On This Day in History: July 24
July 24 is the 205th day of the year (206th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. 160 days remain until the end of the year.
Lottery News On This Day
- Washington woman wins state's biggest lottery jackpot in a decade. A big surprise came to a woman in the small city of Brier after discovering she had won the $12.2 million Washington Lottery jackpot. The woman and her husband — who wished to remain anonymous — came forward Friday with the winning ticket.
- $522 MILLION: Mega Millions jackpot increased again. For the second time in two days, the multi-state Mega Millions lottery jackpot has been raised due to surging ticket sales for a chance to win a half-billion dollars.
- Lottery game sparks gambling fever in eastern Canada. A Canadian lottery game used to raise money for charity has brought gambling fever to the city of St John's in the remote eastern province of Newfoundland and Labrador.
- Arkansas Lottery ticket sales outage caused by severed fiber lines. The Arkansas Scholarship Lottery experienced an outage Friday, July 21, which affected the sale of draw game tickets.
- $422 MILLION: Powerball climbs again on rollover. This week Powerball will be the hot ticket, featuring a lump-sum cash payout of nearly $300 million.
- 16 siblings share $20 million lottery jackpot in New Jersey. Sixteen brothers and sisters from New Jersey who pooled money for a decade to buy lottery tickets got the ultimate payout — a $20 million Pick 6 jackpot they'll use to repair homes they lost in Sandy, send their children to college and preserve the legacy of their late mother, who urged them to vie for the pot together in the first place.
- Missouri Gov. orders review of Lottery operations. Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon has asked the state Office of Administration to carry out a comprehensive review of the Missouri Lottery's operations after the lottery missed its profit goal in the last fiscal year.
- NJ Mega Millions lottery winners claim $30M prize. The anxiously awaited New Jersey Lottery winners from the May 31 Mega Millions drawing have come forward to validate their ticket and claim their prize at Lottery Headquarters.
- Michigan lottery winner convicted of welfare fraud gets probation. The Lincoln Park, Michigan, woman who made national headlines for continuing to accept food stamp benefits after winning $1 million on a Michigan Lottery game show was sentenced today in Wayne County Circuit Court to nine months of probation.
- UK Lottery winner jailed for benefit fraud. A man who won nearly £5 million (US$7.8 million) in the UK National Lottery, but fraudulently claimed about £13,000 (US$20,200) in benefits, has been jailed for nine months.
- NH Lottery to debut new scratch game. Gamblers are getting a sneak peak at a new game from the New Hampshire Lottery that could net them $100,000 a year for life.
- B.C. Lottery faces lawsuit from second problem gambler. A Vancouver Island man is suing the British Columbia Lottery Corporation because the company denied him a $42,500 jackpot on the grounds he's a registered problem gambler although the BCLC has never stopped him from losing money.
- Penn. woman wins $1M lottery raffle prize. Brenda Gaydos won one of five $1 million top prizes from the Pennsylvania Lottery's July 7 Millionaire Raffle drawing, lottery officials announced.
- Quebec Lottery winners' names to kept secret. Loto-Quebec enacted a new policy not to publicize any details about people who win more than $4 million after an alleged extortion plot targeting a LaSalle couple who won $27 million in May was foiled by police last month.
- Down on his luck, Florida man wins $33M lottery jackpot. West Palm Beach resident Ezequiel Perez broke out of a string of bad luck by winning a $33 million Florida Lotto jackpot Saturday.
- Penn. Lottery contributions decline for first time in 6 years. Pennsylvania's lottery sales stumbled in the just-ended fiscal year -- as slot machines came on line -- finishing flat after a half-decade of huge gains spurred by bigger games, more retailers and glitzier advertising.
- Iowa custodian wins $1 million in lottery scratch game. A custodian for the Davenport school district In Iowa cashed in a lottery ticket Monday worth $1 million -- becoming the first top prize winner in the Iowa Lottery's "Set for Life'' scratch-off game.
- Texas Lottery may consider offering raffle. The chairman of the Texas Lottery Commission has asked the state attorney general to study whether it would be legal to add a raffle to its array of games.
