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On This Day in History:  June 17

June 17 is the 168th day of the year (169th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. 197 days remain until the end of the year.

Lottery News On This Day

2016
Illinois Lottery winners again might not get paid. Illinois Lottery winners might — again — face the prospects of not being paid their jackpots in a timely manner if no spending deal is struck by Illinois lawmakers by the end of the month.
2016
Bill would send NC lottery winner info to food stamp office. Legislation directing the North Carolina lottery to disclose winners of substantial cash prizes to state social services officials as an anti-fraud initiative for food stamps received initial House approval Wednesday.
2015
New mobile app finds nearest lottery retailers. For the first time lottery players have a simple way to find a store to buy lottery tickets no matter where they are.
2014
NJ Pick 6 lottery drought ends as $20.1M jackpot won. After 52 drawings and more than six months without any ticket matching all the winning numbers in the twice-weekly game, someone got lucky Monday night in Lacey, New Jersey.
2014
Man wins lottery, loses in court. A lottery winner who claims he was deceived when his lawyer teamed up with a finance company and persuaded him to take a lump sum for his annualized jackpot narrowly lost a split decision at the state Supreme Court Monday in a case that turned on how long victims have to sue.
2013
Jamaican lottery scam investigation leads to Mississippi. A Jamaican national was arrested in Gulfport, Mississippi, Monday for his role in an alleged Jamaican lottery scam.
2013
Postal worker helps bust lottery scam. A perceptive postal employee helped bring a lottery scam suspect to justice right here in the United States.
2013
Washington man to fight state lottery; says new scratch card 'misleading'. A Kennewick, Washington, man plans to fight the Washington State Lottery in court over a scratch card payoff that didn't pan out.
2011
20 N.Y. Costco workers share $202M Powerball lottery jackpot. Twenty Costco employees receive oversized checks in the amount of $201.9 million during an awards ceremony at the Costco store in Melville, N.Y.
2005
Unclaimed UK Lottery Prizes Soar to £100m Record. Unclaimed UK National Lottery prize money rose to a record £100 million (US$182 million) last year, the Department of Culture, Media and Sport confirmed today.
2005
N.C. lottery still in limbo as budget talks continue. North Carolina Governor Mike Easley kicked off budget negotiations with House and Senate leaders by pushing for an aggressively advertised lottery that he would clearly control.
2005
Texas Pick 3 lottery game experiences sales glitch. The Texas Lottery Commission suspended sales of tickets for its Pick 3 game Thursday night after the lottery operator said there was a computer code problem associated with the game.
2005
Democrats trying to ruin Calif. Mega Millions lottery participation. Democrat lawmakers in California will convene an emergency hearing on what their attorneys call Republican Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger's illegal linking of California with the multi-state Mega Millions lottery game.
2005
Idaho Lottery insists that Powerball winner reveal identity. The 33-year-old Idaho man who won a $220.3 million Powerball lottery jackpot Memorial Day weekend came out of hiding Thursday after the Idaho Lottery refused his request for anonymity.
2005
$220M lottery winner wants to be billionaire. A man who won a $220.3 million Powerball lottery jackpot - the second-largest single-ticket Powerball winning - plans to invest the money and become a billionaire.
2004
Powerball Jackpot Rolls to $47 Million. Because no one correctly matched all six numbers in Wednesday's Powerball drawing the jackpot grew to an estimated $47 million, with a cash option of $24.3 million.
2004
Single winner takes $8 million Illinois Lotto jackpot. A single player has won the $8 million grand prize from the latest drawing of the Illinois State Lottery's Lotto game.
2004
$145 Million: Texas Lotto Jackpot Rolls On. A ticket-buying frenzy will ensue in Texas, where the Lotto jackpot rolled last night to a record $145 million.

