On This Day in History

March 21

March 21 is the 80th day of the year (81st in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. 285 days remain until the end of the year.

Lottery News On This Day

2024
$1.7 billion in combined jackpots, as USA multi-state lottery games peak together. Lottery players across the United States are buying multi-state lottery tickets at a furious pace, driving up the Mega Millions and Powerball jackpots simultaneously to a massive $1.7 billion in total.
2023
Iowa Lottery retailer accuses store manager of buying ticket he knew won $100,000. A store manager was fired from his job after a lottery retailer had found that he had bought a winning lottery ticket he knew was worth $100,000.
2021
Michigan man in disbelief after winning $300,000 lottery prize. A Michigan man in complete shock from winning $300,000 from a scratch-off needed a second pair of eyes to make sure that he was seeing his ticket correctly.
2020
Coronavirus has brought casino industry 'to a near standstill'. The Covid-19 coronavirus has effectively quarantined the nation's gaming industry.
2019
$625 MILLION: Powerball lottery jackpot soars on rollover. After a 24th-consecutive drawing without a winner, the Powerball multi-state lottery game now features a jackpot that will provide multi-generational wealth to the lucky player who eventually wins it all.
2017
Russian slot machine hackers add new targets, group told. An international syndicate of Russian hackers that cashed out millions from slots in U.S. casinos over the years is focusing its efforts on South America and Europe after busts in Missouri and Singapore.
2013
$320 MILLION: Powerball lottery jackpot goes through the roof. The new high-water mark of $320 million for the current Powerball jackpot is the 13th-largest US jackpot ever, and was achieved after no winning tickets were sold for Wednesday night's $260 million grand prize.
2012
$290 MILLION: Mega Millions lottery jackpot rolls again. With a cash value that has crossed into $200+ million territory, this is the time when both lottery regulars and casual players jump in with both feet.
2006
N.C. Lottery lawsuit dismissed. A Superior Court judge ruled today that the lottery legislation is not a tax, and threw out a lawsuit challenging how lawmakers created the state lottery.
2006
N.C. Lottery in court. Just 10 days before the first scratch-off tickets go on sale in North Carolina, lawyers argued yesterday about whether legislators followed proper procedure when they adopted a state lottery last year, and they asked a judge to block the lottery's start March 30.

Top 25 Lottery Jackpots On This Day

1.$977 Million
Multi-State
Mega Millions
Draw Date
Mar 22, 2024
2.$758.1 Million
Multi-State
Powerball
Draw Date
Mar 23, 2024
3.$638.8 Million
Multi-State
Powerball
Draw Date
Mar 23, 2019
4.$421 Million
Multi-State
Mega Millions
Draw Date
Mar 23, 2018
5.$338.3 Million
Multi-State
Powerball
Draw Date
Mar 23, 2013
6.$290 Million
Multi-State
Mega Millions
Draw Date
Mar 23, 2012
7.$272 Million
Multi-State
Mega Millions
Draw Date
Mar 21, 2023
8.$244 Million
Multi-State
Mega Millions
Draw Date
Mar 22, 2011
9.$221 Million
Multi-State
Powerball
Draw Date
Mar 24, 2021
10.€175.34 Million
US$193.15 Million
Draw Date
Mar 22, 2022
11.€133 Million
US$187.81 Million
Multi-Country
Euro Millions
Draw Date
Mar 25, 2011
12.$157.1 Million
Multi-State
Powerball
Draw Date
Mar 21, 2022
13.$156.2 Million
Multi-State
Powerball
Draw Date
Mar 22, 2017
14.€125.47 Million
US$148.96 Million
Draw Date
Mar 23, 2021
15.€117.21 Million
US$144.48 Million
Draw Date
Mar 22, 2018
16.€123.02 Million
US$140.02 Million
Draw Date
Mar 21, 2019
17.$140 Million
Multi-State
Powerball
Draw Date
Mar 21, 2020
17.$140 Million
Multi-State
Mega Millions
Draw Date
Mar 21, 2017
19.€100 Million
US$129.6 Million
Multi-Country
Euro Millions
Draw Date
Mar 22, 2013
20.$122 Million
Multi-State
Mega Millions
Draw Date
Mar 23, 2021
21.€97 Million
US$115.16 Million
Multi-Country
Euro Millions
Draw Date
Mar 23, 2021
22.$101 Million
Multi-State
Powerball
Draw Date
Mar 23, 2011
22.$101 Million
Multi-State
Powerball
Draw Date
Mar 22, 2006
22.$101 Million
Multi-State
Mega Millions
Draw Date
Mar 24, 2020
25.€88 Million
US$97.02 Million
Multi-Country
EuroJackpot
Draw Date
Mar 27, 2020

Lottery Post Member Birthdays On This Day

1994
Monday, Mar 21, 1994
30 years old
1990
Wednesday, Mar 21, 1990
34 years old
1986
Friday, Mar 21, 1986
38 years old
1983
Monday, Mar 21, 1983
41 years old
1976
Sunday, Mar 21, 1976
48 years old
1976
Sunday, Mar 21, 1976
48 years old
1974
Thursday, Mar 21, 1974
50 years old
1966
Monday, Mar 21, 1966
58 years old
1964
Saturday, Mar 21, 1964
60 years old
1963
Thursday, Mar 21, 1963
61 years old
1950
Tuesday, Mar 21, 1950
74 years old
1950
Tuesday, Mar 21, 1950
74 years old
1950
Tuesday, Mar 21, 1950
74 years old
1942
Saturday, Mar 21, 1942
82 years old
1942
Saturday, Mar 21, 1942
82 years old
1942
Saturday, Mar 21, 1942
82 years old
1936
Saturday, Mar 21, 1936
88 years old
(year not provided)
(year not provided)

Worldwide Events On This Day

2022
China Eastern Airlines Flight 5735 crashes in Guangxi, China, killing 132 people.
