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On This Day in History:  April 15

April 15 is the 105th day of the year (106th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. 260 days remain until the end of the year.

Lottery News On This Day

2020
Coronavirus severely hurting Massachusetts Lottery sales. The Massachusetts State Lottery is taking a big hit as the COVID-19 state of emergency temporarily shutters many stores that sell tickets, Treasurer Deborah Goldberg told lawmakers Tuesday.
2019
Colorado man who unwittingly split a $4.8M jackpot with scammer is fighting the Colorado Lottery. A man who split a winning $4.8 million Colorado Lotto jackpot with two brothers who were eventually convicted of rigging the numbers says he is owed the full amount because he had played the game fairly.
2016
Michigan Lottery teams with PayPal for online payments. The Michigan Lottery is teaming with PayPal to offer players a new way to fund their online accounts.
2016
Michigan man arrested for impersonating lottery worker, stealing tickets. Lake Orion police have arrested a suspected thief who they say posed as a lottery agent at several Oakland and Macomb county CVS stores in order to steal Michigan Lottery scratch-off tickets.
2014
Northstar fights to keep Illinois lottery documents secret. The company hired to run the Illinois Lottery continued its fight to keep some documents under wraps, arguing their release would violate its contract with the state and expose company secrets to competitors.
2011
Three largest online poker sites shut down by FBI. The founders of the three largest online poker sites were indicted by the FBI on Friday in what could serve as a death blow to the thriving industry.
2010
Powerball lottery jackpot rises to $212M. The multi-state Powerball lottery drawing happened last night once again without any jackpot winners, causing the new jackpot for Saturday's drawing to grow to an estimated $215 million, with a cash option of $101.9 million.
2010
Pa. Lottery to pull the plug on Super 7. Pennsylvania Lottery officials announced the final drawing for Super 7 will be later this month, but it doesn't seem like players will miss the game.
2009
Nevada woman hits $33 million jackpot at casino. A woman who had planned to spend a quiet Easter at home is $33 million richer after hitting the second largest Megabucks jackpot in history at a Nevada casino.
2006
Florida Lotto fever peaks with tonight's $64 million drawing. Lotto fever heated up Friday in Southwest Florida and the rest of the state as people lined up to take their shot at instant millions.
2005
Illinois Senate approves Internet lottery ticket sales trial. Illinois gamblers would be able to buy lottery tickets by computer in a program the Senate approved Thursday.
2005
$165,000 Cash 5 lottery ticket sold in Bayonne, NJ. New Jersey lottery players, check your numbers: a lottery ticket worth about $165,000 was sold in a Bayonne convenience store.
2005
Georgia Lottery has best quarter ever. The Georgia Lottery had its strongest ticket sales ever during the past quarter, relieving concerns from state officials that slow sales would prove costly to the HOPE scholarship program.
2005
Interim Virginia Lottery director appointed. The Virginia governor has promoted a Virginia Lottery administrator as its interim executive director.
2005
Mass. lawmakers to challenge lottery horse-race game. Key Massachusetts state lawmakers signaled yesterday that they intend to rein in the Massachusetts Lottery's plans to launch a virtual horse-racing game on Keno-style monitors later this year.
2004
Powerball Jackpot Soars to $75 Million. Because no one correctly matched all six numbers in Wednesday's Powerball drawing, the jackpot grew to an estimated $75 million, with a cash option of $41.7 million.
2004
The Two Titans of the Lottery Industry. For investors, the curious thing about the lottery business is that once you peel back the glossy governmental layer, it's virtually a duopoly. Practically all of the games in this country are managed directly or indirectly by just two companies: Rhode Island-based GTech Holdings and New York-based Scientific Games.