Top 25 Lottery Jackpots On This Day

1.$310 Million
Multi-State
Mega Millions
Draw Date
Jun 17, 2016
2.€171.21 Million
US$191.76 Million
Draw Date
Jun 18, 2019
3.€143 Million
US$191.38 Million
Multi-Country
Euro Millions
Draw Date
Jun 18, 2013
4.$175 Million
Multi-State
Mega Millions
Draw Date
Jun 19, 2018
5.$169 Million
Multi-State
Powerball
Draw Date
Jun 18, 2016
6.$151 Million
Multi-State
Powerball
Draw Date
Jun 20, 2018
7.$145 Million
Draw Date
Jun 19, 2004
7.$145 Million
Draw Date
Jun 19, 2004
9.$140 Million
Multi-State
Mega Millions
Draw Date
Jun 17, 2003
10.€91 Million
US$129.79 Million
Multi-Country
Euro Millions
Draw Date
Jun 17, 2011
11.$123 Million
Multi-State
Mega Millions
Draw Date
Jun 20, 2017
12.$121 Million
Multi-State
Mega Millions
Draw Date
Jun 18, 2004
13.€96.42 Million
US$108.73 Million
Draw Date
Jun 18, 2016
14.$105 Million
Multi-State
Powerball
Draw Date
Jun 19, 2013
15.€90 Million
US$104.85 Million
Multi-Country
EuroJackpot
Draw Date
Jun 22, 2018
16.$100 Million
Multi-State
Powerball
Draw Date
Jun 17, 2006
17.$92 Million
Multi-State
Powerball
Draw Date
Jun 19, 2019
18.$82 Million
Multi-State
Powerball
Draw Date
Jun 18, 2003
19.$78 Million
Multi-State
Powerball
Draw Date
Jun 19, 2010
20.$77 Million
Multi-State
Powerball
Draw Date
Jun 19, 1999
21.$76 Million
Multi-State
Powerball
Draw Date
Jun 20, 2007
22.$72 Million
Multi-State
Powerball
Draw Date
Jun 17, 2009
23.$70 Million
Multi-State
Powerball
Draw Date
Jun 17, 2015
23.$70 Million
California
SuperLotto Plus
Draw Date
Jun 17, 2006
25.€43 Million
US$67.09 Million
Multi-Country
Euro Millions
Draw Date
Jun 20, 2008

Lottery Post Member Birthdays On This Day

1996
Monday, Jun 17, 1996
23 years old
1984
Sunday, Jun 17, 1984
35 years old
1982
Thursday, Jun 17, 1982
37 years old
1972
Saturday, Jun 17, 1972
47 years old
1971
Thursday, Jun 17, 1971
48 years old
1971
Thursday, Jun 17, 1971
48 years old
1968
Monday, Jun 17, 1968
51 years old
1967
Saturday, Jun 17, 1967
52 years old
1966
Friday, Jun 17, 1966
53 years old
1963
Monday, Jun 17, 1963
56 years old
1961
Saturday, Jun 17, 1961
58 years old
1960
Friday, Jun 17, 1960
59 years old
1960
Friday, Jun 17, 1960
59 years old
1960
Friday, Jun 17, 1960
59 years old
1957
Monday, Jun 17, 1957
62 years old
1950
Saturday, Jun 17, 1950
69 years old
1950
Saturday, Jun 17, 1950
69 years old
(year not provided)

Worldwide Events On This Day

2017
A series of wildfires in central Portugal kill at least 64 people and injure 204 others.
2015
Nine people are killed in a mass shooting at Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, South Carolina.
1994
Following a televised low-speed highway chase, O. J. Simpson is arrested for the murders of his ex-wife, Nicole Brown Simpson, and her friend Ronald Goldman.
1992
A "joint understanding" agreement on arms reduction is signed by U.S. President George Bush and Russian President Boris Yeltsin (this would be later codified in START II).
1991
Apartheid: The South African Parliament repeals the Population Registration Act which required racial classification of all South Africans at birth.
1987
With the death of the last individual of the species, the dusky seaside sparrow becomes extinct.
1985
Space Shuttle program: STS-51-G mission: Space Shuttle Discovery launches carrying Sultan bin Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, the first Arab and first Muslim in space, as a payload specialist.
1972
Watergate scandal: Five White House operatives are arrested for burgling the offices of the Democratic National Committee, in an attempt by some members of the Republican party to illegally wiretap the opposition.
1967
Nuclear weapons testing: The People's Republic of China announces a successful test of its first thermonuclear weapon.
1963
The United States Supreme Court rules 8-1 in Abington School District v. Schempp against requiring the reciting of Bible verses and the Lord's Prayer in public schools.
1963
A day after South Vietnamese President Ngô Đình Diệm announced the Joint Communiqué to end the Buddhist crisis, a riot involving around 2,000 people breaks out. One person is killed.
1960
The Nez Perce tribe is awarded $4 million for 7 million acres (28,000 km) of land undervalued at four cents/acre in the 1863 treaty.
