On This Day

Deaths in History in 1766

  • Jan 1 James III Edward, Old Pretender/king of Gt Britain/Ireland, dies at 77
  • Jan 1 James Francis Edward Stuart "The old Pretender", Jacobite claimant to the thrones of England and Scotland after the death of his father James II, dies at 77
  • Jan 9 Thomas Birch, British historian (b. 1705)
  • Jan 13 King Frederick V of Denmark (b. 1723)
  • Jan 14 Frederik V, king of Denmark/Norway (1746-66), dies at 42
  • Jan 19 Giovanni Niccolò Servandoni, Italian-French architect, dies at 70
  • Feb 5 Leopold Joseph Graf Daun, Austrian field marshal, dies at 60
  • Feb 23 Stanislaw Leszcynski, duke of Lutherans/king of Poland, dies
  • Apr 4 John Taylor, English classical scholar (b. 1704)
  • Apr 7 Tiberius Hemsterhuis, Dutch classicist, dies at 81
  • May 5 Jean Astruc, French physician and scholar (b. 1684)
  • May 8 Samuel Chandler, English non-conformist minister (b. 1693)
  • Jun 11 Elisabeth Farnese, Princess of Parma and Queen of Spain (1714-24), dies at 73
  • Jun 24 Adrien-Maurice, 3rd duc de Noailles, French soldier (b. 1678)
  • Jul 9 Jonathan Mayhew, American Congregational minister, dies at 45
  • Jul 11 Elizabeth Farnese, wife of Philip V of Spain (b. 1692)
  • Jul 14 František Maxmilián Kaňka, Czech architect and builder, dies at 91
  • Jul 17 Giuseppe Castiglione, Italian Jesuit brother and missionary to China, dies at 77
  • Jul 20 Isabelle Farnese, queen of Spain, dies
  • Sep 3 Archibald Bower, Scottish historian (b. 1686)
  • Sep 13 Benjamin Heath, English classical scholar, dies at 62
  • Nov 16 Dominikus Zimmermann, Bavarian Baroque architect and painter (Liebfrauenkirche), dies at 81
  • Dec 12 Johann Christoph Gottsched, German writer (b. 1700)