On This Day in History: March 26
March 26 is the 85th day of the year (86th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. 280 days remain until the end of the year.
Lottery News On This Day
- Missouri woman collects $3 million 18 years after first lottery win. A Missouri woman who collected a $50,000 lottery jackpot in 2002 returned to lottery headquarters 18 years later to claim a $3 million jackpot.
- California Lottery official dismissed amid investigations. A senior California Lottery executive has been dismissed from his position six months after anonymous state employees sent a letter to the Governor's Office complaining about rowdy behavior among a group of the lottery's top brass.
- $458M Mega Millions lottery jackpot is game's 4th-largest ever. Lottery players across the United States will be lining up at lottery retailers for their chance to win Tuesday's massive $458 million Mega Millions jackpot, after nobody won Friday's $421 million grand prize.
- Another retailer charged in Connecticut Lottery scheme. A Manchester man who formerly worked at a local convenience store has become the seventh person statewide to be accused of manipulating Connecticut Lottery terminals to produce unusually large numbers of winning tickets in a now-suspended lottery game.
- For D.C. Lottery scratch-off game players, fewer chances to win big. For instant-game players in Washington, D.C., their habit might be put on hold because the D.C. Council and financial officials have been unable to settle on a vendor to print the games known as scratchers.
- Massachusetts Lottery to launch $30 instant ticket in April. The Massachusetts State Lottery next month will launch a $30 instant ticket -- the highest priced ticket in the agency's history -- with a top prize of $15 million.
- N.J. man claims $338 million Powerball jackpot. The Passaic, New Jersey, man who won the $338 million Powerball lottery says he felt "pure joy" at winning the huge jackpot, but has no idea yet what he will do with all the money.
- Online Illinois lottery tickets net $15K first day. Illinois Lottery officials say the first day of online lottery tickets brought in more than $15,000 in sales.
- N.J. couple claims $70M Powerball jackpot. After buying a lottery ticket every week for the past eight years, a New Jersey couple discovered Saturday night they bought the winning ticket to a $70 million Powerball jackpot.
- $363 MILLION: Mega Millions lottery jackpot raised due to heavy sales. Mega Millions lottery players across the United States are pulling out the stops for the Tuesday evening drawing, which now stands as the largest Mega Millions grand prize in more than a year.
- Winning Mega Millions lottery ticket worth $319M sold in NY. A New York lottery official said a winning ticket for the Mega Millions lottery jackpot worth $319 million has been sold at a variety store in Albany, N.Y.
- Colorado Lottery awards first MatchPlay jackpot. A Denver resident matched all six numbers in last Friday's MatchPlay drawing, winning the game's $206,584 top prize and becoming the game's first jackpot winner.
- Arkansas Lottery bill signed into law. Arkansas Gov. Mike Beebe signed identical House and Senate bills into law today to create an Arkansas Lottery to fund scholarships to Arkansas college students.
- Tenn. lawmakers want to force lottery to drop computer draws. There is new discussion in the Tennessee Legislature about the possibility of the state lottery going back to using ping-pong balls to select the Cash 3 and Cash 4 winners.
- Anniversary: N.D. Lottery reflects back on last four years. Four years ago today, North Dakota launched it's own lottery.
- Georgia Lottery makes three new millionaires. A grandfather, a great-grandfather, and a young fry cook are three of the recent Georgia Lottery scratch ticket millionaires, each winning $1 million or more.
- N.M. Lottery's delicious new scratch game. The New Mexico Lottery's latest scratch-off game looks good enough to eat.
- 239 people share second prize in Canada's Lotto 6/49 draw. What some are calling a mathematical fluke led to smaller-than-expected payouts for 239 second-prize winners of last Wednesday's Lotto 6/49.
- Spending on others brings happiness. Money can buy happiness when it is spent on other people, scientists have discovered.
- Vermont Resident Captures $50,000. A Bethel, Vermont resident hit it big over the weekend when he won $50,000 playing the Vermont Lottery's instant game, "Big Money Action."
- Beware of Phony Prize Promotions, Lottery Schemes, and Bogus E-mails. According to the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), consumers in the United States and other countries lose billions of dollars each year to telemarketers, spam e-mailers and misleading advertisements that entice consumers into phony prize promotions, illegal foreign lottery schemes and other lottery-related fraud.
