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Deaths in History in 1789

  • Jan 1 Fletcher Norton, 1st Baron Grantley, English politician, dies at 72
  • Jan 10 Pierre Lyonet, Dutch zoologist and cryptologist, dies at 82
  • Jan 23 Frances Brooke, English writer (b. 1724)
  • Jan 23 John Cleland, English novelist (b. 1709)

Person of interestEthan Allen

Feb 12 Ethan Allen, American Revolutionary War patriot (lead the Green Mountain Boys), dies of an apoplectic fit at 51

American Revolutionary War Patriot Ethan Allen
American Revolutionary War Patriot
Ethan Allen
  • Feb 19 Nicholas Van Dyke, American lawyer and President of Delaware, dies at 50
  • Apr 7 Petrus Camper, Dutch anatomist and anthropologist who studied comparative anatomy, paleontology and the facial angle, dies at 66
  • Apr 7 Abd-ul-Hamid I, Ottoman Sultan (b. 1725)
  • Apr 26 Peter Ivanovich Panin, Russian general (Pugatshov-uprising), dies at ~67
  • May 25 Anders Dahl, Swedish botanist (b. 1751)
  • Jun 12 Jean E Liotard [Turk], Swiss painter (Maria-Theresia), dies
  • Jul 4 Cláudio Manuel da Costa, Brazilian poet, dies at 59
  • Jul 13 Victor de Riqueti, marquis de Mirabeau, French economist, dies at 73
  • Jul 14 Jacques de Flesselles, French provost (assassinated) (b. 1721)
  • Jul 14 Bernard-René de Launay, governor of the Bastille, murdered during the Storming of the Bastille (b.1740)
  • Jul 22 Joseph-François Foulon, French politician, dies at 74
  • Aug 25 Mary Ball Washington, mother of George, dies
  • Sep 23 John Rogers, American Continental Congressman (b. 1723)
  • Sep 28 Thomas Day, author, killed by fall from a horse at Wargrave Berkshire
  • Oct 15 John Morgan, American physician-in-chief of Continental Army and co-founder of the Medical College at the University of Pennsylvania, the first medical school in Colonial America, dies at 54
  • Oct 24 Lucretia Wilhelmina van Merken, Dutch poet, dies at 68
  • Oct 27 John Cook, American farmer and Governor of Delaware (b. 1730)
  • Dec 3 Claude-Joseph Vernet, French painter, dies at 75
  • Dec 12 John Ponsonby, Irish politician, dies at 76
  • Dec 23 Charles-Michel de l'Épée, French philanthropist and developer of 'Signed French', dies at 77