agreement.
- Guy Menzies flies the first solo non-stop trans-Tasman flight (from Australia to New Zealand) in 11 hours and 45 minutes, crash-landing on New Zealand's west coast.
- A disastrous flood of the River Thames kills 14 people and causes extensive damage to much of riverside London.
- The first transatlantic telephone service is established from New York City to London.
- Dáil Éireann ratifies the Anglo-Irish Treaty by a 64-57 vote.
- The New York State Assembly refuses to seat five duly elected Socialist assemblymen.
- Montenegrin guerrilla fighters rebel against the planned annexation of Montenegro by Serbia, but fail.
- The distress signal "CQD" is established only to be replaced two years later by "SOS".
- Thomas Edison makes a kinetoscopic film of someone sneezing. On the same day, his employee, William Kennedy Dickson, receives a patent for motion picture film.
- HMS Beagle, with Charles Darwin on board, drops anchor off the Chonos Archipelago.
- Frenchman Jean-Pierre Blanchard and American John Jeffries travel from Dover, England, to Calais, France, in a gas balloon.
- The first American commercial bank, the Bank of North America, opens.
- A peace treaty is signed between Peshwa Bajirao and Jai Singh II following Maratha victory in the Battle of Bhopal.
- Galileo Galilei makes his first observation of the four Galilean moons: Ganymede, Callisto, Io and Europa, although he is not able to distinguish the last two until the following day.
- Fire destroys Jamestown, Virginia.
- French troops, led by Francis, Duke of Guise, take Calais, the last continental possession of England.
- Alfonso IV becomes King of Portugal.
Births On This Day
- Tohu Harris, New Zealand rugby league player
- Eden Hazard, Belgian footballer
- Caster Semenya, South African sprinter
- Michael Walters, Australian footballer
- Gregor Schlierenzauer, Austrian ski jumper
- Scott Pendlebury, Australian footballer
- Stefan Babović, Serbian footballer
- Lyndsy Fonseca, American actress
- Davide Astori, Italian footballer (d. 2018)
- Wayne Routledge, English footballer winger
- Lewis Hamilton, English racing driver
- Edwin Encarnación, Dominican baseball player
- Francisco Rodríguez, Venezuelan baseball player
- Hannah Stockbauer, German swimmer
- Travis Friend, Zimbabwean cricketer
- Reece Simmonds, Australian rugby league player
- Aloe Blacc, American musician, singer, songwriter, record producer, actor, businessman and philanthropist
- Dean Cosker, English cricketer and umpire
- Sofi Oksanen, Finnish author and playwright
- Vic Darchinyan, Armenian-Australian boxer
- Alfonso Soriano, Dominican baseball player
- Alenka Bikar, Slovenian sprinter and politician
- Donald Brashear, American-Canadian ice hockey player and mixed martial artist
- Jeremy Renner, American actor
- Andy Burnham, English politician
- Marco Simone, Italian footballer and manager
- Nick Clegg, English academic and politician, Deputy Prime Minister of the United Kingdom
- Ricky Stuart, Australian rugby player, coach, and sportscaster
- Alessandro Lambruschini, Italian runner
- Vladimir Ondrasik III (stage name: Five for Fighting), American singer-songwriter and pianist
- Nicolas Cage, American actor
- Aleksandr Dugin, Russian political analyst and strategist known for his fascist views
- Ron Rivera, American football player and coach
- John Thune, American lawyer and politician
- Loretta Sanchez, American politician
- Angela Smith, Baroness Smith of Basildon, English accountant and politician
- Kathy Valentine, American bass player and songwriter
- Katie Couric, American television journalist, anchor, and author
