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On This Day in History:  February 20

February 20 is the 51st day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. 314 days remain until the end of the year (315 in leap years).

Lottery News On This Day

2020
Thief yanks entire lottery ticket displays from two California businesses. A lightning quick lottery ticket thief tried his luck twice, yanking California Lottery Scratchers display cases from counters in bold heists that were caught on camera at two San Gabriel Valley businesses.
2020
7-Eleven stores to begin selling Oklahoma lottery tickets. If you're hoping to strike it rich, you will soon have another option to try your luck with the Oklahoma Lottery.
2019
Long Island co-workers claim $437 million Mega Millions jackpot. A group of Long Island area co-workers have claimed the $437 million Mega Millions jackpot for the January 1 drawing, the largest jackpot in New York Lottery history.
2017
Police help 100-year-old man after thief steals lottery ticket. When a 100-year-old Massachusetts man was robbed of his winning scratch-off lottery ticket, a local police officer stepped up to help.
2014
California lottery ticket wins $425 million Powerball jackpot. One winning Powerball lottery ticket that hit a $425.3 million jackpot Wednesday night was sold in Milpitas, California, according to lottery officials.
2013
Statisticians search for how to beat the lottery. A Virginia Commonwealth University Statistical Sciences professor believes with a database of enough winning numbers, there is at least the "possibility" of seeing patterns develop.
2013
Pa. Gov. expects protracted legal fight on privatization. The Corbett administration on Tuesday cited the potential for a prolonged appeal of the attorney general's rejection of a Pennsylvania Lottery management contract as it returned a $50 million security payment to a British company.
2011
Powerball lottery jackpot jumps to $155 million. The multi-state Powerball lottery drawing took place last night once again without any jackpot winners, causing the new jackpot for Wednesday's drawing to grow to an estimated $155 million, with a cash option of $75.9 million.
2010
$2.5M Indiana lottery ticket found in the nick of time. On Friday, Eric White and his wife, Lori, cashed in, beating the odds by finding and turning in the winning Hoosier Lotto ticket from the Aug. 19 drawing after officials extended the redemption deadline to Feb. 22 because of a date calculation error.
2008
$270 Million: Mega Millions lottery jackpot raised again. The jackpot in the multi-state Mega Millions lottery game was increased to a whopping $270 million Wednesday, when all the tickets sold for the Tuesday night drawing failed to win the top prize.
2006
In Canada, betting on hockey is no gamble. In Canada, the NHL gambling scandal is playing like the O.J. trial: Publicly, people insist they are sick of the coverage, but secretly they can't get enough.
2006
N.C. lottery is quickly piling up a lot of dirty laundry. An editorial describing the questionable ethics surrounding the inception of the North Carolina Lottery, and the controversies it continues to generate.
2006
Once again, U.S. tries to shut down Internet gambling. Legislation focused on cracking down on the thriving business of online gambling was introduced in Congress this week to tighten existing laws that outlaw the practice in the U.S.
2006
Record Powerball lottery won by one Nebraskan. Someone, somewhere in Nebraska held the only winning ticket for the record $365 million Powerball jackpot, but likely wasn't in a rush to come forward, lottery officials said Sunday.
2004
'Amazing' Mega Millions Sales Pushes Jackpot to $230 Million. Sales for tonight's Mega Millions drawing are so brisk that the estimated jackpot has been revised upward to $230 million.
2004
Mega Millions drawings won't go home until someone wins. Tonight's $222 million Mega Millions drawing will be broadcast live from Times Square in New York City, and Mega Millions drawings will continue to originate from Times Square until the Mega Millions jackpot is won, according to Michigan Lottery officials.
2004
$222M Mega Millions lottery jackpot has Jerseyans dreaming. A surge of ticket buying has swelled the jackpot in the multistate Mega Millions lottery game to at least $222 million -- a figure that could go even higher before Friday night's drawing.
2004
Illinois officials expect huge lottery ticket sales. With tickets sales today expected to approach $1 million an hour for tonight's record $222 million jackpot, Illinois lottery officials are smiling.
