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On This Day in History:  January 17

January 17 is the 17th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. 348 days remain until the end of the year (349 in leap years).

Lottery News On This Day

2020
Oregon man claims $8M lottery jackpot after accidentally putting winning ticket through the wash. Laundry day got very exciting for an Oregon man who accidentally washed his wallet, with a Megabucks ticket worth $8.4 million inside. Fortunately, it survived, even though two less-valuable tickets didn't.
2019
CT Lottery all-in on sports betting in state. The Connecticut Lottery is making a big push to include sports betting across the state.
2018
Oklahoma Lottery boosts sales with bigger prizes. Oklahomans spent 40 percent more on lottery tickets and scratch-offs since July 1 than they did during the same time period last year, a boost that has been attributed to changes that include larger payouts.
2017
N.C. woman hits Cash 5 jackpot for second time. A North Carolina woman plans to live debt-free this year, after she won a Cash 5 jackpot in the state lottery on Thursday, her second Cash 5 win over the years.
2017
Minnesota woman beats deadline, claims $50K lottery prize. With barely a day to spare, a southern Minnesota woman showed up at the state's lottery headquarters in Roseville and claimed her $50,000 prize.
2016
Phony Powerball tickets flood social media in wake of $1.6 billion jackpot. Thanks to photo editing software and the biggest jackpot in U.S. lottery history, claims of people winning the lottery on social media soared this week, and even managed to trick some in the media.
2015
Dog wins $3 million Florida Lottery prize. A lucky dog from Ocoee has won a $3 million prize in the Florida Lottery's $600,000,000 Gold Rush scratch-off game.
2012
Iowa Lottery security chief to grill NY lawyer over Hot Lotto ticket. The Iowa Lottery's security chief says it will likely take "several...days" of face-to-face meetings with a New York attorney and others to get all the questions answered about a winning "Hot Lotto" ticket.
2012
NY lawyer in lottery mystery travels to Iowa this week. A New York attorney who signed a winning Lottery ticket turned in minutes before the deadline says he'll be in Iowa this week to explain the mysterious circumstances behind the jackpot.
2012
Vermont Lottery offers new self-service machines. Playing the Vermont Lottery does not get much easier, as new vending machines offer quick access to lottery tickets.
2012
Convenience stores worried about online lottery plan. Illinois convenience stores are bracing for a financial hit as sales of Illinois lottery tickets are set to go online later this year.
2006
Record $150 million Euro Millions lottery drawing Friday. Fortune-hunters are set to propel the Euro Millions jackpot to a record £85 million (US$150 million), experts said yesterday.
2006
Lottery millionaire Bud Post dies. William J. "Bud" Post, the Venango County man who won millions in the Pennsylvania Lottery and then endured a fortune's worth of troubles, has died.
2004
Lottery winners challenge IRS, tax court rulings. Because lottery winner Benjamin Y. Lelina sold the rights to the balance of his winnings, he could lose $45,000 to Uncle Sam.
2004
Tennessee businesses banking on lottery. Tennessee's lottery can't come soon enough for many retailers, who believe the state and its businesses have lost money by watching and waiting while neighboring states make money off lotteries of their own.

Top 25 Lottery Jackpots On This Day

1.$321 Million
Multi-State
Powerball
Draw Date
Jan 18, 2020
2.$194 Million
Multi-State
Powerball
Draw Date
Jan 17, 2015
3.$180 Million
Multi-State
Powerball
Draw Date
Jan 17, 2007
4.$165 Million
Multi-State
Powerball
Draw Date
Jan 17, 2009
5.€125 Million
US$151.19 Million
Multi-Country
Euro Millions
Draw Date
Jan 20, 2006
6.$150 Million
Multi-State
Mega Millions
Draw Date
Jan 17, 2017
7.$135 Million
Multi-State
Powerball
Draw Date
Jan 18, 2017
8.$130 Million
Multi-State
Mega Millions
Draw Date
Jan 18, 2005
9.$129 Million
Multi-State
Powerball
Draw Date
Jan 19, 2019
10.$113 Million
Multi-State
Powerball
Draw Date
Jan 18, 2014
11.€100 Million
US$110.25 Million
Multi-Country
Euro Millions
Draw Date
Jan 17, 2020
12.€86.47 Million
US$105.78 Million
Draw Date
Jan 18, 2018
13.€91.97 Million
US$104.77 Million
Draw Date
Jan 17, 2019
14.$103 Million
Multi-State
Mega Millions
Draw Date
Jan 17, 2020
15.$100 Million
Multi-State
