On This Day in History: June 15
June 15 is the 166th day of the year (167th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. 199 days remain until the end of the year.
Lottery News On This Day
- Idaho Lottery celebrates 30 years by trying to set a new world record. The Idaho Lottery will celebrate 30 years in July and will try to break a Guinness World Record for the largest gathering of people scratching scratch cards at once.
- New York lottery winner quits job to go riding with Bible-thumping bikers. A Brooklyn, New York, superintendent won a $7 million lottery jackpot and promptly quit his job to take a cross-country motorcycle trip spreading the word of God, he said Friday.
- Illinois lottery players may lose Powerball and Mega Millions at the end of June. The association that runs the popular Powerball lottery and Mega Millions games will drop Illinois at the end of June without a budget agreement.
- Florida man sues friend in dispute over $1M lottery ticket. A Lakeland, Florida, man is suing a friend who he says cheated him out of money from a $1 million lottery ticket.
- Texas Lottery chief named MUSL President. The Multi-State Lottery Association (MUSL) has elected Gary Grief, Executive Director of the Texas Lottery, as president of the organization.
- Kentucky Lottery chief announces his retirement. The Kentucky Lottery's longtime chief executive has announced his retirement in a letter to the Lottery's board of directors.
- Texas Lottery on track to crush sales record. The Texas Lottery has not only marked its 13th consecutive year of contributing more than $1 billion in revenue to the state, but it's the earliest in the fiscal year the lottery has ever accomplished the feat.
- UK lottery player claims £93M EuroMillions jackpot. The holder of a jackpot-winning EuroMillions ticket bought in the UK has come forward to claim their £93,388,943 (US$145 million) prize, lottery operator Camelot has confirmed.
- Powerball lottery jackpot makes Iowa history. The Quaker Oats campus in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, was buzzing all day with rumors about a group of workers who may have bought a winning Powerball ticket worth $241 million in Wednesday's drawing.
- Ark. lottery winner busted for drug trafficking. A past $100,000 winner of Arkansas' lottery was indicted today for allegedly being the kingpin of a major crystal methamphetamine operation.
- Recent checks of Iowa Lottery retailers find no fraud. Security checks at lottery ticket sale locations at about 200 locations statewide in recent months have revealed no improper payments of prizes to or by store personnel, Iowa's lottery chief told a panel of state legislators last week.
- Winning Mega Millions lottery ticket worth $56M sold in Michigan. Outside Party World in suburban Grand Rapids, a sign went up Saturday proclaiming that the store sold a ticket worth $56 million in the latest Mega Millions drawing. The same drawing produced a strange payout in California, where the third-place winner will receive a bigger prize than the second-place winners.
- Tough economy? Some cut back on lottery tickets, wagering. Throughout the country, 20 lotteries have reported flat or declining sales, according to data from a lottery trade publication.
- Ohio Lottery stands by change of vendors. The Ohio Lottery is staying with its decision to go with a new vendor despite complaints from the company it has been doing business with for more than two decades.
- Powerball lottery jackpot powered-up to $100 million. The Powerball jackpot for the Saturday, June 17th drawing will be $100 million with the cash option at $45.6 million.
- $70 million: California SuperLotto Plus rolls again. The jackpot in the California SuperLotto Plus lottery game grew to $70 million Thursday -- currently the second-largest lottery jackpot in the world.
- Winning lottery ticket led police to murder suspect. A winning Texas lottery ticket has put police on the trail of the suspect in a DeKalb County, Georgia, murder.
- Mass. Lottery licenses regained. The Massachusetts Lottery Commission has reinstated operating licenses for seven of the 11 bars or clubs that were suspended last month after poker slot machines were confiscated May 3 in state police raids.
- Oklahoma Lottery Director given approval to hire, set up offices. Oklahoma's lottery director was given authority Tuesday to hire employees and to move ahead with plans to design and renovate the lottery's offices.
- Delaware bill would legalize sports gambling. A bill was introduced in the Delaware General Assembly May 31 that, if passed, would allow sports gambling in Delaware -- making it the only state east of the Mississippi where sports wagering would be legal.
- Lottery Phone Scam Continues to Snare Victims. It can be so easy to get pulled into the trap of a lottery phone scam, in which victims are enticed to send them a few thousand dollars to cover the taxes and you rake in hundreds of thousands.
