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On This Day in History:  May 8

May 8 is the 128th day of the year (129th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. 237 days remain until the end of the year.

Lottery News On This Day

2019
Mississippi hires experienced executive for its new lottery. The Mississippi Lottery Corporation announced Wednesday that it is hiring an experienced executive as its first president.
2018
NY credit union chief accused of embezzling money from fund, spending $3.55M on lottery tickets. The head of the city's oldest credit union embezzled money from the fund for years — splurging on millions worth of lottery tickets — by submitting bogus invoices for dental work and other expenses, federal prosecutors said Tuesday.
2018
Lotto America ticket worth $4.4 million won in Iowa. Iowa Lottery officials say a Lotto America ticket bought at a convenience store in Davenport is worth nearly $4.4 million.
2016
One New Jersey lottery player wins $429.6 million Powerball jackpot. It will be a Mother's Day unlike any other for one lucky New Jersey household.
2015
Calif. gas station off the hook in lottery ticket probe. A Palmdale, California, gas station employee who mistakenly gave $75 to an undercover state compliance officer instead of advising him that he was the holder of a lottery ticket worth $75,000 did not commit fraud, lottery officials said Thursday.
2013
Three NY store clerks held in theft of $75,000 lottery ticket. Three Long Island men have been indicted on charges of swindling a lottery winner of nearly $75,000.
2013
Multi-state lottery jackpots top a combined $375 million. The jackpot for Friday's Mega Millions rolled over to $154 million, while the top prize in tonight's Powerball multi-state lottery stands at $222 million.
2012
Man scratches a $1M winner, but lottery ticket was a misprint. A Massachusetts man thought he won a $1 million lottery prize until he realized the ticket he had was a misprint.
2012
Lottery winner recounts harassment after claiming prize. After a Toronto high school teacher claimed a $21.4 million lottery jackpot last year, his life immediately changed for the better -- and the worse.
2011
Euro Millions launches new Tuesday draw with €100M jackpot. Euro Millions, the multi-country lottery game played amongst European countries, is set to implement changes to the game and launch a new weekly lottery draw on Tuesdays -- with a massive €100 million (US$143 million) jackpot.
2009
Connecticut lottery agents protest cut in commissions. More than 100 lottery agents from across the state came to Connecticut Lottery headquarters in Rocky Hill Thursday to protest a cut in ticket commissions by the Connecticut Lottery Corp.
2009
Latest Michigan Lottery raffle offer $1,000 a week for life. Michigan Lottery officials are banking they've come up with a winning formula for the next raffle game: A top prize of $1,000 a week -- for the rest of the player's life.
2009
Georgia man wins lottery 3 times. Figure the odds: Three winning lottery tickets -- one of them for $1 million -- all in the same day.
2009
Delaware House passes sports betting bill. The Delaware House has passed a sports betting bill that failed to win approval earlier this week.
2009
Prop 1C would change the California Lottery. On May 19, California voters will have a chance to chance the state lottery for the first time since it started in 1984.
2008
N.M. Lottery 'whips up' Indiana Jones scratch game. When the latest Indiana Jones movie makes its debut later this month, lottery players in New Mexico will be able to continue the movie characters' quest for fortune by picking up the latest scratch game.
2006
Man reports $7,000 scam by 'lottery winner'. A Florida man reported he was conned of $7,000 in a lottery scam, which started when he was approached in the parking lot of the Home Depot in North Miami.
2006
Minnesota couple wins big Gopher 5 lottery prize. After years of playing the lottery, a Witoka, Minnesota, couple won a $1.4 million jackpot Tuesday.
2005
Lottery officials forsee $500 million Mega Millions jackpots. California, the Golden State, will bring a lot of green to the Mega Millions Lottery jackpots when the state joins the multistate game next month. That's green as in greenbacks.
2004
Pool players ponder Powerball hypocrisy. As Powerball wagering approaches a fever pitch with tonight's $215 million jackpot, pool players at the Pour House pool tavern are prevented from playing a friendly $5 pool game.
2004
New York lottery sales go up 8.2%. Sales of New York state lottery tickets totaled $5.84 billion in the fiscal year that ended March 31, officials said this week. That's up 8.2 percent from $5.39 billion the previous year.
2004
Burglar wins lottery, but keeps day job. Carlos Sola decided to keep his job after he won a Georgia Lottery jackpot - $1,000 a week for life. His occupation? Burglar.
2004
California legislature could expand lottery. Despite fears California is becoming the world's gambling capital, the state lottery Friday broadened its proposed overhaul to include Nevada-style games banned by the 1984 lottery initiative.

