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

  1. 211 - Septimius Severus, Emperor of Rome (b. 146)
  2. 708 - Pope Sisinnius
  3. 856 - Rabanus Maurus, Bishop of Mainz
  4. 869 - Saint Cyril, Greek missionary to the Slavs (b. 827)
  5. 1508 - Conrad Celtes, German humanist scholar (b. 1459)
  6. 1590 - Gioseffo Zarlino, Italian composer (b. 1517)
  7. 1615 - Dom Justo Takayama, Japanese warlord (b. 1552)
  8. 1615 - Giovanni Battista della Porta, Italian physicist (b. 1535)
  9. 1694 - Nataliya Kyrillovna Naryshkina, Tsaritsa of Russia (b. 1651)
  10. 1713 - Anthony Ashley Cooper, 3rd Earl of Shaftesbury, English politician and philosopher (b. 1671)
  11. 1774 - Charles Marie de La Condamine, French mathematician and geographer (b. 1701)
  12. 1799 - √Čtienne-Louis Boull√©e, French architect (b. 1728)
  13. 1781 - Josef Myslivecek, Czech composer (b. 1737)
  14. 1894 - Adolphe Sax, Belgian instrument maker (b. 1814)
  15. 1905 - Louis-Ernest Barrias, French sculptor (b. 1841)
  16. 1928 - Hendrik Lorentz, Dutch physicist, Nobel Prize Laureate (b. 1853)
  17. 1933 - Archibald Sayce, English educator (b. 1846)
  18. 1936 - Wilhelm Gustloff, German leader of the Swiss Nazi party (b. 1895)
  19. 1940 - Nikolai Yezhov, Head of Soviet NKVD (b. 1895)
  20. 1944 - Yvette Guilbert, French singer and actress (b. 1867)
  21. 1944 - Arsen Kotsoyev, Russian writer (b. 1872)
  22. 1958 - Henry Kuttner, American author (b. 1915)
  23. 1959 - Una O'Connor, Irish actress (b. 1880)
  24. 1967 - Albert Orsborn, 6th General of The Salvation Army (b. 1886)
  25. 1968 - Neal Cassady, American writer (b. 1926)
  26. 1968 - Gilbert H. Grosvenor, American president of the National Geographic Society (b. 1875)
  27. 1969 - Thelma Ritter, American actress (b. 1905)
  28. 1974 - Satyendra Nath Bose, Indian physicist (b. 1894)
  29. 1975 - Louis Jordan, American musician (b. 1908)
  30. 1977 - Brett Halliday, American writer (b. 1904)
  31. 1982 - Alex Harvey, Scottish musician (b. 1935)
  32. 1983 - Karen Carpenter, American singer and musician (Carpenters) (anorexia) (b. 1950)
  33. 1984 - Anna Anderson, claimant to the throne of Russia
  34. 1987 - Liberace, American musician (b. 1919)
  35. 1987 - Carl Rogers, American psychologist (b. 1902)
  36. 1990 - Whipper Billy Watson, Canadian professional wrestler (b. 1917)
  37. 1992 - Lisa Fonssagrives, Swedish model (b. 1911)
  38. 1995 - Godfrey Brown, British athlete and teacher (b. 1915)
  39. 1995 - Patricia Highsmith, American author (b. 1921)
  40. 2000 - Carl Albert, American politician, 54th Speaker of the United States House of Representatives (b. 1908)
  41. 2000 - Doris Coley, American singer (Shirelles) (b. 1941)
  42. 2001 - J. J. Johnson, American jazz trombonist and composer (b. 1924)
  43. 2001 - Iannis Xenakis, Greek-born composer (b. 1922)
  44. 2005 - Ossie Davis, American actor (b. 1917)
  45. 2006 - Betty Friedan, American feminist (b. 1921)
  46. 2006 - Myron Waldman, American animator (b. 1908)