2004
Georgia benefits from huge Mega Millions jackpot. Georgia lottery players and residents of 10 other states will compete Friday night to win the Mega Millions jackpot, which stands at $222 million - the largest payday in the game's history.
2004
Large lottery jackpots mean more big bucks for Ohio. Ohio lottery officials hit the jackpot yesterday, as Mega Millions fever brought in about $148,000 an hour for the state.
2004
Five charged in Pennsylvania lottery ticket thefts. A mother and daughter and three other employees of a Scranton, Pennsylvania convenience market stole more than $62,000 last year by taking thousands of instant lottery tickets and cashing in winners, a Lackawanna County detective charged Thursday.
2004
Weekly $15 Service Fee Surprises Some Tennessee Lottery Vendors. A small group of Tennessee Lottery retailers were not informed they'd have to pay a weekly $15 service charge, and some in Knox County aren't happy about it.
2004
Minnesota Lottery audit finds high costs, no crime. The Minnesota State Lottery spends more money and provides less to the state than comparable lotteries and should revisit its ties to the St. Paul-based marketing company Media Rare Inc., auditors reported Thursday.

Top 25 Lottery Jackpots On This Day

1.$435.3 Million
Multi-State
Powerball
Draw Date
Feb 22, 2017
2.$282 Million
Multi-State
Powerball
Draw Date
Feb 20, 2019
3.$275 Million
Multi-State
Mega Millions
Draw Date
Feb 22, 2008
4.$246 Million
Multi-State
Powerball
Draw Date
Feb 21, 2018
5.$239 Million
Multi-State
Mega Millions
Draw Date
Feb 20, 2004
6.$224 Million
Multi-State
Mega Millions
Draw Date
Feb 22, 2019
7.$212 Million
Multi-State
Powerball
Draw Date
Feb 20, 2016
8.€160 Million
US$197.54 Million
Multi-Country
Euro Millions
Draw Date
Feb 20, 2018
9.$185 Million
Multi-State
Mega Millions
Draw Date
Feb 20, 2018
10.$175 Million
Multi-State
Mega Millions
Draw Date
Feb 21, 2006
11.$172 Million
Multi-State
Mega Millions
Draw Date
Feb 21, 2014
12.$155 Million
Multi-State
Powerball
Draw Date
Feb 23, 2011
13.$150 Million
Multi-State
Mega Millions
Draw Date
Feb 20, 2007
14.€102.03 Million
US$125.96 Million
Draw Date
Feb 20, 2018
15.$125 Million
Multi-State
Powerball
Draw Date
Feb 21, 2009
16.€108.55 Million
US$123.07 Million
Draw Date
Feb 21, 2019
17.$120 Million
Multi-State
Mega Millions
Draw Date
Feb 20, 2009
18.$114 Million
Multi-State
Mega Millions
Draw Date
Feb 23, 2016
19.$100 Million
Multi-State
Powerball
Draw Date
Feb 20, 2008
19.$100 Million
Multi-State
Mega Millions
Draw Date
Feb 20, 2015
21.€91.58 Million
US$96.6 Million
Draw Date
Feb 21, 2017
22.$93 Million
Multi-State
Powerball
Draw Date
Feb 21, 2001
23.$83 Million
Multi-State
Mega Millions
Draw Date
Feb 23, 2010
24.$82 Million
Multi-State
Mega Millions
Draw Date
Feb 22, 2005
25.$80 Million
California
SuperLotto Plus
Draw Date
Feb 20, 2008

Lottery Post Member Birthdays On This Day

1987
Friday, Feb 20, 1987
33 years old
1985
Wednesday, Feb 20, 1985
35 years old
1985
Wednesday, Feb 20, 1985
35 years old
1984
Monday, Feb 20, 1984
36 years old
1981
Friday, Feb 20, 1981
39 years old
1978
Monday, Feb 20, 1978
42 years old
1978
Monday, Feb 20, 1978
42 years old
1978
Monday, Feb 20, 1978
42 years old
1969
Thursday, Feb 20, 1969
51 years old
1962
Tuesday, Feb 20, 1962
58 years old
1956
Monday, Feb 20, 1956
64 years old
1951
Tuesday, Feb 20, 1951
69 years old
1935
Wednesday, Feb 20, 1935
85 years old
(year not provided)
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Worldwide Events On This Day

2016
Six people are killed and two injured in multiple shooting incidents in Kalamazoo County, Michigan.
