On This Day in History: May 2
May 2 is the 122nd day of the year (123rd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. 243 days remain until the end of the year.
Lottery News On This Day
- Florida lawmakers want to slap addiction warning notices on every lottery ticket. Booze and beer don't carry similar cautions, but some Republican lawmakers want people playing the state lottery to be warned that the games may be addictive.
- Australia moves to ban 'fake' online lottery wagering. Controversial lottery-betting service Lottoland described Australian legislation that will in effect banish it from the country as "unnecessary and misguided", while newsagents and lottery sellers have welcomed the decision.
- CT Lottery ignored warnings that game was vulnerable to fraud, investigation finds. Connecticut Lottery officials knew in January of 2015 that there was a way for retailers to illegally access the numbers of the 5 Card Cash game on their computer screens and manipulate tickets — but waited 10 months to notify the Department of Consumer Protection that fraud was occurring.
- Illinois Lottery has problem paying online winners. It's the worst case scenario for any avid lottery player — you play and win, then have to fight for your money.
- NJ Lottery workers being sickened by moldy Sandy scratch-off tickets, employee claims. For six months, tens of thousands of moldy Superstorm Sandy scratch-off tickets have been sitting in a warehouse at the New Jersey Lottery's headquarters in Lawrenceville sickening several workers, according an employee who wished to remain anonymous for fear of retribution.
- $191 MILLION: Huge Powerball lottery jackpot teed up for Saturday drawing. There was no jackpot winner in the Wednesday night drawing of the multi-state Powerball lottery game, causing the grand prize to increase to an estimated $191 million for Saturday's drawing.
- Unclaimed Idaho Lottery prizes add up to millions. Every year in Idaho some people never claim their lottery prizes, and that unclaimed money really adds up.
- Cover-up alleged in Arkansas Lottery. An irate lottery player claimed in county court that Arkansas Lottery officials tried to keep him quiet about flawed lotto tickets.
- Multi-state lottery game comes to Arkansas. Starting Tuesday, May 3, tickets for the multi-state Decades of Dollars game go on sale throughout Arkansas at a price of $2 each.
- Colorado Lottery holds first of four bonus raffle drawings. The Colorado Lottery's first bonus drawing for its newest $20 raffle game, Bonus Millionaire Raffle, was held Sunday, awarding ten prizes of $2,000 each.
- Indiana scientist wins $74M Powerball lottery jackpot. The Hoosier Lottery said Friday that April 2011 will go down as a big month for Powerball players in Indiana who have won back-to-back jackpots totaling nearly $300 million.
- 3 lottery players share $225M Mega Millions jackpot. Three players, in California, Ohio and Virginia, will share the $225 million jackpot from the latest Mega Millions multi-state lottery drawing, taking about $75 million apiece.
- Broken ball prompts 2nd Penn. Lottery drawing, 2 sets of winners. Lottery players in Pennsylvania got a second chance to win after officials discovered a ball used in the MATCH 6 lotto drawing had broken into pieces.
- UK Lottery jackpot winners jailed. Two UK lottery jackpot millionaires were jailed for different crimes when they appeared at the same court Thursday.
- Michigan Lottery to pioneer ads on lottery tickets. Michigan government officials are preparing to award a first-of-its-kind contract to sell advertising on lottery tickets, after denying a protest by an agency that includes a former state senator.
- $4 million lottery scratch ticket stolen from store. A 17-year old Wareham, Massachusetts teenager has been arrested in connection with the theft of a Massachusetts Lottery Hold'Em Poker scratch card that would have been worth $4 million.
- Ohio Lottery Director Aims to Dispel Myths. Ohio Lottery Director Rom Hayes drove two hours to a community meeting in order to dispel myths that the lottery was intended as a cure-all for the state's education system.
- Key figure in MN Lottery probe dead; suicide suspected. A key figure in an ongoing criminal investigation over past contract practices of the Minnesota State Lottery has been found dead of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound, and gambling enforcement agents will attempt to determine whether his death is connected to the probe.