Top 25 Lottery Jackpots On This Day

1.$363 Million
Multi-State
Mega Millions
Draw Date
May 9, 2000
2.$295 Million
Multi-State
Mega Millions
Draw Date
May 10, 2019
3.$233 Million
Multi-State
Powerball
Draw Date
May 9, 2018
4.$231 Million
Multi-State
Mega Millions
Draw Date
May 8, 2020
5.$222 Million
Multi-State
Powerball
Draw Date
May 8, 2013
6.$215 Million
Multi-State
Powerball
Draw Date
May 8, 2019
7.$212 Million
Multi-State
Powerball
Draw Date
May 8, 2004
8.€149.03 Million
US$167.09 Million
Draw Date
May 9, 2019
9.€123 Million
US$165.84 Million
Multi-Country
Euro Millions
Draw Date
May 8, 2009
10.$165 Million
Multi-State
Powerball
Draw Date
May 10, 2017
11.$154 Million
Multi-State
Mega Millions
Draw Date
May 10, 2013
12.$150 Million
Multi-State
Mega Millions
Draw Date
May 10, 2016
13.$145 Million
Multi-State
Mega Millions
Draw Date
May 9, 2008
14.€100 Million
US$143.68 Million
Multi-Country
Euro Millions
Draw Date
May 10, 2011
15.$126 Million
Multi-State
Mega Millions
Draw Date
May 8, 2015
16.€99 Million
US$123.06 Million
Multi-Country
Euro Millions
Draw Date
May 14, 2010
17.$109 Million
Multi-State
Powerball
Draw Date
May 9, 2009
18.$105 Million
Multi-State
Mega Millions
Draw Date
May 9, 2014
19.€90 Million
US$101.1 Million
Multi-Country
EuroJackpot
Draw Date
May 10, 2019
20.€90 Million
US$100.94 Million
Multi-Country
EuroJackpot
Draw Date
May 8, 2015
21.$96 Million
Multi-State
Powerball
Draw Date
May 11, 2005
21.$96 Million
Multi-State
Mega Millions
Draw Date
May 8, 2007
23.€80.18 Million
US$91.24 Million
Draw Date
May 10, 2016
24.$90 Million
Multi-State
Powerball
Draw Date
May 9, 2015
25.$88 Million
Draw Date
May 8, 2010

Lottery Post Member Birthdays On This Day

1986
Thursday, May 8, 1986
34 years old
1985
Wednesday, May 8, 1985
35 years old
1975
Thursday, May 8, 1975
45 years old
1971
Saturday, May 8, 1971
49 years old
1967
Monday, May 8, 1967
53 years old
1967
Monday, May 8, 1967
53 years old
1964
Friday, May 8, 1964
56 years old
1960
Sunday, May 8, 1960
60 years old
1957
Wednesday, May 8, 1957
63 years old
1954
Saturday, May 8, 1954
66 years old
1953
Friday, May 8, 1953
67 years old
1952
Thursday, May 8, 1952
68 years old
1947
Thursday, May 8, 1947
73 years old
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Worldwide Events On This Day

1997
China Southern Airlines Flight 3456 crashes on approach into Bao'an International Airport, killing 35 people.
1988
A fire at Illinois Bell's Hinsdale Central Office triggers an extended 1AESS network outage once considered to be the "worst telecommunications disaster in US telephone industry history".
1987
The SAS kills eight Provisional Irish Republican Army volunteers and a civilian during an ambush in Loughgall, Northern Ireland.
1984
Corporal Denis Lortie enters the Quebec National Assembly and opens fire, killing three people and wounding 13. René Jalbert, Sergeant-at-Arms of the Assembly, succeeds in calming him, for which he will later receive the Cross of Valour.
1984
The Thames Barrier is officially opened.
1980
The World Health Organization confirms the eradication of smallpox.
1978
The first ascent of Mount Everest without supplemental oxygen, by Reinhold Messner and Peter Habeler.
1976
The rollercoaster The New Revolution, the first steel coaster with a vertical loop, opens at Six Flags Magic Mountain.
1973
A 71-day standoff between federal authorities and the American Indian Movement members occupying the Pine Ridge Reservation at Wounded Knee, South Dakota ends with the surrender of the militants.
1972
Vietnam War: U.S. President Richard Nixon announces his order to place naval mines in major North Vietnamese ports in order to stem the flow of weapons and other goods to that nation.
1967
The Philippine province of Davao is split into three: Davao del Norte, Davao del Sur, and Davao Oriental.
1963
South Vietnamese soldiers under the Roman Catholic President Ngo Dinh Diem open fire on Buddhists defying a ban on the flying of the Buddhist flag on Vesak, killing nine and sparking the Buddhist crisis.
1946
Estonian schoolgirls Aili Jõgi and Ageeda Paavel blow up the Soviet memorial which stood in front of the Bronze Soldier of Tallinn.
1945
World War II: German forces in the west agree to an unconditional surrender.
1945
End of the Prague uprising, celebrated now as a national holiday in the Czech Republic.
1945
Hundreds of Algerian civilians are killed by French Army soldiers in the Sétif massacre.
1945
The Halifax riot starts when thousands of civilians and servicemen rampage through Halifax, Nova Scotia.
1942
World War II: The German 11th Army begins Operation Trappenjagd (Bustard Hunt) and destroys the bridgehead of the three Soviet armies defending the Kerch Peninsula.
1942
World War II: The Battle of the Coral Sea comes to an end with Imperial Japanese Navyaircraft carrier aircraft attacking and sinking the United States Navy aircraft carrier USS Lexington.
