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On This Day in History:  October 12

October 12 is the 285th day of the year (286th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. 80 days remain until the end of the year.

Lottery News On This Day

2020
PA man ordered to give former girlfriend half of $100,000 lottery prize. A Pennsylvania Superior Court panel ruled on Friday that a man who split from his long-time girlfriend one week after winning $100,000 from a scratch-off lottery ticket must give her half the winnings.
2018
NJ Lottery Pick 6 jackpot jumps to 9-year high. With the multi-state Mega Millions and Powerball lottery games stealing players' attention these days, New Jersey's popular Pick 6 game has been quietly rolling to levels seen around once a decade.
2017
N.J. man claims $24.1M lottery jackpot just 2 days before expiration. A 68-year-old New Jersey man claimed a $24.1 million New York lottery jackpot two days before the ticket was due to expire after seeing a story on the evening news about how time was running out for the winner to step forward.
2017
Washington Lottery director accused of gender discrimination. An outside investigation into complaints of a hostile workplace at the Washington state Lottery has found that the agency's director treats female employees differently than their male counterparts, calling them "criers" and excluding them from key discussions.
2017
N.C. Lottery director retiring. The North Carolina Education Lottery's top leader is retiring next spring, ending a stint with the agency that began before it started selling tickets more than a decade ago.
2017
Lottery winner guilty of attempted shoplifting. A Tewksbury, Massachusetts, woman was found guilty Wednesday of attempting to steal $80 worth of lipstick from a Kohl's department store two months after winning $1 million on a scratch ticket.
2015
What do Disneyland, an indoor slide, and a popcorn maker have in common?. A couple with a young family from Dublin, Ireland, have some unusual items on their wish list after winning a Lotto jackpot worth millions.
2014
S.C. Lottery to honor 2 sets of Pick 3 numbers. The South Carolina Lottery says it will honor two sets of Evening Pick 3 numbers for Tuesday night's drawing.
2014
Three Mass. Lottery games get new drawing schedules. The Massachusetts State Lottery has announced that there will be new drawing times for The Numbers Game, Mass Cash and Keno games.
2012
Maine couple claims $8.2M Tri-State Megabucks jackpot. The Von Oesens have five daughters and fourteen grandchildren, and have already begun planning ways to use their money to help them.
2012
Georgia Lottery board member resigns citing pressure to hire new director. A member of the Georgia Lottery Board resigned last week because she thought the panel was feeling pressured to hire the governor's budget director to run one of the country's most successful lotteries.
2011
N.C. man claims Mega Millions lottery jackpot. North Carolina's newest jackpot winners are members of a Greenville, N.C. family who claimed today their half of the Sept. 30 Mega Millions jackpot worth $114 million.
2011
Son of UK lottery winner says his mother kicked him out years ago. The son of Euro Millions winner Angela Dawes today claimed that his mother kicked him out when he was 12 and has not spoken to him since.
2009
Powerball coming to Maryland, Massachusetts. According to local media reports, Powerball lottery tickets will soon be sold in Maryland and Massachusetts. Other Mega Millions states are sure to follow.
2007
Restaurant workers split $4 million lottery jackpot. For 16 people who toil at a new Yorkville restaurant called "ONE", there was something special on the menu that turned out to be the special of the day -- a $4.6 million dollar win in Lotto 6/49.
2007
Man wins second $25K lottery prize in 3 months. Richard Bastemeyer of Lawrence on Friday won his second $25,000 Kansas Lottery prize in three months.
2007
W.V. Lottery Commission approves 24-7 table gaming. A unanimous vote Thursday of 6 to 0 by the state lottery commission will allow racetracks to operate table games 24 hours a day 7 days a week, but there's still no date for when dealers will be passing out the cards.
2007
Calif. Gov: Sell lottery to fund health care. Hoping to rejuvenate lagging negotiations over health care reform, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger said Tuesday that he wants to use the state lottery to help finance his plan that would require all Californians to have health insurance.
2007
Cat picks winning lottery numbers. A Chinese lottery player hit the jackpot after his cat jumped up and hit the right buttons on the ticket machine.
2007
Tattersall's loses lottery monopoly. In Australia, Tattersall's 54-year monopoly on Victoria's lotteries has been broken as the State Government seeks to make more money from the lucrative market.
2007
CPA turns $2 into $13M lottery jackpot. After one Illinois resident he discovered he was the single winner of $13.5 million Illinois Lotto jackpot, he "couldn't stop laughing."
2006
Male nurse wins record German lottery jackpot. The biggest jackpot in the history of Germany's national lottery went to a male nurse.
2006
Oklahoma Lottery Celebrates One Year Anniversary. Wednesday marked the one year anniversary of the beginning of the Oklahoma Lottery. Lottery officials say it's been an excellent year, even though sales are lagging slightly behind projections.