2019
The 2019 Xiangshui chemical plant explosion occurs, killing at least 47 people and injuring 640 others.
2006
The social media site X (former Twitter) is founded.
2000
Pope John Paul II makes his first ever pontifical visit to Israel.
1999
Bertrand Piccard and Brian Jones become the first to circumnavigate the Earth in a hot air balloon.
1994
The United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change enters into force.
1990
Namibia becomes independent after 75 years of South African rule.
1989
Transbrasil Flight 801 crashes into a slum near São Paulo/Guarulhos International Airport, killing 25 people.
1986
Debi Thomas became the first African American to win the World Figure Skating Championships
1983
The first cases of the 1983 West Bank fainting epidemic begin; Israelis and Palestinians accuse each other of poison gas, but the cause is later determined mostly to be psychosomatic.
1980
Cold War: American President Jimmy Carter announces a United States boycott of the 1980 Summer Olympics in Moscow to protest the Soviet-Afghan War.
1970
The first Earth Day proclamation is issued by Joseph Alioto, Mayor of San Francisco.
1970
San Diego Comic-Con, the largest pop and culture festival in the world, hosts its inaugural event.
1968
Battle of Karameh in Jordan between the Israel Defense Forces and the combined forces of the Jordanian Armed Forces and PLO.
1965
Ranger program: NASA launches Ranger 9, the last in a series of uncrewed lunar space probes.
1965
Martin Luther King Jr. leads 3,200 people on the start of the third and finally successful civil rights march from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama.
1963
Alcatraz Federal Penitentiary closes.
1960
Apartheid: Sharpeville massacre, South Africa: Police open fire on a group of black South African demonstrators, killing 69 and wounding 180.
1952
Alan Freed presents the Moondog Coronation Ball, the first rock and roll concert, in Cleveland, Ohio.
1946
The Los Angeles Rams sign Kenny Washington, making him the first African American player in professional American football since 1933.
1945
World War II: British troops liberate Mandalay, Burma.
1945
World War II: Operation Carthage: Royal Air Force planes bomb Gestapo headquarters in Copenhagen, Denmark. They also accidentally hit a school, killing 125 civilians.
1945
World War II: Bulgaria and the Soviet Union successfully complete their defense of the north bank of the Drava River as the Battle of the Transdanubian Hills concludes.
1943
Wehrmacht officer Rudolf von Gersdorff plots to assassinate Adolf Hitler by using a suicide bomb, but the plan falls through; von Gersdorff is able to defuse the bomb in time and avoid suspicion.
1937
Ponce massacre: Nineteen unarmed civilians in Ponce, Puerto Rico are gunned down by police in a terrorist attack ordered by the US-appointed Governor, Blanton Winship.
1935
Shah of Iran Reza Shah Pahlavi formally asks the international community to call Persia by its native name, Iran.
1928
Charles Lindbergh is presented with the Medal of Honor for the first solo trans-Atlantic flight.
1925
The Butler Act prohibits the teaching of human evolution in Tennessee.
1925
Syngman Rhee is removed from office after being impeached as the President of the Provisional Government of the Republic of Korea.
1921
The New Economic Policy is implemented by the Bolshevik Party in response to the economic failure as a result of war communism.
1919
The Hungarian Soviet Republic is established becoming the first Communist government to be formed in Europe after the October Revolution in Russia.
1918
World War I: The first phase of the German spring offensive, Operation Michael, begins.
1871
Otto von Bismarck is appointed as the first Chancellor of the German Empire.
1871
Journalist Henry Morton Stanley begins his trek to find the missionary and explorer David Livingstone.
1861
Alexander H. Stephens gives the Cornerstone Speech.