- Investment banker cashes in $9.3 million winning Oregon lottery ticket. A Seattle investment banker who wants to keep working in spite of his good fortune has cashed the winning $9.3 million Lotto jackpot ticket for Saturday night's drawing.
- California could be golden for 12-state Mega Millions. At Bluebird Liquors in Hawthorne, California, where there's almost always a line to buy lottery tickets, owner Frank Kumamoto is eagerly awaiting California's entry into the multistate Mega Millions game. So are his regular customers.
- Lawyer thinks Calif. participation in Mega Millions is illegal. According to one legislative lawyer, California's much-heralded entrance into the 11-state Mega Millions lottery may be illegal, even as outlets around the state prepare for the debut of the popular game.
- 474 keeps coming up in Pennsylvania Lottery. 474 has hit in the Pennsylvania Lottery four times since May 17, when 474 was drawn as the midday Daily Number.
- Florida store clerks charged with lottery ticket thefts. Two former Deltona, Florida convenience store clerks face charges they stole more than $134,000 in lottery tickets and winnings while working the register at a Hess station.
Top 25 Lottery Jackpots On This Day
- 1.$310 Million
Jun 17, 2016
- 2.€143 Million
Jun 18, 2013
- 3.€169.9 Million
Jun 15, 2019
- 4.$161 Million
Jun 15, 2018
- 5.$153 Million
Jun 15, 2016
- 6.$140 Million
Jun 17, 2003
- 7.$137 Million
Jun 16, 2018
- 8.€91 Million
Jun 17, 2011
- 9.$120 Million
Jun 16, 2004
- 9.$120 Million
Jun 16, 2004
- 11.$113 Million
Jun 16, 2017
- 12.€95.34 Million
Jun 16, 2016
- 13.€90 Million
Jun 15, 2018
- 14.$100 Million
Jun 17, 2006
- 14.$100 Million
Jun 15, 2004
- 16.$85 Million
Jun 15, 2013
- 17.$82 Million
Jun 18, 2003
- 18.$79 Million
Jun 15, 2019
- 19.$72 Million
Jun 17, 2009
- 20.$70 Million
Jun 17, 2015
- 20.$70 Million
Jun 17, 2006
- 22.€43 Million
Jun 20, 2008
- 23.$67 Million
Jun 16, 1999
- 24.$66 Million
Jun 16, 2007
- 25.€57.59 Million
Jun 15, 2017
Lottery Post Member Birthdays On This Day
Monday, Jun 15, 1998
21 years old
Wednesday, Jun 15, 1994
25 years old
Thursday, Jun 15, 1989
30 years old
Sunday, Jun 15, 1986
33 years old
Friday, Jun 15, 1984
35 years old
Monday, Jun 15, 1981
38 years old
Sunday, Jun 15, 1980
39 years old
Friday, Jun 15, 1979
40 years old
Tuesday, Jun 15, 1976
43 years old
Tuesday, Jun 15, 1971
48 years old
Tuesday, Jun 15, 1965
54 years old
Monday, Jun 15, 1964
55 years old
Monday, Jun 15, 1964
55 years old
Wednesday, Jun 15, 1960
59 years old
Wednesday, Jun 15, 1960
59 years old
Sunday, Jun 15, 1952
67 years old
Monday, Jun 15, 1936
83 years old
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Worldwide Events On This Day
- A bomb explodes on a bus in the Pakistani city of Quetta, killing at least 25 people and wounding 22 others.
- Ethan Couch, 16, kills 4 people and injures 9, in a drunk driving accident. Later sets off a national firestorm in the US.
- Nik Wallenda becomes the first person to successfully tightrope walk directly over Niagara Falls.
- Leaders of the People's Republic of China, Russia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan formed the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation.
- The Troubles: The Provisional Irish Republican Army (IRA) detonates a powerful truck bomb in the middle of Manchester, England, devastating the city centre and injuring 200 people.
- Israel and Vatican City establish full diplomatic relations.
- The United States Supreme Court rules in United States v. Álvarez-Machaín that it is permissible for the United States to forcibly extradite suspects in foreign countries and bring them to the United States for trial, without approval from those other countries.