2006
GTECH explains pricey N.J. Lottery contract. Seeking to justify a price tag of nearly $32 million more than a competitor to run the New Jersey's lottery for the next five years, representatives of the state's lottery operator said Wednesday that their system is more convenient for vendors and would result in less down time and lost revenues for the state.
2006
N.C. Lottery trial: prosectutor calls ex-commissioner 'crafty'. Former lottery commissioner Kevin Geddings is a "very crafty individual" who chose to deliberately withhold information about his work for a lottery company, a prosecutor said Wednesday during closing arguments in Geddings' federal fraud trial.
2006
Poland faces EU legal action over foreign lottery tax laws. The European Commission has said Poland must end discriminatory taxation against foreign lottery winnings or face legal action.
2005
Mega Millions lottery jackpot increases to $77 million. The jackpot in the multi-state Mega Millions lottery grew to $77 million Tuesday.
2005
Maine woman seeking second lottery jackpot. A Maine woman who won a lottery scratch game jackpot has a 1-in-4 chance of winning another $1 million.
2005
First Oklahoma lottery tickets go on sale. Oklahoma will become the 41st state to offer a lottery when 1,200 businesses start selling instant tickets this morning.
2005
Some Oklahoma lottery retailers struggle with last-minute details. Some Oklahoma retailers planning to sell the state's new lottery tickets today spent Tuesday wondering if that would come to pass.
2005
Intralot Signs Deal With Montana Lottery. Greek gaming operator Intralot said Wednesday it has signed a seven-year contract with the state lottery of Montana to supply a new online and instant gaming system.

Top 25 Lottery Jackpots On This Day

1.$548 Million
Multi-State
Mega Millions
Draw Date
Oct 12, 2018
2.$314 Million
Multi-State
Powerball
Draw Date
Oct 13, 2018
3.$240 Million
Multi-State
Powerball
Draw Date
Oct 12, 2005
4.€142 Million
US$179.81 Million
Multi-Country
Euro Millions
Draw Date
Oct 14, 2014
5.€155.92 Million
US$172.04 Million
Draw Date
Oct 13, 2016
6.$170 Million
Multi-State
Mega Millions
Draw Date
Oct 13, 2009
7.$166 Million
Multi-State
Mega Millions
Draw Date
Oct 14, 2014
8.$143 Million
Multi-State
Powerball
Draw Date
Oct 14, 2017
9.$133 Million
Multi-State
Powerball
Draw Date
Oct 12, 2013
10.$117 Million
Multi-State
Powerball
Draw Date
Oct 15, 2003
11.$107 Million
Multi-State
Powerball
Draw Date
Oct 12, 2016
12.€80 Million
US$100.29 Million
Multi-Country
Euro Millions
Draw Date
Oct 13, 2006
13.€90 Million
US$98.97 Million
Multi-Country
EuroJackpot
Draw Date
Oct 14, 2016
14.$90 Million
Multi-State
Powerball
Draw Date
Oct 15, 2014
14.$90 Million
Multi-State
Powerball
Draw Date
Oct 12, 2019
16.$86 Million
Multi-State
Powerball
Draw Date
Oct 12, 2011
17.$77 Million
Multi-State
Mega Millions
Draw Date
Oct 14, 2005
18.$75 Million
Multi-State
Mega Millions
Draw Date
Oct 13, 2015
19.$72 Million
Multi-State
Powerball
Draw Date
Oct 14, 2020
20.€61 Million
US$70.59 Million
Multi-Country
EuroJackpot
Draw Date
Oct 12, 2018
21.$70 Million
Multi-State
Powerball
Draw Date
Oct 14, 2015
21.$70 Million
Draw Date
Oct 14, 2009
23.$69 Million
Multi-State
Mega Millions
Draw Date
Oct 13, 2020
24.€50 Million
US$67.6 Million
Multi-Country
Euro Millions
Draw Date
Oct 15, 2013
25.$65 Million
Multi-State
Mega Millions
Draw Date
Oct 15, 2019

Lottery Post Member Birthdays On This Day

1991
Saturday, Oct 12, 1991
29 years old
1985
Saturday, Oct 12, 1985
35 years old
1973
Friday, Oct 12, 1973
47 years old
1960
Wednesday, Oct 12, 1960
60 years old
1954
Tuesday, Oct 12, 1954
66 years old
1948
Tuesday, Oct 12, 1948
72 years old
1947
Sunday, Oct 12, 1947
73 years old
1946
Saturday, Oct 12, 1946
74 years old
1939
Thursday, Oct 12, 1939
81 years old
(year not provided)
(year not provided)
(year not provided)

Worldwide Events On This Day

2018
Princess EugeniemarriesJack Brooksbank at St. George's Chapel, Windsor Castle.
