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On This Day in History:  May 17

May 17 is the 137th day of the year (138th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. 228 days remain until the end of the year.

Lottery News On This Day

2019
Lottery winner can seek bigger prize at trial, judge rules. A judge has ordered a trial in a lawsuit filed by Iowa lottery winner Larry Dawson, who contends a $9 million jackpot that he won in 2011 should have been nearly three times as big.
2019
N.C. woman's Mother's Day ticket wins $1.3 million jackpot. A lottery ticket turned out to be the Mother's Day $1.3 million "gift of a lifetime" for a North Carolina woman.
2018
NY lottery winner plans to sue Gaming Commission to keep his $5M winnings a secret. An unemployed father from Norwood, New York, won $5 million from a lottery scratch off ticket he bought April 24 — and he wants to keep the details of his windfall quiet.
2017
$24 million winning NY lottery ticket about to expire. There could be a millionaire walking around Manhattan who doesn't even know it, but they're going to lose it all very soon if they don't figure it out within the next week.
2017
N.Y. bartender bought $7M lottery ticket on a whim. A Bronx bartender won $7 million from a scratch-off ticket he bought while killing time at a laundromat — and now plans to spend big bucks on fishing gear, he said Tuesday.
2017
Virginia woman conned out of nearly $30,000. The Spotsylvania Sheriff's Office is investigating an incident in which a woman in the Virginia county was bilked out of nearly $30,000 after being promised lottery riches, court records show.
2016
Florida woman admits role in lottery fraud. A Broward County, Florida, woman pleaded guilty Monday to her role in a Jamaica-based telemarketing lottery fraud that targeted seniors in the U.S.
2014
11 more retailers suspended by Florida Lottery. The Florida Lottery, suspecting fraud, has suspended sales at 11 more stores, bringing the total to 14 since a Palm Beach Post investigation revealed startling patterns of winners.
2014
Minnesota Legislature passes lottery bill scrapping online scratch-off games. Both the Minnesota House and Senate on Friday overwhelmingly approved restrictions on online sales of state lottery tickets.
2014
New Arizona Lottery game on sale Sunday. Starting Sunday, Arizona lottery players will be able to buy tickets for the latest Arizona Lottery game called All or Nothing.
2013
$600 MILLION: Biggest Powerball jackpot ever. Only once before has the United States -- or the world -- witnessed a lottery-buying frenzy like we are seeing this week.
2013
Man finds $4.85 million Lotto ticket in cookie jar. Facing eviction, an Illinois man found a winning lottery ticket worth $4.85 million in his cookie jar.
2012
Two workers in lottery pool sue over $118 million ticket. Two employees of a Chicago Heights, Illinois, bakery are suing co-workers over a $118 million Mega Millions jackpot, alleging they were unfairly left out of the winnings.
2011
Detroit lottery millionaire charged with murder. A man who was part of a U.S. Postal Service employees group who won a share of the $93 million Mega Millions Jackpot in February is now accused of killing a Detroit landlord from Australia.
2010
US Rep. introduces revised Internet gambling bill. In March, Rep. Jim McDermott (D-WA) announced that he was re-introducing legislation to tax licensed Internet gambling in the U.S.
2008
Judge tosses wife's Lotto suit -- for now. A Miami-Dade judge on Thursday said the wife of a lottery winner cannot go forward with a lawsuit against her spouse until she proves the money should belong to her.
2007
Georgia man wins $44,000 at stop sign. Grady Strickland of Avera, Georgia, scratched his 4's Galore scratch ticket at a stop sign and won a $44,000 top prize.
2005
Wyoming lottery being considered. An interim legislative committee is considering a measure that would let voters have a say on whether Wyoming should join the Powerball lottery.
2005
Oklahoma Lottery vies for Santa Fe headquarters. The Oklahoma Lottery Commission may have found a home for an agency expected to employ more than 100 workers.
2005
Nevada Democrats try to revive lottery plan. Nevada Democrats are trying to breathe life into their state lottery proposal, an idea Senate Republicans say is dead for the 2005 session.
2005
Iowa Lottery introduces electronic instant game card. The world's first electronic version of a lottery instant-scratch game begins statewide sales this week in Iowa.
2004
Powerball Jackpot Jumps to $24 Million. Because no one correctly matched all six numbers in Saturday's Powerball drawing the jackpot grew to an estimated $24 million, with a cash option of $12.2 million.
