The following is a list of notable world figures who died on January 3.

  1. 722 - Empress Gemmei of Japan (b. 661)
  2. 1098 - Walkelin, first Norman bishop of Winchester (b. unknown)
  3. 1322 - King Philip V of France (b. 1293)
  4. 1437 - Catherine of Valois, wife of Henry V of England (b. 1401)
  5. 1543 - Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo, Portuguese explorer (b. 1499)
  6. 1641 - Jeremiah Horrocks, English astronomer (bc. 1618)
  7. 1656 - Mathieu Molé, French statesman (b. 1584)
  8. 1670 - George Monck, 1st Duke of Albemarle, English soldier (b. 1608)
  9. 1690 - Hillel ben Naphtali Zevi, Lithuanian rabbi (b. 1615)
  10. 1743 - Ferdinando Galli-Bibiena, Italian architect/designer (b. 1657)
  11. 1779 - Claude Bourgelat, French veterinary surgeon (b. 1712)
  12. 1785 - Baldassare Galuppi, Italian composer (b. 1706)
  13. 1795 - Josiah Wedgwood, English potter (b. 1730)
  14. 1826 - Louis Gabriel Suchet, French marshal (b. 1770)
  15. 1875 - Pierre Larousse, French editor (b. 1817)
  16. 1903 - Alois Hitler, Adolf Hilter's father (b. 1837)
  17. 1923 - Jaroslav Hasek, Czech novelist (b. 1883)
  18. 1927 - Carle David Tolmé Runge, German physicist (b. 1856)
  19. 1933 - Wilhelm Cuno, 6th Chancellor of the Weimar Republic (Germany) (b. 1876)
  20. 1933 - Jack Pickford, Canadian actor (b. 1896)
  21. 1944 - Jurgis Baltrušaitis, Lithuanian poet (b. 1873)
  22. 1945 - Edgar Cayce, American psychic (b. 1877)
  23. 1945 - Ferdynand Antoni Ossendowski, Polish writer (b. 1879)
  24. 1946 - William Joyce, American Nazi propagandist (executed) (b. 1906)
  25. 1950 - Emil Jannings, Swiss actor (b. 1884)
  26. 1956 - Alexander Gretchaninov, Russian composer (b. 1864)
  27. 1956 - Joseph Wirth, 5th Chancellor of the Weimar Republic (Germany) (b. 1876)
  28. 1963 - Jack Carson, Canadian actor (b. 1910)
  29. 1967 - Mary Garden, Scottish singer (b. 1874)
  30. 1967 - Jack Ruby, American killer of Lee Harvey Oswald (b. 1911)
  31. 1979 - Conrad Hilton, American hotelier (b. 1887)
  32. 1980 - Joy Adamson, Czech conservationist (b. 1910)
  33. 1980 - Lucien Buysse, Belgian cyclist (b. 1892)
  34. 1981 - Princess Alice of Albany (b. 1883)
  35. 1988 - Rose Ausländer, German poet (b. 1901)
  36. 1989 - Sergei Lvovich Sobolev, Russian mathematician (b. 1909)
  37. 1992 - Dame Judith Anderson, Australian actress (b. 1897)
  38. 1993 - Johnny Most, American sports announcer (b. 1923)
  39. 2001 - José Greco, Italian-born dancer (b. 1918)
  40. 2002 - Esquivel, Mexican band leader (b. 1918)
  41. 2002 - Freddy Heineken, Dutch beer executive (b. 1923)
  42. 2003 - Sid Gillman, American football coach (b. 1911)
  43. 2004 - Leon Wagner, baseball player (b. 1934)
  44. 2005 - Koo Chen-fu, Chinese negotiator (b. 1917)
  45. 2005 - JN Dixit, Indian government official (b. 1936)
  46. 2005 - Will Eisner, American comic book artist (b. 1917)
  47. 2006 - Steve Rogers, Australian rugby league player (b. 1954)
  48. 2006 - Bill Skate, Prime Minister of Papua New Guinea (b. 1954)