On This Day in History: March 11
March 11 is the 70th day of the year (71st in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. 295 days remain until the end of the year.
Lottery News On This Day
- Idaho ends Powerball in state, fearing foreign participation. Idaho lawmakers fearing foreign participation in the Powerball lottery killed legislation on Wednesday that would have allowed the game with huge jackpots to continue in the state after a run of more than 30 years.
- Florida CPA revealed as winner of $396.9 million Powerball drawing. A partner in an Ocala, Florida, CPA firm will need all her wealth management resources after winning a nearly $400 million Powerball jackpot recently.
- Michigan woman dreamed of $4M lottery win — then it happened. A Wayne County, Michigan, woman had a dream that she won $4 million on a scratch-off lottery ticket. Four months later, it really happened.
- Appeal almost inevitable in Wire Act reinterpretation case, expert says. Big changes could be on the horizon for the gaming industry if the January reinterpretation of the federal Wire Act becomes a U.S. Justice Department mandate.
- State lotteries line up against DOJ reversal on Wire Act. State lotteries continue to fight back against a January Department of Justice reversal of its interpretation of the Wire Act, threatening every form of online gambling in the country.
- Two Mexico lotteries set to merge. In a bid to reverse its deficit Mexican lottery La Lotería Nacional para la Asistencia Pública (Lotenal) will merge with the other state lottery Pronósticos para la Asistencia Pública (Pronósticos).
- NC Lottery tries persuading lawmakers to expand games. North Carolina could collect more money through the state-run lottery if it expanded the number of games offered, Lottery Director Alice Garland told lawmakers Thursday.
- Illinois Lottery offering free trolley service this Saturday in Chicago. To promote the upcoming St. Patrick's Day Millionaire Raffle, the Illinois Lottery is offering a free trolley service for people 18 and over in Chicago this Saturday from 3 p.m. to 9 p.m.
- Maine Lottery won't be adding Keno. Maine Gov. Paul LePage said Tuesday that his administration is backing off its plan to expand the Maine State Lottery to include the gambling game Keno at as many as 300 locations.
- Maryland's lottery director resigns. Stephen Martino, the director of the Maryland Lottery and Gaming Control Agency, is leaving his job later this month to become a partner at a private law firm in Baltimore.
- Arkansas Lottery anticipates drop in revenue next year. The Arkansas Lottery Commission approved a new budget Wednesday that takes into account expected reductions in revenue.
- Winning lottery ticket saved from shredder. An Australia man who unknowingly kept a winning lottery ticket worth $100,000 in a drawer for five years said he was close to putting it through the shredder.
- Powerball Jackpot Reaches $90 Million. Because no one correctly matched all six numbers in Wednesday's Powerball drawing the jackpot grew to an estimated $90 million, with a cash option of $50.2 million.
- Record Powerball Winner Sued for Sex-Related Assault. A female worker at Tri-State Racetrack & Gaming has accused Jack Whittaker, the winner of the largest single lottery jackpot in history, of assault and battery.
- Lottery scammer gets 18 months. A native of Russia was sentenced to 18 months in prison Wednesday in federal court in Chicago for taking part in a telemarketing scam that cheated mostly elderly victims in the United States and Canada.
Top 25 Lottery Jackpots On This Day
- 1.$448.2 Million
Mar 13, 2019
- 2.$417.3 Million
Mar 14, 2018
- 3.$318 Million
Mar 13, 2018
- 4.$309 Million
Mar 11, 2014
- 5.$230 Million
Mar 12, 2008
- 6.$212 Million
Mar 13, 2010
- 7.$183 Million
Mar 13, 2013
- 8.$171 Million
Mar 13, 2012
- 9.$170.9 Million
Mar 13, 2021
- 10.$165 Million
Mar 14, 2007
- 11.€112 Million
Mar 11, 2014
- 12.$151 Million
Mar 11, 2011
- 13.€119.95 Million
Mar 11, 2021
- 14.€112.7 Million
Mar 13, 2018
- 15.€118.25 Million
Mar 12, 2019
- 16.$119 Million
Mar 11, 2015
- 16.$119 Million
Mar 14, 2017
- 18.€80 Million
Mar 11, 2011
- 19.$110 Million
Mar 11, 2020
- 20.$104 Million
Mar 11, 2017
- 21.$90 Million
Mar 13, 2004
- 22.€79 Million
Mar 14, 2017
- 23.€73 Million
Mar 12, 2019
- 24.$80 Million
Mar 13, 2020
- 25.$79 Million
Mar 12, 2021
Lottery Post Member Birthdays On This Day
Monday, Mar 11, 1991
30 years old
Sunday, Mar 11, 1973
48 years old
Wednesday, Mar 11, 1970
51 years old
Tuesday, Mar 11, 1969
52 years old
Tuesday, Mar 11, 1969
52 years old
Wednesday, Mar 11, 1964
57 years old
Tuesday, Mar 11, 1958
63 years old
Tuesday, Mar 11, 1958
63 years old
Tuesday, Mar 11, 1952
69 years old
Saturday, Mar 11, 1933
88 years old
(year not provided)
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Worldwide Events On This Day
- US President Joe Biden signs the $1.9 trillion American Rescue Plan into law.
