The following is a list of notable world figures who died on October 2nd.

  1. 939 - Gilbert, Duke of Lorraine
  2. 1264 - Pope Urban IV
  3. 1559 - Jacquet of Mantua, French composer (b. 1483)
  4. 1626 - Diego Sarmiento de Acuña, conde de Gondomar, Spanish diplomat (b. 1567)
  5. 1629 - Pierre de Bérulle, French cardinal and statesman (b. 1575)
  6. 1629 - Antonio Cifra, Italian composer (b. 1584)
  7. 1708 - Anne-Jules, 2nd duc de Noailles, French general (b. 1650)
  8. 1724 - François-Timoléon de Choisy, French writer (b. 1644)
  9. 1746 - Josiah Burchett, English Secretary of the Admiralty
  10. 1764 - William Cavendish, 4th Duke of Devonshire, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom
  11. 1775 - Chiyo-ni, Japanese poet (b. 1703)
  12. 1782 - Charles Lee, British and U.S. general
  13. 1786 - Augustus Keppel, 1st Viscount Keppel, British admiral (b. 1725)
  14. 1803 - Samuel Adams, American revolutionary leader (b. 1722)
  15. 1804 - Nicolas-Joseph Cugnot, French automobile pioneer (b. 1725)
  16. 1817 - Fyodor Fyodorovich Ushakov, Russian naval commander and admiral (b. 1744)
  17. 1850 - Sarah Biffen, English painter (b. 1784)
  18. 1853 - François Jean Dominique Arago, French mathematician (b. 1786)
  19. 1927 - Svante Arrhenius, Swedish chemist, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1859)
  20. 1938 - Alexandru Averescu, Romanian soldier and politician (b. 1859)
  21. 1947 - Peter D. Ouspensky, Russian mathematician and philosopher(b. 1878)
  22. 1962 - Boris Y. Bukreev, Russian mathematician (b. 1859)
  23. 1968 - Marcel Duchamp, French artist (b. 1887)
  24. 1973 - Paul Hartman, American actor (b. 1904)
  25. 1973 - Paavo Nurmi, Finnish runner (b. 1897)
  26. 1974 - Vasily Shukshin, Russian writer, actor, screenwriter, and director (b. 1929)
  27. 1975 - Kumaraswami Kamaraj, Indian Political leader, Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu (b. 1903)
  28. 1981 - Harry Golden, American journalist (b. 1902)
  29. 1981 - Hazel Scott, West Indian-born singer (b. 1920)
  30. 1985 - Rock Hudson, American actor (b. 1925)
  31. 1987 - Peter Medawar, Brazilian-born scientist, recipient of the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine (b. 1915)
  32. 1987 - Madeleine Carroll, British-born actress (b. 1906)
  33. 1994 - Harriet Hilliard Nelson, American actress (b. 1909)
  34. 1996 - Robert Bourassa, politician, premier of Quebec (b. 1933)
  35. 1998 - Gene Autry, American singer, actor, and entrepreneur (b. 1907)
  36. 1999 - Heinz G. Konsalik, German novelist (b. 1921)
  37. 2001 - Franz Biebl, German composer (b. 1906)
  38. 2002 - Heinz von Foerster, Austrian-born physicist and philosopher (b. 1911)
  39. 2003 - John T. Dunlop, U.S. Secretary of Labor (b. 1914)
  40. 2005 - Bert Eriksson, Belgian neo-Nazi (b. 1931)
  41. 2005 - Nipsey Russell, American comedian (b. 1918)
  42. 2005 - August Wilson, American playwright (b. 1945)
  43. 2006 - Helen Chenoweth-Hage, American politician (b. 1938)
  44. 2006 - Tamara Dobson, American actress (b. 1947)