Powerball
Draw Date
Jan 19, 2013
16.€89 Million
US$97.01 Million
Multi-Country
Euro Millions
Draw Date
Jan 19, 2016
17.$96 Million
Multi-State
Powerball
Draw Date
Jan 19, 2011
18.€74 Million
US$90.58 Million
Multi-Country
Euro Millions
Draw Date
Jan 19, 2018
19.$87 Million
Multi-State
Powerball
Draw Date
Jan 18, 2006
20.$86 Million
Multi-State
Mega Millions
Draw Date
Jan 19, 2010
21.€67 Million
US$82.01 Million
Multi-Country
EuroJackpot
Draw Date
Jan 19, 2018
22.€75.86 Million
US$81.08 Million
Draw Date
Jan 17, 2017
23.€55 Million
US$80.48 Million
Multi-Country
Euro Millions
Draw Date
Jan 18, 2008
24.$80 Million
Multi-State
Powerball
Draw Date
Jan 18, 2012
25.$77 Million
California
SuperLotto Plus
Draw Date
Jan 18, 2006

Lottery Post Member Birthdays On This Day

1991
Thursday, Jan 17, 1991
29 years old
1982
Sunday, Jan 17, 1982
38 years old
1979
Wednesday, Jan 17, 1979
41 years old
1977
Monday, Jan 17, 1977
43 years old
1968
Wednesday, Jan 17, 1968
52 years old
1961
Tuesday, Jan 17, 1961
59 years old
1956
Tuesday, Jan 17, 1956
64 years old
(year not provided)
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(year not provided)
(year not provided)

Worldwide Events On This Day

2010
Rioting begins between Muslim and Christian groups in Jos, Nigeria, results in at least 200 deaths.
2007
The Doomsday Clock is set to five minutes to midnight in response to North Korea's nuclear testing.
2002
Mount Nyiragongo erupts in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, displacing an estimated 400,000 people.
1998
Lewinsky scandal: Matt Drudge breaks the story of the Bill Clinton-Monica Lewinsky affair on his Drudge Report website.
1997
Cape Canaveral Air Force Station: A Delta II carrying the GPS IIR-1 satellite explodes 13 seconds after launch, dropping 250 tons of burning rocket remains around the launch pad.
1996
The Czech Republic applies for membership of the European Union.
1995
The 6.9 MwGreat Hanshin earthquake shakes the southern Hyōgo Prefecture with a maximum Shindo of VII, leaving 5,502-6,434 people dead, and 251,301-310,000 displaced.
1994
The 6.7 MwNorthridge earthquake shakes the Greater Los Angeles Area with a maximum Mercalli intensity of IX (Violent), leaving 57 people dead and more than 8,700 injured.
1992
During a visit to South Korea, Japanese Prime MinisterKiichi Miyazawa apologizes for forcing Korean women into sexual slavery during World War II.
1991
Gulf War: Operation Desert Storm begins early in the morning as aircraft strike positions across Iraq, it is also the first major combat sortie for the F-117. LCDR Scott Speicher'sF/A-18C Hornet from VFA-81 is shot down by a Mig-25 and is the first American casualty of the War. Iraq fires eight Scud missiles into Israel in an unsuccessful bid to provoke Israeli retaliation.
1991
Crown prince Harald V of Norway becomes King Harald V, following the death of his father, King Olav V.
1981
President of the PhilippinesFerdinand Marcos lifts martial law eight years and five months after declaring it.
1977
Capital punishment in the United States resumes after a ten-year hiatus, as convicted murderer Gary Gilmore is executed by firing squad in Utah.
1969
Black Panther Party members Bunchy Carter and John Huggins are killed during a meeting in Campbell Hall on the campus of UCLA.
1966
Palomares incident: A B-52 bomber collides with a KC-135 Stratotanker over Spain, killing seven airmen, and dropping three 70-kiloton nuclear bombs near the town of Palomares and another one into the sea.
1961
U.S. President Dwight D. Eisenhower delivers a televised farewell address to the nation three days before leaving office, in which he warns against the accumulation of power by the "military-industrial complex" as well as the dangers of massive spending, especially deficit spending.
1961
Former Congolese Prime Minister Patrice Lumumba is murdered in circumstances suggesting the support and complicity of the governments of Belgium and the United States.
1950
The Great Brink's Robbery: Eleven thieves steal more than $2 million from an armored car company's offices in Boston.
1950
United Nations Security Council Resolution 79 relating to arms control is adopted.
1948
The Renville Agreement between the Netherlands and Indonesia is ratified.
1946
The UN Security Council holds its first session.
1945
World War II: The Vistula-Oder Offensive forces German troops out of Warsaw.
1945
The SS-Totenkopfverbände begin the evacuation of the Auschwitz concentration camp as Soviet forces close in.
