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On This Day in History:  May 6

May 6 is the 126th day of the year (127th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. 239 days remain until the end of the year.

Lottery News On This Day

2019
Australian man wins lotto jackpot twice. A Melbourne, Australia, man is busy counting more than $46 million after he won the top prize in Oz Lotto — twice.
2016
British Columbia Lottery wants to upgrade computerized drawing system. Canada's British Columbia Lottery Corporation (BCLC) has issued a Request for Information (RFI) in order to expand and improve its ability to conduct computerized lottery drawings.
2014
Maryland Mega Millions jackpot winner claims prize. The second-largest Mega Millions jackpot prize in Maryland history was quietly claimed late last week.
2013
Single mother's simple error earns her $14 million lottery prize. A California single mother of four is thanking her lucky stars after mistakenly slipping an extra dollar into the self-service Lotto machine at her local CVS store in Mission Viejo.
2012
Woman accuses son of taking $51 million lottery ticket. A California woman has sued her son and accused him of making off with her $51 million Mega Millions lottery ticket, and then racking up expenses on houses, cars, and cash gifts.
2011
Florida woman mistaken for lottery winner. A Florida woman says people are mistaking her for a $2 million Florida Lottery scratch-off game winner who shares a similar name.
2010
Siblings each score lottery jackpots two years apart. Just two years after her wealthy businessman brother won $1 million a year for life in the lottery, Manhattan party planner Cindy Altunis has scored a $1 million jackpot -- with a ticket bought at the same gas station where her brother got his.
2010
L.A. TV employee wins $266M Mega Millions lottery jackpot. An employee of a Los Angeles TV station is the sole winner of the $266 million Mega Millions ticket in Tuesday's multi-state drawing.
2008
Minnesota couple claims $180 million Powerball jackpot. Sue and Paul Rosenau are the winners of the largest lottery prize ever -- the $180.1 million Powerball -- in Minnesota. The couple said they won the jackpot exactly five years after the death of their 2-year-old granddaughter. Sue Rosenau said they must have an angel.
2008
Iowa lottery offering receipts. Players who buy lottery or scratch tickets in Iowa now can receive a receipt, a move designed to enhance players' security.
2008
Lawsuit claims NY state is ripping off lottery customers. A lawsuit claims the New York State Division of Lottery is tricking people into playing its Take Five lottery game by exaggerating the likelihood of winning.
2008
Minnesota couple to claim $180M Powerball lottery jackpot. A middle-aged couple from Waseca County in southern Minnesota is expected to come forward today and claim the largest Powerball prize ever won in the state.
2008
Record China Lottery winner collects prize in disguise. The Chinese lottery player who won the highest sports lottery, 82.34 million yuan (US $11.76 million), in China's lottery history collected his prize on Sunday under police guard.
2005
$10 Million Florida Lottery Jackpot Still Unclaimed. If the owner of a Florida Lotto ticket worth $10 million doesn't claim the winnings by midnight on June 30, the ticket won't be worth a nickel.
2005
Tonight's Tenn. Lotto 5 Jackpot: $1 Million. Excitement is building in Tennessee about the state's first million-dollar jackpot drawing.
2005
Texas legislature defeats Internet lottery bill. An Internet search for "online gambling" netted 9 million hits Wednesday, but Texas House members nixed hopes that one of those might lead to the Texas Lottery.
2005
'Prize closet' for Illinois Lottery employees discovered. The Illinois Lottery solicited donations of MP3 players, airline ticket vouchers, video game systems and other goodies from radio and television stations it advertised with, then used the items to create a "prize closet" for lottery employees, a state audit revealed on Wednesday.
2004
Powerball Jackpot Climbs to $205 Million. No one correctly matched all six numbers in Wednesday's Powerball drawing, pushing the jackpot to an estimated $205 million, with a cash option of $107.3 million.
2004
Tennessee Lottery may run short on scholarship funds in 2006. Tennessee's lottery could be short of money to fund college scholarships within a couple of years if current projections of lottery revenue are correct, an analysis by the state treasurer has found.
2004
Four of 16 Lottery-Winning Lunch Ladies Have Left Kitchen. Four of the 16 Holdingford, Minnesota school employees who won half of a $190 million Powerball jackpot in October have left the school.