Top 25 Lottery Jackpots On This Day

1.$331 Million
Multi-State
Mega Millions
Draw Date
Apr 16, 2002
2.$265 Million
Multi-State
Mega Millions
Draw Date
Apr 18, 2006
3.$212 Million
Multi-State
Powerball
Draw Date
Apr 17, 2010
4.$205 Million
Multi-State
Powerball
Draw Date
Apr 16, 2016
5.€130.2 Million
US$161.06 Million
Draw Date
Apr 17, 2018
6.$159 Million
Multi-State
Mega Millions
Draw Date
Apr 17, 2020
7.$157 Million
Multi-State
Mega Millions
Draw Date
Apr 16, 2019
8.€136.73 Million
US$154.42 Million
Draw Date
Apr 16, 2019
9.$144 Million
Multi-State
Mega Millions
Draw Date
Apr 15, 2005
10.$131 Million
Multi-State
Powerball
Draw Date
Apr 18, 2012
11.$122 Million
Multi-State
Powerball
Draw Date
Apr 18, 2018
11.$122 Million
Multi-State
Mega Millions
Draw Date
Apr 16, 2010
13.$118 Million
Multi-State
Powerball
Draw Date
Apr 17, 2019
14.$110 Million
Multi-State
Powerball
Draw Date
Apr 16, 2014
15.$109 Million
Multi-State
Mega Millions
Draw Date
Apr 17, 2009
16.€90 Million
US$99.23 Million
Multi-Country
EuroJackpot
Draw Date
Apr 17, 2020
17.$91 Million
Multi-State
Powerball
Draw Date
Apr 16, 2008
18.€57 Million
US$90.09 Million
Multi-Country
Euro Millions
Draw Date
Apr 18, 2008
19.$80 Million
Multi-State
Powerball
Draw Date
Apr 17, 2013
19.$80 Million
Multi-State
Mega Millions
Draw Date
Apr 15, 2016
21.€70.56 Million
US$79.62 Million
Draw Date
Apr 16, 2016
22.$78 Million
Draw Date
Apr 17, 2010
23.€58 Million
US$75.7 Million
Multi-Country
Euro Millions
Draw Date
Apr 17, 2009
24.$75 Million
Multi-State
Powerball
Draw Date
Apr 17, 2004
25.$74 Million
Multi-State
Mega Millions
Draw Date
Apr 16, 2013

Lottery Post Member Birthdays On This Day

1987
Wednesday, Apr 15, 1987
33 years old
1983
Friday, Apr 15, 1983
37 years old
1966
Friday, Apr 15, 1966
54 years old
1966
Friday, Apr 15, 1966
54 years old
1962
Sunday, Apr 15, 1962
58 years old
1962
Sunday, Apr 15, 1962
58 years old
1960
Friday, Apr 15, 1960
60 years old
1951
Sunday, Apr 15, 1951
69 years old
(year not provided)
(year not provided)
(year not provided)
(year not provided)

Worldwide Events On This Day

2019
The cathedral of Notre-Dame de Paris in France is seriously damaged by a large fire.
2014
In the worst massacre of the South Sudanese Civil War, at least 200 civilians were gunned down after seeking refuge in houses of worship as well as hospitals.
2013
Two bombs explode near the finish line at the Boston Marathon in Boston, Massachusetts, killing three people and injuring 264 others.
2013
A wave of bombings across Iraq kills at least 75 people.
1994
Marrakesh Agreement relating to foundation of World Trade Organization is adopted.
1989
Hillsborough disaster: A human crush occurs at Hillsborough Stadium, home of Sheffield Wednesday, in the FA Cup Semi-final, resulting in the deaths of 96 Liverpool fans.
1989
Upon Hu Yaobang's death, the Tiananmen Square protests of 1989 begin in China.
1986
The United States launches Operation El Dorado Canyon, its bombing raids against Libyan targets in response to a bombing in West Germany that killed two U.S. servicemen.
1970
During the Cambodian Civil War, massacre of the Vietnamese minority results in 800 bodies flowing down the Mekong river into South Vietnam.
1969
The EC-121 shootdown incident: North Korea shoots down a United States Navy aircraft over the Sea of Japan, killing all 31 on board.
1960
At Shaw University in Raleigh, North Carolina, Ella Baker leads a conference that results in the creation of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee, one of the principal organizations of the civil rights movement in the 1960s.
1955
McDonald's restaurant dates its founding to the opening of a franchised restaurant by Ray Kroc, in Des Plaines, Illinois.
1952
First flight of the Boeing B-52 Stratofortress.
1947
Jackie Robinson debuts for the Brooklyn Dodgers, breaking baseball's color line.
1945
Bergen-Belsen concentration camp is liberated.
1942
The George Cross is awarded "to the island fortress of Malta: Its people and defenders" by King George VI.
1941
In the Belfast Blitz, two-hundred bombers of the German Luftwaffe attack Belfast, killing around one thousand people.
1936
First day of the Arab revolt in Mandatory Palestine.
1924
Rand McNally publishes its first road atlas.
1923
Insulin becomes generally available for use by people with diabetes.