- The World Health Organization (WHO) declares COVID-19 virus a pandemic.
- A U.S. soldier kills 16 civilians in the Panjwayi District of Afghanistan near Kandahar.
- An earthquake measuring 9.0 in magnitude strikes 130 km (81 mi) east of Sendai, Japan, triggering a tsunami killing thousands of people. This event also triggered the second largest nuclear accident in history, and one of only two events to be classified as a Level 7 on the International Nuclear Event Scale.
- Economist and businessman Sebastián Piñera is sworn in as President of Chile. Aftershocks of the 2010 Pichilemu earthquake hit central Chile during the ceremony.
- Winnenden school shooting: Sixteen are killed and 11 are injured before recent graduate Tim Kretschmer shoots and kills himself, leading to tightened weapons restrictions in Germany.
- Michelle Bachelet is inaugurated as the first female president of Chile.
- Madrid train bombings: Simultaneous explosions on rush hour trains in Madrid, Spain, kill 191 people.
- Lithuania declares independence from the Soviet Union.
- Patricio Aylwin is sworn in as the first democratically elected President of Chile since 1970.
- Mikhail Gorbachev is elected to the position of General Secretary of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union, making Gorbachev the USSR's de facto, and last, head of state.
- Bob Hawke is appointed Prime Minister of Australia.
- Hundreds of students protest in the University of Pristina in Kosovo, then part of Yugoslavia, to give their province more political rights. The protests then became a nationwide movement.
- Coastal Road massacre: At least 37 are killed and more than 70 are wounded when Fatah hijack an Israeli bus, prompting Israel's Operation Litani.
- The 1977 Hanafi Siege: Around 150 hostages held in Washington, D.C., by Hanafi Muslims are set free after ambassadors from three Islamic nations join negotiations.
- Rudolf Höss, the first commandant of Auschwitz concentration camp, is captured by British troops.
- World War II: The Imperial Japanese Navy attempts a large-scale kamikaze attack on the U.S. Pacific Fleet anchored at Ulithi atoll in Operation Tan No. 2.
- World War II: The Empire of Vietnam, a short-lived Japanese puppet state, is established.
- World War II: United States President Franklin D. Roosevelt signs the Lend-Lease Act into law, allowing American-built war supplies to be shipped to the Allies on loan.
- In New York City, Samuel Roxy Rothafel opens the Roxy Theatre.
- World War I: Mesopotamian campaign: Baghdad falls to Anglo-Indian forces commanded by General Frederick Stanley Maude.
- The Great Blizzard of 1888 begins along the eastern seaboard of the United States, shutting down commerce and killing more than 400 people.
- Shō Tai formally abdicates his position of King of Ryūkyū, under orders from Tokyo, ending the Ryukyu Kingdom.
- Construction of the Seven Sisters Colliery, South Wales, begins; it is located on one of the richest coal sources in Britain.
- The Great Sheffield Flood kills 238 people in Sheffield, England.
- American Civil War: The Constitution of the Confederate States of America is adopted.
- The first performance of Rigoletto by Giuseppe Verdi takes place in Venice.
- Louis-Hippolyte Lafontaine and Robert Baldwin become the first Prime Ministers of the Province of Canada to be democratically elected under a system of responsible government.
- Flagstaff War: Unhappy with translational differences regarding the Treaty of Waitangi, chiefs Hone Heke, Kawiti and Māori tribe members chop down the British flagpole for a fourth time and drive settlers out of Kororareka, New Zealand.