- Texas Lottery critic turns down selection committee post. Dawn Nettles, a frequent critic of the Texas Lottery, was appointed to, and later withdrew from, a search committee for the Texas Lottery Director position.
- Follow-Up: Couple’s lottery 5-week winning streak was simple luck. Investigators with the Wisconsin Department of Revenue found no signs of fraud in a couple's five-week winning streak in March and April.
Top 25 Lottery Jackpots On This Day
- 1.$543 Million
Jul 24, 2018
- 2.$434.8 Million
Jul 27, 2016
- 3.$262 Million
Jul 25, 2017
- 4.$220 Million
Jul 26, 2017
- 5.€195.08 Million
Jul 25, 2019
- 6.$180 Million
Jul 25, 1998
- 7.$166 Million
Jul 24, 2013
- 8.$147 Million
Jul 25, 2018
- 9.€113 Million
Jul 29, 2005
- 10.€112 Million
Jul 24, 2012
- 11.$135 Million
Jul 26, 2006
- 12.€113.2 Million
Jul 26, 2016
- 13.$121 Million
Jul 25, 2012
- 14.$111 Million
Jul 27, 2011
- 15.€84.78 Million
Jul 29, 2016
- 16.$90 Million
Jul 25, 2015
- 17.$88 Million
Jul 25, 2009
- 18.€74.75 Million
Jul 25, 2017
- 19.$82 Million
Jul 25, 2007
- 20.$75 Million
Jul 26, 2003
- 21.$71 Million
Jul 27, 1999
- 22.€61 Million
Jul 26, 2016
- 23.$67 Million
Jul 25, 2014
- 24.$64 Million
Jul 26, 2008
- 24.$64 Million
Jul 24, 2019
Lottery Post Member Birthdays On This Day
Monday, Jul 24, 1989
30 years old
Friday, Jul 24, 1987
32 years old
Tuesday, Jul 24, 1984
35 years old
Friday, Jul 24, 1981
38 years old
Sunday, Jul 24, 1977
42 years old
Thursday, Jul 24, 1975
44 years old
Wednesday, Jul 24, 1974
45 years old
Friday, Jul 24, 1970
49 years old
Monday, Jul 24, 1967
52 years old
Sunday, Jul 24, 1966
53 years old
Friday, Jul 24, 1964
55 years old
Sunday, Jul 24, 1960
59 years old
Friday, Jul 24, 1959
60 years old
Saturday, Jul 24, 1954
65 years old
Sunday, Jul 24, 1949
70 years old
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Worldwide Events On This Day
- Air Algérie Flight 5017 loses contact with air traffic controllers 50 minutes after takeoff. It was travelling between Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso and Algiers. The wreckage is later found in Mali. All 116 people onboard are killed.
- A high-speed train derails in Spain rounding a curve with an 80 km/h (50 mph) speed limit at 190 km/h (120 mph), killing 78 passengers.
- Simeon Saxe-Coburg-Gotha, the last Tsar of Bulgaria when he was a child, is sworn in as Prime Minister of Bulgaria, becoming the first monarch in history to regain political power through democratic election to a different office.
- The Bandaranaike Airport attack is carried out by 14 Tamil Tiger commandos. Eleven civilian and military aircraft are destroyed and 15 are damaged. All 14 commandos are shot dead, while seven soldiers from the Sri Lanka Air Force are killed. In addition, three civilians and an engineer die. This incident slowed down the Sri Lankan economy.
- Russell Eugene Weston Jr. bursts into the United States Capitol and opens fire killing two police officers. He is later ruled to be incompetent to stand trial.
- US supertanker SS Bridgeton collides with mines laid by IRGC causing a 43-square-meter dent in the body of the oil tanker.
- Hulda Crooks, at 91 years of age, climbed Mt. Fuji. Crooks became the oldest person to climb Japan's highest peak.
- The Black July anti-Tamil riots begin in Sri Lanka, killing between 400 and 3,000. Black July is generally regarded as the beginning of the Sri Lankan Civil War.
- George Brett batting for the Kansas City Royals against the New York Yankees, has a game-winning home run nullified in the "Pine Tar Incident".
- Heavy rain causes a mudslide that destroys a bridge at Nagasaki, Japan, killing 299.
