On This Day in History: May 31
May 31 is the 151st day of the year (152nd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. 214 days remain until the end of the year.
Lottery News On This Day
- LOTTERY POST TURNS 20 YEARS OLD TODAY. On May 31, 2000, a small website called Lottery Post came online, offering lottery players a way to discuss and share anything about their passion for the games. Little did I know at the time that that humble little forum would one day become one of the most popular lottery-related websites in the world.
- Joe Girardi pitches N.Y. legislature on sports gambling. A former New York Yankee player and manager came to the New York state capitol on behalf of Major League Baseball on Wednesday to advocate for a new state law regulating betting on sports.
- Here's what N.J. family that won $429M jackpot is doing with its money. A year ago this month, the Smith family's lives changed in an instant when they won the $429.6 million Powerball jackpot.
- New Mexico reduces college scholarships funded by lottery. College scholarships funded by New Mexico lottery proceeds will cover 60 percent of tuition costs for the next school year — down from 90 percent — as state education officials announced changes Wednesday aimed at stretching dwindling revenue for the financial aid program.
- Scotland family celebrates third big lottery prize. An elderly couple from Scotland are celebrating a £1 million (US$1.5 million) lottery payout that continues an amazing family run of Lotto luck.
- Virginia couple are new millionaires. A Virginia couple celebrated their newfound wealth of $4 million this week, made possible by lucky scratch-off lottery ticket.
- Missouri Lottery considering tickets at gas pumps. Missourians might have another choice at the gas pump someday: regular, premium, or Powerball.
- Indiana math teacher wins $100,000 from free lottery ticket. A Fort Wayne, Indiana, high school math teacher won $100,000 on a free Hoosier Lottery scratch-off ticket that she received at a Mad Ants game.
- Fruit held key to man's lottery win. A Providence, Rhode Island, man's fate was decided by a piece of fruit Wednesday, when he resolved to play the lottery based on the numbers found on his orange's sticker.
- High court dismisses Arkansas lottery name lawsuit. A businessman who said he owns trademarks to the lottery's name can't sue the Arkansas Lottery Commission, the state Supreme Court ruled Thursday.
- Northeast Texas town sells winning $40 million Powerball ticket. The winning ticket to Wednesday night's Powerball drawing worth about $40 million was sold in an East Texas town, a first for the Lone Star state, lottery officials said.
- Man claims half of record $63.4 million Canada Lotto 6/49 jackpot. Harry Black won an incredible $31.7 million in the lottery, but the way he accomplished it is even more amazing.
- Mass. lottery winners face charges in welfare fraud. In two separate cases, authorities are investigating two Massachusetts men who allegedly took welfare benefits after pocketing hundreds of thousands of dollars in lottery winnings.
- Two big-money Mega Millions tickets could be lost, CA Lottery official says. Two months after a record-breaking Mega Millions lottery draw, two tickets valued at $227,955 each remain unclaimed, and a California Lottery official said Wednesday the tickets -- including one sold in Hollywood -- may very well have been lost.
- Cheated lottery winner files lawsuit. A Dallas-area man who Travis County prosecutors say had his $1 million lottery ticket stolen by a convenience store clerk in 2009 has sued the Texas Lottery Commission and others in hopes of recovering all of his winnings.
- Mega Millions lottery jackpot increased to $47 million. The jackpot in the multi-state Mega Millions lottery game has grown to $47 million for Friday's drawing.
- Fla. Fantasy 5 lottery player wins $241,000. One winner of the Florida Lottery's "Fantasy 5" game will collect $241,009.50, a lottery official said Wednesday.
- Lottery scammer arrested in Ohio. Patience paid off last week as police nabbed a man they believe used the guise of lottery winnings to scam people out of thousands of dollars.
- Iraq war veteran is a hero yet again. A U.S. soldier and his girlfriend found a winning lottery ticket on the ground at a convenience store Monday and turned it in to police, who were able to find its owner -- a $2,500 winner with no idea her lucky ticket was missing.
- N.C. Powerball lottery sales begin, with difficulty. North Carolinians played Powerball to the tune of more than $1 million during the first day of sales Tuesday, despite computer glitches and printer problems that plagued nearly 20 percent of the state's lottery retailers.
- Tenn. Lottery sexual harassment allegations exposed. Details were released Tuesday on harassment complaints about a former Tennessee Lottery executive accused of groping.