1945
Swedish diplomat Raoul Wallenberg is taken into Soviet custody while in Hungary; he is never publicly seen again.
1944
World War II: Allied forces launch the first of four assaults on Monte Cassino with the intention of breaking through the Winter Line and seizing Rome, an effort that would ultimately take four months and cost 105,000 Allied casualties.
1943
World War II: Greek submarine Papanikolis captures the 200-ton sailing vessel Agios Stefanos and mans her with part of her crew.
1941
Franco-Thai War: Vichy French forces inflict a decisive defeat over the Royal Thai Navy.
1929
Popeye the Sailor Man, a cartoon character created by E. C. Segar, first appears in the Thimble Theatrecomic strip.
1918
Finnish Civil War: The first serious battles take place between the Red Guards and the White Guard.
1917
The United States pays Denmark $25 million for the Virgin Islands.
1915
Russia defeats Ottoman Turkey in the Battle of Sarikamish during the Caucasus Campaign of World War I.
1912
British polar explorer Captain Robert Falcon Scottreaches the South Pole, one month after Roald Amundsen.
1904
Anton Chekhov's The Cherry Orchard receives its premiere performance at the Moscow Art Theatre.
1903
El Yunque National Forest in Puerto Rico becomes part of the United States National Forest System as the Luquillo Forest Reserve.
1899
The United States takes possession of Wake Island in the Pacific Ocean.
1893
Lorrin A. Thurston, along with the Citizens' Committee of Public Safety, led the Overthrow of the Kingdom of Hawaii and the government of Queen Liliʻuokalani.
1885
A British force defeats a large Dervish army at the Battle of Abu Klea in the Sudan.
1873
A group of Modoc warriors defeats the United States Army in the First Battle of the Stronghold, part of the Modoc War.
1852
The United Kingdom signs the Sand River Convention with the South African Republic.
1811
Mexican War of Independence: In the Battle of Calderón Bridge, a heavily outnumbered Spanish force of 6,000 troops defeats nearly 100,000 Mexican revolutionaries.
1799
Maltese patriot Dun Mikiel Xerri, along with a number of other patriots, is executed.
1781
American Revolutionary War: Battle of Cowpens: Continental troops under Brigadier General Daniel Morgan defeat British forces under Lieutenant Colonel Banastre Tarleton at the battle in South Carolina.
1773
Captain James Cook commands the first expedition to sail south of the Antarctic Circle.
1648
England's Long Parliament passes the "Vote of No Addresses", breaking off negotiations with King Charles I and thereby setting the scene for the second phase of the English Civil War.
1608
Emperor Susenyos I of Ethiopia surprises an Oromo army at Ebenat; his army reportedly kills 12,000 Oromo at the cost of 400 of his men.
1595
During the French Wars of Religion, Henry IV of France declares war on Spain.
1562
France recognizes the Huguenots by the Edict of Saint-Germain.
1524
Giovanni da Verrazzano sets sail westward from Madeira to find a sea route to the Pacific Ocean.
1377
Pope Gregory XI reaches Rome, after deciding to move the Papacy back to Rome from Avignon.
1287
The Treaty of San Agayz is signed. King Alfonso III of Aragon conquers the island of Menorca from the Moors.
38 BC
Octavian divorces his wife Scribonia and marries Livia Drusilla, ending the fragile peace between the Second Triumvirate and Sextus Pompey.