- The Quietly Confident Quartet of Australia wins the men's 4 x 100 metre medley relay at the Moscow Olympics, the only time the United States has not won the event at Olympic level.
- End of a four-day-long Libyan-Egyptian War.
- Watergate scandal: The United States Supreme Court unanimously ruled that President Richard Nixon did not have the authority to withhold subpoenaed White House tapes and they order him to surrender the tapes to the Watergate special prosecutor.
- Apollo program: Apollo 11 splashes down safely in the Pacific Ocean.
- During an official state visit to Canada, French President Charles de Gaulle declares to a crowd of over 100,000 in Montreal: Vive le Québec libre! ("Long live free Quebec!"); the statement angered the Canadian government and many Anglophone Canadians.
- Michael Pelkey makes the first BASE jump from El Capitan along with Brian Schubert. Both came out with broken bones. BASE jumping has now been banned from El Cap.
- The ship Bluenose II was launched in Lunenburg, Nova Scotia. The schooner is a major Canadian symbol.
- At the opening of the American National Exhibition in Moscow, U.S. Vice President Richard Nixon and Soviet Premier Nikita Khrushchev have a "Kitchen Debate".
- Cape Canaveral Air Force Station begins operations with the launch of a Bumper rocket.
- World War II: Operation Gomorrah begins: British and Canadian aeroplanes bomb Hamburg by night, and American planes bomb the city by day. By the end of the operation in November, 9,000 tons of explosives will have killed more than 30,000 people and destroyed 280,000 buildings.
- Alabama drops rape charges against the "Scottsboro Boys".
- The Dust Bowl heat wave reaches its peak, sending temperatures to 109 °F (43 °C) in Chicago and 104 °F (40 °C) in Milwaukee.
- The Kellogg-Briand Pact, renouncing war as an instrument of foreign policy, goes into effect (it is first signed in Paris on August 27, 1928, by most leading world powers).
- The Menin Gate war memorial is unveiled at Ypres.
- Themistoklis Sofoulis becomes Prime Minister of Greece.
- The Treaty of Lausanne (1923), settling the boundaries of modern Turkey, is signed in Switzerland by Greece, Bulgaria and other countries that fought in World War I.
- The draft of the British Mandate of Palestine was formally confirmed by the Council of the League of Nations; it came into effect on 26 September 1923.
- The passenger ship SS Eastland capsizes while tied to a dock in the Chicago River. A total of 844 passengers and crew are killed in the largest loss of life disaster from a single shipwreck on the Great Lakes.
- Hiram Bingham III re-discovers Machu Picchu, "the Lost City of the Incas".
- The Ottoman Empire captures the city of Shkodër, putting down the Albanian Revolt of 1910.
- O. Henry is released from prison in Columbus, Ohio, after serving three years for embezzlement from a bank.
- Reconstruction: Tennessee becomes the first U.S. state to be readmitted to the Union following the American Civil War.
- American Civil War: Battle of Kernstown: Confederate General Jubal Early defeats Union troops led by General George Crook in an effort to keep them out of the Shenandoah Valley.
- After 17 months of travel, Brigham Young leads 148 Mormon pioneers into Salt Lake Valley, resulting in the establishment of Salt Lake City.
- Richard March Hoe, American inventor, patented the rotary-type printing press.
- Afro-Chileans are emancipated.
- In Maracaibo, Venezuela, the naval Battle of Lake Maracaibo takes place, where Admiral José Prudencio Padilla defeats the Spanish Navy, thus culminating the independence for the Gran Colombia.
- War of 1812: General Phineas Riall advances toward the Niagara River to halt Jacob Brown's American invaders.
- The Kingdom of Georgia and the Russian Empire sign the Treaty of Georgievsk.
- Antoine de la Mothe Cadillac founds the trading post at Fort Pontchartrain, which later becomes the city of Detroit.
- Mary, Queen of Scots, is forced to abdicate and replaced by her 1-year-old son James VI.
- French explorer Jacques Cartier plants a cross on the Gaspé Peninsula and takes possession of the territory in the name of Francis I of France.
- Citizens of Leeuwarden, Netherlands, strike against a ban on foreign beer.
