The following is a list of notable world figures who died on January 5.

  1. 842 - Al-Mu'tasim, Abbasid caliph (b. 794)
  2. 1066 - Edward The Confessor, King Of England
  3. 1400 - John Montacute, 3rd Earl of Salisbury, English politician (executed) (bc. 1350)
  4. 1465 - Charles, Duke of Orléans, French poet (b. 1394)
  5. 1477 - Charles, Duke of Burgundy (killed in battle) (b. 1433)
  6. 1524 - Marko Marulic, Croatian poet (b. 1450)
  7. 1527 - Felix Manz, Swiss leader (executed) (b. 1498)
  8. 1588 - Qi Jiguang, Chinese general (b. 1528)
  9. 1589 - Catherine de Medici, queen of Henry II of France (b. 1519)
  10. 1655 - Pope Innocent X (b. 1574)
  11. 1740 - Antonio Lotti, Italian composer (b. 1667)
  12. 1762 - Empress Elizabeth of Russia (b. 1709)
  13. 1771 - John Russell, 4th Duke of Bedford, British statesman (b. 1710)
  14. 1846 - Alfred Thomas Agate, American artist (b. 1812)
  15. 1858 - Joseph Radetzky von Radetz, Austrian field marshal (b. 1766)
  16. 1891 - Emma Abbott, American soprano (b. 1849)
  17. 1904 - Karl Alfred von Zittel, German palaeontologist (b. 1839)
  18. 1910 - Léon Walras, French economist (b. 1834)
  19. 1922 - Ernest Shackleton, Irish explorer (b. 1874)
  20. 1933 - John Calvin Coolidge, Jr., 30th President of the United States (b. 1872)
  21. 1937 - Marie Booth, child of William and Catherine Booth (b. 1864)
  22. 1941 - Amy Johnson, English aviator (b. 1903)
  23. 1943 - George Washington Carver, American educator (b. 1860)
  24. 1951 - Andrei Platonov, Russian writer (b. 1899)
  25. 1954 - Rabbit Maranville, baseball player (b. 1891)
  26. 1956 - Mistinguett, French singer (b. 1875)
  27. 1963 - Rogers Hornsby, baseball player (b. 1896)
  28. 1970 - Max Born, German physicist, Nobel laureate (b. 1882)
  29. 1970 - Roberto Gerhard, Catalan composer (b. 1896)
  30. 1971 - Douglas Shearer, Canadian film engineer (b. 1899)
  31. 1979 - Charles Mingus, American musician (b. 1922)
  32. 1981 - Harold C. Urey, American chemist, Nobel laureate (b. 1893)
  33. 1981 - Lanza del Vasto, Italian philosopher (b. 1901)
  34. 1982 - Hans Conried, American actor (b. 1917)
  35. 1988 - Pete Maravich, American basketball player (b. 1947)
  36. 1990 - Arthur Kennedy, American actor (b. 1914)
  37. 1991 - Vasko Popa, Yugoslav poet (b. 1922)
  38. 1994 - Thomas P. 'Tip' O'Neill, American politician (b. 1912)
  39. 1996 - Yahya Ayyash, Palestinian terrorist (b. 1966)
  40. 1998 - Sonny Bono, American entertainer (b. 1935)
  41. 2001 - Nancy Parsons, American actress (b. 1942)
  42. 2003 - Roy Jenkins, British politician (b. 1920)
  43. 2003 - Jean Kerr, American author (b. 1923)
  44. 2004 - Tug McGraw, baseball player (b. 1944)
  45. 2005 - Danny Sugerman, American music manager (The Doors) (b. 1954)