- The signing of the Treaty of Mangalore brings the Second Anglo-Mysore War to an end.
- Queen Anne withholds Royal Assent from the Scottish Militia Bill, the last time a British monarch vetoes legislation.
- The Daily Courant, England's first national daily newspaper, is published for the first time.
- The Frondeurs and the French sign the Peace of Rueil.
- Guaraní forces living in the Jesuit reductions defeat bandeirantes loyal to the Portuguese Empire at the Battle of Mbororé in present-day Panambí, Argentina.
- Arnošt of Pardubice becomes the last Bishop of Prague (3 March 1343 O.S.), and, a year later, the first Archbishop of Prague.
- Alexander Severus becomes emperor of Rome, replacing his cousin, 18-year-old Elagabalus. The bodies of the assassinated emperor and his mother, Julia Soaemias, are dragged through the streets of the city and thrown into the Tiber.
Births On This Day
- Andrew Robertson, Scottish footballer
- Jodie Comer, British actress
- Anthony Davis, American basketball player
- Ayumi Morita, Japanese tennis player
- Anton Yelchin, Russian-born American actor (d. 2016)
- Fábio Coentrão, Portuguese footballer
- Cecil Lolo, South African footballer (d. 2015)
- Marc-André Gragnani, Canadian ice hockey player
- Tanel Kangert, Estonian cyclist
- Ngonidzashe Makusha, Zimbabwean sprinter and long jumper
- Dario Cologna, Swiss skier
- Paul Bissonnette, Canadian ice hockey player
- Daniel Vázquez Evuy, Equatoguinean footballer
- Cassandra Fairbanks, American journalist and activist
- Stelios Malezas, Greek footballer
- Greg Olsen, American football player
- Nikolai Topor-Stanley, Australian footballer
- Brian Anderson, American baseball player
- LeToya Luckett, American singer-songwriter and actress
- Dan Uggla, American baseball player
- Elton Brand, American basketball player
- Fred Jones, American basketball player
- Benji Madden, American singer-songwriter and guitarist
- Joel Madden, American singer-songwriter and producer
- Didier Drogba, Ivorian footballer
- Albert Luque, Spanish footballer
- Becky Hammon, American-Russian basketball player and coach
- Thomas Gravesen, Danish footballer
- Bobby Abreu, Venezuelan baseball player
- Terrence Howard, American actor and producer
- Soraya, Colombian-American singer-songwriter, guitarist, and producer (d. 2006)
- John Barrowman, Scottish-American actor and singer
- Brad Carson, American lawyer and politician
- John Thompson III, American basketball player and coach
- Nigel Adkins, English footballer and manager
- Jesse Jackson, Jr., American lawyer and politician
- Jenny Packham, English fashion designer
- Vinnie Paul, American drummer, songwriter and producer (d. 2018)
- Shane Richie, English actor and singer
- Gary Barnett, English footballer and manager
- Alex Kingston, English actress
- David LaChapelle, American photographer and director
- Matt Mead, American politician, Governor of Wyoming
- Elias Koteas, Canadian actor
- Bruce Watson, Canadian-Scottish guitarist
- Warwick Taylor, New Zealand rugby player
- Nina Hartley, American pornographic actress/director, sex educator, sex-positive feminist, and author
- Anissa Jones, American child actress (d. 1976)
- Willie Banks, American triple jumper
- Helen Rollason, English sports journalist and sportscaster (d. 1999)
- Leslie Cliff, Canadian swimmer
- Nina Hagen, German singer-songwriter
- David Newman, American composer and conductor
- Gale Norton, American politician, 48th United States Secretary of the Interior
- Derek Daly, Irish-American race car driver and sportscaster
- Jimmy Iovine, American record producer and businessman, co-founded Beats Electronics
- Bernie LaBarge, Canadian singer-songwriter and guitarist
- Douglas Adams, English author and playwright (d. 2001)
- Dominique Sanda, French model and actress
- Bobby McFerrin, American singer-songwriter, producer, and conductor
- Jerry Zucker, American director, producer, and screenwriter
- Tristan Murail, French composer and educator
- Dock Ellis, American baseball player and coach (d. 2008)
