The following is a list of notable world figures who died on August 12th.

  1. 30 BC - Cleopatra (b. 69 BC)
  2. 875 - Louis II Holy Roman Emperor (b. 825)
  3. 1424 - Yongle, Emperor of China (b. 1460)
  4. 1484 - George of Trebizond, Greek philosopher (b. 1395)
  5. 1484 - Pope Sixtus IV (b. 1414)
  6. 1512 - Alessandro Achillini, Italian philosopher (b. 1463)
  7. 1577 - Thomas Smith, English diplomat and scholar (b. 1513)
  8. 1588 - Alfonso Ferrabosco (I), Italian composer (b. 1543)
  9. 1612 - Giovanni Gabrieli, Italian composer
  10. 1633 - Jacopo Peri, Italian composer (b. 1561)
  11. 1648 - Ibrahim I, Ottoman Sultan (b. 1615)
  12. 1674 - Philippe de Champaigne, French painter (b. 1602)
  13. 1676 - Metacom, sachem of Wampanoag]]s his death ended King Phillip's War
  14. 1689 - Pope Innocent XI (b. 1611)
  15. 1778 - Peregrine Bertie, 3rd Duke of Ancaster and Kesteven, British general and politician (b. 1714)
  16. 1809 - Mikhail Kamensky, Russian field marshal (b. 1738)
  17. 1810 - Etienne Louis Geoffroy, French pharmacist and entomologist (b. 1725)
  18. 1827 - William Blake, English poet and artist (b. 1757)
  19. 1848 - George Stephenson, British locomotive designer (b. 1781)
  20. 1864 - Sakuma Shozan, Japanese reformer (b. 1811)
  21. 1865 - William Jackson Hooker, English botanist (b. 1785)
  22. 1891 - James Russell Lowell, American poet and essayist (b. 1819)
  23. 1900 - Wilhelm Steinitz, Austrian chess player (b. 1836)
  24. 1901 - Adolf Erik Nordenskiöld, Finnish-Swedish explorer (b. 1832)
  25. 1914 - John Philip Holland, Irish submarine designer (b. 1840)
  26. 1918 - Anna Held, Polish-born actress and singer (b. 1872)
  27. 1922 - Arthur Griffith, President of Ireland (b. 1871)
  28. 1928 - Leoš Janácek, Czech composer (b. 1854)
  29. 1934 - Hendrik Petrus Berlage, Dutch architect (b. 1856)
  30. 1935 - Friedrich Schottky, German mathematician (b. 1851)
  31. 1943 - Bobby Peel, English cricketer (b. 1857)
  32. 1948 - Harry Brearley, English inventor (b. 1871)
  33. 1952 - David Bergelson, Yiddish language writer (b. 1884)
  34. 1955 - Thomas Mann, German writer, Nobel Prize Laureate (b. 1875)
  35. 1955 - James B. Sumner, American chemist, Nobel Prize Laureate (b. 1887)
  36. 1959 - Mike O'Neill, Irish-born American baseball player (b. 1877)
  37. 1964 - Ian Fleming, English novelist (b. 1908)
  38. 1973 - Walter Rudolf Hess, Swiss physiologist, Nobel Prize Laureate (b. 1881)
  39. 1973 - Karl Ziegler, German chemist, Nobel Prize Laureate (b. 1898)
  40. 1979 - Ernst Boris Chain, German-born biochemist, Nobel Prize Laureate (b. 1906)
  41. 1982 - Henry Fonda, American actor (b. 1905)
  42. 1982 - Salvador Sanchez, Mexican boxer (b. 1959)
  43. 1982 - Varlam Shalamov, Russian writer (b. 1907)
  44. 1982 - Joe Tex, American singer (b. 1933)
  45. 1985 - Kyu Sakamoto, Japanese singer (plane crash) (b. 1941)
  46. 1985 - Manfred Winkelhock, German race car driver (b. 1951)
  47. 1985 - 520 passengers and crew die on Japan Airlines Flight 123 when it crashed after severe structural faliure which caused hydraulic failure rendering the controls useless.
  48. 1988 - Jean-Michel Basquiat, Haitian-American artist
  49. 1988 - Bhakti Raksaka Sridhara Deva Gosvami Maharaja, religious Guru from India (b. 1895)
  50. 1989 - William Shockley, American physicist, Nobel Prize Laureate (b. 1910)
  51. 1989 - Samuel Okwaraji, Nigerian international footballer (b. 1964)
  52. 1990 - Dorothy Mackaill, British-born American actress (b. 1903)
  53. 1992 - John Cage, American composer (b. 1912)
  54. 1997 - Luther Allison, American musician (b. 1939)
  55. 2000 - Loretta Young, American actress (b. 1913)
  56. 2002 - Enos Slaughter, American baseball player (b. 1916)
  57. 2004 - Sir Godfrey Hounsfield, English electrical engineer and inventor, Nobel Prize Laureate (b. 1919)
  58. 2004 - Peter Woodthorpe, British actor (b. 1931)
  59. 2005 - John Loder, co-founder of the anarcho-punk band CRASS (b. 1946)