- Illinois Gov. won't reveal data on lottery sale plan. The Blagojevich administration said Tuesday it won't release a consultant's work on how much money the state could make by selling or leasing the Illinois state lottery.
- Texas Lottery shake-up sparks optimism. Employees and observers of the Texas Lottery said Tuesday they were optimistic about recent changes at the $3 billion agency, hoping they can improve employee morale, security and public confidence in the agency.
Top 25 Lottery Jackpots On This Day
- 1.$444 Million
May 31, 2019
- 2.$356 Million
Jun 2, 2020
- 3.$344.6 Million
Jun 1, 2019
- 4.$302 Million
May 31, 2017
- 5.$261.6 Million
Jun 2, 2010
- 6.$260 Million
Jun 2, 2015
- 7.$235 Million
May 31, 2016
- 8.$200 Million
Jun 1, 2011
- 9.$188.9 Million
Jun 3, 2015
- 10.€161.8 Million
Jun 1, 2019
- 11.$173 Million
May 31, 2014
- 12.€152 Million
Jun 2, 2017
- 13.$164 Million
Jun 2, 2012
- 14.€116 Million
Jun 1, 2012
- 15.$135 Million
Jun 3, 2020
- 16.€87 Million
Jun 3, 2014
- 17.€90 Million
Jun 1, 2018
- 18.$100 Million
Jun 1, 2016
- 19.€89.18 Million
May 31, 2016
- 20.$97 Million
Jun 1, 2018
- 21.$92 Million
May 31, 2005
- 22.€74 Million
Jun 1, 2018
- 23.$75 Million
Jun 2, 2004
- 23.$75 Million
Jun 2, 2004
- 25.$74.3 Million
May 31, 1995
Lottery Post Member Birthdays On This Day
Wednesday, May 31, 1989
31 years old
Tuesday, May 31, 1988
32 years old
Thursday, May 31, 1979
41 years old
Wednesday, May 31, 1978
42 years old
Monday, May 31, 1976
44 years old
Wednesday, May 31, 1972
48 years old
Monday, May 31, 1971
49 years old
Wednesday, May 31, 1967
53 years old
Friday, May 31, 1963
57 years old
Friday, May 31, 1963
57 years old
Wednesday, May 31, 1961
59 years old
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Worldwide Events On This Day
- A car bomb exploded in a crowded intersection in Kabul near the German embassy during rush hour, killing over 90 and injuring 463.
- The asteroid 1998 QE2 and its moon make their closest approach to Earth for the next two centuries.
- A record breaking 2.6 mile wide tornado struck El Reno, Oklahoma causing 8 fatalities and over 150 injuries.
- Israeli Shayetet 13 commandos boarded the Gaza Freedom Flotilla while still in international waters trying to break the ongoing blockade of the Gaza Strip; nine Turkish civilians on the flotilla were killed in the ensuing violent affray.
- Usain Bolt breaks the world record in the 100m sprint, with a wind-legal (+1.7m/s) 9.72 seconds
- Vanity Fair reveals that Mark Felt was "Deep Throat".
- Bicesse Accords in Angola lay out a transition to multi-party democracy under the supervision of the United Nations' UNAVEM II mission.
- A group of six members of the Peruvian guerrilla group Túpac Amaru Revolutionary Movement murder eight transsexuals in Tarapoto.
- United States-Canada tornado outbreak: Forty-one tornadoes hit Ohio, Pennsylvania, New York, and Ontario, leaving 76 dead.
- The Trans-Alaska Pipeline System is completed.
- The only high school dance ever held at the White House takes place.
- The United States Senate votes to cut off funding for the bombing of Khmer Rouge targets within Cambodia, hastening the end of the Cambodian Civil War.
- In accordance with the Uniform Monday Holiday Act passed by the U.S. Congress in 1968, observation of Memorial Day occurs on the last Monday in May for the first time, rather than on the traditional Memorial Day of May 30.
- The 7.9 Mw Ancash earthquake shakes Peru with a maximum Mercalli intensity of VIII (Severe) and a landslide buries the town of Yungay, Peru. Between 66,794-70,000 were killed and 50,000 were injured.
- The West Indies Federation dissolves.
- The South African Constitution of 1961 becomes effective.
- In Moscow City Court, the Rokotov-Faibishenko show trial begins, despite the Khrushchev Thaw to reverse Stalinist elements in Soviet society.
