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
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- $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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- $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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- N.C. lottery unlikely for this term. Don't bet on buying a lottery ticket in North Carolina anytime soon.
- 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
May 18, 2013
- 2.$339 Million
May 17, 2019
- 3.$315.3 Million
May 19, 2018
- 4.$274 Million
May 19, 2020
- 5.$270 Million
May 18, 2019
- 6.$204 Million
May 17, 2017
- 7.$190 Million
May 17, 2013
- 8.$175 Million
May 20, 1998
- 9.$174 Million
May 17, 2016
- 10.$173 Million
May 19, 2015
- 11.€154.2 Million
May 18, 2019
- 12.$170 Million
May 20, 2009
- 13.$149 Million
May 20, 2014
- 14.$145 Million
May 19, 2010
- 15.$129 Million
May 18, 2005
- 16.€94.84 Million
May 19, 2012
- 17.$121 Million
May 20, 2015
- 18.€107 Million
May 19, 2017
- 19.$114 Million
May 17, 2006
- 20.$100 Million
May 19, 2012
- 20.$100 Million
May 17, 2014
- 22.$97 Million
May 18, 2011
- 23.€71.44 Million
May 19, 2007
- 24.$95 Million
May 20, 2020
- 25.€83.18 Million
May 17, 2016
Lottery Post Member Birthdays On This Day
Thursday, May 17, 1984
36 years old
Wednesday, May 17, 1978
42 years old
Thursday, May 17, 1973
47 years old
Wednesday, May 17, 1972
48 years old
Monday, May 17, 1971
49 years old
Saturday, May 17, 1969
51 years old
Wednesday, May 17, 1967
53 years old
Thursday, May 17, 1962
58 years old
Tuesday, May 17, 1960
60 years old
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Worldwide Events On This Day
- 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.
- A plane crash in northern Laos kills 17 people.
- Minecraft release as what is now known as Minecraft Classic.
- 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.
- The aircraft carrier USS Oriskany is sunk in the Gulf of Mexico as an artificial reef.
- The first legal same-sex marriages in the U.S. are performed in the state of Massachusetts.
- Arsenal and Galatasaray fans clash in the 2000 UEFA Cup Final riots in Copenhagen
- Troops of Laurent Kabila march into Kinshasa. Zaire is officially renamed Democratic Republic of the Congo.
- Shawn Nelson steals an M60 tank from the California Army National Guard Armory in San Diego and proceeds to go on a rampage.
- Malawi holds its first multi-party elections.
- 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.
- The General Assembly of the World Health Organization (WHO) eliminates homosexuality from the list of psychiatric diseases.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Lebanon, Israel, and the United States sign an agreement on Israeli withdrawal from Lebanon.
- General Chun Doo-hwan of South Korea seizes control of the government and declares martial law in order to suppress student demonstrations.
- 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.
- Nolan Bushnell opened the first Chuck E. Cheese's in San Jose, California.
- 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.
- Police in Los Angeles raid the Symbionese Liberation Army's headquarters, killing six members, including Camilla Hall.
- Watergate scandal: Televised hearings begin in the United States Senate.
- Venera program: Soviet Venera 6 begins its descent into the atmosphere of Venus, sending back atmospheric data before being crushed by pressure.
- Six-Day War: President Gamal Abdel Nasser of Egypt demands dismantling of the peace-keeping UN Emergency Force in Egypt.
- The United States Supreme Court hands down a unanimous decision in Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka, Kansas.
- World War II: Dambuster Raids commence by No. 617 Squadron RAF.
- World War II: Germany occupies Brussels, Belgium.
- The Columbia Lions and the Princeton Tigers play in the United States' first televised sporting event, a collegiate baseball game in New York City.
- Vidkun Quisling and Johan Bernhard Hjort form Nasjonal Samling — the national-socialist party of Norway.
- The last British Liberal Party government (led by Herbert Henry Asquith) falls.
- The Protocol of Corfu is signed, recognising full autonomy to Northern Epirus under nominal Albanian sovereignty.
- Greek archaeologist Valerios Stais discovers the Antikythera mechanism, an ancient mechanical analog computer.
- Second Boer War: British troops relieve Mafeking.
- Aristides wins the first Kentucky Derby.
- Imperial Japanese forces defeat the remnants of the Tokugawa shogunate in the Battle of Hakodate to end the Boshin War.