Top 25 Lottery Jackpots On This Day

1.$429.6 Million
Multi-State
Powerball
Draw Date
May 7, 2016
2.$363 Million
Multi-State
Mega Millions
Draw Date
May 9, 2000
3.$273 Million
Multi-State
Mega Millions
Draw Date
May 7, 2019
4.$233 Million
Multi-State
Powerball
Draw Date
May 9, 2018
5.$231 Million
Multi-State
Mega Millions
Draw Date
May 8, 2020
6.$222 Million
Multi-State
Powerball
Draw Date
May 8, 2013
7.$215 Million
Multi-State
Powerball
Draw Date
May 8, 2019
8.$212 Million
Multi-State
Powerball
Draw Date
May 8, 2004
9.€123 Million
US$165.84 Million
Multi-Country
Euro Millions
Draw Date
May 8, 2009
10.€147.85 Million
US$165.49 Million
Draw Date
May 7, 2019
11.$147 Million
Multi-State
Powerball
Draw Date
May 6, 2017
12.$139 Million
Multi-State
Mega Millions
Draw Date
May 7, 2013
13.$138 Million
Multi-State
Mega Millions
Draw Date
May 6, 2016
14.$126 Million
Multi-State
Mega Millions
Draw Date
May 8, 2015
15.$120 Million
Multi-State
Mega Millions
Draw Date
May 6, 2008
16.€90 Million
US$101.1 Million
Multi-Country
EuroJackpot
Draw Date
May 10, 2019
17.€90 Million
US$100.94 Million
Multi-Country
EuroJackpot
Draw Date
May 8, 2015
18.€77 Million
US$98 Million
Multi-Country
Euro Millions
Draw Date
May 7, 2010
19.$96 Million
Multi-State
Mega Millions
Draw Date
May 8, 2007
20.$92 Million
Multi-State
Powerball
Draw Date
May 6, 2009
20.$92 Million
Multi-State
Mega Millions
Draw Date
May 6, 2014
22.€79.2 Million
US$90.34 Million
Draw Date
May 7, 2016
23.$88 Million
Draw Date
May 8, 2010
24.€80 Million
US$87.14 Million
Multi-Country
Euro Millions
Draw Date
May 9, 2017
25.$87 Million
Multi-State
Powerball
Draw Date
May 7, 2003

Lottery Post Member Birthdays On This Day

1982
Thursday, May 6, 1982
38 years old
1981
Wednesday, May 6, 1981
39 years old
1971
Thursday, May 6, 1971
49 years old
1966
Friday, May 6, 1966
54 years old
1964
Wednesday, May 6, 1964
56 years old
1964
Wednesday, May 6, 1964
56 years old
1957
Monday, May 6, 1957
63 years old
1957
Monday, May 6, 1957
63 years old
1953
Wednesday, May 6, 1953
67 years old
1950
Saturday, May 6, 1950
70 years old
1948
Thursday, May 6, 1948
72 years old
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Worldwide Events On This Day

2013
Three women missing for more than a decade are found alive in the U.S. city of Cleveland, Ohio.
2010
In just 36 minutes, the Dow-Jones average plunged nearly 1000 points in what is known as the 2010 Flash Crash.
2002
Dutch politician Pim Fortuyn is assassinated following a radio-interview at the Mediapark in Hilversum.
2001
During a trip to Syria, Pope John Paul II becomes the first pope to enter a mosque.
1999
The first elections to the devolved Scottish Parliament and Welsh Assembly are held.
1998
Kerry Wood strikes out 20 Houston Astros to tie the major league record held by Roger Clemens. He threw a one-hitter and did not walk a batter in his fifth career start.
1997
The Bank of England is given independence from political control, the most significant change in the bank's 300-year history.
1996
The body of former CIA director William Colby is found washed up on a riverbank in southern Maryland, eight days after he disappeared.
1994
Queen Elizabeth II of the United Kingdom and French President François Mitterrand officiate at the opening of the Channel Tunnel.
1988
All thirty-six passengers and crew were killed when Widerøe Flight 710 crashed into Mt. Torghatten in Brønnøy.
1984
One hundred three Korean Martyrs are canonized by Pope John Paul II in Seoul.
1983
The Hitler Diaries are revealed as a hoax after being examined by experts.
