The following is a list of notable world figures who died on May 24th.

  1. 1153 - King David I of Scotland (b. 1084)
  2. 1351 - Abu al-Hasan 'Ali, Sultan of Morocco
  3. 1425 - Murdoch Stewart, 2nd Duke of Albany, Scottish politician (b. 1362)
  4. 1456 - Ambroise de Loré, French military commander (b. 1396)
  5. 1543 - Nicolaus Copernicus, astronomer (b. 1473)
  6. 1612 - Robert Cecil, 1st Earl of Salisbury, English statesman and spymaster (b. 1563)
  7. 1627 - Luis de Góngora, Spanish poet (b. 1561)
  8. 1725 - Jonathan Wild, English criminal (b. 1683)
  9. 1734 - Georg Ernst Stahl, German physician and chemist (b. 1660)
  10. 1749 - Graf Valentin Potocki, Polish nobleman (burned at the stake)
  11. 1792 - George Brydges Rodney, 1st Baron Rodney, British naval officer (b. 1718)
  12. 1806 - John Campbell, 5th Duke of Argyll, British field marshal (b. 1723)
  13. 1843 - Sylvestre François Lacroix, French mathematician (b. 1765)
  14. 1861 - Elmer E. Ellsworth, North American Colonel, known as the first conspicuous casualty of the American Civil War. (b. 1837)
  15. 1879 - William Lloyd Garrison, American abolitionist, writer, and publisher (b. 1805)
  16. 1881 - Samuel Palmer, English artist (b. 1805)
  17. 1883 - Abdel Kadir, Algerian leader (b. 1808)
  18. 1919 - Amado Nervo, Mexican poet (b. 1870)
  19. 1945 - Robert Ritter von Greim, German field marshal (b. 1892)
  20. 1947 - C. F. Ramuz, Swiss writer (b. 1878)
  21. 1948 - Jacques Feyder, Belgian director and screenwriter (b. 1885)
  22. 1949 - Aleksey Shchusev, Russian architect (b. 1873)
  23. 1950 - Archibald Wavell, British general (b. 1883)
  24. 1959 - John Foster Dulles, United States Secretary of State (b. 1888)
  25. 1963 - Elmore James, American musician (b. 1918)
  26. 1969 - Willy Ley, German-born rocket scientist (b. 1906)
  27. 1974 - Duke Ellington, American composer and musician (b. 1899)
  28. 1984 - Vincent J. McMahon, American pro wrestling promoter (b. 1914)
  29. 1991 - Gene Clark, American singer and songwriter (The Byrds) (b. 1944)
  30. 1991 - Miriam di San Servolo, Italian actress (b. 1912)
  31. 1995 - Harold Wilson, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom (b. 1916)
  32. 1997 - Edward Mulhare, Irish actor (b. 1923)
  33. 1999 - Owen Hart, professional wrestler (b. 1965)
  34. 2000 - Kurt Schork, American reporter and war correspondent (b. 1947)
  35. 2002 - Wallace Markfield, American writer (b. 1926)
  36. 2003 - Rachel Kempson, English actress (b. 1910)
  37. 2004 - Henry Ries, American photographer (b. 1917)
  38. 2004 - Milton Shulman, Canadian author and drama critic (b. 1913)
  39. 2005 - Arthur Haulot, Belgian journalist and resistance fighter (b. 1913)
  40. 2005 - Vivian Liberto, first wife of Johnny Cash (b. 1934)