Births On This Day

2000
Devlin DeFrancesco, Canadian race car driver
1998
Jeff Reine-Adelaide, French footballer
1998
Sophie Molineux, Australian cricketer
1994
Mark Steketee, Australian cricketer
1993
Frankie Cocozza, British singer
1991
Trevor Bauer, American baseball player
1991
Esapekka Lappi, Finnish Rally Driver
1991
Slade Griffin, Australian rugby league player
1991
Alise Post, American BMX rider
1990
Santiago Tréllez, Colombian footballer
1989
Taylor Jordan, American baseball player
1989
Kelly Marie Tran, American actress
1988
Andrea Antonelli, Italian motorcycle racer (d. 2013)
1988
Will Genia, Australian rugby player
1988
Héctor Moreno, Mexican footballer
1987
Cody Decker, American baseball player
1985
Pablo Barrientos, Argentinian footballer
1985
Betsy Ruth, American wrestler and manager
1985
Simone Simons, Dutch singer-songwriter
1984
Calvin Harris, Scottish singer-songwriter, DJ, and producer
1983
Álvaro Arbeloa, Spanish footballer
1983
Johannes Herber, German basketball player
1983
Rick Kelly, Australian race car driver
1983
Marcelo Garcia, Brazilian martial artist
1982
Dwyane Wade, American basketball player
1982
Amanda Wilkinson, Canadian singer
1981
Warren Feeney, Northern Irish footballer and manager
1980
Maksim Chmerkovskiy, Ukrainian-American dancer and choreographer
1980
Zooey Deschanel, American singer-songwriter and actress
1980
Modestas Stonys, Lithuanian footballer
1978
Lisa Llorens, Australian Paralympian
1978
Ricky Wilson, English singer-songwriter
1975
Freddy Rodriguez, American actor
1974
Yang Chen, Chinese footballer and manager
1974
Vesko Kountchev, Bulgarian viola player, composer, and producer
1974
Derrick Mason, American football player
1973
Cuauhtémoc Blanco, Mexican footballer and actor
1973
Chris Bowen, Australian politician, 37th Treasurer of Australia
1973
Liz Ellis, Australian netball player and sportscaster
1973
Aaron Ward, Canadian ice hockey player and sportscaster
1972
Kang Hui, Chinese anchor
1971
Giorgos Balogiannis, Greek basketball player
1971
Richard Burns, English race car driver (d. 2005)
1971
Kid Rock, American singer-songwriter, producer, and actor
1971
Sylvie Testud, French actress, director, and screenwriter
1970
Cássio Alves de Barros, Brazilian footballer
1970
Jeremy Roenick, American ice hockey player and actor
1970
Genndy Tartakovsky, Russian-American animator, director, and producer
1969
Naveen Andrews, English actor
1969
Lukas Moodysson, Swedish director, screenwriter, and author
1969
Tiësto, Dutch DJ and producer
1968
Rowan Pelling, English journalist and author
1968
Ilja Leonard Pfeijffer, Dutch author, poet, and scholar
1967
Richard Hawley, English singer-songwriter, guitarist, and producer
1966
Trish Johnson, English golfer
1966
Joshua Malina, American actor
1965
Sylvain Turgeon, Canadian ice hockey player
1964
Michelle Obama, American lawyer and activist, 46th First Lady of the United States
1964
John Schuster, Samoan-New Zealand rugby player
1963
Kai Hansen, German singer-songwriter, guitarist, and producer
1962
Jun Azumi, Japanese broadcaster and politician, 46th Japanese Minister of Finance
1962
Jim Carrey, Canadian-American actor and producer
1962
Sebastian Junger, American journalist and author
1961
Brian Helgeland, American director, producer, and screenwriter
1960
John Crawford, American singer-songwriter and guitarist
1960
Chili Davis, Jamaican-American baseball player and coach
1959
Susanna Hoffs, American singer-songwriter, guitarist, and actress
1958
Tony Kouzarides, English biologist, cancer researcher
1957
Steve Harvey, American actor, comedian, television personality and game show host
1957
Ann Nocenti, American journalist and author
1956
Damian Green, English journalist and politician
1956
Paul Young, English singer-songwriter and guitarist
1955
Steve Earle, American singer-songwriter, musician, record producer, author and actor
1955
Pietro Parolin, Italian cardinal
1955
Steve Javie, American basketball player and referee
1954
Robert F. Kennedy, Jr., American lawyer, radio host, activist, and environmentalist
1953
Jeff Berlin, American bass player and educator
1953
Carlos Johnson, American singer and guitarist
1952
Tom Deitz, American author (d. 2009)
1952
Darrell Porter, American baseball player and sportscaster (d. 2002)
1952
Ryuichi Sakamoto, Japanese pianist, composer, and producer
