Famous Deaths in 1776

  • Mar 5 Yeongjo of Joseon, 21st king of the Korean Joseon Dynasty, dies at 81
  • Mar 10 Élie Catherine Fréron, French critic (b. 1719)
  • Mar 10 Niclas Sahlgren, Swedish merchant and philanthropist (b. 1701)
  • Mar 24 John Harrison, English clockmaker (b. 1693)
  • Mar 26 Samuel Ward, American politician (b. 1725)
  • Apr 19 Jacob Israel Emden [Jacob ben Tswi], German rabbi, dies at 78
  • Apr 22 Johann Adolph Scheibe, German music theorist and composer, dies at 67
  • Apr 24 Carolus van de Abeele, Flemish Jesuit, dies at 84
  • Apr 24 Giuseppi Paolucci, composer, dies at 49
  • Apr 29 Edward Wortley Montagu, English traveler and writer (b. 1713)
  • May 4 Jacques Saly, French sculptor (b. 1717)
  • May 6 James Kent, English composer, dies at 76
  • May 13 Anton de Haen, medical Ratio medendi, dies at 71
  • Jun 10 Leopold Widhalm, Austrian luthier, dies at 53
  • Jun 20 Benjamin Huntsman, English inventor and manufacturer, dies at 72
  • Jun 27 Thomas Hickey, plan to hand George Washington to British, executed
  • Jun 28 Thomas Hickey, American sergeant convicted of treason, hanged
  • Jul 1 Francis Salvador, 1st Jew to die in American Revolutionary War
  • Jul 7 Jeremiah Markland, English classical scholar (b. 1693)
  • Jul 10 Richard Peters, English-born clergyman (b. 1704)
  • Aug 2 Louis François I, Prince of Conti, French nobleman and military leader, dies at 58

Person of interestDavid Hume

Aug 25 David Hume, Scottish philosopher and historian (A Treatise of Human Nature), dies of abdominal cancer at 65

Philosopher David Hume
Philosopher
David Hume

Person of interestNathan Hale

Sep 22 Nathan Hale, US captain/patriot/spy, hanged by the British for spying at 21

US Patriot and Soldier Nathan Hale
US Patriot and Soldier
Nathan Hale
  • Oct 17 Pierre François le Courayer, French theologian (b. 1681)
  • Nov 17 James Ferguson, British astronomer (b. 1710)
  • Nov 17 James Ferguson, Scottish astronomer, dies at 66
  • Nov 22 Johann Caspar Simon, composer, dies at 75
  • Nov 26 Dov Baer of Mezhirech, hassidic rabbi, dies
  • Dec 26 Johann Gottlieb Rall, Hessian colonel/mercenary, dies in battle in American Revolutionary War