- Battle of Harlaw, one of the bloodiest battles in Scotland, takes place.
- Wars of Scottish Independence: Fall of Stirling Castle: King Edward I of England takes the stronghold using the War Wolf.
- Louis VII of France lays siege to Damascus during the Second Crusade.
- Battle of Nocera between Ranulf II of Alife and Roger II of Sicily.
Births On This Day
- Emre Mor, Turkish football player
- Valentine Holmes, Australian rugby league player
- Kyle Kuzma, American basketball player
- Alejandra Álvarez, Ecuadorian tennis player
- Dmitry Abyzov, Russian footballer
- Mikaël Kingsbury, Canadian skier
- Mitch Grassi, American singer and songwriter
- Manuel Fischnaller, Italian footballer
- Emily Bett Rickards, Canadian actress
- Daveigh Chase, American actress
- Travis Mahoney, Australian swimmer
- Maurkice Pouncey, American football player
- Kim Tae-hwan, South Korean footballer
- Han Seung-yeon, South Korean singer and dancer
- Nichkhun, Thai-American singer-songwriter and actor (2PM)
- Ricky Petterd, Australian footballer
- Filipe Francisco dos Santos, Brazilian footballer
- Nathan Gerbe, American ice hockey player
- Zack Sabre Jr., English wrestler
- Natalie Tran, Australian actress, online producer
- Patrice Bergeron, Canadian ice hockey player
- Aries Merritt, American hurdler
- Lukáš Rosol, Czech tennis player
- Eric Wright, American football player
- Patrick Harvey, Australian actor
- Tyler Kyte, Canadian singer and drummer
- Daniele De Rossi, Italian footballer
- Asami Mizukawa, Japanese actress
- Trevor Matthews, Canadian actor and producer, founded Brookstreet Pictures
- Thiago Medeiros, Brazilian race car driver
- Mewelde Moore, American football player
- Elisabeth Moss, American actress
- Anna Paquin, Canadian-New Zealand actress
- Michael Poppmeier, South African-German rugby player
- Doug Bollinger, Australian cricketer
- Summer Glau, American actress
- Mark Robinson, English footballer
- Joel Stroetzel, American guitarist
- Rose Byrne, Australian actress
- Jerrod Niemann, American singer-songwriter and guitarist
- Valerio Scassellati, Italian race car driver
- Anne-Gaëlle Sidot, French tennis player
- Mark Andrew Smith, American author
- Ryan Speier, American baseball player
- Andy Irons, American surfer (d. 2010)
- Rafer Alston, American basketball player
- Tiago Monteiro, Portuguese race car driver and manager
- Tracey Crouch, English politician, Minister for Sport and the Olympics
- Jamie Langenbrunner, American ice hockey player
- Torrie Wilson, American model, fitness competitor, actress and professional wrestler
- Eric Szmanda, American actor
- Andy Gomarsall, English rugby player
- Russell Bawden, Australian rugby league player
- Ana Cristina Oliveira, Portuguese model and actress
- Amanda Stretton, English race car driver and journalist
- Kaiō Hiroyuki, Japanese sumo wrestler
- Dino Baggio, Italian footballer
- Patty Jenkins, American film director and screenwriter
- Rick Fox, Bahamian basketball player
- Jennifer Lopez, American actress, singer, and dancer
- Kristin Chenoweth, American actress and singer
- Colleen Doran, American author and illustrator
- Malcolm Ingram, Canadian director, producer, and screenwriter
- Laura Leighton, American actress
- Mo-Do, Italian singer-songwriter (d. 2013)
- Aminatou Haidar, Sahrawi human rights activist
- Martin Keown, English footballer and coach
- Andrew Gaze, Australian basketball player and sportscaster
- Kadeem Hardison, American actor, director, and screenwriter
- Doug Liman, American director and producer
- Barry Bonds, American baseball player
- Pedro Passos Coelho, Portuguese economist and politician, 118th Prime Minister of Portugal
- Urmas Kaljend, Estonian footballer
- John Rosengren, American journalist and author
- Louis Armary, French rugby player
