On This Day in History: May 20
May 20 is the 140th day of the year (141st in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. 225 days remain until the end of the year.
Lottery News On This Day
- Pennsylvania woman wins $1 million from scratch-off ticket following husband's recent death. After a Pennsylvania woman suffered the tragic loss of her husband, her life took another unexpected turn when she won $1 million from a scratch-off lottery ticket.
- Florida Lottery winner of $1M among suspects rounded up in major drug bust. Last week, a 27-year-old Florida woman who in 2018 collected a $1 million lottery prize was among more than 20 suspects apprehended by police in a major drug bust.
- World Lottery Association president urges veto of warning labels. Florida's first lottery secretary called on Gov. Ron DeSantis to veto legislation placing warning labels on tickets.
- New Jersey lottery ticket wins $315.3 million Powerball jackpot. A single ticket sold in New Jersey has won the $315.3 million Powerball jackpot in Saturday's drawing, lottery officials announced early Sunday.
- California man wins $1 million an hour after depositing $25,000 lottery winnings. A streak of good luck made a Huntington Beach, California, man an instant millionaire immediately after he deposited a separate $25,000 payment from the California Lottery on Friday.
- Florida man wins $10 million in lottery scratch-off game. A Hallandale Beach, Florida, man spent $25 on a Florida Lottery scratch-off card and etched his way into a life-changing, $10 million prize.
- Iowa Lottery officials track down $1 million winner. After six months of sleuthing, Iowa Lottery officials made contact with a man who'd won a $1 million Powerball prize back in November but didn't know it because he hadn't checked the ticket.
- Mega Millions multi-state lottery to get harder to win in Oct.. Come this fall, winning the multi-state Mega Millions lottery jackpot will become even more difficult in the 45 states and jurisdictions that offer the lotto game.
- Store owner tried to scam woman out of lottery winnings. A woman was almost scammed out of her lottery winnings by the convenience store where she bought the ticket, according to Louisiana Lottery officials.
- Lucky Md. lottery player wins again. On Wednesday, habitual lottery winner Joe Vaeth, Jr. picked up his largest prize to-date: $1 million, on a Mega Millions ticket played with the Megaplier.
- Mom, son split $22.5 million N.Y. Lotto jackpot. New York Lottery draw team members Yolanda Vega and Gretchen Dizer Wednesday teamed up to present Lottery prize checks to Monroe County's newest Lottery millionaires, including the winners of the March 27th Lotto jackpot worth $22,500,000.
- Arkansas Lottery needs vending machines, Director says. For the Arkansas lottery to increase revenue from year to year, the lottery's director told commissioners Wednesday that they will have to approve the use of ticket-vending machines.
- Alaska lottery assault leads to 3-year sentence. The man accused of attacking the winner of Alaska's biggest lottery with a metal pipe or rod pleaded guilty this week to a reduced charge of second-degree assault, a prosecutor said.
- Winning Powerball lottery ticket expiring soon. A $400,000 winning Powerball ticket from the May 28, 2008 — purchased in Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania — remains unclaimed.
- Indiana woman claims $2.5 million Lotto jackpot. A woman from Summitville, Indiana, claimed a $2.5 million jackpot after she matched all six numbers in the May 9, 2009 Hoosier Lotto drawing.
- Calif. Lottery may build $60 million headquarters. California lottery officials are thinking about building a new $60 million headquarters despite a massive state budget deficit, but officials say the new building would be smaller and less expensive to operate.
- 4 charged in killing of $250,000 lottery winner in Ohio. Burglars returned again and again to the home of a $250,000 Ohio Lottery winner who had two Jaguars, a Rolex watch and lots of cash. The final intrusion, apparently by different criminals, left the 78-year-old retired stockbroker dead of a gunshot wound.
- California Lottery revenues dip. California Lottery officials on Tuesday lowered revenue estimates for the year by $275 million, just as Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger suggested the state could double sales in a decade.
- Teen wins $35 million Powerball lottery jackpot. Jonathan Vargas turns 20 in July. But he relied on the ages of close relatives instead of his own when he picked the six winning numbers for Saturday's $35.3 million Powerball jackpot.
- Education at the center of N.C. lottery debate. As the North Carolina Senate continues debate on a state lottery, education remains the central focus of contention and compromise.