- The International Telegraph Union (later the International Telecommunication Union) is established in Paris.
- Rosalía de Castro publishes Cantares Gallegos, the first book in the Galician language.
- Members of the Melbourne Football Club codified the first rules of Australian rules football.
- Occupation of Monaco changes from French to Austrian.
- The Constitution of Norway is signed and Crown Prince Christian Frederick of Denmark is elected King of Norway by the Norwegian Constituent Assembly.
- Emperor Napoleon I orders the annexation of the Papal States to the French Empire.
- Muhammad Ali becomes Wāli of Egypt.
- The New York Stock Exchange is formed under the Buttonwood Agreement.
- Louis Jolliet and Jacques Marquette begin exploring the Mississippi River.
- Paul de Chomedey, Sieur de Maisonneuve (1612-1676) founds the Ville Marie de Montréal.
- Anne of Denmark is crowned Queen of Scotland.
- George Boleyn, 2nd Viscount Rochford and four other men are executed for treason.
- Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn's marriage is annulled.
- Edward Stafford, 3rd Duke of Buckingham, is executed for treason.
- Battle of Rovine: The Wallachians defeat an invading Ottoman army.
Births On This Day
- Johanna Konta, Australian-English tennis player
- Adil Omar, Pakistani rapper and music producer
- Fabian Giefer, German footballer
- Charlie Gubb, New Zealand rugby league player
- Katrina Hart, English runner
- Guido Pella, Argentine tennis player
- Mose Masoe, New Zealand rugby league player
- Rain Raadik, Estonian basketball player
- Tessa Virtue, Canadian ice dancer
- Nikki Reed, American actress, singer, and screenwriter
- Jennison Myrie-Williams, English footballer
- Edvald Boasson Hagen, Norwegian cyclist
- Aleandro Rosi, Italian footballer
- Marius Činikas, Lithuanian footballer
- Timo Simonlatser, Estonian skier
- Jodie Taylor, English footballer
- Teófilo Gutiérrez, Colombian footballer
- Derek Hough, American actor, singer, and dancer
- Christine Nesbitt, Canadian speed skater
- Todd Redmond, American baseball player
- Matt Ryan, American football player
- Christian Bolaños, Costa Rican footballer
- Christine Ohuruogu, English runner
- Christine Robinson, Canadian water polo player
- Channing Frye, American basketball player
- Chris Henry, American football player (d. 2009)
- Nicky Hofs, Dutch footballer
- Kevin Kingston, Australian rugby league player
- Jeremy Sowers, American baseball player
- Matt Cassel, American football player
- Dan Hardy, English mixed martial artist
- Reiko Nakamura, Japanese swimmer
- Tony Parker, French-American basketball player
- Chloe Smith, English politician
- Beñat Albizuri, Spanish cyclist
- Leon Osman, English footballer
- Lim Jeong-hee, South Korean singer
- Chris Skidmore, English historian and politician
- Giannis Taralidis, Greek footballer
- Davor Džalto, Bosnian historian and philosopher
- Fredrik Kessiakoff, Swedish cyclist
- David Jarolím, Czech footballer
- Wayne Thomas, English footballer
- John Foster, American baseball player and coach
- Paddy Kenny, English footballer
- Carlos Peña, Dominican-American baseball player
- Magdalena Zděnovcová, Czech tennis player
- Kandi Burruss, American singer-songwriter, producer, and actress
- Shayne Dunley, Australian rugby league player
- José Guillén, Dominican-American baseball player
- Daniel Komen, Kenyan runner
- Wang Leehom, American-Taiwanese singer-songwriter, producer, actor, and director
- Mayte Martínez, Spanish runner
- Marcelinho Paraíba, Brazilian footballer
- Alex Wright, German wrestler
- Andrea Corr, Irish singer-songwriter, pianist, and actress
- Wiki González, Venezuelan baseball player
- Eddie Lewis, American soccer player
- Josh Homme, American singer-songwriter, guitarist, and producer
- Mark Connors, Australian rugby player
- Shaun Hart, Australian footballer, coach, and sportscaster
- Queen Máxima of the Netherlands
- Gina Raimondo, Governor of Rhode Island
- Hubert Davis, American basketball player and coach
- Jordan Knight, American singer-songwriter and actor (New Kids on the Block)
