The following is a list of notable world figures who died on February 29.

  1. 1528 - Patrick Hamilton, Scottish religious reformer (martyred) (b. 1504)
  2. 1592 - Alessandro Striggio, Italian composer
  3. 1604 - John Whitgift, Archbishop of Canterbury (b. 1530)
  4. 1744 - John Theophilus Desaguliers, French philosopher (b. 1683)
  5. 1820 - Johann Joachim Eschenburg, German literary critic (b. 1743)
  6. 1868 - Ludwig I of Bavaria (b. 1786)
  7. 1940 - Edward Frederic Benson, American writer (b. 1867)
  8. 1944 - Pehr Evind Svinhufvud, President of Finland (b. 1861)
  9. 1956 - Elpidio Quirino, President of the Philippines (b. 1890)
  10. 1968 - Tore Ørjasæter, Norwegian poet (b. 1886)
  11. 1980 - Gil Elvgren, American artist (b. 1914)
  12. 1992 - Ruth Pitter, English poet (b. 1897)
  13. 2004 - Jerome Lawrence, American playwright (b. 1915)