2004
One Ticket Wins $11 Million Florida Lotto Jackpot. One ticket matched all six Florida Lotto numbers to win a jackpot of $11 million, lottery officials said Sunday.
2004
N.C. lottery unlikely for this term. Don't bet on buying a lottery ticket in North Carolina anytime soon.
2004
Kentucky losing lottery sales to Tennessee. Kentucky Lottery officials say they have their first hard evidence that Tennessee's new lottery has chipped away at their income: Kentucky lost about $1.85 million in the $213 million Powerball drawing on May 8.

Top 25 Lottery Jackpots On This Day

1.$590.5 Million
Multi-State
Powerball
Draw Date
May 18, 2013
2.$339 Million
Multi-State
Mega Millions
Draw Date
May 17, 2019
3.$315.3 Million
Multi-State
Powerball
Draw Date
May 19, 2018
4.$274 Million
Multi-State
Mega Millions
Draw Date
May 19, 2020
5.$270 Million
Multi-State
Powerball
Draw Date
May 18, 2019
6.$204 Million
Multi-State
Powerball
Draw Date
May 17, 2017
7.$190 Million
Multi-State
Mega Millions
Draw Date
May 17, 2013
8.$175 Million
Multi-State
Powerball
Draw Date
May 20, 1998
9.$174 Million
Multi-State
Mega Millions
Draw Date
May 17, 2016
10.$173 Million
Multi-State
Mega Millions
Draw Date
May 19, 2015
11.€154.2 Million
US$172.15 Million
Draw Date
May 18, 2019
12.$170 Million
Multi-State
Powerball
Draw Date
May 20, 2009
13.$149 Million
Multi-State
Mega Millions
Draw Date
May 20, 2014
14.$145 Million
Multi-State
Powerball
Draw Date
May 19, 2010
15.$129 Million
Multi-State
Powerball
Draw Date
May 18, 2005
16.€94.84 Million
US$121.23 Million
Draw Date
May 19, 2012
17.$121 Million
Multi-State
Powerball
Draw Date
May 20, 2015
18.€107 Million
US$119.63 Million
Multi-Country
Euro Millions
Draw Date
May 19, 2017
19.$114 Million
Multi-State
Powerball
Draw Date
May 17, 2006
20.$100 Million
Multi-State
Powerball
Draw Date
May 19, 2012
20.$100 Million
Multi-State
Powerball
Draw Date
May 17, 2014
22.$97 Million
Multi-State
Powerball
Draw Date
May 18, 2011
23.€71.44 Million
US$96.4 Million
Draw Date
May 19, 2007
24.$95 Million
Multi-State
Powerball
Draw Date
May 20, 2020
25.€83.18 Million
US$94.15 Million
Draw Date
May 17, 2016

Lottery Post Member Birthdays On This Day

1984
Thursday, May 17, 1984
36 years old
1978
Wednesday, May 17, 1978
42 years old
1973
Thursday, May 17, 1973
47 years old
1972
Wednesday, May 17, 1972
48 years old
1971
Monday, May 17, 1971
49 years old
1969
Saturday, May 17, 1969
51 years old
1967
Wednesday, May 17, 1967
53 years old
1962
Thursday, May 17, 1962
58 years old
1960
Tuesday, May 17, 1960
60 years old
(year not provided)
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Worldwide Events On This Day

2018
The United States Senate confirmed Gina Cheri Haspel to lead the Central Intelligence Agency becoming the first woman to hold the post on a full-time basis.
2014
A plane crash in northern Laos kills 17 people.
2009
Minecraft release as what is now known as Minecraft Classic.
2007
Trains from North and South Korea cross the 38th Parallel in a test-run agreed by both governments. This is the first time that trains have crossed the Demilitarized Zone since 1953.
2006
The aircraft carrier USS Oriskany is sunk in the Gulf of Mexico as an artificial reef.
2004
The first legal same-sex marriages in the U.S. are performed in the state of Massachusetts.
2000
Arsenal and Galatasaray fans clash in the 2000 UEFA Cup Final riots in Copenhagen
1997
Troops of Laurent Kabila march into Kinshasa. Zaire is officially renamed Democratic Republic of the Congo.
1995
Shawn Nelson steals an M60 tank from the California Army National Guard Armory in San Diego and proceeds to go on a rampage.
1994
Malawi holds its first multi-party elections.
1992
Three days of popular protests against the government of Prime Minister of Thailand Suchinda Kraprayoon begin in Bangkok, leading to a military crackdown that results in 52 officially confirmed deaths, hundreds of injuries, many disappearances, and more than 3,500 arrests.
