On This Day in History: May 9
May 9 is the 129th day of the year (130th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. 236 days remain until the end of the year.
Lottery News On This Day
- Documentary: The Lottery Liar. The bizarre story of how painter and decorator Howard Walmsley deceived his wife, family, friends — and bank manager — into believing he had won an £8.9 million (US$11.5 million) jackpot in the UK National Lottery.
- Lottery vending machines considered in Kansas. Kansas lawmakers are mulling over the possibility of legalizing lottery vending machines as a means to fund the state's struggling mental health system. Such machines are used in 37 other lottery states.
- Texas legislature to consider lottery winner anonymity bill. On Tuesday the Texas House of Representatives will consider a bill that would allow winners of more than $1 million to remain anonymous.
- Minn. Senate passes bill restricting expansion of State Lottery. Minnesotans soon may no longer be able to buy lottery tickets at ATMs, gas pumps or online, as the Senate overwhelmingly passed a bill Thursday that would restrict the Minnesota State Lottery's yearslong foray into new gambling platforms.
- NY insomniac wins $7.5 million lottery prize. A Staten Island, New York, man won millions of dollars, thanks to a bout of insomnia.
- Minnesota lottery officials try to salvage online sales. Minnesota State Lottery officials are scrambling to craft a last-ditch deal that would stop legislators from slamming shut the lottery's foray into online ticket sales.
- Chicago man credits mom with $2.5 million lottery win. A Chicago man is planning a special Mother's Day for his mom after she bought a lottery ticket for him that wound up being worth $2.5 million.
- Arkansas Lottery Commission wants lawsuit dismissed. The Arkansas Lottery Commission says the state Supreme Court should dismiss a lawsuit about the lottery's name.
- New Tri-State lottery game debuting Sunday. A new pick 5-style lottery game called Gimme 5 goes on sale Sunday in Maine, New Hampshire, and Vermont -- the states that collectively are known as 'Tri-State'.
- $270 MILLION: Powerball lottery jackpot surges. There was no jackpot winner in the Wednesday night drawing of the multi-state Powerball game, causing the grand prize to increase to an estimated $270 million for Saturday's drawing.
- Six $1M Powerball tickets claimed by one Arizona winner. The Arizona Lottery announced today that all six $1 million Powerball second prize tickets won in Arizona from the drawing on Wednesday, April 25 have been claimed by one person.
- Va. delivery driver wins second major lottery prize. Three and a half years after winning $150,000 on a Pick 4 drawing, Karl Hartman of Chesterfield has won $5 million on a Virginia Lottery scratch-off ticket.
- One Euro Millions lottery ticket wins €126M jackpot (US$170M). One lucky lottery ticket from Spain matched 5 lotto numbers plus the two Lucky Stars in Friday's Euro Millions drawing to win a massive jackpot of €126 million (US$170 million).
- $180 Million Lottery Winners: 'We Want A Regular Life'. If you can't win it big in the lottery, you hope the ones who do seem worthy of the prize. Which is why few can be disappointed that a Minnesota couple has come forward to claim one of the biggest jackpots in North American history -- a whopping $180 million.
- Councilor seeks city-only lottery game. In the city of Worcester, Massachusetts, a council member is suggesting that the city launch its own lottery game to raise money for cash-strapped public schools.
- Louisiana man collects $97 million Powerball lottery jackpot. After nearly four months of keeping a secret, 73-year-old Carl Hunter of Metairie claimed the $97 million Powerball jackpot from the January 16 drawing at Louisiana Lottery headquarters this morning.
- Seattle man will use lottery winnings for his mother's care. It's quite the Mother's Day gift: A Seattle man who won $1 million on a Lottery scratch ticket says he will use the money to take care of his 83-year-old mom.
- Ex-boyfriend charged with killing $5M lottery winner. On Monday, Doris Murray was found dead in the same modest block home she had lived in on Barnes Road in the south-central Georgia town since before she hit the jackpot a year ago.