1942
World War II: Gunners of the Ceylon Garrison Artillery on Horsburgh Island in the Cocos Islands rebel in the Cocos Islands Mutiny. Their mutiny is crushed and three of them are executed, the only British Commonwealth soldiers to be executed for mutiny during the Second World War.
1941
World War II: The German Luftwaffe launches a bombing raid on Nottingham and Derby.
1933
Mohandas Gandhi begins a 21-day fast of self-purification and launched a one-year campaign to help the Harijan movement.
1927
Attempting to make the first non-stop transatlantic flight from Paris to New York, French war heroes Charles Nungesser and François Coli disappear after taking off aboard The White Bird biplane.
1925
The government of South Africa declares Afrikaans an official language.
1924
The Klaipėda Convention is signed formally incorporating Klaipėda Region (Memel Territory) into Lithuania.
1921
The creation of the Communist Party of Romania.
1919
Edward George Honey proposes the idea of a moment of silence to commemorate the Armistice of 11 November 1918 which ended World War I.
1912
Paramount Pictures is founded.
1902
In Martinique, Mount Pelée erupts, destroying the town of Saint-Pierre and killing over 30,000 people. Only a handful of residents survive the blast.
1899
The Irish Literary Theatre in Dublin produced its first play.
1898
The first games of the Italian football league system are played.
1886
Pharmacist John Pemberton first sells a carbonated beverage named "Coca-Cola" as a patent medicine.
1877
At Gilmore's Gardens in New York City, the first Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show opens.
1846
Mexican-American War: Zachary Taylor defeats a Mexican force north of the Rio Grande in the first major battle of the war.
1842
A train derails and catches fire in Paris, killing between 52 and 200 people.
1821
Greek War of Independence: The Greeks defeat the Turks at the Battle of Gravia Inn.
1794
Branded a traitor during the Reign of Terror, French chemist Antoine Lavoisier, who was also a tax collector with the Ferme générale, is tried, convicted and guillotined in one day in Paris.
1788
King Louis XVI of France attempts to force through reforms by abolishing the parlements.
1541
Hernando de Soto reaches the Mississippi River and names it Río de Espíritu Santo.
1516
A group of imperial guards, led by Trịnh Duy Sản, murdered Emperor Lê Tương Dực and fled, leaving the capital Thăng Long undefended.
1450
Kentishmen revolt against King Henry VI.
1429
Joan of Arc lifts the Siege of Orléans, turning the tide of the Hundred Years' War.
589
Reccared I summons the Third Council of Toledo.
413
Emperor Honorius signs an edict providing tax relief for the Italian provinces Tuscia, Campania, Picenum, Samnium, Apulia, Lucania and Calabria, which were plundered by the Visigoths.
453 BC
Spring and Autumn period: The house of Zhao defeats the house of Zhi, ending the Battle of Jinyang, a military conflict between the elite families of the State of Jin.

Births On This Day

2003
Moulay Hassan, Crown Prince of Morocco
2001
Jordyn Huitema, Canadian soccer player
1996
6ix9ine, American Rapper
1995
Park Jeong-hwa, South Korean singer
1993
Pat Cummins, Australian cricketer
1992
Kevin Hayes, American ice hockey player
1991
Ethan Gage, Canadian soccer player
1991
Valentijn Lietmeijer, Dutch basketball player
1991
Anamaria Tămârjan, Romanian gymnast
1990
Kemba Walker, American basketball player
1989
Liam Bridcutt, English footballer
1989
Lars Eller, Danish ice hockey player
1989
Dinesh Patel, Indian baseball player
1988
Tanel Kurbas, Estonian basketball player
1988
Maicon Pereira de Oliveira, Brazilian footballer (d. 2014)
1987
Aneurin Barnard, Welsh actor and singer
1987
Felix Jones, American football player
1987
Aarne Nirk, Estonian hurdler
1987
Mark Noble, English footballer
1987
Kurt Tippett, Australian footballer
1986
Pemra Özgen, Turkish tennis player
1986
Galen Rupp, American runner
1986
Marvell Wynne, American soccer player
1985
Tommaso Ciampa, American wrestler
1985
Devon Soltendieck, Canadian journalist and game show host
1985
Silvia Stroescu, Romanian gymnast
1985
Sarah Vaillancourt, Canadian ice hockey player
1985
Usama Young, American football player
1984
Nadine Chandrawinata, German-Indonesian model and actress
1984
David King, English figure skater
1983
Elyes Gabel, English actor
1983
Juan Martin Goity, Argentinian-German rugby player
1983
Bershawn Jackson, American hurdler
1983
Lawrence Vickers, American football player
1982