1990
The General Assembly of the World Health Organization (WHO) eliminates homosexuality from the list of psychiatric diseases.
1987
Iran-Iraq War: An Iraqi Dassault Mirage F1 fighter jet fires two missiles into the U.S. Navy warship USS Stark, killing 37 and injuring 21 of her crew.
1984
Prince Charles calls a proposed addition to the National Gallery, London, a "monstrous carbuncle on the face of a much-loved and elegant friend", sparking controversies on the proper role of the Royal Family and the course of modern architecture.
1983
The U.S. Department of Energy declassifies documents showing world's largest mercury pollution event in Oak Ridge, Tennessee (ultimately found to be 4.2 million pounds), in response to the Appalachian Observer's Freedom of Information Act request.
1983
Lebanon, Israel, and the United States sign an agreement on Israeli withdrawal from Lebanon.
1980
General Chun Doo-hwan of South Korea seizes control of the government and declares martial law in order to suppress student demonstrations.
1980
On the eve of presidential elections, Maoist guerrilla group Shining Path attacks a polling location in Chuschi (a town in Ayacucho), starting the Internal conflict in Peru.
1977
Nolan Bushnell opened the first Chuck E. Cheese's in San Jose, California.
1974
The Troubles: Thirty-three civilians are killed and 300 injured when the Ulster Volunteer Force (UVF) detonates four car bombs in Dublin and Monaghan, Republic of Ireland.
1974
Police in Los Angeles raid the Symbionese Liberation Army's headquarters, killing six members, including Camilla Hall.
1973
Watergate scandal: Televised hearings begin in the United States Senate.
1969
Venera program: Soviet Venera 6 begins its descent into the atmosphere of Venus, sending back atmospheric data before being crushed by pressure.
1967
Six-Day War: President Gamal Abdel Nasser of Egypt demands dismantling of the peace-keeping UN Emergency Force in Egypt.
1954
The United States Supreme Court hands down a unanimous decision in Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka, Kansas.
1943
World War II: Dambuster Raids commence by No. 617 Squadron RAF.
1940
World War II: Germany occupies Brussels, Belgium.
1939
The Columbia Lions and the Princeton Tigers play in the United States' first televised sporting event, a collegiate baseball game in New York City.
1933
Vidkun Quisling and Johan Bernhard Hjort form Nasjonal Samling — the national-socialist party of Norway.
1915
The last British Liberal Party government (led by Herbert Henry Asquith) falls.
1914
The Protocol of Corfu is signed, recognising full autonomy to Northern Epirus under nominal Albanian sovereignty.
1902
Greek archaeologist Valerios Stais discovers the Antikythera mechanism, an ancient mechanical analog computer.
1900
Second Boer War: British troops relieve Mafeking.
1875
Aristides wins the first Kentucky Derby.
1869
Imperial Japanese forces defeat the remnants of the Tokugawa shogunate in the Battle of Hakodate to end the Boshin War.
1865
The International Telegraph Union (later the International Telecommunication Union) is established in Paris.
1863
Rosalía de Castro publishes Cantares Gallegos, the first book in the Galician language.
1859
Members of the Melbourne Football Club codified the first rules of Australian rules football.
1814
Occupation of Monaco changes from French to Austrian.
1814
The Constitution of Norway is signed and Crown Prince Christian Frederick of Denmark is elected King of Norway by the Norwegian Constituent Assembly.
1809
Emperor Napoleon I orders the annexation of the Papal States to the French Empire.
1805
Muhammad Ali becomes Wāli of Egypt.
1792
The New York Stock Exchange is formed under the Buttonwood Agreement.
1673
Louis Jolliet and Jacques Marquette begin exploring the Mississippi River.
1642
Paul de Chomedey, Sieur de Maisonneuve (1612-1676) founds the Ville Marie de Montréal.
1590
Anne of Denmark is crowned Queen of Scotland.
1536
George Boleyn, 2nd Viscount Rochford and four other men are executed for treason.
1536
Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn's marriage is annulled.
1521
Edward Stafford, 3rd Duke of Buckingham, is executed for treason.
1395
Battle of Rovine: The Wallachians defeat an invading Ottoman army.

