On This Day in History: March 5
March 5 is the 64th day of the year (65th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. 301 days remain until the end of the year.
Lottery News On This Day
- Australian woman wins the lottery over lunch. An Australian couple walked away from their lunch a million dollars richer after buying a Keno lottery ticket at the restaurant and winning a $1.48 million (US$1.14 million) jackpot in the middle of their meal.
- NJ Lottery celebrates 50th anniversary with new gigantic scratch-off ticket. To honor its 50 years in operation, the New Jersey Lottery Monday released literally its biggest instant game ever: the Super 50 Scratch-Off.
- Alabama governor reestablishes study group for lottery. Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey reopened the Governor's Study Group on Gambling Policy by signing Executive Order 719.
- Lottery Post launches new mobile experience. The world's most popular lottery website Monday announced the launch of a new website for visitors using mobile phones.
- California store owner sues customer for half of $1M lottery prize. The owner of a Milpitas, California, liquor store slapped a $1 million scratch-off winner with a lawsuit, claiming she'd signed a handwritten contract guaranteeing him half the prize.
- Thieves stole California Lottery vending machine. Investigators from the California Lottery are asking for the public's help in locating suspects who broke into a Lucky grocery store in Fremont over the weekend and made off with a Scratchers vending machine.
- N.C. farmer wins record lottery jackpot. A farmer from Zebulon, North Carolina, won more than $1.1 million in the Carolina Cash 5 jackpot on Sunday -- the largest amount ever won by a single ticket in that game.
- Maine man sees $2M lottery win as ticket to new job. A 59-year-old unemployed truck driver from Clinton, Maine, believes that his exposure from winning $2 million could be his ticket to a new job.
- N.C. lawmakers back lottery name change. Powerball tickets aren't like parent-teacher bake sales, say state lawmakers who want to take "education" out of the North Carolina Education Lottery.
- Teen told to clean room, finds winning lottery ticket. A Scotland mom's constant badgering for his son to clean up his room led to a £50,000 lottery windfall.
- Mo. woman describes aftermath of lottery jackpot. A suburban St. Louis social worker says life got increasingly difficult for her after she won millions of dollars in a Powerball drawing.
- Once homeless, now a lottery winner. A 37-year-old Boise insurance agent who at one time lived in a homeless shelter has won $250,000 in the Idaho Lottery.
- Tonight's Fla. Lotto drawing first to let players increase jackpot. Tonight's Florida Lotto drawing is the first that lets players spend an extra $1 or $2 to increase the size of the jackpot.
- N.Y. Lottery searching for new draw talent. The New York Lottery is looking for some new faces to join Yolanda Vega, Marissa Rodriguez and Sarah Pingel as a highly visible member of the Lottery's draw team.
- Drawing date set for Kentucky Lottery's Million Dollar Draw. A pair of new millionaires will be created on the morning of March 19th, when the Kentucky Lottery will hold the Million Dollar Draw.
- $355 MILLION: Mega Millions lottery jackpot increased. The estimated jackpot of the March 6, 2007 Mega Millions drawing was raised from $340 million to $355 million on Monday because of heavier than expected sales in all Mega Millions states.
- California Couple Claims Half of $42 Million Lottery Prize. A Redding, California couple will hold a press conference today in which their $21 Million California SuperLotto Plus prize from last Wednesday's drawing will be announced.
- Deputy Retires After Claiming Lottery Jackpot. A veteran Ventura County sheriff's deputy retired a little earlier than planned Thursday after discovering he had purchased one of two winning tickets in this week's $42 million California Super Lotto Plus drawing, winning half the jackpot.
- Man loses $41,000 in sweepstakes scam. A 28-year-old Franklin, New Jersey man got a letter in the mail indicating he had won more than $600,000 in Spain's El Gordo Sweepstakes Lottery program. But over a two-week period, that Franklin man wound up withdrawing money from his bank account, taking cash advances on his credit card, borrowing from family and losing about $41,000 to the lottery scam.
- Man wins big in Tennessee lottery. Russell Burks of Shelbyville, Tennessee garnered a $100,000 prize recently to join a list containing the four highest prizes paid by the Tennessee Lottery to date.