1958
The Ironworkers Memorial Second Narrows Crossing, in the process of being built to connect Vancouver and North Vancouver (Canada), collapses into the Burrard Inlet killing many of the ironworkers and injuring others.
1953
Cold War: East Germany Workers Uprising: In East Germany, the Soviet Union orders a division of troops into East Berlin to quell a rebellion.
1948
A Douglas DC-6 carrying United Airlines Flight 624 crashes near Mount Carmel, Pennsylvania, killing all 43 people on board.
1944
Iceland declares independence from Denmark and becomes a republic.
1940
World War II: RMS Lancastria is attacked and sunk by the Luftwaffe near Saint-Nazaire, France. At least 3,000 are killed in Britain's worst maritime disaster.
1940
World War II: The British Army's 11th Hussars assault and take Fort Capuzzo in Libya, Africa from Italian forces.
1940
The three Baltic states of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania fall under the occupation of the Soviet Union.
1939
Last public guillotining in France: Eugen Weidmann, a convicted murderer, is guillotined in Versailles outside the Saint-Pierre prison.
1933
Union Station massacre: In Kansas City, Missouri, four FBI agents and captured fugitive Frank Nash are gunned down by gangsters attempting to free Nash.
1932
Bonus Army: Around a thousand World War I veterans amass at the United States Capitol as the U.S. Senate considers a bill that would give them certain benefits.
1930
U.S. President Herbert Hoover signs the Smoot-Hawley Tariff Act into law.
1929
The town of Murchison, New Zealand Is rocked by a 7.8 magnitude earthquake killing 17. At the time it was New Zealand's worst natural disaster.
1922
Portuguese naval aviators Gago Coutinho and Sacadura Cabral complete the first aerial crossing of the South Atlantic.
1910
Aurel Vlaicu pilots an A. Vlaicu nr. 1 on its first flight.
1901
The College Board introduces its first standardized test, the forerunner to the SAT.
1900
Boxer Rebellion: Western Allied and Japanese forces capture the Taku Forts in Tianjin, China.
1898
The United States Navy Hospital Corps is established.
1885
The Statue of Liberty arrives in New York Harbor.
1877
American Indian Wars: Battle of White Bird Canyon: The Nez Perce defeat the U.S. Cavalry at White Bird Canyon in the Idaho Territory.
1876
American Indian Wars: Battle of the Rosebud: One thousand five hundred Sioux and Cheyenne led by Crazy Horse beat back General George Crook's forces at Rosebud Creek in Montana Territory.
1863
American Civil War: Battle of Aldie in the Gettysburg Campaign.
1861
American Civil War: Battle of Vienna, Virginia.
1843
The Wairau Affray, the first serious clash of arms between Māori and British settlers in the New Zealand Wars, takes place.
1839
In the Kingdom of Hawaii, Kamehameha III issues the edict of toleration which gives Roman Catholics the freedom to worship in the Hawaiian Islands. The Hawaii Catholic Church and the Cathedral of Our Lady of Peace are established as a result.
1795
The burghers of Swellendam expel the Dutch East India Company magistrate and declare a republic.
1794
Foundation of Anglo-Corsican Kingdom.
1789
In France, the Third Estate declares itself the National Assembly.
1775
American Revolutionary War: Colonists inflict heavy casualties on British forces while losing the Battle of Bunker Hill.
1773
Cúcuta, Colombia, is founded by Juana Rangel de Cuéllar.
1767
Samuel Wallis, an English sea captain, sights Tahiti and is considered the first European to reach the island.
1673
French explorers Jacques Marquette and Louis Jolliet reach the Mississippi River and become the first Europeans to make a detailed account of its course.
1665
Battle of Montes Claros: Portugal definitively secured independence from Spain in the last battle of the Portuguese Restoration War.
1631
Mumtaz Mahal dies during childbirth. Her husband, Mughal emperor Shah Jahan I, will spend the next 17 years building her mausoleum, the Taj Mahal.
1596
The Dutch explorer Willem Barentsz discovers the Arctic archipelago of Spitsbergen.
1579
Sir Francis Drake claims a land he calls Nova Albion (modern California) for England.
1565
Matsunaga Hisahide assassinates the 13th Ashikaga shōgun, Ashikaga Yoshiteru.
1497
Battle of Deptford Bridge: Forces under King Henry VII defeat troops led by Michael An Gof.
1462
Vlad III the Impaler attempts to assassinate Mehmed II (The Night Attack at Târgovişte), forcing him to retreat from Wallachia.