Births On This Day

1991
Johanna Konta, Australian-English tennis player
1991
Adil Omar, Pakistani rapper and music producer
1990
Fabian Giefer, German footballer
1990
Charlie Gubb, New Zealand rugby league player
1990
Katrina Hart, English runner
1990
Guido Pella, Argentine tennis player
1989
Mose Masoe, New Zealand rugby league player
1989
Rain Raadik, Estonian basketball player
1989
Tessa Virtue, Canadian ice dancer
1988
Nikki Reed, American actress, singer, and screenwriter
1988
Jennison Myrie-Williams, English footballer
1987
Edvald Boasson Hagen, Norwegian cyclist
1987
Aleandro Rosi, Italian footballer
1986
Marius Činikas, Lithuanian footballer
1986
Timo Simonlatser, Estonian skier
1986
Jodie Taylor, English footballer
1985
Teófilo Gutiérrez, Colombian footballer
1985
Derek Hough, American actor, singer, and dancer
1985
Christine Nesbitt, Canadian speed skater
1985
Todd Redmond, American baseball player
1985
Matt Ryan, American football player
1984
Christian Bolaños, Costa Rican footballer
1984
Christine Ohuruogu, English runner
1984
Christine Robinson, Canadian water polo player
1983
Channing Frye, American basketball player
1983
Chris Henry, American football player (d. 2009)
1983
Nicky Hofs, Dutch footballer
1983
Kevin Kingston, Australian rugby league player
1983
Jeremy Sowers, American baseball player
1982
Matt Cassel, American football player
1982
Dan Hardy, English mixed martial artist
1982
Reiko Nakamura, Japanese swimmer
1982
Tony Parker, French-American basketball player
1982
Chloe Smith, English politician
1981
Beñat Albizuri, Spanish cyclist
1981
Leon Osman, English footballer
1981
Lim Jeong-hee, South Korean singer
1981
Chris Skidmore, English historian and politician
1981
Giannis Taralidis, Greek footballer
1980
Davor Džalto, Bosnian historian and philosopher
1980
Fredrik Kessiakoff, Swedish cyclist
1979
David Jarolím, Czech footballer
1979
Wayne Thomas, English footballer
1978
John Foster, American baseball player and coach
1978
Paddy Kenny, English footballer
1978
Carlos Peña, Dominican-American baseball player
1978
Magdalena Zděnovcová, Czech tennis player
1976
Kandi Burruss, American singer-songwriter, producer, and actress
1976
Shayne Dunley, Australian rugby league player
1976
José Guillén, Dominican-American baseball player
1976
Daniel Komen, Kenyan runner
1976
Wang Leehom, American-Taiwanese singer-songwriter, producer, actor, and director
1976
Mayte Martínez, Spanish runner
1975
Marcelinho Paraíba, Brazilian footballer
1975
Alex Wright, German wrestler
1974
Andrea Corr, Irish singer-songwriter, pianist, and actress
1974
Wiki González, Venezuelan baseball player
1974
Eddie Lewis, American soccer player
1973
Josh Homme, American singer-songwriter, guitarist, and producer
1971
Mark Connors, Australian rugby player
1971
Shaun Hart, Australian footballer, coach, and sportscaster
1971
Queen Máxima of the Netherlands
1971
Gina Raimondo, Governor of Rhode Island
1970
Hubert Davis, American basketball player and coach
1970
Jordan Knight, American singer-songwriter and actor (New Kids on the Block)
1970
Matt Lindland, American mixed martial artist, wrestler, and politician
1970
René Vilbre, Estonian director and screenwriter
1969
Keith Hill, English footballer and manager
1968
Dave Abbruzzese, American rock drummer and songwriter (Pearl Jam)
1967
Mohamed Nasheed, Maldivian lawyer and politician 4th President of the Maldives
1967
Patrick Ortlieb, Austrian skier
1967
Nancy Benoit, American professional wrestling valet and model
1966
Qusay Hussein, Iraqi soldier and politician (d. 2003)
1966
Mark Kratzmann, Australian tennis player and coach
1966
Danny Manning, American basketball player and coach
