The following is a list of notable world figures who died on October 4th.

  1. 1052 - Vladimir of Novgorod (b. 1020)
  2. 1221 - William III Talvas, Count of Ponthieu (b. 1179)
  3. 1250 - Herman VI, Margrave of Baden
  4. 1305 - Emperor Kameyama of Japan (b. 1249)
  5. 1582 - Teresa of Avila, Spanish saint (b. 1515)
  6. 1597 - Sarsa Dengel, Emperor of Ethiopia (b. 1550)
  7. 1646 - Thomas Howard, 21st Earl of Arundel, English statesman (b. 1586)
  8. 1660 - Francesco Albani, Italian painter (b. 1578)
  9. 1661 - Jacqueline Pascal, French child prodigy (b. 1625)
  10. 1669 - Rembrandt Harmenszoon van Rijn, Dutch painter (b. 1606)
  11. 1680 - Pierre-Paul Riquet, French engineer
  12. 1743 - John Campbell, 2nd Duke of Argyll, Scottish soldier (b. 1678)
  13. 1749 - Franz Freiherr von der Trenck, Austrian soldier (b. 1711)
  14. 1754 - Tanacharison, Catawba Indian chief
  15. 1785 - David Brearly, American statesman (b. 1703)
  16. 1821 - John Rennie, Scottish engineer (b. 1761)
  17. 1851 - Manuel de Godoy, Spanish statesman (b. 1767)
  18. 1859 - Karl Baedeker, German publisher (b. 1801)
  19. 1864 - Joseph Montferrand, French Canadian logger and strong man (b. 1802)
  20. 1890 - Catherine Booth, the Mother of The Salvation Army (b. 1829)
  21. 1903 - Otto Weininger, Austrian philosopher (b. 1880)
  22. 1904 - Frédéric Bartholdi, French sculptor (b. 1834)
  23. 1904 - Karl Bayer, Austrian chemist (b. 1847)
  24. 1935 - Jean Béraud, French painter (b. 1849)
  25. 1944 - Al Smith, American politician (b. 1873)
  26. 1946 - Barney Oldfield, American automobile pioneer (b. 1878)
  27. 1947 - Max Planck, Nobel laureate (b. 1858)
  28. 1951 - Willie Moretti, American gangster (b. 1894)
  29. 1969 - Natalino Otto, Italian singer (b. 1912)
  30. 1970 - Janis Joplin, American singer (b. 1943)
  31. 1974 - Anne Sexton, American poet (b. 1928)
  32. 1975 - Joan Whitney Payson, American heiress (b. 1903)
  33. 1982 - Glenn Gould, Canadian pianist (b. 1932)
  34. 1989 - Graham Chapman, British comedian (b. 1941)
  35. 1989 - Secretariat, American race horse (b. 1970)
  36. 1991 - J. Frank Wilson, American singer (J. Frank Wilson and the Cavaliers) (b. 1941)
  37. 1992 - Denny Hulme, New Zealand race care driver (b. 1936)
  38. 1994 - Danny Gatton, American guitar virtuoso (b. 1945)
  39. 1997 - Gunpei Yokoi, Japanese game developer (b. 1941)
  40. 1999 - Erik Brødreskift (aka Grim), Norwegian black metal musician (b. 1969)
  41. 1999 - Art Farmer, American jazz trumpet player (b. 1928)
  42. 1999 - Bernard Buffet, French painter (b. 1928)
  43. 2000 - Michael Smith, Nobel laureate (b. 1932)
  44. 2002 - Alphonse Chapanis, founder of ergonomics
  45. 2002 - André Delvaux, Belgian film director and screenwriter (b. 1926)
  46. 2003 - Sid McMath, American politician (b. 1912)
  47. 2004 - Gordon Cooper, American astronaut (b. 1927)
  48. 2005 - Stanley K. Hathaway, American politician (b. 1924)