Top 25 Lottery Jackpots On This Day
- 1.$361.5 Million
May 4, 2016
- 2.$345 Million
May 4, 2021
- 3.$266 Million
May 4, 2010
- 4.$252 Million
May 3, 2019
- 5.$215 Million
May 5, 2020
- 6.$199 Million
May 4, 2019
- 7.$195 Million
May 2, 2018
- 8.$191 Million
May 4, 2013
- 9.$179 Million
May 3, 2008
- 10.€146.19 Million
May 3, 2021
- 11.$170 Million
May 5, 2004
- 12.€123 Million
May 8, 2009
- 13.€145.23 Million
May 2, 2019
- 14.$155 Million
May 2, 2000
- 15.$143.6 Million
May 5, 2021
- 16.$143 Million
May 4, 2018
- 17.$130 Million
May 3, 2017
- 18.$128 Million
May 3, 2016
- 19.$126 Million
May 3, 2013
- 20.€88 Million
May 2, 2014
- 21.$118 Million
May 4, 2012
- 22.$110 Million
May 5, 2015
- 23.€90 Million
May 8, 2015
- 24.$100 Million
May 2, 2008
- 25.€77 Million
May 7, 2010
Lottery Post Member Birthdays On This Day
Wednesday, May 2, 1990
31 years old
Saturday, May 2, 1987
34 years old
Saturday, May 2, 1987
34 years old
Thursday, May 2, 1985
36 years old
Saturday, May 2, 1981
40 years old
Tuesday, May 2, 1978
43 years old
Monday, May 2, 1977
44 years old
Monday, May 2, 1977
44 years old
Tuesday, May 2, 1967
54 years old
Saturday, May 2, 1964
57 years old
Wednesday, May 2, 1956
65 years old
(year not provided)
(year not provided)
(year not provided)
Worldwide Events On This Day
- Two mudslides in Badakhshan, Afghanistan, leave up to 2,500 people missing.
- A pastel version of The Scream, by Norwegian painter Edvard Munch, sells for $120 million in a New York City auction, setting a new world record for a work of art at auction.
- Osama bin Laden, the suspected mastermind behind the September 11 attacks and the FBI's most wanted man, is killed by the United States special forces in Abbottabad, Pakistan.
- An E. coli outbreak strikes Europe, mostly in Germany, leaving more than 30 people dead and many others sick from the bacteria outbreak.
- Cyclone Nargis makes landfall in Burma killing over 138,000 people and leaving millions of people homeless.
- Chaitén Volcano begins erupting in Chile, forcing the evacuation of more than 4,500 people.
- The Yelwa massacre concludes. It began on 4 February 2004 when armed Muslims killed 78 Christians at Yelwa. In response, about 630 Muslims were killed by Christians on May 2nd.
- President Bill Clinton announces that accurate GPS access would no longer be restricted to the United States military.
- Panamanian general election, 1999: Mireya Moscoso becomes the first woman to be elected President of Panama.
- The European Central Bank is founded in Brussels in order to define and execute the European Union's monetary policy.
- During the Croatian War of Independence, the Army of the Republic of Serb Krajina fires cluster bombs at Zagreb, killing seven and wounding over 175 civilians.
- A bus crashes in Gdańsk, Poland killing 32 people.
- Cold War: Hungary begins dismantling its border fence with Austria, which allows a number of East Germans to defect.
- Chernobyl disaster: The City of Chernobyl is evacuated six days after the disaster.
- Falklands War: The British nuclear submarine HMS Conqueror sinks the Argentine cruiser ARA General Belgrano.
- In the early morning hours a fire breaks out at the Sunshine Mine located between Kellogg and Wallace, Idaho, killing 91 workers.
- The British ocean liner Queen Elizabeth 2 departs on her maiden voyage to New York City.
- Vietnam War: An explosion sinks the American aircraft carrier USNS Card while it is docked at Saigon. Two Viet Cong combat swimmers had placed explosives on the ship's hull. She is raised and returned to service less than seven months later.
- First ascent of Shishapangma, the fourteenth highest mountain in the world and the lowest of the Eight-thousanders.
- Berthold Seliger launches a rocket with three stages and a maximum flight altitude of more than 100 kilometres near Cuxhaven. It is the only sounding rocket developed in Germany.
- Tennessee Williams wins the Pulitzer Prize for Drama for Cat on a Hot Tin Roof.
- A De Havilland Comet makes the first jetliner flight with fare-paying passengers, from London to Johannesburg.
- World War II: The Soviet Union announces the fall of Berlin.
- World War II: The surrender of Caserta comes into effect, by which German troops in Italy cease fighting.
- World War II: The US 82nd Airborne Division liberates Wöbbelin concentration camp finding 1000 dead prisoners, most of whom starved to death.
