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

  1. 976 - Jelena of Zadar, Croatian queen
  2. 1286 - John I of Dreux, Duke of Brittany (b. 1217)
  3. 1317 - Fushimi, Emperor of Japan (b. 1265)
  4. 1621 - Antoine de Montchrétien, French dramatist and economist
  5. 1647 - Christian Sørensen Longomontanus, Danish astronomer (b. 1562)
  6. 1652 - John Greaves, English mathematician and antiquarian (b. 1602)
  7. 1656 - John George I, Elector of Saxony (b. 1585)
  8. 1659 - Jean de Quen, French Jesuit missionary and historian
  9. 1735 - Yongzheng Emperor of China (b. 1678)
  10. 1754 - Henry Fielding, English author (b. 1707)
  11. 1772 - Jean Joseph de Mondonville, French composer (b. 1711)
  12. 1793 - John Hancock, American revolutionary and businessman (b. 1737)
  13. 1795 - Andrew Kippis, English non-conformist clergyman and biographer (b. 1725)
  14. 1809 - James Elphinston, Scottish philologist (b. 1721)
  15. 1834 - François-Adrien Boïeldieu, French composer (b. 1775)
  16. 1869 - Franklin Pierce, 14th President of the United States (b. 1804)
  17. 1894 - Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr., American physician and writer (b. 1809)
  18. 1897 - Alexei Savrasov, Russian painter (b. 1830)
  19. 1928 - Larry Semon, comedian (b. 1889)
  20. 1931 - Sir John Monash, Australian soldier general (b. 1865)
  21. 1936 - William Henry Stark, American business leader (b. 1851)
  22. 1936 - Red Ames, American baseball player (b. 1882)
  23. 1942 - Sergei Chaplygin, Soviet engineer
  24. 1944 - Wendell Willkie, American politician and Presidential candidate (b. 1892)
  25. 1945 - Felix Salten, Austrian author (b. 1869)
  26. 1952 - Joe Adams, American baseball player (b. 1877)
  27. 1953 - Nigel Bruce, British actor (b. 1895)
  28. 1953 - Kathleen Ferrier, British contralto (b. 1912)
  29. 1958 - Ran Bosilek, Bulgarian author and translator (b. 1886)
  30. 1967 - Clement Attlee, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom (b. 1883)
  31. 1970 - Mitr Chaibancha, Thai film actor (b. 1934)
  32. 1970 - Jean Giono, French author (b. 1895)
  33. 1973 - Gabriel Marcel, French philosopher (b. 1889)
  34. 1982 - Fernando Lamas, Argentine actor (b. 1916)
  35. 1982 - Philip Noel-Baker, Baron Noel-Baker, Canadian-born peace activist, recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize (b. 1889)
  36. 1983 - Joan Hackett, American actress (b. 1934)
  37. 1990 - B.J. Wilson, English drummer, mainly with Procol Harum (b. 1947)
  38. 1992 - Willy Brandt, Chancellor of Germany, recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize (b. 1913)
  39. 1997 - Bertrand Goldberg, American architect (b. 1913)
  40. 1999 - John McLendon, American basketball coach (b. 1915)
  41. 2004 - Jacques Derrida, French philosopher (b. 1930)
  42. 2004 - James Chace, American historian (b. 1931)
  43. 2006 - Mark Porter, New Zealand racing driver (b. 1975)