The following is a list of notable world figures who died on May 5th.

  1. 200 - Sun Ce, warlord of the Han Dynasty (b. 175)
  2. 311 - Galerius, Roman Emperor
  3. 1028 - King Alfonso V of Castile, León, and Galicia
  4. 1192 - Duke Ottokar IV of Styria (b. 1163)
  5. 1194 - King Casimir II of Poland (b. 1138)
  6. 1219 - King Leo II of Armenia (b. 1150)
  7. 1309 - King Charles II of Naples
  8. 1525 - Frederick III of Saxony (b. 1463)
  9. 1586 - Henry Sidney, Lord Deputy of Ireland (b. 1529)
  10. 1604 - Claudio Merulo, Italian composer (b. 1533)
  11. 1671 - Edward Montagu, 2nd Earl of Manchester, English politician (b. 1602)
  12. 1672 - Samuel Cooper, English painter (b. 1609)
  13. 1705 - Leopold I, Holy Roman Emperor (b. 1640)
  14. 1760 - Laurence Shirley, 4th Earl Ferrers, English murderer (hanged) (b. 1720)
  15. 1766 - Jean Astruc, French physician and scholar (b. 1684)
  16. 1808 - Pierre Jean George Cabanis, French physiologist (b. 1757)
  17. 1811 - Robert Mylne, Scottish architect (b. 1734)
  18. 1821 - Napoleon I of France (b. 1769)
  19. 1827 - Frederick Augustus I of Saxony (b. 1750)
  20. 1855 - Sir Robert Inglis, Bt, English politician (b. 1786)
  21. 1859 - Peter Gustav Dirichlet, German mathematician (b. 1805)
  22. 1900 - Ivan Aivazovsky, Russian painter (b. 1817)
  23. 1921 - Alfred Hermann Fried, Austrian writer and pacifist, recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize (b. 1864)
  24. 1941 - Natalija Obrenovic, Queen of Serbia (b. 1859)
  25. 1947 - Ty LaForest, Canadian baseball player (b. 1917)
  26. 1959 - Carlos Saavedra Lamas, Argentine politician, recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize (b. 1878)
  27. 1962 - Ernest Tyldesley, English cricketer (b. 1889)
  28. 1971 - Violet Jessop, Titanic survivor (b. 1887)
  29. 1977 - Ludwig Erhard, a German politician (CDU) and Chancellor of Germany from 1963 until 1966 (b. 1897)
  30. 1981 - Bobby Sands, Irish activist (b. 1954)
  31. 1985 - Sir Donald Bailey, British civil engineer (b. 1901)
  32. 1988 - Michael Shaara, American author (b. 1928)
  33. 1992 - Jean-Claude Pascal, French singer (b.1927)
  34. 1995 - Mikhail Botvinnik, Russian chess player (b. 1911)
  35. 1997 - Walter Gotell, German actor (b. 1924)
  36. 2000 - Gino Bartali, Italian cyclist (b. 1914)
  37. 2001 - Cliff Hillegass, American writer and publisher
  38. 2001 - Raymond Kessler, American midget wrestler
  39. 2003 - Walter Sisulu, South African activist (b. 1912)
  40. 2004 - Ritsuko Okazaki, Japanese singer-songwriter (b. 1959)
  41. 2006 - Naushad Ali, Indian composer (b. 1919)