- Kansas Lottery Re-tools eScratch Game. The Kansas Lottery reworked its year-old eScratch instant game after sales were found to be lackluster.
- Birthdays Pay Off Big For Tampa Man. A Florida handyman took a one-time lump sum payment of $342,244.50 after winning the May 13 drawing of Mega Money using birthdays to choose his numbers.
- Busy lottery winner finally takes a break and claims jackpot. The man who called lottery officials last week and told them he was too busy working to collect his $56 million SuperLotto Plus jackpot finally showed up Thursday at the California Lottery's Santa Fe Springs district office, nearly two weeks after his win.
- Lottery scam victimizes Colorado woman. A Colorado woman is wired $3,900 to scam artists, thinking that she was paying the taxes on a lottery prize.
- New Hamshire budget closely linked to lottery luck. If someone won Wednesday night's Powerball jackpot, New Hampshire's tight state budget would be the big loser, according to the chairman of the New Hampshire Lottery Commission.
- Ohio Lottery could be hurt by casinos. Lottery sales and Bingo revenue fell in Ohio counties nearest out-of-state casinos, raising concerns about the economic impact of such casinos coming to Ohio, according to a newspaper analysis.
- Store owner accused of stealing lottery ticket. Police in North Andover, Massachusetts are pressing charges against Patrick Simboli, alleging that he stole a customer's winning lottery ticket, worth $32,000 after taxes.
- $55 Million: NY Lotto Jackpot Keeps Rolling. Because no one correctly matched all six numbers in Wednesday's New York Lotto drawing the jackpot grew to an estimated $55 million.
- Powerball lottery jackpot raised to $33 million. Because no one correctly matched all six numbers in Wednesday's Powerball drawing the jackpot grew to an estimated $33 million, with a cash option of $16.7 million.
- Maryland Seniors Win $175,000 Mega Millions Lottery Prize. The Maryland Lottery announced Tuesday afternoon that "a lively group of senior citizens" collected their $175,000 prize from last Friday's Mega Millions game.
- Maryland Lottery Adds Sunday Drawings. The Maryland lottery is adding Sunday afternoon drawings for the first time in its 31-year history.
- Canada to change Lotto 6/49. Canada's Lotto 6/49 is going for gold with bigger jackpots and better chances of winning. Starting May 30, the first major changes in the game's 22-year history will take effect.
- Experts advise to take cash option. Finance 101 for lottery winners: Take the cash, advisers say. Annuities could be a bad bet.
- Penn. Lottery unveils self-service ticket machines. Lottery players throughout Pennsylvania will soon be able to play the Pennsylvania Lottery's online and instant games using state-of-the-art, touch screen terminals.
Top 25 Lottery Jackpots On This Day
- 1.$516 Million
May 21, 2021
- 2.$367 Million
May 21, 2019
- 3.$298 Million
May 22, 2020
- 4.$288 Million
May 22, 2019
- 5.$228 Million
May 20, 2017
- 6.$219.9 Million
May 22, 2021
- 7.$194 Million
May 22, 2015
- 8.€154.94 Million
May 20, 2021
- 9.$187 Million
May 20, 2016
- 10.$175 Million
May 20, 1998
- 11.€155.5 Million
May 21, 2019
- 12.$170 Million
May 20, 2009
- 12.$170 Million
May 22, 2010
- 14.$155 Million
May 21, 2005
- 15.$149 Million
May 20, 2014
- 16.€116 Million
May 23, 2017
- 17.$121 Million
May 20, 2015
- 18.$120 Million
May 21, 2011
- 19.$114 Million
May 21, 2014
- 20.$110 Million
May 23, 2012
- 21.€90 Million
May 25, 2018
- 22.€80.38 Million
May 21, 2021
- 23.€85.19 Million
May 21, 2016
- 24.$95 Million
May 20, 2020
- 25.€72 Million
May 22, 2012
Lottery Post Member Birthdays On This Day
Tuesday, May 20, 1980
41 years old
Monday, May 20, 1974
47 years old
Wednesday, May 20, 1970
51 years old
Friday, May 20, 1966
55 years old
Saturday, May 20, 1961
60 years old
Friday, May 20, 1955
66 years old
Wednesday, May 20, 1953
68 years old
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Worldwide Events On This Day
- The International System of Units (SI): The base units are redefined, making the international prototype of the kilogram obsolete.
