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Deaths in History in 1742

  • Jan 1 Peregrine Bertie, 2nd Duke of Ancaster and Kesteven, English statesman, dies at 55

Person of interestEdmond Halley

Jan 14 Edmond Halley, English mathematician and astronomer (Halley's comet), dies at 85 [NS=Jan 25]

Astronomer, Mathematician and Physicist Edmond Halley
Astronomer, Mathematician and Physicist
Edmond Halley
  • Feb 22 Charles Rivington, English publisher (b. 1688)
  • Feb 28 Willem 's-Gravesande, Dutch mathematician and physicist, dies at 53
  • Mar 23 Jean-Baptiste Dubos, French writer (b. 1670)
  • Apr 2 James Douglas, Scottish physician and anatomist (b. 1675)
  • Apr 10 Wilhelmine Amalia of Brunswick-Lüneburg, Holy Roman Empire Empress, dies at 68
  • Apr 17 Arvid Horn, Swedish statesman (b. 1664)
  • May 13 Ludwig IX, Landgrave of Hesse-Darmstadt (b. 1719)
  • May 14 Dominique Marie Valet, French RC/old-catholic bishop, dies at 64
  • May 21 Lars Roberg, Swedish physician (b. 1664)
  • May 26 Pylyp Orlyk, Ukrainian Zaporozhian Cossack starshina and diplomat, dies at 69
  • Jun 16 Louise Élisabeth d'Orléans, Queen consort of Spain, dies at 32
  • Jun 18 John Aislabie, English politician (Chancellor of the Exchequer), dies at 71
  • Jul 4 Luigi Guido Grandi, Italian mathematician and monk, dies at 70
  • Jul 9 John Oldmixon, English historian (b. 1673)
  • Jul 14 Richard Bentley, English classical scholar (b. 1662)
  • Jul 19 John-Baptist Xavery, Flemish sculptor, dies at 45
  • Jul 19 William Somervile, English poet (b. 1675)
  • Sep 24 Johann Matthias Hase, German scientist (b. 1684)
  • Sep 27 Hugh Boulter, Irish Archbishop of Armagh (b. 1672)
  • Sep 28 Jean Baptiste Massillon, French churchman, dies at 79
  • Nov 12 Friedrich Hoffmann, German physician and chemist (b. 1660)
  • Dec 31 Karl III Philip, Elector Palatine (b. 1661)