- Feijenoord Rotterdam wins the first edition of the Benelux Cup
- Communists seize power in Hungary
- World War II: Imperial Japanese Navy midget submarines begin a series of attacks on Sydney, Australia.
- Anglo-Iraqi War: The United Kingdom completes the re-occupation of Iraq and returns 'Abd al-Ilah to power as regent for Faisal II.
- A 7.7 Mw earthquake destroys Quetta in modern-day Pakistan killing 40,000.
- The last Ford Model T rolls off the assembly line after a production run of 15,007,003 vehicles.
- The Tulsa race riot kills at least 39, but other estimates of black fatalities vary from 55 to about 300.
- World War I: Battle of Jutland: The British Grand Fleet engages the High Seas Fleet in the largest naval battle of the war, which proves indecisive.
- The RMS Titanic is launched in Belfast, Northern Ireland.
- The President of Mexico Porfirio Díaz flees the country during the Mexican Revolution.
- The South Africa Act comes into force, establishing the Union of South Africa.
- The National Negro Committee, forerunner to the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), convenes for the first time.
- Second Boer War: The Treaty of Vereeniging ends the war and ensures British control of South Africa.
- Johnstown Flood: Over 2,200 people die after a dam fails and sends a 60-foot (18-meter) wall of water over the town of Johnstown, Pennsylvania.
- The arrival at Plymouth of Tāwhiao, King of Maoris, to claim the protection of Queen Victoria
- Gilmore's Garden in New York City is renamed Madison Square Garden by William Henry Vanderbilt and is opened to the public at 26th Street and Madison Avenue.
- American Civil War: Overland Campaign: Battle of Cold Harbor: The Army of Northern Virginia engages the Army of the Potomac.
- American Civil War: Peninsula Campaign: Confederate forces under Joseph E. Johnston and G.W. Smith engage Union forces under George B. McClellan outside Richmond, Virginia.
- The clock tower at the Houses of Parliament, which houses Big Ben, starts keeping time.
- In Australia, William Lawson, Gregory Blaxland and William Wentworth reach Mount Blaxland, effectively marking the end of a route across the Blue Mountains.
- French and Spanish forces begin the assault against British forces occupying Diamond Rock.
- French Revolution: The Revolutionary Tribunal is suppressed.
- Manuel Quimper explores the Strait of Juan de Fuca.
- The United States enacts its first copyright statute, the Copyright Act of 1790.
- American Revolution: The Mecklenburg Resolves are adopted in the Province of North Carolina.
- Citing poor eyesight, Samuel Pepys records the last event in his diary.
- King Henry III lays the first stone of the Pont Neuf (New Bridge), the oldest bridge of Paris, France.
- Mongol invasion of Java was a punitive expedition against King Kertanegara of Singhasari, who had refused to pay tribute to the Yuan and maimed one of its ministers. However, it ended with failure for the Mongols. Regarded as establish City of Surabaya
- Mongol invasion of the Cumans: Battle of the Kalka River: Mongol armies of Genghis Khan led by Subutai defeat Kievan Rus' and Cumans.
- Emperor Petronius Maximus is stoned to death by an angry mob while fleeing Rome.
Births On This Day
- Santino Ferrucci, American racing driver
- Normani Korde, American singer
- Michaël Bournival, Canadian ice hockey player
- Laura Ikauniece, Latvian heptathlete
- VanossGaming, Canadian Youtuber
- Erik Karlsson, Swedish ice hockey player
- Bas Dost, Dutch footballer
- Marco Reus, German footballer
- Robert Gesink, Dutch cyclist
- Jordy Nelson, American football player
- Andrew Bailey, American baseball player
- Milorad Čavić, Serbian swimmer
- Nate Robinson, American basketball player
- Mikael Antonsson, Swedish footballer
- Daniele Bonera, Italian footballer
- Andy Hurley, American musician
- Jake Peavy, American baseball player
- Marlies Schild, Austrian skier
- Jean-François Gillet, Belgian footballer
- Theodoros Baev, Bulgarian-Greek volleyball player
- Domenico Fioravanti, Italian swimmer
- Eric Christian Olsen, American actor
- Joachim Olsen, Danish shot putter and politician
- Moses Sichone, Zambian footballer
- Petr Tenkrát, Czech ice hockey player
- Colin Farrell, Irish actor.