1966
Gilles Quénéhervé, French sprinter
1965
Trent Reznor, American singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and producer
1965
Jeremy Vine, English journalist and author
1964
Stratos Apostolakis, Greek footballer and coach
1964
Mauro Martini, Italian race car driver
1964
Menno Oosting, Dutch tennis player (d. 1999)
1963
Jon Koncak, American basketball player
1963
Page McConnell, American keyboard player and songwriter
1962
Lise Lyng Falkenberg, Danish journalist and author
1962
Andrew Farrar, Australian rugby league player and coach
1962
Craig Ferguson, Scottish-American comedian, actor, and talk show host
1962
Jane Moore, English journalist and author
1962
Rosalind Picard, American computer scientist and engineer, co-founded Affectiva
1961
Enya, Irish singer-songwriter and producer
1961
Jamil Azzaoui, Canadian singer-songwriter and guitarist
1961
Justin King, English businessman
1960
Lou DiBella, American boxing promoter, actor, and producer
1960
Simon Fuller, English talent manager and producer, created the Idols series
1959
Marcelo Loffreda, Argentine rugby player and coach
1958
Paul Di'Anno, English rock singer-songwriter (Iron Maiden)
1957
Pascual Pérez, Dominican baseball player (d. 2012)
1956
Sugar Ray Leonard, American boxer
1956
Annise Parker, American politician
1956
Bob Saget, American comedian, actor, and television host
1956
Dave Sim, Canadian cartoonist and author
1955
Bill Paxton, American actor and director (d. 2017)
1955
David Townsend, American singer-songwriter and guitarist (d. 2005)
1954
Michael Roberts, South African-English jockey
1952
Howard Hampton, Canadian lawyer and politician
1951
Simon Hughes, English lawyer and politician
1950
Howard Ashman, American playwright and composer (d. 1991)
1950
Keith Bradley, Baron Bradley, English accountant and politician
1950
Janez Drnovšek, Slovenian economist and politician, 2nd President of Slovenia (d. 2008)
1950
Alan Johnson, English politician, Shadow Chancellor of the Exchequer
1950
Valeriya Novodvorskaya, Russian journalist and politician (d. 2014)
1949
Bill Bruford, English drummer, songwriter, and producer
1949
Keith, American pop singer
1948
Dick Gaughan, Scottish singer-songwriter and guitarist
1947
Stephen Platten, English bishop
1946
Udo Lindenberg, German singer-songwriter and drummer
1945
B.S. Chandrasekhar, Indian cricketer
1945
Tony Roche, Australian tennis player and coach
1944
Jesse Winchester, American singer-songwriter, guitarist, and producer (d. 2014)
1943
Sirajuddin of Perlis, Yang di-Pertuan Agong of Malaysia
1943
Johnny Warren, Australian footballer, coach, and sportscaster (d. 2004)
1942
Taj Mahal, American blues singer-songwriter and musician
1941
David Cope, American composer and author
1941
Ben Nelson, American lawyer and politician, 37th Governor of Nebraska
1940
Alan Kay, American computer scientist and academic
1940
Reynato Puno, Filipino lawyer and jurist, 22nd Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of the Philippines
1939
Hugh Dykes, Baron Dykes, English politician
1939
Gary Paulsen, American author
1938
Jason Bernard, American actor (d. 1996)
1938
Marcia Freedman, Israeli activist
1938
Pervis Jackson, American R&B bass singer (The Spinners) (d. 2008)
1937
Hazel R. O'Leary, American lawyer and politician, 7th United States Secretary of Energy
1936
Dennis Hopper, American actor and director (d. 2010)
1935
Dennis Potter, English voice actor, director, producer, and screenwriter (d. 1994)
1934
Friedrich-Wilhelm Kiel, German educator and politician
1934
Earl Morrall, American football player and coach (d. 2014)
1934
Ronald Wayne, American computer scientist, co-founded Apple Inc.