- Matt Lindland, American mixed martial artist, wrestler, and politician
- René Vilbre, Estonian director and screenwriter
- Keith Hill, English footballer and manager
- Dave Abbruzzese, American rock drummer and songwriter (Pearl Jam)
- Mohamed Nasheed, Maldivian lawyer and politician 4th President of the Maldives
- Patrick Ortlieb, Austrian skier
- Nancy Benoit, American professional wrestling valet and model
- Qusay Hussein, Iraqi soldier and politician (d. 2003)
- Mark Kratzmann, Australian tennis player and coach
- Danny Manning, American basketball player and coach
- Gilles Quénéhervé, French sprinter
- Trent Reznor, American singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and producer
- Jeremy Vine, English journalist and author
- Stratos Apostolakis, Greek footballer and coach
- Mauro Martini, Italian race car driver
- Menno Oosting, Dutch tennis player (d. 1999)
- Jon Koncak, American basketball player
- Page McConnell, American keyboard player and songwriter
- Lise Lyng Falkenberg, Danish journalist and author
- Andrew Farrar, Australian rugby league player and coach
- Craig Ferguson, Scottish-American comedian, actor, and talk show host
- Jane Moore, English journalist and author
- Rosalind Picard, American computer scientist and engineer, co-founded Affectiva
- Enya, Irish singer-songwriter and producer
- Jamil Azzaoui, Canadian singer-songwriter and guitarist
- Justin King, English businessman
- Lou DiBella, American boxing promoter, actor, and producer
- Simon Fuller, English talent manager and producer, created the Idols series
- Marcelo Loffreda, Argentine rugby player and coach
- Paul Di'Anno, English rock singer-songwriter (Iron Maiden)
- Pascual Pérez, Dominican baseball player (d. 2012)
- Sugar Ray Leonard, American boxer
- Annise Parker, American politician
- Bob Saget, American comedian, actor, and television host
- Dave Sim, Canadian cartoonist and author
- Bill Paxton, American actor and director (d. 2017)
- David Townsend, American singer-songwriter and guitarist (d. 2005)
- Michael Roberts, South African-English jockey
- Howard Hampton, Canadian lawyer and politician
- Simon Hughes, English lawyer and politician
- Howard Ashman, American playwright and composer (d. 1991)
- Keith Bradley, Baron Bradley, English accountant and politician
- Janez Drnovšek, Slovenian economist and politician, 2nd President of Slovenia (d. 2008)
- Alan Johnson, English politician, Shadow Chancellor of the Exchequer
- Valeriya Novodvorskaya, Russian journalist and politician (d. 2014)
- Bill Bruford, English drummer, songwriter, and producer
- Keith, American pop singer
- Dick Gaughan, Scottish singer-songwriter and guitarist
- Stephen Platten, English bishop
- Udo Lindenberg, German singer-songwriter and drummer
- B.S. Chandrasekhar, Indian cricketer
- Tony Roche, Australian tennis player and coach
- Jesse Winchester, American singer-songwriter, guitarist, and producer (d. 2014)
- Sirajuddin of Perlis, Yang di-Pertuan Agong of Malaysia
- Johnny Warren, Australian footballer, coach, and sportscaster (d. 2004)
- Taj Mahal, American blues singer-songwriter and musician
- David Cope, American composer and author
- Ben Nelson, American lawyer and politician, 37th Governor of Nebraska
- Alan Kay, American computer scientist and academic
- Reynato Puno, Filipino lawyer and jurist, 22nd Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of the Philippines
- Hugh Dykes, Baron Dykes, English politician
- Gary Paulsen, American author
- Jason Bernard, American actor (d. 1996)
- Marcia Freedman, Israeli activist
- Pervis Jackson, American R&B bass singer (The Spinners) (d. 2008)
- Hazel R. O'Leary, American lawyer and politician, 7th United States Secretary of Energy
- Dennis Hopper, American actor and director (d. 2010)
- Dennis Potter, English voice actor, director, producer, and screenwriter (d. 1994)
- Friedrich-Wilhelm Kiel, German educator and politician
- Earl Morrall, American football player and coach (d. 2014)
- Ronald Wayne, American computer scientist, co-founded Apple Inc.