- In the Philippines, Mount Pinatubo erupts in the second largest volcanic eruption of the 20th century, killing over 800 people.
- Rembrandt's painting Danaë is attacked by a man (later judged insane) who throws sulfuric acid on the canvas and cuts it twice with a knife.
- King Hussein of Jordan marries American Lisa Halaby, who takes the name Queen Noor.
- After the death of dictator Francisco Franco in 1975, the first democratic elections took place in Spain on this day.
- Red Army Faction co-founder Ulrike Meinhof is captured by police in Langenhagen.
- Charles Manson goes on trial for the Sharon Tate murders.
- World War II: Battle of Saipan: The United States invade Japanese-occupied Saipan.
- In the Saskatchewan general election, the CCF, led by Tommy Douglas, is elected and forms the first socialist government in North America.
- World War II: Operation Ariel begins: Allied troops start to evacuate France, following Germany's takeover of Paris and most of the nation.
- A German expedition led by Karl Wien loses sixteen members in an avalanche on Nanga Parbat. It is the worst single disaster to occur on an 8000m peak.
- First flight of the Vickers Wellington bomber.
- The United States Great Smoky Mountains National Park is founded.
- Bessie Coleman earns her pilot's license, becoming the first female pilot of African-American descent.
- A new border treaty between Germany and Denmark gives northern Schleswig to Denmark.
- John Alcock and Arthur Brown complete the first nonstop transatlantic flight when they reach Clifden, County Galway, Ireland.
- United States President Woodrow Wilson signs a bill incorporating the Boy Scouts of America, making them the only American youth organization with a federal charter.
- A fire aboard the steamboat SS General Slocum in New York City's East River kills 1,000.
- The deadliest tsunami in Japan's history kills more than 22,000 people.
- Crown Prince Wilhelm becomes Kaiser Wilhelm II; he will be the last Emperor of the German Empire. Due to the death of his predecessors Wilhelm I and Frederick III, 1888 is the Year of the Three Emperors.
- Eadweard Muybridge takes a series of photographs to prove that all four feet of a horse leave the ground when it runs; the study becomes the basis of motion pictures.
- Henry Ossian Flipper becomes the first African American cadet to graduate from the United States Military Academy.
- American Civil War: The Second Battle of Petersburg begins.
- Arlington National Cemetery is established when 200 acres (0.81 km) around Arlington Mansion (formerly owned by Confederate General Robert E. Lee) are officially set aside as a military cemetery by U.S. Secretary of War Edwin M. Stanton.
- Pig War: Ambiguity in the Oregon Treaty leads to the "Northwestern Boundary Dispute" between United States and British/Canadian settlers.
- The Oregon Treaty establishes the 49th parallel as the border between the United States and Canada, from the Rocky Mountains to the Strait of Juan de Fuca.
- Charles Goodyear receives a patent for vulcanization, a process to strengthen rubber.
- Arkansas is admitted as the 25th U.S. state.
- Joseph Bonaparte becomes King of Spain.
- New Hampshire approves the Twelfth Amendment to the United States Constitution, ratifying the document.
- The Provisional Army of the United States is dissolved.
- Delaware Separation Day: Delaware votes to suspend government under the British Crown and separate officially from Pennsylvania.
- Benjamin Franklin proves that lightning is electricity (traditional date, the exact date is unknown).
- The first stone of Fort Ricasoli is laid down in Malta.
- The first human blood transfusion is administered by Dr. Jean-Baptiste Denys.
- Margaret Jones is hanged in Boston for witchcraft in the first such execution for the Massachusetts Bay Colony.
- Pope Leo X threatens to excommunicate Martin Luther in Exsurge Domine.
- Christopher Columbus lands on the island of Martinique on his fourth voyage.
- In a decisive battle at Onon River, the Mongol forces of Oljei Temur were decimated by the Chinese armies of the Yongle Emperor.
- Battle of Kosovo: The Ottoman Empire defeats Serbs and Bosnians.
- At the Battle of Rozgony, King Charles I of Hungary wins a decisive victory over the family of Palatine Amade Aba.
- The city of Bilbao is founded.
- With the death of Frederick II, Duke of Austria, the Babenberg dynasty ends in Austria.