1922
U.S. Senator John B. Kendrick of Wyoming introduces a resolution calling for an investigation of a secret land deal, which leads to the discovery of the Teapot Dome scandal.
1920
Two security guards are murdered during a robbery in South Braintree, Massachusetts. AnarchistsSacco and Vanzetti would be convicted of and executed for the crime, amid much controversy.
1912
The British passenger liner RMS Titanicsinks in the North Atlantic at 2:20 a.m., two hours and forty minutes after hitting an iceberg. Only 710 of 2,227 passengers and crew on board survive.
1907
Triangle Fraternity is founded at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
1900
Philippine-American War: Filipino guerrillas launch a surprise attack on U.S. infantry and begin a four-day siege of Catubig, Philippines.
1896
Closing ceremony of the Games of the I Olympiad in Athens, Greece.
1892
The General Electric Company is formed.
1865
President Abraham Lincoln dies after being shot the previous evening by actor John Wilkes Booth. Vice President Andrew Johnson becomes President upon Lincoln's death.
1861
President Abraham Lincoln calls for 75,000 Volunteers to quell the insurrection that soon became the American Civil War.
1817
Thomas Hopkins Gallaudet and Laurent Clerc founded the American School for the Deaf, the first American school for deaf students, in Hartford, Connecticut.
1783
Preliminary articles of peace ending the American Revolutionary War (or American War of Independence) are ratified.
1755
Samuel Johnson's A Dictionary of the English Language is published in London.
1738
Serse, an Italian opera by George Frideric Handel receives its premiere performance in London, England.
1736
Foundation of the Kingdom of Corsica.
1715
The Pocotaligo Massacre triggers the start of the Yamasee War in colonial South Carolina.
1642
Irish Confederate Wars: A Confederate Irish militia is routed in the Battle of Kilrush when it attempts to halt the progress of a Royalist Army.
1632
Battle of Rain: Swedes under Gustavus Adolphus defeat the Holy Roman Empire during the Thirty Years' War.
1450
Battle of Formigny: Toward the end of the Hundred Years' War, the French attack and nearly annihilate English forces, ending English domination in Northern France.
1395
Timur defeats Tokhtamysh of the Golden Horde at the Battle of the Terek River. The Golden Horde capital city, Sarai, is razed to the ground and Timur installs a puppet ruler on the throne.
1071
Bari, the last Byzantine possession in southern Italy, is surrendered to Robert Guiscard.
769
The Lateran Council condemned the Council of Hieria and anathematized its iconoclastic rulings.

Births On This Day

1999
Denis Shapovalov, Canadian tennis player
1997
Maisie Williams, English actress
1991
Daiki Arioka, Japanese idol, singer, and actor
1991
Javier Fernández López, Spanish figure skater
1990
Emma Watson, English actress
1988
Blake Ayshford, Australian rugby league player
1988
Steven Defour, Belgian footballer
1988
Chris Tillman, American baseball pitcher
1986
Tom Heaton, English footballer
1986
Sylvain Marveaux, French footballer
1985
Ryan Hamilton, Canadian ice hockey player
1984
Antonio Cromartie, American football player
1984
Cam Janssen, American ice hockey player
1984
Daniel Paille, Canadian ice hockey player
1983
Alice Braga, Brazilian actress
1983
Matt Cardle, English singer-songwriter and guitarist
1983
Dudu Cearense, Brazilian footballer
1983
Andreas Fransson, Swedish skier (d. 2014)
1983
Ilya Kovalchuk, Russian ice hockey player
1983
Martin Pedersen, Danish cyclist
1982
Michael Aubrey, American baseball player
1982
Anthony Green, American singer-songwriter
1982
Seth Rogen, Canadian-American actor, director, producer, and screenwriter
1981
Andrés D'Alessandro, Argentinian footballer
1980
Patrick Carney, American drummer, musician, and producer (The Black Keys)
1980
James Foster, English cricketer
1980
Raül López, Spanish basketball player