- Yelena Gorchakova, Russian javelin thrower (d. 2002)
- Rodric Braithwaite, English soldier and diplomat, British Ambassador to Russia
- Peter Burge, Australian cricketer (d. 2001)
- Marshall Applewhite, American cult leader, founded Heaven's Gate (d. 1997)
- Dewey Redman, American saxophonist (d. 2006)
- Branko Zebec, Yugoslav football player and coach (d. 1988)
- David Ogilvy, 13th Earl of Airlie, English-Scottish soldier and politician
- Dietmar Schönherr, Austrian-Spanish actor, director, and screenwriter (d. 2014)
- Franz Sondheimer, German-English chemist and academic (d. 1981)
- Roy Bentley, English footballer (d. 2018)
- Francis Tombs, Baron Tombs, English engineer and politician
- Michael Beetham, English commander and pilot (d. 2015)
- Anthony Eyton, English painter and educator
- Jean Rédélé, French race car driver, founded Alpine (d. 2007)
- Dennis Brain, English composer (d. 1957)
- Bob Merrill, American composer and screenwriter (d. 1998)
- Harry Männil, Estonian-Venezuelan businessman, co-founded ACO Group (d. 2010)
- Antonio Aguilar, Mexican singer-songwriter, producer, actor, and screenwriter (d. 2007)
- Merle Miller, American author and screenwriter (d. 1986)
- Gustav Naan, Russian-Estonian physicist and philosopher (d. 1994)
- Joan Benham, English actress (d. 1981)
- Birgit Nilsson, Swedish operatic soprano (d. 2005)
- Robert N. Thompson, American-Canadian chiropractor and politician (d. 1997)
- Hans Ruesch, Swiss race car driver and author (d. 2007)
- Archibald Cox, American lawyer and politician, 31st United States Solicitor General (d. 2004)
- Ace Parker, American baseball and football player (d. 2013)
- Mary Beatrice Davidson Kenner, American inventor (d. 2006)
- Lisa Fonssagrives, Swedish-American model (d. 1992)
- Maureen O'Sullivan, Irish-American actress (d. 1998)
- Julius Sumner Miller, American physicist and academic (d. 1987)
- Zinka Milanov, Croatian-American soprano and educator (d. 1989)
- Marie-Anne Desmarest, French author (d. 1973)
- Cool Papa Bell, American baseball player and manager (d. 1991)
- Werner Egk, German pianist and composer (d. 1983)
- Carmen de Icaza, Spanish writer (d. 1979)
- A. J. Casson, Canadian painter (d. 1992)
- Odd Hassel, Norwegian chemist and academic, Nobel Prize laureate (d. 1981)
- Saul Adler, Belarusian-English captain and parasitologist (d. 1966)
- Reinhold Saulmann, Estonian sprinter and bandy player (d. 1936)
- Frederick McKinley Jones, African-American inventor and entrepreneur (d. 1961)
- Napoleon Zervas, Greek general and politician (d. 1957)
- Dorothy Gibson, American actress and singer (d. 1946)
- Alfonso Reyes, Mexican author (d. 1959)
- Tich Freeman, English cricketer (d. 1965)
- Alfonso XIII of Spain, Spanish monarch (d. 1941)
- Karl Burman, Estonian architect and painter (d. 1965)
- George Sheldon, American diver (d. 1907)
- Henri Barbusse, French author and journalist (d. 1935)
- Dorothy Richardson, English author and journalist (d. 1957)
- Newton Moore, Australian politician, 8th Premier of Western Australia (d. 1936)
- Horace Elgin Dodge, American businessman, co-founded Dodge (d. 1920)
- Panagis Tsaldaris, Greek politician, Prime Minister of Greece (d. 1936)
- Erik Satie, French pianist and composer (d. 1925)
- Louis Richardet, Swiss target shooter (d. 1923)
- Ante Trumbić, Croatian lawyer and politician, 27th Mayor of Split (d. 1938)
- Léon Gérin, Canadian lawyer, sociologist, and civil servant (d. 1951)
- Martin Kukučín, Slovak author and playwright (d. 1928)
- Charlotte Barnum, American mathematician and social activist (d. 1934)
- Jacint Verdaguer, Catalan priest and poet (d. 1902)
- Virginie Loveling, Belgian author and poet (d. 1923)
- Wilhelm Steinitz, Austrian-American chess player (d. 1900)
- Thomas McIlwraith, Scottish-Australian politician, 8th Premier of Queensland (d. 1900)
