The following is a list of notable world figures who died on December 3rd.

  1. 1154 - Pope Anastasius IV
  2. 1265 - Odofredus, Italian jurist
  3. 1533 - Vasili III, Grand Prince of Moscow (b. 1479)
  4. 1552 - St Francis Xavier, Jesuit missionary to the East (b. 1506)
  5. 1610 - Honda Tadakatsu, Japanese general (b. 1548)
  6. 1765 - Lord John Philip Sackville, British cricketer (b. 1713)
  7. 1789 - Claude Joseph Vernet, French painter (b. 1714)
  8. 1815 - John Carroll (priest), first Roman Catholic archbishop in the U.S. (b. 1735)
  9. 1882 - Archibald Campbell Tait, Archbishop of Canterbury (b. 1811)
  10. 1888 - Carl Zeiss, German lens maker (b. 1816)
  11. 1892 - Afanasy Fet, Russian poet (b. 1820)
  12. 1894 - Robert Louis Stevenson, British writer (b. 1850)
  13. 1902 - Robert Lawson, New Zealand architect (b. 1833)
  14. 1910 - Mary Baker Eddy, Discoverer and Founder of Christian Science (b. 1821)
  15. 1912 - Prudente José de Morais Barros, President of Brazil (b. 1841)
  16. 1919 - Pierre-Auguste Renoir, French impressionist painter (b. 1841)
  17. 1941 - Christian Sinding, Norwegian composer (b. 1856)
  18. 1941 - Pavel Filonov, Russian painter (b. 1883)
  19. 1949 - Maria Ouspenskaya, Russian-born American actress (b. 1876)
  20. 1967 - Harry Wismer, American original owner of the New York Jets (b. 1913)
  21. 1969 - Mathias Wieman, German actor (b. 1902)
  22. 1972 - Bill Johnson, American musician (b. 1872)
  23. 1973 - Emile Christian, American musician (b. 1895)
  24. 1979 - Dhyan Chand, Indian Olympic gold medalist (b. 1905)
  25. 1980 - Oswald Mosley, British politician (b. 1896)
  26. 1981 - Walter Knott, farmer and creator of Knott's Berry Farm (b. 1889)
  27. 1984 - Vladimir Abramovich Rokhlin, Russian mathematician (b. 1919)
  28. 1993 - Lewis Thomas, American physician and essayist (b. 1913)
  29. 1995 - Gerard John Schaefer, American serial killer (b. 1946)
  30. 1996 - Georges Duby, French historian (b. 1919)
  31. 1999 - Jarl Wahlström, 12th General of The Salvation Army (b. 1918)
  32. 1999 - Madeline Kahn, American actress/comedian (b. 1942)
  33. 1999 - Scatman John, American singer (b. 1942)
  34. 2000 - Gwendolyn Brooks, American poet (b. 1917)
  35. 2002 - Glenn Quinn, Irish actor (b. 1970)
  36. 2003 - David Hemmings, British actor (b. 1941)
  37. 2004 - Shiing-Shen Chern, Chinese mathematician (b. 1911)
  38. 2005 - Herb Moford, baseball player (b. 1928)
  39. 2006 - Logan Whitehurst, American musician (b. 1977)