On This Day in History: July 31
July 31 is the 212th day of the year (213th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. 153 days remain until the end of the year.
Lottery News On This Day
- Bermuda officials staying quiet on sale of Florida lottery tickets. The Bermuda Governor's office has stonewalled questions about whether it knew the sale of American lottery tickets in Bermuda was branded a potential breach of "numerous" laws in the United States by a top American gambling lawyer.
- Georgia court awards Alabama man $1 million lottery win. This is the tale of a ticket — a lottery ticket, that is. It began on a February day in 2013 and it ended last week in an Atlanta courtroom, leaving an Alabama man $1 million richer.
- One Powerball ticket worth $487 million sold in New Hampshire. Folks in New Hampshire are eager to learn who among them holds the winning ticket to a $487 million Powerball jackpot.
- Serbian lottery chief resigns amid drawing scandal. The head of Serbia's national lottery has resigned after a television graphic during this week's draw appeared to predict a winning number.
- Indiana man wins $1 million twice in 3 months. An Indianapolis man defied incredible odds to winning two $1 million lottery prizes in three months.
- Pa. woman claims winning $131.5M Powerball ticket. A woman has claimed the winning ticket in a $131.5 million Powerball drawing that she bought at a Philadelphia beer store last month.
- Deal to let British firm run Pa. lottery still alive. The Corbett administration's deal with a British firm to run the Pennsylvania Lottery will remain alive -- at least for another month.
- Mass. Lottery knew about exploited game's flaws for years, IG says. Massachusetts State Lottery officials knew for years that a small group of gambling syndicates had virtually taken over a game called Cash WinFall — winning most of the prizes during high payoff periods — but did nothing about it until the local media began investigating, according to state Inspector General Gregory W. Sullivan.
- Mass. Lottery game very profitable for those who know how and when to play. Some smart people have figured out how to get rich off of one of the Massachusetts Lottery game, using massive ticket purchases at just the right time.
- Waffle House waitress tastes lottery success. An Austell, Georgia, Waffle House waitress, who won the half-million dollar top prize in the $500,000 Monopoly instant game, is considering opening a restaurant with her winnings.
- Titans, Tenn. Lottery team up for new instant game. The NFL Titans and the Tennessee Lottery will announce their partnership today, giving lottery players an opportunity to win prizes including season tickets, cash up to $100,000 and team memorabilia.
- Maryland lottery winner: 'My hands are still shaking'. William Morris, Jr. walked into the Fruitland Exxon one July morning with just $10 in his pocket, and he walked out with a $50,000 winning scratch-off.
- Georgia man wins $1.2M with free lottery ticket. A free Fantasy 5 lottery ticket has translated into a $1,298,332 jackpot win for a Hoschton, Georgia man.
- Ohio Lottery signs up two NFL teams for branded games. With the signing of partnership agreements with the Ohio Lottery, the Cincinnati Bengals and Cleveland Browns have become the sixth and seventh National Football League (NFL) teams to sign up to launch a limited number of team-branded lottery scratchcards through their state-sponsored lottery.
- Maryland Lottery to tackle budget constraints with social media. The Maryland Lottery will rely more on social media and less on D.C.'s massive media market to tout its games as the state slashes its advertising budget.
- Critics renew call for lottery inquiry. Critics say a public inquiry into the Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corp. is long overdue after police revealed they had no evidence to charge a former retailer who won 167 prizes worth $1.2 million over a nine-year period.
- Powerball Jackpot Climbs to $33 Million. There were no Powerball jackpot winners Wednesday but 301,747 players across the nation won a total of more than $2.2 million in prizes in America's Game. Because no one correctly matched all six numbers in Wednesday's drawing the jackpot grew to an estimated $33 million, with a cash option of $18 million.
- Lottery option attractive for some Oklahomans. As state lotteries continue to turn ordinary citizens into millionaires, an Oklahoma state lottery looks more and more attractive to lawmakers and advocates looking for a way to ease the state's budgetary woes.
- Popular triples drawn in The Daily Number. Pennsylvania Lottery players whose favorite Daily Number is 0-0-0 can count on a little extra spending money following last night's drawing.
- Voting for dollars?. Doing your civic duty could become much more lucrative under an initiative filed Wednesday that seeks to turn Arizona elections into a statewide game of "Who Wants to be a Millionaire?"