- Sebastian Kneipp, German priest and therapist (d. 1897)
- Ezra Otis Kendall, American professor, astronomer and mathematician (d. 1899)
- Anna Brownell Jameson, Irish-English author (d. 1860)
- Caroline of Brunswick (d. 1821)
- Henry Paget, 1st Marquess of Anglesey, English general and politician, Lord Lieutenant of Ireland (d. 1854)
- Sir John St Aubyn, 5th Baronet, English politician (d. 1839)
- Edward Jenner, English physician and microbiologist (d. 1823)
- Seth Warner, American colonel (d. 1784)
- Francesco Pasquale Ricci, Italian violinist and composer (d. 1817)
- Robert Darcy, 4th Earl of Holderness, English politician and diplomat, Secretary of State for the Southern Department (d. 1778)
- Andreas Felix von Oefele, German historian and librarian (d. 1780)
- Gio Nicola Buhagiar, Maltese painter (d. 1752)
- Bartholomew Roberts, Welsh pirate (d. 1722)
- Edward Colman, English Catholic courtier under Charles II (d. 1678)
- Ferdinand Charles, Archduke of Austria (d. 1662)
- Anna Vasa of Sweden, Swedish princess (d. 1625)
- Martin Delrio, Belgian occultist and theologian (d. 1601)
- Federico II Gonzaga, Duke of Mantua (d. 1540)
- Albert, Duke of Prussia, last Grand Master of the Teutonic Knights (d. 1568)
- Engelbert II of Nassau, Count of Nassau-Vianden and Lord of Breda (1475-1504) (d. 1504)
- Edmund, Earl of Rutland (d. 1460)
- Jien, Japanese monk, poet, and historian (d. 1225)
Deaths On This Day
- Todor Veselinović, Serbian football player and manager (b. 1930)
- Gerald Edelman, American biologist and immunologist, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1929)
- C. P. Krishnan Nair, Indian businessman, founded The Leela Palaces, Hotels and Resorts (b. 1922)
- Douangchay Phichit, Laotian politician (b. 1944)
- Thongbanh Sengaphone, Laotian politician (b. 1953)
- Philippe Gaumont, French cyclist (b. 1973)
- Peter Schulz, German politician, Mayor of Hamburg (b. 1930)
- Ken Venturi, American golfer and sportscaster (b. 1931)
- Jorge Rafael Videla, Argentine general and politician, 42nd President of Argentina (b. 1925)
- Gideon Ezra, Israeli geographer and politician, Israeli Minister in the Prime Minister's Office (b. 1937)
- Patrick Mafisango, Congolese-Rwandan footballer (b. 1980)
- Donna Summer, American singer-songwriter (b. 1948)
- Harmon Killebrew, American baseball player and sportscaster (b. 1936)
- Yvonne Loriod, French pianist, composer, and educator (b. 1924)
- Walasse Ting, Chinese-American painter and poet (b. 1929)
- Mario Benedetti, Uruguayan journalist, author, and poet (b. 1920)
- Jung Seung-hye, South Korean journalist and producer (b. 1965)
- Lloyd Alexander, American soldier and author (b. 1924)
- T. K. Doraiswamy, Indian poet and author (b. 1921)
- Cy Feuer, American director, producer, and composer (b. 1911)
- Frank Gorshin, American actor (b. 1934)
- Jørgen Nash, Danish poet and painter (b. 1920)
- Tony Randall, American actor (b. 1920)
- Ezzedine Salim, Iraqi politician (b. 1943)
- László Kubala, Hungarian-Spanish footballer, coach, and manager (b. 1927)
- Aşık Mahzuni Şerif, Turkish poet and composer (b. 1940)
- Jacques-Louis Lions, French mathematician (b. 1928)
- Frank G. Slaughter, American physician and author (b. 1908)
- Donald Coggan, English archbishop (b. 1909)
- Bruce Fairbairn, Canadian trumpet player and producer (b. 1949)
- Lembit Oll, Estonian chess Grandmaster (b. 1966)
- Kevin Gilbert, American singer-songwriter and producer (b. 1966)
- Toe Blake, Canadian ice hockey player and coach (b. 1912)
- Lawrence Welk, American accordion player and bandleader (b. 1903)
- Gunnar Myrdal, Swedish economist, sociologist, and politician, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1898)
- Abe Burrows, American director, composer, and author (b. 1910)
- Gündüz Kılıç, Turkish football player and coach (b. 1918)
- Charles E. Rosendahl, American admiral and pilot (b. 1892)