- Co-owner of Pizza House claims $100,000 lottery prize. Stacy Varellas of North Adams, Massachusetts was ecstatic to hear on the radio last Wednesday morning that she had the winning numbers of last Tuesday's Mass Cash lottery.
- GTECH is in play in Brazil. As the investigation into last year's controversy surrounding GTECH's contract extension continues, Brazil may be gearing up to request bids from other lottery providers interested in running the lottery when the extension expires.
- Store owner to appeal jury's lottery decision. A store owner plans to appeal a jury's decision that he pay $1.3 million to a lottery winner who said the owner failed to warn him about a jackpot cap.
- North Dakota's first-day lottery sales set per-capita record. Powerball lottery tickets went on sale at 390 sites around North Dakota late Thursday morning. By 6:05 p.m., $119,453 worth of tickets had been sold - a Powerball record for per-capita spending on the game, Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem said.
- Minnesota lottery chief's suicide note: 'Pity me, blame no one else'. Before committing suicide in January, Minnesota State Lottery Director George Andersen left handwritten notes encouraging his family to "not look back."
- Autopsy: Minnesota lottery director died of overdose. The longtime director of the Minnesota State Lottery, who committed suicide in January during a legislative review of the lottery's operations, died from an overdose of pain medication, a final autopsy report found.
- Proposed Oklahoma lottery discussed at forum. A lottery forum sponsored by the Oklahoma Academy for State Goals laid out the nuts and bolts Thursday of the proposal Oklahomans will vote on in November.
Top 25 Lottery Jackpots On This Day
- 1.$768.4 Million
Mar 27, 2019
- 2.$458 Million
Mar 27, 2018
- 3.$363 Million
Mar 27, 2012
- 4.$162 Million
Mar 28, 2017
- 5.$160 Million
Mar 28, 2020
- 6.€119.38 Million
Mar 27, 2018
- 7.€111 Million
Mar 26, 2013
- 8.€125.53 Million
Mar 26, 2019
- 9.$135 Million
Mar 29, 2006
- 10.$125 Million
Mar 26, 2011
- 11.$113 Million
Mar 28, 2008
- 12.$107 Million
Mar 27, 2020
- 13.$101 Million
Mar 26, 2016
- 14.€88 Million
Mar 27, 2020
- 15.$96 Million
Mar 28, 2006
- 16.$94 Million
Mar 28, 2009
- 17.€75 Million
Mar 31, 2006
- 18.$75 Million
Mar 26, 1999
- 19.$70 Million
Mar 27, 1999
- 20.€64 Million
Mar 27, 2015
- 21.€61.99 Million
Mar 26, 2016
- 22.€51 Million
Apr 1, 2005
- 23.$66 Million
Mar 26, 2002
- 23.$66 Million
Mar 28, 2007
- 23.$66 Million
Mar 27, 2010
Lottery Post Member Birthdays On This Day
Monday, Mar 26, 1990
30 years old
Saturday, Mar 26, 1988
32 years old
Saturday, Mar 26, 1983
37 years old
Thursday, Mar 26, 1970
50 years old
Wednesday, Mar 26, 1969
51 years old
Saturday, Mar 26, 1966
54 years old
Friday, Mar 26, 1965
55 years old
Thursday, Mar 26, 1964
56 years old
Monday, Mar 26, 1962
58 years old
Saturday, Mar 26, 1960
60 years old
Monday, Mar 26, 1951
69 years old
Saturday, Mar 26, 1949
71 years old
Friday, Mar 26, 1948
72 years old
(year not provided)
Worldwide Events On This Day
- Russia-wide anti-corruption protests in 99 cities. The Levada Center survey showed that 38% of surveyed Russians supported protests and that 67 percent held Putin personally responsible for high-level corruption.
- The South Korean Navy corvette Cheonan is torpedoed, killing 46 sailors. After an international investigation, the President of the United Nations Security Council blames North Korea.
- Around 200,000 to 300,000 Taiwanese demonstrate in Taipei in opposition to the Anti-Secession Law of China.
- During the Algerian Civil War, the Oued Bouaicha massacre sees fifty-two people, mostly infants, killed with axes and knives.