- Northern Crusades: Danish victory at the Battle of Lindanise (modern-day Tallinn) establishes the Danish Duchy of Estonia.
- King John of England puts his seal to Magna Carta.
- King Magnus V of Norway is killed at the Battle of Fimreite.
- Battle of Soissons: King Robert I of France is killed and King Charles the Simple is arrested by the supporters of Duke Rudolph of Burgundy.
- Louis II is crowned as king of Italy at Rome by pope Sergius II.
- 763 BC
- Assyrians record a solar eclipse that is later used to fix the chronology of Mesopotamian history.
Births On This Day
- Madison Kocian, American gymnast
- Aurora Aksnes, Norwegian singer-songwriter
- Vincent Janssen, Dutch footballer
- Inaki Williams, Basque footballer
- Kanna Arihara, Japanese singer
- Irfan Hadžić, Bosnian footballer
- Michał Kopczyński, Polish footballer
- Mohamed Salah, Egyptian footballer
- Dafne Schippers, Dutch heptathlete and sprinter
- Emily Harman, American tennis player
- Víctor Cabedo, Spanish cyclist (d. 2012)
- Bryan Clauson, American racing driver (d. 2016)
- Ani Mijačika, Croatian tennis player
- James Maloney, Australian rugby league player
- Trevor Plouffe, American baseball player
- Ashley Nicole Black, African-American comedy writer
- Nadine Coyle, Irish singer
- Luke Hodge, Australian footballer
- Eva Hrdinová, Czech tennis player
- Tim Lincecum, American baseball player
- Mauro Rizzo, Italian footballer
- Edison Toloza, Colombian footballer
- Derek Anderson, American football player
- Julia Fischer, German violinist and pianist
- Laura Imbruglia, Australian singer-songwriter and guitarist
- Josh McGuire, Canadian fencer
- Katie Chapman, English footballer
- Mike Delany, New Zealand rugby player
- Abdur Razzak, Bangladeshi cricketer
- Billy Martin, American guitarist, songwriter, and illustrator
- John Paintsil, Ghanaian footballer
- Jeremy Reed, American baseball player
- Craig Dietrich, Digital artist, scholar, and educator
- David Lyons, Australian rugby player
- Yulia Nestsiarenka, Belarusian sprinter
- Christian Rahn, German footballer
- Charles Zwolsman, Jr., Dutch race car driver
- Wilfred Bouma, Dutch footballer
- Zach Day, American baseball player
- Michael Doleac, American basketball player and manager
- Jiří Ryba, Czech decathlete
- Tore Andre Flo, Norwegian footballer and coach
- Neil Patrick Harris, American actor and singer
- Pia Miranda, Australian actress
- Justin Leonard, American golfer
- Andy Pettitte, American baseball player
- Christos Myriounis, Greek basketball player
- Christian Bauman, American soldier and author
- David Bayssari, Australian rugby league player
- Gaëlle Méchaly, French soprano
- Leah Remini, American actress and producer
- Žan Tabak, Croatian basketball player and coach
- Jesse Bélanger, Canadian ice hockey player
- Ice Cube, American rapper, producer, and actor
- Idalis DeLeón, American singer and actress
- Nasos Galakteros, Greek basketball player
- Oliver Kahn, German footballer and sportscaster
- Maurice Odumbe, Kenyan cricketer
- Cédric Pioline, French tennis player
- Károly Güttler, Hungarian swimmer
- Raimonds Vējonis, Latvian politician, 9th President of Latvia
- Annelies Bredael, Belgian rower
- Karim Massimov, Kazakhstani politician, 7th Prime Minister of Kazakhstan
- Adam Smith, American lawyer and politician
- Courteney Cox, American actress and producer
- Gavin Greenaway, English composer and conductor
- Michael Laudrup, Danish footballer and manager
- Marina Azyabina, Russian hurdler
- Mario Gosselin, Canadian ice hockey player and sportscaster
- Helen Hunt, American actress, director, and producer
- Brad Armstrong, American wrestler (d. 2012)
- Chris Morris, English actor, satirist, director, and producer
- Andrea Rost, Hungarian soprano