- Woman loses $2,800 in lottery scam. A pair of con artists took advantage of a 64-year-old California woman Friday afternoon, stealing $2,800 of her savings on the promise of splitting a $125,000 winning lottery ticket with her, her granddaughter says.
Top 25 Lottery Jackpots On This Day
- 1.$390 Million
Mar 6, 2007
- 2.$381 Million
Mar 6, 2019
- 3.$346.3 Million
Mar 7, 2018
- 4.$270 Million
Mar 7, 2014
- 5.$265 Million
Mar 6, 2018
- 6.$173 Million
Mar 5, 2008
- 7.$157 Million
Mar 8, 2016
- 8.$141.6 Million
Mar 6, 2021
- 9.€117.62 Million
Mar 6, 2021
- 10.$139 Million
Mar 6, 2010
- 11.€100 Million
Mar 7, 2014
- 12.€109.06 Million
Mar 6, 2018
- 13.$133 Million
Mar 5, 2010
- 14.€114.59 Million
Mar 5, 2019
- 15.$127 Million
Mar 8, 2011
- 15.$127 Million
Mar 6, 2012
- 17.€100 Million
Mar 6, 2009
- 18.$123 Million
Mar 6, 2013
- 19.$120 Million
Mar 7, 2007
- 20.€80 Million
Mar 11, 2011
- 21.€100 Million
Mar 6, 2015
- 22.$100 Million
Mar 7, 2015
- 22.$100 Million
Mar 7, 2020
- 24.$94 Million
Mar 7, 2017
- 25.$85 Million
Mar 8, 2017
Lottery Post Member Birthdays On This Day
Friday, Mar 5, 1993
28 years old
Thursday, Mar 5, 1987
34 years old
Thursday, Mar 5, 1987
34 years old
Saturday, Mar 5, 1983
38 years old
Friday, Mar 5, 1982
39 years old
Tuesday, Mar 5, 1974
47 years old
Monday, Mar 5, 1973
48 years old
Sunday, Mar 5, 1972
49 years old
Wednesday, Mar 5, 1969
52 years old
Wednesday, Mar 5, 1969
52 years old
Friday, Mar 5, 1965
56 years old
Sunday, Mar 5, 1961
60 years old
Monday, Mar 5, 1956
65 years old
Friday, Mar 5, 1943
78 years old
Monday, Mar 5, 1934
87 years old
Worldwide Events On This Day
- Pope Francis begins a historical visit to Iraq admist the COVID-19 pandemic.
- Twenty people are killed and 30 injured in a suicide car bombing in Mogadishu, Somalia.
- Tropical Storm Irina kills over 75 as it passes through Madagascar.
- In Haifa, 17 Israeli civilians are killed in the Haifa bus 37 suicide bombing.
- Soviet probe Venera 14 lands on Venus.
- The ZX81, a pioneering British home computer, is launched by Sinclair Research and would go on to sell over 1⁄2 million units around the world.
- Soviet probes Venera 11, Venera 12 and the German-American solar satellite Helios II all are hit by "off the scale" gamma rays leading to the discovery of soft gamma repeaters.
- The Landsat 3 is launched from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California.
- Yom Kippur War: Israeli forces withdraw from the west bank of the Suez Canal.
- The Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons goes into effect after ratification by 43 nations.
- BOAC Flight 911, a Boeing 707 aircraft, breaks apart in mid-air due to clear-air turbulence and crashes into Mount Fuji, Japan, killing all 124 people on board.
- March Intifada: A Leftist uprising erupts in Bahrain against British colonial presence.
- American country music stars Patsy Cline, Hawkshaw Hawkins, Cowboy Copas and their pilot Randy Hughes are killed in a plane crash in Camden, Tennessee.
- Indonesian President Sukarno dismissed the Dewan Perwakilan Rakyat (DPR), 1955 democratically elected parliament, and replaced with DPR-GR, the parliament of his own selected members.
- Joseph Stalin, the longest serving leader of the Soviet Union, dies at his Volynskoe dacha in Moscow after suffering a cerebral hemorrhage four days earlier.
- Cold War: Winston Churchill coins the phrase "Iron Curtain" in his speech at Westminster College, Missouri.