- World War II: A death march from Dachau to the Austrian border is halted by the segregated, all-Nisei 522nd Field Artillery Battalion of the U.S. Army in southern Bavaria, saving several hundred prisoners.
- Following the coup d'état against Iraq Crown Prince 'Abd al-Ilah earlier that year, the United Kingdom launches the Anglo-Iraqi War to restore him to power.
- Germany's independent labor unions are replaced by the German Labour Front.
- The first game of the Negro National League baseball is played in Indianapolis.
- General Motors acquires the Chevrolet Motor Company of Delaware.
- Closing ceremony of the Intercalated Games in Athens, Greece.
- Menelik II, Emperor of Ethiopia, signs the Treaty of Wuchale, giving Italy control over Eritrea.
- Cree and Assiniboine warriors win the Battle of Cut Knife, their largest victory over Canadian forces during the North-West Rebellion.
- The Spanish Socialist Workers' Party is founded in Madrid by Pablo Iglesias.
- The April Uprising breaks out in Ottoman Bulgaria.
- Peruvian defenders fight off the Spanish fleet at the Battle of Callao.
- American Civil War: Stonewall Jackson is wounded by friendly fire while returning to camp after reconnoitering during the Battle of Chancellorsville. He succumbs to pneumonia eight days later.
- After anchoring nearby, Captain Charles Fremantle of HMS Challenger, declares the Swan River Colony in Australia.
- Marriage of Léopold of Saxe-Coburg and Princess Charlotte of Wales.
- The Siege of Cuautla during the Mexican War of Independence ends with both sides claiming victory after Mexican rebels under José María Morelos y Pavón abandon the city after 72 days under siege by royalist Spanish troops under Félix María Calleja.
- Outbreak of the Peninsular War: The people of Madrid rise up in rebellion against French occupation. Francisco de Goya later memorializes this event in his painting The Second of May 1808.
- John Maitland becomes Duke of Lauderdale and Earl of March.
- King Charles II of England grants a permanent charter to the Hudson's Bay Company to open up the fur trade in North America.
- Afonso Mendes, appointed by Pope Gregory XV as Latin Patriarch of Ethiopia, arrives at Beilul from Goa.
- The King James Version of the Bible is published for the first time in London, England, by printer Robert Barker.
- Mary, Queen of Scots, escapes from Loch Leven Castle.
- John Knox returns from exile to Scotland to become the leader of the nascent Scottish Reformation.
- Anne Boleyn, Queen of England, is arrested and imprisoned on charges of adultery, incest, treason and witchcraft.
- Otto the Merry, Duke of Austria, becomes Duke of Carinthia.
- William de Braose is hanged by Prince Llywelyn the Great.
- King Richard I of England gives Portsmouth its first Royal Charter.
Births On This Day
- Princess Charlotte of Cambridge, British royal, and fourth in line to the British throne
- Cherprang Areekul, Thai singer
- Julian Brandt, German footballer
- Schuyler Bailar, American swimmer
- Owain Doull, Welsh track cyclist
- Isyana Sarasvati, Indonesian singer
- Huang Zitao, Chinese singer and rapper
- Sunmi, South Korean singer
- María Teresa Torró Flor, Spanish tennis player
- Jeong Jinwoon, South Korean actor and singer
- Kay Panabaker, American actress
- Paul George, American basketball player
- Jeanette Pohlen, American basketball player
- Neftalí Feliz, Dominican baseball player
- Stephen Henderson, Irish footballer
- Saara Aalto, Finnish singer and actress
- Nana Kitade, Japanese singer-songwriter and actress
- Pat McAfee, American football player
- Kris Russell, Canadian ice hockey player
- Justin Young, English singer and songwriter
- Lily Allen, English singer-songwriter and actress
- Kyle Busch, American race car driver
- Ashley Harkleroad, American tennis player
- Sarah Hughes, American figure skater
- Saulius Mikoliūnas, Lithuanian footballer
- Thabo Sefolosha, Swiss basketball player