- Thirty-nine bodies are found in the Heaven's Gate mass suicides.
- Argentina, Brazil, Uruguay and Paraguay sign the Treaty of Asunción, establishing Mercosur, the South Common Market.
- A groundbreaking ceremony for the Vietnam Veterans Memorial is held in Washington, D.C.
- Social Democratic Party (UK) is founded as a party.
- Anwar al-Sadat, Menachem Begin and Jimmy Carter sign the Egypt-Israel Peace Treaty in Washington, D.C.
- The Biological Weapons Convention comes into force.
- East Pakistan declares its independence from Pakistan to form Bangladesh and the Bangladesh Liberation War begins.
- South Vietnamese President Nguyễn Văn Thiệu implements a land reform program to solve the problem of land tenancy.
- Ten thousand people gather for one of many Central Park be-ins in New York City.
- The United States Army launches Explorer 3.
- The African Regroupment Party is launched at a meeting in Paris.
- Nuclear weapons testing: The Romeo shot of Operation Castle is detonated at Bikini Atoll. Yield: 11 megatons.
- World War II: The Battle of Iwo Jima ends as the island is officially secured by American forces.
- World War II: The first female prisoners arrive at Auschwitz concentration camp in German-occupied Poland.
- Spanish Civil War: Nationalists begin their final offensive of the war.
- The United Kingdom driving test is introduced.
- Swissair is founded as the national airline of Switzerland.
- Ho Chi Minh Communist Youth Union is founded in Vietnam.
- The German Social Democratic Party is founded in Poland.
- World War I: First Battle of Gaza: British troops are halted after 17,000 Turks block their advance.
- The Vancouver Millionaires win the 1915 Stanley Cup Finals, the first championship played between the Pacific Coast Hockey Association and the National Hockey Association.
- First Balkan War: Bulgarian forces capture Adrianople.
- The Métis people of the District of Saskatchewan under Louis Riel begin the North-West Rebellion against Canada.
- The elections of Commune council of the Paris Commune are held.
- The first Henley Royal Regatta is held.
- The Book of Mormon is published in Palmyra, New York.
- An earthquake devastates Caracas, Venezuela.
- A political cartoon in the Boston Gazette coins the term "gerrymander" to describe oddly shaped electoral districts designed to help incumbents win reelection.
- Utrecht University is founded in the Netherlands.
- Guru Amar Das becomes the Third Sikh guru.
- William Caxton prints his translation of Aesop's Fables.
- Combat of the Thirty: Thirty Breton knights call out and defeat thirty English knights.
- The Siege of Algeciras, one of the first European military engagements where gunpowder was used, comes to an end.
- Saladin becomes the emir of Egypt.
- Pope John XIX crowns Conrad II as Holy Roman Emperor.
- Emperor Zhu Wen of Later Liang has Li Zhu, the last Tang Dynasty emperor, poisoned.
- Emperor Maurice proclaims his son Theodosius as co-emperor of the Byzantine Empire.