2017
The United States announces its decision to withdraw from UNESCO. and is immediately followed by Israel.
2013
Fifty-one people are killed after a truck veers off a cliff in Peru.
2005
The second Chinese human spaceflight, Shenzhou 6, is launched, carrying two cosmonauts in orbit for five days.
2002
Terrorists detonate bombs in the Sari Club in Bali, killing 202 and wounding over 300.
2000
A US Navy frigate is badly damaged by two suicide bombers, killing 17 crew members and wounding at least 39.
1999
Pervez Musharraf takes power in Pakistan from Nawaz Sharif through a bloodless coup.
1999
The former Autonomous Soviet Republic of Abkhazia declares its independence from Georgia.
1998
Matthew Shepard, a gay student at University of Wyoming, dies five days after he was beaten outside of Laramie.
1997
The Sidi Daoud massacre in Algeria kills 43 people at a fake roadblock.
1994
The Magellan spacecraft burns up in the atmosphere of Venus.
1992
A 5.8 earthquake occurred in Cairo, Egypt. At least 510 died.
1988
Two officers of the Victoria Police are gunned down execution-style in the Walsh Street police shootings, Australia.
1984
The Provisional Irish Republican Army fail to assassinate Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher and her cabinet. The bomb kills five people and wounds 31.
1983
Japan's former Prime Minister Tanaka Kakuei is found guilty of taking a $2 million bribe from the Lockheed Corporation, and is sentenced to four years in jail.
1979
The lowest recorded non-tornadic atmospheric pressure, 87.0 kPa (870 mbar or 25.69 inHg), occurred in the western Pacific Ocean during Typhoon Tip.
1971
The 2,500 year celebration of the Persian Empire begins.
1970
Vietnam War: Vietnamization continues as President Nixon announces that the United States will withdraw 40,000 more troops before Christmas.
1968
Equatorial Guinea becomes independent from Spain.
1964
The Soviet Union launches the Voskhod 1 into Earth orbit as the first spacecraft with a multi-person crew, and the first flight without pressure suits.
1963
After nearly 23 years of imprisonment, Reverend Walter Ciszek, a Jesuit missionary, was released from the Soviet Union.
1962
The Columbus Day Storm strikes the U.S. Pacific Northwest with record wind velocities; 46 dead and at least U.S. $230 million in damages.
1960
Soviet Premier Nikita Khrushchev pounds his shoe on a desk at the United Nations to protest a Philippine assertion.
1960
Japan Socialist Party leader Inejiro Asanuma is stabbed to death during a live Television broadcast.
1959
At the national congress of the American Popular Revolutionary Alliance in Peru, a group of leftist radicals are expelled from the party who later form APRA Rebelde.
1945
World War II: Desmond Doss is the first conscientious objector to receive the U.S. Medal of Honor.
1944
World War II: The Axis occupation of Athens comes to an end.
1933
The military Alcatraz Citadel becomes the civilian Alcatraz Federal Penitentiary.
1928
An iron lung respirator is used for the first time at Children's Hospital, Boston.
1918
A massive forest fire kills 453 people in Minnesota.
1917
World War I: The First Battle of Passchendaele takes place resulting in the largest single day loss of life in New Zealand history.
1915
World War I: British nurse Edith Cavell is executed by a German firing squad for helping Allied soldiers escape from Belgium
1901
President Theodore Roosevelt officially renames the "Executive Mansion" to the White House.
1892
The Pledge of Allegiance is first recited by students in many US public schools.
1890
Uddevalla Suffrage Association is formed.
1871
The British in India enact the Criminal Tribes Act, naming many local communities "Criminal Tribes".
1849
The city of Manizales, Colombia is founded by 'The Expedition of the 20'.
1847
Werner von Siemens founds Siemens & Halske, which later becomes Siemens AG.
1823
Charles Macintosh of Scotland sells the first raincoat.
1822
Pedro I of Brazil is proclaimed the emperor.
1810
The citizens of Munich hold the first Oktoberfest.
1799
Jeanne Geneviève Labrosse becomes the first woman to jump from a balloon with a parachute.
1798
Flemish and Luxembourgish peasants launch the rebellion against French rule known as the Peasants' War.
1793
The cornerstone of Old East, the oldest state university building in the United States, is laid at the University of North Carolina.
1792
The first celebration of Columbus Day is held in New York City.
1773
America's first insane asylum opens.
1748
War of Jenkins' Ear : A British squadron wins a tactical victory over a Spanish squadron off Havana.
1692
The Salem witch trials are ended by a letter from the governor of the Massachusetts Bay Province.
