The following is a list of notable world figures who died on May 26th.

  1. 604 - Augustine of Canterbury, Archbishop of Canterbury
  2. 818 - Ali ar-Rida, Shia Imam (b. 766)
  3. 946 - King Edmund I of England (b. 921)
  4. 1055 - Margrave Adalbert of Austria
  5. 1421 - Mehmed I, Ottoman Sultan (b. 1389)
  6. 1512 - Bayezid II, Ottoman Sultan
  7. 1536 - Francesco Berni, Italian poet
  8. 1595 - Philip Neri, Italian churchman (b. 1515)
  9. 1648 - Vincent Voiture, French poet (b. 1597)
  10. 1653 - Robert Filmer, English writer (b. 1588)
  11. 1679 - Ferdinand Maria, Elector of Bavaria (b. 1636)
  12. 1685 - Karl II, Elector Palatine (b. 1651)
  13. 1703 - Samuel Pepys, English civil servant and diarist (b. 1633)
  14. 1762 - Alexander Gottlieb Baumgarten, German philosopher (b. 1714)
  15. 1799 - James Burnett, Lord Monboddo, Scottish judge (b. 1714)
  16. 1824 - Capel Lofft, English writer (b. 1751)
  17. 1831 - Ciro Menotti, Italian patriot (b. 1798)
  18. 1840 - Sidney Smith, British admiral (b. 1764)
  19. 1881 - Jakob Bernays, German philologist (b. 1824)
  20. 1883 - Edward Sabine, Irish astronomer (b. 1788)
  21. 1883 - Abd al-Qadir, Algerian political and military leader (b. 1808)
  22. 1902 - Almon Strowger, American inventor (b. 1839)
  23. 1904 - Georges Gilles de la Tourette, French neurologist (b. 1857)
  24. 1907 - Ida McKinley, First Lady of the United States (b. 1847)
  25. 1908 - Mirza Ghulam Ahmad, Punjabi founder of the Qadianism (b. 1839)
  26. 1924 - Victor Herbert, Irish composer (b. 1859)
  27. 1926 - Simon Petlyura, Ukrainian independence fighter (b. 1879)
  28. 1933 - Horatio Bottomley, British financier and politician (b. 1860)
  29. 1933 - Jimmie Rodgers, American singer (b. 1897)
  30. 1939 - Charles Horace Mayo, American medical practitioner (Mayo Clinic) (b. 1865)
  31. 1943 - Edsel Ford, American automobile executive (b. 1893)
  32. 1948 - Theodore Morell, Hitler's personal physician (b. 1886)
  33. 1951 - Lincoln Ellsworth, American scientist (b. 1880)
  34. 1954 - Lionel Conacher, Canadian athlete (b. 1900)
  35. 1955 - Alberto Ascari, Italian race car driver (b. 1918)
  36. 1968 - Little Willie John, American singer (b. 1937)
  37. 1969 - Paul Hawkins, Australian racing driver (b. 1937)
  38. 1974 - Silvio Moser, Swiss racing driver (b. 1941)
  39. 1976 - Martin Heidegger, German philosopher (b. 1889)
  40. 1979 - George Brent, British actor (b. 1899)
  41. 1995 - Friz Freleng, American animator (b. 1905)
  42. 1999 - Paul Sacher, Swiss conductor (b. 1906)
  43. 1999 - Waldo Semon, American inventor (b. 1898)
  44. 2001 - Vittorio Brambilla, Italian racing driver (b. 1937)
  45. 2002 - Mamo Wolde, Ethiopian runner (b. 1932)
  46. 2003 - Kathleen Winsor, American writer (b. 1919)
  47. 2004 - Nikolai Stepanovich Chernykh, Russian astronomer (b. 1931)
  48. 2004 - Dullah Omar, South African lawyer (b. 1934)
  49. 2005 - Eddie Albert, American actor (b. 1906)
  50. 2005 - Chico Carrasquel, Venezuelan baseball player (b. 1928)
  51. 2006 - Édouard Michelin, CEO of Michelin (b. 1963)