- Software error stalls validation of some winning D.C. lottery tickets. A mysterious software bug in 17 lottery machines used by the D.C. Lottery and Charitable Games Control Board in Washington left several dozen winning instant ticketholders unable to immediately cash their prize tickets last week.
- Powerball Jackpot Raised to $85 Million. Because no one correctly matched all six numbers in Saturday's Powerball drawing the jackpot grew to an estimated $85 million, with a cash option of $38.3 million.
- Oregon Lottery workers to vote on joining union. Ballots were mailed Monday to the homes of 307 Oregon State Lottery workers, to see if they want to unionize.
- Oklahoma bans some businesses from selling lottery tickets. A bill to prohibit pawn shops, payday lenders and check-cashing businesses from selling Oklahoma lottery tickets has won final legislative approval.
- Lottery Giant Targets European Market. Scientific Games, a dominant player in the US instant lottery ticket market, is jockeying for a larger stake in Europe after buying a British maker of betting terminals last month.
- Clash of the Lottery Titans: Scientific Games Suing Rival GTECH. Lottery and betting equipment maker Scientific Games Corp. said Monday that its subsidiary Scientific Games Royalty Corp. is suing Gtech Holdings Corp., the world's largest operator of lottery systems, for patent infringement.
- Chinese man jailed for selling newborn to buy lottery tickets. A father who sold his newborn son to raise money to buy lottery tickets was sentenced to 10 years in prison in China's latest baby-trafficking case, a newspaper reported Monday.
- Oklahoma closer to selecting new lottery director. In about six months, a new Oklahoma state agency will have to be built from the ground up and thousands of retailers across the state will have to be trained and outfitted to sell lottery tickets.
- S.C. retailers fret over N.C. lottery. South Carolina retailers could lose as much at $150 million yearly if North Carolina starts a lottery.
- N.C. Lottery passage threatens S.C. education programs. The South Carolina lottery's impact can be felt throughout the education system, and the state faces several challenges if North Carolina gets into the lottery business.
Top 25 Lottery Jackpots On This Day
- 1.$402 Million
May 11, 2021
- 2.$363 Million
May 9, 2000
- 3.$295 Million
May 10, 2019
- 4.$270 Million
May 11, 2013
- 5.$248 Million
May 12, 2020
- 6.$235 Million
May 11, 2019
- 7.$233 Million
May 9, 2018
- 8.€150.62 Million
May 11, 2021
- 9.$168.8 Million
May 12, 2021
- 10.€149.03 Million
May 9, 2019
- 11.$165 Million
May 10, 2017
- 12.$154 Million
May 10, 2013
- 13.$150 Million
May 10, 2016
- 14.$145 Million
May 9, 2008
- 15.€100 Million
May 10, 2011
- 16.$140 Million
May 12, 2015
- 17.€99 Million
May 14, 2010
- 18.$112 Million
May 11, 2007
- 19.$109 Million
May 9, 2009
- 20.$105 Million
May 9, 2014
- 21.€90 Million
May 15, 2015
- 22.€90 Million
May 10, 2019
- 23.$97 Million
May 12, 2010
- 24.$96 Million
May 11, 2005
- 25.€80.18 Million
May 10, 2016
Lottery Post Member Birthdays On This Day
Friday, May 9, 1980
41 years old
Friday, May 9, 1980
41 years old
Tuesday, May 9, 1978
43 years old
Monday, May 9, 1977
44 years old
Thursday, May 9, 1974
47 years old
Wednesday, May 9, 1973
48 years old
Tuesday, May 9, 1972
49 years old
Monday, May 9, 1966
55 years old
Thursday, May 9, 1963
58 years old
Wednesday, May 9, 1962
59 years old
(year not provided)
(year not provided)
Worldwide Events On This Day
- The historic defeat for Barisan Nasional, the governing coalition of Malaysia since the country's independence in 1957 in 2018 Malaysian general election.
- At the height of the 2018 East Africa floods, the Patel dam breaks in Solai, Kenya, killing 48 people and displacing another 2000.
- An Airbus A400M Atlas military transport aircraft crashes near the Spanish city of Seville with three people on board killed.
