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

  1. 1066 - Edward the Confessor, pre-Norman conquest English king (b. ca. 1004) (disputed)
  2. 1248 - King Sancho II of Portugal (b. 1207)
  3. 1564 - Hosokawa Ujitsuna, Japanese military commander (b. 1514)
  4. 1584 - Tobias Stimmer, Swiss painter and drawer (b. 1539)
  5. 1695 - François Henri de Montmorency-Bouteville, duc de Luxembourg, French general (b. 1628)
  6. 1752 - Gabriel Cramer, Swiss mathematician (b. 1704)
  7. 1761 - Stephen Hales, English physiologist (b. 1677)
  8. 1773 - Anton Losenko, Russian painter (b. 1737)
  9. 1782 - Ange-Jacques Gabriel, French architect (b. 1698)
  10. 1804 - Charlotte Lennox, English author and poet (bc. 1730)
  11. 1821 - Elizabeth Ann Seton, American saint (b. 1774)
  12. 1825 - King Ferdinand I of the Two Sicilies (b. 1751)
  13. 1877 - Cornelius Vanderbilt, American entrepreneur (b. 1794)
  14. 1883 - Antoine Eugène Alfred Chanzy, French general (b. 1823)
  15. 1896 - Joseph Hubert Reinkens, German Old Catholic bishop (b. 1821)
  16. 1903 - Gulstan Ropert, Roman Catholic prelate (b. 1839)
  17. 1919 - Georg von Hertling, Chancellor of Germany (b. 1843)
  18. 1931 - Art Acord, American actor (b. 1890)
  19. 1941 - Henri Bergson, French philosopher, Nobel laureate (b. 1859)
  20. 1960 - Albert Camus, Algerian-born French philosopher and writer, Nobel laureate (b. 1913)
  21. 1961 - Erwin Schrödinger, Austrian physicist, Nobel laureate (b. 1887)
  22. 1962 - Hans Lammers, German SS officer (b. 1879)
  23. 1965 - T. S. Eliot, American-born writer, Nobel laureate (b. 1888)
  24. 1967 - Donald Campbell, British motorboat racer (b. 1921)
  25. 1969 - Violet and Daisy Hilton, English conjoined twin actresses (b. 1908)
  26. 1970 - Jean-Étienne Valluy, French general (b. 1899)
  27. 1971 - Arthur Ford, American clairaudient {b. 1896)
  28. 1985 - Brian Horrocks, British general (b. 1895)
  29. 1986 - Christopher Isherwood, English writer (b. 1904)
  30. 1986 - Phil Lynott, Irish musician (Thin Lizzy) (b. 1949)
  31. 1990 - Doc Edgerton, American electrical engineer (b. 1903)
  32. 1998 - Mae Questel, American actress (b. 1908)
  33. 1999 - Iron Eyes Cody, American actor (b. 1904)
  34. 2003 - Conrad Hall, American cinematographer (b. 1927)
  35. 2003 - Yfrah Neaman, Lebanese-born violinist (b. 1923)
  36. 2003 - Sabine Ulibarri, Mexican American writer (b. 1919)
  37. 2004 - Joan Aiken, English author (b. 1924)
  38. 2004 - Brian Gibson, English film director (b. 1944)
  39. 2004 - Jake Hess, American singer (b. 1927)
  40. 2004 - Jeff Nuttall, English writer (b. 1933)
  41. 2004 - John Toland, American historian (b. 1912)
  42. 2005 - Humphrey Carpenter, English author (b. 1946)
  43. 2005 - Ali al-Haidri, Iraqi governor of Baghdad (assassinated)
  44. 2005 - Frank Harary, American mathematician (b. 1921)
  45. 2005 - Robert Heilbroner, American economist (b. 1919)
  46. 2005 - Bud Poile, Canadian hockey player (b. 1924)
  47. 2005 - Alton Tobey, American artist (b. 1914)
  48. 2006 - Maktoum bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Prime Minister of the United Arab Emirates and Ruler of Dubai (b. 1946)