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, German 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 19 John Stanley, English blind composer and organist, dies at 74
  • May 21 Carl Wilhelm Scheele, Swedish pharmacist and chemist (lemon acid), dies of mercury poisoning at 43
  • May 23 Móric Beňovský, Slovak military officer, explorer and self-declared King of Madagascar, dies of a fatal bullet wound to his chest at 39
  • May 25 Pedro III, King of Portugal and the Algarves (1777-86) and consort of Queen Maria I of Portugal, dies at 68

Person of interestNathanael Greene

Jun 19 Nathanael Greene, American military leader (major general during the American Revolutionary War), dies at 43

Military Leader Nathanael Greene
Military Leader
Nathanael Greene
  • Jul 22 Vaclav Kalous [Simon à Scto Bartholomaeo], Czech composer, dies at 71
  • Jul 29 Franz Asplmayr, composer, dies at 58
  • Aug 7 Friedrich Schwindl, Dutch composer, dies at 49
  • Aug 15 Thomas Tyrwhitt, English classical scholar and critic, dies at 56
  • Aug 16 Henri-Jacques de Croes, Flemish composer/bandmaster, dies at 80

Person of interestFrederick the Great

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

King of Prussia Frederick the Great
King of Prussia
Frederick the Great
  • Sep 5 Jonas Hanway, English merchant, traveler, and philanthropist (b. 1712)
  • Oct 2 Augustus Keppel, 1st Viscount Keppel, British admiral, dies at 61
  • 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
  • Nov 30 Bernardo de Gálvez, Spanish military leader and colonial administrator (Spanish Governor of Louisiana and Cuba, 1777-83, Viceroy of New Spain, 1785-6), dies of typhus at 40
  • Dec 26 Gasparo Gozzi, Italian critic and dramatist (b. 1713)