1654
The Delft Explosion devastates the city in the Netherlands, killing more than 100 people.
1492
The first of the voyages of Christopher Columbus reaches the Bahamas.
1398
In the Treaty of Salynas, Lithuania cedes Samogitia to the Teutonic Knights.
1279
The Nichiren Shōshū branch of Buddhism is founded in Japan.
633
King Edwin of Northumbria is defeated and killed by the British under Penda and Cadwallon.
539 BC
The fall of Babylon to a Persian army.

Births On This Day

2004
Darci Lynne Farmer, American ventriloquist
2002
Iris Apatow, American actress
1997
Curtis Scott, Australian rugby league player
1996
Riechedly Bazoer, Dutch footballer
1996
James Graham, British singer
1994
Alex Katz, American baseball player
1994
Sean Monahan, Canadian ice hockey player
1994
Olivia Smoliga, American swimmer
1992
Josh Hutcherson, American actor and producer
1991
Nicolao Dumitru, Italian footballer
1990
Henri Lansbury, English footballer
1989
Anna Ohmiya, Japanese curler
1988
Sam Whitelock, New Zealand rugby player
1988
Calum Scott, British singer
1987
Marvin Ogunjimi, Belgian footballer
1986
Ioannis Maniatis, Greek footballer
1986
Sergio Peter, German footballer
1986
Tyler Blackburn, American actor
1985
Michelle Carter, American shot putter
1985
Mike Green, Canadian hockey player
1985
Anna Iljuštšenko, Estonian high jumper
1983
Alex Brosque, Australian footballer
1983
Carlton Cole, English footballer
1983
Mariko Yamamoto, Japanese cricketer
1981
Tom Guiry, American actor
1981
Brian Kerr, Scottish football player and manager
1981
Giuseppe Lanzone, American rower
1981
Conrad Smith, New Zealand rugby player
1981
Sun Tiantian, Chinese tennis player
1980
Ledley King, English footballer
1979
Steven Agnew, Northern Irish politician
1979
Steve Borthwick, English rugby player
1979
Jordan Pundik, American singer-songwriter and guitarist
1978
Stefan Binder, German footballer
1978
Baden Cooke, Australian cyclist
1977
Cristie Kerr, American golfer
1977
Bode Miller, American skier
1977
Javier Toyo, Venezuelan footballer
1976
Simon Bridges, New Zealand politician
1975
Susana Félix, Portuguese singer-songwriter, producer, and actress
1975
Marion Jones, American basketball player and runner
1974
Stephen Lee, English snooker player
1973
Lesli Brea, Dominican baseball player
1973
Martin Corry, English rugby player
1972
Neriah Davis, American model and actress
1972
Juan Manuel Silva, Argentinian race car driver
1972
Tom Van Mol, Belgian footballer
1971
Tony Fiore, American baseball player
1971
Steve Johnston, Australian motorcycle racer
1971
Bronzell Miller, American football player and actor (d. 2013)
1970
Kirk Cameron, American actor, screenwriter, and Christian evangelical/anti-evolution activist
1970
Patrick Musimu, Belgian diver and physiotherapist (d. 2011)
1970
Tanyon Sturtze, American baseball player
1970
Charlie Ward, American basketball player and coach
1969
Martie Maguire, American singer-songwriter, violinist, and producer
1969
Željko Milinovič, Slovenian footballer
1969
Dwayne Roloson, Canadian ice hockey player and coach
1969
José Valentín, American baseball player, coach, and manager
1968
Bill Auberlen, American race car driver
1968
Paul Harragon, Australian rugby league player and sportscaster
1968
Hugh Jackman, Australian actor, singer, and producer
1968
Leon Lett, American football player
1967
Becky Iverson, American golfer
1966
Jonathan Crombie, Canadian actor and voice over artist (d. 2015)
1966
Wim Jonk, Dutch footballer
1966
Brian Kennedy, Northern Irish singer-songwriter and guitarist
1966
Brenda Romero, American game designer
1965
Dan Abnett, English author
1965
J. J. Daigneault, Canadian ice hockey player and coach
1965
Scott O'Grady, American captain and pilot
1963
Raimond Aumann, German footballer
1963
Hideki Fujisawa, Japanese composer
1963
Satoshi Kon, Japanese animator and screenwriter (d. 2010)
1963
Dave Legeno, English actor and mixed martial artist (d. 2014)
1963
Alan McDonald, Irish footballer and manager (d. 2012)
1963
Luis Polonia, Dominican baseball player
1962
Carlos Bernard, American actor and director
1962
Chris Botti, American trumpet player and composer
