The following is a list of notable world figures who died on August 2nd.

  1. 686 - Pope John V
  2. 924 - Ælfweard of Wessex
  3. 1100 - King William II of England
  4. 1222 - Count Raymond VI of Toulouse (b. 1156)
  5. 1511 - Andrew Barton, Scottish naval leader
  6. 1589 - King Henry III of France (b. 1551)
  7. 1611 - Kato Kiyomasa, Japanese warlord and samurai (b. 1562)
  8. 1696 - Robert Campbell of Glenlyon, Scottish military commander (b. 1630)
  9. 1769 - Daniel Finch, 8th Earl of Winchilsea, English politician (b. 1689)
  10. 1776 - Louis François I, Prince of Conti, French military leader (b. 1717)
  11. 1788 - Thomas Gainsborough, English artist (b. 1727)
  12. 1815 - Guillaume Marie Anne Brune, French marshal (murdered) (b. 1763)
  13. 1823 - Lazare Carnot, French general, politician, and mathematician (b. 1753)
  14. 1849 - Governor Muhammad Ali of Egypt (b. 1769)
  15. 1859 - Horace Mann, American educator and abolitionist (b. 1796)
  16. 1876 - James Butler "Wild Bill" Hickok, American gunfighter (b. 1837)
  17. 1889 - Eduardo Gutiérrez, Argentinian author (b. 1851)
  18. 1890 - Louise-Victorine Ackermann, French poet (b. 1813)
  19. 1903 - Edmond Nocard, French veterinarian (b. 1850)
  20. 1920 - Ormer Locklear, American stunt pilot (b. 1891)
  21. 1921 - Enrico Caruso, Italian tenor (b. 1873)
  22. 1922 - Alexander Graham Bell, Scottish-born inventor (b. 1847)
  23. 1923 - Warren G. Harding, 29th President of the United States (b. 1865)
  24. 1934 - Paul von Hindenburg, German field marshal and President of Germany (b. 1847)
  25. 1936 - Louis Blériot, French aviation pioneer (b. 1872)
  26. 1939 - Harvey Spencer Lewis, American Rosacrucian mystic (b. 1883)
  27. 1945 - Pietro Mascagni, Italian composer (b. 1863)
  28. 1976 - Fritz Lang, Austrian film director (b. 1890)
  29. 1978 - Carlos Chávez, Mexican composer (b. 1899)
  30. 1979 - Thurman Munson, baseball player (b. 1947)
  31. 1986 - Roy Cohn, American politician (b. 1927)
  32. 1988 - Raymond Carver, American writer (b. 1938)
  33. 1988 - Joe Carcione, American consumer advocate (b. 1914)
  34. 1990 - Norman Mclean, American writer (b. 1902)
  35. 1997 - William S. Burroughs, American writer (b. 1914)
  36. 1998 - Shari Lewis, American puppeteer (b. 1933)
  37. 2003 - Don Estelle, British actor (b. 1933)
  38. 2003 - Mike Levey, American television personality (b. 1948)
  39. 2003 - Peter Safar, Austrian physician (b. 1924)
  40. 2004 - Don Tosti, American musician (b. 1923)
  41. 2006 - Elisabeth Schwarzkopf, German-born soprano (b. 1915)