- Alessandro Diamanti, Italian footballer
- Maynor Figueroa, Honduran footballer
- Tina Maze, Slovenian skier
- Daniel Sordo, Spanish race car driver
- Ove Vanebo, Norwegian politician
- Timothy Benjamin, Welsh sprinter
- Johan Botha, South African cricketer
- Robert Buckley, American actor
- Chris Kirkland, English footballer
- Tiago Mendes, Portuguese footballer
- Matt Murray, English footballer
- Rina Satō, Japanese voice actress and singer
- Tim Borowski, German footballer
- Pierre-Luc Gagnon, Canadian skateboarder
- Ellie Kemper, American actress, comedian and writer
- Zat Knight, English footballer
- Artūras Masiulis, Lithuanian basketball player
- Troy Murphy, American basketball player
- Lassaâd Ouertani, Tunisian footballer (d. 2013)
- Brad Richards, Canadian ice hockey player
- Vincent Tong, Canadian actor, singer, voice actor and director
- Jason Chimera, Canadian ice hockey player
- Ioannis Kanotidis, Greek footballer
- Defne Joy Foster, Turkish-American actress, presenter and VJ (d. 2011)
- Melvin Ely, American basketball player
- Mike Weaver, Canadian ice hockey player
- Brian Cardinal, American basketball player
- Jan Fitschen, German runner
- Luke Hudson, American baseball player
- Fredrik Malm, Swedish journalist and politician
- Jenna von Oÿ, American actress and singer
- Kalle Palander, Finnish skier
- Jeff Gutt, American singer-songwriter
- David Beckham, English footballer, coach, and model
- Joe Wilkinson, English comedian, actor and writer
- Horacio Carbonari, Argentinian footballer and manager
- Andy Johnson, English-Welsh footballer
- Janek Meet, Estonian footballer
- Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck, German director and screenwriter
- Paul Adcock, English footballer
- Ahti Heinla, Estonian programmer and businessman, co-developed Skype
- Dwayne Johnson, American-Canadian wrestler, actor, and producer
- Musashimaru Kōyō, Samoan-American sumo wrestler, the 67th Yokozuna
- Fatima Yusuf, Nigerian sprinter
- Marco Walker, Swiss footballer and coach
- Brian Lara, Trinidadian cricketer
- Jeff Agoos, Swiss-American soccer player, manager, and sportscaster
- Julia Hartley-Brewer, English broadcaster and columnist
- Ziana Zain, Malaysian singer-songwriter and actress
- Bengt Åkerblom, Swedish ice hockey player (d. 1995)
- Mika Brzezinski, American journalist and author
- David Rocastle, English footballer (d. 2001)
- Uwe Freiler, German footballer
- Margus Kolga, Estonian diplomat
- Belinda Stronach, Canadian businesswoman, philanthropist, and politician
- Félix José, Dominican-American baseball player
- Elizabeth Berridge, American actress
- Michael Grandage, English director and producer
- Jimmy White, English snooker player
- Steve James, English snooker player
- Sophie Thibault, Canadian journalist
- Phil Vickery, English chef and author
- Stephen Daldry, English director and producer
- Alan Best, Canadian animator, director, and producer
- Tony Wakeford, English singer-songwriter and guitarist
- Yasushi Akimoto, Japanese songwriter and producer
- Stanislav Levý, Czech footballer and manager
- David O'Leary, English-Irish footballer and manager
- Régis Labeaume, Canadian businessman and politician, 41st Mayor of Quebec City
- Willie Miller, Scottish footballer
- Donatella Versace, Italian fashion designer
- Elliot Goldenthal, American composer and conductor
- Dawn Primarolo, English politician
- Stephen Venables, English mountaineer and author
- Valery Gergiev, Russian conductor and director
- Jamaal Wilkes, American basketball player
- Chris Anderson, Australian rugby league player and coach
- Christine Baranski, American actress and singer
- Isla St Clair, Scottish singer and actress
- John Glascock, English singer and bass player (d. 1979)
- Simon Gaskell, English chemist and academic
- Duncan Gay, Australian businessman and politician
- Lou Gramm, American singer-songwriter
- Richard Ground, English lawyer and judge (d. 2014)