1962
John Coleman, English footballer and manager
1962
Branko Crvenkovski, Macedonian engineer and politician, 3rd President of the Republic of Macedonia
1962
Deborah Foreman, American actress and photographer
1962
Mads Eriksen, Norwegian guitarist and composer
1961
Chendo, Spanish footballer
1960
Steve Lowery, American golfer
1960
Carlo Perrone, Italian footballer and manager
1959
Anna Escobedo Cabral, American lawyer and politician, 42nd Treasurer of the United States
1958
Steve Austria, American lawyer and politician
1958
Maria de Fátima Silva de Sequeira Dias, Portuguese historian, author, and academic (d. 2013)
1958
Jeff Keith, American rock singer-songwriter (Tesla)
1958
Bryn Merrick, Welsh bass player (d. 2015)
1957
Clémentine Célarié, French actress, singer, and director
1957
Serge Clerc, French comic book artist and illustrator
1957
Mike Dowler, Welsh football goalkeeper
1957
Annik Honoré, Belgian journalist and music promoter (d. 2014)
1957
William F. Laurance, Australian biologist
1956
Rafael Ábalos, Spanish author
1956
Allan Evans, Scottish footballer
1956
Lutz Haueisen, German cyclist
1956
Catherine Holmes, Australian judge
1956
Gerti Schanderl, German figure skater
1956
David Vanian, English singer-songwriter
1955
Einar Jan Aas, Norwegian footballer
1955
Pat DiNizio, American singer-songwriter and guitarist (d. 2017)
1955
Ante Gotovina, Croatian general
1955
Jane Siberry, Canadian singer-songwriter and producer
1954
Massimo Ghini, Italian actor
1954
Michael Roe, American singer, songwriter, and record producer
1954
Linval Thompson, Jamaican singer and producer
1953
Les Dennis, English comedian and actor
1953
David Threlfall, English actor and director
1952
Béla Csécsei, Hungarian educator and politician (d. 2012)
1952
Roger Heath-Brown, English mathematician and theorist
1951
Sally Little, South African-American golfer
1951
Ed Royce, American businessman and politician
1951
Norio Suzuki, Japanese golfer
1950
Susan Anton, American actress and model
1950
Dave Freudenthal, American economist and politician, 31st Governor of Wyoming
1949
Dave Lloyd, English cyclist and coach
1949
Carlos the Jackal, Venezuelan terrorist and murderer
1949
Paul Went, English footballer and manager (d. 2017)
1948
John Engler, American businessman and politician, 46th Governor of Michigan
1948
Rick Parfitt, English singer-songwriter and guitarist (d. 2016)
1947
Chris Wallace, American journalist
1946
Drew Edmondson, American politician
1946
Ashok Mankad, Indian cricketer (d. 2008)
1946
Daryl Runswick, English bassist and composer
1945
Aurore Clément, French actress
1944
Angela Rippon, English journalist and author
1943
Kostas Tsakonas, Greek actor (d. 2015)
1942
Melvin Franklin, American soul bass singer (The Temptations) (d. 1995)
1941
Michael Mansfield, English lawyer, academic, and republican
1937
Paul Hawkins, Australian race car driver (d. 1969)
1937
Robert Mangold, American painter
1935
Don Howe, English footballer and manager (d. 2015)
1935
Tony Kubek, American baseball player and sportscaster
1935
Sam Moore, American soul singer-songwriter (Sam & Dave)
1935
Shivraj Patil, Indian lawyer and politician, Indian Minister of Defence
1935
Luciano Pavarotti, Italian tenor and actor (d. 2007)
1934
James "Sugar Boy" Crawford, American singer-songwriter and pianist (d. 2012)
1934
Richard Meier, American architect, designed the Getty Center and City Tower
1934
Albert Shiryaev, Russian mathematician and academic
1934
Oğuz Atay, Turkish engineer and author (d. 1977)
1933
Guido Molinari, Canadian painter and art collector (d. 2004)
1932
Dick Gregory, American comedian, actor, and author (d. 2017)
1932
Ned Jarrett, American race car driver and sportscaster
1932
John Moffat, Danish physicist and academic
1931
Ole-Johan Dahl, Norwegian computer scientist and academic, co-developed Simula (d. 2002)
1930
Denis Brodeur, Canadian ice hockey player and photographer (d. 2013)
1930
Milica Kacin Wohinz, Slovenian historian and author
1929
Nappy Brown, American R&B singer-songwriter (d. 2008)
1929
Robert Coles, American psychologist, author, and academic
1929