1933
Yelena Gorchakova, Russian javelin thrower (d. 2002)
1932
Rodric Braithwaite, English soldier and diplomat, British Ambassador to Russia
1932
Peter Burge, Australian cricketer (d. 2001)
1931
Marshall Applewhite, American cult leader, founded Heaven's Gate (d. 1997)
1931
Dewey Redman, American saxophonist (d. 2006)
1929
Branko Zebec, Yugoslav football player and coach (d. 1988)
1926
David Ogilvy, 13th Earl of Airlie, English-Scottish soldier and politician
1926
Dietmar Schönherr, Austrian-Spanish actor, director, and screenwriter (d. 2014)
1926
Franz Sondheimer, German-English chemist and academic (d. 1981)
1924
Roy Bentley, English footballer (d. 2018)
1924
Francis Tombs, Baron Tombs, English engineer and politician
1923
Michael Beetham, English commander and pilot (d. 2015)
1923
Anthony Eyton, English painter and educator
1922
Jean Rédélé, French race car driver, founded Alpine (d. 2007)
1921
Dennis Brain, English composer (d. 1957)
1921
Bob Merrill, American composer and screenwriter (d. 1998)
1920
Harry Männil, Estonian-Venezuelan businessman, co-founded ACO Group (d. 2010)
1919
Antonio Aguilar, Mexican singer-songwriter, producer, actor, and screenwriter (d. 2007)
1919
Merle Miller, American author and screenwriter (d. 1986)
1919
Gustav Naan, Russian-Estonian physicist and philosopher (d. 1994)
1918
Joan Benham, English actress (d. 1981)
1918
Birgit Nilsson, Swedish operatic soprano (d. 2005)
1914
Robert N. Thompson, American-Canadian chiropractor and politician (d. 1997)
1913
Hans Ruesch, Swiss race car driver and author (d. 2007)
1912
Archibald Cox, American lawyer and politician, 31st United States Solicitor General (d. 2004)
1912
Ace Parker, American baseball and football player (d. 2013)
1912
Mary Beatrice Davidson Kenner, American inventor (d. 2006)
1911
Lisa Fonssagrives, Swedish-American model (d. 1992)
1911
Maureen O'Sullivan, Irish-American actress (d. 1998)
1909
Julius Sumner Miller, American physicist and academic (d. 1987)
1906
Zinka Milanov, Croatian-American soprano and educator (d. 1989)
1904
Marie-Anne Desmarest, French author (d. 1973)
1903
Cool Papa Bell, American baseball player and manager (d. 1991)
1901
Werner Egk, German pianist and composer (d. 1983)
1899
Carmen de Icaza, Spanish writer (d. 1979)
1898
A. J. Casson, Canadian painter (d. 1992)
1897
Odd Hassel, Norwegian chemist and academic, Nobel Prize laureate (d. 1981)
1895
Saul Adler, Belarusian-English captain and parasitologist (d. 1966)
1895
Reinhold Saulmann, Estonian sprinter and bandy player (d. 1936)
1893
Frederick McKinley Jones, African-American inventor and entrepreneur (d. 1961)
1891
Napoleon Zervas, Greek general and politician (d. 1957)
1889
Dorothy Gibson, American actress and singer (d. 1946)
1889
Alfonso Reyes, Mexican author (d. 1959)
1888
Tich Freeman, English cricketer (d. 1965)
1886
Alfonso XIII of Spain, Spanish monarch (d. 1941)
1882
Karl Burman, Estonian architect and painter (d. 1965)
1874
George Sheldon, American diver (d. 1907)
1873
Henri Barbusse, French author and journalist (d. 1935)
1873
Dorothy Richardson, English author and journalist (d. 1957)
1870
Newton Moore, Australian politician, 8th Premier of Western Australia (d. 1936)
1868
Horace Elgin Dodge, American businessman, co-founded Dodge (d. 1920)
1868
Panagis Tsaldaris, Greek politician, Prime Minister of Greece (d. 1936)
1866
Erik Satie, French pianist and composer (d. 1925)
1864
Louis Richardet, Swiss target shooter (d. 1923)
1864
Ante Trumbić, Croatian lawyer and politician, 27th Mayor of Split (d. 1938)
1863
Léon Gérin, Canadian lawyer, sociologist, and civil servant (d. 1951)
1860
Martin Kukučín, Slovak author and playwright (d. 1928)
1860
Charlotte Barnum, American mathematician and social activist (d. 1934)
1845
Jacint Verdaguer, Catalan priest and poet (d. 1902)
1836
Virginie Loveling, Belgian author and poet (d. 1923)
1836
Wilhelm Steinitz, Austrian-American chess player (d. 1900)
1835
Thomas McIlwraith, Scottish-Australian politician, 8th Premier of Queensland (d. 1900)
1821