- The government of Singapore authorised the controversial execution of convicted murderer Kho Jabing for the murder of a Chinese construction worker despite the international pleas for clemency, notably from Amnesty International and the United Nations.
- An EF5 tornado strikes the Oklahoma City suburb of Moore, killing 24 people and injuring 377 others.
- At least 27 people are killed and 50 others injured when a 6.0-magnitude earthquake strikes northern Italy.
- Mamata Banerjee is sworn in as the Chief Minister of West Bengal, the first woman to hold this post.
- The independence of East Timor is recognized by Portugal, formally ending 23 years of Indonesian rule and three years of provisional UN administration (Portugal itself is the former colonizer of East Timor until 1976).
- Civil rights: The Supreme Court of the United States rules in Romer v. Evans against a law that would have prevented any city, town or county in the state of Colorado from taking any legislative, executive, or judicial action to protect the rights of gays and lesbians.
- The first post-Communist presidential and parliamentary elections are held in Romania.
- The Chinese authorities declare martial law in the face of pro-democracy demonstrations, setting the scene for the Tiananmen Square massacre.
- Radio Martí, part of the Voice of America service, begins broadcasting to Cuba.
- First publications of the discovery of the HIV virus that causes AIDS in the journal Science by Luc Montagnier.
- Church Street bombing: A car bomb planted by Umkhonto we Sizwe explodes on Church Street in South Africa's capital, Pretoria, killing 19 people and injuring 217 others.
- In a referendum in Quebec, the population rejects, by 60% of the vote, a government proposal to move towards independence from Canada.
- In the Chuknagar massacre, Pakistani forces massacre thousands, mostly Bengali Hindus.
- The Battle of Hamburger Hill in Vietnam ends.
- The Popular Movement of the Revolution political party is established in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.
- Discovery of the cosmic microwave background radiation by Robert Woodrow Wilson and Arno Penzias.
- In Operation Redwing, the first United States airborne hydrogen bomb is dropped over Bikini Atoll in the Pacific Ocean.
- In the United States, the Armed Forces Security Agency, the predecessor to the National Security Agency, is established.
- Generalissimo Chiang Kai-shek wins the 1948 Republic of China presidential election and is sworn in as the first President of the Republic of China at Nanjing.
- World War II: Battle of Crete: German paratroops invade Crete.
- The Holocaust: The first prisoners arrive at a new concentration camp at Auschwitz.
- Amelia Earhart takes off from Newfoundland to begin the world's first solo nonstop flight across the Atlantic Ocean by a female pilot, landing in Ireland the next day.
- Treaty of Jeddah: The United Kingdom recognizes the sovereignty of King Ibn Saud in the Kingdoms of Hejaz and Nejd, which later merge to become the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.
- Cuba gains independence from the United States. Tomás Estrada Palma becomes the country's first President.
- History of cinema: The first public display of Thomas Edison's prototype kinetoscope.
- Krakatoa begins to erupt; the volcano explodes three months later, killing more than 36,000 people.
- The Triple Alliance between the German Empire, Austria-Hungary and the Kingdom of Italy is formed.
- Signing of the Metre Convention by 17 nations leading to the establishment of the International System of Units.
- Levi Strauss and Jacob Davis receive a U.S. patent for blue jeans with copper rivets.
- American Civil War: Battle of Ware Bottom Church: In the Virginia Bermuda Hundred campaign, 10,000 troops fight in this Confederate victory.
- U.S. President Abraham Lincoln signs the Homestead Act into law, opening 84 million acres of public land to settlers.
- American Civil War: The state of Kentucky proclaims its neutrality, which will last until September 3 when Confederate forces enter the state. Meanwhile, the State of North Carolina secedes from the Union.
- York Minster is badly damaged by fire.
- Napoleon Bonaparte leads his French troops into the Battle of Bautzen in Saxony, Germany, against the combined armies of Russia and Prussia. The battle ends the next day with a French victory.
- By the Law of 20 May 1802, Napoleon Bonaparte reinstates slavery in the French colonies, revoking its abolition in the French Revolution.
- The Mecklenburg Declaration of Independence is allegedly signed in Charlotte, North Carolina.
- The Battle of Cartagena de Indias ends in a Spanish victory and the British begin withdrawal towards Jamaica with substantial losses.