- World War II: The Red Army begins the Uman-Botoșani Offensive in the western Ukrainian SSR.
- First Flight of the Gloster Meteor, Britain's first combat jet aircraft.
- World War II: Japanese forces capture Batavia, capital of Dutch East Indies, which is left undefended after the withdrawal of the KNIL garrison and Australian Blackforce battalion to Buitenzorg and Bandung.
- Six high-ranking members of the Soviet politburo, including Joseph Stalin, sign an order for the execution of 25,700 Polish intelligentsia, including 14,700 Polish POWs, in what will become known as the Katyn massacre.
- Spanish Civil War: The National Defence Council seizes control of the republican government in a coup d'etat, with the intention of negotiating an end to the war.
- First flight of K5054, the first prototype Supermarine Spitfire advanced monoplane fighter aircraft in the United Kingdom.
- Adolf Hitler's Nazi Party receives 43.9% at the Reichstag elections, which allows the Nazis to later pass the Enabling Act and establish a dictatorship.
- The British Raj: Gandhi-Irwin Pact is signed.
- Italo-Turkish War: Italian forces are the first to use airships for military purposes, employing them for reconnaissance behind Turkish lines.
- Moro Rebellion: United States Army troops bring overwhelming force against the native Moros in the First Battle of Bud Dajo, leaving only six survivors.
- George Westinghouse patents the air brake.
- Mefistofele, an opera by Arrigo Boito, receives its premiere performance at La Scala.
- Parma, Tuscany, Modena and Romagna vote in referendums to join the Kingdom of Sardinia.
- The Britannia Bridge across the Menai Strait between the island of Anglesey and the mainland of Wales is opened.
- Samuel Colt patents the first production-model revolver, the .34-caliber.
- Roberto Cofresí, one of the last successful Caribbean pirates, is defeated in combat and captured by authorities.
- First Anglo-Burmese War: The British officially declare war on Burma.
- Peninsular War: A French force under the command of Marshal Victor is routed while trying to prevent an Anglo-Spanish-Portuguese army from lifting the Siege of Cádiz in the Battle of Barrosa.
- Boston Massacre: Five Americans, including Crispus Attucks, are fatally shot by British troops in an event that would contribute to the outbreak of the American Revolutionary War (also known as the American War of Independence) five years later.
- Antonio de Ulloa, the first Spanish governor of Louisiana, arrives in New Orleans.
- Nicolaus Copernicus's book On the Revolutions of the Heavenly Spheres is added to the Index of Forbidden Books 73 years after it was first published.
- King Henry VII of England issues letters patent to John Cabot and his sons, authorising them to explore unknown lands.
- The Livonian Order is defeated in the Battle of Aizkraukle by the Grand Duchy of Lithuania.
- Nasir Khusraw begins the seven-year Middle Eastern journey which he will later describe in his book Safarnama.
- Roman Emperor Julian leaves Antioch with an army of 90,000 to attack the Sasanian Empire, in a campaign which would bring about his own death.
