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Deaths in History in 1771

  • Jan 5 John Russell, 4th Duke of Bedford, British statesman (b. 1710)
  • Jan 11 Jean-Baptiste de Boyer, Marquis d'Argens, French author, dies at 66
  • Feb 12 Adolf Frederik, King of Sweden (1751-70), dies at 60
  • Feb 20 Jean Jacques d'Ortous de Mairan, French geophysicist, dies at 92
  • Mar 8 Louis August le Clerc, French-born sculptor (b. 1688)
  • Mar 22 Gottlieb Rabener, German author (Vom Misbrauch of the Satire), dies at 56
  • Mar 24 William Shirley, British Colonial Governor of Massachusetts (played an important role in Britain’s struggle against France for control of North America), dies at 76
  • May 21 Christopher Smart, English poet & journalist (Ceremony of Carols), dies at 49
  • Jun 8 George Montague-Dunk, 2nd Earl of Halifax, English statesman, dies at 54
  • Jul 7 Thomas Gray, English poet (Elegy), dies at 54
  • Jul 30 Thomas Gray, English poet, dies at 54
  • Sep 17 Tobias Smollett, Scottish novelist (The Adventures of Roderick Random), dies at 50
  • Oct 8 John E Loovens, lawyer, dies at 76
  • Nov 6 Hermanus Noordkerk, Dutch jurist, dies at 69
  • Nov 6 John Bevis, English physician and astronomer (discovered Crab Nebula), dies at 75
  • Dec 6 Giovanni Battista Morgagni, Italian anatomist (b. 1682)
  • Dec 23 Marie-Marguerite d'Youville, first native Canadian canonized (founded the Order of Sisters of Charity of Montreal), dies at 70,
  • Dec 26 Claude Adrien Helvétius, French philosopher (b. 1715)
  • Dec 27 Henri Pitot, Italian-French engineer, dies at 76