- Matt Harpring, American basketball player and sportscaster
- Mac Suzuki, Japanese baseball player
- Hiroiki Ariyoshi, Japanese comedian and singer
- Chad Campbell, American golfer
- Christian McBride, American bassist and record producer
- Archie Panjabi, Indo-British actress
- Frode Estil, Norwegian skier
- Antti Niemi, Finnish footballer and coach
- Dave Roberts, American baseball player and coach
- Arun Luthra, Indo-Anglo-American saxophonist, konnakol artist, composer, and arranger
- Phil Keoghan, New Zealand television host and producer
- Kenny Lofton, American baseball player, coach, and sportscaster
- Roshan Mahanama, Sri Lankan cricketer and referee
- Todd McKenney, Australian entertainer
- Brooke Shields, American model, actress, and producer
- Leonard Asper, Canadian lawyer and businessman
- Stéphane Caristan, French hurdler and coach
- Yukio Edano, Japanese politician, Japanese Minister for Foreign Affairs
- Darryl "D.M.C." McDaniels, American rapper and producer
- David Leigh, holder of the Sir Samuel Hall Chair of Chemistry at the University of Manchester
- Viktor Orbán, Hungarian politician, 38th Prime Minister of Hungary
- Wesley Willis, American singer-songwriter and keyboard player (d. 2003)
- Corey Hart, Canadian singer-songwriter and producer
- Ray Cote, Canadian ice hockey player
- Justin Madden, Australian footballer and politician
- Lea Thompson, American actress, director, and producer
- Greg Adams, Canadian ice hockey player and businessman
- Chris Elliott, American actor, comedian, and screenwriter
- Peter Winterbottom, English rugby player
- Andrea de Cesaris, Italian race car driver (d. 2014)
- Phil Wilson, English politician
- Jim Craig, American ice hockey player
- Fritz Hilpert, German drummer and composer
- John Young, English singer-songwriter and keyboard player
- Marty Ehrlich, American multi-instrumentalist (saxophones, clarinets, flutes)
- Bruce Adolphe, American pianist, composer, and scholar
- Tommy Emmanuel, Australian singer-songwriter and guitarist
- Susie Essman, American actress, comedian, and screenwriter
- Thomas Mavros, Greek footballer
- Vicki Sue Robinson, American actress and singer (d. 2000)
- Pirkka-Pekka Petelius, Finnish actor and screenwriter
- Linda Riordan, English politician
- Lynne Truss, English journalist and author
- Karl Bartos, German singer-songwriter and keyboard player
- Karl-Hans Riehm, German hammer thrower
- Jean Chalopin, French director, producer, and screenwriter, founded DIC Entertainment
- Gregory Harrison, American actor
- Edgar Savisaar, Estonian politician, Estonian Minister of the Interior
- Tom Berenger, American actor, film producer and television writer
- Svetlana Alexievich, Belarusian journalist and author, Nobel Prize laureate
- John Bonham, English musician, songwriter and drummer (d. 1980)
- Martin Hannett, English bass player, guitarist, and record producer (d. 1991)
- Duncan Hunter, American lieutenant, lawyer, and politician
- Junior Campbell, Scottish singer-songwriter, guitarist, and producer
- Gabriele Hinzmann, German discus thrower
- Ted Baehr, American publisher and critic
- Steve Bucknor, Jamaican cricketer and umpire
- Krista Kilvet, Estonian journalist, politician, and diplomat (d. 2009)
- Debbie Moore, English model and businesswoman
- Rainer Werner Fassbinder, German actor, director, and screenwriter (d. 1982)
- Laurent Gbagbo, Ivorian academic and politician, 4th President of Côte d'Ivoire
- Bernard Goldberg, American journalist and author
- Samantha Juste, English singer and television host (d. 2014)
- Sharon Gless, American actress
- Joe Namath, American football player, sportscaster, and actor
- June Clark, Welsh nurse and educator
- Louis Ignarro, American pharmacologist and academic, Nobel Prize laureate
- William Nordhaus, American economist and academic, Nobel Prize laureate
- Anatoliy Bondarchuk, Ukrainian hammer thrower and coach