- David Caruso, American actor
- Mamata Shankar, Indian-Bengali actress
- Alan Butcher, English cricketer and coach
- Robert Longo, American painter and sculptor
- Sammo Hung, Hong Kong actor, director, producer, and martial artist
- Juan Gabriel, Mexican singer-songwriter (d. 2016)
- Kenny Loggins, American singer-songwriter
- Ichirou Mizuki, Japanese singer-songwriter
- Tony Elliott, English publisher, founded Time Out
- Michele Elliott, author, psychologist and founder of child protection charity Kidscape
- Jann Wenner, American publisher, co-founded Rolling Stone
- Raila Odinga, Kenyan engineer and politician, 2nd Prime Minister of Kenya
- Mike McGear, British performing artist and rock photographer
- Kotaro Suzumura, Japanese economist and academic (d. 2020)
- Sadako Sasaki, Japanese survivor of the atomic bombing of Hiroshima, known for one thousand origami cranes (d. 1955)
- Vasily Alekseyev, Russian-German weightlifter and coach (d. 2011)
- Iona Brown, English violinist and conductor (d. 2004)
- John E. Walker, English chemist and academic, Nobel Prize laureate
- Bob Boland, Australian rugby league player and coach
- Li Shengjiao, Chinese diplomat and international jurist (d. 2017)
- Kenny Davern, American clarinet player and saxophonist (d. 2006)
- Valeri Kubasov, Russian engineer and astronaut (d. 2014)
- Jean Corbeil, Canadian lawyer and politician, 29th Canadian Minister of Labour (d. 2002)
- Tassos Papadopoulos, Cypriot lawyer and politician, 5th President of Cyprus (d. 2008)
- Elliott Kastner, American-English film producer (d. 2010)
- Mirja Hietamies, Finnish skier (d. 2013)
- Robert Juniper, Australian painter and sculptor (d. 2012)
- Terry Moore, American actress
- William Peter Blatty, American author and screenwriter (d. 2017)
- Kim Jong-pil, South Korean lieutenant and politician, 11th Prime Minister of South Korea (d. 2018)
- Gerald Durrell, Indian-English zookeeper, conservationist and author, founded Durrell Wildlife Park (d. 1995)
- Hugh Kenner, Canadian scholar and critic (d. 2003)
- Alvin Dark, American baseball player and manager (d. 2014)
- Jean-Pierre Rampal, French flute player (d. 2000)
- Esmeralda Arboleda Cadavid, Colombian politician (d. 1997)
- Chester Kallman, American poet and translator (d. 1975)
- Vincent Gardenia, Italian-American actor (d. 1992)
- W. L. Jeyasingham, Sri Lankan geographer and academic (d. 1989)
- Babe Pratt, Canadian ice hockey player (d. 1988)
- Johnny Mize, American baseball player, coach, and sportscaster (d. 1993)
- Charles Addams, American cartoonist, created The Addams Family (d. 1988)
- Orval Faubus, American soldier and politician, 36th Governor of Arkansas (d. 1994)
- Red Allen, American trumpet player (d. 1967)
- John Brownlee, Australian actor and singer (d. 1969)
- Al Bowlly, Mozambican-English singer-songwriter (disputed; d. 1941)
- Francis Poulenc, French pianist and composer (d. 1963)
- Hudson Fysh, Australian pilot and businessman, co-founded Qantas Airways Limited (d. 1974)
- Zora Neale Hurston, American novelist, short story writer, and folklorist (d. 1960)
- Vera de Bosset, Russian-American ballerina (d. 1982)
- William Clarence Matthews, American baseball player, coach, and lawyer (d. 1928)
- William Hurlstone, English pianist and composer (d. 1906)
- Gustav Flatow, German gymnast (d. 1945)
- Charles Péguy, French poet and journalist (d. 1914)
- Adolph Zukor, Hungarian-American film producer, co-founded Paramount Pictures (d. 1976)
- Émile Borel, French mathematician and politician (d. 1956)
- Anna Murray Vail, American botanist and first librarian of the New York Botanical Garden (d. 1955)