2015
Two trains collide in the Swiss town of Rafz resulting in as many as 49 people injured and Swiss Federal Railways cancelling some services.
2014
Dozens of Euromaidananti-government protesters died in Ukraine's capital Kiev, many reportedly killed by snipers.
2010
In Madeira Island, Portugal, heavy rain causes floods and mudslides, resulting in at least 43 deaths, in the worst disaster in the history of the archipelago.
2009
Two Tamil Tigers aircraft packed with C4 explosives en route to the national airforce headquarters are shot down by the Sri Lankan military before reaching their target, in a kamikaze style attack.
2005
Spain becomes the first country to vote in a referendum on ratification of the proposed Constitution of the European Union, passing it by a substantial margin, but on a low turnout.
2003
During a Great White concert in West Warwick, Rhode Island, a pyrotechnics display sets the Station nightclub ablaze, killing 100 and injuring over 200 others.
1998
American figure skater Tara Lipinski becomes the youngest gold-medalist at the 1998 Winter Olympics in Nagano, Japan.
1991
In the Albanian capital Tirana, a gigantic statue of Albania's long-time leader, Enver Hoxha, is brought down by mobs of angry protesters.
1988
The Nagorno-Karabakh Autonomous Oblast votes to secede from Azerbaijan and join Armenia, triggering the Nagorno-Karabakh War.
1986
The Soviet Union launches its Mir spacecraft. Remaining in orbit for 15 years, it is occupied for ten of those years.
1979
An earthquake cracks open the Sinilavolcanic crater on the Dieng Plateau, releasing poisonous H2S gas and killing 149 villagers in the Indonesian province of Central Java.
1971
The United States Emergency Broadcast System is accidentally activated in an erroneous national alert.
1965
Ranger 8 crashes into the Moon after a successful mission of photographing possible landing sites for the Apollo programastronauts.
1962
Mercury program: While aboard Friendship 7, John Glenn becomes the first American to orbit the earth, making three orbits in four hours, 55 minutes.
1959
The Avro Arrow program to design and manufacture supersonicjet fighters in Canada is cancelled by the Diefenbaker government amid much political debate.
1956
The United States Merchant Marine Academy becomes a permanent Service Academy.
1952
Emmett Ashford becomes the first African-Americanumpire in organized baseball by being authorized to be a substitute umpire in the Southwestern International League.
1944
World War II: The "Big Week" began with American bomber raids on German aircraft manufacturing centers.
1944
World War II: The United States takes Eniwetok Island.
1943
American movie studio executives agree to allow the Office of War Information to censor movies.
1943
The Saturday Evening Post publishes the first of Norman Rockwell's Four Freedoms in support of United States President Franklin Roosevelt's 1941 State of the Union address theme of Four Freedoms.
1942
Lieutenant Edward O'Hare becomes America's first World War II flying ace.
1935
Caroline Mikkelsen becomes the first woman to set foot in Antarctica.
1933
The U.S. Congress approves the Blaine Act to repeal federal Prohibition in the United States, sending the Twenty-first Amendment to the United States Constitution to state ratifying conventions for approval.
1933
Adolf Hitlersecretly meets with German industrialists to arrange for financing of the Nazi Party's upcoming election campaign.
1931
The U.S. Congress approves the construction of the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge by the state of California.
1920
An earthquake kills between 114 and 130 in Georgia and heavily damages the town of Gori.
1913
King O'Malley drives in the first survey peg to mark commencement of work on the construction of Canberra.
1909
Publication of the Futurist Manifesto in the French journal Le Figaro.