- Augie Meyers, American musician and singer-songwriter
- Gilbert Shelton, American illustrator
- Terry Waite, English humanitarian and author
- Johnny Paycheck, American singer-songwriter and guitarist (d. 2003)
- John Prescott, British sailor and politician, Deputy Prime Minister of the United Kingdom
- Peter Yarrow, American singer-songwriter, guitarist, and producer
- Jim Bolger, New Zealand businessman and politician, 35th Prime Minister of New Zealand
- Jim Hutton, American actor (d. 1979)
- Henry B. Eyring, American religious leader, educator, and author
- Ed Lincoln, Brazilian pianist, bassist, and composer (d. 2012)
- Jay Miner, American computer scientist and engineer (d. 1994)
- John Robert Schrieffer, American physicist and academic, Nobel Prize laureate
- Shirley Verrett, American soprano and actress (d. 2010)
- Clint Eastwood, American actor, director, musician, and producer
- Menahem Golan, Israeli director and producer (d. 2014)
- Pankaj Roy, Indian cricketer (d. 2001)
- James Eberle, English admiral (d. 2018)
- Michael Sandberg, Baron Sandberg, English lieutenant and banker (d. 2017)
- Julian Beck, American actor and director (d. 1986)
- Ellsworth Kelly, American painter and sculptor (d. 2015)
- Rainier III, Prince of Monaco (d. 2005)
- Denholm Elliott, English-Spanish actor (d. 1992)
- Edna Doré, English actress (d. 2014)
- Andrew Grima, Anglo-Italian jewellery designer (d. 2007)
- Howard Reig, American radio and television announcer (d. 2008)
- Alida Valli, Austrian-Italian actress and singer (d. 2006)
- Robie Macauley, American editor, novelist and critic (d. 1995)
- Lloyd Quarterman, African American chemist (d. 1982)
- Bert Haanstra, Dutch director, producer, and screenwriter (d. 1997)
- Akira Ifukube, Japanese composer and educator (d. 2006)
- Chien-Shiung Wu, Chinese-American experimental physicist (d. 1997)
- Maurice Allais, French economist and physicist, Nobel Prize laureate (d. 2010)
- Art Coulter, Canadian-American ice hockey player (d. 2000)
- Don Ameche, American actor (d. 1993)
- Alfredo Antonini, Italian-American conductor and composer (d. 1983)
- Lucile Godbold, American Olympic athlete (d. 1981)
- Norman Vincent Peale, American minister and author (d. 1993)
- Fred Allen, American comedian, radio host, game show panelist, and author (d. 1956)
- Michel Kikoine, Belarusian-French painter (d. 1968)
- Erich Neumann, German lieutenant and politician (d. 1951)
- Konstantin Paustovsky, Russian poet and author (d. 1968)
- Gregor Strasser, German lieutenant and politician (d. 1934)
- Saint-John Perse, French poet and diplomat, Nobel Prize laureate (d. 1975)
- Robert Richards, Australian politician, 32nd Premier of South Australia (d. 1967)
- Lauri Kristian Relander, Finnish politician, 2nd President of Finland (d. 1942)
- Sándor Festetics, Hungarian politician, Hungarian Minister of War (d. 1956)
- Frances Alda, New Zealand-Australian soprano (d. 1952)
- Rosa May Billinghurst, British suffragette and women's rights activist (d.1953)
- John Ringling, American entrepreneur; one of the founders of the Ringling Brothers Circus (d. 1936)
- Francis Younghusband, Indian-English captain and explorer (d. 1942)
- Walter Sickert, English painter (d. 1942)
- Graham Wallas, English socialist, social psychologist, and educationalist (d. 1932)
- Pope Pius XI (d. 1939)
- Francisco Moreno, Argentinian explorer and academic (d. 1919)
- Julius Richard Petri, German microbiologist, invented the Petri dish (d. 1921)
- William Pirrie, 1st Viscount Pirrie, Canadian-Irish businessman and politician, Lord Mayor of Belfast (d. 1924)
- John Cox Bray, Australian politician, 15th Premier of South Australia (d. 1894)
- Henry Sidgwick, English economist and philosopher (d. 1900)
- Hijikata Toshizō, Japanese commander (d. 1869)
- Kusumoto Ine, first Japanese female doctor of Western medicine (d. 1903)
- Walt Whitman, American poet, essayist, and journalist (d. 1892)