1980
Willie Mason, New Zealand-Australian rugby league player
1980
Aida Mollenkamp, American chef and author
1980
Billy Yates, American football player
1978
Milton Bradley, American baseball player
1978
Tim Corcoran, American baseball player
1978
Luis Fonsi, Puerto Rican-American singer-songwriter and dancer
1978
Chris Stapleton, American country singer-songwriter and guitarist
1977
Sudarsan Pattnaik, Indian sculptor
1977
Brian Pothier, American ice hockey player
1976
Jason Bonsignore, Canadian ice hockey player and coach
1976
Darius Regelskis, Lithuanian footballer
1976
Kęstutis Šeštokas, Lithuanian basketball player
1976
Steve Williams, English rower
1975
Sarah Teichmann, German-American biophysicist and immunologist
1974
Kim Min-kyo, South Korean actor and director
1974
Danny Pino, American actor and screenwriter
1974
Mike Quinn, American football player
1974
Douglas Spain, American actor, director, and producer
1974
Tim Thomas, American ice hockey player
1972
Arturo Gatti, Italian-Canadian boxer (d. 2009)
1972
Lou Romano, American animator and voice actor
1971
Philippe Carbonneau, French rugby player
1971
Finidi George, Nigerian footballer
1971
Jason Sehorn, American football player
1971
Josia Thugwane, South African runner
1971
Karl Turner, English lawyer and politician
1970
Chris Huffins, American decathlete and coach
1969
Jeromy Burnitz, American baseball player
1969
Kaisa Roose, Estonian pianist and conductor
1969
Jimmy Waite, Canadian-German ice hockey player and coach
1968
Ben Clarke, English rugby player and coach
1968
Brahim Lahlafi, Moroccan-French runner
1968
Ed O'Brien, English guitarist
1967
Frankie Poullain, Scottish bass player and songwriter
1967
Dara Torres, American swimmer and journalist
1966
Samantha Fox, English singer-songwriter and actress
1966
Mott Green, American businessman (d. 2013)
1965
Linda Perry, American singer-songwriter, musician and record producer (4 Non Blondes)
1965
Kevin Stevens, American ice hockey player
1964
Andre Joubert, South African rugby player
1964
Lee Kernaghan, Australian singer-songwriter and guitarist
1963
Alex Crawford, Nigerian-South African journalist
1963
Manzoor Elahi, Pakistani cricketer
1963
Manoj Prabhakar, Indian cricketer and sportscaster
1962
Nawal El Moutawakel, Moroccan athlete and politician
1962
Tom Kane, American voice actor
1961
Neil Carmichael, English academic and politician
1961
Carol W. Greider, American molecular biologist
1961
Dawn Wright, American geographer and oceanographer
1960
Pierre Aubry, Canadian ice hockey player
1960
Susanne Bier, Danish director and screenwriter
1960
Pedro Delgado, Spanish cyclist and sportscaster
1960
Tony Jones, English snooker player
1959
Fruit Chan, Chinese director, producer, and screenwriter
1959
Kevin Lowe, Canadian ice hockey player, coach, and manager
1959
Emma Thompson, English actress, comedian, author, activist and screenwriter
1958
Keith Acton, Canadian ice hockey player and coach
1958
John Bracewell, New Zealand cricketer
1958
Memos Ioannou, Greek basketball player and coach
1958
Benjamin Zephaniah, English actor, author, poet, and playwright
1957
Evelyn Ashford, American runner and coach
1956
Michael Cooper, American basketball player and coach
1955
Dodi Fayed, Egyptian film producer (d. 1997)
1955
Joice Mujuru, Zimbabwean politician
1952
Kym Gyngell, Australian actor, comedian, and screenwriter
1952
Brian Muir, English sculptor and set designer
1952
Avital Ronell, Czech-American philosopher and academic
1951
Heloise, American journalist and author
1951
John L. Phillips, American captain and astronaut
1951
Stuart Prebble, English journalist and producer
1951
Marsha Ivins, American engineer and astronaut
1950
Josiane Balasko, French actress, director, and screenwriter
1950
Amy Wright, American actress
1950
Karel Kroupa, Czech football player
1949
Alla Pugacheva, Russian singer-songwriter and actress
1949
Craig Zadan, American director, producer, and screenwriter (d. 2018)