1901
The legislature of Hawaii Territory convenes for the first time.
1877
Tchaikovsky's ballet Swan Lake receives its premiere at the Bolshoi Theatre in Moscow.
1872
The Metropolitan Museum of Art opens in New York City.
1865
End of the Uruguayan War, with a peace agreement between President Tomás Villalba and rebel leader Venancio Flores, setting the scene for the destructive War of the Triple Alliance.
1864
American Civil War: Battle of Olustee: The largest battle fought in Florida during the war.
1846
Polish insurgents lead an uprising in Kraków to incite a fight for national independence.
1835
The 1835 Concepción earthquake destroys Concepción, Chile.
1816
Rossini's opera The Barber of Seville premieres at the Teatro Argentina in Rome.
1813
Manuel Belgrano defeats the royalist army of Pío de Tristán during the Battle of Salta.
1798
Louis-Alexandre Berthier removes Pope Pius VI from power.
1792
The Postal Service Act, establishing the United States Post Office Department, is signed by United States President George Washington.
1685
René-Robert Cavelier establishes Fort St. Louis at Matagorda Bay thus forming the basis for France's claim to Texas.
1547
Edward VI of England is crowned King of England at Westminster Abbey.
1472
Orkney and Shetland are pawned by Norway to Scotland in lieu of a dowry for Margaret of Denmark.
1339
The Milanese army and the St. George's (San Giorgio) Mercenaries of Lodrisio Visconti clash in the Battle of Parabiago; Visconti is defeated.

Births On This Day

1994
Elseid Hysaj, Albanian footballer
1992
Kyle Turner, Australian rugby league player
1991
Hidilyn Diaz, Filipino weightlifter
1991
Giovanni Kyeremateng, Italian footballer
1991
Angelique van der Meet, Dutch tennis player
1991
Antonio Pedroza, English-Mexican footballer
1991
Jocelyn Rae, English-Scottish tennis player
1990
Ciro Immobile, Italian footballer
1989
Daly Cherry-Evans, Australian rugby league player
1988
Kealoha Pilares, American football player
1988
Ki Bo-bae, South Korean archer
1988
Rihanna, Barbadian-American singer-songwriter and actress
1988
Jiah Khan, Indian singer and actress (d. 2013)
1987
Luke Burgess, English rugby league player
1987
Miles Teller, American actor
1985
Ryan Sweeney, American baseball player
1985
Julia Volkova, Russian singer and actress
1985
TJ Kirk, American YouTube personality and podcast host
1984
Brian McCann, American baseball player
1984
Trevor Noah, South African comedian, actor, and television host
1984
Ramzee Robinson, American football player
1983
Jose Morales, Puerto Rican-American baseball player
1983
Justin Verlander, American baseball player
1982
Jason Hirsh, American baseball player
1981
Tony Hibbert, English footballer
1981
Fred Jackson, American football player
1980
Imanol Harinordoquy, French rugby player
1980
Luis Gabriel Rey, Colombian footballer
1978
Lauren Ambrose, American actress and producer
1977
Stephon Marbury, American basketball player
1977
Gail Kim, Canadian professional wrestler
1975
Liván Hernández, Cuban baseball player
1975
Brian Littrell, American singer-songwriter and actor
1975
Niclas Wallin, Swedish ice hockey player
1974
Karim Bagheri, Iranian footballer and manager
1972
Neil Primrose, Scottish drummer
1971
Calpernia Addams, American actress, author, and activist
1971
Jari Litmanen, Finnish footballer
1971
Joost van der Westhuizen, South African rugby player (d. 2017)
1969
Kjell Ove Hauge, Norwegian school principal and track and field athlete
1969
Siniša Mihajlović, Serbian footballer and manager
1969
Danis Tanović, Bosnian director and screenwriter
1967