1950
Luis López Nieves, Puerto Rican-American author and academic
1949
Anita Borg, American computer scientist and academic (d. 2003)
1949
Gyude Bryant, Liberian businessman and politician (d. 2014)
1949
Augustin Dumay, French violinist and conductor
1949
Andy Kaufman, American actor and comedian (d. 1984)
1949
Mick Taylor, English singer-songwriter and guitarist
1948
Davíð Oddsson, Icelandic politician, 21st Prime Minister of Iceland
1945
Javed Akhtar, Indian poet, playwright, and composer
1945
Anne Cutler, Australian psychologist and academic
1944
Ann Oakley, English sociologist, author, and academic
1943
Chris Montez, American singer-songwriter and guitarist
1943
René Préval, Haitian agronomist and politician, 52nd President of Haiti (d. 2017)
1942
Muhammad Ali, American boxer and activist (d. 2016)
1942
Ita Buttrose, Australian journalist and author
1942
Ulf Hoelscher, German violinist and educator
1942
Nigel McCulloch, English bishop
1941
István Horthy, Jr., Hungarian physicist and architect
1940
Nerses Bedros XIX Tarmouni, Egyptian-Armenian patriarch (d. 2015)
1940
Kipchoge Keino, Kenyan athlete
1940
Tabaré Vázquez, Uruguayan physician and politician, 39th President of Uruguay
1939
Christodoulos of Athens, Greek archbishop (d. 2008)
1939
Maury Povich, American talk show host and producer
1938
John Bellairs, American author and academic (d. 1991)
1938
Toini Gustafsson, Swedish cross country skier
1937
Alain Badiou, French philosopher and academic
1936
John Boyd, English academic and diplomat, British ambassador to Japan
1936
A. Thangathurai, Sri Lankan lawyer and politician (d. 1997)
1935
Ruth Ann Minner, American businesswoman and politician, 72nd Governor of Delaware
1934
Donald Cammell, Scottish-American director and screenwriter (d. 1996)
1933
Dalida, Egyptian-French singer and actress (d. 1987)
1933
Prince Sadruddin Aga Khan, French-Pakistani diplomat, United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (d. 2003)
1933
Shari Lewis, American actress, puppeteer/ventriloquist, and television host (d. 1998)
1932
Sheree North, American actress and dancer (d. 2005)
1931
James Earl Jones, American actor
1931
Douglas Wilder, American sergeant and politician, 66th Governor of Virginia
1931
Don Zimmer, American baseball player, coach, and manager (d. 2014)
1929
Jacques Plante, Canadian-Swiss ice hockey player, coach, and sportscaster (d. 1986)
1929
Tan Boon Teik, Malaysian-Singaporean lawyer and politician, Attorney-General of Singapore (d. 2012)
1928
Jean Barraqué, French composer (d. 1973)
1928
Vidal Sassoon, English-American hairdresser and businessman (d. 2012)
1927
Thomas Anthony Dooley III, American physician and humanitarian (d. 1961)
1927
Eartha Kitt, American actress and singer (d. 2008)
1927
Harlan Mathews, American lawyer and politician (d. 2014)
1927
E. W. Swackhamer, American director and producer (d. 1994)
1926
Newton N. Minow, American lawyer and politician
1926
Moira Shearer, Scottish-English ballerina and actress (d. 2006)
1926
Clyde Walcott, Barbadian cricketer (d. 2006)
1925
Gunnar Birkerts, Latvian-American architect (d. 2017)
1925
Robert Cormier, American author and journalist (d. 2000)
1925
Abdul Hafeez Kardar, Pakistani cricketer and author (d. 1996)
1924
Rik De Saedeleer, Belgian footballer and journalist (d. 2013)
1924
Jewel Plummer Cobb, American biologist, cancer researcher, and academic (d. 2017)
1923
Rangeya Raghav, Indian author and playwright (d. 1962)
1922
Luis Echeverría, Mexican academic and politician, 50th President of Mexico
1922
Nicholas Katzenbach, American soldier, lawyer, and politician, 65th United States Attorney General (d. 2012)
1922
Betty White, American actress, game show panelist, television personality, and animal rights activist
1921
Asghar Khan, Pakistani general and politician (d. 2018)
1921
Antonio Prohías, Cuban cartoonist (d. 1998)
1920
Georges Pichard, French author and illustrator (d. 2003)
1918
Keith Joseph, English lawyer and politician, Secretary of State for Education (d. 1994)
1918
George M. Leader, American soldier and politician, 36th Governor of Pennsylvania (d. 2013)
1917
M. G. Ramachandran, Indian actor, director, and politician, 5th Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu (d. 1987)
1916
Peter Frelinghuysen Jr., American lieutenant and politician (d. 2011)