Births On This Day
- Ella Anderson, American actress
- Danielle Bregoli, American rapper and social media personality
- Satoko Miyahara, Japanese figure skater
- Zane Musgrove, New Zealand rugby league player
- Kathryn Bernardo, Filipino actress
- Jed Wallace, English footballer
- Nina Agdal, Danish model
- Stoffel Vandoorne, Belgian race car driver
- Matt Davidson, American baseball player
- Choi Woo-shik, South Korean actor
- Patrick Ekeng, Cameroonian footballer (d. 2016)
- Yuya Takaki, Japanese idol, singer, dancer, model and actor
- Xiumin, South Korean singer and actor, member of South Korean boy band EXO
- Simon Kjær, Danish footballer
- Von Miller, American football player
- Kim Dong-suk, South Korean footballer
- Jermichael Finley, American football player
- Steven Fletcher, Scottish footballer
- Maxime Biset, Belgian footballer
- Rob Kearney, Irish rugby player
- Emma Laine, Finnish tennis player
- Keira Knightley, English actress
- Matt Grevers, American swimmer
- Jonathan Groff, American actor and singer
- Prosper Utseya, Zimbabwean cricketer
- Jimmy Howard, American ice hockey player
- Drew Mitchell, Australian rugby player
- Felix Neureuther, German skier
- Marco Stier, German footballer
- Gregory Strydom, Zimbabwean cricketer
- Sara Jean Underwood, American model, television host, and actress
- Andreas Hinkel, German footballer
- Floriana Lima, American actress
- Roman Bednář, Czech footballer
- Mike Mondo, American wrestler
- Mikel Arteta, Spanish footballer
- Brendan Ryan, American baseball player
- Nate Kaeding, American football player
- Sébastien Centomo, Canadian ice hockey player
- Baruch Dego, Ethiopian-Israeli footballer
- Massimo Donati, Italian footballer
- Josh Wilson, American baseball player
- Margaret Brennan, American journalist
- Son Ho-young, South Korean singer
- Richie Wellens, English footballer
- Nacho Novo, Spanish footballer
- Ben Blair, New Zealand rugby union footballer
- Hiromi Uehara, Japanese pianist and composer
- Pierre Womé, Cameroonian footballer
- Juliana Paes, Brazilian actress
- Anastasia Kostaki, Greek basketball player
- Kevin Davies, English footballer
- Bianca Kajlich, American actress
- Sylvain Grenier, Canadian wrestler
- Alex Varas, Chilean footballer
- Amy Smart, American actress and former model
- Irina Spîrlea, Romanian tennis player
- Vadimas Petrenko, Lithuanian footballer
- Michael Peca, Canadian ice hockey player and coach
- Larry Page, American computer scientist and businessman, co-founder of Google
- T. R. Knight, American actor
- Matt Burke, Australian rugby player and sportscaster
- Leslie Mann, American actress
- Jason Maxwell, American baseball player
- Behzad Ghorbani, Iranian zoologist
- Martyn Day, Scottish politician
- Erick Morillo, Colombian-American DJ and producer
- Rennae Stubbs, Australian tennis player and sportscaster
- Paul Williams, English footballer and manager
- Paul Bosvelt, Dutch footballer
- Jelle Goes, Dutch footballer and coach
- Thomas Kyparissis, Greek footballer
- Martin McDonagh, English-born Irish playwright, screenwriter, and director
- Alessandro Moscardi, Italian rugby player
- Laurent Brochard, French cyclist
- Kenny Chesney, American singer-songwriter and guitarist
- James Iha, American guitarist and songwriter
- Jason Chaffetz, American politician
- Lilian Greenwood, English politician
- Michael Imperioli, American actor and screenwriter
- Nick Wirth, English engineer, founded Wirth Research
- Trey Azagthoth, American guitarist, songwriter, and producer
- Violeta Szekely, Romanian runner
- Martin Bella, Australian rugby league player
- Martin Donnelly, Irish race car driver
- Maria Miller, English businessman and politician, Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport
- Ulf Samuelsson, Swedish-American ice hockey player and coach
- Natsuhiko Kyogoku, Japanese author
- Richard Coles, English pianist, saxophonist, and priest
- Kevin Seitzer, American baseball player and coach
- Yuri Gidzenko, Russian pilot and cosmonaut
- John Stockton, American basketball player and coach