- Harvey Mandel, American guitarist
- Arturo Merzario, Italian race car driver
- Alberto Cortez, Argentinian-Spanish singer-songwriter (d. 2019)
- Antonin Scalia, American lawyer and jurist, Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States (d. 2016)
- Sam Donaldson, American journalist
- Leroy Jenkins, American violinist and composer (d. 2007)
- Nigel Lawson, English journalist and politician, Chancellor of the Exchequer
- Rupert Murdoch, Australian-American businessman and media magnate
- David Gentleman, English illustrator and engraver
- Claude Jutra, Canadian actor, director and screenwriter (d. 1986)
- Timothy Carey, American actor, director, producer, and screenwriter (d. 1994)
- Jackie McGlew, South African cricketer (d. 1998)
- Freda Meissner-Blau, Austrian activist and politician (d. 2015)
- Robert Mosbacher, American businessman, and politician, United States Secretary of Commerce (d. 2010)
- Josep Maria Subirachs, Spanish sculptor and painter (d. 2014)
- Ralph Abernathy, American minister and activist (d. 1990)
- Margaret Oakley Dayhoff, American biochemist and academic (d. 1983)
- Louise Brough, American tennis player (d. 2014)
- Cornelius Castoriadis, Greek economist and philosopher (d. 1997)
- Abdul Razak Hussein, Malaysian lawyer and politician, Prime Minister of Malaysia (d. 1976)
- José Luis López Vázquez, Spanish actor and director (d. 2009)
- Astor Piazzolla, Argentine tango composer and bandoneon player (d. 1992)
- Nicolaas Bloembergen, Dutch-American physicist and academic, Nobel Prize laureate (d. 2017)
- Harold Wilson, English academic and politician, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom (d. 1995)
- Vijay Hazare, Indian cricketer (d. 2004)
- J. C. R. Licklider, American computer scientist and psychologist (d. 1990)
- Wolf-Dietrich Wilcke, German colonel and pilot (d. 1944)
- Sir Fitzroy Maclean, 1st Baronet, Scottish general and politician (d. 1996)
- Robert Havemann, German chemist and academic (d. 1982)
- Matti Sippala, Finnish javelin thrower (d. 1997)
- Jessie Matthews, English actress, singer, and dancer (d. 1981)
- Ronald Syme, New Zealand historian and scholar (d. 1989)
- Lawrence Welk, American accordion player and bandleader (d. 1992)
- Frederick IX of Denmark (d. 1972)
- James H. Douglas, Jr., American lawyer, and politician, United States Deputy Secretary of Defense (d. 1988)
- Dorothy Gish, American actress (d. 1968)
- Henry Cowell, American pianist and composer (d. 1965)
- Wanda Gág, American author and illustrator (d. 1946)
- Vannevar Bush, American engineer and academic (d. 1974)
- Raoul Walsh, American actor and director (d. 1980)
- Malcolm Campbell, English race car driver (d. 1948)
- Lewi Pethrus, Swedish minister and hymn-writer (d. 1974)
- Harry H. Laughlin, American eugenicist and sociologist (d. 1943)
- Carl Ruggles, American composer and painter (d. 1971)
- Louis Bachelier, French mathematician and theorist (d. 1946)
- Andrew Stoddart, English cricketer and rugby player (d. 1915)
- Joseph Louis François Bertrand, French mathematician, economist, and academic (d. 1900)
- Henry Tate, English businessman and philanthropist, founded Tate & Lyle (d. 1899)
- Marius Petipa, French-Russian dancer and choreographer (d. 1910)
- Anna Bochkoltz, German operatic soprano, voice teacher and composer (d. 1879)
- Urbain Le Verrier, French mathematician and astronomer (d. 1877)
- Louis Boulanger, French Romantic painter, lithographer and illustrator (d. 1867)
- John McLean, American jurist and politician (d. 1861)
- Benjamin Tupper, American general (d. 1792)
- Torquato Tasso, Italian poet and educator (d. 1595)
- Mary of Woodstock, daughter of Edward I of England (d. c.1332)
Deaths On This Day
- Mary Rosenblum, American science fiction and mystery author (b. 1952)
- Iolanda Balaș, Romanian high jumper (b. 1936)
- Doreen Massey, English geographer and political activist (b. 1944)
- Walter Burkert, German philologist and scholar (b. 1931)