1844
The Baháʼí calendar begins. This is the first day of the first year of the Baháʼí calendar. It is annually celebrated by members of the Baháʼí Faith as the Baháʼí New Year or Náw-Rúz.
1821
Greek War of Independence: Greek revolutionaries seize Kalavryta.
1814
Napoleonic Wars: Austrian forces repel French troops in the Battle of Arcis-sur-Aube.
1804
Code Napoléon is adopted as French civil law.
1801
The Battle of Alexandria is fought between British and French forces near the ruins of Nicopolis near Alexandria in Egypt.
1800
With the church leadership driven out of Rome during an armed conflict, Pius VII is crowned Pope in Venice with a temporary papal tiara made of papier-mâché.
1788
A fire in New Orleans leaves most of the town in ruins.
1556
On the day of his execution in Oxford, former archbishop of Canterbury Thomas Cranmer deviates from the scripted sermon by renouncing the recantations he has made and adds, "And as for the pope, I refuse him, as Christ's enemy, and Antichrist with all his false doctrine."
1180
Emperor Antoku accedes to the throne of Japan.
1152
Annulment of the marriage of King Louis VII of France and Queen Eleanor of Aquitaine.
717
Battle of Vincy between Charles Martel and Ragenfrid.
630
Emperor Heraclius returns the True Cross, one of the holiest Christian relics, to Jerusalem.
537
Siege of Rome: King Vitiges attempts to assault the northern and eastern city walls, but is repulsed at the Praenestine Gate, known as the Vivarium, by the defenders under the Byzantine generals Bessas and Peranius.

Births On This Day

2007
Ethan Nwaneri, English footballer
2003
Abbi Pulling, English racing driver
2000
Jace Norman, American actor
1998
Miles Bridges, American basketball player
1997
Nat Phillips, English footballer
1997
Martina Stoessel, Argentine actress
1996
Aurora Mikalsen, Norwegian footballer
1995
RJ Cyler, American actor
1995
Mirco Müller, Swiss ice hockey player
1994
Jasmin Savoy Brown, American actress
1993
Sven Andrighetto, Swiss ice hockey player
1993
Jake Bidwell, English footballer
1993
Jesse Joronen, Finnish footballer
1993
Frankie Montas, Dominican baseball player
1992
Lehlogonolo Masalesa, South African footballer
1992
Chiney Ogwumike, American basketball player
1992
Karolína Plíšková, Czech tennis player
1992
Kristýna Plíšková, Czech tennis player
1991
Luke Chapman, English footballer
1991
Antoine Griezmann, French footballer
1990
Mandy Capristo, German singer-songwriter and dancer
1990
Ryann Krais, American runner and heptathlete
1990
Darius Miller, American basketball player
1990
Alex Nimo, Liberian-American soccer player
1989
Jordi Alba, Spanish footballer
1989
Nicolás Lodeiro, Uruguayan footballer
1989
Takeru Satoh, Japanese actor
1988
Solomon Alabi, Nigerian basketball player
1988
Kateřina Čechová, Czech sprinter
1988
Erik Johnson, American ice hockey player
1988
Eric Krüger, German sprinter
1988
Michael Madl, Austrian footballer
1987
Carlos Carrasco, Venezuelan baseball pitcher
1986
Romanos Alyfantis, Greek swimmer
1986
Scott Eastwood, American actor
1986
Nikoleta Kyriakopoulou, Greek pole vaulter
1986
Michu, Spanish footballer
1985
Ryan Callahan, American ice hockey player
1985
Sonequa Martin-Green, American actress
1985
Adrian Peterson, American football player
1984
Tarence Kinsey, American basketball player
1984
Guillermo Daniel Rodríguez, Uruguayan footballer
1983
Jean Ondoa, Cameroonian footballer
1983
Lucila Pascua, Spanish basketball player
1982
Maria Elena Camerin, Italian tennis player
1982
Ejegayehu Dibaba, Ethiopian runner
1982
Aaron Hill, American baseball player
1982
Colin Turkington, Northern Irish race car driver
1981
Sébastien Chavanel, French cyclist
1981
Germano, Brazilian footballer
1980
Goran Bezina, Swiss ice hockey player
1980
Marit Bjørgen, Norwegian skier
1980
Lee Jin, South Korean singer and actress
1980
Ronaldinho, Brazilian footballer
1980
Deryck Whibley, Canadian singer-songwriter, guitarist, and producer
1978
Sally Barsosio, Kenyan runner
1978
Charmaine Dragun, Australian journalist (d. 2007)
1978
Kevin Federline, American dancer and television personality
1978
Cristian Guzmán, Dominican baseball player
1978
Joyce Jimenez, Filipino movie and TV actress
