The following is a list of notable world figures who died on May 4th.

  1. 1471 - Edward of Westminster, Prince of Wales (killed in battle) (b. 1453)
  2. 1471 - Edmund Beaufort, 4th Duke of Somerset, English military commander (executed)
  3. 1506 - Husayn Bayqarah, ruler of Herat (b. 1438)
  4. 1519 - Lorenzo II de' Medici, Duke of Urbino (b. 1492)
  5. 1566 - Luca Ghini, Italian physician and botanist (b. 1490)
  6. 1615 - Adriaan van Roomen, Flemish mathematician (b. 1561)
  7. 1626 - Arthur Lake, Bishop of Bath and Wells, English bishop and Bible translator (b. 1569)
  8. 1677 - Isaac Barrow, English mathematician (b. 1630)
  9. 1684 - John Nevison, English highwayman (b. 1639)
  10. 1729 - Louis-Antoine, Cardinal de Noailles, French cardinal (b. 1651)
  11. 1734 - James Thornhill, English painter
  12. 1737 - Eustace Budgell, English writer (b. 1686)
  13. 1774 - Anthony Ulrich II, Duke of Brunswick-L√ľneburg (b. 1714)
  14. 1776 - Jacques Saly, French sculptor (b. 1717)
  15. 1790 - Matthew Tilghman, American delegate to the Continental Congress (b. 1718)
  16. 1799 - Tipu Sultan, Indian military leader
  17. 1811 - Nikolay Kamensky, Russian general (b. 1776)
  18. 1824 - Joseph Joubert, French essayist and moralist (b. 1754)
  19. 1849 - Hokusai, Japanese artist (b. 1760)
  20. 1859 - Joseph Diaz Gergonne, French mathematician (b. 1771)
  21. 1880 - Edward Clark, Governor of Texas (b. 1815)
  22. 1903 - Gotse Delchev, Bulgarian revolutionary (b. 1872)
  23. 1922 - Viktor Kingissepp, Estonian Bolshevik politician (b. 1888)
  24. 1937 - Noel Rosa, Brazilian songwriter (b. 1910)
  25. 1938 - Carl von Ossietzky, German pacifist, recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize (b. 1889)
  26. 1945 - Fedor von Bock, German field marshal (b. 1880)
  27. 1955 - Georges Enescu, Romanian composer (b. 1881)
  28. 1961 - Anita Stewart, American film actress (b. 1895)
  29. 1969 - Osbert Sitwell, English writer (b. 1892)
  30. 1970 - Kent State victims:
  31. Allison Krause (b. 1951)
  32. Jeffrey Miller (b. 1950)
  33. Sandra Scheuer (b. 1949)
  34. William Schroeder (b. 1950)
  35. 1972 - Edward Calvin Kendall, American chemist, recipient of the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine (b. 1886)
  36. 1975 - Moe Howard, American actor and comedian (b. 1897)
  37. 1980 - Josip Broz Tito, President of Yugoslavia (b. 1892)
  38. 1984 - Bob Clampett, American cartoonist (b. 1913)
  39. 1984 - Diana Dors, British actress (b. 1931)
  40. 1985 - Clarence Wiseman, the 10th General of The Salvation Army (b. 1907)
  41. 1987 - Paul Butterfield, American blues harmonica player (b. 1942)
  42. 1992 - Gregor Mackenzie, Labour Party (UK) politician (b. 1927)
  43. 2005 - David Hackworth, U.S. Army officer and military journalist (b. 1930)