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

  1. 1703 - Robert Hooke, English scientist who invented the thermometer (b. 1635)
  2. 1937 - Amelia Earhart, American pilot who disappeared during a flight (b. 1897)
  3. 1959 - Lou Costello, Abbott and Costello (b. 1906)
  4. 1966 - Maxfield Parrish, American artist (b. 1870)
  5. 1966 - Alice Pearce, American actress (b. 1917)
  6. 1993 - Carlos Marcello, Tunisian-born gangster (b. 1910)
  7. 2005 - Max M. Fisher, American philanthropist, Ohio State's Fisher College of Business (b. 1928)
  8. 2006 - Ivor Cutler, Scottish poet (b. 1923)
  9. 2006 - William Herskovic, Holocaust hero and philanthropist (b. 1914)