- Russia stages its biggest ever military parade in Moscow's Red Square to commemorate the 70th anniversary of Victory Day.
- A Sukhoi Superjet 100 aircraft crashes into Mount Salak in West Java, Indonesia, killing 45 people.
- The 38-day stand-off in the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem comes to an end when the Palestinians inside agree to have 13 suspected terrorists among them deported to several different countries.
- In Ghana, 129 football fans die in what became known as the Accra Sports Stadium disaster. The deaths are caused by a stampede (caused by the firing of tear gas by police personnel at the stadium) that followed a controversial decision by the referee.
- Disappearance of Cleashindra Hall in Pine Bluff, Arkansas.
- Armenian forces capture Shusha, marking a major turning point in the First Nagorno-Karabakh War.
- Westray Mine disaster kills 26 workers in Nova Scotia, Canada.
- New Parliament House, Canberra officially opens.
- LOT Flight 5055 Tadeusz Kościuszko crashes after takeoff in Warsaw, Poland, killing all 183 people on board.
- In Florida, Liberian freighter MV Summit Venture collides with the Sunshine Skyway Bridge over Tampa Bay, making a 1,400-ft. section of the southbound span collapse. Thirty-five people in six cars and a Greyhound bus fall 150 ft. into the water and die.
- In Norco, California, five masked gunmen hold up a Security Pacific bank, leading to a violent shoot-out and one of the largest pursuits in California history. Two of the gunmen and one police officer are killed and thirty-three police and civilian vehicles are destroyed in the chase.
- Iranian Jewish businessman Habib Elghanian is executed by firing squad in Tehran, prompting the mass exodus of the once 100,000-strong Jewish community of Iran.
- Hotel Polen fire: A disastrous fire burns down the Hotel Polen in Amsterdam causing 33 deaths and 21 severe injuries.
- Watergate scandal: The United States House Committee on the Judiciary opens formal and public impeachment hearings against President Richard Nixon.
- Vietnam War: In Washington, D.C., 75,000 to 100,000 war protesters demonstrate in front of the White House.
- Carlos Lamarca leads the first urban guerrilla action against the military dictatorship of Brazil in São Paulo, by robbing two banks.
- Ngô Đình Cẩn, de facto ruler of central Vietnam under his brother President Ngô Đình Diệm before the family's toppling, is executed.
- FCC Chairman Newton N. Minow gives his Wasteland Speech.
- The Food and Drug Administration announces it will approve birth control as an additional indication for Searle's Enovid, making Enovid the world's first approved oral contraceptive pill.
- Alfred Hitchcock's film Vertigo has world premiere in San Francisco.
- Cold War: West Germany joins NATO.
- Robert Schuman presents his proposal on the creation of an organized Europe, which according to him was indispensable to the maintenance of peaceful relations. This proposal, known as the "Schuman Declaration", is considered by some people to be the beginning of the creation of what is now the European Union.
- Rainier III becomes Prince of Monaco.
- Czechoslovakia's Ninth-of-May Constitution comes into effect.
- King Victor Emmanuel III of Italy abdicates and is succeeded by Umberto II.
- World War II: The final German Instrument of Surrender is signed at the Soviet headquarters in Berlin-Karlshorst.
- World War II: The German occupation of the Channel Islands comes to an end.
- Holocaust: The SS executes 588 Jewish residents of the Podolian town of Zinkiv (Khmelnytska oblast, Ukraine). The Zoludek Ghetto (in Belarus) is destroyed and all its inhabitants executed or deported.
- World War II: The German submarine U-110 is captured by the Royal Navy. On board is the latest Enigma machine which Allied cryptographers later use to break coded German messages.
- World War II: The German submarine U-9 sinks the French coastal submarine Doris near Den Helder.
- Italy formally annexes Ethiopia after taking the capital Addis Ababa on May 5.
- Old Parliament House, Canberra officially opens.
- Admiral Richard E. Byrd and Floyd Bennett claim to have flown over the North Pole (later discovery of Byrd's diary appears to cast some doubt on the claim.)