- Karl Malone, American basketball player and coach
- Johnny O'Connell, American race car driver and sportscaster
- Kerry Dixon, English footballer and manager
- Catherine Destivelle, French rock climber and mountaineer
- Jim Leighton, Scottish footballer and coach
- Pam Tillis, American singer-songwriter, guitarist, and actress
- Charlie Crist, American lawyer and politician, 44th Governor of Florida
- Brad Watson, American author and academic
- Erdoğan Arıca, Turkish footballer and manager (d. 2012)
- Jorge Jesus, Portuguese footballer and manager
- Julian Brazier, English captain and politician
- Jon Faddis, American trumpet player, composer, and conductor
- Tadashi Kawamata, Japanese contemporary artist
- Claire McCaskill, American lawyer and politician
- James Newcome, English bishop
- Ian Cairns, Australian surfer
- Gus Van Sant, American director, producer, and screenwriter
- Lynda Carter, American actress
- Chris Smith, Baron Smith of Finsbury, English politician, Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport
- Jadranka Stojaković, Yugoslav singer-songwriter (d. 2016)
- Michael Richards, American actor and comedian
- Zaheer Abbas, Pakistani cricketer and manager
- Geoff McQueen, English screenwriter and producer (d. 1994)
- Peter Serkin, American pianist and educator
- Gallagher, American comedian and actor
- Friedhelm Haebermann, German footballer and manager
- Hervé Vilard, French singer-songwriter
- Frank Close, English physicist and academic
- Azim Premji, Indian businessman and philanthropist
- Hugh Ross, Canadian-American astrophysicist and astronomer
- Anthony Watts, English geologist, geophysicist, and academic
- Jim Armstrong, Northern Irish guitarist
- Heinz, German-English singer-songwriter and bass player (d. 2000)
- David Miner, American singer-songwriter, guitarist, and producer
- Chris Sarandon, American actor
- John Bond, English banker and businessman
- Dan Hedaya, American actor
- Walt Bellamy, American basketball player and coach (d. 2013)
- David Simon, Baron Simon of Highbury, English businessman and politician
- Alexis Jacquemin, Belgian economist and academic (d. 2004)
- Eugene J. Martin, American painter (d. 2005)
- John Sparling, New Zealand cricketer
- Manoj Kumar, Indian actor, director, producer, and screenwriter
- Quinlan Terry, English architect, designed the Brentwood Cathedral
- Ruth Buzzi, American actress and comedian
- Mark Goddard, American actor
- Aaron Elkins, American author and academic
- Pat Oliphant, Australian cartoonist
- Mel Ramos, American painter, illustrator, and academic
- Les Reed, English pianist, composer, and conductor
- Derek Varnals, South African cricketer
- P. S. Soosaithasan, Sri Lankan accountant and politician
- Doug Sanders, American golfer
- Gustav Andreas Tammann, German astronomer and academic
- Ermanno Olmi, Italian director, screenwriter, and cinematographer
- Éric Tabarly, French commander (d. 1998)
- Alfred Balk, American journalist and author (d. 2010)
- Keshubhai Patel, Indian politician, 10th Chief Minister of Gujarat
- Alex Katz, American painter and sculptor
- Zara Mints, Russian-Estonian philologist and academic (d. 1990)
- Wilfred Josephs, English composer (d. 1997)
- Aris Poulianos, Greek anthropologist and archaeologist
- Madeleine Ferron, Canadian radio host and author (d. 2010)
- Giuseppe Di Stefano, Italian tenor and actor (d. 2008)
- Billy Taylor, American pianist and composer (d. 2010)
- Bella Abzug, American lawyer and politician (d. 1998)
- Constance Dowling, American model and actress (d. 1969)
- Robert Marsden Hope, Australian lawyer and judge (d. 1999)
- Kenneth S. Kleinknecht, NASA manager (d. 2007)
- John Winkin, American baseball player, coach, and journalist (d. 2014)