- Fausto Silva, Brazilian television presenter
- Alan Titchmarsh, English gardener and author
- Alfons Schuhbeck, German celebrity chef, author and businessman
- Larry Gatlin, American singer-songwriter, guitarist, and actor
- James Dyson, English businessman, founded the Dyson Company
- Lynda Myles, English screenwriter and producer
- Philippe Herreweghe, Belgian conductor
- Peter L. Benson, American psychologist and academic (d. 2011)
- Lesley Gore, American singer-songwriter (d. 2015)
- David Suchet, English actor
- Randy Cain, American soul singer (d. 2009)
- Judge Dread, English singer-songwriter (d. 1998)
- Bianca Jagger, Nicaraguan-American model, actress, and activist
- Goldy McJohn, Canadian keyboard player (d. 2017)
- Robert G. W. Anderson, English chemist, historian, and curator
- Mustafa Nadarević, Bosnian actor and film director
- Jacques Rogge, Belgian businessman
- Wojciech Pszoniak, Polish film and theater actor
- Tony Adamowicz, American race car driver (d. 2016)
- Bruce Cameron, Scottish bishop
- Clay Carroll, American baseball player
- Eddy Louiss, French jazz musician (d. 2015)
- Jules Albert Wijdenbosch, Surinamese politician
- Sumio Iijima, Japanese physicist and engineer
- Ernesto Castano, Italian football player
- Moshoeshoe II of Lesotho (d. 1996)
- Klaus Enders, German motorcycle sidecar racer (d. 2019)
- Lorenzo Music, American actor, producer, and screenwriter (d. 2001)
- Gisela Elsner, German writer (d. 1992)
- Norma Aleandro, Argentinian actress, director, and screenwriter
- Engelbert Humperdinck, English singer and pianist
- Michael Rabin, American violinist (d. 1972)
- Luis Suárez Miramontes, Spanish footballer and manager
- Faisal II of Iraq, the last King of Iraq (d.1958)
- Manfred Durniok, German film producer, director and screenwriter (d. 2003)
- Bunk Gardner, American musician
- Harry Woolf, Baron Woolf, English lawyer and judge, Lord Chief Justice of England and Wales
- Maury Allen, American journalist, actor, and author (d. 2010)
- Phil Bruns, American actor and stuntman (d. 2012)
- Martha Grimes, American author and poet
- Yoram Kaniuk, Israeli painter and critic (d. 2013)
- Marco Pannella, Italian journalist and politician (d. 2016)
- Édouard Balladur, Turkish-French economist and politician, 162nd Prime Minister of France
- James Dillion, American discus thrower (d. 2010)
- Link Wray, American singer-songwriter and guitarist (d. 2005)
- Jigme Dorji Wangchuck, Druk Gyalpo of Bhutan (d. 1972)
- Hans Trass, Estonian ecologist and botanist (d. 2017)
- Georges-Arthur Goldschmidt, French writer and translator of German origin
- Horst Stein, German conductor (d. 2008)
- Ray Barrett, Australian actor and singer (d. 2009)
- Amos Kenan, Israeli columnist, painter, sculptor, playwright and novelist (d. 2009)
- Michael Broadbent, British wine critic and writer (d. 2020)
- Gérard D. Levesque, Canadian lawyer and politician, 5th Deputy Premier of Quebec (d. 1993)
- John Neville, English-Canadian actor (d. 2011)
- Jamal Abro, Pakistani lawyer and author (d. 2004)
- Theodore Bikel, Austrian-American singer-songwriter, guitarist, and actor (d. 2015)
- Arthur Clues, Australian rugby league player (d. 1998)
- Hugh Cortazzi, English soldier, historian, and diplomat, British Ambassador to Japan (d. 2018)
- Patrick Hillery, Irish physician and politician, 6th President of Ireland (d. 2008)
- Albert Nordengen, Norwegian banker and politician (d. 2004)
- Roscoe Lee Browne, American actor and director (d. 2007)
- A. M. Rosenthal, Canadian-born American journalist and author (d. 2006)
- Serge Reggiani, Italian-born French singer and actor (d. 2004)
- B. B. Lal, Indian archaeologist
- Satyajit Ray, Indian director, producer, and screenwriter (d. 1992)
- Jean-Marie Auberson, Swiss violinist and conductor (d. 2004)
- Otto Buchsbaum, Austrian-Brazilian journalist and activist (d. 2000)
- Vasantrao Deshpande, Indian singer and sitar player (d. 1983)
