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Deaths in History 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

Person of interestNathanael Greene

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

US General Nathanael Greene
US General
Nathanael Greene
  • Aug 15 Thomas Tyrwhitt, English classical scholar and critic, dies at 56

Person of interestFrederick the Great

Aug 17 Frederick the Great, King of Prussia (1740-86), dies at 74

King of Prussia Frederick the Great
King of Prussia
Frederick the Great
  • 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