On This Day

Historical Figures Who Died in 1786

  • 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 poet, dies at 28
  • Mar 11 Charles Humphreys, American delegate to the Continental Congress, dies at 71
  • Mar 23 Patience Wright, 1st US woman pro artist, dies (birth date unknown)
  • Apr 10 John Byron, British Royal Navy officer, dies at 62
  • Apr 20 John Goodricke, English deaf astronomer (first to notice that some variable stars were periodic), dies at 21
  • Apr 23 Alexander Cozens, English water colors painter, dies at about 68
  • May 21 Carl Wilhelm Scheele, Swedish pharmacist and 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

  • Aug 15 Thomas Tyrwhitt, English classical scholar and critic, dies at 56
  • Sep 5 Jonas Hanway, English merchant, traveler, and philanthropist (b. 1712)
  • Oct 2 Augustus Keppel, 1st Viscount Keppel, British admiral, dies at 61
  • Oct 17 Johann Ludwig Aberli, Swiss artist (b. 1723)
  • Oct 31 Princess Amelia Sophia of Great Britain, second daughter of King George II of Great Britain and Caroline of Ansbach, dies at 75
  • Nov 30 Bernardo de Gálvez, Spanish military leader and colonial administrator (Spanish Governor of Louisiana and Cuba, 1777-83, Viceroy of New Spain, 1785-6), dies of typhus at 40
  • Dec 26 Gasparo Gozzi, Italian critic and dramatist, dies at 73