1978
Mohammad Rezaei, Iranian wrestler
1977
Bruno Cirillo, Italian footballer
1977
Jamie Delgado, English tennis player
1976
Rachael MacFarlane, American voice actress and singer
1976
Bamboo Mañalac, Filipino singer-songwriter and guitarist
1976
Tekin Sazlog, German-Turkish footballer
1975
Michale Graves, American singer-songwriter
1975
Corné Krige, South African rugby player
1975
Fabricio Oberto, Argentinian-Italian basketball player
1975
Vitaly Potapenko, Ukrainian basketball player and coach
1975
Mark Williams, Welsh snooker player
1974
Laura Allen, American actress
1974
Rhys Darby, New Zealand comedian and actor
1974
Dejima Takeharu, Japanese sumo wrestler
1973
Ananda Lewis, American television host
1973
Stuart Nethercott, English footballer and manager
1973
Large Professor, American rapper and producer
1972
Chris Candido, American wrestler (d. 2005)
1972
Balázs Kiss, Hungarian hammer thrower
1972
Boris Mironov, Russian ice hockey player
1972
Derartu Tulu, Ethiopian runner
1972
Graeme Welch, English cricketer
1971
Zsolt Kürtösi, Hungarian decathlete
1970
Shiho Niiyama, Japanese voice actress (d. 2000)
1970
Cenk Uygur, Turkish-American political activist
1969
Jonah Goldberg, American journalist and author
1968
Cameron Clyne, Australian businessman
1968
Andrew Copeland, American singer and musician
1968
Greg Ellis, English actor, producer, and screenwriter
1968
Johan Garpenlöv, Swedish ice hockey player
1968
Tolunay Kafkas, Turkish footballer and manager
1968
Gary Walsh, English footballer and coach
1968
Scott Williams, American basketball player and sportscaster
1967
Jonas Berggren, Swedish singer-songwriter, musician, and producer
1967
Carwyn Jones, Welsh lawyer and politician, First Minister of Wales
1967
Maxim, English musician and songwriter
1967
Mirela Rupic, American costume and fashion designer
1966
Benito Archundia, Mexican footballer, referee, lawyer, and economist
1966
Hauke Fuhlbrügge, German runner
1966
Al Iafrate, American ice hockey player
1966
Moa Matthis, Swedish author
1966
Matthew Maynard, English cricketer and coach
1966
DJ Premier, American DJ and producer
1965
Xavier Bertrand, French businessman and politician, French Minister of Social Affairs
1965
Thomas Frank, American author, historian and political analyst
1965
Cynthia Geary, American actress
1964
Ieuan Evans, Welsh rugby player
1964
Jesper Skibby, Danish cyclist
1963
Shawon Dunston, American baseball player
1963
Ronald Koeman, Dutch footballer and manager
1963
Shawn Lane, American guitarist, songwriter, and producer (d. 2003)
1963
Share Pedersen, American bass player
1962
Matthew Broderick, American actor
1962
Kathy Greenwood, Canadian actress and screenwriter
1962
Rosie O'Donnell, American actress, producer, and talk show host
1962
Mark Waid, American author
1961
Kassie DePaiva, American actress
1961
Lothar Matthäus, German footballer and manager
1961
Gary O'Reilly, English footballer
1961
Kim Turner, American hurdler
1960
Benito T. de Leon, Filipino general
1960
Marwan Farhat, Syrian actor and voice actor
1960
Raivo Puusepp, Estonian architect
1960
Ayrton Senna, Brazilian race car driver (d. 1994)
1960
Robert Sweet, American drummer and producer
1959
Sarah Jane Morris, English singer-songwriter
1959
Yuval Rotem, Israeli diplomat
1959
Nobuo Uematsu, Japanese keyboard player and composer
1958
Marlies Göhr, German sprinter
1958
Brad Hall, American comedian, director, and screenwriter
1958
Gary Oldman, English actor, filmmaker, musician, and author
1956
Dick Beardsley, American runner
1956
Guy Chadwick, German-English singer-songwriter and guitarist
1956
Richard H. Kirk, English guitarist, keyboard player, composer, and producer (d. 2021)
1956
Ingrid Kristiansen, Norwegian runner
1955
Fadi Abboud, Lebanese economist and politician
1955
Bob Bennett, American singer-songwriter and guitarist
1955
Jair Bolsonaro, Brazilian politician and retired military officer, 38th President of Brazil
1955
Dimitrios Papadimoulis, Greek politician
1955
Bärbel Wöckel, German sprinter
1954
Prayut Chan-o-cha, Thai politician, Prime Minister of Thailand
1954
Mike Dunleavy Sr., American basketball player, coach, and executive
1954