- Eliezer Ben-Yehuda, Belarusian lexicographer and journalist (d. 1922)
- Bernadette Soubirous, French nun and saint (d. 1879)
- Thomas Henry Ismay, English businessman, founded the White Star Line Shipping Company (d. 1899)
- Johann Philipp Reis, German physicist and academic, invented the Reis telephone (d. 1874)
- James Munro, Scottish-Australian publisher and politician, 15th Premier of Victoria (d. 1908)
- Heinrich von Stephan, German postman, founded the Universal Postal Union (d. 1897)
- Albert Bierstadt, American painter (d. 1902)
- Sandford Fleming, Scottish-Canadian engineer, created Universal Standard Time (d. 1915)
- Elizabeth Louisa Foster Mather, American writer (d.1882)
- Robert Nicoll, Scottish poet (d.1837)
- Millard Fillmore, American politician, 13th President of the United States (d. 1874)
- Mariano Paredes, Mexican general and 16th president (1845-1846) (d. 1849)
- Joseph Bonaparte, Italian king (d. 1844)
- George Elphinstone, 1st Viscount Keith, Scottish admiral and politician (d. 1823)
- Israel Putnam, American general (d. 1790)
- Giovanni Battista Locatelli, Italian director and manager (d. 1785)
- Johann Heinrich Zedler, German publisher (d. 1751)
- Jonas Alströmer, Swedish agronomist and businessman (d. 1761)
- William Louis, Duke of Württemberg (d. 1677)
- Adam Krieger, German organist and composer (d. 1666)
- Pope Gregory XIII (d. 1585)
- Thomas of Woodstock, 1st Duke of Gloucester, English politician, Lord High Constable of England (d. 1397)
- Li Bian, emperor of Southern Tang (d. 943)
Deaths On This Day
- Michael Apted, English filmmaker (b. 1941)
- Tommy Lasorda, American baseball player, coach, and manager (b. 1927)
- Henri Schwery, Swiss cardinal (b. 1932)
- Neil Peart, Canadian drummer, songwriter, and producer (b. 1952)
- Jim Anderton, Former New Zealand Deputy Prime Minister (b. 1938)
- France Gall, French singer (b. 1947)
- Mário Soares, Portuguese politician; 16th President of Portugal (b. 1924)
- Bill Foster, American basketball player and coach (b. 1929)
- John Johnson, American basketball player (b. 1947)
- Kitty Kallen, American singer (b. 1921)
- Judith Kaye, American lawyer and jurist (b. 1938)
- Mufti Mohammad Sayeed, Indian lawyer and politician, Indian Minister of Home Affairs (b. 1936)
- Mompati Merafhe, Botswana general and politician, Vice-President of Botswana (b. 1936)
- Rod Taylor, Australian-American actor and screenwriter (b. 1930)
- Georges Wolinski, Tunisian-French cartoonist (b. 1934)
- Run Run Shaw, Chinese-Hong Kong businessman and philanthropist, founded Shaw Brothers Studio and TVB (b. 1907)
- Tony Blankley, British-born American child actor, journalist and pundit (b. 1948)
- Alwyn Schlebusch, South African academic and politician, Vice State President of South Africa (b. 1917)
- Bobby Hamilton, American race car driver and businessman (b. 1957)
- Magnus Magnusson, Icelandic journalist, author, and academic (b. 1929)
- Heinrich Harrer, Austrian mountaineer, geographer, and author (b. 1912)
- Pierre Daninos, French author (b. 1913)
- Ingrid Thulin, Swedish actress (b. 1926)
- Avery Schreiber, American comedian and actor (b. 1935)
- James Carr, American singer (b. 1942)
- Gary Albright, American wrestler (b. 1963)
- Owen Bradley, American record producer (b. 1915)
- Vladimir Prelog, Croatian-Swiss chemist and academic, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1906)
- Károly Grósz, Hungarian politician, 51st Prime Minister of Hungary (b. 1930)
- Murray Rothbard, American economist, historian, and theorist (b. 1926)