Paul Accola, Swiss alpine skier
1967
Kurt Cobain, American singer-songwriter and guitarist (d. 1994)
1967
David Herman, American comedian and actor
1967
Andrew Shue, American actor and activist, founded Do Something
1967
Lili Taylor, American actress
1967
Tom Waddle, American football player and sportscaster
1966
Cindy Crawford, American model and businesswoman
1964
Willie Garson, American actor and director
1964
Tom Harris, Scottish journalist and politician
1964
Jeff Maggert, American golfer
1964
French Stewart, American actor
1963
Charles Barkley, American basketball player and sportscaster
1963
Ian Brown, English singer-songwriter and musician
1963
Joakim Nystrom, Swedish tennis player
1963
Mariliza Xenogiannakopoulou, Greek lawyer and politician, Greek Minister of Health
1963
Cui Yongyuan, Chinese former anchor
1962
Dwayne McDuffie, American author, screenwriter, and producer, co-founded Milestone Media (d. 2011)
1961
Steve Lundquist, American swimmer
1960
Joel Hodgson, American comedian, actor, and screenwriter
1960
Cándido Muatetema Rivas, Equatoguinean politician and diplomat, Prime Minister of Equatorial Guinea (d. 2014)
1959
Scott Brayton, American race car driver (d. 1996)
1959
David Corn, American journalist and author
1959
Bill Gullickson, American baseball player
1957
Glen Hanlon, Canadian ice hockey player and coach
1954
Jon Brant, American bass player
1954
Anthony Head, English actor
1954
Patty Hearst, American actress and author
1953
Poison Ivy, American singer-songwriter, guitarist, and producer
1951
Edward Albert, American actor (d. 2006)
1951
Gordon Brown, Scottish historian and politician, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom
1951
Randy California, American singer-songwriter and guitarist (d. 1997)
1951
Phil Neal, English footballer and manager
1950
Walter Becker, American singer-songwriter, guitarist, and producer (d. 2017)
1950
Peter Marinello, Scottish footballer
1950
Tony Wilson, English journalist and businessman (d. 2007)
1949
Eddie Hemmings, English cricketer
1949
Ivana Trump, Czech-American socialite and model
1948
Pierre Bouchard, Canadian ice hockey player and sportscaster
1948
Jennifer O'Neill, American model and actress
1947
Peter Osgood, English footballer (d. 2006)
1947
Peter Strauss, American actor and producer
1946
Brenda Blethyn, English actress
1946
Sandy Duncan, American actress, singer, and dancer
1946
J. Geils, American singer-songwriter and guitarist (d. 2017)
1945
Alan Hull, English singer-songwriter and guitarist (d. 1995)
1944
Robert de Cotret, Canadian economist and politician, 56th Secretary of State for Canada (d. 1999)
1944
Lew Soloff, American trumpet player, composer, and actor (d. 2015)
1944
Willem van Hanegem, Dutch footballer and coach
1943
Antonio Inoki, Japanese wrestler, mixed martial artist, and politician
1943
Mike Leigh, English director and screenwriter
1942
Phil Esposito, Canadian ice hockey player, coach, and manager
1942
Mitch McConnell, American lawyer, and politician
1942
Claude Miller, French director, producer, and screenwriter (d. 2012)
1941
Lim Kit Siang, Malaysian lawyer and politician
1941
Buffy Sainte-Marie, Canadian singer-songwriter and producer
1938
Richard Beymer, American actor, director, and cinematographer
1938
Wiley W. Hilburn, American journalist and academic (d. 2014)
1937
David Ackles, American singer-songwriter and actor (d. 1999)
1937
Robert Huber, German biochemist and academic, Nobel Prize laureate
1937
Roger Penske, American race car driver and businessman
1937
Robert Evans, Australian minister and amateur astronomer
1937