Magnus Magnusson, Icelandic journalist and academic (d. 2007)
1928
Al Held, American painter and academic (d. 2005)
1928
Domna Samiou, Greek singer and musicologist (d. 2012)
1925
Denis Lazure, Canadian psychiatrist and politician (d. 2008)
1924
Leonidas Kyrkos, Greek politician (d. 2011)
1923
Jean Nidetch, American businesswoman, co-founded Weight Watchers (d. 2015)
1923
Goody Petronelli, American boxer, trainer, and manager (d. 2012)
1922
William H. Sullivan, American soldier and diplomat, United States Ambassador to the Philippines (d. 2013)
1921
Art Clokey, American animator, producer, screenwriter, and voice actor, created Gumby (d. 2010)
1921
Jaroslav Drobný, Czech-English tennis player and ice hockey player (d. 2001)
1921
Logie Bruce Lockhart, Scottish rugby player and journalist
1920
Christopher Soames, English politician and diplomat, Governor of Southern Rhodesia (d. 1987)
1919
Gilles Beaudoin, Canadian politician, 34th Mayor of Trois-Rivières (d. 2007)
1919
Doris Miller, American chef and soldier (d. 1943)
1917
Roque Máspoli, Uruguayan footballer and manager (d. 2004)
1916
Alice Childress, American actress and playwright (d. 1994)
1916
Lock Martin, American actor (d. 1959)
1914
John E. Hodge, African-American chemist (d. 1996)
1913
Alice Chetwynd Ley, English author and educator (d. 2004)
1911
Vijay Merchant, Indian cricketer (d. 1987)
1910
Robert Fitzgerald, American poet, critic, and translator (d. 1985)
1910
Malcolm Renfrew, American chemist and academic (d. 2013)
1908
Paul Engle, American novelist, poet, playwright, and critic (d. 1991)
1908
Ann Petry, American novelist (d. 1997)
1906
Joe Cronin, American baseball player and manager (d. 1984)
1906
John Murray, American playwright and producer (d. 1984)
1906
Piero Taruffi, Italian race car driver and motorcycle racer (d. 1988)
1904
Lester Dent, American journalist and author (d. 1959)
1904
Ding Ling, Chinese author and educator (d. 1986)
1903
Josephine Hutchinson, American actress (d. 1998)
1896
Eugenio Montale, Italian poet and translator, Nobel Prize laureate (d. 1981)
1894
Elisabeth of Romania, queen consort of Greece (d. 1956)
1893
Velvalee Dickinson, American spy (d. 1980)
1892
Gilda dalla Rizza, Italian soprano and actress (d. 1975)
1891
Edith Stein, Polish nun and martyr; later canonized (d. 1942)
1891
Fumimaro Konoe, Japanese soldier and politician, 39th Prime Minister of Japan (d. 1945)
1880
Louis Hémon, French-Canadian author (d. 1913)
1878
Truxtun Hare, American football player and hammer thrower (d. 1956)
1875
Aleister Crowley, English magician and author (d. 1947)
1874
Jimmy Burke, American baseball player and manager (d. 1942)
1872
Ralph Vaughan Williams, English composer and educator (d. 1958)
1868
August Horch, German engineer and businessman, founded Audi (d. 1951)
1868
Mariano Trías, Filipino general and politician, 1st Vice President of the Philippines (d. 1914)
1866
Ramsay MacDonald, Scottish journalist and politician, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom (d. 1937)
1865
Arthur Harden, English biochemist and academic, Nobel Prize laureate (d. 1940)
1864
Kamini Roy, British India's first female graduate, Bengali poet, social activist, and feminist writer (d. 1933)
1860
Elmer Ambrose Sperry, American engineer and businessman, co-invented the gyrocompass (d. 1930)
1855
Arthur Nikisch, Hungarian conductor and academic (d. 1922)
1840
Helena Modjeska, Polish-American actress (d. 1909)
1838
George Thorn, Australian politician, 6th Premier of Queensland (d. 1905)
1815
William J. Hardee, American general (d. 1873)
1801
Friedrich Frey-Herosé, Swiss lawyer and politician, 5th President of the Swiss Confederation (d. 1873)
1798
Pedro I, emperor of Brazil (d. 1834)
1792
Christian Gmelin, German chemist and pharmacist (d. 1860)
1725
Étienne Louis Geoffroy, French pharmacist and entomologist (d. 1810)
1710
Jonathan Trumbull, American colonel and politician, 16th Governor of Connecticut (d. 1785)
1687
Sylvius Leopold Weiss, German lute player and composer (d. 1750)
1614
Henry More, English philosopher (d. 1687)
1602
William Chillingworth, English scholar and theologian (d. 1644)