- Polish-Soviet War: The Polish army under General Edward Rydz-Śmigły celebrates its capture of Kiev with a victory parade on Khreshchatyk.
- World War I: Germany repels Britain's second attempt to blockade the port of Ostend, Belgium.
- World War I: Second Battle of Artois between German and French forces.
- The works of Gabriele D'Annunzio are placed in the Index of Forbidden Books by the Vatican.
- The steam locomotive City of Truro becomes the first steam engine in Europe to exceed 100 mph (160 km/h).
- Australia opens its first national parliament in Melbourne.
- Buffalo Bill Cody's Wild West Show opens in London.
- Mihail Kogălniceanu reads, in the Chamber of Deputies, the Declaration of Independence of Romania. This day became the Independence Day of Romania.
- A magnitude 8.8 earthquake off the coast of Peru kills 2,541, including some as far away as Hawaii and Japan.
- The first horsebus makes its début in the city of Mumbai, traveling two routes.
- Der Krach: Vienna stock market crash heralds the Long Depression.
- American Civil War: Nathan Bedford Forrest surrenders his forces at Gainesville, Alabama.
- American Civil War: President Andrew Johnson issues a proclamation ending belligerent rights of the rebels and enjoining foreign nations to intern or expel Confederate ships.
- Second Schleswig War: The Danish navy defeats the Austrian and Prussian fleets in the Battle of Heligoland.
- The Siege of Fort Detroit begins during Pontiac's War against British forces.
- Five men arrested during a raid on Mother Clap's molly house in London are executed at Tyburn.
- Thomas Blood, disguised as a clergyman, attempts to steal England's Crown Jewels from the Tower of London.
- The figure who later became Mr. Punch makes his first recorded appearance in England.
- Hernando de Alarcón sets sail on an expedition to the Gulf of California.
- 'Abd al-Latif (Timurid monarch) is assassinated.
- England and Portugal formally ratify their alliance with the signing of the Treaty of Windsor, making it the oldest diplomatic alliance in the world which is still in force.
- Ninth Crusade, Edward I of England disembarks at Acre.
- Lombard Revolt: Lombard forces led by Melus revolt in Bari against the Byzantine Catepanate of Italy.
Births On This Day
- Saron Läänmäe, Estonian footballer
- Grace Reid, Scottish diver
- Dan Burn, English footballer
- Majlinda Kelmendi, Kosovar judoka
- Ellen White, English footballer
- J. R. Fitzpatrick, Canadian race car driver
- Scott Bolton, Australian rugby league player
- Kevin Gameiro, French footballer
- Vitaliy Pushkar, Ukrainian race car driver
- Jake Long, American football player
- Henrique Andrade Silva, Brazilian footballer
- Prince Fielder, American baseball player
- Chase Headley, American baseball player
- Giacomo Brichetto, Italian footballer
- Alan Campbell, British sculler
- Christos Marangos, Cypriot footballer
- Ryuhei Matsuda, Japanese actor
- Gilles Müller, Luxembourgian tennis player
- Tyler Lumsden, American baseball player
- Leandro Rinaudo, Italian footballer
- Bill Murphy, American baseball player
- Evangelos Tsiolis, Greek footballer
- Grant Hackett, Australian swimmer
- Angela Nikodinov, American figure skater
- Tony Schmidt, German race car driver
- Jo Hyun-jae, South Korean actor
- Pierre Bouvier, Canadian singer-songwriter and guitarist
- Rosario Dawson, American actress
- Andrew W.K., American singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, motivational speaker, and music producer
- Leandro Cufré, Argentinian footballer
- Santiago Dellapè, Argentinian-Italian rugby player
- Aaron Harang, American baseball player
- Marwan al-Shehhi, Emirati terrorist (d. 2001)
- Averno, Mexican wrestler