1976
The 6.5 Mw Friuli earthquake affected Northern Italy with a maximum Mercalli intensity of X (Extreme), leaving 900-978 dead and 1,700-2,400 injured.
1975
During a lull in fighting, 100,000 Armenians gather in Beirut to commemorate 60th anniversary of the Armenian Genocide.
1972
Deniz Gezmiş, Yusuf Aslan and Hüseyin İnan are executed in Ankara after being convicted of attempting to overthrow the Constitutional order.
1966
Myra Hindley and Ian Brady are sentenced to life imprisonment for the Moors murders in England.
1960
More than 20 million viewers watch the first televised royal wedding when Princess Margaret marries Anthony Armstrong-Jones at Westminster Abbey.
1954
Roger Bannister becomes the first person to run the mile in under four minutes.
1949
EDSAC, the first practical electronic digital stored-program computer, runs its first operation.
1945
World War II: Axis Sally delivers her last propaganda broadcast to Allied troops.
1945
World War II: The Prague Offensive, the last major battle of the Eastern Front, begins.
1942
World War II: On Corregidor, the last American forces in the Philippines surrender to the Japanese.
1941
At California's March Field, Bob Hope performs his first USO show.
1941
The first flight of the Republic P-47 Thunderbolt.
1940
John Steinbeck is awarded the Pulitzer Prize for his novel The Grapes of Wrath.
1937
Hindenburg disaster: The German zeppelin Hindenburg catches fire and is destroyed within a minute while attempting to dock at Lakehurst, New Jersey. Thirty-six people are killed.
1935
New Deal: Executive Order 7034 creates the Works Progress Administration.
1933
The Deutsche Studentenschaft attacked Magnus Hirschfeld's Institut für Sexualwissenschaft, later burning many of its books.
1916
Twenty-one Lebanese nationalists are executed in Martyrs' Square, Beirut by Djemal Pasha.
1916
Vietnamese Emperor Duy Tân is captured while attempting to call upon the people to rise up against the French, and is later deposed and exiled to Réunion island.
1915
Babe Ruth, then a pitcher for the Boston Red Sox, hits his first major league home run.
1910
George V becomes King of the United Kingdom upon the death of his father, Edward VII.
1906
The Russian Constitution of 1906 is adopted (on April 23rd by the Julian calendar).
1889
The Eiffel Tower is officially opened to the public at the Universal Exposition in Paris.
1882
Thomas Henry Burke and Lord Frederick Cavendish are stabbed to death by Fenian assassins in Phoenix Park, Dublin.
1882
The United States Congress passes the Chinese Exclusion Act.
1877
Chief Crazy Horse of the Oglala Lakota surrenders to United States troops in Nebraska.
1863
American Civil War: The Battle of Chancellorsville ends with the defeat of the Army of the Potomac by the Army of Northern Virginia.
1861
American Civil War: Arkansas secedes from the Union.
1857
The British East India Company disbands the 34th Regiment of Bengal Native Infantry whose sepoy Mangal Pandey had earlier revolted against the British and is considered to be the First Martyr in the War of Indian Independence.
1840
The Penny Black postage stamp becomes valid for use in the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland
1835
James Gordon Bennett, Sr. publishes the first issue of the New York Herald.
1801
Captain Thomas Cochrane in the 14-gun HMS Speedy captures the 32-gun Spanish frigate El Gamo.
1782
Construction begins on the Grand Palace, the royal residence of the King of Siam in Bangkok, at the command of King Buddha Yodfa Chulaloke.
1757
Battle of Prague: A Prussian army fights an Austrian army in Prague during the Seven Years' War.
1757
The end of Konbaung-Hanthawaddy War, and the end of Burmese Civil War (1740-1757).
1757
English poet Christopher Smart is admitted into St Luke's Hospital for Lunatics in London, beginning his six-year confinement to mental asylums.
1682
Louis XIV of France moves his court to the Palace of Versailles.
1659
English Restoration: A faction of the British Army removes Richard Cromwell as Lord Protector of the Commonwealth and reinstalls the Rump Parliament.
1542
Francis Xavier reaches Old Goa, the capital of Portuguese India at the time.
1536
The Siege of Cuzco commences, in which Incan forces attempt to retake the city of Cuzco from the Spanish.
1536
King Henry VIII orders English-language Bibles be placed in every church. In 1539 the Great Bible would be provided for this purpose.