- Eric Allan Kramer, American-Canadian actor
- William Hague, English historian and politician, First Secretary of State
- Marcus Allen, American football player and sportscaster
- Jennifer Grey, American actress and dancer
- Graeme Rutjes, Australian-Dutch footballer
- Elio de Angelis, Italian race car driver (d. 1986)
- Fiona Bruce, Scottish lawyer and politician
- Leeza Gibbons, American talk show host and television personality
- Paul Morley, English journalist, producer, and author
- Shirin Neshat, Iranian visual artist
- Charly McClain, American country singer
- Park Won-soon, South Korean lawyer and politician, 35th Mayor of Seoul
- Clive Palmer, Australian businessman and politician
- Curtis Sliwa, American talk show host and activist, founded Guardian Angels
- Dorothy Porter, Australian poet and playwright (d. 2008)
- Lincoln Chafee, American academic and politician, 74th Governor of Rhode Island
- Elaine Chao, Taiwanese-American banker and politician, 24th United States Secretary of Labor
- Tatyana Providokhina, Russian runner
- Didier Pironi, French race car driver (d. 1987)
- T. A. Barron, American novelist
- Željko Pavličević, Croatian professional basketball coach and former professional player
- Carl Wieman, American physicist and academic, Nobel Prize laureate
- Teddy Pendergrass, American singer-songwriter (d. 2010)
- Graham Barlow, English cricketer
- Martin Short, Canadian-American actor, screenwriter, and producer
- Alan Silvestri, American composer and conductor
- Jon English, English-Australian singer-songwriter and actor (d. 2016)
- Rudi Koertzen, South African cricketer and umpire
- Vicki Lawrence, American actress, comedian, talk show host, and singer
- Fran Sheehan, American bass player
- Patrick Süskind, German author and screenwriter
- Ernest Lee Thomas, American actor
- Kyung-wha Chung, South Korean violinist and educator
- Richard Tandy, English pianist and keyboard player (Electric Light Orchestra)
- Steven Tyler, American singer-songwriter and actor
- Subhash Kak, Indian-American professor and author
- John Rowles, New Zealand-Australian singer-songwriter
- Johnny Crawford, American actor and singer
- Alain Madelin, French politician, French Minister of Finance
- Paul Bérenger, Mauritian politician, Prime Minister of Mauritius
- Mikhail Voronin, Russian gymnast and coach (d. 2004)
- Diana Ross, American singer-songwriter, producer, and actress
- Mustafa Kalemli, Turkish physician and politician, Turkish Minister of the Interior
- Bob Woodward, American journalist and author
- Erica Jong, American novelist and poet
- Richard Dawkins, Kenyan-English ethologist, biologist, and academic
- Lella Lombardi, Italian racing driver (d. 1992)
- James Caan, American actor and singer
- Nancy Pelosi, American lawyer and politician, 60th Speaker of the United States House of Representatives
- Norman Ackroyd, English painter and illustrator
- Anthony James Leggett, English-American physicist and academic, Nobel Prize laureate
- Wayne Embry, American basketball player and manager
- Barbara Jones, American sprinter
- James Lee, Canadian businessman and politician, 26th Premier of Prince Edward Island
- Mahmoud Abbas, Palestinian politician, 2nd President of the State of Palestine
- Alan Arkin, American actor
- Edvaldo Alves de Santa Rosa, Brazilian footballer (d. 2002)
- Tinto Brass, Italian director and screenwriter
- Leroy Griffith, American businessman
- James Andrew Harris, American chemist and academic (d. 2000)
- Leonard Nimoy, American actor (d. 2015)
- Sandra Day O'Connor, American lawyer and jurist
- Gregory Corso, American poet (d. 2001)
- Edward Sorel, American illustrator and caricaturist
- Edwin Turney, American businessman, co-founded Advanced Micro Devices (d. 2008)
- Harold Chapman, English photographer
- Maqsood Ahmed, Pakistani cricketer (d. 1999)
- Pierre Boulez, French pianist, composer, and conductor (d. 2016)
- Vesta Roy, American politician, Governor of New Hampshire (d. 2002)
- Edward Graham, Baron Graham of Edmonton, English soldier and politician