Steve Sheppard, American basketball player
1953
Steve Furber, English computer scientist and academic
1953
Paul Martin Lester, American photographer, author, and educator
1953
David Wisniewski, English-American author and illustrator (d. 2002)
1951
Conrad Lozano, American bass player
1951
Russell Thompkins Jr., American singer-songwriter
1950
Roger Hodgson, English singer-songwriter and keyboard player
1950
Sergey Lavrov, Russian politician and diplomat, Russian Minister of Foreign Affairs
1950
Ron Oden, American minister and politician, 19th Mayor of Palm Springs
1949
Alvin Kallicharran, Guyanese cricketer and coach
1949
Andy Love, Scottish-English politician
1949
Eddie Money, American singer-songwriter and guitarist (d. 2019)
1949
Slavoj Žižek, Slovenian sociologist, philosopher, and academic
1948
Scott Fahlman, American computer scientist and academic
1947
George Johnston, Scottish footballer
1946
Timothy Dalton, Welsh-English actor
1946
Ray Dorset, English singer-songwriter and guitarist
1946
Joseph Mitsuaki Takami, Japanese cardinal
1945
Anthony Grabiner, Baron Grabiner, English lawyer
1945
Charles Greene, American sprinter and coach
1945
Rose Stone, American singer-songwriter and keyboard player
1944
Marie-Christine Barrault, French actress
1944
Janet Daley, American-English journalist and author
1944
Hideki Ishima, Japanese guitarist
1944
Mike Jackson, English general
1944
David Lindley, American guitarist, songwriter, and producer (d. 2023)
1943
István Gyulai, Hungarian sprinter and sportscaster (d. 2006)
1943
Hartmut Haenchen, German conductor
1943
Vivian Stanshall, English singer-songwriter, guitarist, and painter (d. 1995)
1942
Françoise Dorléac, French actress (d. 1967)
1942
Amina Claudine Myers, American singer-songwriter and pianist
1942
Kostas Politis, Greek basketball player and coach (d. 2018)
1942
Patcha Ramachandra Rao, Indian metallurgist, educator and administrator (d. 2010)
1940
Solomon Burke, American singer-songwriter (d. 2010)
1940
Andrea Elle, German bicyclist
1939
Kathleen Widdoes, American actress
1938
Michael Foreman, English author and illustrator
1938
Grahame Thomas, Australian cricketer
1937
Ann Clwyd, Welsh journalist and politician, Shadow Secretary of State for Wales (d. 2023)
1937
Tom Flores, American football player and coach
1937
Pierre-Jean Rémy, French diplomat and author (d. 2010)
1936
Ed Broadbent, Canadian pilot and politician (d. 2024)
1936
Mike Westbrook, English pianist and composer
1935
Brian Clough, English footballer and manager (d. 2004)
1934
Al Freeman, Jr., American actor and director (d. 2012)
1933
John Hall, English businessman
1933
Michael Heseltine, Welsh businessman and politician, Deputy Prime Minister of the United Kingdom
1932
Walter Gilbert, American physicist and chemist, Nobel Prize laureate
1932
Joseph Silverstein, American violinist and conductor (d. 2015)
1931
Clark L. Brundin, American-English engineer and academic (d. 2021)
1931
Catherine Gibson, Scottish swimmer (d. 2013)
1931
Toyonobori, Japanese sumo wrestler (d. 1998)
1931
Al Williamson, American illustrator (d. 2010)
1930
James Coco, American actor (d. 1987)
1930
Otis Spann, American blues pianist, singer and composer (d. 1970)
1929
Maurice Catarcio, American wrestler (d. 2005)
1928
Surya Bahadur Thapa, Nepalese politician, 24th Prime Minister of Nepal (d. 2015)
1927
Halton Arp, American-German astronomer and critic (d. 2013)
1927
Hans-Dietrich Genscher, German soldier and politician, Vice-Chancellor of Germany (d. 2016)
1926
André Delvaux, Belgian director and screenwriter (d. 2002)
1925
Harold Ashby, American saxophonist (d. 2003)
1925
Peter Brook, English-French director and producer (d. 2022)
1925
Hugo Koblet, Swiss cyclist (d. 1964)
1924
Philip Abbott, American actor (d. 1998)
1924
Dov Shilansky, Lithuanian-Israeli lawyer and politician (d. 2010)
1923
Louis-Edmond Hamelin, Canadian geographer, author, and academic (d. 2020)
1923
Rezső Nyers, Hungarian politician (d. 2018)
1923
Nizar Qabbani, Syrian poet, publisher, and diplomat (d. 1998)
1923
Nirmala Srivastava, Indian religious leader, founded Sahaja Yoga (d. 2011)
1922
Russ Meyer, American director, producer, and screenwriter (d. 2004)
1921