- Dave McAuley, Irish boxer and sportscaster
- Scott Norton, American wrestler
- Michèle Laroque, French actress, producer, and screenwriter
- Marieke van Doorn, Dutch field hockey player and coach
- Alan Brazil, Scottish footballer and sportscaster
- Eileen Davidson, American model and actress
- Wade Boggs, American baseball player
- Riccardo Paletti, Italian race car driver (d. 1982)
- Brad Gillis, American guitarist
- Stephen Lloyd, Kenyan-English businessman and politician
- Yevgeny Kiselyov, Russian-Ukrainian journalist
- Lance Parrish, American baseball player, coach, and manager
- Polly Draper, American actress, producer, and screenwriter
- Julie Hagerty, American model and actress
- Jim Belushi, American actor
- Terri Gibbs, American country music singer and keyboard player
- Paul Rusesabagina, Rwandan humanitarian
- Zdeňka Šilhavá, Czech discus thrower and shot putter
- Beverley Whitfield, Australian swimmer (d. 1996)
- Vilma Bardauskienė, Lithuanian long jumper
- Marc Brickman, American lighting and production designer
- Eje Elgh, Swedish race car driver and sportscaster
- Xi Jinping, Chinese engineer and politician, General Secretary of the Communist Party and President of China
- Raphael Wallfisch, English cellist and educator
- Satya Pal Jain, Indian lawyer and politician, Additional Solicitor General of India
- Jane Amsterdam, American magazine and newspaper editor (Manhattan, inc., New York Post)
- Vance A. Larson, American painter (d. 2000)
- John Redwood, English politician, Secretary of State for Wales
- Steve Walsh, American rock singer-songwriter and musician (Kansas)
- Uğur Erdener, Turkish ophthalmologist and professor
- Juliana Azumah-Mensah, Ghanaian nurse and politician
- Deney Terrio, American choreographer and host of the television musical variety series Dance Fever
- Lakshmi Mittal, Indian-English businessman
- Dusty Baker, American baseball player and manager
- Simon Callow, English actor and director
- Russell Hitchcock, Australian singer-songwriter
- Jim Varney, American actor, comedian, and screenwriter (d. 2000)
- Mike Holmgren, American football player and coach
- Alan Huckle, English politician and diplomat, Governor of Anguilla
- Henry McLeish, Scottish footballer, academic, and politician, 2nd First Minister of Scotland
- John Hoagland, American photographer and journalist (d. 1984)
- Noddy Holder, English rock singer-songwriter, musician, and actor
- John Horner, American paleontologist and academic
- Demis Roussos, Egyptian-Greek singer-songwriter and bass player (d. 2015)
- Miriam Defensor Santiago, Filipino judge and politician (d. 2016)
- Robert Sarah, Guinean cardinal
- Lawrence Wilkerson, American colonel
- Robert D. Keppel, American police officer and academic
- Johnny Hallyday, French singer and actor (d. 2017)
- Poul Nyrup Rasmussen, Danish politician, 38th Prime Minister of Denmark
- Muff Winwood, English record producer, songwriter, and bass player
- Ian Greenberg, Canadian broadcaster, founded Astral Media
- John E. McLaughlin, American diplomat
- Peter Norman, Australian sprinter (d. 2006)
- Neal Adams, American illustrator
- Harry Nilsson, American singer-songwriter (d. 1994)
- Ward Connerly, American activist and businessman, founded the American Civil Rights Institute
- Billy Williams, American baseball player and coach
- Pierre Billon, Swiss-Canadian author and screenwriter
- Waylon Jennings, American singer-songwriter and guitarist (d. 2002)
- William Levada, American cardinal
- Ruby Nash Garnett, American R&B singer (Ruby & the Romantics)
- Mohammad-Ali Rajai, Iranian politician, 2nd President of Iran (d. 1981)
- Predrag Koraksić Corax, Serbian political caricaturist
- David Alliance, Baron Alliance, Iranian-English businessman and politician