- Yangzhou massacre: The ten day massacre of 800,000 residents of the city of Yangzhou, part of the Transition from Ming to Qing.
- The city of Magdeburg in Germany is seized by forces of the Holy Roman Empire and most of its inhabitants massacred, in one of the bloodiest incidents of the Thirty Years' War.
- Shakespeare's sonnets are first published in London, perhaps illicitly, by the publisher Thomas Thorpe.
- Cartographer Abraham Ortelius issues Theatrum Orbis Terrarum, the first modern atlas.
- Ignatius of Loyola is seriously wounded in the Battle of Pampeluna.
- Portuguese explorer Vasco da Gama discovers the sea route to India when he arrives at Kozhikode (previously known as Calicut), India.
- John Cabot sets sail from Bristol, England, on his ship Matthew looking for a route to the west (other documents give a May 2 date).
- The Battle of Alfarrobeira is fought, establishing the House of Braganza as a principal royal family of Portugal.
- King Sancho IV of Castile creates the Estudio de Escuelas de Generales in Alcalá de Henares.
- The Second Battle of Lincoln is fought near Lincoln, England, resulting in the defeat of Prince Louis of France by William Marshal, 1st Earl of Pembroke.
- While visiting the royal Mercian court at Sutton Walls with a view to marrying princess Ælfthryth, King Æthelberht II of East Anglia is taken captive and beheaded.
- The Battle of Dun Nechtain is fought between a Pictish army under King Bridei III and the invading Northumbrians under King Ecgfrith, who are decisively defeated.
- Empress Ariadne marries Anastasius I. The widowed Augusta is able to choose her successor for the Byzantine throne, after Zeno (late emperor) dies of dysentery.
- The First Council of Nicaea is formally opened, starting the first ecumenical council of the Christian Church.
Births On This Day
- Jamie Chadwick, English race car driver
- Nam Nguyen, Canadian figure skater
- Brian Kelly, Australian rugby league player
- Caroline Zhang, American figure skater
- Cate Campbell, Malawian-Australian swimmer
- Jack Gleeson, Irish actor
- Enes Kanter, Turkish basketball player
- Bastian Baker, Swiss singer, songwriter, and performer
- Emre Colak, Turkish footballer
- Siosia Vave, Australian-Tongan rugby league player
- Joel Moon, Australian rugby league player
- Mike Havenaar, Japanese footballer
- Julian Wright, American basketball player
- Dexter Blackstock, English footballer
- Stéphane Mbia, Cameroonian footballer
- Jiřina Svobodová, Czech pole vaulter
- Chris Froome, Kenyan-English cyclist
- Brendon Goddard, Australian footballer
- Mauro Rafael da Silva, Brazilian footballer
- Patrick Ewing, Jr., American basketball player
- Keith Grennan, American football player
- Óscar Cardozo, Paraguayan footballer
- Matt Langridge, English rower
- Petr Čech, Czech footballer
- Imran Farhat, Pakistani cricketer
- Jessica Raine, English actress
- Daniel Ribeiro, Brazilian director, producer, and screenwriter
- Iker Casillas, Spanish footballer
- Rachel Platten, American singer and songwriter
- Lindsay Taylor, American basketball player
- Mark Winterbottom, Australian race car driver
- Austin Kearns, American baseball player
- Kassim Osgood, American football player
- Andrew Scheer, Canadian politician, 28th Leader of the Conservative Party of Canada
- Jayson Werth, American baseball player
- Hristos Banikas, Greek chess player
- Pavla Hamáčková-Rybová, Czech pole vaulter
- Nils Schumann, German runner
- Matt Czuchry, American actor
- Leo Franco, Argentinian footballer
- Angela Goethals, American actress
- Stirling Mortlock, Australian rugby player
- Vesa Toskala, Finnish ice hockey player
- Ramón Hernández, Venezuelan-American baseball player
- Tomoya Satozaki, Japanese baseball player
- Juan Minujín, Argentinian actor, director, and screenwriter
- Allison Amend, American novelist and short story writer