1914
Anacleto Angelini, Italian-Chilean businessman (d. 2007)
1914
Irving Brecher, American director, producer, and screenwriter (d. 2008)
1914
Paul Royle, Australian lieutenant and pilot (d. 2015)
1914
William Stafford, American poet and author (d. 1993)
1911
Busher Jackson, Canadian ice hockey player (d. 1966)
1911
John S. McCain Jr., American admiral (d. 1981)
1911
George Stigler, American economist and academic, Nobel Prize laureate (d. 1991)
1908
Cus D'Amato, American boxing manager and trainer (d. 1985)
1907
Henk Badings, Indonesian-Dutch composer and engineer (d. 1987)
1907
Alfred Wainwright, British fellwalker, guidebook author and illustrator (d. 1991)
1905
Ray Cunningham, American baseball player (d. 2005)
1905
Peggy Gilbert, American saxophonist and bandleader (d. 2007)
1905
Eduard Oja, Estonian composer, conductor, educator, and critic (d. 1950)
1905
Guillermo Stábile, Argentinian footballer and manager (d. 1966)
1905
Jan Zahradníček, Czech poet and translator (d. 1960)
1904
Hem Vejakorn, Thai painter and illustrator (d. 1969)
1901
Aron Gurwitsch, Lithuanian-American philosopher and author (d. 1973)
1899
Al Capone, American mob boss (d. 1947)
1899
Robert Maynard Hutchins, American philosopher and academic (d. 1977)
1899
Nevil Shute, English engineer and author (d. 1960)
1898
Lela Mevorah, Serbian librarian (d. 1972)
1897
Marcel Petiot, French physician and serial killer (d. 1946)
1888
Babu Gulabrai, Indian philosopher and author (d. 1963)
1887
Ola Raknes, Norwegian psychoanalyst and philologist (d. 1975)
1886
Glenn L. Martin, American pilot and businessman, founded the Glenn L. Martin Company (d. 1955)
1883
Compton Mackenzie, English-Scottish author, poet, and playwright (d. 1972)
1882
Noah Beery, Sr., American actor (d. 1946)
1881
Antoni Łomnicki, Polish mathematician and academic (d. 1941)
1881
Harry Price, English psychologist and author (d. 1948)
1880
Mack Sennett, Canadian-American actor, director, and producer (d. 1960)
1877
May Gibbs, English-Australian author and illustrator (d. 1969)
1876
Frank Hague, American lawyer and politician, 30th Mayor of Jersey City (d. 1956)
1875
Florencio Sánchez, Uruguayan journalist and playwright (d. 1910)
1871
David Beatty, 1st Earl Beatty, English admiral (d. 1936)
1871
Nicolae Iorga, Romanian historian and politician, 34th Prime Minister of Romania (d. 1940)
1867
Carl Laemmle, German-born American film producer, co-founded Universal Studios (d. 1939)
1867
Sir Alfred Rawlinson, 3rd Baronet, English colonel, pilot, and polo player (d. 1934)
1865
Sir Charles Fergusson, 7th Baronet, English general and politician, 3rd Governor-General of New Zealand (d. 1951)
1863
David Lloyd George, Welsh lawyer and politician, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom (d. 1945)
1863
Konstantin Stanislavski, Russian actor and director (d. 1938)
1860
Douglas Hyde, Irish academic and politician, 1st President of Ireland (d. 1949)
1858
Tomás Carrasquilla, Colombian author (d. 1940)
1857
Wilhelm Kienzl, Austrian pianist, composer, and conductor (d. 1941)
1857
Eugene Augustin Lauste, French-American engineer (d. 1935)
1853
T. Alexander Harrison, American painter and academic (d. 1930)
1851
A. B. Frost, American author and illustrator (d. 1928)
1850
Joaquim Arcoverde de Albuquerque Cavalcanti, Brazilian cardinal (d. 1930)
1850
Alexander Taneyev, Russian pianist and composer (d. 1918)
1834
August Weismann, German biologist, zoologist, and geneticist (d. 1914)
1832
Henry Martyn Baird, American historian and academic (d. 1906)
1828
Lewis A. Grant, American lawyer and general, Medal of Honor recipient (d. 1918)
1828
Ede Reményi, Hungarian violinist and composer (d. 1898)
1820
Anne Brontë, English author and poet (d. 1849)
1814
Ellen Wood aka "Mrs Henry Wood", English author (d. 1887)
1793
Antonio José Martínez, Spanish-American priest, rancher and politician (d. 1867)
1789
August Neander, German historian and theologian (d. 1850)
1761
Sir James Hall, 4th Baronet, Scottish geologist and geophysicist (d. 1832)
1734
François-Joseph Gossec, French composer and conductor (d. 1829)
1732
Stanisław August Poniatowski, Polish-Lithuanian king (d. 1798)
1728
Johann Gottfried Müthel, German pianist and composer (d. 1788)
1719
William Vernon, American businessman (d. 1806)
1712
