On This Day

Historical Figures Who Died in 1776

  • Mar 5 Yeongjo of Joseon, 21st king of the Korean Joseon Dynasty, dies at 81
  • Mar 10 Élie Catherine Fréron, French critic (b. 1719)
  • Mar 10 Niclas Sahlgren, Swedish merchant and philanthropist (b. 1701)
  • Mar 24 John Harrison, English carpenter and clockmaker who invented the marine chronometer to calculate longitude while at sea, dies at 82
  • Mar 26 Samuel Ward, American politician (31st and 33rd Governor of the Colony of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations), dies at 50
  • Apr 19 Jacob Israel Emden [Jacob ben Tswi], German rabbi, dies at 78
  • Apr 24 Carolus van de Abeele, Flemish Jesuit, dies at 84
  • Apr 29 Edward Wortley Montagu, English traveler and writer (b. 1713)
  • May 4 Jacques Saly, French sculptor, dies at 58
  • May 13 Anton de Haen, Austrian medical expert (Ratio Medendi), dies at 71
  • Jun 10 Leopold Widhalm, Austrian luthier, dies at 53
  • Jun 20 Benjamin Huntsman, English inventor and manufacturer, dies at 72
  • Jun 27 Thomas Hickey, plan to hand George Washington to British, executed
  • Jun 28 Thomas Hickey, American sergeant convicted of treason, hanged
  • Jul 1 Francis Salvador, 1st Jew to die in American Revolutionary War
  • Jul 7 Jeremiah Markland, English classical scholar (b. 1693)
  • Jul 10 Richard Peters, English-born clergyman (b. 1704)
  • Aug 2 Louis François I, Prince of Conti, French nobleman and military leader, dies at 58

David Hume

Aug 25 David Hume, Scottish philosopher and historian (A Treatise of Human Nature), dies of abdominal cancer at 65

ExecutionNathan Hale

Sep 22 Nathan Hale, US captain, patriot and spy, hanged by the British for spying at 21

  • Oct 17 Pierre François le Courayer, French theologian (b. 1681)
  • Nov 17 James Ferguson, Scottish astronomer, dies at 66
  • Nov 26 Dov Baer of Mezhirech, hassidic rabbi, dies
  • Dec 26 Johann Gottlieb Rall, Hessian colonel/mercenary, dies in battle in American Revolutionary War