- Shiboprosad Mukherjee, Indian film director, writer and actor
- Nathan Long, Australian rugby league player
- Michael Diamond, Australian shooter
- Christophe Dominici, French rugby player
- Busta Rhymes, American rapper, producer, and actor
- Šárka Kašpárková, Czech triple jumper and coach
- Tony Stewart, American race car driver
- Terrell Brandon, American basketball player
- Louis Theroux, Singaporean-English journalist and producer
- Road Dogg, American wrestler, producer, and soldier
- Timothy Olyphant, American actor and producer
- Graham Brady, English politician
- Gabriele Muccino, Italian director, producer, and screenwriter
- Dan Abrams, American journalist and author
- Ted Allen, American television host and author
- Stu Grimson, Canadian ice hockey player, sportscaster, and lawyer
- Kōichirō Genba, Japanese politician, 80th Japanese Minister for Foreign Affairs
- Edin Osmanović, Slovenian footballer, coach, and manager
- Charles Spencer, 9th Earl Spencer, English journalist and author
- David Wells, American baseball player and sportscaster
- Clive Allen, English international footballer and manager
- Nick Heyward, English singer-songwriter and guitarist
- Tony Goldwyn, American actor and director
- Susan Cowsill, American singer-songwriter
- Ron Reagan, American journalist and radio host
- Jane Wiedlin, American singer-songwriter, guitarist, and actress
- Yoshihiko Noda, Japanese lawyer and politician, 62nd Prime Minister of Japan
- Ingvar Ambjørnsen, Norwegian-German author and critic
- Gerry Peyton, English born Irish international footballer and coach
- Douglas Preston, American journalist and author
- Steve George, American keyboard player and songwriter
- Zbigniew Preisner, Polish composer and producer
- David Paterson, American lawyer and politician, 55th Governor of New York
- Colin Sutherland, Lord Carloway, Scottish lawyer and judge
- Robert Doyle, Australian educator and politician, 103rd Lord Mayor of Melbourne
- Roger Milla, Cameroonian footballer and manager
- Michael Wills, English politician, British Minister of Justice
- Thomas Akers, American colonel, engineer, and astronaut
- Christie Blatchford, Canadian newspaper columnist, journalist and broadcaster (d. 2020)
- Mike Crapo, American lawyer and politician
- Andy Johns, English-American engineer and producer (d. 2013)
- Reinaldo Merlo, Argentinian footballer and coach
- Jane Parker-Smith, English organist (d. 2020)
- Robert Morin, Canadian director, cinematographer, and screenwriter
- Michèle Roberts, English author and poet
- Dave Thomas, Canadian actor, director, producer, and screenwriter
- Steve Currie, English bass player (d. 1981)
- Greg Dyke, English journalist and academic
- Cher, American singer-songwriter, producer, and actress
- Bobby Murcer, American baseball player, coach, manager, and sportscaster (d. 2008)
- Vladimiro Montesinos, Peruvian intelligence officer
- Joe Cocker, English singer-songwriter (d. 2014)
- Boudewijn de Groot, Indonesian-Dutch singer-songwriter and guitarist
- Keith Fletcher, English cricketer and manager
- Dietrich Mateschitz, Austrian businessman, co-founded Red Bull GmbH
- Albano Carrisi, Italian singer, actor, and winemaker
- Deryck Murray, Trinidadian cricketer
- Raymond Chrétien, Canadian lawyer and diplomat, Canadian Ambassador to the United States
- Lynn Davies, Welsh sprinter and long jumper
- Carlos Hathcock, American sergeant and sniper (d. 1999)
- Frew McMillan, South African tennis player
- Goh Chok Tong, Singaporean politician, 2nd Prime Minister of Singapore
- John Strasberg, American actor and teacher
- Shorty Long, American singer-songwriter and producer (d. 1969)
- Stan Mikita, Slovak-Canadian ice hockey player and sportscaster (d. 2018)
- Sadaharu Oh, Japanese-Taiwanese baseball player and manager
- Balu Mahendra, Sri Lankan-Indian director, cinematographer, and screenwriter (d. 2014)