- Judge Refuses To Dismiss Lawsuit Over $25M Lottery Ticket. A New Jersey judge Wednesday refused to dismiss a lawsuit by a group of Englewood hospital workers who claim they were cheated out of a $25 million lottery prize.
Top 25 Lottery Jackpots On This Day
- 1.$303 Million
Aug 1, 2017
- 2.$261 Million
Aug 2, 2017
- 3.$235 Million
Jul 31, 2013
- 4.€199.4 Million
Aug 1, 2019
- 5.€153 Million
Jul 31, 2012
- 6.$187 Million
Aug 1, 2018
- 7.$178 Million
Aug 2, 2006
- 8.$160 Million
Aug 3, 2011
- 9.$158 Million
Aug 1, 2012
- 10.$137 Million
Aug 1, 2020
- 11.€116.77 Million
Aug 2, 2016
- 12.$120 Million
Aug 1, 2009
- 13.$110 Million
Aug 1, 2015
- 14.$105 Million
Aug 1, 2007
- 14.$105 Million
Aug 3, 1999
- 16.$88 Million
Jul 31, 2019
- 17.$87 Million
Aug 2, 2008
- 17.$87 Million
Aug 1, 2014
- 19.$85 Million
Jul 31, 2010
- 19.$85 Million
Aug 2, 2011
- 21.$73 Million
Jul 31, 2009
- 22.$70 Million
Aug 3, 2005
- 22.$70 Million
Aug 2, 2014
- 24.€60.49 Million
Jul 31, 2020
- 25.$66 Million
Jul 31, 2019
Lottery Post Member Birthdays On This Day
Monday, Jul 31, 1989
31 years old
Friday, Jul 31, 1987
33 years old
Thursday, Jul 31, 1986
34 years old
Saturday, Jul 31, 1982
38 years old
Monday, Jul 31, 1978
42 years old
Monday, Jul 31, 1978
42 years old
Thursday, Jul 31, 1975
45 years old
Tuesday, Jul 31, 1973
47 years old
Monday, Jul 31, 1972
48 years old
Friday, Jul 31, 1970
50 years old
Monday, Jul 31, 1967
53 years old
Saturday, Jul 31, 1965
55 years old
Tuesday, Jul 31, 1962
58 years old
Monday, Jul 31, 1961
59 years old
Monday, Jul 31, 1961
59 years old
Monday, Jul 31, 1961
59 years old
Monday, Jul 31, 1961
59 years old
Sunday, Jul 31, 1960
60 years old
Thursday, Jul 31, 1958
62 years old
Thursday, Jul 31, 1952
68 years old
Tuesday, Jul 31, 1951
69 years old
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Worldwide Events On This Day
- Gas explosions in the southern Taiwanese city of Kaohsiung kill at least 20 people and injure more than 270.
- Michael Phelps breaks the record set in 1964 by Larisa Latynina for the most medals won at the Olympics.
- East Coast Jets Flight 81 crashes near Owatonna Degner Regional Airport in Owatonna, Minnesota, killing all eight people on board.
- Operation Banner, the presence of the British Army in Northern Ireland, and the longest-running British Army operation ever, comes to an end.
- Fidel Castro hands over power to his brother, Raúl.
- Discovery Program: Lunar Prospector: NASA intentionally crashes the spacecraft into the Moon, thus ending its mission to detect frozen water on the Moon's surface.
- The nation of Georgia joins the United Nations.
- Thai Airways International Flight 311 crashes into a mountain north of Kathmandu, Nepal killing all 113 people on board.
- The United States and Soviet Union both sign the START I Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty, the first to reduce (with verification) both countries' stockpiles.
- Thirty-two people are killed and 1,674 injured when a bridge at the Sultan Abdul Halim ferry terminal collapses in Butterworth, Penang, Malaysia.
- A tornado occurs in Edmonton, Canada.
- The Troubles: Three members of a popular cabaret band and two gunmen are killed during a botched paramilitary attack in Northern Ireland.
- A Delta Air Lines jetliner, flight DL 723 crashes while landing in fog at Logan International Airport, Boston, Massachusetts killing 89.
- The Troubles: In Operation Motorman, the British Army re-takes the urban no-go areas of Northern Ireland. It is the biggest British military operation since the Suez Crisis of 1956, and the biggest in Ireland since the Irish War of Independence. Later that day, nine civilians are killed by car bombs in the village of Claudy.
- Apollo program: Apollo 15 astronauts become the first to ride in a lunar rover.