Arthur Grumiaux, Belgian violinist and pianist (d. 1986)
1921
Antony Hopkins, English pianist, composer, and conductor (d. 2014)
1920
Manolis Chiotis, Greek singer-songwriter and bouzouki player (d. 1970)
1920
Éric Rohmer, French director, film critic, journalist, novelist and screenwriter (d. 2010)
1919
Douglas Warren, Australian bishop (d. 2013)
1918
Patrick Lucey, American captain and politician, 38th Governor of Wisconsin (d. 2014)
1918
Charles Thompson, American pianist and composer (d. 2016)
1917
Frank Hardy, Australian journalist, author, and playwright (d. 1994)
1916
Bismillah Khan, Indian shehnai player (d. 2006)
1916
Ken Wharton, English race car driver (d. 1957)
1914
Paul Tortelier, French cellist and composer (d. 1990)
1913
George Abecassis, English race car driver and pilot (d. 1991)
1913
Guillermo Haro, Mexican astronomer (d. 1988)
1912
André Laurendeau, Canadian journalist, playwright, and politician (d. 1968)
1911
Walter Lincoln Hawkins, American scientist and inventor (d. 1992)
1910
Julio Gallo, American businessman, co-founded E & J Gallo Winery (d. 1993)
1910
Muhammad Siddiq Khan, Bangladeshi librarian and educator (d. 1978)
1909
Harry Lane, English footballer (d. 1977)
1907
Zoltán Kemény, Hungarian sculptor (d. 1965)
1906
André Filho, Brazilian musician and songwriter (d. 1974)
1906
John D. Rockefeller III, American philanthropist (d. 1978)
1906
Jim Thompson, American businessman (d. 1967)
1905
Phyllis McGinley, American author and poet (d. 1978)
1904
Jehane Benoît, Canadian journalist and author (d. 1987)
1904
Forrest Mars, Sr., American candy maker, created M&M's and Mars bar (d. 1999)
1904
Nikos Skalkottas, Greek violinist and composer (d. 1949)
1902
Son House, American blues singer-songwriter and guitarist (d. 1988)
1901
Karl Arnold, German businessman and politician, President of the German Bundesrat (d. 1958)
1899
Panagiotis Pipinelis, Greek politician, Prime Minister of Greece (d. 1970)
1897
Sim Gokkes, Dutch composer and conductor (d. 1943)
1897
Salvador Lutteroth, Mexican wrestling promoter, founded Consejo Mundial de Lucha Libre (d. 1987)
1896
Friedrich Waismann, Austrian mathematician, physicist, and philosopher from the Vienna Circle (d. 1959)
1894
Hannah Ryggen, Norwegian textile artist (d. 1970)
1889
Jock Sutherland, American football player and coach (d. 1948)
1887
Clarice Beckett, Australian painter (d. 1935)
1887
Lajos Kassák, Hungarian poet, novelist and painter (d. 1967)
1887
M. N. Roy, Indian philosopher and politician (d. 1954)
1886
Walter Dray, American pole vaulter (d. 1973)
1885
Pierre Renoir, French actor and director (d. 1952)
1884
George David Birkhoff, American mathematician (d. 1944)
1882
Aleksander Kesküla, Estonian politician (d. 1963)
1880
Broncho Billy Anderson, American actor, director, and producer (d. 1971)
1880
Hans Hofmann, German-American painter and academic (d. 1966)
1878
Morris H. Whitehouse, American architect (d. 1944)
1877
Maurice Farman, French race car driver and pilot (d. 1964)
1876
Walter Tewksbury, American runner and hurdler (d. 1968)
1874
Alfred Tysoe, English runner (d. 1901)
1869
David Robertson, Scottish-English golfer and rugby player (d. 1937)
1867
Florenz Ziegfeld, Jr., American director and producer (d. 1932)
1866
Antonia Maury, American astronomer and astrophysicist (d. 1952)
1865
George Owen Squier, American general (d. 1934)
1859
Daria Pratt, American golfer (d. 1938)
1857
Alice Henry, Australian journalist and activist (d. 1943)
1854
Alick Bannerman, Australian cricketer and coach (d. 1924)
1839
Modest Mussorgsky, Russian pianist and composer (d. 1881)
1835
Thomas Hayward, English cricketer (d. 1876)
1831
Dorothea Beale, English suffragist, educational reformer and author (d. 1906)
1825
Alexander Mozhaysky, Russian soldier and engineer (d. 1890)
1811
Nathaniel Woodard, English priest and educator (d. 1891)
1806
Benito Juárez, Mexican lawyer and politician, 25th President of Mexico (d. 1872)
1802
Augusta Waddington, Welsh writer and patron of the arts (d. 1896)
1779
José Bernardo de Tagle y Portocarrero, Marquis of Torre Tagle, Peruvian soldier and politician, 2nd President of Peru (d. 1825)
1768
Joseph Fourier, French mathematician and physicist (d. 1830)
