On This Day

Historical Figures Who Died in 1796

  • Jan 1 Alexandre-Théophile Vandermonde, French mathematician, dies at 60
  • Jan 5 Samuel Huntington, American politician and signer of the Declaration of Independence, dies at 64
  • Jan 8 Jean-Marie Collot d'Herbois, French revolutionary and President of the National Convention, dies at 46
  • Jan 13 John H. D. Anderson, Scottish scientist and inventor (b. 1726)
  • Feb 17 James Macpherson, Scottish writer and poet, dies at 59
  • Mar 6 Guillaume Thomas François Raynal, French writer, dies at 82
  • Mar 17 Pieter Paulus, Dutch Patriot and President of the First National Assembly in The Hague, dies of a serious cold at 42
  • Mar 19 Hugh Palliser, British naval officer and administrator (b. 1722)
  • Apr 18 Johan Wilcke, Swedish physicist, dies at 63
  • May 12 Johann Peter Uz, German poet (Theodicee), dies at 75
  • May 29 Carl Fredrik Pechlin, Swedish politician (b. 1720)
  • Jun 11 Samuel Whitbread, English brewer and Member of Parliament, dies at 75
  • Jun 11 Nathaniel Gorham, American politician (6th President of the Confederation Congress), dies at 58
  • Jun 26 David Rittenhouse, American astronomer, inventor, and mathematician, dies at 64
  • Jun 30 Abraham Yates, American Continental Congressman, dies at 71
  • Jul 16 George Howard, British field marshal, dies at 78
  • Jul 30 Nicolas de Pigage, French classical architect, dies at 72
  • Aug 1 Robert Pigot, British army officer (b. 1720)
  • Aug 31 John McKinly, American physician and President of Delaware, dies at 75
  • Sep 21 François Séverin Marceau-Desgraviers, French general (b. 1769)
  • Oct 7 Thomas Reid, Scottish philosopher and founder of Scottish School of Common Sense, dies at 86
  • Oct 16 Victor Amadeus III of Savoy (b. 1726)

Catherine the Great

Nov 6 Catherine the Great [Catherine II], German-born Empress of Russia (1762-96) who expanded the Russian empire, dies of a stroke at 67

Anthony Wayne

Dec 15 Anthony Wayne, American Military Leader (Legion of the United States), dies of gout at 51