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Deaths in History 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)

Person of interestCatherine 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

Empress of Russia Catherine the Great
Empress of Russia
Catherine the Great

Person of interestAnthony Wayne

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

Military Leader Anthony Wayne
Military Leader
Anthony Wayne