- Dave Hill, American golfer (d. 2011)
- Derek Lampe, English footballer
- Anthony Zerbe, American actor
- José Mujica, Uruguayan guerrilla leader and politician, 40th President of Uruguay
- Constance Towers, American actress and singer
- Ken Boyer, American baseball player and manager (d. 1982)
- Louis Smith, American trumpeter (d. 2016)
- Sam Etcheverry, American football player and coach (d. 2009)
- Gilles Loiselle, Canadian politician and diplomat, 33rd Canadian Minister of Finance
- Bud Grant, American football player and coach
- David Hedison, American actor (d. 2019)
- Franciszek Macharski, Polish cardinal (d. 2016)
- Bob Sweikert, American race car driver (d. 1956)
- Alexei Tupolev, Russian engineer, designed the Tupolev Tu-144 (d. 2001)
- David Chavchavadze, English-American CIA officer and author (d. 2014)
- Zelmar Michelini, Uruguayan journalist and politician (d. 1976)
- Edith Fellows, American actress (d. 2011)
- Sam Selvon, Trinidad-born writer (d. 1994)
- Ted Hinton, Northern Irish international footballer (d. 1988)
- Wolfgang Borchert, German author and playwright (d. 1947)
- Hal Newhouser, American baseball player and scout (d. 1998)
- Pedro Trebbau, German-born Venezuelan zoologist (d. 2021)
- Hao Wang, Chinese-American logician, philosopher, and mathematician (d. 1995)
- John Cruickshank, Scottish lieutenant and banker, Victoria Cross recipient
- George Gobel, American comedian (d. 1991)
- Alexandra Boyko, Russian tank commander (d. 1996)
- Edward B. Lewis, American biologist, geneticist, and academic, Nobel Prize laureate (d. 2004)
- Tony Cliff, Israeli-English author and activist (d. 2000)
- Guy Favreau, Canadian lawyer, judge, and politician, 28th Canadian Minister of Justice (d. 1967)
- Owen Chadwick, English rugby player, historian, and academic (d. 2015)
- Alexey Maresyev, Russian soldier and pilot (d. 2001)
- Ondina Valla, Italian sprinter and hurdler (d. 2006)
- Peter Copley, English actor (d. 2008)
- Moshe Dayan, Israeli general and politician, 5th Israeli Minister of Foreign Affairs (d. 1981)
- Joff Ellen, Australian comedian and actor (d. 1999)
- Teodoro Fernández, Peruvian footballer (d. 1996)
- William Redington Hewlett, American engineer, co-founded Hewlett-Packard (d. 2001)
- Gardner Fox, American author (d. 1986)
- Annie M. G. Schmidt, Dutch author and playwright (d. 1995)
- Henry Bolte, Australian politician, 38th Premier of Victoria (d. 1990)
- Louis Daquin, French actor and director (d. 1980)
- Francis Raymond Fosberg, American botanist and author (d. 1993)
- James Stewart, American actor (d. 1997)
- Carl Mydans, American photographer and journalist (d. 2004)
- Giuseppe Siri, Italian cardinal (d. 1989)
- Margery Allingham, English author of detective fiction (d. 1966)
- Max Euwe, Dutch chess player, mathematician, and author (d. 1981)
- Doris Fleeson, American journalist (d. 1970)
- Sumitranandan Pant, Indian poet and author (d. 1977)
- Aleksandr Deyneka, Russian painter and sculptor (d. 1969)
- John Marshall Harlan II, American lawyer and jurist (d. 1971)
- Eduard Ole, Estonian painter (d. 1995)
- Diego Abad de Santillán, Spanish economist and author (d. 1983)
- Malcolm Nokes, English hammer and discus thrower (d. 1986)
- R. J. Mitchell, English engineer, designed the Supermarine Spitfire and Supermarine S.6B (d. 1937)
- Chandrashekarendra Saraswati, Indian guru and scholar (d. 1994)
- Ali Sami Yen, Turkish footballer and manager, founded the Galatasaray Sports Club (d. 1951)
- Faisal I of Iraq (d. 1933)
- Sigrid Undset, Danish-Norwegian novelist, essayist, and translator, Nobel Prize laureate (d. 1949)
- Hans Meerwein, German chemist (d. 1965)
- Pat Leahy, Irish-American jumper (d. 1927)
- Hendrik Offerhaus, Dutch rower (d. 1953)
- Eduard Buchner, German chemist, zymologist, and academic, Nobel Prize laureate (d. 1917)
- Henri-Edmond Cross, French Neo-Impressionist painter (d. 1910)