Births On This Day
- Roman Griffin Davis, British actor
- Bo Bichette, American baseball player
- Milena Venega, Cuban rower
- Taylor Hill, American model
- Emmanuel Mudiay, Congolese basketball player
- Daria Gavrilova, Russian-Australian tennis player
- Kyle Schwarber, American baseball player
- El Hadji Ba, French footballer
- Joshua Coyne, American violinist and composer
- Fred, Brazilian footballer
- Harry Maguire, English footballer
- Ramiro Funes Mori, Argentinian footballer
- Daniil Trifonov, Russian pianist and composer
- Danny Drinkwater, English footballer
- Mason Plumlee, American basketball player
- Alex Smithies, English footballer
- Liassine Cadamuro-Bentaïba, Algerian footballer
- Anna Chakvetadze, Russian tennis player
- Chris Cohen, English footballer
- Alexandre Barthe, French footballer
- Matty Fryatt, English footballer
- David Marshall, Scottish footballer
- Brad Mills, American baseball player
- Kenichi Matsuyama, Japanese actor
- Branko Cvetković, Serbian basketball player
- Guillaume Hoarau, French footballer
- Édgar Dueñas, Mexican footballer
- Dan Carter, New Zealand rugby player
- Philipp Haastrup, German footballer
- Barret Jackman, Canadian ice hockey player
- Paul Martin, American ice hockey player
- Shay Carl, American businessman, co-founded Maker Studios
- Martin Axenrot, Swedish drummer
- Lee Mears, English rugby player
- Jared Crouch, Australian footballer
- Mike Hessman, American baseball player and coach
- Kimberly McCullough, American actress, singer, and dancer
- Carlos Ochoa, Mexican footballer
- Taismary Agüero, Cuban-Italian volleyball player
- Adam Hayden, Australian rugby league player
- Neil Jackson, English actor, producer, and screenwriter
- Šarūnas Jasikevičius, Lithuanian basketball player and coach
- Paul Konerko, American baseball player
- Norm Maxwell, New Zealand rugby player
- Luciano Burti, Brazilian race car driver and sportscaster
- Sasho Petrovski, Australian footballer
- Chris Silverwood, English cricketer and coach
- Kevin Connolly, American actor and director
- Jens Jeremies, German footballer
- Matt Lucas, English actor, comedian, writer, and television personality
- Eva Mendes, American model and actress
- Yannis Anastasiou, Greek footballer and manager
- Nelly Arcan, Canadian author (d. 2009)
- Juan Esnáider, Argentinian footballer and manager
- Ryan Franklin, American baseball player
- Nicole Pratt, Australian tennis player, coach, and sportscaster
- Špela Pretnar, Slovenian skier
- Greg Berry, English footballer and coach
- Jeffrey Hammonds, American baseball player and scout
- Yuri Lowenthal, American voice actor, producer, and screenwriter
- Filip Meirhaeghe, Belgian cyclist
- Mark Protheroe, Australian rugby league player
- Mike Brown, American basketball player and coach
- John Frusciante, American singer-songwriter, guitarist, and producer
- Yuu Watase, Japanese illustrator
- Paul Blackthorne, English actor and producer
- Danny King, English author and playwright
- Moussa Saïb, Algerian footballer and manager
- M.C. Solaar, Senegalese-French rapper
- Gordon Bajnai, Hungarian businessman and politician, 7th Prime Minister of Hungary
- Theresa Villiers, English lawyer and politician, Secretary of State for Northern Ireland
- Oh Eun-sun, South Korean mountaineer
- Bob Halkidis, Canadian ice hockey player and coach
- Michael Irvin, American football player, sportscaster, and actor
- Aasif Mandvi, Indian-American actor, producer, and screenwriter
- Zachery Stevens, American singer-songwriter
- Steve Linnane, Australian rugby league player
- José Semedo, Portuguese footballer and coach
- Bertrand Cantat, French singer-songwriter
- Gerald Vanenburg, Dutch footballer and manager
- Joel Osteen, American pastor, author, and television host
- Paul Drayson, Baron Drayson, English businessman and politician, Minister for Defence Equipment, Support and Technology