- Guinn Smith, American pole vaulter, soldier, and pilot (d. 2004)
- Jacob Gilboa, Israeli composer (d. 2007)
- Albert Castelyns, Belgian water polo player and bobsledder
- Văn Tiến Dũng, Vietnamese general and politician, 6th Minister of Defence for Vietnam (d. 2002)
- Doris Fisher, American singer-songwriter (d. 2003)
- Peggy Mount, English actress (d. 2001)
- Pietro Frua, Italian coachbuilder and car designer (d. 1983)
- Aydın Sayılı, Turkish historian and academic (d. 1993)
- Axel Springer, German journalist and publisher, founded Axel Springer AG (d. 1985)
- Karl Adam, German rowing coaches (d. 1976)
- Marten Toonder, Dutch comic strip creator (d. 2005)
- Nigel Patrick, English actor and director (d. 1981)
- Alexander Bonnyman, Jr., American lieutenant, Medal of Honor recipient (d. 1943)
- Edmund Bacon, American urban planner, architect, educator, and author (d. 2005)
- Teddy Stauffer, Swiss bandleader, musician, and actor (d. 1991)
- Frank Rowlett, American cryptologist (d. 1998)
- Pinky Lee, American comedian and television host (d. 1993)
- Philippe Halsman, Latvian-American photographer (d. 1979)
- Alan Rawsthorne, British composer (d. 1971)
- Charlotte Armstrong, American author (d. 1969)
- Bill Brandt, German-English photographer and journalist (d. 1983)
- Benjamin Spock, American rower, pediatrician, and author (d. 1998)
- Brian Aherne, English actor (d. 1986)
- Werner Finck, German Kabarett comedian, actor and author (d. 1978)
- Bob Wyatt, English cricketer (d. 1995)
- Edouard Zeckendorf, Belgian doctor, army officer and mathematician (d. 1983)
- Willi Bredel, German writer (d. 1964)
- Henry Hall, English bandleader, composer, and actor (d. 1989)
- John Frederick Coots, American songwriter (d. 1985)
- Lorenz Hart, American playwright and lyricist (d. 1943)
- Norma Talmadge, leading US actress of the silent era (d. 1957)
- Joseph Henry Woodger, English biologist, philosopher, and academic (d. 1981)
- Manfred von Richthofen, German captain and pilot (d. 1918)
- E. E. Smith, American engineer and author (d. 1965)
- Ki Hajar Dewantara, Indonesian philosopher, academic, and politician (d. 1959)
- Vernon Castle, English-American dancer (d. 1918)
- Eddie Collins, American baseball player and manager (d. 1951)
- Gottfried Benn, German author and poet (d. 1956)
- Hedda Hopper, American actress and gossip columnist (d. 1966)
- Isabel González, Puerto Rican activist who helped pave the way for Puerto Ricans' American citizenship (d. 1971)
- Bill Horr, American football player, discus thrower, and coach (d. 1955)
- James F. Byrnes, American stenographer and politician, 49th United States Secretary of State (d. 1972)
- Jurgis Baltrušaitis, Lithuanian poet, critic, and translator (d. 1944)
- Ichiyō Higuchi, Japanese writer (d. 1896)
- Giuseppe Morello, Italian-American mobster (d. 1930)
- Clyde Fitch, American playwright (d. 1909)
- John Scott Haldane, Scottish physiologist, physician, and academic (d. 1936)
- Theodor Herzl, Austro-Hungarian Zionist philosopher, journalist and author (d. 1904)
- Jerome K. Jerome, English author and playwright (d. 1927)
- Elijah McCoy, Canadian-American engineer (d. 1929)
- Otto Staudinger, German entomologist and author (d. 1900)
- Désiré Charnay, French archaeologist and photographer (d. 1915)
- Jane Miller Thengberg, Scottish-Swedish governess and educator (d. 1902)
- William Buell Richards, Canadian lawyer and judge, 1st Chief Justice of Canada (d. 1889)
- Caroline Leigh Gascoigne, English novelist and poet (d. 1883)
- Hans Christian Lumbye, Danish composer and conductor (d. 1874)
- Catherine Labouré, French nun and saint (d. 1876)
- Heinrich Gustav Magnus, German chemist and physicist (d. 1870)
- Abraham Pineo Gesner, Canadian physician and geologist (d. 1864)
- Henrik Steffens, Norwegian philosopher and poet (d. 1845)
- Novalis, German author and poet (d. 1801)
- Vicente Martín y Soler, Spanish composer (d. 1806)
- Ludwig August Lebrun, German oboe player and composer (d. 1790)
