On This Day

Famous People Who Died in 1798

  • Jan 9 Pedro Pablo Abarca d Bolea earl of Aranda, Spanish officer, dies at 79
  • Jan 20 Christian Cannabich, German composer/royal chaplain master, dies at 66
  • Jan 22 Lewis Morris, American landowner and farmer (signed US Declaration of Independence), dies at 71
  • Jan 22 Matija A Reljkovic, Croatian writer (Satire of Wild Man), dies at 66
  • Jan 26 Christian Gottlob Neefe, German composer, conductor and tutor of Ludwig van Beethoven, dies at 49
  • Feb 6 Niels Schiørring, Danish musician and composer, dies at 54
  • Feb 13 Wilhelm Heinrich Wackenroder, German writer (Fantasies of Art), dies at 24
  • Feb 25 Louis-Jules Mancini-Mazarini, Duc de Nivernais, French diplomat and writer (b. 1716)
  • Mar 22 Justin Morgan, American composer and horse breeder, dies at 51
  • Apr 11 Karl Wilhelm Ramler, German poet (b. 1725)
  • Apr 29 Nikolaus Poda von Neuhaus, Austrian entomologist, dies at 74
  • May 10 George Vancouver, British explorer, (Voyage of Discovery), dies at 40
  • May 19 William Byron, 5th Baron Byron, English nobleman and politician, dies at 75

Person of interestGiacomo Casanova

Jun 4 Giacomo Casanova, Italian adventurer, writer, librarian and womanizer, dies at 73

Adventurer, Writer and famous Lover Giacomo Casanova
Adventurer, Writer and famous Lover
Giacomo Casanova
  • Jun 25 Thomas Sandby, English architect (Royal Academy's 1st professor of Architecture) dies (b. 1721)
  • Jun 26 Eugene Godecharle, composer, dies at 56
  • Jun 28 Pierre Dutillieu, composer, dies at 44
  • Jun 29 Kaat Mussel [Catharina Mulder], exerciser, dies
  • Jul 2 John Fitch, American inventor and clockmaker (1st US steamboat service), dies of an opium overdose at 55
  • Jul 15 Gaetano Pugnani, Italian violinist and composer, dies at 66
  • Jul 21 François Sébastien Charles Joseph de Croix, Count of Clerfayt, Austrian field marshal, dies at 64
  • Aug 1 François-Paul Brueys D'Aigalliers, French admiral (killed in battle) (b. 1753)
  • Aug 7 Johann Gottlieb Sollner, composer, dies at 65
  • Aug 15 Felice Alessandri, Italian organist, harpsichordist, pianist, and opera composer, dies at 50
  • Aug 21 Corneille-François de Nélis, Flemish scholar and bishop of Antwerp, dies at 62
  • Aug 24 Thomas Alcock, English clergyman (b. 1709)
  • Aug 28 James Wilson, One of the Founding Fathers of the United States and a signatory of the U.S. Declaration of Independence and the U.S. Constitution, dies at 55
  • Sep 16 Damasus Brosmann, Moravian composer, dies at 67
  • Sep 21 George Read, American judge and signer (Declaration of Independence), dies at 65
  • Oct 21 Johann Christoph Schmugel, composer, dies at 71

BattleWolfe Tone

Nov 19 Wolfe Tone, Irish republican and revolutionary figure (United Irishmen), dies at 35 in unclear circumstances on the day he was to be hanged

Irish Republican and Revolutionary Wolfe Tone
Irish Republican and Revolutionary
Wolfe Tone
  • Nov 30 Friedrich Fleischmann, German composer, dies at 32
  • Dec 4 Luigi Galvani, Italian anatomist and physicist, dies at 61
  • Dec 9 Johann Reinhold Forster, German botanist (naturalist on James Cook's second Pacific voyage), dies at 69
  • Dec 16 Thomas Pennant, Welsh naturalist, dies at 72
  • Dec 19 Charles-Joseph Panckoucke, French publisher (Moniteur Universel), dies at 62
  • Dec 20 Cornelis Ploos van Amstel, Dutch engraver/art collector, dies at 72