Nancy Wilson, American singer and actress (d. 2018)
1936
Marj Dusay, American actress
1936
Larry Hovis, American actor and singer (d. 2003)
1936
Shigeo Nagashima, Japanese baseball player and coach
1935
Ellen Gilchrist, American novelist, short story writer, and poet
1934
Bobby Unser, American race car driver
1932
Adrian Cristobal, Filipino journalist and author (d. 2007)
1931
John Milnor, American mathematician and academic
1929
Amanda Blake, American actress (d. 1989)
1928
Roy Face, American baseball player and carpenter
1928
Jean Kennedy Smith, American diplomat, 25th United States Ambassador to Ireland
1927
Roy Cohn, American lawyer and political activist (d. 1986)
1927
Ibrahim Ferrer, Cuban singer and musician (d. 2005)
1927
Sidney Poitier, Bahamian-American actor, director, and diplomat
1926
Matthew Bucksbaum, American businessman and philanthropist, co-founded General Growth Properties (d. 2013)
1926
Gillian Lynne, English ballerina, choreographer, and director (d. 2018)
1926
Richard Matheson, American author and screenwriter (d. 2013)
1926
Bob Richards, American Olympic track and field athlete
1926
María de la Purísima Salvat Romero, Spanish Roman Catholic nun; later canonized (d. 1998)
1925
Robert Altman, American director and screenwriter (d. 2006)
1925
Tochinishiki Kiyotaka, Japanese sumo wrestler, the 44th Yokozuna (d. 1990)
1924
Gloria Vanderbilt, American actress and fashion designer
1923
Victor G. Atiyeh, American businessman and politician, 32nd Governor of Oregon (d. 2014)
1923
Forbes Burnham, Guyanese lawyer and politician, 2nd President of Guyana (d. 1985)
1923
Rena Vlahopoulou, Greek actress (d. 2004)
1921
Buddy Rogers, American wrestler (d. 1992)
1920
Karl Albrecht, German businessman, co-founded Aldi (d. 2014)
1919
James O'Meara, English soldier and pilot (d. 1974)
1918
Leonore Annenberg, American businesswoman and diplomat (d. 2009)
1916
Jean Erdman, American dancer and choreographer
1914
John Charles Daly, South African-American journalist and game show host (d. 1991)
1913
Tommy Henrich, American baseball player and sportscaster (d. 2009)
1912
Pierre Boulle, French soldier and author (d. 1994)
1906
Gale Gordon, American actor (d. 1995)
1904
Alexei Kosygin, Russian soldier and politician, 8th Premier of the Soviet Union (d. 1980)
1902
Ansel Adams, American photographer and environmentalist (d. 1984)
1901
René Dubos, French-American biologist and author (d. 1982)
1901
Louis Kahn, American architect, designed the Salk Institute, the Kimbell Art Museum and the Bangladesh Parliament Building (d. 1974)
1901
Muhammad Naguib, Egyptian general and politician, 1st President of Egypt (d. 1984)
1901
Ramakrishna Ranga Rao of Bobbili, Indian lawyer and politician, 6th Chief Minister of Madras Presidency (d. 1978)
1899
Cornelius Vanderbilt Whitney, American businessman and philanthropist (d. 1992)
1898
Ante Ciliga, Croatian politician, writer and publisher (d. 1992)
1897
Ivan Albright, American painter (d. 1983)
1895
Louis Zborowski, English race car driver and engineer (d. 1924)
1893
Elizabeth Holloway Marston, American psychologist and author (d. 1993)
1889
Hulusi Behçet, Turkish dermatologist and physician (d. 1948)
1888
Georges Bernanos, French soldier and author (d. 1948)
1887
Vincent Massey, Canadian lawyer and politician, 18th Governor General of Canada (d. 1967)
1882
Elie Nadelman, Polish-American sculptor (d. 1946)
1880
Jacques d'Adelswärd-Fersen, French author and poet (d. 1923)
1879
Hod Stuart, Canadian ice hockey player (d. 1907)
1874
Mary Garden, Scottish-American soprano and actress (d. 1967)
1870