- George Prendergast, Australian politician, 28th Premier of Victoria (d. 1937)
- Emile Berliner, German-American inventor, invented the Gramophone record (d. 1929)
- Jules Méline, French lawyer and politician, 65th Prime Minister of France (d. 1925)
- Hector Malot, French author (d. 1907)
- Antoinette Brown Blackwell, the first woman to be ordained as a mainstream Protestant minister in the U.S. (d. 1921)
- Cadmus M. Wilcox, Confederate States Army general (d. 1890)
- Frédéric Passy, French economist and academic, Nobel Prize laureate (d. 1912)
- William Fargo, American businessman and politician, co-founded Wells Fargo and American Express (d. 1881)
- Alfred Domett, English-New Zealand poet and politician, 4th Prime Minister of New Zealand (d. 1887)
- John Stuart Mill, English economist, civil servant, and philosopher (d. 1873)
- Honoré de Balzac, French novelist and playwright (d. 1850)
- Pedro María de Anaya, Mexican soldier. President (1847-1848) (d. 1854)
- Simon Fraser, American-Canadian fur trader and explorer (d. 1862)
- Sir William Congreve, 2nd Baronet, English inventor and politician, developed Congreve rockets (d. 1828)
- Andreas Vokos Miaoulis, Greek admiral and politician (d. 1835)
- William Thornton, Virgin Islander-American architect, designed the United States Capitol (d. 1828)
- Toussaint Louverture, Haitian revolutionary, general, and president (d. 1803)
- Francis Cotes, English painter and academic (d. 1770)
- Andreas Schlüter, German sculptor and architect (d. 1714)
- Robert Heath, English judge and politician (d. 1649)
- Hieronymus Fabricius, Italian anatomist (d. 1619)
- Thado Minsaw of Ava, Viceroy of Ava (d. 1584)
- Levinus Lemnius, Dutch writer (d. 1568)
- Pietro Bembo, Italian cardinal, poet, and scholar (d. 1547)
- Bonne of Luxembourg, first wife of John II of France (d. 1349)
Deaths On This Day
- Niki Lauda, Austrian Formula One driver (b. 1949)
- Kho Jabing, Malaysian convicted murderer who was executed by hanging in Singapore (b. 1984)
- Bob Belden, American saxophonist, composer, and producer (b. 1956)
- Femi Robinson, Nigerian actor and playwright (b. 1940)
- Sandra Bem, American psychologist and academic (b. 1944)
- Ross Brown, New Zealand rugby player (b. 1934)
- Robyn Denny, English-French painter (b. 1930)
- Arthur Gelb, American journalist, author, and critic (b. 1924)
- Prince Rupert Loewenstein, Spanish-English businessman (b. 1933)
- Barbara Murray, English actress (b. 1929)
- Flavio Costantini, Italian painter and illustrator (b. 1926)
- Billie Dawe, Canadian ice hockey player and manager (b. 1924)
- Anders Eliasson, Swedish composer (b. 1947)
- Miloslav Kříž, Czech basketball player and coach (b. 1924)
- Ray Manzarek, American singer-songwriter, keyboard player, and producer (b. 1939)
- Denys Roberts, English judge and politician (b. 1923)
- Zach Sobiech, American singer-songwriter (b. 1995)
- Leela Dube, Indian anthropologist and scholar (b. 1923)
- Robin Gibb, Manx-English singer-songwriter and producer (b. 1949)
- David Littman, English-Swiss historian, author, and academic (b. 1933)
- Ken Lyons, American bass guitarist (b. 1953)
- Eugene Polley, American engineer, invented the remote control (b. 1915)
- Andrew B. Steinberg, American lawyer (b. 1958)
- Randy Savage, American wrestler and actor (b. 1952)
- Arthur Erickson, Canadian architect and urban planner, designed Roy Thomson Hall (b. 1924)
- Lucy Gordon, American actress and model (b. 1980)
- Pierre Gamarra, French author, poet, and critic (b. 1919)
- Hamilton Jordan, American politician, 8th White House Chief of Staff (b. 1944)
- Norman Von Nida, Australian golfer (b. 1914)
- Paul Ricœur, French philosopher and academic (b. 1913)
- William Seawell, American general (b. 1918)
- Stephen Jay Gould, American paleontologist, biologist, and academic (b. 1941)
- Renato Carosone, Italian singer-songwriter and pianist (b. 1920)