Buakaw Banchamek, Thai kick-boxer
1982
Christina Cole, English actress
1982
Adrian Gonzalez, American baseball player
1982
Uğur Yıldırım, Turkish-Dutch footballer
1981
Andrea Barzagli, Italian footballer
1981
Tatyana Dektyareva, Russian hurdler
1981
Björn Dixgård, Swedish singer-songwriter and guitarist
1981
Manny Gamburyan, Armenian-American mixed martial artist
1981
John Maine, American baseball player
1980
Keyon Dooling, American basketball player
1980
Panagiotis Kafkis, Greek basketball player
1980
Evgeny Lebedev, Russian-English publisher and philanthropist
1980
Michelle McManus, Scottish singer-songwriter and actress
1980
Benny Yau, Hong Kong-Canadian actor and singer
1979
Ole Morten Vågan, Norwegian bassist
1978
Lúcio, Brazilian footballer
1978
Jang Woo-hyuk, South Korean rapper and dancer
1977
Joe Bonamassa, American singer-songwriter and guitarist
1977
Bad News Brown, Canadian rapper, harmonica player, and actor (d. 2011)
1977
Theodoros Papaloukas, Greek basketball player
1977
Kathrin Bringmann, German mathematician and academic
1976
Gonçalo Abecasis, Portuguese-American biochemist and academic
1976
Martha Wainwright, Canadian-American singer-songwriter and guitarist
1976
Ian "H" Watkins, Welsh singer-songwriter, dancer, and actor
1975
Enrique Iglesias, Spanish-American singer-songwriter, producer, and actor
1975
Jussi Markkanen, Finnish ice hockey player
1975
Gastón Mazzacane, Argentinian race car driver
1975
Dmitri Ustritski, Estonian footballer
1974
Marge Kõrkjas, Estonian swimmer
1974
Korey Stringer, American football player (d. 2001)
1974
Christian XXX, American pornographic star
1973
Hiromu Arakawa, Japanese author and illustrator
1973
Jesús Arellano, Mexican footballer
1973
Marcus Brigstocke, English comedian, actor, and screenwriter
1972
Darren Hayes, Australian singer-songwriter
1972
Ray Whitney, Canadian ice hockey player
1971
Chuck Huber, American voice actor, director, and screenwriter
1971
Candice Night, American singer-songwriter
1970
Michael Bevan, Australian cricketer and coach
1970
Naomi Klein, Canadian author and activist
1970
Luis Enrique, Spanish footballer and manager
1969
Jonny Searle, English rower
1969
Akebono Tarō, American-Japanese sumo wrestler, the 64th Yokozuna
1969
John Timu, New Zealand rugby player
1968
Teet Kask, Estonian ballet dancer and choreographer
1968
Nathalie Normandeau, Canadian politician, Deputy Premier of Quebec
1968
Johan Pehrson, Swedish lawyer and politician
1967
Viviana Durante, Italian ballerina and actress
1967
Angus Scott, British sports television presenter
1966
Cláudio Taffarel, Brazilian footballer and coach
1964
Päivi Alafrantti, Finnish javelin thrower
1964
Melissa Gilbert, American actress and director
1964
Bobby Labonte, American race car driver
1964
Nathalie Roy, Canadian lawyer and politician
1964
Dave Rowntree, English drummer and animator
1964
Metin Tekin, Turkish footballer, manager, and journalist
1963
Sylvain Cossette, Canadian singer-songwriter
1963
Anthony Field, Australian guitarist, songwriter, producer, and actor
1963
Michel Gondry, French director and screenwriter
1963
Izabela Kloc, Polish politician
1963
Aleksandr Kovalenko, Belarusian triple jumper
1963
Rick Zombo, American ice hockey player and coach
1962
Natalia Molchanova, Russian diver (d. 2015)
1962
David Sole, Scottish rugby player
1961
Bill de Blasio, American politician, 109th Mayor of New York City
1961
Gert Kruys, Dutch footballer and manager
1961
Vallo Reimaa, Estonian academic and politician
1961
David Winning, Canadian-American director, producer, and screenwriter
1960
Franco Baresi, Italian footballer and coach
1960
Eric Brittingham, American bass player
1959
Ronnie Lott, American football player and sportscaster
1959
David Manners, 11th Duke of Rutland, English politician
1959
Ikue Sakakibara, Japanese actress and singer
1958
Roddy Doyle, Irish novelist, playwright, and screenwriter
1958
Simone Kleinsma, Dutch actress and singer
1958
Brooks Newmark, American-English businessman and politician, Lord of the Treasury
1958
Lovie Smith, American football player and coach
1957
Bill Cowher, American football player and coach
1957
Rino Katase, Japanese actress
1957
Gary Lunn, Canadian lawyer and politician, 6th Canadian Minister of Natural Resources
1956
Jeff Wincott, Canadian actor and martial artist
1955
Stephen Furst, American actor and director (d. 2017)
1955
Mladen Markač, Croatian general
1954
Pam Arciero, American puppeteer and voice actress
1954
David Keith, American actor and director
1954