- Mario Cuomo, American lawyer and politician, 52nd Governor of New York (d. 2015)
- Zia Fariduddin Dagar, Indian singer (d. 2013)
- Bernie Faloney, American-Canadian football player and sportscaster (d. 1999)
- Joseph Gilbert, English air marshal
- Brian Sewell, English art dealer and critic (d. 2015)
- John Fretwell, English soldier and diplomat, British Ambassador to France (d. 2017)
- Miguel Méndez, American author and academic (d. 2013)
- Marcel Pronovost, Canadian ice hockey player and coach (d. 2015)
- Ross Andru, American illustrator (d. 1993)
- Ibn-e-Insha, Indian-Pakistani poet and author (d. 1978)
- Hugo Pratt, Italian author and illustrator (d. 1995)
- Alfred Duraiappah, Sri Lankan Tamil lawyer and politician (d. 1975)
- Richard Baker, English journalist and author (d. 2018)
- Attilâ İlhan, Turkish poet, author, and critic (d. 2005)
- Hédi Fried, Swedish author and psychologist
- Ezer Weizman, Israeli general and politician, 7th President of Israel (d. 2005)
- Erland Josephson, Swedish actor and director (d. 2012)
- Ninian Stephen, English-Australian lieutenant, judge, and politician, 20th Governor-General of Australia (d. 2017)
- Jaki Byard, American pianist and composer (d. 1999)
- Erroll Garner, American pianist and composer (d. 1977)
- Keith Andrews, American racing driver (d. 1957)
- Alla Kazanskaya, Russian actress (d. 2008)
- Sam Sniderman, Canadian businessman, founded Sam the Record Man (d. 2012)
- Alberto Sordi, Italian actor, director, and screenwriter (d. 2003)
- François Tombalbaye, Chadian politician, 1st President of Chad
- John Fenn, American chemist and academic, Nobel Prize laureate (d. 2010)
- Michalis Genitsaris, Greek singer-songwriter (d. 2005)
- Lash LaRue, American actor and producer (d. 1996)
- Olga Erteszek, Polish-American fashion designer (d. 1989)
- Horacio Salgán, Argentinian pianist, composer, and conductor (d. 2016)
- Herbert A. Simon, American political scientist and economist, Nobel Prize laureate (d. 2001)
- Nini Theilade, Danish ballet dancer, choreographer, and educator (d. 2018)
- Thomas Huckle Weller, American biologist and virologist, Nobel Prize laureate (d. 2008)
- Yuri Andropov, Russian politician (d. 1984)
- Saul Steinberg, Romanian-American cartoonist (d. 1999)
- Hilda Terry, American cartoonist (d. 2006)
- Tom Adair, American songwriter, composer, and screenwriter (d. 1988)
- Wilbert Awdry, English author, co-created Thomas the Tank Engine (d. 1997)
- David Rose, English-American pianist, composer, and conductor (d. 1990)
- Elena Nikolaidi, Greek-American soprano and educator (d. 2002)
- James Robertson Justice, English actor and educator (d. 1975)
- Gordon Welchman, English-American mathematician and author (d. 1985)
- Léon Degrelle, Belgian SS officer (d. 1994)
- Erik Erikson, German-American psychologist and psychoanalyst (d. 1994)
- Elmar Lohk, Russian-Estonian architect (d. 1963)
- Gotthard Günther, German philosopher and academic (d. 1984)
- Otto Luening, German-American composer and conductor (d. 1996)
- Hubertus Strughold, German-American physiologist and academic (d. 1986)
- Robert Russell Bennett, American composer and conductor (d. 1981)
- Nikolai Chebotaryov, Ukrainian-Russian mathematician and theorist (d. 1947)
- Georg Wüst, German oceanographer and academic (d. 1977)
- Ramón López Velarde, Mexican poet and author (d. 1921)
- Frank Clement, British racing driver (d. 1970)
- Harry Langdon, American actor, director, and screenwriter (d. 1944)
- Kesago Nakajima, Japanese lieutenant general in the Imperial Japanese Army (d. 1945)
- Margaret Abbott, Indian-American golfer (d. 1955)
- Herman Smith-Johannsen, Norwegian-Canadian skier (d. 1987)
- Thomas William Burgess, English swimmer and water polo player (d. 1950)
- Gheevarghese Mar Gregorios of Parumala, Indian bishop and saint (d. 1902)