1397
The Kalmar Union is formed under the rule of Margaret I of Denmark.
1244
Following the Disputation of Paris, twenty-four carriage loads of Jewish religious manuscripts were burnt in Paris.
653
Pope Martin I is arrested in the Lateran Palace before being taken to Constantinople and tried for high treason.

Births On This Day

1994
Amari Cooper, American football player
1992
Ryan Allsop, English footballer
1991
Daniel Tupou, Australian-Tongan rugby league player
1990
Jordan Henderson, English footballer
1990
Josh Mansour, Australian rugby league player
1989
Georgios Tofas, Cypriot footballer
1989
Simone Battle, American singer and actress (d. 2014)
1988
Andrew Ogilvy, Australian basketball player
1988
Shaun MacDonald, Welsh footballer
1988
Stephanie Rice, Australian swimmer
1987
Kendrick Lamar, American rapper
1987
Nozomi Tsuji, Japanese singer and actress
1986
Apoula Edel, Armenian footballer
1986
Helen Glover, English rower
1985
Özge Akın, Turkish sprinter
1985
Marcos Baghdatis, Cypriot tennis player
1985
Rafael Sóbis, Brazilian footballer
1984
Michael Mathieu, Bahamian sprinter
1984
Si Tianfeng, Chinese race walker
1983
Lee Ryan, English singer/actor
1983
Vlasis Kazakis, Greek footballer
1982
Alex Rodrigo Dias da Costa, Brazilian footballer
1982
Marek Svatoš, Slovak ice hockey player (d. 2016)
1982
Stanislava Hrozenská, Slovak tennis player
1982
Stefan Hodgetts, English racing driver
1982
Arthur Darvill, English actor
1981
Kyle Boller, American football player
1981
Shane Watson, Australian cricketer
1980
Elisa Rigaudo, Italian race walker
1980
Jeph Jacques, American author and illustrator
1980
Venus Williams, American tennis player
1979
Nick Rimando, American soccer player
1979
Tyson Apostol, American television personality
1979
Young Maylay, American rapper, producer, and voice actor
1978
Isabelle Delobel, French ice dancer
1978
Travis Roche, Canadian ice hockey player
1977
Tjaša Jezernik, Slovenian tennis player
1977
Mark Tauscher, American football player and sportscaster
1976
Scott Adkins, English actor and martial artist
1976
Sven Nys, Belgian cyclist
1975
Joshua Leonard, American actor, director, and screenwriter
1975
Juan Carlos Valerón, Spanish footballer
1975
Phiyada Akkraseranee, Thai actress and model
1974
Evangelia Psarra, Greek archer
1973
Leander Paes, Indian tennis player
1971
Paulina Rubio, Mexican Pop Singer
1971
Mildred Fox, Irish politician
1970
Stéphane Fiset, Canadian ice hockey player
1970
Will Forte, American actor, comedian, and screenwriter
1970
Jason Hanson, American football player
1970
Popeye Jones, American basketball player and coach
1970
Michael Showalter, American actor, director, producer, and screenwriter
1970
Alan Dowson, English football manager and former professional player
1969
Paul Tergat, Kenyan runner
1969
Geoff Toovey, Australian rugby league player and coach
1969
Ilya Tsymbalar, Ukrainian-Russian footballer and manager (d. 2013)
1968
Steve Georgallis, Australian rugby league player and coach
1968
Minoru Suzuki, Japanese wrestler and mixed martial artist
1967
Dorothea Röschmann, German soprano and actress
1967
Eric Stefani, American keyboard player and composer
1966
Mohammed Ghazy Al-Akhras, Iraqi journalist and author
1966
Tory Burch, American fashion designer and philanthropist
1966
Ken Clark, American football player (d. 2013)
1966
Diane Modahl, English runner
1966
Jason Patric, American actor
1965
Dermontti Dawson, American football player and coach
1965
Dan Jansen, American speed skater and sportscaster
1965
Dara O'Kearney, Irish runner and poker player
1964
Rinaldo Capello, Italian race car driver
1964
Michael Gross, German swimmer
1964
Steve Rhodes, English cricketer and coach
1963
Greg Kinnear, American actor, television presenter, and producer
1962
Michael Monroe, Finnish singer-songwriter and saxophonist (Hanoi Rocks and Demolition 23)
1961
Kōichi Yamadera, Japanese actor and singer
