On This Day

Historical Figures Who Died in 1805

  • Jan 9 Noble Wimberly Jones, American Continental Congressman (b. 1723)
  • Jan 17 Abraham-Hyacinthe Anquetil-Duperron, French scholar and interpreter, dies at 73
  • Jan 23 Claude Chappe, French telecommunications pioneer (b. 1763)
  • Feb 25 Thomas Pownall, British colonial statesman (b. 1722)
  • Mar 4 Jean-Baptiste Greuze, French painter, dies at 79
  • Mar 14 Stanisław Szczęsny Potocki, Russian general (b. 1753)
  • Apr 26 Jean-Baptiste-Gaspard d'Ansse de Villoison, French classical scholar (Anecdota Graeca), dies at 55

William Petty

May 7 William Petty, 2nd Earl of Shelburne, Prime Minister of Great Britain (1782-83), dies at 68

  • May 9 Johann Christoph Friedrich von Schiller, German poet & playwright, dies at 45
  • May 16 Christiaan Brunings, Dutch hydraulic engineer, dies at 68
  • May 25 William Paley, English philosopher and theologian (Natural Theology), dies at 61
  • Jun 19 Louis-Jean-François Lagrenée, French painter (b. 1724)
  • Jul 9 Georg Panzer, German vicar and librarian, dies at 76
  • Jul 31 Dheera Chinnamalai, Indian Polygar (governor) and freedom fighter, executed by the British at 49
  • Aug 3 Christopher Anstey, English poet (The New Bath Guide), dies at 80
  • Aug 28 Alexander Carlyle, Scottish church leader (Moderator of the General Assembly 1770), dies at 83

Charles Cornwallis

Oct 5 Charles Cornwallis, 1st Marquess Cornwallis, British general and colonial administrator (leading British general in the American War of Independence), dies of fever at 66

Horatio Nelson

Oct 21 Horatio Nelson, British admiral and war hero, dies in Battle of Trafalgar at 47

  • Nov 6 François-Thomas-Marie de Baculard d'Arnaud, French sentimental writer (Les Épreuves du sentiment), dies at 87
  • Nov 8 Francois-Thomas de Baculard d'Arnaud, French writer, dies at 87
  • Dec 23 Pehr Osbeck, Swedish explorer and naturalist (b. 1723)
  • Dec 23 Francis Masson, Scottish botanist (1st plant hunter for Kew Gardens, in South Africa), dies at 64
  • Dec 27 Belle van Zuylen, Dutch-Swiss writer (Trois Femmes), dies at 65