- Marek Jankulovski, Czech footballer
- Svein Tuft, Canadian cyclist
- Tamia, Canadian singer-songwriter, producer, and actress
- Brian Deegan, American motocross rider
- Tegla Loroupe, Kenyan runner
- Leonard Myles-Mills, Ghanaian sprinter
- Megumi Odaka, Japanese actress and singer
- Jason Lee, English footballer and manager
- Dan Chiasson, American poet and critic
- Doug Christie, American basketball player
- Hao Haidong, Chinese footballer & all-time top scorer for Chinese national team
- Ghostface Killah, American rapper and actor
- Masahiko Harada, Japanese ski jumper
- Graham Harman, American philosopher and academic
- Ruth Kelly, British economist and politician, Secretary of State for Transport
- Marie-José Pérec, French sprinter
- Neil Ruddock, English international footballer and television personality
- Mark Tinordi, Canadian ice hockey player and coach
- Ken Nomura, Japanese race car driver and sportscaster
- Steve Yzerman, Canadian ice hockey player and manager
- Joe Cirella, Canadian ice hockey player and coach
- Dave Gahan, English singer-songwriter
- Paul Heaton, English singer-songwriter
- Sean Altman, American singer-songwriter and guitarist
- John Corbett, American actor
- Tony Gwynn, American baseball player and coach (d. 2014)
- Andrew Jones, New Zealand cricketer
- Graham Smith, Canadian swimmer
- Wendy Crewson, Canadian actress and producer
- Jana Wendt, Australian television host
- Meles Zenawi, Prime Minister of Ethiopia (d. 2012)
- Anne Sofie von Otter, Swedish soprano and actress
- Bruno Brokken, Belgian high jumper
- Alley Mills, American actress
- Billy Joel, American singer-songwriter and pianist
- Richard S. Williamson, American lawyer and diplomat, 17th Assistant Secretary of State for International Organization Affairs (d. 2013)
- Hans Georg Bock, German mathematician, computer scientist, and academic
- John Mahaffey, American golfer
- Steven W. Mosher, American social scientist and author
- Calvin Murphy, American basketball player and radio host
- Yukiya Amano, Japanese diplomat (d. 2019)
- Candice Bergen, American actress and producer
- Ayşe Nur Zarakolu, Turkish author and activist (d. 2002)
- Gamal El-Ghitani, Egyptian journalist and author (d. 2015)
- Jupp Heynckes, German footballer and manager
- Steve Katz, American guitarist, songwriter, and producer
- Richie Furay, American singer-songwriter and guitarist
- Vince Cable, English economist and politician, former Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills
- Anders Isaksson, Swedish historian and journalist (d. 2009)
- Colin Pillinger, English astronomer, chemist, and academic (d. 2014)
- John Ashcroft, American lawyer and politician, 79th United States Attorney General
- Tommy Roe, American singer-songwriter and guitarist
- Dorothy Hyman, English sprinter
- Danny Rapp, American musician (d. 1983)
- James L. Brooks, American director, producer, and screenwriter
- Ralph Boston, American long jumper
- Ion Țiriac, Romanian tennis player and manager
- Ken Warby, Australian motorboat racer
- Giorgio Zancanaro, Italian baritone
- John Ogbu, Nigerian-American anthropologist and professor (d. 2003)
- Charles Simić, Serbian-American poet and editor
- Sonny Curtis, American singer-songwriter and guitarist
- Rafael Moneo, Spanish architect, designed the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels and Valladolid Science Museum
- Dave Prater, American singer (d. 1988)
- Terry Downes, British boxer and former world middle-weight champion (d. 2017)
- Albert Finney, English actor (d. 2019)
- Glenda Jackson, English actress and politician
- Nokie Edwards, American guitarist (d. 2018)
- Roger Hargreaves, English author and illustrator (d. 1988)
