Deaths in History in 1786

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  • Jan 4 Mozes Mendelssohn, German Jewish enlightenment philosopher (Haksalah), dies at 56
  • Jan 7 Jean-Étienne Guettard, French physician and scientist (b. 1715)
  • Jan 14 Meshech Weare, Governor of New Hampshire (b. 1713)
  • Feb 28 John Gwynn, English architect and engineer (b. 1713)
  • Mar 11 Jacobus Bellamy, [Zelandus], Dutch/Swiss poet, dies at 28
  • Mar 11 Charles Humphreys, American delegate to the Continental Congress (b. 1714)
  • Mar 23 Patience Wright, 1st US woman pro artist, dies (birth date unknown)
  • Apr 10 John Byron, British naval officer (b. 1723)
  • Apr 20 John Goodricke, English deaf & dumb astronomer, dies at 21
  • Apr 23 Alexander Cozens, English water colors painter, dies at about 68
  • May 21 Carl W Scheele, Swedish pharmacist/chemist, dies at 43
  • May 21 Carl W Scheele, Swedish pharmacist/chemist (lemon acid), dies of mercury poisoning at 43
  • May 23 Móric Beňovský, Slovak military officer, explorer and self-declared King of Madagascar, dies of a fatal bullet wound to his chest at 39
  • May 25 Pedro III, King of Portugal and the Algarves (1777-86) and consort of Queen Maria I of Portugal, dies at 68

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Jun 19 Nathanael Greene, American military leader (major general during the American Revolutionary War), dies at 43

Military Leader Nathanael Greene
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Nathanael Greene
  • Sep 5 Jonas Hanway, English merchant, traveler, and philanthropist (b. 1712)
  • Oct 2 August Keppel, 1st viscount/naval commander/politician, dies
  • Oct 17 Johann Ludwig Aberli, Swiss artist (b. 1723)
  • Dec 26 Gasparo Gozzi, Italian critic and dramatist (b. 1713)