Famous Deaths in 1786

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  • Jan 4 Mozes Mendelssohn, German Jewish enlightenment philosopher (Haksalah), dies at 56
  • Jan 7 Jean-Étienne Guettard, French physician and scientist (b. 1715)
  • Jan 14 Meshech Weare, Governor of New Hampshire (b. 1713)
  • Jan 14 Michael Arne, English composer (b. 1740 or 1741)
  • Feb 20 Johann Wolfgang Kleinknecht, composer, dies at 70
  • Feb 28 John Gwynn, English architect and engineer (b. 1713)
  • Mar 7 Frantisek Benda, composer, dies at 76
  • Mar 11 Jacobus Bellamy, [Zelandus], Dutch/Swiss poet, dies at 28
  • Mar 11 Charles Humphreys, American delegate to the Continental Congress (b. 1714)
  • Mar 23 Patience Wright, 1st US woman pro artist, dies (birth date unknown)
  • Apr 10 John Byron, British naval officer (b. 1723)
  • Apr 20 John Goodricke, English deaf & dumb astronomer, dies at 21
  • Apr 23 Alexander Cozens, English water colors painter, dies at about 68
  • May 5 Pedro III, King of Portugal, dies
  • May 19 John Stanley, composer, dies at 74
  • May 21 Carl W Scheele, Swedish pharmacist/chemist, dies at 43
  • May 23 Móric Beňovský, Slovak officer and explorer, King of Madagascar (b. 1746)
  • Jun 19 Nathanael Greene, American Revolutionary general (b. 1742)
  • Jul 22 Vaclav Kalous, composer, dies at 71
  • Jul 29 Franz Asplmayr, composer, dies at 58
  • Aug 7 Friedrich Schwindl, composer, dies at 49
  • Aug 16 Henri-Jacques de Croes, Flemish composer/bandmaster, dies at 80

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Aug 17 Frederick II (the Great), King of Prussia (1740-86)/composer, dies at 74

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  • Sep 5 Jonas Hanway, English merchant, traveler, and philanthropist (b. 1712)
  • Oct 2 August Keppel, 1st viscount/naval commander/politician, dies
  • Oct 6 Antonio Maria Gasparo Giaccino Sacchini, composer, dies at 56
  • Oct 17 Johann Ludwig Aberli, Swiss artist (b. 1723)
  • Oct 19 Pietro Alessandro Pavona, composer, dies at 58
  • Dec 26 Gasparo Gozzi, Italian critic and dramatist (b. 1713)