- Edvard Grieg, Norwegian pianist and composer (d. 1907)
- Adah Isaacs Menken, American actress, painter, and poet (d. 1868)
- François-Xavier Garneau, Canadian poet and historian (d. 1866)
- William B. Ogden, American businessman and politician, 1st Mayor of Chicago (d. 1877)
- Benjamin Wright Raymond, American merchant and politician, 3rd Mayor of Chicago (d. 1883)
- Thomas Mitchell, Scottish-Australian colonel and explorer (d. 1855)
- Josiah Henson, American minister, author, and activist (d. 1883)
- David Daniel Davis, Welsh physician and academic (d. 1841)
- Rachel Jackson, American wife of Andrew Jackson (d. 1828)
- Martin Baum, American businessman and politician, Mayor of Cincinnati (d. 1831)
- Johann Gottlieb Friedrich von Bohnenberger, German astronomer and mathematician (d. 1831)
- Franz Danzi, German cellist, composer, and conductor (d. 1826)
- Kobayashi Issa, Japanese priest and poet (d. 1827)
- Antoine François, comte de Fourcroy, French chemist and entomologist (d. 1809)
- Juan José Elhuyar, Spanish chemist and mineralogist (d. 1796)
- Georg Joseph Vogler, German organist, composer, and theorist (d. 1814)
- Sidney Godolphin, 1st Earl of Godolphin, English politician (d. 1712)
- Bernard Lamy, French mathematician and theologian (d. 1715)
- Hiob Ludolf, German orientalist and philologist (d. 1704)
- Cornelis de Witt, Dutch politician (d. 1672)
- François Blondel, French architect (d. 1686)
- Thomas Randolph, English poet and playwright (d. 1635)
- Archduke Ernest of Austria (d. 1595)
- Elizabeth Knollys, English noblewoman (d. 1605)
- Richard Grenville, English captain and explorer (d. 1591)
- Henry FitzRoy, 1st Duke of Richmond and Somerset, English politician, Lord Lieutenant of Ireland (d. 1536)
- Lisa del Giocondo, Italian model, subject of the Mona Lisa (d. 1542)
- Gabriele Sforza, Archbishop of Milan (d. 1457)
- Edward, the Black Prince of England (d. 1376)
Deaths On This Day
- Matt "Guitar" Murphy, American Blues guitarist (The Blues Brothers) (b. 1929)
- Lois Duncan, American author (b. 1934)
- Jean Doré, Canadian politician, 39th Mayor of Montreal (b. 1944)
- Kirk Kerkorian, American businessman, founded the Tracinda Corporation (b. 1917)
- Jacques Bergerac, French actor and businessman (b. 1927)
- Casey Kasem, American radio host, producer, and voice actor, co-created American Top 40 (b. 1932)
- Daniel Keyes, American short story writer and novelist (b. 1927)
- Moise Safra, Brazilian businessman and philanthropist, co-founded Banco Safra (b. 1934)
- Heinz Flohe, German footballer and manager (b. 1948)
- José Froilán González, Argentinian race car driver (b. 1922)
- Stan Lopata, American baseball player (b. 1925)
- Dennis O'Rourke, Australian director and producer (b. 1945)
- Kenneth G. Wilson, American physicist and academic, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1936)
- Phillip D. Cagan, American economist and author (b. 1927)
- Capitola Dickerson, American pianist and educator (b. 1913)
- Barry MacKay, American tennis player and sportscaster (b. 1935)
- Israel Nogueda Otero, Mexican economist and politician, 10th Governor of Guerrero (b. 1935)
- Jerry Tubbs, American football player and coach (b. 1935)
- Bill Haast, American herpetologist and academic (b. 1910)
- Ray Getliffe, Canadian ice hockey player (b. 1914)
- Raymond Devos, Belgian-French comedian and clown (b. 1922)
- Herb Pearson, New Zealand cricketer (b. 1910)
- Suzanne Flon, French actress (b. 1918)
- Ahmet Piriştina, Turkish politician and mayor of İzmir (b. 1952)
- Hume Cronyn, Canadian-American actor (b. 1911)
- Choi Hong Hi, South Korean general and martial artist, founded Taekwondo (b. 1918)
- Henri Alekan, French cinematographer (b. 1909)