- Jimmy Greenspoon, American singer-songwriter and keyboard player (b. 1948)
- Dean Bailey, Australian footballer and coach (b. 1967)
- Joel Brinkley, American journalist and academic (b. 1952)
- Martin Adolf Bormann, German priest and theologian (b. 1930)
- Simón Alberto Consalvi, Venezuelan journalist and politician, Minister of Foreign Affairs for Venezuela (b. 1927)
- James B. Morehead, American colonel and pilot (b. 1916)
- Hans van Mierlo, Dutch politician, Deputy Prime Minister of the Netherlands (b. 1931)
- Betty Hutton, American actress and singer (b. 1921)
- Bernie Geoffrion, Canadian ice hockey player and coach (b. 1931)
- Slobodan Milošević, Serbian lawyer and politician, 3rd President of the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia (b. 1941)
- James Tobin, American economist, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1918)
- Herbert Jasper, Canadian psychologist, anatomist, and neurologist (b. 1906)
- Camille Laurin, Canadian psychiatrist and politician (b. 1922)
- Vince Edwards, American actor and director (b. 1928)
- Myfanwy Talog, Welsh actress and singer (b. 1945)
- Richard Brooks, American director, producer, and screenwriter (b. 1912)
- James Kee, American lawyer and politician (b. 1917)
- John J. McCloy, American lawyer and diplomat (b. 1895)
- Sonny Terry, American singer and harmonica player (b. 1911)
- Gladys Pearl Baker, American film editor and mother of actress Marilyn Monroe (b. 1902)
- Edmund Cooper, English poet and author (b. 1926)
- Horace Gregory, American poet, translator, and academic (b. 1898)
- Philo Farnsworth, American inventor (b. 1906)
- Whitney Young, American activist (b. 1921)
- Erle Stanley Gardner, American lawyer and author (b. 1889)
- John Wyndham, English author (b. 1903)
- Geraldine Farrar, American soprano and actress (b. 1882)
- Roy Chapman Andrews, American paleontologist and explorer (b. 1884)
- Lester Dent, American author (b. 1904)
- Richard E. Byrd, American admiral and explorer (b. 1888)
- Alexander Fleming, Scottish biologist, pharmacologist, and botanist, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1881)
- Oscar F. Mayer, German-American businessman, founded Oscar Mayer (b. 1859)
- Pierre Renoir, French actor and director (b. 1885)
- Henri Giraud, French general and politician (b. 1879)
- Hendrik Willem van Loon, Dutch-American journalist and historian (b. 1882)
- Edgar Zilsel, Austrian historian and philosopher of science, linked to the Vienna Circle (b. 1891)
- Joseph S. Cullinan, American businessman, co-founded Texaco (b. 1860)
- F. W. Murnau, German-American director, producer, and screenwriter (b. 1888)
- Thomas Alexander Browne, English-Australian author (b. 1826)
- Edmondo De Amicis, Italian journalist and author (b. 1846)
- Benjamin Waugh, English minister and activist (b. 1839)
- Jean Casimir-Perier, French lawyer and politician, 6th President of France (b. 1847)
- William Rosecrans, American general and politician (b. 1819)
- Charles Sumner, American lawyer and politician (b. 1811)
- Moshoeshoe I of Lesotho (b. 1786)
- Vladimir Odoyevsky, Russian philosopher and critic (b. 1803)
- Sir James Outram, 1st Baronet, English general (b. 1803)
- Marie-Louise Coidavid, Queen of Haiti (b. 1778)
- George McDuffie, American lawyer and politician, 55th Governor of South Carolina (b. 1790)
- Benjamin West, American-English painter and academic (b. 1738)
- John Forbes, Scottish general (b. 1707)
- John Toland, Irish philosopher and theorist (b. 1670)
- Clemente Tabone, Maltese landowner and militia member (b. c. 1575)
- Giovanni Maria Nanino, Italian composer and educator (b. 1543)
- Emilio de' Cavalieri, Italian organist and composer (b. 1550)
- Matthias Flacius, Croatian theologian and reformer (b. 1520)
- Donato Bramante, Italian architect, designed the San Pietro in Montorio (b. 1444)
- Albrecht III Achilles, Elector of Brandenburg (b. 1414)
- Marie of France, Countess of Champagne (b. 1145)
- Sophronius of Jerusalem (b. 560)
- Elagabalus, Roman emperor (b. 203)