1763
Jean Paul, German journalist and author (d. 1825)
1752
Mary Dixon Kies, American inventor (d. 1837)
1716
Josef Seger, Bohemian organist, composer, and educator (d. 1782)
1713
Francis Lewis, Welsh-American merchant and politician (d. 1803)
1685
Johann Sebastian Bach, German Baroque composer and musician (d. 1750)
1672
Stefano Benedetto Pallavicino, Italian poet and translator (d. 1742)
1626
Peter of Saint Joseph Betancur, Spanish saint and missionary (d. 1667)
1557
Anne Howard, Countess of Arundel, English countess and poet (d. 1630)
1555
John Leveson, English politician (d. 1615)
1527
Hermann Finck, German composer and educator (d. 1558)
1521
Maurice, Elector of Saxony (d. 1553)
1501
Anne Brooke, Baroness Cobham, English noble (d. 1558)
1474
Angela Merici, Italian educator and saint (d. 1540)
927
Emperor Taizu of Song (d. 976)

Deaths On This Day

2023
Willis Reed, a former NBA basketball player (b. 1942)
2021
Nawal El Saadawi, Egyptian secularist, feminist (b. 1931)
2019
Victor Hochhauser CBE, British music promoter (b. 1923)
2019
Gonzalo Portocarrero, Peruvian sociologist (b. 1949)
2017
Chuck Barris, American game show host and producer (b. 1929)
2017
Colin Dexter, English author (b. 1930)
2017
Martin McGuinness, Irish republican and deputy First Minister of Northern Ireland (b. 1950)
2017
Mike Hall, British cyclist (b. 1981)
2015
Ishaya Bakut, Nigerian general and politician, Governor of Benue State (b. 1947)
2015
Chuck Bednarik, American lieutenant and football player (b. 1925)
2015
James C. Binnicker, American sergeant (b. 1938)
2015
Hans Erni, Swiss painter, sculptor, and illustrator (b. 1909)
2015
Jørgen Ingmann, Danish singer and guitarist (b. 1925)
2015
Alberta Watson, Canadian actress (b. 1955)
2014
Qoriniasi Bale, Fijian lawyer and politician, 25th Attorney-General of Fiji (b. 1929)
2014
Bill Boedeker, American football player and soldier (b. 1924)
2014
Jack Fleck, American golfer (b. 1921)
2014
Simeon Oduoye, Nigerian police officer and politician (b. 1945)
2014
James Rebhorn, American actor (b. 1948)
2014
Ignatius Zakka I Iwas, Iraqi patriarch (b. 1933)
2013
Chinua Achebe, Nigerian novelist, poet, and critic (b. 1930)
2013
Rick Hautala, American author and screenwriter (b. 1949)
2013
Harlon Hill, American football player and coach (b. 1932)
2013
Pietro Mennea, Italian sprinter and politician (b. 1952)
2013
Giancarlo Zagni, Italian director and screenwriter (b. 1926)
2012
Albrecht Dietz, German economist and businessman (b. 1926)
2012
Ron Erhardt, American football player and coach (b. 1931)
2012
Robert Fuest, English director, screenwriter, and production designer (b. 1927)
2012
Tonino Guerra, Italian poet and screenwriter (b. 1920)
2012
Irving Louis Horowitz, American sociologist, author, and academic (b. 1929)
2012
Yuri Razuvaev, Russian chess player and trainer (b. 1945)
2012
Marina Salye, Russian geologist and politician (b. 1934)
2011
Loleatta Holloway, American singer-songwriter (b. 1946)
2011
Gerd Klier, German footballer (b. 1944)
2011
Ladislav Novák, Czech footballer and manager (b. 1931)
2011
Pinetop Perkins, American singer and pianist (b. 1913)
2010
Wolfgang Wagner, German director and manager (b. 1919)
2009
Mohit Sharma, Indian army officer (b. 1978)
2009
Walt Poddubny, Canadian ice hockey player and coach (b. 1960)
2008
Denis Cosgrove, English-American geographer and academic (b. 1948)
2008
Guillermo Jullian de la Fuente, Chilean architect and academic (b. 1931)
2008
John List, American murderer (b. 1925)
2007
Drew Hayes, American author and illustrator (b. 1969)
2007
Sven O. Høiby, Norwegian hurdler and journalist (b. 1936)
2005
Barney Martin, American police officer and actor (b. 1923)
2005
Bobby Short, American singer and pianist (b. 1924)
2004
Ludmilla Tchérina, French actress, dancer, and choreographer (b. 1924)
2003
Shivani, Indian author (b. 1923)
2003
Umar Wirahadikusumah, Indonesian general and politician, 4th Vice President of Indonesia (b. 1924)
2002
Herman Talmadge, American lieutenant, lawyer, and politician, 70th Governor of Georgia (b. 1913)
2001
Chung Ju-yung, South Korean businessman, founded Hyundai (b. 1915)
2001
Anthony Steel, English actor and singer (b. 1920)