John Michael Talbot, American singer-songwriter and guitarist
1953
Billy Burnette, American singer-songwriter, guitarist, and actor
1953
Alex Van Halen, Dutch-American drummer
1952
Peter McNab, Canadian ice hockey player and sportscaster
1951
Philip Bailey, American singer-songwriter, drummer, and actor
1951
Mike D'Antoni, American basketball player and coach
1951
Chris Frantz, American drummer and producer
1950
Robert Mugge, American director and producer
1950
Lepo Sumera, Estonian composer and educator (d. 2000)
1949
David Vines, Australian economist and academic
1948
Steve Braun, American baseball player and coach
1948
Stephen Stohn, American-Canadian lawyer and producer
1947
H. Robert Horvitz, American biologist and academic, Nobel Prize laureate
1947
Felicity Lott, English soprano
1947
John Reid, Baron Reid of Cardowan, Scottish historian and politician, Secretary of State for Defence
1946
André Boulerice, Canadian politician
1946
Jonathan Dancy, English philosopher, author, and academic
1945
Arthur Docters van Leeuwen, Dutch jurist and politician
1945
Mike German, Baron German, Welsh educator and politician, Deputy First Minister for Wales
1945
Janine Haines, Australian politician (d. 2004)
1945
Keith Jarrett, American pianist and composer
1944
Gary Glitter, English singer-songwriter
1944
Bill Legend, English drummer
1943
Pat Barker, English author
1943
Johnny Greaves, Australian rugby league player
1943
Jon Mark, English-New Zealand singer-songwriter and guitarist
1943
Paul Samwell-Smith, English bass player and producer
1943
Danny Whitten, American singer-songwriter and guitarist (d. 1972)
1942
Martin Dobkin, Canadian doctor and politician, 2nd Mayor of Mississauga
1942
Robin Hobbs, English cricketer
1942
Norman Lamont, Scottish banker and politician, Chancellor of the Exchequer
1942
Pierre Morency, Canadian poet and playwright
1942
Terry Neill, Irish footballer and manager
1941
John Fred, American singer-songwriter (d. 2005)
1941
Bill Lockyer, American academic and politician, 30th Attorney General of California
1941
James Traficant, American lawyer and politician (d. 2014)
1940
Peter Benchley, American author and screenwriter (d. 2006)
1940
James Blyth, Baron Blyth of Rowington, English businessman and academic
1940
Irwin Cotler, Canadian lawyer and politician, 47th Canadian Minister of Justice
1940
Ricky Nelson, American singer-songwriter, guitarist, and actor (d. 1985)
1940
Toni Tennille, American singer-songwriter and keyboard player
1939
Paul Drayton, American sprinter (d. 2010)
1938
Javed Burki, Indian-Pakistani cricketer
1938
Jean Giraud, French author and illustrator (d. 2012)
1937
Bernard Cleary, Canadian journalist, academic, and politician
1937
Mike Cuellar, Cuban-American baseball player (d. 2010)
1937
Carlos Gaviria Díaz, Colombian lawyer and politician (d. 2015)
1937
Thomas Pynchon, American novelist
1936
Kazuo Koike, Japanese author
1936
Haljand Udam, Estonian orientalist and academic (d. 2005)
1935
Lucius Cary, 15th Viscount Falkland, Scottish politician
1935
Princess Elisabeth of Denmark, (d. 2018)
1935
Jack Charlton, English footballer and manager
1934
Leonard Hoffmann, Baron Hoffmann, South African-English lawyer and judge
1934
Maurice Norman, English footballer
1934
David Williamson, Baron Williamson of Horton, English soldier and politician (d. 2015)
1932
Julieta Campos, Cuban-Mexican author and translator (d. 2007)
1932
Phyllida Law, Scottish actress
1932
Harry Wells, Australian rugby league player
1930
Doug Atkins, American football player (d. 2015)
1930
Heather Harper, Northern Irish soprano
1930
René Maltête, French photographer and poet (d. 2000)
1930
Gary Snyder, American poet, essayist, and translator
1929
Ethel D. Allen, African-American physician and politician (d. 1981)
1929
John C. Bogle, American businessman, investor, and philanthropist (d. 2019)
1929
Claude Castonguay, Canadian banker and politician
1929
Girija Devi, Indian classical singer (d. 2017)
1929
Miyoshi Umeki, Japanese-American actress and singer (d. 2007)
1928
Robert Conley, American journalist (d. 2013)
1928
Ted Sorensen, American lawyer, 8th White House Counsel (d. 2010)
1927
Chumy Chúmez, Spanish actor, director, and screenwriter (d. 2003)
1927
László Paskai, Hungarian cardinal (d. 2015)
1926
David Attenborough, English environmentalist and television host
1926
David Hurst, German actor
1926
Don Rickles, American comedian and actor (d. 2017)
1925
Ali Hassan Mwinyi, Tanzanian politician, 2nd President of Tanzania
1924
S. Vithiananthan, Sri Lankan author and academic (d. 1989)
