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Deaths in History in December 1799

  • Dec 6 Joseph Black, Scottish chemist and physicist known for his discoveries of magnesium, latent heat and carbon dioxide, dies at 71

Person of interestGeorge Washington

Dec 14 George Washington, American Founding Father, military leader who commanded Continental Army during War for Independence, first President of the United States (1789-97), dies at 66

First US President George Washington
First US President
George Washington
  • Dec 18 Jean-Étienne Montucla, French mathematician, dies at 74
  • Dec 31 Jean-François Marmontel, French historian and writer, dies at 76