- Ruggiero Ricci, American violinist and educator (d. 2012)
- Robert Farnon, Canadian trumpet player, composer, and conductor (d. 2005)
- Jack Moroney, Australian cricketer (d. 1999)
- John D. MacDonald, American colonel and author (d. 1986)
- Enrique Fernando, Filipino lawyer and jurist, 13th Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of the Philippines (d. 2004)
- Frances Oldham Kelsey, Canadian pharmacologist and physician (d. 2015)
- Ed Mirvish, American-Canadian businessman and philanthropist (d. 2007)
- Alan Waddell, Australian walker (d. 2008)
- Britton Chance, American biologist and sailor (d. 2010)
- Essie Summers, New Zealand author (d. 1998)
- Harry Horner, American director and production designer (d. 1994)
- Leo Arnaud, French-American trombonist, composer, and conductor (d. 1991)
- Richard B. Morris, American historian and academic (d. 1989)
- Delmer Daves, American screenwriter, director and producer (d. 1977)
- Zelda Fitzgerald, American author and poet (d. 1948)
- Chief Dan George, Canadian actor (d. 1981)
- Amelia Earhart, American pilot and author (d. 1937)
- Robert Graves, English poet, novelist, critic (d. 1985)
- Agnes Meyer Driscoll, American cryptanalyst (d. 1971)
- Arthur Richardson, Australian cricketer and coach (d. 1973)
- Jun'ichirō Tanizaki, Japanese author (d. 1965)
- Maria Caserini, Italian actress (d. 1969)
- Ernest Bloch, Swiss-American composer and educator (d. 1959)
- Edward Plunkett, 18th Baron of Dunsany, Irish author, poet, and playwright (d. 1957)
- Calogero Vizzini, Italian mob boss (d. 1954)
- Oswald Chambers, Scottish minister and author (d. 1917)
- Vicente Acosta, Salvadoran journalist and poet (d. 1908)
- E. F. Benson, English archaeologist and author (d. 1940)
- Fred Tate, English cricketer and coach (d. 1943)
- Frank Wedekind, German actor and playwright (d. 1918)
- Princess Charlotte of Prussia (d. 1919)
- Alphonse Mucha, Czech painter and illustrator (d. 1939)
- Henrik Pontoppidan, Danish journalist and author, Nobel Prize laureate (d. 1943)
- Juan Vicente Gómez, Venezuelan general and politician, 27th President of Venezuela (d. 1935)
- Émile Picard, French mathematician and academic (d. 1941)
- Friedrich Schottky, Polish-German mathematician and theorist (d. 1935)
- Jan Gotlib Bloch, Polish theorist and activist (d. 1902)
- William Poole, American boxer and gangster (d. 1855)
- Adolphe Adam, French composer and critic (d. 1856)
- Alexander J. Davis, American architect (d. 1892)
- Alexandre Dumas, French novelist and playwright (d. 1870)
- Johan Georg Forchhammer, Danish mineralogist and geologist (d. 1865)
- Joseph Nicollet, French mathematician and explorer (d. 1843)
- Simón Bolívar, Venezuelan commander and politician, 2nd President of Venezuela (d. 1830)
- Vladimir Borovikovsky, Ukrainian-Russian painter (d. 1825)
- John Newton, English sailor and priest (d. 1807)
- Prince William, Duke of Gloucester, son of Queen Anne of Great Britain and Prince George of Denmark (d. 1700)
- Charles Talbot, 1st Duke of Shrewsbury, English politician, Lord High Treasurer (d. 1718)
- Thomas Platter the Younger, Swiss physician and author (d. 1628)
- Maria of the Palatinate-Simmern (d. 1589)
- Charles II, Margrave of Baden-Durlach (d. 1577)
- Catherine of Saxony, Archduchess of Austria (d. 1524)
- Christina von Stommeln, German Roman Catholic mystic, ecstatic, and stigmatic (d. 1312)
Deaths On This Day
- Mary Ellis, British World War II ferry pilot
- Harshida Raval, Indian Gujarati playback singer
- Marni Nixon, American actress and singer (b. 1930)
- Peg Lynch, American actress and screenwriter (b. 1916)
- Ingrid Sischy, South African-American journalist and critic (b. 1952)
- Ik-Hwan Bae, Korean-American violinist and educator (b. 1956)
- Dale Schlueter, American basketball player (b. 1945)