1922
Mary Q. Steele, American naturalist and author (d. 1992)
1920
Saul Bass, American graphic designer and director (d. 1996)
1920
Tom of Finland, Finnish illustrator (d. 1991)
1920
Sloan Wilson, American author and poet (d. 2003)
1920
Gordon McClymont, Australian ecologist and academic (d. 2000)
1919
Lex Barker, American actor (d. 1973)
1917
John Anderson, Jr., American lawyer and politician, 36th Governor of Kansas (d. 2014)
1916
João Havelange, Brazilian water polo player, lawyer, and businessman (d. 2016)
1916
Chinmayananda Saraswati, Indian spiritual leader and educator (d. 1993)
1916
Ramananda Sengupta, Indian cinematographer (d. 2017)
1915
Milton Meltzer, American historian and author (d. 2009)
1913
Bob Clampett, American animator, director, and producer (d. 1984)
1913
Sid James, South African-English actor and singer (d. 1976)
1912
George Woodcock, Canadian author and poet (d. 1995)
1911
Wilhelm Friedrich de Gaay Fortman, Dutch jurist and politician, Dutch Minister of The Interior (d. 1997)
1911
Robert Johnson, American singer-songwriter and guitarist (d. 1938)
1910
George Male, English footballer (d. 1998)
1910
Andrew E. Svenson, American author and publisher (d. 1975)
1910
Mary Lou Williams, American pianist and composer (d. 1981)
1906
Roberto Rossellini, Italian director and screenwriter (d. 1977)
1905
Red Nichols, American cornet player, composer, and bandleader (d. 1965)
1904
John Snagge, English journalist (d. 1996)
1903
Fernandel, French actor and singer (d. 1971)
1903
Mary Stewart, Baroness Stewart of Alvechurch, British politician and educator (d. 1984)
1902
André Michel Lwoff, French microbiologist and physician, Nobel Prize laureate (d. 1994)
1901
Turkey Stearnes, American baseball player (d. 1979)
1899
Arthur Q. Bryan, American actor, voice actor, comedian and radio personality (d. 1959)
1899
Friedrich Hayek, Austrian economist and philosopher, Nobel Prize laureate (d. 1992)
1899
Jacques Heim, French fashion designer (d. 1967)
1898
Aloysius Stepinac, Croatian cardinal (d. 1960)
1895
James H. Kindelberger, American businessman (d. 1962)
1895
Fulton J. Sheen, American archbishop (d. 1979)
1895
Edmund Wilson, American critic, essayist, and editor (d. 1972)
1893
Francis Ouimet, American golfer (d. 1967)
1893
Edd Roush, American baseball player and coach (d. 1988)
1893
Teddy Wakelam, English rugby player and sportscaster (d. 1963)
1892
Adriaan Pelt, Dutch journalist and diplomat (d. 1981)
1885
Thomas B. Costain, Canadian journalist and author (d. 1965)
1884
Harry S. Truman, American colonel and politician, 33rd President of the United States (d. 1972)
1879
Wesley Coe, American shot putter, discus thrower, and tug of war competitor (d. 1926)
1867
Margarete Böhme, German novelist (d. 1939)
1859
Johan Jensen, Danish mathematician and engineer (d. 1925)
1858
Heinrich Berté, Slovak-Austrian composer (d. 1924)
1858
J. Meade Falkner, English author and poet (d. 1932)
1853
Dan Brouthers, American baseball player and manager (d. 1932)
1850
Ross Barnes, American baseball player and manager (d. 1915)
1846
Oscar Hammerstein I, American businessman and composer (d. 1919)
1842
Emil Christian Hansen, Danish physiologist and mycologist (d. 1909)
1839
Adolphe-Basile Routhier, Canadian judge, author, and songwriter (d. 1920)
1835
Bertalan Székely, Hungarian painter and academic (d. 1910)
1829
Louis Moreau Gottschalk, American pianist and composer (d. 1869)
1828
Henry Dunant, Swiss businessman and activist, co-founded the Red Cross, Nobel Prize laureate (d. 1910)
1828
Charbel Makhluf, Lebanese monk and saint (d. 1898)
1825
George Bruce Malleson, English-Indian colonel and author (d. 1898)
1824
William Walker, American physician, lawyer, journalist and mercenary (d. 1860)
1821
William Henry Vanderbilt, American businessman and philanthropist (d. 1885)
1818
Samuel Leonard Tilley, Canadian pharmacist and politician, 3rd Premier of New Brunswick (d. 1896)
1815
Edward Tompkins, American lawyer and politician (d. 1872)
1786
John Vianney, French priest and saint (d. 1859)
1753
Miguel Hidalgo y Costilla, Mexican priest and rebel leader (d. 1811)
1745
Carl Stamitz, German violinist and composer (d. 1801)
1737
Edward Gibbon, English historian and politician (d. 1794)
1735
Nathaniel Dance-Holland, English painter and politician (d. 1811)
1720
William Cavendish, 4th Duke of Devonshire, English politician, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom (d. 1764)
1698
Henry Baker, English naturalist (d. 1774)
1670