1527
Spanish and German troops sack Rome; some consider this the end of the Renaissance. 147 Swiss Guards, including their commander, die fighting the forces of Charles V in order to allow Pope Clement VII to escape into Castel Sant'Angelo.

Births On This Day

1997
Duncan Scott, Scottish swimmer
1996
Dominic Scott Kay, American actor,singer and entrepreneur
1995
Tiera Skovbye, Canadian actress
1994
Mateo Kovačić, Austrian-Croatian footballer
1993
Gustavo Gómez, Paraguayan footballer
1993
Naomi Scott, British actress and singer
1992
Brendan Gallagher, Canadian ice hockey player
1992
Byun Baekhyun, South Korean musician and actor, member of boy band EXO
1992
Jonas Valančiūnas, Lithuanian professional basketball player
1991
Freddie Boath, English actor
1990
José Altuve, Venezuelan baseball player
1989
Dominika Cibulková, Slovakian tennis player
1989
Jesse Hughes, Canadian DJ and producer
1988
Ryan Anderson, American basketball player
1987
Dries Mertens, Belgian footballer
1987
Meek Mill, American rapper
1987
Adrienne Warren, American actress
1986
Goran Dragic, Slovenian basketball player
1986
Tyler Hynes, Canadian actor and filmmaker
1986
Sasheer Zamata, American actress and comedian
1985
Chris Paul, American basketball player
1985
Jaime Winstone, English actress
1984
Anton Babchuk, Ukrainian ice hockey player
1984
Juan Pablo Carrizo, Argentinian footballer
1983
Dani Alves, Brazilian footballer
1983
Cloud (dancer), American dancer, director, choreographer, and occasional actor
1983
Ingrid Jonach, Australian author
1983
Adrianne Palicki, American actress
1983
Gabourey Sidibe, American actress
1983
Trinley Thaye Dorje, Tibetan religious leader, the 17th Karmapa Lama
1983
Fredrik Sjöström, Swedish ice hockey player
1983
Raquel Zimmermann, Brazilian model
1982
Lindsay Pulsipher, American actress
1982
Jason Witten, American Footballer
1981
Edyta Śliwińska, Polish professional ballroom dancer
1980
Brooke Bennett, American swimmer
1980
Dimitris Diamantidis, Greek professional basketball player
1980
Ricardo Oliveira, Brazilian footballer
1980
Matthew Whiley, English cricketer
1979
Gerd Kanter, Estonian discus thrower
1979
Jan Erik Mikalsen, Norwegian composer
1979
Jon Montgomery, Canadian skeleton racer and television host
1978
John Abraham, American football player
1978
Fredrick Federley, Swedish journalist and politician
1978
Aleksandr Fyodorov, Russian bodybuilder
1977
Christophe Brandt, Belgian cyclist
1977
Marc Chouinard, Canadian ice hockey player
1977
Mark Eaton, American ice hockey player and coach
1977
Chantelle Newbery, Australian diver
1976
Dean Chandler, English footballer
1976
Iván de la Peña, Spanish footballer
1975
Alan Richardson, English cricketer and coach
1974
Bernard Barmasai, Kenyan runner
1974
Daniela Bártová, Czech pole vaulter and gymnast
1972
Martin Brodeur, Canadian ice hockey player
1972
Naoko Takahashi, Japanese runner
1971
Geneva Carr, American television and stage actress
1971
Chris Shiflett, American singer-songwriter and guitarist
1970
Roland Kun, Nauruan politician
1970
Kavan Smith, Canadian actor
1969
Jim Magilton, Northern Irish footballer and manager
1968
Worku Bikila, Ethiopian runner
1968
Lætitia Sadier, French singer and keyboard player
1966
Amy Hunter, American actress and model
1965
Stephen Gaghan, American screenwriter and director
1965
Leslie Hope, Canadian actress, director, producer, and screenwriter
1964
Dana Hill, American actress (d. 1996)
1964
Lars Mikkelsen, Danish actor
1963
Alessandra Ferri, Italian ballerina
1962
Tom Brake, English politician
1962
Brad Izzard, Australian rugby league player
1961
Oleksandr Apaychev, Ukrainian decathlete and coach
1961
George Clooney, American actor, director, producer, and screenwriter
1961