Sebastian Kneipp, German priest and therapist (d. 1897)
1818
Ezra Otis Kendall, American professor, astronomer and mathematician (d. 1899)
1794
Anna Brownell Jameson, Irish-English author (d. 1860)
1768
Caroline of Brunswick (d. 1821)
1768
Henry Paget, 1st Marquess of Anglesey, English general and politician, Lord Lieutenant of Ireland (d. 1854)
1758
Sir John St Aubyn, 5th Baronet, English politician (d. 1839)
1749
Edward Jenner, English physician and microbiologist (d. 1823)
1743
Seth Warner, American colonel (d. 1784)
1732
Francesco Pasquale Ricci, Italian violinist and composer (d. 1817)
1718
Robert Darcy, 4th Earl of Holderness, English politician and diplomat, Secretary of State for the Southern Department (d. 1778)
1706
Andreas Felix von Oefele, German historian and librarian (d. 1780)
1698
Gio Nicola Buhagiar, Maltese painter (d. 1752)
1682
Bartholomew Roberts, Welsh pirate (d. 1722)
1636
Edward Colman, English Catholic courtier under Charles II (d. 1678)
1628
Ferdinand Charles, Archduke of Austria (d. 1662)
1568
Anna Vasa of Sweden, Swedish princess (d. 1625)
1551
Martin Delrio, Belgian occultist and theologian (d. 1601)
1500
Federico II Gonzaga, Duke of Mantua (d. 1540)
1490
Albert, Duke of Prussia, last Grand Master of the Teutonic Knights (d. 1568)
1451
Engelbert II of Nassau, Count of Nassau-Vianden and Lord of Breda (1475-1504) (d. 1504)
1443
Edmund, Earl of Rutland (d. 1460)
1155
Jien, Japanese monk, poet, and historian (d. 1225)

Deaths On This Day

2017
Todor Veselinović, Serbian football player and manager (b. 1930)
2014
Gerald Edelman, American biologist and immunologist, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1929)
2014
C. P. Krishnan Nair, Indian businessman, founded The Leela Palaces, Hotels and Resorts (b. 1922)
2014
Douangchay Phichit, Laotian politician (b. 1944)
2014
Thongbanh Sengaphone, Laotian politician (b. 1953)
2013
Philippe Gaumont, French cyclist (b. 1973)
2013
Peter Schulz, German politician, Mayor of Hamburg (b. 1930)
2013
Ken Venturi, American golfer and sportscaster (b. 1931)
2013
Jorge Rafael Videla, Argentine general and politician, 42nd President of Argentina (b. 1925)
2012
Gideon Ezra, Israeli geographer and politician, Israeli Minister in the Prime Minister's Office (b. 1937)
2012
Patrick Mafisango, Congolese-Rwandan footballer (b. 1980)
2012
Donna Summer, American singer-songwriter (b. 1948)
2011
Harmon Killebrew, American baseball player and sportscaster (b. 1936)
2010
Yvonne Loriod, French pianist, composer, and educator (b. 1924)
2010
Walasse Ting, Chinese-American painter and poet (b. 1929)
2009
Mario Benedetti, Uruguayan journalist, author, and poet (b. 1920)
2009
Jung Seung-hye, South Korean journalist and producer (b. 1965)
2007
Lloyd Alexander, American soldier and author (b. 1924)
2007
T. K. Doraiswamy, Indian poet and author (b. 1921)
2006
Cy Feuer, American director, producer, and composer (b. 1911)
2005
Frank Gorshin, American actor (b. 1934)
2004
Jørgen Nash, Danish poet and painter (b. 1920)
2004
Tony Randall, American actor (b. 1920)
2004
Ezzedine Salim, Iraqi politician (b. 1943)
2002
László Kubala, Hungarian-Spanish footballer, coach, and manager (b. 1927)
2002
Aşık Mahzuni Şerif, Turkish poet and composer (b. 1940)
2001
Jacques-Louis Lions, French mathematician (b. 1928)
2001
Frank G. Slaughter, American physician and author (b. 1908)
2000
Donald Coggan, English archbishop (b. 1909)
1999
Bruce Fairbairn, Canadian trumpet player and producer (b. 1949)
1999
Lembit Oll, Estonian chess Grandmaster (b. 1966)
1996
Kevin Gilbert, American singer-songwriter and producer (b. 1966)
1995
Toe Blake, Canadian ice hockey player and coach (b. 1912)
1992
Lawrence Welk, American accordion player and bandleader (b. 1903)
1987
Gunnar Myrdal, Swedish economist, sociologist, and politician, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1898)
1985
Abe Burrows, American director, composer, and author (b. 1910)
1980
Gündüz Kılıç, Turkish football player and coach (b. 1918)
1977
Charles E. Rosendahl, American admiral and pilot (b. 1892)
