The following is a list of notable world figures who died on February 8.

  1. 1204 - Alexius IV Angelus, deposed Eastern Roman Emperor (b. circa 1182)
  2. 1250 - Robert I of Artois, French crusader (b. 1216).
  3. 1250 - William II Longespee
  4. 1265 - Hulagu Khan, Mongol ruler (b. 1217)
  5. 1296 - King Przemysl II of Poland (b. 1257)
  6. 1529 - Baldassare Castiglione, Italian writer and diplomat (b. 1478)
  7. 1587 - Mary, Queen of Scots (b. 1542)
  8. 1599 - Robert Rollock, Scottish educator
  9. 1623 - Thomas Cecil, 1st Earl of Exeter, English politician (b. 1546)
  10. 1696 - Tsar Ivan V of Russia (b. 1666)
  11. 1709 - Giuseppe Torelli, Italian composer (b. 1658)
  12. 1725 - Tsar Peter I of Russia (b. 1672)
  13. 1749 - Jan van Huysum, Dutch painter (b. 1682)
  14. 1750 - Aaron Hill, English writer (b. 1685)
  15. 1768 - George Dance the Elder, English architect (b. 1695)
  16. 1772 - Augusta of Saxe-Gotha, Princess of Wales (b. 1719)
  17. 1849 - France Prešeren, Slovenian poet (b. 1800)
  18. 1849 - François Antoine Habeneck, French violinist (b. 1781)
  19. 1856 - Agostino Bassi, Italian entomologist (b. 1773)
  20. 1907 - Hendrik Willem Bakhuis Roozeboom, Dutch chemist (b. 1854)
  21. 1910 - Hans Jæger, Norwegian writer and political activist (b. 1854)
  22. 1921 - Peter Kropotkin, Russian anarchist (b. 1842)
  23. 1929 - Maria Christina, Queen Regent of Spain (b. 1858)
  24. 1956 - Connie Mack, baseball manager and executive (b. 1862)
  25. 1957 - Walther Bothe, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1891)
  26. 1957 - John von Neumann, Hungarian-born mathematician and physicist (b. 1903)
  27. 1960 - Sir Giles Gilbert Scott, English architect (b. 1880)
  28. 1963 - George Dolenz, American actor; father of Mickey Dolenz (b. 1908)
  29. 1964 - Ernst Kretschmer, German psychiatrist (b. 1888)
  30. 1973 - Max Yasgur, American Woodstock Festival host (b. 1919)
  31. 1975 - Robert Robinson, British chemist, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1886)
  32. 1977 - Eivind Groven, Norwegian composer and ethnomusicologist (b. 1901)
  33. 1982 - John Hay Whitney, American financier (b. 1904)
  34. 1984 - Karel Miljon, Dutch boxer (b. 1903)
  35. 1985 - William Lyons, British automobile manufacturer (b. 1901)
  36. 1987 - Harriet E. MacGibbon, American actress (b. 1905)
  37. 1990 - Del Shannon, American entertainer (suicide) (b. 1934)
  38. 1992 - Denny Wright, British jazz guitarist (b. 1924)
  39. 1993 - N. Shanmugathasan, Sri Lankan communist leader
  40. 1994 - Raymond Scott, American composer (b. 1908)
  41. 1996 - Del Ennis, baseball player (b. 1925)
  42. 1998 - Halldór Laxness, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1902)
  43. 1998 - Julian Lincoln Simon, American economist and author (b. 1932)
  44. 1999 - Iris Murdoch, Irish author (b. 1919)
  45. 2000 - Sid Abel, Canadian hockey player (b. 1918)
  46. 2000 - Derrick Thomas, American football player (b. 1967)
  47. 2001 - Ivo Caprino, Norwegian animated film director (b. 1920)
  48. 2002 - Joachim Hoffmann, German historian (b. 1930)
  49. 2002 - Ong Teng Cheong, President of Singapore (b. 1936)
  50. 2004 - Julius Schwartz, American comic book and science fiction editor (b. 1915)
  51. 2005 - Jimmy Smith, American jazz musician
  52. 2006 - Akira Ifukube, Japanese composer (b. 1914)