Tom Hunter, Scottish businessman and philanthropist
1961
Gina Riley, Australian actress, producer, and screenwriter
1961
Frans Timmermans, Dutch politician and diplomat, First Vice President of the European Commission
1961
Wally Wingert, American actor, voice actor, singer and former radio personality
1960
Lyudmila Andonova, Bulgarian high jumper
1960
Keith Dowding, English political scientist, philosopher, and academic
1960
Roma Downey, Irish-American actress and producer
1960
John Flansburgh, American singer-songwriter and guitarist
1960
Aleksei Lotman, Estonian biologist and politician
1960
Anne Parillaud, French actress
1959
Andreas Busse, German runner
1959
Charles Hendry, English politician
1958
Randall Stout, American architect, designed the Taubman Museum of Art (d. 2014)
1956
Lakis Lazopoulos, Greek actor and screenwriter
1956
Roland Wieser, German race walker and coach
1955
Nicholas Alexander, 7th Earl of Caledon, English politician, Lord Lieutenant of Armagh
1955
Tom Bergeron, American television host
1955
John Hutton, Baron Hutton of Furness, English academic and politician, Secretary of State for Defence
1954
Tom Abernethy, American basketball player
1954
Dora Bakoyannis, Greek politician, 120th Greek Minister for Foreign Affairs
1954
Angela Hernández Nuñez, Dominican author and poet
1954
Ain Lutsepp, Estonian actor and politician
1953
Alexander Akimov, Ukrainian Chernobyl worker (d. 1986)
1953
Tony Blair, British politician, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom
1953
Michelle Courchesne, Canadian urban planner and politician, Deputy Premier of Quebec
1953
Ülle Rajasalu, Estonian politician
1953
Graeme Souness, Scottish footballer and manager
1953
Lynn Whitfield, American actress and producer
1952
Christian Clavier, French actor, screenwriter, film producer and film director
1952
Michael O'Hare, American actor (d.2012)
1952
Gregg Henry, American character actor and rock, blues and country musician
1952
Gerrit Zalm, Dutch economist and politician, Deputy Prime Minister of the Netherlands
1951
Samuel Doe, Liberian sergeant and politician, 21st President of Liberia (d. 1990)
1950
Jeffery Deaver, American journalist and author
1948
Frankie Librán, Puerto Rican-American baseball player (d. 2013)
1947
Alan Dale, New Zealand actor
1947
Martha Nussbaum, American philosopher and author
1947
Ljubomir Vračarević, Serbian martial artist, founded Real Aikido (d. 2013)
1946
Susan Brown (English actress), English actress of stage and screen
1945
Jimmie Dale Gilmore, American country singer-songwriter, guitarist, actor, and producer
1945
Bob Seger, American singer-songwriter and guitarist
1944
Anton Furst, English-American production designer and art director (d. 1991)
1944
Masanori Murakami, Japanese baseball player and coach
1943
Andreas Baader, German terrorist, co-founded the Red Army Faction (d. 1977)
1943
Milton William Cooper, American theorist and author (d. 2001)
1943
Wolfgang Reinhardt, German pole vaulter (d. 2011)
1943
James Turrell, American sculptor and illustrator
1942
Ariel Dorfman, Argentinian author, playwright, and academic
1939
Eddie C. Campbell, American singer and guitarist
1939
Chet Allen, American child actor (d. 1984)
1938
Jean Garon, Canadian economist, lawyer, and politician (d. 2014)
1937
Rubin Carter, American-Canadian boxer (d. 2014)
1934
Richard Shelby, American lawyer and politician
1932
Ahmet Haxhiu, Kosovan activist (d. 1994)
1932
Alexander Thynn, 7th Marquess of Bath, English lieutenant and politician
1931
Willie Mays, American baseball player and coach
1931
Louis Gambaccini, American government official (d. 2018)
1930
Sonia Rykiel, French fashion designer (d. 2016)
1929
Rosemary Cramp, English archaeologist and academic
1929