- Black Tot Day: The last day of the officially sanctioned rum ration in the Royal Navy.
- Ranger program: Ranger 7 sends back the first close-up photographs of the moon, with images 1,000 times clearer than anything ever seen from earth-bound telescopes.
- At Idlewild Field in New York, New York International Airport (later renamed John F. Kennedy International Airport) is dedicated.
- USS Nevada is sunk by an aerial torpedo after surviving hits from two atomic bombs (as part of post-war tests) and being used for target practice by three other ships.
- Pierre Laval, the fugitive former leader of Vichy France, surrenders to Allied soldiers in Austria.
- The Holocaust: Under instructions from Adolf Hitler, Nazi official Hermann Göring, orders SS General Reinhard Heydrich to "submit to me as soon as possible a general plan of the administrative material and financial measures necessary for carrying out the desired Final Solution of the Jewish question."
- World War II: The Battle of Smolensk concludes with Germany capturing about 300,000 Soviet Red Army prisoners.
- Bulgaria signs a non-aggression pact with Greece and other states of Balkan Antanti (Turkey, Romania, Yugoslavia).
- Archaeologists discover engraved gold and silver plates from King Darius the Great in Persepolis.
- The NSDAP (Nazi Party) wins more than 38% of the vote in German elections.
- World War I: The Battle of Passchendaele begins near Ypres in West Flanders, Belgium.
- The Balkan States sign an armistice in Bucharest.
- Russo-Japanese War: Battle of Hsimucheng: Units of the Imperial Japanese Army defeat units of the Imperial Russian Army in a strategic confrontation.
- Dr. Patrick Francis Healy became the first African-American inaugurated as president of a predominantly white university, Georgetown University.
- The first narrow-gauge mainline railway in the world opens at Grandchester, Queensland, Australia.
- Christchurch, New Zealand is chartered as a city.
- The first U.S. patent is issued, to inventor Samuel Hopkins for a potash process.
- The U.S. Second Continental Congress passes a resolution that the services of Gilbert du Motier, Marquis de Lafayette "be accepted, and that, in consideration of his zeal, illustrious family and connexions, he have the rank and commission of major-general of the United States."
- Odawa Chief Pontiac's forces defeat British troops at the Battle of Bloody Run during Pontiac's War.
- Charles Albert of Bavaria invades Upper Austria and Bohemia.
- Seven days after a Spanish treasure fleet of 12 ships left Havana, Cuba for Spain, 11 of them sink in a storm off the coast of Florida. A few centuries later, treasure is salvaged from these wrecks.
- Action of 31 July 1712 (Great Northern War): Danish and Swedish ships clash in the Baltic Sea; the result is inconclusive.
- Daniel Defoe is placed in a pillory for the crime of seditious libel after publishing a politically satirical pamphlet, but is pelted with flowers.
- Aurangzeb is proclaimed Mughal emperor of India.
- Russo-Polish War (1654-67): The Russian army enters the capital of the Grand Duchy of Lithuania, Vilnius, which it holds for six years.
- Maurice, Prince of Orange disbands the waardgelders militia in Utrecht, a pivotal event in the Remonstrant/Counter-Remonstrant tensions.
- The Spanish Armada is spotted off the coast of England.
- On his third voyage to the Western Hemisphere, Christopher Columbus becomes the first European to discover the island of Trinidad.
- The Jews are expelled from Spain when the Alhambra Decree takes effect.
- Jacques Cœur is arrested by order of Charles VII of France.
- Hundred Years' War: Battle of Cravant: The French army is defeated by the English at Cravant on the banks of the river Yonne.
- Attempted usurpation by John Komnenos the Fat for the throne of Alexios III Angelos.
- Pope Sergius IV becomes the 142nd pope, succeeding Pope John XVIII.
- The oldest recorded eruption of Mount Fuji (Traditional Japanese date: Sixth day of the seventh month of the first year of the Ten'o (天応) era).
- 30 BC
- Battle of Alexandria: Mark Antony achieves a minor victory over Octavian's forces, but most of his army subsequently deserts, leading to his suicide.