Charles Beauclerk, 1st Duke of St Albans, English soldier and politician, Lord Lieutenant of Berkshire (d. 1726)
1653
Claude Louis Hector de Villars, French general and politician, French Minister of Defence (d. 1734)
1641
Nicolaes Witsen, Mayor of Amsterdam, Netherlands (d. 1717)
1639
Giovanni Battista Gaulli, Italian artist (d. 1709)
1632
Heino Heinrich Graf von Flemming, German field marshal and politician (d. 1706)
1629
Niels Juel, Norwegian-Danish admiral (d. 1697)
1628
Angelo Italia, Sicilian Jesuit and architect (d. 1700)
1622
Claes Rålamb, Swedish politician (d. 1698)
1587
Victor Amadeus I, Duke of Savoy (d. 1637)
1551
Thomas Drury, English government informer and swindler (d. 1603)
1521
Peter Canisius, Dutch-Swiss priest and saint (d. 1597)
1508
Charles Wriothesley, English Officer of Arms (d. 1562)
1492
Andrea Alciato, Italian jurist and writer (d. 1550)
1460
Frederick I, Margrave of Brandenburg-Ansbach (d. 1536)
1427
John Tiptoft, 1st Earl of Worcester, Lord High Treasurer (d. 1470)
1326
Joan I, Countess of Auvergne (d. 1360)

Deaths On This Day

2018
Big Bully Busick, American professional wrestler (b. 1954)
2018
Anne V. Coates, British film editor (Lawrence of Arabia, The Elephant Man, Erin Brockovich), Oscar winner (1963) (b. 1925)
2016
Tom M. Apostol, American analytic number theorist (b. 1923)
2016
William Schallert, American actor; president (1979-81) of the Screen Actors Guild (b. 1922)
2015
Zeki Alasya, Turkish actor and director (b. 1943)
2015
Mwepu Ilunga, Congolese footballer (b. 1949)
2015
Menashe Kadishman, Israeli sculptor and painter (b. 1932)
2015
Juan Schwanner, Hungarian-Chilean footballer and manager (b. 1921)
2015
Atanas Semerdzhiev, Bulgarian soldier and politician, 1st Vice President of Bulgaria (b. 1924)
2014
Roger L. Easton, American scientist, co-invented the GPS (b. 1921)
2014
Nancy Malone, American actress, director, and producer (b. 1935)
2014
Yago Lamela, Spanish long jumper (b. 1977)
2014
Jair Rodrigues, Brazilian singer (b. 1939)
2014
R. Douglas Stuart Jr., American businessman and diplomat, United States Ambassador to Norway (b. 1916)
2014
Joseph P. Teasdale, American lawyer and politician, 48th Governor of Missouri (b. 1936)
2013
Jeanne Cooper, American actress (b. 1928)
2013
Bryan Forbes, English actor, director, producer, and screenwriter (b. 1926)
2013
Juan José Muñoz, Argentinian businessman (b. 1950)
2013
Hugh J. Silverman, American philosopher and theorist (b. 1945)
2013
Ken Whaley, Austrian-English bass player (b. 1946)
2012
Everett Lilly, American singer-songwriter and guitarist (b. 1924)
2012
Jerry McMorris, American businessman (b. 1941)
2012
Stacy Robinson, American football player (b. 1962)
2012
Maurice Sendak, American author and illustrator (b. 1928)
2012
Ampon Tangnoppakul, Thai criminal (b. 1948)
2012
Roman Totenberg, Polish-American violinist and educator (b. 1911)
2011
Lionel Rose, Australian boxer (b. 1948)
2009
Dom DiMaggio, American baseball player (b. 1917)
2009
Bud Shrake, American journalist and author (b. 1931)
2008
Eddy Arnold, American singer-songwriter, guitarist, and actor (b. 1918)
2008
François Sterchele, Belgian footballer (b. 1982)
2007
Philip R. Craig, American author and poet (b. 1933)
2007
Carson Whitsett, American keyboard player, songwriter, and producer (b. 1945)
2006
Iain Macmillan, Scottish photographer and author (b. 1938)
2005
Jean Carrière, French author (b. 1928)
2005
Nicolás Vuyovich, Argentinian race car driver (b. 1981)
2003
Elvira Pagã, Brazilian vedette, singer, and artist (b. 1920)
2000
Pita Amor, Mexican poet and author (b. 1918)
2000
Dédé Fortin, Canadian singer-songwriter and guitarist (b. 1962)
2000
Henry Nicols, American activist (b. 1973)
1999
Dirk Bogarde, English actor and screenwriter (b. 1921)
1999
Ed Gilbert, American actor (b. 1931)
1999
Dana Plato, American actress (b. 1964)
1999
Soeman Hs, Indonesian author and educator (b. 1904)
1998
Johannes Kotkas, Estonian wrestler (b. 1915)
1998
Charles Rebozo, American banker and businessman (b. 1912)
1996
Beryl Burton, English cyclist (b. 1937)
1996
Luis Miguel Dominguín, Spanish bullfighter (b. 1926)
1996
Larry Levis, American poet, author, and critic (b. 1946)
1996
Garth Williams, American illustrator (b. 1912)
1995
Teresa Teng, Taiwanese singer (b. 1953)
1994
George Peppard, American actor and producer (b. 1928)
1993
Avram Davidson, American soldier and author (b. 1923)
1992
Joyce Ricketts, American baseball player (b. 1933)
1991
Jean Langlais, French pianist and composer (b. 1907)
1991
