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

  1. 482 - Saint Severinus
  2. 1100 - Antipope Clement III (bc. 1029)
  3. 1107 - Edgar of Scotland (b. 1074)
  4. 1198 - Pope Celestine III (bc. 1106)
  5. 1324 - Marco Polo, Italian explorer (b. 1254)
  6. 1337 - Giotto di Bondone, Italian artist (b. 1267)
  7. 1464 - Thomas Ebendorfer, Austrian historian (b. 1385)
  8. 1557 - Albert the Warlike, Prince of Bayreuth (b. 1522)
  9. 1570 - Philibert de l'Orme, French architect (bc. 1510)
  10. 1642 - Galileo Galilei, Italian astronomer (b. 1564)
  11. 1707 - John Dalrymple, 1st Earl of Stair, Scottish politician (b. 1648)
  12. 1713 - Arcangelo Corelli, Italian composer (b. 1653)
  13. 1775 - John Baskerville, English printer (b. 1706)
  14. 1789 - Jack Broughton, English boxer (bc. 1703)
  15. 1794 - Justus Möser, German statesman (b. 1720)
  16. 1815 - Edward Pakenham, British general (killed in battle) (b. 1778)
  17. 1825 - Eli Whitney, American inventor (b. 1765)
  18. 1854 - William Carr Beresford, 1st Viscount Beresford, British general and politician (b. 1768)
  19. 1865 - Aimé, duc de Clermont-Tonnerre, French general (b. 1779)
  20. 1874 - Charles Etienne Brasseur de Bourbourg, French writer and historian (b. 1814)
  21. 1878 - Nikolai Alekseevich Nekrasov, Russian poet (b. 1821)
  22. 1880 - Joshua A. Norton, "Emperor Norton I of the United States" (b. 1811)
  23. 1896 - William Raine Marshall, Governor of Minnesota (b. 1825)
  24. 1896 - Paul Verlaine, French poet (b. 1844)
  25. 1901 - John Barry, Irish recipient of the Victoria Cross (b. 1873)
  26. 1916 - Ada Rehan, actress (b. 1860)
  27. 1932 - Eurosia Fabris, Italian Catholic (b. 1866)
  28. 1934 - Andrei Bely, Russian writer (b. 1880)
  29. 1941 - Robert Baden-Powell, English founder of scouting (b. 1857)
  30. 1942 - Joseph Franklin Rutherford, American religious publisher (b. 1869)
  31. 1944 - William Kissam Vanderbilt II, member of the Vanderbilt family (b. 1878)
  32. 1948 - Kurt Schwitters, German painter (b. 1887)
  33. 1950 - Joseph Schumpeter, Austrian economist (b. 1883)
  34. 1956 - Jim Elliot, American Christian missionary (b. 1928)
  35. 1958 - Paul Pilgrim, American athlete (b. 1883)
  36. 1963 - Kay Sage, American artist and poet (b. 1898)
  37. 1969 - Albert Hill, British athlete (b. 1889)
  38. 1970 - Georges Guibourg, French performer (b. 1891)
  39. 1972 - Kenneth Patchen, American poet (b. 1911)
  40. 1975 - Richard Tucker, American tenor (b. 1913)
  41. 1976 - Zhou Enlai, Premier of the People's Republic of China (b. 1898)
  42. 1976 - Robert Forgan, British fascist (b. 1891)
  43. 1979 - Sara Carter, American country musician (b. 1898)
  44. 1980 - John Mauchly, American physicist (b. 1907)
  45. 1981 - Matthew "Stymie" Beard, American actor (b. 1925)
  46. 1983 - Tom McCall, Governor of Oregon (b. 1913)
  47. 1986 - Pierre Fournier, French cellist (b. 1906)
  48. 1989 - Bruce Chatwin, English novelist (b. 1940)
  49. 1990 - Terry-Thomas, British actor, comedian (b. 1911)
  50. 1991 - Steve Clark, English guitarist (Def Leppard) (b. 1960)
  51. 1993 - Eleanor Hibbert, British author (b. 1906)
  52. 1994 - Pat Buttram, American actor (b. 1915)
  53. 1994 - Harvey Haddix, baseball player (b. 1925)
  54. 1995 - Carlos Monzon, Argentinian boxer (b. 1942)
  55. 1996 - François Mitterrand, President of France (b. 1916)
  56. 1997 - Melvin Calvin, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1911)
  57. 1998 - Michael Tippett, English composer (b. 1905)
  58. 2000 - Fritz Thiedemann, German equestrianist (b. 1918)
  59. 2002 - Alexander Prochorow, Nobel Prize in Physics laureate (b. 1916)
  60. 2002 - Dave Thomas, American fast food entrepreneur (b. 1932)
  61. 2003 - Ron Goodwin, British composer and conductor (b. 1925)
  62. 2004 - John A. Gambling, American radio talk-show host (b. 1930)
  63. 2005 - Campbell McComas, Australian impersonator and broadcaster (b. 1952)
  64. 2005 - Warren Spears, American choreographer and dancer
  65. 2005 - Michel Thomas, Polish linguist (b. 1914)
  66. 2006 - Tony Banks, British politician (b. 1943)