- John Albion Andrew, American lawyer and politician, 25th Governor of Massachusetts (d. 1867)
- Adye Douglas, English-Australian cricketer and politician, 15th Premier of Tasmania (d. 1906)
- Johann Georg Baiter, Swiss philologist and scholar (d. 1887)
- Ludwig Tieck, German poet, author, and critic (d. 1853)
- Andrea Appiani, Italian painter and educator (d. 1817)
- Pierre Victurnien Vergniaud, French lawyer and politician (d. 1793)
- Count Hieronymus von Colloredo, Austrian archbishop (d. 1812)
- Ahilyabai Holkar, Queen of the Malwa Kingdom under the Maratha Empire (d. 1795)
- Jean-Pierre Christin, French physicist, mathematician, and astronomer, invented the Celsius thermometer (d. 1755)
- Patriarch Dositheos II of Jerusalem (d. 1707)
- Michał Korybut Wiśniowiecki, King of Poland (d. 1673)
- John George II, Elector of Saxony (d. 1680)
- Nur Jahan, Empress consort of the Mughal Empire (d. 1645)
- Feodor I of Russia (d. 1598)
- Jerzy Radziwiłł, Catholic cardinal (d. 1600)
- Alessandro Allori, Italian painter (d. 1607)
- Manuel I of Portugal (d. 1521)
- Philipp II, Count of Hanau-Lichtenberg (d. 1504)
- Margaret Beaufort, Countess of Richmond and Derby (d. 1509)
Deaths On This Day
- Mohamed Abdelaziz, President of the Sahrawi Arab Democratic Republic (1976-2016) (b. 1947)
- Jan Crouch, American televangelist, co-founder of the Trinity Broadcasting Network (b. 1938)
- Carla Lane, English television writer (b. 1928)
- Rupert Neudeck, German journalist and humanitarian (b. 1939)
- Gladys Taylor, Canadian author and publisher (b. 1917)
- Marilyn Beck, American journalist (b. 1928)
- Marinho Chagas, Brazilian footballer and coach (b. 1952)
- Hoss Ellington, American race car driver (b. 1935)
- Martha Hyer, American actress (b. 1924)
- Lewis Katz, American businessman and philanthropist (b. 1942)
- Mary Soames, Baroness Soames, English author (b. 1922)
- Gerald E. Brown, American physicist and academic (b. 1926)
- Frederic Lindsay, Scottish author and educator (b. 1933)
- Miguel Méndez, American author and poet (b. 1930)
- Tim Samaras, American engineer and storm chaser (b. 1957)
- Jairo Mora Sandoval, Costa Rican environmentalist (b. 1987)
- Jean Stapleton, American actress (b. 1923)
- Christopher Challis, English cinematographer (b. 1919)
- Randall B. Kester, American lawyer and judge (b. 1916)
- Paul Pietsch, German race car driver and publisher (b. 1911)
- Orlando Woolridge, American basketball player and coach (b. 1959)
- Pauline Betz, American tennis player (b. 1919)
- Jonas Bevacqua, American fashion designer, co-founded the Lifted Research Group (b. 1977)
- Derek Hodge, Virgin Islander lawyer and politician, Lieutenant Governor of the United States Virgin Islands (b. 1941)
- Hans Keilson, German-Dutch psychoanalyst and author (b. 1909)
- John Martin, English admiral and politician, Lieutenant Governor of Guernsey (b. 1918)
- Andy Robustelli, American football player and manager (b. 1925)
- Louise Bourgeois, French-American sculptor and painter (b. 1911)
- Brian Duffy, English photographer and producer (b. 1933)
- William A. Fraker, American director, producer, and cinematographer (b. 1923)
- Rubén Juárez, Argentinian singer-songwriter and bandoneón player (b. 1947)
- Merata Mita, New Zealand director, producer, and screenwriter (b. 1942)
- Danny La Rue, Irish-British drag queen performer and singer (b. 1927)
- George Tiller, American physician (b. 1941)
- Ryan Bennett, American sportscaster (b. 1970)
- Miguel Ortiz Berrocal, Spanish sculptor (b. 1933)
- Raymond Davis, Jr., American physicist and chemist, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1914)
- Aiyathurai Nadesan, Sri Lankan journalist (b. 1954)
- Robert Quine, American guitarist (b. 1941)
- Étienne Roda-Gil, French screenwriter and composer (b. 1941)
- Subhash Gupte, Indian cricketer (b. 1929)