John Stanley, English organist and composer (d. 1786)
1706
Benjamin Franklin, American publisher, inventor, and politician, 6th President of Pennsylvania (d. 1790)
1686
Archibald Bower, Scottish historian and author (d. 1766)
1666
Antonio Maria Valsalva, Italian anatomist and physician (d. 1723)
1659
Antonio Veracini, Italian violinist and composer (d. 1745)
1640
Jonathan Singletary Dunham, American settler (d. 1724)
1612
Thomas Fairfax, English general and politician (d. 1671)
1600
Pedro Calderón de la Barca, Spanish playwright and poet (d. 1681)
1574
Robert Fludd, English physician, astrologer, and mathematician (d. 1637)
1560
Gaspard Bauhin, Swiss botanist, physician, and academic (d. 1624)
1517
Henry Grey, 1st Duke of Suffolk, English Duke (d. 1554)
1504
Pope Pius V (d. 1572)
1501
Leonhart Fuchs, German physician and botanist (d. 1566)
1484
George Spalatin, German priest and reformer (d. 1545)
1472
Guidobaldo da Montefeltro, Italian captain (d. 1508)
1463
Frederick III, Elector of Saxony (d. 1525)
1463
Antoine Duprat, French cardinal (d. 1535)
1429
Antonio del Pollaiolo, Italian artist (d.c. 1498)
1342
Philip II, Duke of Burgundy (d. 1404)

Deaths On This Day

2019
S. Balakrishnan, Malayalam movie composer
2018
Jessica Falkholt, Australian actress (b. 1988)
2017
Tirrel Burton, American football player and coach (b. 1929)
2016
Blowfly, American singer-songwriter and producer (b. 1939)
2016
Melvin Day, New Zealand painter and historian (b. 1923)
2016
V. Rama Rao, Indian lawyer and politician, 12th Governor of Sikkim (b. 1935)
2016
Sudhindra Thirtha, Indian religious leader (b. 1926)
2015
Ken Furphy, English footballer and manager (b. 1931)
2015
Faten Hamama, Egyptian actress and producer (b. 1931)
2015
Don Harron, Canadian actor and screenwriter (b. 1924)
2014
Syedna Mohammed Burhanuddin, Indian spiritual leader, 52nd Da'i al-Mutlaq (b. 1915)
2014
Francine Lalonde, Canadian educator and politician (b. 1940)
2014
Alistair McAlpine, Baron McAlpine of West Green, English businessman and politician (b. 1942)
2014
John J. McGinty III, American captain, Medal of Honor recipient (b. 1940)
2014
Sunanda Pushkar, Indian-Canadian businesswoman (b. 1962)
2014
Suchitra Sen, Indian film actress (b. 1931)
2013
Mehmet Ali Birand, Turkish journalist and author (b. 1941)
2013
Jakob Arjouni, German author (b. 1964)
2013
Yves Debay, Belgian journalist (b. 1954)
2013
John Nkomo, Zimbabwean politician, Vice President of Zimbabwe (b. 1934)
2013
Lizbeth Webb, English soprano and actress (b. 1926)
2012
Ernie Alexander, American educator and politician (b. 1933)
2012
Julius Meimberg, German soldier and pilot (b. 1917)
2012
Johnny Otis, American singer-songwriter and producer (b. 1921)
2012
Marty Springstead, American baseball player and umpire (b. 1937)
2011
Don Kirshner, American songwriter and producer (b. 1934)
2010
Gaines Adams, American football player (b. 1983)
2010
Jyoti Basu, Indian politician and CM of West Bengal for 23 years (b. 1914)
2010
Michalis Papakonstantinou, Greek journalist and politician, Foreign Minister of Greece (b. 1919)
2010
Erich Segal, American author and screenwriter (b. 1937)
2009
Anders Isaksson, Swedish journalist and historian (b. 1943)
2008
Bobby Fischer, American chess player and author (b. 1943)
2008
Ernie Holmes, American football player, wrestler, and actor (b. 1948)
2007
Art Buchwald, American journalist and author (b. 1925)
2007
Yevhen Kushnaryov, Ukrainian engineer and politician (b. 1951)
2006
Pierre Grondin, Canadian surgeon (b. 1925)
2005
Charlie Bell, Australian businessman (b. 1960)
2005
Virginia Mayo, American actress, singer, and dancer (b. 1920)
2005
Albert Schatz, American microbiologist and academic (b. 1920)
2005
Zhao Ziyang, Chinese politician, 3rd Premier of the People's Republic of China (b. 1919)
2004
Raymond Bonham Carter, English banker (b. 1929)
2004
Harry Brecheen, American baseball player and coach (b. 1914)
2004
Ray Stark, American film producer (b. 1915)
2004
Noble Willingham, American actor (b. 1931)
2003
Richard Crenna, American actor and director (b. 1926)
2002
Camilo José Cela, Spanish author and politician, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1916)
2002
Roman Personov, Russian physicist and academic (b. 1932)
2000
Philip Jones, English trumpet player and educator (b. 1928)
2000