1999
Jean Guitton, French philosopher and author (b. 1905)
1999
Ernie Wise, English comedian and actor (b. 1925)
1998
Galina Ulanova, Russian ballerina (b. 1910)
1997
Wilbert Awdry, English cleric and author, created The Railway Series, the basis for Thomas the Tank Engine (b. 1911)
1994
Macdonald Carey, American actor (b. 1913)
1994
Lili Damita, French-American actress and singer (b. 1904)
1994
Aleksandrs Laime, Latvian-born explorer (b. 1911)
1992
John Ireland, Canadian-American actor and director (b. 1914)
1992
Natalie Sleeth, American pianist and composer (b. 1930)
1991
Vedat Dalokay, Turkish architect and politician, Mayor of Ankara (b. 1927)
1991
Leo Fender, American businessman, founded Fender Musical Instruments Corporation (b. 1909)
1987
Walter L. Gordon, Canadian accountant, lawyer, and politician, 22nd Canadian Minister of Finance (b. 1906)
1987
Robert Preston, American captain, actor, and singer (b. 1918)
1985
Michael Redgrave, English actor, director, and manager (b. 1908)
1980
Peter Stoner, American mathematician and astronomer (b. 1888)
1978
Cearbhall Ó Dálaigh, President of Ireland (b. 1911)
1975
Joe Medwick, American baseball player and coach (b. 1911)
1970
Manolis Chiotis, Greek singer-songwriter and bouzouki player (b. 1920)
1958
Cyril M. Kornbluth, American soldier and author (b. 1923)
1956
Hatı Çırpan, Turkish politician (b. 1890)
1953
Ed Voss, American basketball player (b. 1922)
1951
Willem Mengelberg, Dutch conductor and composer (b. 1871)
1945
Arthur Nebe, German SS officer (b. 1894)
1943
Cornelia Fort, American soldier and pilot (b. 1919)
1939
Evald Aav, Estonian composer and conductor (b. 1900)
1939
Ali Hikmet Ayerdem, Turkish general and politician (b. 1877)
1936
Alexander Glazunov, Russian composer and conductor (b. 1865)
1934
Franz Schreker, Austrian composer and conductor (b. 1878)
1934
Lilyan Tashman, American actress (b. 1896)
1927
Thomas Oikonomou, Greek actor (b. 1864)
1920
Evelina Haverfield, British suffragette and aid worker (b. 1867)
1915
Frederick Winslow Taylor, American golfer, tennis player, and engineer (b. 1856)
1891
Joseph E. Johnston, American general (b. 1807)
1884
Ezra Abbot, American scholar and academic (b. 1819)
1869
Juan Almonte, son of José María Morelos, was a Mexican soldier and diplomat who served as a regent in the Second Mexican Empire (1863-1864) (b. 1803)
1863
Edwin Vose Sumner, American general (b. 1797)
1854
Pedro María de Anaya, Mexican soldier. President (1847-1848) (b. 1795)
1843
Robert Southey, English poet, historian, and translator (b. 1774)
1843
Guadalupe Victoria, Mexican general and politician, 1st President of Mexico (b. 1786)
1804
Louis Antoine, Duke of Enghien (b. 1772)
1801
Andrea Luchesi, Italian composer and educator (b. 1741)
1795
Giovanni Arduino, Italian miner and geologist (b. 1714)
1772
Jacques-Nicolas Bellin, French geographer and cartographer (b. 1703)
1762
Nicolas Louis de Lacaille, French priest, astronomer, and academic (b. 1713)
1752
Gio Nicola Buhagiar, Maltese painter (b. 1698)
1751
Johann Heinrich Zedler, German publisher (b. 1706)
1734
Robert Wodrow, Scottish historian and author (b. 1679)
1729
John Law, Scottish-French economist and politician, Controller-General of Finances (b. 1671)
1729
Elżbieta Sieniawska, politically influential Polish magnate (b. 1669)
1676
Henri Sauval, French historian and author (b. 1623)
1656
James Ussher, Irish archbishop (b. 1581)
1653
Tarhoncu Ahmed Pasha, Albanian politician, Grand Vizier of the Ottoman Empire
1617
Pocahontas, Algonquian Indigenous woman (b. c. 1595)
1571
Odet de Coligny, French cardinal and Protestant (b. 1517)
1556
Thomas Cranmer, English archbishop (b. 1489)
1540
John de Vere, 15th Earl of Oxford, English peer and courtier (b. c. 1482)
1487
Nicholas of Flüe, Swiss monk and saint (b. 1417)
1372
Rudolf VI, Margrave of Baden
1306
Robert II, Duke of Burgundy (b. 1248)
1201
Absalon, Danish archbishop (b. c. 1128)
1076
Robert I, Duke of Burgundy (b. 1011)
1063
Richeza of Lotharingia (b. 995)
1034
Ezzo, Count Palatine of Lotharingia (b. 955)
867
Ælla, king of Northumbria
867
Osberht, king of Northumbria
543
(or 547) Benedict of Nursia, Italian saint (b. 480)