Paul Lauterbur, American chemist and biophysicist, Nobel Prize laureate (d. 2007)
1929
John Taylor, English bishop and theologian (d. 2016)
1926
Gilles Grégoire, Canadian politician, co-founded the Parti Québécois (d. 2006)
1926
Ross Hunter, American film and television producer and actor (d.1996)
1924
Nestor Basterretxea, Spanish painter and sculptor (d. 2014)
1924
Patricia Kennedy Lawford, American socialite, activist, and author (d. 2006)
1924
Denny Wright, English guitarist, composer, and producer (d. 1992)
1923
Harry Watson, Canadian ice hockey player and coach (d. 2002)
1922
Camille Laurin, Canadian psychiatrist and politician, 7th Deputy Premier of Quebec (d. 1999)
1921
Erich Fried, Austrian-German author, poet, and translator (d. 1988)
1920
Ross Hunter, American actor and producer (d. 1996)
1920
Kamisese Mara, Fijian politician, 1st Prime Minister of Fiji (d. 2004)
1920
Marguerite Piazza, American soprano and actress (d. 2012)
1919
André Guelfi, French race car driver (d. 2016)
1918
Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, emir of Abu Dhabi and first president of the United Arab Emirates (d. 2004)
1917
Kal Mann, American songwriter (d. 2001)
1916
Robert H. Dicke, American physicist and astronomer (d. 1997)
1915
Orson Welles, American actor, director, producer, and screenwriter (d. 1985)
1915
Theodore H. White, American historian, journalist, and author (d. 1986)
1913
Carmen Cavallaro, American pianist (d. 1989)
1913
Stewart Granger, English-American actor (d. 1993)
1911
Guy des Cars, French journalist and author (d. 1993)
1907
Weeb Ewbank, American football player and coach (d. 1998)
1906
André Weil, French mathematician and academic (d. 1998)
1905
Philip N. Krasne, American lawyer and producer (d. 1999)
1904
Raymond Bailey, American actor
1904
Moshé Feldenkrais, Ukrainian-Israeli physicist and academic (d. 1984)
1904
Catherine Lacey, English actress (d. 1979)
1904
Harry Martinson, Swedish novelist, essayist, and poet Nobel Prize laureate (d. 1978)
1903
Toots Shor, American businessman, founded Toots Shor's Restaurant (d. 1977)
1902
Harry Golden, Ukrainian-American journalist and author (d. 1981)
1902
Max Ophüls, German-American director and screenwriter (d. 1957)
1898
Konrad Henlein, Czech soldier and politician (d. 1945)
1897
Paul Alverdes, German author and poet (d. 1979)
1896
Rolf Maximilian Sievert, Swedish physicist and academic (d. 1966)
1895
Júlio César de Mello e Souza, Brazilian mathematician and author (d. 1974)
1895
Fidél Pálffy, Hungarian soldier and politician, Hungarian Minister of Agriculture (d. 1946)
1895
Rudolph Valentino, Italian actor (d. 1926)
1883
Alberto Collo, Italian actor (d. 1955)
1880
Winifred Brunton, English-South African painter and illustrator (d. 1959)
1880
Ernst Ludwig Kirchner, German-Swiss painter (d. 1938)
1879
Bedřich Hrozný, Czech orientalist and linguist (d. 1952)
1879
Hendrik van Heuckelum, Dutch footballer (d. 1929)
1872
Willem de Sitter, Dutch mathematician, physicist, and astronomer (d. 1934)
1872
Djemal Pasha, Ottoman general (d. 1922)
1871
Victor Grignard, French chemist and academic, Nobel Prize laureate (d. 1935)
1871
Christian Morgenstern, German author and poet (d. 1914)
1870
Walter Rutherford, Scottish golfer (d. 1936)
1869
Junnosuke Inoue, Japanese businessman and central banker, 8th and 11th Governor of the Bank of Japan (d. 1932)
1868
Gaston Leroux, French journalist and author (d. 1927)
1861
Motilal Nehru, Indian lawyer and politician, President of the Indian National Congress (d. 1931)
1856
Sigmund Freud, Austrian neurologist and psychoanalyst (d. 1939)
1856
Robert Peary, American admiral and explorer (d. 1920)
1851
Aristide Bruant, French singer and actor (d. 1925)
1848
Henry Edward Armstrong, English chemist and academic (d. 1937)