- Arlene Francis, American actress, talk show host, game show panelist, and television personality (b. 1907)
- Petar Mladenov, Bulgarian diplomat, 1st President of Bulgaria (b. 1936)
- Tito Puente, American jazz musician (b. 1923)
- A. Jeyaratnam Wilson, Sri Lankan historian, author, and academic (b. 1928)
- Charles Van Acker, Belgian-American race car driver (b. 1912)
- Timothy Leary, American psychologist and author (b. 1920)
- Stanley Elkin, American novelist, short story writer, and essayist (b. 1930)
- Uzay Heparı, Turkish actor, producer, and composer (b. 1969)
- Herva Nelli, Italian-American soprano (b. 1909)
- Owen Lattimore, American author and academic (b. 1900)
- C. L. R. James, Trinidadian journalist and historian (b. 1901)
- John Abraham, Indian director and screenwriter (b. 1937)
- Jane Frank, American painter and sculptor (b. 1918)
- James Rainwater, American physicist and academic, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1917)
- Gaston Rébuffat, French mountaineer and author (b. 1921)
- Jack Dempsey, American boxer and lieutenant (b. 1895)
- Carlo Mauri, Italian mountaineer and explorer (b. 1930)
- Barbara Ward, Baroness Jackson of Lodsworth, English economist and journalist (b. 1914)
- József Bozsik, Hungarian footballer and manager (b. 1925)
- William Castle, American actor, director, producer, and screenwriter (b. 1914)
- Jacques Monod, French biologist and geneticist, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1910)
- Terry Sawchuk, Canadian-American ice hockey player (b. 1929)
- Billy Strayhorn, American pianist and composer (b. 1915)
- Henry F. Ashurst, American lawyer and politician (b. 1874)
- Willem Elsschot, Flemish author and poet (b. 1882)
- Walther Funk, German economist, journalist, and politician, German Minister of Economics (b. 1890)
- Stefanos Sarafis, Greek general and politician (b. 1890)
- Leopold Staff, Polish poet and academic (b. 1878)
- Antonis Benakis, Greek art collector and philanthropist, founded the Benaki Museum (b. 1873)
- Odilo Globocnik, Italian-Austrian SS officer (b. 1904)
- Felix-Raymond-Marie Rouleau, Canadian cardinal (b. 1866)
- Willy Stöwer, German author and illustrator (b. 1864)
- Elizabeth Blackwell, English-American physician and educator (b. 1821)
- Thomas Price, Welsh-Australian politician, 24th Premier of South Australia (b. 1852)
- Louis-Honoré Fréchette, Canadian author, poet, and politician (b. 1839)
- Eugénie de Guérin, French author (b. 1805)
- Thomas Chalmers, Scottish minister and economist (b. 1780)
- Philip Marheineke, German pastor and philosopher (b. 1780)
- Joseph Grimaldi, English actor, comedian and dancer, (b. 1779)
- Évariste Galois, French mathematician and theorist (b. 1811)
- Samuel Bentham, English architect and engineer (b. 1757)
- Joseph Haydn, Austrian pianist and composer (b. 1732)
- Jean Lannes, French general (b. 1769)
- Andrey Osterman, German-Russian politician, Russian Minister of Foreign Affairs (b. 1686)
- Frederick William I of Prussia (b. 1688)
- Joachim Neander, German theologian and educator (b. 1650)
- Pieter Jansz. Saenredam, Dutch painter (b. 1597)
- Tintoretto, Italian painter and educator (b. 1518)
- Guido de Bres, Belgian pastor and theologian (b. 1522)
- Philip Hoby, English general and diplomat (b. 1505)
- Engelbert II of Nassau (b. 1451)
- Martin of Aragon, Spanish king (b. 1356)
- Ashikaga Yoshimitsu, Japanese shōgun (b. 1358)
- Vitalis of Assisi, Italian hermit and monk (b. 1295)
- Thomas Wake, English politician (b. 1297)
- Albertino Mussato, Italian statesman and writer (b. 1261)
- Maurice de Berkeley, 2nd Baron Berkeley (b. 1271)
- Birger, king of Sweden (b. 1280)
- Géza II, king of Hungary (b. 1130)
- Sigwin von Are, archbishop of Cologne
- Waltheof, Earl of Northumbria, English politician (b. 1050)
- Fujiwara no Morosuke, Japanese statesman (b. 909)
- Liu Hua, princess of Southern Han (b. 896)
- Petronius Maximus, Roman emperor (b. 396)