1948
Christopher Brown, English historian, curator, and academic
1948
Michael Kamen, American composer and conductor (d. 2003)
1948
Phil Mogg, English singer-songwriter and musician (UFO)
1947
Linda Bloodworth-Thomason, American screenwriter and producer
1947
Martin Broughton, English businessman
1947
Lois Chiles, American model and actress
1947
David Omand, English civil servant and academic
1947
Cristina Husmark Pehrsson, Swedish nurse and politician, Swedish Minister for Social Security
1947
Woolly Wolstenholme, English singer and keyboard player (d. 2010)
1946
John Lloyd, Scottish journalist and author
1946
Pete Rouse, American politician, White House Chief of Staff
1944
Dzhokhar Dudayev, Russian-Chechen general and politician, 1st President of the Chechen Republic of Ichkeria (d. 1996)
1944
Dave Edmunds, Welsh singer, guitarist, and producer
1943
Pınar Kür, Turkish author, playwright, and academic
1943
Robert Lefkowitz, American physician and biochemist, Nobel Prize laureate
1943
Veronica Linklater, Baroness Linklater, English politician
1943
Hugh Thompson, Jr., American soldier and pilot (d. 2006)
1942
Francis X. DiLorenzo, American bishop (d. 2017)
1942
Walt Hazzard, American basketball player and coach (d. 2011)
1942
Kenneth Lay, American businessman (d. 2006)
1942
Tim Lankester, English economist and academic
1941
Howard Berman, American lawyer and politician
1940
Jeffrey Archer, English author, playwright, and politician
1940
Penelope Coelen, South African actress, model, beauty queen and 1958 Miss World
1940
Willie Davis, American baseball player and actor (d. 2010)
1940
Robert Lacroix, Canadian economist and academic
1939
Marty Wilde, English singer-songwriter and actor
1939
Desiré Ecaré, Ivorian filmmaker (d. 2009)
1938
Claudia Cardinale, Italian actress
1938
Hso Khan Pha, Burmese-Canadian geologist and politician (d. 2016)
1937
Bob Luman, American singer-songwriter and guitarist (d. 1978)
1936
Raymond Poulidor, French cyclist
1935
Stavros Paravas, Greek actor and producer (d. 2008)
1933
Roy Clark, American musician and television personality (d. 2018)
1933
David Hamilton, English-French photographer and director (d. 2016)
1933
Elizabeth Montgomery, American actress and producer (d. 1995)
1931
Kenneth Bloomfield, Northern Irish civil servant
1931
Tomas Tranströmer, Swedish poet, translator, and psychologist Nobel Prize laureate (d. 2015)
1930
Georges Descrières, French actor (d. 2013)
1930
Vigdís Finnbogadóttir, Icelandic educator and politician, 4th President of Iceland
1929
Gérald Beaudoin, Canadian lawyer and politician (d. 2008)
1929
Adrian Cadbury, English rower and businessman (d. 2015)
1927
Robert Mills, American physicist and academic (d. 1999)
1924
M. Canagaratnam, Sri Lankan politician (d. 1980)
1924
Rikki Fulton, Scottish comedian (d. 2004)
1924
Neville Marriner, English violinist and conductor (d. 2016)
1923
Artur Alliksaar, Estonian poet and author (d. 1966)
1923
Robert DePugh, American activist, founded the Minutemen (an anti-Communist organization) (d. 2009)
1922
Michael Ansara, Syrian-American actor (d. 2013)
1922
Hasrat Jaipuri, Indian poet and songwriter (d. 1999)
1922
Harold Washington, American lawyer and politician, 51st Mayor of Chicago (d. 1987)
1922
Graham Whitehead, English racing driver (d. 1981)
1921
Georgy Beregovoy, Ukrainian-Russian general, pilot, and astronaut (d. 1995)
1921
Angelo DiGeorge, American physician and endocrinologist (d. 2009)
1920
Godfrey Stafford, English-South African physicist and academic (d. 2013)
1920
Thomas Szasz, Hungarian-American psychiatrist and academic (d. 2012)
1920
Richard von Weizsäcker, German soldier and politician, 6th President of Germany (d. 2015)
1919
Alberto Breccia, Uruguayan-Argentinian author and illustrator (d. 1993)
1918
Hans Billian, German film director, screenwriter, and actor (d. 2007)
1917
Hans Conried, American actor (d. 1982)
1917