- Vazgen Sargsyan, Armenian colonel and politician, 8th Prime Minister of Armenia (d. 1999)
- Volodymyr Bezsonov, Ukrainian footballer and manager
- Bob Forward, American director, producer, and screenwriter
- Andy Gibb, English-Australian singer-songwriter and actor (d. 1988)
- Mark E. Smith, English singer, songwriter and musician (d. 2018)
- Ray Suarez, American journalist and author
- Teena Marie, American singer-songwriter and producer (d. 2010)
- Christopher Snowden, English engineer and academic
- Penn Jillette, American magician, actor, and author
- Marsha Warfield, American actress
- João Lourenço, Angolan president
- Katarina Frostenson, Swedish poet and author
- Michael J. Sandel, American philosopher and academic
- Tokyo Sexwale, South African businessman and politician, 1st Premier of Gauteng
- Petar Borota, Serbian footballer and coach (d. 2010)
- Mike Squires, American baseball player and scout
- Rodney Hogg, Australian cricketer and coach
- Bernard Arnault, French businessman, philanthropist, and art collector
- Franz Josef Jung, German lawyer and politician, German Federal Minister of Defence
- Tom Russell, American singer-songwriter and guitarist
- Paquirri, Spanish bullfighter (d. 1984)
- Eddy Grant, Guyanese-British singer-songwriter and musician
- Richard Hickox, English conductor and scholar (d. 2008)
- Elaine Paige, English singer and actress
- Jan van Beveren, Dutch footballer and coach (d. 2011)
- Clodagh Rodgers, Northern Irish singer and actress
- Kent Tekulve, American baseball player and sportscaster
- Richard Bell, Canadian pianist (d. 2007)
- Guerrino Boatto, Italian illustrator and painter (d. 2018)
- Graham Hawkins, English footballer and manager (d. 2016)
- Murray Head, English actor and singer
- Wilf Tranter, English footballer
- Peter Brandes, Danish painter and sculptor
- Roy Gutman, American journalist and author
- Lucio Battisti, Italian singer-songwriter and guitarist (d. 1998)
- Felipe González, Spanish lawyer and politician, Prime Minister of Spain
- Mike Resnick, American author and editor (d. 2020)
- David Watkins, Welsh rugby player
- Des Wilson, New Zealand-English businessman and activist
- Tom Butler, English bishop
- Ken Irvine, Australian rugby league player (d. 1990)
- Graham McRae, New Zealand race car driver
- Sepp Piontek, German footballer and manager
- Samantha Eggar, English actress
- Tony Rundle, Australian politician, 40th Premier of Tasmania
- Benyamin Sueb, Indonesian actor and comedian (d. 1995)
- Peter Woodcock, Canadian serial killer (d. 2010)
- Pierre Wynants, Belgian chef
- Paul Evans, American singer-songwriter and guitarist
- Lynn Margulis, American biologist and academic (d. 2011)
- Fred Williamson, American football player, actor, director, producer, and screenwriter
- Olusegun Obasanjo, Nigerian general and politician, 5th President of Nigeria
- Canaan Banana, Zimbabwean minister and politician, 1st President of Zimbabwe (d. 2003)
- Dale Douglass, American golfer
- Dean Stockwell, American actor
- Letizia Battaglia, Italian photographer and journalist
- Philip K. Chapman, Australian-American astronaut and engineer
- Daniel Kahneman, Israeli-American economist and psychologist, Nobel Prize laureate
- Walter Kasper, German cardinal and theologian
- Paul Sand, American actor
- Fred, French author and illustrator (d. 2013)
- Barry Tuckwell, Australian horn player and educator (d. 2020)
- John Ashley, Canadian ice hockey player and referee (d. 2008)
- Del Crandall, American baseball player and manager
- Erik Carlsson, Swedish race car driver (d. 2015)
- J. B. Lenoir, American singer-songwriter and guitarist (d. 1967)
- J. Hillis Miller, American academic and critic
- Jack Cassidy, American actor and singer (d. 1976)
- Robert Lindsay, 29th Earl of Crawford, Scottish businessman and politician
- Roger Marche, French footballer (d. 1997)
- Juan A. Rivero, Puerto Rican biologist and academic (d. 2014)
