The following is a list of notable world figures who died on October 12th.

  1. 632 - Edwin of Deira, King of Northumbria and Bretwalda
  2. 638 - Pope Honorius I
  3. 642 - Pope John IV
  4. 1095 - Margrave Leopold II of Austria (b. 1050)
  5. 1176 - William d'Aubigny, 1st Earl of Arundel, English politician
  6. 1320 - Michael IX Palaeologus, co-ruling Eastern Roman Emperor
  7. 1491 - Fritz Herlen, German artist
  8. 1492 - Piero della Francesca, Italian painter
  9. 1565 - Jean Ribault, French explorer and colonizer (b. 1520)
  10. 1576 - Maximilian II, Holy Roman Emperor (b. 1527)
  11. 1590 - Kano Eitoku, Japanese painter (b. 1543)
  12. 1600 - Luis Molina, Spanish Jesuit (b. 1535)
  13. 1632 - Kutsuki Mototsuna, Japanese samurai commander (b. 1549)
  14. 1646 - François de Bassompierre, Marshal of France (b. 1579)
  15. 1678 - Edmund Berry Godfrey, English magistrate (b. 1621)
  16. 1679 - William Gurnall, English writer (b. 1617)
  17. 1685 - Christoph Ignaz Abele, Austrian jurist (b. 1628)
  18. 1730 - King Frederick IV of Denmark (b. 1671)
  19. 1758 - Richard Molesworth, 3rd Viscount Molesworth, British field marshal (b. 1680)
  20. 1845 - Elizabeth Fry, British social reformer and philanthropist (b. 1780)
  21. 1870 - Robert E. Lee, American Confederate general (b. 1807)
  22. 1898 - Calvin Fairbank, American abolitionist minister (b. 1816)
  23. 1915 - Edith Cavell, English nurse (b. 1865)
  24. 1924 - Anatole France, French author, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1844)
  25. 1940 - Tom Mix, American actor (b. 1880)
  26. 1946 - Joseph Stilwell, U.S. general (b. 1883)
  27. 1954 - George Welch, American pilot (b. 1918)
  28. 1956 - Don Lorenzo Perosi, Italian composer (b. 1872)
  29. 1958 - Gordon Griffith, American actor, director, and producer (b. 1907)
  30. 1960 - Inejiro Asanuma, Japanese politician (b. 1898)
  31. 1965 - Paul Hermann Müller, Swiss chemist, recipient of the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine (b. 1899)
  32. 1967 - Ram Manohar Lohia, Indian Socialist politician leader
  33. 1969 - Sonja Henie, Norwegian figure skater (b. 1912)
  34. 1970 - Mustafa Zaidi, Pakistani poet (b. 1930)
  35. 1971 - Dean Acheson, U.S. Secretary of State (b. 1893)
  36. 1971 - Gene Vincent, Pioneering American rock'n'roll musician (b. 1935)
  37. 1978 - Nancy Spungen, Girlfriend of Sex Pistol Sid Vicious b. 1958)
  38. 1983 - The Grand Wizard of Wrestling, Wrestling manager
  39. 1984 - Sir Anthony Berry, British politician (bombing victim) (b. 1925)
  40. 1985 - Johnny Olson, American game show announcer (b. 1910)
  41. 1985 - Ricky Wilson, American musician; member of The B-52's (b. 1953)
  42. 1987 - Alf Landon, Governor of Kansas (b. 1887)
  43. 1988 - Ruth Manning-Sanders, author of children's books (b. 1895)
  44. 1989 - Carmen Cavallaro, American popular pianist (b. 1913)
  45. 1989 - Jay Ward, American animator (Rocky and Bullwinkle, etc.) (b. 1920)
  46. 1991 - Arkady Strugatsky, Russian Novelist (b. 1925)
  47. 1993 - Leon Ames, American actor (b. 1902)
  48. 1993 - Tofik Bakhramov, Russian footballer (b. 1926)
  49. 1994 - Gérald Godin, Québécois poet and politician (b. 1938)
  50. 1996 - Roger Lapébie, French cyclist (b. 1911)
  51. 1996 - René Lacoste, French tennis player (b. 1904)
  52. 1997 - John Denver, American singer (b. 1943)
  53. 1998 - Matthew Shepard, American murder victim (b. 1976)
  54. 1998 - Mario Beaulieu, French Canadian politician (b. 1930)
  55. 1999 - Wilt Chamberlain, American basketball player (b. 1936)
  56. 2001 - Quintin Hogg, Baron Hailsham of St Marylebone, British politician (b. 1907)
  57. 2002 - Ray Conniff, American bandleader and musician (b. 1916)
  58. 2002 - Audrey Mestre, French diver (b. 1974)
  59. 2003 - Jim Cairns, Australian politician (b. 1914)
  60. 2003 - Joan Kroc, American philanthropist (b. 1928)
  61. 2003 - Willie Shoemaker, American jockey (b. 1931)
  62. 2005 - C. Delores Tucker, American politician and civil rights activist (b. 1927)