On This Day

Famous People Who Died in 1792

  • Jan 10 Jean-Louis Laruette, composer, dies at 60
  • Feb 23 Joshua Reynolds, English portrait painter (Simplicity), dies at 68

Leopold II

Mar 1 Leopold II, Grand Duke of Tuscany (1765-90) and Holy Roman Emperor (1790-92), dies at 44

  • Mar 3 Robert Adam, Scottish architect and designer (Adelphi Terrace, London), dies at 63
  • Mar 10 John Stuart, 3rd earl of Bute, Prime Minister of Great Britain (1760-63), dies at 78

Gustav III

Mar 29 Gustav III, King of Sweden (1771-92), dies of septicemia at 46 after being shot by an assassin thirteen days earlier

  • Apr 3 George Pocock, British admiral (b. 1706)
  • Apr 4 James Sykes, American politician (b. 1725)
  • Apr 14 Maximilian Hell, Slovakian astronomer (b. 1720)

ExecutionTiradentes

Apr 21 Tiradentes, Brazilian revolutionary and independence fighter (Inconfidência Mineira) considered a national hero, hanged, drawn and quartered in Rio de Janeiro at 45

  • Apr 23 Karl Friedrich Bahrdt, German theologian and adventurer, dies at 50
  • Apr 25 Johann Friedrich Gottlieb Beckmann, German composer, dies at 54
  • Apr 25 Nicolas J Pelletier, French highwayman, 1st person guillotined
  • Apr 30 Hans Adolf Friedrich von Eschstruth, composer, dies at 36
  • Apr 30 John Montagu, 4th Earl of Sandwich, British statesman who claimed to have invented the sandwich, dies at 73
  • May 3 Carlo Zuccari, Italian composer and violinist, dies at 87
  • May 7 Aert Schouman, Dutch bird/portrait painter, dies at 82
  • May 10 John Stevens, American delegate to the Continental Congress
  • May 12 Charles Simon Favart, French dramatist, dies at 81
  • May 24 George Brydges, 1st baron Rodney/admiral, dies
  • May 24 Jakob M R Lenz, writer (That Soldier), dies
  • Jun 4 John Burgoyne, British general (surrendered at Saratoga during the American Revolutionary War), dies at 70
  • Jun 16 Benjamin Tupper, Continental Army officer, and pioneer to the Ohio Country (b. 1738)
  • Jun 25 Thomas Peters, Early Sierra Leonean founder (b. 1738)
  • Jun 30 Francesco Antonio Rosetti, Bohemian composer, dies
  • Jul 6 Maria Louisa of Spain, Empress consort of the Holy Roman Empire, dies at 46
  • Jul 18 John Paul Jones, Scottish-American naval captain and the United States first well-known naval hero ("I have not yet begun to fight"), dies of kidney failure and pneumonia at 45
  • Jul 29 René Nicolas Charles Augustin de Maupeou, Chancellor of France (b. 1714)
  • Aug 2 Nathanael Gottfried Gruner, German composer, dies at 60

Frederick North

Aug 5 Frederick North, Lord North, Prime Minister of Great Britain (Tory: 1770-82), "who lost America", dies at 60

  • Aug 17 Jan Jachym Kopriva, Czech composer and organist, dies at 38
  • Aug 25 Jacques Cazotte, French writer (b. 1719)
  • Sep 3 Marie Thérèse Louise of Savoy, Princesse de Lamballe, French aristocrat, dies at 42
  • Sep 18 Gottlieb August Spangenberg, founder (Moravian Church in Amer), dies
  • Sep 25 Adam Gottlob Moltke, Danish statesman, dies at 81

George Mason

Oct 7 George Mason, American statesman (advocated for the Bill of Rights), dies of natural causes at 66

  • Oct 22 Guillaume Le Gentil, French astronomer, dies at 67
  • Oct 28 Paul Möhring, German physician and scientist, died at 82
  • Oct 28 John Smeaton, British civil engineer, dies at 68
  • Nov 30 Ernst William Wolf, composer, dies at 57
  • Dec 15 Joseph Martin Kraus, composer, dies at 36