- Laurence Tisch, American businessman, co-founded the Loews Corporation (d. 2003)
- James Noble, American actor (d. 2016)
- Pier Paolo Pasolini, Italian actor, director, and screenwriter (d. 1975)
- Elmer Valo, American baseball player and coach (d. 1998)
- José Aboulker, Algerian surgeon and activist (d. 2009)
- Virginia Christine, American actress (d. 1996)
- Rachel Gurney, English actress (d. 2001)
- Wang Zengqi, Chinese writer (d. 1997)
- Milt Schmidt, Canadian ice hockey player, coach, and manager (d. 2017)
- Red Storey, Canadian football player, referee, and sportscaster (d. 2006)
- James Tobin, American economist and academic (d. 2002)
- Henry Hicks, Canadian academic and politician, 16th Premier of Nova Scotia (d. 1990)
- Laurent Schwartz, French mathematician and academic (d. 2002)
- Jack Marshall, New Zealand colonel, lawyer, and politician, 28th Prime Minister of New Zealand (d. 1988)
- Subroto Mukerjee, Indian Air Marshall, Father of the Indian Air Force (d. 1960)
- Momofuku Ando, Taiwanese-Japanese businessman, founded Nissin Foods (d. 2007)
- Ennio Flaiano, Italian author, screenwriter, and critic (d. 1972)
- Fritz Fischer, German historian and author (d. 1999)
- Irving Fiske, American author and playwright (d. 1990)
- Rex Harrison, English actor (d. 1990)
- László Benedek, Hungarian-American director and cinematographer (d. 1992)
- Karl Rahner, German priest and theologian (d. 1984)
- Friedrich Günther, Prince of Schwarzburg (d. 1971)
- Julian Przyboś, Polish poet, essayist and translator (d. 1970)
- Lilli Jahn, Jewish German doctor (d. 1944)
- Johanna Langefeld, German guard and supervisor of three Nazi concentration camps (d. 1974)
- Zhou Enlai, Chinese politician, 1st Premier of the People's Republic of China (d. 1976)
- Misao Okawa, Japanese super-centenarian (d. 2015)
- Henry Daniell, English-American actor (d. 1963)
- Heitor Villa-Lobos, Brazilian guitarist and composer (d. 1959)
- Dong Biwu, Chinese judge and politician, Chairman of the People's Republic of China (d. 1975)
- Freddie Welsh, Welsh boxer (d. 1927)
- Marius Barbeau, Canadian ethnographer and academic (d. 1969)
- Pauline Sperry, American mathematician (d. 1967)
- Dora Marsden, English author and activist (d. 1960)
- Sergei Natanovich Bernstein, Russian mathematician and academic (d. 1968)
- William Beveridge, Bangladeshi-English economist and academic (d. 1963)
- Andres Larka, Estonian general and politician, 1st Estonian Minister of War (d. 1943)
- Thomas Inskip, 1st Viscount Caldecote, English lawyer and politician, 8th Lord Chief Justice of England (d. 1947)
- Elisabeth Moore, American tennis player (d. 1959)
- Harry Lawson, Australian politician, 27th Premier of Victoria (d. 1952)
- Henry Travers, English-American actor (d. 1965)
- Olav Bjaaland, Norwegian skier and explorer (d. 1961)
- Rosa Luxemburg, Polish-Russian economist and philosopher (d. 1919)
- Konstantinos Pallis, Greek general and politician, Minister Governor-General of Macedonia (d. 1941)
- Frank Norris, American journalist and author (d. 1902)
- Evgeny Paton, French-Ukrainian engineer (d. 1953)
- Michael von Faulhaber, German cardinal (d. 1952)
- Louis-Alexandre Taschereau, Canadian lawyer and politician, 14th Premier of Quebec (d. 1952)
- Siegbert Tarrasch, German chess player and theoretician (d. 1934)
- Howard Pyle, American author and illustrator (d. 1911)
- Félix de Blochausen, Luxembourgian politician, 6th Prime Minister of Luxembourg (d. 1915)
- Marietta Piccolomini, Italian soprano (d. 1899)
- Étienne-Jules Marey, French physiologist and chronophotographer (d. 1904)
- Charles Wyville Thomson, Scottish historian and zoologist (d. 1882)
- Austen Henry Layard, English archaeologist, academic, and politician, Under-Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs (d. 1894)
- John Wentworth, American journalist and politician, 19th Mayor of Chicago (d. 1888)
