The following is a list of notable world figures who died on May 30th.

  1. 1159 - Wladislaus II the Exile of Poland (b. 1105)
  2. 1252 - King Ferdinand III of Castile
  3. 1416 - Jerome of Prague, Czech theologian (executed) (b. 1379)
  4. 1431 - Joan of Arc, French peasant girl that joined the French royal army, heroine and saint (burned at the stake) (b. 1412)
  5. 1434 - Prokop the Great, Hussite general
  6. 1469 - Lope de Barrientos —a powerful bishop in Castile
  7. 1574 - King Charles IX of France (b. 1550)
  8. 1576 - Harada Naomasa, Japanese retainer and samurai
  9. 1593 - Christopher Marlowe, English playwright (b. 1564)
  10. 1640 - Peter Paul Rubens, Flemish painter (b. 1577)
  11. 1696 - Henry Capell, 1st Baron Capell, First Lord of the British Admiralty (b. 1638)
  12. 1718 - Arnold Joost van Keppel, 1st Earl of Albemarle, Dutch favorite of William III of England (b. 1670)
  13. 1730 - Arabella Churchill, English mistress of James II of England (b. 1648)
  14. 1744 - Alexander Pope, English writer (b. 1688)
  15. 1770 - François Boucher, French painter (b. 1703)
  16. 1778 - Voltaire, French philosopher and author (b. 1694)
  17. 1865 - John Catron, United States Supreme Court Justice
  18. 1868 - Souji Okita, 1st Captain of the Shinsengumi (b. 1823
  19. 1901 - Victor D'Hondt, Belgian mathematician (b. 1841)
  20. 1912 - Wilbur Wright, Aviation pioneer (Wright Brothers) (b. 1867)
  21. 1925 - Arthur Moeller van den Bruck, German historian (b. 1876)
  22. 1926 - Vladimir Steklov, Russian physicist (b. 1864)
  23. 1934 - Togo Heihachiro, Japanese admiral (b. 1848)
  24. 1941 - Prajadhipok, Rama VII, king of Thailand (b. 1893)
  25. 1951 - Hermann Broch, Austrian author (b. 1886)
  26. 1953 - Dooley Wilson, American musician and actor (b. 1886)
  27. 1955 - Bill Vukovich, Auto racer, killed during 1955 Indianapolis 500 (b. 1918)
  28. 1960 - Boris Pasternak, Russian writer, Nobel Prize laureate (declined) (b. 1890)
  29. 1961 - Rafael Leónidas Trujillo, dictator of the Dominican Republic (b. 1891)
  30. 1964 - Leó Szilárd, Hungarian-born nuclear physicist (b. 1898)
  31. 1964 - Eddie Sachs and Dave MacDonald, American auto racers, killed during 1964 Indianapolis 500 (b. 1927)
  32. 1967 - Claude Rains, English actor (b. 1889)
  33. 1971 - Marcel Dupré, French organist and composer (b. 1886)
  34. 1975 - Steve Prefontaine, American runner (b. 1951)
  35. 1975 - Michel Simon, French actor (b. 1895)
  36. 1980 - Carl Radle, American bass guitarist (b. 1942)
  37. 1981 - Ziaur Rahman, President of Bangladesh (b. 1936)
  38. 1986 - Perry Ellis, American fashion designer (b. 1940)
  39. 1993 - Sun Ra, American musician (b. 1914)
  40. 2000 - Tex Beneke, American bandleader, singer, and saxophone player (b. 1914)
  41. 2003 - Mickie Most, English record producer (b. 1938)
  42. 2005 - Tomasz Pacynski, Polish writer (b. 1958)
  43. 2006 - Shohei Imamura, Japanese film director (b. 1926)