- John André, English soldier and spy (d. 1780)
- Elias Boudinot, American lawyer and politician, 10th President of the Continental Congress (d. 1821)
- William Petty, 2nd Earl of Shelburne, Irish-English politician, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom (d. 1805)
- Catherine the Great of Russia (d. 1796)
- Jean-Baptiste Barrière, French cellist and composer (d. 1747)
- Friedrich Christoph Oetinger, German theologian and theosopher (d. 1782)
- Giovanni Niccolò Servandoni, Italian-French painter and architect (d. 1766)
- Alessandro Scarlatti, Italian composer (d. 1725)
- Athanasius Kircher, German priest and scholar (d. 1680)
- Tokugawa Hidetada, Japanese shōgun (d. 1632)
- Sebald de Weert, Dutch captain, vice-admiral of the Dutch East India Company (d. 1603)
- William Camden, English historian and topographer (d. 1623)
- Philip II, Duke of Brunswick-Grubenhagen (d. 1596)
- Charles I, Duke of Münsterberg-Oels, Count of Kladsko, Governor of Bohemia and Silesia (d. 1536)
- Eleanor of Viseu (d. 1525)
- René II, Duke of Lorraine (d. 1508)
- Eleanor of Aragon, Queen of Portugal (d. 1445)
- Yongle Emperor of China (d. 1424)
Deaths On This Day
- Arif Wazir, Pakistani politician, leader of the Pashtun Tahafuz Movement (b. 1982)
- Afeni Shakur, American music businesswoman, activist, and Black Panther (b. 1947)
- Stuart Archer, English colonel and architect (b. 1915)
- Michael Blake, American author and screenwriter (b. 1945)
- Guy Carawan, American singer and musicologist (b. 1927)
- Maya Plisetskaya, Russian-Lithuanian ballerina, choreographer, actress, and director (b. 1925)
- Ruth Rendell, English author (b. 1930)
- Tomás Balduino, Brazilian bishop (b. 1922)
- Žarko Petan, Slovenian director, playwright, and screenwriter (b. 1929)
- Efrem Zimbalist, Jr., American actor (b. 1918)
- Ernie Field, English boxer (b. 1943)
- Jeff Hanneman, American guitarist and songwriter (b. 1964)
- Joseph P. McFadden, American bishop (b. 1947)
- Dvora Omer, Israeli author and educator (b. 1932)
- Ivan Turina, Croatian footballer (b. 1980)
- Charles Banks Wilson, American painter and illustrator (b. 1918)
- Fernando Lopes, Portuguese director and screenwriter (b. 1935)
- Zenaida Manfugás, Cuban-born American-naturalized pianist (b. 1932)
- Tufan Miñnullin, Russian playwright and politician (b. 1936)
- Endang Rahayu Sedyaningsih, Indonesian physician and politician, Indonesian Minister of Health (b. 1955)
- Akira Tonomura, Japanese physicist, author, and academic (b. 1942)
- Lourdes Valera, Venezuelan actress (b. 1963)
- Osama bin Laden, Saudi Arabian terrorist, founder of Al-Qaeda (b. 1957)
- Lynn Redgrave, English-American actress and singer (b. 1943)
- Marilyn French, American author and academic (b. 1929)
- Kiyoshiro Imawano, Japanese singer-songwriter, producer, and actor (b. 1951)
- Jack Kemp, American football player and politician, 9th United States Secretary of Housing and Urban Development (b. 1935)
- Beverlee McKinsey, American actress (b. 1940)
- Izold Pustõlnik, Ukrainian-Estonian astronomer and academic (b. 1938)
- Brad McGann, New Zealand director and screenwriter (b. 1964)
- Louis Rukeyser, American journalist and author (b. 1933)
- Wee Kim Wee, Singaporean journalist and politician, 4th President of Singapore (b. 1915)
- W. T. Tutte, English-Canadian mathematician and academic (b. 1917)
- Sundar Popo, Indo-Trinidadian musician (b. 1943)
- Douglas Harkness, Canadian colonel and politician (b. 1903)
- Oliver Reed, English actor (b. 1938)
- hide, Japanese singer-songwriter, guitarist, and producer (b. 1964)
- Justin Fashanu, English footballer (b. 1961)
- Gene Raymond, American actor (b. 1908)
- John Eccles, Australian neurophysiologist and academic, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1903)
- Paulo Freire, Brazilian philosopher and academic (b. 1921)
- John Bunting, Australian public servant and diplomat, (b. 1918)
- Michael Hordern, English actor (b. 1911)