Jay Johnson Morrow, American engineer and politician, 3rd Governor of the Panama Canal Zone (d. 1937)
1867
Louise, Princess Royal of England (d. 1931)
1866
Carl Westman, Swedish architect, designed the Stockholm Court House and Röhsska Museum (d. 1936)
1857
A. P. Lucas, English cricketer (d. 1923)
1848
E. H. Harriman, American businessman and philanthropist (d. 1909)
1844
Ludwig Boltzmann, Austrian physicist and philosopher (d. 1906)
1844
Joshua Slocum, Canadian sailor and adventurer (d. 1909)
1839
Benjamin Waugh, English activist, founded the NSPCC (d. 1908)
1819
Alfred Escher, Swiss businessman and politician (d. 1882)
1802
Charles Auguste de Bériot, Belgian violinist and composer (d. 1870)
1794
William Carleton, Irish author (d. 1869)
1792
Eliza Courtney, French daughter of Georgiana, Duchess of Devonshire (d. 1859)
1784
Judith Montefiore, British linguist, travel writer, philanthropist (d. 1862)
1759
Johann Christian Reil, German physician, physiologist, and anatomist (d. 1813)
1753
Louis-Alexandre Berthier, French general and politician, French Minister of Defence (d. 1815)
1751
Johann Heinrich Voss, German poet, translator, and academic (d. 1826)
1745
Henry James Pye, English poet and politician (d. 1813)
1726
William Prescott, American colonel (d. 1795)
1705
Nicolas Chédeville, French musette player and composer (d. 1782)
1633
Jan de Baen, Dutch painter (d. 1702)
1631
Thomas Osborne, 1st Duke of Leeds, English politician, Treasurer of the Navy (d. 1712)
1608
Arthur Capell, 1st Baron Capell of Hadham (d. 1649)
1552
Sengoku Hidehisa, Daimyō (d. 1614)
1549
Francesco Maria II della Rovere, Duke of Urbino, last Duke of Urbino (d. 1631)
1523
Jan Blahoslav, Czech writer (d. 1571)
1469
Thomas Cajetan, Italian philosopher (d. 1534)
1358
Eleanor of Aragon, queen of John I of Castile (d. 1382)

Deaths On This Day

2017
Vitaly Churkin, Ambassador of the Russian Federation to the United Nations (b. 1952)
2017
Mildred Dresselhaus, American physicist (b. 1930)
2017
Steve Hewlett, British journalist (b. 1958)
2016
Fernando Cardenal, Nicaraguan priest and politician (b. 1934)
2015
Govind Pansare, Indian author and activist (b. 1933)
2015
Henry Segerstrom, American businessman and philanthropist (b. 1923)
2015
John C. Willke, American physician, author, and activist (b. 1925)
2014
Rafael Addiego Bruno, Uruguayan jurist and politician, President of Uruguay (b. 1923)
2014
Walter D. Ehlers, American lieutenant, Medal of Honor recipient (b. 1921)
2014
Garrick Utley, American journalist (b. 1939)
2013
Kenji Eno, Japanese game designer and composer (b. 1970)
2013
David S. McKay, American biochemist and geologist (b. 1936)
2013
Antonio Roma, Argentinian footballer (b. 1932)
2012
Knut Torbjørn Eggen, Norwegian footballer and manager (b. 1960)
2012
Katie Hall, American educator and politician (b. 1938)
2010
Alexander Haig, American general and politician, 59th United States Secretary of State (b. 1924)
2009
Larry H. Miller, American businessman and philanthropist (b. 1944)
2008
Emily Perry, English actress and dancer (b. 1907)
2006
Curt Gowdy, American sportscaster (b. 1919)
2006
Lucjan Wolanowski, Polish journalist and author (b. 1920)
2005
Sandra Dee, American actress (b. 1942)
2005
John Raitt, American actor and singer (b. 1917)
2005
Hunter S. Thompson, American journalist and author (b. 1937)
2003
Mushaf Ali Mir, Pakistani air marshal (b. 1947)
2003
Maurice Blanchot, French philosopher and author (b. 1907)
2003
Orville Freeman, American soldier, lawyer, and politician, 29th Governor of Minnesota (b. 1918)
2001
Rosemary DeCamp, American actress (b. 1910)