1576
Thomas Dudley, English-American soldier and politician, 3rd Governor of the Massachusetts Bay Colony (d. 1653)
1558
Maximilian III, archduke of Austria (d. 1618)
1555
Peregrine Bertie, 13th Baron Willoughby de Eresby, English diplomat (d. 1601)
1537
Edward VI, king of England (d. 1553)
1533
Asakura Yoshikage, Japanese ruler (d. 1573)
1490
Bernardo Pisano, Italian composer and priest (d. 1548)
1350
Dmitri Donskoi, Grand Duke of Moscow (d. 1389)
1240
Trần Thánh Tông, emperor of Vietnam (then Đại Việt) (d. 1290)
1008
Go-Ichijō, emperor of Japan (d. 1036)

Deaths On This Day

2015
Abdallah Kigoda, Tanzanian politician, 8th Tanzanian Minister of Industry and Trade (b. 1953)
2015
Joan Leslie, American actress, dancer, and vaudevillian (b. 1925)
2014
Ali Mazrui, Kenyan-American political scientist, philosopher, and academic (b. 1933)
2014
Graham Miles, English snooker player (b. 1941)
2014
Roberto Telch, Argentinian footballer and coach (b. 1943)
2013
George Herbig, American astronomer and academic (b. 1920)
2013
Oscar Hijuelos, American author and academic (b. 1951)
2013
Hans Wilhelm Longva, Norwegian diplomat (b. 1942)
2013
Malcolm Renfrew, American chemist and academic (b. 1910)
2012
James Coyne, Canadian lawyer and banker, 2nd Governor of the Bank of Canada (b. 1910)
2012
Norm Grabowski, American hot rod builder and actor (b. 1933)
2012
Sukhdev Singh Kang, Indian judge and politician, 14th Governor of Kerala (b. 1931)
2012
Torkom Manoogian, Iraqi-Armenian patriarch (b. 1919)
2012
Erik Moseholm, Danish bassist, composer, and bandleader (b. 1930)
2012
Břetislav Pojar, Czech animator, director, and screenwriter (b. 1923)
2011
Patricia Breslin, American actress (b. 1931)
2011
Dennis Ritchie, American computer scientist, created the C programming language (b. 1941)
2010
Austin Ardill, Northern Irish soldier and politician (b. 1917)
2010
Woody Peoples, American football player (b. 1943)
2010
Belva Plain, American author (b. 1919)
2009
Dickie Peterson American singer-songwriter and bass player (b. 1948)
2009
Frank Vandenbroucke, Belgian cyclist (b. 1974)
2008
Karl Chircop, Maltese physician and politician (b. 1965)
2007
Kisho Kurokawa, Japanese architect, designed the Nakagin Capsule Tower (b. 1934)
2006
Eugène Martin, French race car driver (b. 1915)
2006
Gillo Pontecorvo, Italian director and screenwriter (b. 1919)
2005
C. Delores Tucker, American activist and politician (b. 1927)
2003
Jim Cairns, Australian economist and politician, 4th Deputy Prime Minister of Australia (b. 1914)
2003
Joan Kroc, American philanthropist (b. 1928)
2003
Bill Shoemaker, American jockey (b. 1931)
2002
Ray Conniff, American bandleader and composer (b. 1916)
2002
Audrey Mestre, French biologist and diver (b. 1974)
2001
Quintin Hogg, Baron Hailsham of St Marylebone, English academic and politician, Lord High Chancellor of Great Britain (b. 1907)
2001
Hikmet Şimşek, Turkish conductor (b. 1924)
2001
Richard Buckle, Ballet critic and writer (b. 1916)
1999
Wilt Chamberlain, American basketball player and coach (b. 1936)
1999
Robert Marsden Hope, Australian lawyer and judge (b. 1919)
1998
Mario Beaulieu, Canadian lawyer and politician (b. 1930)
1998
Matthew Shepard, American murder victim (b. 1976)
1997
John Denver, American singer-songwriter, guitarist, and actor (b. 1943)
1996
René Lacoste, French tennis player and fashion designer, co-founded Lacoste (b. 1904)
1996
Roger Lapébie, French cyclist (b. 1911)
1994
Gérald Godin, Canadian journalist and politician (b. 1938)
1993
Leon Ames, American actor (b. 1902)
1991
Sheila Florance, Australian actress (b. 1916)
1991
Arkady Strugatsky, Russian author and translator (b. 1925)
1991
Regis Toomey, American actor (b. 1898)
1990
Rifaat el-Mahgoub, Egyptian politician (b. 1926)
1990
Peter Wessel Zapffe, Norwegian physician, mountaineer, and author (b. 1899)
1989
Jay Ward, American animator, producer, and screenwriter, founded Jay Ward Productions (b. 1920)
1988
Ruth Manning-Sanders, Welsh-English poet and author (b. 1886)
1988
Coby Whitmore, American painter and illustrator (b. 1913)
1987
Alf Landon, American lieutenant and politician, 26th Governor of Kansas (b. 1887)
