The following is a list of notable world figures who died on January 2.

  1. 1512 - Svante, Regent of Sweden (b. 1460)
  2. 1514 - William Smyth, English bishop and statesman (bc. 1460)
  3. 1557 - Pontormo, Italian painter (b. 1494)
  4. 1685 - Harbottle Grimston, English politician (b. 1603)
  5. 1694 - Henry Booth, 1st Earl of Warrington, English politician (b. 1651)
  6. 1726 - Domenico Zipoli, Italian composer (b. 1688)
  7. 1833 - Seraphim of Sarov, Russian Orthodox saint (b. 1759)
  8. 1892 - George Airy, British Astronomer Royal (b. 1801)
  9. 1893 - John Obadiah Westwood, British entomologist (b. 1805)
  10. 1904 - James Longstreet, American Confederate general (b. 1821)
  11. 1913 - Léon Teisserenc de Bort, French meteorologist (b. 1855)
  12. 1917 - Edward Burnett Tylor, English anthropologist (b. 1832)
  13. 1924 - Sabine Baring-Gould, English composer and novelist (b. 1834)
  14. 1939 - Roman Dmowski, Polish politician (b. 1864)
  15. 1960 - Fausto Coppi, Italian cyclist (b. 1919)
  16. 1963 - Dick Powell, American actor (b. 1904)
  17. 1974 - Tex Ritter, American actor (b. 1905)
  18. 1977 - Errol Garner, American musician (b. 1921)
  19. 1986 - Una Merkel, American actress (b. 1903)
  20. 1986 - Bill Veeck, baseball executive (b. 1914)
  21. 1990 - Alan Hale Jr., American actor (b. 1918)
  22. 1995 - Siad Barre, President of Somalia (b. 1919)
  23. 1996 - Karl Targownik, Hungarian psychiatrist (b. 1915)
  24. 2000 - Nat Adderley, American musician and composer (b. 1931)
  25. 2000 - Patrick O'Brian, British novelist (b. 1914)
  26. 2000 - Elmo R. Zumwalt, Jr., U.S. admiral, 19th Chief of Naval Operations (b. 1920)
  27. 2001 - Teri Diver, American actress (b. 1971)
  28. 2004 - Lynn Cartwright, American actress (b. 1927)
  29. 2004 - Jess Collins, American artist (b. 1923)
  30. 2005 - Cyril Fletcher, British comedian (b. 1913)
  31. 2005 - Frank Kelly Freas, American artist (b. 1922)
  32. 2005 - Ronald 'Bo' Ginn, American politician(b. 1934)
  33. 2005 - Maclyn McCarty, American geneticist (b. 1911)
  34. 2005 - Edo Murtic, Croatian painter (b. 1921)