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

  1. 1538 - Albrecht Altdorfer, German painter
  2. 1554 - Lord Guilford Dudley, consort of Lady Jane Grey (executed) (b. 1536)
  3. 1554 - Lady Jane Grey, claimant to the throne of England (executed) (b. 1537)
  4. 1571 - Nicholas Throckmorton, English diplomat and politician (b. 1515)
  5. 1590 - François Hotman, French lawyer and writer (b. 1524)
  6. 1595 - Archduke Ernest of Austria, Governor of the Spanish Netherlands (b. 1553)
  7. 1612 - Christopher Clavius, German astronomer (b. 1538)
  8. 1624 - George Heriot, Scottish goldsmith and philanthropist (b. 1563)
  9. 1630 - Fynes Moryson, English traveler and writer (b. 1566)
  10. 1700 - Aleksei Shein, Russian general and statesman (b. 1662)
  11. 1724 - Elkanah Settle, English writer (b. 1648)
  12. 1728 - Agostino Steffani, Italian diplomat and composer (b. 1653)
  13. 1762 - Laurent Belissen, French composer (b. 1693)
  14. 1763 - Pierre de Marivaux, French writer (b. 1688)
  15. 1771 - King Adolf Frederick of Sweden (b. 1710)
  16. 1789 - Ethan Allen, American patriot (b. 1738)
  17. 1799 - Lazzaro Spallanzani, Italian biologist (b. 1729)
  18. 1804 - Immanuel Kant, German philosopher (b. 1724)
  19. 1903 - Gaspar Núñez de Arce, Spanish poet, dramatist and statesman (b. 1834)
  20. 1916 - Richard Dedekind, German mathematician (b. 1831)
  21. 1929 - Lillie Langtry, British singer and actress (b. 1853)
  22. 1931 - Samedbey Mehmandarov, Russian general (b. 1855)
  23. 1933 - Henri Duparc, French composer (b. 1848)
  24. 1935 - Auguste Escoffier, French chef (b. 1846)
  25. 1949 - Imam Hassan al Banna, Egyptian founder of the Muslim Brotherhood (b. 1906)
  26. 1951 - Choudhary Rehmat Ali - Pakistani nationalist (b. 1897)
  27. 1954 - Dziga Vertov, Russian filmmaker (b. 1896)
  28. 1957 - Eric Alfred Knudsen, American author, folklorist (b. 1872)
  29. 1971 - James C. Penney, American department store founder (b. 1875)
  30. 1976 - Sal Mineo, American actor (b. 1939)
  31. 1979 - Jean Renoir, French director (b. 1894)
  32. 1982 - Victor Jory, Canadian actor (b. 1902)
  33. 1983 - Eubie Blake, American musician and songwriter
  34. 1984 - Julio Cortázar, Argentine writer (b. 1914)
  35. 1985 - Nicholas Colasanto, American actor (b. 1924)
  36. 1992 - Bep van Klaveren, Dutch boxer (b. 1907)
  37. 1992 - María Elena Moyano, Peruvian activist (b. 1960)
  38. 1993 - James Bulger, English murder victim (b. 1990)
  39. 1995 - Robert Bolt, English writer (b. 1924)
  40. 1995 - Philip Taylor Kramer, American musician (Iron Butterfly)
  41. 1996 - Bob Shaw, Northern Irish science fiction writer (b. 1931)
  42. 2000 - Screamin' Jay Hawkins, American musician (b. 1929)
  43. 2000 - Tom Landry, American football coach (b. 1924)
  44. 2000 - Charles Schulz, American comics author (b. 1922)
  45. 2001 - Kristina Söderbaum, German actress and photographer (b. 1912)
  46. 2003 - Vali Myers, Australian painter (b. 1930)
  47. 2005 - Rafael Vidal, Venezuelan athlete (b. 1964)