1960
Adrián Campos, Spanish race car driver
1960
Thomas Haden Church, American actor
1959
Carol Anderson, American author and historian
1959
Lawrence Haddad, South African-English economist and academic
1959
Nikos Stavropoulos, Greek basketball player and coach
1958
Pierre Berbizier, French rugby player and coach
1958
Jello Biafra, American singer-songwriter and producer
1958
Bobby Farrelly, American director, producer, and screenwriter
1958
Sam Hamad, Syrian-Canadian academic and politician
1958
Jon Leibowitz, American lawyer and politician
1958
Daniel McVicar, American actor
1957
Philip Chevron, Irish singer-songwriter and guitarist (d. 2013)
1957
Martin Dillon, American tenor and educator (d. 2005)
1957
Uģis Prauliņš, Latvian composer
1956
Iain Milne, Scottish rugby player
1955
Mati Laur, Estonian historian, author, and academic
1955
Bob Sauvé, Canadian ice hockey player and coach
1955
Cem Hakko, Turkish fashion designer and businessman
1954
Mark Linn-Baker, American actor and director
1953
Vernon Coaker, English educator and politician, Shadow Secretary of State for Defence
1953
Juan Munoz, Spanish sculptor and storyteller (d. 2001)
1952
Mike Milbury, American ice hockey player, coach, and manager
1952
Estelle Morris, Baroness Morris of Yardley, English educator and politician, Secretary of State for Education
1951
Starhawk, American author and activist
1951
John Garrett, Canadian ice hockey player and sportscaster
1951
Joe Piscopo, American actor, comedian, and screenwriter
1950
Lee Tamahori, New Zealand film director
1949
Snakefinger, English singer-songwriter and guitarist (d. 1987)
1949
John Craven, English economist and academic
1949
Russell Smith, American country singer-songwriter and guitarist
1948
Dave Concepción, Venezuelan baseball player and manager
1948
Jacqueline Jones, American historian and academic
1948
Aurelio López, Mexican baseball player and politician (d. 1992)
1948
Karol Sikora, English physician and academic
1947
Christopher Allport, American actor (d. 2008)
1947
Timothy Wright, American gospel singer, pastor (d. 2009)
1947
Linda Chavez, American journalist and author
1947
George S. Clinton, American composer and songwriter
1947
Gregg Rolie, American rock singer-songwriter and keyboard player (Santana, Journey)
1947
Paul Young, English singer-songwriter (Sad Café, Mike + the Mechanics) (d. 2000)
1946
Peter Rosei, Austrian author, poet, and playwright
1945
Tommy Franks, American general
1945
Ken Livingstone, English politician, 1st Mayor of London
1945
Eddy Merckx, Belgian cyclist and sportscaster
1945
Art Bell, American broadcaster and author, founder and the original host of the paranormal-themed radio program Coast to Coast AM (d. 2018)
1944
Randy Johnson, American football player (d. 2009)
1944
Chris Spedding, English singer-songwriter and guitarist
1943
Newt Gingrich, American historian and politician, 58th Speaker of the United States House of Representatives
1943
Barry Manilow, American singer-songwriter and producer
1943
Chantal Mouffe, Belgian theorist and author
1943
Burt Rutan, American engineer and pilot
1942
Mohamed ElBaradei, Egyptian politician, Vice President of Egypt, Nobel Prize laureate
1942
Doğu Perinçek, Turkish lawyer and politician
1942
Roger Steffens, American actor and producer
1941
Nicholas C. Handy, English chemist and academic (d. 2012)
1940
George Akerlof, American economist and academic, Nobel Prize laureate
1940
Bobby Bell, American football player
1940
Chuck Rainey, American bassist
1937
Peter Fitzgerald, Irish footballer and manager (d. 2013)
1937
Ted Nelson, American sociologist and philosopher
1937
Clodovil Hernandes, Brazilian fashion designer, television presenter and politician (d. 2009)
1936
Vern Harper, Canadian tribal leader and activist (d. 2018)
1936
Ken Loach, English director, producer, and screenwriter
1933
Harry Browne, American soldier and politician (d. 2006)
