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Deaths in History in 1770

  • Jan 7 Carl Gustaf Tessin, Swedish politician, dies at 74
  • Jan 20 Charles Yorke, Lord Chancellor of Great Britain (b. 1722)
  • Feb 22 Christopher Snider, 11, Boston, becomes 1st martyr of US Revolution

Person of interestCrispus Attucks

Mar 5 Crispus Attucks, possible slave, is 1st of 5 killed during Boston Massacre at beginning of the American Revolution

Former Slave and Seaman Crispus Attucks
Former Slave and Seaman
Crispus Attucks
  • Mar 27 Giovanni B Tiepolo, Italian painter (Banquet of Cleopatra), dies at 73
  • Apr 25 Jean-Antoine Nollet, French clergyman and physicist (discovery of osmosis), dies at 69
  • May 27 Sophie Magdalene of Brandenburg-Kulmbach, Queen consort of Denmark and Norway (1730-46), dies at 69
  • May 30 François Boucher, French painter (b. 1703)
  • Jun 23 Mark Akenside, English poet and physician, dies at 48
  • Jul 14 David 't Kindt, Flemish architect (Mammelokker, Ghent), dies at 71
  • Jul 16 Francis Cotes, English painter (b. 1726)
  • Jul 27 Robert Dinwiddie, British colonial governor of Virginia (b. 1693)
  • Aug 24 Thomas Chatterton, English poet (Revenge), dies at 17
  • Aug 26 Domingos dos Reis Quita, Portuguese playwright/poet, dies at 42
  • Sep 9 Bernard S Albinus [Weiss], German surgeon/anatomist, dies at 73
  • Sep 9 Georg Dionysius Ehret, German-English botanist and cartoonist, dies at 62
  • Sep 30 Thomas Robinson, 1st Baron Grantham, English politician and diplomat

Person of interestGeorge Whitefield

Sep 30 George Whitefield, English-born Methodist leader and preacher, dies in Newburyport, Massachusetts, at age 55

Anglican Preacher George Whitefield
Anglican Preacher
George Whitefield
  • Oct 18 John Manners, Marquess of Granby, British soldier (b. 1721)
  • Nov 1 Alexander Cruden "Alexander the Corrector", Scottish biblical scholar and eccentric, compiler of a concordance to King James Bible, dies at 71
  • Nov 9 John Campbell, 4th Duke of Argyll, Scottish politician

Person of interestGeorge Grenville

Nov 13 George Grenville, British Prime Minister (1763-65) who introduced the Stamp Act (1st international tax to the colonies in America), dies at 58

British Prime Minister George Grenville
British Prime Minister
George Grenville
  • Nov 24 Charles-Jean-François Hénault, French historian (b. 1685)
  • Dec 5 James Stirling, Scottish mathematician (Formula of Stirling), dies at 78