- Dorothy Marie Donnelly, American poet and author (b. 1903)
- André Moynet, French race car driver, pilot, and politician (b. 1921)
- Wilbur Mills, American lawyer and politician (b. 1909)
- Gauri Shankar Rai, Indian Politician(b.1924)
- Ronald McKie, Australian journalist and author (b. 1909)
- David Rappaport, English-American actor (b. 1951)
- Veniamin Kaverin, Russian author (b. 1902)
- Giuseppe Siri, Italian cardinal (b. 1906)
- Sergio Cresto, American race car driver (b. 1956)
- Henri Toivonen, Finnish race car driver (b. 1956)
- Attilio Bettega, Italian race car driver (b. 1951)
- Larry Clinton, American trumpet player and bandleader (b. 1909)
- Jack Barry, American game show host and producer, co-founded Barry & Enright Productions (b. 1918)
- Bob Clampett, American animator, director, and producer (b. 1913)
- Norm Van Brocklin, American football player and coach (b. 1926)
- Clarrie Grimmett, New Zealand-Australian cricketer (b. 1891)
- George Pal, Hungarian-American animator and producer (b. 1908)
- Giulio Natta, Italian chemist and engineer, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1903)
- Nicholas Magallanes, American principal dancer and charter member of the New York City Ballet (b. 1922)
- James O. Richardson, American admiral (b. 1878)
- J. Edgar Hoover, American 1st director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (b. 1895)
- Franz von Papen, German general and politician, Chancellor of Germany (b. 1879)
- Nancy Astor, Viscountess Astor, American-English politician (b. 1879)
- Ronald Barnes, 3rd Baron Gorell, English cricketer, peer, politician, poet, author and newspaper editor (b. 1884)
- Joseph McCarthy, American captain, lawyer, judge, and politician (b. 1908)
- Wallace Bryant, American archer (b. 1863)
- Dorothea Binz, German SS officer (b. 1920)
- Martin Bormann, German politician (b. 1900)
- Joe Corbett, American baseball player and journalist (b. 1875)
- Penelope Delta, Greek author (b. 1874)
- Charalambos Tseroulis, Greek general and politician, Greek Minister for Military Affairs (b. 1879)
- Ernest Starling, English physiologist and academic (b. 1866)
- Antun Branko Šimić, Croatian and Bosnian-Herzegovinian poet (b. 1898)
- Johann Palisa, Austrian astronomer (b. 1848)
- Evelyn De Morgan, English painter (b. 1855)
- Jüri Vilms, Estonian lawyer and politician (b. 1889)
- Clara Immerwahr, German chemist (b. 1870)
- Terézia Zakoucs, Hungarian-Slovene author (b. 1817)
- Eberhard Anheuser, German-American businessman, co-founded Anheuser-Busch (b. 1805)
- Tom Wills, Australian cricketer, co-created Australian rules football (b. 1835)
- Giacomo Meyerbeer, German composer and educator (b. 1791)
- Alfred de Musset, French dramatist, poet, and novelist (b. 1810)
- Mary Moser, English painter and academic (b. 1744)
- Henry Jerome de Salis, English priest (b. 1740)
- Herman Willem Daendels, Dutch general and politician, Governor-General of the Dutch Gold Coast (b. 1762)
- Juan Vicente de Güemes, 2nd Count of Revillagigedo (b. 1740)
- Laurence Hyde, 1st Earl of Rochester, English politician, First Lord of the Treasury (b. 1641)
- Stjepan Gradić, Croatian philosopher and mathematician (b. 1613)
- George Wither, English poet and author (b. 1588)
- Lodovico Grossi da Viadana, Italian composer and educator (b. 1560)
- Rodolfo Pio da Carpi, Italian cardinal (b. 1500)
- Leonardo da Vinci, Italian painter, sculptor, and architect (b. 1452)
- William de la Pole, 1st Duke of Suffolk, English admiral (b. 1396)
- Blanche of Artois (b. 1248)
- Meir of Rothenburg, German rabbi (b. c.1215)
- William de Braose, English son of Reginald de Braose (b. 1197)
- Leo I, King of Armenia (b. 1150)
- Boris I of Bulgaria
- Liu Zong, general of the Tang Dynasty
- Marutha of Tikrit, Persian theologian of the Syriac Orthodox Church (b. 565)
- 373 CE
- Athanasius of Alexandria, Egyptian bishop and saint (b. 298)
- 1203 BCE
- Merneptah, pharaoh of Egypt