- Ernest Nash, German-American photographer and scholar (b. 1898)
- Nandor Fodor, Hungarian-American psychologist and parapsychologist (b. 1895)
- John Wilce, American football player, coach, and physician (b. 1888)
- Jules Supervielle, Uruguayan-French poet and author (b. 1884)
- William Birdwood, Anglo-Indian field marshal (b. 1865)
- George Forbes, New Zealand farmer and politician, 22nd Prime Minister of New Zealand (b. 1869)
- Johanna Elberskirchen, German author and activist (b. 1864)
- Jakob Ehrlich, Czech-Austrian academic and politician (b. 1877)
- Panagis Tsaldaris, Greek lawyer and politician, 124th Prime Minister of Greece (b. 1868)
- Paul Dukas, French composer, critic, and educator (b. 1865)
- Cass Gilbert, American architect (b. 1859)
- Harold Geiger, American pilot and lieutenant (b. 1884)
- Dorothy Levitt, English racing driver and journalist (b. 1882)
- Karl Mantzius, Danish actor and director (b. 1860)
- Guido von List, Austrian-German journalist, author, and poet (b. 1848)
- Clara Ayres, American nurse (b. 1880)
- Charles Brooke, Rajah of Sarawak (b. 1829)
- Boris Borisovich Golitsyn, Russian physicist and seismologist (b. 1862)
- Frederick August Otto Schwarz, German-American businessman, founded FAO Schwarz (b. 1836)
- Giacomo Zanella, Italian priest and poet (b. 1820)
- John Deere, American blacksmith and businessman, founded the Deere & Company (b. 1804)
- Ziya Pasha, Greek author and translator (b. 1826)
- Asa Packer, American businessman, founded Lehigh University (b. 1805)
- John C. Breckinridge, American lawyer and politician, 14th Vice President of the United States, Confederate States general (b. 1821)
- Kondō Isami, Japanese commander (b. 1834)
- Archibald Alison, Scottish priest and author (b. 1757)
- René Caillié, French explorer and author (b. 1799)
- Charles Maurice de Talleyrand-Périgord, French bishop and politician, Prime Minister of France (b. 1754)
- John Jay, American politician and diplomat, 1st Chief Justice of the United States (b. 1745)
- Armand-Emmanuel de Vignerot du Plessis, Duc de Richelieu, French general and politician, 2nd Prime Minister of France (b. 1766)
- Leopold Auenbrugger, Austrian physician (b. 1722)
- John Gunby, American general (b. 1745)
- William Heberden, English physician and scholar (b. 1710)
- Michel-Jean Sedaine, French playwright and composer (b. 1719)
- Alexis Clairaut, French mathematician, astronomer, and geophysicist (b. 1713)
- Samuel Clarke, English clergyman and philosopher (b. 1675)
- Catherine I of Russia (b. 1684)
- Giovanni Picchi, Italian organist and composer (b. 1571)
- Joan Pau Pujol, Catalan organist and composer (b. 1570)
- Anna d'Este, French princess (b. 1531)
- False Dmitriy I, pretender to the Russian throne (b. 1582)
- Matthew Parker, English archbishop and academic (b. 1504)
- Francisco de Sá de Miranda, Portuguese poet (b. 1485)
- Shin Saimdang, South Korean poet and calligraphist (b. 1504)
- Philipp von Hutten, German explorer (b. 1511)
- George Boleyn, 2nd Viscount Rochford, English courtier and diplomat, Lord Warden of the Cinque Ports (b. 1504)
- William Brereton, English courtier (b. 1487)
- Henry Norris, English courtier (b. 1482)
- Edward Stafford, 3rd Duke of Buckingham, Welsh politician, Lord High Constable of England (b. 1478)
- Sandro Botticelli, Italian painter (b. 1445)
- Thomas de Ros, 9th Baron de Ros, English politician (b. 1427)
- Konstantin Dejanović/Constantine Dragaš, Serbian ruler (b. 1355)
- Louis II, Elector of Brandenburg (b. 1328)
- Go-Fushimi, emperor of Japan (b. 1288)
- Daumantas of Pskov, Lithuanian prince (b. c. 1240)
- Al-Qa'im bi-Amr Allah, Fatimid caliph (b. 893)
- Li Maozhen, Chinese warlord and king (b. 856)
- Liu Jianfeng, Chinese warlord
- Empress Dowager Hu of Northern Wei
- Yuan Yong, imperial prince of Northern Wei
- Yuan Zhao, emperor of Northern Wei (b. 526)