- Alan Bennett, English screenwriter, playwright, and novelist
- Conrad Hunte, Barbadian cricketer (d. 1999)
- Vance D. Brand, American pilot, engineer, and astronaut
- Joan Sims, English actress (d. 2001)
- Kalifa Tillisi, Libyan historian and linguist (d. 2010)
- Ralph Goings, American painter (d. 2016)
- Pancho Gonzales, American tennis player (d. 1995)
- Barbara Ann Scott, Canadian figure skater (d. 2012)
- Manfred Eigen, German chemist and academic, Nobel Prize laureate (d. 2019)
- John Middleton Murry, Jr., English soldier, pilot, and author (d. 2002)
- Bulat Okudzhava, Russian singer, poet, and author (d. 1997)
- Johnny Grant, American radio host and producer (d. 2008)
- Daniel Berrigan, American priest, poet, and activist (d. 2016)
- Sophie Scholl, German activist (d. 1943)
- Mona Van Duyn, American poet and academic (d. 2004)
- William Tenn, English-American author and academic (d. 2010)
- Richard Adams, English novelist (d. 2016)
- Clifford Chadderton, Canadian soldier and journalist (d. 2013)
- Moisis Michail Bourlas, Greek soldier and educator (d. 2011)
- Orville Freeman, American soldier and politician, 16th United States Secretary of Agriculture (d. 2003)
- Mike Wallace, American journalist, media personality and one-time game show host (d. 2012)
- Fay Kanin, American screenwriter and producer (d. 2013)
- William Pène du Bois, American author and illustrator (d. 1993)
- Patricia Swift Blalock, American librarian (d.2011)
- Denham Fouts, American prostitute (d. 1948)
- Thanat Khoman, Thai politician and diplomat (d. 2016)
- Carlo Maria Giulini, Italian conductor and director (d. 2005)
- Hank Snow, American country music singer-songwriter and guitarist (d. 1999)
- Pedro Armendáriz, Mexican-American actor (d. 1963)
- Per Imerslund, Norwegian-German soldier and author (d. 1943)
- Géza Ottlik, Hungarian mathematician and theorist (d. 1990)
- Harry Simeone, American music arranger, conductor, and composer (d. 2005)
- Don Messer, Canadian violinist (d. 1973)
- Gordon Bunshaft, American architect, designed the Solow Building (d. 1990)
- Jackie Grant, Trinidadian cricketer (d. 1978)
- Kathryn Kuhlman, American evangelist and author (d. 1976)
- Baldur von Schirach, German politician (d. 1974)
- Eleanor Estes, American librarian, author, and illustrator (d. 1988)
- Lilí Álvarez, Spanish tennis player, author, and feminist (d. 1998)
- Conrad Bernier, Canadian-American organist, composer, and educator (d. 1988)
- Maria Malicka, Polish stage and film actress (d. 1992)
- Richard Day, Canadian-American art director and set decorator (d. 1972)
- Richard Barthelmess, American actor (d. 1963)
- Lucian Blaga, Romanian poet, playwright, and philosopher (d. 1961)
- Frank Foss, American pole vaulter (d. 1989)
- William Moulton Marston, American psychologist and author (d. 1947)
- Zita of Bourbon-Parma, last Empress of the Austro-Hungarian Empire (d. 1989)
- Francesco Baracca, Italian fighter pilot (d. 1918)
- Rolf de Maré, Swedish art collector (d. 1964)
- Gianni Vella, Maltese artist (d. 1977)
- Valdemar Psilander, Danish actor (d. 1917)
- José Ortega y Gasset, Spanish philosopher, author, and critic (d. 1955)
- George Barker, American painter (d. 1965)
- Henry J. Kaiser, American shipbuilder and businessman, founded Kaiser Shipyards (d. 1967)
- Howard Carter, English archaeologist and historian (d. 1939)
- Anton Cermak, Czech-American captain and politician, 44th Mayor of Chicago (d. 1933)
- Harry Vardon, British golfer (d. 1937)
- Gopal Krishna Gokhale, Indian economist and politician (d. 1915)
- J. M. Barrie, Scottish novelist and playwright (d. 1937)
- Julius Röntgen, German-Dutch composer (d. 1932)