Births On This Day
- Lil Uzi Vert, American hip hop artist
- José Fernández, Cuban-American baseball player (d. 2016)
- Ryan Johansen, Canadian ice hockey player
- Kyle Larson, American race car driver
- Réka Luca Jani, Hungarian tennis player
- Victoria Azarenka, Belorussian tennis player
- Alex Glenn, New Zealand rugby league player
- Michael Bradley, American soccer player
- Evgeni Malkin, Russian ice hockey player
- Brian Orakpo, American football player
- Daniel Ciofani, Italian footballer
- Rémy Di Gregorio, French cyclist
- Allie X, Canadian singer-songwriter
- Anabel Medina Garrigues, Spanish tennis player
- DeMarcus Ware, American football player
- Titus Bramble, English footballer
- Vernon Carey, American football player
- Paul Whatuira, New Zealand rugby league player
- Mikko Hirvonen, Finnish race car driver
- Mils Muliaina, New Zealand rugby player
- Jaco Erasmus, South African-Italian rugby player
- J.J. Furmaniak, American baseball player
- Per Krøldrup, Danish footballer
- Carlos Marchena, Spanish footballer
- B.J. Novak, American actor, director, producer, and screenwriter
- Zac Brown, American country singer-songwriter and guitarist
- Nick Sorensen, American football player and sportscaster
- Justin Wilson, English race car driver (d. 2015)
- Joshua Cain, American guitarist and producer
- Paulo Wanchope, Costa Rican footballer and manager
- Randy Flores, American baseball player and coach
- Andrew Hall, South African cricketer
- Gabe Kapler, American baseball player and manager
- Emilia Fox, English actress
- Leona Naess, American-English singer-songwriter and guitarist
- Jonathan Ogden, American football player
- Nathan Brown, Australian rugby league player and coach
- Gus Frerotte, American football player and coach
- Ahmad Akbarpour, Iranian author and poet
- Ben Chaplin, English actor
- Andrzej Kobylański, Polish footballer and manager
- Giorgos Sigalas, Greek basketball player, coach, and sportscaster
- Antonio Conte, Italian footballer and manager
- Loren Dean, American actor
- Kenneth D. Schisler, American lawyer and politician
- Saeed-Al-Saffar, Emirati cricketer
- Julian Richards, Welsh director and producer
- Tony Massenburg, American basketball player
- Tim Wright, Welsh composer
- Dean Cain, American actor, producer, and screenwriter
- Scott Brooks, American basketball player and coach
- John Laurinaitis, American wrestler and producer
- Ian Roberts, English-Australian rugby league player and actor
- J. K. Rowling, English author and film producer
- Jim Corr, Irish singer-songwriter and guitarist
- Urmas Hepner, Estonian footballer and coach
- Norman Cook (Fatboy Slim), English DJ and musician
- Fergus Henderson, English chef and author
- Brian Skrudland, Canadian ice hockey player and coach
- John Chiang, American lawyer and politician, 31st California State Controller
- Kevin Greene, American football player and coach
- Wesley Snipes, American actor and producer
- Frank Gardner, English captain and journalist
- Sanusi Lamido Sanusi, Nigerian banker, royal
- Dale Hunter, Canadian ice hockey player and coach
- Malcolm Ross, Scottish guitarist and songwriter
- Stanley Jordan, American guitarist, pianist, and songwriter
- Andrew Marr, Scottish journalist and author
- Kim Newman, English journalist and author
- Bill Berry, American drummer and songwriter
- Mark Cuban, American businessman and television personality
- Suzanne Giraud, French music editor and composer
- Daniel Ash, English singer-songwriter and guitarist
- Mark Thompson, English business executive
- Michael Biehn, American actor, director, producer, and screenwriter
- Bill Callahan, American football player and coach
- Ron Kuby, American lawyer and radio host
- Deval Patrick, American lawyer and politician, 71st Governor of Massachusetts
- Lynne Rae Perkins, American author and illustrator
- Derek Smith, Canadian ice hockey player
- Ted Baillieu, Australian architect and politician, 46th Premier of Victoria
- Jimmy Cook, South African cricketer and coach
- Hugh McDowell, English cellist