- Hans-Hermann Sprado, German journalist and author (b. 1956)
- Garry Davis, American pilot and activist, created the World Passport (b. 1921)
- Fred Dretske, American philosopher and academic (b. 1932)
- Virginia E. Johnson, American psychologist and sexologist (b. 1925)
- Pius Langa, South African lawyer and jurist, 19th Chief Justice of South Africa (b. 1939)
- Chad Everett, American actor and director (b. 1937)
- Sherman Hemsley, American actor and singer (b. 1938)
- Larry Hoppen, American singer and guitarist (b. 1951)
- Robert Ledley, American physiologist and physicist, invented the CT scanner (b. 1926)
- Themo Lobos, Chilean author and illustrator (b. 1928)
- John Atta Mills, Ghanaian lawyer and politician, 3rd President of Ghana (b. 1944)
- Gregorio Peces-Barba, Spanish jurist and politician (b. 1938)
- Frank Dietrich, German politician (b. 1966)
- Dan Peek, American singer-songwriter and guitarist (b. 1950)
- Harald Johnsen, Norwegian bassist and composer (b. 1970)
- David Servan-Schreiber, French physician, neuroscientist, and author (b. 1961)
- Skip Thomas, American football player (b. 1950)
- Norman Dello Joio, American pianist and composer (b. 1913)
- Albert Ellis, American psychologist and author (b. 1913)
- Nicola Zaccaria, Greek opera singer (b. 1923)
- Richard Doll, English physiologist and epidemiologist (b. 1912)
- Georges Dor, Canadian author, playwright, and composer (b. 1931)
- Ahmad Shamloo, Iranian poet and journalist (b. 1925)
- William J. Brennan Jr., American colonel and jurist (b. 1906)
- Saw Maung, Burmese general and politician, 7th Prime Minister of Burma (b. 1928)
- Alphonso Theodore Roberts, Vincentian cricketer and activist (b. 1937)
- George Rodger, English photographer and journalist (b. 1908)
- Helen Cordero, Cochiti Pueblo (Native American) Pueblo potter (b. 1915)
- Arletty, French actress and singer (b. 1898)
- Sam Berger, Canadian lawyer and businessman (b. 1900)
- Isaac Bashevis Singer, Polish-American novelist and short story writer, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1902)
- Fritz Albert Lipmann, German-American biochemist and academic, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1899)
- Qudrat Ullah Shahab, Pakistani civil servant and author (b. 1917)
- Ezechiele Ramin, Italian missionary and martyr (b. 1953)
- Peter Sellers, English actor and comedian (b. 1925)
- James Chadwick, English physicist and academic, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1891)
- Peter de Noronha, Indian businessman, philanthropist, and civil servant (b. 1897)
- Witold Gombrowicz, Polish author and playwright (b. 1904)
- Tony Lema, American golfer (b. 1934)
- Constance Bennett, American actress and producer (b. 1904)
- Wilfrid Noyce, English mountaineer and author (b. 1917)
- Sacha Guitry, French actor and director (b. 1885)
- Ryūnosuke Akutagawa, Japanese author (b. 1892)
- Arkhip Kuindzhi, Ukrainian-Russian painter (b. 1841)
- Vicente Acosta, Salvadoran journalist and poet (b. 1867)
- Hermann Raster, German-American journalist and politician (b. 1827)
- Martin Van Buren, American lawyer and politician, 8th President of the United States (b. 1782)
- Nathaniel Lardner, English theologian and author (b. 1684)
- Benedetto Marcello, Italian composer and educator (b. 1686)
- John Salusbury, Welsh politician and poet (b. 1567)
- Joris Hoefnagel, Flemish painter (b. 1542)
- John Boste, English martyr and saint (b. 1544)
- Carlos, Prince of Asturias (b. 1545)
- Jacob van Artevelde, Flemish statesman (b. 1290)
- Berthold of Hanover, Bishop of Livonia
- Emperor Shirakawa of Japan (b. 1053)
- Matilda of Tuscany (b. 1046)
- Muhammad ibn Tughj al-Ikhshid, Egyptian ruler (b. 882)
- Gao Ying, Chinese politician (b. 740)
- Oswulf, king of Northumbria