1987
Fahri Korutürk, Turkish commander and politician, 6th President of Turkey (b. 1903)
1985
Johnny Olson, American radio host and game show announcer (b. 1910)
1985
Ricky Wilson, American singer-songwriter and guitarist (b. 1953)
1984
Anthony Berry, English politician (b. 1925)
1978
Nancy Spungen, American figure of the 1970s punk rock scene (b. 1958)
1973
Peter Aufschnaiter, Austrian mountaineer, geographer, and cartographer (b. 1899)
1972
Robert Le Vigan, French-Argentinian actor and politician (b. 1900)
1971
Dean Acheson, American lawyer and politician, 51st United States Secretary of State (b. 1893)
1971
Gene Vincent, American musician (b. 1935)
1970
Feodor Stepanovich Rojankovsky, Russian-American illustrator and painter (b. 1891)
1970
Mustafa Zaidi, Pakistani poet and academic (b. 1930)
1969
Sonja Henie, Norwegian figure skater and actress (b. 1912)
1969
Serge Poliakoff, Russian-French painter and academic (b. 1906)
1969
Julius Saaristo, Finnish javelin thrower and soldier (b. 1891)
1967
Ram Manohar Lohia, Indian activist and politician (b. 1910)
1965
Paul Hermann Müller, Swiss chemist and academic, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1899)
1960
Inejiro Asanuma, Japanese lawyer and politician (b. 1898)
1958
Gordon Griffith, American actor, director, and producer (b. 1907)
1957
Arie de Jong, Indonesian-Dutch linguist and physician (b. 1865)
1956
Lorenzo Perosi, Italian composer and painter (b. 1872)
1954
George Welch, American soldier and pilot (b. 1918)
1948
Susan Sutherland Isaacs, English psychologist and psychoanalyst (b. 1885)
1946
Joseph Stilwell, American general (b. 1883)
1940
Tom Mix, American actor, director, producer, and screenwriter (b. 1880)
1933
John Lister, English philanthropist and politician (b. 1847)
1926
Edwin Abbott Abbott, English theologian and author (b. 1838)
1924
Anatole France, French journalist, novelist, and poet, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1844)
1923
Bunny Lucas, English cricketer (b. 1857)
1915
Edith Cavell, English nurse (b. 1865)
1914
Margaret E. Knight, American inventor (b. 1838)
1898
Calvin Fairbank, American minister and activist (b. 1816)
1896
Christian Emil Krag-Juel-Vind-Frijs, Danish lawyer and politician, 9th Council President of Denmark (b. 1817)
1875
Jean-Baptiste Carpeaux, French sculptor and painter (b. 1827)
1870
Robert E. Lee, American general (b. 1807)
1858
Hiroshige, Japanese painter (b. 1797)
1845
Elizabeth Fry, English nurse and philanthropist (b. 1780)
1812
Juan José Castelli, Argentinian lawyer and politician (b. 1764)
1758
Richard Molesworth, 3rd Viscount Molesworth, Irish field marshal and politician (b. 1680)
1730
Frederick IV, king of Denmark and Norway (b. 1671)
1685
Christoph Ignaz Abele, Austrian lawyer and jurist (b. 1628)
1679
William Gurnall, English minister, theologian, and author (b. 1617)
1678
Edmund Berry Godfrey, English lawyer and judge (b. 1621)
1654
Carel Fabritius, Dutch painter (b. 1622)
1646
François de Bassompierre, French general and courtier (b. 1579)
1632
Kutsuki Mototsuna, Japanese commander (b. 1549)
1601
Nicholas Brend, English landowner (b. 1560)
1600
Luis de Molina, Spanish priest and philosopher (b. 1535)
1590
Kanō Eitoku, Japanese painter and educator (b. 1543)
1576
Maximilian II, Holy Roman Emperor (b. 1527)
1565
Jean Ribault, French-American lieutenant and navigator (b. 1520)
1492
Piero della Francesca, Italian mathematician and painter (b. 1415)
1491
Fritz Herlen, German painter (b. 1449)
1448
Zhu Quan, Chinese prince, historian and playwright (b. 1378)
1328
Clementia of Hungary, queen consort of France and Navarre (b. 1293)
1320
Michael IX Palaiologos, Byzantine emperor (b. 1277)
1176
William d'Aubigny, 1st Earl of Arundel, English politician (b. 1109)
1152
Adolf III of Berg, German nobleman (b. 1080)
1095
Leopold II, margrave of Austria (b. 1050)
884
Tsunesada, Japanese prince (b. 825)
642
John IV, pope of the Catholic Church
638
Honorius I, pope of the Catholic Church
322 BC
Demosthenes, Athenian statesman, (b. 384 BC)

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