2001
Donella Meadows, American environmentalist, author, and academic (b. 1941)
2000
Anatoly Sobchak, Russian lawyer and politician, 1st Governor of Saint Petersburg (b. 1937)
1999
Sarah Kane, English playwright (b. 1971)
1999
Gene Siskel, American journalist and critic (b. 1946)
1996
Solomon Asch, American psychologist and academic (b. 1907)
1996
Audrey Munson, American model (b. 1891)
1996
Toru Takemitsu, Japanese pianist, guitarist, and composer (b. 1930)
1993
Ferruccio Lamborghini, Italian businessman, founded Lamborghini (b. 1916)
1993
Ernest L. Massad, American general (b. 1908)
1992
A. J. Casson, Canadian painter (b. 1898)
1992
Dick York, American actor (b. 1928)
1987
Wayne Boring, American illustrator (b. 1905)
1981
Nicolas de Gunzburg, French-American banker and publisher (b. 1904)
1976
René Cassin, French lawyer and judge, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1887)
1976
Kathryn Kuhlman, healing evangelist, known for belief in Holy Spirit (b. 1907)
1972
Maria Goeppert-Mayer, German-American physicist and academic, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1906)
1972
Walter Winchell, American journalist and actor (b. 1897)
1969
Ernest Ansermet, Swiss conductor (b. 1883)
1968
Anthony Asquith, English director and screenwriter (b. 1902)
1966
Chester W. Nimitz, American admiral (b. 1885)
1963
Jacob Gade, Danish violinist and composer(b. 1879)
1961
Percy Grainger, Australian-American pianist and composer (b. 1882)
1957
Sadri Maksudi Arsal, Turkish scholar and politician (b. 1878)
1936
Max Schreck, German actor (b. 1879)
1933
Takiji Kobayashi, Japanese writer (b. 1903)
1920
Jacinta Marto, Portuguese saint (b. 1910)
1920
Robert Peary, American admiral and explorer (b. 1856)
1916
Klas Pontus Arnoldson, Swedish journalist and politician, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1844)
1910
Boutros Ghali, Egyptian educator and politician, 9th Prime Minister of Egypt (b. 1846)
1907
Henri Moissan, French chemist and academic, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1852)
1900
Washakie, American tribal leader (b. 1798)
1895
Frederick Douglass, American author and activist (b. 1818)
1893
P. G. T. Beauregard, American general (b. 1818)
1871
Paul Kane, Irish-Canadian painter (b. 1810)
1862
William Wallace Lincoln, American son of Abraham Lincoln (b. 1850)
1810
Andreas Hofer, Tyrolean rebel leader (b. 1767)
1806
Lachlan McIntosh, Scottish-American general and politician (b. 1725)
1790
Joseph II, Holy Roman Emperor (b. 1741)
1778
Laura Bassi, Italian physicist and scholar (b. 1711)
1773
Charles Emmanuel III of Sardinia (b. 1701)
1771
Jean-Jacques d'Ortous de Mairan, French geophysicist and astronomer (b. 1678)
1762
Tobias Mayer, German astronomer and academic (b. 1723)
1626
John Dowland, English lute player and composer (b. 1563)
1618
Philip William, Prince of Orange (b. 1554)
1579
Nicholas Bacon, English politician (b. 1509)
1524
Tecun Uman, Mayan ruler (b. 1500)
1513
King John of Denmark, Norway, and Sweden (b. 1455)
1458
Lazar Branković, Despot of Serbia
1431
Pope Martin V (b. 1368)
1408
Henry Percy, 1st Earl of Northumberland, English politician, Earl Marshal of the United Kingdom (b. 1342)
1258
Al-Musta'sim, Iraqi caliph (b. 1213)
1194
Tancred, King of Sicily (b. 1138)
1171
Conan IV, Duke of Brittany (b. 1138)
1154
Saint Wulfric of Haselbury (b. c. 1080)
1054
Yaroslav the Wise, grand prince of Veliky Novgorod and Kiev (b. 978)
922
Theodora, Byzantine empress
789
Leo of Catania, saint and bishop of Catania (b. 709)

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