1933
Christian Ferras, French violinist (d. 1982)
1932
Derek Ibbotson, English runner (d. 2017)
1932
John Murtha, American colonel and politician (d. 2010)
1931
John Baldessari, American painter and illustrator
1930
Cliff Gallup, American rock & roll guitarist (d. 1988)
1930
Brian Statham, English cricketer (d. 2000)
1929
Bud Collins, American journalist and sportscaster (d. 2016)
1929
Tigran Petrosian, Armenian chess player (d. 1984)
1928
Juan María Bordaberry, President of Uruguay (d. 2011)
1927
Martin Böttcher, German composer and conductor
1927
Wally Wood, American author, illustrator, and publisher (d. 1981)
1925
Alexander Shulgin, American pharmacologist and chemist (d. 2014)
1923
Elroy Hirsch, American football player (d. 2004)
1923
Arnold S. Relman, American physician and academic (d. 2014)
1923
Dale C. Thomson, Canadian historian and academic (d. 1999)
1922
John Amis, English journalist and critic (d. 2013)
1920
Jacob H. Gilbert, American lawyer and politician (d. 1981)
1920
Setsuko Hara, Japanese actress (d. 2015)
1920
François Jacob, French biologist and geneticist, Nobel Prize laureate (d. 2013)
1920
Peter Le Cheminant, English air marshal and politician, Lieutenant Governor of Guernsey (d. 2018)
1919
William Kaye Estes, American psychologist and academic (d. 2011)
1919
John Moffat, Scottish lieutenant and pilot (d. 2016)
1919
Beryl Reid, English actress (d. 1996)
1918
Ajahn Chah, Thai monk and educator (d. 1992)
1917
Dufferin Roblin, Canadian politician, 14th Premier of Manitoba (d. 2010)
1916
Terry Gilkyson, American singer-songwriter and guitarist (d. 1999)
1915
David "Stringbean" Akeman, American singer and banjo player (d. 1973)
1915
Marcel Cadieux, Canadian civil servant and diplomat, Canadian Ambassador to the United States (d. 1981)
1914
John Hersey, American journalist and author (d. 1993)
1910
Red Foley, American singer-songwriter and guitarist (d. 1968)
1910
George Hees, Canadian football player and politician (d. 1996)
1909
Elmer L. Andersen, American businessman and politician, 30th Governor of Minnesota (d. 2004)
1909
Ralph E. Winters, Canadian-American film editor (d. 2004)
1907
Maurice Cloche, French director, producer, and screenwriter (d. 1990)
1904
Ralph Bellamy, American actor (d. 1991)
1904
J. Vernon McGee, American pastor and theologian (d. 1988)
1904
Patrice Tardif, Canadian farmer and politician (d. 1989)
1903
Ruth Graves Wakefield, American chef, created the chocolate chip cookie (d. 1977)
1902
Sammy Fain, American pianist and composer (d. 1989)
1902
Alec Hurwood, Australian cricketer (d. 1982)
1900
Martin Bormann, German politician (d. 1945)
1900
Evelyn Irons, Scottish journalist and war correspondent (d. 2000)
1898
M. C. Escher, Dutch illustrator (d. 1972)
1898
Carl Hermann, German physicist and academic (d. 1961)
1898
Harry Patch, English soldier and firefighter (d. 2009)
1897
Maria Izilda de Castro Ribeiro, Brazilian girl, popular saint (d. 1911)
1888
Heinz Guderian, German general (d. 1954)
1882
Adolphus Frederick VI, Grand Duke of Mecklenburg-Strelitz (d. 1918)
1882
Igor Stravinsky, Russian pianist, composer, and conductor (d. 1971)
1881
Tommy Burns, Canadian boxer and promoter (d. 1955)
1880
Carl Van Vechten, American author and photographer (d. 1964)
1876
William Carr, American rower (d. 1942)
1876
Edward Anthony Spitzka, American anatomist and author (d. 1922)
1871
James Weldon Johnson, American author, journalist, and activist (d. 1938)
1867
Flora Finch, English-American actress (d. 1940)
1867
John Robert Gregg, Irish-born American educator, publisher, and humanitarian (d. 1948)
1867
Henry Lawson, Australian poet and author (d. 1922)
1865
Susan La Flesche Picotte, Native American physician (d. 1915)
1863
Charles Michael, duke of Mecklenburg (d. 1934)
1861
Pete Browning, American baseball player (d. 1905)
1861
Omar Bundy, American general (d. 1940)
1858