James Kee, American lawyer and politician (d. 1989)
1916
Alfred S. Bloomingdale, American businessman (d. 1982)
1916
Helene Hanff, American author and screenwriter (d. 1997)
1915
Elizabeth Catlett, African-American sculptor and illustrator (d. 2012)
1912
William Congdon, American-Italian painter and sculptor (d. 1998)
1912
Kim Il-sung, North Korean general and politician, 1st Supreme Leader of North Korea (d. 1994)
1910
Sulo Bärlund, Finnish shot putter (d. 1986)
1910
Miguel Najdorf, Polish-Argentinian chess player and theoretician (d. 1997)
1908
eden ahbez, Scottish-American songwriter and recording artist (d. 1995)
1908
Lita Grey, American actress (d. 1995)
1907
Nikolaas Tinbergen, Dutch-English ethologist and ornithologist, Nobel Prize laureate (d. 1988)
1904
Arshile Gorky, Armenian-American painter and illustrator (d. 1948)
1903
John Williams, English-American actor (d. 1983)
1902
Fernando Pessa, Portuguese journalist (d. 2002)
1901
Joe Davis, English snooker player (d. 1978)
1901
Ajoy Mukherjee, Indian politician, Chief Minister of West Bengal (d. 1986)
1901
René Pleven, French businessman and politician, Prime Minister of France (d. 1993)
1898
Harry Edward, Guyanese-English sprinter (d. 1973)
1896
Nikolay Semyonov, Russian physicist and chemist, Nobel Prize laureate (d. 1986)
1895
Clark McConachy, New Zealand snooker player (d. 1980)
1895
Abigail Mejia, Dominican feminist activist, nationalist, literary critic and educator (d. 1941)
1894
Nikita Khrushchev, Russian general and politician, 7th Premier of the Soviet Union (d. 1971)
1894
Bessie Smith, African-American singer and actress (d. 1937)
1892
Theo Osterkamp, German general and pilot (d. 1975)
1892
Corrie ten Boom, Dutch-American clocksmith, Nazi resister, and author (d. 1983)
1890
Percy Shaw, English businessman, invented the cat's eye (d. 1976)
1889
Thomas Hart Benton, American painter and educator (d. 1975)
1889
A. Philip Randolph, American activist (d. 1979)
1888
Maximilian Kronberger, German poet and author (d. 1904)
1887
William Forgan Smith, Scottish-Australian politician, 24th Premier of Queensland (d. 1953)
1886
Nikolay Gumilyov, Russian poet and critic (d. 1921)
1885
Tadeusz Kutrzeba, Polish general (d. 1947)
1883
Stanley Bruce, Australian captain and politician, 8th Prime Minister of Australia (d. 1967)
1879
Melville Henry Cane, American lawyer and poet (d. 1980)
1878
Robert Walser, Swiss author and playwright (d. 1956)
1877
Georg Kolbe, German sculptor (d. 1947)
1875
James J. Jeffries, American boxer and promoter (d. 1953)
1874
George Harrison Shull, American botanist and geneticist (d. 1954)
1874
Johannes Stark, German physicist and academic, Nobel Prize laureate (d. 1957)
1861
Bliss Carman, Canadian-British poet and playwright (d. 1929)
1858
Émile Durkheim, French sociologist, psychologist, and philosopher (d. 1917)
1856
Jean Moréas, Greek poet and critic (d. 1910)
1843
Henry James, American novelist, short story writer, and critic (d. 1916)
1841
Joseph E. Seagram, Canadian businessman and politician, founded the Seagram Company Ltd (d. 1919)
1832
Wilhelm Busch, German poet, painter, and illustrator (d. 1908)
1828
Jean Danjou, French captain (d. 1863)
1817
William Crowther, Dutch-Australian politician, 14th Premier of Tasmania (d. 1885)
1809
Hermann Grassmann, German linguist and mathematician (d. 1877)
1808
William Champ, English-Australian politician, 1st Premier of Tasmania (d. 1892)
1800
James Clark Ross, English captain and explorer (d. 1862)
1793
Friedrich Georg Wilhelm von Struve, German astronomer and academic (d. 1864)
1772
Étienne Geoffroy Saint-Hilaire, French biologist and zoologist (d. 1844)
1771
Nicolas Chopin, French-Polish educator (d. 1844)
1741
Charles Willson Peale, American painter and soldier (d. 1827)
1710
William Cullen, Scottish physician and chemist (d. 1790)
1707
Leonhard Euler, Swiss mathematician and physicist (d. 1783)
1688
Johann Friedrich Fasch, German violinist and composer (d. 1758)