1974
Ernest Nash, German-American photographer and scholar (b. 1898)
1964
Nandor Fodor, Hungarian-American psychologist and parapsychologist (b. 1895)
1963
John Wilce, American football player, coach, and physician (b. 1888)
1960
Jules Supervielle, Uruguayan-French poet and author (b. 1884)
1951
William Birdwood, Anglo-Indian field marshal (b. 1865)
1947
George Forbes, New Zealand farmer and politician, 22nd Prime Minister of New Zealand (b. 1869)
1943
Johanna Elberskirchen, German author and activist (b. 1864)
1938
Jakob Ehrlich, Czech-Austrian academic and politician (b. 1877)
1936
Panagis Tsaldaris, Greek lawyer and politician, 124th Prime Minister of Greece (b. 1868)
1935
Paul Dukas, French composer, critic, and educator (b. 1865)
1934
Cass Gilbert, American architect (b. 1859)
1927
Harold Geiger, American pilot and lieutenant (b. 1884)
1922
Dorothy Levitt, English racing driver and journalist (b. 1882)
1921
Karl Mantzius, Danish actor and director (b. 1860)
1919
Guido von List, Austrian-German journalist, author, and poet (b. 1848)
1917
Clara Ayres, American nurse (b. 1880)
1917
Charles Brooke, Rajah of Sarawak (b. 1829)
1916
Boris Borisovich Golitsyn, Russian physicist and seismologist (b. 1862)
1911
Frederick August Otto Schwarz, German-American businessman, founded FAO Schwarz (b. 1836)
1888
Giacomo Zanella, Italian priest and poet (b. 1820)
1886
John Deere, American blacksmith and businessman, founded the Deere & Company (b. 1804)
1880
Ziya Pasha, Greek author and translator (b. 1826)
1879
Asa Packer, American businessman, founded Lehigh University (b. 1805)
1875
John C. Breckinridge, American lawyer and politician, 14th Vice President of the United States, Confederate States general (b. 1821)
1868
Kondō Isami, Japanese commander (b. 1834)
1839
Archibald Alison, Scottish priest and author (b. 1757)
1838
René Caillié, French explorer and author (b. 1799)
1838
Charles Maurice de Talleyrand-Périgord, French bishop and politician, Prime Minister of France (b. 1754)
1829
John Jay, American politician and diplomat, 1st Chief Justice of the United States (b. 1745)
1822
Armand-Emmanuel de Vignerot du Plessis, Duc de Richelieu, French general and politician, 2nd Prime Minister of France (b. 1766)
1809
Leopold Auenbrugger, Austrian physician (b. 1722)
1807
John Gunby, American general (b. 1745)
1801
William Heberden, English physician and scholar (b. 1710)
1797
Michel-Jean Sedaine, French playwright and composer (b. 1719)
1765
Alexis Clairaut, French mathematician, astronomer, and geophysicist (b. 1713)
1729
Samuel Clarke, English clergyman and philosopher (b. 1675)
1727
Catherine I of Russia (b. 1684)
1643
Giovanni Picchi, Italian organist and composer (b. 1571)
1626
Joan Pau Pujol, Catalan organist and composer (b. 1570)
1607
Anna d'Este, French princess (b. 1531)
1606
False Dmitriy I, pretender to the Russian throne (b. 1582)
1575
Matthew Parker, English archbishop and academic (b. 1504)
1558
Francisco de Sá de Miranda, Portuguese poet (b. 1485)
1551
Shin Saimdang, South Korean poet and calligraphist (b. 1504)
1546
Philipp von Hutten, German explorer (b. 1511)
1536
George Boleyn, 2nd Viscount Rochford, English courtier and diplomat, Lord Warden of the Cinque Ports (b. 1504)
1536
William Brereton, English courtier (b. 1487)
1536
Henry Norris, English courtier (b. 1482)
1521
Edward Stafford, 3rd Duke of Buckingham, Welsh politician, Lord High Constable of England (b. 1478)
1510
Sandro Botticelli, Italian painter (b. 1445)
1464
Thomas de Ros, 9th Baron de Ros, English politician (b. 1427)
1395
Konstantin Dejanović/Constantine Dragaš, Serbian ruler (b. 1355)
1365
Louis II, Elector of Brandenburg (b. 1328)
1336
Go-Fushimi, emperor of Japan (b. 1288)
1299
Daumantas of Pskov, Lithuanian prince (b. c. 1240)
946
Al-Qa'im bi-Amr Allah, Fatimid caliph (b. 893)
924
Li Maozhen, Chinese warlord and king (b. 856)
896
Liu Jianfeng, Chinese warlord
528
Empress Dowager Hu of Northern Wei
528
Yuan Yong, imperial prince of Northern Wei
528
Yuan Zhao, emperor of Northern Wei (b. 526)