- Edward Weston, English-American chemist (d. 1936)
- Gustaf de Laval, Swedish engineer and businessman (d. 1913)
- Adam Opel, German engineer, founded the Opel Company (d. 1895)
- Ferdinand Monoyer, French ophthalmologist, invented the Monoyer chart (d. 1912)
- James Collinson, Victorian painter (d. 1881)
- Jacob ben Moses Bachrach, Polish apologist and author (d. 1896)
- Frederick Weld, English-New Zealand politician, 6th Prime Minister of New Zealand (d. 1891)
- John Brougham, Irish-American actor and playwright (d. 1880)
- Peter Hesketh-Fleetwood, English politician, founded the town of Fleetwood (d. 1866)
- John Brown, American activist (d. 1859)
- János Batsányi, Hungarian-Austrian poet and author (d. 1845)
- Gaspard Monge, French mathematician and engineer (d. 1818)
- Giovanni Paisiello, Italian composer and educator (probable; d. 1816)
- Frederick, Landgrave of Hesse-Eschwege (d. 1655)
- Louis Henry, Prince of Nassau-Dillenburg, military leader in the Thirty Years' War (d. 1662)
- Jerónima de la Asunción, Spanish Catholic nun and founder of the first monastery in Manila (d. 1630)
- Maharana Pratap, Indian ruler (d. 1597)
- Valdemar II of Denmark (d. 1241)
- Minamoto no Yoritomo, Japanese shōgun (d. 1199)
Deaths On This Day
- Little Richard, American singer, songwriter, and pianist (b. 1932)
- Freddie Starr, English comedian, impressionist, singer and actor (1943)
- Per Kirkeby, Danish painter, poet, film maker and sculptor (b. 1938)
- Robert Miles, a Swiss-born Italian record producer, composer, musician and DJ (b. 1969)
- Edward W. Estlow, American football player and journalist (b. 1920)
- Kenan Evren, Turkish general and politician, 7th President of Turkey (b. 1917)
- Elizabeth Wilson, American actress (b. 1921)
- Giacomo Bini, Italian priest and missionary (b. 1938)
- Harlan Mathews, American lawyer and politician (b. 1927)
- Nedurumalli Janardhana Reddy, Indian politician, 12th Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh (b. 1935)
- Mary Stewart, English-Scottish author and poet (b. 1916)
- Ramón Blanco Rodríguez, Spanish footballer and manager (b. 1952)
- George M. Leader, American soldier and politician, 36th Governor of Pennsylvania (b. 1918)
- Humberto Lugo Gil, Mexican lawyer and politician, 23rd Governor of Hidalgo (b. 1933)
- Ottavio Missoni, Italian hurdler and fashion designer, founded Missoni (b. 1921)
- Bertram Cohler, American psychologist, psychoanalyst, and academic (b. 1938)
- Geoffrey Henry, Cook Islander lawyer and politician, 3rd Prime Minister of the Cook Islands (b. 1940)
- Vidal Sassoon, English-American hairdresser and businessman (b. 1928)
- Wouter Weylandt, Belgian cyclist (b. 1984)
- Lena Horne, American singer, actress, and activist (b. 1917)
- Otakar Motejl, Czech lawyer and politician (b. 1932)
- Chuck Daly, American basketball player and coach (b. 1930)
- Jack Gibson, Australian rugby league player, coach, and sportscaster (b. 1929)
- Baptiste Manzini, American football player (b. 1920)
- Nuala O'Faolain, Irish journalist and producer (b. 1942)
- Pascal Sevran, French singer, television host, and author (b. 1945)
- Dwight Wilson, Canadian soldier (b. 1901)
- Akhmad Kadyrov, Chechen cleric and politician, 1st President of the Chechen Republic (b. 1951)
- Alan King, American actor, producer, and screenwriter (b. 1927)
- Brenda Fassie, South African singer (b. 1964)
- Russell B. Long, American lieutenant, lawyer, and politician (b. 1918)
- Alice Faye, American actress and singer (b. 1915)
- Talat Mahmood, Indian singer and actor (b. 1924)
- Rawya Ateya, Egyptian captain and politician (b. 1926)
- Marco Ferreri, Italian actor, director, and screenwriter (b. 1928)
- Elias Motsoaledi, South African activist (b. 1924)