1843
Grove Karl Gilbert, American geologist and academic (d. 1918)
1836
Max Eyth, German engineer and author (d. 1906)
1827
Hermann Raster, German-American journalist and politician (d. 1891)
1800
Roman Sanguszko, Polish general (d. 1881)
1797
Joseph Brackett, American religious leader and composer (d. 1882)
1781
Karl Christian Friedrich Krause, German philosopher and author (d. 1832)
1769
Ferdinand III, Grand Duke of Tuscany (d. 1824)
1769
Jean Nicolas Pierre Hachette, French mathematician and academic (d. 1834)
1758
André Masséna, French general (d. 1817)
1758
Maximilien Robespierre, French lawyer and politician (d. 1794)
1742
Jean Senebier, Swiss pastor and physiologist (d. 1809)
1714
Anton Raaff, German tenor (d. 1797)
1713
Charles Batteux, French philosopher and academic (d. 1780)
1680
Jean-Baptiste Stuck, Italian-French cellist and composer (d. 1755)
1668
Alain-René Lesage, French author and playwright (d. 1747)
1635
Johann Joachim Becher, German physician and alchemist (d. 1682)
1580
Charles Gonzaga, Duke of Mantua and Montferrat, French noble (d. 1637)
1574
Innocent X, pope of the Catholic Church (d. 1655)
1501
Marcellus II, pope of the Catholic Church (d. 1555)
1493
Girolamo Seripando, Italian theologian and cardinal (d. 1563)
1464
Sophia Jagiellon, Margravine of Brandenburg-Ansbach, Polish princess (d. 1512)
1405
George Kastrioti, better known as Skanderbeg, Albanian national hero (d. 1468)
973
Henry II, Holy Roman Emperor (d. 1024)

Deaths On This Day

2016
Patrick Ekeng, Cameroonian footballer (b. 1990)
2016
Reg Grundy, Australian businessman (b. 1923)
2015
Novera Ahmed, Bangladeshi sculptor (b. 1930)
2015
Denise McCluggage, American race car driver and journalist (b. 1927)
2015
Jim Wright, American soldier, lawyer, and politician, 56th Speaker of the United States House of Representatives (b. 1922)
2014
Wil Albeda, Dutch economist and politician, Dutch Minister of Social Affairs (b. 1925)
2014
William H. Dana, American pilot, engineer, and astronaut (b. 1930)
2014
Jimmy Ellis, American boxer (b. 1940)
2014
Billy Harrell, American baseball player and scout (b. 1928)
2014
Antony Hopkins, English pianist, composer, and conductor (b. 1921)
2014
Maria Lassnig, Austrian painter and academic (b. 1919)
2014
Farley Mowat, Canadian environmentalist and author (b. 1921)
2013
Giulio Andreotti, Italian journalist and politician, 41st Prime Minister of Italy (b. 1919)
2013
Severo Aparicio Quispe, Peruvian bishop (b. 1923)
2013
Michelangelo Spensieri, Italian-Canadian lawyer and politician (b. 1949)
2012
James R. Browning, American lieutenant, lawyer, and judge (b. 1918)
2012
James Isaac, American director and producer (b. 1960)
2012
Jean Laplanche, French psychoanalyst and author (b. 1924)
2010
Robin Roberts, American baseball player, coach, and sportscaster (b. 1926)
2009
Kevin Grubb, American race car driver (b. 1978)
2007
Enéas Carneiro, Brazilian physician and politician (b. 1938)
2007
Curtis Harrington, American actor, director, and screenwriter (b. 1926)
2006
Grant McLennan, Australian singer-songwriter and guitarist (b. 1958)
2006
Lorne Saxberg, Canadian journalist (b. 1958)
2004
Virginia Capers, American actress and singer (b. 1925)
2004
Philip Kapleau, American monk and educator (b. 1912)
2004
Barney Kessel, American guitarist and composer (b. 1923)
2003
Art Houtteman, American baseball player and journalist (b. 1927)
2002
Murray Adaskin, Canadian violinist, composer, conductor, and educator (b. 1906)
2002
Otis Blackwell, American singer-songwriter and pianist (b. 1932)
2002
Pim Fortuyn, Dutch sociologist, academic, and politician (b. 1948)
2002
Bjørn Johansen, Norwegian saxophonist (b. 1940)
2000
Gordon McClymont, Australian ecologist and academic (b. 1920)
1995