- Chris Ahrens, American ice hockey player
- Alan Autry, American football player, actor, and politician, 23rd Mayor of Fresno, California
- Helmuts Balderis, Latvian ice hockey player and coach
- João Barreiros, Portuguese author and critic
- Faye Kellerman, American author
- Evonne Goolagong Cawley, Australian tennis player
- Richard Berry, French actor, director, and screenwriter
- Mike Jackson, American basketball player
- Alan Meale, English journalist and politician
- Russell Morris, Australian singer-songwriter and guitarist
- Karl Green, English bass player and songwriter
- Richard Griffiths, English actor (d. 2013)
- Mumtaz, Indian actress
- Hubert Védrine, French politician, French Minister of Foreign Affairs
- Ian Beck, English children's illustrator and author
- Gary Lewis, American pop-rock musician
- William Weld, American lawyer and politician, 68th Governor of Massachusetts
- Geraldine Chaplin, American actress and screenwriter
- Jonathan Dimbleby, English journalist and author
- Sherry Lansing, American film producer
- Robert C. Merton, American economist and academic, Nobel Prize laureate
- David Norris, Irish scholar and politician
- William Bennett, American journalist and politician, 3rd United States Secretary of Education
- Lobo, American singer-songwriter and guitarist
- Amarsinh Chaudhary, Indian politician, 8th Chief Minister of Gujarat (d. 2004)
- Steuart Bedford, English pianist and conductor
- Susan Flannery, American actress
- France Nuyen, Vietnamese-French actress
- Yvon Deschamps, Canadian comedian, actor, and producer
- Geoffrey Lewis, American actor and screenwriter (d. 2015)
- Cees Nooteboom, Dutch journalist, author, and poet
- Ted Cassidy, American actor and screenwriter (d. 1979)
- John Searle, American philosopher and academic
- Nick Bollettieri, American tennis player and coach
- Kenny Burrell, American singer-songwriter and guitarist
- Lynne Reid Banks, English author
- Gilles Carle, Canadian director and screenwriter (d. 2009)
- Don Murray, American actor
- José Santamaría, Uruguayan footballer and manager
- Bill Frenzel, American lieutenant and politician (d. 2014)
- Peter Nichols, English author and playwright (d. 2019)
- Bernard Nathanson, American physician and activist (d. 2011)
- Hilary Putnam, American mathematician, computer scientist, and philosopher (d. 2016)
- Carmel Quinn, Irish singer, actress and writer (d. 2021)
- John Swainson, Canadian-American jurist and politician, 42nd Governor of Michigan (d. 1994)
- Jimmy Evert, American tennis player and coach (d. 2015)
- Ahmet Ertegun, Turkish-American songwriter and producer, founded Atlantic Records (d. 2006)
- Stephanie Kwolek, American chemist and engineer, invented Kevlar (d. 2014)
- Hank Bauer, American baseball player and manager (d. 2007)
- Peter Benenson, English lawyer and activist, founded Amnesty International (d. 2005)
- Donald Malarkey, American sergeant and author (d. 2017)
- Whitney Young, American activist (d. 1971)
- James E. Faust, American religious leader, lawyer, and politician (d. 2007)
- Hemu Adhikari, Indian cricketer (d. 2003)
- Curt Gowdy, American sportscaster and actor (d. 2006)
- Primo Levi, Italian chemist and author (d. 1987)
- Paul D. Boyer, American biochemist and academic, Nobel Prize laureate (d. 2018)
- Hank Jones, American pianist, composer, and bandleader (d. 2010)
- Frank Renouf, New Zealand businessman and financier (d. 1998)
- Sibte Hassan, Pakistani journalist, scholar, and activist (d. 1986)
- Billy Hitchcock, American baseball player, coach, and manager (d. 2006)
- Bill Todman, American screenwriter and producer (d. 1979)
- Paul J. Christiansen, American conductor and composer (d. 1997)
- Louis de Funès, French actor and screenwriter (d. 1983)
- Bryan Hextall, Canadian ice hockey player (d. 1984)
- Bill Brown, Australian cricketer (d. 2008)
- Milton Friedman, American economist and academic, Nobel Prize laureate (d. 2006)
- Irv Kupcinet, American football player and journalist (d. 2003)
- George Liberace, American violinist (d. 1983)