- Wilhelm von Giesebrecht, German historian and academic (d. 1889)
- Georg Friedrich Daumer, German poet and philosopher (d. 1875)
- Jacques Babinet, French physicist, mathematician, and astronomer (d. 1872)
- Robert Cooper Grier, American lawyer and jurist (d. 1870)
- Carlo Odescalchi, Italian cardinal (d. 1841)
- Benjamin Gompertz, English mathematician and statistician (d. 1865)
- Christoph Ernst Friedrich Weyse, Danish organist and composer (d. 1842)
- Jan Křtitel Kuchař, Czech organist, composer, and educator (d. 1829)
- Jean-Baptiste-Gaspard d'Ansse de Villoison, French scholar and academic (d. 1805)
- Jonas Carlsson Dryander, Swedish botanist and biologist (d. 1810)
- William Shield, English violinist and composer (d. 1829)
- Benjamin Ruggles Woodbridge, American colonel and physician (d. 1819)
- Vincenzo Galeotti, Italian-Danish dancer and choreographer (d. 1816)
- Princess Mary of Great Britain (d. 1773)
- Edward Cornwallis, English general and politician, Governor of Gibraltar (d. 1776)
- Frederick Cornwallis, English archbishop (d. 1783)
- Vasily Trediakovsky, Russian poet and playwright (d. 1768)
- Giovanni Battista Tiepolo, Italian painter (d. 1770)
- Johann Jakob Wettstein, Swiss theologian and scholar (d. 1754)
- Antoine de la Mothe Cadillac, French explorer and politician, 3rd Colonial Governor of Louisiana (d. 1730)
- Jan van der Heyden, Dutch painter and engineer (d. 1712)
- John George I, Elector of Saxony (d. 1656)
- Frederick I, Landgrave of Hesse-Homburg (d. 1638)
- William Oughtred, English minister and mathematician (d. 1660)
- John Coke, English civil servant and politician (d. 1644)
- Christoph Pezel, German theologian (d. 1604)
- Ulrich, Duke of Mecklenburg (d. 1603)
- Rodrigo de Castro Osorio, Spanish cardinal (d. 1600)
- Gerardus Mercator, Flemish mathematician, cartographer, and philosopher (d. 1594)
- William Herbert, 2nd Earl of Pembroke, English Earl (d. 1491)
- Cansignorio della Scala, Lord of Verona (d. 1375)
- Louis I of Hungary (d. 1382)
- David II of Scotland (d. 1371)
- Saint Kinga of Poland (d. 1292)
- Henry II of England (d. 1189)
Deaths On This Day
- Kurt Moll, German opera singer (b. 1938)
- Hassan Al-Turabi, Sudanese activist and politician (b. 1932)
- Ray Tomlinson, American computer programmer and engineer (b. 1941)
- Al Wistert, American football player and coach (b. 1920)
- Vlada Divljan, Serbian singer-songwriter and guitarist (b. 1958)
- Edward Egan, American cardinal (b. 1932)
- Geoff Edwards, American actor and game show host (b. 1931)
- Ailsa McKay, Scottish economist and academic (b. 1963)
- Leopoldo María Panero, Spanish poet and translator (b. 1948)
- Ola L. Mize, American colonel, Medal of Honor recipient (b. 1931)
- Paul Bearer, American wrestler and manager (b. 1954)
- Hugo Chávez, Venezuelan colonel and politician, President of Venezuela (b. 1954)
- Duane Gish, American biochemist and academic (b. 1921)
- Paul Haines, New Zealand-Australian author (b. 1970)
- Philip Madoc, Welsh-English actor (b. 1934)
- Robert B. Sherman, American songwriter and screenwriter (b. 1925)
- William O. Wooldridge, American sergeant (b. 1922)
- Manolis Rasoulis, Greek singer-songwriter (b. 1945)
- Charles B. Pierce, American director, producer, and screenwriter (b. 1938)
- Richard Stapley, British actor and writer (b. 1923)
- Joseph Weizenbaum, German computer scientist and author (b. 1923)
- David Sheppard, English cricketer and bishop (b. 1929)
- Lolo Ferrari, French dancer, actress and singer (b. 1963)
- Richard Kiley, American actor and singer (b. 1922)
- Samm Sinclair Baker, American writer (b. 1909)
- Jean Dréville, French director and screenwriter (b. 1906)
- Whit Bissell, American character actor (b. 1909)
- Vivian Stanshall, English singer-songwriter and musician (b. 1943)
- Gary Merrill, American actor and director (b. 1915)
- Alberto Olmedo, Argentine comedian and actor (b. 1933)
- Pierre Cochereau, French organist and composer (b. 1924)