1684
Catherine I of Russia (d. 1727)
1646
Christian V of Denmark (d. 1699)
1642
Suleiman II, Ottoman sultan (d. 1691)
1641
Robert Sibbald, Scottish physician and geographer (d. 1722)
1592
Francesco Maria Brancaccio, Catholic cardinal (d. 1675)
1588
Claudius Salmasius, French author and scholar (d. 1653)
1563
Guru Arjan Dev, fifth Sikh leader (d. 1606)
1552
Pietro Cataldi, Italian mathematician and astronomer (d. 1626)
1469
Guru Nanak, the first Sikh guru (d. 1539)
1452
Leonardo da Vinci, Italian painter, sculptor, and architect (d. 1519)
1442
John Paston, English noble (d. 1479)
1367
Henry IV of England (d. 1413)
1282
Frederick IV, Duke of Lorraine (d. 1329)
68 BC
Gaius Maecenas, Roman politician (d. 8 BC)

Deaths On This Day

2018
R. Lee Ermey, American actor (b. 1944)
2018
Vittorio Taviani, Italian film director and screenwriter (b. 1929)
2017
Clifton James, American actor (b. 1920)
2017
Emma Morano, Italian supercentenarian, last person verified born in the 1800s (b. 1899)
2015
Jonathan Crombie, Canadian-American actor and screenwriter (b. 1966)
2015
Surya Bahadur Thapa, Nepalese politician, 24th Prime Minister of Nepal (b. 1928)
2014
John Houbolt, American engineer and academic (b. 1919)
2014
Eliseo Verón, Argentinian sociologist and academic (b. 1935)
2013
Benjamin Fain, Ukrainian-Israeli physicist and academic (b. 1930)
2013
Richard LeParmentier, American-English actor and screenwriter (b. 1946)
2013
Jean-François Paillard, French conductor (b. 1928)
2012
Paul Bogart, American director and producer (b. 1919)
2012
Dwayne Schintzius, American basketball player (b. 1968)
2011
Vittorio Arrigoni, Italian journalist, author, and activist (b. 1975)
2010
Jack Herer, American author and activist (b. 1939)
2010
Michael Pataki, American actor and director (b. 1938)
2009
Clement Freud, German-English journalist, academic, and politician (b. 1924)
2009
László Tisza, Hungarian-American physicist and academic (b. 1907)
2009
Salih Neftçi, Turkish economist and author (b. 1947)
2008
Krister Stendahl, Swedish bishop, theologian, and scholar (b. 1921)
2007
Brant Parker, American illustrator (b. 1920)
2004
Mitsuteru Yokoyama, Japanese illustrator (b. 1934)
2002
Damon Knight, American author and critic (b. 1922)
2002
Byron White, American football player, lawyer, and jurist, 4th United States Deputy Attorney General (b. 1917)
2001
Joey Ramone, American singer-songwriter (b. 1951)
2000
Edward Gorey, American poet and illustrator (b. 1925)
1999
Harvey Postlethwaite, English engineer (b. 1944)
1998
William Congdon, American-Italian painter and sculptor (b. 1912)
1998
Pol Pot, Cambodian general and politician, 29th Prime Minister of Cambodia (b. 1925)
1993
Leslie Charteris, English author and screenwriter (b. 1907)
1993
John Tuzo Wilson, Canadian geophysicist and geologist (b. 1908)
1990
Greta Garbo, Swedish-American actress (b. 1905)
1989
Hu Yaobang, Chinese soldier and politician, former General Secretary of the Communist Party of China (b. 1915)
1988
Kenneth Williams, English actor and screenwriter (b. 1926)
1986
Jean Genet, French novelist, poet, and playwright (b. 1910)
1984
Tommy Cooper, Welsh comedian and magician (b. 1921)
1982
Arthur Lowe, English actor (b. 1915)
1980
Raymond Bailey, American actor and soldier (b. 1904)
1980
Jean-Paul Sartre, French philosopher and author, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1905)
1979
David Brand, Australian politician, 19th Premier of Western Australia (b. 1912)
1971
Gurgen Boryan, Armenian poet and playwright (b. 1915)
1971
Friedebert Tuglas, Estonian author and critic (b. 1886)
1967
Totò, Italian comedian (b. 1898)
1966
Habibullah Bahar Chowdhury, Bengali politician, writer, journalist, first health minister of East Pakistan
1963
Edward Greeves, Jr., Australian footballer (b. 1903)
1962
Clara Blandick, American actress (b. 1880)
1962
Arsenio Lacson, Filipino journalist and politician, Mayor of Manila (b. 1912)
1949
