The following is a list of notable world figures who died on December 4th.

  1. 765 - Jafar Sadiq, Shia Imam (b. 702)
  2. 771 - Carloman, King of the Franks (b. 751)
  3. 1075 - Archbishop Anno II of Cologne
  4. 1123 - Omar Khayyám, Persian poet, astronomer, mathematician, and philosopher (b. 1048)
  5. 1214 - William I of Scotland
  6. 1270 - Theobald V of Champagne, King of Navarre
  7. 1334 - Pope John XXII (b. 1249)
  8. 1340 - Henry Burghersh, English bishop and chancellor (b. 1292)
  9. 1459 - Adolf VIII, Duke of Southern Jutland (b. 1401)
  10. 1576 - Rheticus, Austrian mathematician (b. 1514)
  11. 1585 - John Willock, Scottish reformer
  12. 1609 - Alexander Hume, Scottish poet
  13. 1642 - Armand Jean du Plessis, Cardinal Richelieu, French statesman (b. 1585)
  14. 1649 - William Drummond of Hawthornden, Scottish poet (b. 1585)
  15. 1679 - Thomas Hobbes, English philosopher (b. 1588)
  16. 1680 - Thomas Bartholin, Danish physician, mathematician, and theologian (b. 1616)
  17. 1696 - Empress Meisho of Japan (b. 1624)
  18. 1732 - John Gay, British playwright (b. 1685)
  19. 1798 - Luigi Galvani, Italian physicist (b. 1737)
  20. 1828 - Robert Jenkinson, 2nd Earl of Liverpool, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom (b. 1770)
  21. 1845 - Gregor MacGregor, British con-man
  22. 1902 - Charles Dow, American journalist (Dow Jones & Company - Wall Street Journal) (b. 1851)
  23. 1926 - Ivana Kobilca, Slovenian-born painter (b. 1861)
  24. 1933 - Stefan George, German poet (b. 1868)
  25. 1935 - Johan Halvorsen, Norwegian composer (b. 1864)
  26. 1935 - Charles Robert Richet, French physiologist, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1850)
  27. 1944 - Roger Bresnahan, Baseball player (b. 1879)
  28. 1945 - Thomas Hunt Morgan, American geneticist, recipient of the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine (b. 1866)
  29. 1956 - Alexandr Rodchenko, Russian painter and photographer (b. 1891)
  30. 1967 - Bert Lahr, American actor (b. 1895)
  31. 1969 - Fred Hampton, American activist (b. 1948)
  32. 1975 - Hannah Arendt, German political theorist (b. 1906)
  33. 1976 - Tommy Bolin, American guitarist (b. 1951)
  34. 1976 - Benjamin Britten, British composer (b. 1913)
  35. 1976 - W. F. McCoy, Northern Irish politician (b. 1886)
  36. 1980 - Francisco Sá Carneiro, Prime Minister of Portugal (b. 1934)
  37. 1980 - Stanislawa Walasiewicz, Polish-born athlete (b. 1911)
  38. 1993 - Frank Zappa, American musician and composer (b. 1940)
  39. 1995 - Lionel Giroux, Canadian midget wrestler (b. 1935)
  40. 1997 - Richard Vernon, British actor (b. 1925)
  41. 2003 - Iggy Katona, American race car driver (b. 1916)
  42. 2005 - Gregg Hoffman, American film producer (b. 1963)
  43. 2005 - Gloria Lasso, French-Spanish singer (b. 1922)
  44. 2006 - Logan Whitehurst, Song writer/singer (b. 1977)
  45. 2006 - James Kim, Technology reporter (b. 1971)