Ion Rațiu, Romanian journalist and politician (b. 1917)
1997
Bert Kelly, Australian farmer and politician, 20th Australian Minister for the Navy (b. 1912)
1997
Clyde Tombaugh, American astronomer and academic, discovered Pluto (b. 1906)
1996
Barbara Jordan, American lawyer and politician (b. 1936)
1996
Sylvia Lawler, English geneticist (b. 1922))
1994
Yevgeni Ivanov, Russian spy (b. 1926)
1994
Helen Stephens, American runner, shot putter, and discus thrower (b. 1918)
1993
Albert Hourani, English-Lebanese historian and academic (b. 1915)
1992
Frank Pullen, English soldier and businessman (b. 1915)
1991
Olav V of Norway (b. 1903)
1988
Percy Qoboza, South African journalist and author (b. 1938)
1987
Hugo Fregonese, Argentinian director and screenwriter (b. 1908)
1984
Kostas Giannidis, Greek pianist, composer, and conductor (b. 1903)
1981
Loukas Panourgias, Greek footballer and lawyer (b. 1899)
1977
Dougal Haston, Scottish mountaineer (b. 1940)
1977
Gary Gilmore, American murderer (b. 1940)
1972
Betty Smith, American author and playwright (b. 1896)
1970
Simon Kovar, Russian-American bassoon player and educator (b. 1890)
1961
Patrice Lumumba, Congolese politician, 1st Prime Minister of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (b. 1925)
1952
Walter Briggs Sr., American businessman (b. 1877)
1951
Jyoti Prasad Agarwala, Indian poet, playwright, and director (b. 1903)
1947
Pyotr Krasnov, Russian historian and general (b. 1869)
1947
Jean-Marie-Rodrigue Villeneuve, Canadian cardinal (b. 1883)
1942
Walther von Reichenau, German field marshal (b. 1884)
1936
Mateiu Caragiale, Romanian journalist, author, and poet (b. 1885)
1933
Louis Comfort Tiffany, American stained glass artist (b. 1848)
1932
Ahmet Derviş, Turkish general (b. 1881)
1932
Albert Jacka, Australian captain, Victoria Cross recipient (b. 1893)
1931
Grand Duke Peter Nikolaevich of Russia (b. 1864)
1930
Gauhar Jaan, One of the first performers to record music on 78 rpm records in India. (b. 1873)
1927
Juliette Gordon Low, American founder of the Girl Scouts of the USA (b. 1860)
1911
Francis Galton, English polymath, anthropologist, and geographer (b. 1822)
1909
Francis Smith, Australian lawyer, judge, and politician, 4th Premier of Tasmania (b. 1819)
1908
Ferdinand IV, Grand Duke of Tuscany (b. 1835)
1903
Ignaz Wechselmann, Hungarian architect and philanthropist (b. 1828)
1893
Rutherford B. Hayes, American general, lawyer, and politician, 19th President of the United States (b. 1822)
1891
George Bancroft, American historian and politician, 17th United States Secretary of the Navy (b. 1800)
1888
Big Bear, Canadian tribal chief (b. 1825)
1887
William Giblin, Australian lawyer and politician, 13th Premier of Tasmania (b. 1840)
1884
Hermann Schlegel, German ornithologist and herpetologist (b. 1804)
1878
Edward Shepherd Creasy, English historian and jurist (b. 1812)
1869
Alexander Dargomyzhsky, Russian composer (b. 1813)
1863
Horace Vernet, French painter (b. 1789)
1861
Lola Montez, Irish actress and dancer (b. 1821)
1834
Giovanni Aldini, Italian physicist and academic (b. 1762)
1826
Juan Crisóstomo Arriaga, Spanish-French composer (b. 1806)
1751
Tomaso Albinoni, Italian violinist and composer (b. 1671)
1738
Jean-François Dandrieu, French organist and composer (b. 1682)
1737
Matthäus Daniel Pöppelmann, German architect (b. 1662)
1718
Benjamin Church, American colonel (b. 1639)
1705
John Ray, English botanist and historian (b. 1627)
1617
Fausto Veranzio, Croatian bishop and lexicographer (b. 1551)
1598
Feodor I of Russia (b. 1557)
1588
Qi Jiguang, Chinese general (b. 1528)
1468
Skanderbeg, Albanian soldier and politician (b. 1405)
1456
Elisabeth of Lorraine-Vaudémont, French translator (b. 1395)
1369
Peter I of Cyprus (b. 1328)
1345
Henry of Asti, Greek patriarch
1345
Martino Zaccaria, Genoese Lord of Chios
1334
John of Brittany, Earl of Richmond (b. 1266)
1329
Saint Roseline, Carthusian nun (b. 1263)
1229
Albert of Riga, German bishop (b. 1165)
1168
Thierry, Count of Flanders (b. 1099)
1156
André de Montbard, fifth Grand Master of the Knights Templar
1040
Mas'ud I of Ghazni, Sultan of the Ghaznavid Empire (b. 998)
764
Joseph of Freising, German bishop
644
Sulpitius the Pious, French bishop and saint
395
Theodosius I, Roman emperor (b. 347)

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