The following is a list of notable world figures who died on May 8th.

  1. 535 - Pope John II
  2. 1278 - Emperor Duanzong of China (b. 1268)
  3. 1319 - King Haakon V of Norway (b. 1270)
  4. 1473 - John Stafford, 1st Earl of Wiltshire, English politician (b. 1420)
  5. 1538 - Edward Fox, English bishop
  6. 1766 - Samuel Chandler, English non-conformist minister (b. 1693)
  7. 1773 - Ali Bey Al-Kabir, Mamluk Sultan of Egypt (b. 1728)
  8. 1781 - Richard Jago, English poet (b. 1715)
  9. 1785 - Étienne François, duc de Choiseul, French statesman (b. 1719)
  10. 1785 - Pietro Longhi, Venetian painter (b. 1701)
  11. 1788 - Giovanni Antonio Scopoli, Italian-born physician and naturalist (b. 1723)
  12. 1794 - Antoine Lavoisier, French chemist (executed) (b. 1743)
  13. 1819 - Kamehameha I, King of Hawaii
  14. 1828 - Mauro Giuliani, Italian composer (b. 1781)
  15. 1837 - Alexander Balashov, Russian general and statesman (b. 1770)
  16. 1842 - Jules Dumont d'Urville, French explorer (b. 1790)
  17. 1873 - John Stuart Mill, English philosopher (b. 1806)
  18. 1880 - Gustave Flaubert, French novelist (b. 1821)
  19. 1891 - Helena Blavatsky, Russian-born author (b. 1831)
  20. 1936 - Oswald Spengler, German historian and philosopher (b. 1880)
  21. 1943 - Mordechaj Anielewicz, Polish Resistance Fighter (b. 1919)
  22. 1947 - Harry Gordon Selfridge, American-born department store founder (b. 1858)
  23. 1948 - U Saw, Burmese politician (b. 1900)
  24. 1950 - Vital Brazil, Brazilian physician (b. 1865)
  25. 1952 - William Fox, Austrian-born film producer (b. 1879)
  26. 1960 - J. H. C. Whitehead, British mathematician (b. 1904)
  27. 1975 - Avery Brundage, President of the International Olympic Committee (b. 1887)
  28. 1982 - Neil Bogart, American record executive (b. 1943)
  29. 1982 - Gilles Villeneuve, Canadian race car driver (b. 1950)
  30. 1984 - Lila Bell Wallace, American magazine publisher (Reader's Digest) (b. 1890)
  31. 1985 - Theodore Sturgeon, American science fiction writer (b. 1918)
  32. 1985 - Dolph Sweet, American actor (b. 1920)
  33. 1987 - Doris Stokes, British psychic medium (b. 1920)
  34. 1988 - Robert A. Heinlein, American science fiction writer (b. 1907)
  35. 1990 - Luigi Nono, Italian composer (b. 1924)
  36. 1990 - Tomás Cardinal Ó Fiaich, Northern Irish clergyman (b. 1923)
  37. 1991 - Jean Langlais, French composer and pianist (b. 1907)
  38. 1991 - Rudolf Serkin, Austrian pianist (b. 1903)
  39. 1993 - Avram Davidson, writer (b. 1923)
  40. 1994 - George Peppard, American actor (b. 1928)
  41. 1995 - Teresa Teng, Asian superstar (b. 1953)
  42. 1996 - Beryl Burton, English cyclist (b. 1937)
  43. 1996 - Dominguín, Spanish bullfighter (b. 1926)
  44. 1996 - Garth Williams, American illustrator (b. 1912)
  45. 1998 - Bebe Rebozo, American banker and Watergate figure (b. 1912)
  46. 1999 - Dirk Bogarde, British actor (b. 1921)
  47. 1999 - Dana Plato, American actress (b. 1964)
  48. 2000 - Guadalupe "Pita" Amor, Mexican poet (b. 1918)
  49. 2006 - George Lutz, (b. 1947)
  50. 2006 - Iain MacMillan, Abbey Road photographer (b. 1938)