Wallace Beery, American actor, director, and screenwriter (b. 1885)
1948
Radola Gajda, Montenegrin-Czech general and politician (b. 1892)
1945
Hermann Florstedt, German SS officer (b. 1895)
1944
Nikolai Fyodorovich Vatutin, Russian general (b. 1901)
1943
Aristarkh Lentulov, Russian painter and set designer (b. 1882)
1942
Robert Musil, Austrian-Swiss author and playwright (b. 1880)
1938
César Vallejo, Peruvian journalist, poet, and playwright (b. 1892)
1927
Gaston Leroux, French journalist and author (b. 1868)
1917
János Murkovics, Slovene author, poet, and educator (b. 1839)
1912
Victims of the Titanic disaster: Thomas Andrews, Irish shipbuilder (b. 1873)
1912
Victims of the Titanic disaster: John Jacob Astor IV, American colonel, businessman, and author (b. 1864)
1912
Victims of the Titanic disaster: Archibald Butt, American general and journalist (b. 1865)
1912
Victims of the Titanic disaster: Jacques Futrelle, American journalist and author (b. 1875)
1912
Victims of the Titanic disaster: Benjamin Guggenheim, American businessman (b. 1865)
1912
Victims of the Titanic disaster: Henry B. Harris, American producer and manager (b. 1866)
1912
Victims of the Titanic disaster: Wallace Hartley, English violinist and bandleader (b. 1878)
1912
Victims of the Titanic disaster: James Paul Moody, English Sixth Officer (b. 1887)
1912
Victims of the Titanic disaster: William McMaster Murdoch, Scottish First Officer (b. 1873)
1912
Victims of the Titanic disaster: Jack Phillips, English telegraphist (b. 1887)
1912
Victims of the Titanic disaster: Edward Smith, English Captain (b. 1850)
1912
Victims of the Titanic disaster: William Thomas Stead, English journalist (b. 1849)
1912
Victims of the Titanic disaster: Ida Straus, German-American businesswoman (b. 1849)
1912
Victims of the Titanic disaster: Isidor Straus, German-American businessman and politician (b. 1845)
1912
Victims of the Titanic disaster: John Thayer, American cricketer (b. 1862)
1912
Victims of the Titanic disaster: Henry Tingle Wilde, English chief officer (b. 1872)
1898
Te Keepa Te Rangihiwinui, New Zealand commander and politician
1889
Father Damien, Belgian priest and saint (b. 1840)
1888
Matthew Arnold, English poet and critic (b. 1822)
1865
Abraham Lincoln, 16th President of the United States (b. 1809)
1861
Sylvester Jordan, Austrian-German lawyer and politician (b. 1792)
1854
Arthur Aikin, English chemist and mineralogist (b. 1773)
1793
Ignacije Szentmartony, Croatian priest, mathematician, and astronomer (b. 1718)
1788
Giuseppe Bonno, Austrian composer (b. 1711)
1765
Mikhail Lomonosov, Russian chemist and physicist (b. 1711)
1764
Peder Horrebow, Danish astronomer and mathematician (b. 1679)
1761
Archibald Campbell, 3rd Duke of Argyll, Scottish lawyer and politician, Lord President of the Court of Session (b. 1682)
1761
William Oldys, English historian and author (b. 1696)
1754
Jacopo Riccati, Italian mathematician and academic (b. 1676)
1719
Françoise d'Aubigné, Marquise de Maintenon, French wife of Louis XIV of France (b. 1635)
1659
Simon Dach, German poet and hymnwriter (b. 1605)
1652
Patriarch Joseph of Moscow, Russian patriarch
1632
George Calvert, 1st Baron Baltimore, English politician, English Secretary of State (b. 1580)
1610
Robert Persons, English Jesuit priest, insurrectionist, and author (b. 1546)
1558
Roxelana, wife of Suleiman the Magnificent (b. c. 1500)
1502
John IV of Chalon-Arlay, Prince of Orange (b. 1443)
1446
Filippo Brunelleschi, Italian sculptor and architect (b. 1377)
1415
Manuel Chrysoloras, Greek philosopher and translator (b. 1355)
1237
Richard Poore, English ecclesiastic
1220
Adolf of Altena, German archbishop (b. 1157)
1136
Richard Fitz Gilbert de Clare (b. 1094)
1053
Godwin, Earl of Wessex (b. 1001)
956
Lin Yanyu, Chinese court official and eunuch
943
Liu Bin, emperor of Southern Han (b. 920)
628
Suiko, emperor of Japan (b. 554)

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