Eben Sumner Draper, American businessman and politician, 44th Governor of Massachusetts (d. 1914)
1832
William Crookes, English chemist and physicist (d. 1919)
1821
E. G. Squier, American archaeologist and journalist (d. 1888)
1818
Charles Gounod, French composer and academic (d. 1893)
1818
Sophie of Württemberg, queen of the Netherlands (d. 1877)
1811
Jón Sigurðsson, Icelandic scholar and politician (d. 1879)
1810
Ferdinand Freiligrath, German poet and translator (d. 1876)
1808
Henrik Wergeland, Norwegian poet, playwright, and linguist (d. 1845)
1800
William Parsons, 3rd Earl of Rosse, English-Irish astronomer and politician (d. 1867)
1778
Gregory Blaxland, English-Australian explorer (d. 1853)
1718
George Howard, English field marshal and politician, Governor of Minorca (d. 1796)
1714
César-François Cassini de Thury, French astronomer and cartographer (d. 1784)
1704
John Kay, English engineer, invented the Flying shuttle (d. 1780)
1693
Johann Georg Walch, German theologian and author (d. 1775)
1691
Giovanni Paolo Panini, Italian painter and architect (d. 1765)
1682
Charles XII, Swedish king (d. 1718)
1631
Gauharara Begum, Mughal princess (d. 1706)
1610
Birgitte Thott, Danish scholar, writer and translator (b. 1662)
1604
John Maurice, Dutch nobleman (d. 1679)
1603
Joseph of Cupertino, Italian mystic and saint (d. 1663)
1571
Thomas Mun, English writer on economics (d. 1641)
1530
François de Montmorency, French nobleman (d. 1579)
1239
Edward I, English king (d. 1307)
801
Drogo of Metz, Frankish bishop (d. 855)

Deaths On This Day

2017
Baldwin Lonsdale, president of Vanuatu (b. 1948)
2015
Ron Clarke, Australian runner and politician, Mayor of the Gold Coast (b. 1937)
2015
John David Crow, American football player and coach (b. 1935)
2015
Süleyman Demirel, Turkish engineer and politician, 9th President of Turkey (b. 1924)
2015
Roberto M. Levingston, Argentinian general and politician, 36th President of Argentina (b. 1920)
2015
Clementa C. Pinckney, American minister and politician (b. 1973)
2014
Patsy Byrne, English actress (b. 1933)
2014
Éric Dewailly, Canadian epidemiologist and academic (b. 1954)
2014
Stanley Marsh 3, American businessman and philanthropist (b. 1938)
2014
Arnold S. Relman, American physician and academic (b. 1923)
2014
Larry Zeidel, Canadian-American ice hockey player and sportscaster (b. 1928)
2013
Michael Baigent, New Zealand-English theorist and author (b. 1948)
2013
Atiqul Haque Chowdhury, Bangladeshi playwright and producer (b. 1930)
2013
Pierre F. Côté, Canadian lawyer and civil servant (b. 1927)
2013
Bulbs Ehlers, American basketball player (b. 1923)
2013
James Holshouser, American politician, 68th Governor of North Carolina (b. 1934)
2012
Stéphane Brosse, French mountaineer (b. 1971)
2012
Patricia Brown, American baseball player (b. 1931)
2012
Nathan Divinsky, Canadian mathematician and chess player (b. 1925)
2012
Rodney King, American victim of police brutality (b. 1965)
2012
Fauzia Wahab, Pakistani actress and politician (b. 1956)
2011
Rex Mossop, Australian rugby player and sportscaster (b. 1928)
2009
Ralf Dahrendorf, German-English sociologist and politician (b. 1929)
2009
Darrell Powers, American sergeant (b. 1923)
2008
Cyd Charisse, American actress and dancer (b. 1922)
2007
Gianfranco Ferré, Italian fashion designer (b. 1944)
2007
Serena Wilson, American dancer and choreographer (b. 1933)
2006
Bussunda, Brazilian comediant (b. 1962)
2004
Gerry McNeil, Canadian ice hockey player (b. 1926)
2002
Willie Davenport, American sprinter and hurdler (b. 1943)
2002
Fritz Walter, German footballer (b. 1920)
2001
Donald J. Cram, American chemist and academic, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1919)
2001
Thomas Winning, Scottish cardinal (b. 1925)
2000
Ismail Mahomed, South African lawyer and jurist, 17th Chief Justice of South Africa (b. 1931)
1999
Basil Hume, English cardinal (b. 1923)
1996
