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

  1. 1348 - Emperor Hanazono of Japan (b. 1297)
  2. 1381 - John of Ruysbroeck, Flemish mystic
  3. 1463 - Archduke Albert VI of Austria (b. 1418)
  4. 1469 - Piero di Cosimo de' Medici, ruler of Florence (b. 1416)
  5. 1515 - Gonzalo Fernández de Córdoba, Spanish general and statesman (b. 1453)
  6. 1547 - Hernán Cortés, Spanish explorer and conqueror (b. 1485)
  7. 1552 - Francis Xavier, Spanish Catholic missionary (b. 1506)
  8. 1594 - Gerardus Mercator, Flemish cartographer (b. 1512)
  9. 1615 - Louis des Balbes de Berton de Crillon, French general
  10. 1665 - Catherine de Vivonne, marquise de Rambouillet, French socialite (b. 1588)
  11. 1694 - Pierre Paul Puget, French artist (b. 1622)
  12. 1719 - Pasquier Quesnel, French Jansenist theologian (b. 1634)
  13. 1723 - Philip II, Duke of Orléans, regent of France (b. 1674)
  14. 1726 - Samuel Penhallow, English-born American colonist and historian (b. 1665)
  15. 1747 - Vincent Bourne, English classical scholar (b. 1695)
  16. 1748 - Charles Seymour, 6th Duke of Somerset, English politician (b. 1662)
  17. 1774 - Johann Friedrich Agricola, German composer and organist (b. 1720)
  18. 1814 - Marquis de Sade, French writer (b. 1740)
  19. 1844 - Eustachy Erazm Sanguszko, Polish general and politician (b. 1768)
  20. 1849 - Adelaide of Saxe-Meiningen, wife of William IV of the United Kingdom (b. 1792)
  21. 1859 - John Brown, American abolitionist (hanged) (b. 1800)
  22. 1860 - Alfred Bunn, British theatrical manager (b. 1796)
  23. 1892 - Jay Gould, American entrepreneur (b. 1836)
  24. 1918 - Edmond Rostand, French poet and dramatist (b. 1868)
  25. 1924 - Kazimieras Buga, Lithuanian philologist (b. 1879)
  26. 1931 - Vincent d'Indy, French composer (b. 1851)
  27. 1936 - John Ringling, American circus owner (b. 1866)
  28. 1943 - Nordahl Grieg, Norwegian author and journalist (b. 1902)
  29. 1944 - Josef Lhévinne, Russian pianist (b. 1874)
  30. 1944 - Filippo Tommaso Marinetti, Italian writer (b. 1876)
  31. 1950 - Dinu Lipatti, Romanian pianist (b. 1917)
  32. 1957 - Manfred Sakel, Polish psychiatrist (b. 1902)
  33. 1963 - Thomas J. Hicks, British-born runner (b. 1875)
  34. 1963 - Sabu Dastagir, Indian-born American actor (b. 1924)
  35. 1968 - Adamson-Eric (Eric Adamson), Estonian painter (b. 1902)
  36. 1969 - Kliment Yefremovich Voroshilov, Russian politician (b. 1881)
  37. 1974 - Max Weber, Swiss Federal Councilor (b. 1897)
  38. 1976 - Danny Murtaugh, baseball player and manager (b. 1917)
  39. 1980 - Chaudhry Muhammad Ali, Prime Minister of Pakistan (b. 1905)
  40. 1980 - Romain Gary, Lithuanian-born French writer (b. 1914)
  41. 1982 - Marty Feldman, British comedian, writer and actor (b. 1933)
  42. 1983 - Fifi d'Orsay, Canadian actress (b. 1904)
  43. 1985 - Aniello Dellacroce, American gangster (b. 1914)
  44. 1985 - Philip Larkin, English writer and jazz critic (b. 1922)
  45. 1986 - Desi Arnaz, Cuban-born actor, musician, band leader, and composer (b. 1917)
  46. 1987 - Luis Federico Leloir, French-born chemist and Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1906)
  47. 1987 - Yakov Borisovich Zel'dovich, Russian physicist (b. 1914)
  48. 1988 - Tata Giacobetti, Italian singer and lyricist (Quartetto Cetra)
  49. 1990 - Aaron Copland, American composer (b. 1900)
  50. 1990 - Robert Cummings, American film and television actor (b. 1908)
  51. 1993 - Pablo Escobar, Colombian drug dealer (b. 1949)
  52. 1995 - Robertson Davies, Canadian novelist (b. 1913)
  53. 1997 - Shirley Crabtree, British professional wrestler (b. 1930)
  54. 1997 - Michael Hedges, American guitarist known for originality (b. 1953)
  55. 2002 - Ivan Illich, Austrian priest and philosopher (b. 1926)
  56. 2002 - Arno Peters, German historian (b. 1916)
  57. 2003 - Alan Davidson, British author (b. 1924)
  58. 2004 - Mona Van Duyn, American poet (b. 1921)
  59. 2004 - Alicia Markova, British ballerina (b. 1910)
  60. 2005 - Van Tuong Nguyen, Australian drug smuggler (hanged) (b. 1980)
  61. 2005 - Kenneth Lee Boyd, American convicted murderer (executed) (b. 1948)
  62. 2006 - Mariska Veres, Dutch singer (b. 1947)