- Tito Gobbi, Italian operatic baritone (b. 1913)
- William Powell, American actor (b. 1892)
- John Belushi, American actor (b. 1949)
- Yip Harburg, American songwriter and composer (b. 1896)
- Jay Silverheels, Canadian-American actor (b. 1912)
- Tom Pryce, Welsh race car driver (b. 1949)
- Otto Tief, Estonian lawyer and politician, Prime Minister of Estonia (b. 1889)
- John Samuel Bourque, Canadian colonel and politician (b. 1894)
- Billy De Wolfe, American actor (b. 1907)
- Sol Hurok, Ukrainian-American businessman (b. 1888)
- Robert C. O'Brien, American journalist and author (b. 1918)
- Allan Nevins, American journalist and author (b. 1890)
- Mischa Auer, Russian-American actor (b. 1905)
- Mohammad Mosaddegh, Iranian political scientist and politician, 60th Prime Minister of Iran (b. 1882)
- Georges Vanier, Canadian general and politician, 19th Governor General of Canada (b. 1888)
- Anna Akhmatova, Ukrainian-Russian poet, author, and translator (b. 1889)
- Chen Cheng, Chinese general and politician, 27th Premier of the Republic of China (b. 1897)
- Pepper Martin, American baseball player and manager (b. 1904)
- Patsy Cline, American singer-songwriter (b. 1932)
- Cowboy Copas, American singer-songwriter and guitarist (b. 1913)
- Hawkshaw Hawkins, American singer-songwriter and guitarist (b. 1921)
- Antanas Merkys, Lithuanian lawyer and politician, 14th Prime Minister of Lithuania (b. 1888)
- Herman J. Mankiewicz, American screenwriter and producer (b. 1897)
- Sergei Prokofiev, Russian pianist, composer, and conductor (b. 1891)
- Joseph Stalin, Soviet dictator and politician of Georgian descent, 2nd leader of the Soviet Union (b. 1878)
- Edgar Lee Masters, American poet, author, and playwright (b. 1868)
- Roman Shukhevych, Ukrainian general and politician (b. 1907)
- Alfredo Casella, Italian pianist, composer, and conductor (b. 1883)
- Lena Baker, African American maid and murderer (b. 1900)
- Max Jacob, French poet and author (b. 1876)
- Cai Yuanpei, Chinese philosopher and academic (b. 1868)
- Roque Ruaño, Spanish priest and engineer (b. 1877)
- Reşit Galip, Turkish academic and politician, 6th Turkish Minister of National Education (b. 1893)
- David Dunbar Buick, Scottish-American businessman, founded Buick (b. 1854)
- Franz Mertens, Polish-Austrian mathematician and academic (b. 1840)
- Johan Jensen, Danish mathematician and engineer (b. 1859)
- Friedrich Blass, German philologist, scholar, and academic (b. 1843)
- Nikolai Leskov, Russian author, playwright, and journalist (b. 1831)
- Sir Henry Rawlinson, 1st Baronet, English general and scholar (b. 1810)
- Hippolyte Taine, French historian and critic (b. 1828)
- Mary Louise Booth, American writer, editor and translator (b. 1831)
- Marie d'Agoult, German-French historian and author (b. 1805)
- David Scott, Scottish historical painter (b. 1806)
- John Adams, English sailor and mutineer (b. 1766)
- Pierre-Simon Laplace, French mathematician and astronomer (b. 1749)
- Alessandro Volta, Italian physicist and academic (b. 1745)
- Franz Mesmer, German physician and astrologist (b. 1734)
- Thomas Arne, English composer and educator (b. 1710)
- Crispus Attucks, American slave (b. 1723)
- Evelyn Pierrepont, 1st Duke of Kingston-upon-Hull, English politician, Lord President of the Council (b. 1655)
- Henry Wharton, English writer and librarian (b. 1664)
- Ranuccio I Farnese, Duke of Parma (b. 1569)
- Shimazu Yoshihisa, Japanese daimyō (b. 1533)
- Clement VIII, pope of the Catholic Church (b. 1536)
- Guido Panciroli, Italian historian and jurist (b. 1523)
- Nuno da Cunha, Portuguese admiral and politician, Governor of Portuguese India (b. 1487)
- Antonio da Correggio, Italian painter and educator (b. 1489)
- Manuel III Megas Komnenos, Emperor of Trebizond (b. 1364)
- Matthew of Kraków, Polish reformer (b. 1335)
- Hermann Balk, German knight
- Suppo I, Frankish nobleman
- Pope Lucius I (b. 200)