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

  1. 373 - Athanasius, Patriarch of Alexandria (b. 298)
  2. 756 - Emperor Shomu, Emperor of Japan (b. 701)
  3. 907 - Boris I of Bulgaria
  4. 1230 - William de Braose, Lord of Abergavenny (b. 1197)
  5. 1300 - Blanche of Artois, regent of Navarre (b. 1248)
  6. 1450 - William de la Pole, 1st Duke of Suffolk, English military leader (b. 1396)
  7. 1519 - Leonardo da Vinci, Italian inventor and painter (b. 1452)
  8. 1564 - Cardinal Rodolfo Pio da Carpi, Italian humanist (b. 1500)
  9. 1627 - Lodovico Grossi da Viadana, Italian composer (b. 1560)
  10. 1667 - George Wither, English writer (b. 1588)
  11. 1683 - Stjepan Gradic, Croatian philosopher and scientist (b. 1613)
  12. 1711 - Laurence Hyde, 1st Earl of Rochester, English statesman (b. 1641)
  13. 1802 - Herman Willem Daendels, Dutch statesman (b. 1762)
  14. 1819 - Mary Moser, English painter (b. 1744)
  15. 1857 - Alfred de Musset, French writer (b. 1810)
  16. 1864 - Giacomo Meyerbeer, German composer (b. 1791)
  17. 1927 - Ernest Starling, British physiologist (b. 1866)
  18. 1945 - Martin Bormann, Nazi official (b. 1900)
  19. 1945 - Ludwig Stumpfegger, German SS doctor (b. 1910)
  20. 1945 - Joe Corbett, baseball player (b. 1875)
  21. 1957 - Joseph McCarthy, U.S. Senator (b. 1908)
  22. 1960 - Caryl Chessman, American robber and rapist (b. 1921)
  23. 1964 - Nancy Astor, Viscountess Astor, American-born politician (b. 1879)
  24. 1969 - Franz von Papen, Chancellor of Germany (b. 1879)
  25. 1972 - J. Edgar Hoover, American director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (b. 1895)
  26. 1979 - Giulio Natta, Italian chemist, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1903)
  27. 1980 - George Pál, Hungarian-born film director (b. 1908)
  28. 1980 - Clarrie Grimmett, Australian cricketer (b. 1891)
  29. 1983 - Norm Van Brocklin, American football star (b. 1926)
  30. 1984 - Jack Barry, television game show producer and host (b. 1918)
  31. 1985 - Attilio Bettega, Italian rallydriver (b.1951)
  32. 1986 - Henri Toivonen, Finish rallydriver (b.1956)
  33. 1989 - Giuseppe Siri, Italian Catholic Cardinal (b. 1906)
  34. 1989 - Veniamin Kaverin, Russian writer (b. 1902)
  35. 1990 - David Rappaport, English actor (b. 1951)
  36. 1992 - Wilbur Mills, American politician (b. 1909)
  37. 1995 - Michael Hordern, English actor (b. 1911)
  38. 1997 - John Carew Eccles, Australian neurophysiologist, Nobel laureate (b. 1903)
  39. 1997 - Paulo Freire, Brazilian educator (b. 1921)
  40. 1998 - Hideto "hide" Matsumoto, Japanese musician (b. 1964)
  41. 1998 - Kevin Lloyd, British actor (b. 1949)
  42. 1998 - Justin Fashanu, English footballer (b. 1961)
  43. 1999 - Oliver Reed, English actor (b. 1938)
  44. 2001 - Ted Rogers, British comedian (b. 1935)
  45. 2001 - Gina Mastrogiacomo, American actress (b. 1961)
  46. 2002 - John Nathan-Turner, English television producer (b. 1947)
  47. 2002 - W. T. Tutte, English-born codebreaker (b. 1917)
  48. 2005 - Kenneth B. Clark, American psychologist (b. 1914)
  49. 2005 - Wee Kim Wee, 4th President of Singapore (b. 1915)
  50. 2006 - Louis Rukeyser, American columnist (b. 1933)