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  • Jan 11 Francis Lightfoot Lee, American advocate for independence (signed US Declaration of Independence), dies at 62
  • Jan 13 Elisabeth C von Brunswick-Bevern, wife of Frederick II, dies at 81
  • Feb 22 Karl Friedrich Hieronymus Freiherr von Münchhausen, German officer and adventurer (b. 1720)
  • Mar 2 Horace [Horatio] Walpole, British horror writer, dies at 79

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Mar 26 James Hutton, geologist, dies

Geologist James Hutton
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  • May 17 Michel-Jean Sedaine, French dramatist (b. 1719)
  • May 25 John Griffin Whitwell, 4th Baron Howard de Walden, British field marshal (b. 1719)
  • May 27 Francois-Noal "Gracchus" Babeuf, French utopian socialist, dies at 36
  • Jun 17 Aga Mohammed Khan, cruel ruler of Persia, castrated & killed
  • Jul 9 Edmund Burke, British author/parliament leader (Reflections), dies at 68
  • Jul 11 Ienăchiţă Văcărescu, Wallachian writer (b. 1740)
  • Aug 3 Jeffrey Amherst, English gov-gen of America, dies at 80
  • Aug 22 Dagobert Sigmund von Wurmser, Alsatian-born Austrian general (b. 1724)
  • Sep 10 Mary Wollstonecraft, English author and feminist (A Vindication of the Rights of Woman), mother of Mary Shelley, dies of septicaemia at 38
  • Sep 18 Louis-Lazare Hoche, French revolutionary general, dies
  • Oct 9 Elijah B Solomon Zalman, rabbi/Gaon of Vilna Latvia, dies at 77
  • Oct 10 Carter Braxton, US plantation owner and signer of the US Declaration of Independence, dies at 61
  • Nov 16 King Frederick William II of Prussia (b. 1744) Reigns 1786-97
  • Nov 18 Jacques-Alexandre Laffon de Ladebat, French shipbuilder and merchant (b. 1719)
  • Nov 29 Samuel Langdon, American President of Harvard University (b. 1723)
  • Dec 1 Oliver Wolcott, US judge, signed US Declaration of Independence, dies at 71
  • Dec 11 Richard Brocklesby, English physician (b. 1722)
  • Dec 26 John Wilkes, English radical, journalist (The North Briton) and politician, dies at 72