- James Montgomery Boice, American pastor and theologian (b.1938)
- Jules Roy, French author, poet, and playwright (b. 1907)
- Omer Côté, Canadian lawyer and politician (b. 1906)
- Ella Fitzgerald, American singer and actress (b. 1917)
- Sir Fitzroy Maclean, 1st Baronet, Scottish general and politician (b. 1911)
- Dick Murdoch, American wrestler (b. 1946)
- John Vincent Atanasoff, American physicist and inventor, invented the Atanasoff-Berry computer (b. 1903)
- Manos Hatzidakis, Greek composer and theorist (b. 1925)
- John Connally, American commander, lawyer, and politician, 61st United States Secretary of the Treasury (b. 1917)
- James Hunt, English race car driver and sportscaster (b. 1947)
- Chuck Menville, American animator, producer, and screenwriter (b. 1940)
- Brett Whiteley, Australian painter (b. 1939)
- Happy Chandler, American businessman and politician, 49th Governor of Kentucky (b. 1898)
- Arthur Lewis, Saint Lucian economist and academic, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1915)
- Maurice Bellemare, Canadian lawyer and politician (b. 1912)
- Ray McAnally, Irish actor (b. 1926)
- Andy Stanfield, American sprinter (b. 1927)
- Meredith Willson, American playwright, composer, and conductor (b. 1902)
- Jimmy Dykes, American baseball player, coach, and manager (b. 1896)
- Wendell Meredith Stanley, American biochemist and virologist, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1904)
- Sam Crawford, American baseball player, coach, and umpire (b. 1880)
- Wes Montgomery, American guitarist and songwriter (b. 1925)
- Tatu Kolehmainen, Finnish runner (b. 1885)
- Alfred Cortot, Swiss pianist and conductor (b. 1877)
- Giulio Cabianca, Italian race car driver (b. 1923)
- Peyami Safa, Turkish journalist and author (b. 1899)
- Count Albert von Mensdorff-Pouilly-Dietrichstein, Austrian diplomat
- Otfrid Foerster, German neurologist and physician (b. 1873)
- Evelyn Underhill, English mystic and author (b. 1875)
- Ernst Ludwig Kirchner, German painter and illustrator (b. 1880)
- Alfred Bruneau, French cellist and composer (b. 1857)
- Kristian Birkeland, Norwegian physicist and academic (b. 1867)
- Unryū Kyūkichi, Japanese sumo wrestler, the 10th Yokozuna (b. 1822)
- Mihai Eminescu, Romanian journalist, author, and poet (b. 1850)
- Frederick III, German Emperor (b. 1831)
- Ary Scheffer, Dutch-French painter and academic (b. 1795)
- James K. Polk, American lawyer and politician, 11th President of the United States (b. 1795)
- Thomas Campbell, Scottish poet and academic (b. 1777)
- Louis-Claude Daquin, French organist and composer (b. 1694)
- James Short, Scottish mathematician and optician (b. 1710)
- Henry Sacheverell, English minister and politician (b. 1674)
- Henry Howard, 1st Earl of Northampton, English courtier and politician, Lord Warden of the Cinque Ports (b. 1540)
- Tamás Bakócz, Hungarian cardinal (b. 1442)
- Philip III, Duke of Burgundy (b. 1396)
- John, Duke of Berry (b. 1340)
- Lazar of Serbia (b. 1329)
- Murad I, Ottoman Sultan (b. 1319)
- Miloš Obilić, Serbian knight.
- John VI Kantakouzenos, Byzantine emperor (b. 1292)
- John Cavendish, English lawyer and judge (b. 1346)
- Wat Tyler, English rebel leader (b. 1341)
- Andronikos III Palaiologos, Byzantine emperor (b. 1297)
- Angelo da Clareno, Italian Franciscan and leader of a group of Fraticelli (b. 1247)
- Frederick II, Duke of Austria (b. 1219)
- Minamoto no Yoshitsune, Japanese general (b. 1159)
- Magnus Erlingsson, King of Norway (b. 1156)
- Emperor Go-Sanjō of Japan (b. 1034)
- Theophanu, Byzantine wife of Otto II, Holy Roman Emperor (b. 960)
- Adalbert, bishop of Passau
- Eadburh of Winchester, English princess and saint
- Murong Yanchao, Chinese general
- Romanos I Lekapenos, Byzantine Emperor (b. c. 870)
- Robert I of France (b. 866)