- Ben Mondor, Canadian-American businessman (d. 2010)
- James Moody, American saxophonist and composer (d. 2010)
- Gert Bastian, German general and politician (d. 1992)
- Bob Elliott, American comedian, actor, and screenwriter (d. 2016)
- William Milliken, American politician, 44th Governor of Michigan
- Oscar Sala, Italian-Brazilian physicist and academic (d. 2010)
- Guido Stampacchia, Italian mathematician and academic (d. 1978)
- Sergio Livingstone, Chilean footballer and journalist (d. 2012)
- Strother Martin, American actor (d. 1980)
- Roger Leger, Canadian ice hockey player (d. 1965)
- Rufus Thomas, American R&B singer-songwriter (d. 2001)
- Christian B. Anfinsen, American biochemist and academic, Nobel Prize laureate (d. 1995)
- Bill Edrich, English cricketer and footballer (d. 1986)
- Sterling Hayden, American actor and author (d. 1986)
- Lennart Strandberg, Swedish sprinter (d. 1989)
- Hwang Sun-won, North Korean author and poet (d. 2000)
- Toru Kumon, Japanese mathematician and academic (d. 1995)
- William Westmoreland, American general (d. 2005)
- Jacqueline de Romilly, Jewish Franco-Greek philologist, author, and scholar (d. 2010)
- Paul Erdős, Hungarian-Polish mathematician and academic (d. 1996)
- Lennart Atterwall, Swedish javelin thrower (d. 2001)
- J. L. Austin, English philosopher and academic (d. 1960)
- Bernard Katz, German-English biophysicist, Nobel Prize laureate (d. 2003)
- Tennessee Williams, American playwright, and poet (d. 1983)
- K. W. Devanayagam, Sri Lankan lawyer and politician, 10th Sri Lankan Minister of Justice (d. 2002)
- Chips Rafferty, Australian actor (d. 1971)
- Franz Stangl, Austrian-German SS officer (d. 1971)
- Azellus Denis, Canadian lawyer and politician, Postmaster General of Canada (d. 1991)
- Mahadevi Varma, Indian poet and activist (d. 1987)
- Rafael Méndez, Mexican trumpet player and composer (d. 1981)
- Monty Berman, English cinematographer and producer (d. 2006)
- André Cluytens, Belgian-French conductor and director (d. 1967)
- Viktor Frankl, Austrian neurologist and psychiatrist (d. 1997)
- Joseph Campbell, American mythologist and author (d. 1987)
- Emilio Fernández, Mexican actor, director, and screenwriter (d. 1986)
- Attilio Ferraris, Italian footballer (d. 1947)
- Angela Maria Autsch, German nun, died in Auschwitz helping Jewish prisoners (d. 1941)
- Rudolf Dassler, German businessman, founded Puma SE (d. 1974)
- Charles Shadwell, English conductor and bandleader (d. 1979)
- Vilho Tuulos, Finnish triple jumper (d. 1967)
- Viorica Ursuleac, Ukrainian-Romanian soprano and actress (d. 1985)
- James Bryant Conant, American chemist, academic, and diplomat, 1st United States Ambassador to West Germany (d. 1978)
- Palmiro Togliatti, Italian journalist and politician, Italian Minister of Justice (d. 1964)
- Elsa Brändström, Swedish nurse and philanthropist (d. 1948)
- Hugh Mulzac, Vincentian-American soldier and politician (d. 1971)
- Wilhelm Backhaus, German pianist and educator (d. 1969)
- Georges Imbert, French chemical engineer and inventor (d. 1950)
- Hermann Obrecht, Swiss politician (d. 1940)
- Guccio Gucci, Italian fashion designer, founded Gucci (d. 1953)
- Othmar Ammann, Swiss-American engineer, designed the George Washington Bridge and Verrazzano-Narrows Bridge (d. 1965)
- Waldemar Tietgens, German rower (d. 1917)
- William of Wied, prince of Albania (d. 1945)
- Kate Richards O'Hare, American Socialist Party activist and editor (d. 1948)
- Max Abraham, Polish-German physicist and academic (d. 1922)
- Syngman Rhee, South Korean journalist and politician, 1st President of South Korea (d. 1965)
- Robert Frost, American poet and playwright (d. 1963)
- Dorothea Bleek, South African-German anthropologist and philologist (d. 1948)
- King Fuad I of Egypt (d. 1936)
- Fred Karno, English producer and manager (d. 1941)
- André Prévost, French tennis player (d. 1919)
- A. E. Housman, English poet and scholar (d. 1936)
- Adolf Hurwitz, Jewish German-Swiss mathematician and academic (d. 1919)
- Théodore Tuffier, French surgeon (d. 1929)