- Penelope Gilliatt, English novelist, short story writer, and critic (b. 1932)
- Obafemi Awolowo, Nigerian lawyer and politician (b. 1909)
- Tenzing Norgay, Nepalese mountaineer (b. 1914)
- Edmond O'Brien, American actor and director (b. 1915)
- Henry Bachtold, Australian soldier and railway engineer (b. 1891)
- Nelson Algren, American novelist and short story writer (b. 1909)
- Kate Molale, South African activist (b. 1928)
- Cyrus S. Eaton, Canadian-American banker, businessman, and philanthropist (b. 1883)
- Eddie Jefferson, American singer and lyricist (b. 1918)
- Giuseppe Impastato, Italian journalist and activist (b. 1948)
- Aldo Moro, Italian lawyer and politician, 38th Prime Minister of Italy (b. 1916)
- James Jones, American novelist (b. 1921)
- Jens Bjørneboe, Norwegian author, poet, and playwright (b. 1920)
- Ulrike Meinhof, German militant, co-founded the Red Army Faction (b. 1934)
- Walter Reuther, American union leader (b. 1907)
- Mercedes de Acosta, American author, poet, and playwright (b. 1893)
- Harold Gray, American cartoonist, created Little Orphan Annie (b. 1894)
- Marion Lorne, American actress (b. 1883)
- Finlay Currie, British actor (b. 1878)
- Leopold Figl, Austrian engineer and politician, 18th Chancellor of Austria (b. 1902)
- Bhaurao Patil, Indian activist and educator (b. 1887)
- Ernest de Silva, Sri Lankan banker and businessman (b. 1887)
- Ezio Pinza, Italian actor and singer (b. 1892)
- Esteban Terradas i Illa, Spanish mathematician and engineer (b. 1883)
- Louis II, Prince of Monaco (b. 1870)
- Han Yong-un, Korean poet and social reformer (b. 1879)
- Józef Cebula, Polish priest and saint (b. 1902)
- Thomas B. Thrige, Danish businessman (b. 1866)
- Ernst Bresslau, German zoologist (b. 1877)
- John Arthur Jarvis, English swimmer (b. 1872)
- Albert Abraham Michelson, German-American physicist and academic, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1852)
- George Coșbuc, Romanian journalist and poet (b. 1866)
- François Faber, Luxembourgian-French cyclist and soldier (b. 1887)
- Anthony Wilding, New Zealand tennis player and cricketer (b. 1883)
- C. W. Post, American businessman, founded Post Foods (b. 1854)
- Oscar von Gebhardt, German theologian and academic (b. 1844)
- William S. Harney, American general (b. 1800)
- John Sedgwick, American general and educator (b. 1813)
- Peter Ernst von Lasaulx, German philologist and politician (b. 1805)
- Joseph Louis Gay-Lussac, French chemist and physicist (b. 1778)
- Garlieb Merkel, Estonian author and activist (b. 1769)
- Friedrich Schiller, German poet, playwright, and historian (b. 1759)
- Francis Hopkinson, American judge and politician (b. 1737)
- William Clingan, American politician (b. 1721)
- Jean-Baptiste Vaquette de Gribeauval, French general and engineer (b. 1715)
- Nicolaus Zinzendorf, German bishop and saint (b. 1700)
- John Dalrymple, 2nd Earl of Stair, Scottish field marshal and diplomat, British Ambassador to France (b. 1673)
- Tomaso Antonio Vitali, Italian violinist and composer (b. 1663)
- Diogo de Mendonça Corte-Real, Portuguese judge and politician (b. 1658)
- Dieterich Buxtehude, German-Danish organist and composer (b. 1637)
- William Bradford, English-American politician, 2nd Governor of Plymouth Colony (b. 1590)
- Charles de Bourbon French cardinal and pretender to the throne (b. 1523)
- Mary of Enghien (b. 1368)
- Niccolò Albergati, Italian Cardinal and diplomat (b. 1373)
- John Drokensford, Bishop of Bath and Wells
- Hugh V, Duke of Burgundy (b. 1282)
- Magnus VI of Norway
- Wang Sitong, Chinese general and governor (b. 892)
- Adalgar, archbishop of Hamburg-Bremen
- Shi Pu, warlord of the Tang Dynasty
- Osric, king of Northumbria