- Jean-Pierre Rampal, French flute player (b. 1922)
- Malik Sealy, American basketball player and actor (b. 1970)
- Yevgeny Khrunov, Russian colonel, engineer, and astronaut (b. 1933)
- Robert Normann, Norwegian guitarist (b. 1916)
- Jon Pertwee, English actor, portrayed the Third Doctor (b. 1919)
- Les Cowie, Australian rugby league player (b. 1925)
- John Hicks, English economist and academic, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1904)
- Gilda Radner, American actress and comedian (b. 1946)
- Syd Howe, Canadian ice hockey player (b. 1911)
- Zelmar Michelini, Uruguayan journalist and politician (b. 1924)
- Héctor Gutiérrez Ruiz, Uruguayan politician (b. 1934)
- Barbara Hepworth, English sculptor and lithographer (b. 1903)
- Renzo Pasolini, Italian motorcycle racer (b. 1938)
- Jarno Saarinen, Finnish motorcycle racer (b. 1945)
- Waldo Williams, Welsh poet and academic (b. 1904)
- Rudy Lewis, American singer (b. 1936)
- Josef Priller, German colonel and pilot (b. 1915)
- Max Beerbohm, English essayist, parodist, and caricaturist (b. 1872)
- Zoltán Halmay, Hungarian swimmer and trainer (b. 1881)
- Damaskinos of Athens, Greek archbishop and politician, 137th Prime Minister of Greece (b. 1891)
- Philipp Lenard, Slovak-German physicist and academic, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1862)
- Georgios Siantos, Greek sergeant and politician (b. 1890)
- Jacob Ellehammer, Danish pilot and engineer (b. 1871)
- Hector Guimard, French Architect (b. 1867)
- Verner von Heidenstam, Swedish author and poet, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1859)
- Ernest Noel, Scottish businessman and politician (b. 1831)
- Joseph Howard, Maltese politician, 1st Prime Minister of Malta (b. 1862)
- Bogd Khan, Mongolian ruler (c. 1869)
- Valentine Fleming, Scottish soldier and politician (b. 1887)
- Philipp von Ferrary, Italian stamp collector (b. 1850)
- Ernest Hogan, American actor and composer (b. 1859)
- Clara Schumann, German pianist and composer (b. 1819)
- Ana Néri, Brazilian nurse and philanthropist (b. 1814)
- George-Étienne Cartier, Canadian soldier, lawyer, and politician, 9th Premier of East Canada (b. 1814)
- John Clare, English poet (b. 1793)
- Joseph Blanco White, Spanish poet and theologian (b. 1775)
- Gilbert du Motier, Marquis de Lafayette, French general (b. 1757)
- Count Hieronymus von Colloredo, Austrian archbishop (b. 1732)
- Charles Bonnet, Swiss botanist and biologist (b. 1720)
- William Emerson, English mathematician and academic (b. 1701)
- Thomas Boston, Scottish author and educator (b. 1676)
- Sébastien Vaillant, French botanist and mycologist (b. 1669)
- John Trevor, Welsh lawyer and politician, 102nd Speaker of the House of Commons (b. 1637)
- Thomas Sprat, English bishop (b. 1635)
- George Digby, 2nd Earl of Bristol, Spanish-English politician, English Secretary of State (b. 1612)
- Władysław IV Vasa, Polish son of Sigismund III Vasa (b. 1595)
- Shi Kefa, Chinese general and calligrapher (b. 1601)
- Osman II, Ottoman sultan (b. 1604)
- Isabella Markham, English courtier (b. 1527)
- Ashikaga Yoshiharu, Japanese shōgun (b. 1510)
- Christopher Columbus, Italian explorer, discovered the Americas (b. 1451)
- Lorenzo di Pierfrancesco de' Medici, Italian banker and politician (b. 1463)
- Columba of Rieti, Italian Dominican tertiary Religious Sister (b. 1467)
- Álvaro Vaz de Almada, 1st Count of Avranches
- Infante Pedro, Duke of Coimbra (b. 1392)
- Bernardino of Siena, Italian-Spanish missionary and saint (b. 1380)
- Maria of Calabria, Empress of Constantinople (b. 1329)
- Sufi Saint Sayyid Jalaluddin Surkh-Posh Bukhari
- John II of Jerusalem (b. 1259)
- Pope John XXI (b. 1215)
- Bao Zheng, Chinese magistrate and mayor of Kaifeng (b. 999)
- Gero the Great, Saxon ruler (b.c. 900)
- Æthelberht II, king of East Anglia
- Ecgfrith of Northumbria (b. 645)