- Richard Hunt, American puppeteer and voice actor (b. 1951)
- Bronko Nagurski, Canadian-American football player and wrestler (b. 1908)
- Hirohito, Japanese emperor (b. 1901)
- Zara Cisco Brough, American Nipmuc Indian chief and fashion designer (b.1919)
- Trevor Howard, English actor (b. 1913)
- Juan Rulfo, Mexican author, screenwriter, and photographer (b. 1917))
- Alfred Kastler, German-French physicist and academic, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1902)
- Alvar Lidell, English journalist and radio announcer(b. 1908)
- Eric Robinson, Australian businessman and politician, 2nd Australian Minister for Finance (b. 1926)
- John Berryman, American poet and scholar (b. 1914)
- J. L. B. Smith, South African chemist and academic (b. 1897)
- David Goodis, American author and screenwriter (b. 1917)
- Carl Schuricht, German-Swiss conductor (b. 1880)
- Reg Parnell, English racing driver and manager (b. 1911)
- Arthur Edward Moore, New Zealand-Australian farmer and politician, 23rd Premier of Queensland (b. 1876)
- Dorothea Douglass Lambert Chambers, English tennis player and coach (b. 1878)
- René Guénon, French-Egyptian philosopher and author (b. 1886)
- Nikola Tesla, Serbian-American physicist and engineer (b. 1856)
- Charles Finger, English journalist and author (b. 1869)
- Guy d'Hardelot, French pianist and composer (b. 1858)
- André Maginot, French sergeant and politician (b. 1877)
- Edward Channing, American historian and author (b. 1856)
- Nikolaos Kalogeropoulos, Greek politician, 99th Prime Minister of Greece (b. 1851)
- Edmund Barton, Australian judge and politician, 1st Prime Minister of Australia (b. 1849)
- Henry Ware Eliot, American businessman and philanthropist, co-founded Washington University in St. Louis (b. 1843)
- Sophia Jex-Blake, English physician and feminist (b. 1840)
- Josef Stefan, Slovenian physicist and mathematician (b. 1835)
- Tewfik Pasha, Egyptian ruler (b. 1852)
- Caleb Blood Smith, American journalist and politician, 6th U.S. Secretary of the Interior (b. 1808)
- Mustafa Reşid Pasha, Ottoman politician, Grand Vizier of the Ottoman Empire (b. 1800)
- John Thomas Campbell, Irish-Australian public servant and politician (b. 1770)
- Thomas Lawrence, English painter and educator (b. 1769)
- Joseph Dennie, American journalist and author (b. 1768)
- Carl Gustaf Tessin, Swedish politician and diplomat (b. 1695)
- Thomas Clap, American minister and academic (b. 1703)
- Allan Ramsay, Scottish poet and playwright (b. 1686)
- François Fénelon, French archbishop, theologian, and poet (b. 1651)
- Raffaello Fabretti, Italian scholar and author (b. 1618)
- Charles Gerard, 1st Earl of Macclesfield, English general and politician, Lord Lieutenant of Gloucestershire (b. 1618)
- Theophilus Eaton, American farmer and politician, 1st Governor of the New Haven Colony (b. 1590)
- Pope Innocent X (b. 1574)
- Ruggiero Giovannelli, Italian composer and author (b. 1560)
- Nicholas Hilliard, English painter and goldsmith (b. 1547)
- Louis de Blois, Flemish monk and author (b. 1506)
- Catherine of Aragon (b. 1485)
- Peter Vischer the Elder, German sculptor (b. 1455)
- Amadeus VIII of Savoy a.k.a. Antipope Felix V (b. 1383)
- John Montagu, 3rd Earl of Salisbury, English Earl (b. 1350)
- Inês de Castro, Castilian noblewoman (b. 1325)
- Denis of Portugal (b. 1261)
- Charles I of Naples (b. 1226)
- Canute Lavard, Danish prince and saint (b. 1096)
- Aldric, bishop of Le Mans
- Babak Khorramdin, Iranian leader of the Khurramite uprising against the Abbasid Caliphate
- Lucian of Antioch, Christian martyr, saint, and theologian (b. 240)