- William Massey, Irish-New Zealand farmer and politician, 19th Prime Minister of New Zealand (d. 1925)
- Maurice Lecoq, French target shooter (d. 1925)
- Élémir Bourges, French author (d. 1925)
- Edward Bellamy, American author, socialist, and utopian visionary (d. 1898)
- Alexandre Saint-Yves d'Alveydre, French occultist (d. 1909)
- Théodore Aubanel, French poet (d. 1886)
- Julie-Victoire Daubié, French journalist (d. 1874)
- David Humphreys Storer, American physician and academic (d. 1891)
- Julius Schnorr von Carolsfeld, German painter (d. 1872)
- Nathaniel Bowditch, American mathematician and navigator (d. 1838)
- Benjamin Thompson, American-French physicist and politician, Under-Secretary of State for the Colonies (d. 1814)
- William Blount, American politician (d. 1800)
- Prokop Diviš, Czech priest, scientist and inventor (d. 1765)
- Sophia Dorothea of Hanover, queen consort of Prussia (d. 1757)
- Nicolaas Hartsoeker, Dutch mathematician and physicist (d. 1725)
- Domenico Freschi, Italian priest and composer (d. 1710)
- Mary Beale, British artist (d. 1699)
- John II, duke of Zweibrücken (d. 1635)
- Charles of Lorraine, duke of Mayenne (d. 1611)
- Conrad Gessner, Swiss botanist and zoologist (d. 1565)
- Malcolm III, king of Scotland (d. 1093)
Deaths On This Day
- Fabrizio Frizzi, Italian television presenter (b. 1958)
- Jim Harrison, American novelist, essayist, and poet (b. 1937)
- Dinkha IV, Iraqi patriarch (b. 1935)
- Friedrich L. Bauer, German mathematician, computer scientist, and academic (b. 1924)
- Tomas Tranströmer, Swedish poet, translator, and psychologist Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1931)
- Roger Birkman, American psychologist and author (b. 1919)
- Dick Guidry, American businessman and politician (b. 1929)
- Marcus Kimball, Baron Kimball, English politician (b. 1928)
- Tom Boerwinkle, American basketball player and sportscaster (b. 1945)
- Krzysztof Kozłowski, Polish journalist and politician, Polish Minister of Interior (b. 1931)
- Dave Leggett, American baseball player (b. 1933)
- Don Payne, American screenwriter and producer (b. 1964)
- Sisto Averno, American football player (b. 1925)
- Michael Begley, Irish carpenter and politician (b. 1932)
- Thomas M. Cover, American theorist and academic (b. 1938)
- David Craighead, American organist and educator (b. 1924)
- Manik Godghate, Indian poet and educator (b. 1937)
- Helmer Ringgren, Swedish theologian and academic (b. 1917)
- Roger Abbott, English-Canadian actor, producer, and screenwriter (b. 1946)
- Geraldine Ferraro, American lawyer and politician (b. 1935)
- Diana Wynne Jones, English author (b. 1934)
- Charles Ryskamp, American art collector and curator (b. 1928)
- Shane McConkey, Canadian skier and BASE jumper (b. 1969)
- Arne Bendiksen, Norwegian singer and composer (b. 1926)
- Robert Fagles, American poet and academic (b. 1933)
- Manuel Marulanda, Colombian rebel leader (b. 1930)
- Anil Biswas, Indian journalist and politician (b. 1944)
- Paul Dana, American race car driver (b. 1975)
- Nikki Sudden, English singer-songwriter and guitarist (b. 1956)
- James Callaghan, English lieutenant and politician, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom (b. 1912)
- Frederick Rotimi Williams, Nigerian lawyer and politician (b. 1920)
- Jan Sterling, American actress (b. 1921)
- Daniel Patrick Moynihan, American sociologist and politician, 12th United States Ambassador to the United Nations (b. 1927)
- Randy Castillo, American drummer and songwriter (b. 1950)
- Alex Comfort, English physician and author (b. 1920)
- Edmund Muskie, American lieutenant, lawyer, and politician, 58th United States Secretary of State (b. 1914)
- David Packard, American engineer and businessman, co-founded Hewlett-Packard (b. 1912)
- Eazy-E, American rapper and producer (b. 1963)
- Louis Falco, American dancer and choreographer (b. 1942)
- Barbara Frum, American-Canadian journalist and radio host (b. 1937)
- Halston, American fashion designer (b. 1932)
- Eugen Jochum, German conductor (b. 1902)