Rudolf Serkin, Czech-Austrian pianist and educator (b. 1903)
1990
Luigi Nono, Italian composer and educator (b. 1924)
1988
Robert A. Heinlein, American science fiction writer and screenwriter (b. 1907)
1987
Doris Stokes, English psychic and author (b. 1920)
1986
Ernle Bradford, English historian and author (b. 1922)
1985
Karl Marx, German conductor and composer (b. 1897)
1985
Theodore Sturgeon, American author and critic (b. 1918)
1985
Dolph Sweet, American actor (b. 1920)
1984
Lila Bell Wallace, American publisher, co-founded Reader's Digest (b. 1890)
1984
Gino Bianco, Italian-Brazilian race car driver (b. 1916)
1983
John Fante, American author and acreenwriter (b. 1909)
1982
Neil Bogart, American record producer, co-founded Casablanca Records (b. 1943)
1982
Gilles Villeneuve, Canadian race car driver (b. 1950)
1981
Uri Zvi Greenberg, Israeli poet and journalist (b. 1896)
1980
Geoffrey Baker, English Field Marshal and Chief of the General Staff of the British Army (b. 1920)
1975
Avery Brundage, American businessman and art collector (b. 1887)
1972
Pandurang Vaman Kane, Indologist and Sanskrit scholar, Bharat Ratna awardee (b. 1880)
1972
Beatrice Helen Worsley, Mexican-Canadian computer scientist (b. 1921)
1969
Remington Kellogg, American zoologist and paleontologist (b. 1892)
1965
Wally Hardinge, English cricketer and footballer (b. 1886)
1960
J. H. C. Whitehead, Indian-English mathematician and academic (b. 1904)
1959
John Fraser, Canadian soccer player (b. 1881)
1952
William Fox, Austrian businessman, founded Fox Theatres (b. 1879)
1950
Vital Brazil, Brazilian physician and immunologist (b. 1865)
1948
U Saw, Burmese politician, Prime Minister of Burma (b. 1900)
1947
Harry Gordon Selfridge, American-English businessman, founded Selfridges (b. 1858)
1945
Frank Bourne, British soldier, last survivor of the Battle of Rorke's Drift (b. 1854)
1945
Wilhelm Rediess, German SS officer (b. 1900)
1945
Bernhard Rust, German lieutenant and politician (b. 1883)
1945
Josef Terboven, German lieutenant and politician (b. 1898)
1944
Themistoklis Diakidis, Greek high jumper (b. 1882)
1943
Mordechai Anielewicz, Polish commander (b. 1919)
1942
Nikolai Reek, Estonian general and politician, 11th Estonian Minister of War (b. 1890)
1941
Natalie, queen consort of Serbia (b. 1859)
1941
Tore Svennberg, Swedish actor and director (b. 1858)
1936
Oswald Spengler, German historian and philosopher (b. 1880)
1925
John Beresford, Irish polo player (b. 1847)
1907
Edmund G. Ross, American soldier and politician, 13th Governor of New Mexico Territory (b. 1826)
1903
Paul Gauguin, French painter and sculptor (b. 1848)
1891
Helena Blavatsky, Russian-English mystic and author (b. 1831)
1891
John Robertson, English-Australian politician, 5th Premier of New South Wales (b. 1816)
1880
Gustave Flaubert, French novelist (b. 1821)
1873
John Stuart Mill, English economist and civil servant (b. 1806)
1853
Jan Roothaan, Dutch priest, 21st Superior General of the Society of Jesus (b. 1785)
1842
Jules Dumont d'Urville, French admiral and explorer (b. 1790)
1837
Alexander Balashov, Russian general and politician, Russian Minister of Police (b. 1770)
1828
Mauro Giuliani, Italian guitarist, cellist, and composer (b. 1781)
1822
John Stark, American general (b. 1728)
1819
Kamehameha I, king of the Hawaiian Islands
1794
Antoine Lavoisier, French chemist and biologist (b. 1743)
1788
Giovanni Antonio Scopoli, Italian physician and botanist (b. 1723)
1785
Étienne François, duc de Choiseul, French general and politician, Prime Minister of France (b. 1719)
1785
Pietro Longhi, Italian painter (b. 1701)
1782
Sebastião José de Carvalho e Melo, 1st Marquis of Pombal, Portuguese politician, Prime Minister of Portugal (b. 1699)
1781
Richard Jago, English priest and poet (b. 1715)
1773
Ali Bey al-Kabir, Egyptian sultan (b. 1728)
1766
Samuel Chandler, English minister and author (b. 1693)
1668
Catherine of St. Augustine, French-Canadian nun and saint (b. 1632)
1551
Barbara Radziwiłł, queen of Poland (b. 1520)
1538
Edward Foxe, English bishop and academic (b. 1496)
1473
John Stafford, 1st Earl of Wiltshire, English politician (b. 1420)
1319
Haakon V, king of Norway (b. 1270)
1278
Duan Zong, Chinese emperor (b. 1269)
1220
Richeza of Denmark, queen of Sweden
1192
Ottokar IV, duke of Styria (b. 1163)
1157
Ahmed Sanjar, Seljuk sultan (b. 1086)
997
Tai Zong, Chinese emperor (b. 939)
685
Benedict II, pope of the Catholic Church
535
John II, pope of the Catholic Church

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