- Erik von Kuehnelt-Leddihn, Austrian theorist and author (d. 1999)
- Brett Halliday, American engineer, surveyor, and author (d. 1977)
- Gubby Allen, Australian-English cricketer and soldier (d. 1989)
- Jean Dubuffet, French painter and sculptor (d. 1985)
- Fred Keenor, Welsh footballer (d. 1972)
- Herbert W. Armstrong, American evangelist and publisher, founded Worldwide Church of God (d. 1986)
- Joseph Charbonneau, Canadian archbishop (d. 1959)
- Hans Freyer, German sociologist and philosopher (d. 1969)
- Salvatore Maranzano, Italian-American mob boss (d. 1931)
- Fred Quimby, American animation producer (d. 1965)
- Carl Friedrich Goerdeler, Polish-German economist and politician (d. 1945)
- Ramón Fonst, Cuban fencer (d. 1959)
- Premchand, Indian author and playwright (d. 1936)
- Louisa Bolus, South African botanist and taxonomist (d. 1970)
- Jacques Villon, French painter (d. 1963)
- S. S. Kresge, American businessman, founded Kmart (d. 1966)
- Mary Vaux Walcott, American painter and illustrator (d. 1940)
- Richard Dixon Oldham, English seismologist and geologist (d. 1936)
- Marion Talbot, influential American educator (d. 1948)
- José Canalejas, Spanish academic and politician, Prime Minister of Spain (d. 1912)
- Ignacio Cervantes, Cuban pianist and composer (d. 1905)
- Peter Rosegger, Austrian poet and author (d. 1918)
- Ignacio Andrade, Venezuelan general and politician, 25th President of Venezuela (d. 1925)
- William Quantrill, American captain (d. 1865)
- Vasily Sleptsov, Russian author and activist (d. 1878)
- Henri Brisson, French lawyer and politician, 50th Prime Minister of France (d. 1912)
- Paul Du Chaillu, French-American anthropologist and explorer (d. 1903)
- William S. Clark, American colonel and politician (d. 1886)
- George Henry Thomas, American general (d. 1870)
- John Ericsson, Swedish-American engineer, co-designed the USS Princeton and the Novelty Locomotive (d. 1889)
- Friedrich Wöhler, German chemist and academic (d. 1882)
- Jean-Gaspard Deburau, Czech-French actor and mime (d. 1846)
- Pedro Ignacio de Castro Barros, Argentinian priest and politician (d. 1849)
- Ignaz Anton von Indermauer, Austrian nobleman and government official (d. 1796)
- Noël François de Wailly, French lexicographer and author (d. 1801)
- John Canton, English physicist and academic (d. 1772)
- Gabriel Cramer, Swiss mathematician and physicist (d. 1752)
- Jean Denis Attiret, French missionary and painter (d. 1768)
- Charles of France, Duke of Berry (d. 1714)
- Alessandro Algardi, Italian sculptor (d. 1654)
- Philipp Wolfgang, Count of Hanau-Lichtenberg (d. 1641)
- Maximilian II, Holy Roman Emperor (d. 1576)
- Augustus, Elector of Saxony (d. 1586)
- Philip III, Duke of Burgundy (d. 1467)
- Emperor Nijō of Japan (d. 1165)
Deaths On This Day
- Alan Parker, English filmmaker (b. 1944)
- Harold Prince, noted Broadway producer and director, who received more Tony awards than anyone else in history (b. 1928)
- Tony Bullimore, British sailor & businessman (b. 1939)
- Jeanne Moreau, French actress (b. 1928)
- Chiyonofuji Mitsugu, Japanese sumo wrestler, the 58th Yokozuna (b. 1955)
- Seymour Papert, South African mathematician (b. 1928)
- Alan Cheuse, American writer and critic (b. 1940)
- Howard W. Jones, American surgeon and academic (b. 1910)
- Billy Pierce, American baseball player and sportscaster (b. 1927)
- Roddy Piper, Canadian wrestler and actor (b. 1954)
- Richard Schweiker, American soldier and politician, 14th United States Secretary of Health and Human Services (b. 1926)
- Warren Bennis, American scholar, author, and academic (b. 1925)
- Nabarun Bhattacharya, Indian journalist and author (b. 1948)
- Jeff Bourne, English footballer (b. 1948)
- Wilfred Feinberg, American lawyer and judge (b. 1920)
- Michael Ansara, Syrian-American actor (b. 1922)
- Michel Donnet, English-Belgian general and pilot (b. 1917)
- John Graves, American captain and author (b. 1920)
- Trevor Storer, English businessman, founded Pukka Pies (b. 1930)