Noel Brotherston, Northern Irish footballer (b. 1956)
1993
Ann Todd, English actress and producer (b. 1909)
1992
Marlene Dietrich, German-American actress and singer (b. 1901)
1991
Wilfrid Hyde-White, English actor (b. 1903)
1990
Charles Farrell, American actor (b. 1901)
1989
Earl Blaik, American football player and coach (b. 1897)
1987
William J. Casey, American politician, 13th Director of Central Intelligence (b. 1913)
1984
Mary Cain, American journalist and politician (b. 1904)
1984
Bonner Pink, English politician (b. 1912)
1983
Ezra Jack Keats, American author and illustrator (b. 1916)
1983
Kai Winding, Danish-American trombonist and composer (b. 1922)
1980
María Luisa Bombal, Chilean writer (b. 1910)
1975
József Mindszenty, Hungarian cardinal (b. 1892)
1973
Ernest MacMillan, Canadian conductor and composer (b. 1893)
1970
Alexander Rodzyanko, Russian general (b. 1879)
1967
Zhou Zuoren, Chinese author and translator (b. 1885)
1963
Theodore von Kármán, Hungarian-American mathematician, physicist, and engineer (b. 1881)
1963
Ted Weems, American violinist, trombonist, and bandleader (b. 1901)
1963
Monty Woolley, American raconteur, actor, and director (b. 1888)
1961
Lucian Blaga, Romanian poet, playwright, and philosopher (b. 1895)
1959
Maria Dulęba, Polish actress (b. 1881)
1959
Ragnar Nurkse, Estonian-American economist and academic (b. 1907)
1952
Maria Montessori, Italian-Dutch physician and educator (b. 1870)
1951
Élie Cartan, French mathematician and physicist (b. 1869)
1949
Maurice Maeterlinck, Belgian-French poet and playwright, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1862)
1939
Konstantin Somov, Russian-French painter and illustrator (b. 1869)
1919
L. Frank Baum, American novelist (b. 1856)
1910
Edward VII of the United Kingdom (b. 1841)
1907
Emanuele Luigi Galizia, Maltese architect and civil engineer (b. 1830)
1905
Robert Herbert, English-Australian politician, 1st Premier of Queensland (b. 1831)
1902
Bret Harte, American author and poet (b. 1836)
1882
Thomas Henry Burke, Irish civil servant (b. 1829)
1882
Lord Frederick Cavendish, British politician, Chief Secretary for Ireland (b. 1836)
1877
Johan Ludvig Runeberg, Swedish-Finnish poet and hymn-writer (b. 1804)
1862
Henry David Thoreau, American essayist, poet, and philosopher (b. 1817)
1859
Alexander von Humboldt, German geographer and explorer (b. 1769)
1840
Francisco de Paula Santander, Colombian general and politician, 4th President of the Republic of the New Granada (b. 1792)
1782
Christine Kirch, German astronomer and academic (b. 1696)
1757
Charles FitzRoy, 2nd Duke of Grafton, English politician, Lord Lieutenant of Ireland (b. 1683)
1757
Kurt Christoph Graf von Schwerin, Prussian field marshal (b. 1684)
1708
François de Laval, French-Canadian bishop (b. 1623)
1638
Cornelius Jansen, Dutch-French bishop and theologian (b. 1585)
1631
Sir Robert Cotton, 1st Baronet, of Connington, English historian and politician, founded the Cotton library (b. 1570)
1596
Giaches de Wert, Flemish-Italian composer (b. 1535)
1540
Juan Luís Vives, Spanish scholar (b. 1492)
1527
Charles III, Duke of Bourbon, Count of Montpensier and Dauphin of Auvergne (b.1490)
1502
James Tyrrell, English knight (b. 1450)
1483
Queen Jeonghui, Korean regent (b. 1418)
1475
Dieric Bouts, Flemish painter (b. 1415)
1471
Edmund Beaufort, English commander (b. 1438)
1471
Thomas Tresham, Speaker of the House of Commons
1236
Roger of Wendover, Benedictine monk and chronicler
1187
Ruben III, Prince of Armenia (b. 1145)
1002
Ealdwulf, Archbishop of York, Abbot of Peterborough and Bishop of Worcester
988
Dirk II, count of Frisia and Holland
932
Qian Liu, Chinese warlord and king (b. 852)
850
Ninmyō, Japanese emperor (b. 808)
698
Eadberht, bishop of Lindisfarne