Thomas Kuhn, American historian and philosopher (b. 1922)
1996
Curt Swan, American illustrator (b. 1920)
1987
Dick Howser, American baseball player, coach, and manager (b. 1936)
1986
Kate Smith, American singer (b. 1907)
1985
John Boulting, English director, producer, and screenwriter (b. 1913)
1983
Peter Mennin, American composer and educator (b. 1923)
1982
Roberto Calvi, Italian banker (b. 1920)
1981
Richard O'Connor, Indian-English general (b. 1889)
1981
Zerna Sharp, American author and educator (b. 1889)
1979
Hubert Ashton, English cricketer and politician (b. 1898)
1979
Duffy Lewis, American baseball player and manager (b. 1888)
1975
James Phinney Baxter III, American historian and academic (b. 1893)
1974
Refik Koraltan, Turkish lawyer and politician, 8th Speaker of the Grand National Assembly of Turkey (b. 1889)
1968
José Nasazzi, Uruguayan footballer and manager (b. 1901)
1963
Aleksander Kesküla, Estonian politician (b. 1882)
1961
Jeff Chandler, American actor (b. 1918)
1957
Dorothy Richardson, English journalist and author (b. 1873)
1957
J. R. Williams, Canadian-American cartoonist (b. 1888)
1956
Percival Perry, 1st Baron Perry, English businessman (b. 1878)
1956
Paul Rostock, German surgeon and academic (b. 1892)
1956
Bob Sweikert, American race car driver (b. 1926)
1954
Danny Cedrone, American guitarist and bandleader (b. 1920)
1952
Jack Parsons, American chemist and engineer (b. 1914)
1942
Charles Fitzpatrick, Canadian lawyer and politician, 5th Chief Justice of Canada (b. 1853)
1941
Johan Wagenaar, Dutch organist and composer (b. 1862)
1940
Arthur Harden, English biochemist and academic, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1865)
1939
Allen Sothoron, American baseball player, coach, and manager (b. 1893)
1939
Eugen Weidmann, German criminal (b. 1908)
1936
Julius Seljamaa, Estonian journalist, politician, and diplomat, Estonian Minister of Foreign Affairs (b. 1883)
1904
Nikolay Bobrikov, Russian soldier and politician, Governor-General of Finland (b. 1839)
1898
Edward Burne-Jones, English soldier and painter (b. 1833)
1889
Lozen, Chiracaua Apache warrior woman (b. ~1840)
1866
Joseph Méry, French poet and author (b. 1798)
1839
Lord William Bentinck, English general and politician, 14th Governor-General of India (b. 1774)
1821
Martín Miguel de Güemes, Argentinian general and politician (b. 1785)
1813
Charles Middleton, 1st Baron Barham, Scottish-English admiral and politician (b. 1726)
1797
Mohammad Khan Qajar, Persian tribal chief (b. 1742)
1775
John Pitcairn, Scottish-English soldier (b. 1722)
1771
Daskalogiannis, Greek rebel leader (b. 1722)
1762
Prosper Jolyot de Crébillon, French poet and playwright (b. 1674)
1740
Sir William Wyndham, 3rd Baronet, English politician, Chancellor of the Exchequer (b. 1687)
1734
Claude Louis Hector de Villars, French general and politician, French Secretary of State for War (b. 1653)
1719
Joseph Addison, English essayist, poet, playwright, and politician (b. 1672)
1696
John III Sobieski, Polish king (b. 1629)
1694
Philip Howard, English cardinal (b. 1629)
1674
Jijabai, Dowager Queen, mother of Shivaji (b. 1598)
1649
Injo of Joseon, Korean king (b. 1595)
1631
Mumtaz Mahal, Mughal princess (b. 1593)
1565
Ashikaga Yoshiteru, Japanese shōgun (b. 1536)
1501
John I Albert, Polish king (b. 1459)
1463
Catherine of Portugal, Portuguese princess (b. 1436)
1400
Jan of Jenštejn, archbishop of Prague (b. 1348)
1361
Ingeborg of Norway, princess consort and regent of Sweden (b. 1301)
1219
David of Scotland, 8th Earl of Huntingdon
1207
Daoji, Chinese buddhist monk (b. 1130)
1091
Dirk V, count of Holland (b. 1052)
1025
Bolesław I the Brave, Polish king (b. 967)
900
Fulk, French archbishop and chancellor
850
Tachibana no Kachiko, Japanese empress (b. 786)
811
Sakanoue no Tamuramaro, Japanese shōgun (b. 758)
676
Adeodatus, pope of the Catholic Church
656
Uthman, caliph of the Rashidun Caliphate (b. 579)