- Mollie Hunter, Scottish author and playwright (b. 1922)
- Alfredo Ramos, Brazilian footballer and coach (b. 1924)
- Gore Vidal, American novelist, screenwriter, and critic (b. 1925)
- Tony Sly, American musician, singer-songwriter (b. 1970)
- Bobby Robson, English footballer and manager (b. 1933)
- Harry Alan Towers, English-Canadian screenwriter and producer (b. 1920)
- Wim Duisenberg, Dutch economist and politician, 1st President of the European Central Bank (b. 1935)
- Virginia Grey, American actress (b. 1917)
- Guido Crepax, Italian author and illustrator (b. 1933)
- Francisco da Costa Gomes, Portuguese general and politician, 15th President of Portugal (b. 1914)
- Friedrich Franz, Hereditary Grand Duke of Mecklenburg-Schwerin (b. 1910)
- William Keepers Maxwell Jr., American editor, novelist, short story writer, and essayist (b. 1908)
- Baudouin, King of Belgium (b. 1930)
- Leonard Cheshire, English captain and pilot (b. 1917)
- Albert Leduc, Canadian ice hockey player (b. 1902)
- Joseph E. Levine, American film producer (b, 1905)
- Chiune Sugihara, Japanese diplomat (b. 1900)
- Eugene Carson Blake, American religious leader (b. 1906)
- Omar Torrijos, Panamanian general and politician, Military Leader of Panama (b. 1929)
- Pascual Jordan, German physicist, author, and academic (b. 1902)
- Mohammed Rafi, Indian playback singer (b. 1924)
- Beatrix Lehmann, English actress and director (b. 1903)
- Azumafuji Kin'ichi, Japanese sumo wrestler, the 40th Yokozuna (b. 1921)
- Paul-Henri Spaak, Belgian politician, 40th Prime Minister of Belgium, 1st President of the United Nations General Assembly (b. 1899)
- Walter P. Carter, American soldier and activist (b. 1923)
- Jack Pizzey, Australian politician, 29th Premier of Queensland (b. 1911)
- Bud Powell, American pianist (b. 1924)
- Jim Reeves, American singer-songwriter (b. 1923)
- Eino Kaila, Finnish philosopher and psychologist, attendant of the Vienna circle (b. 1890)
- Onofre Marimón, Argentinian race car driver (b. 1923)
- Robert A. Taft, American soldier and politician (b. 1889)
- Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, French pilot and poet (b. 1900)
- Hedley Verity, English cricketer and soldier (b. 1905)
- Francis Younghusband, British Army Officer, explorer and spiritual writer (b.1863)
- Udham Singh, Indian activist (b. 1899)
- Ion Dragoumis, Greek philosopher and diplomat (b. 1878)
- Hedd Wyn, Welsh language poet (b. 1887)
- Francis Ledwidge, Irish soldier and poet (b. 1881)
- Jean Jaurès, French journalist and politician (b. 1859)
- John Milne, British geologist and mining engineer. (b. 1850)
- Jean-Baptiste Capronnier, Belgian stained glass painter (b. 1814)
- Franz Liszt, Hungarian pianist, composer, and conductor (b. 1811)
- Kiến Phúc, Vietnamese emperor (b. 1869)
- Andrew Johnson, American general and politician, 17th President of the United States (b. 1808)
- Louis Christophe François Hachette, French publisher (b. 1800)
- Dheeran Chinnamalai, Indian soldier (b. 1756)
- Denis Diderot, French philosopher and critic (b. 1713)
- John Bligh, 3rd Earl of Darnley, British parliamentarian (b. 1719)
- Luis Vicente de Velasco e Isla, Spanish sailor and commander (b. 1711)
- John V, king of Portugal (b. 1689)
- Nicolaus II Bernoulli, Swiss mathematician and theorist (b. 1695)
- Willem Kalf, Dutch still life painter (b. 1619)
- Thomas Dudley, English soldier and politician, 3rd Governor of Massachusetts Bay Colony (b. 1576)
- Sibylla Schwarz, German poet (b. 1621)
- Roger Wilbraham, Solicitor-General for Ireland (b. 1553)
- Ignatius of Loyola, Spanish priest and theologian, founded the Society of Jesus (b. 1491)
- Na'od, Ethiopian emperor
- William Courtenay, English archbishop and politician, Lord Chancellor of the United Kingdom (b. 1342)
- Étienne Marcel, French rebel leader (b. 1302)
- Hugh of Montgomery, 2nd Earl of Shrewsbury
- Fu Yanqing, Chinese general (b. 898)
- Feng Xingxi, Chinese warlord
- Peter Chrysologus, Italian bishop and saint (b. 380)
- 54 BC
- Aurelia Cotta, Roman mother of Gaius Julius Caesar (b. 120 BC)