Famous Deaths in 1787

  • Jan 1 Arthur Middleton, American signer (Declaration of Independence), dies at 44
  • Feb 12 Ruggiero Boscovich, Italian physicist/astronomer/philosopher, dies at 75
  • Feb 13 Ruđer Bošković, Croatian scientist and diplomat (b. 1711)
  • Feb 13 Charles Gravier, comte de Vergennes, French statesman and diplomat (b. 1717)
  • Mar 2 Jean Allamand, Swiss-Dutch natural philosopher, dies at 73
  • Mar 11 Maximilian JLP Gardel, French ballet dancer/choreographer, dies at 45
  • Apr 1 Floyer Sydenham, English classical scholar (b. 1710)
  • Apr 2 Thomas Gage, British general (b. 1719)
  • May 10 William Watson, English physician and scientist, dies at 72
  • May 13 Johann Michael Malzat, composer, dies at 38
  • May 28 Johann Georg Leopold Mozart, Austrian composer, dies at 67
  • Jun 19 Sophie Hélène Béatrix, Princess of France, daughter of Louis XVI of France and Marie Antoinette, dies aged 11 months 10 days
  • Jun 20 Carl Friedrich Abel, German/British viola player/composer, dies at 63
  • Jul 4 Charles de Rohan, Prince de Soubise, Marshal of France, dies at 71
  • Aug 1 Alfonso Liguori, Italian bishop and theologian, dies at 90
  • Aug 13 Isaac de Pinto, merchant/lender/Dutch States-general, dies
  • Oct 5 Thomas Stone, US attorney/signer (Dec of Ind), dies at about 44
  • Oct 7 Henry Muhlenberg, German-born founder of the U.S. Lutheran Church, dies at 76
  • Oct 30 Ferdinando Galiani, Italian economist/philosopher/diplomat, dies at 58
  • Nov 3 Robert Lowth, British bishop and grammarian (b. 1710)
  • Nov 15 Christoph W Ritter von Gluck, composer (Iphigénie Tauride), dies at 73
  • Nov 23 Anton Schweitzer, German composer, dies at 52
  • Dec 18 Soame Jenyns, English writer (b. 1704)