- Walter Abel, American actor (b. 1898)
- Ahmed Sékou Touré, Guinean politician, 1st President of Guinea (b. 1922)
- Anthony Blunt, English historian and spy (b. 1907)
- Roland Barthes, French linguist and critic (b. 1915)
- Beauford Delaney, American-French painter (b. 1901)
- Jean Stafford, American author and academic (b. 1915)
- Noël Coward, English playwright, actor, and composer (b. 1899)
- Johnny Drake, American football player (b. 1916)
- John Kennedy Toole, American novelist (b. 1937)
- Victor Hochepied, French swimmer (b. 1883)
- Raymond Chandler, American crime novelist and screenwriter (b. 1888)
- Phil Mead, English cricketer and footballer (b. 1887)
- Édouard Herriot, French politician, Prime Minister of France (b. 1872)
- Charles Perrin, French rower (b. 1875)
- James F. Hinkle, American banker and politician, 6th Governor of New Mexico (b. 1864)
- David Lloyd George, English-Welsh lawyer and politician, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom (b. 1863)
- Jimmy Burke, American baseball player and manager (b. 1874)
- Wilhelm Anderson, German-Estonian astrophysicist (b. 1880)
- Spyridon Louis, Greek runner (b. 1873)
- John Biller, American jumper and discus thrower (b. 1877)
- Henry M. Leland, American machinist, inventor, engineer, automotive entrepreneur and founded of Cadillac and Lincoln (b. 1843)
- Constantin Fehrenbach, German lawyer and politician, Chancellor of Germany (b. 1852)
- Sarah Bernhardt, French actress and screenwriter (b. 1844)
- William Chester Minor, American surgeon and lexicographer (b. 1834)
- Auguste Charlois, French astronomer (b. 1864)
- Maurice Barrymore, American actor (b. 1849)
- Cecil Rhodes, English-South African colonialist, businessman and politician, 6th Prime Minister of the Cape Colony (b. 1853)
- Walt Whitman, American poet, essayist, and journalist (b. 1819)
- Barghash bin Said of Zanzibar (b. 1837)
- Anson Stager, American general and businessman, co-founded Western Union (b. 1825)
- Roman Sanguszko, Polish general and activist (b. 1800)
- Uriah P. Levy, American commander (b. 1792)
- John Addison Thomas, American lieutenant, engineer, and politician, 3rd United States Assistant Secretary of State (b. 1811)
- Ludwig van Beethoven, German pianist and composer (b. 1770)
- Joseph-Ignace Guillotin, French physician and politician (b. 1738)
- James Hutton, Scottish geologist and physician (b. 1726)
- John Mudge, English physician and engineer (b. 1721)
- Charles I, Duke of Brunswick-Wolfenbüttel (b. 1713)
- Samuel Ward, American jurist and politician, 31st Governor of the Colony of Rhode Island (b. 1725)
- Charles Pinot Duclos, French author and politician (b. 1704)
- John Vanbrugh, English playwright and architect, designed Blenheim Palace and Castle Howard (b. 1664)
- Godfrey McCulloch, Scottish politician (b. 1640)
- Johannes Schefferus, Swedish historian and author (b. 1621)
- John Winthrop, English lawyer and politician, 2nd Governor of the Massachusetts Bay Colony
- Giambattista Marini, Italian poet (b. 1569)
- Antonio de Cabezón, Spanish organist and composer (b. 1510)
- Thomas Elyot, English scholar and diplomat (b. 1490)
- Georg Tannstetter, Austrian mathematician, astronomer, and cartographer (b. 1482)
- Heinrich Isaac, Flemish composer (b. 1450)
- Walter Stewart, Earl of Atholl, Scottish nobleman and regicide
- David Stewart, Duke of Rothesay, heir to the throne of Scotland (b. 1378)
- Alessandra Giliani, anatomist (b. c. 1307)
- Marie de Luxembourg, Queen of France (b. 1304)
- William de Forz, 3rd Earl of Albemarle
- Sancho I of Portugal (b. 1154)
- Geoffrey of Vendôme, French cardinal and theologian (b. 1065)
- Sigurd the Crusader, Norwegian king (b. 1090)
- Wallada bint al-Mustakfi, Andalusian poet
- 'Adud al-Dawla, Iranian ruler (b. 936)
- Guntram ("the Rich"), Frankish nobleman
- Wang Du, Chinese warlord and governor (jiedushi)
- Mansur Al-Hallaj, Persian mystic and poet (b. 858)
- Ai, emperor of the Tang Dynasty (b. 892)
- Sugawara no Michizane, Japanese poet
- Ludger, Frisian missionary
- Pope-elect Stephen